12 Self-Care Tips to Get You Through the Cold Winter Months

I don’t know too many people who are fans of the cold winter months. I’m definitely not. I grew up in Ohio. Winters are pretty brutal here and sometimes quite unbearable. Last year, my hometown saw windchills of -30 degrees. Who’s really trying to go anywhere that involves going outside. Not me! With those types of conditions, you have to be prepared. You know it’s going to be cold between November and February, so have a plan. How are you going to make the most of it? Go into winter with a positive mind. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

Find yourself a great moisturizer because the cold winter months will not be kind to your skin. I love to use a mix of coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and vitamin e for my body. For my face, I’m currently loving Pixi Beauty’s Vitamin-C Collection. It leaves my face radiant and very moisturized.

2. Drink something warm.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, your favorite hot tea, and coffee are all great choices. My favorite is a hot apple cider with a bit of bourbon. Yum!

3. Buy some fuzzy socks.

These socks have to be the best winter accessory ever. They are so cozy! Get yourself several pairs. Your feet will love you for it.

4. Buy a heated blanket.

What a wonderful feeling to be able to climb into a bed that is already warm. A heated blanket will be your best friend.

5. Bake something.

If it’s too cold outside, turn up the music and bake some bread or a batch of delicious cookies.

6. Get more sleep.

During the winter months, it gets dark early. Take advantage by getting to bed earlier and getting a few more winks of sleep.

7. Read.

Head to your local library and pick out a few books. Reading is the best cure for cabin fever.

8. Go outside.

Yes! Bundle up and get some fresh air and some sun. Your body needs vitamin D!

9. Keep moving.

It being cold outside is not exactly inviting to venture out into. Try something new like trap yoga or aerial yoga. You can even download a yoga app and practice at home

10. Take an art class.

Get creative and make a piece of art. Check your local museum for classes.

11. Play in the snow.

Have a snowball fight. Go sledding. Have fun!

12. Rest. Do nothing. Relax.

The Vegan Nail Polish Collection Every Brown Skin Beauty Should Have | People of Color Beauty

The search for the perfect nude color when you have brown skin can be very challenging and somewhat impossible. People of Color Beauty has solved the problem in their new fall line, The Nude Collection. This collection will give all of the magical melaninated vibes.

There are five nude shades in this collection:

Creme de la Mel

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Bronzed Beauty

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Pink Sand

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Brown Sugar Babe

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Mother of Earth

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Every color is amazing! Each shade complimented my skin tone perfectly. I can literally wear ever color. My daughter has a darker skin tone than me and every color is beautiful on her as well. You Need This Collection!

Mother of Earth X Bronzed Beauty

“nail polish for people of color and those who live in color™.”

“THAT MEANS OUR COLLECTIONS CURATED WITH THE VARIOUS SHADES OF MELANIN IN MIND AS THE FIRST THOUGHT, NOT THE AFTERTHOUGHT. FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN COLOR, THIS IS FOR YOU TOO!”

People of Color is vegan as well as cruelty-free. Their nail polishes are also 10-free and does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate, and artificial fragrances.

Happy November!

Photo Credit: Sage Kimani Photography

How is it already November??? 😩 This year has come and gone so fast. Well since it is November, I’ve decided to participate once again in National Vegan Month. Last year I challenged myself to eat vegan for the month of November and it went very well. I’ve actually challenged myself to go vegan a couple times this year because of how good I feel after doing it. So I’m doing it again! Stay tuned for all thing vegan all month long!

#NationalVeganMonth

Londontown Will Donate 50% of All Proceeds From Pink Polish Sales to the Unite for Her Foundation #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

I asked Certified Physician Assistant, Letitia Price, what her self-care tips are when it comes to breast health. She says to “treat your body like your car- or better, lol. Oil changes and maintenance checks give your car longevity. So mammograms and annual physicals are your “maintenance checks”. Your doctor is your mechanic. Signs of lumps, bumps, bleeding, pain, etc are your check engine light warnings. Seeing your doctor and having mammograms are preventative and can catch illnesses early so they can be treated easily. I always advise not to live your life with your check engine light on!” Great advice!

Is your “check engine light” on? Have you had your yearly mammogram yet?

💕I’m currently wearing Queen of Hearts and Lemonade Pop from Londontown for National Breast Cancer Month.

💕Londontown is vegan, 9-free, and cruelty-free.

💕During the month of October Londontown will be donating 50% of all proceeds from pink polish sales to the United for Here foundation.

💕Click HERE to shop all their pink polishes.

October Bucket List- Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

I went to visit Fleitz Pumpkin Farm last week. As soon as we got out of the car, it started raining. 😩 I still got my cider donut and this pumpkin picture though. 😄

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

When I woke up I thought about all those delicious apples I picked yesterday at Macqueens Orchard. I wanted to start my day with something made with apples. I immediately thought of an Apple Dutch Baby Pancake. They are super easy to make and they’re delicious. They’re also very cool to watch as they bake in the oven. I was missing a couple ingredients so I headed to my local Kroger to grab some milk and eggs. Kroger’s is having a great sale on both so if you’re a baker definitely get by there this week.

So I get back home and mix everything up. Put it in the oven. Slice my apples up and added some extra deliciousness to them and sauté them. 20 minutes later my Dutch Baby Pancake comes out looking absolutely beautiful. I very quickly top it with those delicious apples and dust with powdered sugar.

Pause for a small photoshoot! 📸 📸.

Now it’s time to enjoy and that I did! 😋

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Ingredients

For the Pancake:

6 large eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3 tbsp butter

Powdered sugar for dusting

Apple Topping:

2 medium apples, peeled & sliced

1 tbsp butter

2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp lemon juice

Pinch of salt

Instructions

1. To make the pancake: Heat oven to 425.

2. Combine eggs, flour, milk, sugar, and cinnamon in bowl and mix with blender.

3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat. Once melted and starting to bubble, pour in pancake batter. Put into the oven and bake until puffed and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Apple Topping: While pancake is baking in oven, melt butter in skillet. Add apples, cinnamon, sugar, salt and lemon to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes until apples are tender.

5. Once the pancake is done, remove from oven. Pile the apples on top. Dust with powdered sugar.

October Bucket List -MacQueens Apple Orchard

Every year I must visit the apple orchard in the month of October. This year I visited MacQueens Apple Orchard in Holland, Ohio during the Apple Butter Festival. I picked a 1/2 bushel of delicious apples and helped churn some apple butter. It was a great day!