Fall Skincare Essentials

It’s that time of year again, the time when the leaves start to change colour, the air begins to feel crisp, decorative gourds abound, and my skin starts to dry out like you WOULDN’T BELIEVE.

While I am unfortunately one of the many people out there who suffers from dry skin, I have found ways to combat the dryness, through much trial and error, and would like to share!!

Here are what I consider my absolute essentials, things that I either have repurchased, or will repurchase once I run out because I simply cannot live without them.

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: This stuff is supposed to last 24 hours, and I think that claim holds up pretty well. After I take a shower I slather this all over my legs, the main problem area on my body, and I’m usually okay for the day. After I put it on my legs really do feel like they’ve calmed down and are soothed. Excellent stuff, I’m on my second tube.

The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream: I have gone through about four of these in the last 12 months. That will tell you how much I love it. It really sinks into the skin and feels good when you really rub it into your nails as well. It smells amazing and is just worth every penny.

Clinique Moisture Surge gel: In the dead of winter I put this on over the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, and use it about once a week as a five-minute mask, as they suggest it can also be used. I’ve repurchased this, but didn’t find myself using it in the summer. It’s waiting in reserve. It’s so light and feels cool and refreshing going on.

The Body Shop Body Butters: In the dead of winter you need to bring out the big guns. I went through about four of these bad boys last year. I take whatever scent I have lying around, which is usually a few as The Body Shop products are popular presents.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: This is great for my eyes, I originally had a sample and I wasn’t going to repurchase, but then I started using other samples and they burned, dried my eyes out, so i figured I would return to what I know works, even if it is very expensive.

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm: I use this at night, it keeps my lips moisturized overnight. It’s very thick and I feel like it takes the whole night to really sink in, I don’t like to use it during the day unless my lips are really chapped and suffering.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: I love this because it’s so light, I have used this all summer as well as all winter underneath the moisture surge stuff. The only downside is that it doesn’t have SPF, but that makes it good for wearing under makeup if you are going to be photographed and want to avoid flashback.

These are the products I use, and love. There are others in my rotation but these are the ones that I’ve used for at least 12 months and can recommend with absolute certainty.


Introducing Sasha


My husband Will and I had to say goodbye to our Basset Hound/Rottweiler mix Copper in September. We were absolutely devastated, but with the passing of a few weeks we knew we were ready to open our hearts and home to another puppy.

We went to our local humane society last week and met a few doggies, but fell in love with Sasha. She is a Rottweiler mix. We don’t know what her mix is – she’s very very skinny, and not broad like a Rottweiler at all. She is almost two years old and is very quiet, gentle, and well-behaved. She was with an owner before who taught her commands, so she knows things such as sit, stay, come, paw, high-five, down – very different from the poorly behaved, hard to train hound we had previously!

Sasha is with us as part of the foster-to-adopt program, as she is not yet spayed. Once the humane society has an appointment to spay her, they will call us, and we will take her in, the same day we will sign the paperwork to officially adopt her.

It has only been a few days but we are settling into a routine and I think we are going to be a very happy family of three! Life just isn’t the same without a doggie in it, and we are happy to have Sasha in our lives.

What I Read: A Monster Calls






Oh my gosh this book, A Monster Calls, was incredible. Patrick Ness is the best young adult author I have ever read. He wrote this book based on an idea from Siobhan Dowd, who passed away before she could write it.

The book centres around Conor, a boy whose mother has terminal cancer. He starts having dreams involving a yew tree in his yard and a monster. Through his interactions with the monster, Conor has to come to terms with his situation and admit the truth.

This book was an emotional sucker-punch. It was so beautiful, and so sad. The illustrations by Jim Kay were just so well done, as you can see above, the pages were illustrated and the illustrations of the monster were spot on. The darkness Conor feels just came to life on the page.

Next on my list to read is More Than This by Patrick Ness. I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy by him, and cannot wait to read his latest. It’s sitting in our living room, I bought it for my fiance for his birthday, as he is also a HUGE fan of Ness. Read his books! They are amazing!

Series I Love: Jack Reacher

Back in 2005 I was browsing the stacks in the public library in my city, looking for something to read. This was before the days of Goodreads and book blogs when my reading was a little less planned out than it is currently. I still sometimes just wander around the stacks, looking for covers that appeal to me. I love spontaneous discovery.

On this day, I found a book that led to me reading 17 (!) more. Killing Floor by Lee Child. The main character is Jack Reacher, an old military policeman who is a loner on the road, is very large, approximately 6’5 I think, drinks a lot of coffee and never owns more than one outfit at a time. He buys new clothes and trashes the old ones, because he doesn’t like to carry stuff around. There’s a murder in the town he’s passing through in Georgia, and somehow he’s arrested for murder. Suspense, mystery and crime-solving ensue.

These books are no literary masterpieces, but I enjoy a larger than life character who is just too ridiculous to exist in the real world. Also, I enjoy predictability in my reading sometimes. I know what I’m getting when I pick up a Jack Reacher book. He’s on the road, he gets involved in some sort of crime, people are usually out to get him for some reason, he usually meets a lady friend, and talks a lot about how he doesn’t like to be tied down.

There’s currently 18 in the series, with a couple of shorter stories included in there, one of which is from Jack Reacher’s perspective as a child.

I introduced my fiance’s dad to this series and he loves it. Maybe your dad would too! Or maybe you would. I love it. But don’t get me started about how Tom Cruise ruined what could have been a great movie franchise. Tom Cruise is a full foot smaller than Jack Reacher is supposed to be, and nowhere near as badass. It still makes me angry to think about!!!

Book Hoarding

I will admit, I have a problem. 

I love buying books. Unfortunately, this often ends up with piles of books on my shelves that I don’t have time to read. So I want to challenge myself to make it through a bunch of these books gathering dust on my shelves, that I really have been meaning to read, but just haven’t picked up yet. I just get distracted so easily!! One day I feel like YA, so I buy a bunch of YA books. The next day I am feeling like crime novels, so I pick up a bunch of those. I get books for Christmas, and my Mom and Granny give me books when they finish reading them (I do this with them too so it somewhat evens out). 

These are some books I need to read. They’ve been hanging over me for months, some even for years. I feel guilty about not reading them and then in turn, ignore them, because that makes everything better. If you click on the pictures it will take you over to their Goodreads pages.





These are just a few of the things hanging over my reading conscience. I wonder if this is a problem for other people as well? I bought my Kobo with the hopes that e-books will help alleviate some of my hoarding tendencies.