things i’m digging…

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 in Lifestyle

1. Homemade convenience foods.

granola

I think the combo of job quitting and CSA getting (see what I did there?) has jumpstarted my passion for homemaking all of our “typical” convenience foods. For a while now, we’ve been slipping back into buying a lot of processed and packaged stuff. Admittedly, it was mostly healthy, but still, I never love buying stuff when I know I can make it healthier at home for a fraction of the cost. This weekend I pounded out a batch of homemade yogurt, some granola bars, some granola, and a loaf of bread. Yum! I can’t wait to see all the things I can make once I’m actually unemployed.

2. Viggle.

viggle iphone

Do you Viggle? It’s an app that lets you earn points for watching TV. Basically, you check in through the app when you’re watching live TV, you get points for the show, and then you can redeem those points for everything from gift cards to cruises. You can even donate your points to charity. We don’t watch a ton of live TV shows, but do we do watch a lot of live sports on TV and Viggle gives lots of points for those! It takes about 10 seconds to check in on my phone at the start of a game, and that’s it. Eventually I hope to save up enough points to get something awesome! Although, Craig did the math, and at our current rate, it’ll take about 22 years to get the 4,000,000 points needed for a cruise, so that’s probably out of the question. Ha! I think the gift cards or free movie rentals are a little more in the realm of possibility.

3. Broken Plow Bikram Studio.

me feet gym workout weights yoga

We live, oh, 30 minutes away from the closest yoga studio, so I decided to create my own Bikram studio in our basement TV room. I crank up two space heaters about an hour before I want to yoga. Then, when it’s time, I turn off the lights, light some candles, and put on this Yoga Download. It’s not quite as hot or humid as I’d like it, but it works! And it’s much cheaper than driving an hour round trip and paying for a class. And the heat feels so good in the winter.

4. Hockey.

Me Blackhawks

Alright, let’s talk about how the NHL is finally (FINALLY!) coming back this weekend, please. Who else is way excited? I never watched hockey before I married a Canadian, but the fanaticism definitely wore off on me and I can’t believe how much I missed it during the lockout. I’m also pretty stoked that the Hawks are playing on NBC the first day of the season. You better bet we’ll be glued to the TV on Saturday afternoon. Go Hawks!

5. Oil-Cleansing Method.

oil

Have you guys heard of the oil-cleansing method? Basically, you take a mixture of oils (I use castor oil and olive oil) and use that to clean your face. It sounds crazy, but the oil helps dissolve the oil and dirt in your pores, while keeping your skin nice and moisturized. I tried it a few years back and never got my mixture right, but this time around, I think I finally found a ratio that works for me (two parts olive oil to one part castor oil) and skin has never felt nicer! There is an adjustment period, where I’m breaking out a bit, but the overall clarity and feeling of my skin is much, much better. I can’t wait to see how my skin adjusts over a long period of time!

What are you digging right now?

9 Comments

  1. I’m so torn about my excitement for hockey starting back up! On one hand, hockey is my jam, and I want to support the Hawks. On the other hand, I’m still really pissed about yet another lockout, and I feel like the fans need to stick it to the NHL owners a little bit by not watching or attending games.

    I’m sure I’ll end up watching the game though.

  2. I LOVE HOCKEY! I graduated from high school in Canada, and now I live somewhere where our hockey team is actually awesome so I defintely feel you on being glad it’s back.

  3. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE A CAPS FAN. #evil #evil #evil

  4. I’m pretty excited that hockey is back too. In fact I bought tickets last night for a game. I can’t wait to go!

  5. I’ve been thinking about trying the Oil Cleansing method myself. I’m currently working on finish up what’s left in my current face cleaning regimen before I invest in the oils necessary to try it. I always get breakouts whenever I move to trying something new for cleaning my face, so I know I’ll have to get past that initially.

    How long have you been using the OCM, and have you gotten over the transition breakouts?

    • I’ve been using it for about a week now. And I’m still breaking out in my chin area (but I think some of that might be hormonal, too). I’ve already noticed an insane reduction in my number of blackheads and size of my pores. It’s awesome!

  6. We are super stoked about hockey too! We’re in Avalanche country, and I used to live in Chicago, when they won the Cup :). We have season tickets, only problem is BF is starting a new job in 2 weeks where he’s out of town on weekdays! Poor him, yay me, lots of hockey games for me with my friends!

    Also I’ve been using Boscia’s MakeUp BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil nightly to wash my face. It seriously changed my life…. I went from having lots of breakouts to only the occasional (usually hormonally induced) pimple.

  7. One of my students plays hockey and it sounds so rad. I just started the oil cleansing method last week and my skin is not dry anymore. Pimples still pop up but it may be less than I would usually get.

  8. Well, well- you really dislike my sports teams, don’t you? :)
    I need to create my own Bikram studio! I have a space heater… I could do it… (you’re brilliant!).
    And- we have matching toes right now. :)

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