Cold Weather and Long Showers-Why it’s a Good Thing

We all know that person notorious for taking extremely long showers. To me, it seems silly to spend an hour of the day standing under running water; it’s wasteful in a list of ways. Coming off of that, I’ve never been one to spend a lot of time in the shower. I get in and out. However, in the presence of these bitter cold days we’ve been having, there’s something about the comforting feeling of complete warmth that surrenders me to become a shower-stander. I have been far from stingy with my past few showers, to say the least. It takes a lot of self-convincing to cut off the shower of heated protection, and step out into the cold.

So, my point in all of this- long showers are wasteful, but they are far too attractive to resist this time of year. So, while the water bill may go up a few dollars, there are other ways to save. One big reason the warm showers are nice is because we rarely turn the heat on. Yes, it is pretty cold, but there’s also something comforting about throwing on sweaters and sweatpants and curling up in a blanket (just have to be real tough through in between period of getting out of shower and getting dressed).

One last saving tip. Brush your teeth and shave in the shower! Since there is already a commitment to taking an overly long shower, why not use that time to do other things that use water? Save a few minutes of running sink water by getting it done in the shower, and what better way of doing this than using a fog-free shower mirror? It’s a win-win. So, when the holiday season rolls around, think about all the shower-standers you know. Help them save (some) water and encourage them to be as productive as possible during their elongated showers.

Plus, doing it naked is more fun. Can’t argue with it until you try. So remember, shave naked, shave well, and get your shower on.

Can You Say Sangria?

Sangria is one of my favorite things to make. It’s simple, delicious and you can make it in bulk! Try making Caramel Apple Sangria this fall. YUM!

       Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped
Directions
  1. Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  2. Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  3. Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Leave The Drinks To Me

October is a month that gives endless excuses to craft, bake, and decorate. I love burning my “autumn leaves” candles, baking anything and everything pumpkin, and filling the house with the warm colors of the season. This year, I’m going to take the festivities to drinks. I’ll post my favorite recipe every week! Today, let’s get cozy with Warm Vanilla Cider :)

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
  • whole nutmeg seeds
  • 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)2
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
  • Whipped cream
  • Honeyed Walnuts

Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

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How To Choose The Right Shaving Cream For Your Skin

Shaving can be a different experience for everyone. For some, razor burns and bumps are foreign and shaving is a piece of cake. They could probably put anything on their face and have no reaction.

Others, however, are not so lucky. People with sensitive skin who are constantly getting razor burns and rashes have a difficult time picking the right razor, shaving cream, and shaving technique.

One problem for people with sensitive skin is that the shaving cream they’re using contains fragrances and alcohol that can aggravate the skin. When choosing the right shaving cream, look for organic or fragrance-free creams. These will be less likely to irritate the skin. It is important to use shaving cream when shaving because it softens the skin for the best shave possible, so make sure you are still using shaving cream opposed to simply soap and water.

There are tons of effective shaving creams for sensitive skin. Here’s a great one!

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all natural organic shaving cream

Interesting Facts About Shaving & More Reasons to Shave in the Shower!

I shortened up the list and highlighted the stuff about why you should shave in the shower. Hope you learn something cool! Here is the original: 75 Fun Facts and Myths About Shaving

Did you know…

 

  • 0.35 millimeters a day or 1 centimeter per month is the rate at which human hair grows.
  • It is estimated that 90% of all adult males shave at least once a day.
  • It is also estimated that a man will shave at least 20,000 times in his lifetime.
  • Shaving, tweezing or waxing does not cause hair to grow back thicker or fuller.
  • Religious convictions account for 7% of all men who don’t shave.
  • Your hair grows in response to individual biochemistry and hormones. Heredity, genes, race, medications taken, physical and mental stress, and diet influence these hormones.
  • Your skin is subject to changes in its resiliency and thickness because of temperature, humidity, diet and stress. This can affect shaving.
  • A person’s face is composed of an outermost layer of skin that is primarily made up of dead skin cell.
  • While shaving, a person removes about as much skin as hair.
  • In general a person produces new skin cells every 10 to 20 days.
  • When saturated with water, the strength of a single strand of hair is approximately one third to one half less than the strength of dry hair, making it much easier to shave.
  • The average person has about 615 hairs per square centimeter..
  • The average man’s face contains anywhere from 5,000 to 25,000 whiskers.
  • Most shaving accidents are caused by using dull and/or dirty razor blades, insufficient preparation of the skin and hair before shaving, and using inappropriate equipment and products
  • Facial hair growth rate varies with each man and it even differs with each area on a man’s face.
  • The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year. Save time shaving in the shower!
  • On average it takes a man between 100 and 600 strokes to shave his entire face.
  • Men spend an average of 5 moths of their lives shaving.
  • For men, it would take roughly 16 years of shaving to collect together one pound of hair clippings.
  • In general, a man removes over 27 feet of hair in his lifetime through shaving alone.
  • Due to a decrease in body fluids in the morning, you should try to avoid shaving first thing when you wake-up.
  • On average 75% men shave their face every day
  • Only 3% of all men who abstain from shaving do so because they simply do not care to do so.
  • It is estimated that 85% of men who shave, prefer to wet shave.
  • 94 million men in the U.S. alone (90 percent of America’s male population) and about 1.6 billion men worldwide age 15 years and older remove hair.
  • 1.3 billion of the men in the world shave with a blade and razor.
  • When a person shaves while his or her skin is wet, these dead skin cells are removed.
  • Cave drawing from as early as 10,000 BC depict both men with clean-shaven faces and those with short beards.
  • Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards, which was collected at every town gate.
  • The first safety razor was patented in 1901 and more than 25 million blades are sold in the UK every year.
  • Wet shaving is still the most popular method of shaving in the UK.
  • Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
  • Hair on the neck grows parallel to the skin.
  • Shaving cream was only made for men until the industry specifically targeted women in 1986 by manufacturing the whipped magic specifically for women!
  • 42% of men report that they have no facial hair.
  • The majority of men, 84%, shave at the sink. Another 15% of men shave in the shower.
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 24 shave an average of four times a week.
  • Men over the age of 35 shave an average of six times a week.
  • The average man begins to shave regularly when he begins to work regularly.
  • The average man spends 10-15 hours a year shaving.
  • 1680 is the year in which the first narrow-bladed folding straight razor was introduced.
  • The average shave lasts 3.5 minutes.
  • The average shave will trim away somewhere between 20,000-25,000 hairs from a man’s face.
  • There are about 30,000 beard hairs on the face of the average man—the greatest concentration on the chin and upper lip.
  • About 30% of men who shave use an electric device to shave.
  • When a man wet shaves, it’s as good as using an exfoliating product because the process removes dead skin cells promoting healthier skin.
  • Archeologists believe that caveman used clams and shark teeth to shave with, 20,000 years ago-in the Stone Age!
  • Nearly 70% of American women prefer a clean-shaven man.
  • The Reason Fidel Castro originally grew his beard is because his supply of Gillette Blades was cut off.
  • 10 feet the length of the longest mustache on record grown by Birger Pellas of Sweden.
  • 17.5 feet the length of the longest beard on record grown by Hans Langseth of Norway.
  • Old Spice is the bestselling after-shave in the United States.
  • Shave gels weren’t even thought of until the 1970’s.
  • 5 million is the number of hair follicles covering the human body.

 

 

The 6 Coolest Showers Ever

Showering in color?? Yes Please!

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I’m a little teapot, short and stout…how cute is this??

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I’d take an entire room over the normal thing anyway.

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Just because this is one of the coolest things ever.

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So futuristic!

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Picture showering in this everyday…

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