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.
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 :)
6 cups fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)2
6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmegseeds, 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.
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!