Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Everyday Joys

Last night, he called her his best friend.
I cried thinking about how lucky we are to have each other.

Friday, January 25, 2013

{ this moment }

Our first real snow arrived over night. 
Not to be outdone by it's majesty,the sky celebrated with a beautiful sunrise.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama. A single photo - few words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

:: Fresh Gingerroot Bath :: 


 Winter has finally arrived in Chicagoland and after several days of sub-zero temps, we just can't seem to warm up. This kind of cold settles deep in the bones. They don't call it the Windy City for nothing. brrr....  We have been bundled in layers of wool, snuggled under blankets & sipping warm drinks constantly these days.  Sometimes, the only real cure is a long, hot bath with a cup of tea & a good book.  I love to blend up my own herbal bath products so I was really excited when I came across this idea while doing some research for work this week.
 Ginger is known for it's soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Taken internally, it's famously soothing for the an upset stomach and can reduce inflammation throughout the body.  Fresh gingerroot has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is also a mild stimulant. Used in the bath, it promotes circulation and is perfect on a cold day to warm both your body and your senses. Ginger is extremely warming. It will open your pores and aid in releasing toxins. You will most likely sweat for at least an hour following this 20 minute soak. Make sure you drink plenty of water after the bath to replenish. If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, test ginger on your skin for irritation before the bath. 
{ Make it }
1/2 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons grated gingerroot
1/2 cup water
Mix together all ingredients.
To use: Pour entire mixture into the bath as you fill the tub, stir well, and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. After bathing, dress warmly, as this bath is super cleansing and really opens up all your pores.