“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
And so I have begun year two of my NYC windowsill gardening from seed (selections in photo), and hoping I have learned a few things since last year’s newbie pitfalls.
So far so good (this time they are labeled, I am properly watering them and providing the right amount of sunlight, etc). I have even replanted the Morning Glory, Cosmos and Wheat-grass!
I will keep you posted, but consider some of your own- clearly no space is too small.
So I did this on Friday (video not for the feign of heart but interesting)— I have been in PAIN for a year or so with arthritic bone spurs in both big toes, so it was time- I did my left foot Friday, next foot in 2 weeks (pending recovery).
I had been reading up beforehand and found that the most helpful info was from first person blogs. So… here are some tips (and feel free to message me for more details):
1) stay on top of your med schedule and don’t worry about taking the full dosage, especially the first day/night, just write down the times you take everything
2) set up a bedside station with everything you need, you really cant use your foot and every time you stand up the blood rushes to your foot and it KILLS
3) Have an AMAZING mom (or dad or sibling or friend) stay with you for AT LEAST the first 24 hours because you really cant keep up with the schedule of meds, the icing, getting to the bathroom, etc on your own (plus, she makes your bedside table as pretty as this photo!).
Bedside table post op- my mom is the best!
My all-time favorite Anna Wintour Post-it feedback.
Anyone that knows me or follows me knows I like to have a full plate, keep up on the newest and most exciting products and trends AND SHARE THEM!!. So…here’s the latest: alongside my full time job and a generally very busy lifestyle, I have taken on a new “hobby” in my “free time”…I am helping to launch the next billion dollar brand of Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, (the two Stanford trained dermatologists that created Proactiv®).
Now that I have begrudgingly faced the fact that I am not 15 anymore, I have been quest for the best new skincare/anti-aging products, resulting in an array of 1/2-used bottles that sit in my cosmetic graveyard. I always thought that you had to spend more (I have my La Mer & SKII receipts prove it) to get pristine results. I have recently discovered that is not necessarily true, and hence my new “hobby” and my post!
Rodan + Fields was launched to extend the doctor’s vision of bringing dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone, creating 4 adult skincare lines that address the main concerns they continually see in their active practices:
1. Redefine-A regimen for wrinkles, fine lines, pore minimizing and loss of firmness
2. Unblemish- A regimen for acne and post acne marks/scars
3. Reverse- A regimen for Brown Spots, dullness and sun damage
4. Soothe- A regimen for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness
These are considered a “A Must-Have” and “Best Of” among Anti-Age products.
There are also enhancement products and essentials for the body such as moisturizers, eye creams, sunscreens, self-tanners, make-up and my favorite: the Macro-E. Featured in Marie Claire, Allure, People Style Watch, and In-Style, it’s an at home microdermabrasion tool that literally sucks millions of dead skin cells away. Umm— microderm that really works for a fraction of the cost?!? And that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness that is Rodan + Fields.
What these two SF based doctors have done for acne, they’re now doing for sun damaged and aging skin, developing a truly breakthrough skincare line that is available without prescription or a doctor’s visit. Originally bought by Estee Lauder, the line was sold in high-end department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, and became the #1 clinical skincare brand in Nordstrom. In an unprecedented move, Rodan + Fields recently bought back the company and entered the world of direct selling just so they could bring dermatology to all of us.
Their product lines are endless (yet so simple and reasonably priced!). I highly encourage you to check out my new site: www.rbabcock1.myrandf.com for info on all the products & pricing. But before you order, contact me so I can set you up to be a preferred customer and help identify your skincare needs. Its worth it—as a preferred customer, you will receive 10% off all products and free shipping each time you order!
Plus, I am interested in recruiting individuals for our team from anywhere in the US- this isn’t just a NY based opportunity. It’s a fun, easy and efficient way to help others look and feel their best and make some money in the process! If Rodan +Fields sounds like a fit for you, please check out this site www.rbabcock1.myrandf.biz
Please do not feel obligated to try something if you are happy with your current routine. There is absolutely no pressure, but I will say that this is a product that I feel strongly about enough to share it with you! Plus, there is a 60-day money back guarantee, so there’s really nothing to loose. Let me know if you have any questions about this exciting new discovery!
Pregnant with our first child, I felt my baby’s kicks grow stronger while watching our beloved feline’s heart slowly failed.
You know what we need on Facebook? I say a “Sympathy” button— you know that conundrum when a friend shares something on their Facebook feed and people feel weird liking it because its not “good” news? Is it “right” to “like” that your buddy’s kid is sick or that a co-worker just had surgery?… You want to show you are supporting them, but is “liking” it callous?
Well, I am sharing this amazing piece because my uber talented author and life-long friend Courtney Maum wrote it and it is a stunning and very moving piece. So I think for now, its OK to “like” things even if they are sad enjoy the read, its worth every word.
The video is of me!!
Explains why I have been sooo VERY MIA! I have a new job, loving it but keeping me extremely busy, but promise to get back on the saddle.
Some tips for spring :)
Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong. — Peter McIntyre
MY BFF’s first book.All the info below, in her words- in mine: lean in and SUPPORT!
"Did I lie to you? I did not lie! This cover kicks ass!
You know what else kicks ass? This little underdog is now available for pre-order. Now, I didn’t understand the business of pre-orders until I got behind the curtain of the publishing world. I thought you got your mom to order a dozen copies along with that nutter from writer’s workshop who’s been cyber-following your every online movement, and case closed. Mais non. It appears that booksellers all over the country—even the nice, cozy independent ones that let you live on their sofas—place a tremendous amount of stock in pre-orders, especially for debut novels like mine. The math is simple: Bookseller sees pre-orders? Bookseller orders more copies. Bookseller sees no pre-orders? No copies wanted here!
For those of you who have known me a long time, you know that I’ve been writing my heart out since I was about seven years old, when I “published” my first book, the captivating—if little reviewed—“The Unicorn and the Magic Rose Bush.” In the all girls school I attended for an incredible fourteen years, I found refuge from the flying shrapnel of my parent’s divorce and brother’s health problems and mean girls—of which I was one—in words. It was in high school that I received the kind of support that convinced me that there was no other way for me, I had to be a writer. And because life works in beautiful, surprising, and soul-restorative circles, the very first person to place a pre-order is my high school English teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Schwartz.
A lot of my writing life after high school has played out online. Whether you know me IRL or virtually, you know that I’ve been working pretty darn hard to make my dream of having a book published come true. A real book. With paper. And a spine.
So here’s the deal, muchachos and muchachas. Won’t you give my book a fighting chance? I’m so ready for the ring.
Available today (!) at these very fine places:
Thank you guys.