So Long Social Media and A Few Favorites

Well, I’m officially off-grid in terms of social media. I’m just over it! I feel like I could write a book on my feelings about social media. It’s something I’ve talked about in 2013 and again in 2019, and I think many people can relate that how our culture uses social media and how it impacts our lives can be tricky to manage.

I wasn’t on any platform for an extensive amount of time each day (maybe 10 minutes, tops?), but it still felt like too much. While there’s a lot of good that can come from social media, I don’t know if the positive aspects outweigh the negative aspects for me. What are your thoughts on social media?

Alright, onto a few favorites! 

-Valentine’s Day books. I really love Valentine’s Day. And children’s books. Combine the two and I am one happy girl. Since our local libraries are still closed, I just had to get Sader Tot some new books 😉 

Children's Valentine's Day books

All three of these books are super sweet and cute, but I especially love God Is Love. Speaking of Valentine’s Day… I really want to decorate for it soon. Do you decorate for “little” holidays like Valentine’s Day? I am all about anything that brings extra joy to our home!

-Taking a couple of dogs home. I texted Jimmy a picture of two huskies in our basement the other day while he was at work and he was so confused because they definitely weren’t Niva, haha.

I saw two huskies loose on our street and instantly remembered how it felt to have a missing dog, so I took them home and called their owners (yup, they were from two different houses!). They got some playtime in our yard with Niva and it kind of felt like a husky party, haha. We were all able to relate on just how good this breed of dog is at escaping!

-Seeing Jimmy’s work. Jimmy installed a cross at Light of Life Rescue Mission on Friday and sent me a photo. He tells me about things he does at work all the time, but it’s always nice to see what he’s up to!

Light of Life Rescue Mission

-Researching. I’ve been doing lots of research on less toxic home/personal care items lately and am randomly enjoying it?! A few people have shared their favorite brands with me, which has been very helpful! I figured I can share what friends and family have told me about thus far! 

  • Makeup/beauty brands: Mineral Fusion, Mary Kay, and Pure Haven
  • Cleaning/home brands: Puracy, Branch Basics, Grove, Norwex, Young Living, and Melaleuca. 

I’m also researching making my own cleaning supplies. I have a great laundry detergent recipe, but I’d like to add things like glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, etc. to my list of DIYS. The caveat is that they have to be simple to make and effective. We’ll see if I end up going the route of DIYS (could be inexpensive, but a little bit of work) or just purchase from some of the brands above (easy to do, but pricier).

-Playing games with Sadie. Sader Tot is at such a fun age for introducing and playing games! I picked up a pack of kid’s yoga pose cards at Dollar Tree and we have had so. much. fun. picking cards and practicing the poses on them together. It’s definitely a great way to get some of her energy out when it’s too cold to be outside for very long 😉

Toddler playing with yoga cards

We’ve also been playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and Elefun, which are both so nostalgic for Jimmy and I! Are there any games that you remember really well from your childhood? Off the top of my head I’m thinking of Mouse Trap, Clue, and Mancala as being favorites when I was younger. 

What are some of your favorite things lately?

15 comments

  1. Awww the yoga poses cards ❤
    So I’m going into more detail with this in email, but we try to be as non-toxic and natural as possible (esp with my Godmom being an Ayurvedic and holistic medicine practitioner), not just for cleaning supplies but everything from food storage containers to body care. Our fav EO brands are Mountain Rose Herbs and Rocky Mountain Oils! MRH has so much good stuff.
    Awww nostalgia!! I remember Candyland and Trouble in particular.
    We’ve been working on an amazing but very challenging 1000 piece puzzle. And I’ve really been enjoying the frozen fog MN has been getting; I find it so beautiful.

    1. They’re so much fun! I bet T would enjoy them! Thank you for your email. It was very helpful!

      I totally forgot about Candyland and Trouble! Candyland always made me want candy, haha. So much fun.

      Frozen fog sounds gorgeous! Hope that puzzle is going well 🙂

  2. “The Husky Farm!” That had to be so funny three of them playing in the back yard!
    That cross Jimmy installed is impressive and I really like that mission. Seeing Sadie trying new things and having new experiences is heart ❤️ warming.
    Love 💕 You
    Dad
    🙂

  3. That cross Jimmy made is amazing!!! His work I always so exceptional ❤️
    I have been off of all social media for years and it has
    Changed my life ~ for the better for sure!
    I think it causes so much anxiety and depression — which is the last thing any of us needs.
    Love you beautiful mama

  4. I go back and forth with social media on the regular. I find it so incredibly toxic, but it’s definitely an addiction at times. All the more reason to ditch it.

    1. I’m so glad you can relate. For me, it was like one day I hated it, then the next day I was on it more than I would like to be and it was just… ugh. It has felt great to completely disconnect!

  5. Please let me know if you find any cleaning product recipes that you really love!

    I’m glad you are in a good place with stepping away from social media!

  6. I am also off of social media…except for the blog! I am very upset with the current censorship so I thought I was not going to partake in Instagram any longer!

    1. Yes to staying on the blog but not social media!! To me, things like Instagram and Facebook feel like junk food and blogging feels like a solid meal, you know? The current censorship is so upsetting. Ugh!

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