Currently: October 2020

Welcome to October! I’m not sure how it’s fall and the tenth month of 2020, but here we are. Also, want to hear something crazy? This month marks ten years of blogging for me. 

Carnegie Library

Here’s a look at what’s currently going on in my life this month! 

Current book Still working my way through Midnight Sun and Sadie has been enjoying the Gerda Muller Seasons Collection that my blogging friend Grace gave her for her birthday! Thank you, Grace 🙂

Current excitement Celebrating Sadie’s birthday with our families. We’re having a little get-together with immediate family tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it!

Current joy The everyday moments of life. Going to the library with Sadie, taking Niva on a walk, snuggling with Malcolm on the couch, sitting next to Jimmy at church. Such blessings!

Toddler at Carnegie Library

Current indulgence Taking a nap while Sadie is napping. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once a week, but it’s always refreshing to get in a power nap every once in a while 🙂

Current food Butternut squash soup. I’ve been using this recipe for years and love how simple it is.

Current feelings Sad our garden is on its last leg but excited for this season and the upcoming holidays. 

Current cuteness Niva sleeping in our backyard. The weather has been cooling off here in Pittsburgh and she is loving it. 

Siberian husky sleeping in yard

Current baked good I’m really wanting to pick up some molasses so I can bake these or just some good ‘ol ginger snaps. 

Current beauty product This leave-in conditioner has been making my hair so soft. 

Current drink I usually buy Sadie Juicy Juice in the fruit punch flavor at the store and always steal some from her because it’s so good. Also loving this coffee, as always. 

Current laugh I was at the grocery store the other day while Sadie was napping and checked on her via our baby monitor and found this adorable scene. 

Dad sitting in baby's crib

Current craving A trip with Jimmy. We haven’t gone on a trip just the two of us since before Sadie was born and I’ve been dreaming of a little one-night getaway!

Current goal As always, going through our belongings and donating what we no longer use and then organizing what is left over. 

Current confession I’ve been looking at Christmas decorations. I may or may not have picked up a few holiday-esque things at Dollar Tree the other day. Are you a “it’s too early to think of Christmas” person or a “yay! Christmas!” person?

Current blessing This may sound weird, but the joy of passion. Just being creative and having ideas and doing things is such a blessing, you know?

Tell me something current in your life!

My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

I’ve been trying to use more natural beauty products in an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals coming in contact with my body. I’m not perfect about using all natural products, but I do my best.

The biggest factors for me when choosing a natural product are its effectiveness and cost. Basically, the product has to work as well as its “normal” counterpart, and it can’t be too expensive.


In general, I try to keep my skincare and beauty routine simple. As far as makeup goes, I wear mascara almost daily. I also use powder foundation and eyeshadow a few times a week.

I like to have a good face wash, body wash, exfoliant, and moisturizer, and body lotion in my skincare routine, and that’s about it. Oh, and deodorant! That’s always good to wear 😉

I’ve been experimenting with different natural products for the past few months, and here’s what I’ve found I like so far in terms of how the product works as well as the price.


My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 – For me, moisturizer must have SPF. This smells great and my face is never dry.

Yes to Carrots Super Rich Body Butter – This also smells wonderful and soaks into my skin so well.

Tom’s of Maine Fresh Apricot Deodorant – Natural deodorant is so different from “regular” antiperspirant. Natural deodorant kills bacteria when you sweat so you don’t smell. Antiperspirant literally stops you from sweating with aluminum, which can accumulate in your body. When I first started using this, I was like “I’m still sweating?!” But then I read up on natural deodorant vs. an antiperspirant and learned the difference. Even though I still sweat, I don’t smell. Yay!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Scrub – This smells wonderful and isn’t too rough on my skin, which is important for me when choosing a facial exfoliant.

Physicians Formula 100% Natural Origin Mascara – I’ve loved this stuff for years. I first mentioned it on the blog in 2011. It isn’t clumpy and doesn’t give me raccoon eyes.

Products Not Pictured Above


Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser – I love how creamy this is. My face always feels refreshed after I use it.

Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash – This smells amazing. It’s natural and gentle and gets me clean.

Dr. Bronner’s Cinnamon All-One Toothpaste – I guess toothpaste isn’t exactly a beauty product, but oh well. Dr. Bronner’s has been the first natural toothpaste that doesn’t leave my mouth feeling super dry. It tastes great, and last time I went to the dentist I was cavity-free! This toothpaste doesn’t foam like a regular toothpaste does, which threw me off at first, but now I enjoy the non-foaming aspect.

Where I Buy My Natural Products


I started using to buy household items like paper towels, cat food, and laundry detergent a few months ago, and I’ve been loving it. You can choose to pay with a debit card and opt out of free returns, and the price of the items in your cart go down. The more you buy, the more the prices of the items lower.

Jet offers free shipping on orders over $35 and delivers within two days. It’s a lot like Amazon Prime, except you don’t have to pay a yearly membership and you can lower the price of the items you buy. I add items to my cart when I notice we’re getting low, and then when my order reaches $35, I buy the items and they show up at my door in two days! Jet also sells fresh food (I haven’t tried this yet, though. I think I’m going to soon!).

Anyway, all that to say I buy my natural beauty products from Jet because the prices drop as I shop. If I know I need toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, and mascara, it’s a lot cheaper for me to buy them on Jet than at Walmart, a drug store, or even Amazon.

I’ve also found some of these products at T.J.Maxx at a discounted price, but it’s never guaranteed that I’ll always find them there since the inventory is constantly changing.

FYI, this post isn’t sponsored in any way. It’s just me sharing what natural beauty products I like and how I buy them!

Do you have any favorite natural beauty products?