Let’s start with that last one, shall we? I’m still in de-cluttering and organizing mode. I’m taking it in small steps, the most recent being my bathroom vanity counter.
The Beauty “Condo…”
We have a very small bathroom, and not much storage space. I tend to accumulate skincare products, between trying new things and switching up my routine depending on the weather. I’d been storing them in some shallow metal bins on the counter, but they always seemed to overflow the allotted space. It made for a messy jumble that was driving me nuts.
I’ve been on the lookout for a beauty organizer that isn’t plastic. I finally stumbled across this bamboo swivel unit, and it’s exactly what I wanted. Corrals all of those little tubes and jars, and makes everything easy to find. Bamboo is a sustainable material, and shouldn’t mildew.
Here’s the other side. I LOVE that it swivels. I know Marie Kondo advises against purchasing “organizers,” but if you don’t have much drawer space, sometimes they’re a great solution. Rather than feeling stressed out in my bathroom, I now enjoy my morning and evening skincare routines.
A Paris Fix…
I received the February My Stylish French Box (gifted) a few weeks ago, but held off sharing the contents until deliveries were complete so as not to spoil the surprise. Opening the boxes, and discovering what’s inside is half the fun! Sharon curated a beautiful set of unique gifts, all Paris-themed, and all utterly charming.
That’s a real French beret on the left, 100% wool. The scented candle is from La Note Parisienne, and the fragrance is a wonderful floral mix. (I’m burning it now, and it’s making the house feel a little more like Spring on this cold, wet day.)
There’s a red-tinted lip balm, a lovely travel-sized fragrance from Annick Goutal (plus a refill), and an antique pharmacy pill box, perfect for storing small treasures.
The charming print and set of notecards are from French illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé. The pouchette, made especially for My Stylish French Box, features a view of the Pont Neuf and Ile de la Cité.
Both of our dogs are getting along in years. Byron is 13½, and Coco just turned 13. They’re at the point where they’re starting to have more health issues. Byron’s had some disc compression in his back for a while (a not-uncommon problem with Cavaliers, I’m told). But lately it seems to have worsened, creating pressure on nerves, in turn causing him to sometimes lose control of his hind legs. He’s too old for surgery (anasthesia), so at this point we’re just trying to keep him mobile and comfortable.
The vet recommended a local pet physical therapy center, and we’ve been going twice a week for a couple of weeks now. They do massage, some exercises and other therapies including acupuncture, which he tolerates well. We’ve seen slight improvement, so will continue with the program.
I’m still at it with my own “physical therapy” too (Pilates). I’ve noticed continued (if incremental) improvement in strength and my posture. I’ve definitely added some muscle. A lifetime of desk jobs and being hunched over a keyboard has reduced the range of motion in my shoulders, and my teacher has focused a lot of work in that area. I don’t do my “homework” as often as I should, need to work on that. 😉
What’s your favorite “therapy” at the moment?