Write more, stress less

That was my New Year’s Resolution this year – write more and stress less. I’ve been doing great on the “write more” part of that goal. The “stress less” part, on the other hand, has been a little more difficult.

But, for the last few months, I’ve been subscribing to Therabox, a monthly collection of stress reducing products. I’ve tried a few here and there, but for the most part I’ve been collecting them and not using them.

Tonight, with my husband out of town, and a seriously stressful week ahead of me next week, I decided to have a home relaxation night. I had a dinner of Panera mac & cheese (and can I just say that Panera offering delivery is a wonderful thing) and a glass of Cupcake Red Velvet wine.

I’m in my most comfy yoga pants and new PHACE t-shirt, and settled in on the couch with Legally Blonde on Netflix. And I’ve got three months worth of beauty products to test out.

First up – post shower, I’ve got Unicorn Whipped Body Butter. The swirl of pastel colors is pretty and my arms and legs are now silky smooth. And I smell like a candy store.

Next, the Farmer’s Touch foot cream and a big fluffy pair of socks. I made a deal with myself that I will get a mani-pedi when I hit my first goal weight, which is still several pounds away, so in the meantime, this will soften up my heels.

My two favorite products, so far, come next. First the Z Skin Extreme Moisturizer – this arrived in my first Therabox and I’ve since ordered 3 or 4 more tubes of it. My hands are usually red and dry all winter. This magic lotion is the only product I’ve found that clears them up. Here are some before and after photos:

The jade roller is fantastic for headache relief – I keep it in the fridge so it’s always nice and cold. Rolling it across my forehead makes even the worst headache a little bit better.

With several face masks to choose from, I opted for the Bubble Bubble Pop! Mask, as it seemed the best fit for a viewing of Legally Blonde. Upon opening, I discovered a foamy mask to be applied to the face. I was going to post a picture, but honestly, it made me look like Hannibal Lecter. I didn’t really enjoy the bubbling sensation – it made the mask feel like it was slipping off. I wore it for just under the 10 minutes recommended on the package, and then washed off the bubbles. That was followed up with a spritz of Modern Skyn Alchemy Shimmering Rose Moisturizing Mist which smells lovely.

Last but not least, I’ve done my nails – fingers and toes, in the Taupe Coat nail polish that came with the March box. It’s not my normal color, but I like it enough to hold me over until I lose those last few pounds and hit the nail salon.

For the record, I’m getting nothing in return for this post – it’s a purely unsolicited observation of my experience with the various products I’ve received through the Therabox subscription.

So here I am, fully relaxed on a Friday night, with my feet up and a glass of wine at hand. And despite the week coming up in my near future, I’m going to, as my sister Erin would say, “Choose to be happy.”

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