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TGIF.

Happy Friday! I feel like TGIF is sort of an honorary Good Newses, so it really doesn’t even need to call it out. I must admit, I haven’t been this glad to see a weekend in a very long time.

Trying out … my new skincare routine. I finished up the old products last week and started Monday with all ten steps … well, except I still haven’t used the mask. That’ll be tomorrow. Two of my ten steps live in the shower – the exfoliant and the “water cleanser” – so I didn’t include them in the photo. I know it’s just five days in, but I haven’t really noticed that the whole routine takes any longer … and my skin feels great. I “needed” a make-up refresh this afternoon and the woman who helped me complimented my skin. Wow. usually they’ll ask what I’m using and suggest lots of new stuff. so … considering I bought all this at Amazon or Target (with the exception of that little bottle of Trish McEvoy Eye Cream … which I’ve had since February and cost as much as all the other stuff combined), I think I’m off to a good start. also thinking about how I’m going to travel with this next month 😉

Grateful forGoodnight Moon. Katie texted us this photo Monday eveningand said “Sam insists that we read Goodnight Moon every night … I’m so glad you saved it.” I replied that I think I still know all the words by heart. I hope I can still remember them 30 years from now! (are there books you still remember by heart?)

Island bound … as in sleeve island. as in I am still knitting the ribbing on that first Whippet sleeve. Maybe the good news there is that I am still knitting the ribbing on that first Whippet sleeve…and haven’t decided to start knitting anything new?

Fun! … my sister just spent a very fun two weeks in England and brought me back a cool present – a bottle of lavender gin! She also brought me a 4-pack of Fever Tree tonic, which she says is very popular there, too. I will definitely be trying a gin & tonic … but for something more fun, I wanted to make a Cheers-worthy spin on my favorite summertime lavender and blueberry tea.

Cheers to England – serves one

1/2 oz lemon blueberry simple syrup*
1 spoonful reserved blueberries
1 slice reserved lemon peel
1-1/2 oz lavender gin
a lemon wedge

Muddle the blueberries and lemon peel in the bottom of a highball glass with the simple syrup, add ice, gin, lemon soda and a squeeze of lemon.

*Lemon Blueberry Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
a handful of blueberries
peel from half a lemon

Heat everything over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let stand 20 minutes and then strain the syrup into a jar (it will keep practically forever in the refrigerator) and reserve the blueberries and lemon peel to make the cocktails. The reserved fruit won’t last forever, but you should have enough to make several cocktails. and once the fruit is gone, the syrup would be delicious mixed with a Gin & Tonic. or added to a tall glass of iced tea.

I can’t imagine this small batch gin from York is going to be available in Bristol, but I’m hopeful I might find something at least comparable. and I am sure Sara will be happy to experiment with me.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

10 Comments

  • Juliann

    My skin care regime consists of using coconut oil to wash and moisturize. It is so hot and dry here in Utah that I think I need a hydrating mask when I get home. How did you decide on products?

  • Suzanne

    I will admit that I buy a lot of products but never use them. Please let us know how the mask is. I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in over 6 months but I need to make a visit.

  • Kat

    Wow… that’s quite the regiment for your face! (And, I have used both Olay products and like them!)

    And, YES… I have Good Night Moon, Hop on Pop, and Green Eggs and Ham entirely memorized… still!

    That gin! Oooo! YUMM! (And, for Gin and Tonics… have you tried Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup? I have tried dozens of tonic including Fever Tree, but Jack Rudy beats them all hands down, imo!)

  • Honore´

    Maybe you can get samples of your skin care items…or put in smaller, travel containers? The gin & tonic drink (vodka, pls) sounds very good and refreshing…I may try it…if we have any vodka. I’ll let you know…
    Can’t tell you how many times I read Goodnight Moon to my nieces – all three of them! I think Chris has…guess I better check, too!

    Stay cool and enjoy the weekend.

    Cheers~

  • Bonny

    I’ve thought about children’s books a lot, and about how you never know when it’s the last time you are going to be reading a book. I have Goodnight Moon and Farmer Duck taking up valuable real estate in my brain (along with lots of 70s song lyrics)! I’m not a big fan of gin, but I would definitely give lavender gin a taste. What a thoughtful present!

  • Sarah

    You always post the most delicious-sounding cocktails!

    I’m not sure I still have it 100% memorized, but there was a time not so long ago that I had the entirety of Goodnight Moon memorized from reading it to my daughter so often. It came in handy when I was sitting with her while she was falling asleep and was restless — I could keep the light off and recite it from memory!

  • karen

    I just bought a bunch of stuff for my face as well (I need to get my skin into shape and your post pushed me). I also received a bunch of samples that I’m excited to dig into however, I can only use one at a time in case I am allergic!! I’ve been exfoliating my face daily in the shower and it shows!!

  • Carole

    We read Goodnight Moon to Hannah every night for years and I still know all the words by heart, too! Jackie loves it now which is sweet, especially since he’s particularly enamored with the moon. That’s more steps than I’d have patience for in a skincare routine. I use Rodan & Fields and I’m pretty happy with the results.

  • Vera

    Oh gosh! So many books were memorized back in the day…not so much now, but most of Colin’s books have been saved (several relatives bought him books for every birthday and Christmas).

    And gosh (again) that’s a ton of steps for face care! I have used moisturizer religiously for 50 years or so and for years just used a glycerin soap. this year, however, I found myself developing a rash around my eyes and mouth. I’m now strictly using Cerve or Cetaphil cleanser (gentle) and moisturizer (both brands recommended by my dermatologist). My skin is in good shape (I also don’t wear make up on my face – no foundation or powder or anything…once in while a tiny amount of blush, but that’s it) and I haven’t noticed a difference using Cetaphil except for no more rash. And…it ends up being much less expensive than Olay or Aveeno (which I had been using).

  • Vicki

    I’m another saver of books and LOVE reading them to the kids (or sharing them with Ali so she can)!

    You’ll be in GINLAND, and no doubt will find many good ones to try!!