Wednesday Miscellany--It will change your life

You know those people who are chronic recommenders? The try-this-it-will-change-your-life types? That’s me. I get it from my grandmother, whose solution to every childhood ailment was, “Give her an enema.” She swore by it. Sore throat? Enema. Sniffles. Enema. (Freud would have a field day with me, but that’s a discussion for another time.)

I have my list too, which, not surprisingly, does not feature colon cleansing. I adore dispensing advice on everything from men to picking the right college.

Got a bad stomach? Try ginger tea.

Got warts? Well, too bad for you.

Got financial insolubility? I’ll give you ideas from now until Sunday.

So, without further ado, here the latest on my “This will change your life” list:

1. The Checi Coarse Nickel Foot & Callus File. In the summer, I like walking barefoot. On the grass. Hot sidewalks. Rocks. As a result, I’ve developed hooves instead of heels. I’ve tried pedicures, pomace stones, scrubs and alpha-hydroxy ungents. Nothing comes close to addressing the leathery surface on the bottom of my feet. Finally, a trip to Sally Beauty Supply netted the Checi. Nice Checi. Wonderful Checi. Checi of supernatural callus-removing powers. Use it on dry feet. It will change your life.

2. The right sized bra. We’ve had this discussion. Trust me when I say, it will change your life. And take 10 pounds off your appearance.

3. Burt’s Bee’s Herbal Deodorant. Years ago, I gave up antiperspirants in the belief (real or not) that they contributed to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Since then I’ve been on a quest to find an effective natural product. I even tried the crystal, which some people swear by. But rubbing a wet rock under my arms made me feel like an idiot and I still smelled like rotting cabbage. Recently, I saw Burt’s natural deodorant extolled in a magazine article. Nothing involved but alcohol and essential oils, hard to quibble with either. So I gave it a spritz. People, it’s mid-summer and my pits smell pretty! It will change your life.

4. Iyengar yoga. I won’t gas on about this, but I’m forever telling people with minor aches and complaints to find a good Iyengar instructor. I swear, I’m still knitting and writing because of it. It will change your life.

5. Proper skin care. This one is a bit tricky. Though I’ve started selling a skin care line—a decision made in a moment of temporary insanity and career ennui—I believe this is a process or trial and error. Not every line works for every face. If you have sensitive skin like me, it might take some time to find the right stuff. Aim for products packed with antioxidants and natural ingredients. In the meantime, slather on the SPF, wear a hat and drink plenty of water. It will change your life.

I showed you mine. Now, show me yours. What’s on your “It will change your life” list?

Comments (9) -

July 26. 2006 01:23


This is the coolest original meme ever! I will do it this evening.

I might take you up on the advice of the Burt's Bees herbal... It would at least be worth a shot. ;)

Lissa |

July 26. 2006 05:01


<b>AVEDA brand "Be Curly" Curl Enhancing Lotion</b>">
-its a bit pricey but it has been my MIRACLE since I stopped perming my hair and went for the "natural look" (perming for black women is straightening the hair with chemicals-lol).  It is better to get it straight from the aveda site because some people will try and charge you up to $25 for it....  This product gives me defined NON FRIZZY curls that are not sticky icky or crunchy......

<b>Curel Lotion Ultra Healing Lotion</b>">
In the winter, my skin can look like I was rolling in flour (I get very ashy).  This lotion not only makees my skin feel like a new baby's, also lasts ALL DAY (really).  ITs not greasy and it is UNSCENTED-which is best for me.

<b>Olay Moisturinse In Shower Body Lotion with Silkening Radiance for Normal to Dry Skin</b>">
Moisturizing SHOULD BE A RITUAL.  I plan to look like my 30 year old mother (who is really 52, but doesnt look a day past 30!) and the best way to do it is to keep your skin full of moisture...I use less lotion by using this in shower body lotion and you can never have too much moisture in the skin!!! Its great.

That is it!!!! Let me know if you try any of them!

ldbaldwin |

July 26. 2006 09:02


You have several great notes that can change your you suggest, here is mine:

- yoga.  I started practicing yoga several years ago and it defintely changed my life.  I am more flexible, has better posture and stamina, and it helps de-stress.

- antioxidants.  Whether in pill form or natural, uping my level of antioxidants has been a tremendous help in feeling better and recovery from illness is faster.  Omega-3's, vitamin E, and diet rich in spinach and dark berries.

- yerbamate tea.  An acquired taste, its better than caffiene, loaded with antioxidants, and is a gentle colon cleanse!

- a friend.  Certainly and hopefully there is family and co-workers to support you.  But a good friend - someone you can talk to, respects you, and gives positive, constructive feedback - is truly something that can change your life.  I have had just a few friends in life and I have cherished their presence in my spirit.  I wish I could keep them longer!

- finally, a job you love.  As adults we spend most of our time working, but if we have a job we truly love (think finishing that novel!) then we have something very special and life changing.  I am blessed with just such a job at the moment...

John |

July 27. 2006 23:36


Restoration Hardware's "No Crack" hand cream.  I long ago ceased being impressed by miracle lotions but this stuff really has flabbergasted me.  

jenifleur |

August 11. 2006 04:56


Thanks so much for the heads up on the Burt's Bees Herbal Deodorant. I went out and got it immediately and have been very impressed. I also picked up some of the Coconut Foot Creme. That's my "must have."

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