We all know empty nesters who have somehow gotten “stuck” and just stopped learning and growing. I never want to be one of those people! (And I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that you don’t either!) That’s why every month I share with you some of the things I’ve been learning in the empty nest. I’m also telling you about some products that I am absolutely loving right now too. Click the pink links OR the images in the graphic at the top of this post for more information. (Am I getting SO techie, or what?!) You’re gonna be SO in the KNOW!
What I’m Learning
Facebook, how could you? All this Facebook privacy stuff has me stressed about who has access to my info. How ’bout you? If you want to check on what sources are sharing your Facebook data, here’s what to do: Open your browser to your Facebook page and click the small black triangle in the upper right side of the blue bar at the top of the page. Select settings from the menu and then select Apps from the column on the left. You’ll see a list of apps and pages you’ve logged into with your Facebook account. (I was amazed at how many of these I didn’t remember!) If you click on an entry, you’ll see what they’re sharing about you. To delete, you can click the “x” to the side.
No signature required. Starting in April, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover will no longer require a signature when you make a debit or credit card purchase. (Visa is making it optional.) I for one am so happy about this because every time I have to sign I can’t help but think about how germy the stylus is! 🙂 Restaurants will not be making the switch, however, as they rely on receipts to get patrons to add tips.
Oh, the marvels of acetaminophen. A recent study suggests that acetaminophen (found in Tylenol, Excedrin, etc.) is an all-purpose damper. Apparently, it not only affects how we perceive physical pain but also psychological pain as well! It tampers down throbbing pain, and also a range of strong feelings like anxiety, euphoria, and fear too. (Lest you rush off to Walmart to grab a big ole’ bottle, know that it can be toxic to the liver when taken in high doses.)
What I’m Loving
1. Sonic Bomb Bluetooth Alarm Clock – I’m always looking for good graduation gift ideas to share with y’all, so when SonicAlert reached out to me and wanted to send their Sonic Bomb Bluetooth Alarm Clock my way, I was intrigued! This cool smartphone-controlled alarm clock vibrates to wake even the heaviest of sleepers. You can set multiple alarms, and it can also alert you to emails, calls, or texts. It won’t wake the roommates, and you can even adjust the vibration strength. Genius! (It would also make a great gift for someone who’s hearing impaired.) Sonic Alert is giving 20% off the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock to Empty Nest Blessed readers for the next seven days with the promo code blessed20.
2. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen – I don’t know what I’d do without this instant smudge and smear remover because I’m horrible at applying eyeliner! It’s infused with Vitamin E, cucumber, and chamomile and even works on waterproof makeup.
3. Olay Regenerist Whip Facial Moisturizer (with Spf 25) – I’ve been using this day cream every morning underneath my makeup, and I love it! It’s light and fast-absorbing, and it doesn’t leave my face shiny, greasy, or sticky. The bonus? It packs in all those Olay anti-aging ingredients for hydration and firming as well.
4. Haute Heels – Got some super cute shoes that could be more comfortable? My friend introduced me to this great product one day when I was at an event where I had to stand for a long time in shoes that are actually really comfy. (But the standing was killer!) This spray contains arnica, aloe, and ilex leaf extract and you apply it to your feet before putting on your shoes, and then reapply as needed. I’ve linked the value pack with a full-size bottle for your home and a mini bottle spray for purse and travel. What a lifesaver!
5. Urea 40+ Salicylic Acid – I told you about this cream that my dermatologist recommended in my recent Even More Midlife Beauty Issues post. It’s got me ready for sandal season by getting rid of the rough, calloused skin on my heels. The salicylic acid enhances the ability of the urea to moisturize and exfoliate and it’s greaseless, non-staining, and non-irritating.
6. The Year of Cozy – This precious book would make a great gift for yourself or a friend! Full of quick recipes, simple crafts, and other inexpensive activities, the author’s easy-to-follow instructions, and beautiful photos make all things possible in the world of DIY. It’s organized by the months of the year for easy reference. I’m loving it.
7. Motivational Hydration Water Bottle – If you have trouble drinking as much as you should, this 20 oz. glass water bottle could provide just the motivation you need! Designed so that you fill it twice a day, it features time markings and inspirational phrases to help you remember to hydrate. Drinking enough water boosts energy levels, enhances concentration, prevents headaches, and can help with weight loss. (Not to mention, it is awesome for your skin!) Not sure how much water you need to be drinking? This blog post will help.
My sweet mom and dad read every one of my blog posts. Attention MOM AND DAD! Stop reading now. I’m serious. STOP. Skip to the end! I love you but STOP. Thank you. 🙂
8. Nixplay WiFi Digital Photo Frame – I love this frame, which is available in five finishes. Not only can you access and upload photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, etc., but if you have access to WiFi, you can capture photos and upload them instantly with an app on your smartphone. What a sweet way to include your senior parents or even your kids in your vacation fun! The power cord acts as a frame stand to let you adjust your viewing angle. Shhhh…I’m giving it to my mom for her birthday this year!
Happy Monday, everyone! I’m so sorry that I didn’t get this post out earlier, but our sweet daughter stayed one extra day for Spring Break, and she keeps me hopping. (Which, let’s be real, I cherish!) Last Friday she and I did a photo shoot for an upcoming post about the relationship between mothers and daughters. We got our makeup done and had a blast shooting together. In one shot we did, I was holding her and all of a sudden I got all teary. I don’t get to hold her like that very often anymore and having the opportunity to do it was just so precious to me! It was an empty nester moment of grief that spontaneously came upon me. Do you have those too? (BTW, both she and my millennial photographer thought I was crazy!)