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Saturday Morning Tea- February Edition

February 3, 2018
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Good morning friends! Happy Saturday! Thanks for joining me again this month for an edition of the Saturday Morning Tea. This month, I’m drinking a cup of Blue Lady Black from Zest Tea in this cute mug that I got as a Christmas gift from my cousin. I get to enjoy my favorite slow routine and be reminded of a cousin I deeply love in the process.

Things are a bit all over the place in life right now. I’ve collected a bit from each of those places to share with you this month. Art (this blog) reflects reality. 🤷‍♀️

Sweat Seal

My good friend Freddy is a sweat-er. You know those people who sweat a lot? Freddy is one of them. Unfortunately for him, that has lead to a lot of pit stains over the years in all sorts of occasions. Born out of necessity, a couple of years ago he started developing Sweat Seal, the shirts that keep the pit stains away.

Even though I’m embarrassed to admit it, I’m going to anyway: I’m a sweat-er too. It’s really bad at night too. It’s not uncommon for me to leave the gym with sweat stains, but that’s okay because it’s the gym. It’s less okay to go to your friend’s wedding or a conference and have sweat stains.

When Freddy started an Indiegogo campaign last spring, I knew it was something that I wanted to support. I knew what a pain it was to deal with sweating in public, so it was going to serve an actual need in my life, AND I got to support my friend! Win-win!

I recently got my Sweat Seal shirt. I wore it while doing a 30 minute cardio workout on my assault bike. It was impressively comfortable and I didn’t get that tingly “I’m sweating” feeling that I hate. I’m going to the gym at 9 AM today and I’m going to be wearing my Sweat Seal Shirt! I can’t wait.

Audio books

Do audiobooks count as books? When I set a reading goal of reading 36 books for 2018, do audiobooks count?

Obviously, it’s my goal and I’m the final judge, but I’m curious about how other people feel about this. I’m not really an audiobook person because Id much rather listen to podcasts. I will, though, move forward on the occasional audiobook.

TV

I currently am on abotu two weeks of no television (iuncluding Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) with one Criminal Minds exception. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to things, as result.

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Instead of plopping on the couch in front of the TV, I’ve started turning on the soundbar and doing something. If I want to write on my Freewrite, then I’ll turn on a Spotify playlist (like this one from NGMS). If I’m listening to a podcast or an audiobook through audible, I’m usually working through household tasks, like folding laundry or loading/unloading the dishwasher, or stitching on whatever project I’ve been working on, currently this Baltimore Ornament that I got from Needlepoint.com.

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I noticed that I was struggling to recharge while C is gone. Sitting in front of the TV wasn’t helping and, in fact, was leading to me scrolling through my phone way more than I wanted to . I deleted all the scrolling apps on my phone (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tasty) too, and I already feel much better.

Norwex

Note to Katie: I need more laundry detergent.

My dear friend Katie sells Norwex, a line of products aimed to help you reduce the use of chemicals in your daily lives. Slowly but surely, I have been adopting their products. For example, I use the Fresh Produce Wash to clean my fruits and veggies by spraying it and then rinsing it with water. I am not going to pay a premium for pesticide-free food, so I’d much rather just feel good about my cleaning process. I also have the silver-lined microfiber clothes throughout my kitchen. Whenever there are spills (in case you’ve never been in a kitchen with me, the answer is often), I feel good knowing I can just wipe it up with these and not have to pull out harsh chemicals that Bo will inevitably lick.

I think of the biggest misconceptions is that living more chemical-free is expensive. That doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, the Norwex laundry detergent is LESS expensive than Tide pods, which is what I was using previously. Most people overuse their liquid detergents, so I switched to pods which are slightly more expensive, but made more sense because they limited overuse. Now that I’ve been using the Norwex powder detergent, each load costs less than 25 cents! No brainer to me!

Wedding Planning

I am not a fan of the wedding planning process at all, to be honest. Long distance wedding planning while living life is time-consuming and frustrating.

The good news is in the last two weeks we’ve finalized details for my bridal shower, ordered save the dates, created a rough timeline for the day-of with the photographer, and maybe found bridal shower dresses. I found my dress a couple of weeks ago at Elizabeth Johns Couture in Morristown, NJ, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It was a sample and fit me perfectly! While our wedding is planned for September, I am happy to know that if for some reason our wedding date needs to be moved at least I have my dress!

I hope you enjoyed this slow moment of me sharing my Saturday Morning Tea with you. What’s on your mind right now?

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Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.