Last night was unbearably hot. Our inside thermometer read 94 degrees. Since we don’t have air conditioners yet in the new apartment, Steph and I were making do with what we do have: big windows, ceiling fans, and a nice, cool fridge. So I decided to try out a tip I’d read in Body+Soul magazine earlier this summer and make my own toner out of chamomile tea. Honestly, I’m in love.

I made the tea while I was cooking dinner, cooled it while we ate, and stuck it on the top shelf of the fridge just before I hit the shower. By the time I was out it was nice and chilled and just one cottonball was enough to cover my whole face and leave me cooled down.

I also put a little bit of the tea in a spray bottle so that I could cool off in the middle of the night if need be, but luckily I slept all through the night until 5:00 AM or so when it finally started cooling down. So I’ll be taking it to the shore with me this weekend (fingers crossed) for a post-beach spray, and I’m keeping the bowl in the fridge for the rest of the week to add into my nightly routine.

For daytime, I’m still using Avalon Organics Lavender Toner, which has become a new fave part of my morning routine. As much as I love makeup (and I do), I didn’t understand the necessity of toner until just a month ago, when a tutorial on an organic makeup line’s website explained how just a little bit balances Ph and preps for moisturizer. As a firm believer in the power of moisturizer, I was hooked. I picked up Avalon Organics since I use the rest of their lavendar skincare line, and I’ve been really impressed. A little goes a long way and I’ve had to use less moisturizer (and therefore save $$$). All in all, a win. And now with my new chamomile trick under my belt, I’m all set.

This morning I also got back into my “quiet time” routine, which had been veering from wildly off schedule to non-existent through the bedbug crises of July. So after more than a month’s worth of starts and stops in Proverbs, I finally got to Ecclesiastes today, and right away this verse stuck out to me:

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?

True that. What an awesome verse. And on that note, I suppose I should go find some satisfaction in work right this moment 😉 ….


Grateful for: A good night’s sleep, a cool breeze, and a job to find satisfaction in.

Link of the Day: First Annual Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival. Taking place tonight with the Budos Band playing awesome old-school soul and funk. Go!