But that’s beside the point…
As I am writing this, I have had one of the shittiest weeks to go on record. So when I have weeks like that, instead of doing things I should be doing, I am doing things that comfort my soul.
It isn’t as Oprah Book Club-y as it sounds. It means doing things that make you feel less shitty.
For example, watching a really bad episode of Beverly Hills 90210 or eating a bowl of Fruit Loops for dinner. It’s good, try it.
Here are a few of my favorite comfort items just in time for cooler weather.
- Beverly Hills 90210. I need to see young and tragically hip people from MY day in order to feel less shitty, Because there is nothing like seeing what Brandon looks like now to make you want to crawl in a hole and head back to 1991. (Twitter is not always a good thing). By the way, he doesn’t look like hell per say, he just looks old and I don’t know how that is remotely possible since I am still 21 years old.
It started innocently enough with the old PSL (that’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, bitches!!) because I am at a stage in my life where I feel like I need to try all the things because of death.
IT’S JUST OUT THERE………..WAITING.
Until I realized how many calories are in a PSL and read a news story that apparently it kills you.
SEE? OUT THERE WAITING.
So then I moved over to the SVL (Skinny Vanilla Latte, bitches!). Oh, mah word. Which then led to me buying myself an itsy bitsy coffee maker for 12 bucks at the store because what I spent on the maker, coffee, filters, and accessories in one transaction was as much as I was spending per week at Starbucks and I’m not rich.
CAN YOU TELL I’VE BEEN DRINKING COFFEE WHILE I AM WRITING THIS??!?!?!
Now I feel like I need to try all the things ever. Like sushi, quinoa, and organic cheese.
- Finding out that the entire Felicity series is on Hulu. Or buying it on Amazon so you can watch it commercial free. By the way, Keri Russell does NOT look like hell. Yet.
- Yoga pants.
I know this has come and gone as a “thing” but it’s my “thing” now. My jam. My shit.
I cannot get over spending an entire month’s allowance on leggings with prints COUGH Lularoe COUGH.
I cannot get on that train and you can’t make me.
But yoga pants? ALL ABOARD. CHOO CHOO.
Did you know that yoga pants don’t hurt you? They don’t make you feel bad about yourself when you’ve had a Whopper Junior on your “diet” day.
They don’t taunt you like, say, the denim Capri’s that dig into your muffin top and scream at the tops of their lungs, “WOMAN, MAKE BETTER CHOICES DAMMIT!”
Put. Down. The. Coffee. Kari.
- It’s socks weather Y’all! Which means I don’t need to paint my toes or look at my toes and think “I wish I could get a pedicure but can’t because the water bill is due this week”.
- Which reminds me, long pants weather is here! As opposed to short pants?
So put down the Venus razor’s my friends! Wear your hairy legs with pride!
That is buried under your yoga pants and socks.
- Short hair.
Pssst, I have a secret.
All of the people telling women that their hair must be long in order to be sexy are lying to you. LYING.
This summer, I got my hair cut short. Like, shorter than I have ever had it cut.
I’ve tried short hair before but I always told myself I ended up looking like a very pretty David Spade so then I grew it out.
Pssst, I have another secret.
The older you get the worse your hair gets.
So after growing it out and always going back to the same angled bob haircut, I would very disappointed with myself.
In June, an acquaintance said in a nice yet stinging comment, “I love your mom hair!” and that is when I said to myself, life is too short to NOT have the hair you want.
Give me the friggin’ short hair, David Spade be damned!
I also want it to be partly purple and green and shave the sides around my ears!
I am living my midlife crisis on my head, dammit!
Even my neighbor who cuts my hair tried to talk me off the ledge a little before obliging to the short hair request.
She was a little hesitant until she saw the hairstyle coming to life on my head.
When she was done, she said, HOLY SHIT THIS IS YOUR HAIRSTYLE!
Like, it is the best hairstyle I have ever worn because I actually look hip without trying.
Not at all like a “mom” cut.
- Essential Oils.
Over the past few years, I have become a believer. One of those people. Oils, or as my teenager calls it “voodoo”, has changed our lives.
Now, I am not loyal to one company so I won’t try to sell you anything.
But seriously, it has helped with illnesses, ADHD and makes my house smell like a fresh mountain stream. I was going to say fresh summer day but then you might think my house smells like a Massengill douche commercial.
If you’ve never bought oils, just know that peppermint is the one oil that has transformed my life and it will yours too.
Get some. Today. Wherever you want, because I won’t tell you what to do. But email me if you want to know my favorite.
- I love Amazon for many reasons. They have my daughter’s vitamins at the lowest cost around; I can buy dishwasher detergent without leaving my house and the hair color that everyone tells me is amazing where DO you get your color done? Yeah, AMAZON BITCHESSSS!!
Want a bittersweet trip down memory lane? Go to your Amazon Orders page and look through everything you have ever ordered from them. There is nothing more heartbreaking than looking at toys you used to order for your teenage children. I sat at the computer and literally cried for twenty minutes over a friggin’ Barbie Head Hairstyler that I bought in 2005.
Here are some of my must-order items on Amazon.
Oh man, JoJo’s Circus on DVD from 2004?????
I get all of my diffuser’s from Amazon because it is the cheapest place to find them. I have wanted the wood grain diffuser for over a year now but didn’t want to have to sell a kidney to get one. This one is only 32, lights up, and is kick ass. (On sale right now for 29.99 bitchessss!)
I bought this book for my friend Rebecca after her youngest child left for college. Turns out it will be good for any mom that has kids going away whether they are the last to leave the nest or not. She is going to let me borrow it in a year and a half. Sniff sniff.
These vitamins. Man, they are pricey because you eventually have to give your child four at a time but they work. It has Omega 3’s and DOESN’T smell or taste like fish. That is huge for Ella since she has ADHD and is something her body needs.
I get so many compliments on this camera bag; in fact, everyone who sees it thinks it is my purse. Which makes me think I should start carrying this as a purse.
When we installed an old-fashioned pencil sharpener on our kitchen wall last spring, everyone who has come into our home has said: “that is brilliant”. Because when we do homework, we were forever looking for one of those tiny sharpeners and losing them. I had it last spring and bought this. Now we have the sharpest pencils on the block.
If you are just getting into GG for the first time, you need this book.
This book is on my Christmas list! It is about her life on Gilmore Girls. Perfectly timed with the Netflix release.
Okay I lied, essential oils didn’t change my life. This salve did. My parents bought some in Amish country a few years ago and were hooked ever since. It has helped everything from migraines, aches, and pains, fever and even dry, cracked feet. I have had the same jar since 2014 and am just now getting to the point where I need to order more. You need this in your life.
If you go to Spark Naturals and use the coupon code agracefulllife, a portion of the sales will help support this blog.
I stand behind Spark because it works for our family and is honestly cheaper than many of the other oils companies.
This post has Amazon Associate links. That means if you purchase anything after clicking the link, I get a percentage of it. They are not, however, paying me to tell you all of the above because Lord Jesus if I don’t love my Unkers. And coffee.