What I’m Crushing On – February 22, 2019

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Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming by Michelle Obama

After a super busy December, I managed to catch a virus at Christmas that really knocked the wind out of me until the second week of January. Not a great way to enter a new year, but what can you do? Then in Toronto, we got hit with snowstorm upon snowstorm and after shoveling snow for a few days, that darn virus returned. I suppose it was my body’s way of saying “slow down”.

January always brings with it, at least for me anyway, the urgency to re-establish goals and my goal again this year is to get in better physical (and mental) shape. To that end, I am trying to eat good quality foods, start with gentle exercise and get enough sleep. I’m also trying to flag negative thinking once it rears its ugly head in my brain and swoosh it out quickly!

I wanted to share what’s caught my attention recently. Here’s What I’m Crushing On for February 22, 2019.

SPROOS Grass Fed Collagen
SPROOS Grass Fed Collagen

Food

Recently, I’ve been adding Sproos Grass-Fed Collagen to my daily Rooibos tea. I injured my knee a few years ago and it never felt as strong as it was prior to the injury. I read that collagen food supplements helped not only with skin and gut health, but to build joint cartilage and reduce inflammation. Since trying Sproos, I notice my knee doesn’t creak like it did before. I have noticed other benefits including smoother skin. My nails have always been strong so I can’t tell whether the collagen supplement has helped.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Books

I love a good autobiography and Michelle Obama‘s Becoming is one of the best I’ve read. Many of us have an image of the First Lady as a classy, intelligent partner to the 44th president of the United States. This memoir, however, reveals an incredibly determined and focused woman who, with the encouragement of her family, pursued excellence as early as elementary school to the revered classrooms of Princeton and Harvard and later at an elite Chicago law firm. Even more interesting is the fact that she gave up her prestigious law career and took a huge salary cut to pursue community work that felt more in line with her values. Ms. Obama writes with endearing honesty and warmth in the course of sharing her memories of childhood, university years and marriage to Barack Obama. For instance, she reveals that her high school guidance counselor told her that she was “not Princeton material”. She describes the challenges of living in the White House, where windows had to be secured at all times for security reasons and shares her feelings about the backlash to a comment she made in a speech while campaigning for her husband. Michelle Obama is a stellar role model for women and men alike and I highly recommend her autobiography.

TV

I finished watching Season 2 of The Crown and loved it. Claire Foy in the title role is astounding. I’ll really miss seeing her in the upcoming Season 3 as both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip will be played by older actors. I’m looking for more Netflix recommendations. Do you have a favourite? Please let me know in the comments section.

Strivectin Multi Action Clay Renewal Mask
Strivectin Multi Action Clay Renewal Mask

Beauty

I’m loving Strivectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask. I look like a member of the Blue Man Group when I have it on, but it is one of the easiest masks to apply and the results are immediate. I have sensitive skin with blotches of rosacea on my cheeks. After wearing the mask for 10 minutes, my skin is calmer and more even toned, as well as super smooth. I also love walking around with a blue face.

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  1. Enjoyed reading what you have been enjoying here lately. Always interested in different tv and what people are enjoying and types of food they like.

  2. I need some new Netflix recommendations too! I’ve seen everythign that i liked and nothing new is intriguing. I caught a cold virus over the holidays too and am on round two of it! Boo

  3. I want to try some collagen for my knees, they are giving me trouble now. I gave my mom Becoming for Christmas and she loved it. She finished it, and I’m looking forward to reading it next.

  4. Rooibos tea is delicious and so beneficial. I can imagine adding more goodness to it makes it even better! I think my wife would really like that mask. I’ll have to remind myself to forward this to her.

  5. I’ve desperately wanted to read the Michelle Obama book but I just don’t have the time. I think I’m just going to give in and buy it and read a little every night before I go to bed.

  6. I still haven’t read that book, but I want to check it out! Sounds like a good read.

    I’ve recently been trying collagen, but I have a hard time remembering to add it to my tea or coffee. I’ll have to try the one you’ve been using.

    • Yes, I agree. Even though I’m Canadian, I miss having Barack Obama as the U.S. president and Michelle Obama as the First lady! And I also felt inspired to do more with my life after reading her book! Cheers, Lori

  7. These are all interesting! I’ve been hearing good feedback about the book. I hope I can get a copy soon. I’d love to try the mask too, looks great!

  8. Thanks for sharing what you’re crushing on, Lori. I’ve been meaning to read Becoming and you’ve given me the nudge I need. I also think it’s cool that you like having a blue face. 🙂

  9. I have been reading a lot of books this year and my favorite has been the book by the BTK Serial Killers Daughter, Kerri Rawson, it is amazing. I am more into those types of books but I am always happy to hear about new ones.

  10. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like too. I need to start again because I’d love to read Michelles book. I think it would be really interesting.

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