I’m an early riser. I haven’t always been a morning person, but for the past several years, I’ve simply just been unable to sleep in. It started with a desire to get in an hour or two of writing or researching or brainstorming or reading before heading to the office. Now, I feel like I’ve discovered the most beautiful part of the day—those lovely, quiet morning hours in which I can read, sip on my morning cup of coffee, and yes, do a little work—but mostly just gently enter a new day.
My morning habit means I rarely stay up super-late anymore, but I can’t imagine my life without my calming, meditative morning hours—which is why I love the lead story in today’s Link Love Friday post: 8 Ways to Wake Up Happy, from Prevention.
Here are the other things I’ve been reading+enjoying lately. Happy almost weekend! —Aleigh
More information on the dairy + sugar = acne debate.
There were definitely some news-to-me items on this list of 20 things you didn’t know you could recycle.
From MindBodyGreen, 8 things you should always buy.
CV Skinlabs has launched a new campaign to help get their gentle, natural products into cancer treatment centers and hospitals. I always love hearing about how natural skincare companies come to be—Britta’s story is really inspiring.
(Image via Victoria Nevland)
I’m long overdue for a Link Love post—especially since I’ve been hoarding so many great links to share! Here’s what I’ve been reading + enjoying lately:
According to this story in the New York Times, when you feel lonely, your skin is literally colder. Which explains why a warm cup of tea or coffee is so comforting.
This has been making the rounds, but if you haven’t seen it yet, a recent study links drinking soda with a higher risk of depression.
A bummer: Fig+Sage has ended their lovely natural beauty blog. I hope they keep the archives up for a while, because they’re a great resource. (And I wish them the best!)
I’ve been following along (although haven’t yet attempted) Bon Appetit’s 2013 Food Lover’s Cleanse, but it looks delicious. And I think I may try it. Pomegranate walnut oatmeal for breakfast? Sign me up.
Love this, from MindBodyGreen: 10 Easy Ways to Slow the Aging Process. Good advice here!
More great advice, this time from No More Dirty Looks: 4 Ways To Care For Your Hands (And Why You Should Want To). Brilliant and important.
What great things have you read + enjoyed lately? —Aleigh
Photo Credit: Mitya Kuznetsov via Compfight cc
Me, c. 2001, on a backpacking trip over the continental divide in Colorado.
Next week, Ian and I are heading to Denver. I haven’t been to Colorado in more than 10 years (time flies!), and I’m psyched. I’m sure the city has changed a lot over the past decade, and I’m hoping to check out some natural beauty shops and maybe even a spa/salon while I’m there. (Including a visit to meet the lovely Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics in person. Yay!) If you have suggestions of places I should check out while I’m there, please share!
Here’s what else I’ve been thinking about this week:
What are you reading+enjoying lately? —Aleigh