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01 July 2015

Baths, Birds & The Beach

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Living in Puerto Rico means a change of habits, hobbies and health routines.  Instead of hot coffee in the morning, I grab it iced.  Instead of exercising in the afternoon, it is at dusk or dawn.  Instead of playing in the woods, we play in the sand and in the pool.  It is a different lifestyle and at times, difficult to adjust to, but here are three ways I am making it enjoyable and healthful.

The Beach

Friends, I really hate the beach.  I am not a sand girl, a sun girl, a salt girl, or a heat girl.  I truly am happiest on a dark, gloomy day in the 60's.  I knew that I would have to adapt however, and I knew the beach would be a favorite for the kids.  SO.  I bought 10 pairs of sunglasses.  No really.  If I hate the sun, I can at least not be squinting at it.  Buying glasses in bulk on clearance ($3-8 ish) so that there is always a pair available in every diaper bag, every beach bag, every table and porch -- it helps.

It also helps me to have a plan.  The Beach Book has been helpful providing ideas for beach crafts and outdoor ideas in general -- they don't all require sand!  I basically takes my mind off the fact that small critters might be climbing in between my toes and that the sun is baking me to a fine crisp.

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Doesn't that giant tower of sand  for ball rolling look fun??
dog-earred already -- a good sign!
You can find THE BEACH BOOK HERE for about $12 HERE on Amazon.  
Fiona Danks has also written Nature's Playground, Go Wild, THE STICK BOOK and The Wild City Book (among others).  I'd like to read 'em all :)
Something for everyone and they are all inexpensive little books ranging from $10-20 at the very most.  


  You see, I love birds, but I have no idea which kind is which beyond distinguishing a cardinal from a toucan.  I knew that Puerto Rico would give me a chance to check out new birds with new songs and I wanted to learn more.  It drops soon and I am trying to get my hands on a preview copy :)  Until then, I am googling like mad to figure out what all the birds are around here trying to eat our trash!

Follow along in real time on Instagram HERE


While Puerto Rico can be flaming hot, I still enjoy a nice hot bath.  I don't know what it is about a hot bath, even in the heat of summer, that is so relaxing and ironically cooling.  There is SO much heat that the shock of cool air (even if it is 90 degrees) is such a change?  I dunno.  All I know is that I still enjoy a nice long bath after long, humid days and the sameness of this routine from PA to PR has been comforting.

Homemade Bath Bombs Salts and Scrubs by kate Bello
Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs: 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks 

Perhaps you are already a fan of essential oils and you would live in a bathtub were you able to and you just need a few recipes to get you started.  Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs: 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks by Kate Bello is completely full, cover to cover, with bathing recipes for salts, balms, scrubs, you name it.  There is not a lot of superfluous writing, just recipe after recipe for you to try.  I am excited to try both the soothing Frankincense Salt Soak and  the cedarwood and Lavender Salt Soak.  This book also introduced me to several oils, scents and other natural elements that I had reviously not utilized, such as carrot oil, sunflower oil and neroli.  Suffice it to say, my wheels are turning with plenty of new ideas!

Homemade Bath Bombs Salts and Scrubs by kate Bello
You KNOW I like a book when it is dog-eared on the tops AND bottoms of pages!
I am now onto book FOUR of the Outlander series (THIS ONE) and eagerly awaiting Amazon Prime 
or Hulu or Netflix or SOMEONE getting the TV series up and available!  Happy Reading!
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