Hi, my friends! How was your week? What’s new?
My week was good! Just the usual stuff over here, like teaching virtual classes, working on the blog and Beautycounter projects, doing the preschool drop-off and pick-up, watching the vice presidential debate, doing a live Peloton ride with some girlfriends, plowing through the final season of “Schitt’s Creek” that just dropped on Netflix, and that’s about it.
We also saw some glimmers of fall this week, with slightly better temperatures. Here’s to changing leaves and pumpkin oat milk lattes …
This weekend, I’m getting my hair done, and we have no other big plans, other than a lunch outing. How about you? Alright, let’s get to the faves …
Here we go …
Beautycounter’s fall and holiday collection is here!
I know it may be a little early to start your holiday shopping, but it’s never too early to treat yourself to some clean and safe skincare and makeup.
This week, some of the limited-edition fall and holiday sets debuted on the Beautycounter site, and they are amazing. Here’s one that I think everyone will love …
The Jellies! This is a set of five little shimmer lipglosses, and this one is a fan favorite that sells out over and over again. I’ve got one set in hand and am going to order another one soon to break up as little gifts to send to some of my loyal clients.
The lipgloss flavors are Cocoa, Caramel, Peppermint, Sorbet and Honey. You get a lot of glossy shine on the lips without any stickiness and without any toxic ingredients too, of course. And they are super cute and tiny, so you can pop them in the purse or the pocket with ease.
Check out the fall and holiday collection here, and let me know if you have any questions!
Join the Facebook group
I also started a brand new Beautycounter Facebook group with tips and tricks on makeup and skincare. Join here, if you want to be a part of the fun.
Recent Bay Area adventures
Like I said in my post earlier this week about making the most of the last 90 days of 2020, I’ve been trying to have at least two activities on the calendar for us to look forward to each month. And these don’t have to be huge outings, just something small we plan for.
During these outings, we’ve been trying to get out of our little bubble more and explore the beautiful Bay Area. In the last two weeks, we’ve gone on two adventures worth mentioning …
Picnicking at Baker Beach in San Francisco
Brady hasn’t spent much time at the beach in his three years of life, but based on his few visits, he’s a fan. (Let’s be honest, he pretty much likes all things, except getting his tangles combed through after his bath three times a week.)
A couple of weekends ago, we made the 45-minute drive to Baker Beach in the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco, and we set up shop in the sand, people watched, put our toes in the water and had a little picnic.
It was the perfect sunny and breezy day, and we had a great time together just hanging out. (Fun fact: San Francisco beaches aren’t really swimming beaches, because the water is so cold and rough, it’s more of a lounging beach, and oftentimes, people aren’t even wearing bathing suits.)
I had actually assumed Brady would run all over the place at the beach, but he sat on the edge of our blanket digging in the sand with little shells for quite a while, so Dave and I could lean back and just chill. It was super nice.
The only downfall of our beach trip was that it started to get really busy around noon when larger groups of people were arriving, so we made our exit around then.
Tip: If you’re planning to visit Baker Beach, go early, because parking is hard to come by, and we had to park on the winding street. Also, public bathrooms are sparse, and we were in the port-o-potty area, which was pretty horrific, but had to be used.
Hiking Muir Woods in Mill Valley
When you get busy with life and all the things you normally do, you don’t always make time for “off the grid” adventures in beautiful state parks only an hour away from your home. That’s a shame.
In fact, Dave and I went five whole years without visiting Muir Woods, and now we’ve been twice in the past two months. It’s such a peaceful and gorgeous place, where some of the largest and oldest redwood trees live.
We went again last weekend and did some trail walking and hiking, and it was the best time. Brady loves it there. And of course, it’s a safe socially distanced outdoor activity you can enjoy during COVID-19 times, or not.
I will say that it’s best to go early, because it starts to get busy around noon — and then the peaceful part fades away a bit, unless you hike far away from the entrance. We also saw more litter than normal during this visit, which made me a little mad. People need to respect this natural treasure, you know?
But other than that, we had a grand time in Muir Woods — and the moments of blissful silence and fresh air under the canopy of big trees were totally healing.
I actually kept taking deep breaths, because the air felt so good in my lungs — a nice change of pace from the smoky conditions we’ve been living under. I even made a little video about our time there, so check that out here.
Tip: If you’re planning to go to Muir Woods, you have to make a reservation for parking ahead of time to get in. I’d go early, pack snacks, wear layers and choose one of the less populated trails. There are public bathrooms at the entrance, so make use of those.
Here are my workouts from last week …
- Monday: 30-minute BODYPUMP, 10 a.m., 15-minute cycle, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: Taught 45-minute barre, 12 p.m., 30-minute CXWORX, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 30-minute Les Mills GRIT Strength via Les Mills On Demand, 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute barre, 12 p.m., 30-minute CXWORX, 6 p.m.
- Friday: 45-minute weights circuit, 10 a.m.
- Saturday: 30-minute cycle and 10-minute upper-body, 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 20-minute yoga, 12 p.m.
This past week, I did some extra Les Mills workouts, because I’ve been trying out the new Les Mills Coach guided program, which I’m excited to tell you more about soon in a full blog post review. Other than that, I picked up weights four times, taught two classes, got in some cardio and had an active recovery day. A good week of fitness. And surprisingly, home based too. Wow!
A few A Lady Goes West recommended products
You guys know I only share what I love, so here are some of the brands I recommend …
- Carbon38. The coolest activewear around. Get 15 percent off your first two orders of $100 or more using the code ASHLEYPITT.
- G2G protein bars. I love these tasty and clean protein bars. You can get 15 percent off your order on the G2G Bar site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Organifi superfood supplements. I’m all about the Organifi Complete Plant-Based protein powder, the RED powder and the GOLD powder. You can get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Beautycounter. The best safe skincare and makeup. Send me a message, and I’ll share a 10 percent off code for your very first order.
- Les Mills On Demand streaming workouts. My favorite fitness brand. You can do a whole month of workouts during a free 30-day trial by using my special referral link here.
- Four Sigmatic. These superfood coffees and teas are so good — I especially love the Cacao Chill and Lion’s Mane Latte. Get 15 percent off your order on the Four Sigmatic site using the code ALADYGOESWEST.
A few things from around the web
- California leads the way in safety. It’s amazing that California is the first state to ban 24 toxic ingredients in personal care products, but this should have been done a long time ago nationally. These ingredients are already banned in the European Union and are known to be linked to health issues. If you want to shop safe, know that Beautycounter has never used any of these ingredients. Check out the full story on California’s bold (and needed) act here.
- Use your butt, folks. Did you know that sitting a lot every day can actually cause your glute muscles to weaken and become inactive? It’s true. And it’s very common. Check out these stretches and exercises you can do to turn on your backside, so you feel stronger in life and in your workouts.
And here’s the quote of the week from the Calm app, which I use to do my daily morning meditations …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives
- Last 90 days. The year isn’t over yet, and we can still finish strong, in spite of everything going on … “How we can make the most of the last 90 days of 2020.”
- Food. This list is several months old, but is still pretty current for me … “Five grocery staples I’m currently obsessed with.”
Thank you for visiting the blog today, my friends! I’ll see you soon! 🙂 xoxo
Questions of the day
How was your week?
What are you up to this weekend?
Have you been exploring your backyard more lately?