When the Air Conditioning Stops, So Does the Fun {5 Ways to Stay Cool}

The past few days have been extremely hot for me…not only was it already 75 when I would wake up at 6:30am, it was hitting triple digits by noon. So when the air conditioner decided to stop working on a Friday night, I knew we were in for a fun-filled few days.

If there’s one trait I get from my dad {other than stubbornness} it’s that I can be¬†cheap. There was NO WAY we were going to call someone to come fix the air conditioner over the weekend. Do you know how much that would have cost?!

Instead, Gary & I tried to make the house as comfortable as possible until the repair guy could come. Which leads to this list.

5 Ways to Stay Cool via Organically Mo

  1. Keep the windows & blinds closed – It might look like a morgue, but keeping it all closed can lower house temps!
  2. Run every fan in your home – If your house doesn’t sound like an airport, you aren’t running enough fans.
  3. Put a bowl of ice in front of short fans to make it cooler – I read about this years ago and finally tried it. It didn’t make the house cool enough that I went running for a jacket, but it DID make the air a bit cooler.
  4. Drink water – Duh. Always & forever. But now drink more.
  5. Wet your hair – I know this one goes against everything your mother taught you about wet hair, but trust me. Wet hair + cold air from a fan = bliss.
  6. {BONUS} Screw staying in a hot house and drive to the beach where it’s nice & cool! ūüėČ

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Any other ways you stay cool inside when the AC is out?

Grief is Different for Everyone

It’s been just over 2 months since my mother passed away.

Some days it feels like just yesterday and other days it feels like a lifetime ago. Both types of days are equally hard.

While my mom was in the hospital, and even in the first few weeks that went by, it seemed that I was pretty stable. People¬†warned me that it would hit me hard once I went back to work. Other people kept digging because they knew I “had to be” more torn up than I was showing.

Sometimes I think people just assume the way they deal with grief is the way everyone deals with grief.

Death of a Mother via Organically Mo

Here’s the truth – it’s just starting to hit me. When I was looking my mom’s death in the face, I knew deep down that she was gone. Now that time has passed a little more, it’s the everyday things that sneak up on me.

I don’t feel anger that my mom died – I know the team of doctors who worked on her heart did the best job they could. Nor am I angry at the world – I understand that life is not fair and that death is a part of life.

What I do feel is a deep sadness.

It’s the times when I think of our annual summer shopping trips that will never happen again. Or knowing that I can’t tell her how amazing Hawaii was – other people will certainly listen, but no one will get that gleam in their eyes the way my mom would.

It sounds cliché, but I am just trying to take this all day by day. Some days all I want to do is stay in bed all day and do nothing. Other days, I wake up feeling alive & know it would be a waste to stay home and grieve for my mother.

I have to remind myself that there is no “right way” to feel or show grief after losing someone you loved.


My life can be summed up in one word right now – CRAZY!

Crazy sad

Crazy awesome

Crazy busy

Crazy disorganized

I have so many recipes floating around in my brain or jotted down that I want to share. I also have a ton of Hawaii pictures I want you all to “ooh” and “aah” over with me while I remember the best vacation I ever had.

There’s so much for me to say and I feel so overwhelmed at where to start.

I’m really hoping that in the next week or two, I will find comfort in my blog¬†again. Until then, please bare with me. Remember…my life is CRAZY!

Clearing Up My Skin with Frangipani

***Disclaimer – I was supplied samples of these products to try in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for reading!***

I spent the first 6 months of my road to wellness watching what I put in my body.

Once I had that {mostly} figured out, I decided it was time to start looking for skin care products that were just as good for me as the food I was eating.

Have you ever really looked at the ingredients in your skin care? I did not for a long time…it can be pretty scary! Even the more “natural” companies can have 20-30 ingredients in their face was alone.

After searching for a few weeks and not being pleased the results, I was thrilled when Tracy from Frangipani reached out to me and asked if I would like to try her products in exchange for an honest review. Once I checked out the website and talked with her a little more, I had a good feeling about Frangipani.

According to the website “All Frangipani products are created without the use of harmful chemicals, synthetics, or additives, and prominently feature floral and other natural ingredients.”¬† I LOVE THIS!!

My first impression of the website was very positive. You can search by skin type, and when I saw the Hormone Exfoliating Trial Set, I knew that was the one for me.

Within a week my trial set arrived and I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited to wash my face at night! The first thing I noticed was how great these products smell. So clean, but not overpowering.

The Refreshing Face Wash is the first face wash I have used that will remove all of my makeup. It leaves my face squeaky clean, but without drying my skin out. Twice a week, I replace the face wash for the Exfoliating Face Gel. Just like the face wash, it get my skin nice & clean. After giving my skin a minute or two to dry I squirt 2 pumps of the Acne Serum onto my hands and massage into my face. Then I massage one more pump into my neck and chest. Right before I go to sleep, I rub a small amount of the Shea Butter Softening Lotion onto my face and let the mixture of shea butter and lavender oil lull  me to sleep.

I have now used Frangipani exclusively for over 2 months and have noticed major changes in my skin. I break out less, and when I do, they are small and go away quickly {I’d say within 36 hours or so}. The major difference I see is that my pores are smaller and less full of gunk. Every Sunday I use a pore strip and the last 4 weeks I barely find anything on the strip when I pull it off. MAJOR BONUS POINTS! ¬†I even ordered full-size bottles of everything because I love this skin care line so much.

If any of you are looking for a new natural skin care regimen, please check out Frangipani.

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What do you look for in skin care products?
Do you try and use natural products on your face?