Steph’s Smitten List: Painting + Wine, Body Butter, Volunteers

This week I’m positively smitten with:

1. Painting + Wine: I’m not sure how new this concept is, but painting classes that allow you to drink wine are super popular these days – classes are popping up everywhere! I am not an artist, but I love the idea of creating art. And I love drinking wine. If you have the opportunity to take a class that offers both, don’t pass it up! In a few short hours you turn a blank canvas into a “masterpiece” (mine is hanging in my hallway!). You’re instructed the whole way through, and it’s way more lighthearted, relaxing, and fun than serious. But don’t get me wrong – it can be challenging for the non-artist, but chalk it up to another accomplishment! I’d like to recruit my department at work to take a class together, if for nothing more than the creative outlet it provides (I’m in Marketing) and the camaraderie.

Paint Brushes

2. Body Butter: I have sensitive skin, so I’ve always had to stay away from lotions with fragrances or anything that scrubs the life out of my flesh. The skin on my face? Forget it. To keep it balanced (not too dry in some spots, not too oily in others, no breakouts along my jawline) I have a very specific skin care routine. But my hands (and feet) are another story. I don’t have to be as selective with them so I’ve splurged on thick creams with lovely scents to keep them feeling luxurious, soft, moisturized, and youthful looking. Palmer’s makes a great Cocoa Body Butter Ultra Moisturizing Cream; The Body Shop also has a huge variety of great body butters in many delicious scents like coconut and vineyard peach. You can probably make your own, too. (If you know how, let me know!) I keep a small size in my purse, by my bed, in my desk drawer, etc. When my hands are well-moisturized, I feel like I can take on the world!

Body Butter
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3. Volunteers: When I was growing up, “volunteer” was a word that I didn’t want to hear. It meant that I had to spend a Saturday cleaning trash off the road or planting flowers around the community with strangers. Over the years, I realized volunteering is a great way to give back, and the idea of pitching in, which once used to intimidate me, now sounds really lovely. Unfortunately, I don’t do enough of it. But I’d like that to change. Recently I took seven different courses that were taught by groups of tremendously knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers. That meant for all the hours I sat in a free class, they were spending the same amount of time (and then some!) leading these classes with no pay. The classes went well and I passed all three tests, but the really big takeaway for me was how I needed to get out there and give back somehow.


What are you positively smitten with?


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