how do you sleep?

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I love to sleep..oh man I get so excited just thinking about it. Sleepy sleepy sleep. I could live in my bed…who am I kidding? I do live in bed. It’s awesome. I’m a face sleeper…meaning that however I am laying, my face is smashed somehow. I often wake up a creased, puffy, smooshed up mess. Lucky hubby.
I do try to sleep on my back, slightly elevated, as it good for preventing wrinkles on the face and on the décolletage. Vain? Whatever, I’m not the only one. Anyway there are pros and cons to anyway you sleep…we just can’t win.
Luckily The Huffington Post wants you to be an informed sleeper. So do I…that’s why I’m sharing.
How do you sleep?

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skin care – protect yourself

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Let’s talk about sun protection. You are wearing it right? Please say yes. Yes? Great.

As an esthetician I know that our skin requires sun protection and some common sense to maintain it’s youthful glow. I love the sun but I understand my skins limits and I want to look young forever and ever. So…I wear sunblock…every single day.

The majority of my clients are concerned about aging but they often don’t even think to incorporate sun protection into their daily routine.  Even small amounts of everyday exposure can affect your skins health.

There is a large debate within the health and wellness community of what type of sun protection is best but that is for another blog post. For right now let’s discuss why it is important to wear sun protection.

  • Sunburned skin hurts…a lot. Although the pain, redness, and blisters will fade, the damage sticks around to wreak havoc.
  • Skin cancer usually appears in adulthood, but it is caused by sun exposure and sunburns that began as early as childhood. It all adds up.
  • Sun exposure and repeated sunburns accelerate the skin’s aging process, making you look older than you are. Skin changes caused by UV light are called photoaging. The results of photoaging include: weakening of the skins connective tissue reducing elasticity, wrinkles, increased dryness and flaking, small red veins on the nose, ears and cheeks, and dark spots.

Sunburn is better prevented than treated. To prevent a sunburn do these things here:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. A broad spectrum sunscreen protects from both UVB and UVA rays.
  • Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to fully cover exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or as often as the label says.
  • Apply sunscreen after swimming or sweating and even when it is cloudy.
  • Use a lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Wear a hat and other protective clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects the sun most effectively.
  • Stay out of the sun during hours when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.

So…wear sun protection! My daily sunblock is easy to blend and does not leave a white, chalky residue. I use Vital Therapy, the same brand I use at Mint Skincare Studio. And again…use it every day! Even walking to and from the car, driving to work, and sitting by a window exposes your skin to UV rays…like I said before…it all adds up! Prevention now is far easier than repair later.

cook it – tom kha gai soup

Photo: Bon Appetit
Photo: Bon Appetit

 

I make this soup pretty regularly for the hubs. It’s super easy, delicious, and makes the house smell amazing. We like to make it a little more hearty so we’ve added noodles, carrots, and onion to the recipe. Fancy mushrooms aren’t easy to come by here in Nosara so I used what I could get.
The photo above is from Bon Appetit and the hubs is giving me shit about not using my own photos but…I forgot to take a pic (I was really hungry), our plates are so damn ugly I am ashamed (so maybe I didn’t forget to take a pic), and my photography skills are pathetic. I’ll work on it I swear. Anyway…here’s what to do:

Ingredients

  • 1 1” piece ginger, peeled
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves (I used regular lime leaves) or 1 Tbsp. lime zest and ¼ cup lime juice
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ lb. skinless, boneless chicken, cut into 1” pieces
  • 8 oz. shiitake, oyster, or maitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, tough outer layers removed (can substitute lemon juice)
  • 1 med. carrot sliced thin
  • 1 med. white onion thinly sliced
  • Rice or Bean thread noodles
  • Chili Pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Chili oil, cilantro leaves with tender stems, and lime wedges (for serving)

Prepare

  • Using the back of a knife, lightly smash lemongrass and ginger; cut lemongrass into 4” pieces. Bring lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are melded, 15-20 minutes. Strain broth into clean saucepan; discard solids.
  • Add chicken and return to a boil. Reduce heat, add carrots, wait 3 minutes then add mushrooms and onions, simmer, skimming occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are soft, 20–25 minutes. I like for the vegetables to have a slight crunch to them. Mix in coconut milk, fish sauce, chili pepper flakes, and sugar. Turn off the heat and add the noodles, they only take a minute or two to soften.
  • Divide soup among bowls. Serve with chili oil, cilantro, and lime wedges.

The original recipe can be found at Bon Appetit

and so we begin


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Hi. Let’s get some things straight here. I am no writer. My grammar ain’t great (may even be considered down right bad), and although I am not interested in making a fool of myself, I am also not trying to be what I am not. Namely, a writer. I love blogs. Love them so much. I often read a blog and think…I wanna do that. I might have something to say, or something to share. So here I am…saying and sharing.

I am pretty convinced that I like cool shit. Really cool shit. I also like weird shit, cute shit, dirty shit, clean shit…I like shit. This blog is called Curiosity Kills after all. I also like to swear…helps me think…I think. I don’t mean to offend anyone by all the naughty words but I just may…sorry (not sorry).

Blah blah balls…let’s get to it. I will share with you. You can share with me…or not…it’s cool.  Oh and this is the new version of Curiosity Kills…just in case you were wondering. Oh and those pics up there…that’s Zoe (the Bean), hubs and I, and Eddie (little furry Satan).