My Favorite Things to do When My Husband is Away
this post is sponsored by ASDM Beverly Hills but all thoughts and opinions are, of course, my own.
i am very grateful that even though my husband does travel quite a bit for his public speaking career, it is typically only for a few days at a time (and that he is not deployed like many spouses). my mom and i refer to this short period of time as “husband vacation!” it’s a ‘vacation’ because you get complete control over what is watched on netflix, you can eat whatever you want and stay up way too late doing both. it only really feels like a “husband vacation” for 2.5 days or less because then i get really sad and mopey after that time period and just want him to come back home.
please note it is only fun to refer to it as a “husband vacation” or “wife vacation” if you are on good terms with your spouse and can both laugh about it. if you find yourself saying “oh thank gooooodness that fool is finally gooooone!” then you might need some couples’ counseling.
here are some of my favorite things to do when my husband is away:
1) eat decadent things
for me, ‘decadent’ usually means ‘cheesy’ and those are best eaten when i am alone and don’t mind being in discomfort. i will spare you further details. it should go without saying that just about every dinner is eaten on the couch while watching netflix.
2.) talk to the dog
she finds me absolutely enthralling…
but for the reals, having her when he travels brings me so much joy! she hangs out with me, listens to everything i have to say (and often responds in a voice very similar to my own) and gets excited about me feeding her the same thing twice a day.
3) become really girly for like 3 hours
sometimes something comes over me and i suddenly find myself wanting to beautify. sometimes that means painting my nails, plucking my eyebrows or pairing a facial mask with wine. the most recent pairing was with ASDM Beverly Hills Charcoal Mask! charcoal on your face? yes.
it even comes with a fancy brush to apply it!
you leave it on for 2-10 minutes based on skin sensitivity and now i know why. about 1 minute after putting it on my face suddenly felt like someone rubbed menthol all over it and blasted an industrial fan on it – it was a strange feeling. you know when you chew minty gum or have a mint and then drink cold water and you’re like ‘whoa…that’s crazy cold and extra menthol-y?’ that’s what it felt like. oh and that brush? super fun to use to apply it – more than i expected it to be. maybe that means i should take up painting?
they warn you on the packaging and i will say it again, your face is probably going to turn red and feel sort of hot after you rinse it off. don’t panic (well you can…but know it’s normal) because apparently this is due to increased circulation. it must have really been circulating…
after i read the packaging two more times to ensure this was normal, the aftermath of this tingly Charcoal Mask was on point! beore using it, my face felt oily and gross by the end of a long day so i was totally looking forward to using this. unlike most masks i’ve tried in the past, this one didn’t leave my face feeling super tight but rather refreshed and not weighed down. i guess that circulation thing really works! part of why it works is that it uses activated charcoal which is a “powerful active that has been used by physicians to treat poisoning because of its unique ability to trap chemicals and prevent absorption.” begone acne, for this shall trap you.
my skin was still soft and not as oily as normal the next morning too! bonus.
it’s only 2.0 oz so you can travel with it. maybe i’ll bring it with me this weekend to florida so my mother-in-law can try it! you can read more about the ASDM Beverly Hills Charcoal Mask AND be entered to win one – details at the end of the post (US residents only, sorry international friends)! GIVEAWAY OVER 🙂
4) sing really loud all the time
since my husband and i both work from home and we take calls/coach from here, singing loudly is limited to either first thing in the morning or late at night. not during “husband vacation” though! i can belt it out (much to my neighbors and dog’s delight) at all hours and it is amazing how similar taylor swift and i sound. remarkable, really.
oh and dance naked. don’t pretend like you don’t do this more when you have the house to yourself…
5) lady time!
not that i don’t see my favorite friends when he’s in town but it’s extra fun to hang out when it’s just us ladies. some of us can hang better than others (sugar…i’m looking at you). that’s my friend alison, she’s fantastic and helps me be more fashionable while being smart about money! her eyelashes are real and i’m constantly envious. look at those things!
6) sleep diagonally
…because i can.
even though i find ways to amuse myself when my husband is traveling and i’m home by myself, i definitely notice a void. this void isn’t just because no one is here to make up songs about my breakfast and the only kisses i’m getting are from a dog – it is his energy that i miss.
when we facetime and text, both of us do a great job of saying we miss each other. i think it’s important to express this to your spouse when you are missing him. equally, it is good to know you are being missed too!
for your chance to win the detoxing and renewing Charcoal Mask (you will love it, tingles and all), leave a comment on the blog with some of your favorite things to do when your spouse is away! a winner will be randomly selected on saturday 10/24/15! GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CONGRATULATIONS ALI!