The Rapid Fire With Paola LaMorticella

  • Do you have a bedtime ritual?

We try to snuggle with at least one of our kids for a few minutes before going to bed.

  • What do you wear to bed?

It depends on the time of year. Don’t laugh but in cold weather I kind of like an onesie. My husband hates my onesie!!

  • What is on your bedside table?

At least 2 books, a large glass of water and a jar of #0.

  • Do you have any recurring dreams?

My dreams have been crazy vivid and active since the pandemic started. I can’t always remember them but I know I’m working a lot of stuff out at night!

  • Are you reading or watching anything good at the moment?

I’m reading a great book, Survival Math, Notes On An All American Family by the Portland Writer, Mitchell S. Jackson.

  • What are some nighttime items you cannot live without?

If it’s chilly out, socks.

  • What is your guilty pleasure?!

Old TV Geriatric crime fighters. I’m a sucker for any older person who solves crimes. Matlock, Murder She Wrote… if I’m feeling highbrow I turn to the BBC ones like Father Brown or Mrs. Marple.

  • How do you engage in self-care?

Honestly my version of self-care is cooking and feeding my family and friends. I find it so calming and it’s something I can give them that brings them happiness.

  • What do you consider the single most important thing for a good night’s sleep?

Mask to block out light.

  • Did you have a bedtime routine growing up?

Not really that I remember.

  • What was your favorite childhood bedtime story?

So many I couldn’t pick one. Maybe some of the poems of Shel Silverstein. My mom is a poet and used to read his books to me when I was young.

  • What is your skincare and beauty routine like? Do you have any holy grail products?

Super simple!! Can’t do without our Oil Cleanse and moisturizing Finishing Oil.

  • How would you choose to spend one hour of free time?

Free time??

  • If you could choose a song to wake up to every morning, what would it be?

My husband is a musician and our house is full of music. We use to set the mood of the day so it really depends on what we are doing or need.