Odds and Ends



1. I love this New York Times piece on what children from around the world eat for breakfast. Sugar Crisp cereal? Not so much.

2. Speaking of sugary cereal, I highly recommend seeing this movie. You can rent it on Amazon for $3.99.

3. And one more thing about sugar (if you haven’t guessed, after personally eating minimal sugar this past year, I’m cutting it waaayyyyy down for the rest of the family), Girls Gone Child has some great posts about the subject. This one by her mother, Wendy, is chock full of information, and I love these no/low sugar snack ideas by Rebecca.

4. Forty years of these sisters’ photos.

5. Hahaaa, you know I love me some Oprah (Super Soul Sunday, holla!), but this post about attending her new Life You Want Tour is HILARIOUS.

6. Braids are hard, they just are. Love these tips from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

7. 10 plant-based proteins you should be eating. I just can’t get enough of Nutrition Stripped lately.

image credit: NY Times



50 Fabulous Shopbop Finds (Take 25% Off Your Order!)


You might think April and October are two of my favorite months because of Spring! And Fall! But lest you forget about the best bi-annual sale in the history of mankind?! Shopbop Friends and Family. 25% off! Your entire order! The code is FAMILY25. I’m doing herkeys over here, for real. (Well, old lady herkeys. I get about an inch off the ground.)

Here are 50 fabulous finds. Good shopping to you.




shopbop friends and family


Offer: 25% Off site-wide*

Promotion Code: FAMILY25

Dates: October 14th – October 16th @ 11:59pm PT

*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.



Wita’s Words



One of my favorite things about being a parent is listening to my children’s mispronunciations and grammatical gaffes. I mean, COME ON. It’s adorable. Especially when you’re engaged in a serious convo. Wita is the master of these flubs, and I will never EVER correct her. Here are some of my favorites.

“toncats” (contacts)

“brickles” (pickles)

“anyfang” (anything)

“photocoffee” (photocopy)

“It’s bendy!” (It’s windy!)

“scaremony” (ceremony)

“stachios” (pistachios)

“olmans” (almonds)

“fooder” (waiter/restaurant worker)

“My tummy is wiggling.” (I’m hungry.)

All past tense verbs are pronounced with emphasis on “ed.” For example. touch-ED, eat-ED, sing-ED, work-ED

“chilada cheeses & lemon caders” – (cheese enchiladas & margaritas…I have no idea, people. And yes, we consume a lot of those.)

“rapartment” (apartment)

“unraser” (eraser)

“rustructions” (instructions)

“waps” (wasps)

“piggy bank ride” (piggy back ride)

“mingos” (mangos)

“extrasize” (exercise)

“You are SO dang it!” (You are so mad!)


What are some of your little ones’ mispronunciations? They sure make me smile!

photo credit: Aurelia D’Amore


How To: Casual, Messy Waves


This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site!


I’ve reeeaaally been into messy waves lately. Like seriously slept-on, super-loose, 3-day-old wave waves. Up until this year, I’d been doing my go-to clamp curling iron look, but it became a little too curled for my ever-changing taste. I wanted the ends to look a little grungier – like the waves you really get at the beach and can never be duplicated no matter how hard you try. So, after some hits and misses, I think I figured it out, and that means, yep, tutorial time, yo!

I only used two tools for this tutorial and no products. I didn’t want anything to make my hair seem too smooth. First off, I used the CHI Elite Ceramic Dryer and then the CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron.


The CHI Elite curling iron is my new favorite, and I NEVER thought anything could surpass the love for my good ol’ trusty Hot Tools iron. The CHI Elite iron doesn’t seem to clamp down quite as hard as the Hot Tools, so it’s easier to achieve this look without snagging hair.

Let’s get cracking. First off, blow dry your hair. If you have wavy hair, you are already one step ahead of the game. You can dry your waves with a diffuser and then use the curling iron on random sections of hair to get this look.


However, I blew my waves out with a round brush for those of you who have straight hair or don’t particularly like your God-given waves. (I’m not super stoked with mine either.)


Once your hair is dry, section the top half off and clip out of the way.


The curling iron technique is the exact same as my video tutorial. (It’s super detailed if you are new to the technique.)

Clamp down mid-shaft.


And then rotate the iron 180 degrees. Release the clamp every so slightly and move down the section of hair. (Once again, watch the video if you are confused.)


Now HERE’S where things are different. Instead of working your way down the hair section with the iron, release the section with 3-4 inches remaining uncurled. As you can see below, the remaining hair never gets curled.


What that does is create a bend in the middle of your hair, but the ends remain straight and not so perfectly curled.


Continue working throughout your hair, making sure not to curl the last 3 or so inches of your hair. You can also alternate the direction of the curl to switch things up.


After all the waves are finished, run your fingers through your hair and mess it up a bit. Pull on the ends to make it messy and imperfect.


Voila! Super casual, messy waves. These even look better on the second and third day.


Need some new styling tools for your arsenal? Over 100 styling tools are on sale at Sally Beauty’s Styling Tool Blowout during the month of October, and 100 randomly selected winners will receive a Sally Beauty gift card to purchase a styling tool of their choice. You will be automatically entered when you make any purchase in store at Sally Beauty or SallyBeauty.com using your Sally Beauty Club Card OR you may enter online here. Good luck and good hair.

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