Odds and Ends



I absolutely can’t believe that we are leaving California and moving to Oklahoma two weeks from today. It’s like I’m walking around in a dream – I can’t process it at all, but I do know it’s the right thing to do. We close on the sale of our house today, and it’s definitely bittersweet. I am feeling ALL OF THE FEELINGS right now. I’m trying to keep my stress levels manageable- and speaking of, I’m going to be speaking on mindfulness, meditation, and some of my favorite techniques at Blogher next week. More details to come, but I would love to see you there. Are you going?

Without further ado, here are some odds and ends for the week.

1. As part of my Lyme treatment, I’ve been doing infrared saunas 4-5/week. That’s a lot of sweating, and I’ve been concerned about electrolyte loss. Coconut water to the rescue – here is a great post on making sure you are buying the healthiest brands out there.

2. Love these vintages images of motherhood.

3. One of the (unhealthy) ways I distract myself from stress is shopping. I know, I know, it’s not very spiritual, but hey, I’m just trying to get through the day right now. Needless to say, NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE STARTS TODAY.

4. What is this hole? What does it all mean, people?

5. Great before/afters of homes.

6. The psychology of color. Very cool.

Okay, happy weekend, everyone! Remember to take deep breaths. At least that’s what I’ll be doing.

photo credit: Julia Kostreva


We Survived The Road Trip


This post is sponsored by Bridgestone. I can now officially say their DriveGuard tires are the bomb.


We made it through our 10-day road trip alive, folks. And we packed it in – Grand Canyon, Colorado hiking and river-rafting, Sedona energy vortexes and the best restaurant ever.

As you can imagine, while spending days on end in the car, you take a lot of landscape shots.


You also eat In-n-Out, greasy spoon breakfasts, and listen to old school Madonna tunes while your little ones cover their ears in protest.


To my children’s dismay, I did a little interpretive hand dancing in the front seat. I mean, what else was I supposed to do? THE BOREDOM.

(Can you hear Wito at the very end singing along? Buhdadum badadaadaaa.)

We also stopped way too much.


I can’t believe I bought Wita a wooden recorder thingy. ROOKIE MISTAKE. It was “lost” within a few hours. I can’t imagine who would have done that. D’s trying to get a good Instagram shot on the bottom right. “Don’t worry, Wita! It’s just a rattlesnake. GO. Smile!”

Very, VERY rarely, I would look back and see this.


But most of the time, I listened to a lot of bickering. Bickering, bickering, bickering.

And the only thing that stopped the bickering was blaring a certain song. Listen, I’m not above playing “Wiggle” for my little kids if it will secure 5 minutes of non-whine.

Wiggle from whoorl on Vimeo.

“MOM, HE SAID BIG FAT BUTT!” Feel free to judge me.

We did lots of exploring – on foot and in the car. I am super thankful that Bridgestone provided us a wagon with DriveGuard tires because we managed to go off-roading, drive through a sandstorm in Phoenix, and multiple thunderstorms (flash flooding!) in multiple states without a blink. Trust me, there were a few times we, ahem, bottomed out and splayed gravel, and thanked our lucky stars our car wasn’t taking the beating. Can you imagine if we would have gotten a flat in any of those situations? Not an Instagram moment, methinks. Not to worry since DriveGuard tires allow you to drive up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph after a puncture or complete loss of tire pressure.

All in all, it was an awesome road trip. We loved adventuring around the country and spending lots of time with my parents and Lala’s family in Colorado. It was great.


So great, in fact, that we’re doing it again in three weeks when we pack up our life and move to Oklahoma. (I KNOW. More on that later.) Until then, things might be a little spotty around here considering at some point I am going to need to start packing. Again.

(Didn’t we just do this?)

((Did I mention that we are in escrow on the sale of our California house AND on the purchase of our Oklahoma one?))

(((And that it’s another renovation? Are you ready for some more before/after photos?)))

((((Should I convey just how stressful things are right now?))))


((((((wiggle wiggle wiggle))))))


Summer Cut


soft A-line undercut with long layers

I made my annual pilgrimage to Ramirez Tran Salon last week so Johnny and Anh could work their magic on me, and they did not disappoint. Looking at these photos, I can’t believe how loooooong and heavy my hair was before the chop. I feel as light as air!

soft A-line undercut with long layers

If you are wondering about the particulars of the cut, it’s a soft A-line undercut with long layers. And Johnny gave me the most lovely golden caramel highlights. Love love love. Of course, now I’m obsessed with figuring out how to recreate this super lived-in, barely-there wavy look every day of my life. You can count on a video tutorial when/if I make it happen. Hooray for summer cuts!


Sleep Like a King in My (Psuedo) Guest Room


This post is sponsored by Simmons. Thanks for supporting this website!


Guest rooms are not really the norm in Newport Beach. Space is definitely at a premium, and I don’t know too many folks around here who have a room solely devoted to housing guests. So when folks come to stay with us, good ol’ Wito gets the boot and has to forfeit his room. (Sorry, bud! It sucks having the cool room!)

Unfortunately (for Wito and everyone involved, really), the mattress on his bed was kind of shoddy. I’m not going to lie – it was pretty cheap. I figured, heck, he’s a kid, it’s all good. Except for the fact that he is soooooo my child, and has been known to lie awake at night with the mental hamster wheel cranking. After my horrible run-in with insomnia last summer, I wouldn’t wish that on any soul. NO SIRREE BOB. (If you aren’t sleeping right now, I feel you. It’s the worst, and I’m sorry.) So, when Simmons reached out to me with the news of their new ComforPedic iQ™ mattress, I was all ears. (Especially when I learned that the mattress is the first and only mattress endorsed by Dr. Andrew Weil, my favorite bearded doctor. You seriously should watch this video if not just to marvel at his trimmed beard perfection. Also, True Food Forevah!)

“Getting sleep of sufficient quantity and quality is important,” says Dr. Weil. “We invest in nutritious foods and gym memberships, but too often neglect the importance of providing our bodies with an optimal environment for recuperation. The ComforPedic iQ™ is the only mattress I have ever endorsed. I believe in this product’s clinically tested technology and ComforPedic iQ™’s mission to help people achieve a better night’s sleep as part of a healthier lifestyle.”

So, what’s the deal with this mattress, you ask? Well, it’s self-adjusting, has patented, Smart Response™ Technology designed to help people fall asleep faster and experience increased REM sleep, and regulates body temperature with Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam. You know…just a few minor perks.

It’s a win-win – guests will sleep better, and Wito will sleep better. I’m all for good sleep, people. Take me to Snoozeville and take me fast.

The only problem with the mattress? It’s not on my bed. Suddenly, I’m not so quick to leave after stories have been read and lights are out. I might move into the “guest” room for good. I’m sure Wito wouldn’t mind a roommate, right? We could briefly ruminate together before conking out! You suddenly feel the need to visit us, don’t you? We can have a slumber party!

I am curious, though. How many of you have guest rooms in your house? Do you use them or are they wasted space?

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