Goodbye, California



photo by Greer Inez

Goodbye, California.

Goodbye to the place where I spent some of the most important years of my life. The place where I became a wife and mother. The place that taught me about myself – who I am and who I want to be. The place that sustained me through hard times and mistakes, but celebrated my strengths and accomplishments.

The salty, ocean air, warm sand under my feet, and bright sun always served as a refuge for my soul and will always be fully imprinted into my heart. I won’t forget.

However, sometimes the magnificent ocean and welcoming sun aren’t enough.

The photo says it all. The four of us surrounded by natural beauty and a stunning sunset, but.


Life isn’t just about a perfect backdrop.

Three months later, our lives already feel so much fuller in Oklahoma around family and old friends. It was the right move.

But we will never forget you, California. A huge space will always reside in our hearts for you.


Before we left, the talents Shawn Corrigan and Aurelia D’Amore shot a video of us in our element, and I will forever cherish having this to remind me of our life in California. I hope you all enjoy it too. (Click the bottom right full screen icon to enlarge.)

Goodbye, California. from whoorl on Vimeo.


Odds and Ends



Greetings from Washington DC! I’m here attending the ONE & ONE Girls and Women AYA Summit. I’m learning so much about the global development issues they are tackling and how we all can help. This is my first time in the nation’s capital and I’m trying to take it all in.

1. This month’s ONE curator is my favorite ever, Amy Poehler. You can check out her picks here. (I’m such of fan of the Pema Chodron piece. Did you see her on Super Soul Sunday last week?)

2. 8 questions to ask a potential babysitter.

3. Have you seen this young lady’s inspiring video about giving coats to the homeless?

4. Think you suck at something? Do it anyway. I love this.

5. Lots of info coming out about gluten sensitivity and its role involving the brain. (For what it’s worth, my anxiety has practically been eradicated since I stopped eating it. I highly recommend reading Grain Brain if you have interest in the subject.)

6. The most overlooked threats to a marriage. Very interesting.

Happy weekend to all of you! I’m returning tonight and have my second yoga teacher training workshop this weekend.

image credit: Lisa Barbero


A (EWG-Approved) Tinted Moisturizer and BB/CC Cream Face Off


Okay folks, after reading through all of your tinted moisturizer and BB/CC cream recommendations, I decided to try out a few myself. The only caveat? The formulas had to score a 3 or lower on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website. Trust me, that designation cuts out A LOT. As you know, I have spent an enormous amount of time cleaning up my act over the past decade. (My household cleaner post started it all 7 years ago…can you believe that post was SEVEN years ago?) I’ve completely overhauled what we use to clean our house, our medicine cabinet, cooking tools, the food we put in our bellies…everything.

Except beauty products.

When I sit down and think about the fact that I’ve turned a blind eye to everything I put on my skin, it’s kind of ridiculous. I mean, our skin is our largest organ…yet I continually apply lotions and cleansers and sunscreens and cosmetics without any consideration to the ingredients. Well, things are changing around here. Big time. (And I apologize in advance for forthcoming posts on the subject if you aren’t very interested, but I am in the process of replacing ALL of my beauty products. Just wait until you see the before and after photos of my bathroom cabinet. I easily got rid of 85% of my products. Not going to lie, my attempts to rationalize holding onto lipsticks chock full of horrible chemicals were pretty entertaining. I did chuck them, though!)

Anyway. Back to the current subject matter. Tinted moisturizers and BB/CC creams. These days, mama needs to put a little something on her face before stepping out. I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but GOODNESS GRACIOUS, I just can’t go out and about with a bare face anymore. It is not right, people. I took Wita to get her bangs trimmed last week without anything on my face, took a gander at myself in the stylist’s mirror, and audibly gasped at the situation before me. Dark circles, redness around my nose and mouth, hyperpigmentation…I mean, gahhhhhhhhhhhh.

So. Yes. Bring on the tinted moisturizers. I love tinted moisturizers because they create a natural, healthy look while “buffering” some imperfections. They don’t cover the imperfections completely, but that’s okay with me…I’m not looking for a mask.

After doing research on the safest ones for skin, I chose three to try out. Tarte BB Tinted Moisturizer, and Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, and Beauty Counter Tint Skin.



Aren’t the color variations crazy?

Here are the results. Get ready to look at lots of closeups of my mug. Sorry about that.

Here I am, au naturale and au blotchy.


The first product I tried is Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer in Light, $35.

tarte bb tinted moisturizer review

This tinted moisturizer boasts all the benefits of a BB cream in an ultralight formula. I like the coverage and how it evens out my complexion, but unfortunately, I couldn’t deal with the feel of the product. Let me explain – I prefer to use products that feel hydrating on my skin and leave me feeling dewy. This formulation is velvety smooth and super lightweight – it practically disappears on the skin immediately after applying. My skin in no way felt moisturized or hydrated after application – in fact, I had to put moisturizer on over it because my skin felt like it might crack off.

However, let me say, people LOVE this BB cream. (Just read the comments!) If you have oily areas or get shiny very easily, you will probably love this product. Younger ladies would probably enjoy it too. However, if you have dry skin or don’t like a velvety dry finish, I would hesitate. This tinted moisturizer scores a 2 on Skin Deep, comes in 5 shades and has an SPF of 20. It was also the longest-lasting of the three products.

Next up, Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light/Medium, $37.

clinique moisture surge cc cream review

This is a hydrating, dewy moisturizer that feels very moisturizing on the skin. This CC cream comes in 8 shades, and unfortunately I was sent home from Sephora with the wrong color sample. As you can see, it’s a bit too dark for my complexion, so I think the Light or Natural shade would have worked better for me. This one was the thickest of all the three, and I felt like it was sitting on top of my skin a little bit. However, it did give a really nice glow. I’d like to check out the lighter shades, because it could be a great option during the drier winter months. I love that the product is SPF 30, and it scores a 3 on Skin Deep.

The last product I tried is Beautycounter Tint Skin in Linen, $38.

beautycounter tint skin review

I love the way this product feels. It’s creamy, super easy to blend, and feels very hydrating. I used the color “linen,” which I think was a touch too pale for my skin tone at the time of these photos. I had a little bit of color left from summer when I shot these, but the linen shade works really well on me now. This tinted moisturizer has a EWG score of 2, and comes in 7 shades.

The only bummer about this product is that it doesn’t contain sunscreen. I love it though, and if Beautycounter comes out with a version with sunscreen, it will be my holy grail product.

By the way, many of you asked about my makeup in the photo below from a previous tutorial, and it was predominantly from Beautycounter.

beautycounter tint skin review

I have recently started using Beautycounter skin care, lip sheers, blush, and eye shadow. Shampoo, conditioner, and the kids’ personal care items are on the way to me right now and I’ll report back. I am completely enamored with the brand, especially their mission to get safe products into the hands of all consumers. More on this later, but if you are interested in learning more, check out all the products here or shoot me an email. I have LOTS to say.

So, for me, Beautycounter Tint Skin wins the face off. I’ve been wearing it for about a month now and love it, plus I’m not scaring folks on my morning grocery store runs anymore. Bonus.


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