Black Friday – 9 Items, 9 Stores


Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to shop we go. Except that I’ll be in my sweatpants with my laptop. Technology rules. (Does anyone actually shop in actual stores on Black Friday?) Here are my top picks from my favorite stores – there are some great discounts going on today! Good luck and good shopping.

Madewell – 25% off your entire purchase with the code GIFTON

West Elm – Buy More/Save More. Up to 25% off with the code SUPERSALE

Nordstrom – Up to 40% off. Markdowns galore.

Gap – 50% off EVERYTHING with the code BLKFRIDAY

Lululemon – No Black Friday discount, but that Ebb to Street bra is my favorite thing ever.

Anthropologie – 25% off all items with the code HOLIDAY25

Shopbop - Up to 25% off your order with the code GOBIG14

Old Navy - Up to 50% off online PLUS an extra 15% with the code GRAVY

J. Crew – 30% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale with the code HOLIDAY


Odds and Ends – Monday Edition



1. Are you listening to the Serial podcast? Please tell me you are listening to the Serial Podcast. It is so so so good. (And if you are listening, the chart above pretty much nails it. More hilarious Serial charts here.)

2. This makes me want to hurl a little bit.

3. Great article on hormone disruptors – this totally plays into the cosmetics situation.

4. I am making these pumpkin pie truffles pronto. (Paleo!)

5. Jen has read Whoorl for a long time, and recently sent this article she wrote my way. Jen, you are kicking some ASS.

6. I love love love this chocolatey, bronzy smoky eye.

7. Wow, take one letter out of a movie title and it changes everything.

8. I think many of you might have this disease, but not know about it.

9. Why is it so funny when people slip and fall? I’m glad this guy found something to do while waiting for his kid in carpool line.

10. I found the perfect bronzer. REPEAT – I FOUND THE PERFECT BRONZER. No shimmer and no orange. God bless.

11. You better learn these amazing food and life hacks immediately. I completely agree with #1.

12. What in the sam hell is this? Why, it’s Cowboy Hip Hop!

13. “Coconut oil changed my life, and also my genetic coding.” Hahaaaaa.

14. My brain is officially broken. I can’t even comprehend half of this.

15. Let’s call it like it is. BuzzFeed video is killing it lately. Grandmas smoking pot for the first time. American guys try European swimwear. Prepare to laugh.

16. Impressions of celebrities while driving. She nails it!

17. Hipster Business Name Generator. Haha, my next website will be called Marver & Twig.

18. These are some of the best concealer tricks I’ve ever seen. (#12 is genius.)

19. I’m not going to lie – I follow this guy on Instagram. THE BEARD.

20. Finally, please. Someone buy this dress for the holidays. Or this one. Come to think of it, a holiday dress round-up is in order soon.

Okay, there you go. Plenty of links to get you through the holiday week because this girl is taking a break. And a breath. Looooong exhale. Happy Thanksgiving!


It’s All Going By Too Fast


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How many photos do you think you’ve taken of your kids? I mean, technology has really upped the ante when it comes to documenting (and sharing) our lives. And it’s pretty crazy how a photo can bring back a flood of memories. For instance, this one:


This photo was shot on Mother’s Day several years ago, approximately 3 hours before I came down with the Worst Stomach Bug Ever. Like, sleeping-on-the-bathroom-floor-next-the-toilet-kind-of-stomach-bug. Ahhhh, the memories.

The thing is, though…it doesn’t seem that long ago, yet look at my babies. Wita was just that, a BABY. And now she’s singing Taylor Swift at the top of her lungs and honing her sassy remarks. Wito, who wasn’t even a thought when I started this blog 9 years ago, is now reading Harry Potter.


Time just needs to slow down. Except that, it’s not going to. It’s gaining speed as each week, month, and year passes.


So we take the photos. We try to freeze each moment in time, so that we never forget those rosy, post-nap cheeks and deliriously happy baths.

I love taking photos of my kids, and will cherish them forever, but I really love videos of my little ones. Just being able to see the little quirks in their personalities and hear their sweet voices…it just can’t be beat.

A few years ago, I bought a book of questions to ask Wito at bedtime. His answers have been pretty adorable, so when I was recently introduced to the OneDay app, which provides questions for your family to be captured on video, I was intrigued.

The super cool thing about the OneDay app (besides being free!) is in the app’s simplicity. There is no editing, and no thinking required. You literally do not need to possess any editing or video skills to make a video – you just point your smart phone camera at your kids, ask the question on the screen, record their answer, and the app does the rest. It is ridiculous how easy it is! I have found myself filming a lot lately during short periods of downtime.

Check it out for yourself.

Oh, I’m sorry. Did you hear what she said at the end of the “best pal” question? HEART MELTING.

Of course, I feel the need to show you one of Wito too.

I like Target too, buddy.

Okay, okay, just ONE more and I’ll promise I’ll stop.

I could seriously make these little gems all day, and I know we’ll watch them as a family now, as well as when the kids are much older. You should definitely check out the app – it’s such a fun and easy way to document periods of your family’s lives.

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The Bangs are Back



Lovely readers, what would I do without you? I listened to the majority and went for the bangs. I think it was a fun choice, and I’m so much happier with the length.

(I’ve also figured out a way to make loose waves even looser, if that’s possible. It’s just like the slightest bend in the hair and it’s awesome. More to come.)

((I’m like a chef – constantly recreating a recipe, except that’s my hair. Does that make sense?))

Also, my husband is doing cartwheels over the look, so that’s always a bonus. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be re-familiarizing myself with this post.