Odds and Ends


It’s been a bit quiet over here because I’ve been in California for the past two weeks, but I’m heading back to Oklahoma this evening with a ton of fun memories. One of which was spending time in the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kasuma at The Broad Museum in downtown LA yesterday. Unbelievable, you guys. Such an experience. I highly recommend checking out The Broad if you are in the area.

1. Students, put your laptops away. It seems taking notes by hand is the better for memory retention.

2. A couple gives up texting each other for a month, and this is what happened.

3. The Minecraft Generation. I’ve definitely got one in my household.

4. Working at Sephora isn’t a piece of cake, it seems. Wow.

5. I had a chance to do this at Mom 2.0 Summit last week, but missed the sign up. I AM SO BUMMED.

6. Almost my entire life, I’ve consumed nothing but water during the day. Until La Croix came along…and people, I’m an addict. Might need to take it to the next level with these cocktail recipes.

7. A spot-on lifestyle blogger post. Hilarious.

8. Did you see Adam Levine perform Purple Rain? Who knew he had those guitar chops?

9. The ballerinas of Cuba. Breathtaking photos.

10. I have found the perfect comfortable cotton nightie. I have in all 4 colors, ane they are perfect for wearing post-shower when getting ready or to bed. (I don’t even mind the whole leg touching thing. What has come over me?)

Happy Friday to all of you. I am SO READY to get back to my own bed. Oh, and Happy Mother’s Day too!


My Top 8 Green Beauty Must-Haves


I know jumping into the green beauty world can seem a bit overwhelming at times (do you remember how I started?), but I’m here to take it down a notch for ya. Trust me when I say I’ve tried a ginormous amount of green beauty products, and this list you are about to digest contains the bee’s knees in terms of natural beauty. Now, I was all gung-ho to keep it succinct and go for my Top 5, but I just couldn’t narrow it down. All 8 of these products are must-haves for me!

Bite Beauty Lipstick – Where do I even start? I have over 20 shades from this brand, and I just can’t quit. I CAN’T QUIT, people. Top shades for me are Fraise, Mimosa, Chai, Meringue, Aubergine, and Pastille.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Lovely – Perfect pink, dewy flush. Enough said.

Ilia Lip Gloss in Peek-a-Boo – Obsessed with this gloss. Although my skin is fairly light, my lips must be really pigmented because almost all light pink and/or nude lipsticks and glosses wash me out. (And when I say “wash me out,” I mean it looks like I applied concealer to my lips.) Well, not this lip gloss – it’s the perfect nude shade and the consistency of the gloss is on point. Good staying power, but not sticky.

Drunk Elephant Sheer Physical Defense – I have an entire post planned describing my foray into the Drunk Elephant skincare line (hint: it’s amazing), but today I will focus on the sunscreen for the face. It isn’t greasy, doesn’t leave a white cast on my face, and doesn’t break me out at all. I love it.

Perfekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel – Will you please just listen to me and buy this stuff? It beats out all mascaras, green or conventional.

Hynt Beauty Concealer in Light – This concealer is HEAVY DUTY. It doesn’t mess around. I use it sparingly under my eyes and it works wonders.

Jane Iredale Lip Pencils – About half of the week, I forgo lipsticks and glosses for lip pencils with a little balm on top. Jane Iredale lip pencils are super creamy and stay on for hours. My favorites are Spice, Rose, Nutmeg, and Plum.

Beautycounter Tint Skin – I sound like a broken record, but I still love this product. (Just search for it in my sidebar if you want to read review after review.) ALTHOUGH, ahem, I would like to announce that I may have found another product I love as much, if not more. Now, I’m only in my first month, so I don’t want to jump the gun, but the Honest Everything Tinted Moisturizer is really winning me over right now. It has all the pros of the Tint Skin, but it ALSO has SPF 20. Oh yes, people. All in one. The color match is spot on (I wear Cream), and I’m really enjoying it.

(Also, if you are going to try out Honest Beauty, go for the bundle. It is such a great deal! I got the Tinted Moisturizer, Everything Cream Foundation, and the Daily Beauty Fluid with SPF for 50 bucks. Saved so much moolah!)

So, there you have it. My can’t-live-without products. Now, if you are wanting even more, be sure to check out the Ultimate Green Cosmetics Guide with tons more recommendations.

As always, leave me questions, and I’d love to hear what your favorite green beauty products are!


Odds and Ends


1. Did you see these young boys slay a song from Hamilton?

2. Are you a running late or early person? I’m always on time, but here’s an explanation for those later gators.

3. Holy moly – unrelated doppelgangers. Some of these are insane!

4. Wow, now that’s a strong handshake.

5. 3-minute face sets are the bomb. If you have questions about shades, read this.

6. Attending live music shows reduces your stress response. SCIENCE.

7. What I look like after my kids have gone to bed.

8. What do you see first in these photos? My responses show that I’m extremely optimistic, which is true.

9. Forever and always, my favorite workout leggings. (And, apparently, 3,242 people agree with me.)

10. What do you think about Dear Abby’s comments regarding rape? Wow.

11. I’m all over this new cookbook. Can’t wait to get it in my hands.

Happy weekend to you!

image credit: sherry knutson