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I’ve Found My Holy Grail SPF Moisturizer!

Since I delved into the green beauty scene a few years back, one of my most exhaustive searches was (“Was!” Did you read that?) for a facial moisturizer with SPF. You guys, that is one tough category. Finding a natural sunscreen that doesn’t look greasy or white or too heavy on the face isn’t the easiest job.

I had settled on Suntegrity’s facial sunscreen, which I must say, is a great one for long days at the pool or outside (it’s my sunny vacation go-to), but I always felt like it was just a bit too heavy for everyday wear. And of course, I want to wear sunscreen on my face every day…I mean, hello 42, not getting any younger and all that.

Well, cue the clouds parting and angels singing because I have found The One. The Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 by Josh Rosebrook. You guys, I can’t even explain how great this moisturizer is. It doesn’t feel at all like a sunscreen. Just the perfect amount of moisture with a matte finish on the face. No white-ish cast, no greasiness, nothing but goodness. And the scent! It’s divine. Look at the ingredients.

Active Ingredient: 12% Non-Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide

*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Olive Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, ‡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum,§Potassium Sorbate, *Benzoin Resin, †Carrot Seed Oil.

Cleaner than clean. I will honestly wear this on my face every morning until the cows come home. (I’m from Oklahoma and still don’t know what that means.)

While we’ve got the whole farm reference thing going, hold your horses. I haven’t told you the best part yet.

Do you remember me telling you about Beauty Heroes? The monthly subscription box with full-sized, luxury, natural products? (It’s only $39 per month and always contains at least $100 of product – it’s the only monthly subscription box I receive, if that says anything…) And on top of receiving the best-of-best products for a steal every month, Beauty Heroes members always get 15% off in the online shop, which has over 30 green beauty brands. It is SO worth 39 dollars a month, I promise you.

Anyway, July’s box contains none other than the holy grail Nutrient Cream and the Vital Balm Cream by Josh Rosebrook. You guys, a $115 value for 39 dollars. If you are considering trying Beauty Heroes out, I highly recommend doing it before July 20th so you can receive these two amazing products. (And truthfully, they will probably sell out before that date. Josh Rosebrook products usually do.)

Everything you could possibly want to know about these two products and Beauty Heroes is here, and please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

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Odds and Ends

1. Wow. Feelings. Handle them before they handle you.

2. OMG COMPETITIVE PUNNING IS A THING. Yes!

3. You know, this lady makes some valid points. Off-the-shoulder tops…do you hate ’em too?

4. Please stop making everything perfect for your kid. Yep.

5. Will forever use this body wash and this lotion. Smells so good!

6. Fellow high achievers, this class would have been so helpful!

7. Ooh ooh ooh! Maybe that Liberal Arts degree isn’t so worthless after all. (Says the girl with a B.A. in Psychology, ahem.)

8. One piano. Two strangers in an airport. Love this.

9. OMG! I knew my brain was working properly all along!

10. There’s now a name for the micro-generation born between 1977 and 1983.

11. What happens when 20 strangers are paired up and…asked to slap each other. Ha.

Happy Friday! We’re driving back to OKC from Denver today after an amazing week in the mountains. Looking forward to my own bed, though! Enjoy your weekend.

image credit: prints project

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Shall We Chat About Kids Clothes?

Over the past year, as my kids continue to grow and develop their own “style” (I use that term quite loosely), their clothing choices have become interesting. Well, not so much my son…I mean, he doesn’t give a damn what goes on his body. He truly could not care less, people. So I buy a melange of tees and shorts and crazy patterned socks (these are a favorite) and hope for the best.

(I must note, though, that his combinations are laughable. I mean, how hard is it to pick TWO items that slightly coordinate? Apparently VERY hard for this boy, as he’ll come out of his room in a burgundy t-shirt, bright red shorts, and pink socks. I like to call his look “variations on one color,” coming to a town near you.)

My daughter? The one who is 6 going on 13? Hold me closer, tiny dancer. Long gone are the days when I could dress her in adorable European dresses with leggings and call it a day. (Seriously, how I MISS THESE DAYS.)

Now? We’re walking through the mall and she wants to go to Justice. OH MY GOD. It’s like she’s magnetically pulled to that storefront by a force that renders her powerless to “peace, love, and besties” tanks adorned with unicorn glitter. She might as well be standing on a conveyor belt catapulting her straight to the cash wrap of the tackiest stores in America. Pass me the smelling salts, please.

In addition to the “style” issue, we have two other major factors that come into play.

1. My kids are growing like weeds.
2. My kids are extremely hard on clothes.

My poor son and his neglectful mama. As I type this post, he just walked into the room wearing shorts that can only be described as “Leiderhosen chic.” THEY ARE SO SHORT AND TIGHT. BUT I JUST BOUGHT THEM LAST MONTH. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?! My mother just pointed out that his toes are practically busting out from his shoes! She just accused me of trying to bind his feet, like the Geishas of yore!

Everything is covered in stains. And too small. And we can’t agree on anything.

Do you feel me?

Well, let me tell you about what we’ve been doing the past few months.

Fabkids.

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