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Best Essential Oils to Use in the Car

Best Essential Oils to Use in the Car

With six kids, going into car travel prepared is a must. We often take games and activities, healthy snacks, and with all those bodies in the car… some ways to counteract the stink! I don’t take essential oil use lightly (they are much more powerful […]

My Favorite Grain-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

My Favorite Grain-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

When we ditched the grains years ago, pancakes were one of the foods my kids missed most. I lost no time trying to figure out a healthy grain-free pancake recipe that could fill the void. After many (sometimes failed) kitchen experiments, we settled on these coconut […]

252: How to Activate Peak Brain Performance With Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Hill

252: How to Activate Peak Brain Performance With Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Hill

With advances in brain mapping and neurofeedback, there’s so much to learn about the brain. I feel like I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg on this topic, so I’ve invited Dr. Andrew Hill here today. He is one of the top brain performance coaches in the country and holds a PhD in cognitive…

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Is 5G Safe? What You Need to Know

Is 5G Safe? What You Need to Know

By the end of 2019, 5G technology should begin to roll out. Tech enthusiasts, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and telecom companies tout 5G as the best thing since sliced bread because it will significantly improve wireless communication. Some experts even claim it will spur […]

Easy Chuck Roast Recipe (Instant Pot or Crock Pot)

Easy Chuck Roast Recipe (Instant Pot or Crock Pot)

One of my favorite recipes for busy days when I don’t have time to cook in the afternoon is chuck roast. These roasts have a good fat profile and awesome flavor. Add a generous salad and pile of roasted broccoli and you have a complete, healthy meal […]

Makeup Capsule: Travel Friendly

Makeup Capsule: Travel Friendly

I’ve enjoyed working on these makeup capsules, and today is all about travel friendly options. I’ve done a “quick and easy” capsule and a “budget friendly” capsule too.

My intention with choosing these great products was to find items that aren’t likely to spill out in a travel bag. The foundation is a throwback to a very old favorite from a few years ago–the coverage is fantastic!

One. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. This is a fantastic powder foundation. It’s loose powder, and we all know how I feel about loose powder, but it provides absolutely wonderful coverage without feeling like a thick layer of foundation. It’s a step up, coverage-wise, than the coverage you can get from Bare Minerals loose powder foundation.

Two. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini. This is a much loved concealer by many. I have it and like it! I like that it can work for blemishes or under-eyes, making it kind of a two-in-one concealer! 

Three. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner. These eyeliners are so easy to use and come in so many colors. I’ve had anywhere from deep blue to pure black and love all of them. They twist up, so no sharpener required!

Four. Urban Decay Cosmetics Vice Lipstick. I like to keep lip colors simple when I travel and this has been my go-to pink for a few years. It’s sheer, buildable, and looks great all year long.

Five. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo Mini. I recently bought the blush + highlighter version of this product. It’s in a tiny package, has a lot of pigment, and is perfect for your travel bag.

Six. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara Mini. I love this mascara. It’s lengthening, curling, and adds lots of definition.

Seven. NARS Fever Dream Lost in Luster Face Palette. I bought this face palette recently and wanted to throw it in as a travel palette option! The eyeshadows are beautiful and the blush and highlight are all you need all summer long.

Eight. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil. You can’t go wrong with Anastasia products for eyebrows and this is such a great brow pencil. If you want to skip the pencil sharpener, try this brow pencil instead!

Nine. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Happy Girls Shine Brighter Eye & Cheek Palette. This is another palette option if you skip the NARS product. It has some darker colors that could work beautifully as eyeliner when applied with a wet brush.

p.s. Did you catch my quick and easy makeup capsule?

FUN Date Night Makeup + All the Details about the Sephora Spring Bonus Event!

FUN Date Night Makeup + All the Details about the Sephora Spring Bonus Event!

Even though we’re a few months off from the really intense heat, I was thinking about a summertime evening date night with my husband for this makeup look. I wanted something out of my usual routine, with a stronger eyeshadow based cat eye and seriously […]

four ways to style high waisted jeans

four ways to style high waisted jeans

Four Ways To Style High Waisted Jeans It’s time for another It’s time for another wardrobe remix. I’ve previously shown four ways to style overall dresses and four ways to style a jumpsuit, and four ways to style a teddy coat. Today, I’m starting with my all time […]

Those who brighten up the room.

Those who brighten up the room.

Courtney’s outfit (see her blog for exact details!): lilac tulle skirt // similar pumps // similar turtleneck // faux fur jacket (more faux fur jackets here)

My outfit: Free People pom pom hat // Club Monaco coat // Sretsis dress worn as top // very similar tulle skirt // velvet Mary Janes // Pop & Suki bag // pink suede belt

I’ve talked about this in the past: as an adult, making new friends can be especially difficult. It’s particularly hard when you’re not in a normal workplace or school setting, and though friends of mine have had luck meeting new people through sports, exercise classes, and even friend apps, I’m just not that girl. It’s partly because I am not actively looking for new friends — I have great friends and never feel like I’m missing anything, so that’s probably why something like a friend matchmaking app doesn’t sound appealing. I am not athletic and am more of a work out in the privacy of my own apartment or gym kind of girl (or, you know, not work out at all — ugh! I have to change that). I’ve met people through volunteering but they’re more like acquaintances, because it honestly takes a lot for me to consider someone an actual friend. Once you’re in, you’re in. I’ve only consciously cut ties with one friend in my adult life and it is something that still bothers me to this very day.

I’ve actually made a lot of friends through blogging, though most of them are people I met in the early days, when it seemed like there were about 10 of us and we saw each other at every event and shoot. It’s how I met two of my dearest friends, Christine and Helena, back when we were just a few fresh faced babies trying to figure out what blogging could be. When I think about it, it’s how I’ve made most of my adult friends, even though most of them aren’t bloggers — they work on the other side of things doing PR, marketing, managing, social media, graphic design, photography. In that sense, even in my not-so-normal workplace (which is now my home), I’ve managed to meet some great people.

It became a little harder the older I got, because everyone else seemed to get younger. I find that I have less in common with some of the girls I meet, or I’m weirdly self conscious about my age in comparison to theirs (which is ONLY a thing when I’m at work events!) or I worry that I’m old news, because no one knows who I am and I’m one year away from being 2 age demographic brackets away from most of my peers. Isn’t that wild? These are all self imposed insecurities, and honestly it doesn’t bother me 99% of the time — but it does keep me from being as out there as I used to be. Because I don’t like that side of me. I don’t like doubting myself, comparing myself to others. I don’t like the weird, insecure side that comes out…so I do my own thing.

Somehow that all went out the window when I met Courtney. Her warmth won me over right away and I thought, “We’re going to be friends.” She’s young, confident, cute as a freaking button, incredibly successful, and has a large following — and I hate saying this out loud, but these are all things that would normally make me assume she wouldn’t give me the time of day. That’s both from personal experience with a few not so nice people (the exception to the rule, not the rule), and from pesky insecurities that are merely a reflection of my own self-doubt. But I’m glad I didn’t let me own weird insecurities stop me from talking with Courtney, because we clicked and I love having her as a friend. She is kind, hard working, talented, generous, loves Disney, and has a special needs dog named WAFFLES. Her fiancé and Bobby also hit it off, and it’s fun to have other couples friends in our lives. Especially ones who love Disney and their dog as much as we do.

This is all to say that in the end, meeting and becoming friends with Courtney made me realize that the only thing holding me back was me. I’ll try and let them decide what they think of me instead of preemptively assuming they think nothing of me. I’m pretty certain most of you follow her already, but if you don’t: follow Color Me Courtney and her Disney account Color Me Magic!

p.s. After these photos, we went to lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda and as we left, they very sweetly said “Thank you for brightening up the room!” It made my day.

<div>Foundation: Hits & Misses</div>

Foundation: Hits & Misses

Hello friends! It’s been forever since I’ve sat down and shared a makeup review with you. I was looking through this blog of mine recently and just felt like something was missing. So in an effort to fill that void, I’ve decided to start sharing […]