Clean Living, Like Whoa!

So I just finished a 6 day detoxifying cleanse. My full review is coming to the blog soon, but I thought I would just sit down tonight, and update everyone on my life lately.

So last week I started this cleanse. Being a blogger is awesome sometimes cuz I get to try a lot of cool stuff, usually gratis from the company. Sometimes you get in over your head and say yes to so many people and projects and then you’re super stressed. June was like that for me. I had so many great opportunities on my plate that I said yes to almost all of them. It’s what you do when you’re creating a blog and a brand. My plate raneth over.Continue Reading

Strawberry Balsamic Kefir Ice Cream (recipe)

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When I was a kid, every summer my dad would make strawberry ice cream. It was an all day event, dragging out our old ice cream maker, packing it with ice, rock salt and watching it churn for hours. Then another few hours until it was fully frozen. It wasn’t the best ice cream in the world, it wasn’t fluffy and light, but it was a homemade labor of love and it was my favorite. Big chunks of strawberries, frozen, not quite so well mixed in cream bits, and so firm my dad had to chisel it out with a big metal kitchen spoon.

Over the years my love for homemade strawberry ice cream hasn’t waned, and when I got an Ice Cream maker as a gift I knew my first batch would have to be strawberry, in honor of my daddy. Instead of using the heavy cream, I wanted to try something a little bit healthier so my recipe is made with kefir probiotic drink. It’s the cousin of yogurt, so to me it was an obvious choice. The addition of balsamic vinegar creates a delicious layer of flavor that hightens the sweetness and really makes the fresh strawberry flavor pop. I hope this recipe will become a staple in your home, as it has in mine.Continue Reading

What’s in my Bag? – PLUS! On the Go Snacks at a Wedding!

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What's in my bag - on the go snacks

This past week has been really up and down for me. I got some bad news at the beginning of the week, and then spent the remainder of the week taking it all in. It’s been rough. I am totally a stress eater. When my dad was sick, we ate a lot of fast food because we didn’t have time to prepare and cook and clean and fast food was easier for everyone. I don’t like going that route, besides the obvious negative health effects, it’s expensive! Between trekking the kids back and forth to play dates, parties, swim lessons and grandmas house, we’re in the car and on the go A LOT. I need on the go snacks too!

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BA Star Tropical Palette LOTD + GIVEAWAY!

BA STAR Tropical Palette

I have told you all how much I abhor makeup in the summer… It melts off your face, it makes you hot and sweaty, and just bleh.

When I DO wear makeup in the summer, I like to play it up and have fun with color! I am absolutely loving this new Tropical palette from BA Star cosmetics. It’s loaded with lots of bright, shimmery colors. And you know how much I love BA Star’s affordable palettes!Continue Reading

DIY Cloud Sand – Sensory Play for Toddlers

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So here we go…

My kid? She needs constant attention. Maybe it’s the age (she’s almost 3) or maybe it’s just her, and she loves the limelight. I have no idea, but as a work at home mom, I cannot sanely give her my 24/7 attention. My head would explode. I am not the perfect mom, I have needs and one of those needs is some “me time” to relax and refuel.Continue Reading

Foxbrim Vitamin C Serum Review

foxbrim trioOh man, oh man it’s been hot lately. This yesterday my cars temperature gauge read 119* in the afternoon… I almost died. The kids were complaining of the heat so we went swimming and then grabbed some Slurpees. I’ve pretty much given up on makeup if I can get by without it, and just wear a tiny bit if I need to look presentable. On the days that I refuse to be tied down to the tyranny of beauty, I just wear some moisturizer over some serum, to keep my skin looking fresh, but also cool and not heavy.

I’ve waxed poetically on my love of Vitamin C serums on the blog before. I am not going to bore you with lots of facts about how Vitamin C serums are amazing, repair damage, reverse environmental damage (like smoke, sun, and pollution) promote new cell growth, and can take a decade off your face. I think you probably already know those things.Continue Reading

What we’ve been up to lately… June 2014

It seems as if lately this blog has taken on a life of it’s own and my down to earth personal voice has sort of been lost inside my job. On one hand I am so excited that my blog is becoming a part time job and I am making some decent money, but I also get bummed that it’s not the same as it was in the very beginning, before people were paying me for my creativity and my unique consumer voice.

I try to only share products that my family actually uses – presently, or previously – and stuff that I really believe in, but sometimes I feel that the whole “for profit blogger” comes out more than that “mom on a mission blogger” as of late. I mean, I get it, this is my job, I have to do this, but I want to also reflect on the behind the blog portion of our lives too.

Ya know, just in case you cared.

So, I think when the house gets quiet, and my brain gets loud, it will be time to reflect on what we’ve been up to lately, and share it with all of you guys. You’re the reason I am still here, after all. You’re the reason this blog ever became anything, so I wholeheartedly thank each and every one of you (and you should leave me a comment after reading, so I know you exist too!)

So here’s what we’ve been up to lately…Continue Reading

DIY Hair Oil Treatment Mask

So guys, seriously, my hair this summer. UGH. It’s dry, it’s brittle, it’s up in a bun all day and it is not pretty. Well, the bun is kind of cute, but the condition of my hair is sort of lack luster. Not my idea of fun, especially as a hairstylist! People see me in the salon with this sweaty messy bun and probably turn and run the other way.

At least that what it plays out in my head.

So here’s what I am doing, and if you’re having the same sort of troubles then I suggest you do too…

A DIY Hair Oil Treatment Mask. It’s as simple as that, sounds easy right? It is and this is how you do it.Continue Reading

Our Summer So Far! – Plus some of our summer “On-The-Go” bag essentials with Huggies!

Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to stay stylish on the go!

Summer has taken the wind out of my sails. It’s only the beginning of July, but we’ve already been so busy I can’t keep up. Thank goodness we’re potty trained, or else we’d be up a creek adding that to our plate.


So far this summer we’ve been to the fair 4 times (that’s right, FOUR) seen 2 concerts, have tackled the problem of pool safety with swim lessons every Monday afternoon, and have had numerous family BBQ’s and parties.Continue Reading