Must Have: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

October 29, 2014

It's hard not to love Amy Poehler--she's smart, funny, sassy, and she seems like a real girl's girl. Her new book promises to be as smart and funny as its author, with page after page of Amy's personal experiences in love, friendship, and motherhood. Plus, if I haven't mentioned it before, I'm a sucker for any book cover that has a bit of pink in it.

Friday Favorites

October 24, 2014

October has been an absolute whirlwind of a month, and it's not even over. We've had a blast spending time with friends and family, but honestly, I'm pretty beat. This weekend we've got our annual trek to the pumpkin patch and then--and then--I've got an appointment for a massage and facial. And since I've got my little girl's 5th birthday, classroom Halloween party, kindergarten carnival, Halloween, and a trip to Disneyland planned next week, a little pampering this weekend will totally energize me for what will surely be a fun but exhausting few days. I hope you have an awesome weekend planned; take some time out to do something nice for yourself. God bless!

The secret to perfectly swirled frosting

Stunning black and white bathrooms.

Pretty pajamas that look way more expensive than they are.

The Oh Joy! for Target holiday collection; these darling mugs in particular.

Audrey and Oscar (with a plate of pasta).

11 Genius Beauty Hacks

October 22, 2014

I'm all about a brilliant beauty hack (see here, here, and here) and I love discovering new ways to use what's in my makeup bag, or in some cases, whatever's around me. Here are eleven genius tricks that have saved me lots of time and money, and always help me feel my best.

1. If you swipe too much eye cream from the jar use the excess around your mouth to help keep away laugh lines.

2. Run your fingers through hair after applying moisturizer to your face--it'll give strands an extra shot of moisture and help keep frizzies at bay. 

3. Instead of shaving cream, slather legs, bikini area, and underarms with hair conditioner and shave. 

4. Save your old toothbrushes and use them with gel or hairspray to tame unruly eyebrows and flyaway hairs.

5. After your morning cup, take the used coffee grinds to the shower with you and use as an exfoliant.

6. If you run out of eyeliner, simply make your own by dipping a liner brush in your mascara tube.

7. After applying a coat of mascara, use a cotton swab to dust baby powder on your lashes, then add another coat; the result is fuller, longer lashes that actually look like falsies.

8. To keep your at-home mani neat and tidy, smear Aquaphor or Vaseline on the skin around your nail. Any polish mistakes will clean right off.

9. Use eye drops to take the redness out of a pimple before covering it with concealer. 

10. Those little paper toilet liners also make great blotting papers. Don't be too proud to stuff a few in your purse next time you hit the ladies. (My husband was amazed when I did this last weekend.)

11. A trick I learned from my Nana: dot cheeks with lipstick and blend well for a natural-looking flush.

Must Have: Heart Blackboard

October 22, 2014

Nothing makes me happier than making my little girls happy; putting together sweet little moments that put smiles on their precious faces. This chalkboard is perfect for writing love notes, drawing a silly picture for them, or sharing a birthday message. And I love the idea of sending my 5-year old off to school with a good morning message that'll make her entire day.
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