Friday Favorites

February 27, 2015

Spring has definitely arrived early in Southern California, and while I'm excited for what that means (flirty little dresses, picnics, ice cream), I'm also slightly disappointed that I didn't get to do too many wintry things. I had plans to make all these homemade soups to warm up with, and dress my babies in cute little sweaters and knit hats with bunny ears. This weekend the temperature is supposed to dip back down into the 60s, so I'm thinking I'll take advantage of the "chill" and whip up something warm and hearty for my family. Enjoy your weekend, and God bless!

Bacon jalapeno deviled eggs--a recipe I shall be happy to make in about six weeks when I'm left with baskets full of Easter eggs.

The dressing room of my dreams. 

A eucalyptus shower. Brilliant!

This Alice + Olivia dress. (It's 700 bucks and way out of my budget, but a girl can dream.)

Through a Hole In the Mountain, an installation from Pip & Pop made with washi tape.

Current Beauty Favorites: Skincare

February 26, 2015

I've never been one to skimp on my skincare routine. Ever since I discovered Clinique in middle school I've been a bonafide product junkie, and as I get older I become more and more obsessed with taking good care of my skin. Besides drinking at least three liters of water every day, taking a multi-vitamin, and adding flaxseed and fish oil to my diet, I look for skincare products that promise to keep my complexion clear, bright, and supple. Here are a few of the products I've been using and loving as of late.

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer
This multi-tasking moisturizer addresses the trifecta of skin concerns--anti-aging, sun protection, and oil/blemish control. I've been using it for a few months now and I will probably never use another moisturizer again. It goes on weightlessly and sinks in quickly. Plus, the tube lasts a long time.

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser
I'm a fan of Boscia products and have used the Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, as well as several of the facial masks for quite some time. I just recently started using this cleanser and already I'm thrilled with it. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, never stripped or dry, and there are no yucky ingredients to irritate my skin. 

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment
Believe the hype! I've been reading about GLAMGLOW products and listening to other beauty editors rave, and this stuff is the real deal. It addresses every skin problem you can think of and feels cool and refreshing when applied. After just one use my skin looked brighter and healthier.  

Burt's Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes
I'm really good about sticking to my nightly routine of cleansing, toning, eye creaming, etc., but some nights, after putting my little ones to bed and realizing I still have a ton of work to do, that beauty regimen goes out the window. These towelettes don't need water, so I can wrap up work, wash my face, and crawl into bed.

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DIY Relaxing Rose Bath Soak and Body Scrub

February 23, 2015

The gorgeous Valentine's Day bouquet has wilted but don't toss it just yet; the dried, shriveled up rose petals can still be used to making relaxing bath products. It's ridiculously easy and relatively inexpensive (you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry).

Rose Bath Soak
1 cup Epsom salt
½ cup baking soda
rose petals from 2-3 flowers, torn into pieces
rose essential oil

In a glass bowl combine Epsom salt, baking soda, and torn flower petals. Add essential oil to desired strength (I used about 30 drops) and mix well.  Store in a sealed glass container.

Rose Body Scrub
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil of your choice (e.g. grapeseed, sweet almond, canola, sunflower)
rose petals from 1 flower, torn into pieces
rose essential oil

In a glass bowl, mix sugar, oil, and rose petals. Add essential oil to desired strength and mix well. Store in a sealed glass container.


February 23, 2015

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Friday Favorites

February 20, 2015

So, how crazy is it that there's only one more week left in February? It blows my mind how quickly this month flew by. And this Southern California weather seems to be accelerating time; it feels like summer here.  This weekend we'll be enjoying friends and family at my niece's fourth birthday party (talk about time flying, it seems like she was just born), then we're having dinner with friends we don't get to see too often. I bid you a lovely weekend; make the most of your time because it really is flying by. God bless! 

A Sno-Ball cake that I'm dying to make. 

Twin baby polar bears

The cutest DIY drink stirrers.

Tips for throwing an epic garden party

This Play-Doh creation from my 5-year old. She asked me to put this on my blog and of course I had to oblige. (Sweet girl, if you ever read this, mommy loves you more than life!)
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