Nourishing Face Masks

2/09/2016


Have you guys tried Korean sheet face masks before? I am a newbie to them, and I am definitely hooked. Maskbox is a box subscription service, where you can pick what type of treatment you'd like (hydrating, brightening, anti-aging) and receive a sampling of two to six masks per box, depending on what type you choose.

Just apply one right after washing your face in the evening, then sit back and chill for about 20 minutes. Yes you look like you are wearing a ski-mask, but that's awesome because it doubles as a way to totally freak out the kids if they decide to sneak out of their room while you're maintaining your zen-like peace and quiet. Not only do the masks feel super moisturizing and nourishing, it's also a really great way to de-stress and relax. This sounds incredibly cheesy, but I turn down the lights, light a candle and try to clear my head while I'm wearing it. It's a really nice way to end the day.


Have you tried them before? I'd love to hear what you think.

Full disclosure: I created the logo design for Maskbox, but was not asked to do a review of products. All opinions expressed here are my own.

The Best Shampoo

2/04/2016


I don't know about you, but keeping up with any sort of "beauty routine" is darn near impossible for me. And I'm not going to blame it on being mom, because although the demands of a four-year-old and two-year-old always seem to trump clean hair or glowing skin, I mostly just feel lazy about it: too rushed in the morning, too exhausted at night. Don't get me wrong, I always feel good after I do a facial exfoliation or after a good scalp scrub, but it always ends up low on my priority list.

But the other day I once again fell for cool product packaging and bought Wen, the cleansing hair shampoo/conditioner/treatment all in one. Turns out, it was a good decision. It's a non-lathering formula, which was kind of weird at first, but now I really love it. It feels like I'm really in a deep clean every time I wash my hair. Even better: I'm actually down to washing every 3 to 4 days, because my hair feels fresh and clean longer. Also Sweet Almond Mint is such a stress-relieving smell, I feel totally relaxed after my showers.

Do you have any beauty products that you're absolutely loving these days?

Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Cards for Your Valentine

2/02/2016

This will be my ninth Valentine's Day with my husband (our tenth dating anniversary is coming up), so we typically exchange cards and stay in, but I always like to pick out my card far in advance. And when I'm really on top of it, I'll find cards for my girlfriends, too. Here are a few of my favorites:

Top row: Mi Amor Letterpress Card / Let's Stay In Sugar Paper Card

Bottom row: You're Pretty Sugar Paper Card / Meh Candy Hearts Card from CypressCardCo on Etsy

I also love this one for your significant other and this emoji twins card for your BFF, both found on Etsy.

Oh you wonderful weekend.

1/29/2016


FRIDAY. WELCOME. You have been missed since the last time we saw each other. I have BIG plans for you, Friday. And they involve binge-watching Homeland and eating Trader Joe's churros. Have you tried those? Ah-mazing. But seriously, these are the things you are excited about when you're parent. And it's cool. Since Matt and I are temporarily living separately I have gained a whole new appreciation for single mothers. It's a tough gig when you're on your own. Don't get me wrong, there have been some awesome moments: a trip to the botanical garden where Phoenix kept proclaiming: "An orange bufferfly, Mama! A bufferfly!" It made me keep thinking of a large, orange, really buff fly. Or when Mila made a birthday book for Matt and drew our whole family "all together" as she said, even Gorbie, who looked like a fat, black bug. To be fair, he is wide around the girth. But it made me laugh.


But also there have been times that have not been so great. I once ran hysterical into my room and hid in the closet, trying to escape my tyrannical greatly displeased children. This is not a myth by the way. Moms sometimes totally run and hide from their kids, because it is just TOO MUCH. Other times I feel like I'm using my super soft and sweet voice to try and negotiate using the potty before we leave the house because "no, I don't feel like having to change you in the middle of the Vons parking lot again," only to realize that I forgot to pack another a pair of underwear.

This is life as a parent though. Absolutely no one ever said it was going to be easy. And the other day I overheard Mila telling Phoenix: "You know Phee, can you maybe try not screaming so much tomorrow? It really hurts mom's ears." These things make me smile. Even though she didn't mention anything about her not screaming...hmmmm.

Happy weekend! (and for you moms out there: Mostly free of tantrums, I hope)!


Mid-Week Pick Me Up

1/27/2016


We made it to Wednesday. And what better way to celebrate than some links to ease you into your day? You're welcome.

With all of our trips coming up this year, I'm bookmarking this list of travel essentials on The Stripe

I also bookmarked this list of how to care for a leather bag since I carry my leather totes all around the city.

And along the same lines another one to bookmark, how to clean your makeup brushes.

What a genius idea for a bridge

Such an interesting read on the Young House Love couple post-blog

And a lovely read on the one and only Jane Birkin.

Have any of you ordered from Glossier? Thinking of picking up a few cult faves this week.

In case you saw this Instagram, here's the salad recipe we made Sunday night.

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