Organic Skincare

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It’s the last week in August you guys! The last one! Time flies, yeah? I’m so excited for fall and everything pumpkin. Everything pumpkin. Oh, and all the squash soups. Anyway, I want to talk about this organic, natural, crunchy journey that a lot of people are taking. Personally, I’ve been on one for over a year. I started at the beginning of last summer with hair and skincare that bled over into makeup as well. It has been crazy! And with any sort of crazy and long journey comes some confessions. Don’t worry – nothing too juicy! 😉 So there’s no need to bust out “These are my confessions.” for any old school Usher fans.

  1. I once didn’t wash my hair for 2 weeks. Definitely the most disgusting thing I’ve ever done.
  2. I have checked the EWG Skin Deep website for all the ingredients on all my hygiene/makeup products and have learned so much.
  3. I tried the ACV conditioner and homemade shampoo thing, which my hair did not like.
  4. I used a natural toner that left my skin feeling amazing.
  5. I used a natural acne spot treatment that gave me acne scars. Yep, you read that right – gave me acne scars.
  6. I found a natural mascara that I freaking LOVE, and it smells like chocolate.
  7. I made my own rosewater, which was really fun, smelled amazing, and looked so pretty!
  8. I have made my own acne spot treatment, which actually worked pretty.
  9. I found a clay mask that I love and need to do WAY more often.
  10. I convinced my hubby to get on the organic/natural train with me and he found a body wash and shampoo in one that he loves.
  11. I discovered a few natural makeup companies that I love. See chocolate mascara.

Alright, confessions done. Some are great, some are not so great. I’ve also used products that I’ve loved and some that I threw out after using once. I’ve done everything from organic to all natural to mostly natural products. I have loved the non-chemical ingredients and discovered that some “non-chemical” ingredients are liars.

After all is said and done, I’ve done this beauty-type treatment and care for a year. There have been ups and down, some weird sideways turns, and a few amens! So I’ve officially decided that the beloved organic, natural, crunchy skincare thing is awesome, but not for me. We have made the switch to a bunch of other natural and more gentle things in our house, but skincare (at least for me) will not be one of them.

Have you tried organic or natural skincare products?

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August Book

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Head’s up – No spoilers!

The temperatures are already starting to drop, even if it’s only a little. Before we know it, fall will be here you guys and it is BY FAR my favorite season – hot chocolate, cool weather, sweaters, cozy blankets. Oh, and the pie! I love everything about fall, including reading a good book in a coffee shop wrapped up in a warm sweater. With some hot chocolate. Always a necessity in the cold winter months. 😉

Speaking of reading, this month I have been reading this book and it is so good you guys! I love reading fiction, but sometimes a good nonfiction book is good for the soul. This book is definitely not a fun, fiction, easy-to-read story but a heart-wrenching, nonfiction, eye opener collection of stories. Such a good check on perspective! Real life events that happened to real people. A woman and her two sons, 5 and 13, evicted on a cold day in January and staying in a shelter until April. A disabled man whose home became a safe haven for his sons’ friends, other teenage boys, to help keep them out of trouble, trying to live off his disability check to pay the rent and feed his kids. A landlord couple taking a trip to Jaimaca while their tenants struggle to pay rent. Another landlord working with his tenants, even though they fall hundreds of dollars behind on rent. These stories and so many others. Homelessness, domestic abuse, drugs, and more.

And one of the best parts is that Desmond gives it from all sides – landlords, tenants, movers. It pulls your emotions in all different ways so that you can’t choose sides, but see that there is an obvious problem. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re looking for a book to give you some perspective or feel your heart start to become ungrateful. This book, my friends. This book.

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What have you been reading lately?

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The Weekend

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How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was super relaxed. We stayed home, cooked a lot, and even took naps yesterday. Yep, even our toddler. It was magic. Buuuut naps means we were up until like 1 am so it’s a Starbucks kind of day! Don’t laugh at my tiny little tall drink, my Starbucks addict friends. 😉

We made this guilt-free ice cream this weekend and also this not so guilt free but oh so delicious skillet cookie. They cancel each other out right?! Ha! The ice cream is actually dairy free, which is great for our lactose intolerant/sensitive friends and it’s guilt free so good for everyone too! Problem is, they were gone before I could get any good pictures. #oops

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My sweet little girl has my heart. We are trying to grow out her bangs and do different things with her hair, definitely not my thing! I tried putting her little bangs in a hair tie like a cute fountain and totally failed! Haha! So we got these cute little bows at Target to clip her hair back and just hope that it grows fast! Need to work on my hair skills. Any suggestions?

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She wanted to sit with me at lunch, which is no big deal – pretty normal here, but also let me play with her hair! ❤ That never happens, you guys. Never happens! I loved every second of it!

I read this article on spending less money on clothes and it’s perfect. I’d say #3 is my absolute favorite! It makes SO much sense!

Any highlights of your weekend?

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If we were having coffee…

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We would talk about our community. Our family, our friends, our kiddos, our acquaintances, our coworkers, our fellow church goers, our neighbors, etc. Even our online community – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, fellow bloggers, fellow freelance writers, editors, etc.  And I can’t tell you how many times our community has helped us. Our communities have a huge impact on us. I know ours has!

When I moved during our pregnancy (7 months along!) and my husband was states away, our community came together and carried all of our furniture over to our new apartment. All of it. I cried that night. It was the first time I had reached out to our community to help and the response was unbelievable. So many people! I couldn’t have done it on my own, let alone being 7 months pregnant. Our community helped make our first apartment become our first home.

A few months later, when Lilly was a newborn and cooking was the last thing on my mind, our community helped out and brought us dinners for a week. Can you imagine not having to worry about food for the first week of mamahood? Awesome, right?! Spaghetti, salad, tacos, pizza. All those fun classics and more. Our community fed my family when I couldn’t. Because you know, sleep deprivation and constant breastfeeding.

When I was lonely in those first few months of motherhood (because what do you do with a newborn?!), our community invited me to our church’s moms’ group. I have laughed. I have cried. I have shared. And I have heard the wisest pieces of advice from that group of women, including this one and this one too.

Once a week a friend of mine takes Lilly so I can work on blogging stuff. Without it, it would be hard to focus hearing “MOM!” coming from Lilly’s room every 5 seconds because what toddler likes quiet time? 😉

We’ve only lived in apartments so far which means no washer and dryer. I’ve been doing laundry at a gracious friend’s house once a week for the past year and a half. At the laundromat, it costs me $20 a week to do laundry. That’s $80 a month and $960 a year. My friend and her family save us almost $1,000 a year. That’s $1,000 a year, you guys. One thousand. I have absolutely no words. None.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

How does your community impact you?

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Date Night!

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Anthony and I decided to go on a walk for our date night last night. Yes, we have Tuesday night date nights! How old and lame are we? Haha! But seriously, the sights were great and the conversation was even better. Plus Tuesdays are great because no one else is out so if we want to go out to eat or get ice cream or whatever, there aren’t any lines or waiting lists. It can also make for a more intimate setting. And date nights have been so good for our marriage. So good you guys. Sometimes the best dates cost the least, you know what I mean?

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And we also went to a shaved ice stand that we had never been to before but oh my goodness. We didn’t realize how BIG it was going to be! Like they basically gave us double to size of the cup. I mean look at it!!! Instant regret. So much sugar!

Do you have date nights? What are your favorite date nights? Mine are usually in the fall. Stay tuned for those. 😉

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Accepting Your Beauty

I was created in God's image,making my beauty my own kind of beauty.

About a month ago I found my first white hair. My very first one you guys! I’m only 24! What is happening?! And then this week, I found another one. Ahhhh! It was more platinum blonde but still pretty white, especially for this brunette. I thought about plucking them or cutting them, but I was hesitant. I’m not a very sentimental person so I was so confused at my sudden attachment, especially to some white hairs. I mean, seriously who wants those?!

Let’s be real for a sec – our culture is all about beauty. There are so many different looks and products – the no makeup-makeup look, smoky eye, wedding makeup, a million face washes, toners, moisturizers, anti aging serums, pore strips, face masks, waxing kits, spot treatments, exfoliators, hair dyes (to get rid of those white and gray hairs, right?!). I mean, just type in beauty on Pinterest and you’ll find a trillion pins of all of them.

One of my favorite verses on this very subject is Proverbs 31:30 which reads, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” I was created in God’s image, making my beauty my own kind of beauty, white hairs or not. In fact, my whole head of beautiful brunette hair will one day be a whole head of beautiful white hair, with matching white eyebrows (hopefully they match!). My firm skin will one day be wrinkled from laugh lines. My white teeth will be worn from sharing too much ice cream with my daughter, pizza with my husband, and crisp, crunchy salads with myself. My clear-ish face will have age spots from enjoying the great outdoors, hopefully growing peonies. And those things are facts. My youthful beauty will cease over time and I will be left with old, faithful wisdom. A new type of pretty. A new beauty that comes from walking with God. A beauty that is found within the depths of my soul.

And honestly, I’m good with that. Bring on the wisdom, white hairs and all. Just let me apply my mascara first.

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Weekend Fun

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This weekend was so fun you guys! We checked on a family member’s horses and Lilly loved it. She pet them and told them so many stories. Of course, they always start with “Once upon a time, there was a baby and a mama and a daddy.” So cute! I showed her this Eastern Red Cedar tree (totally had to look that up!) and she kept saying, “Oh, is it blueberries? Can we eat them, Mama?” My sweet precious girl. Keep your wonder forever little girl. 🙂

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On our way to check on horses, we drove over a river. We’ve driven by it a hundred times but have never seen it so green! So we decided to swing back by it yesterday. Such a nice day out! We enjoyed great car conversations, a nap for our toddler (hallelujah!), this lush green sight, and a bit of off-roading. Thankfully we didn’t get stuck! 😉

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And my absolute favorite thing this weekend was this! Lilly has been setting up tea parties in her room with a little tea set a friend is letting us borrow! It’s soooooo adorable! I can’t even! She sets everything up and says, “Want some tea Mama? I have a tea party.” Yes sweet girl! I will always come to your tea parties! My heart you guys. My heart. She gets all the cups, plates, silverware, and the teapot out and pours us tea. She gave Anthony a cup and poured him some tea. “Just for you Daddy,” was her response to his confused look. A girl after my own heart. All the tea.

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How was your weekend? Anything fun and exciting?

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