My only predictability is my unpredictability.

So in April I cut my hair.  It was getting long (for me), buuuut…Even though it was pretty, it was kind of weighing me down, and I needed a little fresh start (I had a rough Jan-March).  Here I was, pre-cut, rocking my longer ‘Type 4’ hair:

See how severe it made me look if I wore it really straight (which I do a lot) though?

BUT…Since I’m *actually* a Type 1, I feel like having hair a little shorter/with more movement suits me better for now, maybe brightens me up (and makes me look younger, Lol):

I’m still gonna let it grow out over the summer again, but maybe do something a little different so it doesn’t seem quite as harsh?  Who knows.  I kind of like mixing it up sometimes!

** The ‘Types’ I refer to are from Carol Tuttle’s Dressing Your Truth system.  I talked about it a little bit here (when I thought I was a Type 4) and here (when I realized I was a Type 1).

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Know thyself. Or just have someone else tell you who you are, that’s way easier.

I am finally getting kind of excited about summertime clothes! Although I kinda alternate between workout gear and real clothing, I do like to ‘get dressed’ every day for real, though.  I never feel good if I’m out and about wearing something I’m just ‘eh’ about.

Oh!  That reminds me – so…remember all that Dressing Your Truth stuff I talked about?  Um…I totally mistyped myself, Lol!  I always wavered between Type 4 and Type 1, and decided I was a 4.  And then had like, a month of being depressed about my clothes ;)  I’m a Type 1, with a strong 4 secondary.  The *second* I figured that out (and yeah, it took me forever, I think I was denying it actually – I feel like the ‘bright, fun’ energy of Type 1 can be perceived more as airhead-y, and I have a real issue with that), clothes became fun again, I felt ‘lighter’ and just…more relaxed.  I definitely have a LOT of Type 4 in me, and I LOVE more edgy clothes, but yeah, I’m a Type 1.  This needs to be a post all it’s own, so I’ll revisit it later, for sure!!  Read her book(s), it’s super interesting!

Even my workout pants need to be ‘fun’…

Eating Toast In Church.

What We’re Doing

What am I doing?  Gettin’ my…we’ll say *crap*…together!  Especially in terms of how I look and feel.  I’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid with Dressing Your Truth, Lol – it’s basically figuring out your natural energy type (there are four of them) and dressing (living?) according to your type.  It sounds a little kooky, I know, but it actually makes perfect sense once you understand the concept.  I got the book out from the library and since I’m a YouTube junkie, watched a bunch of her videos too, and I find it SO interesting.  And honestly?  Finding out your (perceived) weaknesses are actually STRENGTHS? Gamechanger.  I’m a Type 4, btw.
(She also has a book called ‘The Child Whisperer’,  which I haven’t read yet, but it’s supposed to be really good for helping understand how to parent different types of kids.)

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Speaking of looks (kind of), Sky’s now as tall as me.  Also still totally addicted to computers, the king of the quickest wit around, and just got back from winter camp with youth group.

He took this picture at camp, he’s amazing: 

We’re still recovering from Shark’s birthday sleepover last weekend, and he’s still obsessed with putting things in his bike spokes to make noise, drawing sweet pictures that aren’t violent at all, making us laugh with his funny voices, and watching Young Indiana Jones:

This was the picture he drew on top of his Valentine’s Day box. (!)  Umm…

Oh, he’s also Pants’ little shadow:

Peas.  Pod.

What We’re Watching

Help!  I need a new show!  We recently watched Sneaky Pete, which we loved, and also Glitch, an eerie little 6-episode show from Australia.  In January we finally caught up on Silicon Valley, and we were trying to finish the third season of Halt and Catch Fire, but honestly I was really over that show after 1 1/2 seasons. But whatever.  Of course I watch Suits on repeat, it’s like my new Gilmore Girls, but with dudes ;)  Suggestions??

Beauty comes from inside. Inside the hair salon.

In other news…aka, what else do I have pictures of on my phone?  Lol.  I do have some hair selfies.  I feel weird putting selfies on Instagram though, I don’t know why.  So I’ll put a pic up for like a day and then take it down.  That’s normal, right? ;)    But I don’t mind putting them here since it’s my own blog, which is kind of like my little space.

I’ve been wearing my hair up a lot lately…thanks to copious watching of YouTube videos.  I think I still like The Small Things Blog best for hair updos.  Oh, and I started using this little guy:

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You can read the info/reviews on Amazon.  I use it on my lashes and brows and cuticles, and also mix it with coconut oil to wash my face with.  (I wash my face like this:  massage 1 Tbsp coconut oil + a couple drops castor oil on face.  Hold a hot wet washcloth on face for 30 seconds to soften skin, then wipe everything off.  Sooo good for dry skin.  And takes off makeup really easily!) Oh my gosh, have you guys seen these super adorable little coconut oil packets at Trader Joe’s?!

Too cute.  Oh – and the ultimate question:  Are you watching Suits?  I’m finally all caught up, even though I like the early seasons the best.  Why do I love this show so much??

Catch up, throw up…

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Guys.  I’m having a social media crisis!  Please tell me that’s a real thing, Lol.  I think I am gonna quit Facebook at the end of the year (I just HATE the format, sorry) but I still have my account open…I’m not sure if I should delete it or not.  And now I’m kind of over Instagram…I initially LOVED the format of being able to just put one picture up there and call it good, but lately it’s started to feel pressure-y or something, like every picture has to be great?

And it seems kind of nosy to me…like I put a picture online and in like, 5 seconds people are looking at it.  I really just want to document my life on there (ok, and also watch a few 30-second cake decorating videos…have you seen those?!), but maybe I’m too paranoid for it.

Life lately…  

So, the election.  Just kidding, not talking about that.  All I will say is that I was particularly passionate about this election, and I am NOT happy with the results.  But peace baby, no political talk here…

Meanwhile, Pants is hanging with this sweet gal in Chicago as I type this…
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Luckies!  He had a quick day trip to Chicago, so he got to see our pal Malissa, who we loooove.  She’s pretty much in charge of all the millenials in Chicago…I think that’s her official job title, anyway ;)  Pants goes to Cali again in a couple days (he was just there a few weeks ago), and then we are going to Michigan in a couple weeks for a pseudo-Christmas with my fam before heading back here  for…actual Christmas.

Clothing-wise, I’ve been bootcutting it like CRAZY over here… but I still can’t give up skinnies totally, though…

A psychic once told me that I’m psychic.

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I’m a stay-at-home mom who…doesn’t really like to be home.  Is that normal?  I’m trying though.  Now that the kids are back in school, I want to camp firmly in ‘I’m a good homemaker!’ mode instead of the ‘I’m running around all day doing (semi) meaningless busy things or volunteering till I want to die’ mode.

I’ve always lived with the idea that every day is meaningful, so I’m trying to focus on nourishing my family (FOOD is like, #1 around here), running the house, letting the kids have new experiences, working on some personal (secret!) projects, but…also still giving myself time to re-watch Gilmore Girls for the fifth time during lunch if I feel like it ;)  Of course I feel like it…

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I kind of like the concept of having a specific routine for the morning, afternoon, and evening.  We have an early morning routine we’ve done since school started, and it’s working really well.  Now I just need to hone my afternoon/evening routines a bit…what’s that quote?  ‘I adore spontaneity.  Providing it is carefully planned.’  Ha.  I don’t want to conform to some random routine though, so lately I’ve started writing down daily habits that I already do.  Mind blown.

Like, here’s our early weekday morning routine (when I’m pretty much on auto-pilot), it’s always the same:

  • get up at 6, wake Sky up (high school is so early!), then walk to the kitchen and do the terrible things – empty the dishwasher, make lunches, and oversee breakfast (ie, get it over with).
  • Then I get to drink coffee!  Yessss.  I take like a 1o minute little coffee break while I look over the plan for the day (I always have my planner *rightthere*), and maybe read for a few minutes.
  • The best part is when Sky is getting ready for school, Sharkey will wander down at EXACTLY 6:25am, he’s very precise, and ask for a cup of tea. It’s like living with an old English fellow. Pants does breakfast with Shark (usually) after awhile and I get ready after Sky leaves. (Easy because I wear the same basic uniform every day and never wash my hair…um…) 

Examples of my typical weekday ‘uniform’:  skinnies, boots, and layers.

If I have a few extra minutes, I’ll tidy up the downstairs, then it’s time to take the little guy to school…my goal is for both kiddos to go to school happy.  Oh, and then I actually ‘start’ my day ;)

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I don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.

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Isn’t it weird how the nineties are back?  I wore a pair of mid-rise flare jeans on Sunday.  Probably the same exact ones I wore in 1995.  (Just to be clear, I *totally* called this trend like 2 years ago…)  I can’t get behind the modern culottes (ugh, I look terrible in billowy legs), although I did buy a jumpsuit this summer.

Continue reading “I don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”

Don’t be scared of my bathroom.

IMG_2893Wow, that last post was a long one…But just let me clarify that I do NOT have this whole ‘clean eating’ thing totally down yet!  I am doing *pretty* good, but still learning as I go.  I just know I feel waaay better now that I am more consistently eating regular meals of real food and trying to do juicing, as opposed to when I used to just grab a handful of crackers (ok, cookies) and guzzle way too much coffee…and I think maybe my immune system is getting stronger?  I feel like a cold is trying to come on (I’ve had a croup-y little 8yr old home the past couple days, coughing all over me), but my body seems to be wanting to fight it off.  Apparently with green juice…?

Anyway.  Back to biz…

In December, I was totally overdosing on reading natural living blogs, trying to learn about skincare.  The whole ‘whatever you put on your skin seeps into your bloodstream’ thing was starting to freak me out.  (Mainly because the word ‘bloodstream’ – Ew!)  Last year I already switched out most of my makeup (that I hardly ever wear…sorry Seattle!), but it’s been hard finding skincare products that I actually LIKE that are natural and that i can afford.

Then I thought, ‘Hey, I can MAKE skincare products!’ So I got sooo excited and found a bunch of Pinterest recipes and started ordering ingredients like beeswax and shea butter off Amazon Prime and Mountain Rose Herbs. I was all set to go…until I actually literally started making stuff.  And that’s when I realized…I HATED it!  Making/creating skincare products was a COMPLETELY joy-less process for me…which I totally did NOT expect!  Especially since I do already make a few household cleaners, and that’s not a big deal, and I make up (food) recipes from scratch like, every day.

But I think I just really, really missed all the pretty packaging, the yummy smells, and the fun of just trying out different skincare products.  I did make a decent lotion and a couple things that were, fine, I guess, but I kept finding myself wandering the beauty aisles of Whole Foods.  I DO like handmade natural products…just made by someone else.

We just signed up for a new service called Thrive Market (it’s kind of like an online Costco for healthy products, and the prices are seriously great, with free shipping on orders over $50), so I hunted around on there for a few things, as well as other places.  So here’s a few (NON homemade!) natural products we’re trying out. (Maybe not 100% natural, but close enough that I feel ok about them.)

I’m trying this lotion:

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It’s no Wild Carrots lotion (which is my FAVORITE lotion ever!), and I’m kind of kicking myself for not just getting that one, but I do like the Acure brand, and this was cheaper and on Thrive.

Oooh, something I DO love that I’ve been using for awhile now are Pacifica natural perfumes.  They smell AMAZING!

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These are the most true-to-scent perfumes I’ve ever smelled that are actually affordable.  I’m trying to make the French Lilac  my signature scent (whatever that means), but the Island Vanilla is sooo good too. And I have never gotten a headache from these, unlike other ones I used to wear.

These Ora’s Amazing Herbal chapsticks I ordered off Amazon are just plain cute:

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They honestly had me at the packaging – they come in a 3-pack in a little cloth bag, and the other flavor (somewhere in my purse) is Earl Grey.  Yes please!

We are also really liking this soap/body wash from EO Products:

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I like that the boys can use it for shampoo, and the coconut/lemon one smells SO good.  Which I know shouldn’t matter…but it matters so.very.much. to me.  I think taking a shower is my happy place?  I mean, if I can’t write my daily affirmation in steam on the shower door at 6:30am, my day is pretty much ruined.  I wish I was joking when I wrote that…

There *is* one lone product I made that I will actually make again.  it’s…wait for it…homemade DEODORANT.  I know.  I made this on a whim, since I have NEVER found a natural deodorant that actually works.  But after reading how sensitive our lymph system is, I just don’t feel comfortable with regular deodorant anymore (which is why I rarely ever wore it).  When I tried this recipe, I didn’t expect anything, really.  But it WORKS!  And there’s no baking soda in it, which can irritate your skin sometimes.  Of course, all the ingredients were things I ALREADY had around the house…thank goodness for return policies…

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1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup coconut oil

20 drops Tea Tree oil

10 drops (combo of) Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint essential oils

Melt the coconut oil and mix with the cornstarch to form a paste.  Stir in the essential and Tea Tree oils.  You can set it in the fridge for a few minutes if it seems too liquid-y.  I put it in a cute little glass jar, and just keep it on my bathroom counter.  I made mine about a month ago, and it’s still totally fine.  And I smell good…promise…

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we solve crimes. i blog about it, he forgets his pants.

lots of random…
i really should be packing right now…but the kids are finally for the first time in weeks playing nicely together, so it’s like my one chance to be on the computer.  but you should see my moving binder!!  what?  you don’t have a labeled binder tab for every.single.facet of your life?  I am insane with my lists…
 i’m oddly getting excited for the colder (post-summertime) weather in seattle.  I get to wear less of this:
and more of this:
and can I just say the boys are growing like CRAZY?  this cat:
is *almost* in a men’s size shoe…
we are on our way to wrapping things up here in orange county!  only one more week till we move up to seattle!!  getting in lots of last-minute time with friends…

after all, cornelius fudge has got his own private army.

ok, so I am not a big makeup wearer, but this fall when i felt like i was in ‘crisis mode’, I was constantly buying makeup products. and then not even wearing them. ?  I think it was a psychological thing…I was feeling really old and useless and ugly, so I kinda sorta started OBSESSING that maybe there was some magic miracle product out there.  like that ONE THING that would make me look like a 20yr old again…and if i looked like a 20yr old i would be happy? I guess?? honestly I have no idea ;) just a lot of faulty logic going on…

what’s so funny to me is that once i admitted the REAL issues about why i was depressed (uuugh, this was horrible to do…I hate admitting things lol), I looked…back to normal again.  back to definitely-not-in-my-twenties-anymore-but-it’s-totally-fine-being-38.  i actually didn’t even notice at first, because once my depression ‘veil’ lifted, I wasn’t even focused on how I looked anymore.  well played, mind…

anyway.  so now i am back to ‘makeup is for fun!’ mode.  I do like to wear a little to brighten myself up and not like, scare people.  I still don’t really know how to put on eyeliner, but I think it might be time to learn.  my eyes are sooo sensitive though, so i’m gonna try this one from tarte and see how it goes. I just got their new amazonian clay airbrush powder foundation because I read this review saying it was better than bare minerals, and so far i think i really like it.

because I am such a makeup noob, a while ago i learned how to do a quick 5-minute face from this post from my favorite beauty blogger. i like how she makes highlighting and contouring super easy – i totally didn’t even know that existed until i read her site, lol.

but…ok honestly?  the BEST way to make your face look good?  cardio.  like, literally sweating at least 20 minutes a day.  especially doing something you think is super fun, like dancing.  or roller skating…but maybe that’s just me ;)  EVERYONE looks younger and more glow-y (sweaty?) after cardio, though.  once i heard the best way to look good on a date is go for a quick run an hour beforehand.  hmm…i wouldn’t know since i haven’t been on a date in a looong time…unless the waiting room at urgent care counts?

now…on to hair.  dark or red??  long or short?  I like the short for now…but i think i am gonna be sick of it soon and want to grow it out again.  i’m annoyed with my chameleon-like decision-making.