Mother’s Day 2016


Kids, man. They step on your freshly painted toes (reaching for the bottle as i relive that horrific moment) aaaand I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure I can find a way to blame them for the wrinkles I recently found on MY NECK. Wrinkles on my neck, you guys. WTF.

But seriously they’re great. They’re us, really. So if your kids are dicks, you better take a long look in the mirror. My only saving grace is that while my kids have a lot of sass and attitude (I’m owning this), they are goooood. They have genuine hearts and when they love, they love. Also they’re smart and creative and funny and now I’m just talking about myself. LOL. Anyway…

Mother’s Day.

We ate breakfast, we visited the bookstore, we ate cheeseburgers, and I escaped to enjoy a relaxing mani/pedi.. thatwasdestroyedwithinfiveminutesofarrivinghome might i add.

But the best thing EVAR was that Mark sat down with Taylor and Zoey and asked them both 20 questions that had to do with me. Here are their answers.

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
Zoey – I love you and I never want to let you go.
Taylor – clean your room.

2. What makes Mommy happy?
Zoey – when I give her a big squeezy hug.
Taylor – when everyone else is happy.

3. What makes her sad?
Zoey – when her wine spills on her clothes. (i literally cannot with this girl.)
Taylor – when we don’t cooperate.

4. How does Mommy make you laugh?
Zoey – tickles!
Taylor – funny faces.

5. What was your Mom like as a child?
Zoey – she knew how to walk and talk and had her own big girl bed and then she kissed daddy. (that’s pretty much my life story in a nutshell if I’m being honest.)
Taylor – adventurous.

6. How old is your Mommy?
Zoey – 53
Taylor – 36
*after sharing this, Zoey got a little pouty because Taylor knew the correct answer, so Mark goes – “close.” and now Taylor is my favorite.

7. How tall is your Mom?
Zoey – a little smaller than daddy.
Taylor – 5’4″

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Zoey – get her nails done, love on me, put jewelry on.
Taylor – be with us.

9. What does your Mommy do when you’re not around?
Zoey – she puts jewelry on.
Taylor – clean the house.

10. If your Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Zoey – a hotel.
Taylor – photography.
*apparently while Taylor was considering his answer, zoey was nodding her head and mouthing to him – hotel, say hotel. LOL.)

11. What is your mom really good at?
Zoey – gymnastics.  (WHAT.)
Taylor – making me  laugh.

12. What is she not very good at?
Zoey – closing the [camper]van door.
Taylor – taking orders.

13. What does your Mom do for her job?
Zoey – works on the computer.
Taylor – something she doesn’t like. (this made me sad, but i feel like i can use this later if he decides he doesn’t want to go to college or something stupid like that.) 

14. What is Mommy’s favorite food?
Zoey – bacon and eggs.
Taylor – artichoke.

15. What makes you proud of your Mom?
Zoey – when she volunteers.
Taylor – she sticks to it. (YAS. i love that he sees this in me! it made me tear up.)

16. What is Mommy’s favorite thing about Daddy?
Zoey – when she kisses Daddy in a ball. (mark suspects she meant at a ball.)
Taylor – his dumb jokes.

17. What do you and your Mom do together?
Zoey – we always play together.
Taylor – we joke around.

18. How are you and your Mom the same?
Zoey – blue eyes and same color hair.
Taylor – same personality.

19. How are you different?
Zoey – sometimes we don’t do what is right or wrong. (still figuring this one out.)
Taylor – different views on things.

20. How do you know that Mommy loves you?
Zoey – she always hugs me.
Taylor – she tells me.

I guess after every answer Zoey would say – “and that’s all I know.” I die.

My kiddos are amazing. I love love love them and now I know that they’re paying attention to me, so I have to be more careful. Also, the messed up toe nail is still a source of contention, but I’ll probably get over it once I spill wine on my clothes and can focus on that.

The end.

Ps.  Bottom right corner –  JCrew “Billie” jean. Cropped with a high waist in the best wash ever and I’m obsessed. The new mom jean for sure.

09. May 2016 by paige
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Alone Time

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We spent most of our day rearranging her room, building a new bed, installing a TV, in hopes that she would start sleeping in her room again.  (Side note: when Mark moved out, Zoey and 16 of her stuffed animals moved into the empty side of our bed.  Two years later he moved back in, but up until 2 weeks ago she was still sleeping with me and Mark wasn’t having it.  I guess sleeping on the couch isn’t comfortable?  And  honestly, I was tired of getting kicked in the face by tiny feet.)  So we did what any good parents would do and bribed our child with Amazon Fire to ensure an exciting transition.  So far it’s working.  Also, I’d like my family to know that if I’m missing, I’ll be in Zoey’s room watching HBO Now.  Anyway, as I’m snapping this picture…

um, can you please leave?  I need some alone time.

LOL.  Maybe it’s one of those things that you had to be there for, but look at her face and imagine her saying it.  She didn’t make eye contact and she was very matter of fact.  TBH, she is me.  I felt like I was asking myself for alone time.

The best thing about this story is that she is so proud of her space and she’s taking good care of it.  We even allowed a picnic dinner in her room one night and she BROUGHT HER DISHES DOWN WHEN SHE WAS DONE.  I can’t even get Mark and Taylor to do that and they’re practically adults.

And that’s all I have to say about all that.  The end.

17. March 2016 by paige
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Beautycounter Favorites / March

favethings1Safe cosmetics and skin care?  Check.  Safe, effective cosmetics and skin care?  Double check.

Let’s chat about my [current] faves, shall we?

Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper + Angled Blush Brush
If you’re anything like me, you’re awesome.  The end.  Just kidding!
If you’re anything like me, you:
1.  wear enough makeup to cover the things you need to cover
2.  probably don’t watch makeup tutorials or bake your face (or whatever they call it)
3.  might be a teeny tiny bit interested in contouring, but can’t quite wrap your brain around applying all. that. makeup.
4. fall in love with Beautycounter because they say – gf, we get you.  We want you to be safe and beautiful, but in a no-fuss kinda way.  In fact, we recorded this mini master class with you in mind.  Watch it and prepare to be amazed.  So I did.  And guess what?  INSTANT CHEEKBONES.  So if you’re anything like me, you need these two products in your life.  Forever.

Lip Sheer in Nude
I’m not really a lipstick kinda girl.  Shocker.  But heart eyes emoji times a million when it comes to our Lip Sheers.  Long-lasting, lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing, vanilla scented… you’ll want one in every shade.  Nude is my go-to.  It’s so so good.

Tint Skin in Linen
Game changer.  I cannot stop talking about this foundation.  And neither can anyone else once they try it.  Day after day I am amazed at how well our Tint Skin covers my dark circles, the occasional pimple, and the redness around my nose.  It does its job without leaving my skin feeling sticky or greasy.  It also contains hyaluronic acid – a natural moisture magnet that promotes smoother-looking skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Bite me, aging!  I very strongly encourage you to give this foundation a try.  I’ll even help you find your shade.

Lustro Face Oil 1 – Calendula
I will not live without this oil.  In fact, when someone says – what three things would you take on a deserted island? – this would be one of my things.  It’s magical and I love it.  And while I understand that applying oil to your face may sound counterintuitive – it’s not!  Adding a pure plant oil to your skin care routine is probably the simplest way to moisturize and boost radiance.  Furthermore, Calendula acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, soothing sensitive or irritated skin.  We offer 3 different face oils, but if you’re prone to breakouts, this is the one.  Pinky swear.

Lustro Sugar Scrub
This scrub, ladies.  It makes my skin feel incredible.  For days.  And the citrus lemongrass scent lingers for hours after I’ve used it.  It’s a best seller for those reasons PLUS – it’s made with real brown sugar, pure essential oils, and antioxidant-rich acai berry.  It’s so divine, I’m describing it in my sexy voice.  I mean, I don’t know what else to say.  When I use my sexy voice, you know it’s legit.

So there you have it!  My March favorites.  Do you use Beautycounter?  What are your favorite products?

Ps.  I included our Never List in the photo to remind you that our products are safe and do not contain any of the harmful ingredients listed.  :)

15. March 2016 by paige
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vw life / trip two

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Another camping trip on the books.

Not only was it Valentine’s Day and a four-day weekend, but it also happened to be my birthday weekend.  Hello, 36!  And what a fantastic weekend it was.  I had the most warm fuzzies I’ve ever had celebrating my birthday.  It truly was a perfect day.

TBH, this getting older thing isn’t so bad.  I feel like I’m in my prime.  But I also feel like I’m continually trying to figure things out… about people, family, career, myself, etc… I mean, isn’t that life?  Are we ever 100% just like – this is me now!  I’m done evolving!  I’ve got it all figured out!  Time to write a book!  I don’t think so.  Just when I feel like I know what’s going on and I’ve got things handled, another thing/person comes along to shake things up.  Which is kinda awesome, I think.  Because when I finally conquer that new challenge or understand why that person has come (or gone) from my life, I’ve learned something about myself or about life in general.  And that can be exciting!  I mean, only after I’ve had a meltdown, sobbing into a bottle of wine, thinking that life is ending, of course.  But eventually everything that happens to us is a lesson.  I’m trying to remember that when things get weird.

I hope you’re paying attention.  I’m 36 and full of knowledge.

ANYWAY.  Our camping trip was just okay.  It’s nice to get away and do something different, but I’m looking forward to a trip that lasts longer than overnight.  Maybe at the beach or at a campsite nestled in the mountains.  Maybe with more adults and a few more kiddos.  Because once the hot dogs and s’mores are devoured, I’m just sitting there by the fire, a luke warm beer in hand and I’m thinking – now what?  Why didn’t we bring games?  Is 7:30 too early for bed?  What’s happening on Facebook?  And that’s not cool and it annoys Mark that I’m not “present”, so I’m working on that.  See!  There’s always something.  At the end of the day, we were together as a family (minus Taylor) and that’s what matters.  These moments are special, but they evoke a different feeling and experience every time.  And that’s why I will continue to document them.

Also, it was 80 degrees that weekend!  Heat makes me cranky.

Ps.  I apologize for the shit quality of my photos.  I took all of them with my iPhone and they’re not translating well at a larger size.

07. March 2016 by paige
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marchforth and an announcement

Working with Beautycounter has become so much more to me than just selling amazing eye creams and vanilla scented lip stick.  I’ve become an advocate in a movement that is working to get safe products into the hands of everyone… A movement that has pledged to disrupt an outdated beauty industry… A movement that intends to do its best to protect you and your loved ones – for years to come!

Today, you can be a part of this important mission, too.

All you have to do is text MARCHFORTH to 52886.  You will receive a link to take action immediately, which is an email to all three of your Members of Congress.

And please please take a moment to watch this inspiring video.  I couldn’t be more proud to work for such an amazing company and cause.

OH!  To my Canadian friends – we’re launching in Canada this month!  By March 14th, you should be able to order directly from our website.  If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter and/or joining as a consultant, please click this link – Beautycounter Canada

And to anyone who is interested in our products – let me know!  I’m happy to send samples to anyone who wants to give Beautycounter a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Happy Friday!

04. March 2016 by paige
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sh*t my kids say and do

Last Night.

Mark and I come downstairs from chatting with Taylor.  We’ve left Zoey alone for maybe 10 minutes.  I’m a bit behind Mark, but as he enters the kitchen, I hear him exclaim – what are you doing?! 

And I’m like oh shit.  But I’m also hoping it’s blog-worthy.  Not gonna lie.

Zoey and Cheese
Girlfriend is sitting at the kitchen table, has just cut open (any excuse to use scissors) a brand new bag of shredded mozzarella cheese and is literally shoving heaping handfuls into her mouth… plus MOANING about how good it is.  It’s everywhere.  And shredded cheese is an asshole.  It’s hard to sweep up.  Know what I mean?  Have you ever tried?  It just sort of rolls and balls up because it’s a bit sticky.  And even through our parental lecturing/complaining, she just keeps shoveling.  And it’s kind of hilarious because I feel like in my younger days I probably came home drunk once or twice and dove into a bag of shredded cheese.  But now I’m an adult, so I’d pair it with wine.  Anyway, I fist bumped her in my mind because she’s kinda awesome.

Meanwhile, Mark is losing his mind over the fact that she has cut the bag open under the resealable ziplock-type seal.  He’s actually like – how are we supposed to close this now?!  This, coming from a man who grilled me not one hour before about what our plan is in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  (Yes, we have a plan.)  My question now becomes – HOW CAN WE HANDLE ZOMBIES IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO CLOSE THE CHEESE BAG WITHOUT THE ZIPLOCK SEAL?

Also, do they make child locks for refrigerators?


Wednesday Night.

Taylor is a teenager.  Ugh.  [Insert eye roll emoji here.]  And we’re going through a lying phase.

Long story short, all this kid needed to do was find his assignment notebook (that he left at school over the weekend) and bring it home so that we could check it and make sure it was initialed by all of his teachers.  Monday comes – he “forgot” to look for it.  Tuesday comes – he found it and brought it home, but it just so happens that the pages we needed to see have been ripped out.  By who?  We don’t know.  But it appears that someone is going around the school and vandalizing the exact pages in assignment notebooks that parents need to see.  (Ps.  I hope this vandal is getting paid in lunch money or something.)  And Taylor is so confused, like – Mom, I know… it’s so weird.  Why does this stuff always happen to me??  BULLSHIT.  But kinda funny because – teenagers.  They think adults are dumb.

But can you imagine??  He’s so worried about getting in trouble.  He can’t fathom coming to me and just saying – I screwed up.  I forgot again.  Instead, HE RIPPED THE PAGES OUT OF THE BOOK!  I can’t.  It’s not funny, but it is. 

I also learned that I’m terrible at analogies.  I started talking about – where does it end, Taylor?  Let’s say you’re older and you bet on a game and you lose and now you owe some thug $20,000, but you can’t come up with it so you rob a bank.  You’re headed for a life of crime.  I’ll be visiting you in the slammer, soon.  And he’s looking at me and I hear a cricket chirp somewhere and I throw my hands up like – what??  He just shakes his head and tells me to go to bed.

Lies aside, I love him.  And that’s the struggle.  Convincing your children that even though they’re going to mess up, we still love them.  They’ve got to earn respect by being honest and owning up.

He’s still not really talking to me because I took all his electronics away.  They’re currently melting in the front seat of my car.


Tuesday Night – after bath.

Zoey is naked and singing the Hokey Pokey.  Just when I think we’ve done all the body parts, she performs a pelvic thrust that would put Channing Tatum to shame and proceeds to put her “bagina” in and shake it all about.

I just have to say – she is my mini me, yes.  But she didn’t learn this from me.  I swear.

“Bagina” though.  I can’t.

12. February 2016 by paige
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goals / 2016

Goals AF 2016
(#goalsaf cuff – get yours here / this quote is EVERYTHING to me right now / just… be more stoked! / sometimes you need to put reminders on your mirror so that you see it every day.)

I didn’t make resolutions for 2016, but I did set some pretty rad goals.

I categorized them, as well – personal, home, family, business/professional/creative.  (Read about them, below.)

I will also “practice” things like gratitude, positivity, and forgiveness.
Gratitude – This is going to sound strange, but I had to google how to practice gratitude.  Because, I mean, is it just saying Thank You more often or what?  Come to find out, people aren’t hardwired to be grateful.  So it’s literally something that has to be learned.  It’s more about finding the good in bad situations, putting things into perspective, and simply realizing what you have.  Unstuck is a fantastic website that offers 9 Ways to Cultivate GratitudeSo many great suggestions!
Positivity – Honestly, I’m the kind of person that naturally leans more towards the negative.  For example, this is me – no one is going to read this.  who really cares about my goals for 2016?  When what I should say is – my blog is awesome and this post is full of good stuff – everyone will want to read this.  That small change in itself makes me puff out my chest and keep typing.  Because also – I’m doing this for me.  Not you.  But you if you like it.  And also, who wants to be negative when positivity makes you prettier?
Forgiveness – I forgive you.  I forgive any and everyone right now.  Because I don’t want to carry that shit around with me.


*Meditate for 10 minutes every morning.  Ommmm.  I’m using an app to help me chill because I cannot sit still to save my life.  (Hence meditation.)  Anyway, it’s called Headspace.

*Be active every day.  I rejoined Pilates (seriously my muscles and abs disappeared within weeks of taking a monetary break) and I downloaded another app called Sweat.  It’s pretty cool – track water consumption, get meal and snack ideas, access to shopping lists, and the best part – it offers timed resistance, cardio, and recovery workouts that are super easy to follow.  I love this app because I can do it AT HOME with minimal equipment.  And the workouts are challenging!

*21 Day Lemon Water Detox.  I’m currently on day 16 and I haven’t missed a day yet!  The “challenge” is to drink 2-4 cups of warm lemon water a day, for 21 days.  The results are supposed to be incredible – increased energy, reduction in eye circles, anti-aging effects, clearer skin, boosts the immune system, detoxes the liver, and aids in digestion.  I will say, I’ve already noticed a difference in my skin!  Download – this app will help you reach any number of goals!  It’s really pretty cool and super motivating!

*Cut down on the sugar.  *eye roll*  This is harder than I thought it would be.  I’ll update you in a few weeks.

*In bed by 10, up by 5.  Obviously only on week days.  The part about getting up earlier is because I really do love the quiet of the morning.  I can meditate, drink my lemon water, maybe read a few pages in a book… it’s good “me” time. I’m using the app for this, too.  It’s really handy.

*Read, read, read!

Home Life
*Rid the abode of toxic, chemical-filled cleaning supplies and such.  It only seems fitting that if I’m switching our personal care products to safer versions, I should consider what we’re cleaning with as well.

*Realize small projects.  I’ve mentioned this before, but because we rent our condo, we often feel restricted when it comes to design options.  Our kitchen is stuck in the 70s and our metal horizontal blinds are absolutely embarrassing.  So 2016 will be there year of making our home feel more… us.


*Lots of camping.  Lots and lots.

*Less screen time.  It is way too easy to allow TV for hours on end when we’re trying to get things done around the house.  And I’m all for screen time… but in smaller doses.  And when the TV is off – more crafts!  more imagination!  more helping around the house!

*Family meals… at the dinner table.  I mean, yes… for the sake of quality time.  But also because I’m sick of everyone spilling shit on the carpet and leaving greasy finger prints on the couch.  Like, WHY CAN’T I HAVE ANYTHING NICE???  But really, it’s quite an easy fix… no more eating in the living room.

*Blog more.  But not because I want to be Internet famous or get free clothing.  side eye.  I LOVE to write.  I really do.  So while my blog is for entertainment purposes, it’s also a creative outlet for… me.  I have been blogging since 2009.  Right at a time when it was huge!  And for the longest time, I was caught up in the politics of this community – posting every day, attempting to get sponsored, censoring myself in order to attract potential sponsors, conforming to what others were doing, etc… I even stopped blogging for a while because I thought to myself – maybe I’m getting too old for this?  Maybe sharing photos of myself in clothing is super vain and… weird?  And then of course, I compared myself/my blog to the bigger, more successful bloggers.  The only thing that did was make me feel inferior.  That’s just silly!  So from here on out… I do what I want.  I don’t have to conform to some prototype blogger.  You like my vibes or you don’t.  I’m doing this for me.

*Continue to grow my Beautycounter business.  Since joining BC as a consultant, I’ve really connected with my entrepreneurial side – it’s exciting!  I want to read all the books and listen to all the podcasts about being the boss of everything.  Or at least how to be a successful business owner.  Never in a million did I think I’d be apart of something like BC… yet here I am… loving what I do and feeling proud to represent such an incredible cause.  It doesn’t feel like a job when you connect with it from your soul.

*Open myself up to more opportunities.  I must be putting some sweet vibes into the Universe because this is the first time in a long time that I’ve been excited about my life.  There’s this overwhelming energy in my soul… I can feel it.  I don’t know what exactly I’m excited about, but I am.  I don’t mean to sound so vague (maybe I do), but I’m connecting all these dots – professionally and creatively – and the bigger picture is coming together.  How freaking rad is that?!

So yeah… #GOALSAF in 2016.

28. January 2016 by paige
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Skin Care Challenge 2016

hey, hey!

let’s get right to it – no bullshit… are  you really happy with your skin right now?  when you look in the mirror, sans makeup – do you love what you see?  and if not, do you find yourself constantly searching for miracle products that will diminish wrinkles, zap pimples, hydrate, brighten, tighten, etc?  how much money have you spent this year trying to find those products??  i’m sure if you sat down and worked the numbers you would find that you’ve spent hundreds of dollars!  hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on long forgotten, under performing products that are most likely cluttering your bathroom counter… on products that are full of harmful, toxic ingredients that are so very bad for you.  that was a mouthful, i know, but i’m excited and incredulous over here because i was that girl, too!  was being the operative word.  since switching to Beautycounter in october, my skin has changed drastically – for the better!  and because of that, i want nothing more than to share these products and our mission with you.

that said, I’m looking for at least 4-5 ladies who are willing to get serious about their skin care routine in 2016… that means out with the old, in the with the new… and document the journey for the rest of us!  i’m talking about purging your medicine cabinet, learning how to care for your skin properly, how to use oils and serums correctly, and why choosing safer personal care products is better for your overall health.

participants will receive a pretty dope discount on either skin care collection (essentials or countertime) and other special offers during the review/challenge period.

there are several working parts to this, so if you’re seriously interested – comment below with your email address or email me at beautycounterpaige [at] gmail [dot] com.

what a way to start the new year!  a boot camp for your skin!  join me – let’s get you glowing.


29. December 2015 by paige
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how to determine if your products* are safe

*products meaning – skin care and cosmetics.

Since becoming a consultant with Beautycounter, I’ve already spoken with several people who just aren’t interested in the mission or the product line.  Either they have their go-to/faves that “work” for them or they’re just plain skeptical.  And while I might not be able to tackle that skepticism right away, I can give them (and you) the tools you need to determine if the products you are currently using on yourself and on your children are SAFE.

let’s start with the BC NEVER LISTa list of ingredients that you should aim to avoid at all costs when choosing products.  Examples include:

*Mineral Oil (also listed as liquid paraffin, liquid petrolatum, paraffin oil)
a by-product of petroleum distillation that may cause contact dermatitis.  Found in:  baby lotions, cold creams, ointments.
*BHA and BHT
synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life.  They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and may cause liver damage.  Found in:  lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
*Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl-, and others)
a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.  Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which alter important  hormone mechanisms in our bodies.  Specially, parabens mimic estrogen; they can lock on to our cell’s own estrogen receptors and mess with important natural signals.  They may play a role in triggering breast cancer.  Found in:  shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
never list
Grab a few of your most used or favorite products to see if they contain any of these ingredients.  If they do – throw them away!!  I know, it’s sad.  But there are SAFE alternatives, I promise!

Another tool to consider is EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (there’s also an app!)  Scan a product or search an ingredient and you will receive a safety rating of low to high hazard (0-2 low, 3-6 moderate, 7-10 high.)  It’ll even list the ingredients that might cause allergic reactions or other health concerns.  Pretty cool, but very eye-opening and often not what you want to hear.  I cringe at the mere thought of all the unsafe sunscreens and baby products I’ve used on my kids – I genuinely feel bad!

On a personal note, I also chose to look up the products you see below… products I used maybe once a week, but some that I use used every. single. day.  For years!  All of these items rated above a 3, containing parabens, fragrance, PEGs, etc – all listed on the NEVER LIST!  While only a few are considered moderately hazardous, what concerns me the most is the prolonged use and what that could mean for my health, down the road.

"unsafe" products

So this is my NOPE list – a list of past faves that I will attempt to replace with safer products.  I’ve been using the Clearasil Adult Acne Tinted Cream for years and it works, so I may still use that, albeit sparingly (score of 4.)  And the DK Cashmere Mist Deodorant – this stuff smells like a dream on your pits, man – so good!  However, it comes in at a score of 5.  Booooo, Donna.  Aveeno Brightening Scrub – used it for at least 4 years and through my pregnancy with Zoey… score of 5.  GlamGlow Super Mud – super effective at clearing out blackheads, but it scores a whopping SEVEN.  Garbage.  And my beloved Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion – it scores a 4 (not bad), but I literally apply this lotion to my body, from head to toe, every single day.  Time to find a new lotion.

Listen, I’m not saying that you have to get rid of every single product that is deemed unsafe by the standards I’ve listed above; however, I am asking that maybe you consider swapping some of your higher rated products with safer options.  Especially for your kids if you have them!  Why not give them the best?

I encourage you to check out Beautycounter’s products, as they are constantly working on providing us with the safest options for skin care and cosmetics.  Maybe start by switching to their best selling body lotion EWG rating of 2) or replacing the hand soap in your guest bathroom to BC’s safe and refreshing citrus mimosa hand wash (EWG rating of 1!)

I know it might seem a little overwhelming, but baby steps!

Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy Wednesday!

ps.  Yes, I plan to post about BC from time to time… it will not take over the blog, I promise.  However, I do believe in this movement and I think it’s important that I help spread the word.

14. October 2015 by paige
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palm springs or bust

Ah, Palm Springs.  So very retro and colorful.  So incredibly hot.  So not a place I would normally choose to “get away.”  But when you have a Canadian friend who only comes to ‘murica once a year, you go.  You go to that sweltering hot desert where super tan men bike around in nothing but banana hammocks.  You go to see her. (I guess I should be thankful for those hammocks, eh?)

So we got a pretty sweet deal via kayak and stayed one night at The Saguaro –  pronounced Sa-WAH-ro.  Which we did not do.  We said it with the g.  Anyway…

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIf you’ve ever contemplated what it would be like to experience a real life Skittles/taste the rainbow kinda situation – you gotta stay here.  Because it was colorful.  Fun, though!  I mean, I feel like if you’re going to be in PS, you should stay somewhere fun and retro and kinda over the top.  Why not?  When in Rome is what I say.  Check in – was easy.  They don’t offer valet or anything… park your own damn car and get to partying!  The grounds were pretty – lots of greenery.  The room – it was nice, but could’ve been cleaner.  And when I say cleaner, I just mean – it wasn’t pristine, but I wasn’t grossed out.  I have a feeling that people are mostly there to drink alcohol by the pool, anyway.  So we unpacked a bit, freshened up and headed to El Jefe – which I thought was pretty fantastic.  I ordered a Tecate and the Pescado Tacos and they were insanely good.  We also shared the Ignacio Nachos and the Ceviche de Atun – also very good.  After lunch, we made our way down to the pool.  By this time it was pretty crowded and the DJ was really making it happen with his 90s remixes.  Not to mention most people were already pretty sauced, so it was prime people watching time.  Lots of drunk girls grinding on each other, sloshing their drinks in the pool water, humping poor Shamu… it was good stuff!
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(L-R: Jaimee, Emily (the Canadian) and me)

There’s only so much grinding one can take (when you’re sober), so we eventually left the pool in search of sports and Jaimee’s favorite local dive – Hair of the DogIt’s a pub – dark, not very big, smells like a bar, most of the patrons are probably locals, but I like places like that!  If you like dives – check it out next time you’re in PS.

From there we headed to Parker Palm Springs, but made a pit stop at Cost Plus World Market (I know, so weird) and then a bakery for late night snacks.  I guess they don’t have Cost Plus World Market in Canada, so Emily stocked up on some goodies.  Oh AND… look… a rogue cart in Palm Springs!
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(The overly photographed “drugs” marquee.)  If you’ve never been to Parker Palm Springs, I highly recommend it – the grounds are gorgeous and the art/décor is so so good.  If anything, just go to have dinner!  We ate at Norma’s.  I had a cheeseburger and rose.  That’s my kinda meal.  After dinner we went back to the Sa-WAH-ro in search of debauchery, but ended up watching a JLo movie and eating baked goods instead.

Emily had an early flight the next am, so after dropping her off at the airport, Jaimee and I stopped at a vintage flea market, then ate at Café Europa.  I had eggs and JALAPENO BACON, PEOPLE.  It was so good.  The food was good, the coffee was good, the setting was peaceful and quaint – I’d definitely recommend this place for breakfast.
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(nothing more appealing than a plate of leftover food.)
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adios, Sa-WAH-ro – I’d visit you again.

It was really a great trip.  The room was affordable, the food we ate was delicious, but mostly the company was the best part.  I’ll miss you turds, if you’re reading this!  Until next year…

12. October 2015 by paige
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