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.
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?
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.
(#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 Gratitude. So 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 coach.me – 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 coach.me app for this, too. It’s really handy.
*Read, read, read!
*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.
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.
*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 LIST – a 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.
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.
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.
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…
If 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!
(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 Dog. It’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!
(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.
(nothing more appealing than a plate of leftover food.)
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…
EXCITING NEWS OVER HERE!
I recently joined the BEAUTYCOUNTER team as a consultant and I couldn’t be more pumped to spread the word about their mission and to the get these amazing products into the hands of everyone
I we know!
So let’s chat – BC is a company that creates safe, but luxurious and effective skin care and cosmetics for women and their families. But it’s so much more than lotions and makeup – they offer a kid’s line, anti-aging formulas, coconut oil-based skin care, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner and body care, as well! There is literally something for every person in your household. And do you wanna know the best part? BC has eliminated over 1500 harmful ingredients from their products, meaning they do not contain ANY toxic chemicals that are linked to human health issues such as learning disabilities, cancer, hormonal disruption, infertility, asthma, etc. That is amazing! To learn more about their mission and their strict ingredient selection process, click here.
My goal as your personal consultant is to continually educate you (and myself!) about this important movement. From posts on ways to get involved to which products are best for your skin type… we’ll cover it all!
Join my BC group on facebook – Paige’s VIP Beautycounter – for group discussions, product info, and to be one of the first to know about discounts and giveaways!
(also, I’ve added a link in the sidebar for quick access to my BC site.)
I’ll leave you with this thought – I’m not asking you to consider using or buying products that you aren’t already using or buying on a regular, if not daily basis! So if you knew that there was a product line that was healthy and kept you and your family safe from harmful ingredients – why wouldn’t you consider making the switch? after all, the choices you make today, shape your world tomorrow!
being a blogger, it seems only natural that I document and share our campervan adventures. plus, i have this sort of romanticized idea of writing in a paper journal and that eventually zoey will want to draw pictures in it or write a few excerpts of her own, that years and years down the road the kids will find these journals and photos (i’m planning to buy disposable cameras for every trip) stuffed away in some box in the garage and that they’ll have a moment picking through our memories. i want that for them, it’s important to me. until then, i’ll blog about it for the sake of blogging. enjoy!
TRIP ONE / SANTA PAULA, CA
September 26, 2015
there’s a very distinct moment or shift, if you will, on a road trip… for me it’s about 20 miles out. my shoulders and ears become separate body parts, every day stressors seem to be (temporarily) forgotten, even my resting bitch face gives way to a smile. there’s just something about being on the road, man… especially in a 1987 vw campervan. it makes me feel alive. and as we zoomed along through the back roads of camarillo and into santa paula farm land, i literally wanted to quit my job and become a farmer. i imagined all of us living in a little bungalow nestled between rows and rows of lemon trees – like straight outta some kind of reese witherspoon rom com. and then mark popped my daydream bubble and was like, farming is hard work. you’d never make it in this heat. and i was like, well duh. I’d hire people.
so we continued on, stopping at limoneira in recognition of ventura county farm day 2015 – an event that allows the public to visit and tour the local farms. we didn’t take a tour, but we chatted with an avocado farmer and he gave us free avocado cutters. is that even a word? i also learned that my favorite avocado is from a local farm, so i felt good about that! we didn’t stay too long as the kids were anxious to get to our campsite, eat some lunch and hit the swimming pool.
so we did all that and then we freshened up and headed back to limoneira for the farm day BBQ. again, it was like something out of a movie – nestled in an avocado orchard (grove?), lawn games, twinkling lights, live music, delicious food and of course – alcohol. zoey met a friend and they danced until she asked to go home. ha! it was so cute.
by the time we got back to the campsite, zoey had fallen asleep and taylor was tired, as well. it was a long day, I guess. we didn’t even get to make s’mores! lame. so the kids went to bed and mark and I sat around the fire for a bit until we too decided to turn in for the night. we woke up the next am and pretty much headed for home (with a pit stop in Malibu so zoey could play in the ocean for a few and then to a business related luncheon for mark.)
overall, I’d say it was a pretty great trip! and while we didn’t eat s’mores, cook bacon on a cast iron skillet or percolate coffee over an open flame (ha! do you hear me?), it was a pretty great trip! I can’t wait for our next adventure.
next week will be October and that is insane.
but I’m not trying to think about that because we’ve planned a weekend full of camping and stuff and I’m over the moon about it.
adios, friends. have a good one.
what you’ll need:
cut the tattoo to your desired length or shape, place the tattoo on the candle (sticky side down, just like if you were applying a temp tattoo to your skin), soak back of tattoo with a sponge dipped in water, peel away and VOILA – you now have a sassy candle instead of a basic bitch candle.
think of all the fun you could have! Halloween tattoos on black or orange candles, Santa tatts on a green one! these are great gift ideas, too! slap a positive saying on a candle and give it to your bestie! I mean… I dunno, I feel like the options are endless. I did a google image search on temporary tattoos and there are just a million options.
and here’s the final look (2nd photo.) I didn’t do all the candles because I only wanted a bit of gold. plus I shared a “before” of how the mantel looked up until I decided it needed a change.
the truth is that I don’t love the mantel itself. the previous owner did some sort of 80s design technique with paint and who knows what else, not to mention it literally looks like they stuck a slab of concrete above the fireplace. ugh. i’ve never seen anything like it.
the good news is that I absolutely love how simple, yet bold the new styling turned out. with the longhorn skull and the fern, the white with pops of color – it’s definitely the focal point when you walk in the room.
what do you guys think?
thanks for reading!
can we talk about this dress? I know forever 21 often gets a bad rap, but this was just too good to pass up – maxi, navy, stripes, adjustable halter (hello, side boob), BACKLESS… I had to have it. and guess what? it’s comfortable, affordable and it’s made well. maybe a tad too long, but that’s an easy fix.
plus, it’s sexy… but not in a blatant, hoochie kinda way. bonus points for that.