Lately + More Ways to Waste Time

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It's amazing how going out of town can completely throw off my blogging mind set.  And I'm not established enough to prepare and plan posts in advance.  The best way to get back into the swing of things?  Just start typing:  We got an offer on our house a few weeks ago and instead of Joe coming home for a visit, we flew in his mother to watch the kiddos and I flew to Denver to find a house.  I booked the trip for five nights thinking we'd have our work cut out for us.  But lo and behold, we made an offer on a place the day after I arrived!  Joe had already narrowed down our search to two specific areas (based on commutes, schools, etc), so that helped a lot.

So basically, I just had a five night vacation to Denver!  I'm glad I was able to have that time with Joe before the chaos of moving/driving across country and unloading/unpacking begins.  We did all sorts of date-like things (comedy shows, dinner out on the town) and took advantage of the situation!

The next few weeks will be a whirlwind, but it will be exciting enough to distract us from any stress (hopefully).  And now, here are a few links to keep you from doing what you're supposed to be doing:
(via: Domaine)
I love how gold tones are creeping back into the kitchen and home scene.  I still love silver/stainless steel, but it's nice that not everyone has to have the same thing.  These before and after kitchen makeovers will make you want to clear off your counters, if nothing else!

I bookmarked this list of movies to watch on demand once we get settled in Denver.  It's such a drag when you have hundreds of channels and Netflix streaming and you still can't find anything to watch!

(via: House Beautiful)
Here are some great ideas on make-up storage (or ideas for any small things you have that need to be organized).

Emily Henderson has a round up of bloggers chosen to style a vignette using a piece from Target's Room Essentials line.  I love the simple elegance of each of these photos.  It goes to show you that you don't need a lot of money to create a stylish room.  

This article on the public's response on Twitter to finding out that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell had signed on for season two of True Detective is HILARIOUS.  It's apparently a touchy subject.

Well, back to reality for me, the roofer is here and the packers arrive tomorrow.  Wish us luck!

Origins Face Masks

Thursday, September 11, 2014
(Things are really moving along over here!  My head is spinning with everything that needs to be planned, bought, packed, moved, etc.  So naturally, I'm writing a blog post.  Productivity Queen.)

You know I love and, more importantly, trust Origins with my skin.  We just get along so well.  I'm not so enamored with their foundations and makeup, but their skincare rarely has any duds.  I did say, "rarely", didn't I?   They recently released a new face mask that I had high hopes for, but it didn't deliver.  I thought I'd do a little quick and dirty review of all of the masks I've tried from Origins.

Origins Face Masks

Clear Improvements ($25):  While this charcoal mask works wonders for those with problem skin, I think it could work wonders on every skin type.  I have dry to combination skin and I love the way this feels (it looks, scar your children for life, horrid).  It's cool and has a bit of a tingle as it sets in.  It just feels like it's sucking out all of the impurities that get clogged in your pores.  After ten minutes, you use a warm wash cloth to rinse it off revealing bright, fresh, super clean skin.

They offer it in a cool travel or sample pack for only $8!  While that's much more expensive in the long run, this was the way I tried it since I didn't want to commit to the full tube (not that Origins doesn't have a good return policy, as you'll see later.).

GinZing ($24):   I saw a blogger or youtuber mention this (probably Anna) and I thought I'd give it a try.  I have tried their GinZing eye cream before and really liked it and thought the tagline "wake up tired skin" was very intriguing.  Especially since sleep has been hard to come by around here, lately.  I did exactly zero research on this one and purchased it without batting an eye.

I don't think research would've helped (it's super new and there weren't many reviews up yet), but boy I didn't like this one.  Not just, "meh, it's okay."  More like, "get it off my skin..MUST SCRUB OFF IMMEDIATELY" after about two minutes.  I'm so disappointed.  Maybe it's better for those with oilier skin?  I returned it with no questions asked.  (I love you, Origins!)

Drink Up ($25):   Now this is a mask I've been using almost since I started using Origins (well over ten years).  It mainly gets used in the winter when my skin can get outrageously dry out of nowhere.  They have two versions: an overnight treatment and a 10 minute wipe off version.  I like the 10 minute one.  I used to use it after exfoliating with their Modern Friction (a heavenly product that is so gentle, yet effective), but I mainly use it whenever I feel like my skin is venturing into that dull, dry and dreary look.  It does the trick!  I love having this in my bag of tricks.

Masks used to seem like something you only did at the spa...kind of out of reach, or extravagant to me. But they are cropping up everywhere at affordable prices.  Sephora has a large variety of options and Target has some cheap ones, too.  If I venture away from Origins and try one, I'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for reading!

More Ways to Waste Time: Happy Sunday!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's been a blissful first week of school over here.  I'm starting to get the hang of this schedule and it's been nice not having little munchkins to pick up after when the potential of a house showing is always hanging over my head.  I am loving living like this.  Aside from laundry and a quick daily sweep/counter wipe down, the house is easy to maintain.  (It kind of makes me wonder why it was so hard before we put the house on the market!  I'm sure I'll regret typing that sentence.)

Here are a few things to distract you today:

+  I love everything about this dining room makeover.  The rug, the walls, the chairs?!  I can't decide what is my favorite element.

+  I found this great article in my twitter feed (via @ModernRentMessyKid): The Time-Management Tactic Making You Late.  My sister-in-law uses this technique and it was so eye-opening to think of planning my time this way.  For me, I think writing it out like the author does is the only way to make it work.

+  I'm sensing a theme....Here's another time management article from Real Simple, "9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time".  I am guilty of #6, the "Just One More Thing" Syndrome.

+  I can see why these were Architectural Digest's top pins of the month!

+  In our "politically correct" culture, Joan Rivers never conformed.  This is a great article from The Washington Post celebrating her.

+  It's week one of the NFL and I love a story that showcases something positive in the news.  Nicely done, Bengals.

+  Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I've never seen any of these hilarious's my (horrifying) favorite:

Those kids' stunned/confused funny.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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