More Ways to Waste Time (And We Made it to Denver!)

Friday, October 10, 2014
I counted it up and we slept in six different beds in the first twelve days after the movers pulled out of the driveway.  I'm glad I didn't really think about our sleeping situations because I definitely was surprised at how well Townes and Kate just rolled with it all.  Perhaps we are coddling these kids a little too much?

The drive across the country is kind of a blur to me now.  Joe drove the entire way, which oddly made the three full days go by at lightening speed (I hover around 10ish miles over the speed limit....him?  a little higher than that.).  Somehow, the endless highways quickly slipped by only interrupted by bathroom breaks, bad hotels, and some surprisingly good eats.  I guess the movies on the iPad helped, too.

I can't wait until we've closed on the new house and settled into a routine.  This has been an incredible adventure, but I'm ready to go back to "boring".  The moving truck comes in about two and a half weeks (from storage).

I'm trying to stay somewhat connected to the blog and now that we're in Joe's downtown apartment, I have access to an actual computer.  So here are some things I found while wasting time on the internet:

+  I thought everyone knew that this is a positive by-product of having a stay at home parent!

(via yahoo)

+  Two class acts: Bobbi Brown interviews Kerry Washington.

+  I have heard that heating your eyelash curler with your blow dryer will help your curl last longer, but some of the other makeup hacks on this list are new to me!

+  If you want to read about a young family exploring Italy, check out my friend, Melissa's blog: Roman Reboot.  I met her back in my pre-kid, professional days.  Not only does she have the two CUTEST boys on the planet, I love her easy, funny writing style.

(via Amazon)

+  I'm intrigued by the tagline of this book, Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone.  The author claims that our nation's well-intentioned anti-bullying efforts are counter productive.

+  Have you heard of this podcast?  From the creators of This American Life, it's a weekly update focusing on a single unsolved mystery called Serial and it's getting a lot of buzz.

+  You know I'm a fan of Birchbox, so I perked up when I heard about Target's take on the beauty box from The Glossarie.  Intrigued?  Why, yes.  Yes I am :)

Until next time (who knows when that will be)--have a great weekend!

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!

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