Beauty Brand Spotlight: California Naturel

Beauty Brand Spotlight: California Naturel

(Please note: Although I did receive some products to sample, I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions below are my own true thoughts about California Naturel.)   Today’s beauty spotlight is on a brand called California Naturel. Based in Sausalito, California, California Naturel makes skin care products that are free of nasty ingredients.  All of their “formulations are naturally scented and free of: parabens, sulfates, and harsh synthetic chemicals”, which most of us surely appreciate. Of all the natural...

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Weekend recap (Riverbanks Zoo)

Weekend recap (Riverbanks Zoo)

Happy Monday! It is so stormy and gloomy outside right now.  It looks like night time!  I am hoping that the darkness confuses Michael when I put him down for his nap, and it makes him snooze for a long while. Luckily, the weather was a bit nicer over the weekend (although definitely rainy here and there).  MT and I agreed that we should take advantage of the fact that it wasn’t unbearably hot outside, and we went on a family trip to the zoo! We’re really lucky to have access to some great local zoos, but our favorite is the...

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I saw Lionel Richie…again!

I saw Lionel Richie…again!

I interrupt my regularly scheduled Friday Favorites and Things I Didn’t Share Friday to bring you a Lionel Richie update… Last night, I was lucky enough to see him in concert for the third time in my life.  The first time that I saw him was in Connecticut, and of course, it was amazing because it was the very first time.  I remember kind of just standing there frozen in absolute shock. You might remember that I saw him for the second time this past September in Nashville.  It was awesome because the initial shock of seeing him...

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8 healthy habits you should start today

8 healthy habits you should start today

I’ve never been much into using a journal to write about my day-to-day life (that’s partly why I blog).  However, I do keep a gratitude journal (though not as consistently as I should), and I also like to keep a health journal (not to be confused with a food log). My health journal is just a place where I record my health and fitness goals, new supplements that I want to try, and where I make note of some of my “healthy habits” to make sure that I stay on track.  When I am diligent about practicing certain actions, I...

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Weekend recap and big changes!

Weekend recap and big changes!

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I got to visit The Original Pancake House again for a delicious breakfast with the family. Michael has been such a picky eater lately, but he certainly can put away some dollar pancakes when we go to that restaurant! My nieces Ava and Brianna turned one over the weekend, so we went to their first birthday party on Sunday. They were so adorable with their little cakes, and Ava cracked me up by diving into hers face first. Who needs to use their hands or utensils anyway? It was such a fun time,...

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Friday Favorites (7/11)

Friday Favorites (7/11)

1.  Radishes Until last week, I never ate radishes.  I just always knew them as the vegetable that Fraggles ate on Fraggle Rock, and that didn’t really make the seem appealing.   But for some reason, I decided to buy a pint of them when I was at the farmer’s market last week, and I’m now completely hooked.  I even made a special visit to the farmer’s market again this week for more of them. There are so many great health benefits to eating radishes.  They can help to control blood pressure, protect us from certain...

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Shopping spotlight: ASOS

Shopping spotlight:  ASOS

Please note:  I paid for all of the items mentioned below with my own money with the exception of the bathing suit (as ASOS generously provided a voucher for it).  As always, all opinions below are my own.    Some of my very favorite posts to write are those about products, brands, or companies that I enjoy- whether they are related to beauty, fashion, parenting, food, or health. You might have noticed that I sometimes tend to get a bit over enthusiastic.  I think that I might have been a QVC hostess in another lifetime. Lately, I...

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Weekend recap (in mostly pictures)

Weekend recap (in mostly pictures)

Happy Monday! If you live in the U.S., I hope that you had a great 4th of July.  It was a beautiful weekend here in Charlotte, so we took lots of walks and spent a great deal of time outdoors. Here are some pictures from the weekend… Yes, we all wore red, white, and blue on the 4th.  I like to keep things nice and cheesy. How thrilled does Addison look in this photo with me?   She looks pretty unimpressed here too.     Much better!   I cannot take how grown up Michael looks in this picture.  He really needs to...

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5 reasons to unplug from your electronic devices

5 reasons to unplug from your electronic devices

I’m going to sound like a little old lady today, but I remember a time when I couldn’t be reached 24/7, when I didn’t see constant updates about the health condition of my former Kindergarten classmate’s cat, and when I didn’t receive breaking news on the relationship status of a girl who I maybe sat near once in a study hall a decade ago. Yep. Somehow I muddled through and lived to talk about it. Believe it or not, the memories that I have of my childhood (where owning a monster-sized computer that only allowed...

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Weekend recap

Weekend recap

Happy Monday! Before I jump into the happenings from my weekend, I want to remind you to enter my NuNaturals giveaway.  There will be four winners, so the odds of winning are pretty good! Onto the weekend… MT and I had a date at Portofino’s…again.  We just love the low key atmosphere and the food so much that we haven’t had any desire to go anywhere else lately. If you want even more predictability, I ordered salmon as my entree. Maybe we’ll have to shake things up soon for the purposes of the blog. We did...

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