Why I’m Totally Into Facial Mists

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My post-shower and post-face-wash skin has been a struggle for me. My skin is on the dry side, but breaks out easily with over-moisturizing. I’ve tried expensive face wash systems with 5 step washes, night creams of every kind, etc., always leading me to break out in some way.

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Lavett & Chin Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist

Then I discovered facial mists, and at first they didn’t work either. I’d spray them on immediately after washing my face/showering, when my face was still a bit damp and it similarly was over-moisturizing my face.

Then I forgot to put it on after showering one night, and my face dried. I looked in the mirror and it was so stiff and clearly needed to be moisturized…so I sprayed this on, rubbed it into my skin as if it were a cream, and went to bed. I woke up with amazing skin! I’ve been doing that for months now and my skin feels perfectly balanced and moisturized. This one by Lavett & Chin has been my *hands down* favorite. I discovered/tried it first at the GOOP Mrkt when they did a pop up in San Francisco. The scent is subtle and soothing, and even spritzing on the lips is okay because it tastes so sweet. I cannot rave enough about this product; to me, it’s totally worth the higher price tag.

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Spritz Breath Deeply: Peppermint Essential Oils Spray

A close second is this facial mist that’s very pepperminty and works similarly to the other one. It has purified water, peppermint, eucalyptus and other 100% pure essential oils. The peppermint scent is so relaxing I can’t even tell you! It’s a great mister that I discovered in a subscription box of course.

What have been some of your skin moisturizing faves?

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Dressing the Bump // 23 Weeks

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Little Baby Boy is coming in a few months (May 2017!!) and I’m trying to transition my #foggydress wardrobe to be more bump friendly. I am so excited to see this little guy, but until then I have to figure out how to not look like a bum all the time (yes, I live in sweats 90% of the time). When I leave the house it’s low key, but for church I have to look my best, so you’ll probably be see lots of dresses during this pregnancy. That and I love wearing dresses because it doesn’t push on my tummy like a lot of my maternity pants do. Luckily I live in California so it’s pretty mild as far as winters go,

Here’s me and the babe at 23 weeks:

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Long blush/black Floral Trench Coat via Le Tote | Tank Dress via Foggy Dress (coming soon!)  | Toe-show Boots via Target | Silver Choker via Rocksbox

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Best Daily Planners for 2017

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I have officially used the last page of my beloved 2016 Day Designer Planner…time to order another one. Working from home means I have to have a lot of discipline. I need daily goals, checklists, and a way to organize it all. But don’t you use your phone for reminders? Yes! I do, like conference calls, paying a monthly bill, etc. But I literally make checklists of everything to get done that day, and there’s usually 10+ items on my list like do laundry, dinner casserole, finish blog post, take pictures, etc. I love physically checking things off my list, and sometimes I add things after I’ve done them just so I can look at my day’s checklist and see a bunch of ✔✔✔✔.PalmOpen_large

My favorite planner for my needs is Day Designer planners because they focus on yearly/weekly/daily health, work, personal kind of goals. I’ve compiled a list of a few others that focus on different aspects, if you’re in the market for planners (I swear, when you get one that helps with your needs, they’re life savers!).
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^Large or Small Day Designer Planners for a more practical approach ^.

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^Bloom Daily Planners “Best Year Yet” if you need less structure, more art.

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^Ban.do Planners if you really just want to have FUN and keep track of your parties!

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^Blogilates Fit Planner for a strictly fitness-oriented planner.

Three cheers for 2017! It will be out best year yet :P.

 

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Caramelized Onion Spread

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Has anyone ever eaten at Sqirl in Silverlake? I haven’t either…I’ve only read Jessica Koslow’s newest cookbook from cover to cover and sleep with it on my bedside table. I may have shed a tear for the sheer passion and care Sqirl puts into their food. I can’t wait to make a pilgrimage there one of these days. I adapted her simple recipe for the ingredients I usually have in my kitchen. It’s so quick to make and will definitely be a hit at any holiday party. If you don’t have any parties to go you can do what I did and spread it on a piece of buttered and toasted sourdough bread, sandwiches, salads, or enjoy on crackers and cheese. I think this is best shared in the latter form and since the holiday parties are in full swing, you should all make some for your next holiday party! P.S. This recipe is vegetarian and vegan if you make sure you have the Worcestershire sauce sans anchovies.

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Keep reading for full, step-by-step pictures and recipe…

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Christmas “Gifts”

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The countdown is on…have  you guys gotten all your Christmas shopping done already?? My friend Michelle told me she finished all her Christmas shopping in November! Impressive.

Christmas is almost upon us, and I haven’t gotten many physical “gifts” for people this year. I’ve realized that one of the most valuable things we have is our time. Sacrificing taking a trip to see someone, either by plane or car, can be a gift in and of itself. While they might not have been gifts people can open on Christmas Day, I’ve been giving my loved ones and friends “gifts” these past couple months by traveling and making sacrifices to be with them, spend time with them. We can’t take physical things with us when we leave this earth, but we can take our memories. I want to create memories! Gift memories! Make important people in my life a priority. There are still a few “things” that I’ve gotten people, but most of my gifts have been ones created from meaningful and memorable time spent together.

After all, Christ is the true gift of Christmas, and He spent his time serving and being with others. I’m always trying to follow that example. Merry Christmas!

PS – Here’s a cute song about what I mean, by my two little faves from the hit show (that I love/hate) Nashville:

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Photo of me by Liz Stanley for Say Yes blog.

 

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