Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, February 12, 2016

A little outside painting sesh since the weather has been amaaaaazing.

Fresh lemons ready for picking at my mom's house.

I tried out a portable infrared sauna this week and it was pretty awesome!  It improves the body's immunity, resistance to illness, blood circulation and more! You sweat like crazy but feel super energized after you're done.

Diffusing oils in my house to help combat colds and boost energy.  So happy I purchased this, I love it!

What early morning splinter removal looks like at my house :)  Ronin was obviously terrified for what was about to go down ;)

Whew it's been a week.  Thank the sweet lord it's Friday and we have an extra long weekend (thanks presidents).  We have some pretty big changes that are happening in our lives right now, and it felt like this week in particular was extra stressful.  But that's how life goes.  You have to adapt and roll with the changes.  On an extra happy best friend who lives in Maui is down visiting, and I can't wait to have some much needed girl catch up time over a generous amount of wine.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Our Real Life Fixer Upper: Kitchen Reveal!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our kitchen is officially complete, and I am so freaking excited about it!  As most of you may already know, our home was originally a horse barn with 12 stalls.  When we made the executive decision to fully renovate it, we knew we were going to have to have a ton of vision for each and every space, which wasn't always easy.  So to see things transform into what we had hoped is incredibly rewarding.

My original vision for our kitchen was a modern farmhouse space that was open, bright, and functional.  We love to cook and bake as a family so I really wanted a welcoming and happy space to do so in. This was by far my favorite room to design within our home.  I feel like it fits our style perfectly and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out!

It gives me all the warm fuzzies! I foresee lots of wonderful memories being made within this space.

Sources: pendant lights | counter stools | quartz countertops | farmhouse sink | drawer pulls | faucet | rug (vintage) | cabinets |

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ronin, feeling extra proud of himself as he walks across the "plank" without falling.  I love special little moments like this where you watch your kids conquer something they didn't think they could do.

A strawberry pie cream pop, which was sooo good.  I think winter forgot about us here in Southern California, and I am actually totally fine with that.  Summer forever please.

Freshly painted white walls in the hallway.  This makes me happier than it probably should.

After school shenanigans with scooter and skateboard jumps (built by the little dudes) on our property.

I recently purchased my first ever lipstick (such an adult now) and I LOVE it.  It's called Pink Nude by Bobbi Brown.

 Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend.

Beauty Tip to Try: Multitasking Masking

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yes, I look completely ridiculous but it was necessary for demonstration purposes ha! Anywhoo...

An easy way to make some positive improvements with your skin, is to incorporate a mask 2-3 times a week.  Today's Beauty Tip to Try takes masking to a whole new amped up level.  It's called Multitasking Masking, and its awesome.

Multitasking masking addresses all of your skin care needs in one single treatment. BOOM.  How it works is you apply different masks to different areas of your face based on your individual skincare needs.

For example: if your under eye area looks tired and dry, you could apply a firming and lifting mask there.  If your chin and jawline area are prone to breakouts, you could apply a purifying mask. Or maybe your cheeks are looking dull and flaky?  You could apply a hydrating mask to those areas.  So in a nutshell, you apply masks based on your skin zone's needs, and by focusing on specific areas you are able to target all your skincare concerns in one treatment.  Make sense?

Here are the masks I am using above:
Let me know what you think if you end up trying this or have tried in the past. 

How To Beat a Cold With Oil of Oregano [updated]

Monday, January 25, 2016

With cold and flu season in full swing, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit a popular post that I shared about 2 years ago.  Also, all the comments in the original post are pretty incredible. You wold not believe how many people absolutely swear by this!

Here is the original post:

With the changing of the weather and cold and flu season quickly approaching, I wanted to share a new to me natural remedy called Oil of Oregano.  This magical little herb has recently helped ward off several colds that I had coming on in the past few months.  And when I say ward off I mean I wake up with a cold or a sore throat, I take a few drops and by the next morning any sign of a cold is gone.

I heard about this awesome stuff from the slightly hippie-ish yet knowledgeable herb specialist at my local natural grocery store.  I told her I was feeling a cold coming on and she instantly directed me to a little (expensive) bottle of Oil of Oregano.  She said this is all I need and it should do the trick.  She called it "nature's antibiotic."  I decided to trust her and I paid around $32 for the bottle.  She warned me that it was strong and she suggested I take it with water.  The moment I got in my car I opened the bottle and put 4 drops on my tongue.  I looked around for my water bottle and realized I had left it at home.  Bad idea.  Let's just say this is the grossest stuff ever and it makes apple cider vinegar taste like sweet apple pie in comparison, BUT the outcome is worth it.  The next morning my sore throat was gone.  Since then I swear by this.  Any time I feel achy or sick I take a few drops and about 24 hours later I feel 100% again.  Now I am not a doctor or an herb specialist. I am just simply sharing this with you because it's awesome and it works. 

So if you feel a cold or flu coming on and want to try a natural remedy here is what you can do:
  • Take 3-4 drops of Oil of Oregano 2-3 times daily until you feel better.  
  • Make sure you have water handy to chase it (it's not the best tasting stuff) or you can dilute it with water. I personally like to just get it over with. 

*You can find Oil of Oregano at your local natural health food store or online here

Have you ever used Oil of Oregano before?  I wold love to hear about your experience if so!  

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, January 22, 2016

I did it! I got my conch pierced, and I love it. I would say I have a pretty good pain tolerance, but OH MANNNNN this thing freakin hurt!  For now I have to keep in the stud that they put in at the shop, but once it heals I plan on changing it out with a small gold hoop.

Max and Ronin pretending their hot coco was coffee the other morning and cracking me up.

The sunsets lately have been unreal.

Beautiful paper flowers attached to a tree branch. I loved this decor idea, which I saw hanging over a table at one of our favorite local spots.

The cutest little vintage school chairs for the boy's playroom. I got them off of Craigslist for $15! Yeay me :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Conch Piercings: Yeay or Nay?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Okay so I noticed a weird little thing about me in my 30 years of life.  Every 6 or so months I get this crazy urge to do something to change things up. Sometimes it's a new haircut or hair color, a new tattoo (although I think I am all set on the tattoo department for now) or...whatever. So do I always act on it? No, but sometimes I do just go for long as it's within reason and my husband agrees ;)

So recently I cant stop thinking about getting a new piercing. I mean...that's something that's sorta temporary right? If I don't like it I just take it out and it closes up. The end and its like it never really happened.  Expect for my belly button piercing that I did when I was 17. That poor thing never really returned back to normal after I had the boys.  But anywho! 

So this is what I want to do... It's called a "conch piercing," which just might be the worst name for a piercing ever haha! 

So what do you think? Are you yeay or nay for the not so typical ear piercings?

I'm really thinking about it!
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