I love to find simple ways to make something feel extra special. And while champagne feels pretty darn special on its own, even that can use some dressing up once in a while. I keep dried rose petals on hand so I can easily make my favorite goat cheese appetizer recipe so I like to figure out how else to fit them in to my cocktails or cooking. This rose rimmer for your glass is super simple but adds a fun bit of color and taste to your glass of bubbly.
OMG. I just found my new favorite restaurant. Angelina’s Pizzeria recently opened in Irvine (in the new Whole Foods center over by the Irvine Spectrum) and I am welcoming it with open arms. I was invited to come try their new brunch menu and from the moment I walked in, I knew that this would be a game changer for Irvine and the surrounding area. Everything about it was fresh and cool which isn’t usually what you’d expect from a restaurant found in Irvine. While we have lots of decent dining options, this one is a stand out and I think everyone needs to run down and check it out.
Summer is so hard for me. While I love warm weather, I don’t love dressing for it. I’m in the worst shape of my life, thanks to increasing my work load and stress eating. I think I need to break up with the Cheetos (not forever, duh). So there’s that. Plus, my skin is on the oily side so the sun and my face shine together. Add a layer of sunscreen to the mix and we’ve got a situation ripe for breakouts. But I do love the warm weather and the extra time I get to spend with my family so I’ll power through this. I’ll just need to care for my summer skin a little differently than I do the rest of the year. And maybe work out a little. Hopefully by the end of summer I’ll be swim suit ready…My skin has never been perfect. My breakouts really got crazy in college which lead to scarring. I’m dying to resurface my skin with lasers but I can’t afford that. Luckily in the last few years, my breakouts have pretty much stopped. I get the occasional pimple at that very special time of the month and when I wear sunscreen. But I’m left with the uneven texture that I hate. A few years ago, I really learned the importance of skin care and skin protection when I had some basal cell skin cancer removed. It made me realize that I was not caring for my skin the way I should be. Plus what worked for me when I was younger does not work for me now when I’m starting to age. OMG, you guys. I’m getting old. I don’t really care about the number, I love where I am in life, but I don’t love how things are changing. Remember when you had your kids and you were like, ‘Oh no! They’re doing this now!” and you’d work to figure out what to do about it and then the minute you did, something new would happen and you’d have to figure that out? That’s what getting older is like too. And it’s dumb. Because of my skin cancer situation (I’m currently seeing a dermatologist twice a year to evaluate things) I know I need to take better care of my skin. If this doesn’t freak you out, I don’t know what will. He told me that my skin cancer was probably from sun exposure I had in elementary school! F*ck. I’m not looking forward to the stuff we uncover from my sun-baked high school days…This means it’s super important to protect your kid’s skin NOW! It also means that whenever we are in the sun (or even in overcast weather) we should be protecting ourselves. The skin around your eyes is really delicate and squinting does nothing to help the wrinkles in that area. I never leave the house without sunglasses. And big floppy hats are usually on my head on a sunny day. I’m pretty easy to spot at school pick up. I’m finally getting better with putting on sunscreen, daily. I hate to put it on, mostly because it feels like a heavy, greasy layer and my skin doesn’t love it. But it’s really important so you have to try to find one that you love. I have a sunscreen I use under my makeup, every day. And I have a legit sunscreen for those days when I know there will be sun exposure. You know, pretty much every day in Southern California. I had been wanting a Clarisonic brush for a while but didn’t want to spend the money on it. I wasn’t really sure what it would do for me and my scarring and just couldn’t pull the trigger. When one of the company’s that I worked with offered one to try and share on social media, I jumped at the chance. And I loved it SO much that I wanted to share it with you on my blog too. This post isn’t sponsored but I did get this Mia FIT for free. And I think it’s the best thing ever. While it doesn’t exfoliate, it deep cleans your skin 6 times better than you hands. After just a few uses I noticed my skin was a little bit smoother and not as dull. It’s gentle enough to use twice a day and it’s waterproof to use in the shower. It holds a charge like crazy and it fits in the palm of your hand so it’s perfect for travel. The best part? There are two speeds, one for everyday cleaning and another, more powerful option, that helps to remove sunscreen and heavy makeup! It’s awesome! And just what I needed. I’m so excited about this brush!! While there is still along way to go with my scarring, this gave me back a little bit of confidence. Now, if only they made something that would help with my eye wrinkles…plus, I’m not afraid to put on the sunscreen because I know it will all get removed later. I use the Mia FIT brush in the morning, in the shower (except when I’ve put on my heavy sunscreen, then I use it at the end of the day too), and I love to put my makeup on after. I feel like I am working with a really clean, more smooth surface. It came with simple directions, that are easy to follow and I can’t believe I haven’t had one before! If you have been thinking about making the investment, and it’s an investment at $189, you totally should. Set some money aside each month if you need to. Or put it on your next gift list. It’s totally worth it.My summer skin is happier than it’s been in a long time (my skin was uh-mazing during both pregnancies). I’m not afraid to put on my sunscreen any more, which is a really good thing. I’m headed off on a trip next week and I know this will come with me. I won’t leave home without it!
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I was sent a Mia FIT by Clarisonic to share on social media but I loved it so much I am sharing it on the blog too.
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You know I love a good playlist. I started making this list a month ago when I knew that one day, when the weather finally warmed up, I’d be in the mood for a kick ass set of tunes. Then my hubby heard it and he’s been listening to it on repeat at work. This summer playlist is upbeat but relaxed. Fun and a little moody. It’s mostly made up of indie and alternative since that’s my jam. But there’s a tiny bit of R&B in there too. It features some new stuff by favorite artists like Local Natives and Wild Belle. But then older songs, like ‘There Goes the Fear’ by The Doves and ‘Police on my Back’ by The Clash seemed to fit perfectly too. I do have to warn you though. Whenever I put this on, I want to stop working and go sit by a pool. So there’s that. Sorry in advance.
What’s on your summer playlist this year? Let me know if you listen to this and tell me what your favorite track is!
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We love Netflix in this house. My husband loves to watch movies while I prefer TV shows. My kids are open to both and love to discover new shows they’ve never heard of before. Everyone I knew had been talking about how good Scandal was. So when I saw that the first 4 seasons were on Netflix, I decided to check it out. Once I started, I couldn’t stop and the Netflix binge watching began. I watched 4 seasons in a few weeks. It was consuming me. I would sit down to watch an episode at lunch and end up watching them until I had to pick up the kids at school. I’d go to bed early so I could watch a few at night. Once I was 2 episodes in, I knew my husband would like the show too, but I couldn’t stop to let my husband get caught up. (I did make him jump in for the new season that began on network TV, but I’ve had to explain A LOT!). It would have been so much fun to have someone sharing the emotional highs and lows of binge watching with me which is why I’m sharing ideas for how to have a Netflix binge watching party. Also, if you are packing all the shows in to a day or two – depending on how many seasons, you’ll get your life back sooner. Your family will thank you.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #IDSimplyPure #CollectiveBiasI am SO excited to go on vacation this year! Last year’s left a little to be desired. We got in a car accident 2 hours in to our 6 hour drive (we were ok!) and ended up arriving a day later than we should have dealing with that. Then we left a day earlier than we were supposed to, to handle car stuff. PLUS my allergies were through the roof crazy and I was pretty miserable. We know this year is going to be so much better. We meet in a place up in the mountains that I went every summer as a girl (and where my dad went as a boy!) and spend a week with my mom, dad and my sister’s family. It’s awesome. One of my favorite parts of last year was my morning coffee. No, it wasn’t fishing like you may have thought (ha!). This year I decided to put a little more thought in to starting off the day off right by creating a DIY coffee station that I will brining with me. I tried to quit coffee a year ago. I was worried about the calories it was adding to my day. I started the process of weaning. It was rough, yo. I totally get why babies cry when they are weaned. Then I realized that I really enjoy coffee and the tiny bit of time it gives me in the morning to just relax and ease in to the day. In the process of trying to stop drinking coffee, I taught myself how to drink it black since I still wasn’t keen on putting the chemicals found in most coffee creamers in my system. I don’t love sweet beverages so drinking it this way was fine. But when I came across these International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamers at Walmart, I knew I had to try them. They include only 5 simple ingredients including real milk, cream and sugar. I use it my coffee daily. And because it comes in 3 yummy flavors (Vanilla, Hazelnut and Caramel) I know that the rest of my family will love these too.
On vacation we usually have an idea of what we are doing for the day but things are really relaxed. I know that on a few days my dad and husband will want to get out early to go fishing so our DIY coffee station has travel cups and lids. My mom brings most of the food but I usually bring some of my own coffee since we have different preferences. And I’ll put it all in a cute little basket. The basket and supplies won’t take up much room and will be easy to move it between cabins depending on who is hosting coffee for the morning. Along with the International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer I’ll include raw sugar (for my dad, he’s not a creamer man) and ground cinnamon for sprinkling. I’ll also include some stir sticks and a pretty little napkin to create a super simple but delicious DIY coffee station for our vacation. That totally rhymes. You could also add things to make tea and hot cocoa, to please all the members and kids in the family.I know that I can make the basket fit but filling it with socks, hats, and whatever else is small and squishable. To pack the rest of the coffee goods, I’ll use a plastic container. I usually have a plastic tub filled with food that this will fit perfectly in and I’ll have one bag of refrigerated items where the creamers will go. There are grocery stores closer to where our cabins are but I can’t chance that they won’t have my favorite creamer.I love that this creamer gives my coffee tons of flavor without being overly sweet. I thought I loved coffee before but this creamer makes it even better. I can almost smell the fresh mountain air as I enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning. While I don’t have a lot of downtime at home, I really try to make the most of vacation (especially since wifi is terrible). Getting to read a magazine with my coffee is like a dream come true! And I can’t wait!
For your convenience…These delicious International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamers can be found in the Dairy section of your local Walmart store. You can see even more creative ways that people are including their creamers in their daily lives by checking out this #IDSimplyPure inspiration.
What would you include in your DIY coffee station for vacation?