how I broke up with foundation + our first giveaway!!!

I had a baby and lowered my standards. At least partially true for sure.

I've got cranky skin. Years of inconsistent care coupled with all sorta hormone fluctuations have lead to this.

I think the secret (not secret) to good skin is being consistent with your skincare. I'm so so guilty of being like "I took off my makeup every night this week with a wipe and my skin is breaking out". Or "I went through a full cleanse twice this month and my skin doesn't look any better". Seriously, I thought that using a makeup remover "cleansing" wipe was better than nothing. It probably was better than nothing, but juuuuust barely? 

I thought since I'm giving my face a pretty serious break from makeup these days already (except mascara which makes me feel like I have a pulse) it would be a good time to commit to giving some products a serious shot. I choose the cocokind brand on a recommendation from a friend and because I can read and understand every single ingredient. Imagine that?! I'm not here to preach but your skin is your largest organ and whatever you put on it gets into your body quickly. I'm not perfect but I try to follow the 80/20 rule like everything else in my life. Plus this brand is led by a killer girl boss who is an awesome human. She's made a point numerous times to talk about the fact that no matter the success of the company she will keep these ridiculously reasonable prices because she's not trying to make bank, but make great affordable products. LOVE!


As you can see I like to go all in with a brand 👀 Since you also know I like to hold onto posts for months before actually publishing, this collection has gotten even larger. They just launched a makeup line. I've got the whole thing but it deserves it's own post. Check back in about a year or if you're really interested just tell me to freakin post it!

Ok so it's been over 6 months and I have to tell you I have seen a huuuuuge difference. Now against the scientist in me I changed two variables at the same time. I started using new products AND I did it consistently. I'm sure both had an impact but I have no way to tell which was greater. 

But I can tell you this, my skin is thankful and it's showing me so! The other day I got dressed and did my makeup ready to go out the door in 2 minutes. Did you read that? Got dressed AND did my makeup. This was the result. I'm only posting this so you know I'm not full of shit? Everyone's skin is different but I love when my friends tell me what's working for them!


Where the hell are you supposed to look when taking such a picture?! I sat right in my window so you could see in natural unfiltered light. Wet hair, mismatched top straps, mascara, sweep of highlighter, dot of concealer on chin and out the door! Forgive my never ending attempt at growing out my eyebrows. #90sgirlproblems

Ok so the giveaway part!

One of you is going to receive the cocokind travel kit. This includes my #1 favorite product the rose water toner. It seriously gives life. It smells so amazing and just feels so reinvigorating! SO GOOD. SO SO SO SO GOOD. It also has the facial repair serum and coconut oil lip balm. 

How to enter - now through midnight 8/27!

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So basically if you want to win just share some part of this supportive, sarcastic, honest, loving community we're growing here mmmmk? 

Also, if you want to grab the tumeric stick and any toner (GO ROSE! although shhh I own both) use code TURMERICANDTONEfor 20% off. If you've got cranky skin like me you are going to die over the tumeric stick. It's gentle and it works. Like whaaaat? Why did it take till 2017 for someone to figure this out?

Also also, this is not sponsored by cocokind I'm just a big ol' fan and want to share some love to thank you for sharing some love!



Oops I did it again

I'm not a terribly indecisive person but I am a terrible overthinker. Even though the last post here was awhile ago I write allllll the time. I couldn't figure out why I was hesitating to hit publish. I think I've figured it out. At the very least part of it. is that 700 smiles is for Luca. It's my fundraising heart, change the world spot that is still very much in the front of my mind and big picture goals. However my day to day is currently more survival-esque trying to figure out what the hell I'm actually doing, what day it is, what mascara makes me look like I've slept more than 5 hours and decoding my amazon prime charges. So they just weren't meshing. I want to swear more than I ever would be willing to on something so pure and good. So in an effort to let everyone find themselves I'm going to give them some space. Try new things, see other people aka domain names. That never works in relationships but I think a little spot on the internet can. 

Speaking of a little spot on the internet, I've got a new one of those tooooooooo. It's for the ladies to have a private place to post all the sales that they want to share but don't want their spouse to see. To poll the crowd on their favorite foundation. To have the in depth analysis of last nights episode of the bachelorette that you might feel silly doing on your own page. You get the gist right? So come on over. The coffee is probably cold but it ain't decaf.

I'm so sorry I judged you.

*I wrote this (and lots lots more that I've given up on trying to post chronologically) sometime in the first 12? weeks of Luca's life. Idk it's blurry back there!*

I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror this morning as I was hustling to shave another second off my bathroom time. (That's essentially like sprint training right? When's the mom olympics?) I commented to myself that I look like I'd been rescued from a shipwreck, but honestly I'm totally ok with this. I'm soaking up every crazy second. Ok, not everyyyy one but I'm trying to. Everyday is a milestone. Everything is a milestone. I mean every coo and movement feels new and special right? That first smile? Stop it. Take it all. My heart, every cent I've got, my fashion sense, my ability to shower, just take it all and give me those smiles. The immeasurable love, that was expected. But the pride, not as much.

I totally used to judge the moms that would post how proud they were of their preschool or kindergarten graduates. I loved seeing the pictures but would think proud, really?  Like come on, it's kindergarten. Wellllll I was ecstatic the other day when L soothed himself back to sleep for kind of the first time. So essentially I celebrated the fact that he opened and then not long after closed his eyes. Essentially blinking, a reflex even. Yep I was so proud. So don't you worry I'll probably throw a cocktail reception when he graduates kindergarten.

Yesterday, he rolled over for the first time. It was basically an act of gravity where holding his head up forced the roll, but there's video proof that I squealed away like Minnie Mouse.  I mean he did do it THREE times in a row and his great grandmother tells me that is very advanced, so there.

But yeah, my apologies to those proud  kindergarten graduate mommas. Post away my friends and write paragraphs about your pride because god knows I'll probably write a book about it by the time that comes. I'm wiser now, ain't no pride like momma pride. I'll make sure to invite you to the gala in about 5 years. 

*it's closer to 4 years now and I just cried.*