Quickies : 003

1. Knowing there’s a spiritual/crystal/witchy magic shop nearby makes me so happy. I have to restrain myself from buying everything. The whole shop is what I dream of when I think of my future “zen den”. *sigh* One day…

2. Brunch and cocktails at a hipster-ish restaurant with a good friend was much needed. Must make it a regular thing.

3. PMS means I want to eat everything in sight! I let myself indulge a little bit because life is too short.

4. Kombucha cancels it out anyway, right?

5. I love overcast, gloomy days like today. Can we just skip Summer?

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Quickies : 002

1. It’s LAUREL, y’all. All I hear is Laurel.

2. Can not wait to clock in a road trip on the Jeep. Lilith needs to break in her new tires even if it’ll mostly be on pavement. Once the kids are a little older we’ll have more time and chances to get a little dirty.

3. Considering letting our Disney passes expire in July. We don’t have the time to go during the week and weekends are busy, too. We’ve gone to the parks more than 11 times since last July to break even so, it has paid itself off.

4. I’m in the process of digging out an area in our side yard to grow sunflowers. I’m short and the shovel I’m using is longer than average (because the Husband is a giant) so I have to be mindful of not smacking my face with the handle when I step on it to dig. Fun times! I am looking forward to having pretty sunflowers towering over me come Summertime.

5. Also? Crab grass is a bitch to dig up.

6. The boys gave me another window-mounted bird feeder for Mother’s Day. They know how much I love to watch the little house finches flit, fly and squabble over who gets to eat first. So far we have three bird feeders. I like to think I’m doing my part in keeping our neighborhood birds happy and fed.

7. I need more plants in the house.

8. There are so many big and little projects to be done around the house, it’s difficult trying to decide what to tackle first. At least the front yard landscaping and exterior paint is done. Shall we move onto the backyard or guesthouse? I wish we can do both simultaneously!

9. I only want to do the guesthouse because I want to create a loft space to turn into my “zen den”. Complete with dormers, a skylight, lots of plants and witchy accouterments. *sign* One day!

10. Is it the weekend yet?

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Quickies : 001

1. Only 7 digits left to reach my second to last milestone. Giving myself until October seems reasonable and do-able. Then January for the last bit. That’s my goal and it finally (finally!) feels possible.

2. I will never be that Pinterest-mom or PTA-mom or extroverted, volunteer for everything mom – and you know what? That’s OK. I help and contribute when I can, the best way I can. That is enough.

3. As someone who loves a little coffee with their cream and sugar, limiting myself to just a dash or smidge of each is difficult. I can’t get over the bitterness. So weekends are when I indulge. Meanwhile, I get the little caffeine kick I need for the week via kombucha. Fair trade I’d say.

4. No one really warns new parents about how much these years can SUCK SO MUCH. Yes, you love them unconditionally and blah blah blah BUT, that doesn’t mean you have to like them all the time. It’s unrelenting neediness, constant whining and then worrying about this and that. Oh, let’s not forget the guilt! It’s impossibly draining and it can feel like an unending stream of suckage but, you’re not alone. Other people feel the same and have gone through the same shit and they have survived (somehow). This shit will eventually pass and it will be OK. This is what I (and the Husband) tell ourselves.

5. Signed up for a local yoga studio. The same one I went to before L was born. I found I cannot get “into it” mentally unless I’m in a different environment and there’s someone taking the lead. YT videos are great and all but, it’s not the same as going to an actual studio. Plus, it is much needed time away. Physical and mental self-care (even at nearly $90 a month) is worth it.

6. I’m not looking forward to hotter days (and nights). Savoring these May-Grey days and hoping for an extended June-Gloom. Summer and I are not friends.

7. Averaging 5 to 6 (on a good day) hours of sleep thanks to my teething 15 month old. His molars need to show up pronto!

8. Less than a month away from Summer break. Looking forward to no-rush mornings. I will need the break to wrap my head around the fact we’ll have a 3rd grader in the Fall.

9. I create so many lists, and plans, and notes and things on my phone that they have become sort of a magical manifestation tool. Use what you got, right?

10. Lunch dates with good (local) friends make me happy. Now if I can somehow magically transport myself to other cities to have lunch/dinner dates with my non-local friends? That would be even better.

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Evening Skincare

My current nighttime/PM skincare routine includes the following (in order) :

Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream
Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix facial oil
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Twice a week (when I have time, really) I incorporate Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Instant Glow mask. This mask is a game changer! Full review for the HB line to come.

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Morning Skincare

My current morning/AM skincare routine includes the following products (in order):

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
Deciem/The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ (for dryness, fine lines, dullness)
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rose Water Moisture Cremè
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Jart Tigergrass Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment (nose, chin area)
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (love!)

It may seem like a lot but, it takes about 10 minutes (if the kids are being nice to each other lol) every morning. I double up on moisturizer because I’ve yet to find one w/ SPF that my skin likes.

Afterwards, I apply makeup (usually just concealer, a cream blush, do my brows) then hair.

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For years I’ve wanted various tiny tattoos – even before they became a ‘thing’! Just a small collection of symbols and words I identify with and remind me of all my experiences (to date). I finally had the chance to get all eight of them in one session. It was great timing really, because Joy only had a small section of my Hecate sleeve to finish up.

After finalizing design elements, placement, sizing and applying all eight stencils it was go time…

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