Odds and Ends

1. I read two things that we very disturbing about social media this week. This and this. Frightening.

2. 13 rules for female friendships. If the people you admire keep disheartening you with sex scandals, try admiring some women instead.

3. The dogs of UPS. How adorable.

4. What in the hell is this sound? Seriously.

5. A scientific look as to why songs take you right back to certain people, places, and events in your mind.

6. I know many of you are on the MUN bandwagon (the Anarose toner is a twice-daily ritual for me), so I had to tell you about this deal. The MUN daily essentials set is currently $40 off and if you use my 15% off code WHOORL, you can get all three full-sized products for $136. (Down from $200.) Such a deal, you guys.

7. And while we’re on the subject of great deals, Citrine is celebrating their 5th anniversary by offering a “glam bag” of $200 worth of goodies when you purchase $150 or more starting this morning. I made an Instagram Live video detailing everything in the bag, as well as my favorite items to purchase from the shop. My Instagram account is here, but the video disappears this afternoon so if you’re wanting to watch it, be sure and do it soon. These bags will definitely sell out! (And use my code whoorl10 for an extra 10% off!)

8. We have a rule that we can’t listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving (although I looooove me some holiday tunes and have cheated twice), but apparently, it can affect your mental health. #whatthewhat

9. And speaking of mental health, therapists weigh in on what Trump has done to ours. #prettymuch

10. Cards Against Humanity. For parents. Sign me up.

11. Ivory turtleneck sweaters are my jam during winter. This one is perfection.

12. This week’s podcast is all about skincare, where I detail every step and product of my morning routine. (Evening skincare will be next week!) Also, we talk with Caleb Gardner about staying sane during political strife. Um, so very needed.


Happy weekend to you all!

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Wednesday’s Child: Maria

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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Great reads for book club discussions

Looking for a good book to spark a great discussion or just some thought-provoking solo reading? Here are some suggestions . . .

1. Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I read this novel a couple of years ago and the story of how the lives of the young Nigerian orphan and a suburban mom intersecting has been one that stayed with me.

 2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – I was a huge fan of The Time Traveler’s Wife also by Niffenegger, and this novel with its twins and potential modern haunted house vibe looks to have that same kind of literary fantasy.

 3. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell –  I want to continue to exercise my brain, and Sarah Vowell helps me do that while keeping me entertained. Assassination Vacation is a collection of non-fiction essays by Vowell where she visits various sites where political violence occurred.

4. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls – Walls is an amazing memoirist, and this is one of my favorite books that she has written. A quick, compelling read about growing up in poverty.

5. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz – In this non-fiction book, Schwartz explores the way that our abundance of choice in all areas of lifehave led to a kind of existential crisis among many in our generation.

6. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – This is one of my all-time favorite novels, one that I return to time and again. If you haven’t read this story told from the perspective of four girls growing up in a missionary family in Africa, make it a priority to get to it as soon as you possibly can. Some of the richest story-telling I’ve ever read.

7. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – Another favorite, this is a story about a young girl’s journey into adulthood. For a simple coming of age story, this weaves humor and heartbreak together seamlessly.

8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – This is a fun mystery novel. It will hold you in suspense while being a quick read.

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin – My all-time favorite ever. An absolute must-read for anyone who enjoys a smart, funny, well-crafted love story.


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