Wednesday’s Child: Carlos

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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Friday Finds: Circle Bags

1. Nordstrom | Multi Pom Circular Raffia Tote 
2. Baggu Small Canvas Circular Crossbody Bag | Urban Outfitters 
3. Leather Circle Crossbody Bag | Topshop 
4. Diane Von Furstenberg Circle Wristlet | Shopbop 

5. Tamborine Roundy Bag | Free People 
6. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Circle Crossbody Bag | Amazon 
7. Bando | Sidekick Circle Crossbody Bag
8. Stitched Circular Crossbody Bag | Anthropologie 
9. The Juno Circle Shoulder Bag in Violet Dusk | Madewell 


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Odds and Ends

1. I’m suddenly really into champagne (despite doing a dry January), but I know nothing. This was a good primer.

2. WTF, Silicon Valley.

3. My holy grail eye serum is a steal this month.

4. Dude. No thanks, Huntington Beach.

5. Looking to reach a meditative state? Just watch a few of his videos.

6. Oh my goodness, did you watch Google’s 2017 Year In Search video? Wow, 2017. Wow.

7. Kristen Bell + Dave Grohl = Amazingness

8. Winter favorites, 30% off. Great deals.

9. Getting ready to hit my high-travel part of the year, and I’m praying to see someone doing this.

10. Dying memorists’ spouses end up together. What a lovely story.

11. If you watch my Instagram stories, you know I’ve been debating the Instant Pot. Love this post on getting started.

12. On this week’s podcast, Kristen and I dish all of our cold weather favorites (teas and robes and slippers, oh my!), and dive into the Enneagram Type 4.

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Happy Friday!

photo credit: inès longevial

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My Holy Grail Eye Product

The number one question asked of me, well just behind “what kind of curling iron do you use?” (psst – this one), is:

What eye cream do you recommend?

And, up until a few months ago, my answer was always the same. “I don’t use eye cream. Don’t see a point.” (Seriously, just search for “eye cream” on this blog. A self-professed eye cream non-believer, I was.)

However, over the past year, as the Maya Chia brand has become a complete staple in my morning and nightly routine, I started using The Eye Achiever when it launched this past fall. It’s essentially a roll-on applicator filled with some serious powerhouse ingredients. A nutrient-dense blend of five macro and micro marine extracts, including astaxanthin, sea fennel, sea lavender, wakame and brown algae extract that flood skin with antioxidants, minerals and vital nutrients. Plus, the star performer, supercritical chia seed oil, is paired up with raspberry, black cumin seed oil, rooibos tea extract, pomegranate and cranberry to revitalize, restore and strengthen the fragile skin around the eyes.

Bottom line – this stuff works. It reduces puffiness, fades dark circles, and really helps soften fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. And if you really want to step it up a notch, keep it in your refrigerator for the ultimate cooling, de-puffing amazingness.

By the way, I spoke in detail about my morning skincare routine (and the Maya Chia products I use) in this podcast. You can skip to the 11-minute mark for my morning routine, and the 17-minute mark for my Maya Chia favorites. (Although I’ve already added an extra step/serum…always changing things up, this girl!)

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Why am I telling you about this eye serum this right now? Because this month’s Beauty Heroes box contains The Eye Achiever AND The Super Blend, a pressed serum moisture concentrate by Maya Chia. (So perfect for this time of year.)

Do you remember me telling you about Beauty Heroes? The monthly subscription box with full-sized, luxury, natural products? (It’s only $39 per month and always contains at least $100 of product.) And on top of receiving the best-of-best products for a steal every month, Beauty Heroes members always get 15% off in the online shop, which has over 30 green beauty brands. It is SO worth 39 dollars a month, I promise you. (And psst…I know what the next few months’ boxes are, and you will want to get in on this action.)

Y’all know I love my monthly Beauty Heroes delivery, but when it actually contains a product I firmly stand behind and use every day, you can bet I’m going to write about it. (Remember the Josh Rosebrook box?) This January beauty discovery is valued at $105, but as always, the monthly box is $39. This one, just like the Josh Rosebrook one, will sell out.

It is SUCH a deal, people. I pride myself on hanging back and not shouting about every. single. beauty. box I receive, but this one? This is one you want to get your hands on. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments!

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Wednesday’s Child: Cynthia, Sophia, Elijah, and Olivia

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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Making the pledge to have device-free family dinners

This is a post sponsored by Evite®.

I have worked really hard to create and maintain a culture of presence at our family meals. It hasn’t been easy over the years. When the kids were younger, dinnertime was difficult. At any given meal, it’s likely that Karis was having a meltdown over her bowl being the wrong color, or Kembe and Jafta were kicking each other under the table, or India was crying because a vegetable was placed on her plate.  Remember the mealtime scene from The Miracle Worker?  It was a little bit like that.  Only there were four of them.

Now that they are older, their behavior is less crazy but the distractions are still there, just in different forms. Especially now that my kids all have devices. It’s a constant battle to keep the dinner table a device-free zone.

I have to admit, this was a come-to-Jesus for me personally, because while I was good at making the kids keep their phones or tablets off the dinner table, it was really tempting to make excuses for why I needed my own there. I don’t look at it throughout the meal, but I still set it by my plate and stole glances. I made excuses for it – what if I needed to take a photo? Or got an emergency call? But the truth is, if I really want my kids to honor our mealtimes as sacred, I’ve got to model it. So now, no devices is the hard and fast rule. Even my own. They all go into the tech closet during meals.

We have a number of family meal traditions to make dinnertime meaningful and enjoyable. Our kids’ favorite mealtime activity, by far, is to ask each other questions from our Table Talk box. I bought these on a whim on Amazon last year and they were so worth it . . . they really do inspire great conversations. 
table talk: a great way to inspire fun and interesting dinnertime conversation with kids
Another of our routines has been to start a gratitude journal. We usually do “highs and lows” in the car after school, which is a nice way to hear about any struggles the kids had during the day, as well as to help them identify some positive aspects of their day. This simple journal forces us to identify, once a day, something we are thankful for. We go around the table and I write them down. In addition to the positive practice in the moment, it’s also a fun log to look back on.

Evite has partnered with Common Sense Media, my favorite destination for researching the appropriateness of movies and tv shows for my kids, to encourage parents to make the most of family time and in-person conversations through device-free dinners. Evite has always been about bringing people together face-to-face, and they want to strengthen those moments by encouraging everyone to the start the year off right by pledging to go device-free for at least once a week during dinner time. I’ve taken the pledge, and encourage you to do the same. And by agreeing to take the pledge, one lucky winner will receive an OpenTable gift card for a device-free dinner with their family and friends.


You can take the pledge, and enter to win an OpenTable dinner for your family, at this link.


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