Wednesday, May 22, 2019

loving lately: 8 things for hair & skin

back in january i shared 7 products for hair and skin that i was using and loving. update: still using and still loving! with one exception: the vitamins. i loved them! but something was off about the dosage and i'm still trying to figure that out - what my body needs and how much - it's a science! in the meantime, i have found some more hair and skin care products that are working for me! happy to pass along my recommendations to you!


1 // Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Hair Tint this was such a fun sporadic find (Target) and it actually worked like it said it would. it gave my hair a subtle rosy glow! it was actually barely noticeable except in certain lighting, which i loved. i also love that it's temporary - perfect for a special occasion or just a fun thing to do for a weekend.  

2 // Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm so refreshing! it's like a moisturizing, highlighting balm that makes my eyes feel cool and awake! i use it under/before makeup, in the mornings about once a week or as needed. i've heard you can also use it over your makeup if your eyes need a quick pick me up. i love this stuff!

3 // Thayer's Witch Hazel favorite toner! love the way it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh. i usually get the unscented kind, but i just bought the Coconut Water with Aloe. i was feeling adventurous! 

4, 5, and 6 // YL Frankincense oil, Health Priority Vitamin E oil, and Naturmetic Hydrating & Brightening Serum i use all 3 of these together! once a day, after i shower and wash my face (i use Naturmetics daily and YL Mint Scrub 2x/wk, followed by WH), the first thing i do is apply this oil combo. it is working WONDERS on my skin! in my palm, i mix 1 drop of Frankincense oil*, 1 full dropper of Naturmetic, and 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil. i rub my hands together to mix the oils, and then i pat on my face all over. my skin has been so clear, even toned, and i've even noticed an improvement in the texture! so so so good - i feel like my skin CRAVES these oils now! *i only add the Frank to the combo once a week bc i figured out that my skin is too sensitive to use it daily* 

7 and 8 // SILK18 Shampoo and Conditioner makes my hair feel amazing! i have thick color treated hair that is prone to dryness, so my hair needs fewer chemicals and more moisturizer and this is it! the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable, with body, but not heavy or weighed down, which is a hard balance to find! love that it's free of icky harmful chemicals. and it smells great, too!

ta-da! eight beauty products i'm loving lately! 

here they all are with links (not sponsored, not affiliate) just click on the image:


remember, the most beautiful thing about you is your heart! unfading beauty comes from trusting God with a gentle and quiet spirit, according to 1 Peter 3:3-4.

come say hello on instagram and tell me what you're loving lately! 

have a beautiful day!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

a decade of homeschooling

i used my laminator today.

as i fed the flimsy plastic through the machine, it occured to me that i've been homeschooling my kids for 10 years. ten years. my eyes got watery (they do that a lot lately) and i suddenly felt very present. i became hyper aware of the moment: my daughter upstairs in her bedroom listening to music (The Killers) and texting with her BFF. my son building a fort in the living room for an epic Nerf war. the smell of baked oatmeal cookies still in the air from hours earlier. the sunlight casting a yellow glow in the front room. the clock's ticking second hand sounded louder, but i swear for a few moments time was standing still.

ten years of homeschooling. and here we are in the summer of 2019.

haile (14) graduated from 9th grade. (hold on, am i talking about someone else's life right now???!) her first year of high school was fast and furious. in addition to her heavy workload, including a second foreign language (Spanish), a fine arts course, Biology lab, and honors classes, she was also on the varsity cheerleading squad this year. she went to her first homecoming dance, first Sadies Hawkins dance...a lot of firsts. there were some late nights and stressful deadlines, but i was - and continue to be- constantly blown away by her time management skills, work ethic, and determination. and somehow she also managed to spend quality time with her friends, and volunteer at church. she finished her freshman year in the top percentile of her class, and has a solid group of sweet friends, but most importantly, she is undeniably becoming a servant-leader and wise thinker who will shape culture for the glory of God. i am so proud of her.

josh (10) graduated from 6th grade. he managed a really heavy academic workload, and played on the middle school basketball team. he has become quite the history buff! and he really enjoyed geography, music, art, and literature classes. this year definitely had some challenges for him, unfortunately. he had to deal with some not-so-kind encounters with other kids, and some stress/anxiety during testing. there were days i was [this close] to unenrolling him from the school and going back to full time homeschool with him. there were tears, fights, tutoring, late nights, and lots and lots (and lots) of prayers. he persevered (we persevered!) and learned a lot through it all. every hard thing was a chance to build his character and motivate him to work harder. meanwhile, he served on the dance team at church and was enrolled in leadership and discipleship training classes. the best thing to happen this year for josh was for him to learn how to get through difficult situations in a God-honoring way. he truly had to learn to ask himself what would Jesus do? when faced with trials. in his own words, from a message he delivered at church recently, "I have to have a can-do attitude and not rely on my own strengths but God’s alone." i am very proud of him.

over the years, people have always asked us if we would homeschool our kids all the way through high school. it's hard to believe we are in that season now. i had no idea what each year would bring; no expectations for our schooling, no plan other than to evaluate what's working each year and pray for wisdom. God is faithful. looking back, i can say with confidence that God's goodness and grace has been with us all along.

as we look ahead to our 11th year of homeschooling, with a high school sophomore and a middle schooler, i am beaming with pride and my heart is bursting with gratitude. it hasn't always been easy, but it has always been worth it. homeschooling my kids has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.

point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.
proverbs 22:6

lead me by your truth and teach me, 
for you are the God who saves me. 
all day long I put my hope in you.
psalm 25:5

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