Bereavement, motherhood, Parenthood

If Mothers Day Is Hard

If Mothers Day is hard, I understand this too well. There were many Mothers Days when I couldn't call my mom. There were years of frustration, pain, and anger. Even after her death I'm still coming to terms with how our relationship did and didn't work and so for me, Mothers Day is hard. My… Continue reading If Mothers Day Is Hard

Makeup, motherhood, Parenthood, Reviews

10 SAFE Makeup Products Your Kids Can Play With

In the news recently there's been considerable coverage of problems with play makeup sets sold in tween stores like Justice and Claire's. While professional makeup products are highly regulated, play makeup sets don't endure the same scrutiny and testing as the real deal, and yet stores aimed toward younger children continue to market these play… Continue reading 10 SAFE Makeup Products Your Kids Can Play With

body positivity, health, Mental Health, weight loss

When The Love Runs Out

The love ran out a bit this week. A small crack had worked its way into the foundation and over time it wore away the veneer and the strength. Eventually a trickle came and then suddenly a flood of love poured out of my vessel, leaving me all but empty. I have learned to love… Continue reading When The Love Runs Out

Bereavement, Influencer Advice, Opinion, Thirties, writing

You Are Where You’re Supposed To Be

A few years ago a peer and I were discussing working independently in a creative field. At that time he was still figuring out which direction he wanted to go and how to get to where he was going, but I knew I wanted to be and I would be a writer. I'd picked up… Continue reading You Are Where You’re Supposed To Be

diy, how to, Makeup, Reviews, sponsored

Highlighter: The Extra Pop Your Makeup Routine Needs This Spring

If you're on Instagram you've probably seen at least a few photos of shiny cheeked young women, standing in the sunlight, practically glowing. While many of these photos have been photoshopped to really emphasize that glow, there is an actual product they're using to create the effect: highlighter! No, not this: But, this: Today I'm… Continue reading Highlighter: The Extra Pop Your Makeup Routine Needs This Spring

Influencer Advice, Reviews, sponsored

A Content Creating Game-Changer: Crowdfire

If you've been following the blog for a while, you've probably already checked out this post, where I discussed some of my FAVORITE apps I use as a micro-influencer and blogger. (If you haven't, make sure you toodle over there and give it a read when you're done here. It's full of good stuff!) One… Continue reading A Content Creating Game-Changer: Crowdfire

body positivity, Feminism, Makeup, motherhood, Parenthood

I Let My 9 Year Old Wear Makeup

When I was 11 my best friend wore a pair of white tights to church. She had dark brown hair and Italian heritage. Thick leg hair stuck out through the tights and could be seen under them. She was so embarrassed. Everyone pointed and laughed and asked why her hairs were so long. She tearfully… Continue reading I Let My 9 Year Old Wear Makeup

Bereavement, writing

Sometimes The Whole Chapter Is Garbage (Throw It Away)

I had every intention of sitting down this weekend and dedicating several hours to writing, but the weather was so deliciously warm and gorgeous, I opted instead to spend it outdoors doing yardwork and landscaping. Late Friday evening I'd jotted about 12 paragraphs down, the beginnings of Chapter 11 of my book, and planned to… Continue reading Sometimes The Whole Chapter Is Garbage (Throw It Away)

body positivity, Feminism, Opinion, weight loss

I Don’t Give A Damn About Your Thin Fragility

I'm writing this to you from bed. I'm laying on my left side because in my experience, it's easier to pass gas when I lay on my left side. Three weeks ago my doctor prescribed 2000 mgs of Metformin, a common treatment for women with PCOS. Metformin is more commonly known as a drug to… Continue reading I Don’t Give A Damn About Your Thin Fragility

Bereavement, cancer, motherhood, Thirties, writing

Memory Lane: My Faucet Is Leaking

I'm starting a new series here where I'm sharing old posts from past blogs and giving them new life. I published this in July 2015, just a few months after my mother's cancer diagnosis. Rereading these words, almost three years later, is a surreal experience. And I wanted to share them. "The Faucet Is Leaking"… Continue reading Memory Lane: My Faucet Is Leaking