• Girl Talk,  Life,  Life & Travel

    10 Things Women Over 30 Need to Start Doing

    Man, oh man. Over the past few months, I’ve stumbled across a few random articles and blog posts with headlines that read: 10 Hairstyles Women Over 30 Need to Stop Getting, or 30 Things Women Over 30 Need to Stop Owning, or 25 Things Women Over 30 Need to Stop Wearing, or other similar stupid, narrow-minded titles. I’m not going to share the exact links because frankly, I don’t want to send blog traffic to this sort of nonsense. I can tell you that I’m the exact type of woman that she’s writing about. But you know what’s funny? So is every other fabulous, gorgeous, happy, brilliant, successful, amazing, sexy,…

  • Home Makeover,  Kitchen Remodel,  The Home

    Concrete Floating Shelves

    I have a friend who is a general contractor, and has mad concrete skills, so… He built these: Yep. No need to check your vision, those are bona fide, 100% awesome, true-blue floating concrete shelves. Pinch me! B-b-b-but, where are the brackets? I know. Seriously genius. They’re in the walls. And they’re in the shelves. Man, oh man. Once I decided on concrete kitchen counter tops, I wanted matching concrete floating shelves. Without brackets. I wanted that clean, unified look of a shelf just floating on the wall. Turns out, that’s quite a feat if you have concrete shelves. I don’t know, something about concrete being heavy… But, like I…

  • Home Makeover,  Kitchen Remodel,  The Home

    Concrete Kitchen Countertops

    My counter tops used to give me the heebie-jeebies. No lie. When we bought this house, the counter tops were made of 4” tumbled marble tiles with the occasional hand-painted Nemoesque fish. Sounds cute, but it wasn’t really. For the record, tumbled marble is pretty porous as a surface. Yes, you can seal it. Of course you can. I’m pretty sure you can seal any surface. But whoever sealed these counter tops, didn’t do a fantastic job. And I don’t know if they used a food-grade quality sealer either. Anyway, the sealant had peeled away in places, and worn away in others. This led to moisture getting locked in the tile…

  • Beauty & Health,  Diet,  Health

    The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List of Produce 2016

    Tasty looking, huh? Hold up a second. Before you put that in your mouth, there’s something you should know. That little sucker might very well be loaded with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and even highly toxic gas residuals. Yep. They’re actually little toxic bombs that likely contain chemicals that are even banned in most other countries. This one happens to be organic, so it’s pure delicious goodness–it’s the conventionally grown ones you have to watch out for. Did you know that there’s an awesome organization that actually takes the time to analyze and compile vital data on the foods we eat? Not just any old information, but real useful info for…

  • Beauty & Health,  Health

    Get Rid of Chlorine and Chloramines in Your Bath

    Candles, check. Good book, check. Hot water, check. Bath bomb, check. Soft music, check. Remove toxic chloramines, check! I love a good, long soak in the tub every now and then. In fact, I love it so much, it’s #5 of my 365 Ways to be Awesome. The problem is, I live in an area where our municipality treats our water with chloramines (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) and chlorine (at varying intervals). Chlorine evaporates after a bit when it’s left sitting. Chloramines, however, are more stable, and don’t evaporate for quite a while–certainly longer than a bath would take. Since the skin is the largest organ of the…

  • Holidays,  Life,  Life & Travel

    April Fools’ Day

    I woke up this morning, and my phone looked like this: Notice what it says up there in the left hand corner? Yeah. That’s never happened to me in my own home before. I called downstairs to my husband and he told me that his phone was the same. G: “How am I supposed to call AT&T to find out what’s happening since we no longer have a land line?” Me: “I think there’s some code you can punch in that goes directly to your carrier, even if you have no service.”, I said uncertainly, “Just Google it.” G: “But we have no service. How am I supposed to Google…

  • Beauty & Health,  Eco Living,  Girl Talk,  Health

    Why I Ditched Tampons For Good

    Can we have a candid discussion about our vaginas please? Because, these poor girls are not getting the love they should be. No. I’m not talking about sex. That’s a discussion for a different post. I’m talking about once a month love, and the fact that most pre-menopausal women are actually quietly poisoning their bodies from the inside out. Every. Single. Month. I’m talking about tampons, Ladies.  Don’t groan. Just please hear me out on this. I know, I know. But tampons are so convenient and easy, and I can just toss them when I’m done. But, did you know that the vast majority of cotton is now GMO (genetically…

  • Life,  Love & Family

    Finding The Perfect Soul Mate

    A few months ago, a friend contacted me for some relationship advice: she’s single, and there’s this guy she’d had her eye on. She wanted to approach him, but wasn’t sure how. At first, she consulted a singles group she belongs to. She explained that she wanted to approach him and tell him that she liked him and “would he like to grab a cup of coffee sometime”. They all had plenty of advice: “No. Let him come to you.” or “Don’t be too direct, men hate that.” or “Play coy and let him reach for you.” No wonder these people are single. Sheesh. Anyway, my friend got smart and realized…

  • Home Makeover,  The Home

    Hand Painted With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

    What do you do when you have a house that’s filled with furniture that feels…meh? Why, you just start painting the crap out of it. That’s what! I started compiling a post of things I’ve painted in my home using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). That’s when I realized that I may come across as a little bit obsessed because there’s a LOT. This whole craze started when I researched non-toxic options for painting my kitchen cabinets. But I ended up painting my floors first, then a couple furniture pieces with the help of my best friend and fellow paint enthusiast, Sitka.   She painted some of these pieces herself,…

  • Beauty & Health,  Life & Travel

    My Confession: A Lesson in Judging Others

    Many years ago, I was sitting in a McDonald’s indoor play area. My two girls were chasing each other through a maze of tunnels, nets, and pools of plastic bacteria-ridden balls. There was no Internet or cell phones. So I did what you normally did in the old days when there was no FB or Instagram or texting to keep you occupied: I people watched. It must have been more than 20 years ago because I’m pretty sure I was pregnant with Unit #4. I have no idea where my oldest son was–maybe Kung Fu Class. Anyway, I was definitely there to kill some time and get out of the…

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