25 April, 2019

5 on Friday

I'm having total denial that this little girl will be turning 1 in 6 weeks!

TGIF! We've got a low key weekend and are hoping to try out Baker and Brewer on Saturday. EVO Pizza mixed with Holy City Beer sounds like the perfect combo.

We've been listening to Christina Perri's Lullaby Album for the past few months in our house and it is seriously the sweetest, more calming, relaxing, CD. We all just love it, even Theo! Christina's voice is so beautiful and the songs she sings are too.

We watched a major nail biter of a movie this past weekend. It's called Free Solo and it's about a guy, Alex Honnold, who climbs the side of the El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite National Park rope-free. Yes, you read that right! He climbed the side of a 3,000 ft high mountain with zero ropes! It's absolutely insane to watch and you just can't comprehend what would make him want to free climb this massive mountain. Spoiler alert: he lives, but it very easily could have ended bad. Just one hand slip and he could have been gone. It still freaks me out thinking about it!

Costco Chicken Street Tacos are the best easy weeknight dinner! We buy them weekly and they're so delicious. They come with shells, cooked and seasoned chicken, cheese, slaw, salsa, and a green sauce that I forget what it's called but trust me, it's amazing. Everything you need for tacos. If you see these on your next Costco run, get them! You won't be disappointed!

Found some white Tretorn's on super sale this week. It's been the one shoe I wanted for summer but I was holding out for a pair on sale. I really don't like to pay full price for clothes, they have such a huge markup as it is! These are already marked down THEN an additional 20% off of that with code APRSAVE19! Steal!

I started following Thrift and Tell and it's so neat to see what designer bags and shoes she's found for a huge discount. I like to think of myself as a thrifty shopper and am always looking for the best price so this account is like that to the max. She has a great post about if you're planning on splurging, what to splurge on. She's got me eyeing a Parker Thatch bag!

21 April, 2019

Local Artisans

dress (old but this is a link for this year's style)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! The weather was great here in Charleston. Saturday we took a quick trip to Kiawah Island to visit family then headed to Workshop to celebrate a friend's birthday. Sunday, we went to church then that afternoon had Easter dinner at my mom's.

I came across a couple of vendor's at Workshop Saturday that I just had to share. They were having a local artisan night market and a lot of really neat things were for sale. The Charleston Night Bazaar is every third Saturday- next one is May 18th from 5-10pm.

I fell in love this necklace sold by Teza Collection. All the jewelry is made locally. It's priced very well and falls with the current trend yet classic at the same time. I wanted a gold filled necklace rather than gold plated so it would last longer and hold up over time.

I also found out that the girl who owns Teza Collection has a bikini line- Citrine Swim and a kids bathing suit line too - Gully Kids. Very cute stuff!

Ok, so I have this weird obsession with oysters. Maybe it's because I grew up eating them and LOVE them but anytime I find something with an oyster on it, I have to buy it. I bought this swaddle for Elsie, and I have this canvas painting by Chelsea Goer in her nursery.

I love everything Chelsea Goer paints. I want a huge canvas in my living room one day. Anyway, I came across this jewelry line at Workshop- Margerite and Motte. She makes earrings and necklaces out of local oysters. They're so beautiful. I hope I can one day add a pair of earrings to my jewelry collection!

I meant to go back and pick up a print by The Paint Garden but forgot. I'll have to get one next time the Night Market is going on! I think this print would look great in our half bath.

19 April, 2019

A few home updates

I always tend to want to do some sprucing up around the house in spring. Our entryway into our house was exactly the same as it was when we moved in 7 years ago. Definitely due for some changes!

My  parent's gave me this table that they won in an auction. The mirror and seashell bowl are from Home Goods. The original lamp I had there broke so this one is temporary till I find something else I like! Basket is from Marshall's. Books are from Amazon. Pretty sure the frame is also Marshall's. And palm frond is from my neighborhood. I love how the area turned out! 

Next up is this rug I found at an estate sale. I had intentions of putting in the upstairs landing but it was way too big. I like it in this space for now.  

We've had so many pictures taken this year with Elsie being born I needed to get some printed and framed. I decided to do a gallery wall in our living room.  The frames are from Target.

Lastly, I got our mantle decked out for Easter with these blue and white bunnies I found at Home Goods.


Next, I want to paint the whole house, wallpaper our half bath and fix up the backyard! Easy, right?! 

My sweet girl who was being so patient while I took pictures! 

17 April, 2019

Buddha Bowl

One of my big goals is to go plant-based. So many studies show it's so much healthier for your body and prevents disease and cancer. I wake up everyday with the plan to eat every meal plant-based. I always drink a green smoothie for breakfast but then real life steps in and before I know it, I'm in the Chick-fil-A drive thru. And that's ok, because I tried and did the best I could.
I'm really working towards a 80/20 diet- 80% plant/20% whatever. It's definitely more manageable and it allows you to eat a cookie or cheese or whatever it is you love. 

My whole point is, I made a Buddha Bowl the other night for dinner and just had to share- it was delicious! So a Buddha Bowl by definition (I had to look it up!) is a bowl full of grains like quinoa, rice, etc, some sort of protein like chickpeas, tofu, avocado etc., and lots of veggies, usually roasted or raw. You can top it with a sauce if you prefer.  It's a great way to get in lots of veggies and other healthy foods. Also perfect if you're having a fridge clean-out and need to eat food before it goes bad! 

Here's what was in the one I made:

Sweet Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts

Tahini Dressing
1/4 cup Tahini
1 tbsp maple syrup
Juice of half of a medium lemon
2 tbsp hot water (to thin)

I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper, and olive oil then roasted them for 40 min at 400 degrees on the oven. 

Cooked the quinoa according to directions.

Then topped it with the Tahini Dressing

Even my meat-eating husband loved it! 

14 April, 2019

Favorite Non-Toxic Skin/Body Products

I was trying to think when I switched to safer skincare/makeup/household products. I think it was back in 2014 when I became aware of how awful our country is about regulating products. The first non-toxic skincare I tried was Beautycounter and from there I started doing more research and began using other brands that were also safe. That lead to me switching to safer sunscreens, toothpaste, deodorant etc. I get asked a lot what products I use so I thought I would write a post about my favorites. I'll do a follow up post about the makeup I use that's non-toxic as well.


This soap is fantastic for hormonal breakouts. It's made with Black Australian Clay and Dead Sea mud so it gets rid of acne but it also takes off my makeup at night. I do a double cleanse with it at night and use a small amount of it in the morning so I can start the day with a clean face. It's a small bar of soap but lasts for at least 3 months. You don't have to use much of it because it lathers so well. The Osmia company was founded by an ER physician who at the time was looking to get out of the medical field and saw a need for good, clean but yet effective skincare so she came up with Osmia. This is the only product I've tried by this brand but I have no doubt the other products work just as good.

You're going to find out real quick how much I LOVE Leahlani products. They smell amazing, very fresh and floral, and they're so gentle and effective at the same time. I use this Elixir in the morning after I apply a toner and I swear it makes getting ready in the morning easier. It smells like jasmine flowers and tropical rain showers- heavenly! It's oily but not overdone. It goes on with a feather light consistency and your makeup just glides right over it.

This is my nighttime serum I use after I wash my face and put on toner. It's a bit thicker than the Morning Moisture Elixir so I think it's great for sleep. The serum balances the skin, gets rid of redness and is full of antioxidants that combat free radical damage. It also smells amazing and I really have noticed a difference in my skin since using both products. Acne scars have lessened, my skin tone is more even, and my overall skin is more balanced and no longer oily like it used to be.  I just remembered they are in the process of renaming the Champagne Serum so it's currently unavailable to buy until then!

I just started using this about a month ago and I really like it. I felt like at night I needed something a bit more than just the Leahlani Champagne Serum and this had great reviews. I mix the two together and my face definitely is more plump and moisturized in the morning.


This shampoo has totally transformed my hair from being a frizzy mess in the high humidity we have here in Charleston. I swear by this if you also suffer from frizz!

I buy this from Costco and use it not only as a hair conditioner but also to shave my legs. It's so inexpensive I don't feel guilty going through it quickly because I have tons of hair. I could never imagine using a shampoo bottle size of conditioner, it would last me like a week! This conditioner is very thick and moisturizing and works well for my super thick, frizzy, bleached blonde hair.

This body wash is super inexpensive and comes in a large bottle that'll last you for months. It smells good and is moisturizing.

Bali Secrets Natural Deodorant
I've always heard natural deodorants are not "one size fits all". What works for one person, may not work for another so this is what works for me. I've tried a good bit of brands before using Bali Secrets and nothing even compared to this deodorant. It lacks antiperspirant like all natural deodorants do so unfortunately you do miss out on the anti-sweat protection like normal deodorants but I will say this one helps greatly with smell. I never, ever notice a body odor so I consider that a win. Trust me, there were other deodorants I tried that by 9 am I was noticing a certain odor coming from my underarms- so gross but it's true!

This is marketed as a baby lotion which is what I bought it for but I found it way too thick but Elsie's skin. It's hard enough putting normal lotion on a squirmy baby, try a super thick one! I prefer it for my hands since it is so thick. I use it at night, right before bed, and get my hands all lotioned up and moisturized and they're so soft in the morning.


I love this sunscreen and also love you can conveniently pick it up at Target. It's down the baby skin care aisle not where the other sunscreens are, if you're looking. It's a small bottle so I carry it in my diaper bag and easily apply it on anyone in my family's skin if we're going to be in the sun.

Like deodorants, I've tried many different fluoride free toothpastes and this one has become my favorite. It leaves me with a clean mouth and just tastes like peppermint. I haven't had any cavities since switching to fluoride free so I'm happy with it!

Springtime is so pretty in Charleston and is truly the best weather but it's also when the mosquitoes start biting again. This bug spray is made locally and it's the best I've found that really does work. The ingredients are essential oils so you don't have to worry about any DEET. That also means it's safe for kids to use. Did I mention it smells good too? Like lemon and eucalyptus and it isn't sticky in the slightest. I truly love this stuff and am so thankful I found it because those darn mosquitoes love to bite my babies delicate skin! Speaking of babies, since Elsie is just a baby, I prefer to spray this on her clothes rather than her actual skin. I'm sure it's totally safe to put directly on her skin since it is just essential oils, but that's what I've decided to do and will continue doing till she's 2 or so.

Do you use non-toxic skin/body care? What are your favorite products?