Why Kindness Matters

Maybe you can relate to this scenario…

Turn on the news or scroll through your Facebook feed, and you’re bombarded daily by negativity. Maybe you roll your eyes, sigh or shake your head. Maybe you think, “man, people really need to start being nicer to one another.”

I can tell you firsthand, you’re not alone.

Between devastating news headlines around the world and vitriolic social media posts, I feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed. Sometimes the amount of negativity makes me feel small and powerless. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering, what can I do? I’m just one person. But it’s time to change that thinking, and it’s time to stop thinking someone else will change our world for us. This is our world. It’s time for all of us to be the change.

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Get Outta Town.

Seriously. We could all use a vacation. 

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After spending countless weeks living vicariously through my friend’s travel photos on Facebook from Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Mexico, I had enough.

Inspired to plan our own trip, I called up my travel agent, Kim Johnston. She’s an experienced agent based out of Tacoma, who has been all over the world. I wanted to share some of her travel wisdom, because if you are itching to get out and explore, it’s not too late to put together a fantastic summer getaway. Continue reading “Get Outta Town.”

Sleep Lizdom, Part 2: More Rules to Sleep By

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“Early to rise, early to bed, makes a man healthy but socially dead.”

Who knew a line in an Animaniacs episode from the 90’s would resonate so deeply with me decades later?

As my friend and fellow early riser Emily Sutton said the other day, no one understands the struggle of being a shift worker, unless you are a shift worker.

“We are eternally tired.” Amen.

However, the more I hear from you all, the more I believe the feeling is mutual. We are a nation of sleep-deprived zombie-people.

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“Oh no, we’re fine. Just a little sleep-deprived.”

In fact, I had such a great response on Sleep Lizdom, Part 1, I decided to collect the best sleep tips I’ve gotten from all of you, along with a few more of my own. I’ve heard from early risers, new moms, insomniacs and shift workers, in our quest for a decent nights sleep.

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Sephora Score-a

 

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Playing with new lip gloss and eyeshadow before a night out with friends!

Treat yo’ self!

That’s exactly what I did over the long weekend.

After payday Friday, I decided to try a few things I’ve been eyeing at Sephora. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised.

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Life is Short. Stop Drinking Crappy Wine.

Sorry to be so frank. 

Maybe it was after our trip to Italy, but at some point recently I vowed to stop drinking crappy wine.

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Charcuterie and wine in Rome, Italy.

And by “crappy,” (excuse my third grade verbiage) I mean wine that I’m just kind of meh about.

Why settle?

Problem is, when it comes to purchasing wine, I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to escape meh. For years I’ve simply wandered the aisles of stores, picking anything that catches my eye with a cutesy label or a funny name, praying to the wine gods my $6.99 bottle tastes close to decent.

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I have no idea what I’m doing.

Not anymore.

Life is too short to waste it on bad wine.

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In search of help, I sought out an expert friend of mine to shed some light on what I consider a delicious yet overwhelming topic. My friend and Zumba buddy Tracey LaPierre is an enologist and owner of Seattle Wine Lab, a quality control consulting firm for winemakers. With over 16 years in the wine biz, who knew my key to drinking better wine has been two-stepping next to me this entire time in Zumba class?

So, let’s get drinking!

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The Eyes Have It: Makeup I’m Loving Now

Confession: I’m a bit nervous.

I’m so incredibly humbled to get such a great response from you all on my last post. I mean, how on earth can I follow that up?!

However, I’ve gotten so many questions about my favorite go-to eye makeup products that I wanted to address it in a post. I also purchased a little selfie tripod on Amazon, so hopefully a little tutorial will come later. I am constantly compelled to stress I am not a makeup artist, but since I’m get questions, I’m happy to share everything I can.

One caveat: I wear eyelash extensions. This means my product stash might be a little different than people who don’t. I steer clear of eye makeup with oils in them, because they tend to make extensions fall out quicker.

Let’s get down to business.

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Why We Eloped

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In 2015, couples spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. 

I don’t know about you, but a price tag like this gives me anxiety. This is one of several reasons we eloped.

Yes, we eloped. It was a lovely, teeny-tiny ceremony in October 2013 in Woodinville, WA.

When it comes up, I get a lot of questions. There are several reasons we made this choice, and I don’t regret it.

If your dream is to have a huge ceremony, that’s fine. However, I bring this up because I’ve had conversations with brides-to-be admitting they never wanted a huge ceremony and feel completely overwhelmed.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.

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