I TOLD you guys I was a cruncher…

So a few weeks ago I told you I was gettin’ a little bit crunchy. You know, just a tiny bit more into natural foods and natural remedies…I still wash my hair and everything, so don’t get TOO alarmed (I do use salt deodorant, though. That’s happening.) but I am looking into using natural when I can and should. And that’s why about a year ago after reading some very informative articles on the interwebz, I started using tea tree oil LIKE A BOSS. I started using it for two reasons: 1) it deters lice and I am terrified of my kids getting lice, so I put it in their shampoo, detangler, etc. and 2) I heard it was good for acne and I mentioned last week, I have struggled on and off with hormonal acne.

Long story short, I love tea tree oil and I use it for some reason or another pretty much every day. It has antiseptic properties and it’s amazeballs. GOOGLE IT! You’ll find out it’s true.

That’s why earlier this year when I heard there was a natural tea tree oil-based skin cleanser coming out soon, I got SUPER EXCITED. Did I want to cleanse my face with something completely all-natural? Yes I did. Did I want it to have the benefits of tea tree oil? HECK yes I did. So when Tea MD Skincare finally came to be, I couldn’t wait to try it.

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I MAY happen to know some of the folks that work at Tea MD Skincare and I may have BEGGED them to let me review it…so this isn’t exactly a sponsored post, though they did give me a bottle to review, which I super-appreciate! Let me tell you why I was so excited to review it.

Tea MD Skincare was invented, if you will, by a doctor (who just happens to be local to my area, by coincidence) who for years helped patients with big skin problems. When “traditional” medications didn’t always work and the alternatives were harsh on skin, he turned to  a natural solution – tea tree oil – and began treating his patients with it. Based on these years of successful treatments, he felt he needed to get this product into the hands of the general public so they could kiss their skin care woes and acne troubles goodbye. So, Dr. Ismailjee put Tea MD into a bottle and ta-da – here we are!

Ok, so it possibly wasn’t that simple, but here’s the deal: Tea MD is AWESOME and now it’s available to regular old skincare freaks like you and me.

After using Tea MD for two weeks, I can tell you this: it’s amazing. I love the minty-fresh scent and the tingly feeling it leaves behind (it’s a good tingly, I promise!) And I can attest to it’s acne-fighting prowess; I had a hormone breakout slip through last week and it went away MUCH faster than usual and left way less damage in it’s wake. Previously, I have always just had to let these run their course, and no treatment was effective. Needless to say I was REALLY pleased with the results I saw while I was using Tea MD! And also that those results were achieved with an all-natural face wash. All I did was wash my face, nothing more! No chemicals required!

I am using a lot of exclamation points, because I am EXCITED! About! Tea MD!

If you are also excited about natural skin care, about acne-fighting, tingly feel-good faceness, then I have good news for you in the form of a 25% off coupon code. Say what?!?! That’s right, you can get the good stuff shipped to your door at a discount using the code BC1411 at checkout. So go check out Tea MD Skincare and get on your way to a fabulous skincare relationship! The 25% off code expires October 31st so go use it lickety split!

Thanks Tea MD, for letting my try our your fantastic face wash!


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What’s a BIGGER news story than Ebola?

*Updated with proof-of-humiliation link at bottom*

Let me tell you, friends, at age 37 my vanity still runs rampant. I like to have my face on. I do my makeup every morning before taking my son to 7:30 preschool. I’m so vain, I probably think this blog post is about me.

Perhaps the Lord thought I needed a lesson in this matter. I don’t know. But I can really think of NO other reason that a news van would pull up in front of my house at 6:30 on a damp fall Thursday night when I was out with my kids (and their friends who were sleeping over – we’re off school today) when I had my hair in a messy bun, had not even ONCE had lipstick on that day, and for some reason my trusty eyeliner that stays on really well? Had been down around my chin for some time.

I mean, I will tell you, I AM NEVER outside playing with the kids at 6:30 on a weeknight, much less a slightly chilly, wet weeknight. So I guess it was fate when the news van with a statuesque reporter and bearded hipster camera man pulled up to the ONE house where someone was actually OUTSIDE in the city of Dayton.

The reporter explained to me that the City of Dayton had announced it didn’t have much salt for the coming winter and basically we are going to be trapped in our homes all winter and may have to eat each other to survive (maybe I made up that last part.) I declined to be interviewed because I LOOKED A MESS!!!! I explained to her that me not having my makeup and hair done was a MUCH bigger crisis than the whole SALTGATE but she begged and blinked her Barbie-like eyes and while I was thinking “I wonder if those eyelashes are real?” I accidentally said YES.

And then the cheers of four excited children erupted. Joshua and Sophie and their friends Chris and Chloe where FREAKING OUT behind me. So, so excited that OH MY GOSH THE NEWS! IS HERE! IN OUR YARD! WE ARE GOING TO BE ON TV!

SO I answered questions about SALTGATE. Then I pushed Jonah on the swing so they could take footage while the kids acted like circus performers behind me. And then Miss Ohio Reporter 2014 and LEGO Hipster Camera Guy left. And the kids still jumped around hysterically for another 10 minutes about their IMPENDING FAME while I commiserated with a party of one about my impending SHAME. Sigh.

Of course we let them stay up until 10 to watch the news…which started out with “Well Ebola was in Ohio, but first, THE  BIG STORY!”


WE were the BIG STORY.

My makeup-less face on a brutally large screen was THE BIG STORY.

But in our house, the real big story was four crazy, excited, adorable, cartwheel-turning, ninja-moving kids who were acting like crazy people on camera, and who had like the BEST NIGHT EVER. Bobby and I DIED laughing at their antics, and they were FLYING HIGH after we watched it.

So, I guess my embarrassment was worth it.


I’m thinking about getting eyeliner permanently tattooed on my face. That’s probably necessary, right??

(When I first posted this the link to this stellar piece of journalism was not online, but now, here it is, for your viewing pleasure: riiiight here).


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The Work-at-Home Mom Uniform & My Fall Fashion Faves

This post is sponsored by Savings.com

So as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am not a part-time but full-fledged work-at-home mom. The new site I’m editing hasn’t launched yet, but it will super-soon and I’ve been working super hard (along with a lot of other cool peeps). One of the joys of working from home is that I don’t have to “dress up” – but that doesn’t mean I don’t look good. I stay casual, comfortable, and very fashionable all day with my very favorite clothing brand – can you guess – of course you can – Lands’ End!

I have to confess, fall is my FAVORITE season, and the fabulous weather and gorgeous colors have a lot to do with that. The fact that long-sleeve tees, scarves, and boots come into play in the fall also has a lot to do with that. So this fall I’ve pretty much got a stylish comfy work-at-home mom uniform: a Lands’ End cotton modal tee, jeans, and scarf. And now that it’s cool enough, BOOTS! Here’s my new favorites: the kids and Bobby just happened to get me all of these fave uniform things for my birthday (except boots):

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It’s hard to tell, but this shirt is not red but the most delicious deep orange. I love it!

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Sadly, no one was home to take my pics so I couldn’t get a good shot of my jeans. But they’re these Fit 1 Low Rise Slim Leg Jeans, and they’re amazing!

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They’re also featured  here in Lands’ End’s fab fashion magazine, Apostrophe. (As is my birthday scarf!)

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I love everything about this page – navy and silver is a great dressy alternative to black.

Another look I adore from the fall Apostrophe magazine is this “on the clock” work outfit:

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This denim pencil skirt is so dark it’s super-dressy! But it would be great for a casual outfit, too. I adore this. I want to order the whole ensemble and wear it for a week solid! And carry that handbag every day for the rest of my life.

A more cozy fall item I’m dying for (Mom, this is what you can get me for Christmas) is this Women’s Drifter Texture Sweater. I WANT it! Isn’t the pattern so fun?

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(Clearly this sweater also makes the wearer VERY happy. Once again, I need it.)

Are you now jonesing to add some Lands’ End fall goodness to your wardrobe? (My work-at-home uniform DEF needs THAT SWEATER!) Well good news, TODAY ONLY you can get 25% off your whole order at Lands’ End! Just use promo code COOL and PIN 1652 – plus, orders of $50 or more ship free with this deal! I loves me a coupon code! Get crackin’ because the 25% off ends tonight at midnight CST.

Have you checked out Apostrophe and the Lands’ End fall line yet? You guys know it’s about all I wear…what are your favorite pieces?

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