Whoot whoot, it’s Friday! Friiiiiiiiiiiday. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so ready for the weekend. We’re supposed to get a big snow storm tomorrow, and you can probably guess how I feel about THAT, but I’m just happy we made it through the week. Ain’t no time for complaining here. Do you guys realize this is the LAST weekend of April?! Seriously, I’m not joking. April is done. That’s a wrap. It’s over. And my question for you today is how? How did that month go by so darn fast? I mean, it seems like it was seriously yesterday when I called my mom to prank her for April Fool’s Day. (I had a good one by the way!) Monday starts the month of May and I feel like April just started. It’s just pure craziness. Now I do have a theory about how time is actually speeding up without us realizing it, but I think I’ll spare you that nonsense because we have Friday Favorites to chat about today! I seriously love these posts. It’s become such a fun way for me to share stuff I might not typically post about, like my favorite girly things or a random book I’m loving. It’s just fun. And I’m all about having fun. I want this to be a place you can come to and forget about whatever crappy things are going on in the world. Just relax and take a minute for yourself. And today is the perfect day for that. Grab a snack or a cup of coffee and let’s chat about what I’ve been loving lately!
I grabbed this beautiful tiered tray from World Market recently and I’m loooooving it. How cute is this little guy?! I really like the look of the metal top with the wooden base. Perfectly farmhouse!
This is the first tray I’ve owned like this, so I’m still trying to figure out how to style it. But once I get a few fun ideas I might actually do a whole post about it. There are many possibilities with a tiered tray!
Think Dirty App
Next up is an app I recently discovered while reading a post over on the Inspired Room blog. The post was about the dangerous chemicals and toxins in our household products–even our skincare and beauty products. The post mentioned the Think Dirty app, which allows you to look up a product and see how “dirty” it is in regard to toxicity and chemicals. Each product gets a “dirty rating” from 1 to 10, which is based on the ingredients and how they rate in three categories: 1) carcinogenicity; 2) developmental and reproductive toxicity; 3) allergies and immunotoxicities. I downloaded the app and started scanning a few products around our house. And let me tell you, it was scary. Look at this baby shampoo.
It got a rating of nine….NINE!! It’s just about at the top of the charts in terms of carcinogens and toxicity. Here’s how the ingredient list breaks down:
Pretty crazy, right? And scary to think I’ve been putting this on my babies and in their nightly bath. I’ve been checking lots of other products, like these facial cleansing wipes I love:
These got a rating of eight. Holy cow that’s not good. It’s awful to think these products are full of chemicals and toxins, which can lead to really terrible conditions and health problems over time. I’m still doing my research and trying to come up with healthier alternatives, but I wanted to share this app with you guys in case you’re interested in checking out the products in your home. I’m not a medical expert, obviously, but it’s definitely got me thinking more about what products I’m purchasing and how they could be impacting our health.
Ok, this is a fun one. You guys, I’m obsessed with this Turbo Booster Vitamin C powder. I first discovered it about a year and a half ago. I loved it then and saw a big improvement in the overall texture and brightness of my skin. And even better this little bottle lasted around six months or so, which is pretty awesome in my book. Well I never got around to buying another bottle until about two months ago and HOLY COW. I forgot how amazing this stuff is. It’s just highly potent vitamin C powder that you mix into your moisturizer or serum. It comes with this little spatula thingy, so I just add one scoop to my serum at night. My skin is seriously so clear and radiant when I use this. Love, love, LOVE it.
So now that the weather is getting warmer I usually switch out my daily foundation for something a little more breathable and lightweight. Once summer hits I’m all about easy makeup and glowy skin. Well I recently picked up this Bare Minerals BarePro Foundation and I’ve really been enjoying it for a day-to-day foundation. I don’t think I’ve talked about my obsession with BareMinerals here on the blog yet, but let me tell you–I’m an OG. I started using BareMinerals in high school and I’ve used it off and on for the last fifteen years. But my issue has always been the amount of time it takes to get a full-coverage look with loose powder. I mean, who has time to buff and buff for 10 minutes? I sure as heck don’t. Foundation should take 3-4 minutes at most. Well this BarePro Foundation comes in a compact and it’s much more pigmented than the loose stuff, so you can easily and quickly get a full coverage look if that’s what you’re going for. Or you can do a light look too if that’s your thing. But the amazing part is that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. So darn breathable. It’s like magic. Plus it lasts all day on the skin, so extra bonus points for that. This is good stuff folks!
Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Spring
A few weeks ago I talked about the essential oil diffuser I’ve been loving and how I’m trying to use it regularly in our home. You can see that post here. I’ve been diffusing just one oil at a time, but I recently saw something about combining different oils to create specific blends that can help with all sorts of things. Of course I went to Pinterest to get a few ideas and I found a gazillion diffuser recipes for just about anything you can imagine. It was a little overwhelming to be honest. But I scoured through them all and selected five blends that I think are perfect for a fresh, clean home. I made this little chart for myself and I thought you guys might be interested in it as well. I’m excited to try these out for spring and summer!
Well friends, that’s a wrap for today’s Friday Favorites. I hope you enjoyed it. Now go have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning!
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