what i'm loving lately


I'm trying to be a little more conscious of the amount of "stuff" I buy these days. However, I have several recent purchases that I've really been loving.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer
I despise washing my hair and I'm lucky if it happens more than once a week. The whole process just takes too long and it's just so much work. But this hair dryer has made it a much more pleasant experience. Definitely don't use it on soaking wet hair. Also, don't do what I did which is buy it for $60 at Ulta and then be mad because 2 days later it's on sale on Amazon for $26. Just wait for a sale. But buy it. It gives you the best salon-quality blowout at home.

Reverie Leave-in Treatment
I'm not fussy with my hair but I do want to take care of it since I bleach the hell out of it. This leave-in treatment is the one used at my salon and oh my word it smells like heaven. It's effective and perfect for a little protection before heat styling. Highly recommend.

Essence Mascara
These mascaras are $4.99. That's not a typo. And they have a cult following. I've tried two of them now and really do love them.

Gee Thanks, Just Bought It Podcast
I got the mascara tip above from listening to my new fave podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It which is definitely enabling all sorts of purchases. Caroline is so fun and I've learned a lot from her guests.

Weighted Blanket
I know these are "all the rage" right now but honestly, I'm in love with mine. I sleep with it every night and I do feel like it makes a difference. I really like the heavy feel of lots of covers but I also get hot so it's always a dilemma. With this blanket, I can have the weight without overheating. Amazing! Pick the one that's 10% of your bodyweight to get the right feel.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Ultra-Light Tinted Mineral Sunscreen
You need to be wearing sunscreen every day. That's just the truth. And yet, finding the right face sunscreen is a serious challenge. Moisturizer with sunscreen is not enough. I tested a whole bunch recently on my quest to find my holy grail and this is it. It also comes in a non-tinted version if that's your thing. But it's so good. It's not greasy, it's not white, it's not matte, it's just perfect.

Space N.K. Makeup Bag
I mean, it seems unnecessary to spend money on a makeup bag when you can get a free one with pretty much any beauty purchase. But after trying to make do with the free ones for a long time, I decided to treat myself. I like that it's clear but also looks nice since it sits on my dresser.

Wardrobe Tracking
I've tried a variety of apps that help you catalog and track your wardrobe like Cladwell and Stylebook but they just never worked for me. I didn't like that I couldn't customize them for my needs. Then I found this incredible Airtable template and now I'm hooked. I uploaded about 80% of my clothing into my database and each day (if I actually get dressed) I take a photo and then log the items in my outfit. I'm obsessed with the stats on # of wears and cost per wear. When I have the urge to shop, I try shopping my online wardrobe instead. It also helps remind me of what I have when I'm out shopping. For example, I purchased some secondhand Paige jeans for $38 back in November. They are down to less than $1/wear! Amazing!

My Lavender Hair!
Life is too short to have boring hair! I was getting the itch to change up my hair but wanted to avoid cutting it. I've loved the look of pastel lavender hair for awhile now and decided to go for it. I'm so grateful for my hair genius Blair to made it the perfect shade!

Should I fly the red-eye with my baby?


“Should I fly the red-eye with my baby?” I see this question come up a lot in the mom groups on Facebook because moms are worried that taking a late-night cross-country flight with a baby or young child will be, well, a nightmare. If you read the comments on these questions, you’ll get a wide variety of perspectives on the topic.

We’ve flown the red-eye with our twins twice, once when they were 4 months old and again when they were 12 months, so this definitely doesn’t make me an expert on flying with all ages, but I’ll share what I learned from flying with two during their first year.

Ditch the car and get an e-bike


Driving in San Francisco sucks. Let’s just all agree to that. When we first moved here and looked at a map, I remember thinking how accessible the city looked. Our new apartment was only going to be 2.5 miles from my husband’s new office. Great! Just a quick 15 minute bus ride.

We were in for a rude awakening when it came to San Francisco traffic. We’ve since moved farther from my husband’s office, and now his 4.5 mile commute on the bus takes almost an hour. He would get home stressed, sweaty, and just generally pissed.

Aside from commuting, we tend to do a lot of driving because we have two toddlers. I’ve never managed to navigate public transit with them, and there’s only so much we can walk to in our neighborhood, so we end up driving. In fact, we couldn’t even find a daycare within walking distance, so we have to drive the twins to Pacific Heights three days per week.

We knew there had to be a better way. A way to get around the city that was more fun and more enjoyable and gasp faster than driving.

Autocamp Yosemite


I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t like camping. The good news is that my husband doesn’t like camping either. We feel exactly zero pressure to take our kids camping. While I’m sure camping with kids could be fun for those who are into it, nothing sounds worse to me. Except for maybe 20 hours on a plane with two toddlers.

You know what I am into? Glamping. I’m 100% on board with “fancy camping” where there’s running water, AC, a pool, helpful staff, and just a touch of nature. If this sounds like your kind of camping, read on for all the glamorous details.

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We had to quit a class


I started taking my twins to little classes/activities around town at about six months old. Initially, I would only do it if I could get my husband to come or on the rare occasion that a grandparent was in town. I just didn’t see how I could manage it without an extra set of hands. #twinlife

As the twins got a little older and I got a little braver, we started venturing to classes on our own. It was always a challenge. I normally called ahead to make sure the building was accessible by stroller. I always asked the teacher if the class was set up for a one adult /two children situation. (Classes like swimming obviously require an adult for every child.) I made sure I understood where I could park and what my route into the building would look like. And sure, these outings involved a lot of planning for a simple 30-40 minute music class, but I kind of enjoyed the challenge and being able to conquer it.

My philosophy has always been that if we go out and do something and it sucks, we’ll just leave. Simple as that. We’d been lucky though. Due to careful planning and practice, we never had to leave a class early.

Until now.

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