Wednesday’s Child: Tobias

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.
   


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Inika Day-to-Night Palette + New Mascara Fave

Oh boy, do I have a new line for you. Have you heard of INIKA Organic?

INIKA was launched in 2006 with a singular mission: to create beautiful makeup without questionable ingredients. Based out of Melbourne, Australia, INIKA products are 100% natural and over two-thirds of the range is Certified Organic. Made from the finest botanicals and minerals – chosen for quality, tested for purity and checked for safety. All products are cruelty-free, toxin-free, vegan and environmentally friendly. INIKA’s philosophy is to create beautiful, healthy, high performing makeup that gives you a flawless look. And yeah, I think they can confidently stand by that claim!

So, my initial interest in INIKA sparked when my girl Lisa told me their BB Cream and mascara were tops in her book. Now, I trust Lisa’s opinions something fierce, so I set out to try some for myself.

The funny thing is that they have been out of my shade of the BB Cream, so I haven’t tried it yet! However, that didn’t stop me from trying some other products from the line, namely the Day-to-Night Eye Palette, the Baked Mineral Bronzer, and the Long Lash Mascara.

Now, you know I love my Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel (just search the name in my sidebar and you’ll see…), HOWEVER, there has been an issue with the product being out of stock most places. Now, the Per-fekt team has assured me that the mascara is not being discontinued, but I don’t know exactly what’s up. And hey, I’m always game to try a new mascara.

HOLY EYELASHES you guys. This mascara is insane! Length, volume, no smudging, no flaking. It is a dream and I might be breaking up with Per-fekt. Take a look for yourself.

Yeah. That’s ONE COAT. And I’ve been using it for about a week now and no weird issues have popped up. Obsessed is an understatement.

But that’s not all. Have you seen this limited edition Day-to-Night Eye Palette, pictured above? Bronze, chocolate browns, warm pinks and plums, oh my. Now, I’m a neutral/cool-toned gal, and these colors are not what I usually go for, but they actually work on me, so both warm and cool-toned types would love this one.

Coupled with the mascara and the Baked Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed, I was digging on this look. (The palette comes with this awesome booklet with many different looks to achieve with the shades – this one was the sunset smoky eye.) Also, the Sunkissed bronzer is very subtle with no sheen or sparkle, and I would imagine would work on many skin tones, including very fair.

The lip color is On Pointe lip stain by Antonym Cosmetics, which I will be posting some of my favorites by Antonym very soon! Oh, and also, since I didn’t have the BB Cream to try, I used the Vapour Luminous Foundation Stick in 115, which is catapulting to the top of my list lately. (Don’t you love when you find a foundation that matches your skin tone exactly? AND IS IN STICK FORM? #praisebe)

All in all, I really love all three of these products, but man, the mascara is beyond. For real. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a holiday gift of the mascara and the palette and have fun creating all sorts of looks!

INIKA is carried at The Choosy Chick, which carries some of my favorite brands out there. If you are feeling the need to pull the trigger, use the code WHOORL to get 10% off your purchase. As always, hit me up with any questions in the comments!

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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

The best conversations on facebook this month . . .

I love my facebook community. You guys are always keeping me on my toes and making me think. Here are a few of the best discussions from the past few weeks . . .

There are two kinds of people at Christmas: those who use only white lights on their tree, and those who are wrong.

I was looking for quotes on compassion and kindness to hang on my walls and you guys came through with some amazing suggestions.

I suck at lunch and I’m not the only one. This meal-prep talk was really helpful.

My 11-year-old son asked a girl on a date and we all collectively freaked out.

People had a lot to stay about towels. Also, all of you have too many.

We try to solve one of life’s great questions: is it called a sideboard, a buffet, a credenza or a console?

I hate small talk and a bunch of you think I’m what’s wrong with the world.

Chris Pine is the most superior of all the Chrises. I’m prepared to defend myself on this.

So after our #metoo sexual harassment and rape culture awakening this year, are we gonna keep on playing It’s Cold Outside at our holiday parties like it’s not totally rapey or what?

I had kids writing sentences that included “I will not bite my brother’s nipple” and “I will not grab my brother’s ball sack” if anyone needed to feel better about their parenting today.




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The Selfie holiday gift guide

In our last episode of Selfie, Sarah and I shared a ton of unique gift ideas for the women, men and kids in your life. Here are some of our favorites:
For Women:
If you love the smell of walking into an Anthropologie, you need Capri Blue candles. It smells like a tropical vacation. Kristen is partial to the mercury glass collection because of the glow the glass gives off. She’s also a fan of Jonathan Adler’s red currant candle.
Wanna gift a cookbook? We recommend How To Cook Anything by Mark Bittman and the True Foods cookbook.
Can a vacuum really change your life? And make your kids more willing to clean? Kristen contends that the Dyson cordless vacuum can.
Sarah uses this Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser which, in addition to making her home smell amazing, looks like a modern vase.
Sarah is obsessed with the MUN essentials skincare set, a luxury splurge for a woman you like a lot. (Use the code WHOORL for 15% off your purchase!)
Reusable shopping bags are always a useful gift and Baggu’s are adorable and in a variety of fun modern prints and colors.
We’ve long loved 31 Bits jewelry but their new home collection is TO DIE FOR and all purchases benefit women in Uganda and Bali.
What do you get the person who has everything? A personalized self-inking address stamp is a thoughtful and useful gift for anyone.
Sarah loves the Many Moons Workbook which has tons of information and research on the major Moon phases, recipes, spell working suggestions and advice, manifestation musings, Tarot Talk, and self-help and development prompts. If that level of woo-woo isn’t your thing and you come from a more Christian tradition, check out Christian Piatt’s Surviving the Bible devotional for 2018, a progressive and modern approach to looking at ancient scriptures.
With all the great pictures you’re sure to take over the holidays, we’ve partnered with CanvasPeople.com to bring you a special deal on their photo canvases. Normally 11×14 canvases are priced at $69.99, but for a limited time, they are offering a FREE 11×14 canvas. (You just pay shipping.) To get this amazing deal, go to CanvasPeople.com and enter the code SELFIE at checkout.
For Men:
For awesomely hip beanies, messenger bags, and more, check out the goods at Krochet Kids, which are created by at-risk women in their educational sewing programs in Uganda and Peru.
For the techies, we love the Amazon Alexa as a way to play music, add groceries to your list, check the weather, and answer your burning questions. It’s like your own personal assistant.
And speaking of Alexa, the voice-activated amazon system can now control Sonos Speakers! Sonos lets you wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Amazon Music, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify directly, so it leaves your phone alone. You can pair speakers throughout your house.
An affordable gift that keeps on giving is a Roku Streaming Stick. At only $27 it can turn any tv into a smart tv, giving you access to Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, VUDU and all kinds of online entertainment channels.
Some great coffee-table books include the new visual compendium of David Sedaris’s diaries, the hilarious collection of satire from The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Monocle Guide to Better Living.
These old-school Oak Letter Boards are a great personalized addition to any home and can allow you to highlight an inspirational quote or daily menu.
Sarah is a huge fan of Woodlot for their palo santo incense, original essential oil blend for diffusing (fir cedar pine orange vanilla), and lovely smelling candles.
For Kids:
Reading Bug Box is an amazing book subscription that delivers 2-3 books to your home each month customized to your child’s reading level and interests.
Lightbox Message Board is a fun gift for kids and teens alike that allow them to express themselves with lighted quotes or messages.
 
This Star Projection Light from Amazon casts a beautiful starry college across the entire ceiling. It’s peaceful and soothing, and a great bedtime ritual.
Personalized towels from Pottery Barn kids are not only cute but they can help your child take ownership and accountability for keeping their own towel clean, dry, and OFF THE FLOOR.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is our favorite for adults and tweens alike. For girls , e love the rose vanilla scent. Kristen’s boys are partial to cedarwood juniper.
Penny Candy is a small press publishing children’s books that honor diversity and foster big conversations, from adoption to the civil rights movement.
Himalayan Salt Lamps enhance the ionic balance of your living spaces. But more than that, we just think they are pretty.
The Alexa Dot is an easy, voice-activated speaker that kids can use to set an alarm, ask questions, or play their favorite music. Sarah’s kids are obsessed.

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Assisting Hands Naples Hosts Hunger Project to Feed Seniors

Volunteers celebrate the packaging of 20,000 meals for seniors in southwest Florida.

Assisting Hands Naples hosted a Hunger Project on Saturday, December 2nd to help feed hungry seniors in Collier County. Franchise owner Tricia Winiecki spearheaded the project.

Assisting Hands Naples partnered with local companies including Solaris Healthcare of North Naples and Imperial, Terracina Grand Senior Living and the Villas at Terracina, VITAS Healthcare and Barbara Ringold, RN, GCM owner of SeniorCare Family Services to raise money for the meals. Assisting Hands Miami-Date and the corporate office also made donations. The combined donations of these groups totaled $7,500.

Together with staff, family and friends, these organizations gathered 100 volunteers at the Golden Gate Senior Center in Naples, Florida. Each volunteer was given a t-shirt and a place on the assembly line to begin the Hunger Project.

Hunger Projects are coordinated by Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization that takes a “hands on” approach to fighting hunger. With an assembly line setting, Feeding Children Everywhere creates an energetic environment that makes the event both fun and rewarding.

Tricia Winiecki (left) poses with Hunger Project volunteers.

“We packed red lentil jambalaya,” said Winiecki. “These meals are packed with the vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber that seniors need.”

In one hour, the volunteers packaged 20,000 meals. The meals were distributed throughout southwest Florida to Meals of Hope and the food pantries at the Golden Gate Senior Center and New Hope Ministries.

This is the first year Assisting Hands Naples is hosting a Hunger Project, but it will not be the last.

“My hope is that next year we will be able to package 1,000,000,000 in an hour!” said Winiecki. “We are just getting started this year.”

Lane Kofoed, President and CEO of Assisting Hands, hopes this can be a model for other Assisting Hands offices in the future.

“I would like to thank the Naples office and especially Tricia Winiecki for her vision in putting together this hunger project to feed the seniors in their community,” said Kofoed. “Thank you to all who participated and who have sponsored their time and resources for this event full of holiday cheer.”

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Friday Finds

1. 6 Piece Tree Set | All Modern 
2. Paz Glass Trees | CB2 
3. 3 Pack Retro Bottle Brush Trees Set  | World Market 
4. Accordian Paper Trees | West Elm 
5. Pastel Decorative Trees | Anthropologie 
6. Flash Mint Glass Tree | CB2
7. Spiral Art Glass Chirstmas Trees | William Sonoma 
8. Tinsel Trees | West Elm 
9. Winterland Tree | Yliving 


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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Odds and Ends

1. All the holiday magic women create during this time of year? Yeah, it’s killing us.

2. Dear fellow parents of insatiable readers, this is the best gift idea ever.

3. How the Republican tax overhaul would affect you. This is so helpful.

4. Oh hey there, sir! Guess what? No one wants to see your penis!

5. I understand that might be hard for you to process, sir, so here’s a list of things to do at work besides showing your penis to coworkers.

6. My holiday party look is nailed down.

7. I love this calendar. I mean, the design is a little extra, but pay no attention!

8. For my MUN lovers, what a lovely gift to receive when you spend $300! Now might be the time to stock up on your skin favorites.

9. The colors in this palette are sooooo good.

10. Here’s what it looks like when you fry your eye in an eclipse.

11. So now your gluten sensitivity might not be caused by gluten? OMG, if you need me, I’ll be eating a pizza. #cantkeepup

12. Did you notice the elbow on Time “Person of the Year” cover? “She too is a victim of sexual harassment but was there anonymously, she said, as an act of solidarity to represent all those who could not speak out.”

13. Finally, the truth comes out in regards to caramelized onions.

14. Last but certainly not least, I’m all about the holiday gifts on this week’s Selfie episode. Kristen and I dish all of our favorite gift ideas for adults and kids alike!

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Odds and Ends

1. All the holiday magic women create during this time of year? Yeah, it’s killing us.

2. Dear fellow parents of insatiable readers, this is the best gift idea ever.

3. How the Republican tax overhaul would affect you. This is so helpful.

4. Oh hey there, sir! Guess what? No one wants to see your penis!

5. I understand that might be hard for you to process, sir, so here’s a list of things to do at work besides showing your penis to coworkers.

6. My holiday party look is nailed down.

7. I love this calendar. I mean, the design is a little extra, but pay no attention!

8. For my MUN lovers, what a lovely gift to receive when you spend $300! Now might be the time to stock up on your skin favorites.

9. The colors in this palette are sooooo good.

10. Here’s what it looks like when you fry your eye in an eclipse.

11. So now your gluten sensitivity might not be caused by gluten? OMG, if you need me, I’ll be eating a pizza. #cantkeepup

12. Did you notice the elbow on Time “Person of the Year” cover? “She too is a victim of sexual harassment but was there anonymously, she said, as an act of solidarity to represent all those who could not speak out.”

13. Finally, the truth comes out in regards to caramelized onions.

14. Last but certainly not least, I’m all about the holiday gifts on this week’s Selfie episode. Kristen and I dish all of our favorite gift ideas for adults and kids alike!

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image credit: Hülya Özdemir

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My Go-To Holiday Look

Oh, how I envy those of you who switch up your cocktail party makeup looks – maybe a bold lip one night or a smoky eye the next. Me, on the other hand? I almost always go for the same look, and it’s ALL about two things. Skin and lips.

It’s all about the skin, my friends. Your skin is your canvas, and I want mine to look as flawless as possible. On a night out, I am more apt to use a medium-to-full coverage foundation to get that smooth, lovely look. As for lips, you guys know how I roll…I always jump the chance to rock a red lip.

Here are the products used in the above photo.

Kjaer Weis Foundation in Paper Thin – When you are wanting a fuller coverage that still blends like a dream, look no further than Kjaer Weis. You guys, this foundation is everything. I used it briefly a year or two ago, but was wearing the wrong the color that was too light for my skin. When Melissa at Citrine told me that Paper Thin was the shade I needed to wear (always listen to Melissa!), I tried it out, and she was SO RIGHT. This shade just melts into my skin, and it’s like a bonafide airbrush. Makes my pores disappear, covers redness, yet leaves the tiniest glow on the skin. Just look at the photo! This foundation is gold, I tell ya.

Oh, I like to apply this with a damp beauty blender, just gently pressing it into my skin, in a stippling manner.

W3LL PEOPLE Concealer in Light – My all-time favorite concealer. Covers, but doesn’t crease. Amen.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Embrace – This is the most gorgeous pale shade of pink. Barely there. So pretty.

Rituel de Fille Ash & Ember Eye Soot in Sigil – This champagne shade worn all over the lid brightens up the eyes. I pat a bit extra right onto my lid above the lash line to give it a bit more shimmery oomph.

Jane Iredale Mystikol Liner in Onyx – I always apply this gel liner to my top lash line only. (I don’t put any liner nor mascara on my bottom lashline/lashes.) This liner is easy to apply with a liner brush (I use this one), and it lasts all night long.

Antonym Lola Lash Too Mascara – This has been a nice alternative to my beloved Per-fekt, which has fallen off the face of the earth.

Kjaer Weis Lipstick in KW Red – My favorite red. I’ve talked about it ad nauseum. SO MATTE. SO GOOD.

Jane Iredale Lip Pencil in Crimson – I like to put a little bit of this liner on the outer corners of my lips to give a bit more definition and dimension.

On my way out the door, I’ll dab a tiny amount of powder on my T-zone, throw my lipstick in my clutch, and I’m good to go! Happy holidays!

 

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Five holiday tips for the everyday parent

Keep it simple


Let go of the social pressure to “do it all” and practice simplicity this holiday season. Opt out of traditions or decorating obligations that make you feel frazzled instead of joyful. It seems like Christmas is the time that every organization and acquaintance you know wants to get together. Prioritize the people that are important to you, but give yourself permission to say no. Even the best of us can get exhausted from three parties in a row. Schedule in down time, and opt out if things feel too squeezed.


Start early


Procrastination can make the week leading up to Christmas very stressful. Start early, and try to make deadlines for yourself. Set on a time to complete your holiday cards (if you are doing them), and a time to wrap gifts. Put your obligations on a timeline and try to stick to it so you aren’t backlogged with tasks on Christmas Eve. Get the kids involved in helping, too. Let them try their hand at baking, or addressing Christmas cards. In addition to setting up our own tree, we let the kids decorate the “kids tree.” They have a lot of fun with this – we let them decorate it exactly how they want, and it includes all of the ornaments they’ve made over the years. I also enlist the kids in helping me wrap gifts for their siblings. It may not be perfect, but it makes them feel important and it saves me time.


Come prepared for holiday parties


For most of us, the holidays mean spending more time out of our own home and in the homes of friends and families. Be prepared for those get-togethers in advance. Buy a couple of bottles of wine to have on-hand as a hostess gift. Grab some adult coloring books or art sets to take along for when the kids get bored.


Prioritize quality family time over gifts and perfection


Try to cultivate a holiday season that is less about spending and more about making memories and giving presence. Give your kids Christmas traditions to remember that aren’t necessarily based on spending money or getting presents.  Let go of the pressure to do everything perfectly. Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to look like a magazine. You don’t need to change your pillows or plates for the season. It’s okay if you skip the mailed cards. It’s okay to bring pre-made food to the class party. It’s fine to have a slacker potluck with friends instead of a perfectly plated meal. Focus on togetherness and let yourself off the hook for having a Pinterest-perfect Christmas.





Clean out before opening presents

It never fails – Christmas afternoon is spent figuring out where to store all the new stuff. Try clearing out a space before Christmas day. Ask your children to find 10 toys to donate, and do an audit of their closets. Get rid of the unused to make room for the new.


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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com