Odds and Ends

1. Oh my lord, get ready for the waterworks. For real.

2. My girl Suzi just made the most comprehensive green beauty foundation guide I’ve ever seen. So good!

3. Adult siblings can make our lives healthier and happier. I concur.

4. Apparently, females’ eggs may actively select certain sperm. No biggie, this info just challenges the oldest law of genetics.

5. As far as kids are concerned, YouTube is the worst. Seriously.

6. More than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at a “reputable” national massage chain. Burn it all down.

7. The end of the social media era can’t come soon enough.

8. Do you know men like this? I certainly do. Don’t buy the “I know nothing” bullshit.

9. Last day for the MUN essentials set at a steal. 20% off + add the code WHOORL for an additional 15% discount.

10. I love Mark Bittman and his cookbooks. Interesting thoughts on Americans’ relationship to meat.

11. We need more of these types of comics today.

12. This is SUCH a good article on choosing organic skincare for your skin type.

13. An essential oils backlash is definitely brewing. Very interesting.

14. OMG YOU GUYS. Did you see the White House Christmas decorations?! We really are in the Upside Down.

15. What an amazing resource for having the tough talks with your kids. Saved to my favorites.

16. So, apparently, marijuana severely impairs interior design skills. Heh.

17. Adorable black/tan reversible tote. 48 bucks. Do it.

18. Did you know these foods look like this while being harvested? I did not.

19. Let’s just quit with the small talk, okay? Great.

20. I need all of these mugs. The last one is fantastic.

21. We started an Enneagram series on Selfie for my fellow personality test junkies! Last week’s episode was an overview of the Enneagram, and this week’s episode covers the Type 1 personality. And, well, because we like to keep it all over the place, we talk Botox as well.


Happy Friday to you all! We are going full bore Christmas decorating this weekend. Cheers!

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


2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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Gifts for Women

Gifts for Men

  1. Mana Organics black and green tea set 
  2. The Evergreen Elf Christmas tree water meter 
  3. Nixplay Iris digital photo frame 
  4. TallOrder.com socks for tall men 
  5. Anjou Aromatherapy essential oils 
  6. Cause Roast’s Guatemalan coffee 
  7. 100% Natural Pickle Juice Sport 
  8. Personal Hero intention candles 
  9. Boutique wine sampler 

Gifts for Kids

  1. Reading Bug Box book subscription
  2. CharMinis DIY jewelry studio 
  3. Hydaway collapsible water bottle
  4. Kwik Stix washable paint markers 
  5. Craft City DIY slime kit and Ultimate Slime book
  6. Jack and Almost Jill: A True Story of Twin Adoption book
  7. Fair-trade baby rattle by Kahiniwalla
  8. The All New Doggie Doo game
  9. Lorena Canals washable rugs
  1. Antsy Pants build & play kits
  2. Giant Microbe science toys 
  3. Crash Bandicoot trilogy game
  4. Magic Stix markers 
  5. Magnaflex 
  6. LilGadgets Untangled headphones
  7. Dueling stomp rocket 
  8. Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock 
  9. ZAQ Sky Kids essential oil diffuser
  1. Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer 
  2. The Rap ABC Book
  3. Andrina Holiday Gift Pack
  4. Beasts from Bricks and How to Build Brick Cars
  5. Mighteor
  6. ZizzyBee Bags
  7. Nabi Tablet 
  8. Little Warrior immunity tincture
  9. Greedy Granny game

Gifts for Teens

Source Link: 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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

Wednesday’s Child: Joey

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.

Source Link: Wednesday’s Child: Joey

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

A Foster-Adoption Story

Today I’m happy to host an essay from Nicole Opper. Nicole and her wife were feature in the recent PBS series called “The F Word: A foster-to-adopt story” which follows one couple’s journey to adopt a child from foster care. We adopted our first child from foster care, and watching their story brought back so many memories!

It was the first time in my 36 years of life that I’ve set my alarm for 5am and actually gotten up right when it went off. No snooze button. My parents were staying at a nearby hotel, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law were in the airbnb below our apartment. Everyone had driven from afar or flown in. No one was about to miss the day that this beautiful, perfect little person joined our family for good.

Only one thing made this day look a little different: the camera crew following us every step of the way. We had been documenting this journey for nearly two years – from the moment my wife and I decided we were going to build our family through fost-adoption, to placement with the boy who we would forever call our son. The resulting series is The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story.

The social workers had taken off work to be here. That really stuck with me. The social workers who had worked overtime to make sure this baby had a forever family had to ask for time off to attend our finalization hearing. I mean, c’mon. These professionals are making the toughest decisions day in and day out, hedging their bets, living with the pain and confusion and discomfort of everyone involved. Social workers are warriors on the front lines of a war that shouldn’t have sides to begin with, that at its best doesn’t have any sides at all, yet they had to take off work to be here. And all we had to offer them were some mason jars filled with Hershey kisses because my wife wanted them to leave remembering the sweetness of the day.

We got to the courthouse 45 minutes early. We were nervous about traffic. We were nervous about parking. We were nervous about life. We had serious adoption jitters. My wife said it felt just like our wedding day: when you’re trying to stay present and smell the flowers and take in the beauty of it all but you also just want it to happen already, dammit.

We entered the same courthouse we had entered four months earlier to witness the termination of our son’s birth parents’ rights. There’s no way to describe the complexity wrapped up in the feelings of that day. I remember texting a good friend with the news. Reading her response I broke down because she reflected my internal angst so beautifully: “I don’t want to cheer… but I’m glad that you guys are on your way.” A TPR is nothing to cheer. It’s in fact on many levels something to grieve, for the sake of your adopted child.

When everyone arrived and we moved inside, we were instructed to pass through the metal detectors. It is a courthouse after all. “Step right up, strip down, become a family,” I imagined the security guard joking, though he was actually beaming with smiles and making the whole routine as warm and love-filled as humanly possible.

J’s guncles (and our closest friends) arrived fashionably late. They’re gay, that’s what they do.
Then we all sat in the lobby and waited. The wait felt long. Like 20 days long, not 20 minutes long.

When the judge was finally ready to see us, Kristan, J and I were ushered to a large wooden table at the front of the courtroom. The judge, noticing J’s need to chew on something, handed him a highlighter and he immediately went to town on it.

Kristan looked straight ahead, trying to hold it together. She cries a couple times a day – at commercials, at J eating an apple, at her inner thoughts. I find it deeply charming, but today she didn’t want to cry. We held hands tightly, with J snuggled between both of our laps. The judge said words that are now a blur while J drooled all over the documents we were supposed to sign. When the judge congratulated us, Kristan finally looked over at me and realized I’d been sobbing the whole time, so she let the waterworks loose.

After it was all made official, the county social worker handed us an album of J’s birth photos. The hospital had given it to her. We held the album like it was made of gold. We saw so clearly in that moment that before we ever arrived on the scene, there was a real community looking after J. At only two short months of age he’d already had a whole life before we ever entered the picture – beginning with nine months in his first mother’s womb and continuing with social workers, cuddlers, doting nurses and doctors, lawyers and judges who made regular visits to this very courtroom, a courtroom that I would probably never see again but would remember forever – the cracks in the wood, the smell of wax from the linoleum floor, the long, elegant windows in the lobby that allowed you to see every single person who entered and exited the building. We knew that people experienced the darkest moments of their lives in this lobby and the lightest moments of their lives in this lobby. This lobby held so many stories it could burst.

That night, J fell asleep eating pizza in his stroller. Every other night we feed him fresh pureed organic vegetables, I swear…. But on this night, we celebrate. We let go. On this night, we eat pizza. We imagine a long future together, forever, or as long as we’re blessed to have. We’ll take it. We’ve never felt more ready, and we’ve never felt more alive.

You can check out the crowdfunding campaign for The F Word at this link, and you can watch season 1 of the PBS digital series here: http://www.thefwordseries.com/watch

Source Link: A Foster-Adoption Story

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

Balms – A Rescue for Dry, Sensitive Skin

Over the course of the past year, the introduction of direct messaging on Instagram has opened up a super quick, direct line of communication with my followers. (That sounds so cultish and slightly pretentious, doesn’t it? My follllowers…#eyeroll #youknowwhatimean) ANYWAY, I try to get back to as many people as possible, but sometimes I notice the same question pops up again and again. The following is an iteration of one of those questions.

Hey Sarah! I’m 41 and my skin is super dry right now…pretty red and irritated around my nose and mouth area as well. Any products you would recommend to get that situation under control?

It seems this is a very popular inquiry and since old man winter is approaching, I thought it apropos to address this question on the blog.

When people ask about this particular issue and they are otherwise pleased with their skincare products, I’m hesitant to change multiple things up. I think many times, a major change in skincare can aggravate dry and sensitive skin. The last thing you want to do is surprise your skin with a whole bunch of new ingredients, right?

So, what do I suggest for super dry and irritated skin?


Sing it with me. Balm balm balm balm BALLLLLLLMS.

Yep, balms. Balms are super moisturizing, and more intense than a traditional lotion or cream. Most people use balms for specific dry areas, such as dry patches on the face, elbows, cuticles, etc. (Although in the driest months, you can apply a balm to your face as your last step in your routine to lock in moisture.) This is something that you can add to your routine during times of stressball skin behavior. With balms, a little goes a long way – I’m talking a teeny tiny pea-size is usually all I need. My favorites? LEAHLANI Bless Balm, Maya Chia Waterless Wonder Balm, and the new Kari Gran Essential Balm is rapidly climbing my list.

First, I want to start off with the Kari Gran Essential Balm because it’s currently part of the Beauty Heroes Limited Edition Holiday Discovery, and you can practically steal it this month. Kari Gran’s Essential Balm keeps things simple by doing more with less. Part face balm, part eye cream, part primer, the ingredient list for this formula is totally legit, featuring organic green tea seed, avocado, rosehip, calendula, and jasmine. Unlike a traditional melt-and-pour balm, this daily essential has a butter-cream texture and loads of slip, meaning a little goes a long way.

I really enjoy the texture and scent of this balm – like I mentioned, it isn’t hard or waxy that melts with the warmth of skin. It’s the coolest soft texture, like buttercream or pudding. You just need to tiniest amount to hydrate the skin. Scent-wise, I pick up ylang-ylang, jasmine, and frankincense. It is truly lovely.

This year’s Holiday Discovery includes a full-size Kari Gran Essential Balm ($95) and your choice of Tinted Lip Whip ($21), which is a total value of $116, but the discovery price is $55. How incredible is that? Plus, what’s extra special about this discovery is that $2 from the sale of each box will be donated to The Malala Fund, to support a complete education for girls around the world.

As for the Colored Lip Whip, it’s a hybrid of balm and lipstick, delivered in bright pigments. However, these shades aren’t crazy bright and opaque – the apply very sheerly. (For instance, I chose the shade Jolene, which is pictured above, but it’s just the slightest wash of fuschia pink on my lips as you can see below. Totally wearable on any occasion.

I also own Suji Red, which is a great neutral red. Perfect for the holidays. You can choose between Jolene, Suji Red, and Jeannie. You can read about the lip colors, as well as the balm here. I would jump on this offer because it will surely sell out.

However, I have a couple more balms that I use in heavy rotation when I need a little more hydration. Bless Balm by Leahlani and the Waterless Wonder Balm by Maya Chia. Obviously, all of these balms are going to serve you well in terms of hydration and calming the skin, so I really think the difference is in the scent profile.

As I mentioned above, the Kari Gran balm is a mixture of frankincense, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and some lavender. It’s the headiest of the three scent profiles, and definitely feels like a luxury ritual when I apply it. I am definitely more apt to use this balm on my decolletage and neck. However, for my face, on the rare occasion when it’s acting like a surly teen, I look for minimal scent profiles. My facial skin likes fresh, subdued scents, especially when it’s super dry and sensitive.

My go-to? The Maya Chia Waterless Wonder Balm, $42. (Yet another product by Maya Chia! I can’t get enough of this line.) It barely has a scent at all. It is so delicate, with the main scent being orange blossom. (Which I love.) It’s funny because it’s touted more as a body balm, but I definitely use it sparingly on my face for dry spots or sensitive, angry areas. I really like this one, and I use it on my kids as well. If you are sensitive to scent, this one’s for you.

Finally, it’s hard for me to stop sniffing myself when I put on the LEAHLANI Bless Balm, $48. Orange blossom and blue tansy – oh my goodness, what an amazing scent. This balm is a lovely pale shade of pink, smells uplifting and fresh, and my skin loves it. This balm is especially beneficial for dry, sensitive, and mature skin.

I truly believe everyone should have at least one of these balms in their arsenal. Hit me up with any questions you have in the comments!

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

Friday Finds

1. George Nelson Ball Clock | Lumens 
2. Menu Norm Wall Clock | 2 Modern 
3. Wall Clock | Zulily 
4. Mr. White Wall Clock | West Elm 
5. Vitra Nelson Ball Clock | Design Within Reach 
6. Lorne Wall Clock | Crate & Barrel 
7. Wall Clock | All Modern 
8. Versa Self Adhesive Wall Clock | Zulily 
9. Langley Street Wall Clock | Wayfair 

Source Link: Friday Finds

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

Best Black Friday deals online

Framed photo gifts and art prints from Minted are 20% off today.

Roxy and Quiksilver for kids are on massive discount at Zulily today.

The Echo Dot is only $29 today and it can now work in tandem with your Sonos system, so you can activate your whole home speakers with your voice. (Speaking of, the Sonos system is amazing and their speakers are $50 off today.)

23 & Me’s ancestry and health DNA test kit is on sale for half off at Amazon.

The instapot: it’s worth the hype. And the big one is almost half off.

I bought this Dyson cordless vacuum a few months ago and it’s a game changer for quickly and easiy vacuuming both rugs and hardwood. Bonus: it’s really easy for kids to use, and no more dust-pan battles. It’s been on Zulily all week for $199 (down from $499). Today is the last day.

Ever wanted to try Stitch Fix without the risk? They’ve waived their styling fee for my readers if you use this link.

Target is buy one, get one half off toys today.

If you’ve never used Shutterfly before, you can get a free 8×8 book with this link. For existing customers, photo books are 50% off and everything else is 40% today.

Source Link: Best Black Friday deals online

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

Green Beauty Gift Guide (All of My Faves!)

The holidays are here and Black Friday sales are about to drop (psst – Citrine’s started today!), so I wanted to tell you about some of my absolute staples in the green beauty realm. All of these products bear the Whoorl stamp of approval and would be fantastic gifts for the natural beauties in your life, but let’s face it, green beauty ain’t cheap and this is the perfect time for you to stock up on some major savings for yourself.


Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but this is the most fabulous daily exfoliating cleanser in the world. I literally use it every morning of my life. (Massage onto a dry face, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse.)

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – Now, about 2-3 times a week, I put this mask ON TOP of the above-mentioned Regenerating Cleanser. This is Tata’s personal recipe for major glow, and she is not messing around. It packs a 1-2 punch and I am a forever fan.

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask – This mask is fantastic for those with acneic or congested skin. I love it a few times a month to clear any congestion. Great as a spot treatment too.

Tata Harper Daily Essentials – A fantastic gift and/or way to introduce yourself to Tata’s incredible line. Great price point.

Osmia Purely Simple Face Cream – Purely. Simple. Face. Cream. Enough said.

Maya Chia The Super Couple – I alternate between this serum and the Super Critical Chia Seed Oil as my daily serum/moisturizer. (I use the Super Critical on the days my skin feels sensitive. It is AMAZING for sensitive skin types.)

Maya Chia Eye Achiever Serum – If you have been around these parts for awhile, you know I’ve never been a fan of eye creams or serums. This one made me a convert. I roll onto the eye area daily.

p.s. – Starting Sunday 11/26, when you spend $150 at Maya Chia, you will receive a full-sized bottle of their Body Illuminating Serum.

MUN Anarose Toner – Hands down, best toner. (So essentially, my daily skin routine is to cleanse with Tata’s Regenerating Cleanser in the morning or One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser at night, spray the MUN toner liberally on my face and neck, apply one of the Maya Chia oils listed above, and then roll on the eye serum. I’ve been using this exact method for months and my skin has never looked better.) Also, starting on Black Friday, 20% off all products at MUN.

(FYI, I spoke in detail about my morning skincare routine here and my evening skincare routine here.)

Kypris Clearing Serum – Great spot treatment for blemishes.

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud – Now, May Lindstrom doesn’t ever discount her products, so you can’t get a “deal” per se, but I willingly shell out the bucks for her amazing products. The Honey Mud is *the* quintessential moisturizing mask. So gentle you can use it every day and is made from raw honey and clays. Absolutely lush and plumps up your skin like no other.

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver – This mask it the do-it-all for skin issues…like its name, it truly is a problem solver. Made with clays, cacao, and warming spices, it smells like the holidays. Plus, it’s a powder mask that you activate with water so it lasts forever. This would be such a great gift, friends. (Oh, and also? The mask of all masks? Mix equal parts The Honey Mud with The Problem Solver and apply. Insane luxury.)


Ilia Mini Lip Trio – Okay, I don’t need this because I already have these colors, but if you want an intro to Ilia’s gorgeous lipsticks, this is it. Also, who wouldn’t love it as a gift? In the Baggu pouch? It’s adorable!

Kjaer Weis Lipstick in KW Red – This is MY red. The perfect matte red. I wear it multiple times a week and am wearing it here.

Ilia Lipstick – Try the trio if you are new, but some of my favorite shades are Blossom Lady (worn here), Madam Mina, and Crimson and Clover. Also, love the Ilia Lip Gloss in Love Buzz (worn here).

RMS lipstick – Oh, the brand new Wild With Desire line is beyond. I am OBSESSED with Jezebel (worn here) and Russian Roulette (worn here).

Rituel de Fille Lip Sheer – Also love the shade Fortune Teller which is the deepest, darkest red you’ve ever seen. So, so sexy. (Worn here.) Also, Love Ache is gorgeous. (Worn here.)

Jane Iredale Lip Pencil – These are the only lip pencils I use. I have Spice, Nutmeg, Terracotta, Rose, Berry, and Crimson.


Kjaer Weis Eye Shadows – Love these shadows. Pricey, but the performance (and the packaging) is superb. However, if you want to save money, just buy the refills and put them in a Z Palette.

Jane Iredale Mystikol Liner – I wear this in Onyx every day lining my upper lashes. Depending on my mood, I apply it very thinly or make a cat eye like this. (I love this brush for application.)

Jane Iredale Brow Pencil – I searched forever for a replacement for my Anastacia Brow Pencil, and I finally found it. Easy to use, and good color match! I wear the dark brunette.

Antonym Cheek Crush – I don’t what it is about this peachy-pink sheen, but it lights up my face like no other. I receive compliments every time I wear this.

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Stick – Love these easy-to-use cream blushes in stick form. My favorites are Spark and Courtesan.

Rituel de Fille Cream Blush – With the above being said, if I had to pick one blush to wear for the rest of my life, it would be this blush in Lovesick.

Ilia Palette in Prima – I keep my shadow colors super natural, and these shades are perfectly wearable.

Rituel de Fille Luminizer – OMG. The shade Phosphene is so dear to me, I might have become a bit teary when I recently lost it in New York. #thestruggleisreal

RMS Luminizer Set – Another perfect gift! How cute is that set?


RMS Blush Brush – This is the best brush for applying cream blush. Puts the perfect amount on the cheeks and blends beautifully.

Antonym 6 Brush Set – Antonym brushes have quickly become a favorite of mine. This one has everything you need. (It includes the short angle brush that I mentioned above for eyeliner application.


Indie Lee Bath Soak – Divine. Jasmine and ylang-ylang have never smelled better.

Osmia Milk Bath Soak – So relaxing and I love the scent. Bath soaks are such a great gift too.

Moon Juice Sachet Box – Have you all heard of Moon Juice? They make great supplements for all aspects of you…brain, beauty, sex, power, dream. You can dissolve them in coffee or tea or put them in smoothies.

Beauty Chef Boost Set – Along the same supplement line, except these boosts are liquid. (They actually taste great!)

Love Mist Spray – This mist smells so. dang. good. Spray it around your room, on your body, pretty much wherever you want. If you love the scent of red mandarin, you will love this. (Interested in checking out all their scents? Try this mini sampler!)

Most of these products can be purchased at Citrine, which just started their savings event – 10% off when you spend $100+ (code THX10), 15% off when you spend 200+ (code THX15), or 20% off when you spend $300+ (code THX20). Sadly, May Lindstrom and Kypris are not included, but everything else is game! Enjoy, and as always, I am happy to answer any questions!

I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend. Grateful for you all!

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

Wednesday’s Child: Richard, Dallas, and Christina

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.

Source Link: Wednesday’s Child: Richard, Dallas, and Christina

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