Pursuing JOY in 2018

It's no secret that I am interested in joy - I mean, it's right there in the name of the blog.  But this year, I decided to make JOY, and the pursuit of joy, my focus.  I have chosen a word to focus on for several years now, and while I almost chose a different word (I may tell that story later), it all just kept coming back to JOY.  I feel like the word joy is often misunderstood (including by me!) and I want to take this year to explore what it really means to pursue joy. . . joy in work, joy in peace, joy in humility, joy in serving, joy in gratitude, joy in giving, joy in less, joy in marriage, joy in parenting, joy in the drudgery, and joy in simplicity.

Disney Love: DisneyBounding

So I've publicly expressed my love for Disney - but what to do when you can't actually be at the parks?  
Enter Disneybounding.  
Practiced for years by the diehard Disney fashionistas, it was made popular by Leslie Kay when she created a website in 2012.  
Disneybounding is dressing in the style/colors of Disney characters - but not a costume. You can go as spot on or as subtle as you like, and the best part of bounding is that you can dress in your own style!  It's a fun way to keep Disney in the forefront even in your every day life. There are SO many AWESOME bounders out there to follow on instagram - just search the #disneybound and you will see some great ones!  
These are a few of my favorite bounds from the last year or so . . . 

For the next 24 hours or so, check out my instastory here to see a few of my favorite Disneybounders! 

Winter Skincare Tips

Winter is nearly here - and for a lot of the country, winter weather has definitely arrived! 

So, how do you keep your skin healthy during the winter months?

Here are a few tips:

1) Wash your face with lukewarm water instead of super hot.  While hot water feels great in the cold months, it can also strip oils from your skin. 

2) Hydrate your skin!  Drink water - hot water with lemon can be a good choice on a cold afternoon or evening.  Also, using a hydration product such as Rodan+Fields Hydration Serum can help hydrate your skin from the outside.  A humidifier can also help your skin feel more hydrated in the winter months as well. 

3) Moisturize your face, lips, and body.  Rodan+Fields Daily Body Moisturizer is a great body moisturizer, and Rodan+Fields Lip Shield works to moisturize your lips in addition to providing SPF protection!  One of my favorite products for my lips during the winter is the Lip Renewing Serum, and I also use it on my kids when they get the chapped circle aro…

Disney Love: An Introduction

It's no secret that I love Disney.  But what might be a secret is that my love of Disney is directly tied to my love for my hubby!  :)  Before I met Carlos, Disney was not on my radar.  I had gone as a child, and I liked Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast in particular), but that was about it.

Enter Carlos.

He is a true Disney fanatic, he's a former "cast-member" of Walt Disney World and knows ALL the ins and outs of Disneyworld.  He totally geeks out on the stuff, the trivia, the history, and the culture.
We went a handful of times during the 2 years we lived in Central Florida, but it wasn't until we moved to Georgia and started going back as "tourists" that I really fell in love with Disneyworld!  It was my connection to Florida as well as our fun getaway place.

Fast forward 10 years and now I too, am a full-fledged Disney fanatic --> I'm a part of Disney community facebook groups, follow a lot of Disney-related instagram accounts, and I a…

Holiday Gift Ideas: Skincare Edition

The holiday season is upon us, and it's the season to buy gifts!!  Have you thought about buying skincare as a gift for someone on your list?  It may seem like an odd gift suggestion, but did you know that skincare is one of the LEAST returned/exchanged gifts for women AND men?  So I thought I would create a Skincare Gift Guide just for you!  
For your mom:  She gave you life, you gave her wrinkles.  Haha!  Just kidding, but for all of those late nights taking care of you and worrying if you were safe, give her Multifunction Eye Cream, which minimizes the appearance of crow's feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles!  
For your best friend and/or sister:  Lash Boost broke sales records and took the beauty world by storm when it launched earlier this year!  Used nightly, this eyelash serum conditions lashes and improves the appearance of lash volume and length.  Lashes are 100% real, 100% yours, but 100% WOW!  We all know that women want lon…

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

I have to admit - I kind of missed the hype about this book and the movie until a coworker told me how good it was.  So I got the book to read it myself.  I'm trying to read a bit more nonfiction, and I love memoirs, so I was excited to read this book.

I will say, it did not disappoint!  I talked about it a bit while I was reading it here, and there are just so many things I liked about the book.  First of all, I love hearing people's stories - and hearing Denver's story as a sharecropper opened my eyes to a side of history I hadn't seen before.  I also liked the format of the book, alternating between Denver and Ron's perspective of their story.  Hearing the story in their own "voice" added to the ability to really get to know each of them.  I loved that the book included pictures of them, both from scenes told in the book, and updated photos past where the story ends in the book.  

I would recommend this book to anyone - particularly to someone who l…

International Girls Day - 10 books I want my daughter to read

I have a 3 year old daughter.  She is adorable, funny, stubborn, smart, and silly.  I don't want her to ever think that she CAN'T do something simply because she is a girl.  And as a Library Lady, I'm going to make sure that she (and her big brother) have great books with great heroines to read.  
For International Girls Day, here are 10 books I want to make sure she gets to read:  
Malal Yousafzai is a role model I definitely want my kids to learn about,  While her memoir is a little advanced for them, this picture book is a great introduction to who she is, what she stands for, and why it matters.  

This book gives lots of examples of women role models.  I love the idea that she can be exposed to lots of different women in one page summaries!

"She Persisted" has become a phrase synonymous with strong women, and I want both my daughter and my son to know that it is okay to persist when you believe in something!

I actually have this book in my library, and I lov…