October & November Cruelty Free Empties

Sometimes I go through products like crazy, and other times, I can make items last for a long time. That’s sometimes because of how often I use something (or who else…ah-hem, Keith), or sometimes because the formula just doesn’t last as long. Anywho, the empties these months are kind of lukewarm for me. Some I really love, and some I could really do without. Let’s chat about them!


A fan favorite here is Nubian Heritage anything, but this month I ran out of one of my favorite hand creams, Lavender & Wildflowers ($8.99). It’s rich, gentle, and smells amazing! Think about a magical field in the middle of a warm summer day. This lotion packs that scent in their tube with Vitamin E and Aloe for extra comfy, cushy, softness. I’m forever washing my hands at work, so this lotion is a must-have!

Next up, I’m gonna gush about Lush’s Dirty Springwash ($19.95) even though every other cruelty free blog in the universe talks about Lush. There’s a reason for that; their products WORK! The dirty line is no exception to this rule. Menthol, Spearmint, and Sea Salt cleanse you like a minty margarita. This body wash has some serious lather and rinses clean. I love how awake my skin feels after using this. Dirty is perfect for right after the gym, or early in the morning to wake up your senses. Keith is a fan of all things from the Dirty line. I’ve even used this on my face in a pinch. Get dirty to get clean? Well, if you insist…

As a curly girl, I have some serious drama after the shower. Detangling, moisturizing, and styling are sometimes a real process. The DevaCurl No Comb Detangling Spray ($19.95) is the solution. The scent is fresh and light and the product does what it says. You spray it, you style, you have no knots. Period. Lemongrass, Mint, and Rosemary pack a punch. And did I mention? Deva does not test and are working on making more of their products vegan! 

Last up, a product I’m actually conflicted about. Burt’s Bees is a brand that is cruelty free, but owned by Clorox. I don’t believe in blaming children for their parents’ faults (teacher logic here), so I tend to give chances to brands who are cruelty free but owned by a parent company that tests. I want to vote with my dollars, and I want them to see that people are opting for their cruelty free brands. That’s not why I’m conflicted though. The Gud, Pearanormal Activity line has some great and not so great qualities. Nothing is more than $7.00 from this line which is very budget friendly (yay!), but the shampoo stripped my hair (boooo!). The scent is fresh and delicious (yay!!!), but the conditioner made me break out since it didn’t rinse clean (boooo!). I wouldn’t buy this line on my own, but maybe for a non-curly girl this line will work better. 

What have you used this month???

My Simple Fall 2015 Wardrobe Updates

I don’t care what anyone says, you can totally get by in life with two good pairs of jeans, three pairs of skinny black dress pants, basic tops, and a blazer. Make sure the blazer is black and matches the pants. Done. I’m not a fashionista by any means. I’ve been wearing the same old black, grey, denim, look since I was 16 (with some more mature accessory updates over the years), and it works for me. For some reason, Fall calls me to update my wardrobe (read: buy more black pants), but this year I’m really trying to branch out…kind of. Are you a grayscale lady like me? Here’s now I keep my students from thinking I’m at a funeral everyday. 

Fall 2015



Though I tend to stick to my staples, I’ve found that this year I’m CRAVING a comfy sweater like this one here. I love the stripe of color, and I also love that it’s soft, grey, and flouncy. Lately the weather on the East Coast has been atypical. It’s been 70 degrees for the past few days, but 50 or lower in the morning. A sweater like this will keep my inner thermostat happy. 

Usually, to spice up my grayscale look, I try and add bright accessories. I’m obsessed with bangles and I’m looking forward to adding some chunkier ones to my collection to balance out my thinner Alex and Ani bracelets. I might even search for these in gold for holiday time. Like my bangles, I try and make my handbags and scarves stand out against my monochrome wardrobe. A chunky scarf that adds some brightness or a killer statement tote, like this plaid number, makes me think of Christmastime! Not to mention this tote can go from work, to a family function with ease and space to spare. 

Shoes are the one thing I usually keep neutral, but try and buy in a funky style like these wedges. Why the wedge? Because I can actually walk in a “heel” and I feel tall for once. 

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll say that my coffee is an accessory that never see me without, especially my annoyingly expensive Starbucks. What can I say? I’m a caffeine junkie, and daring I want my drink carriers to look just as pretty. 

What’s on your Fall list? Send me your colorful ideas for my wardrobe and help me get out of this black and grey rut!

Currently Obsessed: doTerra Essential Oils

Okay ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been actually working on this post for a long time since I wanted to have as much information as possible for you. Even though this post says “currently” obsessed, I’m pretty much going to be permanently obsessed with my new essential oils. Here’s the scoop: first of all they are sustainably and ethically sourced, they are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade), and they WORK! I first got into doTerra from Myles. His breeder and our now good friend, Nancy, uses all holistic methods for flea and tick prevention, pain management, and more. I’m down with the natural approach and since May, I’ve been regularly using oils for multiple tasks around the house. Here’s how I use some of my faves and for what purpose!


The above is my go-to for air purification. The On Guard contains cinnamon bark and boosts immunity. Lemon also purifies the air and Wild Orange helps to boost energy and a general sense of wellbeing. I’ve been using this blend in a diffuser almost every morning on the weekends when I air out the house and have windows open. It also smells like FALL TO THE MAX! 

For nighttime, we diffuse Serenity Blend and lately, Eucalyptus since I’ve been battling a cold and congestion. Even Myles loves the Serenity blend. All three of us fall asleep pretty quickly with this blend going. 

For headaches I’ve used a diffuser or topical blend of Peppermint on my temples and the back of my neck. I also couple this with a ton of water and the occasional heat therapy. It works for a mild/medium headache.

Myles’ flea and tick repellent (which also works for humans), is a blend of Aloe, Water, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Terrablend, Cleansing Blend, and Geranium Oil. I spray this on him and his harness and collar once per day. Luckily, the summer is winding down and the cooler weather means less bugs of all types. 

So far I’ve been having a great time adding oils to my lotions and even to my laundry soap (Lavender towels? Yes, please!) and it’s been fun playing around with different diffuser recipes. I’m still  candle-holic, but I love that alternating with my oils also gives some health benefits. As I find more recipes and uses I’ll post them! :)

Here’s to the oily life!

Our One Year Anniversary!

Approximately thirteen years ago, this kid named Keith who loved metal music, crappy gas station coffee, and Aquateen Hungerforce met a girl who loved animals, Bright Eyes, and Starbucks. Look at us! We’re barely legal for goodness sakes!

Babies, basically...

We dated for a damn long time, bought a house together, and I ever-so patiently waited for the day when he’d finally get it together and propose. Oh…wait…I told him I didn’t want to get married until I finished being a pretentious grad student and landed a job because “I did’t need no man.” Oops…he listened apparently…


We started at the best hair salon ever! They carry my Cruelty Free faves like Ouidad and Deva! Also, the hairdressers are pretty darn awesome, too. Just look at how they photobombed us…with style!


I did my own makeup on the big day. I wanted to look like me! So, I purchased a Too Faced arsenal of amazing makeup for my bridal style. We had to snap a photo just based on the names of the shadows. Appropo for a wedding if you ask me. I used their prep and prime as a base and my makeup stayed perfect until I washed it off at the casino later in the evening!




I loved the colors, style, and amazing Fall day we had. The guys looked handsome, my ladies looked gorgeous, and our families looked sharp. I actually had Keith design all things tux related because I’m not color oriented at all! 


This was our cake. Yes, we will be eating the top tomorrow as part of that anniversary tradition. It was Boston Cream flavored. Yep, that’s a thing. Then we danced to Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” And got a little emo with our parents.




Then we partied on. There is nothing I’d change about my wedding day. We had an absolutely blast! The night was perfect, my dress was perfect, the food was perfect, and everyone had a great time. I love reliving and celebrating this day and couldn’t imagine it any other way. 




I’ve Received The Versatile Blogger Award!


I’d like to thank…

Joy of Whimsical Joy for selecting me as one of her choices for the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m flattered! Thank you so much for making my day! :) Here are the deets:

When someone nominates you they consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, and the level of care taken with each blog in terms of words and photos. Versatile bloggers take their blogs to the next level by providing a lens into their lives and into their passions in their own unique way. 

You should always…

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

Here are my 7 facts:

  • I am totally obsessed with essential oils (specifically doTerra’s) and scour Pinterest for oil diffuser recipes. 
  • I originally intended to earn my PhD in Composition and Rhetoric before teaching 8th grade, but decided the classroom is where I needed to be full-time (not researching).
  • I’m an only child! 
  • I’m training to run my first 5K on Thanksgiving morning–it’s not pretty, but it’s fun!

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  • My favorite vegetables are artichokes and eggplants!
  • I quit smoking cigarettes three years ago, cold turkey. Now I do yoga.
  • Bluegrass music is one of my favorite genres!

My bloggers I’m nominating? Well, they are some pretty awesome ladies! I choose: Helga, Liz, Christa, Sammy, Deanna, and Cat!

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