Friday Flotsam



I need help!

You’re like, “HOLD ON LET ME GET MY COFFEE. Okay go.”

This one goes out to the one I lov – I mean traveling families. Specifically those who travel with small gremlins in a moving vehicle down a long road that you’re operating. I’m starting to wrap my head around the fact that in just over two months, we’re packing up a tiny portion of our lives and moving east for 30 days. Thing is, the travel doesn’t scare me! Not at all. Crank up some Lilith Fair and watch Aaron’s ears bleed? Pure road trip joy.

It’s the SMALL CREATURES IN THE BACK. The hungry, fidgety, smelly, bored, restless, when-are-we-gonna-get-theeeere critters right over our right and left shoulders. Guys. I need entertainment.

We used to have a DVD player thingy back there for road trips, but it broke a while back. AND it’s kinda obsolete. Hi, 2018. You’re cute.

Tell me about all the blue teeth! Blue tooth. Blue Ray. Green ray. Whatever.

I need something EASY to figure out. Not bulky or dumb, two simple screens to slide onto the backs of our seats, can be navigated by one of our phones (<–Aaron’s, because remember mine’s busting out Lilith.), and not 13 billion dollars.

I know you got the goods. Spill it. But not on the seat!

leather and buffalo check


(Are you trying to wipe away the tiny white dog hairs on that pillow? Because I just did.)

It’s Halo laser, and omg.




I got it on Tuesday (not a sponsored thing, just my own doing), and I still look certifiably crazy. Not like GROUND COW, which is what I expected the first day. But just, puffy. Giant. Swollen. Apparently today is the official day that the swelling really subsides, and the flaking begins. I can already feel the itchiness starting to bubble up here and there, so I’m going to have Aaron tie my arms around my back so I don’t screw up this mess.

This is INTENSE. I’m still in that phase of “this better be freaking worth it.” Because it ain’t pennies. And you look absurd. But this is what’s really baffling me – I posted a couple of tiny updates on Stories, but I took them down because frankly, I got tired of having to defend my decision. Which I don’t feel like should be a big deal at ALL. I’ve said it before, but it’s just like an oil change for the face. Yes the downtime is a little longer this go around, but it’s something I wanted to experience, since I’m 41 with a few on-camera projects in the works –  and it’s my dang prerogative, yo.

And I get it – I put myself out there, so I need to be ready to take what comes back. Sure sure! I’ve got a thick skin(<–hahahaha), but deuuuuuuum, Gina! Be cool.

SO LADIES, if you ever decide to do something to your face and want to talk about it, I won’t even judge you. I’ll cheer you on! And then get you some moisturizer ‘cuz YEW GON’ FLAKE.

And yep, I’ll definitely keep you posted on how the peel party goes AND the final result.

Seriously, Aaron’s going to have to cut my arms off and throw them down a well.

Charlie girl on the new rug


TV: Halfway through LOVE. (<–obsessed.) Going to finish and jump straight into Season 2 of Buffy, per your suggestion! Just need someone to tell me how season 1 ends. Spill it.

Mascara: I bought the L’Oreal Voluminous ($8!) and I dig it. BUT, I’m going to go buy the Sephora sampler pack and let you know what I like the most. (Because samples are life.) Still need more of a POW in my lashes. But we’ll get there. Oh! The newest one I want to try is Dead Sexy Lashes. Jill from August Diaries used it in one of her videos and I’m dyyying to know how it would work on me. Have you used it? Is it grody or life changing?

Rugs: STILL WAITING ON THE RUNNER. One would think that with a name like runner it would have arrived much faster. Bahahahahahah! (Don’t delete me from your life.)

Bathing suits: This one’s in my cart. Unless you can give me more ideas for classic suits! I need simple, timeless, one piece, and not d-bag tool-o-tron Kardashiany. Coo?

shelf and plant drape


What kind of recipes would you like to see more of in April? More grain bowls? No more grain bowls? More salads? Zero salads? More old-fashioned three-piece meals like the protein, the veggie and the carb? Or none of that?

Or a mix of that!

Plus maybe slow cooker? Or no slow cooker? A casserole? No? My crusty face? Yes? Ick?

OR, if you have something specific in mind, I’d love the inspiration.

Oh! EGG SALAD. Yes or no?

I realize this is a lot for you.

shoes and apple and seeds

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be 63 today! My original plan was to get out in the yards and clean out the beds in preparation for gardening. But I’m not sure how I’ll do any of that with my arms cut off and down a well! Bahahaha. (Don’t delete me from your life.)

And YES, I’ll wear the giant visor with a face blanket of SPF. Simmer down.

p.s. gingham jumpsuit is in the mail. just sayin’.

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23 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Ali Vizzo March 23, 2018 at 8:13 am #
    1. We’ve been all over the board with car DVD players and had no luck. We finally bought a kindle fire that has a memory card you can load your own movies on. Plus the apps/games. I’m not techy, my husband did the research and thought that was the best way to go. 2. Your face/neck, your choice. No one else gets an opinion on that. You do you! That having been said, I always love seeing you try products and procedures because I trust you’re going to give real reviews. 3. Egg salad!! Also, meat/carb/veggie dinners can get so boring. I’d love to see your take on jazzing them up. (Jazzing, cringe)
  2. Candace March 23, 2018 at 8:22 am #
    Bev! I love your candor. It's like having a digital friend in my phone whose life i'm a part of when I watch your insta stories (creepy, i know!) Love the new rug! Give me all the riffs on grain bowls! I've been super obsessed with them lately. Also, don't hate me but..... I hate eggs....more specifically the texture of eggs. I can get down with a poached egg but other than that my body/mouth rejects them. Enjoy your weekend!
  3. B March 23, 2018 at 9:52 am #
    What kind of plant is in the first photo? Love you!
  4. Emily of The Three Bite Rule March 23, 2018 at 10:34 am #
    Gahh. Why do people/YOUR followers think they should weigh in on what you should do? You do you!! We'll just suggest your next TV binge. Always for egg salad- no on celery, yes on relish. Let's see more side dish ideas- I tend to be stuck on those! Or lunch ideas for those who pack up lunch?
  5. Anonymous March 23, 2018 at 11:15 am #
    We went with the Kindle Fires for our twins simply for the affordability. I am not techy and it took me months to figure them out. I am super happy with them now. They come with the Free Time app which is cool because the kids have their own customization profile. (you can download the free time app on any device now.) Once I figure out I could download the Netflix app and started using the PBS Kids app and Disney Now app I was much happier with the content. The kids always wanted to watch their favorite TV shows and I couldn't figure it out. The cool thing with the Free Time app is you can long press and episode and download it to the SD card and they will have access to it in the car when you don't have wifi. The same thing with the apps. I purchase apps from amazon and share them to the kids profiles and they can play them in the car. They only thing is you have to customize their tables from the device it's self. So I have to snag them while they are sleeping and work on them. It took quite a while to block the content I did't like. (Barney, Batman) Another cool thing is I have selected a few of there favorite you tube videos and put them in the web browser for them to watch. If you choose them make sure to get the kids cases and some headphones for car rides. Maybe the fleece headband style. My kids kept turning the headphones off and crying they wouldn't work. There was a lot of crawling in the back of the car to fix them.
  6. Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat March 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm #
    My family drove from WA to Northern CA (and back) every summer to my grandma's house (normally an 8 hour drive... 12+ with frequent kid stops), in the time before digital entertainment, and when we were super little like the grems, we'd travel at night so that my sister and I would just sleep most of the ride. And then when we were a little older, I'd read a book for entertainment, and invariably, every damn time, it would make me car sick and I'd throw up.
  7. HF March 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm #
    Yes to crockpot!
  8. Becky Zea March 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #
    We use iPads with downloaded movies on them for long trips. We have two iPads, three kids. If we're desperate I throw the third my phone to play on. I will try to find the link for the iPad holder we have and love and send it to you on Insta. I am doing Keto right now, so I would love some low carb recipes! I'm down 9 lbs in 45 days!
  9. Becky K. March 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm #
    Last summer we drove to Michigan with our three year old and the best decision we made was to leave at night. He slept through the bulk of the trip and for his awake hours I packed a travel bag with tons of fun activities: books, color wonder markers/coloring pad, blocks, felt busy books, iPad, and a little travel tray that attaches right around the car seat. We stopped at rest stops and let him run for 30-45 minutes at a time. He did great and we didn’t end up stopping at a hotel along the way like originally planned. As far as spring recipes, I’m about to pop with baby #2 so easy crockpot or even freezer meal prep recipes would be ggrrreat (Office Space style).
  10. Tif March 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm #
    I don't know if you want to go the tablet/iPad/Kindle route with them, but my 2 dudes have mini iPads and we are borrowing a portable WiFi HOT SPOT from the public library for freeeee! So hello YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, whatever web site you want using WiFi that will be whizzing along with us Detroit ----->>> Savannah a week from today! Who said libraries are obsolete?!
  11. Hannah March 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm #
    Is it too early to request picnic inspiration?! I know it's still a little on the chilly side, but I am dying to get out and have some spring picnics. So, if the time is right, I would love to see some picnic lunch/dinner ideas!
  12. Susan March 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm #
    How dare anyone judge YOUR decision about YOUR face. Ignore them, carry on. Oh hell yes to egg salad but I'm a basic girl so I only do eggs, mayo, salt, pepper, done! I do insist on multi-grain chunky bread, though, otherwise it's just smooth stuff on smooth bread and it's boring. I became your shoe twin when I lusted after your Pons and then you shared what they were AND got me a discount so they came right to my door and my life. Now I might have to have that bathing suit. I love all things plaid, buffalo check, gingham because what's not to love?
  13. Nicole March 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm #
    We use kindle fires. Lifesavers with two boys. You can get accessories to hang on the back of the seats. I did the laser and you just have to be patient because you will love the results and good for you for doing something for yourself.
  14. Karen H Lawrence March 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm #
    I love everything about you and your blog and Instastories!! Don't change anything! You bring joy and humor into so many lives. Precious family!! Blessings
  15. Susan March 23, 2018 at 6:18 pm #
    Ignore any silly peeps who are criticizing you lasering off your face. Can't wait to see the before & after pics when it's all done!
  16. Christi March 24, 2018 at 12:01 am #
    Yes to the egg salad and all kinds of sandwiches. And snacks. And more family picnics. I am looking forward to your summer adventure. The twins and rocky beaches and lobster!
  17. Wendy March 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm #
    Kindle fires and some after bedtime travel. They are cheaper, full of entertainment (freetime is great), you can download your movies from your amazon account and good to go. People who give you grief about your skincare decisions are lame. I’m jealous and want to do it. Just when I thought hormonal breakouts were on the outs, I’ve shifted to ingrown chin hairs (wth?!?). Am 100% ON BOARD with the lazering. Mascara. Just tried Bad Girl Bang by benefit. I think. It’s the new one. I like it. Might be flaky but haven’t decided yet. Also like the Lancôme Mr. Big. Or monsieur? Mozart in the Jungle! Four seasons...Amazon Prime. Egg salad, chicken salad, grain salad. All the salads!
  18. Kim March 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm #
    Yesss grain bowls! Yes casseroles! Yes slow cooker! Do whatever you want to your face lady! Too many exclamation points! Can't wait to hear the mascara report :)
  19. Tobi March 26, 2018 at 10:51 am #
    I love the dog photo you included in this post! He or she looks a lot like our dog, who we call Black Dog even though he's graying. What breed(s) is yours? BD is Chihuahua and something else we haven't figured out yet. The shelter said Schnauzer but I'm not buying that. Good luck on your mascara search - I commented previously that I liked Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes but I had a sample. When I bought the full size I didn't like it so much, so I'm back to searching. Ugh! As for recipes, I've really liked your "main dish" recipes. I'm always searching for something new to cook for dinner. Thanks for your posts, I enjoy reading them and laugh every time!
  20. Natalie May 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm #
    Ok HELP!!! Which rug did you end up purchasing to go under your article sofa? It's the same one above that the cat is sleeping on right? I LOVE it! i'm looking on but cant seem to find the one you bought. Please help a girl out and let me know which rug you bought so my toes can be happy and my house can be beautiful!. Thanks in advance.
    • Natalie May 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm #
      Oh and when i say cat....i really mean dog! :)
    • Bev Weidner May 16, 2018 at 6:23 am #
      This one!

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