Friday Flotsam



I need help! (<–You seriously didn’t see that coming?)

OKAY, I’m on the search for the perfect coral lip GLOSS.

Not stick.

Not balm.

Not tub.


And don’t try to sell me on Lipsense. That is prison for the mouth. I need something with a vibrant pop, a perfect shimmer, and that stays on longer than five seconds, but doesn’t eat my face off.

Dudes be like, I’m out.

You know I’m all about that coral lip. But lately I’m craving something slightly more silky, with a tinge of sparkle, brightens up the face, washes my dishes and feeds the dog, yet super low maintenance. (“You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” <–name that movie.)

Girls, whatchoo got?

ice on the road


I used to be soooo into magazines. Back in the day when I had no jowls I would get DOMINO, Real Simple, Ready Made, Fine Cooking, Everyday Food and Cooking Light. I still get Cooking Light, except this last issue the cover said FAREWELL ISSUE.

Ummmm what? Farewell my butt. You can’t leave me like this, CL! (I call it CL.)

Do any of you know what happened?! Was it scandalous? Longtime coming? Obviously I read the letter from the editor, hoping to decode some hidden labyrinth of tangled secrets from the abyss, but I got nuttin’.

ALL TO SAY, I think I want to get back into magazines. I know for sure my mom got me Fine Cooking for Christmas (!), but are there any other must-have monthly reads that I desperately need in my life and eyes and brain? And it doesn’t necessarily have to be food focused. I’m totally open to anything minimal home or slow-living related.

KINFOLK. I FORGOT ABOUT KINFOLK. They might not even have magazines anymore. And it costs a pancreas per issue.

What are your monthly maga-reads?!

I’ve never said maga-reads in my life.

I liked it.

brunch in hermann

So listen.

You know I’m not a baker. But tomorrow I’m making gingerbread cookies for a party on Sunday, (and a blog post next Tuesday!), and I need a good, SIMPLE gingerbread cookie recipe. Fool and fail proof. FOR CHALLENGED PEOPLE LIKE ME.

The thing is, I’m going to show you a way to decorate the cookies the way people who don’t decorate cookies decorate. Know what I mean, Vern?

So send me a simple gingerbread cookie recipe, and I’ll totally credit you next week! You can email me, leave it in the comments, Insta-message me, write it on the back of a $50 dollar bill, whatever works.

Do we gotta deal? (<–I’m saying that like Marlon Brando right now.)

kids dancing

What are you watching on Netflix right now!?

I feel like they’re (it’s?) releasing soooo much this month. Like Ellen DeGeneres has a stand-up special that’s coming out on the 18th and I’m peeing my life excited for that.

But what else should I be watching? The only thing regular that I’ve got going in my life is Homicide Hunter (with Detective Joe Kenda) and it’s so addicting. He cracks me up so hard with his, “Well my my MY.”

Oh! I’m also trying to get through The Nineties. Because you know my nostalgia for that decade and all things Cranberries and Lilith and Monica Lewinsky’s lipstick.

What should I start next?!



Weekend plans?

This morning Aaron and I are dropping the kids off at school and going to have our annual Christmastime cappuccino! I say annual, it’s our second annual Christmastime cappuccino, which basically makes it a longtime tradition. #math

But it’s that ONE MORNING during December two times now that we carve out a few hours to go sit in a cozy cafe and sip something foamy and caffeinated. And then head to Habitat Restore so that we can dig through buckets and buckets of vintage brass goodies to take home and Parisian up our crib.

WHICH REMINDS ME, I c a n n o t w a i t to show you our basement. I have a few more tiny things to knock off the joosh list, then I’ll show you, omg.


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29 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rayna December 14, 2018 at 7:51 am #
    I made gingerbread men for the first time last year and this recipe was... no words melt in your mouth soft chewy gingerbread. Good luck!
  2. Kim Sims December 14, 2018 at 8:53 am #
    Kohls has a line called NYX that has a GREAT glossl! It's called lip lustre.. and there are a couple coral shades. Check it out! Reminds me of MAC lip glass but not as sticky or pricey.
  3. Candace December 14, 2018 at 9:43 am #
    When Harry Met Sally! Love, LOVE that reference.
  4. Meg December 14, 2018 at 10:09 am #
    I get all my baking tips from Bridget at she has a gingerbread recipe there: I can't wait to hear the suggestions about the coral lipgloss suggestions!
  5. Meg December 14, 2018 at 10:12 am #
    One more thing...have you used the Libby app to read magazines online for free through your local public library? I am a HUGE magazine fan and this has been a game changer for me. Good for us minimalists, too!
    • stephanie December 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm #
      Whaaaaaat?! I love magazines but can't bring myself to pay for them. I am checking this out asap! Thanks!
  6. Meg December 14, 2018 at 10:14 am #
    Bridget's baking blog Bake at 350 has a stellar gingerbread recipe Her book, Decorating Cookies, is awesome. Her step-by-step instructions are helpful for those of us who aren't bakers.
  7. Dani December 14, 2018 at 10:18 am #
    This Martha is my go-to every year! Highly recommend.
  8. Autumn December 14, 2018 at 10:28 am #
    omg Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel of course!!! Unless you've already finished it haha :) and I'm on the hunt for a coral gloss too! So can't wait to know what everyone recommends to you!
  9. Dana December 14, 2018 at 10:34 am #
    Oh my goodness! Is Natalie wearing wide-legs?? so cute! I love the innocence of the babies dancing together. Just precious.
  10. andrea December 14, 2018 at 10:58 am #
    Pricey but YSL glossy stains are the bomb. I've sadly found nothing cheaper to compare to them. They are super long lasting, not sticky, not gooey, buildable coverage and you basically don't even feel it. And it doesn't crack or peel by the end of the day. They have tons of colors, quite a few fun corals too.
  11. Dj Siler December 14, 2018 at 11:41 am #
    Beauty Counter has some really nice glosses. Good luck with the gingerbread cookies, I’m a failure at baking so I’ve got nothin’. Love the pic of you’re twosome dancing!
  12. Tif December 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm #
    Mags! I still heart them. I am also mourning the end of CL, and Glamour ain't gonna print no more, neither. Sad face.I like Real Simple, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living (and I'm in Michigan!) Remember Jane? And Sassy! NYX Butter Gloss is great - and at Target:
    • Amanda R December 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm #
      I love Southern Living, but I just discovered Midwest Living! I had no idea! Some friends gave it to me and I'm already hooked (of course now I want to travel north to visit all the places I'm reading about!).
  13. Kathy December 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm #
    Hey - let's hear it for Southern Living! It's the best...their recipes always seem to work, and their articles are kinder, gentler and altogether southern. And I live in Pennsylvania. Another mag I will never give up...Time. And National Geographic.
  14. Mo December 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm #
    I really like House & Home magazine out of Canada.
  15. Nicole December 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm #
    Jane Iredale lip gloss. All natural and smells like pink lemon- aid. They have a nice coral one. I think it is called tangerine.
  16. Emily December 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm #
    Howdy Ernest!!! I have loved a sample of some Anastasia lip gloss I got in my recent Sephora box. I am sure they have a coral shade. It’s buttery, smooth, and glimmery. I too HEART “Cooking Light”. I have subscribed for like 15 years!! I think we automatically get rolled into an “Eating Well” subscription that is run by all the same folks. Figers crossed its as good. Still shedding a tear for my CL. Good luck with the Gingerbread ;)
  17. Theresa king December 14, 2018 at 10:37 pm #
    I love cooks illustrated, us weekly (I tried to go without 1 year during medical school and nearly flunked out- not really but it sounds sufficiently dramatic), Elle decor (especially the “dozen things I can’t live without”), Kansas City spaces, Lawrence magazine.
  18. Shelley Heppner December 15, 2018 at 6:18 am #
    Buxom lip gloss! At Ulta or Sephora
  19. Becky K. December 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm #
    I third the NYX butter gloss. It’s the brand I consistently reach for. It’s not sticky, has staying power, and every shade I’ve tried is flattering. Do you enjoy the show Fixer Upper? If so Magnolia Magazine is a really nice one. Oh and the movie quote is from When Harry Met Sally. "But I'd like the pie heated, and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side. And I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it. If not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it's real. If it's out of a can, then nothing."
  20. Ali December 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm #
    Dior Lip Glow is my favorite lip product I’ve every used!
  21. kayla December 16, 2018 at 1:04 am #
    yep on the nyx butter glosses! all opaque colors, smell good, and not gross feeling!
  22. Lauren December 16, 2018 at 6:49 am #
    Agree with Dior lip glow in coral for top pick. Other easy options may be Clinique chubby stick in melon, fresh sugar lip in punch, or bite lip gloss.
  23. Jordan December 16, 2018 at 7:55 am #
    It’s weird but my two favorite lip products are actually drugstore brands. The L’Oreal Colore Riche extraordinare lipgloss is the best lipgloss I’ve ever worn. It’s shiny and moisturizing but not sticky. I think it’s discontinued but I buy in bulk from the internet. And the Glossy Balm stick is awesome. Soft, shiny, with good coverage. Both have coral varieties.
  24. Megan December 16, 2018 at 8:02 am #
    Benefit's Cha Cha Cha Lip tint is the best! I wear it everyday. It's a little shiny but stays put.
  25. Amanda December 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm #
    RIP Domino. I had every single issue until about a year ago when I finally made myself purge for the sake of the poor soul who has to sift through my hoard after I die.
  26. Tobi December 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm #
    I love Homicide Hunter! I grew up in Colorado Springs in the 80s - 90s and had no idea that kind of crime was going on. Kenda rocks!
  27. Rosie December 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm #
    Tarte Lip Rescue in Coral. It say it's a lip balm but it's very glossy when applied.

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