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Dimples

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(Blouse & Watch: Target  Dress: birthday gift  Necklace: instagram shop  Shoes: thrifted)

I just started noticing something…I have a slight obsession with dimples. Not dimples in cheeks though, CHIN dimples. My grandpa had one, so I think I associate chin dimples with super awesome, kind people. Start looking around and see who has them. I’ve been seeing a lot of actors on TV that have them and it makes me want to be friends with them. If you have a chin dimple and we are having a conversation, you may need to remind me that your “eyes are up here” because I’ll probably be staring at your awesome chin.

Best Birthday Party Ever

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My oldest son turned 6 last week (How can that be?!!) and we had the best time celebrating him.

We got him a new skateboard for his birthday, which ended up only costing us $5 because of a thrift store score and a great friend who has the hook-ups.

On Saturday, we had a “ninja party”. Now I have nothing against Pinterest, in fact I love and adore it. But I do feel like sometimes Pinterest has a way of placing expectations on people (moms especially) to throw wildly fantastic parties with coordinating everything. I think throwing these parties is amazing and if that is your thing, then by all means, keep it up. I for one don’t have the time or energy to do that though, but I still think this party went off with a bang.

I bought ninja swords for all the boys (because this was an “all boys party”, yes…we’ve reached the age where girls are not allowed) as their go-home gift.

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The boys ran around the backyard for a good hour or so, just pretending to be ninjas.

Then we stopped the play to have pizza (Thank you, Little Ceasar for your $5 goodness!)

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I completely spaced about dessert, so planned to make ninja brownie cut-outs. The box I had only made an 8×8 pan, so I looked in my pantry and found some sugar cookie mix that I bought around Christmas time. I made ninja cut-out cookies (they kinda looked like murder site victims) and since I had a ton of frosting and sprinkles around the house (don’t ask), we had a last minute cookie decorating activity.

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The boys played in the backyard for almost three hours with their swords, playing catch and finally Hide and Seek once it was dark. It was simple and absolutely perfect. And let me tell you, this age and the fact that we can have a “drop off” party (I love all my son’s friend’s parents, but sometimes just entertaining little people is easier).

I just want to say that Pinterest is wonderful, but sometimes all kids want is to run around with swords and eat lots of food coloring. And that’s what counts. ;)

Trustworthy

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(Earrings: swap meet  Blouse: Hut 8-Bisou Bisou  Belt: Lands End Canvas  Dress: anthropologie  Booties: liketwice.com)

My husband is the most trustworthy man I know…except when I have something in my teeth. I constantly ask him after I’ve eaten if I have stuff in my teeth. And more than once, he says I am “fine” only for me to later discover I have a tiny piece of black pepper stuck between my front tooth and gums. In his book this is “fine”, but in mine, it is not okay. Thankfully I have my incredibly trustworthy reverse iPhone camera to make sure I really am “fine”, since I HATE talking to people and later finding out I have nasty objects obstructing my smile.

Open Mouth, Insert Everything

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(Blouse: Plato’s Closet  Hat, Vest & Shoes: thrifted  Skirt: GAP)

My son is nine months old. I love this stage. He crawls around everywhere, has started doing funny things to make us laugh and his language skills are expanding daily. But I am totally over his “learning by putting everything in his mouth” stage. Because he crawls everywhere (and super fast too…his older brother calls him a “baby cheetah”), he finds stuff that we don’t in little crevices and under tables and shoves it in his mouth. He is also so grabby, so eating any of your own food around him is nearly impossible.

Inspiration Is Everywhere!

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(Blouse: Target  Necklace: instagram shop  Skirt: Hut 8  Shoes: Hand Me Down)

There is inspiration everywhere! I find most of my outfit ideas from magazines (like this one above, which was part of an ad), Pinterest and TV. Finding new outfits to try is not just a great way to stretch yourself out of your “style comfort zone”, but also to find new ways to use the items you already have in your wardrobe.

I CHALLENGE YOU to put together a new outfit, take a pic of yourself in it and also send me a pic of the outfit that inspired you. Then send the two pics to my email at

thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com

Send the pics by Monday, March 2nd and I’ll post some of your fun outfit pics to inspire others! Let’s rally!

Who Woulda Thunk?!

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(Sweater: thrifted  Dress: clothing exchange  Necklace: instagram shop  Shoes: Hand Me Down)

My friend mentioned to me that she had been washing her face with coconut oil. At first I thought this was crazy talk. I mean, who has ever heard of washing your face with oil?! But I was desperate because my acne was getting out of control. So I started washing my face every night and it works! It’s totally evened out my complexion and even minimized my pores (although I should point out that I NEVER really wash my face, so just doing that might also be the reason my pimples are disappearing). All you do is rub a tiny bit of coconut oil on your dry face in circles for a minute or so and then run a washcloth under hot water and place it on your face to open your pores. I do this twice. Then you just wipe off the excess oil. I’ve been following it up by spot treating my blemishes with tea tree oil, cedarwood oil or lavender oil. Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Genie In A Bottle

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(Blouse, Belt & Shoes: thrifted  Dress & Bracelet: clothing exchange)

If I were to come across a magic lamp, rubbed it and a genie came out, I’m pretty sure one of my wishes would be for this dang cough to go away and never return. My poor children have had a hacky cough off and on now for the past three months and I am ready for it to be gone. I, by some miracle, have not gotten it, although with all the drastic weather changes we’ve been having here in Southern California, it wouldn’t surprise me if my kids have allergies and this cough is just an annoying byproduct. Blerg.

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