Checking In: OPI You Sustain Me, Fighting the Yuck, the Window Covering Saga, Lounge Pants and More!


Well hello, there.

Hiya! Is it Wednesday already? I haven’t left the house in three days. Before we get into the why behind that statement, so that this is marginally related to beauty, this week’s self-care mani is OPI’s Infinite Shine in You Sustain Me.

Cute, yeah? I’ve had a thing for creamy mauves lately.

We’ve been hunkered down because Connor’s been really sick. 🙁 She finally caught the respiratory virus that’s been surging in our neck of the woods over the last few months, and it’s been rough on her little body.

She hasn’t been feeling well.

Long story short, because of the pandemic, kids her age haven’t had the chance to go through the usual waves of viruses that happen to them while they’re young. Now everyone’s catching up and getting sick left and right.

Today she’s feeling a little better; I think she’s made it past the hardest part and is finally on the mend. Fingers crossed.

Painting

In addition to dealing with what we’ve been calling “fighting the yuck,” it’s been noisy as all heck outside. The exterior of our house is currently being painted (the home owners association forces everyone in our neighborhood to do it every few years), and for some reason these particular painters are very loud. There’s banging, drilling and all kinds of nonsense happening outside. My nerves are shot!

Chaos in our front yard!

On the bright side, though, I can draw the curtains (YAY) and close all the blinds and roller shades so they don’t have to see us wearing pajamas 24/7 while we’re inside.

Windows and blinds and roller shades, oh my!

It only took months, but we finally have all our window treatments done. And now I know enough about the whole process to do it again if I had to.

Shout out to Hunter Douglas blinds!
Ahh, the messiness of real life.

All I have to say is Hunter Douglas all the way! If you’re plagued with indecision when it comes to home decor (story of my life), you can’t really go wrong if you go the Hunter Douglas route. I’m really happy with how ours turned out.

The window covering saga of 2022, aka what we finally ended up getting

By the way, all these play well with the shade of paint we picked, Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Benjamin Moore Simply White

OK, what else is going on?

Movie to add to your list

I watched the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing” on Netflix the other day, which I really enjoyed.

The best lounge pants

I bought a pair of these joggers from Target for 20 bucks, and they are chef’s kiss! SO SOFT. And they have pockets! I want another pair or two or twelve. Haha.

California to Hawaii?

El Hub is actively campaigning for us to move to Hawaii. I mean… Homeboy’s been working this angle since the day I met him (local boys always want to go back, it seems), but lately it’s kicked into overdrive. I have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, the beach…

Advice for teeth staining

I went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned last week, and the dental hygienist told me that in order to prevent staining from coffee and what not, the best time to brush your teeth is actually *before* you drink your beverage – not immediately after.

She told me if you brush immediately after drinking coffee, it just pushes the liquids into your teeth and stains them even more. According to her, it’s better to brush beforehand to remove all the plaque so that coffee/tea/whatever you’re drinking has less to stick to.

Anywho. That’s what’s been going on over here. How are things your end?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen



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