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Wonder twin powers: activate!

“If no one draws something going into my mouth are we even friends.” – Claire

Just dropped a gaggle of kids off at a church event in my minivan so I guess I really have become my own mother.

I love giving books as much as I love getting them.

This balm for the working mom is off to a friend who inspires me to be better through her vulnerability and tenacity. 😘

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to post awkward videos of my kids learning irrelevant dances in formalwear! #cotilion


Is Botox safe to use? Does dairy truly cause acne and do you *really* need to wash your face every day? These questions plus a great discussion on embracing aging with Dr. Sarah Villafranco, a former ER doc turned artisan soap maker. (The most gorgeous soaps you’ve ever seen, by the way.) Also, Kristen ponders trying fillers for her furrowed brow, and Sarah discusses her new at-home laser tool.
In this episode we talked about:

Osmia Organics

SmoothSkin Gold IPL Permanent Hair Reduction Laser


Silicone Wine Glasses

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Suki Skincare Line

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Beauty Heroes


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Friday Finds: Denim

  1. Meychin Adjustable Denim Jean Kitchen Apron
  2. Levi’s Men’s Standard Barstow Denim Western, Dark Rinse Shirt
  3. Lee Women’s Modern Series Holden Denim Jacket
  4. Mid-Century Modern Woven Fabric Upholstered Accent Dining Chairs 
  5. Household 100% Cotton Duvet Cover King
  6. Maika Recycled Canvas Bucket, Indigo Denim
  7. Nautica Seaward Denim European Sham
  8. Kate Spade New York Women’s Lilly Sneaker
  9. Rivet Revolve Modern Accent Chair, Denim Rivet





Mommy, I want to fix my skin so it will be white || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from August 2008.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from August 2008.


Ohhh . . . my heart is hurting tonight. This evening Jafta opened up about how he feels being the only brown person in our family, and it was devastating. He’s really never commented about it before, and we try to keep the dialogue open. But tonight he said the following,

Mommy, I don’t like my brown skin. I want it to be white.

I want to take my skin off.
I don’t want this hair. I want hair like daddy.
I want to fix my skin so it will be white.
I want my skin to look like yours and daddy’s and India’s

and then, worst of all:

I just don’t like myself

I tried so hard to listen, to keep from overreacting, to be empathetic, and to tell him how much I love him and his brown skin. But it was obvious that he has a lot of pent up feelings about this. I’ve wondered . . . especially watching the way he interacts with other kids sometimes. But tonight he left no question.

I am totally torn up about it. What do I do? We’ve read the books and followed the advice . . . but I’m just so sad because I know that there is inevitable grief in adoption, and this is a part of his life experience as a transracial adoptee. I WANT TO FIX IT. I want to protect him from pain. I don’t want him to be sad. I want him to feel special and loved and secure and confident.

Mark and I talked about it for a long time tonight. Well, Mark talked. I sobbed and made word-like noises through my ugly-cry face. We were evaluating what we could do differently, if we’ve made a mis-step somewhere. We considered again, if we need to move to Austin, or Haiti, or a place with more diversity than Orange County. But we were mostly just hurting for our little boy.

It’s so discouraging, too, that we want so badly to give him a sibling who looks like him. I wish so much that our Haiti adoption was not taking so long. I hate that he feels so alone in our family. I wish that he had just one face to identify with in our home.

UGGGHHHHH. Feeling sad tonight, and wishing I knew the answer.

Wednesday’s Child: Joebert

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids