The Kondō Craze: The Pros and Cons of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up | Selfie Episode 68

From her bestselling book to the new Netflix show, Marie Kondō’s methods for decluttering have swept the nation . . . but they’ve also received some criticism. We are talking about the pros and cons of the KonMari Method, what we’ve tried and what has challenged us, and why we think you should read the book anyway. Kristen also talks about getting the “vampire facial” (microneedling with PRP) at Cosmeticare and Sarah ponders eyelid surgery as her lids are starting to affect her vision.

In this episode, we talked about:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


Revlon Hair Dryer Brush Combo

Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths

Kindle Paperwhite

Rahua Amazon Oil


Life Lately

Some of the cute classroom valentines my kids picked from @minted, as well as some lovely

custom art prints I ordered for myself and for my own Valentine. 😉 ❤️


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Kelly’s voice is just SO UNREAL. So fun to see her tonight. #chocgala

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An inspiring night at the @chocchildrens gala. Over 3.4 million raised for treatments, therapies,

and family services for kids in Orange County. #chocgala

For years, when my kids ask for something, I answer back with “and I want a robot that cleans my house.”

Looks like @indiahowerton is using her science project to make my dreams come true. 😂


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Must be a twin thing ….

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#TBT to a bunch of bible college kids on spring break ‘94 when I really loved plaid and The Smiths and
had tanorexia and thought I was fat. Still paying for that sun worship.
Still nostalgic for those days. We will miss you @jimhowardjax.
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She’s finally as tall as her “twin” brother!

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I mean listen. I don’t know sports. But I know this is insane. #kembeindustries

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The Horrors of the Neti Pot || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from Janaury 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from January 2009.

I have enjoyed using my neti pot ever since Dr. Oz and Oprah told me I should be doing it. (Because I do whatever Oprah tells me I should do). I gotta tell you, though, if you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s amazingly refreshing. And did I mention OPRAH does it?

So anyway, I’ve been deaing with a nasty cold for weeks now, and yesterday I was looking forward to giving the system a little flush. Jafta was at preschool, and India was hanging out with me in the bathroom. I prepared my pot, tilted my head, and got a good little stream going, when suddenly India got a glimpse of what I was doing and started SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER.

It was horrific. No parent ever wants to think about what their child would look like if they were witness to an act of violence. And yet, that is exactly what India looked like. I might as well have been gauging my eyes out, the way she was screaming. She was also yelling “NO, MOMMY NO!!! DON’T DO IT!!!” through her screams. She was completely and totally traumatized. I had to spend the next half hour comforting her, calming her down, and assuring her that I was not hurt. And then she followed me around like a mother bear following her cub, making sure that I didn’t try any of that funny business again.

So, lesson learned. In the future, my Neti Pot use will be behind closed doors.


Wednesday’s Child: Jarius

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.

Jwaye Nowel || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from December 2008.

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

This was my FAVORITE gift this year: some pictures of Keanan on Christmas Day. He is getting so big, and I am really missing him this season. I can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with him at home next year.

Here is the most recent update from the orphanage. We love getting these so much, and hearing about his little personality. Sounds like a Howerton boy already. Please keep praying for his adoption process and that he will be home SOON!!

Keanan is energy in motion. He is a delightful little boy who bounds from one activity to the next, always relishing each moment. He is rarely aware of my presence when is playing as he is so consumed, but if he becomes aware that I am watching him he is momentarily still. He is almost always the dirtiest boy in the house as he tackles his play so forcefully. He is a joy to watch as his smile is nearly always present.

Keanan enjoys everything – swinging, climbing, jumping, kicking balls, throwing balls, running, riding the tricycles – you name it. He is perpetually on the move – unless he realizes I’m trying to catch him with my camera and then I glimpse an unexpected moment of shyness.

He interacts well with the other boys and I cannot at the moment recall a time that I have seen him at odds with any of them. He is polite and a willing helper when it comes time to pick up the toys.

Keanan is a healthy eater, and is growing and developing well in every aspect. I do not have any concerns about him at this time.