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ice ice baby

There were only a few things I truly missed while in Rwanda and one of them was ICE.

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It’s one of those quirky things about me – I am addicted to good ice. Soft enough to break, just the right amount of crunch, not too solid or too melty. Who knew you could be so particular about ice.

My love of ice started at a young age, but came to it’s peak when I was pregnant. While my friends craved hamburgers or steak or sour patch kids, I would go through the Starbucks drive thru just to order a cup of ice. It was like dessert. Some call that an indication of iron-deficiency (which I also had), but there was nothing so satisfying as a cup of frozen water.

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My compulsion to eat ice has settled down, but I do still love a good ice cube. Give me a glass of water with a slice of cucumber, a sprig of mint and a bunch of ice and I’m a happy girl. (Well, that or a gin + tonic with extra lime and lots of ice. I’ll take that, too.)

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Ryan and I are not great gift-givers, but he has bought me two completely un-romatic, yet perfect-for-me gifts in the past few years. One was this milk frother that makes the most delicious lattes, and the other was this portable ice maker.

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Since our fridge does not have a built-in ice-maker, we keep this portable version on the pantry floor. It makes great ice, the kids love to snack on it, and I find I drink way more water with ice so accessible. Win all around.

And now you know a very random fact about me: I love ice. Off to go make myself a glass of ice water …

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making a small difference

One of my proudest professional moments so far was participating in the creation of this cute journal:

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(photo by paige knudsen)

It was my first collaboration with Noonday Collection, a company I have come to love and will be traveling to Rwanda with in just a few days (!).

My part was simply to design the cover and artisans in India turned them in to beautiful works of art. I know it was just a little thing, but I felt so honored to be part of something bigger – helping women across the world make ends meet for their families.

To know that the journal made a small difference in the lives of families across the globe is inspiring to me. But it doesn’t take designing products – simply purchasing them can make an impact, too.

This whole concept of’ using my purchasing power for good’ is fairly new to me, but one I am seeking to embrace. I want to buy pretty clothes and gifts and decorations, and if I have the chance to buy pretty things AND have my money go towards supporting artists and small businesses, I’m all for it.

I’m headed to Africa where I’ll get to meet a handful of these women whose lives are forever changed because their work is sold through companies like Noonday. I’ll be traveling with a few friends whose lives have been forever changed because they have funded their adoptions or sent their kids to college or paid their mortgage with the income they’ve made through selling products created by these artisans. It’s such a beautiful cycle and one I’m grateful to be part of.

You can make a difference, too. Here are two ways:

1. Follow along on our Rwanda trip to learn about the ways Noonday and IJM are advocating and providing opportunities for families across the globe. Our group will be sharing throughout our stay and you can stay up to date by signing up for updates here. There’s actually a pretty generous giveaway going, so enter now for a chance to win.

2. Host a trunk show. Gather your friends and neighbors, snack on finger foods and sip your favorite drink while you hear more of the Noonday mission, shop for beautifully made jewelry and gifts, and use your purchasing power for good.

We’re actually creating a new collection of items while in Africa (SUPER excited about this and I’m sure I’ll share much more next week!) and those will be revealed at a nationwide trunk show this August.

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Everyone who attends the trunk shows will have the chance to vote on their favorite designs we’ve created alongside our new Rwandan friends and the winning designs will be produced. More details on the #styleforjustice collection to come, but check your calendars and sign up to host a trunk show!

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>> Click here for details <<

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5 minute makeup

I’m channeling my inner 15 year old and talking about make up today. My sisters and friends and I used to do makeovers all the time – playing with thick eyeliner or new lipstick and always adding a mole ala Cindy Crawford.

As much as I loved those makeovers, I never totally got into wearing lots of makeup and still prefer a natural look to a totally made-up face. It’s quite convenient, because I don’t really have the time or energy to give myself a fancy look each day – 5 minutes is about all I have. Thankfully, there are a few beauty secrets that make a quick morning makeup routine possible.

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I made a quick video showing you what I do to achieve a 5 minute face:

I hope this inspires you to try a few new products/techniques or just encourages you to add a touch of makeup to your already gorgeous face.

Here are the products I use daily:

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cleaning wipes / moisturizer / tinted moisturizer / concealer / loose powder / blush / brush set

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tightline shadow / smudge brush / mascara / eye shadow / brush / eyebrow powder / angled brush / lipgloss

To learn more about lash extensions, here is a post all about them.

For more makeup tutorials (like how to fill in brows, and how to highlight and contour), visit my favorite beauty blog: Maskara. You’re days of playing makeover are about to return.

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