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Creativity was something that was unknowingly missing from my life. It only took a few years of denial, a marital argument and a drive to thrift store to discover it.⁣My hope is that this post will give you some food for thought during this weird time in life. Maybe you’ll add creativity, physical fitness, blooming […]

The Missing Piece: Creativity

mantel decor

July 18, 2020

It’s no secret that Beautycounter is where my love for clean beauty began almost 5 years ago. It’s also no secret that over the last 3 years, I’ve branched out to try other clean beauty products. But there are a few Beautycounter products that stand out above all else in my eyes.

Beautycounter Round-Up: My Tried and True Favorites

Beautycounter Lip Products

June 22, 2020

We did a thing! As of two weeks ago, Mike and I officially bought our first house! But not just any house. Mike’s grandparents’ house: a cozy 2-bed 1-bath post-war cape situated on top of a hill.

Welcome to the Francis Place: Our First Home

May 16, 2020

I intentionally slammed a bowl full of unwanted Frosted Flakes into the sink tonight. Yep. I did. In a rather matter-of-fact, calm-as-a-cucumber kind of way. Just like “What’s that Sarah? Oh, you don’t even want crunchy sugar for dinner? OK, no problem.” *Walks calmly to sink. CRASH BANG.* “Oops.”

Pandemic Life as Mom: A Bowl Full of Frosted Flakes


April 10, 2020

Looking for a cheap and easy meal? Cool. Because turnip soup fits the bill. And cheap and easy is really all I know in the cooking world. This one was floating around the interwebs a good bit this past Fall, and it has become a staple in the Francis house.

Turnip Green and Sausage Soup: Easy Dinner Recipe

March 25, 2020

Ask a makeup artist what the most important step is when applying makeup and chances are they will say skin prep. Foundation goes on better. Blending is easier. Everything just works better.

Sonia Roselli Beauty: My 3 Favorite Skin Prep Products

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February 27, 2020

Some of my mom friends and I have been talking. And we’ve noticed some trends in the land of Social Media. Something tells me you have, too. The Inspiration Mom was first to land on our screens. We welcomed her with open arms…

The Middle Mom: Where Inspiration meets Hot-Mess

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February 21, 2020

It’s a more relaxed take on the clean beauty movement. You don’t have to ditch your favorite moisturizer.⁣ Nor do you have to do a total overhaul. One switch is better than no switch, right? And who knows?

Clean Beauty: With a Laid-Back Twist

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February 20, 2020

“What’s going on? It feels like you just don’t care. With us. With the kids. With anything.” Then we heard Sarah playing in her room for the 7th time that night. He begrudgingly got up to tend to her. She was lucky it wasn’t me. As he walked out of the living room…

Finding Alone Time for Me: A Motherhood Milestone

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February 9, 2020

a middle ground for inspiration and hot-mess.

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