May 2015 Beauty Bag

1. Lush Vanishing Cream – I originally got this for my face, but ended up using it on my back and chest, and it has done wonders for my bacne! It’s a tad bit on the pricey side ($42.95 for the same size pot I get their $6.95 face mask in), but a little does go a long way!

2. Clinique Take the Day Off Oil Cleanser – I first heard about cleansing oils on The Beauty Snoop, and after reading her post I decided to give one a try. This stuff really does the job! I’ll use the cleansing oil before going into the shower, rinse and then use my regular cleanser. Ever since I started using it I don’t see any makeup on my Clarisonic, which means it’s doing a phenomenal job getting the makeup off.

3. Tory Burch Rollerball – This was one of those items lurking near the checkstand at Sephora, or as I call it the Impulse Purchase Section. It smelled really good the first time I tried it, but I couldn’t justify buying another perfume when I had others at home that needed to be used. My next couple of visits I kept going back and giving this stuff a sniff before I finally caved and bought it. Once I finish the rollerball I am definitely splurging on the big fragrance bottle!

4. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Cup o’ Capricorn) – AKA The Busy Gal’s Nailpolish. In theory this product is great for someone like me whose only time to do her nails is when she is at the computer and needs her nails to look somewhat presentable. But if you’re looking for long-term wear then this isn’t the product for you. It chips within a couple of days, but since it’s an all-in-one product touch-ups are a breeze. I’m not about to turn in my whole nail collection for these, but it’s a good product to have on hand in between gel manicures.

5. Sephora Age Defy Night Moisture Cream – I decided to give this stuff a try after reading up about good nighttime moisturizers for combination skin. I’m so glad I did because this stuff looks good, smells good, and works good! I wake up every morning with my skin hydrated (not greasy) and refreshed. Like the Lush Vanishing Cream, a little is all you need. I actually got this back in March, and I still have a ton of it left!


On Friday I mentioned on Instagram we had our pellet stove installed:

The New Pellet Stove

Originally we had a propane stove that we took out and sold shortly before we got our new floors.

The Old Propane Stove

The last couple of winters have been very pricey when it comes to propane usage; our furnace is propane powered, so we’ve been considering low-cost alternatives to heating our home. Not to mention the old stove relied on the whole house thermostat, which happens to be right next to it, so if we ran the stove the rest of the house would freeze!

Growing up, my parents had a wood stove which they eventually sold in favor of a pellet stove, so I’ve been able to experience first hand the differences between the two. We went with a pellet stove because it’s cleaner, greener, safer, and puts out an amazing amount of heat. Plus purchasing ours during the time of year where people are thinking about air conditioners made our options more affordable.

The Pellet Stove We Chose

We ordered both our pellet stove and the pad that it sits on from a local place called Sierra Home Alternatives. On Friday they did the install, and then on Saturday I went to Lowe’s to get some floating shelves for either side.


Before - No Pellet Stove


Our New Pellet Stove Our New Pellet Stove


So I’m gonna get real with you guys for a minute. I’ve been debating whether or not I want to share this, but I feel like if I do then it’s a step in the direction of acceptance and moving forward to deal with it.

I went to the doctor’s this week after a few appointments, lab panels, etc. prior, and I found out that I have PCOS – Polycystic ovary syndrome.

These are some of the symptoms I have been experiencing:

  • Acne
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight
  • Extra hair on the face and body
  • Irregular periods
  • Fertility problems
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Increase in stress levels

I’ve been off the pill for over a year now, and it seems prior to that it was keeping my symptoms more manageable. I’ve switched brands of pills a couple of times which has been consistent with my weight going up. My weight has drastically gone up since being off the pill, as well as my acne and other symptoms. So while this diagnosis doesn’t surprise me (it totally makes sense), it sucks because it feels like it’s making things all the more difficult.

Enjoying some beautiful roses from my garden and some new reading from @dashingdish.

So what’s next? Well, I’ve acknowleged I need to make more drastic lifestyle changes, starting with food. With being on Weight Watchers for seven years, simply tracking points is not enough. I need to change what I am eating. I’ve started detoxing from sugar, especially after watching Fed Up, and I am going to focus on clean eating.

My doctor said to start with trying to lose 10% of my weight and go from there. It’s been difficult with the PCOS and one of the symptoms being difficulty losing weight, but I’m hoping with focus more on clean eating will really help give me that extra boost I need.


CGASC 2015

I hustled over the weekend working on my build for the CGA Strategic Conference, and it paid off! On Tuesday the site went live!


The Lovely Geek didn’t get any attention this week, but since I have a four day weekend this weekend that’s going to change! My goal is to get my mood board done and move on to my style guide and design.



Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day with my mommy in Santa Cruz.

Having tea with my mama for Mother's Day!

On Saturday, Joshua, Dani, and I took her to a quaint little tea room called The Quail & Thistle Tea Room. We had their California Country Tea, which consisted of salad, scones tea sandwiches, baked goods and of course, tea. It was so cute and super yummy!


The word of the last couple of weeks has been hustle. I got my designed approved for the 2015 CGA Strategic Conference.

2015 cgasc

Since we’re spread a little thin these days trying to get project out the door, I’ve been busy building out the design. I literally finished the build last night, and hopefully it will be going live in the next day or so. I’m really proud of how my build turned out. I was nervous about it since I haven’t built anything for DG in a couple of years (since I first started as an intern), but with help from my developers I was able to build something I’m really proud of.


When I haven’t been working, I’ve tried to sneak in working on a mood board for The Lovely Geek. I’ve also been getting familar with a new design program called Sketch, which I absolutely love! It takes the best things about Photoshop and Illustrator and puts them into one in a program that is actually made for designing websites. After reading this case study on Smashing Magazine I finally gave in to using it on of my projects. Once I did, I loved it! Not to mention my developers at work are a lot happier I did too – it makes life a lot easier for building.


It’s hard to believe that 22 years ago I happened upon these books in my elementary school library not realizing how much of an impact they would have on my life.

Star Wars Children's Books

Looking back on it, I think that’s really where my ‘geek’ journey began.

As Princess Leia

While I was the girl that played with Barbies and makeup, I was also the girl with lightsaber and a growing collection of figurines.

My Star Wars Collection

And now years later evidence of both the child and the adult Star Wars lover can be seen throughout my house.

My Desk

Star Wars has been my long-time friend, one that I have grown up with and will forever be in my geeky little heart. May the fourth be with you. ♥