Why You Gotta Be So Cool?

I have a confession to make: I kind of dig being the “cool” aunt. The title was given to me by my two young nieces -recently – and although I KNOW for a fact that they only think I’m COOL because I live in a different country and they barely remember me–I’m going to wear this badge of coolness for a while.

We haven’t been back “home” for a few years, which is why my sister’s girls have no clue who I am. This mysterious woman with the weird-sort-of-maybe-southernish accent who showed up on their doorstep intrigued them. They told me I have cool clothes; were thrilled that I knew it was “all about that bass, ” and were completely enamored by my Facebook skills.

So when I dug out the craft kit I brought them–one where we could make lava lamp lip gloss – they went wild. My coolness factor shot up so high, they had turn the air conditioning down.

PROOF #1 – the look on Sierra’s face as she mixed up her first batch of lip gloss. 

I brought Handcrafted Honey Bee Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Kit with me so that the girls could make lip gloss for their friends, but I have to admit, I really enjoyed doing it with them. Watching their faces light up when they tipped the lip gloss tube over and the lava slowly cascaded to the bottom was pure joy. And the look of accomplishment on their faces was priceless. With this kit, you can make up to eight lip glosses so each of the girls were able to make four. They were fascinated with the science of it – meticulously measuring out the castor oil and glycerin, and then adding the mica for color.

Here are a few action shots of our lip gloss creation. A note to other DIY-ers: Sierra informed me that even though it was tempting to mix the two colors, if you’re making green lip gloss, just stick with the green. Mixing green and red = brown lip gloss. Stick to the instructions, she said to me when I suggested we venture outside the box.

The supplies. 




Lip gloss success!


Happy girl.


I know that the girls loved the lip gloss, but I was probably way more blown away by the experience than they were. Did I need lava lamp lip gloss? Of course not. But for just an hour, I was able to be a kid again. They were far more scientific in their approach to the ratios and I let them take the lead— happy to be spending the time creating something together. There were no cell phones dinging or Facebook posts to distract me. There was just two beautiful blonde giggling girls and a magical afternoon of making lip gloss.

Sometimes, its the simplest of things that have the greatest impact.

I Was Robbed

I was robbed of time

Yesterday I woke up in a great mood. And then I was robbed. This is the truth in life: If you're lucky, you wake up every day. That's it. Well, on this particular day, I woke up feeling extra zippy--with a lovin' life kind of feeling. I was … [Continue reading]

Moving Out and Moving On

moving out

The ink was barely dry on my son's graduation diploma when we signed the papers on our condo in the city. It was always our plan to ditch the "big house" in the suburbs and downsize our life once the kids moved out, but going from nearly 4000 square … [Continue reading]

And the Gray Walls Came Crumbling Down

hands of time

I really thought I had the whole empty nest thing under control. I talk a good talk when I encourage other soon-to-be-kid-free-moms: "Oh, that empty nest thing? Nah, not bothering me a bit. I mean, we're raising adults here. If we do a good job, they … [Continue reading]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

get what you need

I've spent the last 45 days, give or take, complaining. Bitching. Griping. Moping. In a serious wave of funk. And it's time to stop. Since my friends are far too kind to tell me to "Get over yourself, you idiot," I am forced to take action all on my … [Continue reading]