Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just a thought...

to help enlighten Monday.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Freebie List

So for those of you who may not know, a freebie list is a list of celebrities with whom, were you given the opportunity, you could hook up with no negative consequences from your partner. My husband and I were discussing our's yesterday on a long drive to Oakland. Here is my list:

Russell Crowe
Once, I saw an interview with Mr. Crowe on Inside the Actor's Studio. When asked the infamous question, "What turns you on?" he replied "A well-constructed sentence." Humuhnuh humuhnuh humuhnuh. And Russell, "The tree was aglow with iridescent lights that shone on the myriad onlookers with proud luminescence." Now how's that for a well-constructed sentence?  

It also goes without saying that all of my choices would be plucked from their prime and would of course, still be alive. I'd choose Russell from his LA Confidential days, not the perhaps more popular Gladiator days, and most certainly not now, because well, he's just too old. Sorry Russell.

Next, we have
Adam Brody
This guy is just smoking hot. And this outfit kills me. In fact, this picture was once my desktop background when I briefly worked an office job. I love Adam Brody because he's got the hot nerd thing going on and that is such a turn on, no? I even watched that stupid show, The OC, just because he was on it. Where have you gone, you hot nerd?

River Phoenix
My only blonde entry, and perhaps the only blonde I ever truly loved-- the fiercely talented River Phoenix. He was my #1 childhood crush: I had his posters on my little girl walls, read the Teen Beat articles in which he talked about being a vegetarian (which was like, the coolest thing when you're 11.) I loved him so much that on the day he died, my mom let me stay home from school. He was the guy with real character--a blonde with a dark aura--the sensitive, tortured artist. I miss him.

Robert Pattinson
I know, I know. I'm a little embarrassed. But seriously, I can't help it if this guy is ridiculously hot. He smolders. It may have something to do with the fact that I read all the Twilight books and really, I see him as Edward (again, I know, I'm so ashamed.) But in my defense, there are moms everywhere dreaming about this guy every night, so I am not alone. And have you seen him in interviews? He's just plain odd, and that's kinda sexy too. I wouldn't kick this greasy-haired kid out of bed for eating crackers.

So ladies, I'd like to know--who's on your freebie list?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Homemade deodorant

I love this stuff. I've been using Amy Karol's recipe for homemade deodorant for about a year now and I really, really love it. Like Amy, I had long been a long-time hater of women's anti-perspirant/deodorant combos. The aluminum in the stuff is just plain toxic, and while I didn't want to smell like a hippie, I also didn't want to get Parkinson's disease either.

Once I swore off anti-perspirant, I tried 'the crystal.' This stuff just plain didn't work for me.
From there, I moved on to Lush's aromacreme which was awesome until it gave me a rash. Bummer.  I used men's deodorant after that, but didn't like the man smell it gave was so pleased when I finally found this recipe.

I don't add any fragrance to my deodorant because I love the natural smell of cocoa butter (yep, my pits smell like chocolate!)  The last time I whipped up a batch, I poured the contents into an empty deodorant stick and now it's easy peasy to apply. As you may see from the picture, I tried mixing some of my beloved Chanel Chance in to see if I could get a deodorant that smelled like my favorite perfume. It didn't work, so don't waste your perfume! The deodorant works very well, but for those days when I know I'm going to be working really hard, I use my husband's deodorant spray--it just works that little bit better. But as far as everyday needs go, this homemade deodorant is really awesome.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

How rad is this?

The Bay Area Discovery Museum

This is Jack at The Bay Area Discovery Museum, a totally awesome place that we finally made it to over Memorial Day weekend. And it was on a free day (!) in honor of the Asian Heritage Festival that was held, in part, there.  I was worried that the museum was going to be aimed at older children, but Jack thought it was totally cool and we had a great time enjoying the beautiful, sunny day in Sausalito.
Here he is trying to build a boat, maybe a bit too young for that at 17 months old!

This awesome fort was inside the 'Tot Spot' section of the museum, a place for the little ones to explore that includes (content from museum website:)

Balance to stand, walk, roll or jump on a wobbly, water-filled pond. Crawl through the waterfall. Try on a fish costume.
Crawl and climb among the “roots” of a tree. Scale a baby-size mountain. Dress up as a bumble bee.
The Stream
Splash in a stream that flows through a multi-level faux rock stream bed.
The Meadow
Explore a gently rolling, grassy area. Meet a wood rat in his nest of sticks. Crawl like a gopher through a tunnel.

How fun does that sound?
 And no, this isn't a creepy dead frog, but it kinda looks like one.

It was a great place to bring a child maybe eight years old and younger; there are kids and strollers and sippy cups all over the place. Despite the fact that our visit fell on a free day and a Saturday, it didn't feel crowded at all, probably due to the outdoor layout. The museum has a cafe that had already closed for the day, but lots of families had brought their own lunch. I love it when places like this allow outside food, especially when you've got kids.

Hope you had a good weekend!