Friday, July 22, 2011

Sara Bareilles New Song "Beautiful Girl"

Beautiful girl

[verse 1]
You wanna walk into the room like that other girl does
The one who’s always making everyone fall in love
You see
Girl, you are a lot like me

She rearranges all the light in the room so you’re always in the shadows
Well, that’s what it feels like to you
Baby, I’ve been there too

I know how much it can sometimes hurt
You feel like the whole world has made you the ugly girl
Take it from me that you have to see it first

So before you trade in your summer skin for those high heel shoes
To make him wanna be with you
Let me remind you one more time that
Just maybe you’re beautiful but you just can’t see
So why don’t you trust me
They’ll see it too, you beautiful girl, you…

[verse 2]
You wanna lay the blame on somebody else
All those tiny little minds that leave you up on a shelf
But okay
I’ve seen it done that way

Just in case nobody ever comes through
Riding in to come to your rescue
You still have a chance
You don’t have to be asked to dance

I know how much you’ve been dying to say
Look how much everybody loves me
Guess who gets left when everyone else fades away

So before you trade in your summer skin for those high heel shoes
To make him wanna be with you
Let me remind you one more time that
Just maybe you’re beautiful but you just can’t see
So why don’t you trust me
They’ll see it too, you beautiful girl, you…

Probably the best "learning to love yourself" song I've ever heard.
Thank you, Sara B.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Why are plane tickets to the east coast so ridiculously expensive??

For that price... I'd go to Europe!

Friday, March 4, 2011


My grandmother's little sister passed away a couple weeks ago. It was a shock because she was younger than my grandma. Who is still alive and (frail but) healthy.

Now that I've had time to process all the panic and emotion, I've been thinking a lot about my family. My parents, my grandparents, and relatives... Both sides of my family have a rich history of religious leadership and musicianship. My dad - pastor. My mom - music teacher. My grandpas - both pastors. I don't have cousins... but all the second cousins I know are songwriters or opera singers. Basically... I don't have very many relatives that are not pastors or musicians. I think I can actually count on one hand the ones that are not.

I always believed that I was different from my other family members. I did not pursue theology or music. I was "American" and an "individual". But it just hit me today... I married a man who is a musician AND a pastor. We've been married for four and a half years.

Huh. I guess it does matter where you come from.
And today, I am very thankful for my family... and all the rich crazy history it comes with.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What to Pack for Cabo. Really.

We just got back from our first trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Some awesome friends we have asked us to join them on their annual trip. And since we'd never been there, but had always fantasized of going... (Me, for the sunshine, heat, and margaritas. Josh, for the surf breaks.) We happily happily said "YES!" before they even got the rest of the sentence out.

Being the obsessive little researcher that I am, I tried to look up some good packing lists on the internet before our trip, but I was sorely disappointed. Pesos, check. Swimsuit, check. Sunblock, obviously check. But not the real valuable kind of information a girl needs to pack her suitcase.

So here it is. Ariel's tips for packing for Cabo. (Or any Mexican resort town, really.)

What to take:
1. Sunblock. (Number ONE on my list! And it should be on yours too!!)
Loads of it. I emptied two half-full tubes while I was there. And it was only a five day trip.
(On a happy little side note, I am working on a formula for homemade sunblock for people with freakishly sensitive skin like me. Or for your babies. Or yourself if you would like to avoid cancer. Will post later.) A nice rich body lotion to put on at night will help with dryness.

2. A cute floppy straw hat and sunglasses.
Sunblock can only do so much. This will keep you from squinting or getting headaches from being out in the sun all day. I bought a cheap one that I could wear in the pool without having to worry about ruining it.

3. At least two swimsuits.
Rotating is nice for tan lines. It's also nice not to have to pull on a wet soggy suit in the morning.

4. Casual dresses.
This is all I wore. Maxi dresses, stretchy strapless dresses, swimsuit cover ups. Trust me, when it is hot and humid... the last thing you want to wear is jeans or any kind of tight clothing.

5. Lipbalm with SPF, and waterproof mascara. Face wipes and a good acne face wash.
That's about all you'll get on. You could wear a bit of mascara to look cute in pictures, but making it waterproof will give you the freedom to jump right into the pool at any time. The 2% salicylic acid face wash will keep you from breaking out from all the sunblock you've been diligently slathering on all day.

6. Bubble bath.
Most resort rooms have nice big soak tubs and I never pass up an opportunity to have a bubbly bath in a tub that I don't have to clean afterwards. Just remember to leave a nice tip at the end of your stay!

7. Books and magazines.
I didn't do a whole lot of reading while I was there... but these served to save my spot by the pool every morning.

8. Oh yeah. Almost forgot. Your passport.

What to ditch:
1. Hair styling. Yup. As a whole.
Ditch the blowdryers and irons, the gel, the mousse, the spray... Take a break from all that stuff for your trip. You're going to be wet, anyway, one way or another, and the humidity will make all your efforts absolutely pointless. A big clip to pull all your hair up and a few rubber bands to hold ponytails and braids will do. Maybe a good 2 in 1 shampoo to get the salt water and pool water out. (Yes, hotels provide that stuff... but if you're a picky girl like me...)

2. Heels.
I packed a pair and it was dumb. Comfy and cute flipflops is all I wore. One pair to keep dry for outings, and one rubber pair for the pool.

3. Work stuff.
My phone was on airplane mode the entire time. It was basically just an expensive alarm clock for five days. And that even only so I could wake up for the yoga class on the beach. Josh's laptop just served as a mini movie theater for about an hour and a half. If you can do without, leave it behind! Aren't you on vacation to get away from all that anyway?

That's all I can think of for now! I'll update later if I think of more~

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Favorite Website - "Forvo"

I have a new favorite website called Ever wonder how to pronounce some impossible foreign word? (Or english word for that matter...)
Forvo is your new best friend.

For example, taekwondo.

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Patriotic Nails

So I probably should have posted this like three days ago... But better late than never!

To celebrate my first Independence Day as an actual American...

And no, I am so not rocking this today. I'm in a very office appropriate nudey beige right now.
Besides... nothing more tacky than day old holiday gear.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sunny Disposition

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

We've had the worst weather lately. Trying not to be depressed about it! Because summer is a comin'.... even though looking out the window makes me doubt it.

Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for a good physical sunblock. Here are a few I've found that fall right in my very selective criteria. I know I wrote about sunblock around this time last year.... This may become an annual thing.

Cosmedix Reflect Natural SPF30 - Saw this at my esthetician's office.

Pratima Neem Rose and Neem Vetiver - This is the next one I'm going to buy. It contains a really high percentage of zinc oxide which is probably the safest and most stable mineral that reflects the widest range of UVA and UVB rays.

And the awesome California Baby line. Easy on your skin since it was created with babies in mind.

Since 80% of what is out there on the market doesn't work, it's important to do your homework! Which sunblock will you be entrusting your skin with this summer?