I asked Instagram what I should buy from Ulta because I felt clueless. Here are the top recommended items to add to your list the next time you make a trip to Ulta!


The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% (PM) You’ll need cotton pads, too!

ACURE Brightening Cleansing Gel (AM + PM)

ACURE Brightening Vitamin C Serum (AM + PM)

Florence by Mills Dreamy Dew Moisturizer (AM + PM)

So far, I like all of the products that I bought!

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Jesus was born in a manger and became Emmanuel— God with us. And then he was a toddler, a teen, and a twenty-something living a life that didn’t get written down until he turned thirty. Those years were quiet, but Emmanuel was here. God is with you in the waiting.

Party Time

Design by @allthingslilyann on Instagram

Easy way to make the mundane more fun: consider it “party time.” Cranking through a to-do list? PARTY TIME. 3 Zoom meetings on a Thursday? PARTY TIME. Cleaning the kitchen? PARTY TIME. Waking up at 6:15? Change the alarm title to PARTY TIME.

Party time turns “I have to” into “I get to” and proves you don’t need candles and confetti to count it all joy.

Christmas Lists

Lol @ 2003 me 🎁

I found these pieces of paper folded up in an old purse last week and am now left to imagine The Delia’s Catalog Energy I must have exuded walking through Kenwood Towne Centre on a Saturday in December without a chaperone. I made a list of gifts for people and a list of the stores I wanted to stop in (more than ½ are clearly shops for myself… and more than ½ no longer exist). But finding these lists spurred on some questions to consider as you wrap up (👀) your Christmas shopping:

💫 What do they love? What comes up often in your conversations?
💫 Do they value practical or sentimental? Experiences or decorations?
💫 What could you make* or buy them to help them feel seen and known this year?
💫 Is there a local spot that sells that item?

*It’s been a rough year and I think your loved ones will understand if you don’t have the typical funds to spend on gifts. Get creative! Write a heartfelt letter, craft coupons for quality time, paint ornaments, or make hot chocolate kits.

The purse in question. Bless the fashion sense and confidence of middle school girls.

How to Care for Your Grieving Friend

Before I became a member of The Worst Club of Women™  who have suffered pregnancy loss, I had several friends who miscarried. I always empathized with them, but never knew the extent of physical and emotional pain caused by a pregnancy loss until it happened to me. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re on the outside of the club and feel clueless about the specific feelings associated with miscarriage. And if you are, I’d like to offer some things to consider on how to best care for your friends as they join this club that no one wants to be part of.

The first thing that I want you to know is that miscarriage is not simply a terrible period or minor injury. It is the death of a person dreamt up and hoped for. No matter the point in time in which someone experiences a pregnancy loss, it can be heartbreaking and traumatic. I was once naive to think that a miscarriage, though sad, had a rather quick recovery time (emotionally and physically) because I had no idea what it entailed.

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Selah, Pt. 3

The week before I miscarried, I stopped feeling nauseous. For the first ten weeks of my pregnancy, I felt mildly sick all the time. The thought of certain foods could make me gag, and in general, nothing sounded appetizing at all. But right around week 11, which in hindsight was the week before I miscarried, I felt fine. So fine that when friends asked how I was feeling I would say “I actually don’t feel nauseous at all anymore. I hope that’s a kind gift from God and not the sign of something bad, but I feel totally fine!”

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