Managing You Man’s Beard: A Smooth Viking Review

smooth viking review

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The impossible happened. Jeff finally convinced me he “needs” a beard during the hockey season. He explained it like this: occasionally he gets hit in the face with slapshots, and the beard helps cushion the impact. I wouldn’t have believed him if I hadn’t witnessed it first hand at a game in Denmark last year. A puck beelined for his chin, and instead of creating an injury worthy of multiple stitches, he was left with just a swollen chin and an itty bitty cut barely visible under his beard hairs. It was a much better and less messy situation. Fine, I said, keep the beard.

smooth viking review

smooth viking review

My only request of him was that he keeps it looking clean, and so when he arrived back in the US from Sweden, I handed him these Smooth Viking products and a trimmer to shape up the scraggly hairs (side note: I love that the company is called Smooth Viking and Jeff just got back from playing in Viking land). Does anyone else think a scraggly beard makes a guy look homeless? Because it totally does.

Jeff has been using the Smooth Viking products for a little over a week now and is most excited because they make his beard look fuller. I personally think it the combination of products helps to tame some of the scraggly hairs and makes the scruff feel a little softer to the touch. Jeff plans on shaving after our trip to Denver in a few weeks, and even though I’m counting down the days until it’s gone, I’m glad he’s keeping his beard classy.

Thank you to Brand Backer & Smooth Viking for sponsoring this post.

Casa De Smitty Update: Getting Started


Jeff and I closed on our house and got to work on renovating this weekend. When we were looking for a house one of our criteria was that it could be turned into something we could easily make our own. Most homes in this market aren’t updated to our taste and were also pretty pricey, so we decided to get our HGTV on and do it ourselves (and with the help of a few professionals). I’m pretty impressed with the progress we made in just a few days. Walls in the great room have been reduced to studs, the 1970’s kitchen has been removed, the rocks on the fireplace are gone, the retro green carpet has been ripped up, and all of the popcorn ceilings have been scraped off. Somehow I managed to remove all the popcorn in one day resulting in nightmares the following night. Have you ever scraped that stuff before? It’s gross.


Even though the living room floors are just planks of plywood right now, I’m starting to see how beautiful it will all look once everything is completed. My brain is buzzing with ideas, and I’m trying to calm myself down since it will be a few months before Casa De Smitty is move-in-ready.

I’ll probably be doing an update somewhere during the beginning of every month. Hopefully there will be some floors going down this time in April!

February According to Instagram


If I could describe February in two words it would be “zoom zoom.” It cruised by thankfully, and we’re one step closer to April Showers and May Flowers. I always love looking back at my Instas from the month to see just exactly went on. I feel like instagram is a mini picture blog, and sometimes the things that made it up on my photo feed don’t make it up to the ole blog. Here’s the big things that happened this month according to Instagram:

1. I watched a lot of hockey games with Swedish commentary. I had absolutely no idea what they were saying 99% of the time, but it was nice to watch Jeff do his thang. He’s the fellow in #21.

2. We chose our floors (the lighter wood), kitchen cabinets (the darker wood), and counter tops via Facetime. Still loving this look.

3. I’m not a quote person, but this one stuck with me.

4. On my first run in too long I somehow ended up on a very muddy side street. Don’t worry – the shoes look as good as new now.

5 & 6. I visited my girlfriends in Seattle and it was a blast as always. The public market is classic.

7. Gia & I practiced our topknot skills. Twinsies.

8. Jeff got back from Sweden and 2 days later we officially closed on our house. Now to move all of our stuff again…

9. My Washington State license finally arrived only to remind me I’m super pale. I may as well be a member of the Cullen family.

Do you use Instagram as a mini picture blog too? Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more photos with unnecessary filters!


Spring Beauty Updates


It’s true. I’m already thinking about the updates to my spring beauty routine. I blame it on all the sunshine and good weather. I can see the light at the end of the wintery tunnel and it is wonderful. Here’s what I’m loving for spring:

1. Stila Convertible Color in Lillum: Ever since this color showed up on the J Crew runway, I’ve been slightly obsessed. I love how natural cream blushes look, and they’re so easy to apply. Need. This.

2. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion: This new “complexion perfecter (don’t call it foundation)” is supposed to be the jam for light coverage, natural looking warm weather skin. I will be swinging by Sephora to pick up a sample of this since I really hate wearing heavy foundation in the spring and summer months.

3. Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Amaretto: One of my girlfriends gifted me this pencil in “Brandy” for my birthday, and it has been the perfect, easy-to-apply winter color. I definitely plan on picking up a more natural hue for spring – and the Amaretto color is lovely.

4. B. Balenciaga Rollerball:  I truly believe everyone should have at least 2 fragrances. One for the warm months, one for the cool months. This new one from Balenciaga is the perfect for spring. As always, I definitely suggest a rollerball or trying a sample before investing in a full size as scent often changes when on your skin and throughout the day.

5. Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochome Rose: Something about the neutral pink hues make this the perfect spring palette. Hourglass is my all time favorite beauty brand, and I would love to add this to my collection.

6. YSL Babydoll Mascara : I love how this formula separates lashes for a natural look. My typical go-to fall/winter mascara is a little heavier, so I like lightening up my lash look in warmer months.

7. Murad Oil Control Mattifier with SPF 15: My skin gets super oily once the weather warms up, and this stuff mattifies my oil zones on contact and lasts all day. The SPF is always a plus.

8. Ciate Ice Cream Collection: I love these pastel nail colors, especially the orange! I can totally see some adorable easter nail art happening with these.

What spring beauty updates do you make to your routine? Are there any products you swear by?


Sunshine & Rainbows

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Per my blog name, you may gather that I’m a big fan of sunny days. It has been the perfect weather for those outdoor runs I kept meaning to take and comfy dresses – one of my favorite parts about the spring and summer months. Gia loves it too, I can usually find her sun bathing in the rays of light shining through the windows. I just hope it sticks around forever.

Another piece of sunshine in my life is the return of my husband, Jeff, who gets back into town tonight. Woohoo! I’m (obviously) super excited to see him, and we have some things planned for the remainder of the week I can’t wait to share. Things are looking up in eastern Washington!