Blog: 5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

5 things i've been loving lately

1. Bold-ish brows

OK, after months of wearing a chill, super relaxed brow look (and sometimes just skipping brow products entirely!), I’m back in the habit of doing a full brow again, and I had one of those “Why did I ever stop doing this?” moments.

When I put a little effort into my brows — extending the tail on my right brow and filling out the skinny spots (I’m talking to you, Raul!) — it’s kind of fantastic, and I feel like I can get away with less makeup.

Remember when Jeremy Renner said “Brows, Lashes, lips frame the face”? He really was the makeup prophet of our times…

By the way, I’ve been into an old-school UD product as of late, their Brow Beater pencil in Neutral Brown.


It’s the one with a twist-up pencil on one side and a brow brush on the other. It’s harder than many pencils, and it stays put (the softer ones seem to disappear faster). It also looks natural because it has a perfect balance of pigment.

urban decay brow beater neutral brown
Good brow day! I’m wearing Urban Decay Brow Beater Pencil in Neutral Brown.

2. Chocolate sprinkles on toast

Thank you for educating me about Dutch hagelslag, otherwise known as “chocolate sprinkles on buttered toast,” otherwise known as “a delightful breakfast treat!” I bought a box of chocolate sprinkles at World Market a while back because the picture on the box was just so weird, and curiosity got the best of me.

Thanks to you, I now know that the secret to making this work is to lightly toast your bread, then butter it (Kerrygold salted butter is THE WAY), and then douse that mo-fo with all the chocolate sprinkles and then some.

Sounds and looks a little weird, but it’s really good.

Um…as you can see, someone couldn’t wait, LOL!

3. Name Bubbles

The Coywolf started her last year of in-person preschool last week (we’re a little nervous, but yeah), and every item she brings with her to school needs a label. I found these really cute ones from Name Bubbles. Shipping was fast, and the labels don’t come off in the wash.

Coycoy wanted whales because she’s been into animals lately…

name bubbles whales
These are handy!

4. Drooling over fall doorway decor…

What is it about fall door decor?! I have no interest in spring or summer entryways, but fall and winter? I’m like, dang! — PUT UP ALL THE CRAP.

fall door
Snazzy fall door decor by Pottery Barn

5. This Hawaiian-style chicken and coconut rice plate

OMG, this dinner. I made this a few weeks ago, and the family raved about it, so now it’s in our weekly rotation. It’s Hawaiian chicken (made it in my Instant Pot using this recipe), coconut rice, Hawaiian-style mac salad (I almost wrote “MAC salad”) and Thai-inspired cucumber carrot salad. It’s got Asian flavors of pineapple, soy sauce (I used gluten-free Tamari because El Hub has Celiac) and coconut. Great blend of sweet and savory.

hawaiian chicken instant pot coconut rice
The new go-to dinner at our house

What have you been loving lately?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,