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COOLA Organic Skin Care Collection

COOLA has done it again!

They sent me their new organic skincare line–and it’s really good.?☀️ (Scroll to the bottom for a brief life update! 🙂 ).COOLA skincare

I already love and use COOLA sun care products. And after just one use of this skin care collection, I am equally (if not more) impressed. ?

An added bonus: the bottles are beautiful!?????????

COOLA organic skincare collection

Glowing Greens- Detoxifying Facial Cleansing Gel: An organic cleansing gel that flushes skin with purifying plant juices and nourishing extracts to clear away impurities for freshly glowing skin.
COOLA Glowing Greens Detoxifying Cleansing Gel
Vital Rush- Skin Renewal Serum: Hydrates skin and improves the look of pores. Helps skin rebound from stress and stay glowing.
COOLA Vital Rush Skin Renewal Serum
Refreshing Water Cream- Sunscreen:A water cream that delivers a surge of hydration and SPF 50 protection. Mitigates the visible effects of blue light, infrared rays, and pollution.
COOLA Refreshing Water Cream
Day SPF 30 & Night Eye Cream Duo: This Vitamin C-infused day cream protects and helps reduce the look of fine lines. A Resveratrol-infused night cream helps restore stressed skin.
COOLA Day SPF 30 & Night Eye Cream Duo
The Great Barrier Cream- Fortifying Moisturizer: A powerful yet lightweight organic cream with nutrient-rich Sea Kelp actives and Blue Algae, that goes beyond hydration to fortify skin’s natural barrier. (LOVE IT! Seriously.)
COOLA The Great Barrier Cream
To purchase, click HERE. My sporty gray tee is linked too. xoxo❤️☀️?
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Quick Life Update:

Hey Friend!
It’s been eight and a half long months since I’ve created a blog post. ;-( I’m sorry it’s been so long. Please forgive me.
I have some more blog posts planned between now and the end of the year; I promise that this won’t be the last life update. So, I am keeping it brief.


This fall, I will be entering my third year as a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Oregon. My time in the program has passed quickly, just like I thought it would. School is as rigorous and demanding as one might expect. While it certainly hasn’t been easy, everything has gone well and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the support of my colleagues and professors.


Can you believe that the twins will be 22 years old at the end of August?! I can’t. They are both doing well and thriving, taking their time getting through college, enjoying learning and loving life. I have enjoyed spending some much needed quality time at home in Vancouver, WA with them this summer. They are incredible humans and I am infinitely proud of each of them.

Health and Fitness

One of the reasons I took a break from social media and blogging is because I was having some health concerns. Luckily, it was nothing too serious. However, I have had to be very careful about managing my stress (which can contribute to lots of health problems). As usual, I have been keeping up with my workouts. I recently shed 10 lbs. of winter and stress weight by being more strict about my intermittent fasting and increasing the duration of my workouts. Every time I drop weight (since reaching middle age) I say this, but I hope to maintain it for longer than six months this time! 😉
I hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for stopping by to check on me.  I will be in touch again SOON!
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COOLA Face Organic Sunscreen

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I got a couple of new COOLA* products to add to my collection! Check out my post featuring the COOLA Travel kit here.
☺☀?Besides loving their clean products, another reason I support COOLA is that they are deeply committed to improving the health and safety of our communities, waterways, and habitats through responsible ingredient sourcing and sustainable packaging wherever possible.
Waste reduction is at the top of their priority list, and they use recycled materials whenever possible. ???? ??% ?? ℂ????’? ????????? ?? ????? ??????????, ???? ??? ???? ?? ?????? ????? ????????? ???% ?????????? ?? ????!

Recycling is of utmost importance to me, so I feel great about supporting this brand. ⠀

The two products featured here are:
This Farm to Face formula is sun protection and moisturizer in one. It provides sheer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while hydrating skin. Formulated with our antioxidant-rich Plant Protection Complex, this silky sunscreen for face provides light-as-air protection. Amazing on its own or layers perfectly under makeup!
This bestseller is a Farm-to-Face® formula featuring lightweight coverage. The mattifying finish is ideal for sensitive skin. ⠀
I also love this white swimsuit from Amazon (from last summer). It fits great, is comfortable and not see-through.  It comes in a bunch of colors and is less than $30. My everyday sunglasses (which I adore) are from Quay. Shop the post below.
P.S. All photos were taken by me, with my iphone.
*The skincare products were gifted by COOLA. Thank you COOLA!
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COOLA Sunscreen Travel Kit

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☀?Even though travel may be temporarily halted, a girl can still plan! ??????? ?? ???? ??????-????? ???? ????? ?????? ???? ?? ?? ????. ?I love getting a golden glow, but still need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. ⠀

✈?The COOLA signature travel kit is perfect for my (pre-COVID) frequent travel to California.

The skim cosmetic pouch contains everything I need: two SPF 30 sunscreens, one SPF 30 lip balm, and after-sun lotion, all in TSA-friendly sizes. The ingredients are 70%+ organic, vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, paraben-free, reef safe and reef-friendly. Treat yo’ self to this perfect suncare set before your next vacay!
Wednesdays are rough; My first class begins at 8am and my last class ends after 8pm.
All of my time in between classes is spent working. I’m currently still in Vancouver, but planning to head back to Eugene late tonight or early tomorrow. In addition to spending a little time with the family for the past several days, I got all of the shipping for my Poshmark boutique done, cleaned the house, and completed the twins’ financial aid applications.  Yay!
One of the nice things about being in the program at University of Oregon is that I am in the union, and the insurance is incredible!
I have been procrastinating using it, but I finally made some phone calls last week and set some appointments to take care of my health.  Nothing is wrong, I just haven’t been to the doctor in a while. I’m doing wellness visits and taking advantage of the mental health care which is covered 100%! Is there anything you’ve been putting off that you can work on this week? It feels especially good to cross things off the list that contribute to self-care. 🙂