Kyle’s 30th Birthday Bash

Party planning is one of my favorite things of all time. From a small get together with friends to full-blown events (I helped organize a Care Bears Brunch in New York back in July), parties are a passion of mine. So for Kyle’s 30th birthday, I’d been planning for a few years.  Continue reading


One Year Later

This time last year, I had high hopes for this little blog of ours. Hopes rooted in great intentions – to write more, to keep up with Kate (and family) better, to have a creative outlet and see where it would take us. One year ago today we were “launching” to see what might become of a little family/travel/lifestyle/fun times blog. Continue reading

Why I joined Beautycounter…

…Something I never saw coming!

In April 2014, I married my husband. We were in for a tough ride, as my mother passed away from cancer at the age of 64 just three months later. She was a true caretaker – a stay-at-home mother for most of our young lives, a hospice nurse and a wellness coordinator. Prior to the wedding I had multiple bouts of severe dermatitis on my face, neck and chest.  Like we all do, I always called Mom when things went wrong. She told me time and time again… “it’s all that crap you use, just try soap & water!” But I thought I knew better and off to Sephora I went for a miracle cream… to no avail. Continue reading

Benham’s LA Housewarming

Feels like forever since I’ve posted, it’s been a busy few weeks! Since finishing makeup classes I’ve continued to do practice on friends. Last week? Totally dedicated to whipping our house into shape. Now we’re a week post-housewarming and getting back to normal!

We bought our house in December (Merry Christmas to us!), renovated the kitchen and living space in January/February before moving in the first weekend in March. Here we are, almost six months later, and just getting around to a housewarming! To be fair… I could have used a few years to get the house to a presentable point BUT… we bought this house to entertain, and damnit – entertain we will!   Continue reading

RECAP: Day 2 – Day 4 at Ruby’s Makeup Academy

Hi there, friends!

Thank you all for the sweet comments and “liking” us on Facebook and Instagram (← click the links if you haven’t yet!!). We’re almost two weeks into this blogging thing and seems to be pretty OK so far 🙂

Wanted to post a little update on my last few days (photos below are from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at Ruby’s Makeup Academy being taught by the lovely @LipstickNick.    Continue reading