April 11, 2014

The Way, Way Back

The Way, Way Back is a sweet coming-of-age story about Duncan (Liam James), an awkward teen who spends the summer at a beach house with his mother (Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell) and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Duncan ends up working at a waterpark where he bonds with Owen (Sam Rockwell) and begins to find his place.

Overall it's a fun, light movie that veers into dramatic moments without getting too heavy. It's great when you're looking to entertain a big group of people with different tastes. You'll laugh. You'll be ready to punch Trent in the face.You'll cringe as you remember your own awkward adolescence. (I sure did.)

P.S. The first scene in the station wagon is autobiographical. Oh my heart!

The Way, Way Back is on Netflix right now. Grab some friends, make some popcorn and settle in for a great movie.

This post was written out of my love for Netflix and desire to tell you about the great movies I've watched. This post was not sponsored!

April 08, 2014

Lazy/beautiful: Scrubbing out the gunk

Sure you could splurge for a gold facial. Or a blood one.

Or you could hit up your pantry and linen closet.

Why the baking soda? It's coarse enough to exfoliate the top layer of skin cells without making your skin red and irritated. Add it to your regular face cleanser or make a paste with water and wash that gunk away.

Why the washcloth? For an extra-deep clean, soak a cloth in hot water after you finish washing your face. Wring out the excess water and drape the hot washcloth over your clean skin (or hold it as close as is comfortable). Using hot water is key: It opens your pores and loosens up dead skin cells. When you're done, wipe your face with the cloth to remove the dead skin. For an extra punch, splash your face with cold water, too!

After a couple of weeks, I've noticed a difference in my skin. It's softer. Pimples are smaller and less frequent. I'm happy with the results (and even happier to pocket the $10-15 that I'd usually use for a drugstore scrub).

Do you have any tips or tricks to getting the gunk out of your face? I'd love to hear them!