The Small Things Blog

I'm a former professional hairstylist turned blogger + a stay at home mom. I blog about hair and beauty weekly on my website.

Love Your Skin This Summer

Well, I entered my 30s recently. Just a few weeks ago, actually. I feel better than ever since starting an intense fitness routine a few months ago, so it was nice to enter into the next era feeling stronger and healthier! ...more

links + loves guest curator, Anna Liesemeyer

I met Anna at The Brand Market, an intensive workshop for creators that may have just been the best workshop I’ve ever attended, and was immediately impressed. Her blog is one that I’ve probably followed the longest and most consistently over the years. She’s confident, calm, loves her family and also conveys a love for creativity and design through her blog ....more

Rash Guard: why did I wait so long to get one?

Recently I posted a photo on Instagram wearing a rash guard and I was surprised to see all the comments! A few had never even heard of one, and one commenter even said something along the lines of the majority of people wear them in New Zealand! I’ve always been sensitive to the sun ....more


**update: Wow, I’m truly humbled by your very sweet and uplifting comments here. Thank you so, so much. Hey, I’m drafting this blog post as if it’s a letter to a friend, because that’s how I feel about so many of you! ...more

Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

When I was younger, my parents and their friends would make homemade pineapple ice cream almost every summer. They had an old ice cream maker that required rock salt and was deafeningly loud so they always had to put it outside while it cranked! I don’t like the taste of pineapple, but I always loved the novelty of homemade ice cream! ...more

4th of July Sales

source Happy Independence Day! It’s been a soggy, humid morning here but we are celebrating as best we can! Fireworks have been canceled this evening, but we are going to grill some hotdogs and hamburgers later and spend time with family ....more

links + loves special guest

I thought it would be fun to change up my normal links + loves posts with a guest today! I always enjoy hearing about the latest things people are loving, and I hope you will too! ...more

Athleisure Hair

The ticket, I have kind of figured out, to athleisure is to basically get somewhat ready for the day but then put on mostly athletic clothes. And I’ve also learned that there is a difference between the clothes you wear to work out in and the clothes you wear for your athleisure look. This top, for example, will not be something I wear to bootcamp, but I’m totally living in it during these hot summer days! ...more

4th of July fun!

This year we’ll be heading up to Virginia to celebrate the 4th of July with my in-laws. They live in a very small town, without even so much as a stoplight, but there is something special about celebrating a patriotic holiday in a small, southern town. We’ll go on the lake, hopefully find a parade to watch, and if David can make it (and I’m quite sure he can!), we’ll let him stay up to watch the fireworks ....more

Lipstick finishes

It seems that lipstick is one of the most intimidating makeup products to use for makeup newbies. Maybe that and creating a cat eye with liquid eyeliner? I’ve had a couple friends ask me recently to help them find an everyday lipstick, and a date night/fun lipstick ....more