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Small Joys: Volume 2

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Small Joys | Trés Belle

1. Our thankfulness board. In the month of November, Wes and I wrote down something each day that we were thankful for on the large chalkboard in our kitchen. Looking at it each day made me realize just how much I have to be joyful about. Gratitude turns even the smallest things into more than enough.

2. A painted fence! We had been debating painting our fence for quite some time, and our decision was solidified when we had a gate installed and the wood turned out to be a veryyyy different color from the rest of the fence! We finally bit the bullet over Thanksgiving weekend. My amazing family pitched in to help for two full days of painting (they’re the best!). I had NO idea how much work would be involved and how sore I would be the next day! Walking was a challenge. But now our fence is oh-so-beautiful! Check out the before and after:

White Fence Before and After | Trés Belle

3. Tazza Kitchen‘s Brick Oven Brussels Sprouts. Holy shitakes, y’all. Hubs and I went to Tazza with some friends last week, and I was instantly excited when I saw that they had Brussels sprouts as an appetizer. I am a total Brussels freak. These did not disappoint…in fact, I think they might be the best Brussels I’ve ever had!

4. The Business with Purpose podcast. Molly Stillman, who hosts the podcast, is a local blogger with a heart of gold. I can’t get enough of her new podcast, which features entrepreneurs who are using their businesses to leave the world a better place. Episode 3 with Bethany Tran of The Root Collective is my absolute favorite so far. Go listen!

5. Our Christmas tree. Um, I’m a little obsessed. The lights just make me so happy! As soon as I get home each night, I put on pajamas and park myself in front of the tree.

Cozy Christmas living room | Trés Belle

6. On a related note: our Christmas ornaments. We are on Team Hodge Podge Tree. Our ornaments are all different colors and vary between fancy crystal and homemade paper cutouts from our preschool days. It is so much fun to pull each ornament out and be transported back to a particular moment in time. My all-time favorite ornament as a kid was a “pear tree” (aka a pear on a tree trunk) with a little partridge inside in his undies. I smile every time I see it. Another favorite on our tree this year is the ornament my sister gave Wes when his beloved childhood dog passed away earlier this year. The ornament is a spitting image of sweet Lola with her name printed underneath!

There are lots of other BIG things to be grateful for, especially this time of year, but I’ll leave it at these small snippets for now. Friends, what are the small things in your life that are giving you joy right now?

xoxo Laura

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham

Hi belles! Who else out there is somewhat of a beauty junkie? This post is for you!

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

 

I’m not particularly “good” at hair and makeup, but I love trying new products. I’m like a kid in a candy store at Ulta. I’ve definitely heard and read some things about all of the nasty chemicals and hormone disrupters in beauty products, but I’ve never done much research and have made a half-hearted effort at best to seek out natural alternatives. So, I was super excited when I found out that the September meet-up for the Triangle Area Bloggers group (TriFABB) was being held at Be Pure Beauty in Durham!

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

My friend Traci and I went together to the event and left feeling incredibly inspired. April, the owner of Be Pure Beauty, is someone you instantly want to be best friends with. She has a calming and soothing demeanor, and her passion for her store is contagious. After a personal experience with the detriments that sneaky beauty product ingredients can have on your health, April, who is an accomplished L.A. hair and makeup artist, developed a mission to help others access cleaner, safer products. Her store carries non-toxic, eco-friendly, USA-made natural beauty products.

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

At the TriFABB meet-up, April had some educational activities planned to teach us about the nasty ingredients lurking in many common beauty formulas, and we also got to tour the store and try the products. The highlight of the evening for me was getting to be the model for a makeup tutorial!

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

It was nice to feel and see the products in action and learn some secrets from a pro (for example, patting on eyeshadow rather than brushing it on!).

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

I left with some natural deodorant and a clay mask to help with my blemishes and acne-prone skin. I hope to go back soon to purchase some makeup once I’ve used up the large supply I already have here at home!

Ethical Skin Care at Be Pure Beauty in Durham  |  Trés Belle

If you’re not local to the Triangle area, never fear: You can shop Be Pure Beauty online. Let me know if you find any new products that you love!

xoxo Laura

(All photos by the lovely Molly Stillman.)

P.S. – This is not a sponsored post. I just love sharing things I love with my belles!