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Cultural misappropriation strikes again

This topic pops up frequently Stateside around Halloween when we often find ourselves cringing as we explain to others that "dressing up as an Indian" is not in fact a costume option. It is actually cultural misappropriation. This can be a touchy subject as we can often be perceived as being overly sensitive. However, the main issue is that unless you "walk the walk" of the minority group day in an day out (you face all the discrimination that it entails to be brown), then you don't get to play dress up and use our culture and dress on a lark. Our traditional dress, and adornments such as the tikka or mehendi are routinely used as props by Westerners who don't know the first thing about what the practices mean. I want to be clear that appreciation and misappropriation ought not be confused! If as a non-Indian, you have learned about the cultural practices and significance, you would also know not to cart out bindis as props. Likewise, if you are attending a…

Travel Diary: Flagstaff

This trip was highly uncharacteristic for us in that it was pretty impromptu.  Flagstaff is a very short drive for us, so with a little help from Amazon, I had boys ski accessories in hand (everything fit perfectly!), hubs rented the gear in town, and we were off. Hubs and I are Floridians so we're not exactly bred for alpine adventure - we wanted to make sure our kids got on skis early to prevent the fear factor from setting in.

Flagstaff is a picturesque town - it's at a high enough elevation that the mountains are home to evergreens and there isn't a cactus in sight. In town, the temperatures really only required a fleece and some layering, but up in the mountains, of course it was a bit cooler. Flagstaff really is a stunning little town - walking around among the buildings (many of which are on the historic register), you can imagine what the town was like in its timber heyday. I'm a sucker for turn of the century history, college towns, and that gorgeous alpine sc…

Cover Fx Mattifying Setting Spray

If I had a skin care weakness, it's mattifiers. I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest mattifying products. I grabbed this bottle thinking I'd use it as an afternoon refresher in lieu of patting on an oil-absorbing powder.
I'm sorry to report, that this spray took its sweet time drying, and I didn't observe any mattifying action. I basically felt like I spritzed my face with water. Hydrating and cooling? Yes. Mattifying? Not really.

Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Camo Drops

What under-caffeinated, sleep-deprived mom wouldn't love to quickly blur redness and uneven skin tone via one tiny addition to her morning routine? I certainly couldn't resist the temptation of a product that seemed to promise to do just that without (and I cannot emphasize this enough), adding much time to my morning routine. I've got three breakfasts to fix, two lunches to pack, two sleepy boy to wake up, and an unpredictable baby. Time is the one thing I don't have.
Enter Dr. Jart's Tiger Grass Camo Drops. Essentially, they act like a color corrector in liquid form. After giving the bottle a good shake, I squeezed out 2 drops onto my fingertips. The drops start out green (makes sense for redness cancelling), and then turn to beige as you blend them into your skin. Here's where I ran into a couple of issues. First, my skin is oily at baseline. Adding the Dr. Jart drops after my serum, but before my mattefier and SPF, resulted in mega-shine for me. If you have…