It’s been an emotional week. A week filled with learning and praying and talking and trying to sort through the racism and social injustice that is still rampant in our country. I shared a few thoughts on Instagram but didn’t want to neglect to say something here too. You can read my Instagram post here. And a follow-up post as well.
Someone in the comments of my first post suggested sharing more black-owned beauty brands and I loved that idea. There is much, much more to do than just that (of course), but I wanted to share what a great idea that was and I am making a conscientious effort to do that. The first that came to mind, after recently falling in love with the Strawberry Dip cream blush, is Fenty. I’ve tried a handful of cosmetics from that line and really like them!
I’ll continue to be sharing resources and more on the site and social channels, but if you want to do your own research this is a great list of black-owned businesses organized by type.
I hope the conversation about equality and valuing all people regardless of their race continues, and I want you to know that that dialogue is going to be present amongst the content you are also used to seeing from me. It’s not a separate, one-time message. . . it must become a regular, usual part of my/our life in order for change to happen.
On a different note, we will be FINISHED with homeschool next week! I must admit that Justin and I are counting down the days even more than the kids!
David is starting a new school in the fall and he’s been very open about sharing his fear about going to a new school. He regularly tells me that he wants to do home school forever because he’s nervous about the new school. As much as that hurts me to hear, I’m so thankful he knows how to clearly express himself and the things he’s nervous about. We will prep him during the summer, and I’m certain he will do great once he gets over the hump of the newness.
Meanwhile, Luke will be attending David’s old school and is very excited. He talks a lot about how he wants to see his friends from pre-school but I have to tell him that a lot of them are going to different schools. It makes me sad to think of all the time he lost with a teacher that he loved and his classmates at preschool, but I also am looking so forward to seeing him experience Kindergarten! We have a lot to look forward to in the fall, and I’m very thankful to have a summer together as a family to prepare for it!
I feel like I just gave birth to these boys yesterday, so the fact that I’m discussing first grade and kindergarten is blowing my mind.
A few other links + loves from around the web…
A reader sent me info about this product: Such a cool applicator brush that is like an extension of your fingertips.
I saw this on Kendi Everyday and placed it in my cart immediately.
Recently was told about this website: An all-natural marketplace for by Black Artisans.
I bought these lounge pants recently and found them to be so comfortable and easy to wear. I think the pockets kind of make them versatile as well, meaning you could dress them up with a tank and cute sandals too!
I’ve been wearing more tanks and tops that require a racerback bra, and while I have one that I really like, I’ve also just purchased these clips that convert regular bra straps to racerback without too much pulling.
I hope you are able to find some bit of rest or respite this weekend, in whatever way that may look like for you.