moody skincare must haves

I think my new name should be MIA Maddie because I always introduce a new post with the fact that I never post often enough.

Let’s just face it, I’m very inconsistent (but I’m working on it, I promise). Instead of boring you with life updates- I decided to dive right into what I put on my face because I know you’ve all been dying to know.

Just like every other girl I feel like I’m constantly changing it up and experimenting with beauty products, but for the most part and for a number of months, I’ve been pretty dang loyal to these skincare products.

Of course everyone has different, unique skin yada yada yada and I’m not going to bore you with the history of my skin (if you’re interested, just read the majority of my past posts).

However, I did just graduate from esthetics school (I am yet to be certified by the state, but hold your horses, I will get around to it ASAP) so these products, in my educated opinion have really helped my skin.

And if you’re new here, I have oily/combination acne prone skin (so in other words… the worst type;)). But if you’re in the same boat, don’t be discouraged, skin is just skin and ALWAYS gets better. Unless you continue to do nothing that will better it and only complain about it, then it probably will not improve- just a word of advice.

1. Facial cleanser: Eminence organic skincare clear skin probiotic cleanser

In my honest opinion, cleanser is not the most important part of the skincare routine because, think about it, you rub it on your skin for what? 30 seconds? And then you wash it off and doesn’t really penetrate deeper than the first layer of epidermis. So yeah, I like this one, but is it my all time holy grail cleanser? Nope, I haven’t found that yet.

The pro to this product is that it’s all natural and organic- which, to me equals happy healthy skin!

2. Toner/hydrator: Rosewater & Glycerin

Now this one is a winner. Soothing, hydrating and best of all- pH balancing. As you may already know, our skin is made up of an acid mantle and the barrier of our skin can sometimes be stripped due to the products we use, therefore causing the pH to become unbalanced. So after using a stripping product like a cleanser, it’s good to use a toner which levels out the skin once out of the shower. This one also smells nice and feels extremely refreshing. 10/10 would recommend!!

3. Min Erbs face oils/serums

Believe it or not, I don’t use conventional moisturizer or lotion anymore. All I use are these nifty face oils before bed, do a little massaging, and BAM, I have glowing skin in the morning. On most nights I use the sea buckthorn and prickly pear oil, because I researched the ingredient list and found it to be the best one for acne prone skin with reishi mushroom, prickly pear and vitamin e to name a few. Love love love it.

A couple times a week I will use the rose and chamomile glow serum when I’m feeling fancy. This one smells amazing and I truly believe it does what it says… makes you glow baby. And who doesn’t want that?

Best part? Min Erbs is a locally sourced and owned small business here in Southern Oregon that uses 100% natural ingredients in each of their products (mainly designed for mama and baby). I can’t rave about them more and encourage everyone to get their hands on their face oils.

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4. Tea tree oil

Want to know the best all natural spot treatment on the market? That’s right, yes tree oil. Just dab it on and voila, it helps dry and lessen those pesky breakouts. I use this after I apply my face oil (may not be the correct order, but that’s just how I like it).

Well, that’s all friends. I hope this was somewhat helpful or interesting- or maybe you even learned something. Eh… at least I had fun rambling. Until next time, stay sassy. xoxo

Through the Hills & Valleys


Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27:14


In a time of questioning and anxiousness I heard this verse so clearly spoken into my life. Literally, I was driving back from a weekend at the coast with my family, listening to one of “The Messenger” podcasts when they reminded their listeners of this specific verse, Psalm 27:14. Apart from the message of the verse, this sentence struck me for many reasons.

All throughout my young life the sequence of numbers, 2714 has been recurring. First, because I have always taken a liking to the number 27 since that is the day of the month I was born, and I think I chose 14 to go along with it because 7 + 7 is 14. I know this is supposed to be a secret, but I’m being completely serious when I say my phone’s password has been those four numbers for three years.

All this to explain, I was thoroughly amazed when, in the silence of my heart, in a time of seeking and asking the Lord for answers, He spoke to me without question. That had never happened to me before in such a direct way.

And God knew just what I needed to hear, he knew exactly what would comfort me in that moment of sadness. Have patience, Maddie, take heart, for there are better things ahead.


When I needed God most, He was there, and he showed me that so graciously. But what we all have to remember is that he is always there, no matter our circumstance, no matter our mood. He is there through the hills and the valleys, through the storm and the calm, through the highs and the lows.

Our God is such a loving God, such a good God who seriously knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves because he knit us together and created our inner-most being. Do not lose heart, wherever you’re at, whatever you may be going through, because God does not leave you, does not stop holding your hand just when things get hard.

But First, (no) Coffee


It’s been over two weeks since I’ve had coffee…

and I’m still alive, it’s crazy.


I️ made the decision to cold turkey cut out coffee after I️ noticed that I️ had progressively become dependent on it and drank the addictive substance nearly everyday (and sometimes more than that).

Since then, I’ve also made a conscious effort to drink more water (a gallon a day), get back to eating healthy, and become more active.


What I’ve Noticed

And all I️ can say is WOW… I️ feel like a new woman! Recently I️ have started “opening” at my job, which entails waking up at 3:45 am, so at first I️ was nervous that I️ would struggle without coffee, but I️ can honestly say that by 12 pm I’ve never felt better. I️ have had more energy than I️ used to while drinking caffeine, and I️ think the reason is that I’ve been relying on food as my energy source, and my body is no longer dependent on caffeine as fuel.

It wasn’t just the caffeine that I️ could see progressively making me feel unhealthy, but all that comes along with a cup of coffee. For a while I️ was ordering a 12 ounce coconut milk latte with a bit of honey… but consuming too much of anything isn’t good, so that much milk (which is lightly sweetened already) takes its tole after a while and even though honey is natural, it still turns into sugar in your body.

I️ clearly noticed that my skin was paying for my bad eating habits and coffee addiction, so that is the main reason I quit drinking it.


What I’m Actively Doing in Pursuit of Health

When tackling any dieting issue, I think the first vital step is to get rid of whatever is not making you feel good, because my biggest tip is always listen to your body. But, along with cutting out a particular thing, I think it’s almost equally important to begin adding in good nutrients that can be incorporated into your diet. Many times it can be very simple and it just requires a clear vision and focus on your overall goal.

For example, since my main goal is having clear skin, I have been consciously trying to eat more healthy fats (coconut oil by the spoonful and avocados), I have been drinking lots of water, and trying my best to take micronutrients in the form of vitamins or powders (like collagen) that can easily be added to smoothies. Also, I’ve been opting for healthy choices with the motivation that they will help my skin. What I mean by that, is I’ve been eating more salads in place of “kind of healthy” meals because I know they are actively healing my body.


The Challenge

So… here’s the part where you can get involved.

I want to challenge every one of you to make a lifestyle change that will bring you more happiness in regards to your health. It can be big or small, physical, emotional or spiritual…. whatever you want. Along with the change you make, I want to encourage you to take notice of all of it’s effects in your life, good or bad, and whether it leads to further improvement (like since I cut out coffee, I also began drinking more water and living healthier). Who’s ready? I’m excited to hear about how you apply this challenge to your life, so please let me know if you decide to take it.

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have courage & be kind



no matter what circumstance, let your courage be unshakable.


a large part of growing up is finding your voice.

Never forget that your heart matters, your opinions are valued and even if you feel forgotten, you’re not. Don’t abandon your beliefs just because others have abandoned theirs, don’t silence your voice just because they aren’t popular words and never conform yourself to the situation you’re put in. You were beautifully and wonderfully made, designed for a purpose, and God is cheering you on, wanting you to embody who he created you to be. So please, don’t forget your worth and be courageous even when it’s hard.


lately I’ve been lucky to work with some very talented friends who are actively pursuing their passions (photography & videography). And let me tell ya, it’s inspiring. It reminds me to do what I love and to do it well.

This was a fun little fall photo shoot I did with my friend TJ (@tylerdooghan) right in our backyard (literally, lol). I am so in awe of his creativity and absolutely loved how these turned out. Color tones, artsiness, uniqueness… so good.

I know how easy it is to see a picture of yourself and immediately criticize each aspect… but I challenge you to take a close up picture (or have someone take one) of yourself and admire your beauty.

Trust me, when I had bad active acne, I was my own biggest critic. I would stare at a photo of my face and literally hate so many things about it. But let me be the first to tell you, that is so unhealthy and unproductive. It would just lead me to further unhappiness.

You are beautiful, so do not believe differently. Don’t believe the lie that skin or any other superficial issue defines you, because it doesn’t. You are defined by your heart and your actions. So be courageous💛 and love yo self, you deserve it sista

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The Unknown

What is God’s intricate plan for my life?

 

I find myself wondering this a good amount throughout my days. Job opportunities, school, family, travel, relationships….. what is God asking of me?

I want to be His servant and say yes to His plans for me. All I can do is knock on the door and see if it opens. In this season, I need to have the virtues of patience and trust. For his grace is more faithful than my own…

If you’re at a crossroads and seem to be faced with tough decisions, I encourage you to be a faithful servant and listen for the truth God is speaking into your heart.8EDC731F-F356-4617-BEA1-7D04414D5986B3F95D02-3754-4F83-A91F-71BE626BA679Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset

Champagne and Zebrawood // Jord Watches


Watches Made From Wood


I have been in a season of innovation… and what better way to welcome new things than to get a new, classy watch?

I have never been the type to wear the time on my wrist, but after receiving this beautifully crafted zebrawood and champagne watch I can’t help but sport it with every outfit I wear. It adds the perfect sense of sophistication, but is still subtle enough so that it’s not too flashy.

I chose the zebrawood and champagne style because of it’s sleek and timeless look, and I love the way the dark wood contrasts with the light watch face.

I have only good things to say about the craftsmanship of the watch. On the Jord Watches website, I was able to use there measurement ruler to perfectly size my wrist, which is a great tool since you are purchasing it online and not in stores. They offer a multitude of watch options; whether you want color variation, customization or advanced designs.

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I like how there are no numbers on the actual clock face, save for a couple roman numerals. It makes for a bit of a challenge in time telling, but makes the watch look much sleeker and less cluttered. img_9200img_9201Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

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Thanks for reading, xoxo

Come Along on my Adventure

Hi Lovelies!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a post soley dedicated to you, my readers, and I felt like I was due for a new introduction… So if you haven’t been following me for too long, here are a few things about me.

My name is Madeline, but I go by Maddie for short. As a child I never liked the name Madeline because I thought it was too “sophisticated” and grown up for me, but as I’ve gotten older I don’t mind it as much, and have no preference as to which name I like to be called. I am the daughter of two sweet parents, Jon and Michelle, and I have a sister who is three years older than me named Olivia. But I’ve always called her “Sis”. As youngsters, we were constantly together, and as we grew up, we also grew closer. I’m not sure if it’s a normality for all siblings, but I can definitely say that I have spent more time with my sister than any other person in my life, and we almost know each other a little too well. ha.

I am sixteen years old, and a senior in high school. Yes, I am very young for my grade.

I have attended the same (very small) private school in my home town for the entirety of my life. I have also lived in the same home my whole life in a valley in the beautiful state of Oregon (which has now been taken over by pot growers).

When I was around ten years old I began a baking blog where I posted about the many sweet treats I made. After less than a year my posts became less and less frequent, boredom set in and I abandoned my once loved writing space. (One thing you’ll learn about me is that I’m not the greatest at being consistent and sticking with things for prolonged amounts of time).

Fast forward to October of 2014 when I created this quirky diary of my awkward life, Moody Madeline. I won’t go tooting my own horn saying how great and consistent I’ve been at posting on here, because trust me, I’ve taken some long breaks, but I will say that I’m proud of how long I’ve continued to use this blog to express my creative side and the progress I’ve made. If you asked me three years ago what I wanted my profession to be when I “grow up”, I would have never thought to answer “blogging”, but now I know it’s an option.

I also eat a diet that consists of veganism + meat, as I like to put it, so I don’t eat dairy or eggs. Gltuen free and refined sugar free (but no fake sweeteners!). Yes, I eat this way by choice, but mostly for the sake of my acne-prone skin, and also because, after a year of eating this way, I’ve realized that it makes me happiest and makes my body even happier. Occasionally, I will share recipes that follow my diet, but still taste yummy with you all.

A few things I love….

Filming short videos, montages and outings.

Editing short videos, montages and outings.

Cooking and baking yummy healthy food.

Going out to breakfast with good company.

Watching creative youtube videos- my favorite is CamandNina.

Swimming/surfing in the ocean.

Spending time in Hawaii.

Instagraming.

Giggling with friends and family.

Writing.

Listening to the radio while driving on long windy backroads.

Soaking up warm sunshine.

Now that my boring introduction is out of the way, I want to get to know you!

I have a few platforms where we can connect on, but of course my blog is the easiest way. I always love hearing your questions, comments and feedback on my posts, and the best way to leave me a note is in the comments.

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to get to know my readers on a more personal level- What’s your name? Like’s and dislike’s? Where do you live? (In a non-creeperish was of course). Do you eat a special way? What are your favorite clothing or beauty brands? What do you want me to post more of? Can I pray for you?

I would be thrilled if I could connect with even just five of my beautiful readers, so let’s see what we can do this year!

Want to follow me on Instagram? I’d love to follow you back and see what you’re up to!

xoxo

New Beginnings (and ends)

Ever since I was a little girl (9 years old to be exact) I have helped out in my family’s local Japanese restaurant. The restaurant is called Matsukaze, it was started by my dad, his three brothers, and their mom and has been around for 33 years. Which is crazy.

Of course, when I became of working age, my “helping out” turned into clocking into my professional job like any average Joe.

I grew up in our restaurant; answering phone calls, clearing dishes, putting together to-gos… all while I was able to spend quality time with both of my parents and my uncle who works as a chef in the back. I know some people really despise working for their family because it can be stressful at times or it can just become too much of a conflict of interest. Not me though. I can honestly say that I loved every moment I spent in the restaurant, even though I did experience many ups and downs. I knew the menu like the back of my hand, and could tell you practically every ingredient that went into each dish on our large(ish) menu. I came to know the regular customers, and my coworkers of course. After working there for seven whole years, from the age of nine to my current age, 16, I felt as if I I belonged there like the ancient oriental artwork that hung on the walls.

All of that changed about two weeks ago when I landed a job at a locally owned coffee drive thru that was started in my small town, but has now grown to over 200 locations in seven different states. It’s called Dutch Bros. Now, there is something comical about my large transition from working in my family’s restaurant to working somewhere different for the first time, and that is the fact that the particular drive thru that I got hired at is within about 100 yards of Matsukaze. Yes, it’s just across the street.

To any outsider, my change in jobs may not seem like a big deal (I am just moving across the street, right?). But for me, it is a major stepping stone in my life and something that marks the end of a large part of my childhood; because I spent my youth growing up in the restaurant. However, it’s also the beginning of my next life chapter and to me, it symbolizes moving on, having the opportunity to expand my experiences, and overall growing into myself as a young adult.

With any new transition in my life comes a time of reminiscing and compiling a mental list of what I’ve learned, my triumphs, failures and what I’m thankful for.

While working at Matsukaze, I learned what hard work is, I learned how to work in customer service- i.e. how to work with people and how to serve them to my best ability. Working in the restaurant taught me that I’m stronger than a rude comment from an unhappy customer. It taught me maturity and how to hold an intelligent conversation. It taught me that when things get hectic, family can say and do things they don’t really mean, but that you should always forgive them because you love each other.

Working for my family’s restaurant has been by far the best learning experience of my young life, and I am forever thankful that I can say it was my first job. And I’m sure I’ll be back again someday. Plus, I’m only across the street.

I had my first real day of working in the coffee stand today, and at first it was a bit rocky, but by the end of my shift I felt right at home. My coworkers are some of the best people you will ever meet; genuine, kind and hilarious. My favorite thing about Dutch Bros as a company is that it was built off of pure love and kindness, and the baristas make every customer feel truly loved and cared for. The potential for brightening someone’s day is so big when you are given the opportunity to serve up coffee and experiences for hundreds of cars per day.

I can’t wait to grow in the company and hopefully become more like my coworkers, who inspire me so tremendously. I am beyond excited for my new adventure.

Do you have any new or scary adventures planned for the new year? I’d love to hear about them below! xoxo

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Summer Travels: Panama

In the month of June, my sister and I boarded our long-awaited flight to Panama.

The country in Central America, not the city in Florida.

‘Why Panama?’ You may be wondering… Well, my best friend (Anya, for those of you who don’t know already) lives there with her family. So basically, we chose Panama because we had a free place to stay. And because who wouldn’t want to at least see what Panama has to offer when such an amazing opportunity arises?

I will say that it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Leading up to the trip, I thought I would be stepping foot into a place that was either like Hawaii, or like Mexico. But I was very wrong, and it reminded me of neither destination. Panama has a culture all it’s own.

City life, the Panama Canal, swampy rivers, rainforest, humidity, thunderstorms, exotic creatures and Spanish that was spoken much too fast for me and my high school level to comprehend. That’s what I experienced in Panama.

Of course, I loved every second of it because I was able to spend it with my best friend and my sister (who is also my best friend).

It is truly a time that I will never forget. I was able to visit a small island on the Pacific Ocean with clear, blue water and cute, narrow streets that were lined with authentic food. I took a boat ride through the biggest canal in the world (the Panama Canal), all the while, stopping to feed wild monkeys that were swinging from the trees. I jumped into a swampy part of the river, only to be told after I got out that a crocodile was sighted nearly thirty yards away the previous day. I got to jump off of small waterfalls. I met new people. I got to experience the life of the Embera tribe (a native group of people who speak their own language and live ruraly). Then I was caught in a full-blown thunder storm on our boat ride home, where, for the first time, every inch of me got wet (from rain), without having to take a shower.

I would not have changed even one thing about my trip. And I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and adventures.

I filmed and made a short video of each aspect, just so everyone could see the true beauty of traveling somewhere new. You can watch it here

Where do you want to travel? And why haven’t you done it yet?

As always, thank you for reading. Love all. Love Madeline. xx

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Read my last blog post—>How to Feel Like the Best You.

If you’re planning to visit Panama… I recommend going to

-Toboga island

-Captain Carl’s tour

-The Embera village tour

-The Panama Canal

-Casco Viejo

-The Causeway

 

 

Live love northwest. 

A few days ago, on a mysteriously foggy morning near the base of mount Ashland, my sister and I hiked a steep, jagged rock. 

The trail was really something to behold and near the top was even prettier. Although my sister came home with a small cut and bruise, there was no harm, no fowl. 

To get to the very top of the giant rock, you have to summit a small, nearly vertical portion. The view is supposed to be an amazing 360 degree lookout at the top and the climb can be achieved without any equipment. However, my sister an I didn’t end up summiting it that day, we are already planning a trip to go back. 

Who else loves to hike the beautiful outdoors? There is truly something pure about how in-touch you feel with your surroundings. The atmosphere God created for creatures of all shapes and sizes is many times breathtaking; it amazes me to think that I am deserving of his love and beauty.