July 2 13

Sometimes I almost feel guilty when I shout super happy thoughts from the rooftops on Twitter. Almost. It’s so easy to turn to Twitter and Facebook when things are ridiculous—because let’s be honest, I have now stepped on dead birds, uh, twice. Ridiculous things seem to find me, it’s beyond laughable at this point. I love to share the funny things my kids say, because if weren’t already aware, my children are the best material ever. EVER. I love to share when Isabella tells me that she’s having the worst day of all time because I forced her to have cake for breakfast and I forced her to use sub-par goggles for when she spent the entire livelong day in a pool with her friends. The worst, clearly. I love to share when I am in desperate need of coffee, when I can’t put my brassiere on because Trainer Kim has destroyed my body.

But when my updates are filled with simple goodness, its feels weird.

Why does it feel weird? It shouldn’t feel weird to talk about good things, to be happy.

For example, I didn’t tweet this, even though I wanted to: We had three ridiculously good report cards this year, including one that was all A+s. See? Because then all of a sudden I’m a show-off, neener neener my kids are brilliant.

But I did tweet this last night:

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Because seriously, it was just that good. I didn’t even care if the internet turned on me and was all, Jesus Ali why can’t you just go back to tweeting about The Bachelorette and your fear of pictures of other people’s feet and how many Oreos you can fit in your mouth at one time**?

I didn’t even care. Because it was just one of those days. Good from top to bottom. Jays games and lunches outside and laughs and long bike rides through unexplored places and perfect peppermint tea and trampolining and good coffee and inside jokes and Warm Bodies and snuggles and Chinese leftovers and smiles and giant maple-leaf-shaped festive cookies that were not only delicious, they were completely nut-free. It was a Canada Day that wasn’t out-of-the-box, over-the-top spectacular, but it was just a really good day.


It was a day that I needed—to recharge my energy and my old-lady bones as we head into the busiest summer of our lives, both personally and professionally. Things are spiraling out of control, in a good way,  but looking at the calendar makes me want to cry. There are so many good things happening, but there’s no time scheduled in there for breathing and taking breaks. It’s all go, go, go, go.

And after yesterday, I’m ready to go!

Bring it, summer.

I’m ready.

For it all, especially for The Great Dark Circle Challenge of 2013, for which I will be needing your help. It seems that thanks to age, heredity, stress, and allergies (all four, wheee!) the dark circles under my eyes have become permanent fixtures on my face and are as stubborn as my first-born.

So, the challenge this summer is to find a solution for them, since not even photoshop can fix these puppies.



Well, maybe it can a wee bit…


Behold! I am one of those Spot the Difference cartoons from your Highlights Magazine!

But I’m still asking—nay, begging—for your best under-eye dark-circle concealer tricks and tips.

Just don’t say less stress, because, well, that’s not happening—at least not until the kids go back to school in September.

**The answer is three. I have instagram proof, of course.

  1. Yeah, it feels almost wrong to write about good times. The entertainment factor is just much higher when life is spiraling out of control and you are begging for help. But sometimes you just have to share the happy memories too.


    Comment by Rebecca on July 2, 2013
  2. Can I just say, you have the most beautifully lush hair I’ve ever seen…and with highlights to boot! What I wouldn’t do to have your hair, even just a bit of it.

    Sorry I am of no help as far as circles under the eyes. If I come across products that praise it’s “miracle worker” factor, I will be sure to pass it along to you.

    Happiness to you and your family, always! Good days, great days should always be celebrated and screamed from the roof tops!


    ali replied on

    Thank you Nellie!
    I can’t take credits for the highlights, though. Those are courtesy of my awesome hairdresser Joanne :)


    Comment by Nellie on July 2, 2013
  3. Clinique even better dark spot corrector. And I echo your hair envy.


    ali replied on

    I have the Clinique stuff, but I haven’t tried it yet. Perhaps I will add it to the rotation :)


    Comment by Jodifur on July 2, 2013
  4. I have multiple suggestions, as both my husband and I suffer dark circles as well. His are worse, but six of one there really, isn’t it?

    1 – Skin by Ann Webb Coffee Cherry Eye & Lip Balm
    My husband uses this one daily, though not the recommended two times daily – and he doesn’t rub it in,. However, his circles ARE getting slowly better and it has a pretty pleasant smell. The coffee is supposed to be the workhorse of this product, something about constricting the blood vessels. We found this at Whole Foods.

    2 – Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream
    This is MY personal favorite! It smells spectacular (I always slide my fingers down my nose to perk me up in the AM), and when I was using it once a day I saw some definite brightening to the under-eye area. I also swipe it over my lids and saw the complexion even out there as well. You HAVE to buy it online, they do not sell it in stores (here in the US anyways).

    3 – NuPeptin Advanced Eye Cream (Rite Aid)
    I currently use this product daily (though I am going to go back to Yes to Grapefruit), though only once a day. If I remember, I do use it in the evening as well. For a store brand product it works REMARKABLY well and I’m very pleased with it. It is also meant to correct fine lines and wrinkles, and while I am not seeing anything on the lines and wrinkles front (I have a horrid one by one of my eyes), the dark circles have subsided a little and I can go out without makeup a little more often.

    4 – NuPeptin Advanced Dark Circles Treatment
    Even though it is the same brand as the last product, I hate everything about it. No visible difference even after a week (I used it twice a day), and then the actual tube itself stopped working. Not worth paying any import fees if you’re able to get RiteAid prodcuts.


    ali replied on

    This is amazing! Thank you!!!


    Comment by Mari on July 2, 2013
  5. Good days are GREAT. We had one yesterday, too, which included having 24 of our closest friends (and their 30 children) over for a potluck. So many laughs.

    Love the new photo, lady.


    Comment by Angella on July 2, 2013
  6. I tend to have dark circles as well. I started using the Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream 1Oz by Purity Cosmetics. It is 100% natural and vegan…I believe nut free as well. Within 4 weeks they are supposed to be gone. I am in week 1 and I think they have made a difference. Good luck!


    Comment by Cheryl on July 2, 2013
  7. See, I rather like those kinds of tweets because I like to see you have awesome days! Even if I can’t be a part of them!

    Love the new headshot!


    Comment by Kristabella on July 2, 2013
  8. I have terrific under eye circles as well and use a Clinique product (the airbrush concealer) that has a yellow-ish hue to counteract the blue-ish gray under my eyes, just like a greenish product will counteract any redness. I’ve used a yellow-y concealer or some sort under my eyes since I was in high school, and it makes a huge difference on how I think I look.

    Good luck!


    Comment by heidikins on July 2, 2013
  9. It shouldn’t feel weird to talk about happiness, but it does seem that way on social media, especially on twitter, which for so many people is just a place to dump negative, passive-aggressive thoughts – being happy on twitter is almost a crime. Glad it was a good day though. :)

    I’ve got nothin’ in terms of under-eye remedies, but I did want to tell you that your bangs are growing out nicely! You look so pretty in those pictures.


    ali replied on

    Thanks…I’m wearing them sideswept for the summer and I’m thinking about cutting them blunt again in the fall—still not sure though. I do think my face needs some bang.


    Comment by alyinponderland on July 2, 2013
  10. I have no advice for the undereye concealer, but I’m wondering what the perfect peppermint tea is? Also share the good days, everyone has them.



    Comment by Jenn on July 3, 2013
  11. No idea how to prevent the dark circles but for me I have found the perfect way to conceal them. I take a pink lip liner (more of a coral color works best for me) run it over lightly under my eyes then pat it in, then go over with my concealer and then my foundation. For the times I know I’m going to be photographed it is a must do for me. The pink totally cancels out the blue that my circles give off. Then the concealer hides the pink.


    Comment by Krystal on July 3, 2013
  12. My girlfriend is a makeup artist and suggested a canary-yellow corrector which works well & have you been checked for allergies? I would also consider getting a Neti-Pot as dark circles are often related to clogged sinuses.


    Comment by Brenda on January 9, 2014

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