Cleveland Nail Artist: Jessica Dingess

My GHT and Noodlecat nails...

I am a huge fan of nail art. I first became aware of the trend when I met a girl name Mayay Apple on a visit to LA in 2012. Mayay did my nails in my hotel room and hand drew our restaurants logos on my nails to celebrate a special dinner the chef was doing in California that night. Turned out Mayay was not only my nail artist but also nail artist of Miley Cyrus, Rebecca Prince, and Busy Phillips. Can you say 6 degrees?

Adventure Time Nails...

When I came home to Cleveland I searched long and hard for someone as good as Mayay. It took me nearly 2 years but I have finally found someone!  Her name is Jessica and she works at Tease Hair & Body Parlor. She is the best (and ONLY) nail artist in Cleveland. Check out her work on her Instagram and if you are in the mood for some funky or beautiful painted nails be sure to give her a ring. 

Disney Villan Nails 


Tease Hair & Body Parlor

15112 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

(216) 228-2440

Noodle Kids Book

One of the more thrilling things to happen in my life is seeing my baby girl on the cover of her Dad's book Noodle Kids. The Chef and I are thrilled to announce his first family book is being released this January! It is available for presale here and I happen to have a 30% off coupon code for all presale orders. Use NOODLE30 at checkout for the discount. Wheeeeeeee!!!

You can also pre order it at:

Barnes & Noble (Yipeee!!!!)

Amazon (Wowza!)


How I Live Now


How I Live Now is a stunning film the Chef and I accidentally watched on Netflix last week. The film is based on the book of the same name written by Meg Rosoff. The storyline follows an American girl to England at the beginning of World War III. The cinematography is stunning and the story, albeit scary and too realistic at times is beautiful.  




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The Amazing Bentonite Clay

Before & After the Bentonite Clay Mask 

When it comes to my face I am a product virgin. I don't do soaps or cleanser. Toners are not in my vocab. For years people have been telling me to implement a sysytem for my face care regime, but so far I think my system of au natural works pretty great. I don't break out, my skin is smooth and soft, and you couldn't find any shine even if you put me under a microscope. 

I like my skin.

I like my skin regiment. It's easy, quick, and fits my lifestyle. I wash my face with water, I use apricot oil as a moisturizer. One and done. But sometimes my simple regime needs a push. Recently I  read about Calcium Bentonite Clay, a unique clay due to its ability to produce an β€œelectrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. In other words, when mixed with water and applied to your skin it acts as a sponge, absorbing toxins and impurities that live there. It's rad and it makes your skin feel like a zillion bucks!


Bentonite Clay has so many other uses as well. Here are a few from Empowered Sustanence:

  1. Detox Your Hair β€“ Wellness Mama
  2. Homemade Clay Toothpaste β€“ Keeper of the Home
  3. Bentonite Clay Detox Bath β€“ Homegrown & Healthy
  4. Bentonite Clay Rose Water Face Mask - Hug A Tree With Me
  5. Homemade Calamine Lotion β€“ Nourishing Joy
  6. DIY Mascara - Body Unburdened
  7. Homemade Deodorant β€“ Frugally Sustainable
  8. Bentonite Clay Paste - Whey Beyond The Naked Truth
  9. Bentonite Fruit & Veggie Wash β€“ About Clay
  10. Bentonite Clay Poultice For Rashes, Burns, & Bites - Everyday Roots
  11. Bentonite Clay for Eczema β€“ Livestrong on YouTube
  12. Bentonite Clay in Soap β€“ Yahoo
  13. Skin Bleaching (Tattoo Lightener) – Ehow
  14. Heavy Metal Detox - Like A Mustard Seed
  15. Shaving Soap - Blue Aspen Originals

Have you ever used Bentonite Clay for anything other than a face mask?