I recently helped plan a pretty girl shower for a friend and used the event as an excuse to try painting mason jars. Am I the only one who gets random DIY projects stuck in my head? Apparently the only way to move on is to try my hand at it. I've seen painted mason jars in many etsy shops so I figured there had to be some tutorials out there. I perused a few and decided it shouldn't be that difficult. And it wasn't. Sort of. Here's what I learned:
Monday, February 16, 2015
First, the option we use is the ikea trofast system. I received a few comments from boy mamas which make me think I should add that the bins come in a variety of colors. The last time I was at ikea there was red, green, black, pink, and clear. The frame also comes in birch wood. I got the system after my sister-in-law purchased it for her son and loved it! It's definitely suitable for boys and girls. A few other tips I should have added, if you go with the trofast.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The system includes a moisturizing shampoo, a co-wash (conditioner wash), 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner, and a scalp soother. Of course my first action was to take a look at some of the ingredients. The main ingredients include almond oil, coconut essence and zinc pyrthione (which is the active ingredient that fights dandruff). I could immediately tell from the packaging that this product is intended to moisturize.
I read the instructions and was happy to see that you can get results with twice weekly use. Since my hair is dry I don’t wash it daily, but this system adds moisture immediately while locking it in over time. The co-wash portion was a bit confusing. I thought it was a standalone product but it said to use after the shampoo. After reading the materials that came with the product I realized it could be used in conjunction with shampoo or on its own. I've heard co-washes are the way to go since they aren't harsh like traditional shampoo and can lengthen time between washes so I was eager to try it. I was pleasantly surprised that the products smelled good. I’ll be honest; since Head & Shoulders is for dandruff I thought it might smell medicated. The scent wasn't overpowering but was light and fresh and I’m a sucker for anything coconut scented.
A concern when using a conditioning product is that it will feel oily but the conditioner felt great and made it easy to comb through my hair. I have to say I loved the scalp soother! It really was refreshing and I could feel the coolness of it even a few minutes later as I chatted with Joe. To avoid excessive heat, I don’t blow dry my hair so I brushed it back to let it dry overnight. It felt and looked smooth and Genevieve kept telling me my hair looked adorable. Head & Shoulders for the win.
The proof is in the image above. I mean, look at my gray and dry scalp 'before.' Yikes. The after looks so lush in comparison. And now that I got my hair did (since Missy Elliot turnt up at the Super Bowl will people finally start getting my references?!), I could focus on date night prep!
Date Night Hair
I flat ironed my hair like usual with a slight bend. My stylist gave me a center part for the first time at my last appointment and I loved it but was a bit afraid of the flakiness. Not anymore. Seriously Head & Shoulders took care of that like a boss- I’m now rockin beautiful flake free hair. I used the flat iron to curl the sides back and used my hands to give it some volume. Done.
Date Night Look
Now it’s time to share a date night look to match your gorgeous date night hair. There are so many pretty frocks out there but I figured I’d keep it real and share looks suitable for new mommies since I am one. In other words, loose fitting tops and layers.
Sources: Sweater. Tassel Pendant. Tunic. Heart Studs. Leggings. Booties. Head & Shoulders Moisture Care.
Flake free hair thanks to Head & Shoulders means this mama is ready for date night.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Dax's nursery but these lovely arrows are my favorite. This isn't a real tutorial because I didn't take "process" photos (unfortunately). But I'd like to share the finished product and a step by step of how I did it.
Friday, January 23, 2015
gorgeous lace back dress I linked on Facebook? The dress featured in this look is its more conservative (but still pretty) older sister. Take a look here! And I just might be coming back with a few more dresses because blogging about dresses is sort of like playing with paper dolls. So fun.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
here. Since Valentine's Day is around the corner I thought I'd follow that post up with some Valentine's Day play date photos from last year. I love the thought of getting together with friends and all the kiddos on Valentine's Day. Can I be honest with you for a moment? Sometimes days that are supposed to feel special are a let down when the mundane continues. I don't mind the daily chores. It's just a matter of expectation. Kids clearly don't know to do anything differently on a holiday. Of course they have their sweet, kind, moments, but they also still bicker, poop (in Dax's case-- a lot), get sick, talk back, and make messes! So it's fun to get out of the house and hang with other mom friends to have a little something special to look forward to. And that's just what we did. At the end of the post I share some tips and ideas for a Valentine's Day party.
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