27 April 2016

I Cut My Own Hair?!


I've been cutting my own hair at home for a little over 6 years now. I figured it was high time I wrote about my little bathroom hair salon if only to make all of the professional hair stylists out there cringe. ;)

* I guess this is a good time to mention that I have no formal training whatsoever when it comes to hair. I just do what I do and it works out. *

**AND once a year I do like to have a professional cut my hair. The layers in the back of my head are difficult to do on my own, so a pro does them and I just maintain them for as long as possible. Plus someone else washing my hair?!! That's what it's all about!**

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My DIY hair cutting adventures began when my hair started to grow back following my cancer treatment. One of the most frequent pieces of hair growth advice I received was to get frequent trims--so frequent trims I got did myself! I mean, what the hell-- it wasn't like I could make my hair look much worse...

hair after chemo
2009

I wanted my long curly hair back somethin' fierce so the thought of having inches of my hair lobbed off was terrifying! I scoured Pinterest, hair/beauty blogs and YouTube for at home haircut tutorials and just sort of figured it out.

I never gave myself a cut I didn't want.

As time went on and my hair continued to grow, I became more comfortable and confident in cutting my own hair.

The photos below kinda sorta show the progression of my hair growth/cut over the years following chemo/2009. 


NOW!


Side note : Can we talk about how crazy hormones are?! My hair grew stupid fast in 2013 thanks to being pregnant. Then in 2015 my hair totally changed in texture again courtesy of pregnancy number two. NUTS!

Anyway, I trim the ends of my hair about once a month just to keep things healthy and well maintained. My preference is to cut my hair when it's freshly shampooed and damp OR when it is completely dry and styled. I find it's easier for me to do an all over cut on wet hair and easier to address shape and evenness on dry hair--but that's just me.

Getting the exact cut I want aside, doing my hair at home also saves money! Let's say I were to follow the general stylist recommendation and get my hair cut every 6 weeks at a (low) average cost of $40--that's $320 a year! In my mind, that math means Mama gets a new handbag! Ha! #justsayin

Not to mention, now that I have kids, having to go to a stylist every time I need a trim would mean coordinating childcare with Kyle (read: the Army)--no thank you! Doing it myself is sooooo much more convenient!

I don't know... Am I crazy?! Do you cut your own hair? Tell me I'm not alone here! If you are interested in cutting your own hair, I always recommend the following two videos by Carli Bybel to get you started -- this one and this one. Would you have any interest in seeing HOW I cut mine? Let me know!



For more tips on growing your hair quickly click HERE!



24 April 2016

Dressing for the HEAT

Moving from Alaska to Arizona requires a MAJOR shift in my thinking when it comes to shopping for clothing! My sweater collection has grown immensely during our time living in Alaska; the more hot weather friendly options? Not so much. Other than a handful of tees, I've got nothin'

There is some serious work to be done on my wardrobe if I have any intention on surviving the desert heat.

Here are some of the things that are on my shopping list :





Fun fact : I actually lived in Tucson and attended The University of Arizona in 2008. So, despite my wardrobe inadequacies, this isn't exactly my first rodeo in the desert.

Anyway, here is my loose (very loose) strategy for adding desert heat friendly pieces to my wardrobe.

||Protecting my skin is, as always, my first consideration when shopping for spring/summer clothing. I mean, I'm not trying to have a heat stroke, but if I can comfortably cover more skin, I'm going to. For me this usually means I'm sticking to jeans. My legs are protected and I don't have to shave? CHECK!

|| The next thing I consider is comfort, because duh. My kids won't accept me not being fully committed to playing with them because my shit isn't comfortable. So for their sake and my own sanity, comfort is huge!

|| Then comes affordability. Unless our new house in Arizona comes with a money tree in the front yard, budget is going to play a significant role in my purchases.

|| Finally style comes into play. Is the top cute? Fashionable? On trend? Timeless? I don't want to look ridiculous and of course presenting myself in a certain "put together-ish" way is important to me, but it's funny where the actually look of top falls on this list...

And how cool is it that I can shop for tops now without worrying about those gross pit stains?! Eeeek! Endless possibilities I tell ya, ENDLESS!


Shop more of my Arizona  wish list using the widget below!


21 April 2016

Yeah Man, That's The Good Stuff

Name that song!

Kenny Chesney - The Good Stuff

Anyway, this week as been chalk full of to-do list off crossing (??? ha! English is my native language, swear!) Doctor's appointments, meetings, packing, cleaning, errands, you know all the stuff that is SO FUN to do with little ones in tow.

(Can you feel me rolling my eyes? Because I am.)

You may have seen on Snapchat (marrymintamanda) that we were remarkably unsuccessful with our initial "lets knock this shit out together" strategy with the kids and shifted to a more "divide and conquer" approach. Apparently man to man coverage doesn't work out when one of the adults needs to actually pay attention. Weird.

But that's not the point here -- I wanted to share some of the gems from the WWW that got me through the week without committing homicide OR becoming an alcoholic! Go me!

As you can see, I've set the bar llllllooooooowwwww for myself during this move process. ;)


That's a Facebook message from my younger sister who, in this particular instance (and this particular instance alone) is exactly right!  I don't know whether to be proud of myself or embarrassed. Which of the 8 types of moms you meet at Target are you?


I don't know if this really counts as "internet" but it certainly has been AWESOME -- Kyle discovered Snapchat and can't stop, won't stop with the filters! I mean, if that doesn't make you laugh...

(You don't want to follow him though. He's not appropriate.)


Ok, this next one isn't really internet-y either, but f*%k it.

One of the to-do list items this week was to schedule a bath/groomming for the dogs so they don't be ratchet af for our trip. Did you know Chi makes a line for dogs?! It smells EXACTLY like their regular line of hair products, you know the line for people, so you can bet your bottom dollar that my girls will be getting that little add on to their spa day. #treatyoself


Nothing but the best for these classy ladies. ;)









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My beautiful friend Chelsea started her very own photography business!! I'm so impressed by not only her talent as a photographer but by the courage it took to take this awesome leap! If you are in the North Carolina/Tennessee area, check out Southernly Inspired Photography!


Trunk Club. Because I really need another subscription-like service, right? ;) But for real, it's a Nordstrom company so you KNOW it's going to be off the chain... (do people still say that?)


The woman who let me see the Trunk Club light. (Or who made me do it if this is Kyle reading...)

And that right there is about as random as blog posts can get. ;)

Have a great Friday!
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