30 April 2014

Hair Repair Love (and a special offer!!)

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about managing my curly hair. A key factor in that was keeping my hair conditioned and healthy, otherwise things can get out. of. control!
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite hair repair masks/leave in conditioning products.

one || The Cantu Conditioning Shea Butter Cream is the most affordable of the three and is something I can use on its own to tame frizz! It's scent isn't fantastic, but it certainly gets the job done. 
two || New on my radar is the Argan Hair Mask. It's fragrance is amazing! It's texture reminds me a lot of the Macadamia Masque. I found that I don't feel the need to use this masque as frequently since my hair stay soft and manageable for days using this product!
*Argan Dew is generously offering special discounts to Marry Mint readers! Head over to the Argan Dew site and look around! PS. I've also tried and enjoyed their Miraculous Oil. *

three || Of course, the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is a cult favorite, tried and true product. It's price point is a bit steep and has no fragrance to speak of. 
I like to keep the number of hair products I use to a minimum and have the ability to space out my trims. Once I find things that work I tend to stick to them, so these products are on rotation in my hair routine. 
What are your favorite conditioning products?
 
FTC || I was sent Argan Dew products for review. I am not being compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.

29 April 2014

Another Spring Wish List

Well, it's about that time. Time for another wish list! (Kyle, take out a piece of paper.) In the sprit of wish lists, I'm reaching for the stars with this one ;)

one || I feel like I should explain why this is on my wish list... This is my exact wedding band. We  I always talked about eventually wanting to add a second band to my wedding set. Well, while I was in Cincinnati I stopped in the jewelry store to have my rings cleaned and just look. (ha! who am I kidding here?) They were no longer keeping my ring out on display AND they had lowered the price by nearly $300! Now I'm concerned they are discontinuing it. So, "eventually" may mean now. ;)

two || Skin cancer patient here! Staying covered this summer doesn't have to be ugly.

three || I don't own anything from Stella and Dot and this bracelet needs to break that trend.

four || Hi, I'm late to the Clarisonic party.

five || Hmm. This bag sure looks familiar... Oh, that's because it's the second time it's appeared on a wish list! Normally I gravitate towards neutral color bags, but this one really speaks to me ;)

six || I've never owned a pair of white pants. *gasp*  Since I discovered that The Limited's "modern fit" jeans were made for me...well, I just need these, ok!

seven || Again, I'm late to this party too. Prior to my pregnancy these shoes just didn't fit me right, thanks to weight gain and shoe size changes, I can finally sport Toms!

eight || How pretty and springy is this phone case?!




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28 April 2014

Hopes & Plans

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Oh my goodness, the weather here in Alaska is AMAZING! It's definitely helped me remember just how incredible spring/summer up here can be. I'm working with a little more energy these days thanks to the extra sunshine. 
I pretty much killed it in accomplishing all of last week's hopes and plans! There aren't even any roll overs! 

Here's what I did ::
New recipe. I made this! I substituted the cream cheese for sour cream (we had some extra) and there were plenty of left overs. Definitely recommend trying this one out if your are looking for something new. 
Pay it forward. Now, what kind of douche would I be if I told you about it? ;)
Dust/clean. Sneeze fest, but done.
Get outside more with Mallory. Since we got home from Cincinnati, we have walked for at least 45 minutes each day!! 
Don't pay full price for things. Haven't really purchased much. gasp!



one || Purchase Rainbows. If you own them, you know they are a must! They got lost in a previous move and I just have yet to replace them. I will be Rainbow-less no more.

two || Schedule a haircut. I need to stop trimming my own split ends! Getting a little too big for my britches over here... (If you live in the Anchorage/Mat Su area, where do you get your hair done?)

three || Find new 8x10 prints for our kitchen. Any that you love? I'm thinking I want something that references coffee..

four || Work on my photography. This is something I've always enjoyed but have no formal skill in. Do you know of any decent & affordable online classes on using a DSLR?

five || Pick up dog poop. Enough said.


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25 April 2014

Five Confessions This Friday

I hope you have had a great week! Boy, recouping from a trip takes 10x as long with a little one, but I finally have my feet back on the ground. We are enjoying much nicer weather here! Thank. Goodness.
Here are some of the things we've had going on :: 
one || My sister. She hasn't even graduated college yet (graduation is May 9th and she is accepting gifts) and already has a job! Her degree is in Special Education and she literally interviewed with her first choice school district and they hired her on the spot! Her future students are lucky to have such a hardworking, dedicated and passionate teacher. Get it girl!
two || This print. Well, really everything in Amanda's ETSY shop, All Things Pretty. I need them. I mean, she even includes confetti in her packaging!
three || Mallory is my idol. Seriously. At her 6 month appointment yesterday she just killed it. Got a couple of shots and was laughing before the nurse even left the room. (I hope Kyle took notes. The man does not do needles.)
four ||  I made a "friend" in the neighborhood yesterday. Unlike, most of our neighbors, she was born in the same century as me! She literally ran out of her house and flagged me down while Mal and I were on a walk. 20 somethings unite! Normally this would have made me cringe [introvert alert!], but she was funny ;) Extra bonus was that her name is Jenny. Since I didn't catch her last name I put her in my phone as "Jenny from the block"--I'm hysterical, I know. 
five || Thanks to this blog and Instagram I was able to meet Kelly. Kelly was diagnosed with stage 3 spitzoid melanoma (the same deviation that I had) during the third trimester of her pregnancy. She has since delivered a healthy baby, had a major surgery and is getting ready to start interferon (read, chemo) on Monday. She could use some love and support! Help me cheer her on as she kicks cancer's ass! 
Kelly's Instagram
What do you guys have going on this weekend? Hope its something fun and outside!

23 April 2014

Mallory's 6 Month Update

This was a huge month over here! Mal has grown soooo much over the past month and I can hardly believe it. Her 6 month check up was scheduled for this morning but her provider called and rescheduled ?? I will come back and update her stats after her appointment later on this week. 

UPDATE || Mallory's 6 month stats:

16 pounds 15 ounces (67%)
26 inches (63%)
43.5 centimeters (77%)





Mally is in size 3 diapers (I will purchase size 4 once she runs out of this batch) and her clothing is 6-9 months! She is laughing tons and is oh so expressive. Miss Mal also got her first tooth at 5 months and 3 weeks! As soon as we get the go ahead from her doctor we will start on solids! She is more than ready to eat! Anything I eat or drink she stares at and reaches for. Oh, and she can sit on her own in a highchair AND shopping cart?! 




But there are one too many head bumps for me to declare that she is sufficiently sitting on her own...




I finally have an excuse to throw a ton of useless clutter away!! The baby proofing efforts are well underway in our house. She isn't crawling but manages to kind of flail across the floor and put anything she can get her hands on into her mouth. She also now uses one of those walker/bouncy seat things. 

Her is the part where I photo dump some of my favorites from recent Mal "photo shoots." ;)






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"Army Wife"

Kyle being in the military isn't something I talk much about here and there are a few reasons for that. 



First || I kind of struggle with "army wife" being a part of my identity. I'm not the army's wife, I'm Kyle's wife. I can't get behind having my husbands chosen profession being a part of MY identity. When was the last time you saw Kyle wearing a t-shirt that said "proud in-home counselor's husband" or "I love a SAHM?" You don't. I can't think of any other job where this is acceptable. OR do you see husbands of soldiers sporting this kind of attire? I haven't. Anyway. Kyle doesn't introduce himself to people by saying "Hi, I'm Kyle and I'm a soldier" so I don't either. 

Second || Sometimes I feel like military spouses talk about their service member like they hung the damn moon. Can't get behind that one either. Kyle wafts his own farts and doesn't know who we pay our mortgage bill to each month. He has a ways to go to say the least. With that, in my experience, not all service members are good people. I don't think that just because someone is in the military that we should worship them. I chose to marry and have a baby with Kyle for crying out loud! Obviously he is kind of awesome in my book (but please don't tell him that, he isn't short on confidence as it is.) ;)

Third || I can't remember what I can and can not talk about publicly with regard to Kyle's job...so it's best that I just keep my mouth shut. ;)



HOWEVER, I certainly recognize and appreciate the higher calling that is required for agreeing to serve in our nation's military. My grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, father and now my husband have all made that choice. This choice does not come without great sacrifice.

I am so proud of Kyle! But, I would be proud of him if he were a garbage man. All I'm interested in is  his overall happiness at work. Ok, that's not true. I do tell him that if he is going to do sketchy/dangerous shit in the army he better be good at it! Which is why I'm ok with him being away training so much (since the army asked for my opinion and all...) Kyle training means that he and the men he leads are safer in combat.  THAT is something I can get behind. 

side note :: Who doesn't think a man in uniform is HOT!?



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I know that everyone's job and situation is different in the military, but as I've said, Kyle's current job has him away from home A LOT. 

There are 9 million reasons why this completely blows.

But, I'm all about silver linings, so lets talk about why all of this time apart is AWESOME.

Ready?



1. save money :  Kyle EATS. Our grocery budget almost doubles during the pay periods he is home. Also, how many energy drinks or snacks from the gas station on post does one person need?! Bottom line-- if he's not home, he's not spending money which means...

2. more money for me : kidding, kinda. I think that when your husband is away you should be able to make a Pity Purchase, right? ;) Get your nails done. Buy a new top. After all, you just know there will be some kind of problem with the house, car, kids, etc. while he's gone. So, buy yourself something nice.

3.  time to spend on you : I like to take advantage of times when Kyle is away to really work on myself. By that I mean; dive deeper into personal hobbies, spend time with your girlfriends, squeeze in an extra work out, whatever. Not to get super heavy, but being happy as an individual goes a long way when your spouse is in the military.

4. time to do something for your spouse : While Kyle was away at Ranger School I learned that writing him letters and mailing him care packages probably helped me more than it helped him. I missed him less while I was writing or shopping for him. So, now when he is away training or whatever it is they do, I make a list of things that either he needs or that I want to do for him while he's gone. I slowly cross items off of that list until it's time for him to come home. 

5. your house will be clean (er) : This requires no explanation. If your husband is anything like mine he is messy/dirty and brings 9,872 gross things home from work.... but not when he's gone :)


*forget about the calendar! Kyle's unit likes to put out a training calendar for the families to reference. Rarely do things actually go according to their schedule. Until Kyle calls me from the car saying he is on the way home; I try not to think about it. 

This post may look familiar to you. Part of it was featured on my friend Elizabeth's blog, Army Ever After a couple of months ago. You should go see her! She's much nicer than I am ;)

Mal Smiles

Are you married to someone who is in the military?

22 April 2014

Cincinnati Recap & Mallory's First Easter

We had a wonderful long weekend celebrating Mallory's first Easter in Cincinnati. Lots of special moments were shared with family. (Kyle is from Cincinnati and his parents still live there.)

Plus, this mama got some long overdue solo shopping time. ;) Was is just me or was EVERY store having some kind of amazing sale this weekend? Not complaining...

I'm just going to let the photos do the talking.






Of course the tissue paper was the highlight of her Easter basket. It was so interesting to watch Mallory notice that Easter morning was "different" than other mornings. She is growing so much!







She is actually wearing Kyle's Cincinnati Reds hat from when he was a baby! Thank goodness she doesn't mind wearing hats, because my fair-skinned baby is going to be sporting them regularly this summer.





Mal put on one of her dad's old t-shirts and colored easter eggs!


This photo was taken after dinner at a restaurant that is very special to my mother in law's family. Mallory was the forth generation to dine at Pompilios! 




This is the second great grandmother Mallory has had the pleasure of meeting and will meet a third when we visit Cincinnati again this summer! She's one lucky kid.


Here are some of the pieces from my Cincinnati shopping haul ::




Again, I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend! I love reading all the recaps :) Did you capitalize on any sales?
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