Saturday, February 11, 2017

HAIR.

You guys.  These are by far these worst videos ever made.  Yet I made them.  That's your first piece of information.  Second - why?  Why on earth would you post these silly, low-quality videos?
I've had some people ask about my hair recently, specifically the waves/curls I've been doing.
And, we've all talked about getting together, but sometimes it just doesn't work out.  So, here you go.  I can't wait to get my first thumbs down on YouTube.  Also, I am completely aware that there are much more important things going on in the world right now. 🙂

The main product that makes the difference for me is my curling iron, The Beachwaver (I use the S1 most of the time, S .75 less often).  I swear I'm not trying to sell it. I just really, really like it.   I realize it is a lot of money for a curling iron, so it's an investment (the 20 % off coupons from Ulta apply to this product when they're available and you can apply for their points system - I got mine for 60% off doing this!).  There are a lot of other great options, but I'm not very skilled at those (curling wand seems to be most common, using the flat iron to curl).  With this one, you literally clamp you hair and press a button, hold it for 5-7 seconds, and ta-da!  They post tutorials on Instagram often - you can make a few different types of curls depending on how you use it.  I typically use the curling iron diagonally for normal/beachy waves.  If you use it horizontally, you'll have those crazy glam curls/Princess Kate bouncy hair.  For me, it's been worth the investments as far as hair products go.  Anyways, here are the videos...more info in them.   The other products I talk about are linked below.  Also, hair goals: Liz Adams, Haute Off the Rack, and Jillian Harris - always. 

This video is more about the products I use and how I dry my hair.   If you want to skip the fluff, go to video two.


And this one is more about the curling/Beachwaver.   Big takeaways - if you want lots of curl that lasts all day, use smaller sections and hold for longer.  Bigger curls that don't stay as tight - larger sections and don't hold as long. 


Product Links:
 {Locally I buy my Aveda Products at Salon Euphoria and the other products at Ulta or Nordstrom}
Drybar Triple Sec (Similar and smells amazing: Oribe Texturizing Spray)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Our Minted Cards.


Can you guys believe we're only 16 days from Christmas?? Holy cow!  It's crazy.
  
Anyways, I think this is one of the first years I'm going to get our cards out on time (I swear they would have been sooner if it hadn't been for this crazy winter storm).  I already wrote about the card options Minted has this year, and how much I love the foil press.  So, here's what we chose for our cards.  I'm really, really happy with them.  The foil press is oh, so pretty.  And, what I like almost more is the fact that I barely had to address any of the cards.  I used the address assistant - you basically put all of your addresses into an excel file and upload it properly and it saves them all (you can always edit later).  So, now we have them for parties, Christmas next year, etc.  And, I already had an excel file, so I simply copied and pasted, making the process easy-peasy (p.s. tip - to upload it requires certain areas to be filled - if you think you will have that information later, it will accept it if you just write something (for instance, addresses I couldn't find I made 111 Main St. so I could edit those on the Minted site later).




P.S.  It's not too late to order your cards.  And they still happen to have some good deals going on, including 15% off and free shipping on cards, and 15% off 3 or more gift items.  Here are a few of my favorite gift items below.





This "Little Mister" Print. (seriously love)





Happy Monday, all!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Changing it up.

 We've done a little switching up in the living room.  Our arrangement was like this before (except we had added an ikea shelf as our tv stand).  It was nice and cozy, and to be honest, I really liked it.  BUT, it only officially seated 4 people (3 comfortably), and it was feeling very, very small with all of Eloise's toys.  It was time for an overhaul.  As sad as I was to take E's kitchen out of here (she just loves it so much), I'm glad we did.  We've reduced her down to two toy bins in this room to reduce the extra stuff.  We inherited a chair from some friends who are moving, and brought E's rocker in here as well (tore my heart apart a little).  And here is the result - seating for six or seven and a lot less clutter. 





P.S.  I know I have a lot of Christmas decorations up already, but I really feel this isn't decorated enough yet.  I think it needs a little more warmth to it, maybe?




Taking out E's rocker and switching up the TV stand meant moving this shelf to her room…and we made room for the kitchen.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Out of the comfort zone.


I'd been talking about wanting biker boots recently.  I know, weird.   And out of my comfort zone. But they're trendy, and something about them appeals to me.  SO, Zach was kinds enough to pick some out for me (really sweet) recently as a surprise.  Sadly, they were a bit narrow at the ankle, and my generous hips just don't do well with that.  So, I found some similar, but a little more flattering to my shape to get instead.  These babies - in the photo above.  I'm pretty pleased.  Plus, they're super comfy (If you EVER, ever want shoes that will last you the whole day - look no further than Cole Haan - they made the best decision ever when they paired with Nike).  Now I just have to get up the guts to wear them.  Skinny jeans and chunky sweaters, here they come!  {P.S.  I found mine at TJMaxx - they're called the "Alix" Moto Boot}.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

...


 This. Girl. - I love her.

Two is hard sometimes, you know that?  So fun and so taxing - all at the same time.  
This little person becoming their own human being, little by little. 
Our girl, she is very much her own person.  Stubborn, strong-willed.  But sweet and cuddly.  And SO much fun.  
Asking Jesus for help as we aim to shape this little being - allowing her to blossom, yet to obey.
In my frustration sometimes I imagine this will of hers standing up to something more substantial in the years to come (not just potty training or foods she dislikes), which gives me some relief - She'll stand strong to her faith being rocked; She'll ward off that idiot of a boy (they'll all be idiots in my opinion, I assume) who thinks he is worthy of her attention.

He has created her this way - our feisty, silly, sweet little girl.  I am so thankful.


{Photos thanks to Elena Brown}

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Minted at Christmas!

Christmas is coming!! I'm getting kind of (ok - more than kind of) giddy with excitement.  
And on that note, I've been checking out Christmas cards options.  These foil printed cards from Minted  are on the top of my list.  Seriously, foil-press, I heart you.  I can't decide which one is my favorite.  
{Um, also - they have glitter envelope liners.  Yep.}  

P.S. - 15% off foil-pressed cards right now (and some other deals, too)! :)  

Other favorites from the Minted Holiday collection include the more budget-friendly petite cards and postcards.

I recommend taking a look.  :)  My favorites below {click on photos for links}:







Monday, September 30, 2013

Eloise's Toddler (kind of big girl) Room

When I meant I was back, apparently I meant...not back?   I don't know.  I'll guess I'll figure out what keeping this up looks like for me now that I'm done with school and out in the work world.  Brief update - I began working - I'll be practicing in family practice.  That's about as brief as it gets, although I would like to write more about finishing school at some point.  


But, for now... Eloise's room, rearranged to allow for her toddler bed and of course, her horse 
(we will have to talk more about horses and the intense, intense obsession at a later time).   So, the original plan was to get Eloise her twin bed (this Jenny Lind for The Land of Nod) and some nice horse bedding, perhaps.  In my mind, what was the point of a toddler bed?  Well, we decided to save some money now and wait to buy her twin.  Then we would just add a cheap guard rail to her crib - oh, wait - basically like the front of the crib.  Then we would buy the guard rail that goes with her crib - oh, wait - that's about $20 cheaper than buying a toddler bed.  So, toddler bed it was and now I'm obsessed (ps - I am utterly obsessed with this one - jenny lind, get the trend).  It's so tiny and sweet.  And we purchased some toddler bedding from Pottery Barn Kids.  There's nothing cuter than a mini set of sheets - Let me tell you.  Otherwise, as you can see, we haven't changed much.  Just rearranged. 

El has tolerated the move to a bed weirdly well.  I keep expecting her to go haywire about it, but maybe she was just ready.  She thinks it's a fun place to read books and play.  I also love getting to tell her to "climb into bed" on her own.  So sweet. 







Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stacks.

Stackin' it up.



Motion.

Okay, I found this on my phone and have no idea where it came from, but and I love these and I have to share. :)  From E's first birthday party long ago.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Graduation in photos.

One of the major events while I was off from blogging...I graduated from PA school!  Yay!  I'll write more later, but here are some photos from the big day.  I can't believe this day finally came (my first white coat ceremony here).  Many of the photos are from Mayumi or my mother-in-law.


Receiving my long white coat.  So exciting.



There are two PAs in the family now.  Woot!


The family.


Love these ladies.



Party time at my parents' abode, planned by my mom and Zach.  So much fun.
(p.s.  My mom says that banner was from minted, and I think the straws as well.)



Eloise Anne.


E and T - born 4 days apart.


Biggest surprise...my roomies from Morocco came in from far away.  Loved, loved, loved it.


next