Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
|This is exactly where I want to be. All.the.time.|
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
And here's my after picture:
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Lately, as you may have noticed, I've been getting into doing my hair more.
Since the Mommy Makeover Challenge, I've been really trying to put my best foot (and face!) forward, and really try to look better than the "I'm a mom I did my best" look. :) You've seen my headband braid tutorial review and my curling iron curls tutorial, but this one tops them both.
Before I go any further, this is the EASIEST way to curl your hair I've EVER found.
I timed myself curling my hair with my flat iron this morning and it took me exactly 9 minutes and 30 seconds. Yep, just under 10 minutes. Do you have 10 minutes? Yes? Then you can do this hair style. Here's a look at the finished product:
For this hair style, all you need is your hair and a flat iron. I did not use any product in my hair, although I suppose you could, the curls would just stay tighter for longer. I've never been one to have a hairstyle actually stay in my hair without going limp 10 minutes later, but I promise, I still had curl at the end of a very busy day! (I've updated a picture at the end of the post as to what the curls look like at the end of a day without any product on my hair for your reference!)
The technique is SO simple. Instead of running the flat iron straight down your hair, like you were straightening your hair, you twist it up 180 degrees so that the hair is wrapped around the edge of the straightener, pointing up in the air. Take each piece of hair and run it down the straightener flipped up toward the sky. The slower you pull the hair through, the tighter the curl will be. (Check out the original tutorial I used here.) One of the commenters in the original tutorial remarked that it is like curling a ribbon with scissors, and that comparison really seemed to make sense to how this technique is completed.
And, that's it! You're done! Really pretty looking soft curls with wave and body are so easy with this flat iron curling technique. You can also choose where you want to start the curl, so if you'd like more curls higher, you can start closer to your scalp, and if you're like me and want more curls underneath the level of your chin, you can start lower down.
The picture I took below is of me after an entire day of running around. This included work, errands, and taking little man out on a walk in some pretty windy fall weather. I did brush my hair out at the end of the day as it got tangled during the windy walk. Again, I did not use any product, but I was still happy that I had some body and curl to my hair at the end of the day as well!
I did try this with a simple spritz of hairspray on a workday more recently as well and found that the curls do stay much tighter with just a few sprays.
You ladies really need to try this out, it is SO quick and easy! The flat iron curls are at the TOP of my list right now for easy hair options. And, you could always add a headband braid or bang braid to this style and have curls and braids, which is twice as cute and would only take a few quick minutes of braiding before you went to bed the night before!
If you try this tutorial, head on back over here & tell me in the comments how it worked on your hair! I'd love to get some feedback on this one!
Monday, October 15, 2012
You all know by now that I LOVE babywearing.
It is such a simple and easy way to keep your kiddo right where they need to be, up close and snuggled into you! One of my favorite babywearing options is a soft structured carrier, or what I tend to call a pack carrier- because they honestly remind me of a backpack.
I've talked before about how we own an Ergo baby carrier as well as several other non-soft structured carriers in our household. One of the main reasons I love a soft structured carrier is because you can wear it for long periods of time without feeling sore or uncomfortable, and with all the snaps and straps, you know that your child is tucked in tightly to you and very secure.
I recently was given the opportunity to score a Boba Baby Carrier 3G and test it out to share with my readers, and I am so happy I did! Since my other soft structured carrier option at this time is the Ergo, I'll focus my review on a comparison of the two products.
But first, here are a few pictures of little man and I enjoying our Boba 3G at the zoo!
(You'll notice in these pictures that he is riding a little bit low- with his legs a little bit more straight and less 'frogged' than I would have liked- mainly due to the fact that I am almost 30 weeks pregnant. I'll talk a little bit later in the review about how I could have fixed this, and now do fix this easily, with the provided accessories that came with the carrier.)
|Let's just pretend I still fit into my fleece...|
|Carrier pictured in the Soho print|
There are many, many reasons why I love our new Boba 3G, the first being that the print is ridiculously cute. Besides the "ZOMG the cute is overwhelming me!" moment I had when I opened the package, there are tons of logical reasons why I'll choose this carrier over the Ergo.
To start, I am obviously pretty pregnant, and will be wearing a little squishy babe in just a few short months. To be able to wear new baby girl in the Ergo carrier (by itself- carrying babes from 12-45 lbs), I'd need to buy an additional infant insert for $25 (in addition to the carrier cost) to fit a 7-12lb baby. The Boba 3G comes ready to wear a babe 7-45 lbs with no other accessories required. Based on the instruction manual that comes with the Boba 3G, by simply folding over a part of the carrier, you create a higher rise and can wear little babe right up where they are babywearing safe and kissably close to you.
Another feature I loved was all the pockets and gadgets the Boba 3G came with, standard. Our Ergo carrier has two pockets on the front of the carrier- one to hold the hood to cover baby's head & one zippered area for keys/wallet/etc. The Boba not only also comes with a napping hood and pockets (although these are placed in the waistband), but it comes with my favorite feature- a purse strap holder. With the Boba, you are able to snap your purse or diaper bag strap onto the shoulder strap, so you're not constantly fussing with it falling off of your shoulder while wearing your little. This is a design feature that I really, really enjoy.
As I mentioned above, little man rides a bit low while I'm pregnant because the waist strap has to sit under my baby belly, and this caused him to have a straighter leg and less 'seated' position than I would have liked in these pictures with the Boba. I typically have the same problem with our Ergo babywearing while pregnant. However- with the Boba- I'm able to quickly remedy that by attaching the included (read: no extra charge) foot straps onto the waistband. These put little man's hips, legs, and spine into a healthier and more natural position. These foot straps are not available on the Ergo carrier.
One of the last reasons that I really, really enjoy the Boba carrier is how easy it is to adjust. While the Ergo is also easy to adjust, the Boba is more customizable. For example, in the picture below you can see that the shoulder strap adjusts both on the portion of the strap closest to the seat of the carrier as well as the end of the strap. I've heard this is great for nursing, although I've not personally nursed little man in this carrier.
Overall, if you couldn't tell already, I LOVE our new Boba 3G Baby Carrier.
And, because I love it so much, and the Boba Family team is so awesome, we're going to give a carrier to you! The winner of this giveaway is going to get to pick not only what carrier you'd like from Boba (a Boba Air, a Boba Wrap, or a Boba Carrier like I reviewed above), but you also get to choose what color or print carrier you'd like to win as well!
(Sadly, dear Canadian friends, this giveaway is only open to those of us who reside in the US.)
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Step 2: Pour one cup borax into your plastic tub with your grated soap. The hardest part of this step for me was opening the box.
I really hate those "to open- press here" tabs. They take me forever to open and I always end up just shoving a knife into the box.
Step 3: Pour one cup of washing soda into the container of soap and borax.
The mixture you come up with will look something like my container below.
Instructions for use: Add one tablespoon of this mixture to your laundry. I have a HE machine, and per user reviews of this recipe, it is recommended just to dump your tablespoon straight into the washer with your clothes. If you don't have an HE machine, I believe you can just put this straight into your soap drawer/spot just like you would put in powdered detergent.
I've also read that adding a few drops of essential oils in your chosen scent can give your laundry a fresh smell to it, but I prefer the detergent to be unscented. While washing, you can definitely smell this soap, but by the time it is rinsed and dried, your clothes don't smell like anything- they're just clean!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Since the Mommy Makeover Challenge, I've decided to break out of my rut with my hair as well.
If getting dressed in the morning wasn't as hard as I thought it was, actually doing something other than just air drying and straightening the ends of my hair couldn't be that tough either.
My first attempt, which you saw on day two of the challenge was the braided headband. I'm a HUGE fan of braids, especially after little man was born. You all know by now that I only wash my hair 1-3 times per week, so anything that can stretch me a few days longer between a wash is really helpful. By adding a quick braid of my locks (especially the front of my hair which touches my face, thus getting greasy more easily), I can easily stretch my hair an extra few days between a wash.
I really appreciate that you can sleep in a braid as well, which really helps my schedule in the morning. I've found that if I shower immediately after we put little man to bed, and do something to my hair that night before I go to bed, like an easy braid, that it looks perfectly messy by the time I wake, and I'm ready to go on my hair for the day.
While I've done a braid of my bangs for several years now, I'd never actually used a braid as a headband. So, when I saw this tutorial on Pinterest, I was really excited to try it out! Check out the final product below, and then I'll explain just what I did to make this look work!
This method was extremely easy if you know how to make a simple braid. I did not use any products with this hair style, only a small clear elastic hairband and one hair pin.
To begin, I grabbed a small strand of hair from the right side of my head. I part on the left, so pulling hair from the right side was a better option, as it left more hair on top to cover. In the original tutorial, she used a much more neat looking piece of hair, sectioned into a small square. But- let's be honest- I'm a mama, I grabbed some hair, braided it into a long band, and didn't mind what the underportion of hair looked like, as it will be covered anyway!
One thing I found to be really helpful was to continue braiding almost to the very end of the strand of hair. If your hair is not very long, you may have a problem with getting your braid to be long enough. However, if your hair is pretty long, you shouldn't have any trouble.
After you are finished with your simple braid, tie it off on the bottom with your small, clear rubber elastic. I loved using the clear version because it was so small it kept the closure of the braid from getting bulky or sticking out on the other side.
Then, just as simple as the braid was, flip it over your head. You'll have to decide based on your hair how much bang you'll want to keep in the front.
The picture below is what your braid will look like underneath with your hair pulled back.
The next step is to grab one bobby pin, and secure the braid in place where you'd like it to land. I used the below picture as an example of where I stopped my braid. I actually did also find a shorter bobby pin (about half the size of this one) and flip it over so that the ruffled edge faced toward my skin. That way, I didn't have the bobby pin sticking out when I placed the hair on top back down over the braid.
After you secure the pin in place, pull your hair back down on both sides and you're done! So simple!
Here's another picture of the finished product:
I braided this the night before (hence my ratty t-shirt I wore to bed) and woke up to it looking just right- a little messy - the next morning. In the original tutorial, the blogger goes on to show how she teased her hair up in the back, which I did not do, but is always an option as well. Overall, this was a win for me- easy, cute, and simple. This is such an easy way to amp up your hairstyle for the fall!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
We made it! I wore REAL clothing (minus my scrubs for work-days) the ENTIRE week!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Yes, it's Saturday, but I work on Saturdays, so that means I have to drag myself out of bed and look presentable on the weekend. Ugh.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Obviously, it's another work day, as I'm back in scrubs. It was also before 6:30a when this picture was taken, so if I look like I want to crawl back into bed, it's because I did. :)
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I've added in two pictures for today, I'll explain why below :)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Hey all! Welcome back to the Mommy Makeover Challenge! We're on day two of a seven day challenge, so if you are just finding the challenge now, you can still join in! Check out the rules here!
Monday, October 1, 2012
(If you haven't already heard, I'm hosting a Mommy Makeover Week here at The Naptown Organizer. For further details about how you can join in and link up, see the post here!)