Life around here.

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Life has been buzzing around here. It’s kept us busy (the good kind) and tired come bedtime. Max’s nap schedule is kinda out the window, meaning sometimes he naps twice a day, sometimes he takes a hearty nap, sometimes he falls asleep snuggled in my arms. I’m not spending any unnecessary time thinking about this; I’m enjoying the spontaneity of it :)

I have a lot on my mind and I’ve been trying to process them, but they’re still a little jumbly for me. And, that’s OK too. There’s not much that needs to be sorted out rightthisinstant.

We’ve been outside a lot for morning & afternoon walks. I’ve been cooking a lot. Yesterday was my weekly moms group/bible study and I so enjoy going each week (!). Wednesday is the perfect day, a lovely pick-me-up right in the middle of the week.

And tomorrow I’m flying to Dallas for Hope Spoken, my first conference since Maxwell was born. My thoughts? I’m excited to go and nervous to leave home and praying for a super smooth flight.

I’ve got something great up my sewing sleeve. Fingers crossed I can share it with you soon! :)

How to serve a Fancy Dinner.

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It’s not easy making a home cooked meal night after night, but I love the idea of cooking and how it brings my family around the table, so I keep my focus on that. When I’m tired or super hungry or Zack is working late and I know I have a few more solo hours ahead of me, I (really) breathe a little sigh of relief knowing I have dinner planned.

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I’ve learned the hard way there are three big roadblocks that set me back come dinner time. Everyone has their roadblocks (and honestly I’m curious what yours are), so here are mine:

1. If I haven’t had time to grocery shop

2. If I haven’t spent any time meal planning for the week

3. If I’m not sticking to our grocery budget

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How to style your wavy (or curly) hair.

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Wanna know a secret? I don’t wash my hair every day. Wanna know another secret? Earlier this week I trimmed my hair in the bathroom during naptime. (Don’t tell my hair dresser. Well wait, it’s been a really long time since I’ve seen her, so…)

These two secrets have helped me style my wavy hair, but I have one more big secret that’s practically helped me guarantee pretty, wavy hair every day (whether or not my hair is washed daily). For years I’ve heard how great sulfate-free shampoo is, especially if you have wavy or curly hair, but it’s one of those things where you have to try it to believe it. I’ve never been able to skip a shampoo when I wash with regular shampoo, but with sulfate-free shampoo I can, and I dare say my hair often times looks better on day two? Dare :)

Shampoo with sulfates makes the soap lather up all bubbly-deliciously. And bubbles equals clean, right?! But these bubbles also cause frizziness in curly hair and can damage colored hair.

One of my LA friends shared her curly hair secrets with me, and they’re so good I have to re-share, along with a few of my styling secrets :)

How to style wavy (or curly) hair //

1. Use a sulfate-free shampoo (Trader Joe’s sells shampoo & conditioner for $4/each) and finish with it’s sister conditioner. Wait a few minutes for the conditioner to soak in, then comb or pick through with a wide-tooth comb before rinsing.

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2. If necessary, quickly comb hair post-shower to detangle hair and redefine curls.

3. Pump Paul Mitchell’s Round Trip (below, left) 3-4 times, defining your curls as you distribute the product evenly. If your hair is shorter, use less; longer, use more.

4. If your hair is a little dry, apply a small amount of moroccan hair oil (below, center) when damp and distribute evenly, making sure you apply this to your ends.

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5. Scrunch a teeny tiny bit. Use your fingers to lift your hair near your scalp and crown to create volume. Let your hair air dry, or once nearly dry use a diffuser and finish with a blow dryer.

6. Help your waves (curls) to set by finishing with hairspray (above, right). This is my very favorite hairspray, I love the hold it provides and it smells sooooo good :)

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Something I mentioned above that using sulfate-free shampoo has helped me with is skip shampooing my hair daily. Before using SF I would wake up in the morning and my hair would be pretty flat with too many straight pieces to even let me consider skipping a ‘poo. But now I wake up and I have volume!, curls!, even ringlets! some mornings.

To skip a shampoo, here’s what you do // grab a spray bottle of water and mist your hair. It’s OK to be generous; wetting your hair won’t make the curl fall out. Once your hair is evenly misted scrunch and redefine your curls. Again, use your fingers to lift your hair near your scalp and crown to create volume. You can either air dry or use a diffuser. Some times I add another pump of Round Trip, but I almost always apply a little more hairspray.

Product shopping list:
-Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner by Trader Joe’s
-Round Trip by Paul Mitchell
-Moroccan Oil by Garnier-Fructis
-Body Envy Hairspray by Herbal Essences

 

Super easy, right? If you’re a wavy- or curly-haired gal, what are some of your secrets? What’s your styling routine?