Try It Tuesday

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Buzzfeed post in which two ladies tried the Sleep Styler—overnight curlers guaranteed to give you awesome curls or waves without any styling the next day. I wanted to know if these were legit (because, I’m a mom and I don’t have time to do my hair every day) so I bought them for $19.99 at Walmart!

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So, first thing you have to do is wash your hair and let it air dry to almost completely dry. Then, you apply the rollers. It was a little tough for me to do this by myself because I have long, thick hair and my arms got sore super fast. So I enlisted help from Huff the Hubs! He did a great job! I was a little nervous about sleeping on these things all night, though.

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The next morning, I checked to see what damage had been done while I slept.

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They actually stayed in place pretty well!

 

Here’s what my hair looked like immediately after taking the rollers out:

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After a little teasing and hair flipping, it looked like this:

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I LOVED the results! My hair kept the curl pretty much all day (it did go a little flat because of the Oklahoma wind and heat)! Next time I use them, I think I’ll try a product to help keep the hold a wee bit more. The instructions actually recommended to add a product but I literally had none. I mean, I had hair spray but I wasn’t going to put that on wet hair.

Have you tried the Sleep Styler? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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We are officially on turkey countdown, folks! T-minus 1 day, 8 hours, and some-odd minutes! And, if you’re like me, you feel woefully unprepared! Have no fear, I rounded up some of my favorite Try It Tuesday hacks to help you (and your house) get ready for the parade of family members to come over!

 

For You: 

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Want to get picture-worthy hair but don’t want to spend all day working on it? Use this simple hair hack to get cute curls (or wowza waves)! (Tip: Leave your hair in the foil while you baste, clean, and prep for best results!

 

For the House: 

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Have stubborn mineral deposits around your faucet? Keep the disgusted looks from in-laws at bay with this simple cleaning solution! And here’s another for those stainless steel appliances!

 

For the Table: 

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If you want a dessert that stands out from the crowd of pumpkin pies, store bought cookies, and some kind of fruit cake that looks like it should’ve been thrown out MONTHS ago, try this DELISH fruit pizza! It’s super simple and super yummy!

 

And, the biggest piece of advice I can give you this holiday season is: relax. Don’t take everything so seriously. Problems are going to arise, people are going to get on your nerves, and plans will inevitably be disrupted. But have a good sense of humor about it and try not to fret! Enjoy this season and the food it brings-ha!

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Do you have any style, cleaning, or cooking hacks for the holiday season? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

try it hair

 

Hey y’all! I’ve been looking at Pinterest and I found a Try It that I think you’ll love!

Sadly, its not edible. BUT, it is super helpful! It is a natural alternative to shampoo!

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Here’s what you need:

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~Baking soda

~Water

~Vinegar

~Essential oils (not necessary, but comes in handy)

~Two squeeze bottles

 

There are two parts to this Try It. One is the “shampoo” and the other is the “conditioner”.

The shampoo is comprised of 1 parts baking soda to 3 parts water. I mixed 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 6 tablespoons of water for my shampoo:

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The conditioner is 1 part vinegar (you can use white or apple cider) to 4 parts water. I also threw in 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of spearmint just to try to mask the vinegar smell.

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Then, I washed and rinsed my hair. I won’t lie, it was weird not having my hairy all foamy. And the gritty nature of the baking soda made me feel like I was washing my hair with sand. And even though I added the essential oils, I could still smell the vinegar. (It gave me flashbacks to when my mom made us girls rinse our hair with vinegar all throughout elementary and junior high. It was a natural way to protect your hair from lice. My mom had THREE daughters with hair passed their booties; she about had a mental breakdown whenever we got lice from some kid at school. Can you imagine combing 6 feet of hair?! But still, even though it saved us all from the terror of those scalp-scratching bugs, I’d cry every time my mom made me pour vinegar on my head. But, I digress.)

I was still skeptical when I rinsed my hair. I figured I would have to wash my hair again because I knew that when I went to blow dry it that it would be a horrible mess. But it wasn’t! My tangle-prone hair was surprisingly easy to comb through and after I blow dried it, it didn’t look or feel greasy! I really liked it!

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Y’all, my hair is a hot mess. Its getting super long (and super annoying to style), has no shape anymore, and is really starting to be a drag. I’m not 100% sure I want to do something drastic, a la 2008 Britney Spears, but I’ve been in the mood for a change. Enter: Pinterest.

I found this tutorial on how to curl your hair with aluminum foil and a straightening iron and wanted to see if it would work on my mop!

All you need is aluminum foil, a flat iron, and a head of hair!

First, unroll some aluminium foil (about six inches) and rip.

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Then, tear that square into four little squares:

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You’ll need to repeat this several times. I think I used about 20 small squares of foil for my head.

Then, after brushing your hair free of tangles, take a small section of your hair and roll it with your fingers as close to your scalp as you can:

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Wrap the aluminium foil around it and smash it down as best you can so your hair doesn’t fall out.

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Continue this process until your entire head is covered in foil. (I had to call in reinforcements. My cousin, Morgan, came over and helped me. This Try It is also an arm workout, lol.)

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After your head is covered, take your flat iron (on the hottest setting) and clamp down on each foil pack for about 10-15 seconds. Allow the foil to cool (it should be cool to the touch) and then pull the foil down, revealing your curls!

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My hair was more “wavy” than ringlets like the girl in the original tutorial, but I still liked the results!

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I think next time I’ll do smaller sections of hair and let them set in the foil longer. I was just too impatient this time and HAD to see what my hair looked like!

 

Have you ever tried this? Did you like it? Have you tried another, similar technique? What were your results? Tell me in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

You guys. It snowed this weekend. It freaking snowed. Its not even December yet! What up with that?!

I guess that’s okay, though. Because now its cold enough so that I can legitimately wear one of the many super cute head wraps my mom made me without looking totally out of season. Now that I’m a mom, these things are a LIFESAVER! Why? Because now my hair will look a lot less ratchet than it normally does.

Before Huff the Babe entered our world in all her adorable glory, my hair was the one part of my body I was actually proud of.

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She’s smiling because she got to wash her hair that morning. (Its like she’s mocking me!)

 

Huff the Hubs LURVED my hair. He would always say (and still does) that he never wants me to cut it. Now, he never sees it because I’m “all about those hats, ’bout those hats”:

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Hat=Please don’t ask me the last time I washed my hair.

 

I typically get to shower everyday (spare me the gasps of judgement about hygiene; mom’s know that getting a shower everyday is a luxury long since passed) but I maybe get to wash my hair about 3 times a week. My showers are typically rushed because I have be somewhere/have a long list of things to accomplish in the short time before HtB wakes from her nap/I’m so tired I just don’t want to be in the shower longer than I have to.

Thankfully, two amazing products have found their way into my bathroom cabinet as well as heart. Dry shampoo and 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner.

Dry shampoo is seriously a busy mom/woman’s best friend! I didn’t think I would like it; I equated it to putting baby powder in your hair. But this stuff is #legit.

My bestie for the restie.

My bestie for the restie.

 

After I learned how to do it the right way, dry shampoo and I started a glorious friendship. (Do your homework before you purchase, though. You don’t want to waste ca$h where its not necessary!)

 

I used to be one of those people that thought, “I’ll never use that.” I didn’t think it was natural. After all, shampoo and conditioner come in two separate bottles. They’re supposed to be separate. Oh, how disillusioned was I. Because now? I. LOVE. 2-in-1.

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Ohhhhh yeaaahhh….

It seriously cuts down on my shower time (especially in the winter because, let’s face it, I’m not wasting time shaving my legs) and the fact that it conditions my hair helps with the whole “winter-has-made-my-hair-super-staticky-and-I-want-to-shave-my-head-because-its-so-frustrating” fiasco we all know and despise.

 

For reals, though. These products have saved me from just throwing in the towel and getting a “mom ‘do”…like the “Kate Gosselin”:

"Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!"

“Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!”

 

What about you? Any hair tips you can share with time-pressed mommas? Do you throw on a hat? Use dry shampoo? Don a wig? Share in the comments below!

Testify.

Testify.

 

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

Fair warning, guys: today’s Try It Tuesday is about to get real, real fast.

 

The other night, my tummy was in some major pain. No, it was nausea. It was…. The other thing. Or, lack of the other thing.

 

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Yep. That’s what I’m talking about.

 

Anyway, I heated up the rice bag and laid it on my tummy whilst moaning and groaning to an oblivious Huff the Hubs who was sucked into his world on Minecraft. I tried to distract myself and got on Pinterest and saw my sister sent me a pin. This pin:

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It was titled: “The Magic Poop Button”.

 

(Yep. I just went there.)

 

Intrigued, I clicked the link. It took me to a blog written by a mom that had tried this on one of her kids. She said she had “almost instant success” so I tried it out.

 

What you do is, you lie down on your back, measure three fingertip widths down from your belly button, and then push that point with your finger.

 

This acupressure is supposed to help with backups and ease the pain.

 

So, I thought, “What the heck?” and tried it.

 

I measured and then pressed down as hard as I could, stopping short of “holy ^%$# this is agony!” territory. Though I didn’t have “instant success”, it did help with the pain after about a minute! I was even able to fall asleep! I could not believe it!

 

Take that, people that say acupressure is hokum!

 

Now, in an effort to take your mind off of bowel movements and make today’s post a little less gross, I have another Try It for you.

 

All over Pinterest there are life hacks, teacher hacks, mom hacks, etc. While perusing Pinterest, I found this:

 

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Its lazy girl hair hacks!

This is perfect for me because: 1. I’m so lazy when it comes to my hair and 2. I am hair illiterate. I blame my chubby, non-nimble fingers for my lack of ability to make my hair look awesome. Do you know how many times I have tried and failed at doing the sock bun? Too many to count.

 

Moving on…

 

I tried one that didn’t look too difficult. This one:

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So here’s my before:

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And here’s the after:

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Yeah, not so much. My hair = ratchet. I told you I suck at this! I just need someone to come over and do my hair for me. (Hear that, Morgan? I’m talking about YOU!)

 

Have you ever tried any of these hacks? Did they work for you? What about the other Try It?