Hair Products

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I am a big fan of  my’pregnancy hair’. My girlfriend who is also pregnant texted me a few days ago saying how great her hair is these days, that she even doesn’t have to wash it everyday which is something she’s NEVER been able to do before.

In the past unless my hair is professionally blown out I too used to wash it every day – out of necessity  not desire. Whether it’s hormones, the weather, lack of humidity, age, water…or all of above I too love my hair right now.

My new routine consists of an awesome blow dryer and two products.

Step 1: Kerastase Nectar Theremique

Apply a quarter sized amount to towel dried hair.

BENEFITS

1. Protects dry hair from blow-dry and styling tool damages
2. Makes hair easier to style
3. Polishes the hair surface for a double anti-roughness/anti-dullness action
4. Hair fiber is deeply nourished
5. Hair is left shiny with a perfect glazed-like finish

Step 2: Blow dry normally

I fell in love with this insanely powerful blow dryer about a year ago, BeLissPRO Titanium Italian Dryer it has really cut my blowdrying time in half.

Step 3: HerStyler Argan Oil Hair Serum I’m pretty sure I got this for free from a mall kiosk salesperson… but I love it and would happily pay for it when I run out. A penny size will do, a little bit truly goes a long way. This serum repels moisture and prevents frizziness in humidity. Argan Oil Hair Serum can be applied to soaking wet hair before styling, or sparingly on newly styled hair as well.

 

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Liv’s ‘Big Girl’ Room

When I thought about my daughters bedroom I always knew I wanted Pottery Barn furniture and minimal pink. To me, Pottery Barn is quality furniture that is worth every dollar. Liv’s dresser is PB and was actually my dresser growing up – purchased in 1998! It has been in my parents house, my first apartment, first, second, third homes and is now in the fourth home – in my daughters room! The rocking horse was mine from when I was Olivia’s age that my mom had repainted to match Olivia’s furniture – she LOVES it.

Shelving: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/classic-shelving/?pkey=cdecor-shelving&&cdecor-shelving

Mirrors: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/moroccan-tile-mirror-white/

Lamp: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/ceramic-animal-bases/?pkey=e%7Celephant%2Blamp%7C100%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Bedding: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/monique-lhuillier-sateen-garden-floral-nursery-bedding/?pkey=e%7Crose%2Bmonique%2Bl%7C27%7Cbest%7C4294967258%7C1%7C24%7C%252Frose-monique-l%252Fbedding%7C18&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Bed Skirt: NOW 50% off! http://www.serenaandlily.com/fiona-crib-skirt/cornflower/37374.html

Diaper Caddy: No longer available but here are some similar choices http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/storage/nursery-storage/?cm_type=lnav

Bed: (NOW ON SALE) http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/larkin-4-in-1-crib/?pkey=bcribs&&bcribs

I’ve always been my ‘mother’s daughter’ but didn’t start to notice it until I became a mother, myself. I find peace in organization (thank you, Mom). Olivia’s room looks like this 99% of the time. (The 1% occurred today while taking these pictures when she pulled every diaper out of the bins in her closet and rearranged them… tried to put them back in but on top of each other.) While some Moms might read this and roll their eyes, roll away. Liv may only be 20 months old but she puts her stuffed animals in her bed or her basket every day, she puts her clothes in her laundry basket and loves to throw her diapers in the diaper genie. TEACH THEM YOUNG!  Thanks, Mom!

Pretty Happy

At all different stages in life people go through changes. Good, bad, ugly, emotional, exciting … you name it, we’ve all gone through it. At this current moment in my life my closest friends are all going through very different situations but we’re all currently going through a tough time.

Right before a whirlwind trip to Miami last weekend I picked up Kate Hudson’s new book, Pretty Happy.kate-hudson-435

While I’ve only just begun the book I found a few paragraphs that I thought to send to my friends in a group email. I then decided instead to write it here because if I felt that if this could apply to 3 of my friends in entirely different situations, I feel like it could apply to many more.

Take this in whatever context serves you:

“…I’ve learned I have to embrace all the ups and downs, false starts, and backward slides in my life. I’ve gotten over heartache. I’ve also had to be honest and admit that my tendencies towards extremes either backfired or failed completely. These decisions and my past way of dealing with challenges and crises are part of my history, part of me- but I no longer let them hold me back. I’ve learned how to see that baggage for what it is – a part of my past that no longer works for me. But that doesn’t mean those old feelings, old reactions to situations and, more important, old behaviors don’t surface – they do.

If you’ve gone through heartbreak and lost your confidence, you know what I am talking about. You may have found a new relationship or embraced your independence, but the wound might still hurt. Part of growth is taking the hurt and using it for something positive. This is part of happiness, but I also believe it is part of wellness.

Sure, it can be scary starting anything new- there is a fear of moving forward. Sometimes, it’s a fear of leaving what’s familiar. Sometimes it’s a fear of what lies ahead or the unknown. All change can be difficult, so it’s important that you make big changes gradually.

All things will and do change. What’s important is to be clear as you pass through the process of change so that you don’t stop or get stuck in a fear or blame cycle that throws you off course.”

In the words of Joe Dirt, keep on keepin on.