Hair Goals Update #2

Back in January I posted about my hair goals. I had been working on washing less and air drying more. In March I had an update and I felt like I was getting somewhere. I was washing every third day. I went back to using my blow dryer on wash days because I just didn’t have time to let it air dry. I had been using salon quality products (I have been for years) and even some new things that I had heard about from other beauty bloggers.

April came and I saw a photo that my friend Carli posted. I was astounded. She had the hair I have been longing for. Long, healthy, full. I knew she sold Monat and decided I really needed to consider giving it a go. I took her hair quiz and got my results. I looked at all the options. And I jumped in on products that the quiz recommended.

I am happy to report that my hair is healthier! I can see a difference in the strength of the strands as I am not having as much breakage. Washings have been prolonged to every 4 days!

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Here is what I am using:

  • Revive Shampoo: this is from the volume line. It smells amazing.
  • Revitalize Conditioner: This is also from the volume line.
  • Black Shampoo + Conditioner: I use this once a week when I do an oil treatment and then I use the above shampoo and conditioner.
  • Rejuvabeads: The split end mender. Ladies, this is golden. It bonds those split ends back to the hair shaft to help it last longer to grow longer. I use this on my wet hair after I shower and wash.
  • Blow Out Cream: This goes on after the Rejuvabeads before I use the hair dryer. It has heat protectant in it, it reduces blow dry time, it does NOT weigh my hair down at all.
  • Rejuveniqe Oil: Liquid holy grail in a bottle. This is a hair oil that has 13+ natural plant and essential oils and it is rich in omega fatty acids. I use this once a week to do a scalp oil treatment. I will also use it on the ends occasionally when they feel dry between washes. You don’t need a lot, just one drop will do the trick for that.
  • Hairspray: I haven’t had to use hairspray very much to get my hair to hold its style (unlike before). I just have been having to use it to control those baby hairs that are growing back from my post-pregnancy last year.
  • Conditioning Dry Shampoo: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dry shampoo. It conditions your hair as well as absorbing the oil as you need it. I only have to use it on day 3 around my face since that is closest to my makeup and gets greasy the fastest.

While it looks like a lot of products, they aren’t all used every day. In fact Some are used once a week, most twice a week depending on my washing cycles.

Hawaiian Haystacks

We love Hawaiian Haystacks at our home. They are a comfort food for sure. We use them to feed a crowd for parties as well. Both Oliver and Claire’s first birthday parties had Hawaiian Haystacks as the main dish!

I love that they can be customized with the toppings for whatever the individual likes. I enjoy putting chow mien noodles, shredded cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, green onion, coconut flakes and salt & pepper.

My kids love to separate all the toppings in to piles on their plates and eat them all individually. It is so customizable and everyone loves it! Scott loves to pile his as high as possible and has finally come around to using chow mien noodles in his.

The best thing about this meal is you can make as much or as little as you need for your family or to serve a party!

Hawaiian Haystacks

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Comfort food to feed a crowd or just one

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken (shredded)
    – 2 10.5oz cans of Cream of Chicken soup – 10.5oz chicken broth – cooked rice – chow mien noodles – shredded cheese – coconut flakes – celery – green onion – tomatoes – olives – pineapple – salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken. 2. Mix the Cream of Chicken soup and chicken broth together in a saucepan. 3. Add shredded chicken to the sauce. 4. Make rice. While that is all cooking cut up toppings. 5. Add rice to your plate, top with sauce and then toppings. Enjoy!

Tiny Tots Ballet Recital

Saturday was IT! The day we have been practicing for since September. Claire’s ballet recital!

I have loved the enthusiasm Claire has for her ballet class. It has quickly become her social event of each week. She gets so excited to see her friends. So excited that ballet becomes secondary. And bless her teachers heart, those 3 year olds are like herding cats!

We loved watching her and seeing how much she loved ballet. And now for your viewing pleasure the best part of the whole performance was the end when everyone clapped!

Claire is the second one in from the right.

Favorites Friday Birthday Edition

I haven’t really shared this anywhere. It’s my birthday this weekend. Yep. I am turning the big… You thought I was going to say 4-0. But I am not there yet. I have a while. A lady never reveals her age. But I will share my favorite things! These are all things that I am totally loving right now.

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  • Universal Thread V-Neck: I have this in white, grey and black. The grey is by far my most favorite. The material is a little different than the other two and seems more sturdy. Is that even a word to describe a shirt?
  • Essie Gel Couture in Bodice Goddess: I happened to be walking in the beauty section and saw this beauty. It is sheer so it gives just a slight hint of color and it is so sweet and perfect. Just go order it. You won’t regret it.
  • Av & Em Mini Quinn Scrunchies: I got a huge order from them last month. I am dying. I love the way they feel, they aren’t hard on your hair so you aren’t causing damage. BONUS: I have a discount code for you: SARAH20 for 20% off your order. I already need to order the berry, popping pink and leopard.

It looks like Scott just has nothing to worry about for my birthday gift, I have all I could want! Just kidding. He got me an amazing birthday gift. It was big enough as a gift that it counts as my Mother’s Day gift too. I am spoiled. I recognize that. But I also know I have Scott’s support on this fun endeavor of blogging and reaching out to all of you, so that is what is most important!

Also, tomorrow Claire has her ballet recital and I couldn’t be more excited!

Motherhood Is

My journey to Motherhood began 16 years ago. I was pregnant with Courtney and not sure what I was doing. But as soon as I held that sweet baby in my arms I was smitten. Courtney was my first, she still is my #1 go to girl. I love spending time with her.

14 years ago I was pregnant with Alex and I felt more comfortable in my role as a mom. He was such an easy baby and so sweet. He still is easy going (despite his red hair) and sweet. He still says he loves me. I can always count on Alex.

4 years ago I was pregnant with Claire. I was so nervous. Not to have another baby. But I was nervous because it had been 10 years since I had a baby. I had been through a lot in those 10 years. I was a little more selfish, I had a taste of what Motherhood was like once your kids were more independent. When Claire came in to this world and I saw Scott as a father I knew it would be ok. But she has also been naughty. She is sneaky. She is hilarious. And Claire is the most loving person I know. I can always count on her to blow me a kiss and cuddle.

Last year Oliver completed our family. He was so chill from the get go, although that has changed a bit over the last few months. He is demanding and sweet. He loves to dance and laugh. He loves to give the best kisses and hugs. Oliver has been easier than Claire in a lot of ways and he has made me stretch as a mother.

Each of my children are amazing. Each of my children is an individual. Each of my children bring something amazing in to my life. I will never be the same. They have given me purpose. They have given me the ability to love more than I ever thought possible. I am grateful for them.

And my own mother has shown me how to be selfless. She has taught me how to be a mom. And I wouldn’t be who I am without her. Thank you Mom, I love you.

It’s About To Change

Last year when I started this blog I thought I had an idea of where I wanted it to go.

It was going to be spot where I shared all things beauty. Then I realized that trying all the new beauty products meant it all didn’t get used. And I am a creature of habit, I like the things I like and don’t change them up very often.

I wanted to share my home decor. I love decorating, but am I just showing the same old things in a little different way?

I wanted to share recipes. Then I realize my recipes are not original because the majority of them come from Pinterest!

I joined a Link Party and have been sharing crafts I make with a theme each month. But that also felt so not me right now. I enjoy it, but I also dread coming up with a craft and trying to execute it with my little kids climbing on me.

I think it is time for changes. I am working on the process of finding out what YOU want to read about. I am working on finding WHO I am as a blogger. I am taking an amazing course that is helping me find all of that. This process is incredible to me. The amount that I have learned over the last week of pouring over this course has been overwhelming in a good way.

Of course, last week I shared that it is a busy month for me and asked for your patience. I am going to ask for more. More patience as I figure out where I see The Strawberry Nest going. More patience as this transformation happens.

I Made It!

It is that time again when I share a fun craft that I have done with you as part of the Inspire My Creativity series. This month the theme is SOMETHING TO WEAR. I was stumped for a while on what to do. Having my littles doesn’t give me a ton of free time to really make something…. And I love sewing, however I know this is not the season to have my machine out.

Then I met a friend at my local Mom Tribe. We became FAST friends. It was weird. I saw something somewhere that had the gist “making friends, looking at a stranger and thinking you like them and make them your friend.” And that is was happened. Jetta (her real name is Brigette, but it is the French pronunciation and it’s just cute to call her Jetta) sat at my table and I knew we were going to be fast friends. It turns out Jetta is a consultant for Chalk Couture. I have wanted to try Chalk Couture for a while since I saw it at a Pinners Conference. But I haven’t had the chance. As I stalked her, I noticed she used her stuff on t-shirts and inspiration was born. I knew exactly what I would be doing for this month’s blog post.

I could not be more in love with these t-shirts. I even made a couple of onesies for my soon to be born niece. And this was the easiest craft project ever. And I love them. SO MUCH.

Here is a list of the stencils and inks we used:

First: we placed the ink mat between the front and back of the shirts.

Second: Place the stencil where you want it on the shirt. It was easy to line up the little onesies, but the t-shirts were a little more difficult to make sure they were in the middle.

Third: Jetta gave me an insider trick, using painters tape around the edge of the stencil so that you didn’t get ink outside of where you wanted it.

Fourth: Put on the ink. We used the multi-tool and mini squeegees to apply the ink.

Fifth: Remove the stencil and the ink mat. Using parchment paper between the front and back of the shirt and on top of the inked place you will press with your iron. Do not move the iron around. Do not use steam. Just set the iron on the parchment paper and hold there for a minute or longer to set the ink.

Sixth: Remove the parchment paper and voila! You have your inked shirt!

I was going to do 4th of July shirts, but decided at the last minute to do something more summer in general.

This post is part of the Inspire My Creativity link party that I co-host. Our theme for May is Something To Wear! The other co-hosts are sharing their projects today. I would love for you to see what they came up with!

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