Beauty Favorites

You would think after not having a beauty favorites post in December that I would be overflowing with favorites. And I kind of am. I am trying to figure out which ones to share first!

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  1. Voloom: I love volume in my hair. But if you read my Hair Goals post you know I am trying to get my healthy hair back. Volumizing products are not the best for keeping your scalp clean to get new growth. When I saw this hair tool it was love. I watched videos of it on YouTube.  I put it on my Pinterest Wishlist (blog post here). And it was under the tree for me on Christmas morning! I have before and after photos below.
  2. Blush: I love cream blushes. They give that dewy, blushed effect perfectly. My must haves are all by Maskcara. I don’t think you can go wrong with ANY of the colors. My two favorites are Ruby and Desert Sunset.
  3. Invisibobble: You have probably seen these popping up everywhere. The hairties that look like old phone cords. I have fine, slightly thin hair. Getting that messy bun is not easy for me. Enter in Invisibobble hairties. I no longer need bobby pins and a couple of hair ties to achieve a good messy bun. Now I just use one hair tie and if a hair comes loose I tuck it back in! Should I do a tutorial?

I am still testing out a few new products so you know that I am really telling you about my favorite things. Is there anything beauty related that you would like to see me share?

Reading Lately

It has been a hot minute since I have shared what I am reading. But really, I haven’t been reading a ton. I have so much I want to do, read, make, explore. There just isn’t enough time in the day. This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on my link and buy something, I will earn a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.

For book club we have read “Cold Comfort Farm” which was funny enough, yet left me lacking. We are currently reading “We Were the Lucky Ones” for January’s book club. I am loving it so far. I wish I had a day where I could sit and devour the book.

I also have a few other books on my nightstand. I am jumping on the craze of Konmari and reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” I also have in my stack, “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger and “The Highly Sensitive Person” by Elaine Aron. Have you read any of these? If so, what are your thoughts?

I guess one could say I am trying to learn all I can about cleaning up my house, my relationships and understanding more about myself.

What are you reading lately?

Favorites Friday

The last few weeks I have been trying to keep track of ALL the things I am loving. The list is long. In trying to not overwhelm with all the things I love, I am going with 3.

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  1. Dymo Label Maker: I have seen this several times and I have always been intrigued with it. I love organizing. I love making it easy for my family to know where stuff goes.
  2. The Perfect Skirt: I saw a friend wearing this and it was perfection. It was high waisted and flowy! It was perfect for my shape (pear). I ordered it and I am still in love with it.
  3. Ruby Ribbon: Have you heard about them? Their camis are amazing. They are so supportive that you don’t need to wear a bra. They hold you in. If you want to see more about it, check out this post.

What is something you are loving right now? Is there something I should try?

Hair Goals

Do you ever look at photos from a couple years prior and think, “what products was I using on my hair? How did I get it to do that?” I am not the only one! Great!

In April of last year I had a babe. You may have seen him on here or on Instagram. Before I got pregnant with Oliver I had GREAT hair. But since becoming pregnant and now nursing him, my hair has taken quite a beating. It is dry. It is breaking. It is growing SO SLOW. I want to get it back to healthy, grow it out more, stop the breakage. Here are some of the things I am doing to get there:

  • Air Dry: I am trying my hardest (and succeeding most days) to air dry my hair on days I wash it.
  • Washing less: Right around Thanksgiving I decided I needed to give my hair a break. So I washed it on a Monday and decided to go two more days before washing it again. So I would wash in on Thursday. It took a little to get my hair on board and not get greasy. But, washing less means those natural oils get to repair my hair.
  • Products: Argan Oil (ad link)on my ends after I wash it. I will also use this if the ends are feeling dry at night. That lets it soak in while I sleep and moisturize it. Heat Protectant: (ad link) I may not use a hair dryer as much, but I still put a protectant on my hair for when I do use heat.
  • Silk Pillow Case: (ad link) I have been using a satin or silk pillow case for 20 years. It is so good for your hair because your hair doesn’t get caught in it and have more tangles. Both of my girls use silk pillow cases too.

What are you doing to have healthy hair? What is your tried and true products that you love? I really want to know!

Our Story Part 5

About this time 5 years ago I came to visit Scott in Utah. This was kind of a big trip. I was looking for a place to live for Courtney, Alex and I when we moved down in February. This was kind of a big deal. Moving to Utah. I had a job with a great insurance agency. I still work for them 5 years later from home part time.

I had been looking online, Scott had been looking. It was actually Scott who found my house for me. It was a great townhome. It was in Pleasant Grove, close to grocery stores, close to a great elementary school, and close to Scott. I signed a lease through the end of September. When I signed it I had hopes that Scott and I would be making more permanent plans for our relationship. And if we weren’t I would be able move to a new location that was good for my little family of 3.

I actually don’t have ANY photos from this trip. I think it was so busy with logistics that we didn’t really do anything other than hang out and watch movies in the evening and go do moving stuff during the day.

Scratch that. I just checked the calendar. I got in on Friday. We were going to play paint ball that day, but the place we went to was a bust. So we went shooting at an indoor shooting range. And we went rock climbing at Scott’s favorite place near by. The next day we looked at houses and had dinner with Scott’s friends Mike & Anna.

The Calendar: When it was close to the year anniversary of dating I made a calendar of our first year together. I put all of the things we did together that year on it. Scott loved the gift, I love that I can pull it out and check out how our life was years ago.

This was my last visit to Utah. It was almost bittersweet. Mostly sweet. The next time I saw Scott I would be moving to Utah!

Bloom Craft Night

Last week I was able to attend a fun craft night with a lot of fabulous ladies! Natashia from Canary Jane planned out the greatest girls night out with Close To My Heart. It was held at the Close To My Heart headquarters. There was amazing food! Thank Shani for the yummy brownies.

Of course there was a craft! We were given these kits to make. And if you want one better hurry, it is a January only kit! I got to make some new friends, meet some online friends in real life, see some old friends (Hi, Carli!). Dani was my date for the evening along with Baby Knox.

Natashia also had some amazing swag bags. There were products from Dollar Maxi Pad Club (new to me, but it might be worth it to try!), swimsuits from Kortni Jeane, a watercolor by Natalie Malman Studio and the cutest garland by A Golden Garden.

I am so glad that I went and that I got to spend time with all of these amazing women! Thank you Natashia!

My Tribe

I have learned over the years that having my people is important. Each of us has our core friendships that are vital to our well being. There are many people who fit in to different roles in our lives right when we need them.

Way back over 10 years ago when I was an army wife and living in Oklahoma I was a single mom for over 15 months. I had a 3 year old and 6 month old when my husband went on deployment. I had my tribe of women from church, from the other army wives to my family. I made a friend shortly after the deployment named Jennifer. She lived just around the corner from me and we started having play dates, doing meals together, holidays together. My friend Laurie from church and I started doing Sunday night dinners together. I started a book club and those ladies became my night out each month to regroup.

Once I moved to Washington I was starting over. I quickly found a group of army wives that buoyed me up. Tammy and I became fast friends. Camille was always constant with her soft voice and even temperament. We have known each other over 10 years now and I wouldn’t change it.

Along with that same move I met Joanna (not an army wife). She saw my Alex wearing his glasses that we had just bought and told me what I could do to fix them. She has become one of my best friends. I would do anything for her. Anjuli came in to my life shortly after Joanna. We have kids the same ages so that helps. Anjuli and I have lived a lot of the same life. We both got divorced. Both were single moms. Both started dating post-divorce. Both got re-married. Both had babies. Our youngest boys are 5 weeks apart.

This is my tribe. Women I love and will fiercely protect! Since my move to Utah almost 5 years ago (next month will make 5 years!) I have added to my tribe. However, I have felt pretty lonely still. Times have changed and I haven’t had the time that I personally need with friends. It is a busy time in life. I do miss the interaction of women. That brings me to my next point:


On Thursday January 17th (tomorrow) at 7pm is the Mom Tribe meeting!
It’s purpose is to reduce isolation, build genuine friendships and foster a sense of self. I am going, and I want to bring all of my momma friends with me! Who wants to join in? It is FREE. This month’s theme is “Learning what Self-Care works for you.”