Monday, May 25, 2015

Favorite Things

First things first..Every day we should remember those who gave their life to serve our country, but especially today we remember and are so thankful.  Happy Memorial Day!



The last Monday of every month, Andrea and I host a Favorite Things Party.  We have a theme every month and today we're talking HAIR PRODUCTS!!  We'd love for you to join us.  Blog your favorite hair products, link to us, and add your blog to the link-up!

I promised you guys a LONG time ago, I'd do a hair post.  I'm totally delivering today, but the pictures are pretty much horrible.  haha!  Have you guys heard of the Keratin Treatment or a Brazilian Blowout?  I think they're super similar.  These treatments are supposed to make your hair smoother and more manageable.  I have super thick dry and damaged hair.  My hair stylist has encouraged me for years to try the Keratin.  She always jokes that it arm is sore for days after blow drying my hair.  I finally bit the bullet and got the treatment about two months ago.  It was amazing!  It was kind of pricey so I'm anxious to see how long it really lasts.  Before this treatment, I couldn't have blow dried my hair only.  It needed to be curled or straightened.  The treatment made my hair so much more manageable that a couple times I only blow dried and was done!  I'll let you know how long it lasts.  I'm hoping for four to five months!  But because of that, I changed my shampoo and conditioner upon the recommendation of my hair stylist.

She encouraged me to use these products to make my treatment last longer.

#3 It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In-one of my girlfriends told me about this years ago.  I spray this on after getting out of the shower.  Then comb through and it makes my hair way more manageable.  

The other two products I'm constantly grabbing are these...

#1 Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Styling Creme-When I curl my hair and use this afterward.  It gives my curls a little shine.
#2 Moroccan Oil-I use this all the time.  I apply it on wet hair before blow drying.  I apply it after blow drying to get a little of the frizz out.  Or...I apply it after styling my hair to give it a smooth appearance.

 Girls...I'm doing this all for you!  haha!  These pictures crack me up.  So-I first used the It's a 10 Leave-In Conditioner and combed.  Then I blow dried AND blow dried but it took WAY less time because of my Keratin.

 I either wear my hair curled or straight.  This day I curled and I section my hair into three groups.  I curl the bottom section first.  You can see in the second picture I hold it with the curling iron turned away from my face.  I did this all over my head and then repeated with the other sections.  

I applied some of the Glossing Creme and pinned a little back.  I'm not sure if you agree, but I feel like my hair is moody.  Some days it all works out for me and other days it just won't cooperate.  I was reading a magazine the other day and it said, "32 years of age is the best year for your hair".  You guys!!  No pressure to my locks, but in August I'll turn 32, so this is my big shot, right?  :)

I tried to do a little close-up of the hair only.  Please pay no attention to the chipped nail polish.  It's been a busy week.  

If you have any questions, please ask away!  Like I said, I know those pictures were weak!  Here's to a GREAT Hair Day!  XOXO


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites

Wahoo for a long weekend!!  Even though the weather isn't necessarily screaming, "Start of Summer!" over here in these parts, I'm SO excited to kick off summer.  Even if I am wearing long pants, a scarf, and a jacket.  :)

My girls, Narci and Andrea, and I are hosting our usual Friday Favorites.  We'd love for you to join the party!  Blog something (anything) that's your favorite, link back to us, and add your link-up!

This started out as a FAVORITE moment, but quickly went south.  On Monday after picking up Ebby Lee we ran into the grocery store.  I had the BEST attitude and agreed they could ALL push a kiddie cart.  What was I THINKING??!!  By the end of the shopping trip, we'd ditched one cart and I was bent down pushing two to the checkout.




Tuesday was this big kid's last day of preschool EVER!  He is looking forward to spending the summer at home.  On Tuesday, the entire preschool (even Bowen's one-year-old class) got to have Field Day.  Nixon loved it-except he is NOT a fan of getting "dry clothes" (you know anything that isn't a swim suit) wet.  His teachers posted the funniest picture of him holding a wet sponge.  All the other kids have it over their heads and are getting drenched.  Nixon is holding his with only two fingers as far away from his body as possible!  haha!  Field day a FAVORITE.  Wet games in "dry clothes" not so much.

This dude is a mess and this was the best he'd give me on his last day of school.  He's acting like a cheetah.  Don't ask.  I don't really know.

2/3 of my FAVORITE boys.



One of my FAVORITE things is arriving at the post office and having NO LINE!!!  I knew it was my lucky day!

On that whole post office note, if you ordered a Rodan + Fields' Sunless Tanner from me, it was shipped this week and should hopefully arrive to you today or tomorrow.  Thank you to everyone who ordered!!




Classroom parties with these two are a FAVORITE of mine.  I snagged Nixon a few minutes early so he could join me in Bowen's class.  

You can see the line behind him that says, "Bowen".  That's how tall he was at the beginning of the year.  Look how much he's grown.  We're so thankful for the sweet teachers the boys had.  They were such blessings to our family and loved our boys this year.



The Bachelor/Bachelorette is one of my very FAVORITE shows.  No matter how hard I try, I just can't quit it.  Anyway, we went over to M and G's on Tuesday night to have dinner and watch the Bachelorette.  I caught all the guys in the bedroom watching something manly.




On Monday, join Andrea and I for our Favorite Things Link-Up.  Monday is all about hair products.  We'd love for you to join us!

This is the list for the rest of the year.  We have a lot of fun left.

Hope you have the best weekend!  XOXO

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Owning It

Whoop!!  Whoop!!  It's time for another "Owning It" post!  I love love love these posts.  And from what I hear you ladies do as well.  Today is going to be fun!  My bloggy friend, Rachel from Floral and Fudge, is here sharing her crazy and Owning It!!  Rachel is a wife and mama to two, and she blogs everything from DIYs to fashion to life with her sweet little family.  I'm so excited about Rachel being here and can't wait to hear her crazy!

I'm Rachel. I blog at Floral and Fudge. I have had SUCH a good time reading this series of Erika's, and I dug deep (not that deep) to find some crazy about me to share!

1. I have crazy-good memory for people. I can remember the names of just about anyone I've ever had a conversation with. I remember the birthdays of kids I went to elementary school with. I enjoy finding connections between people, like when I told my husband Steve that his co-worker's wife knew his mother's second cousin once-removed. Who knew? They're glad they have me around to tell them these things :) I would call myself a human Rolodex, but people don't have those anymore.

2. I lock everything. Growing up in Chicago, we double and triple locked everything. Now I live in small-town Pennsylvania, and it's common for people to leave their houses and cars unlocked, but I just can't do it! My husband used to leave his car door unlocked until I educated him about the dangers of how many people could potentially break in and steal his collection of empty Mountain Dew cans from the back seat. I make sure to take everything out of the car that might be of any value. I won't go into a store until I hear the car horn beep when I push the little lock button on my keys. I also have honey-do list for Steve to get some more locks put on our doors and windows at home!

Rachel-I grew up in the country and my parents always locked their house, but "hid" their key.  I'm using that word super loosely because everyone in our town knew where the hidden key was.  I always thought hiding it was pointless. ha!  But living where we live now, I am CRAZY about locking everything.  I totally understand!

3. I have a deathly fear of bats. Two years ago, we moved into our beautiful, full-of-character 1920 home. I has wood floors. It has spacious rooms. It has windows that let in lots of natural sunlight . . . and it has bats. Lots of bats. A family? A colony?! I don't know. What I do know, is that three have flown into our living area on separate occasions. As I flipped out and tried to save the children, Steve came to the rescue each time to remove the bats. The last one flew into our bedroom, right as we were about to turn off the light. I threw the sheet over my head, and Steve raced out of the room in hot pursuit. After a thirty-minute stand-off, he trapped the bat between a tennis racquet and a Cool-Whip container and tossed all three out of the window! :) I have heard the bats chirping in the walls in nearly every room of the house. We haven't seen one in a while now, but I spent months bracing myself in case a bat would meet me when I entered a dark room. I called the Orkin man, but his quote was much too high, so we go on co-habitating.

4. I dislike showering. Ever since having kids, I can't seem to find the time! I've tried showering first thing in the morning, but I can't open my eyes without coffee. By the time breakfast is over, Nolan and Ephraim are running around, getting into everything, and needing constant supervision. I've tried showering at night, but I would rather spend my "free time" watching TV and sipping hot chocolate with my husband than standing in the shower. I don't mind actually being in the shower, but it just seems like so much work! Maybe it's the super long hair . . . 

5. I don't eat meat when it still looks like the animal it once was. Chicken wings, fish, shrimp, crab--I just can't get past it. And while we're talking about meat, people are crazy about their deer meat around here. The kids have a day off of school on the first day of deer-hunting season. EVERYONE in my church has a deer head (or two, or three) on their walls. I guess I'm still a city girl, because every time someone tries to tell me about getting some venison, I just envision Bambi's mother in the back of a pick-up truck.

I can totally relate to this one.  I have some major issues with meat-chicken especially!  Just ask my family or friends!

6. I'm a helicopter mom. I don't trust my babies to just anyone. I'm the mom who always ends up in the nursery at church because I can always hear Ephraim crying (even when he isn't). I've seen both of my sons every day of their lives. This is one of those streaks that I'm both very proud of, and also kind of nervous to ever let end! I know I can't keep it up forever, but while they're still little, I want to soak up as much as possible. But also I'm waiting for Steve to take me on a Caribbean cruise . .  .so. . .  :)

7. I could eat pizza every day. Growing up in Chicago, my taste buds were blessed with the best deep dish and thin crusts in the world! We lived right in the city, and my favorite pizza place was a one-of-a-kind gem only a few blocks away. Here in Pennsylvania, it's a little bit harder to find a good pizza, but when I find one, I crave it all week long! We're getting to the point as a family when one pizza isn't enough, ever since Ephraim started tanking two pieces all by himself.

8. I love hazelnut coffee and drink it every day, but I can't stand Nutella. It always sounds like a good idea, but every time I'm disappointed. I guess I don't like mixing nuts with my chocolate! Folger's Hazelnut has this warm, aromatic and inviting quality to it. The Nutella never tastes like my Folger's smells. Does that make sense?

What?  You can't stand Nutella?  I'm a big fan of both the Folger's Hazelnut Coffee AND Nutella.  :)  Have you tried these Nutella Smore Pie Bites?  They might change your mind.  

9. Pulling weeds is my Everest. Our house came with raised garden beds in the backyard, so I decided to try my hand at growing vegetables and fruit in the summers. I'm okay at growing veggies, but I'm WONDERFUL at growing weeds! The waist-high weeds that appear overnight take daily upkeep. I have gotten sort of OCD about getting all of them. There's always ONE. MORE. WEED. I just can't stop. Steve has to pick me up and bring me inside.

10. I'm a hypochondriac. If I discover any bump or bruise or weird thing on my skin, I automatically jump to the worst. I run to my doctor (oftentimes my father-in-law) who always says things like, "You'll probably live," or "It'll grow back," or "It's tuberculosis." In all seriousness, my dad and my sister both passed away from cancer at young ages, so there is a risk factor. But I really do need to live my life with a little less anxiety about it!

11. I'm a spelling and grammar fanatic. I am always scouting for typos. Luckily my husband is just a couple of steps away from getting a PhD in English, so we understand each other. Though he may disagree, I am a better speller than he is :)

Thank you, Erika, for having me today!! It was so much fun to claim my crazy with all of you!



Rachel!!!  This was SO much fun!!  Thank you for being so real and sharing your crazy with us!  Don't forget to check out Rachel over at Floral and Fudge!

If you've missed any other posts from this series, check them out...

You can read Elise @ Cheers Y'all HERE.
You can read Andrea's @ Momfessionals HERE.
You can read Kelly's @ Kelly's Korner HERE.
You can read Olivia's @ Snyders Tell All HERE.
You can read Narci's @ Grace and Love Blog HERE.
You can read Fancy Ashley's HERE.
You can read Kelly's @ Redhead on the Run HERE.
You can read Shay's @ Mix and Match Mama HERE.