Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Entertainment with Erika

I love chatting entertainment with you girls and today is the day!  I must add this was not my best batch of books, but the excitement on Big Brother could keep us talking for days!  Right?!

I'm a huge Emily Giffin fan.  I love all her other books, but this one wasn't my fave.  It's a story about two sisters who are both struggling with finding love in different ways.  The chapters are written from each sister's point of view so we get to know them both well.  A cute chick-lit book, but not my fave.

I'm also usually a big Sally Clarkson fan, but this one wasn't my favorite book either.  The chapters are written by months, so Sally and Sarah describe things you can do in your home during each month to make your home more life giving.  Some ideas were great, but many chapters were a little redundant. 

Amazon recommended this one to me.  Let me start by saying that I'm a fan of those dark, kind of creepy, suspenseful books but this was one too much for me.  It was too dark.  This book is a bout a girl who has a tough time in her younger years.  She is humiliated time and time again but lands this amazing job and is living a good life.  She has a secret from her past that haunts her and the book is all about how she handles that-eventually she spills.

Do you guys know this one?  Glennon is a Christian author who wrote this book about her life.  She's had some major ups and downs and knows God has a plan for her life.  I would give this one mixed reviews....some things she said were great, amazing, and I was nodding my head in agreement, but she used really foul language throughout the book.  I was a little confused to be honest.  

I ordered this book last year when I read Big Mama's reading list she compiled from her readers.  When it arrived in the mail, it was one of those small, tiny font type books and it was written in the early 90's.  I had it in the console of my car-just in case and on the way home from San Antonio my book was IN a suitcase in the back of the car so I opened this up and got started.  Again, this was another suspenseful and dark novels.  Jane comes to as she's walking down the street and she remembers NOTHING about her life.  Her name, where she lives, if she has a husband...nothing.  Throughout the book, she discovers her family and has to figure out why her subconscious wanted her to forget some previous events.  There is a "dark" part in this one too.  :(  

I should stick to butterflies and rainbow books next month for sure.

What I'm reading now...
These two probably couldn't be further from each other if they tried.  :)  I'll keep you posted.

I get asked a lot WHEN I read and the answer is mostly at night.  When the kids go to bed, it's my down-time to relax so I'll read a couple chapters before bed.  I also try to think ahead and if I have the possibility of any down time waiting for an appointment or something I'll bring a book.

What I'm Watching...
We MUST discuss Big Brother!

*I was a Paulie fan from the start, but I have to say I was glad to see him go.  He changed a bit inside the house and it wasn't a good look.  I think he realized it too.
*Who are you cheering for now?
*I am a Paul fan too, so I'm hoping he wins the veto tonight!
*If Paul goes home, I'll be #teamjames all the way!
*What are your thoughts on Victor's nomination speeches?  If I was inside that house while he was giving one, I'd either have hives or be nervous laughing the entire time!!  #awkward

Bachelor in Paradise
I'm sad or maybe actually happy to report I'm officially too old to watch this show.  All the shenanigans used to be a favorite, but this season is too much.

*Chad saying ugly things to Sarah was ridiculous to me.  We're in 2016 and ABC is going to air him saying that and then they only told him he had to leave because she said it's him or me?  WHAT?!'re better than that.  Wasn't that awful?
*Grant, probably eight hours before Lace is kissing you she was ALL about Chad.  Now that he's gone she's your number one fan?  That's not right.
*Carly and Evan....???

I'm marking it down in my calendar as the year I quit Bachelor in Paradise.  #justtooold

I hope I never outgrow this show.  The Real Housewives of New Jersey might be my favorite!  #ithinkisaythatabouteverycity

What about you girls?  What are you reading/watching?  Any must-reads you'd love to share? 

Thanks for stopping by!  XOXO

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Show and Tell-Advice for my High School Self

Time for Show and Tell Tuesday around these parts!  Twice a month, I join Andrea's party where we Show and Tell a few things about us.

Today, we're sharing advice to our high school self.
You girls have seen the pictures.  I'd wanna start by telling myself....

*Just a few highlights go a long way.  Your senior year your over-do it and you regret that later.  Less is more in the highlight department for you.

*In the words of Nemo, "Just keep waxing.  Just keep waxing."  I know it feels like you'll have no eyebrow left.  Trust me, you should have her shape them up and take off a little more.  

*I know you won't even understand this, but everything you eat should not be dipped in Ranch dressing.  You'll have to learn to break that habit later in life.  It'd be easier for you to PUT DOWN THE RANCH NOW.

*Be kind-I'm sure this wasn't the case at every school, but my school was so tiny that by your senior year, seniors all kind of developed a bad attitude.  I saw it happen to people ahead of me and then found myself doing the same thing.  We just should have been nicer to everyone-teachers, underclassmen, etc.  I should add that we were all nice to each other in a weird we-all-kind-of-have-a-senior-attitude-kind-of-way.

*You'll think your parents know NOTHING.  This is going to sound CRAZY, but they really do know what they're talking about.  Pretty much when it comes to everything.  When they tell you a certain boy is trouble, you need to BELIEVE them.  How I wish I could show you his background check now.  T-R-O-U-B-L-E.  So listen to them when they speak. (Mom, I hope you're high-fiving yourself as you read this.)

*These forever friends you have in your life now....a few will remain those rare-pick-up-right-where-you-left-off-friends, but the majority you'll only keep in touch with via social media.  I know you can't imagine that right this second, but it's so true.  Your friendships in college and in early married life will be the ones you hang on to with all your might.  

*Be proud to be you-every person in high school is trying to find their place.  Once you find yours, be proud of who you are.  Be you-you do it well.  :)

*Don't worry so much about the boys.  You and your friends are a little boy-crazy.  It would do you all some good to put all energy into something else-maybe biology or algebra.

*Enjoy yourself-high school now feels like such a fleeting moment.  Soak up the time with no responsibilities, no mortgage, or no grocery store runs and have fun!

*And...lay off the rainbow-striped turtleneck.  Trust me.  ;)

Let's be real...I'm sure that list could go on and on.  But we all have Tuesdays to get to.  I hope you enjoyed yourself today.  See you back here tomorrow!  XOXO

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Monday, August 22, 2016

How Erika Does...Hair

Another top question is being answered today.  :)  You guys have been asking for a video hair tutorial for a while and let me tell you....I have no idea how to video myself while blow drying/curling my hair.  And if I managed that somehow, I'd then have no idea how to put videos on my blog for you to see.  #imsupertechy #canyoutell

So, I decided a tutorial with photos might be more my speed.  I decided to do this last week at the gym.  I don't usually wash my hair at the gym, but I knew if I packed everything I'd for sure remember to take pictures for you.  And I would say people who saw me might think I'm crazy, but the ladies in there (Shay and Narci) were probably taking their own pictures.  haha!

These are my go-to hair products at the moment.  I numbered them in the order I use them.

1. Moroccan Oil Shampoo-My very favorite shampoo and I've tried a ton.
2. Moroccan Oil Conditioner-Feel the same way about this conditioner.
3. Moroccan Oil Hydrating Treatment-I put this on my wet hair before I Wet Brush it.
4. BaByliss Blow Dryer-I bought this hair dryer a couple years ago and it dramatically cut down on my dry time.
5. Fekkai Glossing Cream- (Usually I use Moroccan Oil-but it leaked on vacation and I tossed it.  I haven't bought more yet so my fill-in product is the Glossing Cream.)  I dried my hair a bit and then added this cream.  If my hair looks frizzy after I curl, then I'll add a little more.
6.  Hot Tools Curling Iron-My hair needs an iron to get hot, and this one fits that bill.

A couple things about my hair...
*I wash it every three to four days.
*I use dry shampoo in between washing.  I flip flop between this dry shampoo and this one as my favorite.  I typically rotate them.  
*My hair lasts longer if I curl it rather than straighten, so I tend to curl.  
*My hair gets really dry.  Think hay or straw.  hahaha!  Not really, but it definitely is more dry than oily.

After putting the styling cream all over and brushing out, then I blow dry.

Halfway in between I added a little glossing cream-for my hydration.  Then finished drying.

Finished drying!  WAHOO!

Then I pull up the top 2/3 of my hair and put up in a bun with a hair tie.  I curl the bottom layer first.

Just like this all around the bottom layer.  I always curl away from my face and I curl the hair closest to my scalp first, then let out a little bit with the curling iron, and on and on until all the hair is curled.  If that is confusing, check out this video.  The way she curls each strand is what I'm trying to explain.  

Then I let down another third and curl that entire layer.  And finally, the top layer as well.

It pretty much looks like this.  Then I check to see if I missed any spots.

I use my fingers to loosen the curls a bit and then I'm finished!

I hope that helps. If you guys have any questions, let me know.  I'm happy to answer.  My big kiddos are back to school today, so throughout the day you can find me half celebrating-half curled up in a ball.  haha!  #alltheemotions

Happy Monday!  XOXO