5/26/2016

When You Need A Pick Me Up

I spend a lot of my off time on pinterest, probably more than I would like to admit. It's just too convenient to have a place where you can mindlessly scroll through for hours and find so much cool stuff. Lately I have been trying to find a few good quotes a day and pin them. These quotes are always something that make me feel happy, powerful, and at peace with my thoughts. I thought it would be a nice mood booster for you guys for me to list off some of my favorites!










Make sure to checkout my pinterest board for more inspiring quotes to life yourself up, 

5/24/2016

Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme Review

I always end up putting off dyeing my hair like 3 more months than I had originally planned. It just gets to the point where I think to myself, maybe I can deal with my roots showing a week or two more, which then turns into me not caring for many more weeks. I have naturally blond hair that has varied from platinum blond to a dirty blond throughout my life, so it's not like my roots ever look that drastic when they grow out.


 I would however probably never go back to my original hair color. 



Anyway I realized that it was indeed time to dye my hair again. The problem however was that the last time I had dyed my hair at home, my hair had been fried. I try to take good care of my hair, god knows I do. I have witnessed too many people ruin their precious locks for vanity and I was not about to join that crowd. I did some research online (because what else could you possibly trust more) and saw that garnier nutrisse was all across the board people's fav go-to dye when it came to gentle hair dye. I had usually always gone the loreal route because it's a brand I know and trust, but with a price tag of 6.99 for garnier, I had to try it.



 The product description that you can find here:
 Garnier Nutrisse is the only permanent haircolor creme that nourishes with grape seed and avocado oil. The nourishing color creme enriched with fruit oil concentrate, penetrates deep into hair fibers to nourish and condition your hair so it takes color better and holds it longer, root-to-tip. Garnier Nutrisse delivers rich, long-lasting color with 100% gray coverage.


Now I was a bit skeptic as to how gentle this would actually be on my hair, at the end of the day I am still using chemicals to essentially bleach my hair. Nonetheless I stayed optimistic to the end.

The prep was the same as it is for any other at home box color. You pretend to be a scientist and mix all your ingredients together and shake well, simple enough. It should also be noted that this should be applied to unwashed hair for best results, trust me.

 The actual application was simple and easy as well, although it is said to be a non-drip formula, it still dripped. This could have just been how not concerned I was with being careful! Anyway I spread this onto my roots first, making sure to get the back of my head well too, I am so scared that I won't get even coverage back there since I can't see there and all, so this is where most of the product ends up being applied.

After the roots are done, you will need to find something relatively entertaining to do for 25 min and then come back and use the rest on your ends. Only keep it on for 5 minutes, your total process should only take 30 min, and then rinse. Rinse like you have never rinsed before. You will also find a handy avocado oil conditioner that you should lather your hair with and let it sit for two min.


And Voila! 


I loved the results I got! My hair didn't seem fried or dehydrated at all, on the contrary it looked shiny and bouncy. The color came out perfect and not an ounce of brassiness was to be found, it's always such a hit or miss when it comes to these things.  I would definitely recommend this!



5/12/2016

Top Busy Person Tips To A Tidier Home




You look around your house on Saturday morning and see the mess chaos that is your home. Your plans are now narrowed down to cleaning your whole weekend away or ignoring it and it just piling up to the point of no return. Why cause yourself such a horrible ultimatum on your relaxation days when you could take a peek into my top tips to keep your house clean throughout the week to save you some trouble!


So how do I find the time to not only keep my house tidy, but also to relax and unwind? 


1. Do the dishes every night- Do a load of dishes every night. Prepare by pre-rinsing your dishes and putting them into an empty dishwasher. I cannot even explain how much less enjoyable doing dishes is when there are so many dishes that they are overflowing out of your sink and when every single dish has dried up gunk on it that takes you a solid 20 minutes to remove.


2. Don't wait for laundry to pile up- I used to wait until the weekend to do laundry, that is until I noticed that my whole Saturday and Sunday consisted of me steadily loading and unloading the washer and dryer. I have now made it a routine to wash a load every night (or every other night depending on need). Not only do I do laundry everyday but I put it away as soon as it is done.


3. Running a rag over surfaces- If you cook, take the time to wipe down the counters right after. If you just got done eating, wipe down the dining room table.  If you notice a bunch of dust gathering on any surface, take the 30seconds it takes and wipe it down. This will help your home look and feel significantly tidier on a daily basis.



4. Make your bed- After a long day at work nothing sounds better than my bed. What makes falling in to bed that much better is the fact that my bed is made. It just makes the whole bed feel more fresh and comfy.


5. Broom your floors- especially if you have dogs. Dust and hair collects so fast, as does food crumbs and other dirt. Quickly running a broom over your foyer and kitchen area, or even wiping it down with a rag will help with preventing pests and you'll love the way your floor feels beneath your bare feet!


6. Basically if it takes less than 5-10 min, go ahead and do it right then and there. 


Bonus ideas to help make your morning easier:


1. Set your coffee maker in advance, even if it does not have a timer. Just setting it up to the point where you can walk out of your room and just press a button and ta-daa you have a fresh hot cup of joe makes all the difference.


2. Set up you breakfast, the same as your coffee. Setting out, for example, your cereal and bowl with your spoon can make your morning just that much easier.  Forget looking through sleepy eyes, trying to find something to eat, all you have to do now is just pour and go! Give your yesterday night self a tap on the back.


3. Set your clothes out for the next morning. Say hello to walking in your bathroom and mindlessly putting random clothes on because for one, not random you set them there and for two still no effort required. #score


4. If your not one of those people who absolutely have to shower the morning of, shower the night before. Not only can you accomplish super cute next day hairstyles (no heat required) but you can also save yourself about 30 min every morning.


Some nights it might feel like you don't have the energy to stick to your newly found routine but a habit takes approximately 6 weeks to develop and become a part of your daily routine.
Keep with it!


5/07/2016

Shopping For Less At Garage Sales

Sometimes I forget how much fun garage sales can be. Not only how fun, but what gems you can find in the midst of other people's "trash". I am not ashamed to admit that some of the nicest pieces of furniture and decor we have are from garage sales. 


My favorite garage sales are the ones in the "higher class" areas of town. Today for instance there was a community garage sale in a very well off area. That is where you can find the best furniture because most of these people are selling their "old" stuff to make room for their new living room, dining room and bedroom sets. Meanwhile you can pick and choose from each one and put together a nice, new and unique set of your own to fill your home.


The last time K and I went to a community garage sale in this very same neighborhood, we walked away with a beautiful wooden glasstop living room coffee table that still looks almost brand new to this day. So we set out on a venture with 40 dollars in our pocket to go look for some misallaneous items. We were not on the search for any furniture but more like small decorations and just overall fun pieces.


Here is our loot:


Wooden Sign $12

This sign was more of a statement piece I would say, it was exactly K's style of piece. Being that he is convinced that he is a pirate, this sign was essential for him. Who would I be to stop him from buying it. It is definitely something you won't find elsewhere!


Wooden Bowl Thing $1

Mostly bought this because it was nice looking and wooden. There was really no functional drive behind it. It will probably be full of random crap in a matter of days and be useless! But nonetheless, it looks nice for now!


Sunglasses $1

Sunglasses are something we never have a shortage of. When I saw these, I knew I had to have them. Not only did K say that they looked great but also the old man selling them. It might've just been a sales technique but it worked. After looking at myself a few more times in the mirror, it was a done deal.


Dartboard $10

This one I wasn't so fond of, this was purely of K's wanting. I wasn't too hyped about the idea of darts being thrown inside, nor was I too fond of having this out on the porch. I guess I am just a pushover cause here we are now and it's leaning on my dining room wall...


Glade Air Freshener 12 for $4

Now this was a deal and a half. Not only are these like a dollar a pop or more anywhere you find them, but also this lady had them in the greatest scents. K was also more than happy to buy these because inevitably we were going to buy some and he thinks they are a waste of money. So better to get them cheap where you can, plus I won't have to buy anymore probably for the next year and a half.


So all in all not a huge haul but definitely worth it. I got some personable and necessary items and also just some items that don't make a lot of sense. It was a good morning with K though and we enjoyed our time together after a week of barely having time together after long days at work.

 Is it time for me to win the lottery yet?