Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's just hair.

I feel like hairstylists can get a bad reputation easily.

Because sometimes when you go in to get a color/cut/trim, you and your hairstylist are not speaking the same language.

Yesterday morning, I went to get a haircut. I just wanted to trim an inch off the bottom and have my hair thinned because I have the thickest hair ever and it becomes an unbearable volume on top of my head.

Within ten minutes, the inch I had asked to be cut off the bottom became four inches and I now had a whole chunk of layers added to my hair. I re-thought of the conversation I had with the stylist:

Stylist: "So what are we doing today?"
Me: "An inch off the bottom and could you please use thinning shears to thin it out?"
Stylist: "Sure, let's get your hair shampooed."

She had me tilt my head down most of the time she was cutting.
She cut my hair in record time anyone has ever cut that much off my head.

I went from long straight hair to a choppy bob.

I don't hate it, it's just not what I wanted/asked for.
I always am that friend that reminds you "It's just hair and that'll grow back," after you tell me you hate your new haircut. It's going to take some time to get used to when I wanted to keep my hair long.

I'll keep telling myself, it's just hair, afterall.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The lack of Blogging... a life update.

As you may of noticed, I haven't posted here in almost a month.
I generally have been posting less.
I have lots of great ideas of things to write about (well, things I think are great)
...yet for some reason I don't sit down at my laptop and actually write.

So what has been happening in my life off the internet?

We bought a house in early June.
An older house, in a town I told my husband that I had no interest in living in and then I saw this house and fell in love with it. The whole process was incredibly frustrating and there are some major things currently wrong with our house. However, there are some silver linings: the porch swing is perfect, M has his own room with space to run, there is a studio space and we have real furniture. One day we'll finally have our home all put together properly and we'll have people over...we promise.

We celebrated another year married.
My husband is honestly one of the most patient people I know. I should thank him everyday for putting up with me and telling me "everything is going to be okay." We naturally celebrated with guacamole from our favorite Mexican Restaurant and being the lovely wife I am, I bought him gummie bears...which ended up melting in my car. Jason naturally told me, "I bought you a house for our Anniversary." Thanks hubs. ;)

M turns 18 months this week.
Toddler life is absolutely intense. He's been biting and he doesn't like to sleep like a normal little human. He climbs everything, dances everywhere and likes running in the bathroom if the door is open and turning on the hot water faucet. His giggle is incredibly contagious and makes me smile. M has quite the vocabulary, he likes to "woof" at people to greet them and his new favorite phrase this week so far has been, "Thank you! Bye bye! Bye bye!" along with a wave.

I have been drawing again for myself.
I have been inspired by journaling and sketchbook groups I have found online and I'm just drawing finally. It took a long time for me to get to this point again. It is starting to be a way for me to release stress again. I keep a sketchbook, a pencil and a small travel watercolor palette I made in my bag where ever I go lately. Sometimes I even draw in my car.

I am working on being able to breathe better.
I have had horrible allergies for the past 14-15 years. I have 10-15 sinus infections a year. I'm in the process of finally working with a great doctor on how to fix this issue because my sinus pain has really become unbearable. I'm hopeful for the first time in a long time about not saying "my face hurts," every morning when I wake up.

What have you been up to lately?
I'm off to check up on some of my favorite blogs, Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stardom Crafts 18 Liquid Chalk Markers Review

I absolutely love experimenting with new art supplies.
I received the 18 Liquid Chalk Marker Set from Stardom Crafts.

The set comes with every color you could possibly want to draw/doodle with.
They are recommended for use on: glass, plastic, Metal, Glossy Boards, LED boards and non-porous surfaces.
They're non-toxic, water based and easily clean up with water.

As you can see above, I tested them on a window on the front of my house.
To use each marker, you shake them first and press them down for about a minute to get the color to flow to the tip.

I love how vibrant and painterly the colors are.
I'll admit I got impatient waiting for the colors to start flowing the first time I use each marker.
However, these chalk markers are quality and the colors lasted through two large thunderstorms under my covered porch.

They wiped off fairly clean, there was very little residue left on my window.
I've gotten a lot of color out of these markers so far, they're durable. They seem like they will last a long time.

I plan on using these to continuously decorate my classroom door for special events and announcements.
They sure beat out those waxy-type window markers any day.

**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Stardom Crafts. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Matcha Tea Ceremony Gift Set by Matcha DNA

Sketch of the Matcha Tea Ceremony Gift Set

I've always had a love for tea and coffee, with or without caffeine.
When I went through my phase of finding better health at the beginning of 2015...I discovered the powerful matcha powder.

Matcha Green tea is filled with antioxidants and makes me feel empowered.
The awesome people over Matcha DNA sent me their beautiful Ceremony Tea Set to try.
It's packaged in a lovely box and includes a package of their matcha green tea powder, a bowl, cup, spoon and a wooden whisk.

I admit that I mainly have been using matcha in my protein shakes but this tea is really great made the proper way with the whisk and the bowl.

I highly recommend this set for any tea lover, it's small but doesn't skimp on the quality. It could really make a really nice gift for a loved one.

**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Matcha DNA. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: Ander Blake Company 12 Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set

Have you seen this paint set from the Ander Blake Company?

The 12 Color Gallery Acrylic Paint set is an awesome value!
The tubes are small but last as a little goes a long way.
The paint colors are highly pigmented and can be thinned with water or acrylic medium.
The colors also mix extremely well.

I have used these paints so far by painting on paper and making monotypes (prints) with a gel plate.
The paint consistency is very smooth and buttery in texture.

I highly recommend these paints to anyone in the market looking for a small, affordable and quality set of acrylic paints.

You can get your very own set here: 12 Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set

**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Ander Blake Company. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Konjac Sponge!

When I was a teenager, I somehow missed the phase of having acne.
However, now that I'm in my late 20s, hello blemishes.

I have no patience when it comes to acne and honestly, I had no idea how to treat it either.
I read up on activated charcoal sponges and I found My Konjac Sponge.

This powerful little gray sponge is phenomenal.
It lathers and cleans my face quickly.
I adore the fact that it's completely 100% natural.
It's PH balanced and Biodegradable.
I don't feel any residue on my skin, which I love.
It helps my acne not re-appear.
Another great sustainable product!

I definitely suggest you get your own My Konjac Sponge.

**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from My Konjac Sponge. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.

Monday, June 1, 2015

SmarterBaking Non-Stick Silicone Baking mat Review

I bake all the time.
It's not always the highest quality foods.
Sometimes it's something frozen.

When I'm baking though, I really despise the waste from parchment paper and aluminum foil.
I recently decided to look into the trend of using a silicone baking mat.
I discovered the Smarter Baking Mat.

The Smarter Baking Mat is phenomenal.
So far I have used it over ten times in my few weeks of having it.
I have "baked" fish, sweet potato fries, chicken, zucchini chips, pizza and granola bars on it successfully.

So many PROS with this mat:
I love the fact that I am not wasting aluminum foil and I am saving money with this gem of a product.
It's super easily to clean and really is a non-stick surface.
The mat can easily be stored.
My husband even uses it!
I cannot honestly say enough good things about the Smarter Baking Mat.
It would make an awesome gift for a friend or even your own kitchen!

**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Smarter Baking. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.