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Caring For Curly Hair, Tips and Tricks To Help Your Curl Look It’s Best!
(above photo courtesy of Liz Rowley Photography)

Curly hair can be hard.  It is so pretty when it is healthy, well cared for and cut right.  When it isn’t, it is a mess and can really make you hate it!  I grew up with curly hair, and it was a disaster.  I knew nothing about taking care of it, and had bad hair cut after bad hair cut.  It wasn’t until I graduated from high school and had someone suggest a diffuser that I tried wearing it curly and I loved it! I didn’t realize how curly it really was because I had been abusing it with blow drying, brushing, curling irons and terrible haircuts.  I still can’t believe that not one of those hair dressers thought to try to bring out the curl at some point!

Fast forward a long time now, and I have finally figured out some key points to take care of my specific type of curl.  And then God blessed me with this beautiful little girl.  And guess what? She has curly hair!  But, her curls are totally different then mine,so then the guessing game began again to figure out what would work for her hair. She loves it long, and it is a huge learning curve. When we start to cut corners on how it is being cared for,it starts to look unhealthy and frizzy (like the photo above).

While curly hair is so different and varies person to person, here are some hair tips that are universal for ALL curly hair types!

1. Never ever use a brush.  Don’t do it. No matter how much you are tempted.  It breaks your hair and is awful to it.  To get tangles out of your hair, take a wide tooth comb or a hair pick in the shower with you and comb it AFTER you add conditioner, but before you rinse it out. This works like a dream. Even for my daughter loves to wear her hair long and it tangles just looking at it wrong! Even more important, you never, ever, ever brush or comb hair when it is dry.  This makes it a frizzy nightmare.  I wish I had learned this sooner.

2. Blow dry with a diffuser.  This is simply an attachment that goes on the end of your blow dryer. While air drying is nice and is best for keeping your hair healthy, using a diffuser helps give your curl definition.  Each individual curl sort of has a mind of its own.  Diffusing it helps the curls to sort of “group” together so that you have a more smooth style as opposed to each individual hair going its own way.

3. Don’t rub your head with a towel when your hair is wet. To dry your curly hair you will want to either blot the ends (if you have long hair) with your towel. Or even better, skip the towel for your hair completely and use an old t shirt. Really! It is amazing the difference it will make on your hair!

4. Try not to wash it everyday.  Curly hair is usually more dry then straight hair.  Washing it daily just dries it out. If your curl is like mine, it doesn’t stay curly the next day.  It turns into waves and frizz.  I sometimes just pull it in a ponytail to avoid washing it.  However, just wetting it down while in the shower will work to diffuse and gain the bouncy curl back.

5. Find the products that work for you! Don’t just use exactly what someone on the internet uses because everyone is different and has different needs. The products I use don’t work for my daughter and vice versa.  Playing with different combinations and products designed for curls, you will eventually come up with what works best for you.  To help you, go to this website it has a quiz to help you figure out what type of curl you have and offers recommendations for products, cuts and hairdos for your type of curl.

6. Love your hair! Curly hair is so versatile and can do so many different things.  It is unique and beautiful if you wear it right.  Stop straightening,and spending so much time trying to make it like everyone else’s and just love your hair for what it is!

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By the way, the products used to achieve the look above were J of Beverly Hills Crazy Curl and J of Beverly Hills shampoo and conditioner .

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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DIY Removable Pillow Covers, You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

You guys, really, you will not believe how fast these are to make!  I just want to keep making them! There is also a little trick I will show you to save even more money!

You will need:

Fabric (I used a half yard for my pillow size)

thread

sewing machine (or sew by hand!)

scissors

pins

iron and ironing board

throw pillow forms

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I am super cheap and won’t pay a lot for anything.  Especially something that isn’t a necessity like throw pillows.  Let me tell you, you don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look nice! If you don’t want to shell out the money for pillow forms, watch for inexpensive throw pillows that aren’t necessarily in the style you would want.  I got this bright red and green one for 90% off at Hobby Lobby after Christmas!  Not my style at all, but it was huge and had great thickness to it.  I knew it had potential.  So check out the clearance section and grab pillows that aren’t necessarily the style you would want because it is so easy to cover.

Once you have your supplies, iron your fabric.  It is always best to start out with nice, flat material to make sure everything is even.

Once it is ironed, you will need to measure your pillow. Trim your fabric about 2 inches larger then your pillow. Make sure that you leave enough room for your pillow.  If you sew the fabric right at the pillow edge, there won’t be room to get the pillow in.

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Now that you have it trimmed, you are going to take your sides and sew about an inch under on each side.  This is for the long side, and just on the ends. You will want to leave overhang on this part, so really just sew a small amount.  This will be where you insert your pillow, so you really need the overhang.

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Once you have the ends sewed, take your pillow and lay it on the decorative side of the fabric.  You will lay your pillow on the fabric and measure the sides to know where to pin them. (look at the photo above)

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You don’t need to leave much extra room for this step, it will make your cover look baggy and sloppy if you leave too much.  Pin snuggly on one side.  Measure the other side and mark with a pin through only one layer of fabric so you can still get your pillow out.  Remove the pillow and sew the sides all the way shut along your pin marks. Once you are done, turn it right side out.

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You will now be able to stuff your pillow into the cover through the back that is open. That is it!  Wasn’t that quick?  I think I threw the whole thing together in about 10 minutes,and that included interruptions!

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Now that you have it,you can remove your pillow whenever you want. This allows you to wash your covers if something were to get spilled on it.  Or change it out when your style changes. Perfect right?

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Free Mother’s day Printable!

It is that time of year again!  Time to show the mother’s in our lives that we appreciate all they do and have done for us.  This printable is just a fun saying I have seen before that is perfect to put up in a frame, or to put on the front of a card.  Why not let Mom know that we realize she is pretty much always right in a fun, lighthearted way?

I love printables.  They are in inexpensive way to decorate without a lot of fuss or supplies.  When you get tired of one saying, or the holiday changes, simply take it out of the frame and add a different one.  Easy as pie!

To print this one, right click on the above image and download to your computer.  This would also work as a screensaver or wallpaper for a device.

If you would rather, below is the link for the high quality pdf version.  Both work great!  To save money on ink, send to your favorite photo printing company and have it printed that way.

Get yours here –> free mother’s day printable

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Easy Tutorial, How to Hang Polka Dots on the Wall Evenly

Recently my daughter turned 12 and I wanted to give her room a small makeover.  It was painted lavender, which was her favorite color at the time and I wanted to grow it up a little so it would last into her teens.  We went with white on the walls (her choice, but a great one!) so that she could change out the other things such as curtains, bedding and other decor to change up as her tastes change.

Her favorite colors are pink and turquoise.  With highlights of gold I thought it would look great and I was not disappointed!

I didn’t have a lot of money for this makeover, but I wanted it to look great.  She got a new desk a few months ago and we painted it in a great turquoise color chalk paint.  I wanted to make sure it went with everything. Here is what i came up with; New fabric for curtains that are so simple! (Blog post coming on that!), paint her mirror to match, gold polka dot accent wall to liven up the room from the stark white and new comforter (which hasn’t happened yet but will soon).

This tutorial is all about the gold polka dots!  If you have wanted to hang up dots that is so on trend right now, don’t be intimidated!  Thanks to my husband and his great ideas, this was so easy and painless!

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To begin with; we ordered our dots on an etsy shop.  Our wall was 8.5 feet tall and 11 feet wide. So my husband made this graph and divided the room up into 1 foot squares.  The circle at the bottom of the photo shows our dot size.  They were 5 inches in diameter.  That is how they scale to the 1 foot sections.  It took a lot of playing around to make sure that our dots were evenly spaced and looked the way we wanted.  For the amount of dots we had this meant they needed to be spaced every 2 feet.  To create a template, we used two 12×12 sheets of card stock taped together.  We wanted them staggered so that they weren’t all in straight lines, but were instead in diagonal lines.

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Using the template, we placed a small dot in pencil where the center of each dot should go.  Once we had that on, we were ready to place the vinyl dots. I chose vinyl simply because if she decided that she didn’t want them they would be much easier to remove then having to paint over them!  To apply the vinyl, you remove them from the backing and rub them onto the surface you are applying them to.  It is great to use an old gift card, credit card or even a Pampered Chef scrapper to rub them onto the surface.  Rub them from the center out to help be sure there are no bubbles.

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There you go!  Once you have them on you are done! It is such an easy way to add some “wow” to your walls!

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

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At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

How to make Bath Bomb with essential oils easy recipe

 

How to make your own Bath Bomb
 
How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • ¾ tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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