Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Curly Girls Guide to Stop Washing Your Hair

Hey Everyone!

Yes, it has been ages since I've blogged.

Five months. 5. Who's counting though?

For those of you that have been reading awhile, you'll remember that Boomer awhile ago went through a phase of hating her hair.  I went on a natural hair bender, and wore my hair in it's natural curly state for over 6 months. During that time, I experimented with all kinds of products and methods and I found out something.

My hair did a LOT better when I ditched shampoos.

Now, I did not jump on the baking soda and vinegar band wagon. I like product too much. I'll tell you what I did pick up though!

Cleansing Conditioners:

You will often hear naturalistas talk about co-wash. I had no clue what that was, but essentially it is using conditioner to rinse and wash your hair. Bigger hair brands caught on to this and starting marketing cleansing conditioners. Here are two of my favorites.

These are both easy on the wallet and can be picked up at any drug store, or grocery store.

Sulfate Free Shampoo:

For those of us that just can't give up the bubbles and washing, or for those who have product build up (because what curly haired girl doesn't) this is for you. The L'Oreal Evercreme is my hands down favorite. My hair feels great, not stripped and frizzy and wild. Now if you have MASSIVE product build up. I'm talking to the point that your curls have lost life, and your hair wouldn't shine if you drenched it in baby oil? Then use this shampoo and add a DIME sized amount of clarifying shampoo. Your curls will thank you.

This brand is a little pricier, and will run you about $6 for a bottle. However since you are now washing your hair A LOT less, it will last you months!

Let's just talk really quickly about what DOES NOT WORK for the curls.

Dry Shampoo.

Why? You can't brush it out without breaking your curl pattern and causing even more frizz and craziness. Curly hair does it's best work, when you just leave it alone. I mean literally get out of the shower, throw some gel on it, and don't touch it for a few days. You want a mess? You want tangles, and at the end to still have dry shampoo residue all over your head? Then spray some dry shampoo in your curly roots. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Now for my friends with straight or wavy hair, fear not. My friend Colleen who blogs over at Coocoo for Coco has a guide just for you!

Monday, July 14, 2014 it Monday Again?


I'm Whitney.

I blog here occasionally...

It is Monday...again.

For some reason I'm attempting this no complaining for 24 hours thing. I'm pretty sure I've already messed up...I'm not sure I'm going to bravely carry on.

So let's catch up shall we? Its been...awhile.

This weekend was the annual carnival that my company does. It was pretty awesome,as it was last year. I ate my funnel cake, shaved ice, cotton candy, ice cream, veggie burger...oh and fries! I'm pretty sure JJ had 3 of the Italian sausage things. YUM!

We had a blast! Boomer was so excited she didn't sleep until about midnight, which was fine because we had all day Sunday to sleep in.

We woke up and I was craving Starbucks, and it turns out that was a good thing because after that short drive I realized...hey, there is stuff leaking from my car.

Coolant. Yay.

Poured in some leak fixing....stuff. Hopefully that cuts it.

I'll be back with some more meaningful posts this week. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Live Music Addiction : Bruno Mars Edition

Over the past two years, I've been learning about myself. As detailed in the post Rachel shared on her blog today. Go check her out by the way. Sweet girl!

Anyway, one thing I've learned about me, is that I LOVE live music. I love music anyway. I'm always singing. I studied voice in college. I teach voice lessons now. Always have music on. Music music music. A dear friend of mine was always traveling to concerts and festivals and I found myself reading his blog and looking at his instagram feed and feeling INSANELY jealous.

But why be jealous Whit? Just start going to concerts yourself! It started out small. I went to a Maroon 5 concert a few summers back. It was amazing. Then I started adding more and more.

This past 12 months has been The Year of Concerts....

Bruno Mars
Under the Sun Tour
Ariana Grande (This was for Boomer...)
Arctic Monkeys
Demi Lovato
Bruno Mars

Oh yeah....he was so amazing...I paid to see him twice.

This past weekend I drove up to Cleveland with a girl friend of mine from high school and her husband to see Mr. Mars and his band rock the house. He did not disappoint.

* Side note- No one was in Columbus this past weekend. As I scrolled through my feed I realized that all my friends were either in Cincinnati for Beyonce and Jay Z or Cleveland for Bruno! *

Anyway I was literally on my feet all night. His opening act was Aloe Blacc (from I'm The Man fame) and he was great too. I'm going to have to check out more of his music for sure! Then out came Bruno and I did not stop shaking it, and singing all night long!

I confess. I would search for tickets to his Pennsylvania show...but I need to move in a few months so its time to chill out.

However, the Under the Sun tour is coming back in a few weeks. Then Lorde...Ed Sheeran....

Music, Music, Music!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

On Self Improvement...Or 'Oh Sh*t...I'm almost 30!'

I currently sit on the board of the alumni association for my high school, the school that Boomer currently attends. We are in the midst of planning our all class reunion that will take place in August. Yes, all class. We are a very small school so it makes no sense to do reunions for individual classes.

Anyway, thinking on this, I asked a friend 'On a scale from 'meh' to 'Oh wow!' how great of shape do you think I can get in in 60 days?' Then we went on to discuss outfits, hair, and makeup.

This morning however, I took a long naked gaze at myself in the mirror. I'm really not unhappy with what I see. Could I have a little more muscle here and there? Sure! Do my clothes from high school still fit? Yes.

 I do find myself thinking about things differently though lately. With this most recent health scare I realize I HAVE to take better care of myself. Not just to look hot in bathing suits and at reunions, but also to make sure that I'm healthy and available to Boomer for the next 20 years. I need to eat healthier. I need to exercise. I need to drink less coffee and more water. I need to take care of my skin, not so I can look perfect in instagram selfies, but so I can look as awesome and ageless as my mother and grandmother in real life.

In a few weeks I'll be 29. This is the last year of my 20s. Most people dread the big 3-0, but the past couple of years have made me excited for my 30s. Yes, you read that right. Excited. I've learned so much about me. Who I am. What drives me. What I will accept in my life from friendships, relationships. What I have to offer. As I have learned all this, it makes me so excited for the next 10 years!

I guess the point of all this is, here's to self improvement for self improvements sake.

Although it won't hurt to be a hot mom at the reunion so I need to find a dress.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Girl And Her Money : 5 Ways to Save Money Grocery Shopping

Recently, i.e. Sunday, I blew my grocery budget almost for the entire month in one trip. Whoops. However it's provided good material to share with all of my readers coming along with me on my journey to be financially savvy! Here are 5 tips to help you save!

1. Have A Plan

I ended up at the store, spur of the moment with Mom and Boomer. I had no plan and ended up just throwing things into my cart. Recipe for disaster. I'm not saying you need to have a complete meal plan (although it helps), but having a general idea of what meals you'd like to prepare and what you need to replenish is important.

2. Have Time

I didn't drive myself, and we had an overtired Boomer. Which means I was rushed. So once again this led to me throwing random things in my cart. I'm not saying you need to set aside 2 hours to grocery shop, just make sure you have the necessary time to prepare.

3. Eat first

I was so hungry when I was in the store Sunday, which means in addition to not having a plan, or time, my stomach was driving my choices. So I ended up with nacho fixings, and three boxes of instant oatmeal, but no idea what to make for dinner that night once I got home with all that crazy stuff! Also...the combination of feeling rushed and being hungry led to Hangry Whit. All bad.

4. Go for the off brand

Trust me. Kroger oaty-o's taste exactly like Cheerios. As does the instant oatmeal. I'll confess though. I will put nothing but Aunt Jemimah's Butter Lite syrup on my back where you can.

5. Take advantage of coupons and store savings!

I am a loyal Kroger customer. So sometimes I get special coupons based on my shopping habits. Also I use digital coupons that I can load directly to my loyalty card, which in turn adds up to savings on gas too! Lots of different stores offer different programs, and there are a TON of blogs out there that tell you the best deals based on coupons and store sales.

So basically. Do the complete opposite of what I did Sunday, and you should be GOLDEN.

Any tips from you ladies on how to save the green when shopping for food?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

While the Blog Was Sleeping

I have missed this blog.

I've missed writing and interacting with all the amazing people I've gotten to know across blog land.

Depression and anxiety make even the most basic things hard. So once Boomer was fed and taken care of, and I'd done my work that was it. That was all I had. When you see those ridiculous 'Depression hurts, but you don't have to' commercials...and there is like a shadow following the animated girl around? That was me.

Except less of a shadow and more like...invisible weights. Weights on your body and your spirit.

What's worse is the awareness that you are not yourself, but feeling incapable of affecting change.

I feel like now, I'm getting back to myself. I'm ready to make an effort to go out and be social, to do things that I enjoy, and be present in my own life.

This means actively making choices to not sit on my couch for an entire weekend. To not blow of social engagements and....well like I said just be present.

The post I wrote last week about the #OHBlogger's meetup? What I didn't write, was that I had to make myself get up, get dressed, put on makeup and go. The effort was worth it though, as you can tell from my post.

It's all about the journey right?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dear Monday?

Remember when we all used to write Dear Friday letters?

It crossed my mind at about 4am this morning, when insomnia declared 'Whitney! I just can't quit you!, that it made a lot more sense to write letters on MONDAY. Kind of like an intentional start to the week. So here we go.

Dear Subconscious-

That nightmare in the wee hours of this morning. The one where Boomer and I were suddenly a part of Game of Thrones and there was a really scary group of people referred to as 'The Dancers'. If you could not do weird things like that to me it would be appreciated. I mean, what was that even about?!

Dear FB GOT quiz-

You made me a Lannister?!?!? Really?!?!? And then my cousin tells me....'yeah...I can see that.' WHAT?!?!

Dear Boomer-

Ok, 1 summer reading book down... 10 more to go! (I'm assuming these are 'recommendation and not requirements seeing as you are a third grader.) Come on kiddo. You've only got 6 more weeks!

Dear Grocery Budget-

Sorry I blew you almost for the whole month, in one trip.

Dear Blog-

That blown grocery budget = Wednesday's post so....winning?

Dear Bathroom-

You are so lovely and clean that I almost didn't want to use you this morning. I realize that's weird, but I imagine that's how all the people that pin their perfect rooms feel.

Dear Week-

I see nothing but great things in our future, because there was Indian food for lunch today, I'm seeing my man Bruno on Saturday and well...there will be happy, warm, fluffy things between now and then!