This week we were at a cabin in the woods with Beckett’s family and I tried to pack light. You know I didn’t actually succeed according to some people’s standards, but I did well for me. What I mean is that I couldn’t bring every modern amenity to the woods with me that I have at home so I had to decide, what do I really need to maintain my regular beauty routine? Thus, the following is what I brought for my hair (other than a pin & bristle hairbrush that smooths and detangles and my bfb extensions).
Dry shampoo is definitely a must for me because I put it on at the beginning of the day even with fresh hair to create some root volume and to texturize my hair. It also prevents hair from looking oily throughout the day. If your hair is as fine as mine and your skin as oily, you def. need to try this OGX Refresh & Restore Coconut Oil Dry Shampoo before styling! I went through 2 bottles of this in the past 3 months and love it, but if you would like a less expensive alternative, the other drugstore dry shampoo brand that I recommend is the Volume and Fullness by Dove. it works well and is less expensive than the OGX brand (but not as good smelling. Sorry Dove, I still love you!!!).
The curling iron is a bigger barrel curling iron– Conair Pro 1.5″ (mine is from Sally Beauty). I like using this one because it gives my hair lots of volume whether I’m wearing my extensions or not. Otherwise, for more defined curls on my regular length of hair, I use a 1″ wand like this one by Conair too.
Before curling my hair, and again once I’m done, I use Pantene flex hold (2) hairspray on the ends to keep my hair in place, but still maintain movement.
Have you tried any of these products?! If so, let me know how you think they compare to other brands or products you’ve tried!
Guys, since I’ve been having the most difficult time downloading my painting tutorial today, I’m sharing my hair tutorial instead! The painting tutorial is still coming tomorrow, but it’s not quite ready 🙂
This hairstyle has been great in all of this MN rain, wind, and humidity because it’s a little messy by nature!
Correction and Update on W’s Ultrasound:
In case you saw my instagram post this AM, I wanted to clarify something and thankfully admit that I remembered something wrong from when Wolfgang was first diagnosed with his genetic thing this past year… gosh, I feel like the Fake News media, getting facts wrong here. So sorry! :/
First, I want to say that as a protective mom and a natural-born worrier, I have been trying to hold onto my son’s health and pretend it’s something I can fix or control, but lately I’ve been working really hard on giving that anxiety to God because I’ve been only hurting myself when I worry that much. I encourage you– if you’re holding on to something (anything) that you need to let go of and let God handle– please go on this journey with me. Let’s bring those issues to Him and ask Him to care for those problems instead of you. We weren’t made to shoulder such burdens alone.
So, back to Wolfgang… this past fall he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that increases his chance of getting childhood cancer due to abnormal cell division. I mistakenly said in my post that kids with that diagnosis have a 90% cancer risk, but THANK GOD I was wrong. His chance is actually somewhere between 10-20%, depending on which study you want to reference. That makes him 6x more likely than the average kid to get cancer… but– again– I’m just thankful my memory was wrong!
The reason I mentioned the information above in my post is that Wolfgang has monitoring every 3 months to check for tumors and his appointment was this morning. The way they check him is by taking blood labs and an ultrasound of his abdomen. (We used to take him in every 6 weeks for labs and then every 3 months for the ultrasound, but our geneticist said new research showed no benefit of staggering the blood and ultrasound work). ANYWAY, shortly after his last ultrasound, I noticed a bump on his collarbone. The doctor wanted to check it for growth before doing testing so we waited. But over the last 4-6 months it has gotten quite a bit bigger and it really started to worry us.
Thankfully, the ultrasound technician had positive words for us today as we wait for the actual results from the doctor. The tech knew we were worried so she popped into the radiologist’s office quick to see if the images were good and to see what he thought. When she returned, she said from the initial look, everything looked good and that the hard growth on the collarbone had limited blood flow (good I guess) and that it looked like it could be a swollen lymph node since we had told her Wolfgang had been sick a lot this past winter.
Having a swollen lymph node for that many months still concerns me, but I’m glad to hear it doesn’t look like a tumor! AND I’m glad to have gotten my stats wrong because that gives my little boy a much brighter future!
Regardless of the percentages, please pray for our son as he continues this monitoring (it will continue until he’s either 6 or 7 years old, from what we have heard from our geneticist).
I will keep you updated once we hear back from the pediatrician or geneticist on the results.
Today was Beckett and my last day of school at Morris Bye in Coon Rapids. I have to say, we will miss some of our coworkers and maybe a few students, but we always love changes in scenery. To celebrate, we went to Best Buy to get Beckett the latest DLC for his Elder Scrolls video game and to look at pricing on a new computer for me.
If you missed it on Instagram, two nights ago I went to update a few things on my blog and realized my computer wouldn’t start up normally. The screen was stuck on this strange error messgae:
I spent hours trying to troubleshoot it by googling everything about it and nothing I tried worked. It was a sad, sad day because I’ve had that apple desktop for a full 10 years. It was with me all through college and was what I still used to edit all my photos, videos, etc. Thankfully I had most things backed up on an external hard drive!
RIP, trusty computer with no name.
Today, being the sweetest husband, Beckett insisted on getting me a new computer to help me continue my dream of blogging and painting as my job (I use my computer to look up images as I make art too). I love how supportive he is of my dreams– even though they are distant hopes still.
In other news, my sis- and bro- in law are having a baby and we are over the moon happy for them! They have gone through so much on this journey to parenthood and to see them finally on their way is a blessing for sure! They had to do numerous rounds of IVF to get their miracle baby. Below is a watercolor painting of their cute little one as an embryo.
About the Outfit:
Since work today consisted of a meeting and finishing packing up Beckett’s classroom, I opted for a comfy, sporty #ootd. The ‘OH HEY VACAY’ top is still $8 at Old Navy, it’s not maternity, and it’s PERFECT if you are planning a trip this summer! I really like that it’s lightweight and soft too because otherwise I get too hot lately.
My shorts are old, but sooo comfy that I can’t help but pull them out every summer. I found a pair that is super similar online today for those of you who like comfy cute shorts. Here’s a picture of them:
Also, full disclosure, my hair isn’t this thick or long normally. I’ve been pretty open in past posts about wearing hair extensions sometimes and I am loving my new ones from Barefoot Blonde Hair in the color Brownstone. They have a free try-on service that helped me know which color to choose and I think Amber Clark is genius for coming up with that idea! Read my previous review here.
Blog Updates Pending:
Beckett helps me a lot with this website and this week we’ve been brainstorming lots of fun ideas to help us be able to serve you better by bringing you better, more regular and relevant content. Here’s a peek at what to expect:
- Mondays: Budget-Friendly recipes and artful meal ideas for the week. I’m not a great cook so this will be my personal challenge as a way to better myself and you. I think that if I can find and make good recipes, and bring them to you through this medium, any of you who also struggle with meal prep will benefit from what I “bring to the table.”
- Tuesdays: Outfit & mid-week inspiration to help ease you through the work week.
- Wednesdays: A painting tutorial for a fun painting you can do on your own or with your family. As a teacher I see every day the need for families to bond together and spend more quality time together so I want to be able to show you some techniques and ideas to help you create beautiful artwork alone or with your friends and family.
- Thursdays: Hair and makeup tutorials or beauty finds to help inspire your tresses or enhance your natural beauty! We all know that true beauty comes from within, but a fresh look sure feels great too! I will show you how I style my (thin) God-given hair to look thicker and also how to style long hair with extensions in easy work-week friendly ways.
- Fridays: Financial ideas to help you save more and invest smarter. Friday is actually going to be Beckett’s blogging day where I’ll give him **almost** free rein over the content that day. Beckett took over our finances almost completely this year and I am so proud of him for how much he has learned since the beginning of the year, and what he will continue to learn in the future.
- Saturdays: We want to hear from you because I want us to be friends. Some sort of a survey or comment section will be posted each Saturday with the goal of being able to get to know you readers better and hear more of what you want to see in the weeks to come.
What do you think of our schedule? Anything more or different you would like to see?
Every February I have the best intention to order a cute pink dress or shirt before the 14th, but I never do that in time and I end up without something cute to wear on that day of love.
It doesn’t hurt to run into a local store to grab something for your date, but online you have more control over your spending budget because it’s easier to compare item prices and you can find cool sites like Shein that stock cute things for cheap!
This year I’m quite proud of myself because I hit up Shein with enough time to find something adorable and inexpensive (literally $21 before discounts :)). And I also made sure you also have enough time to order something in time for Valentine’s Day too!
As I promised on Instagram, I wanted to give a few tips for ordering your stuff from Shein!
4 tips for ordering:
#1- order it asap! Sometimes it can take over a week for the item to get to you so be sure to order it now so you don’t have to rush and find something else last minute!
#2- order a size larger than your initial thought, especially if you have a bigger chest. I measured myself and decided to get a medium based on their size guide, but I still wish I would have gone one larger. My shirt is a medium (I usually wear size 4-6) and my bust is just a little tighter than what I’m comfy with.
#3- wear this with high waisted jeans/skirt/shorts. When I ordered this top, I didn’t realize it only comes down by the navel so I couldn’t wear it with my low rise white jeans as I had planned. If you don’t have high waisted pants, borrow some from a friend or snag some cheap ones here.
#4- figure out what to wear under this since it is see-through lace and doesn’t come with a camisole. Here’s a great option from Shein that you can order with the shirt to go under.
I know this was a longer post, but thanks for reading and clicking! Muah!
A special thanks to Shein for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.