Dec 16, 2014

Myth about haircuts

Blog post written by beauty/hair contributor, Laura

Today’s post is going to be a “myth buster.”  I have decided that occasionally I would like to put an end to a few common misconceptions about hair, whether it be tips, tricks or just facts in general.  I hope these are helpful and if there is anything that you have questions about or are wondering about, please share!  I want to be putting out information that you all want! 

Ok!  So today’s myth buster is about a haircut.  I hear a lot of times that people will say that your hair will grow faster if you cut it.  While that may appear to be true, it is a myth!  Your hair will grow at its normal rate whether you cut it or not. 

That being said, regular haircuts are important!  Even if you are growing out your hair.  The ends of our hair get the brunt of all damage and wear.  They split and break and all kinds of unfortunate things.   Because of this, the ends appear much thinner and much less healthy than the rest of your hair.  When we remove those ends by getting a haircut we no longer have those straggly ends that just break off.  Instead you have healthy hair that will grow out thicker and thus appear longer. 

So we see that haircuts are great for your hair, no matter the length.  If you are growing it out, you can definitely spread out your cuts to maybe once every 12 weeks or so, but they are important and you will find that you love your hair even more when you get that ½ inch trimmed off!  Let’s keep our hair looking fabulous for the holidays!!

Dec 13, 2014

West Elm Knock Off Glitter Star Garland

I am so excited to share this very cute and quick project.  You could get it done in an hour or less and have a fun garland to add to your decor.  It isn't red and white so you could have it last through the winter.  I also think it would be so cute to do snowflakes out of the glitter paper and make it into a garland for winter.  

Dec 10, 2014

Shapes Christmas Tree Craft

Christmas activities are so fun to do with kids.  There are so many things that you can do outside of your home.  There are family and friend parties, visits to Santa, Christmas shopping, going to see lights around your neighborhood or a display somewhere, if you are by snow then there are lots of activities such as sledding, building a snowman, and skiing that you can add to your list.  

However, sometimes entertaining the kids INSIDE can be hard.  I wanted to do a craft with my two year old daughter and I knew I wanted it to be a Christmas tree craft.  I had seen Christmas tree crafts made with strips of paper and I had all sort of ideas to make it great when I thought why not make it a learning activity too.  

Dec 9, 2014

Holiday Home Tour: A Happy, yet simple Christmas

Before I start into my home tour I have to give a background story, because that makes every home tour better right?  When Kendra from Joy in Our Home asked me to be a part of her Holiday Home Tour my first emotion was excitement!  So I said yes!  I have been looking through home tours since blogging became a thing.  Ok.  I am not sure if it was that long ago, but I would say about 6 years ago I started looking at home tours and loving them.  I would picture myself in the amazing houses that I saw there.  I loved it. 

Enter the next feeling, "MY house is NOT good enough to be on any holiday home tour."  I felt borderline depressed.  I looked at my very humble house and then top that off with the MASSIVE renovation we are undertaking and I thought there is NO way I should be a part of this tour.  I even thought of backing out.  I am telling you this not because I want a pity party.  (Although if you want to have a party I would love to!)  

Dec 5, 2014

Stay Sane Cleaning Series Step #2: Kitchen Sink

This step might seem simple, but to me it can be very hard.  However, this one step can save my sanity (hence the name of this series).  A clean kitchen sink can help me feel like my house is more clean than it actually is.  I know.  Sounds weird, but it is true.  A dirty kitchen sink is that weight on my shoulders that I don't know is there until it is gone.  

Dec 4, 2014

What I wore from Groopdealz

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using any of the links. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

So I got some new clothes in November and all of them were from Groopdealz.  Want to see?  

First up is this striped sweater ($16.99).  It is lightweight enough, but warm enough at the same time? Does that make sense?  It can be worn just plain with a you see in the picture.  Or you can throw something under or over it to spice it up.  I love it!

Date night with my hubby to the one and only IKEA
I have received so many compliments on this next sweater ($10.99).  It is much thicker than the one I wore above. I like that because if it is extra cold outside then I can wear this one.  I like it because it looks good for the Christmas season, but it would look fantastic for those days in Spring that the weather forgets its Spring and we have a colder day.

She makes my heart melt
I have also received so many compliments on these leggings ($9.99).  They are so comfortable and so very warm.  With all the colors in them I can wear so many different things with them.  

Thanksgiving day with my princess

Groopdealz has daily deals.  They sell out of a lot of items on the first day, but most items last a few days before they are no longer available.

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Dec 1, 2014

Happiness is not a destination-Dec 2014 quote of the month

This is the final quote for this year.  I wanted to make sure that I really focused on happiness.  Since that was my word of the year.  This quote is wonderful to me because it helps me enjoy were I am today.  It helps me live in the present.  It helps me be HAPPY with what I have TODAY.  As long as I am progressing.  There is no reason to not be happy. 

Click on the picture above to download your own copy of this printable.  That way you can have a daily reminder too.  

Side note:  I have some excited things coming up on the blog.  For starters, starting the new year I will be doing a monthly challenge with a giveaway.  EVERY MONTH.  The giveaway will correlate with what the challenge is all about.  Make sure to sign up for the newsletter (bar on top of page) to be kept in the loop of what is going on.  There will be something for everyone.  Of course it will be all about living a happy, yet simple life.  Nothing too crazy.  I promise.  

Do you choose a word to focus on each year?  If you do what will yours be starting the new year?  If you don't then you should try it with me.  I will be revealing my word of the year in January.  

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Nov 26, 2014

My Christmas Present

You guys!  Santa is bringing me a Cricut Explore for Christmas!!!  AHHH!  Since this baby has came out it has been on my wishlist.  I am more than excited for this!

There are so many reasons that I want a Cricut Explore, but here are a few of my reasons!  

Nov 25, 2014

Handmade Christmas Card

I love giving homemade Christmas cards. I also love writing a fun message to the recipient that is tailored to them.  It seems more sentimental that way.  (To me)  Now don't get me wrong...there have been years I just ordered it online and sent them out.  So don't think I can do this every year. However, this year and last year I have been blessed to be able to have time to make my own.

Nov 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Attire

Written by fashion contributor-Cami. 

Let me start by saying, Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (my favorite, of course, is my birthday – how can you not love your very own holiday?!)  The true star of Thanksgiving is the food – although it seems each year the list of what we should eat gets smaller (no gluten, be vegetarian, no carbs, etc…).  However, just because the focus is on the feast, doesn't mean you should slack on your personal appearance.  What you wear on the big day should keep with the tone of your personal festivities – don’t show up in a dress and heels when the day is going to be filled with touch-football games and leaf-jumping and on that same token, please don’t show up to a dressed up dinner in your jeans and baseball cap.

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