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Trying Not to Bite the Dust


I present to you PROOF that I am actually working on something and not just neglecting the blog for naught. And when I say “something” I kind of mean something big:


Photo courtesy of my super awesome 9 year old

Ain’t that smexy?! #1 – the bandana is because I did not want to wash my hair. Again. For the third time in less than 24 hours due to sanding mud yesterday and teaching a Zumba (R) class this morning. #2 – the face mask is for the dust that I did not want to coat my lungs with. I’m high maintenance like that. #3 – the glasses are because while I was working on sanding the ceiling, the dust liked to land in my eyes. #4 – those are headphones. For rockin’ tunes. And if you’d like to come mud and tape and sand with me, you, too, can have your own super smexy getup!

Random fact: the first time I learned to mud and tape new drywall was when I was twelve. It’s no more fun now than it was then.

Someday I will show you what it is I’m working on and maybe even tell you all about it. But for now, I’ll leave you this clue: it starts with a “B” and ends with an “athroom.”

In the meantime, go cook some corn in a cooler. It turns out AWESOME and is easier even than putting on the pounds in a donut shop!

There, now I feel as though I’ve done my Pinterest duty and can go to bed.

You know what? I think I’m going to tag this post under hair because surely someone wants to recreate this amazing look, right?! ;)

Natural Looking Curls


Yes, my friends, this is yet another curling your hair trick. What can I say, I like having curled hair but alas, I was endowed with only natural straightness. What really drew me to this method of hair curling, was that it does, indeed, look much more natural than using a curling iron the traditional way. So, of course, I tried it out.


From the front
Sideview so you can see more


*My awkward arms + my hair’s ODD made this a bit…awkward…to do on some of the curls. Perhaps because I kept switching which direction I was doing the curls. I don’t like all my curls to go the same way.

*It took a long time (like 45 min I think? I don’t know, wasn’t timing it)

*Didn’t last as long as I hoped it would.


I liked the results. I didn’t like the time it took. I’m not sure the amount of time spent in proportion to how long it lasted makes it worth it. That said, I can’t remember how big my curling iron is, but I *think* it’s bigger than an inch – maybe an inch and a half – so I think I’ll try it w/the 3/4 one next time and see how long that lasts. So yes, I’ll try again. Maybe even today. :)

Quick Curls, As Promised


I have, due to Pinterest, discovered The Beauty Department, and I’m quickly coming to love it. As I was exploring hair ideas, I cam across this beauty and just knew I had to try it out. What you ought to know is that I can spend an HOUR curling my hair and in 30 minutes, it’s all but flat again (it’s that darn oppositional defiance disorder at work, I’m sure of it). With that in mind, I was highly skeptical that this would work for my hair, but figured it couldn’t hurt to try it. So try it I did.



Now, I don’t have a 1 inch curling iron – I think mine is 3/4 of an inch. I also (due to my skepticism and large amount of hair) could not fathom wrapping an entire 1/4th of my hair around the iron at once. So I split it into 4ths like the tutorial and then did 2 curls in each section. And it still only took me 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Yes, I timed it. I lightly hairsprayed it and figured it’d be flat in an hour or so.


Turns out, curling my hair this way (for me) is more effective than spending a ridiculous amount of time curling smaller sections that are only going to fall out anyway. In fact, it was still decently curled the next morning.


Woo. Hoo.

The Infamous Waterfall Braid


If you haven’t seen the waterfall braid floating around Pinterest, then you probably don’t actually have a Pinterest account. It’s E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. I’ve pinned it here and here and here, so I figured that I probably ought to finally try it. First you ought to know that it’s way easier than I expected.


Here it is after I did it. I quickly curled my hair first using a method I’ll be posting tomorrow (and that I now love). See how it stops right there in a weird place? My arms are short and I couldn’t figure out how switch them over to the other side without totally losing my strands, so that’s where it ended. And then the husband-man pointed out that it looked a little strange (which I knew, but was trying to deny to myself). When a man such as him notices that a hairstyle looks weird…it looks weird. So I had to figure out what to do with it now, and the next picture is what I came up with.

I took out the bobby pins holding the end of the waterfall braid down, braided it (normally) as far as I could and tied it off with an elastic. Then I pulled the rest of my hair into a loose side-ish ponytail, wrapped the braid around it and bobbypinned it in place. It kind of loses the effect of the waterfall though.


I *like* the waterfall braid, but I’m not quite sure what to do with it yet. Any brilliant ideas for ┬áthe hair-styling challenged? I’m not so talented enough in the hair department as to make it go all the way around my head. And even if I were, I wouldn’t know what to do with it once I finished.

So, have you tried the waterfall braid? How did you like it?

Quick Cute Hair Bun


I’ve been growing my hair out for about a year and a half now. Most days, it just ends up in a ponytail because #1 – I’m lazy, #2 – I have 4 lovely, perfectly behaved children who always play quietly and nicely so that I have time to be perfectly coiffed, #3 – number 2 was a lie and you know it, and #4 – my hair has been officially diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder, so I pick my battles carefully. (Okay, maybe not officially.) In my efforts to not be frump mom when I volunteered in my daughter’s class, I decided to try out this very quick and easy low bun style.


From the front
From the side
From the back

See that weird bumpage in the back? I wasn’t a big fan, but I was in a hurry the morning I did this, so I let it go. I kind of felt like I had trying-too-hard-old-lady-hair. It bothered me until early afternoon when I had time to quickly take it out and redo it with my standard twist down one side that keeps my slippery hair in order and I was much happier with it. But I don’t have a picture, so you’ll have to trust me on that.


*It is extremely difficult to take an in-focus picture of the back of your head with a DSLR when you have short arms.

*I have to use twice as many bobby pins as most people to keep my hair in because there’s so much of it, but it’s so thin that it just slips out quietly (actually, I already knew this, just thought I’d share in case there’s anyone else in my boat)


It’s a good, easy hairstyle for every day and, with a bit more volume and time, could work well for more formal occasions as well.