Tuesday, February 18, 2014

T-Shirt Fun

Being engaged is a blast; having friends who are also engaged is even better. A couple weekends ago, my friend and fellow teacher Jordan and I decided to make bridal workout shirts to make working out more fun. And yes, it really does. Everywhere we go leaves a trail of glitter.
All our craft supplies (paint, sponge, glitter, etc.) were purchased at Michael's Craft Store and our cute workout tanks were purchased at Marshall's.

In conclusion, if you need motivation, definitely make some shirts!

Teacher Fashion

Hey friends!
Dressing the part of a teacher is tough. We live a constant struggle between the desire to look cute and the need to be comfortable. In addition to that, we have to deal with comments such as, "wow you look like a teacher today...no offense." which can only be taken offensively. I know that teachers are not exactly trendsetters for the most part, and I believe that's mainly because teaching kids is exhausting, difficult to do in heels, and often a messy task. Even so, I like to remind myself that looking good makes me feel better about myself which in turn gives me more confidence to teach with authority. That being said, I was really pleased with my outfit today so I figured why not share it?

This weekend I was feeling congested, so instead of going to the gym, I went shopping. I haven't been to Old Navy in years (literally) so I was shocked to find a dress and denim jacket that I loved. I paired those items with some strappy wedges and a statement necklace to create the outfit I wore to work today.
I've provided the links to the dress and jacket, but unfortunately the necklace from Kohl's couldn't be found.

--Dress--Denim Jacket--A Similar Necklace

I hope you like it!

Week 2.5

I may be the worst blogger ever when it comes to keeping you up to date. Today is Tuesday so I'm almost 2.5 weeks through my no-shampoo month goal. Here's what I've learned for the second-third week:
1. Don't get your hair cut during the greasy period. So. Much. Judgement.
2. Don't wear your hair down. You may start out with thick, luscious hair, but by noon it's flat and tangled.
3. Detangle your hair before you wash it or good luck.

Like I said before, I'm not sure how I feel about this whole thing anymore, but I'll stick with it until March and then let you know what I decide.

Until next time,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Hey readers!
As mentioned in previous posts, I am currently taking classes to teach gifted students. For one class, I was assigned the task of creating a presentation to share with my fellow teachers informing them on the essential needs of our gifted population. Now I'm thinking I'll just share it with the world! Let me know what you think. :)

No Shampoo Week One Wrap-up

As you may recall, week one ended on Saturday...but so did the due date for an assignment in the Monday night tortu--class I'm taking. But I'm sure you'll forgive me and read my update anyway, right?

The good news is that washing with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar doesn't leave my hair smelly. Actually, my hair has never had such an absence of scent. It's just clean and scentless. The first couple washes I definitely overdid the vinegar because my hair felt a bit oily, but by the third wash I'd figured out to only dip the ends of my hair into the vinegar mixture.

The best way I can describe my hair so far is thick. It's like every strand has been thickened. The pro of this thickness is my hair looks healthier. The con is that my hair is WILD while it dries. Once it's dry I've been smoothing the oh-so-tiniest dab of coconut oil on the ends to calm it down. All the blogs I've read about this process say there is a 3-4 wash honeymoon phase and then a terrible transitioning period. I'd say I'm there. Last Tuesday I was ready to call everyone in my phone book and sing the praises of leaving shampoo. My hair was softer, shinier, and I was in love. Now, my hair is a little..weird. Like in The Vow when the girl says her hair is weird. That's my hair. It gets strange waves after I straighten it, it won't lay smooth when I twist my bangs back, and it sticks out in a million directions in a ponytail. But I'm not giving up!

Hopefully I'm in the worst of the no shampoo process. If not, don't judge my bad hair month.
Until next time,

Saturday, February 1, 2014

No Shampoo February

I know the name doesn't really "go", but September and November are both too far away to wait for one. Either way, I'm trying this "no shampoo" thing. It all started when a friend on facebook posted this. In this trend, people are swapping out shampoo for a baking soda paste and replacing conditioner with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Basically, the idea is to get your hair to stop overproducing oil which is what its taught to do when we strip it with regular shampoo. The blog claims that when you stop stripping your hair and then pumping it full of conditioner, your hair will reach a natural balance itself which removes the need to keep up the constant shampoo and conditioner cycle. My first reaction was, "Gross! How can anyone who has an active lifestyle get away with this?" so I did more research. It turns out that several ladies who work out on the regular are also living the no shampoo dream. For instance, this girl did Insanity while only rinsing with baking soda and apple cider vinegar and she swears it did the trick. I'm becoming convinced. After all, baking soda is used to deodorize carpets and refrigerators.

Bloggers also claim that once your hair reaches its natural balance and is left alone to do its thing, it starts to grow like mad! I'm trying it! I'm not someone who is terrified about the health ramifications of shampoo or the environmental impact my six bottles of shampoo a year will cause, but I am someone with annoyingly weird hair that refuses to grow. I started straightening my naturally curly/wavy hair when I was thirteen. At that age, I didn't really think about the damage I was doing, so I didn't use a serum and didn't always wait for my hair to be perfectly dry before using the iron. To make things worse, I started dying my hair light blonde (instead of my natural dirty blonde) when I was around eighteen. All that plus a few rotten haircuts have left me where I am: split ends, "ombre" hair (because I've been trying to grow out my natural color for a year), and the same length because its too unhealthy to grow long.

My hope is that once I get my hair back to a healthy balance, I can keep trimming the ends and actually see growth. I really want long hair for my wedding!

I'll update you once a week to let you know how it's going.