Advanced Skincare Surgery & Medcenter Event!

grand-reopening-party-1 I was recently invited to a grand re-opening event at Advanced Skincare Surgery & Medcenter in Los Angeles.  For those that know me well, know I grew up in Med spas & clinics.  In high school I wanted to be a makeup artist and loved skincare, so I went to cosmetology school.  During this time, I got my first job as a receptionist at a local Long Beach medspa.  I happened to get the job because my mom, who was working their at the time as a nurse, recommended me for the job.  Between cosmetology school, my new job, and my mother who was a cosmetic nurse….I couldn’t help but be immersed in the medspa world!….and I loved it!  Laser hair removal had just come out and I thought it was the most amazing thing!…still is if you ask me :)!  As I grew older, I slowly faded out of working for medspas (I worked for 3 different medspas in my early 20’s), and went into finance (of all things).  But I never lost my passion and love for skin care and for lasers.  My mom grew in her field and has worked for a number of medspas, and is also now a national laser trainer for a laser company.  So having her in my life has helped me to stay on top of all the latest and greatest technologies out there!…yes my mom and I are total laser nerds haha.

So as you can imagine…I was super stoked when I got the invite for this grand re-opening.  It was a  “re-opening,” because there are new doctors and a new business name.  img_6425As you can see from the itinerary, it was a fun filled afternoon and evening!  There was music, raffles, waiters passing around drinks, catered food, and live demos.  (Of course I’m on a nutrition challenge and can’t have any drinks wah!) It was such a fun idea but also so informative for people who are curious about particular procedures.  People who were curious about procedures could ask endless questions of the staff and the people receiving treatments in the demos, without the pressure of having to purchase anything, or feeling like they were rushing the staff.  And if they did wan’t to purchase a procedure for the future, they had a great discount.  Overall just a great night!

Now for the most fun demo of the night: COOLSCULPTING!img_6421

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure, that has no downtime, but is like liposuction in the sense that it removes the fat cells.  The machine provides controlled cooling on specific areas…essentially freezing those cells to death! Then you just pee, poop or sweat the fat out!  (Yes I just said that haha).  This “exterminating” of the fat cells doesn’t happen until 4 weeks-3months after the treatment. And that is when you will start to notice a difference. img_6420I asked how many treatments someone would need, and they said that most people see results after one treatment, but that they recommend 2-3 treatments per area.  They also said that there is a 90% satisfaction rate for clients after one treatment.  This is a technology straight out of Harvard University!…so you know it has to be legit! Seriously it sounds to good to be true right?  But so many of their patients are satisfied!

Below I have pictures of the machine and what the hand pieces actually look like.

Here is the machine.img_6412The hand pieces vary in size and the price varies as well.  If you use one smaller hand piece, the price is less.  (For smaller areas)img_6414This is the largest hand piece.  The larger the hand piece…the more expensive….but it also covers large areas!  The hand piece is placed on the area desired for treatment, and then it begins to suction your skin in that area.  The skin gets suctioned into the hand piece and then it gets frozen!  The first 8-10 minutes are uncomfortable, but then your skin freezes and you don’t feel it anymore.  Then you just sit back, relax with this hand piece on your body…wherever it may be, and watch some Netflix haha…at least thats how they do it at Advanced Skincare Surgery & Medcenter.  img_6415The staff at Advanced Skincare Surgery & Medcenter was so informative and helpful.  Here is the nurse practitioner Mary answering a number of questions about Coolsculpting to inquiring guests of the grand re-opening.  Guests had the opportunity to go from room to room to see demos and have their questions and concerns answered.  This beautiful, elegant, and clean facility was the perfect place for a fun night out, and an amazing treatment!img_6426Oh and they had some great gift bags and samples of amazing skincare products for the guests!  This is one of the goodies I picked up and I can’t wait to use it!img_6424Be sure to check them out!

 Advanced Skincare Surgery & Medcenter

XOXO, Care

Handmade Coupon Book Gift: {With My Cricut}

IMG_6047 My husbands birthday just passed and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said coupons!  Coupons for things he rarely gets to do…like sleep in, now that we have kids.  I love that he loves homemade things and doesnt want me to spend money! Handmade coupon books are an easy and quick gift to make…and if you have a Cricut Explore machine or any other cutting/crafting machine…it gives them just a little bit of a cleaner more professional look.

In my Cricut Design Space…I simply went to “Insert Images,” and typed “Coupon,” and this was an option to be printed.  What I love is that it is perforated so it can actually be torn off for “redemption.”

IMG_6040This is the first cut-out.IMG_6043The inner piece is a seperate cut out and I also had the cricut write “Good For:” to give it a more profesh look.  Then I just glued them together prior to filling out.  IMG_6042 (1)IMG_6045Then I just filled them out! (I hate listening to talk radio on the AM station…the dull buzzing gives me a headache!)IMG_6044It’s coupons like these that make me want to request a coupon book for my next bday haha!IMG_6046I’m sure there are better ribbons or fancier ways of tying this…but I could only find brown ribbon and I knew he wouldn’t care haha.  I just weaved it through the holes and tied it all together….I probably should have made the bow in the front… oh well!IMG_6039I also used the cricut writing feature to write “Matt’s coupon book” on the front.

Simple and easy gift and my man loved it!

If you are looking into a Cricut, be sure to click the Cricut banner on your right for $50 off your machine!

XOXO,

Care

Charmin Essentials Soft : {A Review & Swap Challenge}

This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an influencer Activation for Influence Central.
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I was asked to try and switch out my old toilet paper, and try the new Charmin Essentials Soft  or Charmin Essentials Strong.  Charmin is unveiling these products to give shoppers what they want (soft and strong toilet paper), but at a reasonable price.    I quickly chose Charmin Essentials Soft because I HATE toilet paper that is rough and course and tossed the 6-pack into my shopping cart.  I especially value soft toilet paper not just for me, but because as a mom, I use toilet paper for young tushies too.  And not just their tushies, but young faces and noses.  Plus I figured any toilet paper that is soft, would be thick, and thick = strong enough in my book.  And I was right.  This toilet paper is soft and thick and strong, and can hold up to all my kids put it through haha.  My youngest daughter has asthma, bad allergies, and a constant runny nose…..so we end up using a lot of toilet paper to wipe her face and nose.  Because of this, it’s important the toilet paper we use can withstand all of that.  The first thing I noticed was it’s softness, but the second was that it was a bigger roll than what I was used to (But still fits well in the toilet paper holder which you can see below).  We have been using this new toilet paper now for several weeks and I love it.  
IMG_7202Another great thing about this TP is the price.  I am a Costco shopper and love a good bargain.  Luckily with Charmin Essentials Soft I don’t have to compromise my budget for quality.  Now that I have been using the Charmin Essentials Soft, I am curious about using their Charmin Essentails Strong to see how that differs….I just might have to go out and get me some of that too haha!

Charmin Essentials is offering the #CharminEssentials TP swap program.  If you currently use Angel Soft® or Scott® 1000 TP and want to try Charmin Essentials for FREE, then simply tweet your TP swap out request to @Charmin with #CharminEssentials #Promotion .  You will find the #CharminEssentials TP swap Terms & Conditions here.  Be sure to try them out friends!

IMG_7205IMG_7209Fits in perfectly and has a pretty pattern 🙂

XOXO,

Care

 

TONE IT UP Workout : {Birthday Workout With My Gals}

IMG_5066 I love celebrating my birthday every year with my girlfriends….yes I love my birthday and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  This year, we were lucky enough to go to a free group workout by my fave fitness trainers…..Karena and Katrina from Toneitup.com ! I am a Tone it up member and I love this program and these ladies (even if my waistline doesn’t always show it lol).  They are so positive and encouraging and you can’t help but want to be healthy when watching their videos or following them on social media.  So when I found out they were having a workout in Manhattan Beach, CA (35ish minutes from me)….I begged my girlfriends to come join me as a birthday celebration and luckily most of them could make it!  It was so much fun…but holy cow was it exhausting! These girls kicked my butt!
IMG_5069We worked out at an empty sound stage on a studio lot.IMG_5067They had a table set up in the back with free Perfect Fit protein shake samples and Perfect Fit Tone It Up brownies. 
IMG_5068The brownies where flourless and made with bananas and the protein powder…I want the recipe!IMG_5077They gave everyone a little bag with a sample of the Perfect Fit Vanilla protein powder, a recipe card, and a cute little Perfect Fit drink umbrella!IMG_5071IMG_5070We are ready to workout!…or so we thoughtIMG_5078It was a bit of a quiet room which surprised me…I kept giving out little hoots because I was so excited when they came out!
IMG_5156This pic is from their instagram of the event…best part…LIL JON was the DJ!!  It was so bomb!  I wanted to stop working out and just have a dance party! Our initial stretch was to his song and we said “To the window (stretch one direction), to the wall (stretch the other direction), ’til the sweat drops down your exercise ball!” (giggles ensued)IMG_5087Seriously we were dead after!  I have never sweated so much in my entire life…plyo jumps are no joke!IMG_5095We quickly freshened up and changed clothes in the parking structure, applied a lot of deodorant and body spray, and headed out to a celebratory dinner (we earned it right??).  We went to Hudson House in Redondo Beach.  (If you are a top chef fan…the owner is runner up contestant Brooke Williamson).IMG_5094They had delicious cocktails (like this tiki drink), and the truffle fries and pretzel burger where to die for! 
IMG_5171And there we are, front and center (well a little to the left).  Such a fun time! Thanks K & K for a great birthday!  If you have never checked out their workout videos…do it! So fun!  

XOXO,
Care

Halloween Dessert Lasagna Recipe : {A Festive Fall Dessert}


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Is it too soon for for a YUMMY FALL DESSERT?! I’ve already seen Halloween decor, costumes, and treats in the stores…so why not add to the early fall craziness lol.(Clearly my daughter approves haha).

My daughter and I made this fun recipe together in a big casserole pyrex dish…but it can also be made in individual cups for a Halloween party or class.

We used the recipe from one of my fave Chocolate Lasagna’s here ….and then changed it slightly…but it’s a super fun, easy, and kid friendly recipe!

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Begin by crushing all the Oreo cookies.  I put mine in a ziplock bag and crushed them with a rolling pin (but a food processor works too).  Roll until all the chunks are out and it is a fine crumb consistency.
  2. Transfer 1/2 the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl (or one bag of oreo’s worth). Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.
  3. Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Then mix in several drops of the food coloring (I did this until it turned into the color I desired).  Spread this mixture over the crust.
  4. In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.
  5. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  6. Spread evenly the remaining bag of crushed oreo’s on top as the graveyard “dirt.”
  7. Then decorate your graveyard however you like (with the milano cookies sticking out, worms coming out, and pumpkins….get creative!)
  8. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

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Happy Fall everyone!

XOXO,

Care

WaterWipes USA: { A Review & CONTEST!!}

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

When I was pregnant and prepping for my first baby, a friend of mine told me to make sure and not use regular baby wipes on my baby when she was a newborn.  She said the baby’s skin is too new and delicate, and that I should only use water and cloths or tissues to wipe my baby.  I’m not gonna lie, this freaked me out a little bit!  I didn’t want to hurt my new baby’s skin, and I didn’t like the idea that I couldn’t just quickly grab a wipe…knowing I would be changing a million diapers a day in the beginning (and keeping track of how many…talk about a dream job haha).  But now with baby #2 I have found some smarter products and have been less stressed.

I never really new that there could be weird things in baby wipes….but then I checked the ingredients on the generic baby wipes I used to buy in bulk.  And this is what it said: Water, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-75 Lanolin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene Brassylate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Ummm….What?! It’s a wipe, to wipe a baby’s booty….that’s all I need it to do!…why in the world would all these ingredients be necessary for that??

As a mom, I am always trying to make wise, safe and healthy decisions for my family (with balance of course)…and I don’t always get it right.  But I recently came across this new baby wipe brand called WaterWipes that sells at Target (My practically daily fave place to go) and honestly, this looks like a no-brainer easy fix for me!

WaterWipes USA are the purest baby wipes you can get, and are totally CHEMICAL FREE! 

IMG_4957I found WaterWipes easily on the top shelf in the baby wipe section at my local Target.  They were $3.99 but you can get them online for $3 right now, plus if you have the Target Red Debit Card…you get free shipping and 5% off!  (I can’t live without that card!)IMG_4967The Ingredients are 99.9% Pure Irish Water, and .1% Fruit Extract…that’s an all natural wipe my friends!IMG_4968

Here is a little look into my youngest daughters room and changing station.  I brought a couple packs of WaterWipes home from Target and below you will find my first experience with them:IMG_7152I noticed right away that they have a very subtle and light, sweet smell.  (This must be from the fruit extract which is actually Grapefruit seed extract!) I tried the wipe on my skin first, before my baby’s…and I noticed a difference right away in the feel of the wipes.  These are less slick and slimy.  IMG_7185My daughter was fascinated by the baby on the wipe wrapper…she kept trying to say “Baby”…..for her it comes out “Be” haha.  I have used them on her now for several weeks and I even took a pack on our vacation in the mountains last week just to wipe faces and hands.  They smell good, feel good, do a good job cleaning, are durable, and I feel better knowing I am not putting any unnecessary chemicals on my daughter…only natural sweet ones.  See Below for contest info!

XOXO, Caroline

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Nexxus New York Salon Care : {A Review}

This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

IMG_6893As a busy mom of two, I would say my focus on hair care has decreased on a grading scale from an A to a B- or C.  In my younger days and especially in my Cosmetology School Days (Yes I went to Cosmo School…but that’s another story), I cared SO MUCH about my hair care.  I loved sampling new products, loved the way they smelled and felt…and I used to just geek out hard!  I also used to be very protective of my “fancy” hair products and didn’t like others to use them because they cost more than my pre-cosmetology school hair care products that I picked up at the local 99¢ store :).  But over the years, my desire to try and save time and money has gotten the best of me, which has lead me to my B- or C grade.  I know that cheaper products strip your hair, dry it out, don’t keep it PH balanced, make it brittle, etc etc….but I just got into the bad habit of buying middle of the road/so so products.

It’s easy to fall into the mindset that all hair products and shampoos are the same, but that just isn’t true.  It’s funny how changing even just your hair care products can make you feel a little more put together and improve your self esteem for the day.  On the mornings that I know are going to be crazy with the kids…if I just get up a little earlier and make sure I have showered and feel ready and fresh….it’s a much better day.  Much better than when I just am rushing around, hair thrown up and greasy, and barely brushed my teeth haha….oh the mom life :).  Anyway, it’s important to me to feel my best and I have been needing to freshen up my daily hair care routine and change my grade back to an A.  So I partnered with my friends at Nexxus NY Salon Care and tried a new amazing hair system that I have to share with you all: The Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe & Humectress line!  Each product in this new evolved line has a targeted purpose and yet they all work together as a part of the total system.  This line nourishes hair with concentrated 100% pure Elastin Protein and a precious Caviar Complex.  Caviar Complex will be referenced a lot in the product descriptions, and it’s a highly nutritious marine complex infused with Caviar renowned for its luxuriousness and richness in protein.

Below I have listed the products and their descriptions out….plus my take on them.  My overall review though is that it felt good to care for my hair with products that I know are scientifically good for my hair and make me feel pretty with their amazing smell and feel.

Now for the products! Yay!

IMG_6914Product:  Step 1: Nexxus New York Salon Care THERAPPE Replenishing System Shampoo Caviar Complex

Description:  Silicone free and enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein.  This Shampoo cleanses, while rebalancing hair by rebuilding broken bonds and replenishing nutrients within, leaving hair responsive.

My Review/Thoughts: First of all I love the smell! Second, the first thing I noticed as I rinsed it out, was that my hair immediately felt softer….there was a definite difference than the way it usually feels.

IMG_6915Product: Step 2:  Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS Replenishing System Conditioner Caviar Complex

Description:  Enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein, HUMECTRESS Restoring Conditioner locks in nourishment and restores the protective barrier vital for improved alignment and seamless fluidity.

My Review/Thoughts:  This has a different smell but it’s great too! This made my hair feel soft too!

IMG_6920Product:  Step 2: Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS Replenishing System Masque Caviar Complex

Description:  Enriched with Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein, HUMECTRESS Restoring Masque intensely moisturizes targeting dry spots to give balance throughout.  Rich in Glycerin infused at a level that deeply rehydrates by binding moisture within.  Releasing true alignment, fro hair that moves as you do with liquid fluidity.

My Review/Thoughts:  I put this on for about 5 minutes in the shower after conditioning and let it just soak in and there was a definite difference in the softness I felt.

IMG_6917Product:  Step 3:  Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS LUXE Replenishing System Lightweight Conditioning Mist

Description:  Weightlessly conditions the hair surface releasing captivating shine , improving manageability for hair and seamless movement.

My Review/Thoughts:  I sprayed this in my damp hair after I showered, then brushed and styled. It feels very weightless and not greasy at all.  It doesn’t make your hair feel like it has any product in it at all….and has an amazing smell similar to the shampoo.

IMG_6898Product:  Step 3: Nexxus New York Salon Care ENCAPSULATE Replenishing System Serum

Description:  Enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein.  This sophisticated blend marks the first time in the world concentrated conditioning oil has been encapsulated into pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and pure protein.  Fused together this weightlessly powerful blend targets damaged hair by intelligently reconstructing within and repairing hair progressively, smoothing the fibre surface to bring it back to its pre-damaged state.

My Review/Thoughts:  Looking at this I thought it would by greasy or syrupy or sticky…but it isn’t any of those things…it is just like most of the items in this line are described…lightweight.  I rubbed it on my fingers and once it dried, there was no residue…I couldn’t even tell it was on there.  And it was the same with my hair.  I also applied it the next day to help tame my hair after brushing.

IMG_6903Product:  Nexxus New York Salon Care Volume Mousse + Volumizing Foam Light Hold

Description:  A luxurious, whipped, aerated mousse gives even the finest hair body and volume.  This light hold, cushiony creme mousse will lightly moisturize and visibly bodify hair.  Blow dry to lift, sculpt and hold all your full-bodied styles.

My Review/Thoughts:  I never usually use mousse, but after reading the description, I was very curious to use it because I am always looking for more volume.  I ay have a lot of hair, but it isn’t very coarse and I often feel like it gets limp and flat on top.  I used this mousse and then blow dried my hair (a little upside down and with a round brush). My fear with mousse is that 80’s crunchy curl thing….and I couldn’t tell at all that I had any in my hair.  My hair definitely felt lighter all day and the next day too!

IMG_6904Product:  Nexxus New York Salon Care Control Maxximum Finishing Mist Strong Hold

Description:  A micro-fine, refreshingly fragrant mist with superior hold gives long-lasting control and manageability, fluidly defining hard o retain styles.  This strong hold, yet lightweight formula, adds a light luminosity to hair while maintaining suppleness and touchability.

My Review/Thoughts:  I always hairspray my hair upside down to hold some volume and this was a great replacement to my normal hairspray and it helped lock my style in place.

IMG_6902Product:  Nexuss New York Salon Care Volume Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist With Pearl Extract

Description:  Weightlessly cleanses hair in between regular washes, giving refreshing volume and fluidity.  This lightweight formulation extends the life of your style by refreshing your hair between washes.

My Review/Thoughts:  Let me first start by saying I am a fan of dry shampoos.  I use them all the time, almost every day.  Being a busy mom, and not liking to wash my hair every day to keep my hair healthy with natural oils, I use dry shampoos to keep my hair looking fresh.  The biggest complaint I have about most dry shampoos I have tried is that they leave a white powdery streak in my dark hair.  This one was great!  I love the smell, and NO WHITE RESIDUE!  DO YOU REALIZE HOW LONG I’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THIS?!  I am using it all the time haha!

Now for the finished look!IMG_6929I can’t take a photo without a kid climbing in it haha….worth it 🙂
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Thanks again to Nexxus New York Salon Care and be sure to follow them on their social medias:

Instagram: @nexxusnysaloncare

Facebook: Nexxus New York Salon Care Facebook

Twitter: Nexxus New York Salon Care Twitter

XOXO,

Caroline

The Mom Made Market : {Come on Out!}

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I will be at the upcoming Mom Made Market in Carslbad in two weeks!  Be sure to come out to say hi or shop!  It is going to be a fun family festival with over 150 #mommade vendors, food trucks, kid concerts, magic shows, crafts and more!  So feel free to bring the whole family out….unless you want some alone time to shop haha.

Get your tickets here so you don’t have to wait until the day of.  It’s only $4 for adults right now…can’t beat that!  I will have lots of new designs out at the Sweetlylemon table!

Here are the details:

Where: The Flower Fields in Carlsbad (5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008)

When: Saturday June 25th & Sunday June 26th

Time: 11am-5pm

Hope to see you all there!

xoxo

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods : {A Yummy Review!}

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Time to get sweet and spicy! My friends at TAZO® sent me some amazing goodies from their Sweet Meets Spicy Collection to try and I am so excited to share about them with you all.  First of all, I am a coffee girl, and I use my Keurig® everyday!…but usually with some generic coffee that I buy at the grocery store…nothing fancy.  So I was so excited to get the opportunity to try these TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods and get fancy!  These K-Cup® pods are great because you can buy them to make at home whenever you want your own Chai Latte…or whenever your in the mood for some spice!

So come into my home with me to explore this world of flavor…..

This is what came in my package….how cute is this box!?IMG_6798IMG_6820When I opened the box it unfolded so pretty with all these goodies!  Is that Padma Lakshmi?? I love her!  This New York Times Bestselling author and host has some fun things to share and is partnering with TAZO® too because tea and chai have always been a part of her life and heritage.  IMG_6828IMG_6830Umm yes please to this spoon and cup!  IMG_6832Included in the box are some great sweet and spicy recipes that pair perfectly with a chai latte by Padma!  You can find the recipes too at: TAZO.com/chai/pairings.IMG_6845Oh Hey Padma…I see you using the cinnamon sugar chips recipe I love so much…(Remember my bunuelos blog post??)
IMG_6840So to make my own creamy chai tea latte at home, it will just take these two steps apparently….but we will see!IMG_6836Step 1: Pour dairy packetIMG_6847Step 2: Put TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod in Keurig® and brewIMG_6856IMG_6861Step 3: Stir and enjoy!  The dairy packet did not fully mix after the TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod finished…so be sure to stir.  But it’s seriously that simple and quick!  I LOVED IT!  It was spicy, warm, creamy, but sweet.  Very comforting….all I need now is a robe and a fireplace haha.  IMG_6866

Drink up sweet friends and grab your own TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods at TAZO.com/wheretobuy!!  For more information about this, check out here: http://TAZO .com/chai

XOXO

Bah-Bye Long Hair : {Practicing Bravery}

IMG_1706First let me start off with saying I totally understand the eye roll at the idea that cutting my hair is an act of bravery (1st world problems), and totally acknowledge that real bravery is shown by so many in so much greater ways than a haircut.  But this is just a little story into the craziness of my mind and that for me, this is a big deal…and this is my truth. (Insert another eye roll haha).

You know on those weight loss/makeover shows where they meet some celeb hairstylists and stylists and just totally get transformed???  I literally have so much anxiety when I watch those because I imagine myself in their shoes and all I can think is “I don’t care how much they pay me or how famous the hairstylist is….they are NOT chopping my hair off!”  I have literally always had longhair…the only time I had short hair was in 7th grade when I decided to chop it off and always regretted it.  Whenever I go to my hairstylist friend Nicki P. (Sup girl), I always plead “JUST A TRIM GIRL”….but not this time.

First some background:  I grew up in a family of women who had thinner hair who couldn’t grow it very long…and they would gush over my “pretty thick long hair” and would always tell me to never cut it!  I believed the hype and never did.  I developed this idea that long hair was prettiest and feared short hair on myself.  But what always ends up happening is my hair gets super long and cumbersome and I end up looking like Cher with a drape of dark hair that has no body (no offense Cher), and my head aches at the end of the day from the weight of it.

And lately things have been different….the past few years I have been on a journey of really reflecting on my life and my actions and why I think the way I do and act/respond the way I do to things…and I came to the realization with the help of my mentor, that I live in a lot of fear and anxiety….AND I NEVER KNEW IT!  There are too many to list, but in regards to my hair…fears like this: “If I cut my hair I won’t be pretty anymore.  I’m not skinny enough for short hair.  If I cut my hair, what else do I have that makes me stand out?”  etc etc.  And when I finally realized I thought this about my hair and me, all I could think was….DUMB!!!!

On my lunch breaks (before I got laid off a few weeks ago), I would take walks around the building and journal, sing and pray.  It was a time for me to just really get centered for the day and process things.  The day I came to the realization about my fears with my self image and hair, I was listening to this song on one of those walks.  It’s called “You Make Me Brave” and the lead singer at one point is just belting these lyrics over and over and getting more and more passionate:

You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made

And basically she is singing about how God makes us brave and calls us beyond our comfort zone but he promises to be with us and about how his love just pours out over us.  ITS AMAZING and these girls rock.  (You should see me as I sing this song…lots of belting and fingers pointing and wave motions with my hands lol…I can’t help it).  So to make a long story longer…thats when it hit me.  I just thought “I am living in fear and I don’t want to live like that! This is dumb, and I still have value and am beautiful to God whether I have long hair or short! And I will cling to Him for my identity and self worth, and to nothing else!” And that afternoon I went to see Nicole and she chopped it.  I felt free and like a weight was off my shoulders….and I wasn’t scared at all…it was exciting!

Me at work with super long hair the day of my haircut before I went in.
IMG_1673Right after she cut it!IMG_1693Me in the car after she styled it and I sent the pic to all my besties haha!IMG_1697

So now fast forward to today:  I am still glad I cut it because it crushed some old fears, has been fun, and is so light!  And if I ever want to cut it again, it will be easy.  But I do miss my long hair some and will most likely grow it back for these reasons:

  1. My daughter asks for me to grow it back multiple times a week so she can play with my “rapunzel hair” again.  I try and convince her I am Rapunzel at the end of Tangled…but she isn’t buying it haha.
  2. I was the queen of braids with hats and top knots/buns and I MISS THEM!  I miss how easy it was to just put my hair up.  With short hair I feel like you almost have to do it more…or put in a bunch of bobby pins.
  3. I feel like with short hair…at least my short hair…it’s hard to differentiate from styled, to fancy hair for special events.  (Maybe I just don’t know how to style short hair yet though..tips are greatly appreciated :))

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and CHEERS TO BEING BRAVE FRIENDS!
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