10 July 2017

South Carolina Trip

  This past week our family visited Andrew's uncle (Unkie)
who lives in South Carolina and we had a fun time!

We flew into Charlotte and then drove to York
and when we got there we had food and fireworks waiting for us!
After all, it WAS the 4th of July and what kind of Americans
would we be if we didn't have fireworks?!

The girls loved them
(thanks to some handy dandy ear protection)
and we all slept very very soundly that night.

Daddy was feeling pretty adventurous
while on this vacation because he decided to try to play Monopoly with the girls
(insert shocked face emoji).
They liked the idea for about 15 solid minutes then
they got pretty bored hahaha but they finished it more or less!
Andrew also decided to make empanadas and milanesa for dinner
on our last night for Unkie and the family.
Guys he made his own dough!
From scratch!
He hasn't done that since being IN Argentina,
and he won parent of the year by letting the girls roll their own dough.
Guess who's the favorite parent now hahahaha

We had so much fun but we were very happy to get home.
Even though what we came home to was this
(reposting my FB status here hahaha):
"Return home day checklist: forget water bottle in the van. Check. 
Giant poop blowout AFTER checking bags (with the flight boarding soon). Check. 
Giant branch of the tree breaking off in the storm overnight and blocking the driveway. 
Check (friends with chainsaw moved it out of the way for us). 
Have A/C go out 2-3 hours before we get home and getting up to 90 
in the house before getting someone over to repair $450 later? 
Check. Sleep in our own bed after all this? Check and check."

Needless to say,
we're chilling at home now and we're ready for the normal
to kick back in hahaha

29 June 2017

Bright Hair Dye DIY

This past weekend I was able to escape
again to San Francisco to visit Alyx!
And I tell ya what,
it was so needed for both of us.
It was a break from the heat for me,
and my kids and real life because it's been a little harsh to us lately!
Plus I was able to watch their kidlets 
(and teach them a new game - broom ball hahaha)
while Alyx and Mike went on a long
overdue and much deserved date night away!
It was so much fun!
I helped her "model"
(I use that word EXTREMELY loosely)
some stuff for her boudoir business,
which was fun!
Plus we did something a little bold and crazy:
 Hahahaha IT'S TEAL!!
(sorry it's a weird face, we had finished the session and my face was tired haha)
Just the way I had pictured!
And we did it ourselves,
for - get this - UNDER $50! 

I had a TON of people ask me on Instagram HOW
so I decided to write it out here and then y'all can do it yourself too!
And basically learn from our snaffoos!

She thought about going pink for a hot second
(see?? the color is in her hand and not even permanent!)
 then chickened out,
but I also love how this picture turned out so hahaha

We got all of this from Sally's Beauty Supply
and that's where the links provided will take you!
(this is not a sponsored post, 
I just wanted to share with you
how easy and fun this was!)


Ok here's the breakdown:
I used Tough As Teal and Emerald Queen (1) dyes together
(next time I'll be doing mostly Teal with like a touch of the green)
3 packages of the bleach (2) to get my hair to a 7 on the scale of blonde.
(If I had wanted a lighter color,
like pink I would have needed more/different bleach and toner)
Luckily only needed 1 of number 5 (it's HUGE) because you need 3 oz of developer 
per package of bleach.
Number 4 we only got one because we were using half of each colored dye.
So the normal ratio is one of them per thing of colored dye.
You CAN do the hair without the clips but honestly WHY would you?!
These helped us out sooo much!
I have a crap ton of hair
(both length and thickness)
so they were a lifesaver.

I won't lie though,
we didn't actually buy a brush!
We thought it wouldn't really matter cuz 
we were doing my whole head anyways
but Alyx discovered the brush probably would have 
helped saturate/spread a bit better than her poor hands!
Also, buy at least 2 pairs of gloves!
We only bought one hahaha

.....awk sauce face y'all......

BTW the teal that was already IN my hair turned it a bit green hahaha
BUT it was fine cuz we were already going for that!

(and wet.....hahaha)

The hair masque was definitely necessary after putting my hair throguh all of that!
Honestly though, I didn't use it til Tuesday night
BECAUSE I lost it on Saturday when we did the coloring
(it had fallen under the bed haha kids were playing in there mmmmk?)
and then we fixed the roots,
photoshoot, ate, airport, home.
And a million things happened on Monday and Tuesday 
so Tuesday night I used it whe I showered and my hair feels AMAZING!
And smells sooooo good!

Now I know I could have gone to a salon to get this done
but honestly?
I couldn't afford the $130+ bill
(and no, that's not including tip).
I completely understand WHY they charge so much,
this stuff takes time and patience
and I value their skills,
I just had some play money I had saved up for my trip
so we went for it!
So we apparently hadn't washed out all the bleach like we thought
 SO in the morning we mixed a bit more of the dye with the leftover developer
and the roots took soooo well!
I've basically decided I will never have boring hair again hahaha
Guys, I'm pretty sure I'm having a life crisis.
I'm about to enter my last year of my 20s
and I'm for some reason wrestling with that!
Or maybe just the stigma of 30?
I dunno! 
All I know is I want to always be spunky,
funky, fun and do what I love!
And right now, it's my gorgeous teal mermaid hair!

What bold things have you done lately??

20 June 2017

More Birthdays!

One thing that's always hard this month
is that Andrew and Rory have birthdays 4 days apart so it's insane!

For Rory's birthday we went out to eat with my parents
at her favorite place, Red Robin
the Saturday before her actual birthday!
Such a simple thing!
We of course had to stop at the Disney Store afterwards though,
cuz what birthday is complete without a Disney visit?!

She was ecstatic to spend the quality time with us
and my parents.
We had a blast and she ended up with some new
pajamas (Star Wars for the win!)
and a couple shirts too!

In case you wondered where these girls get their crazy from hahaha
(Also, Rory took all of these)

Then yesterday,
this girl got to spend some serious quality time with her grandparents' Mills!
They took her to lunch and out to buy clothes for school!
She came home with EVERYTHING she needed for school!
And she's obsessed with all of her new things! 
We had to wash them last night so she could wear some today
and she's dying for school to start ;)

We then had friends over for dinner and cake
and she PASSED OUT within seconds.

I can't believe she's 5!
I feel like it's gone fast,
and yet it has also been only 5 years?!
She's so full of spunk, sass, love, curiosity, smarts, etc.
I can't ewait to see what school does for her cuz I know she's going to 
blossom and grow soooo much!

I love you Aurora Rose!
Thank you for making me a mom!