Thursday, May 9, 2013

curly hair don't care.

 Recently I decided that I am too harsh on my hair. I have naturally curly hair and for a long time I was using a blow dryer and flat iron on it almost everyday. Finally I decided enough was enough, it was time to get back to my natural texture and be okay with it. Here's the thing about my hair, it's really curly, like crazy and unruly curly. So choosing the right products is a must. Up until about a month ago I had been trying out a few different curl creams only to be disappointed each time. Then one day I stumbled upon  "Not Your Mother's Kinky Curl Cream".

You guys this stuff has changed my life. Seriously. It gives my curls just enough definition and shine without weighing them down. Plus it smells amazing and you can find it at Walmart for under $5, doesn't get better than that.

First up in my curly hair routine: Shampoo and Conditioner. Now I just use the Tresemme Curl Hydration line and I have liked it fine so far. I have also heard rave reviews about Wen, but have yet to try it out. When I am putting conditioner in my hair I make sure to run my fingers through my hair thoroughly because I don't brush my hair again after that.

Once out of the shower I rub a dime size amount of Organix Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair from root to tip. I love this stuff, it's lightweight, smells good and doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy. I have noticed a huge difference in my hair since using it too.

Next I let my hair part naturally in the center and rub a quarter size amount of the NYM curl cream through my hair, scrunching as I go. Then I just let it air dry. Once it's dry I take a curling wand and touch-up a few of the pieces around my face and any other that didn't curl enough.

That's it easy peasy. Here's to embracing your natural hair.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The start of something new.

And by new I mean a project not a new house or anything like that. We have done absolutely nothing around here since September when we put our front lawn in. We had run out of money, time and energy to start anything new. But with the spring came a refinance and a bit of money saved up to get started on a whole new batch of projects around here. It just never ends.

This time around we are focusing on the back yard, a shed to be exact. While I would really rather spend the money finishing the kitchen, this is actually the most logical next step in this crazy process of our home re-model. Why is that you ask?
Well, because of this: massive tools in the office/catch-all room.

This: Which also happens to be one of the first things you see when you walk into the house.

And let's not forget this: just a bunch of random camping gear, food storage and such.

You see this house has zero storage space. No extra closets, no garage, no nothing. So we are creating a little space in the backyard to house not only a lawnmower and tools, but holiday decor, camping gear... well, you get the idea. Once all the extra crap is out of the house it might actually start feeling all cozy and organized instead of cluttered and dirty all the time. I can't wait.

Now on to the shed. First things first, a cement pad. We got her formed up pretty quickly one night and then instead of going the Quikrete bag route we brought the big guns in.

And boy was I happy about that, I don't think this back of mine could have handled another concrete session. We are blessed with great friends and family who are willing to lend a hand on some of the larger projects around here. The best part was that all I had to do was take a few photos and pick-up some breakfast.

The pour went super smooth and even included the cement truck performing a 3-point turn in the backyard. It was seriously impressive. Along with the shed pad, we also poured a sidewalk from the kitchen door to the backyard. We will eventually pour a back porch which the sidewalk will connect to. I'm pretty sure I have never posted a pic of our backyard and I am here to rectify that error. So without further ado....

I am standing in the driveway looking back. It's quite a large space and we can't wait to turn it into our own little oasis. The following are a few of the things on our ever growing to do list:

- pour a patio
- cut a hole in the wall for a back door
- build a pergola over the patio
- dig a hole for a trampoline
- fix the fence along the far right side
- plant lots of bushes and such along the back fence for privacy
- grass, grass, grass
- prune the trees
- edging of some sort
- gravel

That's all I can think of right now, but I'm sure there is a lot I've forgotten. Up next, framing the shed.