Love Your Locks


In the midst of skincare, healthy eating, fitness, eyelash extensions and perfect brows I think many of us forget to love our locks.

… or at least I do.

Here are a few of my favorite must-have hair care products.

1. Hask Dry Shampoo

I don’t know about you but I try to wash my hair as little as possible. Basically, as long as I can get away with unwashed hair I will. And if you ever see me wearing a hat, you can be sure my hair is dirty. If you’re like me and can’t be bothered by washing your hair nightly, dry shampoo is my saving grace. I usually reach for mine on day three, and after a few sprays I’ve thoroughly convinced you that I woke up with freshly washed hair… muhahaha. Now you know my secret.

2. Maui shampoo & conditioner

If you’re looking for a good silicone and sulfate-free duo I’d highly recommend these guys. They have a range of scents and specialized ones, they make my hair smooth and shiny and they smell amazing.

3. Vanity Planet leave-in conditioning treatment

Made with enriched oils and vitamins, this revitalizing hair treatment strengthens and repairs damaged or dry hair. Love this one for the winter months when my scalp gets dry, or as a great addition to any pampering routine. Hair mask + a bath, now that’s heaven.

4. Matrix Sleek Look hair oil

I have been using this product since I was around 11… and guess what, I still love it. I use this when my hair is damp from the shower and it does a great job of detangling the hair, leaving soft, shiny locks. I start at my ears and work it in, focusing on the ends which need the most love.

As always, thanks for reading… give yourself a spa night and don’t forget to love your locks.

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Thrift with me || Autumn Finds

If you’re looking for me, you can find me at the thrift store…

but what’s new?

I’ve been lucking out with some amazing finds lately, and I personally love to see people’s Goodwill treasures, so here are mine…

Form fitting corduroy skirt

I love the texture of this and how classy and slimming it is for a day in my esthetics studio, or dressed up for an event.

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Tropical vintage skort

With all the functionality of shorts, but the cute and sassy look of a skirt… it’s the best of both worlds. I was drawn to this tropical print and perfect vintage style.

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Midi button down denim skirt

This one is a bit out of my fashion comfort zone, but I’m excited to style it and bring a Little House on the Prairie feel to my closet.

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Retro orange blazer

The color of this is the best part, plus the material reminds me of linen. I took out the shoulder pads and now I see myself rocking this to work all the time.

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Handmade orange planter

Perfectly fitting for my mid century modern bedroom- I can’t wait to put a plant in it!

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My dream leather work shoes

I have been looking for shoes like this that I can wear to work everyday for MONTHS. The ones I’ve been looking at average $90. And I finally found these perfect babies in my exact size and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Gold statement earrings

I’ve always been an earring girl. So when I saw these beautiful funky statement earrings (which I’m thinking are from the 80’s), I couldn’t pass them up. They tie together any outfit.

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Woven baskets

I immediately imagined putting plants in these two adorable baskets when I saw them… and here they are in all their glory on a floating shelf above my bed. How dang cute are they?!

(Keep your eye out for a post all about my room decor soon)

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I want to know… do you guys find amazing treasures at the thrift store? Or do you feel like all you find is someone else’s trash? 🤷🏽‍♀️

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my closet. Thanks for reading… xoxo

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moody skincare must haves

I think my new name should be MIA Maddie because I always introduce a new post with the fact that I never post often enough.

Let’s just face it, I’m very inconsistent (but I’m working on it, I promise). Instead of boring you with life updates- I decided to dive right into what I put on my face because I know you’ve all been dying to know.

Just like every other girl I feel like I’m constantly changing it up and experimenting with beauty products, but for the most part and for a number of months, I’ve been pretty dang loyal to these skincare products.

Of course everyone has different, unique skin yada yada yada and I’m not going to bore you with the history of my skin (if you’re interested, just read the majority of my past posts).

However, I did just graduate from esthetics school (I am yet to be certified by the state, but hold your horses, I will get around to it ASAP) so these products, in my educated opinion have really helped my skin.

And if you’re new here, I have oily/combination acne prone skin (so in other words… the worst type;)). But if you’re in the same boat, don’t be discouraged, skin is just skin and ALWAYS gets better. Unless you continue to do nothing that will better it and only complain about it, then it probably will not improve- just a word of advice.

1. Facial cleanser: Eminence organic skincare clear skin probiotic cleanser

In my honest opinion, cleanser is not the most important part of the skincare routine because, think about it, you rub it on your skin for what? 30 seconds? And then you wash it off and doesn’t really penetrate deeper than the first layer of epidermis. So yeah, I like this one, but is it my all time holy grail cleanser? Nope, I haven’t found that yet.

The pro to this product is that it’s all natural and organic- which, to me equals happy healthy skin!

2. Toner/hydrator: Rosewater & Glycerin

Now this one is a winner. Soothing, hydrating and best of all- pH balancing. As you may already know, our skin is made up of an acid mantle and the barrier of our skin can sometimes be stripped due to the products we use, therefore causing the pH to become unbalanced. So after using a stripping product like a cleanser, it’s good to use a toner which levels out the skin once out of the shower. This one also smells nice and feels extremely refreshing. 10/10 would recommend!!

3. Min Erbs face oils/serums

Believe it or not, I don’t use conventional moisturizer or lotion anymore. All I use are these nifty face oils before bed, do a little massaging, and BAM, I have glowing skin in the morning. On most nights I use the sea buckthorn and prickly pear oil, because I researched the ingredient list and found it to be the best one for acne prone skin with reishi mushroom, prickly pear and vitamin e to name a few. Love love love it.

A couple times a week I will use the rose and chamomile glow serum when I’m feeling fancy. This one smells amazing and I truly believe it does what it says… makes you glow baby. And who doesn’t want that?

Best part? Min Erbs is a locally sourced and owned small business here in Southern Oregon that uses 100% natural ingredients in each of their products (mainly designed for mama and baby). I can’t rave about them more and encourage everyone to get their hands on their face oils.

Check out their website here

4. Tea tree oil

Want to know the best all natural spot treatment on the market? That’s right, yes tree oil. Just dab it on and voila, it helps dry and lessen those pesky breakouts. I use this after I apply my face oil (may not be the correct order, but that’s just how I like it).

Well, that’s all friends. I hope this was somewhat helpful or interesting- or maybe you even learned something. Eh… at least I had fun rambling. Until next time, stay sassy. xoxo

How to Get Long, Healthy Hair


Ever scroll through Instagram and find yourself awestruck by pictures of girls on beaches with luxuriously long locks blowing in the wind?

Because, same.

A few years ago, I chopped my hair just beneath my chin… and let me tell you, that was a big mistake. I think just about every girl has been where I was: wanting a change, but then after a few months pass, wishing more than anything that you could go back and keep your long hair. Since then, I have been growing out my hair, and only getting the standard 1/2 inch trim about every three months. It took a while for me to see real results of growth, but now I am happier with my hair than ever before. It’s long (almost to my butt), healthy, shiny and thick.

Today I’m going to share my tips and tricks with all of you about how I grew out my hair to be healthy and long, and how I maintain it.

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Shampoo and Conditioner:

To be honest, I don’t have a specific holy-grail shampoo and conditioner combination that I could recommend. I have tried way too many to count, but some of my favorites are the Hask Argan oil, Matrix Sleek look, and Mane and Tail moisturizing duo. I have heard that switching up the products in your hair is important for new growth, therefore, I don’t stick with just one shampoo and one conditioner for more than a couple of months. I don’t think your choice of shampoo and conditioner matter a whole ton, but I always opt for ultra moisturizing and mostly natural ones.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

For the past few months I have been doing weekly coconut oil hair masks, and I feel like I’ve already seen significant results. Once a week, before I jump in the shower, I melt a generous amount of coconut oil between my hands and massage it into my hair, root to tip. It’s completely up to you the amount you use, but I like to saturate my locks in oil to the point that my hair looks wet. Then I flip my hair upside down and massage it into my scalp for a few minutes, kind of like giving myself a head massage. I leave the hair treatment on anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but it’s all about your preference.

Lately, instead of using my hands to massage the oil in, I have been using this cool little hair tool from Vanity Planet. It fits in the palm of your hand, and has large plastic bristles that vibrate on the scalp to give your head a massage that helps with blood flow and hair growth. Not to mention, it’s the cutest mint green color. It feels so good and makes for a relaxing experience. It is perfect to use with any hair mask, or even just in the shower when you are shampooing your hair. (Yes, it is waterproof).

Gelatin Collagen:

Okay, I know, I know…. I have talked about this product way too much recently, but it’s only because I genuinely swear by it. The Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen has honestly made my hair thicker than ever (even though I already have ridiculously thick hair), shiner than ever and longer than ever. No joke. I take an average of three tablespoons a day, just diluted in either juice or a smoothie, and I’m telling you, it does wonders for the skin and hair. I’m obsessed. But don’t take my word for it, just go get some yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I know it’s nothing ground-breaking, but those are my hair tips and tricks for long, healthy locks. Also, I don’t brush my hair on a regular basis, which cuts down on breakage. And, I only wash my hair every other day to every two days, which is said to help with hair growth since you aren’t constantly stripping it of it’s natural oils. How do I keep my hair from not looking greasy you ask? Lots of dry shampoo.

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Thank you for reading. xoxo.

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How I Cleared my Skin (pictures included) // My Diet

I’ve been hesitant to make this post for a number of months now…

Why?

Because my skin, especially during it’s bad stages, is something that is extremely personal to me.

But, if you’re anything like me when my skin was at it’s worst, you are desperate for any advice or miracle products, just anything that will improve your skin. So, my hopes are that by sharing my experience in clearing my acne, my story might be helpful for at least one person struggling with the same thing.

I really think that only people who have acne can relate to what it feels like to have troubled skin. I struggled with acne for nearly five years, and I can honestly say that it has been one of the hardest challenges I’ve faced in my life. Having one or two pimples isn’t that bad, but experiencing acne is somehow entirely different. It effects a person on a deep, self-conscious level like nothing else. No matter what you do- cover it up with makeup, wash your face constantly, invest in expensive products- it seems impossible to get rid of. For me, five years seemed like an eternity, and one point I couldn’t even imagine having “clear skin” because it seemed so far out of reach. So, if you have acne, or even just periods of troubled skin, please read my experience, because I was able to achieve clear skin (for the most part) through a lot of trial and error.

During the winter of 2015 I decided that I was completely fed up with looking in the mirror and disliking my skin to point of immense insecurity, so I made some drastic changes. Now, about one and a half years later, I can testify that three main things radically improved my skin. Today I will be talking about the affects of diet on my skin, and over the course of this week I will go in-depth into facial treatments that have improved my skin and my product recommendations.

 

My diet

On January 1st of 2016 I made the drastic decision to eliminate all gluten, dairy, refined sugar and fried foods from my diet. I also got a blood test which showed that I am allergic to eggs and most nuts, which I then cut out of my diet as well. At first I was very strict to the point where I wouldn’t even eat honey or real maple syrup. After about four months of eating a clean diet I began reaping the benefits. I noticed major improvements in my skin tone and texture, and I also slimmed down without even having that intention. I cannot stress enough the importance that diet plays in our health, especially the health of our skin, which is the largest organ of the body.

About six months ago, I began taking Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen. Collagen offers so many benefits for the hair, skin, nails, gut and overall health. I swear by the powdered collagen that I use because I truly feel like it has improved my skin’s elasticity, texture and tone dramatically. Not to mention, I notice my hair to be much healthier, thicker, and shinier when I take it on a regular basis. I cannot recommend the Great Lakes gelatin collagen enough, and I would encourage everyone to buy some for themselves. It literally makes your skin glow.

Yes, eliminating staple foods from your diet may seem daunting and impossible, but after eating the way I do for over a year now, I can say that it is so extremely rewarding. My recommendation would be to start with at least one food group you’d like to cut out, see how it makes you feel, and then proceed from there. After reading countless articles on how food effects acne, I would highly recommend eliminating all forms of dairy from your diet, for at least two weeks, and see if your skin improves at all. If you do decide to make a change in your diet in hopes to clear up your troubled skin, just know that it does not happen overnight, and like any other medicine, it takes time to see the results.

Since starting my diet, I have now altered it in a sustainable way that is not quite as strict as I used to be, just because my skin is nowhere as bad as it was. I consider myself to live out a healthy lifestyle, which means listening to my body and not depriving myself of foods that my body craves. However, I still follow the no gluten, dairy and refined sugar for the most part.

I’ve also found so many other pros to eating my specialized diet. I used to have the biggest sweet tooth, and now that I don’t let myself indulge in processed, sugary treats, I don’t crave them as much. I never feel bloated after my meals, and best of all, I never feel guilty after eating something “bad”. The best advice I can give to someone who wants to make the change is to always have healthy alternatives and snacks on hand for when those cravings do hit. I will be doing a post on my favorite health food snacks very soon so stay tuned for that.

Diet played a large role in the clearing of my skin, but throughout the same time period I was consistently getting facial treatments and using special products on my face. I will be delving deeper into those topics in my upcoming posts.

Pictures:

December, 2015

January 7, 2016

January 14, 2016

February 1, 2016

February 8, 2016

February 18, 2016

March 12, 2016

Current without makeup (May, 2017)

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Thanks for reading, please let me know if this post was at all helpful for you. If you have any tips or advice regarding skin or acne, feel free to leave them below, I am always interested in reading what others’ have to say.

Stick around for my follow up posts on skincare products and facial treatments. xoxo

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Pacific Northwest Girl // 1.1.17 

The first of the new year. 

A time for friends and adventures. Today was spent frolicking in the snow that fell on the valley floor, listening to good music and taking an abundance of pretty pictures. 

One thing I aspire to do in 2017 is to become a better photographer. I love having an object in my hands that I can use to capture all of God’s beauty. But to be honest, I am such an amateur. I don’t know anything about the logistics of photography. I want to learn more about my camera (Sony a6000) and videography throughout this year. 

Lately, my style has been cozy and northwest inspired with a vintage touch. Haha. 

During my recent trip to the Oregon coast I found these rad high waisted mom jeans. I just picked up a few clothing pieces from Obey, like this t shirt and sweater. I tied the look together with a vintage braided leather belt, wool hat and amazing leather work boots. 

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In(Fuse) your Coffee with Nutrients + How To Get Frothy Coffee

To be honest, up until a couple months ago, I was never a huge fan of the normal, over-rated cup of coffee. And frankly, I’m still not.

With that being said, I recently discovered a coffee revolution that has transformed my mornings. And today I will be sharing my little secret with you, along with a sweet recipe that will have you in (healthy) caffeine heaven.

Before the recipe, I just want to talk about the actual coffee for bit… Have you ever heard of healthy coffee? Neither had I, before I found out about this one. It’s called Fused by Rain International and it is made from a balanced blend of grapefruit seed, grape seed, pomegranate seed, and black cumin seed. Each seed provides its own variety of benefits and nutrients for the body. They have combined the four seed oils into each coffee bean, creating a high-powered source of nutrition that elevates your normal cup of coffee and transforms it into a source of health and wellness.

I am blow away by the idea of coffee being good tasting and good for you. I absolutely love love this product and can see myself using it for years to come because it’s so much better for you than regular coffee. Now you can get energized and drink your nutrients for the day all in one. I’m going to show you how I like to drink my Fused black instant coffee in my favorite recipe. If you’re interested in further researching, or purchasing the Fused coffee by Rain, you can go to this website–> Rain

p.s. Rain also makes a latte version of the Fused coffee (with the same 4 seed oils) that is made with coconut creamer which means it’s dairy free, creamy and delicious. Try it out here.

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Now onto the recipe…

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These are the ingredients I like to use in my coffee:

Fused black coffee , coconut milk, wild cocoa powderwild cocoa butter and cinnamon. dsc_0047

Pour one packet of Fused coffee into about 8 oz. of hot water. dsc_0064

Sprinkle in the cocoa powder.
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Steam, or microwave your choice of milk. I used coconut.dsc_0093

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This coffee tastes really yummy and has the perfect flavor for fall. I love adding cinnamon and cocoa to make a “mexi mocha” type drink, but feel free to add any spices you prefer. I don’t usually measure the amounts of cocoa and cinnamon I put in, but I just eyeball how much I like to taste (sorry for the non-measurements). You can also substitute the cocoa butter for regular Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

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How to Feel Like the Best You.

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My Health Journey.

I began eating healthy on the first day of 2016, otherwise known as January 1st. I made the unthinkable choice to cut all dairy, sugar and gluten out of my diet. And just to clarify, when I say sugar-free (which in my opinion, has developed a bad rap), I do not mean that I was okay with fake sugars like ‘sweet and low’, sucralose, aspartame, etc.. Also, on top of cutting these things out of my diet, I began eating healthier, whole-foods that benefitted my body. The reason behind my extreme diet was that I hoped to completely cure, or simply subdue, my mild acne. However, at that time I did not know nearly as much about the pesky skin condition as I do now, for example, the fact that my acne in-particular is mostly caused by genetics and hormones.

During the first few months of my lifestyle change, I learned many things and experimented A LOT. For the first three months, I was eating maple syrup and honey in small quantities in place of “sugar”, however, after doing my research, I found that these two natural sweeteners both have a high glycemic index. This really just means that when honey or maple syrup are consumed, they turn into (pretty much) the exact same thing as sugar in your body. And since I was trying to get rid of my acne, which is many times made much worse from sugar, my body couldn’t tell the difference from these natural sugars compared to white, refined sugar. That was my first mistake of many.

After about four months of strict eating, I decided it was time to invest in an actual food allergy test in order to find out exactly what foods my body had a hard time processing. For this, I was recommended a blood test, because it is said to be quite accurate. I went to my natropath, who drew my blood, sent it off to the lab, and voila! three weeks later I was greeted with my results in my mail box. And I’m not going to lie, what I saw really surprised me. The test results show a select number of foods in which many people are commonly allergic to. They are broken down into mild, moderate and avoid categories (but I was only instructed to really worry about the moderate and avoid foods). Eggs and peanuts were the two foods that I was told to avoid. All dairy products, except for goat’s milk, landed in my moderate range, along with almonds and a grain called gliadin. I was very thankful for these results, because for the four months leading up to my test, I was still eating eggs on a normal basis and had been consuming close to 1 and ½ cups of almond milk per day in my breakfast smoothies. Also, I freakin’ love peanut butter, and I may have had an unhealthy addiction. Needless to say, I was sad to find out my body does not process peanuts well and that I shouldnt’ be eating them.

After my blood test, I made another drastic change to my already-strict diet by eliminating all nuts, eggs and honey/maple syrup. In all honesty, I wanted to cry just a little bit after finding out that I was allergic to foods I thought of as “healthy”, and hearing from my natropath that I should steer clear from sugar for as long as possible to help my acne. Even though I had no intention of incorporating sugar back into my diet, this was still hard to hear since I have a major sweet tooth and sometimes I just really want an ooey gooey homemade cookie, ya know?

Now, fast-forward 2 months, equalling a grand total of healthy eating for six whole months, or half a year. I have continued to eat a strict non-dairy (including eggs), non-sugar and non-nut diet. However, I do sneak in very small quantities of gluten once in a while due to the fact that my body can handle a moderate amount of it. I just make sure it’s all natural and organic. In addition to all of the non’s I mentioned, I try to eat whole foods, such as organic, or free range meat, that is not pumped with hundreds of unneccessary hormones. I also try to limit my red meat and pork intake, leaning more towards small portions of chicken and fish whenever possible. I make my best effort to include dark, leafy greens in most of my meals, whether it’s in smoothies, salads, or stews.

As for extra vitamins, I try to remember to take my iron supplements, vitamin a, b-complex and calcium each morning. because I don’t eat dairy, I try my best to incorporate enriched, unsweetened rice or coconut milk at least once each day for the added nutrients and calcium that I am lacking.

My diet is constantly evolving and being minisculey tweaked. This is not a bad thing, it just means that I am continuing to learn from my mistakes and build upon my healthy foundations that I have laid for myself.

What I Have Learned Along the Way.

There is no doubt that my healthy lifestyle changes have impacted me in a way that I never could have imagined. I can 100% say that at the start of this journey I did not believe in myself, and did not think that I could achieve the place where I am at today. I can proudly say that I’ve grown so much as a person while on this journey; I have developed impeccable self-control and have learned how to listen to my body and adapt to fit my own needs.

Of course I’ve gone through hard seasons while being on my diet. Times of unhappiness, cravings, deficient self-worth and the impatient desire for clear skin and a toned body. But in the end, everything has been worth it, and I can now say that I have never felt better. That being said, no my acne has not completely disappeared, and do I expect it to soon? Not really. Like I said, even with my radical diet, I experience breakouts due to the fact that my acne is caused by genetics and hormones. Does it suck? Yes. But does acne define me? No. And hey, even though my dreams of magically waking up with clear skin have prominently let me down, I am in no way saying that I regret my lifestyle change. I have benefitted from my lifestyle change more than I ever thought possible, and I hope to continue with my progress and journey for many months to come. I have experienced unintended weight loss which is an obvious plus and an obvious decrease in acne, which I am very grateful for.

My advice.

If I had the opportunity to inspire even just one person by my healthy habits, nothing would make me happier.

What’s the number one tip you would give to someone wishing to begin a healthy lifestyle?

You can do it. You are stronger than you think, and have everything it takes to be healthy. I am not special in any way, and it does not come easier to me than it does to you. I believe in you. Begin small and keep progressing until you’re happy with where you’re at. Don’t completely deprive yourself, or think that counting calories is necessary. Just listen to your body, and eat what makes you feel good (things that are healthy, of course). I promise you, you will see a world of difference if you’re consistent and patient with the process of becoming healthier.

I encourage you to never be too hard on yourself. I can say from personal experience that some days it does not make me happy to look in the mirror and only be able to focus on the bad things. For me, my biggest struggle has always been my unclear skin, but for many others’ it can be their weight, hair, teeth, height, etc.. Honestly, anyone can find something to be unhappy about. But before you put yourself down and tell yourself your unworthy, ugly or not good enough, just remember that you were created for a purpose and your flaws are not what define you. You are so much more than your insecurities, even if you don’t feel like it. I believe that trying to better yourself, whether it be through health, spirituality or things like education, is always a good idea, but it should be done with grace and patience.

You are so loved, never forget it!

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Have any questions about my health journey, or want any advice on how to start your healthier lifestyle? Let me know below, I will be answering all comments!

Mom’s day. 

To celebrate the women who have always cared for us…

Here are a few useful ideas for the lazy minds on this Mother’s Day. Because we all know how important that perfect gift is that will warm our mom’s heart.

to kick it off with a bang! here’s a cookbook that would make your mother happy and your tummy happier.

I don’t know about yours, but mine likes relaxing spa products to unwind with after a stressful day. Pacifica would be the best choice since they’re made with natural ingredients so…

Take your mom out for a coffee date. Or simply bring the coffee to her and chat in the comfort of your home.

Give your mom the best mani pedi she has ever had.


 

Let (or make) her read your favorite book(; 



Succulents are good. Moms like succulents.

Bring her a giant bundle of flowers to make her feel special.

Or a slightly smaller bundle with just as much vibrance.

Handmade jewelry makes my mama smile.

Lush takes great care of moms with their gift packages.

Take a selfie with your mother and make her know how rad she is, inside and out.

Cook (or buy) her her favorite meal; whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner.

And lastly, let your mom know how special she is to you. Write a card, give a speech, hand make a gift, anything to reflect the beauty you see in her. Because really, really, what would we do without the person who has always supported and loved us, our mom. Cheers to a happy Mother’s Day!

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how to: trim short hair at home.

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about 40 days ago I made the large decision to chop off the definite majority of my long locks. now, since it has been growing out like crazy (I mean CRAZY, my hair is out of control), I got my shears out (for the first time ever), watched a few youtube videos and began fearlessly altering the length.

First, I started by gathering all of my supplies today in order for me to be prepared when my hair was ready to work with.
-any big clips to section hair (optional- I did because I have EXTREMELY thick hair)
-SHARP shears
-cape or shirt that you don’t care gets hairy
-newspaper to cover ground (or hard ground that could just be swept)
-spray bottle
-and it helps if someone is there to help with the back portion
-fine tooth comb

Then I washed my hair in my bath tub (note: very uncomfortable), which could also be done in a large sink. I used these products, they aren’t amazing, but definitely get the job done.

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And here’s me breaking my neck…

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Next, I lightly dried my hair just until it was damp with a twisted towel.

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Here’s the fun part… Once my hair was the wetness I desired, I sectioned it into three parts, leaving only the bottom one down and pinning the rest up (I used a scrunchie (lol) but use whatever you prefer).

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My sister kindly offered to trim the back for me, it would have been impossible without her help.
I decided on the exact amount I wanted to chop off, just above my shoulders. my sister cut a small chunk of my hair, then matched the rest with it, continuing that way to finish the first portion.

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Afterwards, I kept on the same pattern, slowly matching and then trimming each side leading up to my A-line guideline. I used the fine tooth comb to smooth down each part, flattening the wet hair between my fingers , then shearing away. Shorter in back, longer towards the front.

I literally had no plan going into tho small endeavor, I trimmed at random places and basically tailored it to fit my liking. Trimming and comparing, trimming and comparing. And wow did it take me a long time. I started around 3:30 and had to stop at 5:30 (unfinished) since I was going to be late for my geology night class. in order to keep my finished and unfinished hair separate while I took my cutting break, I attended class with the untouched last portion still twisted up with a scrunchie (on the very top of my head- making it look almost laughable). when I arrived home again it didn’t take me much longer until I concluded my new doo an the night, keeping with the same technique.
My first trim was quite an experience, there were a few hiccups and every line wasn’t perfectly straight, but I was okay with it because I was going for the tousled and textures cut. Overall, it was a success with minor issues. But, hey, I saved $35!! And that’s good enough for me. AND my hair is shorter than it was before, also a plus. and even though it may look minuscule, it’s what I wanted.
The end results…🌻🌹

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I hope you enjoyed and maybe (just maybe) it was partially interesting or helpful for you. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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