I have been to a lot of baby showers lately! I definitely used more things than others with my 3 babies, and I like to share the 3 I used and loved most for future moms and for those gifting future moms too!
These are SO cool! Basically you can get a whole group together online (or just do one yourself) and it is really easy to coordinate and organize. They do all the work for you- all you have to do is enter the emails of the people you want writing messages and adding pictures to the cards in the box, along with the date you want it delivered. I am so excited for my Dad to get his this year!
I had been doing my hair the same for years and decided it was time for a little change last summer. I really liked the "crimpy-wavy" look with more volume at the top of my head so I started trying new styling techniques and products. I also read a few tutorials and ideas of how I should be styling my thin, fine hair. Here are some things I figured out that have helped me be able to achieve the style I have been trying to:
1. I read this article and figured out that too much product would be bad for my type of hair. I started using the volumizer shampoo and conditioner from VO5 new line and I love how it makes my hair light, better texture, and smells amazing. In fact, all of their new line smells amazing and they have something for everyone- plus they are very inexpensive.
2. Once I was using a better shampoo and conditioner for my hair, I also found a better curling tool- originally I was using my straightener to make waves, but the roots would always be flat. Then I started using an older hot tools curling iron, which was okay, but was losing it's heat. I LOVE the new Hot Tools irons with the extended barrel for bigger waves. I talked about that here: http://thehillsarelivin.blogspot.com/2016/04/favorite-things-friday-allie.html. I have also been loving one I got on amazon that makes the tighter "crimpy" waves that I am going for. It is this one and it is super light so my arm doesn't get tired too.
3. After I curl my hair, I have LOVED the difference the Moroccanoil products have made for my hair. I use the Moroccanoil Treatment Light on my damp hair before styling. After styling I use the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to hold the waves. Then for extra shine, I use the Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine and I LOVE what these will do for my hair! Below you can see the difference (left without products and same styling, right is with Moroccanoil products:)
Not to mention they look cute out on my bathroom counter in their pretty turquoises ;)
Hope these will help some of you if you are looking for some hair help!
I was given a couple fun products to try out and took them with me to Hawaii. You are going to think I am a little ridiculous about them, because having them made a huge difference made the travel and adventurous things we got to do go much more smoothly than if we hadn't.
First of all, traveling with the Platypus hydration-pack was amazing. It fit SO much into it for seeming like a compact size. I fit my books and magazines, big DSLR camera, snacks, wallet, phone, portable charger, sunscreen, chap-stick, sunglasses, and more all safe and sound in it. Everything was really easy to get to since it was very well thought-out and organized.
Once we got to Hawaii I took it everywhere we went. It was so helpful and so handy. The weather was sub-par while we were there- rainy half the time and sunny half the time (off and on every day) so we really planned on getting wet and sandy/muddy pretty much everyday.
I put my really nice, expensive Nikon camera in it and it stayed safe and dry the whole time with constant sand, water, rain showers, mud, kayaking down a river, boating along the coast for 5 hours, standing below a waterfall for an hour, etc. It has a rain cover that comes out of the bottom pocket that is super easy to pull out and cover it with. I honestly don' know if my camera would still be working after this trip if I hadn't had this bag. It became a joke after the first few days of how much I loved this backpack and kept finding new things about it that I loved. It was easy to talk about the many ways and bug Trey by purposefully talking about it so much haha!
The Pack Towls (luxe)were super great because they fit in a tiny little bag and we could bring them anywhere. They soaked up the water really well and they even were easy to shake sand off. I loved the extra big size of the purple and Trey liked the normal sized green one. We didn't have to worry about asking for beach towels every day from the resort. I will definitely be using these ALL summer long and probably even at home in the winter.
The Platypus backpack kept my hands and arms free to use at all times - I loved that! I wore it with all sorts of clothing (even just a swimsuit) and it never rubbed or made me hot- the back has a mesh lining that keeps the back from even touching you so the air can move through the back of it and keep your back cool. There is also a waist support you can clip and put all the weight on your hips when you are carrying a lot- I did this on our hikes and I felt like I wasn't carrying anything at all!
I am excited to have these for the summer this year! I plan on taking the kids to the lake, pool, hiking, boating, and all sorts of fun things and both the towels and backpack will be so awesome to have! If you are planning any fun adventures this summer you would LOVE to have either of these products. Especially if you are a big outdoors-man. They would also make really great Father's Day gifts if you are looking for something really fun for Dad. :)
Well, we are back from Kauai and had such an amazing trip! I will be sharing a few posts on the things we did, products I used while there, and things we learned so you can learn from our mistakes! haha! First off, I planned to take this Hawaiian Tropic Apparel cover-up with me to Hawaii- the first chance I would have to wear it this year, and I am so glad I did!
(Pictured on the left in the middle)
The best place I found to wear it was on the beach. It came in really handy this day because my hips had gotten really sunburned the day before and I didn't want to wear any shorts or even have them in the sun. This cover-up covered the exact places I needed it to that day while still leaving my top exposed enough to be cool and catch some more rays, along with showing my cute tankini. It was super stretchy and comfortable and I totally recommend them if you are wanting a cover-up like this for summer.
Well, after having an awesome Patriotic room, the boys were getting a little tired of the same things on their walls because they kept pulling down all the decals, curtains and flag- literally all 3 were on the ground at the same point of time after being pulled down numerous times before and I decided it was time for a change.
My name is Jess, welcome to my blog! My "favorite things" include fashion & design, giveaways, crafts, mom & kid stuff, and any of the other little things that make me happy. Get comfy and stay a while- I hope I can brighten your day!