Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Hair

 Vanity.  It's all vanity.

But... one of my favorite little hobbies is mastering the big hair!  It comes with it's challenges.  My hair is thick and bottom heavy, so the weight of my hair often pulls down volume.  However, after seeing an IG review of hot curlers, I had to check it out for myself...  cue this product free big hair! 

It's insane how big these Jumbo Curlers made my hair.  Think 50's bouffant big.  

The whole process takes about 40 minutes - 10 minutes between putting the rollers in and out and leaving them in for about 30 minutes for the hair to heat and cool.  

Immediately after removing the curlers the hair may not feel as big as you'd hoped, but as you brush the curls out (whether with your hands or a brush) the lift takes flight.  

I've tried so many products to achieve that big hair, but this Amazon purchase is by far my favorite hair tool purchase.  For under $30, this is every big hair fan's must-buy!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Favorite Amazon Sweaters - Just in time for Valentine's Day

We don't celebrate Valentine's around here in the traditional sense, but that isn't on purpose.  I always have grand plans but things come up and I just don't prioritize Valentine's Day.  But this year, that's changing...

I tried on four Amazon Sweaters that can work both during the Valentine's Season or during any time of the year, and I wanted to share these amazing finds with you!  So if you are in the hunt for some sweaters as we slowly transition from Winter to Spring, these are definitely a must!

-The first sweater is my absolute favorite!  I had seen it circulating Amazon's ads and instantly loved it but was so unsure if it would be good quality.  I'm here to assure you... IT IS!  I went up a size to make sure I had the loose fit that I like in sweaters and it's perfect.  The pale pink with the knit white heart is perfect for Valentine's Day!  It comes in multiple colors and its a DEFINITE YES!

- This Leopard print sweater comes in a little smaller than expected so I would definitely go up a size in order to achieve the over-sized look.  It comes in multiple color styles, but I went with the cream and pink and love the overall feel and color, and it fits pretty true to size, not like shown in the photo.

- The Camo print sweater is incredibly comfortable and comes long, perfect to wear with leggings.  I went up a size due to reviews, and although I like the oversized fit, I could have definitely stayed in my original size and still had a comfortable fit.  

- I love this sweater.  They currently ran out of the pink and grey color shown, however they have the red color available, which is even better for Valentine's Day.  It is incredibly soft and fits true to size.  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Navigating the Digital Waters

Every year I find myself torn on how involved I want to be with the digital web.  For one thing, there is a pretty decent income when I do invest.  Those mommy blogger years when Joss was first born definitely helped bring in some cash.  

Now, with social media influencers, there is a whole new outlet for income.  But with sharing, comes the invitation into an area of one's life that I teeter with whether or not I want to share.  I struggle with feeling the need to justify, or the desire to just hide away.  

But I realized that I have allowed imaginary conversations full of assumptions of how people can or do think about me dictate the choices I had been making.  And I really don't want to live that way. 
So, I'm freeing myself to share when I want.  When I find a good find that I think you would enjoy, I'll share.  When I discover tips on navigating this military world, I'll share.  And I'll free myself from how people can view me. 
So thank you for sticking by my flaky digital presence.  You are my (digital) people.  

Friday, December 27, 2019

Ending 2019 The Way I Normally Do

It seems fitting that as 2019 comes to a close, I finally open up this blog and write a little.  

We didn't send out Christmas cards (or the year before that, the year before that, and the year before that).  I have all these grand plans to take a special photo, design some fancy cards and hand write each individual address, but I guess I'll have to try again next year, or the year after that.

This year came with so many changes.  We added a third little girl, moved to a new state, and started homeschooling a few months into the new school year.  

Jennavieve took our world for a new ride when she graced us with her presence.  On May 9th, I woke up feeling like something just wasn't right.  Unlike my pregnancies with her sisters, I paid attention to all her kick counts and I had noticed her activity had drastically changed the days prior.  That morning, however, I hadn't felt a single movement, but was hesitant to go to L&D triage since I frequented that place and each time was sent home with normal fetal movement.  Jon wasn't feeling too confident about the lack of movement and my mother, who had recently arrived for birth support, suggested I drive the 45 minutes to the hospital.  After about an hour and a half of a good heart beat but little to no movement, Jennavieve gave me three of the strongest kicks then her heart silenced.  She was delivered via emergency c-section lacking all color but still alive.  She was rushed to a hospital across town to a NICU where she underwent a double blood transfusion.  She was diagnosed with Chronic Fetal Maternal Hemorrhage, most commonly found in stillbirths.  

Although those days were some of the hardest emotionally, they were also incredibly special to me because of the medical care I received.  In a world where I constantly see the medical world get a bad wrap, I can't help but sing from the mountaintops the wonder of the love, support, straight-forward advice, and care from my medical team.  They instantly became some of my favorite people on the planet, and I'll forever be grateful for the way they saved my baby girl's life and the healing for me so I can get to her as soon as possible.  

About a month after her birth, we had all our belongings packed and drove across a few states to get to our new home in Nevada.  With only four months of emotional and physical prep from the moment we first learned of Jon's new assignment, I was not ready to move, let alone to a place I REALLY didn't want to go to.  But six months in, I fell in love with this town, its people and the opportunities we have to make some valuable memories.  Jon loves his assignment, the girls are adjusting to the warmer weather and new friends, and I'm learning that we are truly blessed to have been given all that we have in the four years Jon has been in, serving in the USAF.  

To our friends that have been with us for years and our new friends we are making along the way, THANK YOU for the treasures given in our time with you.  Although I look back at this year wishing I had made other choices for a lot of things, I'm incredibly grateful for the way we have been loved on.  Ya'll have made our 2019 amazing and we can't wait to return the favor in 2020 - Cheers friends!