My Hair Routine – How to Wash and Style Curly Hair

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How to style curly hair

A question I get asked all the time is What do you use in your hair to wash and style?  And I have typed the answer out to the questions 100's of times and I finally just decided it should be a blog post.  So here we go.

How to Wash and Style Curly Hair

Products I Use:

  • Herbal Essence Shampoo, Mousse and Gel
  • Tresemme Mousse, Gel and Hairspray
  • Aussie Shampoo
  • Head and Shoulders Shampoo
  • Hair dryer with a diffuser attachment

What I do:

I rotate my shampoos based on my hair and the season.  Aussie and Herbal Essence are my favorites but I plug in Head and Shoulders in the winter to help with dry scalp.  I only use Shampoo on my hair, no Conditioner.  After washing (and most times I have to shampoo 2 times) I wrap my hair in a towel and immediately head to start the routine.  First, I set out my mousse, gel, long tooth comb and paddle brush with a squirt bottle of water.  Then I take my hair down and comb it out.  If my hair gets too dry I spray it down some with water.  Lastly I paddle brush it.

The comb makes sure all the big knots are out, the brush gets all the little knots out.  This allows me to start with silky smooth hair.  Important, next I flip my head upside down and scratch my scalp.  This releases my hair from lying flat against my head and makes the follicles stand up (see last photo above).  Makes drying faster, easier and gives your hair a healthier bounce.

Next I put lots of mousse in my hair, throughout all my hair.  While applying I'm constantly making sure my hair isn't clumped together but rather all the strands are separated. Then sometimes I divide it in half, crown and base other times I just dry it all together.  But when I do pin it up I start at the crown and then I apply the gel to the bottom portion then dry with my dryer on high heat, on medium strength with a diffuser attachment.  Once that section is mostly dry (not all the way) I release the crown to repeat the steps.  Once that is mostly dry I diffuse it all together.

How to Wash and Style Curly Hair

Tips on Drying:

  • Don't use your dryer on the High setting.
  • Do take small sections and wrap them around the teeth of the diffuser.
  • Don't unnecessarily touch your hair and curls.
  • Do add in mousse to sections as needed throughout the drying process.
  • Don't move the dryer around, allow your hair to rest there.
  • Do dry your hair upside down.

Once it's 90%-ish dry I stop drying and thoroughly spray Tresemme's Level 5 anti-humidity hairspray all over.  Then if I am doing makeup next I take 2 clips and loosely pull the front back with a big poof towards the front.  I do my makeup, then release and spray again.  I should buy Tresemme stock!  Done!  Pin, Clip and Style as needed!

How Long Does it Last?

Day 1 my hair is slightly crunchy or stiff.  Day 2 it is a looser and fuller curl.  And Day 3 is ponytail day.  Then Day 4 is a bun or top knot day.  Then it is time to wash.  Yes you read that right, I wash my hair about every 4 days.  Soooo nice!

General Tips

  • Use ouchless rubber bands on your hair so that you don't snag your curls.
  • Sleep on a silk or satin pillow case.
  • Don't be afraid to grab some bobby pins and start tucking and pinning curls to create a new look.
  • Never brush your dry hair!
  • Add layers to your cut to provide texture and lift.
  • If you have thick hair don't be afraid to have it thinned out occasionally, it's invigorating!
  • Do hire an awesome stylist who understands your hair or you will have a ball of uncontrolled frizz.

Well I did it!  I hope that you find this How to Wash and Style Curly Hair post helpful.  If you have any questions please do reach out here via comment or by e-mailing me!

Stitch Fix Kids Unboxing

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Megan Pocket Peplum Tee

About Stitch Fix Kids Unboxing

Stitch Fix Kids provides unique, affordable kids clothing—in sizes 2T through 14—across a diverse range of styles to help kids feel confident in who they are. Each Fix will include 8–12 items personalized to each kid’s sense of style and interests, and curated to deliver head-to-toe looks, ranging in price from $10–$35 per item. At launch, available brands will include Kate Spade, Under Armour, Nike, TOMS, Hanna Andersson, Hurley, Sovereign Code and more, as well as Stitch Fix Kids exclusive brand, Rumi + Ryder.

  • Cost: $20 to have a box styled and this money goes towards your purchase. $10–$35 per item & Shipping, returns and exchanges are always free + Keep all 25% discount applies
  • Sizing: 2T-14, which typically covers ages 2-12 years old
  • Frequency: You Decide!  Bi-Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Etc  No subscription is required. Sign up for automatic deliveries or schedule anytime.
  • Do I Recommend: Yes

Our Stitch Fix Experience

I am so excited that Stitch Fix for kids is here!!!  Emma received her 1st box just before launch date and we all unboxed it together.  See the video above.  The kids boxes come with a lot more items so I am still listing them out individually like I do on my posts but prepare yourself for a long one.  Here is what we received in her kids clothing subscription box.

Emily Frayed Hem Short in Coral size 7 $30.00 – Returned Too Small

Vigoss Teagan Cuffed Short in Indigo size 7 $18.00 – Returned Too Big

Nine One Eight Camila Beaded Top in Blue size Small $14.00

Love Glam Girl Megan Pocket Peplum Tee in Blue size Small $14.00

Moon & Stars Liz Tie Sleeve T-Shirt Dress in Olive size Small $20.00

Stitch Fix Kids Unboxing

Paperflower Hazel Graphic Tee in Light Purple size 7 $14.00 – Returned Didn't Like

Mia Kids Francena Fringe Sandal in Tan size 13 $20.00

Nine One Eight Lilly Twist Front Tee in Grey size Small $12.00 – Returned Didn't Like

Be Only You Jessica Fringe Graphic Tee in Light Blue size Medium $14.00

Be Only You Brinley Cold Shoulder Woven Top in Blue size Medium $18.00

So you are in love, now is the time to sign up HERE or buy a friend a Stitch Fix Gift Card here!

Want to see more from Stitch Fix?  Go check out some of my past fixes I and my Husband have received, I have been subscribing to Stitch Fix for well over 2 years now!

—> My Stitch Fix Wardrobe <—

Affordable Workout Outfits – YogaClub

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Affordable Workout Outfits

About YogaClub

Whether you’re on the mat, in the gym, or out to brunch – YogaClub lets you look and feel amazing.  With premium brand yoga apparel that’s as comfortable to wear as it is on your budget. Every month, YogaClub delivers up to $160 worth of high quality, name brand yoga apparel & accessories directly to your door in a pretty box for as low as $79 / month. Yes, you read that right — every box saves you up to 60% on retail prices.

Frequency: Monthly

Cost: full outfits starting at $79.  Sign up with my link & get 20% off!!!

Recommend: Yes

My YogaClub Experience

In the words of my daughter…BEST DAY EVER!!!!  Yall, right when I thought YogaClub did everything they could do to make me 100% in love they sent me the world's most perfect tank and I have fallen even more in love!  I can't wait to share all the details of my Affordable Workout Outfits.

See my April YogaClub Review here

I review and have interacted with alot of subscription boxes over the last year and it is very rare to find one like this.  They offer fabulous brands, full curation and all shipped to you with a big discount.  Curation + shipping usually cost quite a bit extra over MSRP and YogaClub actually gives it to you cheaper than you can get on your own.

In this box I received the

  • Nux In Route Sports Bra in Black in size small, MSRP $53.
  • Rune NYC Abby Supplex capri leggings in magenta in size small, MSRP $85.
  • Glyder Women's Yogini Tacos Good Vibes Tank Top in black in size small, MSRP $42.

So total MSRP for the 3 items is $180 and I only paid $79….that is a $101 savings AND it was sourced for me and shipped to my door!!!!!!!  Everything fits amazingly and I am already in love.  The bra is very comfy and the capri pants are great but that tank, yall are going to see me in it 24/7.   Yoga Clothes Sent to Your Door for the win!

Affordable Workout Outfits

See nearly 2 years worth of Yoga Clothes here on my blog!

What are you waiting for?  Sign up for Yoga Club right here and right now for 20% off —> Join YogaClub

How to Get Your Spouse on Board – Mompreneur

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Hey Hey, I'm still listening to Christy Wright's Business Boutique podcasts on Spotify (no this isn't some kind of plug or ad LOL).  And speaking honestly, I started listening to the podcasts just out of curiosity.  I did not expect to hear anything ground breaking as I have been an entrepreneur for 10+ years and a mompreneur for 6+ years.  Very little is earth shattering in my line of work or on being a small business owner at this point.  But I did end up discovering something else… a renewed confidence and courage in ME and what I am doing.  Christy is incredibly encouraging!

Today's topic: How to Get Your Spouse on Board with your business?  Do you worry about whether or not your significant other is going to accept your business idea?  Perhaps you have already felt the sting of rejection from them and need encouragement and advice on how to move forward.  In this episode Christy gives tips to addressing this and then share her story with her husband Matt whom she interviews.  This episode is so good and so parallel to Jonathan and my story that I just fell in love.  First, here are Christy's tips on How to talk to your spouse about your business.  How to get them on board!

  1. Start With Why – you help others understand the meaning behind the work.  Share your heart with your spouse.  Talk about why it matters to you and to the world.  Tell them how it makes you come alive!  Give them the opportunity to have buy in.
  2. Ask What They Need – don't guess and theorize what you might need to do, just ask them.  What fears do they have?  Perhaps they don't really understand what it is you want to do?  What would help them support you?  What do they need to get excited about your dream?
  3. Show Them! – don't just talk about how it gives you joy, show them how it gives you joy.  Don't just talk about how its providing extra money, show them how it is earning the family extra money.  Then your not just talking about it, you are showing proof.

How to Get Your Spouse on Board

should I put my faith in my business

During this episode Christy interviews her husband who in many ways is just like my husband.  He is quiet and more of an introvert married to an ever talkative extrovert!  I love that they schedule out what their evenings look like.  If you have heard Jonathan and I speak you know we have hot tub hour.  After the kids are in bed this is our time to sit and talk, relax, discuss and have our time then from there we might head to individual relaxation, Jon playing a video game and me watching Twilight 🙂 or we might continue the evening together.  Having this loose schedule and idea helps us smoothly navigate.

Christy and her husband's are personalities are different but their hobbies and passions are the same, which is exactly like Jonathan and I.  When Jonathan and I were in pre-martial counseling nearly 12 years ago our counselors sat us down and really spoke to us about what our future was going to look like because they had never met 2 people more opposite in personality than the 2 of us.

Of course, this event makes us giggle now as we have a much better understand now of what they were trying to say to us then.  But, 11+ years of marriage and working full time together all day every day and here we are.  And I think, we have rubbed off on each other.  I have calmed down and don't have to attend 285048 events a month (like Christy) and he has livened up and is ok if we have back to back events in 1 day (hey he covered Fiesta San Antonio with me).

Did you catch above that Jonathan and I work full time together all day, nearly every day?!  Yep!  For nearly 10 years now we have done this.  So when I hear about a spouse not getting or not wanting to support their spouse I don't track BUT Christy and her husband offer some great advice on this that I wanted to share.  Here are some tips on how to involve your spouse and include your spouse?  Ask advice on things that are in their wheel house.  Is your spouse a money person?  Ask them to help you with running numbers.  Help them gain interest by including them in those areas of your business.

Tips on Helping Your Spouse Support You

One area that Christy and I are not alike is that I get a great idea or two and I am content nurturing just those, not Christy, she has a lot of ideas a lot of the time JUST LIKE MY HUBBY!  He could start a business every day if I let him LOL.  So I was happy they touched on this topic.  What to do with a spouse who always has a lot of ideas?  How do you communicate these ideas?  First, remember, just because they have an idea doesn't mean yall are doing this tomorrow so don't shut down! <– I have to chant this in my head and often!  Also pitching spouse, don't expect and answer and outline right then, know you are just pitching a soft idea.  And if they don't jump on board immediately don't get upset or defeated, this is just the 1st step, the pitch.  Second, pitcher, anticipate the questions you know your spouse is going to ask with solid answers so that they have real facts to work with.  It will help you feel less put off and them more included.  Don't know what to expect from from your spouse, then ask: What information do you need to get more comfortable with this idea?

Another popular question Christy hears is How Do I Get My Spouse on Board with my Dream?  And Matt says the following: your spouse loves you and it's their responsibility to support you no matter what they might be feeling and honestly, they should want to!  So help each other get on the same page to make this happen.  If your spouse is doing something they love which brings them joy, know that will only overflow to you too!

It is never too late, just start with a conversation. – Christy Wright

But if you have a spouse that doesn't fall into the above category and they aren't there to support you and you are feeling the weight of this, listen to Matt's advise: first, talk to them about not being supportive to see if you can find out why and address it!  You might find they have legitimate concerns that are causing them to just shut down.  Next, show them how happy it makes you!  If it doesn't have to be successful financially but rather it makes you happy therefore you are a better spouse to them, you are a better parent, etc  Show them why this will or is bringing you joy and this is How to Get Your Spouse on Board.

Pitching Spouse, this part here is for you!

How Do You Speak to Your Spouse About Your Business?

  1. Talk Slow!  But when you get excited you probably start talking faster and for someone who isn't wired like you, this becomes intimidating.  They can't track with you as fast as you are moving.  So make it easy on them to follow you.  Use pauses and slow speech.
  2. Ask Questions, lots of questions.  This demonstrates humility and that you care.  When you talk fast and go hard it comes across that you don't care.  Examples: Tell me more about that?  Or why does that appear that way to you?  What have you noticed about me when I work on my business?  How does this affect the family.  You can't go wrong asking questions.
  3. Listen to the Answer!  Don't just ask the question and continue talking.  Ask and then reply listen (this takes us back to step 1 to talk slow) .
  4. Show gratitude!  When you show appreciation for how your significant other works and makes sacrifices currently for the family, they will be much more open to listening to you because they feel seen, they feel heard and they feel appreciated.  Who doesn't love being appreciated?!  So show them gratitude so that they can hear your pitch.  These are wise communication strategies!

If at this point you think you have their attention, go to Christy's podcast episode 49 minute 42 and have them listen with you.  I'm not going to cover all these questions here that are asked but if you have a reserved party, this is something good to listen to together (if you can't get them to listen to the whole podcast with you).

Still have too many business ideas?

Want help refining them?  Let's say you don't quite have your business idea yet but rather, you have a group of people you know you want to serve!  You can take the same 2 steps above and apply them here to create your business.  First, your target market is done as you know who you want to serve.  Second, what problems do those people encounter that you can fix?  Or perhaps you know you want to do something but don't know what it is?  Or maybe you need help on how to refine your 50000+ ideas into a business?  I highly recommend you check out her Business Ideas Bootcamp!  (this isn't an ad, this is me passionately looping you into my “how to live in success sanely”)  You can learn more about it here.

Faith in Business

You can listen to Christy Wright's Business Boutique Podcasts here.  And you can learn more about what Christy offers on her Business Boutique Website.  She has a book, educational courses, her blog and much more I highly recommend!

WINC Wine Review – Wine Subscription Box

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About WINC Wine

Winc is not your average wine club. They are a global winery that has transformed the way people discover, buy, and share wine. By partnering with growers, vineyards, and winemakers from around the world, and by going direct to customer, they are creating incredible small-lot wines at prices that are impossible to match at any brick and mortar. They evaluate and consistently refine each person's personal palate preferences to guarantee customers will love their Winc Experience.

Pricing: starting at $13 a bottle

Frequency: Monthly

Coupon Code: $20 off when you use button below to sign up (that is 1.5 bottle FREE yall)

Do I Recommend: Yes!

Sign up below and receive $20 off!  That is 1.5 bottles FREE!!!

WINC Wine Review

Hey yall, this is my 2nd time trying out WINC and it was just as awesome of an experience as the 1st time!  With WINC I received 4 bottles shipped to my front door, a split of 2 red and 2 white.  Everything was packed really well.  I knew what was coming in my box because I went to their website and selected my bottles.  Their bottles of wine start at $13 dollars and go up.

1st you complete a taste profile, then you have 2 options: 1) they then curate your bottles and ship them to you.  Or 2) you pick your bottles then they ship them to you.  Love a bottle you received?  Hop on their website and order some more!  They have so many wines to choose from.  Rosé to Cabernet to Torrontés, they have over 100 styles of wine to discover.  Here is what I received.  Subscribe on my site and receive $20 off your 1st order from my WINC Wine Review.

 

I do recommend this wine subscription!  They have been around for years and have withstood the test of time!  See my very 1st wine unboxing here.

Gluten Free Vitamins – VitaFive

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About VitaFive

Vitafive offers personalized gummy vitamin packs on a subscription basis. When you join vitafive you will receive a box in the mail every 4 weeks filled with 28 daily packs.  No more going to the store, no more organizing your vitamins in the morning, and no more cluttered vitamin jars filling up your kitchen cabinets. You can take these packs with you to work, to school, and even on vacation. The key to living a healthy life is being consistent. vitafive makes this easy and fun with our gummy vitamin packs.

Everyday is going to be different, but with vitafive you can always count on getting your daily vitamins. If you aren't satisfied with us you can cancel your subscription at anytime. No commitment, no contract, no stress!

Pricing: Vitafive pricing

Frequency: Monthly

Coupon Code: 25tpe for 25% off

Our VitaFive Experience

Vitafive is the Best Gluten Free Vitamins we have experienced.  VitaFive Vitamins is a Vitamin Subscription Box that is personalized.  You can choose one of their custom packs already done or you can build you own. Every month they send you your vitamins individually packaged.  When I first tried them over a year ago I got the Immune pack and loved it.  When I picked them back up again a few months ago I got the Active Pack and I am loving it.  So I signed my kids up for the VitaFive Kids Vitamins and they love them!

My whole family LOVES these vitamins so much that they remind me EVERY SINGLE DAY to pack them with their lunch or to give them to them at dinner.  They love the taste and I love that they beg for them.  With the packs being individually labeled with their name and packaged, it makes it very easy to pack with their school lunch.  We are not vegan or vegetarian but we do appreciate quality food and products and this one is a big win.  So far a BIG THUMBS UP for Gluten Free Vitamins!

Gluten Free Vitamins

Things that I love that Vitafive offers:

  • Customization – having the option to create a custom pack tailored to my specific needs
  • Vegan (5 of the 8 gummies), Vegetarian, Allergen Free and Gluten Free
  • Convenience – they are placed into individual packs for each day AND they are delivered to your door every month (so great for people who travel or are on-the-go)
  • Taste – the gummies taste amazing, which makes them not only popular with adults, but kids love them too.  I literally eat them as an afternoon snack.  My sweet tooth is satisfied & I took my vitamins.
  • Cuteness (yes this is important) – names on each of my packs

Want to see my reviews for the adult vitamins?  Check it out my VitaFive Reviews.

Health Without the Hassle! VitaFive Vitamins!  Ready to join me in getting healthier?  Sign up here for The Best Vitamins.

Faith in Business – Mompreneur

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Faith in Business

Oh yall, I'm in love.  I'm listening to Christy Wright's Business Boutique podcasts on Spotify (no this isn't some kind of plug or ad LOL).  And speaking honestly, I started listening to the podcasts just out of curiosity.  I do not expect to hear anything ground breaking, after all, I have been an entrepreneur for 10+ years and a mompreneur for 6+ years.  Very little is earth shattering in my line of work or on being a business owner at this point.  But I did end up discovering something else… a renewed confidence and courage in ME and what I am doing.

Ok, for today's topic: faith in your business?  Have you struggled on whether or not to incorporate your faith in your business?  Do you worry about what it might bring or where to place faith?  You, my friend, are not alone. I really love what Christy has to say on this topic.  Check it out here.

From the Bible: Acts 16 describes Lydia as a seller of purple cloth, the most expensive type in her day.  She resided in the city of Thyatira and was known as one who worshiped God.  She is also thought to be Paul's first convert.  Think about this, Paul's 1st convert was a female entrepreneur.  How cool is that!  Might I also point out something Christy so wisely shared.  After becoming a Christian she invited Paul and his people back to her house for food and lodging.  That means, she owned a home, that was large enough to hold multiple people and the means to feed them all.  So not only was she a business women, she was a successful one at that!

Faith in Business

should I put my faith in my business

First you need to decide what type of business you are.  I am a Christian so for the following examples I will use Christ to share the point just like Christy did in her podcast.  Are you a Christian who owns a business or are you a Christian Business?

For example, I am a Blogger who is a Christian.  I am not a Christian Blogger. The 1st means I talk about being a mompreneur, automating part of your life so you are free to do other things, etc at times from a Christian standpoint and other times not. Whereas the 2nd label would mean I talk about being a Christian mom in business.  This is an intentional business move for me.  The things I share, the ways I show and the products I love can be appreciated whether you are a Christian or not.  So decide how you want to be categorized.  Also to note, just because you might be the later, Christian based, doesn't mean you have to be a non-profit.  Christy elaborates on this in another one of her podcasts in depth (episode 15).

So, if you are like me, a business that is run by a Christian, your faith will still affect your business.  Here's how, your faith informs your personal values, and your personal values inform your business.  And example is Christy herself!  She is a business coach, it doesn't matter if you are a Christian or not, the principles she teaches are foundational to growing your company.  But as a by product, Christy often teaches classes like this one here.  Or when she is on stage speaking she quotes scripture.  This is her faith in business.

Faith allows you to be true to you!

Another great thing to remember is Faith allows you to be true to yourself.  Since your faith is a part of you and you are the biggest part of your business, it is only natural that your faith will show in and through your business at times.  But this is a great thing because you have a foundation.  You always know you values and you will stay true to you!

Know who you and whose you are. – Pastor Kevin Muilenburg

And the last great point Christy makes is that your faith allow you to connect with other people of faith and spread hope to those who don't have faith.  If you are a person of faith, then you know what I am talking about.  If you find a product you love and then you find out that they are also a person of faith, you have an instant connection (and the sell is complete).  But lets say you are selling something to a person who isn't a person of faith but in their bag you include a little card about you and it talks about your faith.  That might be the key thing that person needed in that moment to enact change they need.

You don't have a faith life and a business life.  You just have 1 life, stay true to you in that one life and that is what really matters. -Christy Wright

So let's say you don't quite have your business idea yet but rather, you have a group of people you know you want to serve!  You can take the same 2 steps above and apply them here to create your business.  First, your target market is done as you know who you want to serve.  Second, what problems do those people encounter that you can fix?  Or perhaps you know you want to do something but don't know what it is?  Or maybe you need help on how to refine your 50000+ ideas into a business?  I highly recommend you check out her Business Ideas Bootcamp!  (this isn't an ad, this is me passionately looping you into my “how to live in success sanely”)  You can learn more about it here.

Faith in Business

You can listen to Christy Wright's Business Boutique Podcasts here.  And you can learn more about what Christy offers on her Business Boutique Website.  She has a book, educational courses, her blog and much more I highly recommend!