A Simple French Braid

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Every now and then you just need a simple french braid.  I love this hairstyle because it’s 1) super easy and fast 2) the braid is all up front so it’s just begging for compliments and 3) it adds some great volume if you’re hair is a little flat.  I love all the intricate combined braids but sometimes, sometimes I just don’t have the time!  And while I’d love to spend twenty minutes fishtailing my hair, it’s usually just not in the cards with two little ones to look after.  This year I’m going to focus some time on tutorials that are easy and fast enough for rushed mornings but that can be dressed up for date night or something a little more special.  I hope you guys love this hairstyle – it’s one of my favorites.  Simple.  Elegant and Fast.

It’s gonna get up to 25 degrees on Saturday!!  Who knows, maybe I’ll be brave enough to get out and take some outfit pictures!!

The video is quick and pretty straight forward but you have to watch it to the end because there’s the funniest little blurb of Savy.  That girl – she’s so sassy!

 

Inverted Lace Crown Braid Tutorial – thank goodness it’s way easier than it’s name!

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I’m ALIIIIVE!  Are you guys proud of me?  I rallied and put this quick tutorial together, albeit a day late, but hey, it’s here!  What do you think?  It’s very similar to the braided crown I did a few years ago but I love that this braid starts at the top of the head instead of just in the back so you can see it at all angles.  I’ve been obsessed with dutch braids for awhile now.  I remember a time when I didn’t like them, I thought they were awkward to do and I didn’t like how they stuck out, but now I feel like everything is prettier with a soft dutch braid!

I had so many issues editing this video.  My imac is on its very last leg.  Heading to the Apple store tomorrow to buy myself a new one… ugh.  Not happy about spending the money but I literally wasted six hours today on just watching the spinning wheel of death.  Any of you had the misfortune of becoming familiar with it?  I was just about ready to throw my computer against the wall!  So the yard, a new camera, a new dining table — all those things will  just have to wait cause momma needs a new computer!

Quick Instructions for the crown braid:

1) dutch braid the top heavy section of the hair
2) four stitches down turn the dutch braid into an inverted dutch braid.  So quit adding hair into the top section and only had a new section of hair into the bottom section
3) when you reach the bottom, tie off with clear elastic
4) repeat on the other side
5) take the thinnest braid and wrap across crown and pin with bobby pin
6) take the thickest braid and wrap across crown above first braid and hide ends under the first braid

You can find the VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE.  Sorry to take you off site but I was having issues embedding the video!

I LOVE YOU so much and so grateful you’ve been patient with me while I’ve been figuring out my life this past month.  I even attempted styling some new outfits this week, to show you the ever growing baby bump, but today it was -27F.  NEGATIVE TWENTY SEVEN DEGREES!!!  Do you know how cold that is?  It’s cold enough that they cancelled school!!  I’m not sure I’m cut out for this east coast winter weather!  All these changes though are exciting and fun and keepin’ us on our toes.  I can’t wait to show you our new home.  So many fun things to come!!

xoxo

To Happily Survive

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bag: c/o lily and jade | denim jacket: old navy | white jeans: american eagle | booties: marshalls | sweater: marshalls | infinity scarf: old

HELLO!!!!  You guys, I seriously feel like I’ve fallen off the planet.  I haven’t been on instagram or facebook or done anything on YouTube or my blog in what feels like forever.  I had to take a few weeks off to settle into our new house and get everything unpacked.  I can’t handle unfinished projects and the need to not only get all the boxes out, but organize closets and decorate our space has been pretty consuming.  I couldn’t tear myself away no matter how badly I missed you!  And then a huge extra amazing holiday surprise — my sister and her family made a visit from Oklahoma for the week so we’ve been staying up late playing games and baking waaaay too many treats.  Good thing the New Year is upon us because I need some motivation to get back into shape are start eating better.  UGH, the holidays always kill me!

Normally I’d make a list of ways I can improve myself for the new year but being pregnant with twins and having no clue how to even plan or prepare for when they come, my list has turned into one simple goal: to happily survive.  This year I’m going to happily survive and if that means I don’t shower for an entire week or we have so many dirty dishes piled up I have to have Brian go to the store and get paper — then so be it.  And I’m going to love it and cherish these years and it’s going to be awesome.  No family to help but that won’t matter, I’m one of the most determined people I know and we’re going to survive this.  We’re gonna own this year friends and I’m taking you on my ride.  The whole ride – the nitty gritty, not so pretty, real life highs and lows and you can laugh with me when I wear different shoes to pick up Boston from school.  You can love on my super cute babies that cuddle and wear the same outfits and you can cry with me when I feel so overwhelmed the world is crashing in.  I’m excited.  This year is going to be pretty darn fantastic!!

So Happy New Year friends!  2014 was the most amazing, life changing year ever and I know that 2015 is only going to be better.  xoxo

 

$500 Giveaway with Reeds Jewelers

1Diamond Hexagon Pendant, on sale at Reeds Jewelers!

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How many of you can even believe Christmas is next week?  With packing and unpacking and that ever growing to-do list, this holiday season has definitely gotten away from me.  It’s time to buckle down and get to all of the holiday traditions we usually space out the month of December!  One of our favorite traditions is the Mini-Van Express, or in our case the small-car express haha!  We get the kids all ready for bed, same routine as usual, and then when they flip back their covers to jump into bed they find their golden tickets to hop aboard the polar express small-car express!  We did it last year and with Savy being almost three, I know they’re going to love and appreciate it even more this year.  I’m going to pop some popcorn and we’ll listen and sing a long to our favorite Christmas music (which this year includes the Pentatonix album) while driving around and seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights in town.  After they’ve had their fill, we’ll head to Dunkin Donuts for some hot chocolate.

I love how simple of a tradition it is.  There aren’t too many bells and whistles, it doesn’t cost hardly anything and the kids can’t wait for it each year.  It was so cute, last year Boston found his ticket first and he was so excited to help his baby sister find her ticket.  There’s just this happy spirit in the air and it makes me so grateful I’m a parent and get to share these moments with them!!

Speaking of holiday memories and traditions, REEDS Jewelers is giving away a $500 gift card to one lucky reader.  As the holidays are in full swing now’s the perfect time to buy some of that delicate jewelry you’ve been eyeing!

To enter the giveaway you need to:

1) Submit giveaway entry here (there’s two questions, it’s super easy)
2) Create a Pinterest board titled “My REEDS Holiday Memories” and pin 5 of your favorite holiday moments or traditions.  You can view my board here for inspiration.

The contest runs until 1/1/15 and a winner will be chosen the first week in January!  So what are some of your favorite holiday memories or traditions that you like to do each year?  Last year we also snagged some premade gingerbread houses at Costco and it was ahhhmazing.  I went to find them this year and I was too late — sad day for me!  I’d love to know though what some of you’re favorite traditions and memories are!