Spring Favorites

 

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Boyfriend Blazer | White Jeans | Distressed Jeans | High Low Top | Floral Tee | Coral Slouchy Tee | Striped Linen Tee | Colored Crossbody Bag | Grey Converse | Ankle Cuff Wedge | Sunglasses

Because spring is here for most of you and hopefully, fingers crossed, right around the corner for me – I thought I’d put together a little mood board of my favorite items at Nordstrom right now.  Pretty much the only places I shop these days are Nordstrom, Amazon and Asos because they offer free return shipping.  There’s nothing worse than buying things online, (because what human has time to actually shop in stores, let alone a human with two tiny humans who cause serious stress and two humans currently growing in her belly) finding they don’t fit and having to either pay for return shipping or drive to the store to return them.  Ugh.  Nothing worse.  Okay, I can think of like 100 things that are worse, but it’s still annoying.  All these items are from Nordstrom, decently priced, and essential for Spring.

Two jeans, one blazer, one light sweatshirt, two slouchy tees, some converse (because those are a must and I’ve been eyeing the grey color) some sunnies, a bright bag and some wedge sandals.  Now you are set for ever with like… 25 different outfit possibilities!  Who is good at math?  I’m sure it’s not 25 but there are a ton of variations here people!

Alright, now I’m going to go feel bad for myself because I can’t wear any of these items and pound the mini chocolate eggs!  Naturally :)

How To: Soft Waves Using a Curling Wand

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Today I’m sharing how I get those natural waves I wear in my hair every day.  I already have a video for them but my hair was longer then and it’s just been requested over and over since I’ve chopped some length so, here she is.  I hope you guys like it!  These curls last me a good 3-4 days.  Obviously they become more and more relaxed so I’m braiding more or using the textured waves to create awesome messy buns etc.  I try really hard to only straighten or curl my hair once per wash.  So I usually dry my hair and then curl it and then however the curls find me the next few days I manage to make them look good with either texturizing spray, re-vamping those curls a bit with some product, or braiding and hairstyling instead of heat styling.

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ten more weeks!!

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Jeans: c/o Motherhood Maternity.  My favorite jeans in the entire world right now!  | Top: c/o Motherhood Maternity | Boots: c/o Lulu*s | Bag: c/o Lily Jade | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington Watches use “twistmepretty” for 15% off! | Sunglasses: c/o Sunglasses Shop – Ray Ban, Erika Tortoise | Bracelet: c/o Stella and Dot | Coat: c/o Pink Blush Maternity

My 5’2″ frame is sure being tested these days.  These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago – I’m now 28 weeks – and the angles are totally deceiving.  I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to grow any bigger and I’m super curious how these boys are going to manage it!  So far it’s been pretty chill days with the kids, playing games on the couch, coloring and painting pictures or watching movies.  We’ve schedule a c-section for May 31st.  TEN more weeks you guys!!  I was pretty much at the hospital delivering at this point with my other two.  Having these babies roll around in my belly though and the thought of getting to hold them and love them and seriously, have you ever googled funny twin videos?  It’s going to be awesome.  I can totally do this for ten more weeks…  I can totally do this for ten more weeks!!!  Thank goodness spring is right around the corner.  Maybe I’ll find a way to move my couch outside haha!! Mmmk, gotta run.  BAHAHA, I mean slowly waddle.  Brian just got home!  MUAH

 

 

My Blonde Haircare Routine

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I’ve been getting emails like crazy about my blonde hair and how I take care of it so I thought I’d sit down and answer all of your questions.  It’s pretty much my first chatty mckathy video haha and it was really fun to make, very different from what I normally do.   Let me know if you’d like to see these types of videos every now and then or if you’re a strictly get to the point type tutorial gal!

Quick product recap:

Purple Shampoo and conditionerNaissant Shampoo Blond Pearl and Naissant Treatment Blond Pearl.  I love these because they don’t dry my hair out like other purple shampoo and conditioners I’ve used in the past, the price point is just right and the color payout is amazing.  You’ll love them!

Pureology Hydrate is my favorite Shampoo and conditioner – ever.  It makes my hair feel so hydrated, the shampoo suds up nicely which I really like and the conditioner has a peppermint smell to it and it just turns my hair into silk.  In the video I also talk about the Redkin Extreme (this stuff is much more affordable) and I’ve also loved the Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner.  The damage remedy is really expensive too and I love it, just not as much as the Pureology.  It doesn’t sud up as nicely or make my hair feel as soft.  I still wanted to mention it though because it’s a great product and if you don’t love Pureology you might give the damage remedy a try!

Oils:

The biggest bang for your buck and my current favorite oil is the Naissant Argon Oil Elixir. In the past I’ve used Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil but it’s more expensive and there’s not a huge difference in the way it made my hair feel.  The Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil will always be a favorite product of mine.  I actually use the argon oil elixir and the dry remedy oil together.  The Aveda oil goes right into my ends to help keep them hydrated and reduce breakage and the argon oil goes all over, acts as a heat protectant and helps me manage frizz before and after styling.

I forgot to mention in the video, after I’ve towel dried my hair I use the Aveda Damage Remedy daily hair repair on my roots and ends.  I do not ever skip using this product after I’ve washed my hair.  It has some amazing proteins in it that really help build the hair back up and reduce breakage.  It also helps detangle and acts as a heat protectant.

Anyway, go and watch the video, it explains everything in greater detail.  Hope you enjoy!

xoxo

*This review was sponsored by Naissant but I am very picky in selecting brands to work with and used the product for months before committing to sharing it with you.  I truly believe these are great products or I wouldn’t recommend them.

Spring Into Me Time

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® / PEOPLE® and Real Simple® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SpringintoMeTime http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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Saturday was probably the most productive day I’ve had in a long time.  All of a sudden the sun came out and the weather got warmer and I’ve just had this extra spring in my step.  I mentioned on instagram how I haven’t realized how much anxiety I’ve had over this miserable Ohio winter until I was finally able to take the kids outside on a little bike ride.  Don’t worry, I walked haha!  But watching them play and explore and see all the neighbors come out and getting to meet the people who live near me has been… – well it’s like this huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel like somehow I’ll survive far away from home and family.

I picked up some magazines (People and Real Simple) on my way out of Target on Friday… momma needed more mini cadbury eggs! I was inspired by all the bright florals and pastels that I got out my bright pink lipstick and tried to harness the power of spring!  The magazines had great decorating tips and some spring wardrobe essentials that’ve helped me with transitioning all my winter clothes.

lulus2^^ c/o lulu’s.  Pastel jackets – Check.

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^^ Floral pumps – Check.   I can’t wear higher than a 3.5″ heel.  Pregnant or not.  If it’s not somewhat comfortable I won’t wear them.  Spotted these babies on Amazon, they’re the Seychelles Women’s Frequency Dress Pump — I can’t wait to wear them!

And then the decorating…

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