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Skylar the Humanitarian June 14, 2011

Filed under: Hair Styles,Miscellaneous — Lizz @ 7:30 am

My daughter is a very good person.  Last week, she cut her hair and donated it to Locks of Love.  If you do not know, Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that creates wigs for underprivileged children who need them.  Skylar loved the idea that a little kid who doesn’t have hair, because he or she is sick, will now have it.  All because of her amazing generosity.

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In order to be a donator, one must have a minimum of 10 inches of hair to spare.  That’s a lot of hair.  But that’s one thing my kiddo had in abundance.  I took a few photos to commemorate the occasion.

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Here’s Skylar before:

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And here she is after:

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I think she looks adorable with short hair!  And boy is she loving it!

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We took her to our local KidSnips, knowing that they would do the donation for us.  Snip Snip Snip…

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Her hair was measured several times to make sure it was the right length.  I wasn’t kidding about those ten inches.

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When she first saw that hair, she said “Awww…I wish I had that!”  I’m not sure she even realized it was hers! Posing with the hair was a must.

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Grr! Tomahawk!!

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Doesn’t she look great?!

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KidSnips presented Skylar with a certificate to help commemorate her good deed.

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Another added bonus to this whole thing is that we get to cross off a big item on our summer bucket list.

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Summer Bucket List 2011 – Item #51

Donate Skylar’s hair to locks of love Done 6/9/11

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Thanks for checking out Skylar’s new do.  Now I have to learn some new short hairstyles.  Any suggestions?

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Have a great week!

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Lizz

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Happy Easter! April 24, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Hair Styles — Lizz @ 12:22 pm
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Happy Easter Everyone!!

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I hope you are all having a fun day (even if you are not celebrating the holiday).  We’ve had a great day so far.  Skylar got her Easter basket from the Easter bunny. She hunted for eggs that he hid for her. And she had lots of fun with the last-minute Easter craft that Mommy (aka the world’s biggest procrastinator) finally finished yesterday.

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These chalkboard eggs turned out AMAZING!!  I will be putting up a tutorial this coming up week, so be sure to check back.  I know it will be after Easter, but this is easily adaptable to non-holiday decor.

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Speaking of last-minute…Did you see our post the other day for an easy last minute hair accessory, the Easter Egg Headband?

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No?  Then click here to check it out!

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We are off now to enjoy 2 family gatherings.  Have a wonderful day!

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Lizz

 

Mixed-up Clothes Day February 24, 2011

Filed under: Hair Styles,Things To Do — Lizz @ 1:06 am
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This week daughter’s school is participating in Read Across America.  They have set a goal to read 40 books throughout this week!  They are also reading the works of the wonderful and wacky Dr. Seuss.  To make this week even more fun, they have had some special dress-up days.  Monday was mixed-up clothes day.  I thought I would share the progression of Skylar’s outfit:

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We started with a normal outfit (so she could look non-crazy for the rest of the day)

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Then we added a dress.  I thought she actually looked sort of cute, so we took it up a notch.

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And added a skirt.  In the wrong place.

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Then some leg warmers on her arms.  (Has anyone else been watching Glee?!?)

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The next step required a hairdo…

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I did a half french braid on each side of her head.

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Then I pulled all of her hair up with the braids to create 2 high pigtails.  I did it this way because the braids keep the high pigtails up, and they don’t fall out halfway through the day.

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Then we added all of the finishing touches:

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A pair of shorts on her head, with her pigtails sticking through the legs, mismatched shoes, and mismatched socks.

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Tada!!  A mixed-up outfit!

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Keep checking back for all of the other crazy things Skylar wears to school this week!

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Lizz

 

Curlformers, Yeah! January 25, 2011

Filed under: Hair Styles — Lizz @ 8:14 am
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Finally, a hair related post!  I have seen a great product called Curlformers on a few different hair blogs, but the first place I saw it was on Babes in Hairland.  I have since wanted Curlformers desperately.  I even asked Santa for them.  And Santa?  He came through for me!

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So most of you are probably asking yourselves right now…What are Curlformers?  They are an amazing product for curling hair without heat.  Here is a package of Curlformers, and the hook needed to use them:

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As you can sort of see, they are spiral shaped mesh tubes.  Using the hook, you can pull sections of wet hair inside the tubes, where they can dry naturally, or be blow dryed.  I was thinking of how to show you all exactly how to use them, but instead of taking 1,000 pictures, I thought I would just direct you to a video at the bottom of the Curlformers website.  It shows exactly how to work these babies.  (**Click here**)

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Once in, your daughter will look something like this:

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One of the best things about these curlers is that they are soft.  You could sleep in them if you wanted to.  For Skylar, I put them in in the morning, and let her just wear them around the house for 3-4 hours before taking them out.  When I did, we got this…

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The curls were so beautiful!  All I did to style them was run my fingers through the curls to separate them a bit, and pull the front sides back with a pinch clip.

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(Sorry for all the crazy faces in these pictures.  Most of the pics were blurry)

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This product also works great on moms.  Incase you are wondering if I tried it out on myself…

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Yes.  Yes I did.

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And if you need to run to the store or something, just throw a hood on it.  I’m sure no one will notice.

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I used the blow dryer on my hair, and the curls were outrageous! (As is my lack of makeup in these photos!)

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My hair never holds curls.  Ever.  These lasted throughout the evening, I slept on them, and still had great curls the next morning!  I’m such a huge fan.  The possibilities are endless.  Want to see it with a cute headband?  Me too…

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If you are jumping up and down screaming “Where do I get these?!?”, just find your nearest Sally Beauty Supply, or you can buy them off their website.  I will warn you, they are a little spendy, but worth it if you need help getting great curls.  They have lots of different sizes, and each pack has 2 different colors.  (The different colors twist in different directions, to give a more natural look.  You will want to alternate them in your hair)  It took 17 curlers to do Skylar’s hair, and 23 to do mine (we both have very thick hair).

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Happy Curling!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I wanted to throw out a disclaimer here, just to make sure we are all on the same page.  My love of Curlformers is my own opinion, for which I was not compensated.  I’m just passing on info on a product I am currently enjoying.

 

Best of 2010 December 31, 2010

I have noticed a lot of people doing “top ten” and “best of” lists.  I thought I would join the party.  As I have only been blogging since September, I don’t have a huge pool of posts to sort through.  Regardless, in no special order, here are some of my favorite posts so far:

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1. Pizza Roll-ups

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All Done!

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This family favorite was the first real post I did, outside of the good ‘ole “welcome to my blog” post.  It seemed like a natural for the list.

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2. How to Open a Banana Like a Monkey

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I have always enjoyed this little tip.  I giggled a lot while taking pictures for this post, because if someone would have walked in and seen me….

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3. Tissue Paper Apple Tree

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I loved doing this art project with Skylar.  It really turned out to be visually dramatic, and it is still hanging on our fridge.

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4. Cupcake Bites

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This little food activity was the first joint blogging project I did with my bff Mara of What’s For Dinner.  Not only did we have a great time making these super cute sweets with the help of Skylar, they were friggin’ delicious!  Nom Noms!

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5. Ariel’s Beachy Do

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First of all, I love this hairdo.  It’s so hippy and cool, and it also worked great with Skylar’s mermaid costume (we did this style no less than 3 times around Halloween).  I also love that it’s super duper easy.  A little prep work the night before and an easy quick hairdo in the morning.  I believe that this was the only hairdo that I was able to actually get posted in these last few months.  Don’t worry though.  I have a lot planned in the hairdo department, and I just need to get it all together. (I hope!).  This post was also followed up with a tutorial on how to create the little flower bobby pins.  You can check that out *HERE* if you wish

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6. Curly Ribbon Clip

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This cute do-it-yourself clip was a result of one of many times that I’ve seen something in a store and said, “I’m not paying for that!  I can make that myself!”  I actually found this process to be pretty fun, and I love that I can make cute ribbon accessories to match any outfit now!

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7. Deviled Egg Contest

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I loved making these eggs!  The idea of having a contest to make the best deviled eggs must be credited to my mother.  This family gathering was riddled with anticipation to taste and judge all of the entries.  I, of course, went for presentation, as this was the first time I ever made deviled eggs on my own.  To find out who won, you’re going to have to check out the post!  There is also a follow-up post for this one, explaining how to create the flower shaped eggs, using an egg shaper.  Check it out *HERE*.

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8. Get Of of My Cupboards!

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This has always been one of my favorite parenting tips, and I was really happy to find some photos of Skylar when she was 2 and actually using her drawer.  If you have a little one that refuses to stay out of your kitchen drawers and cabinets, you should really check this one out.

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9. Kiddie Trail Mix

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Ahh, my favorite treat to make for parties with kids in attendance.  The kids love it.  The grown-ups love it.  And it’s totally customizable to your tastes.  It’s a win-win-win!

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10.  Advent Calendar

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This advent calendar was so much fun to make (with lots of help from my kiddo).  I loved having a fun, clean, sugar-free way to count down the days to Christmas.  Skylar was fully in charge of counting (or subtracting really), and writing down the days left.  She did an amazing job, and it really helped her to understand exactly when the special day was here.  I didn’t have to answer “When is it going to be Christmas” a million times.  Maybe I should do this before her birthday too….

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Last thing I want to share (or re-share) with all of you is my favorite Muffin Tin Meals we created this year.  These not only seem to be my most popular posts, but we also did so many in just 3 and a half months that they seem to require a special nod.  You can click the title to read the original post if you are interested.  I would like to say that these tins were not only incredibly fun to create, they have definitely helped decrease meal time whining.  I love getting Skylar’s input and creative suggestions, and making it happen.  Stay tuned for many more of these.

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Under the Big Top

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Leaves, Trees, and Harvest

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TV Dinner

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Christmas #1

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Christmas #3

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And my personal favorite for 2010…

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Halloween

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Whew!  And there you have it.  I hope you have all enjoyed the fun things we have done over the last few months.  I also hope you enjoyed it enough to keep following us in 2011.

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Have a wonderful and safe New Years!
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HERE’S TO 2011!!!!!!

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Lizz

 

Ariel’s Beachy Hair November 4, 2010

Filed under: Accessories,Hair Styles — Lizz @ 12:04 am
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I know that technically Halloween is over, but not for us.  We will be going to a super fun kiddie Halloween party on Sunday (this is a yearly event that just worked best for everyone after the holiday).  This means we will be doing Skylar’s Ariel costume for the third time.  The good news is that because of our multiple costume wearing situation, I was FINALLY able to pull together a hairdo post!! This hairdo was not intended to actually look like Ariel’s hairdo (as Skylar is obviously a blondie).  I wanted to create a fun and easy beachy do that could also work outside of Halloween.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I love the way her beachy waves came out.  Want to know how this beautiful head of hair happened?  It’s simple…

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First, you need to create some waves.  Sure you could spend the time to curl them with a triple barrel curler, but that would take forever.  I chose to cheat a little.  The night before Halloween, I left Skylar’s hair wet after a shower (wetting it down slightly with a spray bottle will work just as well) and put it into several braids.

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There is no strict method here.  You do not have to make perfectly shaped sections of hair (it’s almost better if you don’t).  I would however highly recommend creating the part you will need for tomorrow.  I usually part Skylar’s hair slightly off-center on the right side.  Other tips: The smaller the braids, the smaller the waves.  I went for sort of medium-sized.  You can also play around with how high or low your braids start.  If you start them higher up than I did you will have waves starting closer to the roots.

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Have your daughter sleep in the braids.  By morning her hair will be dry.  Gently remove the ponytail holders and release the braids.  DO NOT brush it out, and DO NOT get it wet.  Simply use your fingers to separate the plaits.  If you created the part before you braided, her hair should naturally fall into the perfect place.  The result will be something like this:

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While this is pretty on its own, we wanted to add a little twisty flair.

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Starting on one side of the part, grab approx half of the front section of hair.  Give it a little clockwise twist (for the right side.  Go counterclockwise for the left side) Don’t mind the eyeball.  It is Halloween after all.

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Continue the twist out about 2/3 of the way down the section of hair.  Then repeat for the front section of hair underneath your original section.

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Have your daughter hold these twists for you, and repeat the twists on the other side.  Bring all four twists together at the back of the head.

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Using a clear elastic, tie all four twists together.  Normally these fly aways drive me nuts, but I think this style is an exception.  It makes her look windblown.

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Spray the hair with a small amount of hairspray to keep it all in place.  Embellish with the accessories of your choice.  I found these cute little flowers and turned them into bobby pins and pinch clips.  I will post that process soon.

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I wanted to get a few pictures of the final product, but I’m learning to use some new settings on my camera, and come up with some strange coloring.  Anyways, the hair turned out great.

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I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as we did.

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Lizz

 

The Hair Trailer September 9, 2010

Filed under: Hair Styles — Lizz @ 10:01 pm

I want to wet everyone’s whistle with a preview of girly hairdos to come.  I am a little new to these crazy awesome hair styles, so I am working on creating some good step by step instructions.  Most of these styles are replicas of styles I found on other amazing hair blogs.  I have given credit under each picture if you are interested in seeing where I got my start.  I am working on creating my own original hairstyles as well.  Until the time I am able to post those, please enjoy some of my favorites to date (and please excuse picture quality):

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double twists into messy buns

double twists into messy buns

Modified slightly from Adopt A Do

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crazy crosses

crazy crosses

An Original Masterpiece!

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braided headband with french braids

braided headband with french braids

This one is from The Story of a Princess and Her Hair

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3 frenchs into flips

3 french braids into flips

As is this one

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corset hair

corset hair

I did this crazy do for the Ren Faire, thanks to Girly Do’s

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Thanks for checking us out.  Come back for more!

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Lizz