Monday, August 13, 2012

Hair Care Product Loves

For the longest time I have been meaning to do an updated hair care post (kind of like my "What's in your make-up bag?" post here). 

Forever and a day ago I posted about how my hair lust for Kyle Richards. And well, not much has changed I still want her hair, with just a smidge of the Kardashians mixed in!

Here are the products I am loving right now:

1. John Frieda - 3 Day Straight - I hardly ever try new hair products. I'm a very set-in-my-ways type person but when The Bargain Blonde was dishing about this on instagram I figured for the under $10 price tag I'd give it a whirl. And boy, am I glad I did!! I LOVE THIS STUFF. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I'm on my second bottle already. Basically it's a semi-permanent straightener for your hair. You wash, towel dry and then spray this into your hair. You then blow dry and straighten (using no other products) and voila! You can have frizz free, straight hair for up to three days, or until your next wash. I last about 2-3 days with this. My favorite part? I can put my hair in a pony and then take it out - without kinks. Sold. Love this stuff. 

2. Matrix Smootherapie Deep Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner - I get the big liters of these at Ulta and they last forever. I love the smell and I feel like they really help with smoothing and taming any sort of frizz in the summer! 

3. Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream - For days that I don't use the three day straight I love this glossing cream. I've used it for about 5 years now and will probably use it forever. It's perfect on days that I don't feel like blowdrying and straightening my hair - to make it look more polished. It also smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling super soft!

So tell me, what hair products are you loving? Anything new and exciting??

(This is where I say, I was not compensated at all for this post, in any-way-shape-or-form, all of these products were bought with my own money, all opinions are my own.)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blue, Yellow & Burlap Engagement Party

Last night I had the honor of hosting an engagement party for my sweet sister-in-law and her husband to be!

She wanted it to keep things simple, with yellow, blue, burlap and mason jars. We had a signature drink, all the fixin's of a cookout and lots of yummy desserts. 


It was an amazing night and I can't wait to get to work on things for her bridal shower!! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Trey's 2nd Birthday Party ~ Paul Frank Themed!

This year we decided to keep Trey's birthday party pretty low-key and have it at The Little Gym! We have been long time fans of our local LG, Trey has been attending classes there since he was 5 months old and I have met some of the BEST mom-friends you could ever ask for there! 

The party was broken up into two parts: play! and then cupcakes and snacks. And let me tell you, it FLEW by. Before I knew it - we were handing out favors and hugging and kissing left and right. But it was definitely FUN! And I didn't feel any stress besides just getting there. The crew at LG took care of everything. To the point where I felt weird like... um... I can help with that!

It was so awesome to be able to 110% focus on Trey and our friends and family that came! 

One of Trey's first "favorite things" was his sock monkey that he calls "chi-chi" and Paul Frank's Julius quickly became a favorite when one of the first sentences he said was "Look, mama! Mon-KEE!" and pointed to his Paul Frank shirt! 

So the theme for my sweet *little* one's birthday was born! I didn't want it to be too "theme-y" - which I may have failed at? So I tried to incorporate lots of primary colors too! 

Since the party was at 3pm we had very light snacks (chips, crackers, applesauce pouches for the kiddos), beverages and cupcakes. Nothing fancy - but perfect for a two-year old celebration! 

I still have more pictures to get from my bestie, but I wanted to go ahead and share some that my SIL took while everything was fresh in my mind!! 

Trey's shirt is from Pumpkin Butter Kids!
(Check out her Etsy shop and Facebook Page! She is my "go-to" for all things personalized in the clothing department for Trey) 

Other Little Details:

I threw this together one late, crafty night. It's just a beverage tub from Target with vinyl cut outs! 

For the goody bags I just bought plastic buckets at Party City and cut each kids name out with vinyl on the cricut. Inside I included stickers, bubbles, maracas (because we do "shakers" at the Little Gym), crayons, a Paul Frank Bracelet and a little bag of Yummy Earth lollipops! 
The Thank You notes and the file for the cupcake toppers (I had them printed at Office Max) came from Chloe Tate on Etsy (LOVE her!!!), the 2 beverage tub is also from Target as well as the dry erase Paul Frank boards that I used to make a banner!

I just took the stickers off of the bubbles, cut out vinyl circles on the cricut and threw a Paul Frank sticker on! 

Personalized water bottle DIY post here