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Hair Day! What I’m loving right now…

img_0587I have used just about every hair product under the sun!
Being in my mid-forties (ugh) has given plenty of time to experiment.   I have been on a quest to acheive the look I want with-out damaging my hair and with-out spending a fortune or loads of time.  If you know me, I’ll throw my hair in a top knot in a hot second if I feel so inclined.  I want to extend the time between shampoos.  I don’t want to spend 30 minutes drying and styling my hair every other morning.  #worldproblems

What’s my hair type?
My hair is fine (likes to frizz in our lovely mostly humid weather), I bleach and color my hair regularly… Well, my hair stylist bleaches and colors. haha!
I haven’t personally bleached my hair since I was 14.  It was called “frosting” back then and I have vivid memories of my mom and I taking turns wearing the plastic cap with holes and pulling our hair through with a little metal hook that came with the store bought kit.  Hello 1987!!  Does this bring back any memories for you?  I’m so grateful for foiling!item_XL_23379107_33292421

My hair tends to get oily at the crown and I typically cannot go more than two days with-out washing.  Dry shampoo you say? No ma’am.  It weighs down my hair and makes it look like I need a shower even more so.   I really envy the girls who say “by Friday I’m 80% dry shampoo” while fluffing their perfect hair.
Wash your hair at night, girl! Negative, I cannot sleep on wet hair.  I’ll wake up with a really crazy frizzy situation!
Gel is crunchy, mousse is heavy, hair spray… just no.
Washing and blow drying my hair three times a week at least then using a flat iron and/or curling iron makes it dry and damaged at the ends.

Alrighty, enough about my hair…. I think you get the picture and my struggles.

Here are my needs:

#1: I do NOT want to feel anything in my hair.
#2: I want to be able to get more days between washings.
#3: I will not pay a crazy amount for a product that is literally going down the drain.  Been there, done that, over it.

Here’s my latest greatest repurchase:   OGX Biotin & Collagen

OGX Biotin & Collagen
It smells amazing and feels nourishing the second it hits my scalp.  I swear my hair has more body after using this line for a couple of months.

Their thermal protection treatment feels weightless.  I use about a nickel size amount and work it into my damp hair starting in the middle and finishing up on the roots.  Moroccan Argan Oil goes into my ends and I’m ready to blow dry.

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil
Thermal 2


I’ll section my hair and use a paddle brush once I’ve gotten most of the moisture out.
I have a Moroccan Oil Flat Iron and and old curling iron (I can’t remember the name of) to finish out my hair depending on what I want to do with it.  Since I’m usually in a hurry, running the flat iron through seems to be just fine. (I section my hair for this too)  Typically on the second day I’ll curl.  But low and behold – since using the thermal protection treatment I can get through a third day!!!!!!  Hallelujah!!!  Praise be!!
I know you get my excitement on this.

So there ya have it!  My go-to hair products.  I may grab another shampoo out of this line to alternate (because I’ve heard that’s a good thing) maybe the Coconut Oil one?

Have you tried any products from this line?  What are your thoughts?



Do not do this EVER!

stopI’ve had my little blog for a couple years now.  I’ll get really into it and post regularly and then something happens.

I get writers block or feel like “who cares what I have to say” or some other kind of mentally freezing syndrome that shoves blogging to the very bottom of the ladder.

The anxiety of starting to post again with the used too often “I’ve been away for a long time and I’m so sorry” just makes me feel even more meh, for lack of a better term.

I realize that all my followers (which I can count using my fingers and toes) are impatiently waiting on the daily for my mind blowing, world changing posts about totally random things I find important but nonetheless, I needed a moment, or week, or month, or season to get back into it.

Maybe this is “ghosting”??

I digress….. the thing you should NEVER do if you have a blog is try to clean up your available storage space and delete most of your photos.  The little warning message that pops up asking are you sure you want to do this? …… Take heed to that.

What it should read goes something like this:
Yo, do you realize that you are about to delete all the photos from your posts too? Once you confirm that YES, I want to delete, ALL your posts that include ALL these pictures will be affected by this action.  Instead of a pretty picture there will be a broken image icon thingy in it’s place.  Therefore all the hours you put into finding or creating photos and inserting them into your posts WILL BE FOR NOTHING!!  You will have to go back and spend numerous more hours relocating the pictures and re-inserting them into the posts.  

*facepalm*   *facepalm*   *facepalm*

THANK GOODNESS I found a way to recover most of my accompanying photos from my posts.  However, this does not make it easy by any means.  I still have to go back through each post and insert pictures….. yeah, EACH POST.  *insert bad word here* Slowly I will do this.  Understand that it takes time and please feel sympathy if you read one of my posts that reads like there is a missing photo.  I will be over here accepting your sympathy and trying to find and repost all of them.

So, as with each day of my life, I learn.  Some lessons are harder than others and some have me thinking well lookie there while others have me face palming, my life lessons are in abundance.  And even though it’s a pain the the you-know-what, it’s what makes life interesting.


12ish – Days of Christmas – My FAVorite Things!!! Faux CalfHair Clutch

I’m loving the calf-hair pattern clutch trends right now. The ones I found online are gorgeous, however, I didn’t love the price.

I found the perfect solution to my likes and my issue. Yipee!!!

My personal custom -made CalfHair clutch

Check out this gorgeous clutch I ordered from GreyFoxTextiles on Etsy for under $50! AJ was so easy to work with and actually made my clutch specifically the way I wanted it , sent me pictures and then quickly shipped after my approval. I think I’ll order from her again soon!
It feels so soft and luxurious!

I receive TONS of compliments when I carry it and have shared AJ’s Etsy store every time.

Look at the gorgeous-ness 🙂

*pictures are from AJ herself, I have not been compensated in any way by GreyFoxTextiles. This post reflects my honest opinion 100%.

– Ashley XOXO

Serious. Bloggers. Block.

I have become something I never wanted to be.  Something I criticized others for.  Something that in my deepest darkest moods knew I wasn’t capable of.

I have become this:  Someone who started something and abandoned it.  GASP!

Surely there is a support group for this very issue.  Hello. My name is Ashley and I abandoned my blog.

How could I have let this happen?!  So what if I have a full time job…. and am newly married… and have two stepchildren in addition to my 3 children… and a new extended family… and a new (to me) house to paint and re-decorate from the er.. “previous female inhabitant” aka ex-wife… and new neighbors to meet and get to know.  Is that terrible?? Could it be that my life is so complicated I couldn’t maintain a simple little teensey weency blog?  Umm, yeah.  I guess the answer is yes.  So what do I do?

I pick up my laptop, dust her off, give her a hug and march type on!!

You’ve just got to keep on keepin’ on, right?! Nothing’s gonna stop us now! I think I can, I think I can! Just keep swimming!  Push it!  When the going get tough, the tough get going!  It’s the eye of the tiger… Ok, you get the point.  Bottom line is: I’m ba-aack!!

I may not post daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly but I will post, this I promise.  I will imagine my little cheering section is jumping up and down!  And I’m bowing and curtseying and blowing kisses as I accept a huge bouquet of roses!!

Ok, back to reality.  Bottom line folks… reality is just that.  To achieve YOUR goals in life YOU have to make the efforts.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.- Arthur Ashe