Texturizing Straight Hair


Straight hair is anything but boring, especially with the help of some styling products! Check out the video below to see how I use texture spray on straight hair to give it a little life and definition.

I’m using Amika Un.Done texture spray in this tutorial, but also mentioned a few other great products at the end of the video! I held the style with a bit of Kenra Volume 25 as well, which I’ve always loved but especially now since it aided in my killing of a GIANT cockroach in my bathroom last week.

A few other texture sprays that I like are Kenra’s Dry Texture Spray, Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun Finish, and Living Proof’s Full Dry Volume Blast. And the comb I’m using can be found here!

p.s. did you catch the messy bun tutorial I posted here? 

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Summertime non-alcoholic sangria


I gotta admit — I’m pretty much dying for a margarita. It’s my favorite drink, but since I’m breastfeeding I’m obviously not drinking. I’ve seen these little test strips for breastmilk to determine whether any alcohol made it into the milk but I’m not ready to potentially throw out a bunch of milk just for the sake of a drink! But talk to me in August and I may be singing a different tune.

In the meantime, I’ll be happily indulging in this sangria recipe I got from my mom (with a few tweaks from me). It’s non-alcoholic but you could certainly swap out the ginger ale for champagne or prosecco.

Summertime Non-Alcoholic Sangria, serves 6-8 people

  • 3/4 cup Country Time Lemonade Drink Mix
  • 1 liter Cranberry Ginger Ale
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Oranges, sliced
  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 5-8 Strawberries, sliced

Pour lemonade drink mix into the bottom of a pitcher. Add sliced fruit and then pour orange and lime juice over top. When ready to serve, pour cranberry ginger ale into the pitcher, stirring as you pour. Let the drink sit for about 30 minutes to let the lemonade mix dissolve and the flavors come together.

If you want to make yours alcoholic, I’d skip the cranberry ginger ale and instead add prosecco and cranberry juice!

While the drink is pretty by itself, it’s nice to serve it in fun cups too. And finally adding a few slices of the fruit to each cup before pouring the drink is the perfect touch! This pitcher and cups are from Target’s Opal House collection.

p.s. my dress can be found here (or here’s a similar one that’s striped) and my nail color is Essie’s “Matter of Fiction.”

An Easy Choice I Made for Emily


This post was sponsored by Pampers Pure Protection.

I’ve had the most confidence with my third child than with any of my other kids. Experience, age, and practice play a major role in that for me. I remember being pretty stressed and nervous with my first because I had no idea what I was doing. I had read books and articles online but when David actually arrived I felt panicked because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do!

With time I’ve also learned what to focus on and what to let slide. I was rigid with my kids’ schedule before, but now I’ve learned to be a bit more flexible and not rely on a specific timeline with Emily. In the words of my friend Kacia, “they aren’t little robots you can program.”

I was in my second trimester with Emily when I excitedly joined the Pampers Pure Tribe. I went to Cincinnati for two days shortly after starting the partnership to learn all about the Pampers Pure Protection diapers and wipes. I wasn’t sure what to expect at the event but I learned so much and wanted to share all of the information that I learned while I was there.

One of the coolest things I experienced was feeling the difference between the breathable Pampers Pure Protection diapers and another leading diaper. Since Emily was born in May, we have several very hot months ahead and I was so pleased at how much more comfortable the diaper was for her. And in case you’re confused, breathable doesn’t mean leak-prone! It simply means that the outer layer of the diaper offers the right amount of airflow while still keeping leaks away.

Pampers Pure Protection diapers and wipes are free of fragrances, lotions, and chlorine bleaching, but still have the Pampers protection I trust. We used Pampers Swaddlers on the boys, and that was the only diaper we would put on them at night, because it was the only one that didn’t leak! We love the Pampers Pure Collection because we feel we don’t have to compromise between protection and ingredients. It’s what I want for Emily – and for me.  

Let’s not skip over the fact that the patterns on the diapers are so cute. I’m imagining many days of just putting her in a cute top and skipping anything on bottom to keep her cool. We used to do that with the boys when the temperature exceeded 100 degrees in the summer.

I’m only several weeks in to having a little girl, but it has been so much fun to dress her. I feel great about having a gentle, cute diaper option for her that will keep her comfortable and dry!










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