Hair Care

I have been wanting to write this post for awhile now. Last year, my hair was at it’s worst. I was overdue for a cut and I mostly neglected it. Sure, I might have bought a salon brand shampoo and conditioner, and I was using a protection spray (that wasn’t doing a thing). But other than that, I didn’t really care. I spent my time and focus on my skincare.

Fast forward a few months into the pandemic, and I couldn’t take it anymore! My ends were so dry, brittle and felt crispy almost. My hair just looked so dull and it was falling out so much more than usual. I decided to start all over with my products, slowly incorporating new things in one at a time to ensure they were working and serving a purpose.

Let’s talk about my hair type before we jump in to the products, as I want to be completely transparent. I know not everything works for everybody. I have very fine, thin hair. Some people have thin hair, but a lot of it. That isn’t me, my ponytails are very small, what I see on like 1/3 of someone else. Also, my hair is mostly straight, every now and then it has random waves, but I tend to straighten it if I am leaving the house to smooth it. It is also frizzy if left untreated with anything, as I live in a very humid climate. My hair was super long when I started this regime, I got two healthy at the shoulder cuts since, and it is below my shoulders again now. I also had my hair professionally colored once in the last 2 years, back at the end of June.

This is my line up of products! I don’t use them all every day, I am going to give you an idea of what I use them for, and my frequency.

Paul Mitchell Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo – I truly believe that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Enter this shampoo. This is what I use most days in the shower. Chris uses this also. It is refreshing and smells like a spa. I feel like it cleans my hair really well, but doesn’t strip it. I pair this with either the R & Co Dallas Conditioner or the Colleen Rothschild Mask.

R & Co Dallas Thickening Conditioner – This conditioner has biotin in it and smells amazing. I love the way my hair looks and feels when I use this. It definitely adds some bounce and shine into my flat, thin hair without weighing it down at all. A little goes a long way, this bottle has lasted me quite a long time.

Colleen Rothschild Quench & Shine Restorative Mask – I absolutely love this stuff. Again, it smells great and doesn’t weigh done my hair. I love that you can use this either as an every day conditioner, or leave it on as a mask while you are shaving or whatever. This was one of the first products I tried and noticed an immediate difference in the feel and texture of my hair. An auto-repurchase for me. A little goes a long way. I got one container to last about a year. (Because I do switch it up with a few other things.)

Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub – When I tell you that this stuff smells amazing!!!! This is one of my favorite products to use for the smell alone. But it is also great at getting rid of any build up on your scalp from style products or dry shampoo. It is cool that it doubles as a body scrub if you are into multi-tasking products. I use this or the detox shampoo about once a week, so this is getting used one or two times a month, the container lasts forever.

Ouai Detox Shampoo – Again, Ouai products smell amazing…and this is no different. I use this or the Scalp Scrub once a week, so once or twice a month. This instantly gets rid of any product build up with apple cider vinegar. I always get it in the set with the dry shampoo, because why not?? Their dry shampoo smells amazing and works great too, though I rarely use a dry shampoo. I workout 5 days a week, so I am washing my hair at least 5 days a week and don’t really need it.

Olaplex 3, Olaplex 4 Shampoo and Olaplex 5 Conditioner – I have been using this stuff for a long time, but never consistently until this past year. I know everyone raves about it, but it is for good reason. While you could probably get away with just using Olaplex 3 Hair Perfector as a treatment if you don’t want to invest in the whole line…..I feel like the line is worth it. I use it once a week, so the bottles last me for a very long time. I usually chose to use the treatment on a day I have a little extra time. I will wet my hair a little at the sink and put it on and do a few tasks like quick clean the bathroom, make myself breakfast, or if I am in a hurry….I will jump in the shower and let it sit for a few minutes while I shave. It is awesome when you can find the whole set like here.

Shu Uemura Shiki Worker Blow Dry Primer – This stuff actually works!!! I used to use It’s a 10 Miracle spray that was half the price of this….but I realized that it never really made a difference with my hair if I used it or not. I mean, it did detangle…but that was about it. This stuff is incredible. Not only does it detangle, I feel like it protects, hydrates and smooths as well. My hair looks and feels silky soft when I use this. I like that it is protecting it from the heat of my blow dryer and straightener on the days I use them.

Hairitage Argan Oil – This product is a workhorse for the price! You can grab this at Walmart and it is under $10. Since I do have fine hair, I only use this on the bottom 1/4 of my hair. But I rub it in after I spray it with the Shiki Worker and it helps keep those pesky split ends away. Once I have split ends, I pick at my hair. So this definitely helps! It has a pleasant smell, beautiful packaging, and works great. Such a steal.

Tangle Teezer – I started with the weird shaped Tangle Teezer when it first came out and loved it, but I hated it never had a real handle. I picked up a Wet Brush after that and used it for quite some time….until I realized that Tangle Teezer had come out with some brushes with handles on them. Hands down the BEST detangling brush!!!! Wet Brush bristles had little nubs on each end and they would get caught in my hair and rip it out. I notice they did the same thing to Zoe’s hair. Now we both have the Tangle Teezer brush and have never been happier.

Have you tried any of these products? Every now and then, I get sent a new shampoo or conditioner to try out, but I almost always end up giving them to my mom after I use them a few times because I just love these so much. My hair hasn’t been this healthy in years.


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Or as Zoe knows it around here, pizza day!!! We have been making homemade pizza every Friday night in September, and we aren’t hating it. Football season is in full swing, and last weekend was a close one between Alabama and Florida. I am glad we were able to pull out the W! I think my favorite part of the whole game was hearing the stadium singing along with the Tom Petty song I Won’t Back Down. I wish I could have been there and felt that energy.

It has just been nonstop work, work, work over here the last few weeks. Shit is insane, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Just trying to find the balance. The weather here has been incredible this week after the rain finally moved out, and I am trying to soak it in as much as possible. We have been taking longer family walks, and Zoe and I have been outside with side walk chalk, playing ball and working on her gymnastic skills. September – December is definitely my favorite time of year.

ULTA Ulta Beauty Collection X Gilmore Girls Nail Set | Ulta Beauty

Favorite Finds: Did you know that Ulta has a Gilmore Girls collection????? How perfect is this nail set for fall??? I am such a sucker for stuff like this.

Specially Selected Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Vinegar or Gorgonzola Pita  Chips - Aldi — USA - Specials archive

Favorite Aldi Find: I forgot to take a picture of our bag, but these Gorgonzola Pita Chips are amazing. All three of us loved them.

Favorite Activities: I saw this toddler fall bucket list, and everything on here definitely needs to happen! We may have already done a few.

Favorite Recipe: We are pulling out all the old favorite soup recipes now that it has dropped below 80 here. I discovered this Mexican Chicken Soup when I did my first round of Whole 30 many years ago. It definitely gets major rotation in our house.


Favorite Workout: Heather Robertson has put out some killer workouts the past few weeks. I did this HIIT this morning that left me drenched and puffing. You don’t need any equipment for this one. I am trying really hard to beef up my daily movement. I am great about working out for at least 30 minutes five days a week, but I need more. Taking walks multiple times a day is easy right now since the weather is so great.

The best way to tackle the upcoming cold/flu season (in addition to the flu shot) is to lower your risk of comorbidities. Getting more movement and eating more real foods and less processed shit is a great way to give your body the boost it needs. I have noticed lately that people who share healthy foods, talk about how different foods can help lower inflammation in the body or talk about getting more movement are being warned their Instagram accounts will be taken down. WTF is actually wrong with the world today. We cant talk about being healthy anymore???? It is absurd. I like to follow those accounts because I learn a lot about different foods and ways that I might be able to reduce certain pain or help with issues I am having.

Favorite Funnies:

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week was work, eat, clean, repeat forever and ever and I am exhausted. I have been working on site words with Zoe the last few weeks, and I am hoping she is picking up on them. It is hard to tell. I am so not teacher material.

This past week she has decided that she wants to be the person to take Mac out. I was a little nervous at first, he only weights 9.75 pounds but he is a sneaky little guy and sometimes he pulls a lot harder than you would think. But apparently Mac has figured out when I am walking him vs her and they have done really well together! Of course, I am always right there if she needs me.

Alabama plays the first SEC game of the season this weekend against Florida. I need to come up with some fun football snacks! I love football season! Other than that, I don’t have a whole lot going on. Work in the mornings before Zoe gets up, probably clean the house some. I know I won’t be spending anytime cleaning Zoe’s playroom this weekend. Zoe has kept up with it every day this week. Hooray!!!

Favorite Finds: I have been really enjoying this Too Faced lip injections gloss. The packaging is so pretty and the color is fun. It does have some plumping to it, it reminds me of the favorite Buxom glosses.

Zoe and I painted our nails this week with the Orly Lisa Frank collection topper. It is everything I wanted it to be. So fun!!! I didn’t get any yellow stars from it on my nails, but Zoe did and she was so excited. Apparently this exact top coat is sold out everywhere, but they do still have the star glaze one and the 3-pack color options.

Time and Tru Women's V-Neck Sweater

I saw this sweater on clearance when I was ordering some staples from Walmart. It is $5 and is so soft!!The perfect transition piece into fall, as it isn’t too heavy. I love the fit, a little oversized and it covers the bootie if you want to pair it with leggings. I got my normal size.

PORTLAND by Portland Boot Company Women's Shearling Lace Up Boot

I also found these boots on clearance for $15.99!!! I got the white pair, which is definitely more of a winter white/creamy color. I love them. They also have black. These will be perfect for Gatlinburg and any other winter outings. They fit true to size, and are wide enough at the tops to tuck in your jeans.

Favorite Aldi Finds: Fall time is the best time at Aldi. They have the best fall treats and coffees that come out. I grabbed the last two bags of pretzels, we are all obsessed with them. Zoe particularly loves this pumpkin pie hummus, which is shocking really. I know I would have never touched it when I was a kid. She has eaten half the container herself this week. Their pumpkin ravioli is my FAVORITE!!! I do a brown butter and sage sauce with it and OMG!

Favorite Recipe: I made this black bean soup this week. I liked that you didn’t have to get the blender out, and it was so full of flavor.

Favorite Funnies:

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Books – Septemeber 2021

I had several really good books this month, so let’s hop in shall we? Linking up with Steph and Jana.

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

We Are the Brennans

I love a good family drama, and man does this deliver!!! I read this in 24 hours, simply could not put it down! This will 100% make my favorite list for the year. I loved that the book rotated through the voice of different characters. So many bad decisions, secrets, drama. Highly recommend.

Bottom Line: Read it!!

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers

The talk of Hilderbrand quitting her “beach reads” to become a book reviewer and all the shit she talked about so many people really put a bad taste in my mouth of her. I will not be purchasing anything from her, but will still borrow from the library, because damnit, she writes a good beach book! I absolutely loved this one. This may be my favorite from her. I was so engrossed in the book and all the characters, I flew through it, even though it was rather long. The ending. Wow. I got quite emotional. Definitely put this on your list.

Bottom Line: Read it!

How Lucky by Will Leitch

How Lucky

First of all, this book takes place in Athens, Georgia near the campus of UGA. I have been there many times, and love when I can actually picture the book from real life experience. The author definitely got SEC football atmosphere just right. I was trying to decide how I wanted to classify this book, it is a little bit mystery with a kidnapping, but also, I  learned a lot about Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I read the back insert from the author, and his son grew up with someone who had SMA and I feel like he did his research and had real life experience with it. It was a very compelling story, suspenseful at times, and left me feeling optimistic and hopeful. Obviously, I enjoyed the main character, but I also loved his best friend Travis and his caregiver Marjani.

I do wish we got more of the backstory on the kidnapper. And learned more about the kidnapped girl. I also felt that there were random progressive ideologies thrown into the book that felt more forced by the author, than naturally flowing into the story.

Bottom Line: I think this is one anyone could enjoy. I will say, the writing was a little erratic. Sort of reminded me of Backman.

Yearbook by Seth Rogen


I did this one on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Seth Rogen as an actor, and he is a funny guy in general. I loved listening to his stories. I laughed several time and just had a smile on my face while I listened. He is a great story teller, and this was very engaging.

Bottom Line: If you like Seth Rogen, I suggest this one! I really enjoyed his own narration on audiobook, the only way I really consume this genre.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3)

I love Helen Hoang and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I blew through this, finishing it in a day. This is the third book in the Kiss Quotient series, but I don’t feel like you had to read the first two to enjoy this. Though I liked both of those too! I really felt like Anna and Quan progressed realistically. I really like that Hoang deep dives into anxiety, autism, depression and hard things. While this is a romance and had lighter moments, it is also much heavier than your typical HEA book. You really get to know the characters and they have a lot of depth.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

Not a Happy Family

Double murder, family secrets and drama. What is not to love here? I was instantly hooked by this one and flew right through it. This family was seriously dysfunctional, and the murders were so violent, you know it had to be personal. The book switches POV between the characters, and none of them are all that likeable. You start wondering which one is the psychopath. Their annoying aunt Audrey was an interesting story line as well, and how she ties in the other side characters. I actually enjoyed the detectives more than the family members, working to prove one of them is guilty.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good whodunnit, read it!

A Brush With Love by Mazy Eddings

A Brush with Love

I am trying to decide what I want to say about this one. I started it once and quit two chapters in, mainly because I had something come in from the library I was more excited about at the time. I picked it up a month later, and stuck with it. I really enjoyed Dan and Harper, and watching their relationship form and grow. I will say, with the setting in graduate school and them being in their late 20’s…I felt like it was a little immature at times? I can really appreciate Harper’s anxiety issues, and Dan’s guilt he carries to help his mom. There was definitely emotional baggage on both sides, which made this book a deeper read. Overall I enjoyed it, but I had so many good reads this month that this one doesn’t stick out. I liked The Heart Principle a lot more, which also deals with anxiety.

Bottom Line: Cute read if you are into romance. Definitely worth it if you struggle with anxiety.

**I received a copy of A Brush With Love from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Therapist by B.A. Paris

The Therapist

It took me months to get through this book. I kept putting it down for something else. It was a rather slow and boring to start. I feel like BA Paris books are becoming quite a formula and there isn’t much to excite me about them anymore? Also, most of the main characters are kind of dumb. I found myself just not carrying most of the book. There were a few shockers, but the beginning was just so boring. Trying to figure out why her neighbors act weird and who this person is that came to the party. Meh.

Bottom Line: The narrator was great. I have heard her do other books and I think she reads them quite well. This one though, there are so many other good books I read this month…I would mostly just say to skip this.

**I received an audio version of The Therapist from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Currently Reading

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep

Friday Favorites

For a short week, this one sure did pack a punch. I am not going to lie, I am exhausted. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. Work is absolutely insane right now. I feel constant guilt about Zoe being here for long periods of time where she is just playing alone or watching TV because I have to get my job done. The world is on fire, literally in some areas. I hardly pay attention to the news, but the bits I do hear I would rather not. I feel like this insanity is never going to end. It is drowning me.

So instead of talking about anymore of that, I am going to do some retail therapy and gush about the weather this morning on my after workout walk at sunrise. It was 57 degrees and nothing has ever felt better!!! I am excited that football is back on the weekends, it gives me something to look forward to doing. And a reason to come up with awesome weekend snacks.

Favorite Finds: The Target Dollar Spot items are hard to find at my store. They are always sold out of the good stuff the instant they are put out. I happened to check one morning and saw that the velvet pumpkins were in stock online!!!! Hurry, there are still some there! I got a pack of the mini ones and the bigger ones.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti Thinning Shampoo 1 Liter -  UltraBeauty.shop

I repurchased this Paul Mitchell Anti-Thinning Tea Tree Scalp Care shampoo. Chris and I both use this. I really like the scent and the way that it feels, and I have noticed that I lose a lot less hair when I use this regularly. We were out of it for a few weeks while I waited to order it and have it delivered and man, did I notice a huge difference. I do swap it out for a few other products throughout the week, but this is my main squeeze shampoo. I think I am going to do a haircare post soon with all the products that have made a huge difference to the quality of my hair over the last two years.

Favorite Aldi Finds: Aldi has the best fall snacks! They are out this week, so run and grab them while you can! I remember these caramel apple pretzels from last year. THE BEST! And the pumpkin cranberry crackers are so good with some goat cheese. This popcorn really hit the spot. Those caramel wafer rolls are the best wafer rolls ever. The caramel apple coffee had a very mild flavor, it is nothing like the apple crisp macchiato from Starbucks that had almost too much flavor. I hardly detected the apple, it did have a nice fall scent while you sipped it.

I am also stoked to make the best charcuterie board ever this weekend with some of the above and this…

Excuse me bacon jalapeno cheese??

Favorite Recipe: This poke bowl was so incredible to have for lunch all week. I bought frozen edamame and corn and steamed both the first day, and cooked enough rice for the week. Definitely a new favorite if you are looking for a healthy lunch alternative. It even had me eating beets. I haven’t had a beet since I was a little thing, hanging out with my grandma who used to grow them. The sauce over the dish makes everything taste SO GOOD. And has a little kick!


Favorite Workout: Heather killed me this morning in the best way possible. I had tried another AMRAP workout a few months ago and it wasn’t my favorite. I don’t know what was different about this morning, but I really enjoyed this one. I gave it my all, and my calorie burn proved that. I was soaked and my legs were shaking by the end.

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