Tuesday

Well, along with my dog getting sprayed by a skunk AGAIN!! We have also been having a pack of coyotes. Interesting enough, the dog doesn’t care about them. Maybe it’s mating season? They rarely ever attack people, I read online, so am not really too worried about them. They actually sound really cute while calling for one another..

on another note, it has been wek since I have been taking Levothyroxine, hot my thyroid..and I think it’s helping. I have been waking up a lot earlier, after only getting 5-6 hours of sleep. I have also had a bit more energy, but  not sure if it’s because I’ve been drinking more coffee?! Lol

Regardles, I’ve been able to do a more intense workout ….so that’s good. I am hoping to be able to partake in a 5k in the Fall with my daughter , who could probably do it with ease right now. She inspires me!

Not Again!?!

We’ll, Toby got sprayed by a skunk again. I have no idea what other people do to detere their dogs from chasing wildlife.. But this is getting expensive to have to keep treating..not a good start to the weekend at all. :(

Healthy food, blisters, and stink bugs, OH MY!

Well I was very proactive with my health today. I’m really trying to cut out so much pasta from my diet. Currently I eat it 3x a week. I don’t want to totally deny myself and go cold turkey, so decided to replace only two of the weekly servings with a healthier and see how that goes. I  managed to make it for the kids today, and made myself two cucumber boats stuffed with tuna salad, and garnished with guacamole.  The cucumbers are really out of season, so besides them being very bitter in taste, and the fact that they cost a dollar each at walmart….I tried to mind over matter that, and just enjoy them anyways.
Then for a bed time snack, as the kids ate these mouth watering brownie cupcakes topped with homemade peanut butter frosting..(Thanks to DD for using her baking talents.)


I settled for this homemade chocolate Chia sugar free pudding, with a few strawberries on the side. It was VERY good. And Chia seeds are a food that most people don;t know about. Granted they cost $20 per lb..but one teaspoon puffs up to nearly a hafe cup and they expand even further in your belly and keep you filled up for a long time, due to all the protein in them. I like soaking them in almond milk and cocoa..I through in a little stevia, and four hours later had a bunch of pudding. You can also add then to smoothies and shakes.

 

I also managed to do a great workout at the gym tonight..and looky, looky at this killer blister from wearing sneakers! Grr! I told my girls tonight that it is inevitable..They WILL have horrible foot problems when they are my age. I use to hear my grandma tell my mother this growing up, and my mother told me this growing up. I never listening, and took care of my feet as a teen..and now I need to work extra hard just to keep them looking moderately girlish..I get horrible callases..as you can see..and my feet eat up moisturizer, as candy! I have tried every single sneaker brand on the market, and this horrible blister was from wearing my Sketchers on the treadmill for only 45minutes. I generally wear my glove five fingers, but I thought I was going to be doing the eliptical only tonight, in which case I need the extra cushion of a sneaker for my feet not to hurt on it. My oldest wanted to do the treadmill though, so at last minute, I decided to do the treadmill with her, which I normally need the five finger shoes for. Ugh! Why can’t my feet just adapt?!  When I was getting blood work done the other day, the women at the lab were all wearing the same kind of shoe. I commented on them, and they all swore that if I wanted a really comfortable show..I would get myself a pair of Alegrias…They form to your feet, and have the most toe room then any other shoe, And for $109.00 price tag, I’d hope so. They are not really my style, persay.. But I am considering a pair..Maybe if they go on sale, or if I can find them online for a cheaper price.

~So everyone is in bed now… and I am ending the night with a cold bottled water…which I mistakenly set on the end table in the dark. What happened?

Well, I didn’t see the stink bug that landed on the mouth piece…..:o(
Second one this year..Down the hatch!

No make-Up Monday

The news said that last Monday was no makeup Monday. Apparently, ladies across America were encouraged to tweet, and Facebook a ‘just woke up’ picture of them self . Seeing that I failed to partake in that little ditty, I’ve decided to work that in today’s blog post. I want to focus more on my birds nest ‘just woke up’ hair.

Tomorrow will be a month that I have had my extensions in. Dh told me last night that I will be lucky to get another month out of them. He doesn’t like the way they look now. Too messy!

So I woke up this morning and changed out of my nightgown….then quickly snapped a ‘I just woke up picture’

I curled and hair sprayed my hair yesterday morning at Dhs work.

By the time we got home yesterday,  the last thing I felt like doing, was washing and conditioning all this hair.

You see, you are suppose to sleep with your hair, in either a sleeping cap, a braid, and with a satin pillow case.You are also never suppose to go to bed with wet hair…This can damage the extensions pretty bad.

So much work! And I’m too old to bother with all that. Lol. Well, not really……but–

Getting back to my birds nest… I went to bed with my curled hair sprayed hair last night….NOW–I can’t even get a brush, comb, or even my fingers through it. *sigh*

If I want it to look nice today…  I will have to wash and condition it. Then wrap it in a towel for 30mins. Then take it down and apply a leave-in conditioner treatment. Then let it air dry completely.

This takes so long, because of the cornrows remain wet for  two hours after the extensions are dry.

Once everything is dry, you apply a leave-in oil treatment to the ends of  your hair . This is important because the extensions are prone to split ends from heat damage, along with the friction while you sleep.

After the oil is applied, you are now ready to use a curling iron or a curling wand. Which is what I have invested in.

Oh but wait!! You first have to spray all the hair with a heat protectant spray. This places a light balmy sheen on your extensions to shield the hair from becoming a huge frizzy mess… Then wait five minutes, then curl it.  

After you have it all curled, you can hairspray it to last. But you do not need to do this last step…..Praise God for that!! Lol

 

Now you are ready to leave the house confidently. ;o)

So. Are you ready to get some hair extensions?

Here is my picture. And I have no make-up, powder, etc. on. Yes, I see my age now! ;)

 Processed with Rookie Notice my natural hair hanging out on the left hand side? You can see how short it is compared to the extensions..which make me keep telling myself that they are worth all the hassel..:o/me1

Monday Madness….

imageThis was what the roads looked like this morning. The city didn’t even bother to salt the main roads, which was surprising, because their budget is so much larger then my tiny town which HAD salted all the roads.

So  due to the roads being sheets of ice, the 35minute trip to work took a hour..it is 14 degrees out, but  reached 46 degrees by the afternoon..

I really hate this weather!

It was different back home because they had the means to keep the roads safe, so life went on and things rarely closed.

Here, you are literately trapped home.

Churches are closed.

Doctors offices are closed, or delayed.

And even the gyms close down.

I woke up at 5:15am  today  because I had another doctors appointment at 10am…So I had to go to work with DH once more..Due to lack of transportation…..

When we arrived at his work my phone rang. It was the doctors office calling to tell me that the office won’t be opening till the afternoon due to the weather. So my 10am appointment got pushed to 3pm…

JOY! JOY! Thankfully the work day went by pretty quickly. We went to Starbecks for breakfast, and had Chinese for lunch…And I wasn’t bored to tears because I had the internet on my new phone. I tried to blog again, but it got all messed up..which is why I am doing it now. Oh! And I also managed to clean DH’s office..I just couldn’t handle sitting there in a mad tornado for the 4th time!

The ultrasound went well, and the fibroids that I once had have now vanaished 100% Praise God!

However, my blood work on the other hand was a major diappointment…

Low Iron

Thyroids worst, so now am taking meds for it. Side affects from ‘said meds’—Weight loss, and Hair loss???!!! I’m happy, yet sad! I need to take the meds for two months, then get rechecked.. Turns out coffee and cauliflower is bad for my thyroid?! I swear I thought I was being punked! My two favorite things?? I drink coffee everyday, unless I am fasting..And I eat cauliflower every week as a ‘treat’ I eat the whole thing by myself each week! I love my cauliflower. :o(

Triglycerides are wayyy too high…I think it was 85 points more t:o(

She said this was mainly due to my thyroid, and my stubburness for ignoring it for the past two years. She told me to try to cut sugar and fat from my diet….

Oh, and for my iron, I need more meat. But due to fat, I need to cut meat… Aww, the wonders of the docs! :o)

Hair Extensions

Here is a picture of the back of my head. With the extensions.1009985_10152167394587410_1120095959_n 482547_10152167388457410_1024608508_n

And here is the front. I had just recently cut my bangs, which were just about the same length as the reat of my hair..THAT was a HUGE mistake. It always is. I don’t know why every couple years I  grow out my bangs for two years, only to chop them off! I always regret it. :o(

 

In a few days it will be a month that I’ve had my extensions in. I will have to take a new picture and add it to this post tomoroow.

 I’m still happy with them.  However, I hate that my 90% of my real hair is in cornrow braids. It makes it so hard to brush my hair. You can not just comb through it. You have to place your hand at the nape of your neck,  then comb very gently.

They can’t fall out. They are sewn in very good, but I  can’t wear my hair up like they told me I would be able to. And for the gym, I feel so silly with my hair all down. I can do a casual side pony, but really need to to primp it so the hair tracks and braids don’t show.

 

That said, I would like to use the other pack of extensions that I had mistakenly bought…for later in the year..

The problem is I need to find someone to bond them in, not braid them in. I’ve called several places and the only way people do it here is through the braiding method. Here are two picks of how they put mine in…They did a whole bunch of tiny braids, then hand sewn the hair tracks to the tiny braids with a needle and embroidery thread…It took 8 hours to put one pack in my hair. I had originally bought two packs, like they had told me too. But they were able to do my whole head with one pack. Unfortunatly, there was no refund on the other pack..Grr!

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THIS is the way that I originally thought they were goint to put them in. This is the way that most girls, celebs, models, and musicians have theirs in.

I had no idea that 70% of women in the music, acting and modeling industry are wearing extensions. While I was at the beauty school that day they educated me on this. Ever since 2007, everyone has been in an extension craze, apparently. I really had no idea! I thought what I was looking at was real hair! And it is real hair ..Well, somebodies..;)

The owner of the salon told me that no one, other then a teenager, No one has perfectly thick, super long volummized fluffy hair….

I certainly never have, even as a teen..although I have always had compliments on my natural hair..so I relaly hope I am not damaging it too, too badly..:o/ I just wanted length.

I’ve had hair envy from browsing Pinterest for the past couple years…Then come to find out, that most of these pictures I’ve been looking at have been hair extensions…We are definetly living in an ‘quick fix’ world!

HERE are some very pretty hair extensions that are bonded in…With this method you can have them in for up to 9 months.

With mine, I will be lucky to get 12 weeks…As my real hair is growing, the braids are dropping…*sigh*

With the bonding method you are able to comb through your hair normally. This first picture below is just Amazing! If you saw her walking down the street, you really would assume that THAT was her real hair…

photo 15 This second picture shows all the different lengths you could get.

I have  the 18″ length. The longer they are, the higher the price… 

The salon sent me to Sally Beauty supply store to purchase them. Then you bring them to your appointment and thay charge a fee to put them in. I heard that they are much cheaper on Amazon, or at an Asian market. They are called REMY human hair extensions.

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THIS picture above is also beautiful! Notice in the first picture she has straight shoulder length hair…then the extensions are individually bonded with her real hair..and wa’la!!

 

 

And HERE is a picture a month before I got my extensions put in.  Also, before I chopped my bangs! I forgot to mention, when you buy your extensions they will dye your real hair to match the color of them. My hair was pretty close to the color of the extensions, so they just put a semi permanant demi coloring treatment on my real hair. Which BTW, has completely faded, and now I look as if I purposly had a Ombre treatment done. I feel like I am too old to pull off an Ombre, but have gotten stopped by young girls, while out and about, asking where I got my Ombre? 

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