Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Makeover: "No Poo" Update

And, it's Monday all over again!  It's amazing how quickly the days go by with 2 kids.  I keep thinking I should have it all figured out, but my baby is only 3 months old.

Our  apartment is a mess, let me set the scene:  the clean laundry is heaped in a corner in the hallway, my baby's room is a mess(I just packed away his newborn through 3 month clothes...but that's as far as I got, all the other clothing is spread around in bins), my daughter's room also looks extremely messy with toys all over and the tent that supposed to be on her bed just kinda thrown on the floor making her room look small. And, it seems like there's clutter everywhere...but honestly I'm exaggerating.  Spring fever has hit and I'm missing living in a house...

Now, that I've digressed it's time for me to focus on Monday Makeover.  If you want to look at my previous posts here are the links: 1st Monday Makeover: "no poo" and Monday Makeover

It's hard to believe I'm in week 3 of my "no poo" experiment.  And, for those of you that are new to my blog it has nothing to do with constipation.  It has all to do with not using shampoo (baking soda/water wash and apple cider vinegar/water conditioner).  I'm using the recipe from this video: Ashely's Green Life: No Poo Method.  The most popular recipe I've read is 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water and I think it might be the same for the apple cider vinegar.  I've been playing around with the apple cider vinegar/water mixture.  Once I'm happy with it, I'll let you know.

Week 3 observations:
Hair feels greasy(from what I've read I'm in the transition phase)
Itchy scalp (going to try some form of moisturizer on my scalp soon)
Little bit of dandruff which I've never had
Still curling well
Only using Pantene curl enhancer spray gel

I was hoping I'd skip this transition phase, but I'm hoping it doesn't last too long. And, I'm also hoping to be more consistent in my workouts, which means I'll be sweating more.  Not quite sure how this will affect the transition phase.  We've already had a warmer week and since I sweat like my dad I wonder if some of my greasiness is from that. My hubby and my daughter haven't noticed a change in the look of my hair.  Most of all my daughter would tell me if something was out of the ordinary.  I got some new clothes and when I wore one of my shirts she told me she liked part of it, but the other part needed to be removed.  I LOVE the honesty of a child!

Thanks for putting up with some rambling today!
Happy Monday!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Faves

Better late than never...
1. baby snuggles (this may be on the list for quite some time!) 
2. Jurassic Park in 3D with my lil' bro
3. Beautiful sunshine
4. SLEEP (umm...can you tell I'm sleep deprived!??)
5. Holding my daughter's hand at her request as we walk to the library (one hand holding hers and the other pushing the stroller...she rarely asks to hold my hand so this is precious!)
6. Long weekends with the hubby home
That's it for now...thanks for stopping by...
The following picture is what happens when my daughter plays around with the ipad:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tired Tuesday

My motivation to blog has returned, but my desire to clean has not.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Makeover

This one will probably be short, since my daughter will be waking up soon...ha, she's up!

So, I've entered the transition phase of "no poo"  I have some greasiness, but not too bad.

Instead of focusing on that makeover.  I'm going to focus on a lamp makeover since my daughter went shopping at my mom's garage sale. She fell in love with a new lamp shade.

I took this lamp:

And, changed out the lamp shade.

One of the easiest makeovers ever! And, my daughter loves her new lamp!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Faves

These are my Friday faves, I was not paid to promote any of these items:
1. Baby snuggles
3. Pantene curl enhancer spray gel (on the days I air dry my hair this is the only product I use). Seriously, I LOVE this product
4. Burt's Bees intense hydration cream cleanser with clary sage
5. E.L.F. eye shadow(sold at Target)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Makeover: No Poo

Ok, so I'm not sure how much I'll be posting to this blog, but I'm gonna try. Here goes...

Have any of you out there heard about "no poo"? Well, I recently read about it and my first thought was that's gross. First of all, anything with poo in it doesn't sound enticing to a mother of a newborn. Changing diapers all the time just makes me think of poop. I'm sure I just grossed out many of you, LOL!

However, the concept of not shampooing kept me coming back to google searches to read more and watch videos. 
 My thoughts were,
not washing your hair...way gross
but...the idea intrigued me.
 I continued reading and there's plenty of recipes for a baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse. AND, it is supposed to be good for curly hair. Which I have.

Since moving back to the Portland area, my hair has felt dry and I've gotten tired of wasting money trying new products. And, I didn't want to pay salon prices for shampoo. Other people who "no poo" want to avoid the chemicals in shampoos. That wasn't what drew me to give this a try.

I have been shampoo free for a week and a half now.  I'm waiting for the transition period to begin...but it would be super awesome if it didn't!

Week 1 observations:
Hair dries faster
Curls better
Softer than ever before
Generally feels healthier
Using less product(more about this on Friday)  

I followed the recipe that's in this video: Ashley's Green Life: No Poo Method
I would love to hear from those who are currently using the "no poo" method!
And make sure to check out Leah Gillen's site for her Makeover Monday post.

Friday, April 12, 2013