Friday, December 19, 2014

Just Say NO to Doritos Hair

I've about had it with trying to stay blond since I moved. Salons down here are twice as expensive as on the main land and they kind of suck. I liked the last girl who did my highlights but shes never in town. I got desperate - I did my roots myself. They turned orange. 

My hair pulls red and I had a feeling it may have a strawberry blond hue to it but I was not prepared for orange. I even tried another kind of dye and it stayed the same, no change at all. I knew I needed to do something or it was going to cost me a pretty penny to fix the dorito shaded hair I was rocking. 

Enter L'Oreal Brass Banisher toner and Jonn Frieda tone-correcting shampoo and conditioner. 

Brass Banisher

Amazon prime came through and delivered this nice concoction to my door the same day as my holiday party at work. As soon as I got the delivery, I ripped open the box and got to work. The directions say use for no more then 10 minutes - I left mine on for 30 and my hair hasn't fallen out. 10 minutes was not long enough and I knew better. 

Top photos are before the tone-correcting / Bottom photos are after. Much better right?

I rinsed out the toner and followed up with the ton-correcting shampoo & conditioner. A quick blow dry later and I was so happy to see the difference. It was a hair miracle and L'Oreal/ John Frieda are my new best friends. If you're blond and need some brass / orange hair help, this could be the answer to your prayers. 

I'm still not completely happy with my hair. I'm not sure what to do! Do I go darker, ombre ( is there still popular?) or suck it up and keep trying different variations of blond?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When I think of Christmas...

I think of making Christmas cookies the Sunday before. The smells of sugar icing and peanut butter. The counter top being covered in parchment paper and cooling cookies, flour all over the place, butter being creamed in the mixer. 

I think of the red bows that are hung on the mounted deer heads in my parents living room. Tying those ridiculous things on the heads was one of my favorite parts of decorating. 

I think of my entire family crammed into one room on Christmas Eve. One year we even managed to fit them all on the sofa for a photo. 

I think of the fever I get every December. Without fail, I get sick and miss some festive event. ( Like the parade this weekend.)

( I love my students and coworkers)

I think of crisp air, boots, and singling outdoor Christmas lights. 

I think of all the times someone ends up with my aunts lipstick on their face from a kiss at the door. 

I think of having to hand out neighbor gifts while waiting on people to come over. Then waiting for the customary dozen donuts that the neighbor brings every year after we open gifts. 

I think of Christmas breakfast - biscuits and gravy and the newest addition of stuffed french toast.

I think of how some relative will get pissed off and snap at someone. 

I think of how we used to walk out with the other kids and feed the horses carrots and apples.

What do you think of when you think of Christmas?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Playing in the Sand: KW Sand Art Festival

On what was one of the most beautiful evenings I've ever felt, AJ and I headed down to the Casa Marina on the edge of the island. The sand sculpting contest was the climax of Art! Key West and I didn't want to miss it. 

As we arrived there was a crisp breeze in the air and it was actually quite cold for being so far south. We both had one hoodies and real shoes, which doesn't happen often. Walking out of the rear of the hotel and into the sand revealed a phenomenal sunset, somehow we timed our arrival perfectly to catch the last bit of sunshine. It took everything I had to restrain myself from climbing in the hammocks and just enjoying it. 

There were only about 6 sculptures to make the "ohhhh" and "ahhh" sounds over but they were worth making the drive out for. My personal favorite was the eight foot tall creature up there. Unfortunately he didn't win the crowd favorite, the two sided coin did. 

After checking out the contest, we walked out to the pier to watch the remaining sunset and then head home to jump into Pj's and watch old movies on the couch. It was perfect. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #96

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a 
fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts. 

Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 96th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks
 for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content

LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up 
your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and 
cohosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check 
them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do 
so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather 
than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each 
week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop 
receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and cohosts in order to win. Only those 
who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of 
 If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about
 sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop! 

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and
 The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines

1. Link up your favorite post from your week. 

2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts. 

3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love. 

4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along! 

5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends

6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: BlogBloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: BlogBloglovin'

Meet this week's co-hosts:
sponsors 2 sponsors

Lauren @ Simply Free

Penny @ Penny's Passion

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!

... onto the winner!
 Hello everyone! This is Tiffany. This time of year is my favorite. I love the holiday season. I am the lady that puts up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown Christmas music has been playing over and over again around here.

This time of year can also be really stressful. Parking lots turn into road rage war zones.
 On Black Friday people actually fight over scarves and DVD's and toasters. (ugh).

Which is why I loved this post so much that I pinned it and kept it saved away for myself. There are so, so, many people in need. This list by Lynsey is super well thought out and organized and gives us ideas for ways to give back to charities. She puts in links to different charities that help soldiers, families in need of gifts, and more.

I will be referring to it in the future. This time of year is supposed to be about so much
 more than getting! Thanks Lynsey for this post, I loved it and had to share!

Go check out Eternally Wanderlyn, a blog I am sure you will want to follow ASAP.

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Weekend Recap : Baby Steps

I would like to tell you this is a weekend recap post, but it's not. Yes, I'm going to tell you about what I did but that's not the important part. I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a party by myself. This may not sound like a big deal but for moi, it is. I'm the chick who grew up and stayed in my hometown with the same people my entire life. I'd had the same circle of coworkers for 12 years. This year it's all new. 

I went to the school holiday party on my own. Aside from not being close to anyone there, other obstacles came up... the beer wasn't on ice ( who the eff doesn't ice beer before a party?) so we all had to walk down the block and buy drinks from Fat Tuesdays and no knives were provided for our Italian food - picture Chicken Marsala being eaten by cavemen in lipstick. 

Liquid courage is sometimes all that is needed. Not just by me, but by everyone. By the end of the night we were all drunk, happy and mingling with one another - awkwardness no where in sight. Oh, and I won a raffle prize! I won a $25 gift certificate to a local bar, which was the price I paid to go to the party to begin with so I got my money back.. and I have a girl date with a coworker before break this week. Could this be the beginning of a friendship? Fingers crossed. 

And because it's Monday and we all need a reason to smile. I bring you Rob Gronkowski and his kittens. 

P.S. I'm co-hosting the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop so come back tomorrow to link up!