Beauty Review: Dry Shampoo

My hair is ridiculous. It is slippery and shiny and straight.  Girls with curly hair always say they are envious of how straight my hair is without me having to do anything to it. I don’t think there is anything to be envious of. It always feels flat, and by the end of the day, even a little greasy. If I have plans hours after shampooing my hair, I’m typically in need of something to freshen up my hair and give it a little volume.  So, I’ve learned that dry shampoo was a product made for heads like mine. I’ve tried numerous brands and wanted to share some of the ones I’ve tried and most importantly, my top 3!

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What I disliked about Tresemme, Suave and Pantene was that they made my hair feel heavier and even sticky/greasier! NOT the point of dry shampoo! Although they are easy to find (Target) and reasonably priced, I do not recommend them if your hair is like mine!

On to my top 3! I will include pros/cons:

3.  Detox Dry Shampoo by DryBar: Definitely gives the lighter feeling and even a little texture/volume! However, it leaves noticeably white residue in hair! Who wants to look like they are graying (more than they already are… ahem…)! I ran my fingers through my hair then noticed white fingerprints on my black leggings- yikes! The smell is ok, not amazing but not awful, definitely a strong smell.  It is a nice product and brand overall but not my go-to choice when in need of dry shampoo, but even still I’ve used it several times because it does the job when needed. $12 for 1.4 ounce/$22 for 3.5 ounce at Sephora

2.  Pssst Instant Dry Shampoo: This product is a GEM! I originally bought it at Walgreens thinking it was a really sketchy brand but I was in a pinch.  I ended up loving it and wishing I could find it at Target when I ran out.  It gives that light feeling I was looking for, with a light powdery smell (not overwhelming) and is SO reasonably priced! I found the travel sized cans for something like $3.00 at Nordstrom Rack and stocked up! If you see this stuff- BUY IT! I highly recommend! I haven’t seen the full size bottles anywhere than my original purchase at Walgreens but am on the hunt for it- sorry I don’t remember how much the big can cost.

1.  Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray:  This stuff is amazing. The only reason I was able to rate it higher than the Pssst brand is because it smells AMAZING! I get compliments on the smell all the time when I use it! It gives that fresh feeling in addition to some volume and texture.  It works so fabulously! The only negative is that it is spendy! I buy it at my salon, Obadiah Salon in Bellevue.  They also sell it at Gene Juarez.  Last year I got a full size bottle at the Gene Juarez warehouse sale for half price- STEAL! The travel size is about $22 and the full size is about $40, can’t remember exact prices.  Definitely a splurge, but well worth it!

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Oh baby.

It is June. And baby is due in 5 weeks! And I just found this post from below that I had written months ago and never published…. and decided to post it even though it’s old! SO here ya go!

“Enjoy it, because it’s happening.”

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Well, it’s happening! I am 16 weeks pregnant! Woohoo! Baby Hauge is due July 13, 2015.  We are very excited! I’m feeling a lot better now that I’m into the second trimester, thank goodness! Kyle has been absolutely wonderful, packing up snacks for me to bring to work to “make sure the little fella doesn’t get hungry” and forcing me to drink milk to get my vitamin D to make sure baby isn’t too tiny! In another 4 weeks we will find out if baby is a boy or girl! We have the baby room started, in very neutral colors, so it will be fun to know which type of “pop of color” we can add! (Navy and mint for boy; coral/blush and gold for girl… in case you were wondering!) We haven’t shared our news on instagram or Facebook at all yet, I’m still waiting for Kyle to tell some more of his friends and coworkers.  Well actually we haven’t decided if we wanted to share publicly yet, or if at all… but I’m thinking we’ll need to say something publicly at some point! People like to know happy news like this! I’ll be sure to share some photos of the baby room as it progresses and other tidbits here and there of how things are going!

Keep Calm and Carry On

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep calm and carry on. Those two delightfully cliche sayings mean pretty much the same thing, don’t they? I got this great calendar from my sister for Christmas. It’s so cute, each month is a different “Keep Calm and……” saying that goes with each month. My crafty self is going to get a frame that size and cut up the calendar after each month and use as seasonal art around the house. FUN! 🙂

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Anyways, aside from my cool new calendar, I read this article that seemed to be a perfect mental pep-up for a “fresh” 2014.

Click here to read: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff- from Real Simple

It talks about how to use the reasoning side of your brain to counter emotional reactions that make you feel negative- disappointed, anxious, defeated, inconvenienced, etc. I thought it had some great advice!

I often get caught up with my emotions- worrying about something I said, or didn’t; letting anxiety ruin my day; feeling unworthy or insufficient.  I try to stop myself from getting carried away but often have a really difficult time of stopping that emotional reaction. I think some of these tips will really help me. And by handling situations  LIFE with more reasonable than emotional reactions, I think I’ll be a more productive and efficient person. Obviously I will let my positive, happy emotions take over on days like my wedding day and other exciting life events, because, well, duh.  But in terms of controlling a negative emotional reaction, thanks Real Simple!

Happy Monday friends!

Savoring Winter Break

My paperwhites bloomed! “Fresh flowers for a fresh new year” is what I captioned this photo on my instagram! That’s how I have been feeling about 2014 so far! Fresh! I have worked out every day since December 31, the air has been crisp and clean with blue skies, and I feel a rejuvenated sense of complete happiness. If that’s not feeling fresh, then I don’t know what is!

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On one of these very fresh and clear days, (yesterday) K and I went for a drive and found a few new amazing viewpoints right over near Cougar Mountain. This photo is from a little picnic spot near the top of Cougar Mountain. The view of Lake Sammamish in the sunset was breathtaking. I also got some shots of the sunset itself but it’s sad that my camera doesn’t even begin to capture the beauty that the naked eye can. We both were feeling so blessed to live where we live, in such an amazing state! (especially as my family in the midwest is dealing with temps almost 30 below zero!- you have to feel even more thankful to have sunny skies and 45 degrees!)

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I’ve really been trying to savor the last couple days of break. I just don’t want to go back to work! UGH! Tonight is my last night of break and I’m just trying to mentally prep to get back in the swing of things and it is so hard! I am thinking back to the break though, and don’t have a thing to regret about it. The last four days have been without any extra family around and I’ve done my fair share of “testing out the new couch” (read: being lazy), cooking, cleaning and working out (read: being productive), and having fun with K and friends. Today, for example, we went out to lunch and ice skating for our friends’ birthday! And Friday, we went shopping, out to sushi and to a movie for a date night! So really, I have done a great job of making the most of break and should be ready to get back to work. (I’m not though, and I’m not going to lie about it… so whatever.) Hopefully those little smiling faces will kick my butt back into gear tomorrow morning bright and early and I can find my motivation to teach their little minds everything they need to learn in first grade! Keep your fingers crossed for me. 🙂

Ringing in 2014

I honestly don’t think I could have asked for a better holiday season this year! K and I spent Christmas down in Vancouver with his family. It was my first Christmas that wasn’t in Minnesota, ever, but it was so amazing! I love his family and they actually have similar traditions to that of my family so it made the transition to change a whole lot easier! His mom even had a stocking made for me with my name on it! Talk about feeling right at home!

When we got back from Vancouver, my family flew in to visit! What a treat! They all stayed at the house, and although I thought it would feel a lot more cramped, it actually was not bad at all! The house was full of Christmas cheer- aka tons and tons of belly laughs! I had such an amazing time with all of them! I also got to know my little sister’s new fiance a lot better which was awesome! He’s a really nice guy and I couldn’t be happier for little Kitty!

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We rang in 2014 in style, naturally! I hosted a black and gold themed party at the house.  We all got dressed up, made appetizers, Tina made a fancy drink, ordered pizza, played games, danced, set off illegal fireworks in the backyard, and watched the ball drop as a family.  It makes me warm and fuzzy and happy to think about!

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To kick off 2014 we did the Wold Family Winter Olympics, which consisted of a 5k loop around Lake Boren, a hill climb (up our back yard haha) and a game of cowboy golf.  My sisters are hilarious and I think Kyle enjoyed spending time with all of them, as loud and overwhelming as we can be all together!

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2014 is going to be a life changing year. I already can’t wait to marry  my wonderful man and begin our lives together (officially).  I have set some good goals and feel like I am starting the year in a healthy and happy state, physically and mentally. Cheers to 2014!!

 

Holiday Cheer

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Four more wake-ups! I feel guilty for how ready I have been for winter break… going on two weeks now! The kids are totally ready too which is a big part if my readiness!
The first Christmas in our home is coming along quite nicely! We went out to the mountains on a tree mission last weekend, and although we ended up getting one from a tree farm instead, the adventure in itself was worth it! The tree looks so beautiful in the living room! I’ve purchased a few new festive holiday decor items and we have been given a few things from Kyle’s parents as well… It is starting to feel quite festive! My family will be coming out right after Christmas too!! Woohoo! Although my first Christmas away from Minnesota will be weird, I’m definitely excited about the new holiday traditions Kyle and I are starting!
My favorite parts of this season have to be the smell of a Christmas tree (ours smells a little bit citrusy!), the glow of Christmas lights, Starbucks caramel brûlée latte, Hallmark holiday movies, candy cane Hershey kisses and the warmth of Christmas cheer spread with family! Oh, and the movie Elf, although I haven’t seen it yet this season!
I am going to try hard to slow myself down and work hard with my students the next four (well, 3 if you don’t count Polar Express day) days and not wish them all away! And then plan on enjoying every single day of my two week vacation with every ounce of my being! 🙂
Happy holidays! And if I end up with any successful holiday baking projects I will share! (So far my three unsuccessful attempts at bourbon salted caramels have me feeling defeated as a baker!) For now, cheers to mistletoe and holiday magic!

Year 9

Today was the first day of my last year of school as Ms. Wold! Next year I’ll be a Mrs.! So weird to think about! Last year I began the school year dreaming about the possibility of moving into a new house, not really thinking it would actually happen… but it did! And now I’m dreaming about/actually planning a wedding! Kinda crazy thinking about the big changes that have been occurring in my life! I got a little sentimental thinking about the fact that I have to change my last name, as mine means a lot to me.  My dad used the phrase “you’re tough, you’re a Wold” many times growing up. It became a part of my identity and a source of pride.  I know that changing my last name doesn’t change me as a person, but I felt weird about it while over-thinking the idea when driving to work.  I also know that I don’t have to change my name, but that I will.  And my new last name will bring on a whole new feeling of family and pride, so it will all be ok.

Today was a whirlwind! My throat hurts from talking so much and I’m totally exhausted but overall I think it was a good day.  I am feeling stronger about my communications with parents and that is always a big goal of mine.  I’m optimistic that I’m starting out feeling strong… that usually doesn’t happen.  We have way too many kids this year but I know that is only temporary.  It’s frustrating to think about all the relationship and community building that will go to waste when several kids get moved out of my room, but I know I’ll be too excited to have a manageable class size to worry too much about that. And although my team has changed a bit this year, I have a great feeling about the work we will do this year!

This evening was filled with a lot of relaxing on the couch and a nice long walk in the neighborhood with my honey (who is really excited that he spotted a bobcat crossing the street!) and an early bedtime to get re-energized to do it all again tomorrow! Here’s to a great school year!