Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Diniwilk Stew

  • Hey everyone!  My subscription box reviews are super duper late this'll either see a bunch of them at once or they will just hang out in draft limbo until the end of time. It could go either way at this point.  It's been a crazy month at work because the case load just never ends.  We no sooner finished up all of the big cases that were keeping me in Columbus when the attorney examiner determined that ANOTHER case should go to hearing (one where we were just supposed to file comments instead of a full blown hearing with testimony and witnesses and all that jazz).  I really do love my job, but I hate that I get home at night and don't have any mental capacity left for reading your blogs, writing mine, or even catching up on twitter and instagram.  I just want to play with the girls, drool on the tv, and go to sleep.  I miss you guys!  Hopefully it will slow down soon and I can catch up.  
  • On top of being busy, I have also been a bit down.  Last week Justin and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary, and it wasn't really a year to celebrate.  Definitely the hardest one of our marriage and most likely our lives.  The good news is that something happened earlier that week that really proved just how good we are now, so it was a nice little boost right before a day that would have otherwise been rather depressing.  I have high hopes for year five - it will be the first year since we got married with no crazy huge life changes.  Year 1 = had a kid, new house, new car, new job.  Year 2 = finished my MBA.  Year 3 = had another kid.  Year 4 = hard marriage stuff.  It's so weird (but nice!) to know that we are all settled and happy and have nothing crazy coming up other that just regular life.  
  • To add to my blahness, I turn 34 on Friday.  It seems like one of the less exciting birthdays.  I have to say I'm in my mid thirties instead of my early thirties, which is kind of lame.  And it will bump me up to the next age bracket on about half of all surveys (the other half will get me next year).  I am not generally one to get all caught up on age, but I am SO TIRED all of the time, and my wrinkles are significantly more noticeable, and my hair is now over 50% gray, and MAN.  I am officially starting to feel OLD.  
  • We aren't going to the beach this year for the first time ever and I am kinda sad.  I need to start running again and taking the girls to the pool on the weekends because I think more sunshine and less staring at things with screens will dramatically improve my mood.  
  • We do, however, have a weekend fake camping trip planned in Hocking Hills.  I am super excited about it because I have this weird picture in my head about what a family should be like (I'm pretty sure it is entirely based on scenes out of Dan in Real Life, especially the part where they work out together).  We have never been a camping family whatsoever, and I know a cabin with a hot tub isn't exactly roughing it, but hanging out in the woods together just sounds like so much fun.  What are your summer plans?  Any vacations/mini trips?
  • Have you guys ever seen Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated?  It's a newer cartoon Scooby Doo that is set today, but everyone is in high school.  Shaggy and Velma are dating, as are Fred and Daphne.  IT IS ALL SO WRONG AND SO WEIRD.  Someone please watch this so we can discuss and try to figure out what brand of crack the people who wrote that show were smoking.  Once you get over the WRONGNESS of it all, it's actually pretty entertaining - lots of funnies for the adults that fly right over Adriana's head.  
  • I got to hang out with Emily a couple of weeks ago!  I am pleased to report that she is not a serial killer and is highly recommended for any future stranger play dates.  She also has the ability to look cute and not-annoyed in pictures even after at least 3 straight minutes of not being able to take a single decent selfie due to ineptitude + phone jankiness.  And yes, Emily, I am jealous of your boobage as well :) It was nice to talk about life and marriage and kids and work over some wine and fancy food - we are pretty much twinsies in all aspects of life, it's kinda crazy.  
I, on the other hand, totally look like a serial killer.
  • Kiddo update the first: Adriana is growing up entirely too fast.  She is FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY starting to be a better least if she is threatened properly and there is a countdown.  She will basically comply with anything as long as I don't take her pink blankie away (so I guess she isn't growing up THAT fast).  Her favorite colors are pink and purple and blue AND aqua green.  She can identify all letters by sight and write her name.  She is incredibly smart and asks the most amazing questions.  "Mama, how did you buy our house?  Like, did you go to the house store?  How did you pick it up to put it on the scanner?  Was it really small at the house store so you buy it and then you put it in the car and put it down on [redacted] Avenue?"  And yes, she actually inserts the "like" into the sentence.  She is also waaaaaaaaaaay more athletic/coordinated than I ever was.  I was able to take a day off work so I could watch her first day of gymnastics, and it amazed me to see how quickly she could imitate the other kids in her class who had been doing it much longer.  She also runs like a little gymnast already, it's so cute.  
  • Kiddo update the second: Lucia has the funniest personality - you never know what she is going to do next.  She was absolutely cracking Justin and I up last night because she was making so many crazy faces and randomly growling at us.  At any given moment I can ask her to show us her sad face and she will bust out the most heartbreaking pout and puppy dog eyes you have ever seen.  She is a total ham and a total drama queen.  She also has us totally wrapped around her little finger.  She will do something completely awful and then just shake her little curls and give us a big grin with her big old goofy teeth and all is forgiven.  She is learning her abc's but still mixes in snippets of other songs or leaves stuff out.  She can ALMOST count to 10 but skips some there too.  She tells us every color is either pink or orange.  She is a little toughie and definitely holds her own against Adriana (partly because she's hyooooge and partly because she fights dirty).  I think she is going to be more tomboyish than Adriana, since she's not as girly as A was at this age.  That's definitely subject to change though, since she is starting to get obsessed with shoes and we all know it's all downhill from there.    
  • I was going to do a photo dump of recent pictures but I think I will save that for a later post since my phone just died and I want to go home.  Have a good night!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tigi Bed Head On the Rebound and Miss Jessie's Quick Curls Review

I received Tigi Bed Head On the Rebound complimentary from Bzzagent (more on Bzzagent here).  I received the Miss Jessie's Quick Curls in a Birchbox, courtesy of my hubby.  

I was super excited to receive On the Rebound as my first Bzzagent campaign.  In my early 20's I was a huge fan of the Bed Head line - Girl Toys was the perfect serum to tame my frizzies, Manipulator made my hair flip out on the ends just like Willow from Buffy, Ego Boost was my go to leave in conditioner, Control Freak was the first product I used to straighten my hair, and After Party was awesome to get that disgusting smoke smell out of my hair after hitting the bars.  I haven't used Bedhead products in years, so I wanted to test out the latest and greatest they have to offer.  [I checked the website, and I can't believe they are still making most of these!! So sad to see that Girl Toys isn't there though].

Cutest packaging evah
This is what my Bzzkit looked like - how cute is the bee packing tape?!!  I got On the Rebound as well as 3 samples of Recharge and 3 samples of Elasticate shampoo and conditioner.  I shared 4 sets of the samples and kept one of each for myself.  

My natural hair type is "frizzy waves".  While I would LOVE to have "wash and go" hair, I have to style it in some way to make it look normal.  If I showered the night before, I straighten it with a flat iron or curl it with a large barreled curling iron.  If I'm running late and need to let it air dry, I use some sort of curl cream to elevate my waves to an almost curly or a beachy wave look (it turns out a bit different every time no matter what I do).  I definitely do this more often in the warmer months since my hair is just going to curl up anyway due to humidity. 

Deer in headlights!
This is what my curly hair process looked like using On the Rebound - brush, scrunch, and go!  That particular day, I used the Recharge shampoo and conditioner samples.  I couldn't really tell a difference between Recharge and Elasticate since I only used one of each, but they both smelled nice and didn't do anything weird to my hair.  Please excuse the complete deer in headlights look and crappy lighting in the final dry hair (top right) picture.  I was in a conference that day and people kept walking into the bathroom every time I tried to get a good shot.  I used On the Rebound MANY times over the past 2 months and this KEPT FREAKING HAPPENING!  My coworkers probably think I'm nuts.  So I don't have any better pictures than that one.  

Anyway, as you might be able to tell from my picture, On the Rebound does make my hair curly, but they are really separated, kinkier curls and they are a bit too crunchy for my taste after it dries.  Which is REALLY disappointing, because I so wanted to love this stuff.  I feel like my hair looks too dated when I use On the Rebound.  Boo.  

Now let's compare to my current curly hair cream of choice, Miss Jessie's Quick Curls.  It smells AMAZING (like lemongrass), is nice and light, and doesn't make my hair feel crunchy (or my hands sticky).  I just scrunch a small amount into my hair and go.  Sometimes I finish it off with a couple of pumps of John Frieda Frizz Ease spray, but I don't really notice a huge difference in my hair with or without the spray.  

Sitting around hotel = no makeup and tired face
Here is a picture of my hair using Miss Jessie's...I should note that I was doing a lot of sitting around in a hotel room that day (JEEZ too much work travel), and I had been running my hands through it a lot.  Even though these also aren't the greatest pics in the world, I can tell you that I felt like I was having a much better hair day than when I use On the Rebound.  My curls were much softer and had no crunchiness whatsoever, and the top of my head was a lot less frizzy.  I also find that my second day hair using On the Rebound needs to be washed because it's so crazy, but I can get away with curling some strategic pieces and going for round 2 with Miss Jessie's.  

I think that if someone who was not me was looking at my hair, they wouldn't be able to see a huge difference between the two products - it's more about how I feel when I use them.  So if there was a significant price difference, I would totally be willing to give up my beloved Miss Jessie's and use On the Rebound instead.  Miss J's is an insane $32 for 8 oz at Target.  I have always winced at the thought of my sample running out and shelling out that kind of money to replace it.  However, I was shocked to find that OTR is a whopping $16 for 4.22 oz on Amazon, making it only slightly less expensive than Miss J's on a per oz basis ($3.79/oz vs. $4/oz).  I will totally pay 21 cents an ounce to get rid of the crunch.  

So, while I enjoyed trying out On the Rebound, it just didn't work for my hair as well as my current product.  Miss Jessie's Quick Curls for the win!

Have any of you tried either of these products?  What do you do to tame your frizz?  I'm always looking for new ideas!