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My Favorite Curly Girl Products: What Works, What Doesn’t

Having been a mostly faithful Curly Girl Method follower (I color, so it lets me out of the club, but I follow it 95% of the time) for over a decade, I foraged through my bathroom cabinets to line up all the hair products I’ve bought this past year.

Why? So I can tell you what works for my hair, and what still sits, nearly full, in the very back of the cupboard because it didn’t do rad things for my locks.

So let’s talk about my favorite Curly Girl hair products, especially what works, and what doesn’t. Read more

15 Coffee Table Books That Are Better Than Anything You Can Read on Your Phone

Let’s talk about great coffee table books.

I know, it’s fun to order and read (or listen to) books on your Kindle or your phone. They don’t take up space and clutter your house, they’re portable and can go with you.

E-books are cheaper, you can delete them if they’re terrible instead of tossing them in your car to donate to Goodwill where they slide around for six weeks until you remember, they have less impact on the environment, etc etc etc. Read more

Constantly Worried About Weight: Why I Don’t Diet (My Story)

Yes, I constantly worried about weight. This is my story of why I don’t diet. (Anymore.)

As I sit down to write this, I want to slam shut the laptop, scream, and run away.

Because,

A. It’s hard, and
B. it’s private, and
C. I could say it’s none of your business.

But it is your business, especially if you’re a girl/woman, because unless you are like .01438% of the population (stat made up entirely by me) and have never felt insecure about your body, then you’re the Rest of Us, who have.

And do.

Every day. Read more

How to Do the Curly Girl Method (the easy way)

Today we’re going to talk about how to do the Curly Girl Method to care for your curly hair the easy way.

Sure, there are tons of tutorials out there, but why waste your time?

In this post, I’m going to tell you about the Curly Girl Method, what products to avoid, what to get instead, and my simple five-step process so you can manage your curls and look great.

Ready? Let’s jump in. Read more

How to Make a Haunted Dollhouse (on the cheap)

For a few years now, my crafty daughter and I have wanted to make a haunted dollhouse as a Halloween decoration/craft project.

I’m not particularly crafty myself, but we had already made some adorable dollhouses out of vintage suitcases, so we had a few tricks up our sleeves!

But as ready as we were to go on this project, we just couldn’t find an inexpensive dollhouse. I mean, we’re cheap. Like, really cheap.

So two years went by.

Then about a month ago, I was wandering through Goodwill as one does, and this cute house popped out at me. It had been scribbled on with markers, but it was stable, the right size, and most important of all, it was $9.99.

Yes, $9.99. Read more

12 Things to Buy at Costco (& 7 to Avoid)

Let’s talk about the best things to buy at Costco, and the best things to avoid.

You’ve seen those families who are pushing two carts full of food and household products through the big box store, right?

They must buy everything at Costco, assuming they’re getting the best price. But unless you want to spend most of your paycheck on stocking your fridge, it’s better to go in prepared.

I mean, unless you like spending a whole lotta money. Read more

3 Things Men Just Don’t Get About Romancing Their Wives

1. Getting Hot & Heavy in Bed

Late at night, when the kids are finally asleep, the lights are dimmed, the phone is off, the dishwasher is humming, the doors are locked, and I’m in bed with my husband, he whispers an insecure, anxious thought:

“You only love me for my body.” He gulps. Are those tears he’s blinking back?

Oh, stop wiggling and get over here!” I demand. I move closer.

“No!  I’m more than just a hot body, you know!” He hugs a pillow to his chest and effectively blocks my embrace.

“No, you’re not.  Quit fighting and give in!” Read more