Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monat

I wanted to share something with all of you today that I'm really excited about! I'm sure most of you know that before I became a stay at home mom, I worked in the hair industry. Twelve years ago I went to cosmetology school to study hair and as soon as I finished school, I jumped right into working in a hair salon and did that for several years. I really enjoyed it. While I no longer work in the salon, I do still cut, color and style hair for friends and family. I've always been really into hair products and have used only the best for myself and my family. Having a cosmetology license means I have access to all of the best stuff. I've done my research and learned a lot about hair products while working in the salon. I sometimes forget how much I know because it kind of feels like second nature to me! Taking care of my hair has always been a priority because I've seen the effects of what can happen if you don't. I've also seen how happy it makes people, and how much their attitude and self confidence changes, when their hair looks amazing!
A few years ago my Mom had to take some medicine. A side effect for her was that she experienced some hair loss. She was really sad and I was sad for her. I honestly wasn't sure if she would ever have her super thick hair back again. Even though I knew all the products and all of the tricks, there wasn't a product fix for this. Fast forward to this past fall when my Mom mentioned to me that she was going to try Monat haircare products. She had heard amazing things about them and they were supposed to make her hair grow back thicker again. I hadn't thought much about it until I was cutting her hair a few weeks ago and was in shock at how thick her hair was. Shock. It had been a few months since I had trimmed her hair last and I couldn't believe the change her hair had had in just a few short months. I asked her if she thought it was because of Monat and she said most definitely yes. Not only was her hair back to being super thick, it was growing faster and so soft too. I was floored. In my twelve years of experience, I've never seen products perform like this before. Ever. I had to learn more.
I reached out to a friend who sells Monat and told her that I needed more info on this haircare line. She sent me a lot of information on what makes these products unique then gave me some samples to try for myself. The first time I washed and styled my hair with Monat, I couldn't believe my eyes. I literally kept saying, out loud to myself, OMG! My hair was full of volume, had so much bounce to it and my curls looked better and softer than they ever had before. I was instantly hooked. I told my friend that I needed these products in my life forever and always. After witnessing what they had done to my Mom's hair, and now my own (after just one use!!!!), I fully believed in them 100%. I am very particular about my products. Very. And honestly, it's hard to please me when it comes to hair. These products are far superior to anything I have ever used before.
After learning even more about the company, I found myself loving the products even more. Monat hair products are naturally based and do not contain sulfates, parabens, harsh salt systems, phthalates, PEG/DEA/MEA, harmful colors or harmful fragrances. The products aren't tested on animals and are 100% vegan. Did you know some of the most popular shampoos on the shelf today use the same ingredients as Mop and Glo? It only takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream. Do you know what's in your shampoo? Is your shampoo healing your hair?
Monat uses only the finest pure and sustainable ingredients from all over the world. These products were designed to heal your hair and scalp. They put back all of the good amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential oils back into your hair. Unlike other hair products, these are able to penetrate the hair shaft (vs other products that just sit on it) which is how these products have all of these amazing powers like strengthening hair, making hair grow faster, reduce thinning, add volume and shine, and visibly repair damaged hair. These products are scientifically proven to work.
Aren't convinced yet? Monat offers a 30 day money back guarantee. Want to know what their return rate is? Less than 1%. These products are sky rocketing. This company is quickly becoming the fastest growing company in the world and projected to be a billion dollar company in 2018 in just their 4th year in business. Only Instagram has experienced that kind of growth. Monat is the number one premium haircare line in the US and has had a 700% growth in the last year alone. This wouldn't happen if people didn't LOVE these products. I'm honestly telling you, these products are amazing.
So. How do you get your hands on these products made from unicorn hair and angel kisses? From me! I love these products so much I decided to sell them. This wasn't anything I had ever set my sights on but given my haircare background and seeing firsthand the way these products perform, I couldn't help myself. Even though this company is growing like crazy, there are still so many people who have never even heard of it!! So that's where I come in. I'm here to tell you all about it, give you access to purchase it, and change the life of your hair forever.
The link to purchase these products is HERE. Reach out to me before purchasing so I can tell you what products would be best for you hair type and also how you can get a 15% discount every time you purchase. You will not regret giving these products a try. No one ever does!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bathroom Plans

In today's design series I thought I'd share some of the bathroom Pinterest photos I found and how we're using them as inspiration in our home!
This is a photo I fell in love with. I love everything about this bathroom but my favorite thing about it is the cabinet design. I printed off this photo and brought it to our first meeting with our cabinet designer. We decided to copy a little of this design in the downstairs guest bathroom and I love how it looks.
These cabinets will be painted white and we're putting an antiqued mirrored glass behind the X design. I love how the legs make it feel like it's a piece of furniture instead of a standard cabinet. This X is sprinkled throughout our house in other areas as well and I'm really happy with how it looks everywhere! This bathroom will be so pretty once it's finished. We really wanted to do a little extra in here and make it feel special. I think we're going to achieve our goal when it's all said and done!
I feel like I've lived on Pinterest this last year. When I stumbled upon this powder bath photo I immediately showed it to Scott and told him we had to do exactly this. Scott normally puts a vessel sink in his powder baths but I just loved the overall feeling of this instead. It's a great room to be a little fancy so I decided to take advantage of that and have fun with it!
We ended up copying the cabinet design and Scott found the exact hardware for us to be able to use as well. I love it because it's different and I feel like it makes a cool statement. We're putting a pretty mirror above the cabinet and this light will hang on the ceiling.
We actually have this light in our entry currently and Scott and I both just love it. It's so classic and beautiful and I never get tired of staring at it. We looked at other lights for our powder bath and just kept coming back to this one. I think it will be the perfect touch to this room.
We're also planning on doing something super cool for the walls but I'm going to keep it a secret and show you when it's finished. I am soooo excited about it though and can't wait to show you!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

Bennett was my model for some cute Valentine shots for The Katie Co. and I looove these images of him. He really put on his Zoolander face for me and demonstrated some serious model status skills. If you aren't familiar with The Katie Co. she has an Etsy shop that sells the most adorable shirts! You should absolutely check out her stuff HERE. I know you'll love it and want to order everything she has. Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Life Currently

I feel like I haven't done a simple little update on life post lately. As a blogger I struggle between feeling like I have/need to write posts on specific topics like food, fashion, beauty, interior, etc. and attach pretty photos to go along with it. But sometimes my favorite photos aren't anything fancy and my favorite topics are what my kids and dogs are up to. So that's what I'm going to talk about today!
I ordered birthday invitations for Campbell's 4th birthday party last night. Mind blown. How is he almost four years old?? I've slowly started building up Campbell's spring wardrobe and I always order 4T shirts. Every time they come in the mail I'm prepared for them to be huge but nope. They fit just right. Crazy how big he's getting (and tall too). I really enjoy Campbell. He's very pleasant to be around. He currently loves Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly's Magic Little Kingdom. Of course Paw Patrol is always a top contender. Campbell loves to work puzzles and help me cook. He LOVES school and we have been blessed with THE BEST pre-school teacher this year. Bennett has amazing MDO teachers too. Overall, a great "school" year with seriously awesome teachers for both of my boys.
Bennett is a mess. He makes me laugh and smile constantly because he is such a stinker. He's very different than Campbell was at this age. Bennett is a little talker. He tries very hard to repeat any word we ask him to repeat and he does a great job of it too! Bennett, like Campbell, has to start his morning with a smoothie. Scott makes them before we even get the boys out of bed so we can hand them the smoothie the second they come down the stairs. Otherwise Bennett will lose his mind and cry until it's ready. Bennett is obsessed with his paci ("daci") and usually has one in his mouth and one under his arm. It's going to be a rough ride when he take it away from him in a few months (Giving it until he's two then going cold turkey!!). Bennett's favorite thing, other than his paci, is Mickey. He also loves canned veggies. Haha!
Our home is moving right along!! I took this photo a week ago today and it has already changed so much. They are currently in the throws of painting the interior so I haven't gone in there in a while. I cannot handle the fumes. I went in there when they first got started and had the worst headache for the rest of the day so I figure it's just best to stay out. We're moving in around this time next month, give or a take some days, as long as everything stays on track the way it is now. I cannot believe how quickly it's approaching. They'll finish up with the paint probably mid-week next week then the granite, plumbing and electrician guys will all be in there. After all of that we'll finish up some tile then install the hardwood and finally carpet. One that gets in we'll clean it up and we'll move into our new home. Crazy. I had a moment yesterday where I realized I only have about a month left in my current house and it was a strange feeling.
Earlier this morning we met with our landscaper to discuss plans for our yard and it made me excited! I love landscaping and gardening so this is an area that's really important to me. I'm scared I'm going to choose the wrong plants and trees but I've been thinking about this for over a year so hopefully I'm taking it in the right direction! I'm honestly SO tired of making decisions. We're still having to pick out some things and I just want someone else to start doing it for me. I mean, I had to pick out my doorbell which is just another one of those tiny little items that you don't think about having to actually pick out but someone, in fact, does pick out the doorbell! Scott and I both are very much looking forward to moving in so we don't have to pick anything out anymore!! We may have to get a couple of bottles of champagne and celebrate being done with decisions the day we move in!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Breakfast Plans

Moving right along with my design series and today I want to talk about one of my favorite rooms--the breakfast area! I am super excited about this room for a number of reasons. We don't have a breakfast area now so we're getting all new furniture for this space which is fun. Also, I have always longed for my family to sit at the table together and have dinner. It's how I grew up and I have a lot of guilt in not doing that with my own family. Our current dining room table isn't kid friendly. We eat there for special occasions only and Scott always pulls out beach towels to cover the chairs and rug. Currently, the boys sit at a little table and eat together while Scott and I sit at the bar. So when we talked over our design plans with Marla, I really stressed to her how important it was for my family to be able to eat together at the same table. That means we need a kid friendly eating situation. Not only did she understand but she completely agreed! She came up with the perfect solution for us and I couldn't be more thrilled with it.
This is almost identical to what our breakfast area will look like. This is a home that Scott put in the Parade of Homes a few years ago (which he swept the awards for...just had to brag on him for a quick minute!) and Marla and her team at Bassett staged the home for Scott. Since our kitchen area is basically the same as this, and she really loved the way she designed this space for the parade, she wanted to do the same thing for our home. So essentially this is exactly what it will look like. Same table, same sideboard and etagere, just a few changes with the fabrics and rug.
We are doing different fabric for the head chairs. The grey velvet will be on the outside and the plaid fabric will be on the inside. The plaid has some pale blue in it but you can't really tell from the photograph. The other chairs will look just like the photo above. Now how is that kid friendly you ask? Well, I'll tell you. We ordered two solid wood chairs for the boys to use. When company comes we can move them to either side of the sideboard but for everyday life, we'll just have them at the table. This way the boys can eat their dinner and if they spill we can just wipe the chair off. No more stress that they may mess up the fabric and now we can come to the table to have family dinners together. This makes me really happy. 
Marla also chose this rug for us to put under our table. This rug is the exact same type of rug as the ones we are putting in our playroom. The kind where apparently you can take them out to your driveway and hose them down if they get spilled on. Perfect! And I looooove this rug. It's so beautiful and maybe my favorite rug ever.
We are putting this art above the sideboard (see first photo for the sideboard we're getting) plus the lamps and horse. An Etagere will be placed on the opposite wall of the sideboard and I'm sure Marla will bring all sorts of pretty things to fill it up with.
So here it is essentially. Our breakfast nook. It will look almost identical to this with a few little changes and I just love it. The doors that lead out to the patio are different in our home than the home in the photo above. There is one less door and the one door we have is a French door. Other than that it's the same space. We're also adding window treatments on that back window. We're using the ones we have in our living room now and putting them in our breakfast area. Super pleased with everything and can't wait to see it all come together!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Aha Moments

This week has been busy. I can't believe tomorrow is Friday. This was a fast week for me.
I have been trying to plan a trip to Disney for my family. I love vacation planning but this one is so different than any other trip we've planned. There is so. much. information. I find it all to be extremely confusing and a little stressful too which is so silly. Vacation planning should be fun!! Anywho, my nights have literally consisted of me staring at my phone or computer trying to research all things Disney World. I think we've figured it out. Now we need to do some booking. 
Campbell leaving our bible study yesterday. I've been doing bible study at my church for quite a few years now and this semester has been one of my favorites. Yesterday I had an aha moment and then I camped out there for the rest of the day. I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to let it take you over like that but after almost 33 years, an aha moment made ALL THE THINGS make so much more sense to me and, well, I just couldn't stop thinking about it. I've continued to think about it and I loved what the speaker had to say so much that I listened to the podcast today and plan to listen to it again. We're reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and it's all about going back in life order to go forward in life. Anyways. Good stuff. I definitely recommend the book. You don't have to be involved in a bible study to read it. It's just a good book. I'll link it for you HERE. A lot of people have said that this book has changed their lives. I'm only four chapters in but I had an aha moment yesterday that I'll never forget so, so far.....I guess I agree! Let me know if you're interested in the podcast and I'll send you the link!
Honestly, would love to chat some more but Scott and I are about to listen to the podcast together. :) See you all back here tomorrow!