Clarify

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Have you Clarified you hair yet? I always like to Clarify mine in the springtime to lift out all the impurities the inversion and yucky winter has left in my hair. (not to mention product build up) Purify from Pureology is one of my..if not my favorite Clarifying Shampoo. Your hair feels squeaky clean after and refreshed! The Rosemary and Tea Tree Oils give you a little aromatherapy while the clarifying witch hazel works hard on your hair. It is my version of a total hair detox.

In addition to Purify, I also love the Hair Cleansing Cream by Redken.

I also have to put a little plug in as to why not buy your professional hair care from Amazon or Wal-Mart or eBay? The reason is simple… it is very likely expired. Often times people will buy a little here, a little there from the beauty supply and fill their warehouses with product.  The product is in unknown conditions and a variation of temperatures while they wait for it to expire. They then put it on Amazon and it typically is cheaper, yet your results can’t be guaranteed. Buying local from a salon however can be guaranteed and if your unhappy with your results they will get you something that you love! Help us stop diversion and buy local! Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 12.29.13 PM

 

Enjoy your Clarify or ask your stylist to clarify your hair at your next appointment! It will be styling and shining so much easier!

Happy Monday!

xoxo

Whit

Also if you haven’t seen  my daughters Nursery I am guest posting over at Macdonald’s Playland! Check it out. I love cute Pam with all my heart, you’ll love her blog.

No sew Headband

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This is probably the EASIEST headband I have ever made. Sometimes if I don’t already have a headband or bow that matches my Pipsqueaks outfit I will just make one quick before church or our outing in less than 5 min! The best part about this tutorial is it is NO SEW! Meaning a caveman could do it… you got this. Screen shot 2014-04-09 at 11.26.55 AM

 

Firs things first: I usually get my stretch elastic at Deb’s Lace & Trims because it is INCREDIBLY cheap. In fact it seemed too good to be true at first so I was all worried I would not get my order, but sure enough it came and they were awesome to work with!

Step One: Measure your elastic lace around your child’s head and tie a knot leaving long tails ( 2-4 inches depending on how big you want the bow to be) I tie a square knot to make the bow easier to form. Right over left…pull tight then left over right pull tight.

Step Two: Starting on one side of the knot, grab the tail and gather up the ends. Carefully add some hot glue to these gathered ends.

Step Three: Place your gathered ends with hot glue on them next to the square knot to create one side of the bow.

Step Four: Press the half of the bow you just created down firmly to soak up the glue and add any more glue if necessary.

Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side to create a full bow! Your headband is done and ready for your Pipsqueak to wear.

I use this easy hot glue method for making bows on clips  with fabric too! It is easy peasy! Let me know if you have any questions!

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xoxo

Whit

 

Lets fix this…

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 8.08.11 PMHey guys! This is my cute friend Mindy Catmull who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was just 2 Months old! She has been fighting this nasty disease daily since then with breathing treatments, hospital stays, 35 pills a day and more. Mindy is one of the sweetest, kindest, most selfless people I have ever met. She is a fighter. She always has a smile on her face and never complains about her circumstances.

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LET’S HELP HER AND OTHERS FIND A CURE! here is how you can help… There will be a Great Strides Walk on May 3 in Provo, UT. The walk is free but you can donate to finding a cure here by joining team Minderella. All donations are tax deductible and work towards turning CF from standing for Cystic Fibrosis to CURE FOUND. Let’s make it happen. Check out more about Mindy’s story here.

LETS CURE CF!

xo

Whit

 

Easy Easter Brunch

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Did March FLY by for you guys? It sure did for us! Believe it or not… Easter is almost here! I absolutely love Easter, I love celebrating the fact that Christ is Risen. That he does carry my burdens and strengthen my weaknesses, and that because of him, I can be forgiven and find happiness in my life full of mistakes. What a blessing. Sunday I made one of our favorite family recipes that is perfect for a simple and easy easter brunch. Most of the items you should have on hand too!

Breakfast Quiche

3 C frozen hash browns thawed

1/3 C butter melted

1 C diced ham

1 C shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1/2 C milk

1/2 t salt

1/2 t pepper

Press hash browns into the bottom of a 9″ pie pan. Use the bottom of a cup to press them down into the pan and along the sides to create the crust. Pour butter over hash browns. Bake at 425 for 25 min.

Combine ham & cheese and spoon into the crust. In a small bowl beat the eggs, add milk, salt and pepper and pour over all. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 25-30 min. Let rest 10 min: ENJOY!

You’ll love this dish! It makes for the perfect brunch.

Happy APRIL fools.

xoxo

Whit

Edible Finger Paint

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Yogurt Finger Paint

1 Small plain Yogurt

3 Containers

3 Types of Food Coloring

You probably saw my post on Instagram about our finger painting fun earlier last week. It is the perfect type of sensory play for your little pipsqueak… but typically paint is NOT something you want to hand your one year old. It is easy to make this activity a safe play with plain yogurt divided into 3 containers and add one drop of food coloring to give you bright colors! This type of play is SO important for your child, it promotes sensory integration which is the ability of the body to process all the information it receives via touch, taste, smell, hearing, and vision. This type of play did make a HUGE mess, but messy play can be calming to children. The messes are somewhat of a sacrifice to parents, but remember how important it is for your child to explore and discover through play. It is worth the mess! Have fun with your kids and make time for sensory play! Pull out the play dough, blow bubbles, play in the rain puddles, play with pastas, beans, rice, (different textures), even stack boxes or cups and let your child knock them over. I am always surprised at how much my Pipsqueak loves some variety to our every day routine and sensory play is always the perfect thing to mix in!

Explore your senses!

Hooray for the weekend!

xoxo

Whit

 

MOM Summit

Hey all you Mamas! I have some exciting news. How would you like to attend a conference made specifically for moms by moms to make your life easier? How would you like for that conference to be FREE? How would you like to attend it from the comforts of your own home? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s all true, Mom Summit is just days away! Starting March 31st – April 7th you can view these tips and tricks for FREE! Plus sign up now and you get a bonus gift! Check out the link here.

 

 

I hope this video inspires you as much as it has me to attend Mom Summit! I am so excited to learn some new things from these awesome mamas and bloggers!

 

xoxo

Whit

DIY Vintage Glam Party Hat

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I had seen some darling vintage inspired glam birthday crowns at a few of my favorite boutiques over the past several months and knew I wanted one for my Pipsqueaks Birthday. My only problem with them was the price tag… some were wanting $30 for a paper crown! I thought I could easily make it for around $5 or less… and I LOVE a good DIY! I have a Silhouette Cameo that makes my DIY projects a LOT easier but no worries you can totally still make it without one!

You’ll need:

12 x 12 sheet of paper

Glitter or glitter paper

Lace or ribbon trim

Feathers, beads & adornments

Elastic

Silk lining to make a flower or purchase a flower

(I found all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Don’t forget to pull up your mobile coupon for 40% off an item)

Step one: Cut the party hat out and number if you want their age on the crown. (You’ll see I did a 1 out of glimmer paper) If you have a silhouette this is cake. Create a template or go to the store and search party hats. Everything in the store is 50% off right now so I got my template for .50!

If you don’t have a Silhouette or paper cutter use this template from OH HAPPY DAY! Her party hats are super cute too and so simple.

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Step Two: Glue hat into the cone shape with hot glue and add your elastic chin strap. I put mine through the holes the Silhouette cut out and glued it to itself on either side.

Step 3: Add trim or lace to your crown using glue dots or hot glue

Step 4: Make flower out of silk lining or attach flower you purchased.

TO MAKE FLOWER: Cut silk lining into 5-10 circles about the circumference of a cup. Light a candle and insert the edges of the circle into the flame. . be sure you have silk lining because some fabrics will flame, silk lining just crinkles and curls up. Arrange your petals or circles together once you have burnt the edges to resemble a flower. Once you have them how you like them glue them into place with the hot glue and then add to the crown. Is this too confusing? If so leave me a comment and I can post a step by step with pictures!

Step 5: Add number, beads, feathers and any other adornments using the hot glue gun

Take some photos of your cute pipsqueak in their birthday crown!

And really… it’s their party and they’ll cry if they want to! ha my baby does not like wearing hats if you can’t tell.

Happy Hat Making!

Please comment below with any questions!

xo

Whit