I dye my own hair all the time, but I realized yesterday when I posted a picture of the box (and the after picture of my hair) that not everyone does. I was kind of surprised, because I thought it was fairly standard? But clearly it’s not!
I do it for a few reasons. First of all, I cannot STAND sitting in that chair at the salon for 2 hours. And then of course, there’s the fact that it costs a fortune. Dude, I don’t need to be paying $150+ for something that I could pay $7.99 for at home you know? However, if I happen to be at the salon (for a haircut or am there with L and B – we all go to the same place) and my hair is looking a hot mess, my girl will insist on dying it.
I don’t always use the same brand (I mean if I have a coupon, I will buy whatever), but I do really like Garnier line. The instructions are really easy to follow and it’s not a huge mess.
If you have never dyed your hair before, but want to give it a try, here are my tips:
~Do it on a night where you don’t have to go anywhere the next day (i.e. work), but also on a night that your salon is open the next day (JUST IN CASE). I’d recommend a Friday night.
~Follow the instructions. I once left dye on for longer than the instructions said because I wanted my hair to be “really dark brown”. Umm, yeah, it turned black. OOPS.
~Don’t go from blonde to brown or brown to blonde or whatever the FIRST time you ever dye your own hair. It’s just not a good idea.
~Have someone help you if you are super worried. I used to have B help, but now that I have done it a bunch of times, I don’t need him anymore.
Allright, so tell me, do you dye your own hair? What are your reasons? Do you hate being trapped in that chair as much as I do? And if you do, share your secrets and tips! What brand do you use? And if you don’t, why not?
~We had a great weekend which included seeing Scooby Doo Live (thanks to MichiGal and her contests)! The boys (B included) and I loved it. L was so into it and WB was screaming he was so excited. If you’ve never been to a kids show, you must go to least one. Everyone arrives late, it’s loud and there is lots of people coming and going during the show! It’s fun. During our trip to the bathroom / concession stand, we had to hit up the trinkets and ended up with a $20 stuffed Scooby (which likely has a retail value of $2) and a $10 Mystery Machine flashlight (how could we not?).
~This weekend also included an impromptu trip to the Genius Bar because someone spilled water on her MacBook. As a side note, this never would have happened if I were drinking soda. I would NEVER spill my precious Diet Pepsi! But thankfully we live close to the Apple Store and I made a quick appointment and we all headed over there. L loves the Apple Store so he HAD to come. Happily they were able to fix my computer (for free) and I was in and out in like 10 minutes. I can’t help but wonder what people who don’t have Apple stuff or don’t live near an Apple Store do? Those guys have saved me more times than I can count. They have replaced iPhones, fixed my laptop, everything. For free!
~I’m expecting lots of boxes his week, including Birchbox, Birchbox Home, Love With Food, the Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box, Kiwi Crate and Lip Factory. That’s what I know about anyway. I have some boxes that are new to me coming this month as well, including Bestowed, Julibox, Tyler Florence Fancy Box, MyIrelandBox and Bugsy’s Box to name a few! What boxes are you expecting this week?
~I must be super old, because I didn’t even know the MTV Movie Awards were last night! Seriously I used to mark that stuff on my calendar! And not only did I not know about them, when I looked at pictures, I didn’t even know who half the people were. Snooki looked great though!
~How was your weekend? What’d you do? And what are you looking forward to this week? As you know, this is a huge week over here since B is turning 30 and WB is turning 1!! Eeek!!!
Crafter’s Crate is a monthly subscription box that delivers hand-picked crafts and activities made for girls. It’s $19.99/month and is billed for girls ages 5-12. Although I don’t have girls, L does have some little girl cousins, so I figured I would give it a try.
Crafter’s Crate is shipped via USPS and comes in a brown box with their cute little elephant on it.
How pretty is this packaging? Seriously? And a handwritten note to my cousin? Too cute! It pained me to untie that pretty pink bow because I knew I’d never be able to make it as pretty again!
Crafter’s Crate includes “Grown Up Instructions” which includes an overview of all the projects and discussion points and ideas to use the projects. Each individual project includes an instruction card as well! The April Crafter’s Crate theme is “April Flowers bring May Flowers” and here’s what was inside:
~Magic Bubbles: I’m totally doing these with L because I know he’d love them. Of all the craft projects we have done, I don’t believe we have ever made bubbles! I am super excited about them and am even more excited to actually get outside!
~Hair Flower: This is adorable and while my boys would want no part of it, I wouldn’t mind wearing it myself (you know how I love headbands). But I will let my cousin make / wear this instead. And I love the message about using this as a opportunity to boost your little girl’s body image by telling her that taking care of herself, loving herself and being a good person all help to make a girl beautiful. So true!
~May Day Basket: I have to admit, I don’t know much about May Day (much less May Day baskets), but after a little reading, I learned that you put flowers or treats in a basket and leave them on a neighbors doorstep, ring the bell and run away! Pretty sure I love this idea and it’s something we are going to start here. I love showing L that it’s just as fun to give gifts as it is to receive them and I gotta tell you, I think he’s getting it! And he will totally love the surprise element of this as well!
~Pin Wheel: What is it about kids and pinwheels? We’ve never made our own pinwheel so I think L and I may do this one as well. He won’t care that it’s pink at all! This activity teaches girls (and L) about how things work and gives a little lesson on how you can explain why the pinwheel moves!
~Cup-o-Grass: The cup-o-grass gives you a chance to teach how grass grows. Just like you grow when you eat and drink, so is the grass! The clear cup lets you actually SEE the roots forming which I think will be awesome for L!
While Crafter’s Crate is billed for girls (ages 5-12), I do think L will be able to enjoy a lot of these crafts as well! I do love the lessons they aim to teach with their projects and think it’s something most girls will enjoy!
Do you subscribe to Crafter’s Crate? What’d you think of this month’s box? If you are interesting in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here. And if you use the code “RAMBLE” you’ll save $10 off your first month!
Disclosure: This box was provided for review purposes. No compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own!
The List by I-ELLA is billed as “the ultimate gift bag”. Every bag is a reflection of your own personal style and is selected just for you by the stylists at I-ELLA. You fill out a style profile, list your favorite designers, colors, must have items, etc. and they do the rest. You can expect everything from designer brands to emerging trends in your I-ELLA gift bag.
I was shocked, impressed and excited by the huge size of the I-ELLA box! I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was certainly not expecting it to be so big. I could not wait to tear into it!
How fun does this look to tear into? Seriously it was like Christmas morning all over again. The List has three subscription options: “Starter Bag” $59/month, “Soho Bag” $129/month (this is the one I received) and “St. Barth’s Bag” $389/month. Yeah it’s more expensive than the other subscription boxes out there, but wait till you see all the goodies I received!
The List by I-ELLA comes with a letter which includes details on all the products included, prices and a brief description of all of the items, but I didn’t take a picture of it because I didn’t think you’d be able to see it very well. But you’ll have to believe me when I tell you I liked all the information it provided.
Allright, allright, here’s what was inside.
~Cynthia Steffe Maya Maxi Dress ($178): This was my BIG piece and I loved it! It’s from Cynthia Steffe and is even better in person than in my pictures. I think I wrote that my must have fashion items were sunglasses and maxi dresses and they totally delivered! This dress is this season and I will totally wear it!
~Vanessa Mooney Mixed Metal Tear Drop Earrings ($42): At first I wasn’t too sure about these earrings, but the more I look at them, the more I like them. They are also from the Spring 2013 line, which I was happy to see because I know that some other boxes include left over things from previous seasons and who wants that? Also, this earrings came at kind of the perfect time because L and I have been talking about “metal” all the time. Yeah, I used the earrings to explain the difference types of metal. You can make anything into a lesson .
~Herban Essentials Peppermint Towelette ($7.50): I cannot wait to try these. Sure you could just use them as a hand wipe (they are naturally antibacterial), but you can also use the peppermint ones to “press on pulse points and breathe in aroma to relieve motion sickness”, “tuck in car air conditioner vents to clean air and pep up the driver” and more. Oh and they even make wipes for dogs! I may actually get some.
~S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Cleanser ($24): I have never heard of this line before (which means pretty much nothing), but I am quickly falling in love. All of their products are made with just 3 – 5 ingredients, are affordable and eco-chic.
~Olivella Eye Cream ($21.95): Olivella is an Italian company and they use olive oil in all of their products. I really should check more into this line because olive oil is known for it’s anti-aging properties and I am getting old, but would prefer not to look it. Cannot wait to try this!
~Mt. Sapola Natural Soap – Charcoal ($8): Charcoal soap? Well I never! The charcoal in this soap “scrubs off dead skin cells and gets rid of unpleasant odors”. I’m not big on bar soap, but even I am interested in try this out! And in case you are wondering, it does NOT smell like charcoal. It’s a cool, refreshing mint scent!
All totaled, my The List by I-ELLA Soho Gift Bag had a value of $281.45. Umm, how insane is that? Considering that the bag was only $129 and I love everything in it, yeah, that’s a pretty great deal!
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. All opinions are my own. No compensation was received.
Today I’m smiling because:
~I think WB has a little tooth poking through! Is it possible that he will have his first tooth before he turns one? Maybe! I doubt I will ever get a picture of it though, because he’s NOT down to let me poke around in there.
~A 14 year-old 8th grader has made the cut at The Masters! How amazing is that? I am totally pulling for this kid.
~I totally spaced on announcing the winners of a few recent giveaways (although they have been contacted), so I am smiling because Rachel U. won the Homegrown Collective Greenbox and Gabriel C. won the NCAA Tournament Challenge! Congrats to them! Ohh, and speaking of winners, WB won a prize in the Stork Stack Cutest Baby Contest! Go WB!
~L picked out the craziest outfit for school yesterday and for some reason, I had forgotten what he wore. So when I picked him up I was kind of surprised to see it again . But he was so pleased with himself that I couldn’t help but to smile. And yeah, he has a t-shirt and a long-sleeved shirt on. Because “it’s cold out”. Makes sense to me.
~I am FINALLY going to make it to the Post Office today, which might not make most people smile (the lines are always nuts on Saturdays), but it makes me smile because I love knocking things off my To Do List!
~I was able to get all the frosting stains off WB’s hat, bib and diaper, so I can use it again for his party! Woot woot! Colored frosting is no joke people!
~We have a fun weekend planned which includes Scooby Doo Live and maybe a pre-birthday dinner celebration for this week’s birthday boys (WB and B). B’s turning dirty thirty on Thursday and WB will be 1 on Friday! Eeeek!
That’s it from here! What’s got you smiling today?
I’m not sure what the issue was, but my April ipsy Glam Bag seemed to take extra long to get to me this month. They changed their shipping from plain old USPS to some DHL / USPS combo, so I am sure that has something to do with it.
The April ipsy theme is “Pretty in Pink” and is described as “This April, pinks have never looked so pretty! We have a bouquet of amazing beauty products waiting just for you.” As always they don’t include product information on the card because they have videos on their site showing you how to use everything. Here’s what was inside:
~Be a Bombshell Blush (Sweet Checks)($16): This might be a little too pink, but I will give it a go. Everything always looks different in the package than it does when it’s actually on, so I can’t really judge it until I see it on.
~MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder (Earth) ($14.95): I love this color, love the product, love everything. Can you ever go wrong with shimmer? I think not!
~Sation Nail Laquer (Of Corset I’ll Call You) ($5): I wish I liked this, but I’m just not loving the color. I have a few similar colors and I never grab for them. Although, I do have a lot of fun glitters I could put over this which would make me like it more.
~Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Treatment($4.39): I am going to try this stuff after I do my “I’m Totally Trying It” with my Moroccan Oil. It sounds like it provides the same benefits, but appears to be about half the price. I can’t wait to see how this stacks up!
~The Bag ($2): While I do think the white and pink bag is cute, it is also super impractical for me. I will have this thing beyond dirty anywhere I put it. I don’t think you see many white cosmetic bags for a reason!
All totaled the April ipsy My Glam bag had a value of $42.34. Way way more than the $10 cost of the bag, but I still just felt kinda meh about it. Ipsy is great for some people, but I just don’t think it’s for me? I can’t put my finger on why though? I mean it’s a great value and great stuff, so I don’t get it? It’s not you ipsy, it’s me!