The Thrill of the Hunt – House Hunting

house hunting

So ladies and gents, we are officially house hunting!  It’s super exciting, but I can see that the process sometimes takes a really long time.  At first I really thought it would be a simple thing, see a house that looks good online, set up an appointment to see it, or hit the open house, love it, put in an offer and done!  In theory that’s it, but we have run into pushy agents, deceiving photos, and some other bizarre things.  We haven’t even put in any offers yet!  Maybe we are being typical first time home buyers, but whatever this is a super big deal … it’s our first home, first mortgage, and it’s a big deal so yes we are being selective.

We have picked an area we would like to live in and we’ve been going through Zillow, Trulia, and other sites to look at different homes within the target area.  Once, we see something good (or our agent alerts us to something that might work) we either drive by and look at the outside, what the neighborhood is like and research the local schools.  If we can’t make it to see the neighborhood, I will use Google maps to see what the surrounding area looks like, it’s very very helpful.  In fact, we’ve crossed homes off our list because the area just didn’t have the feel we are looking for.  For example, main road and a huge armory directly across the street.  Talk about eye-sore!

But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s not to get overly excited about any home.  In fact, I’ve decided not to get attached to anything until all the paperwork is signed and the keys are in my hand!  But that still doesn’t stop me from making Pinterest boards for potential houses with design ideas.

So ladies, do you own?  If so, how was the purchase process?

Innovative Beauty: DrainWig + Giveaway

drainwig giveaway

Every now and then a product comes along and I’m like WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!? DrainWig is the latest product that had me like I could have been a millionaire!  But anyway, anyone who washes their own hair at home in the shower needs a DrainWig.  Cute name, right?  But what you will pull up will be anything but.

Don’t believe me?  What the video!  Oh and college bound ladies, you NEED this!  When I lived on campus I shared a bathroom with 4 other girls, we all had a lot of hair.  The drain?  AWFUL.

I’m giving two away!!!!

My Latest Keratin Treatment Experience

length sept 2015

Another thing worth noting about Yuberkis Dominican Salon is when I got my keratin done I noticed that the process in which they do their keratin differed from the other place I get my keratin treatments done.  Typically, my hair is washed, then the keratin is applied, my hair is blow dried out, then flat ironed.  At Yuberkis Dominican Salon, my hair was washed, then I was placed under the dryer with my hair loose, the keratin was then applied to my mostly dried hair, then I sat under the dryer again, then it was blow dried and then flat ironed.  I spoke up, of course, and the owner said now you’ll see how it’s really supposed to be done.  After the first, post-keratin wash my hair did not feel as though I had a new keratin treatment applied.  Usually, my curls are a lot looser and my hair is easy to blow dry or if I decide to let it air dry it’s really easy to smooth my edges.  This was NOT the case, instead my hair felt just a tiny tiny bit softer.  Detangling was not any easier and neither was blow drying.  So turns out, they use a milder version of the keratin treatment I’m used to.  Now, being that I told the lady I typically get keratin treatments, I feel as though she should have told me they only use the mild version at their salon BEFORE I paid the $240.00 for the treatment.


I didn’t even know it came in two different strengths. My hair has the same amount of shine that it usually gets from the keratin, just the ease of styling isn’t the same.  Anyway, I just wanted to share my latest keratin experience with you guys.

Sebastian Trilliant Saves the Wave

sebastian trilliant and sedu

I have a confession, my hair never really holds a curl.  When I say never I mean it, not even after a fresh trim so I know it’s not that it’s damaged or anything like that.  If I want a curl to hold, I really have to use some type of spritz or hairspray.  If you’ve been a long time reader, you know I don’t really like hairspray.  So the other night before heading out for a dear friend’s wedding I decided to throw some ‘waves’ into my otherwise straight hair.  I looked for a heat protectant in my basket of heat protectants and shine sprays and I found Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer Complex.  Let me just say, I don’t know why I haven’t used this stuff up – it’s AMAZING!  Well, actually, I know why … I rarely use heat.  But regardless, this stuff is a must have if you use heat all the time or occasionally.

sebastian trilliant

Do you see the that’s it is two different colors?  At the top it’s a blue color and at the bottom it’s clear with sparkles?  The sparkles are actually in the spray and not just on the bottle, so you shake it well to  ‘activate the trilliant complex’ and then you spray on each section before using your heat tool.  I used my Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron which I also really like a whole lot to make waves.  Guess what?

end of the night waves

By the end of night, my waves were still there!  I danced a lot and had a great time and I didn’t even hit the ladies room to see how everything was holding it but this image says it all.  This was right before we left and my waves are still looking great!

ORS Shealicious Review

shealicious leave in

Browsing in the hair and beauty aisle CVS is a fun activity I’ve been doing for over 15 years and I always spot new products, but a while back I spotted something new from ORS, Organic Root Stimulator.  ORS Shealicious which looks like a Greek yogurt container and will play to your inner mixtress because you have to pour the oil into the cream part.  I also scooped up the leave-in spray, ORS Shealicious Moisture Mist Leave-In Conditioning Spray (Shea Butter and Honey).

Hairstyle for Toddlers

I have yet to use the conditioner, but I’ve been using the leave-in spray for my daughters hair since about March 2015 and I’m loving it.  The scent is great and it adds a good amount of moisture, it’s not enough on it’s own but as a starter it’s good.  Then, I go ahead and add a few more products in to complete our LOC method routine.  I find that it works well to detangle small sections as I’m cornrowing her hair and it helps the creamy moisturizer work better.

Find it at your local drugstore or on ORS Shealicious Moisture Mist Leave-in Conditioning Spray.