Update — Hillary


Remember Hillary?


Hillary was the one participant that kind of got the HT shaft. Not much was written on her specific post, but hey, I think it all worked out BECAUSE LOOK AT HOW HOT SHE IS WITH HER NEW STYLE.


Taking off the length + a darker color for fall = Hot hot hot sickening HOT.

Seriously, we need to get all of these HT makeover girls in the same room. The gorgeous quotient would be off the charts, right? Look out for the Hair Thursday Brigade! Coming to your town soon!




1. I’m starting a Blunt Bangs Brigade. (That sounds a little porny, doesn’t it?) I’m inducting Metalia and Kristen as my first two members. Against their will, most likely.


Wanna join? You need to have blunt bangs and a missing body.

2. I have a cold. I caught it from Wito, who caught it at a children’s museum. See what you get for trying to educate your children in a fun, hands-on environment? I’m sorry, but next week it’s Goldfish crackers and Chutes and Ladders in our germ-free living room, kid. Mama’s a little bitter.

3. Remember when y’all suggested the Sookie Stackhouse series to me? I read a few, but was feeling a little neutral. Well, I just started watching True Blood last night. (We don’t have HBO, so I’m watching the episdoes online. I CAN’T STOP. I’m staying up past my bedtime (10 p.m – shut up), already dreaming about vampires and I’m only through Season 1, Episode 3.)


4. I would like to retract my previous statement that my favorite Jelly Belly flavor is Green Apple. Please excuse me, I was misinformed. My favorite flavor is Sour Cherry. What’s your favorite flavor again? Are you in that crazy Juicy Pear majority?

5. I need a good book to read, and no, I don’t want to visit Goodreads. (Nothing against Goodreads, I’m just WAY too lazy to weed through all of the suggestions. In fact, if I possessed an iota of intelligence, I would re-read the other suggestions from the above post, but, well, I’m sick.) You know what I like, right? Please tell me what to read. Did I mention I was sick? Have mercy.

6. I will gladly accept any book suggestions except for any of the Backyardigans books, especially Mission to Mars and Pirate Treasure. WE HAVE THOSE COVERED OVER HERE, THANK YOU.

7. My second post about potty training is up. Can any of you relate to this biznass?

7. Could my son’s haircut tomorrow afternoon arrive any sooner?


Well, would you look at that? Reading Mission to Mars AGAIN.

Please feel free to answer one, many or absolutely none of these questions.


Recipes and Stuff



I tweeted about my dinner last night and some peeps wanted the recipes, so here I am! With recipes! I aim to please.

This is actually fantastic because it’s the perfect time to tell you about what keeps me from entering the Land of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for Dinner Every Night on a weekly basis.

(p.s. – This is not a review of any sorts. I read about this service on Twitter long ago and have been using it ever since. I haven’t been contacted by the company, I don’t know who runs the company, I don’t know anything except that I LOVE RELISH MEAL-PLANNING. Holla!)

If you like to cook, but hate planning and choosing your menus, this is sooooo for you.

I won’t go on and on, but basically, you choose your weekly recipes from a crapload (hahaaaa, potty training is getting to me) of great options, the grocery list is tabulated for you, you print your shopping list in PDF form (organized by grocery store AISLES, awwww yeah), buy your groceries and voila, you have everything you need for a week’s worth of seriously delicious dinners for 7 bucks a month. Best 7 bucks I’ve ever spent.

I have been using this service for 11 months now, and the recipes are fantastic. It makes my life so much easier because if it was left up to me, I would spend hours looking for recipes online, only to start playing old school Donkey Kong on my laptop and forget what I was doing entirely. Hence the whole PB&J Land issue.

Anyway, check it out. (You can view sample menus here.) It’s awesome and has totally changed the way I approach cooking for my family.

In other news, I should have a new potty training post up soon. I guess it takes the Pull-Ups team some time and effort to edit through the sea of  “I HATE POTTY TRAINING STAB STAB STAB,” “SOMEBODY KILL ME NOW” and “GO TO HELL, PISS ASS ELMO UNDERWEAR” statements.

(Okay, I really didn’t write those things. I think. It’s all a blur.)

(Although, things have really taken a positive turn as of late. Double holla!)

Okay, recipes!


Prep and cook time: 60 minutes, Serves 4

1 pound ground beef
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 red onion , chopped
3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

[1] Combine the ground beef, half of ketchup, breadcrumbs, onion, basil, cheese, eggs and garlic. Mix well. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf to fit into pan.

[2] Spread remaining ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and bake for 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Prep and cook time: 25 minutes

4 medium baking potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 green onions , chopped

[1] In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes.

[2] Drain potatoes and return to pan.

[3] In a small saucepan, bring milk and butter to a simmer over medium heat. Pour half of hot milk mixture over potatoes. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes until just smooth, gradually adding enough of remaining milk mixture to reach desired consistency. Mix in cheddar; season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with green onion and additional cheddar cheese.



hair thursday makeover 75


This week’s participant is Heather.


Heather’s hair:

Naturally light golden brown
Doesn’t color
Extremely fine, dry
Spends 2 minutes styling per day
Uses no products or tools
Layers make hair limp

Heather’s hair is super duper fine, which makes it a little lifeless and very prone to flyaways. She’s tried layering in the past, but her hair is so fine that the layers don’t help in the volume department.

What we need to do today is focus on the positives. Heather’s hair would be fabulous with a blunt, shaped-up bob. (Anything longer than shoulder-length would look stringy.) The addition of color and a couple of products will help pump up her overall look as well.


Be sure to check out other gorgeous celebrity hairstyles at Daily Makeover!

I’m sorry, but there will be no options today because this look is simply perfect for Heather!

Hayden Panettiere’s chin length bob has softly curved ends and tons of shine, and the blond highlights would brighten Heather’s face like no other! Seriously VA VA VOOM. Now, if this is too much of a color change, some darker blond highlights would be lovely too.

Now, let’s talk products for Heather.

Have you heard of Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Line? (Bumble and bumble products two days in a row? Wow. They shoot, they score!) Heather, this super popular product line was made for you. Here’s the deal, though. If you can only buy one product, buy Bumble and bumble’s new Thickening Serum.


This is EXACTLY what all of you super fine gals need. As a treatment, the serum actually penetrates individual hair strands to increase their diameter over time (yes, really. FULLER HAIR.), while it strengthens and fortifies them. Obviously, when individual strands are thicker, they’re less prone to breakage and the dreaded flyaways. All you need is 2-3 pumps of the serum before bed, work it into roots and through damp or dry hair, and let it work its magic overnight.

Girls, run, don’t walk. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this product. In fact, if my hair wasn’t of the naturally bouffant variety, I would scoop that serum up in a second.

I’m curious, though. What’s your favorite type of styling product for fine hair?

UPDATED TO ADD: I can’t believe I failed to mention Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray. It is a perfect product for creating lift and volume in fine hair.