The Braid


This braid is beyond. It’s a twirling barefoot in the damp grass braid. A flowing, flowered maxi skirt braid. A sun kissed shoulders with rosy, glowing cheeks braid. I want to make out with it.

Are you feeling me (up)?

Not the easiest look to achieve, but advanced braiders need to jump on this look stat. (And send me a pic if you do it! I might have to try this weekend.)

Step 1: Add texture/volume to hair. (Hairspray or dry shampoo or rollers or mousse or flipping hair upside down or whatever floats your boat.)

Step 2: Divide hair into two sections down the middle of the head, and begin to create two French braids, starting at the top of the head to the base of the neck

Step 3: From the base of the neck, create two fishtails braids, and secure them with clear elastics, leaving some length on the ends loose

Step 4: Lightly rough up hair at the top of the head, pulling a few pieces loose with your fingers, and finish by lightly applying a dab of smoothing cream to the ends.


Five Things


1. What is going on with women’s disposable razors these days? Neon colors! Glitter! Tropical scents! Who in the hell needs a disposable razor that smells like jasmine? Really, people? Is a scented razor handle truly going to take your showering experience to the next level? Will you breathe in its intoxicating scent between razor strokes? I’ll tell you what I’d like my disposable razor to do. How about SHAVE MY LEGS PROPERLY. I’m on to you, Women’s Disposable Razor Companies. Distract the consumer with bells and whistles to mask the fact that your razors are sucky. Best disposable razor I’ve ever used? Gillette Good News Plus. About as cheap as you can get, and they work like a smooth, nick-free charm.

2. Do you have an item/items of clothing that you hold onto for absolutely no reason? I have 6 pairs of J. Crew Everyday Chinos that sit year after year in a bin at the top of my closet. There’s certainly nothing wrong with J. Crew chinos, yet I haven’t worn them for 5 years now, and I don’t really see myself wearing them in the near future, so why can’t I just get rid of them? It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries. (Update: In a bag, ready for Goodwill today. Patting myself on back.)

3. I think my desperate hopes of Wita going through a developmental spurt for the past FOUR weeks need to be put to rest. Let’s get real, it’s looking like my child has an attitude problem. (Although, teething? Could it be teething? She still only has her two bottom teeth at almost 13 months old. Teeth, right? PLEASE LET IT BE THE TEETH. Why is she so unhappy all the tiiiiiime…it’s a good thing she’s kind of adorable.)

4. It’s fair to say that we need to lay off the grilling, made evident by the ridiculous indigestion I dealt with until midnight Sunday night. (Sarah’s body – Not another juicy piece of animal NOOOOOOOOO.) Also, running out of propane mid-grilling is slightly distressing, evidenced by D’s face.

When I mentioned it on Twitter/Instagram, five friends responded that the same thing had happened to them that same evening. Coincidence? I think not. Gas/Charcoal Conspiracy!

5. Please tell me your children have quirky fashion preferences. Wito has an aversion to buttons on his pants or shorts, yet he’s approaching the size where it’s becoming increasingly harder to find stylish pants donning stretchy waistbands.  (We are officially in Boy sizing. Hold me.) At first, I wondered if it was a tactile issue, but alas, no. His reasoning for why he hates buttons? They aren’t “cool,” so he prefers not to look at them. But elastic waistbands ARE, Wito? Whose child are you? According to my official fashion rules, males can wear elastic-waist pants if they are younger than 5 or older than 85. We’ve got a lot to work on, kid.



Dress ‘Em Cute For a Cause


It’s Wita’s runway debut! (Although, upon closer review, I did a horrible job of matching skin tones, didn’t I?)

If you can’t tell from the photo, Wita’s caricature is wearing the limited edition Huggies Jeans Diaper. What’s the Huggies jean diaper, you ask? Wait, you mean to tell me you haven’t seen this gem of a commercial?

I poo in blue? Honestly, I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry.

What I DO know, however, is during this summer, every purchase of Huggies Limited Edition Jeans Diapers helps diaper a baby in need. Additionally, every lil’ runway (like the one shown above) created, photo upload of your baby wearing jeans diapers, and/or Facebook “like” donates directly to the cause. Already, 8,488 diapers have been donated, thanks to your online support of Every Little Bottom! Wouldn’t your baby look adorable included with these others?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. To learn more about this particular Huggies® Every Little Bottom promotion, check out Huggies’ website!

Disclosure: I have partnered with the Huggies® brand to help promote Huggies® Every Little Bottom program.  I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about my family’s own experiences from my son/daughter’s point of view, and/or their experiences with diapers.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


Buttons as Earring Holders


I stumbled upon this little gem last week.

Buttons as earring holders. Buttons as EARRING HOLDERS! Am I the last to know about this genius idea? If you are afflicted with the Can’t Keep A Pair Of Earrings Together Disorder, you must employ this quick and easy remedy.

No more fishing around for a lone earring, and if you’re like me, you probably have 13,000 extra buttons lying around from the ridiculous amount of clothing purchases made over the past year. What? You know who you are.