How To Create Loose Waves (The No-Clamp Curling Iron Method)


You know what I think you should do this weekend? Create soft, loose, and bouncy curls in your hair and make all the other ladies completely envious. Awwww, yeahhhh.

For those of you who go waayyyy back with me, my very first hair tutorial involved creating loose curls with a curling iron, but not using the clamp. (I did that post 5 years ago. Isn’t that crazy?!)

Well, five years later, I finally decided to update that tutorial with a video for Style United. (It was actually early last year, hence the shorter hair length.) Take a gander if you’re interested.

(Remember how my 2012 hair resolution is to embrace my natural wavy texture? Yep, stay tuned for another video about the favorite products I use when I’m not using a curling iron or hair dryer. Which I’m reeeaaaalllly trying not to use. That much. It’s HARD, y’all.)


Best Products for Wavy Hair


My 2012 resolution is to embrace my natural texture, and here are some of the products I’m currently using.

Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner

Wide-tooth comb

Aveda Be Curly

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

Redken All Soft Argan Oil

Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

Some of the products in the video were provided to me free of charge, and some I purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.


Pilates-Infused Fitness DVDs


I mentioned last month how our family decided to join a gym, which meant saying goodbye to thrice-weekly, small group Pilates reformer sessions with my trainer, Erica Ziel. I worked out with Erica from February until December of last year, and watched my body morph into a shape that I’d never witnessed with any other workout regimen.

One of the things that inspires me most about Erica (besides her rockin’ bod) is that she is a mother of three children, ages 5, 2 1/2, and 9 weeks. In fact, Erica was pregnant with her third during most of our time together last year. Bottom line, this gal is serious about fitness, and knows what she’s doing.

Erica just released her fantastic series of Knocked Up Fitness pilates-based workout DVDs for all of you moms looking to keep fit throughout your pregnancy, as well as the postnatal period. The first one is Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts and the second is Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness. Both of the DVDs show moms-to-be how to strengthen and tone key muscle groups while preparing the body for labor, delivery, and recovery.

I’ve checked out both of these DVDs, and I have to say, they are great. The Core Pilates Workout DVD includes two complete workouts – a 12-minute cardio challenge and a 20-minute Pilates and Yoga fusion workout, both of which can be modified to suit your exercise level. However, I’m really in love with the Pilates-Infused Fitness DVD because it has 5 complete workouts (core warm-up, prenatal bootcamp, pilates arms, pilates legs, total body pilates) that you can mix and match however you see fit.

And while the DVDs are targeted towards expecting moms, in my personal opinion, anyone can do them. I busted out her pilates arms and legs workout last night, and ohhhh yes, I felt the burn. Hurts so good, people! If you are looking to achieve those long and lean muscles that the Pilates method is known for (pregnant or not!), I think you would definitely enjoy Erica’s DVDs at Give ’em a try, and let me know what you think!


The Whoorlie Smoothie


Oh, you guys. The Vitamix. THE VITAMIX. I love it.

(By the way, the Vitamix talk is all me. I have no ties to Vitamix – I bought it with my own money, and there is no sponsorship going on. And, as a reminder, if/when I write a sponsored post, there will always be a disclaimer at the end of the post. Cool? Cool.)

The whoorl household pretty much morphed into a smoothie test kitchen this weekend. I was trying out all sorts of smoothie recipes, while experimenting with my own fruit/veggie combinations. We had some hits and misses, but I pretty much nailed it with this one. It is an adaptation of the Laughing Gorilla from the Vitamix Live Fresh cookbook – I added some chia seeds and an apple and omitted one of the oranges. I christened the delicious concoction the “Whoorlie.”

You guys, this was so unbelievably delicious. When Wita hit the bottom of her sippy cup, she started crying. CRYING. We had to bust out a spoon and feed her every last drop, as you can see below.

Now, as much as I would like to say that EVERYONE initially loved the smoothie, Wito pretty much freaked out when he saw the green color. I asked him to take a sip, and although I could totally tell he liked it, he pulled the whole “I can’t eat it because it’s GREEEEEN” drama. So I poured it back in the blender, added a handful of blueberries, and voilá, purple smoothie. Suddenly, this smoothie (which tasted the exact same), “was the BEST SMOOTHIE EVER,” according to Wito.

Kids, man. What can you do?

You all have got to try this one out, but also, let me know if you have a favorite smoothie recipe!

Viva la Whoorlie!