how to wave your hair


I’m constantly asked how I wave my hair so I thought it was finally time to do a tutorial.  I’d be lying if I said I feel totally not awkward about the whole thing but whatever – I hope it’s helpful to some of you!

First, you need a curling wand.  The one I use is HERE and I love it because there are several different size barrels that can pop in and out of it.  Very versatile.

Secondly, I walk through all of the products in the actual video but wanted to be sure I linked them here too.

When I get out of the shower, but before I brush my hair, I use THIS Aveda damage control.  I find that it really helps me de-tangle.  After I brush it through, I have been using THIS to help control the static.

When I am ready to start waving, I spray my hair with THIS hairspray.  Once I am finished and brush out the waves, I use THIS all over and then THIS at my crown to help give some lift!


Here is my stick straight hair before…..


And here is my tutorial!  Don’t you love the thumbnail I chose?! 🙂

And after!



Good luck!



kasai surgery – 3 years

I can’t even believe it’s been 3 years since we handed our 10 week old baby over to complete strangers to perform an 8 hour surgery that could give her a second chance at a healthy life.

Read all about our journey with the Kasai surgery HERE.

So much has happened since then but one thing has stayed the same – we are so grateful for this child.  She lights up our home, lights up our hearts, and not a day goes by that I’m not thankful that I received a second chance to be her mom.

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a peek into my week

Here is a peek into our week!


[Miss Bea being a total rockstar for her lab draw!  Just jumped right up there and thanked the man for her boo boo. ]


[And we sent a cute little gown off to a very deserving girl and her dolly….]


[Have you tried cauliflower crusted pizza?  I was pleasantly surprised.  Of course, nothing beats regular pizza but this was really good!  I bought the cauliflower crust from Trader Joe’s and topped with TJ’s sauce, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, and cheese! ]


[We had some napping issues this week….]


[Miss Poppy had tubes put into her ears on Friday]


[Her cute little gown….]


[All went well – waking up after being put under is always hard on my kiddos but overall, it was quick and Poppy was a total rockstar!]


[Meanwhile….just cheesing all day every day…Find her jammies HERE and the 2 piece version HERE]


[I took this pic right before taking the girls to Disney on Ice – Bea’s face in this pic should have been a good indicator on how the day would go lugging around both of them]


[When two girls decide they want to wrestle…..]



[Find my sweater HERE]


[Poppy sat still for about 20 minutes]


[So beyond excited to add the below painting to our home!  Thank you, again, Karen Rolfes!]


[And Jordan and I had a day date on Saturday – the best kind of date – 4pm-8pm and our first stop was Romaldo.  More to come on this in a few weeks 🙂 ]


[My Sunday morning grocery run partner]


[And a little Sunday project I worked on….very pleased with how it turned out!  Find the container HERE]