A New Year – New Beginnings Starting with our homes. Are you on a quest to declutter and organize your home? Me too! I’m going to take it a step further – I’m going to finish projects that were started but never completed. January is…
Who doesn’t love to get away and go on vacation! Some of you just fainted! If the thought of a vacation overwhelms you, read on. People plan a vacation in two ways: You “plan” or say, “whatever happens, happens”.
When you say, “whatever happens, happens”, chances are you are going to miss out on a few things.
I heard someone say once that half the fun of a vacation is planning it. I agree and I think this may be true with most woman.
Here are some easy steps to follow when thinking about a vacation.
1. Choose your destination wisely. We planned a family vacation to Cape May, NJ two years ago with all of the girls and their families. The girls were excited because of the memories they had growing up. I tried to plan ahead knowing there were babies involved and planned for some of those things but the beach was not exactly baby friendly. Si didn’t like the sand or the loudness. Trying to keep the sand and sun out of Hannah’s eyes was a challenge. We had a great time, but consider who is going and the conditions.
2. Pack only what you need. Many times we pack way too much, especially if you are doing laundry on your trip. Make a list and check it twice! That may include a list for each member of your family.
Tip: Let your children pack their own suitcase. Tell them to lay their outfits for each day on the bed along with 2 (or 3) extra things they would like to bring (stuffed animal, toy, book, etc…). Approve their choices and let them put their belongings in the suitcase. This way they will feel involved.
3. Don’t forget to get the car ready!
- Check the fluids and gas it up.
- Plan snacks for the trip (saves $ at reststops)
- Activity for the kids
4. Make an itinerary. Especially if you are planning multiple stops. When we take Olivia to college in two weeks we are going to several state parks along the way. I have planned where we are staying, how long we are staying, local activities, and what or where we will be eating. Have a budge for activities and for food. I would rather eat breakfast and one other meal, if not all meals at the hotel or camper (yes, we are taking the camper!) and have extra funds for activities.
5. Have fun and make memories. Your family will remember the vacations you go on – make them fun and memorable!
No, we didn’t get a family picture! Take lots of picture!
Have a great day and a great vacation!
I have a few hair tips for you today … and they won’t cost you a dime. Most are probably common sense, but maybe you’ll find something new today. About a year ago I started implementing these steps into my hair routine and have noticed a HUGE difference.
Let’s go …
1. Use a Comb on Wet Hair.
Never brush your hair out after you wash it! Use a wide tooth comb and you have all you need.
2. Shampoo Your Hair Twice.
Most shampoo bottle instructions actually recommend washing, rinsing, then washing again. I do this when my hair starts to feel yucky! It’s a great reset button.
3. Trim Your Split-Ends.
I am NOT a hairdresser (just ask Natalie), but every couple weeks I will trim my split ends. When your hair is wet …. twist a small section of hair with your fingers, trim all the split ends that stick out from the twist.
4. Let Your Hair Air Dry.
This may not be possible for some, but I shower at night. My hair rarely comes in contact with a hairdryer. I just sleep with my hair down, no ties or clips.
5. Blow Dry In The Direction of Your Hair Growth.
If you prefer to blow dry, aim the dryer in the direction your hair grows. The dryer should be close to the scalp and directed to the floor. Don’t blow dry from the bottom of your hair up into your scalp.
6. When Using Heat, Only Touch Each Section of Hair One Time.
Whether you curl or straighten your hair, be sure to only touch each section of hair once. Clip the bulk of your hair up, and be intentional with the heat. I straighten/curl 2-inch sections of hair at a time. The hair only touches the heat once. Remember, your hair is still warm for a short time after it has touched heat, so there is no need to run over your hair four or five times with your straightener. Let your hair cool, and let the heat do the work!
7. Give Your Hair A Break.
I only curl/straighten my hair three times a week. I actually like “second-day” hair better than the first!
8. Less Is More
Invest in good products … but you don’t need ten. Shampoo, Conditioner, Dry Shampoo, and Hairspray is all I keep in my bathroom. Don’t forget the power of a good hair-brushing. Our body is made to produce oils from our scalp. Those just stay in our roots if we forget to brush. I brush my dry hair in the morning. This usually takes about 20 swipes with my brush.
9. Drink Water
The more water the better! Water has so many health benefits and better hair is just one of them!
Have another no-cost tip? Comment below!!