Wednesday, August 7, 2013

5 Favorites: Hair, Face, Body, Cake, THE GREAT BLOGGER MEET-UP!

OK, I thought I nothing to share so I wasn't going to link up withHallie today, but I realized that I had a few things I needed to share with all y'all.....

1) Are you a frizzy-headed mess like me? Does your hair waver between "kinda, sorta curly" and "a lil bit straight"? On the same day? At the same time? Is your hair crunchy? YES?!? Well, meet your new BFF:

Suave's Moroccan Styling Oil was sent to me as a free sample with some shoes I bought for my sons (I have no idea what this company was thinking), along with a $1 coupon. I had nothing to lose, so I tried it. Very, very skeptically. Let me preface this by saying that the previous day, I had washed my hair and let it air-dry curly-ish. Then, I slept on it (you curlyheads will know what this does). Consequently, it was a crunchy, frizzy, sloppy mess. No, brushing doesn't make it better -- if you don't believe me, just ask CarrotTop. So, I dampened my hair, applied the oil, and dried it straight with the blow dryer. Normally, this will produce a bushy mane what needs tamin' with my trusty flat-iron. But, not this time! We're talking smooth, shiny, STRAIGHT tresses that smell sexxxy. (Those triple Xs are as close as this Catholic girl gets to porn). I earn nothing from telling you this, other than the satisfaction of knowing. WARNING: If you have thin, fine, straight hair this could be the wrong product for you, but I am not blessed that way so I can't say for certain.

2) 7-Keto DHEA. While I'm still reserving judgement on this supplement, I will say that in the 36 hours I have been taking it, my energy levels have skyrocketed. I was hoping that it would speed up my old metabolism, as some studies have suggested that it's use by elderly wheelchair-bound nursing home residents had it reducing their body fat by 6% without ever changing diet or increasing exercise. That benefit remains to be seen (I'll let you know in a week or 2), but this tired mama appreciates the bump in energy. 

3) Holla if you want a dolla! The Dollar Shave Club! Major kudos to Jessica for highlighting this one! Since marrying me, Kyle has grown accustomed to the finer things in life -- razors included. But, I spend mucho dinero on his replacement cartridges, and when the budget gets tight, he has to make-do with his old, dull cartridges. Not no more! We chose the mid-range $6/month plan which ships (for free!) him a handle and 4 very nice cartridges every month. We haven't actually gotten the first shipment yet, but already I like that I'm saving time and money on this one! Also, PLEASE watch their video; you will die of the hilarity.

4) My Great Aunt Mary's Strawberry Angel Food Cake recipe! This one is perfect for hot summer days when you want a baked, light dessert but don't want to turn on the oven. Here's whatcha do:
      -Go buy yerself one of them angel
       food cakes that your grocery store 
       bakes for you and sells it in a plastic
       bundt pan.
      -Make space in your shopping cart 
       for 1 large box of strawberry jello 
       and 1 container of frozen, sliced
       strawberries in sugar.
      -When you get home, boil 2 cups 
       of water, and while that's heating 
       up, take the cake out of the plastic
       pan and poke a bunch of holes in 
       the cake.
      -Mix gelatin into boiling water until 
       dissolved, then add in defrosted 
      -You saved and washed out that 
       plastic pan, right? Good. Pour
       jello mix into pan and then gently
       sink cake back into pan. (It's OK
       if it sits higher than it did previously)
      -Place the whole shebang in the
       fridge for 4-6 hours.
      -when it's set, soak bottom of pan in 
       hot water for 30 seconds and 
       invert over a plate.
      -Slice and eat!

5) Awesome friends (Dwija, Cari,  Jessica) who inspire me to be a better mom, wife, and Catholic! The Great Midwest Catholic Women's Blogger Convention happened last week at House Unseen and I really don't have the right words to convey how much laughter and joy was (barely) contained under that roof. 

Thank you, my sweet friends for loving me despite my imperfections and encouraging me to recognize and honor the gifts God gave to me! Y'all are a very special bunch of Chiquitas Bonitas!


  1. Aww. That was so sweet! Why didn't someone tell me to "sexy pout"? Next time, sistahs. Next time. Going to Amazon to order 7 Kho-dita or whatever that stuff was. Does it help with memory loss?

    1. Wait... What were we talking about?????

  2. Ok, I have 2 curly haired babes and stick straight hair, so I need all the advice I can get on how to help them, thanks! ...though they may need to wait a bit to smell that sexxxy.

    I want to try that energy boosting stuff!

    My hubby also suffers from razor deprivation when the funds get low, so this is a great tip.

    My oven doesn't go anywhere near the on position in the heat but I am always trying to figure out how I can cook dessert on the grill! This is a great alternative.

    You gals look like you had a blast. I still have "holy envy" over it! ...and can't figure out how you mothers with way more children than me manage to get so much done (like writing books and making jelly)

    1. Ha! Don't include me in that "getting so many things done" category; I stand in awe of them! I'm barely able to tread the motherhood waters after all these years!

      I should have included a cautionary note about the 7-Keto, as it says pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn't use it. I can't find a specific reason, but I'm guessing it's because of the weight loss potential. I'm still nursing a 17 month old, but I don't think he's nursing enough that this will bother him. Well, I hope not, anyway! ;)

  3. Have you tried Kick Start? It is the new breakfast drink from the makers of Mountain Dew. It is available in two flavors: Red and Orange. What a great boost of energy! Nursing and pregnant mothers might want to read caution labels on this one too.

    1. Mix it with Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy, right?