Jan 31, 2007

Jan 23, 2007

Hair Acceptance

There comes a time in every girl's life where she learns to accept her hair for what it is. When I was younger, actually in first grade to be exact, I remember saying that I wanted "brown wavy hair." Well, when puberty hit, my straight black hair gradually turned wavy. Gave me a whole new meaning on the saying: "Be careful what you wish for!" I said I wanted wavy, not frizzy!

Anyway, during my teen years I discovered getting your hair blown straight. I did it a lot. Also I did it myself occasionally but it was a real chore. Once I even used a mild relaxer. Recently I discovered the Chi ceramic flattening iron. That thing is magic. I could wash my hair at night - air dry my hair and spend 20 minutes in the morning running the Chi through it. It really does wonders. However too much straightening always damages your hair so I don't do it as often as I used to.

I do different hairstyles once in a while, sometime I set it in rollers, sometimes I have it straight and most of the time I have it natural. Like I said earlier, there comes a time (some later than sooner) where you learn to accept, if not like your hair. And after years of fighting it, I have to say I have come to accept my unruly locks. Guess it may be a matter of just finally learning how to deal and what products to use, etc.

Jan 14, 2007

Where Do I Begin?

A lot has happened in the past few days. A lot of positive things. For one, my mom's visiting, and I'm just really enjoying having her. She's also made some friends here and its good to know she's having a good time. Also, on a whim, I went back to the furniture store just to see if they had any new arrivals. And they did. I fell in love with a bed that I never thought I would find in this price range. So I ordered it. That brought on a mad rush to prime and paint my room because it was to be delivered in two days. Can you believe it, we primed and painted in two days. We had to do two coats of prime because the beige was really strong. Also, I found this perfect blue called "Blue Mesa" by Ralph Lauren paint. At first I thought it was too light, but after it dried, it was just perfect. I also had molding put up in the room - what a difference it makes! Also, my mom and I have been working out. We do 20 minutes of cardio, and I'm going to be doing strength training every other day. I forgot how good it felt to work out. I haven't worked out regularly in about 2 or 3 years! They say exercising releases those happy endorphins - which I need. I'm not looking to drop a lot of weight, as I have a really hard time giving up certain foods. So slowly loose ends are being tied....finally I have a bed. Time to celebrate. My Japanese Maple is tricked by the weather and is now budding - spring came early.

Jan 9, 2007

Bed Bath & Stinking Beyond

I always get a bunch of those coupons for BB&B, but NEVER seem to ever bring the coupon when I go. UGH!!!!!!!!! That's the gimmick! They know how to make money! Feel like kicking myself.

Jan 7, 2007

I Don't Mean To Rub It In....

...But I had an awesome weekend!

Went to a party...

...played volleyball in the courts by the beach...

It's going to become a Sunday trend. We've done it two weeks in a row now. I used to play volleyball in high school so I'm kind of rusty, but I'm getting there. I really have no concept of winter this year. I remember how depressed I used to get, when my summer would just fly by. I loved summer growing up. All I wanted to do was ride my bike and stay outdoors.

Jan 3, 2007

Great Grandma

My great grandmother died the other day. She was two months short of turning 101. I cried like a day later. I never met her, so my tears were fueled with regret of never visiting her. Sadly we have a Philippines trip planned for March. Too bad she couldn't hang on for a few more months.

Financial Advice

Here are my two cents regarding purchases specifically dealing with women trying to be frugal. I've been guilty of this plenty of times, and hope this helps in your decision making process when making purchases big or small.

Whether its a flat iron, or a sink mat - it sometimes is more economic to go with the top of the line, more expensive choice. Why? Because I always get the cheaper one, thinking it will suffice and end up being disappointed and spend more money on getting the better one anyway. So in the end I spend more.