Archive for June, 2008

Welcome Home Charlie!

June 30, 2008

It’s official. We are dog owners. Charlie (named after Charlie from LOST; perfect since our cat is named Jack) our Doxie/Retriever mix came home today after a long weekend at the vet clinic. He’s such a docile dog which is great. He and Jack have been getting along so far and Jack has only puffed up twice! He’s pretty lethargic as he’s had surgery today, so here are the best pictures I could get out of him before he bonked out.

Welcome Home Charlie!


Curly not Burly

June 28, 2008

Ok, let’s talk hair. I was in the shower today and I started thinking about hair. I’m not bragging, but I constantly get asked, “how do you do your hair like that?” I thought you know, I should blog about it because I’m sure there are tons of other people out there you struggled like I did with a many poof their whole lives and never had a remedy for it. 

I used to hate my curly hair and I ALWAYS straightened it in high school. But as I’ve grown I’ve found that having curly hair is pretty awesome. My remedy for having curly hair may seem extensive, but trust me it saves tons of time in the end. 

Starting with the Shower, I learned from my hairdresser to alternate shampoos and conditioners about every week or two. Our hair, just like the rest of our body, builds up an immunity to the products you put in it (frequency of use also has a part in it) so it’s a good idea to change it up every once in a while. I alternate between Herbal Essences Totally Twisted & Garnei Fructis Curl & Shine. Your hairdresser will “poo poo” you, but it’s a lot cheaper than the stuff their selling you.

I shampoo with about the amount that they say to use, but I load on the conditioner (I have very dry hair). I also let it sit for about 3 minutes in my hair before washing it out. It’s like a mini mask for your hair and allows all the moisture to soak back in. 

After I get out of the shower I grab a small towel and lightly towel dry my hair. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: when you have curly hair, it is vital that you do not rub your hair with the towel to dry it. Rather, tip your head to the side and scrunch it dry with a towel. Before it is “towel dry” make sure to put some of this amazing product in your hair.

Spray this somewhat generously over your hair but do not soak it. Then continue to scrunch. What I love about this product is that it’s not like mousse and won’t make your hair crunchy or wet looking. You’ll begin to see your hair curling up now but again, before it’s dry put some of this in your hair.

This, along with the previous product, changed my life.  This is a great product because the consistency is very creamy but it works like those wax based products our hairdressers use and we covet so much. You can turn your head upright now. Find your natural part or make a part and fix your bangs. If you like the sweepy kind, go ahead and brush them out. Otherwise continue on. 

Using your pointer finger of your dominant hand, begin twisting your hair. Pull your finger out and leave the twisted curl in place. The curl re-activator holds the curl in place. It may look a little weird but you will see as it begins to dry that the curl softens. Also, as it dries it is completely okay to lightly fluff your hair to detach some of the curls that are clinging together.  Just not ruffle it or it will get frizzy. 

This next product stands up to its name. John Frieda’s stuff can be on the pricy side, but totally worth it.I keep this product in my purse and apply it throughout the day or when I decide to change my hair style from down to up. It really gets those fly-aways and smoothes out my hair. 

For a finishing touch, I apply this hair spray. What I like most about it is that it allows my style to be flexible without being frizzy or my curls losing shape.

Like I said, I know this sounds like a lot but it’s worth it and in all honesty, once it becomes a routine it will take you at MOST (including the shower), twenty to thirty minutes. And, the best part of all, your curl will last about two to three days with minimal alterations. AMAZING. So, if you really think about it, you’re not spending much because you only have to wash your hair two or three times a week. More time for make up and your hubby/roommates will love the extra bathroom time too!

Moving In

June 27, 2008

My cousin David is moved in with my parents this weekend and as a “welcome home” present, they wanted to redecorate his room. Of course, not wanting to make my brother jealous they chose to do some redesigning in his room as well.  I told my mom if she wanted help or advice that I would love to help. 

I spent two days there with them redecorating and painting. I started out with white walls in David’s room and Green walls, Maroon trim, and a Kaki ceiling in Jonathan’s room. I was at quite a loss for Jonathan’s because he wanted to keep the green.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the hue or green, so I struggled to figure out what to do. 

I had seen Vern on Trading Spaces three years ago do a living room in a dark wine color and then tape of stripes vertically in the the room. He then got a high gloss paint (clear) and painted every other stripe. The result was beautiful when they installed the chandelier, because the light reflected off the wall so well. 

I knew I wanted to do that in David’s room because he wanted his room to be black. David loves black. I wanted to do it for him but I couldn’t bring myself to do the entire room black. So we chose one wall and on the one wall we did the glossy stripe. 

Jonathan saw this and wanted to do it as well. I thought, let’s see… I already do like the green so the last thing I want to do is draw more attention to the green by doing a ton of glossy stripes around the room and make it look like a green circus tent. So I said, why don’t we do racing stripes around the room. We’ll do two of them and then your room will look like a green mustang with a racing stripe! He loved the idea, but then he said, why don’t we do it black. GENIUS. We painted the stripes black and then also did the ceiling black and the door black. He’s going to put glow in the dark stars on his ceiling to give the illusion of a “sun roof in a car.” He’s pretty creative that one. 

I talked my mom into going to IKEA with me for the furniture. She really doesn’t like IKEA, but when she saw my house (which is all IKEA stuff), she thought she’d give it a try. She bought almost everything there. And even though I wasn’t there to help her pick out everything, I was pretty proud of what she ended up getting. Way to go mom. 

Here are the after pictures from my dinky canon power-shot. I had before ones, but I accidentally deleted them. Bummer! 

Enjoy!Bedding from IKEA

TV stand, Shelf, Lamp, Trash Can, & Rug from IKEA

Bedding, Lamp, Roman Shade from IKEA

Business Woman

June 26, 2008

I work at a small place called the Olive Avenue Market. My aunt is the owner there along with three other wonderful ladies. I came on over a year ago as a barista and inventory guru. I’m now the FOH Manager and the Accounts Payable Manager. It’s stressful at times, being in charge of so many people and the books, but I thrive on it. Today was such a full day! I love going home realizing that I didn’t get everything done and looking forward to finishing it tomorrow. These dead end jobs where you show up and just do your job might work for some, but for me; I live for the unattainable. 

Today was a day of creativity and brainstorming. I love those days. The four of us sat around and discussed ways to bring more traffic into the market. These women (my bosses) are so creative! I loved all their ideas and I was so stoked they wanted my opinion. Let me just say, working with other women is awesome! Rephrase: working with LEVEL HEADED women is awesome! These three have grown so much this 1st year we’ve been open and I am proud to be apart of it. The creative juices flowed today as we talked about picnic baskets, more bakery items, dinners, rearranging the store for better traffic flow and lighting up the place, menu redesign & website redesign. Talk about a full days work! It amazes me how collaborative women are and so supportive of each other. Bravo ladies. 

And to top it off, when I came home from work today, my husband had cleaned the house. Take that.

Living Well in a Small Space

June 25, 2008

I think this month’s issue of Domino Magazine was written specifically for me. Any of my friends will tell you; I am the queen of living well. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not snooty or high maintenance… quite the contrary actually. But I do love to make my family, my guests, and of course myself feel good about being at my house.  This month’s Domino Magazine featured an article called 200 sq. ft. of style. Now I don’t live in a 200 square foot apartment (don’t think I EVER could), but this lady knows what she’s talking about.

Jennifer Koehler, the senior bookings editor for Glamour has a multi functional, light and airy palette for your 200 sq ft studio. Truly inspirational for me because we are living in a small apartment and can’t paint or put many holes in the wall.  Jennifer painted her walls a sand color and added a high gloss white trim around the edges and used the same technique about her fireplace and for a faux headboard in her bedroom. Genius.

She removed cupboard doors and displays all her dishes for easy access when cooking and for added character.  I say, what a great way to make sure you stay organized. She doesn’t have enough room for a silverware drawer so she stores it under her countertop behind a curtain. The people who built our apartment didn’t think to put in a silverware drawer so we bought a rod and some hanging buckets. then placed that over our stove for our silverware. 

She also made her VERY small bedroom appear larger by adding a horizontal mirror in her room; tricking the mind to see twice as much. We had wanted to do a similar thing to our dining room but instead opted for a round dinner table, chairs that stove underneath it, and “silver platter” artwork from the thrift store. Similar to the Rebecca Thuss idea of hanging plates.

The article continues on their website (genius) and lists 30 more ideas on how to live well in a small space. Here are a few that I felt stood out:“Hanging pots and pans on a rack saves counter and shelf space in a tiny kitchen.”

“Have a sense of humor. Display offbeat pieces together and rotate liberally to keep displays fresh and uncluttered.”

“Hide extra seating—for when company comes—under a table.”

“Transform a tiny kitchenette into a functioning chef’s space:

A magnetic wall strip contains the knives, and open shelves keep dinnerware close at hand.”

“Organization is key. Stow out-of-season clothing, files, and other things you don’t need every day in numbered boxes. A master list decoding the numbers guarantees you’ll be able to find what you need.”


“If clutter drives you crazy, create a serene space with a neutral palette.”

“Backless bookshelves separate living and sleeping areas without blocking light.”

“Use outdoor space as an extension of your home by arranging an airy, cozy lounge.”


Living well doesn’t just mean being classy, it means making your life more, well, livable. 

Here’s the Article is you want to read more and gather your own thoughts.

Happy Reading!


Dwell Design Conference

June 22, 2008

So three weekends a go Lopez, Creswell, and I went to the dwell Design conference in LA. Needless to say it was inspiring and amazing. Here are a “few” pictures from the exhibits we visited:


Get Motivated.

June 18, 2008

One of the hardest things about starting life out on your own is saving.  Here is a neat trick from the March 2008 REAL SIMPLE Magazine that I’ve found helpful:

“Make your savings goals feel intensely real. What do you want or need? a remodeled kitchen? a one-year sabbatical in Italy? To retire to a condo in Waikiki at age 55? Having appealing goals will make putting aside past of your paychecks palatable. ‘You can even try subliminally seducing yourself,’ says Zwieg. ‘Change your computer passwords to reminders like, gleamingkitchen and retiretohawaii. The more often you type those phrases, the more likely you are to internalize the goals and to feel that the future in now.”

Great advice. Alex and I want to get a Honda Fit so we officially have a Fit Savings Account. We put 20% of his income into an ING account for quarterly taxes (which is great because ING has an amazing interest rate and we’re getting interest on our taxes), 10% of our combined income goes to the church, and then 5% of our combined income goes to the Fit Savings Account. Because most people spend more than 60% of their income on basic survival (rent, food, clothes, utilities).

One other thing that is REALLY important when dealing with debt is not to exchange one debt for another. We could very easily sell both of our cars, pay off that we owe and then purchase the car, but instead… try to earn as much as you can for the car (whatever item you want to save for) to do more than just break even. Why not even have the first couple months payments ready as well?  That way when you add on the car it’s not so back breaking when the first of the month rolls around.

Just a little food for thought.

Camera to Canvas.

June 18, 2008

So, I’m a newlywed and that means EVERYONE and their mother asks to see pictures from my wedding. I just recently decided to print some out and found out some awesome stuff about getting your photos printed.

Here’s the thing. In this day and age printed photos is a lost art. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with the high quality photos from your small digital camera. It’s neat to see your pictures on myspace or where ever, but think back… what was your favorite thing about going to Grandma’s house besides to cookies. It’s pulling out those old photo albums and looking at all the pictures. So here’s a challenge. Why not make it a special project to print out photos every three months?

What is so amazing about technology today is you don’t even have to go into a store to get them printed anymore. most places have a link on their website that allows you to upload your pictures straight to the photo lab and pick them up in an hour or the next day. 

Here’s links to a couple places that allow you to upload pictures and print them out at a store near you!

Ritz Camera Photo Center

Costco Photo Center

WalMart Photo Center

Walgreens Photo Center

I guess it’s not exactly Camera to Canvas… but it rhymes.