This is Halloween

I finally carved my first pumpkins ever yesterday for Halloween! I'm not quite sure why I have never done it before, but I finally went and did it with Justin and to my surprise, it was a lot harder than I thought it would have been… I'm also not very creative when it comes to this particular holiday so I went and found a pretty good cheshire cat to mock on my pumpkin.

Here is the finished result! :) Justin helped me quite a bit since he has some super awesome skills at clearing out all the string and seeds so I can't fully claim my work to be all me.

We weren't really feeling going out and doing much so we stayed in and handed out candy to all the little trick or treaters (and the not so little). It wasn't too eventful but hey! we got to eat tons of chocolate in the meantime so that was good enough for me!

Feelin' witchy!~

Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween! 


How I Went From Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair

Skip to the bold for the how to...

As a teenager, I went through all sorts of crazy. I dyed my hair every color I could have possibly thought of at that moment and went for it, and up until my most recent dye job, it has remained pretty healthy. In fact, I thought my hair was invincible. 

(in order)

I had given my hair a break (or rather myself a break) of having to dye my hair over and over to maintain the color about a year ago and died it brown as you can see in the bottom left picture. It was pretty much the healthiest I've had my hair in a very long time. It was never really that bad, but at that point it was something I admired the most about myself, but as usual, I grew bored of it and decided to attempt at going white in order to dye it even MORE fun colors (pink, blue, green). I stupidly enough bleached my entire head and I immediately felt the damage. The ends of my hair were like straw and I couldn't brush through my hair without it tearing off and springing back, much like the elastic thread used in underwear. Even after this first dye, my hair wasn't blonde so I AGAIN decided to bleach and again my hair became worse in condition (it didn't get much lighter either).

I immediately regretted my decision but I couldn't go back. My hair was already damaged. I still attempted to put color in it but I didn't realize how much work it was for how little it lasted. The color lasted a whole washing before about 80% of it came off immediately touching water.

It was time to do something about my super disgusting scarecrow hair. I researched EVERYTHING trying to find a solution to my hair but I figured I'd experiment on my own rather than spending LOADS of money on products recommended for me.

First things first, I went to the salon to add low lights. This made the incoming hair more blendable than the straight blonde I had before. I also took a blade to a good 5-7 inches of hair (I wasn't a lover of long hair either way). Now cutting my hair really didn't do much in cutting off the dead bits. My whole HEAD was damaged, but I just wanted as little hair as possible to be damaged while trying to regain its health again. Finally, it was already looking better but it was still in absolute horrible condition.

For the How To:

The bleach had dissolved any oils from being produced in my hair so it was in desperate need of some replacement oils ASAP. I had been using Argon oil before but it never did the job I wanted. I decided to research some of the benefits of other oils and decided on the good old COCONUT OIL. 

So now that I have that, I decided on a shower routine... My hair had NO oil, so washing it would only strip it more. I washed my hair maybe twice a week the first couple weeks. Most people start to wash their hair less and less so their head would produce LESS oils over time, but I was doing it so my head would produce at least SOME oil at all. Over time I would wash it more and more so it would produce MORE oil (so basically the opposite). Hair was bound to get oily sometime, right? 

As for the products I use IN the shower.. I use nothing special. I had these huge bottles of dove moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that I had from a couple weeks ago that I never used up so I figured I would now. I quickly learned that it wasn't the products you used, but rather how you used them that made them more effective. When I shampooed, I made sure to not wash until my head was squeaky clean and when I conditioned, I massaged it through my whole head but only left in it for a short time since leaving conditioner in for too long can actually soften the hair and make it limp and even more breakable. Take note that NO HOT WATER touched my hair at all through this whole process. I used all cold water in doing this and my hair immediately thanked me. 

Once I get out of the shower I lightly squeeze the majority of water out of my hair and let it dry for a bit without using any heat. Once it is slightly damp I spray the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheart Leave-In Conditioner (I know... the name is long, haha) all over my head and use a wide tooth comb to brush it. Without this step, my hair would be tangled and frazzled everywhere. It allows me to smoothly comb my hair out without the fear of breakage. NEVER use a brush to brush your hair out when its wet. ALWAYS use a wide toothed comb. A brush breaks through tangles and creates massive split ends.

Once my hair is almost dry, I dot a bit of coconut oil on my pointer finger and massage it into the ends of my hair and make my way up. Note that coconut oil is very thick and can easily become very heavy and oily on your hair. Work VERY small and make your way up until it feels nice and hydrated for you. Throughout the day, if I ever feel my hair getting dry I apply some argon oil since it is lighter than the coconut oil and won't weigh my hair down as much. 

I kept this routine up for a little over two months and my hair has made a DRASTIC difference.

Minimal to no heat used since I started the regime!

My hair actually shines now and feels much healthier! I hope this helps you lovelies.

They All Surrounded Me

One last little blog post for the day! Since I haven't done a music blog post in awhile, I figured I should show you guys all what I've been listening to.

For those of you who really know me, you all probably know that I listen to Eisley a freakish amount of times on a daily basis, but due to poop computer situations I haven't been able to get ALL of their eps and their individual songs (MacBooks don't really have a cd drive so that doesnt help...). Upon visiting my boyfriends house on a usual day I was youtubing a couple of their songs and told him of my unfortunate situation only to find out that he actually has all the songs I need and proceeded to take them for myself, teehee. Well, either way, I have been listening to them nonstop since I received them and thought the rest of the world should know about Eisley as well, if they don't already. 

Taken from a Wiki:
"Eisley is a rock band from Tyler, Texas, consisting of four siblings (Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston) and their cousin (Garron), all born and living in Texas. "

Although most places seem to title Eisley as an indie pop genre, I recently discovered that they may also be categorized as Christian Rock. To those of you who may be turned off by that genre, don't fret! It is amazing music and I'm sure you will fall in love with them as much as I did. 

Take a listen to my current favorite
"They All Surrounded Me"

And check out their page
Don't forget to purchase their new album "Currents" if you'd like!
Let's try to get them touring back on the west coast! Wooo~


Pink Roses

If all you are looking for a little story time, I have something silly in store for you!~

I remember being around  6 or 7 living in the same house as I do now and seeing very minimal flowers planted in our front yard (our back yard as well, now that I think of it) and thinking it always looked kind of creepy since the house itself was pretty quiet as well. Not to mention there was this HUGE tree planted right in front of our house covering the majority of the house and dropping nasty poops and dead leaves all over the yard. Kids at school would call it the "witch house" but I had no idea why because first off, I lived there and I knew for a fact it was not a witch house, and secondly because it was just a tree and couldn't understand how that automatically made my house the witch house. How does that determine anything! So, as I continued grow up I began to notice this rose bush flourish in front of our side gate. As a kid, I never really acknowledged the full beauty of it, but I was secretly hoping that kids would see it and notice that my house wasn't so bad after all but unfortunately it didn't help. At all. One day I brought over a new friend from school and I decided to show her the bush and immediately she just began to cut all of the roses off and I got so mad that I told her to go home (it was the worst thing I could think of at the time). The following months I had forgotten about the bush since it no longer had any roses and it was getting quite chilly and it wasn't till the summer after that that I realized the rose bush wasn't even there any more. It affected me for a whole day and I continued to live on unfazed really until I walked outside today and noticed that right outside the door there was an even more beautiful pink rose bush growing.

Now, comparing the house today and the house 10 years ago, you probably wouldn't have recognized it. We knocked that huge sucker of a tree down and planted dozens upon dozens of flowers both in the front and back yard. At first, I kind of thought it looked tacky. Who plants that many flowers everywhere? But again, as I grew older, the appreciation for its beauty grew on me.

I actually love the flowers now and am proud to show them off (well... when they're maintained at least).

Funny side story, whenever I go into my back yard, Pixel gets really excited and wants to show me everything because to him, it's like showing me his own little outdoors home! ^_^ Such a sweetie.


All Things Cute

Made cute denim hair bows!

and delicious halloween sugar cookies!

My furry kitty getting his face massaged (which is his favorite thing ever!)

and last but not least! I put both my bookshelves next to each other.
I can now see most of my books all in one spot!


My Current Obsessions and Other Small Things! *Super Long List*

With Fall comes new little obsessions! Tis the season to pull out your arts and crafts and drink your delicious warm concoctions. I figured I might as well share all my little random somethings with you guys to maybe inspire you as well. :)

 I recently discovered this point system at Starbucks, or rather I knew about it but I finally jumped up on it. I've always been a fan of Starbucks coffee and its so darn close to my house, so it inspires me to get off my butt and leave the house!

I also bought this set of cute earrings at H&M for only 5 dollars! I've been wearing them non stop. The only problem I've had with these (I'm actually not sure if its ME or the earrings, since I haven't worn any in years) is that when I first started using these, my ears grew SO sore, but as I continued to use these over time, the pain went away and they felt fine.

Also, being at my brothers house I noticed his large collection of tea stashed in his cabinets. Since he doesnt even drink tea, I swooped up on it and became obsessed. Although I'm not too fond of black teas - green teas and white teas are DELICIOUS when combined with honey. 

Greek Yogurt covered raisins. What more do I have to say? I eat these all the time!

My walls are so extremely boring so I decided to DIY some low budget frames. I went to target the other day to pick up a stack of 4 5x7 frames that were on sale for 4$ and got some prints made and went crazy! I already had quite a bit of acrylic paints so I chose the brightest of them all and made these cute frames. Theyre not perfect, but I love them and they add some fun into my room.

I had bought all these Sailor Moon movies on VHS as a child but we don't even have a VHS player anymore so I figured now is a good time to convert these to DVD! Yay! Now I can watch these whenever I want. :) This show use to be my LIFE as a kid and I'm so extremely happy to have these in dvd form again. 

So, I noticed there was this movie Divergent coming out soon and that everyone was talking about it and reading the books so I joined the bandwagon and got myself a copy. Although I have a book I'm currently already reading, I'm excited to start reading this.

And last but not least, let's talk about HAIR! Throughout the years I have done every possibly thing you could do to hair and its pretty much tired of me. It is so incredibly damaged and needs therapy ASAP. I have tried several different oils and conditioners but I have found that they made my hair feel gross and caked with product or even MORE dry! I have been reading online and hearing great things about coconut oil for both hair and skin and of course my mom conveniently had jar of exactly that for those specific reasons. I've always been really stubborn about believing my mom on things like this, but I guess maybe I should finally start listening.. (haha). Coconut oil has been SAVING my hair. It makes my hair feel sooo healthy! You do have to be careful with the amount of oil you do put on because it is EXTREMELY hydrating so you can easily put too much on and have your hair feel and look greasy.

And that is all for today! ^~^ Thanks to whomever stayed long enough to read all of this!

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