Emergency MidWeek Wash Day #30DaysWithoutSplitEnds

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Hello Readers!

This past Thursday my hair needed a little help. As in, my head was still itching like crazy and I couldn’t take it anymore! and, yes, my ends were a little dry. So, I made a little trip to the Beauty Supply store to pick up a couple of things. My abbreviated wash day went pretty smoothly (no pun intended):

  • I started out by doing an oil rinse – I applied grapeseed oil liberally all over my hair and let it sit for maybe 15 minutes before rinsing in the sink. I squeezed out some but not all of the water.
  • I applied Lisa Rachel Conditioner and Cleanser with Olive Oil and Aloe throughout my hair and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing it out.
  • I deep conditioned with my DIY mix for 10 minutes and rinsed it out.
  • I applied my L.O.C. products and let my hair air dry

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My hair before rinsing out the oil.

Results: My hair is still happily moisturized and my hair looks like it was straightened with a flat iron! I never had to use heat, and that makes this girl happy. :)

 




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This Week’s Wash Day #30DaysWithoutSplitEnds

This week, I am making some changes (and I did a little shopping!) to combat my split ends. I’m also trying to inject my hair with as much moisture as possible this summer because the heat combined with me lightening my ends has it DRRRRRRYYYYYY as a bone.

Here’s my hair before I started. See how dry my ends are? UGH.

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Here is my usual regimen, with the changes for the next month or so:

  • Prepoo with Organics Hair Mayonnaise. I didn’t participate in the 30 Days with Ceramides Challenge, so I’m also incorporating ceramide-containing products to help my hair along.
  • Shampoo with Hask Argan Oil Shampoo and squeeze out the excess water.
  • Apply Organix Sea Mineral Moisture Moisture Surge Deep Treatment and leave in for 45 minutes. I LOVE this stuff so much! I am a sucker for a good conditioner that makes my hair feel silky and light and moisturized, and this one fits the bill perfectly!
  • Rinse out D.C. and spritz Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixture on scalp. I then apply my leave-ins and wrap in a t-shirt for an hour. For this month, I am using Dr. Miracle’s Leave In Conditioner as my liquid, Organix Argan Oil Extra Penetrating Oil, and Cantu Leave-In Conditoning Repair Cream.
  • After my hair is about 80-90% dry, I trimmed my ends a little.  Okay, actually, I went ahead a cut a little bit off. I applied my L.O.C. products. Liquid – DIY mix I am in love with, Oil – Grapeseed oil (another ceramide), Cream – more Cantu.

Here’s my hair after all my rinsing, and after t-shirt drying, and just before cutting.

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During the week I will be constantly assessing my hair, especially my ends, so I can keep everything happy and moisturized. If my ends dry out (which they will), I will do the baggie method like I did just last week – I use my own DIY mix applied liberally to ends and cover it with a sandwich bag and leave it in for a few hours. When I take off the bag, my ends are hydrated and feel really soft. This helps for a day or two usually.

My hair after trimming and cutting, but not completely dry, hence the flat appearance. Bye bye, split ends!!

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My hair is so fluffy and soft right now, and I love it! It’s all bouncy and swingy with my little hair cut, and I hope it’s slightly easier to maintain and go about in the heat this week.

Until next time!

 

N.

Joining the newest Hair Challenge!

Hello all! I’ve decided to join the challenge to go 30 Days with no Split Ends in my hair!

My hair has been relaxed for as long as I can remember, and I did just finish a several months long relaxer stretch that resulted in a pretty decent retention of length. I finally found a regimen I can settle into and it’s been leaving my hair super soft and shiny and very manageable. The only snag is the fact that I decided to lighten my ends recently (since relaxed hair cannot be bleached). My ends are always trying to dry completely out, especially in this Texas heat!

So, for the next 30 days, I will be making some minimal changes to my regimen:

  •  Baggie Deep Conditioning Method to keep ends moisturized
  • Research more updos/protective styles! I love wearing my hair down, but I love my length more!  Time to go back to the bun for a bit…
  • Speaking of which, buy a bun mold. I need a little help with my buns, so this will give it some needed oomph for a little while.
  • Keep letting my hair air dry. I stopped using my hair dryer because not only have I burned my hands, but my face as well and it dries my hair out and obviously causes heat damage. I just t-shirt dry for about an hour and then let it air dry the rest of the way.
  • I need to stop straightening my ends so much, and start using my rollers more to keep them straight.
  • I need to start trimming my split ends more! I started trimming them a couple of weeks ago, and never finished!

Thanks so much for reading, and those of you heading (back) to school this fall, good luck in your supply shopping and moving in endeavors in the next couple of weeks!!

EDIT: You can read more about the challenge here.

Natasha.

Fall 2014 College Supply List

WARNING: This is a very text-heavy post. I’ll share some pictures of this year’s school supply “haul” if it helps :) So, with the pictures, this is probably my longest post to date. Sorry!! But really not sorry because I mean…I like sharing. :)

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Almost everything I bought. I got a few more things after I took this picture :)

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I got this giant calendar from Mardel – for those who don’t know, it’s a teacher supply store. It says desk, but I am going to use it on my wall to map out my semester assignments and tests, and anything else like appointments! IMG_1690

From Staples, I got folders, a notepad for Cornell-style notes (it’s actually a project pad that I am going to cross out a couple things on), my favorite pastel paper, some plain paper, a pack of my favorite pencils, and a Poppin Pebble eraser!

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From Walmart, I got an even larger pack of the same pencils, a pack of Sharpies that were a STEAL, and a composition book, because, why not? IMG_1694

From Target, I got a pack of markers just because, and  the lunchbag that matches my backpack! Isn’t it adorable?!
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I got two appliques for my backpack to spruce it up a bit, and this is my new pencil bag I made! IMG_1677

Here’s a close up of it. These hexagons were honestly HELL. to get them all done. I stabbed my fingers twice with my needle. But it was nice to do some hand sewing for once in a world of computerized machines. IMG_1696

 

Here’s a glimpse of the inside zipper pocket for my lead and eraser. How handy is that?

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It’s almost time for the fall semester to start! It feels like summer flew on by for me, because I’ve been in classes all summer. I took Sociology, Spanish 1, and I am almost done with Spanish 2 and Psychology. I’ve been busily getting supplies for the fall and coming up with ways to organize so I can make this my best first semester in the Education program! Below is my supply list. I didn’t get everything (yet) and some I have from previous semesters.

Essentials

  • Mechanical pencils, pens of choice, highlighters – Now is the time to invest in a really nice writing pen for your notes! Or, take notes with regular cheapo ballpoint pens that you can get for $1 or less per pack, and then as a study aid, recopy your notes in colors, etc, however you want them into a “study notebook”. Just a quick note: I LOVE Sharpie retractable highlighters, and am currently on my second pack. I didn’t buy anymore yet because they are still working pretty well. I guess I didn’t wear them out so much this time around.
  • Binder, dividers – I only had a binder because the course packet for my math class was almost 200 pages! I ended up keeping my other syllabi and some assignments behind dividers as well. I did buy a cute little binder, and I have some Martha Stewart dividers I got on clearance in the spring semester that I just need to change the labels on.
  • Paper – looseleaf (pastels, anyone?), copy, whatever you want really.
  • Folders – I switch between binders with pockets and folders, and I usually go back to folders. I got a few from Staples that are super cute! The hardest part will be deciding which one to use for each class!
  • Mini stapler & extra staples – Just buy a regular box of staples and break up the strips! It’s possible to make friends in your classes just by being the guy or girl with the stapler when that 10-page paper is due. I bought a new one this time around because my old one is kinda sorta broken.
  • Planner – Get one. Write all your assignment due dates in it and other important dates. I splurged and got the one I really wanted – a Vera Bradley (that’s actually the exact one I got in the link)! It was a spur of the moment thing when I was on campus in the bookstore one day.
  • Backpack – Invest in one that won’t fall apart on you. Don’t be the typical girl with the same Vera Bradley as 15 other girls. It’s just not cute anymore. I bought mine at Staples when some of their backpacks were 50% off.
  • Water bottle – All of my classes have allowed food and drinks in class, except Biology labs for obvious reasons. There will be people eating Chicken Express or Pizza Hut in class. Do not fall prey to this and bring your own! More on easy snacks to bring in a future post!
  • Small notebook(s) – I like these for writing out my homework/tests for the week, and for jotting down little notes.

Technology

  • Laptop – The only laptops I have experience with are HP. I do not care for Dell, Lenovo, or Toshiba. Obviously, if you have the money, get a MacBook, but I will firmly stand by my HP Envy with its purple keyboard cover!
  • Bag/Case for laptop – I found my bag at Staples, and ordered my hard shell case through Amazon. I need a new one because I broke one of the clips that hooks the top on one side, but it worked great! I’m getting the same one in a different color.
  • Printer  – Again, I give this one to HP. We had a Lexmark before that worked GREAT, but it was too expensive to keep toner in it. I have an HP inkjet currently and the ink is super cheap. Be sure to pick up extra ink BEFORE that paper is due!
  • Tablet – I waited until the iPad mini came out. It’s perfect for me and my academic needs. I’ve had it for a year and a half now, and I still love it.
  • Bag/Case for tablet – I have four different cases for my iPad, and two of them do not cover the screen, so I have a neoprene sleeve for the days when I use those. Otherwise, I use my rotating case (link).
  • Phone case – Please, please, please do NOT be one of those people who thinks your phone is invincible. It’s not. Get a protective case and put it on your phone. I currently have an Otterbox Defender, but I accidentally dyed it blue when I was dying my hair. I’m looking at a Graft Leverage i5, and the price looks pretty good on Amazon.
  • Calculator – Check the requirements for your math class before investing in one of the graphing calculators. I had mine from high school, but I couldn’t use it in any of my math classes – or, it wasn’t helpful, I should say. In Algebra, we really couldn’t use them, so I had to buy a non-graphing one. At least it’s pink. For the THEA (required to enter the Education program at UTA), I had to have a plain 4-function calculator. I just used one they had at the testing site.
  • Case for calculator – I don’t have one, and had planned on making one, but I’m done with math! :D
  • Headphones – Helpful during study sessions!! I had some SkullCandy UpRock headphones in purple, but with me just tossing them into my backpack all the time, they kinda broke…I’m stuck with my Apple earphones until I can buy another pair. I’m eyeing the DNA’s in pink or blue. I’ve tried them out in the store before, and they sound really nice. However, for budget’s sake I may just get another pair of UpRocks. I love how they sound. Why do I always have to end up breaking my good headphones?!
  • Flash Drive – You never know when you might need it. I keep seeing 8GB for 6 or 7 dollars right now, and that’s a good amount to start with.

Nice to Have

  • Pencil Bag – I DIY’ed my own here, but I also use a smaller makeup bag when I don’t need everything (like for the summer intercession)
  • Expanding file – keep those important papers that you don’t want to carry around all the time, like all those graded papers, especially if a grade is input wrong and you need to prove to your professor that you made an A and not a C.
  • Labelmaker – It’s just handy. Trust me on this one.
  • Page flags and sticky notes – Sticky notes I tend to use as reminders for assignments coming due or to jot a quick note if my professor mentions something as we’re leaving class. Page flags are helpful, but I don’t use them much, mostly to mark my place in a textbook, notebook, or planner. Use either when you have an open book test to mark the sections you need so you can find them quickly and easily.
  • Index cards – Some people like making flashcards. I don’t do it as much as I should. I’m a study guide type of girl.
  • Whiteout – I get the roller tape usually, and it’s really nice to have when you actually splurge and get the ones that don’t crap out on you. Or is that just me?
  • Emergency Kit – I talked about this in my last back to school post and I actually got the idea from The College Prepster. I have made changes so it’s better customized to my needs, and it’s so perfect to toss in my backpack when I need it!
  • Gum – because gum. Or mints. Whichever floats your sailboat.
  • hand sanitizer – Because germs. Eww.

Picture Issues

Hello all,

I am aware of the image issues on the homepage and the reposts. I will get it all fixed as soon as I can.

UPDATE: All pictures have been fixed, and some posts have been removed due to me not being able to locate the pictures. Shame on me for not backing them all up somewhere!

Hasta luego!

Natasha.

Hello Readers!

After careful thought and consideration, I have deleted my other two WordPress blogs (Five Sixteen and Natasha Navigates Life), and I will be posting from Sew Short and Crafty full time. No more new blogs! I’m very excited about the new posts I have coming, and for the new semester. I’ll finally be a junior in college! 

As a note, yes, I did go and repost the key posts I wanted from the other two blogs, and  I apologize if you’ve seen them before, but I didn’t want to lose them. So those are not duplicate pins on Pinterest, I was pinning them from here!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you come back soon! 

 Natasha. 

Couponing: A College Student’s Perspective {Repost}

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I never watched Extreme Couponing. I knew what it was and how it worked (somewhat) but I never wanted to do it. When I became a cashier, I started to resent it a little because of the work involved – reading the coupons, processing them, keying in the ones that refuse to scan – nervewracking, sometimes. I understand they are saving money, but my goodness, the work and organization involved makes my head spin!

I rarely used coupons because I always forgot I had them. But being in college, it’s every student’s cry that we are broke. Between paying for books, tuition, and keeping gas in the car, it really adds up. Sometimes I forget I have a job because it feels like I never have any money for the things  I want. So being able to get a good deal sometimes with a coupon helps out alot, but you won’t see me with a pouch full of Extrabucks and a wallet full of cash. Well…the wallet full of cash would be nice.

I do better when I plan my trip ahead of time, but I still do pretty well with little pre-organizing. I am just now starting to request rainchecks on items (which I should have done way before now!), and I feel like they’re more valuable than any coupon. It must be the lack of expiration date.

And I can’t talk about couponing without highlighting the cashier’s perspective. I just have a few things to say, I swear…

  • Please don’t be rude to me. I try to be nice to every customer, including extreme couponers and smokers.
  • I know how to read a coupon, and I can spot the frauds. If it’s expired or not for the right item, I’m not taking it. And  I do count to see how many of one coupon you give me.
  • FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP STAPLING YOUR COUPONS TOGETHER!!!! This really irks me, and makes zero sense. If I rip your coupon, and it won’t scan, what do you expect me to do? (Refer to point #1)
  • Please hand me ALL of your coupons. Don’t hand them to me one by one, because then I’m getting suspicious.
  • Don’t try to trip me up. This needs no explanation. Shame on you.
  • Please don’t bring me NEXT WEEK’S ad demanding I adjust the price of what you bought “because it’s about to go on sale”. Nice try.

Annnnnd off my soapbox. Thank you for reading, and I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

 

-N