Something New…

I am going to show a picture I did not want anybody to see when I first big chopped my hair. It’s the first few pictures I took the night I big chopped. The first picture I shared on this blog was taken 3 weeks later, after I was able to tame it and it grew a little. I will also share a recent length check right below it.

First, though, my wash day. My wash day actually happened last Thursday, and my hair is pretty happy at the moment, so I definitely can leave it for a couple more days. I am learning to “listen” to my hair! It tells me when it needs to be washed — usually when my scalp is itching from gelling my hair. The shampoo I use is surprisingly well-loved by my hair. Most naturals say that cowashing is life, but my hair loves my Pantene purifying shampoo. I prepooed overnight with a mix of conditioners under my bathroom sink mixed with grapeseed oil and some cayenne pepper (again, it supposedly helps with growth, so why not?).

I hopped in the shower Thursday morning and applied a little Nuance by Salma Hayek shampoo (just because, I don’t know, I’m weird), and worked that in some. I then applied the Pantene Purifying shampoo and lathered it up and left it on a couple of minutes. I rinsed this out last with cool water and towel dried it a little. I then applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner (my new fave!!), and my hair is….oh my goodness. I love this stuff. What I DON’T love, however, is that my ears have broken out since I started using this leave-in. Me, being stubborn, I’m just trying to keep my hair off of my ears because I found a lovely new product that my hair is not rejecting. *crosses fingers, resists scratching ear*

Without further delay, the pictures from the night I big chopped. Can you tell how unsure I am about what I had just done? I did this at 2 am on a Tuesday, so….



And my latest length check photo (the shrinkage is VERY real!):


As always, thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the other ladies involved in the #WashDayExperience linkup!

The Wash Day Experience



Remember, Remember…

The fifth of….oh hey!

So, it has been almost a month since my last post and I honestly don’t know where the time went. ALOT has happened, and school has been kicking my butt, so hopefully over the Thanksgiving break, I can blog about some of it. To give a nice preview, I big chopped my hair after just 3 months of transitioning, I taught my first lesson plan ever, and I have changed my couponing mini binder over to a regular size binder as of last night!

I know, I know — the biggest part of that. My hair. Yes. The plan was to do it on my 21st birthday, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. My hair is SO SHORT but I love it and I felt no attachment to the hair in the sink and later the trash.

But, I will definitely share more soon, and I want to say thank you to my more recent followers that I’ve seen in my email, and thank you to those that have been following me for awhile now!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a relaxing week!



Coupon Crazy


I realized I haven’t posted a couponing trip in what seems like awhile. With my books being ridiculous this semester, I had to pull back alot on my spending, which meant taking a little break from couponing. I did some here and there, but I didn’t sit and plan things out like I usually do. Yesterday, I was able to score some detergent for when I move out of my parents’ house, and some hair gummies for now.

This trip was done at CVS, and went as follows….

Transaction 1: 

(2) Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Gummy Vitamins  {$7.79 each}

Sale: Buy One Get One Free

(3) Arm & Hammer Detergents {$7.29 each}

Sale: Buy One Get Two Free

(1) Starbucks Refreshers {$1.50}

Sale: Buy One, Get $1.50 Extrabucks

($38.95 value)

Coupons Used: 

2 – $2 off One Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Product {$4.00}

$2 off 2 Arm & Hammer

$3 off $15 Vitamin Purchase

$3 off $15 Purchase

Total Spent: ~$4.58 plus tax

Net: $3.08

After this, I decided I wanted to go ahead and get all six detergents like I had originally planned…

Transaction 2: 

(3) Arm & Hammer Detergents – Buy One Get Two Free

($21.87 Value)

Coupons Used: 

$2 off 2 Arm & Hammer

$1.50 EB from Transaction 1

$2 EB from old transaction

Total Spent: $1.93


Total Out of Pocket: $6.51

Coupons: $17.50

Total Savings (Sales and Coupons): $59.03

Product Value: $60.82


Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. 🙂