Leonardo Jr.

This is all I need to convince me.




No-Poo for you!


Yeah, that’s right.  I saw the face you made.  Where in the world is she going with this one, you are asking…  Shampoo, my dears, SHAMpoo.

That hilarious episode of Seinfeld has been stuck in my head ever since I’ve started researching the “no-poo” movement.  Go ahead, take away my soup, take away the television, take away my makeup…well, maybe let’s not get carried away here…let’s keep the makeup.  Take away my shampoo?  Are you crazy?  Won’t I be dirty?  Smelly?  Greasy?

Three years ago I gave birth to another cutie pie of mine.  Love him to death, hate my hair ever since.  I don’t know if it has anything to do with pregnancy or the products, brushes, appliances I was using…but, my hair was breaking.  At first I saw it as frizz.  “Oh dear hairdresser of mine.  Please help me control the frizz.  I want smooth hair.”, is what I said the first few months A.B. (after birth).  Then…”What is going on?  My hair is standing up all over the place!”  Then the blow was delivered.  It was breakage.  Insert the strengthening shampoos and conditioners.  Insert the moisturizing shampoos and conditioners.  Insert the oils.  Nothing has helped!  So, three days ago I bit the bullet.


I researched online for the past few months.  Should I co-wash?  Should I skip washing all together?  Should I invest in something like Wen?  I mean, look how bald I’m starting to look!  I finally decided to do the baking soda and vinegar wash.

Here’s how:

Mix 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda into 1 cup of water and dissolve.  I put this into a handy little squirt bottle.  Then in a spray bottle I mixed 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (white vinegar I hear would work well too) into 1 cup of water.  I hop in the shower and squirt the baking soda mixture onto my roots, massaging well, and then rinsing well.  Then I spray the vinegar mixture onto my ends, avoiding the roots.  The baking soda cleanses, the vinegar mixture softens.

So far, it’s been three days.  I washed with the BS and V, skipped a days wash (really just massaged really well with hot water while in my shower), and did another BS and V wash today.  I’m hoping I can go two days with just rinsing and no washing this time and then eventually a week!  Has my hair been greasy?  Nope.  It has felt different though, it’s hard to describe.  It does feel softer too!  Here is the result so far…


My goal is to hopefully stop the breaking and start the growing!  Stop the frizz and start to see smooth shiny hair again!  So, if you’ve been thinking about it too, try it with me!  No-poo for you!

A one week update is here.

We Make-a A Snowman!



My eyes flutter. Suddenly I’m awoken from my sweet slumber to shouts of, “Yay!”, “Oh my gosh!”, “Snow!!!”. If you are fortunate enough to live in a cold weather snowy state, I’m sure you remember the excitement of the first snow of the wintery season. I just love to see the excitement on my children’s faces when that first snow falls!



As you can see, by our sidewalk, it was a dusting really. Already, by early morning, the snow on the streets and walkways melted. But…there was just enough to scoop up some in a bucket…




…and “make-a a snowman!”





A little bit about the last time.

I’m so thankful for my family that came over today and braved contact with the sick birthday boy.  They certainly didn’t need to, and we certainly would have understood, but, they did it anyway.

The last time.  This is something, since becoming a Mom, I’ve thought about a lot.  I try my best to hold onto every moment.  Today, my family showed me that they are too.  Hug the one you’re with!


And This Is What Happens

What happens when your husband leaves for a work trip, your toddler throws up on you, your kids find a sudden burst of run-around-and-drive-mom-crazy energy?  (seriously the list goes on, I won’t bore you, it was a not so good time)  You fall out of the blogging world.  You try to grip onto that tiny bit of sanity left in you.  You go to bed early.  And now it’s November!

B’s 8th Birthday!  Made this cake, which he requested while looking at Pinterest with me 🙂

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Today, we made graham crackers.  If you’ve never made your own graham crackers before, DO IT NOW!  Seriously.  Boxed ones have no flavor!  While eating a packaged graham cracker awhile back, I noticed that it tasted like nothing at all.  What happened to the graham crackers of my childhood?!  Then I found the best graham cracker recipe ever! My cousin got us some graham flour from the oldest stone mill while visiting MI!  Today, I got to use it!  So yummy, so worth the effort!


Enjoy your day!


I have three little boys.  Even though some days are tough, I love that I have my little family.


My little guy recently told me that he would like to drive.  He’s 3.  When I looked surprised, he rose a hand to reassure me that it was ok and told me he would drive slowly.  I laughed.  He said it wasn’t funny, it was ok, he would drive slowly.  13 more years my dear, 13 more years.

My oldest is 10.  When I think about 13 more years, I think about how quickly those 10 years went…  Or how quickly those 7 years went by with my middle guy!

I’ve gotten to an odd place in my life.  I remember being 7, I remember being 10.  I remember having fun with my brother, not a care in the world.  I remember my parents, so responsible, so mature, taking care of us.  And now here I am.  The Mom.

So, with life moving on so quickly, I’ve chosen to live a little more slowly.  To drive slowly.

16.3 Billion…and 1

I did a little research this morning (emphasis on little…) and found there are 16.3 billion blogs…or something like that.  I told you, I did little research, ha!   “Start a blog!”, they say, “You should blog”, they say, “Have you ever thought about blogging?”…say it with me…THEY SAY!   I say, “No.”…”Nope.”….”Not at all.”  Yet here I am, 16.3 billion…and 1.  I’ve never been much of a blog reader.  I figured that I have too much going on in my own life to be interested in others.  I’ve also taken the past two years to “unplug”.  No more Facebook for me, not attached to my cell phone, no Instagram.  This past year I have gotten into a few blogs in somewhat an interesting way.  I think I’ll share those stories later, but it opened my eyes a bit.  I could relate to them, laugh with them.  Soon, I found myself reading every post and then thinking that maybe…just maybe…it MIGHT be something I’d enjoy.  So let’s give this a whirl.  16.3 billion and 1.  Soft. Sweet. Simple.  Me.