My Favorites (Hair Edition)

I was never one who would buy tons of hair stuff. Occasionally, I would try something new – because it’s fun, right?!

So here are my favorite hair tools & products!

I added in parentheses the year I started using them.

HAIR TOOLS

  • Avanti Ultra Flat Iron (2011)
  • GS 3-in-1 Curling Wand (2021)
  • Hot Tools Deep Waver (2021)

HAIRBRUSHES

  • Denman D3 Original Styler 7 Row (2012)
  • Wet Brush Shower Detangler (2022)

PRODUCTS

  • L’Oréal Paris Shampoo & L’Oréal Paris Conditionner (2015)
  • Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditionner (2021)
  • Cattier Paris Superfine Green Clay (late 2021)

I haven’t listed any accessories because I’m still on the lookout for certain items (warning: it’s gonna take a while). I feel like I’m also switching things up, especially since having girls.

Click here to see images of the items listed above on Instagram.

Get To Know Me

Determined, persistant, …

– Dad

Knows what she wants …

– Mom

You are an awesome girl Alexa, fun to be around, you have and like stylish stuff, great sense of humor and you are strongly opiniated.

– Siblings

Authentic, true to her convictions, a strong woman. A bit hard to approach, but when she’s on your side, she’s a jewel… She’s able to have fun when it’s time to and she’s able to put herself in retrospective – even when she’s wrong.

– Husband

I asked my family to describe me in one sentence, and these are the responses I got. I love it.

I grew up with my parents and three siblings (one older sister, two younger brothers). We only moved once and we often traveled by car. We share so many memories – I can’t recount them all.

Here are some more facts about me:

  • I’m 30 years old
  • Married since 2011
  • We have 2 daughters
  • My birthday is August 26th (if you read anything about Virgos… it’s probably 75-100% accurate)
  • I’m more of a wallflower than the life of the party
  • I mumble when I talk
  • If I had to choose 5 friends for a girls night, I’m going to have a hard time because I hate leaving people out (I blame it on being and feeling left out, myself)
  • I love to laugh, but I also love having deep conversations

There’s so much more I could share, but I guess these are the basics. I’m still very far from being the person who I wish to be. But, I’ve learned to embrace who I am – by God’s grace.

Slowdown Sunday

Sunday’s been my favorite day of the week for as long as I can remember.

Though, with the pandemic & the closing of our local church for a period of time – it’s been harder for me to keep this day as special as it’s intended to be.

Here’s what we do to have the most relaxing Sunday possible.

1. QUIET TIME

It varies every week, to be honest, we don’t always have a set schedule (it can vary).

When we can, we attend our local church for our regular service. If not, we take some time for devotions, prayer, and/or worship… whatever we feel we need to clear our minds and feed our soul.

2. LIMITED SCREEN TIME

This is one that I’m still having a hard time with myself. Online church services, Sunday School, our phones are often the primary source.

For the kids, since they watch their fair share of movies and stuff during the week, they aren’t “allowed” to on Sunday.

There are exceptions. If it’s a gloomy-weathered Sunday, if they are really whiny, or restless, they’ll sometimes watch a documentary or a Bible-inspired movie (usually after lunch, or later).

3. EASY MENU

Also-known-as Chicken Nugget Day. Every week, same meal, and the kids are always happy!

For us parents, we usually get some take-out, or just cook a regular meal at home.

4. NO SHOPPING

If we run out of bread and milk, for example, we will make a trip to the grocery store (usually before or after supper). But if it can wait, it will wait.

We try our best to do all our shopping during the week, to avoid having to go on Sunday.

5. TAKE A NAP (or get some fresh air)

Sadly, this dosen’t always happen… I’ll admit, there’s nothing better than a good Sunday afternoon nap!

In the summer, we’ll sometimes go for a walk around the neighborhood, stopping at a park to let the kids burn some energy.

During the winter, this happens much less. Getting the kids ready to go outside itself is pretty chaotic. Although, they are getting older – and it gets easier to get them dressed.

That’s all, but I’d love to hear from you! What do you do to have a Slowdown Sunday?

Should I do this?

Dear Journal, 
 
Where to begin… I have so many questions right now. It’s late, I should be in bed sleeping. I know by the time I publish this, I’ll re-read this and think “Should I do this? Is this really going to make a difference and help somebody?” 

When it comes to social media, I’m honestly not the best at it. I really want to find an outlet where I can be MYSELF, without comparison. A platform that’s MY OWN.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m inspired by sooo many people on social media, on a daily basis. It just feels like I’m missing something.

I really want this blog to feel like a breath of fresh air. Spreading love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith. Making you smile. Finding solutions… To be a helping hand. And of course, me being the person who I am, I hesitate a thousand times and ask myself again “Should I do this?” 
 
My answer to that is: “Well, why not? You won’t know unless you try”. 
 
So I’m gonna try.