May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Ranging from wanting to dread my hair to wanting to dye it lavender,  I’ve been craving a change lately. My parents weren’t too keen on purple-tinted hair or dreadlocks, and while I completely agreed with their wise reasoning, I still wanted to do something different! I’ve been growing out my hair (it was styled in a bob!) for a few years now, and while I love my long hair, I have been rather ennui about it for the past few months.

I decided to give myself some blunt bangs! I was nervous to cut them myself, but with the bolstering encouragement from a friend, I did it. I rather like them!

I still think I want to get it shaped up/layered a bit, but I’m going to leave that to a proffesional. 😀

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What do you think? My hair wasn’t washed/styled in the bottom right pic… 😛 and for my wavy hair, that results in major frizz, haha! #ohwell




I am a lazy person. Without a dry scalp. {DIY Post}

February 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

Well, maybe lazy isn’t the right term. I procrastinate.  It’s terrible, I know. But I do try… sometimes. 

Sometimes I try to figure out why I don’t have perfect skin, perfect diet, perfect exercise routine, perfect house, perfect dinner…. I mean, in this land of Pinterestdom, we should have it together by now, right? But no, it just contributes to the whole “procrastination” thing. 

Don’t worry, I still don’t undertand why, either.

I used to think I had dandruff (eep!) until I read about the difference between dandruff and dry scalp.  As it turns out, I have the latter.

Dandruff developes when your scalp produces too much oil, and the sebum blocks up your hair follicles. Its flakes are somewhat large and yellow-white (sorry that sounds gross, y’all. It is what it is.) It’s often accompanied by hair that becomes easily greasy (which may have seemed contradictory until now) and has become thinner.

Dry scalp, on the other hand, is pretty self explanitory. The flakes are white and very small, and it often doesn’t rear its ugly head until dry, cold weather comes around.

I found a recipe for a scalp treatment that looked pretty good. I was willing to try anything, at this point! (Being mortified to go to the hairdresser because of the condition of my scalp isn’t my happy place, come to find out.)

{Enter Coconut oil scalp treatment.}

1.Take about 4 tablespoons softened coconut oil, mix with 2-4 (depending on sensitivity) drops tea tree oil, and 3-4 drops of rosemary oil. Rosemary and tea tree oil are both great for treating dry flaky scalps, and stimulate the hair follicle for hair growth, among other things. You can also adjust the amounts, but keep in mind that tea tree oil can be irritating if you use too much, so use caution.
2.You’ll start on dry hair, and it really makes no difference if it is clean or not. Starting on top, place the brush on the scalp, rotate it across the scalp while pressing down and pull off in the end. Repeat across the scalp, parting hair where necessary. This will stimulate the blood circulation and loosen any dry skin scales. This should feel good, don’t press so hard that it hurts.
(This was my “It had better work-” well, no… I’m just a crazy person.)
3.Next part the hair down the center and apply the oil mixture to the scalp with the application brush or cotton ball. Work in one inch sections down the sides of the head, then the back making sure the mixture covers the entire scalp.
4.Now give your scalp a good massage. Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion all over the scalp. Leave the treatment on for about 20 minutes.
Finish it off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

I really loved this! My scalp was itch- and flake-free for over a week! I’ve done it once more since then, and had great results again. I’m hoping this won’t be such an issue in the summer, but now I’m armed with knowledge- and quite dangerous!

Here is the link to the full instructions, provided by Destri at The Mother Huddle.



December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

I know how slow the Christmas season is.

Everyone just moping around, with nothing to do, nowhere to go. Absolutely no purpose in life to be found.


If you are present on this planet (Earth, by the way. Hasn’t been discluded from the solar system…yet. Poor Pluto needs a pal.) from the week before Thanksgiving through the week after Christmas, there is a high probability that you are running around like a chicken with its head cut off this very moment.

Which would be quite incredible, actually. Considering you’re reading this right now. Kudos for multi-tasking!

Since you have all this extra time in between parties, shopping, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cookie swaps, and still more shopping, I figured you might want a winter/Christmas-themed Do it Yourself post.

If you make your own ornaments, you’re in luck. If you don’t, or haven’t, I highly recommend doing so. Just once. For me? Pu-leeaaaze? My LIFE will be EMPTY if you don’t. (Not really, I’m just trying to guilt you into making something.)

I love the wreath and framed ornaments especially!


This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but I’m sure you crafty people could figure out how to make this easily! Let me know when you do. 🙂


This is one of my favorites!

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To add to the holiday rush, two of our neighbors, one a very dear friend, were burgled this afternoon. I’m very thankful no one was home, but sad that that happened. I think I’m sleeping with my .22 tonight… 😛



November 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

My reply to that rather snarky comment meant to belittle?

Don’t worry. I have potatoes.

…Say what?

I’ll say it again. Potatoes.

They grow in the dirt, you consume them in a myriad of ways, (one of them being the fast food industry, most likely. Your Mother-in-law’s casserole could be another…) and are seemingly humble little tubers.

But did you know they are very useful raw?

One of the most functional and interesting tips I found was for burns. (Thus the awkward, confusing title. In case no one gets my humor.) Put a raw slice on the burned area and it will draw the heat out. (You don’t want to do this for a major burn, fyi.) You can make a pultice for a larger area by finely dicing the potatoe and mixing just enough water to get a pasty consistency. Neat, huh?

Another was to reduce puffiness under the eyes. The high potassium content of raw potatoes deminishes dark circles. Just slap on a couple slices directly under the eyes, lay back for 20 minutes, and let them work their magic!

You can read about other ways to use the here, here, and here.


I’m traveling tomorrow to visit my big sister for Thanksgiving, and I have yet to pack.

I blame it on genetics. Which my sister did not inherit. Not that she’s weird or anything, because saying that wouldn’t be nice.

She just packs on time like a regular person. (Okay, isn’t she seriously crazy though?!? I mean, being on time and everything, like, really?!?)

We are going to have fun, her husband is going to think I’m weirder than ever (but of course accept me for me, right? 😉 ), I’ll just laugh, and try to act civilized around the two Thanksgiving  guests that neither I nor my sister and her hubby have ever met. It will be a blast. 🙂

I pray you and yours have a lovely, memorable week, whether together or apart.


Happy Thanksgiving!



Make It Yourself Mondays ~ Leaves are falling!

October 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Okay, so I’ve said this before, but… I just adore Autumn! I took an hour this morning to cycle all over the neighborhood, and although I enjoyed myself, I came back a little disappointed. You see, I live on the Gulf Coast. It was seventy degrees when I left at 6a.m. this morning! Cold weather here comes and goes, with constant Indian summers disrupting what coolness we do get. Oh, and forget about the leaves changing colors! Have you ever seen oaks, pines, or magnolias turn shades of yellow, orange or red? Nope. That’s because they don’t. 😛 Since those trees make up 80-90% of the foliage here* we don’t get as much color as I would prefer.

*Percentage based on completely bogus guesstimating.

So all of this leaves (Haha, leaves. Get it? No? Oh, um, nevermind.) me somewhat idolizing fall as an ideal, if you will. Spending time in other climates has often left me yearning to move to Montana* for the climate.

*Montana’s nice in the fall, right?

The South does have many pros, though. You can wear flip-flops year-round. Shorts are acceptable in any month. As long as you don’t “sun” (tan), your skin has the potential not to wrinkle as much because of the humidity! 😀

I’m fascinated with, and by leaves.

The intricacies of each design,

the veins running through them,

and yes,

some of their abilities to change colors with the seasons.

Here’s to the leaf, a symbol of change. Or of Canada.

(The link is just to a bigger image of this..)

Do you have a crisp, colorful Autumn, or do you live in Cali where everything’s just beachy?


~Hannah B

Hairstyles, Random Musings, and Lip Balm.

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Were you a bookworm as a child? I, in a balanced way, (I hope!) certainly was. The current pages I read were practically a part of me. When my mother would tell me to go play outside,  many a time I would grab the latest intrigue, climb a tree, and spend an hour in typed oblivion. [disclaimer :  I did truly play very often! 🙂 ]  Something about a life not my own, full of history and adventure I might never personally experience, was, and still is, captivating. I could know the life of a young queen in the 17th century, or make syrup with Laura Ingall’s grandmother, or realize that he definitely should not have asked the clerk why he worked late last Friday. I must say, I still feel this way! My life might be much busier,  but when I can, I still adore curling up in a corner with an old favorite – or a new unknown.

On a different note: I, like many others, have been part of a lovely world called Pinterest since this spring. It can definitely be a time waster, but mostly, I find many neat ideas I that never entered my mind! I thought a few of you might enjoy these hair-bow tutorials that have been rather popular lately. 

Also, here’s a video tutorial! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWxgxVAqg3A&feature=player_embedded

On another completely different note: I make lip balm with beeswax from my dad’s beehives. I’m getting ready for a craft fair this Satuday, and am very excited with how my booth will look! I’ll probably post pictures this weekend.

Did you have a favorite book when you were a child? How about now? Was there a sacred place meant only for you and those curled pages? Or did you care less when it came to books or reading?

~Hannah B

Make-It-Yourself Mondays ~ Falling into Autumn

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fall is my most favorite time of year. Hands-down. The crisp air, the stunning colors of nature; every other season just pales in comparison. It inspires me to clean, take more walks, get organized, learn, and so much more. In general, I just get more energized and end up accomplishing more when the cool weather comes! I [hopefully fittingly] decided to bring in the first of October with fall tutorials, including many pumpkin crafts. 🙂 I will have to post a mid-week MIY post featuring leaf crafts; I ran out of room today!

Do you and your family or friends have any traditions for fall? My family usually goes on a camping trip mid-October, but we are, sadly, not able to this year. Fall, harvest, or autumn? I use them interchangeably!

Happy Monday, and have a wonderful week!


~Hannah B

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