June 30, 2011

Braided Crossover Bun with Abby from My Yellow Sandbox

Today we have another fun guest in the house.  It's Abby from My Yellow Sandbox and she's got some great tips and styles to show you today.  She blogs about a lot of things....from home decor to scrapbooking to her cute family.  She has gorgeous Rapunzel hair and a lot of tricks up her sleeve.  Let's welcome Abby.

Hey lovelies!  It's Abby from My Yellow Sandbox!  I have been so excited to share with you some of my hair styles, I felt like this day would never come!  Who here loves hair week?  I am totally in love with hair week!  Hair is such an important accessory.  I like to think of it as the gorgeous frame that makes the picture that much more stunning.  If you don't love your hair I have some tricks that will help you learn to!  Lets love our hair people!!

These are 9 of the 30 styles I've already shown over at My Yellow Sandbox!!


Before we get to today's hairstyle I want to share a few hair secrets!  The rest of them will be in my ebook coming out soon!

Trick #1.  Do not wash your hair everyday.  Did ya hear me?!  DON'T. WASH. YOUR. HAIR. EVERYDAY!  What happens is the more you wash your hair, the more you strip your hair of those natural oils that make your hair soft and silky.  EW but then my hair is greasy Abby.  I can't have greasy hair.  That's just disgusting.  You have to train your hair.  Go one extra day between washings!  Let your hair get used to it and it will start producing less oil.  It's the truth I tell you!

Trick #2.  Spend the money on products.  You can't hope to grow your hair out if it keeps breaking off because it's so dry.  Been there.  You should have seen my mop in college!  It was BAD.  I could not get it to stop breaking.  It was so dry and damaged.  I ended up chopping it all off and starting fresh.  I  got it trimmed every six weeks.  I swear she'd cut off more than what grew!  And I started using nice salon grade shampoos and conditioners.  Once a week I would deep condition it over night.  And I spent money on the Hana Shine Shield, which is what seriously saved my hair.

Just trust me.  Pantene Pro V is not the same as Redkin, or Bed Head or any other product you can buy at a salon.  You get what you pay for.  And I really mean that!!  I know it's really hard to spend money on such stupid things.  If I'm gonna spend forty bucks I want a new outfit!!  Shop the sales.  There are always buy one get one free or 50% off sales going on.  Don't ever pay full price.  Ask your hair stylist if she can get you some product with her discount.  All the stylists I've known have always been super nice about getting me product.  Because if you want long, delicious hair.....

Visit me here to learn about all the products I use.

Trick #3.  Try not to straighten your hair everyday.  The heat is what KILLS your hair.  If you are using lots of heat, make sure you're using some type of heat shield.  My Hana Shine Shield has lasted me almost an entire year!  But Abby, how do you get around not straightening it or washing it every day?  This is my routine.  I will wash my hair, straighten it and keep it down.  The next day, so I don't have to straighten it again, I like to pull it half up.  If it's still looking good the next day I might decide to curl it. So that the next day I can put it up in some pretty up-do.  That's four days of only straightening and curling it once!  That's the trick to saving your hair!  I've really trained my hair not to get greasy though.  You definitely have to work up to it!  And yes, I still shower everyday.  Ha ha!!

FINALLY!  The Braided Cross-Over Bun.  You will die when you see how easy this is!





Here is a brand new video just for you!

These are three of my viewers favorites.

The wedding bun

The four piece braid

And the Bohemian Twist

Thanks for hangin' out with me!  Come on by and see some more of my hairstyles at My Yellow Sandbox
Thanks for all the ideas and tips Abby!  See you guys tomorrow for some short hair inspiration.  Thanks for reading.

June 29, 2011

Beautiful Hairstyle Links

Before we get started today I wanted to remind you that today is the last day for the Silhouette promotion.  Read more about it HERE.  Use the code "ROAR" for the discounts.

Today I thought I'd share some fun links I found as I searched for hair ideas over the past month.  Last year when I tried to find extra ideas for Hair Week I couldn't find any sites.  This year there seem to be a lot more resources and ideas.  I've found a lot of ideas I've started trying and some I still want to try.  Here's a high ballerina bun I tried today.  You'll see it's one of the tutorials below.

I found a new site by Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess and Amy Nadine called the Beauty Department.  (You might remember Lauren from the MTV series, "The Hills.")  Anyhow, the site is pretty new but it already has a few fun hair tutorials on it.

You can find the "Twisted Sister" HERE.

The "Modern Bride" is HERE.

Lastly, the Ballerina Bun is HERE.  (That's the one I did above.  Warning: This may seem silly, but if you wear a bun high on your head you might end up bumping into a lot ot things that day because you're a bit taller than normal.  No joke.  I bumped my bun on everything.  Funny, huh?)

Another pretty site I found that has a few hair tutorials is A Cup of Jo.  I've seen the "milkmaid" braided look a lot, but I really like how she pinned them closer to her hairline, like a crown.  In fact she calls it a Braided Crown and you can find her tutorial HERE.  My hair isn't quite long enough for this one yet.  Bummer.

Lastly, this one has been pinned like crazy on Pinterest, but it's just so pretty not to include.  You can find this side chignon tutorial HERE at This is Glamorous.

Now I know that pretty much all of these are for longer hair, but we will have some short hair fun on Friday.  Hang in there short-haired beauties!  See you tomorrow....with another fun special guest.  Thanks for dropping in.

June 28, 2011

The Twist and Pin with Christina of Hair Romance

Our first guest for Hair Week is the beautiful Christina from Hair Romance.  She is from Sydney, Australia.  She says, "I met my husband and my hairdresser in the same street and there began my two romances."  She has beautiful ideas and recently released an ebook that you'll hear a little more about below.  Welcome Christina!

Hello!  I'm Christina and a haircut changed my life. I blog at Hair Romance about all things hair. I believe your hair is your best accessory, and Hair Romance is all about loving your hair and having fun with it. I love styling hair and I was so happy when Cheri asked me to guest post during hair week.
Today I'll be sharing my signature hairstyle “ The Twist and Pin" and I have a special giveaway for I Am Momma Hear Me Roar readers.

The Twist and Pin is my most versatile hairstyle. It's great for both short and long hair. It's so easy in wet hair and perfect for second day hair too. The best bit is it only takes two minutes to do! Add to that the time saved washing your hair and now you know why this is one of my favourite hairstyles.

This is the first video I have ever made and I have no idea what I'm doing so please be kind! I took my camera and my tripod out on Friday and the weather was perfect. I didn't take a mirror with me however, so my hair isn't perfect. I've definitely gone for a messy Twist and Pin, but with more pins you can achieve a really neat finish.

I hope you can see it really is as simple as Twist and Pin! Here are some of my tips for creating this hairstyle:

- Use good hair pins. Stronger pins make all the difference.

- It's best in wet hair or hair that's a little dirty as it has more texture and holds the style better. If your hair is clean or too soft you can use a sea salt spray or volumising powder before you start. Hairspray will add texture and hold too.

- I weave the bobby pins through each twist so they catch the hair underneath. You can also use pins through two twists to anchor them together for a stronger hold.


This hairstyle is actually Day 29 of my 30 Days of Twist and Pin Hairstyles ebook. In May I set myself a challenge of creating 30 different styles using the Twist and Pin. It went so well I created 31 hairstyles and have now released them in an ebook so you can create these styles at home too.

The Hair Romance 30 Days of Twist and Pin hairstyles ebook is over 75 pages long and has instructions on how to create all the 30 days of hairstyles and includes bonus hairstyles too. It's full of hairspiration and tips and tricks for styling your hair at home.

I'm giving away a copy of my ebook and for your chance to win all you need to do is leave a comment below. I'd love to hear any feedback you have on my first video or head over to Hair Romance and tell me which of the 30 days is your favourite style.

Thanks to Cheri for having me as her guest during Hair Week! She will announce the winner of the giveaway on Friday morning.  Remember to love your hair and have fun with it! - Christina

Thank you so much for your great tutorial and the fun giveaway Christina!  Just leave a comment to enter the giveaway.

June 27, 2011

Waterfall Braid with Lots of Variations

Welcome to HAIR WEEK!!!  I wanted to start hair week off with one of my new favorites.  It's called the "Waterfall Braid" and it's popped up all over beauty and hair web sites.  If you can french braid, then the concept is simple and there are a LOT of variations you can do.

I'm going to break it down here.  This first video will show you the basic how-to of the Waterfall braid to get the look above. 

The nice thing with this particular style is that your hair can be pretty short and you can still do this. (Click HERE to see a video of a girl with chin length hair do a waterfall braid. She's the one I first learned the waterfall braid from.) 
Next, I'm going to show you how I built off that style to get this woven hair I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Here are a few different versions of the Waterfall braid I found when searching blogland.  These ladies rock the waterfall braid at an angle, cascading down and ending with a regular braid.


(left to right) love Maegan, My Yellow Sandbox (who'll be here Thursday!)

This next one I couldn't find the source for the picture but I thought it looked cool just going straight across the back.

So let's get braiding.  I love that braids are so hip right now.  There are a billion different ways to braid.  Today was just the beginning!

That's all for today.  Tomorrow we have a special guest from Australia with a fun, easy style.  See you then.

June 26, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - hippos, toms, and luaus

There is something I love about seeing my kids enjoy some of the same things I enjoyed when I was a kid.  We were at my mom's the other day and they played an intense round of Hungry, Hungry Hippo with her.  I loved that game.  I love all the toys that never go out of style.

Thursday I woke up really sick with a horrible cold.  My throat hurt like never before and I had to whisper to my boys all morning rather than talking.  I was really grateful that they were patient with me.  I was also really thankful to wake up the next morning feeling normal again.  The body's ability to recover is amazing to me.

The next day I felt so good and then to top it off I got a surprise package in the mail.  My mother-in-law sent me a pair of Toms!  She is super thoughtful, generous, and hip.  I have wanted a pair for so long, but we've been trying not to spend any money.  I was ecstatic and touched.  Here they are.  I almost want to name them I like them so much!

I love the stripes down the side.

Lastly, we had a luau church party yesterday.  I put Baden in his Hawaiian shirt and he wanted me to do his hair.  He also insists on sunglasses when we're outside.  I just couldn't get enough of his look.  He reminded me of an old man on vacation.  We had snow cones and it was a good time.

And....I am super excited about Hair Week starting tomorrow.  See you then!

Thanks for stopping by.

June 25, 2011

Soapbox Saturday: Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's late.  You've had a bit of a sore throat during the day but now it's morphed into something worse.  You're congested and feeling awful.  You open your medicine cabinet only to find out there's only a drop or two of your cold medicine left.  Ugh!  Have you been there?  I have.  Luckily we have a Walgreens down the road and while they carry everything medication you could possibly need, they also have Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products


While you could choose to spend a lot more money on name brands, I prefer the Walgreens brand because they usually contain the same active ingredients and they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  You save a lot of money over time buying their brand over the name brands.  I'm always happy to save a few dollars.  On top of that, your purchase of Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products supports bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™.

There are so many Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products to choose from.  They have their brand of pretty much every product you need.  I remember using their Artificial Tears when I had my eye surgery.  They were inexpensive and effective.


So next time you have a medicine need, head to Walgreens to get what you need for less.  (There are also some bloggers currently doing some giveaways for Walgreens gift cards.)


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Soapbox Saturday - Veggie Mac and Cheese

This week we had the chance to try out a new product from Kraft.  (I guess someone out there heard about my secret mac and cheese love.)  It's macaroni and cheese, but with "veggie pasta."  The idea is that it's a sneaky way to get veggies into your child's diet.

I hired some experienced taste testers to give me their valued opinions.  The taste was a thumbs up.  Both of my boys liked it.  Rex would normally eat veggies anyway, but Baden is extremely picky.  I was excited to sneak the veggies in on him.  The mac and cheese has a 1/2 a serving of veggies (the equivalent of 1/2 cup of cauliflower).  There isn't even a hint of cauliflower in the flavor of the pasta.  You can sense that it's a little heartier, but the flavor isn't any different.

The only con we found was that the box contains a little less than the normal box of mac and cheese (just like the spiral kind). 

All in all, I think it's a great idea for picky kids.  It's tasty, easy, and fast (just like the original), but it packs a secret veggie weapon that any mom can appreciate.

Thanks for reading.

June 24, 2011

You Roared!

I wanted to clarify a few things before we get started today.

1) The 25% off Silhouette products is still going on and will until the 29th.  You didn't miss it.  Just use "ROAR" as your code to get the discount.

2) There are a few requirements to be accepted as a publisher to Social Spark that I forgot to mention:

“In order to be approved to the Marketplace a blog must be at least 90 days old with a minimum of 20 posts written within the 90 days prior to submission with no more than a 30 day gap in writing during that time. It should be comprised primarily of original content and be written in fluent English. We also look for a clean, easy to navigate layout. If a blog does not initially meet these Terms, they can usually be resubmitted once they have.” -Social Spark Team

3) You don't need a Silhouette to use the Tattoo paper.  You use your printer to print on it and then you put this clear plastic layer (that comes in the pack) over it.  That layer adds the adhesive to the image and makes it stay on.

Okay, that's all.  It's time for another segment of "You Roared."  Seeing your projects is really fun for me.  It's always great to see someone else's take on an idea.  Let's get rolling!

Golde from the Phillipines made the Homemade by Jill Car Caddy.  She sewed the whole thing by hand.  WOW!  Isn't that awesome?

Here's an adorable Upcycled Hat from Martinssmily.

Kristen from Iceland made this one.  I love the color combo.

I had to pick my jaw up from the floor when I saw that Billy made the Super Hero Bed!  Talk about a perfect replicate.  Well done!

Trina made the T-shirt to Pullover for her daughter.  Darling!

This Hello Kitty version is from Gwenny Penny.

Kim at Seven Thirty Three made a Faux Newspaper starring her adorable son.  Pretty sure he likes it :)

Here's a fun girly version of the Momma's Gonna Snap Tee from Shay and Co.

Here's a cute Tohoku Tote from Jen's Stamp World.

Stillgonnashine from the Flickr Pool made this cheery version.

Tohoku Tote

Allison made this pretty one.

This set is from Brandy at the Miller Five.  She used stickers on the rocks.  Pretty clever lady :)

Rebekah from Fashionable Finery made and emailed me the Super Simple Summer Skirt the same day I posted it!  Talk about speedy!

Natacha is totally new to sewing and she whipped out this Pottery Barn knock off pillow.

Asha made the Playroom Apple Tree in her nursery.

jonah backpack

From the Flickr pool, Shrooznooz made 25 hats and sent them to her friend who has a creche for poor children in South Africa.  This picture completely made my day.


I also want to occasionally spolight someone who had an uplifting experience from Wake Up Wednesday.  Here is a story from Emily:

"Thank you so much for doing Wake Up Wednesday. I always look forward to learning what our new challenge is. I have been doing them with my son, who is two and trying to show him even at this young age how kindness and concern for others are important. One of the first challenges we did was making something for someone who is out of our comfort zone. I had just met a neighbor and found out that she had been having a really hard time. She had recently lost her mother, whom she lived with and cared for, and was very lonely. I love photography and last year had taken a beautiful photo of hydrangea blooms on a bush in her yard at the edge of the road. My son and I took her that photo with a card. She was so surprised and at a loss for words. It made my week.

Last week, a plant appeared on our porch. The next day, she stopped by with a garden book for me to look at and said that she had divided her asters and wanted me to have one. She didn't know when she dropped off the flower that is was my birthday. I couldn't have asked for a better gift. Thank you for challenging me to reach out. My son and I have a new friend."

That's all for today.  Thank you for being a part of this blog.  You rock.


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