Thursday, May 22, 2014

How to dye your hair two tones, red on top and black underneath.

So… at one point recent I decided I needed to make SOME kind of change. I needed to do SOMETHING, but I didn’t know what.
And I knew that I wanted to something semi-big.
As a mother of 2 pretty babies, married and living a very 9-5 life, there wasn’t much I could do.

I dyed my hair! BRIGHT RED! It felt empowering! Strong. Awesome.

In case you wanna do it too…
Here is how:

Step 1: Buy your products.
-You’ll need Red hair dye for the top. I used Loreal Excellence hiColor Hilights in RED because it would lift the darker color (kind of like bleaching my hair) AND dye it red at the same time. Developer 30. (in the picture, i have the wrong developer next to each hair dye...)
-Instead of going BLACK on bottom, I decided to go for a SUPER dark brown. Clairol 3RV/68R Violet Brown...
-You need GLOVES (don’t forget these or your hands will get dyed and it will last a LONG time)
-a bowl to mix everything in.
-and scrunchies/something to separate your air and keep it separated.
(the lip gloss was for my 8 year old daughter... I guess she threw it in there for the picture)

Step 2: mix the red dye and apply to the top half of your hair.
I did do both colors at the same time… and since my hair is naturally dark, I chose to do the red first so it would be in longer.

*Notice the stains ALL over my shirt. Wear something you dont care about. 

Step 3: mix the second dye and put to bottom half of hair.
I parted my hair a little higher up then right above my ears. But generally you part it from ear to ear.

Step 4: WAIT… this was the part that didnt work too well for me. I had to go get my son and didnt plan the times right. (takes a lot longer to mix everything up and put it on than i thought it would. So plan for 2 hours at least. SOOOO- I didnt get to leave the dye on as long as i was supposed to...)

Step 5: wash out.

This was immediately after. I wasnt impressed at first. Wasnt as bright as i wanted it... 

But then it dried...

YAY!!! PRETTY hair!

Is was redder than the pictures look. the ones below are the best i could get that actually shows the color.

Go HERE to see how I bleached my hair without damaging it.

BTW- if you STILL haven’t bought ANY of my books, Shame on you. You should. Right now. :)

Enchanted Revenge 

When seventeen year old Lily finds her parents brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone, she is determined to bring justice to the fairies responsible.
Her quest leads her to infiltrate The Empyrean, the land of the Fae where terrifying creatures lurk in every shadow. But with a political rebellion mounting, bloody battles and foreign enemies stand in her way. Alec, a mysterious fairy keeping his own secrets, gradually becomes her guide and dear friend in the unfamiliar world, and restores her faith in love.

Disturbing secrets about her parent’s true identity are revealed, causing her to be more involved with the devastating fairy war than she can afford. Her vengeful mission becomes compromised and her growing romance with Alec wavers.

She must conquer her fear of the unknown, ignore her grief, and overcome her growing list of enemies if she is to succeed in avenging her parents’ death. Or ever make it out alive.

Friday, May 16, 2014

My first time trying yoga... and it was HOT yoga!

So… recently ive been on this journey, or…rollercoaster, trying to eat, live, breathe, BE healthier. Its hard… Its hard to be healthy because our schedules are so jam-packed that it seems we have NO time to devote to ourselves, let alone to our health and going to the gym or working out. Not to mention the cost of food, specifically organic and produce!

BUT- we NEED to make time to stay healthy. I know I need this.
SO… Ive been eating cleaner and have recently decided to try yoga.
*Note- I’m a 5’6  180lb women… I’m not long and lean. I have too many rolls around my belly, and my thighs are huge. I have super bad joints and have headaches every day. Lol
BUT I needed something.

I have this friend who has been going to hot yoga, and one day, after I spent HOURS picking lice out of my daughters head for the 100th time, and cleaning the house for hours for it to be dirty again before bed, and a 8 hour day at work, and probably an argument with my husband… she text me, “I’m going to hot yoga tomorrow, you wanna come with?”
AND holy crap the clouds parted, and tingles raced along my skin as I realized that YES! Yes I wanted to go with her! Yes please take me away! Lol
(I was already planning on meeting her to talk about the formatting of her novel, MINDER, which will be coming out in paperback soon! YAY)

So I went…
AND crap on a cracker that shit is HARD! Yoga in not for the weak minded, or…weak. Haha.
How was I supposed to know that my balance is super bad? How was I supposed to guess that being in a room that’s 100 degrees and stretching your muscles would make you nauseous?!? Lol (yeah… I guess I should’ve known that.)

So I sweat. And I sweat some more. And everyone around me was skinny and lean and balanced on their toes like ballerinas… BUT I did it! I lost my balance twice, but got right back up without missing a beat. And I realized that the majority of the women were older, much older than my 25 years. But they were stronger than me. Healthier than me… and it reaffirmed my motivation, my determination to BE a healthier me!

 Not ONE lady looked at me weird. No one was judging me or my belly rolls. Lol

And after the 75 minutes of pulling my muscles, pushing my limbs, stretching my joints, releasing toxins, and making me stronger… we laid back on the floor for the final relaxation pose.

Palms up. Back flat on the floor. Lights off causing the heat to begin to dissipate slightly. I felt my body fall into the floor. I was one with the earth. My mind and body connected on a level I had never really experienced before.
And as the instructor talked, she said something that truly moved me.
“Loose your tongue, loosen your words!”
My words?!? Does she know I’m an author? Does she realize how much impact she had on me in that one moment? Loose my words… I would do it.
And then she continued… “Speak kind words. Not only to others, but to yourself.”
Holy crap lady… she was talking right to me! Chill bumps popped up, tiny hairs lifted to the sky along my arms, and tears entered my closed eyes.
I’m kind. I’m a pretty freaking awesomely kind person 99.9% of the time. To basically everyone…
But to myself? Do I speak kind words to myself? Hell to the no. I tell myself every day what the hell is wrong with me. Where my faults are. Here I’m too round. Here I’m too pink. Here I’m not smooth enough. Here I’m not good enough…
I walked out of that room, out into the 68 degree BEAUTIFUL Texas morning and took a deep breath and realized I needed to not only be healthier on the outside. Yeah, I’m overweight. My body needs work.
BUT I needed to be healthier inside.

I’ve gone back and all I can say is, if you have never tried yoga? TRY IT. If I can do it, so can you!
And hot yoga is an experience you will never forget.

And a little SMILE for you.
My 2 year old trying to do yoga! :)
Almost Warrior 1...

And here are some more...
Pilates 100? 

butt lift?! lol

Upward facing dog
downward facing dog

POOPED!!! lol

BTW- if you STILL haven’t bought ANY of my books, Shame on you. You should. Right now. 
Power is available on kindle for only $2.99! That’s super cheap! GO buy it. Read it. Love it. And then buy Hope too… lol


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