In which I am a little boring and a lotta vain

So, that 30-day self portrait challenge. I’ve been kind-of keeping up with it.

Without further ado, I’d like to present a look at my past week via pictures of myself on the days I have experienced within the past week!

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when you’ve got a baby attached to you pretty much all of your waking hours, this counts as an accurate self-portrait. she’s a pretty cute one to be stuck to, though.

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a road trip! a ten hour road trip, to be precise. two of them. I had plenty of time to be a goof and take pictures of my face [when I wasn’t trying to feed or entertain or soothe my child, that is…]

a more accurate picture of my roadtrip, breastpump not included.

a more accurate picture of my roadtrip, breastpump not included.

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this one is pretty neat. my hair is pretty long.

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this is the scar that I got from a sledding accident when I was sixteen. I wore a bandage over it while the wound was healing and sometimes it looked like a Hitler-style moustache. Oops.

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b-day present from the in-laws! birthstone and initial rings for my Daisy. love them. they’re from KerriAnn Designs on Etsy!

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and here we are with today. woke up feeling wonderful…but the day went downhill after about 2pm and culminated in a delicious made-from-scratch dinner catching fire in the oven. Glorious. My house didn’t burn down though, so that’s a good thing, and the smokey smell is mostly gone…

So, there’s that. Daisy and I enjoyed a short trip with my family, to meet her great-grandparents last weekend! We enjoyed Oregon very much! But we were both grateful to be reunited with the hubs/pops.

I didn’t skip as many photos as I thought I did, which surprised me. It’s been interesting trying to take photos of myself each day…I feel slightly ridiculous, but it’s good to be consistent about something and it does make me feel good. It’s an easy thing to do to for a little bit of “me” time, and I enjoy the challenge of thinking up new ways to see myself through a crappy iPhone camera lens each day.

Because you were such a good sport and put up with staring at my face and such through this post, here is a treat for you:

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when I start doing things like this and laughing hysterically….it’s a good sign that I need more sleep. being a single parent is hard, yo. I now have mad respect for all of you single parents out there, and I only had to go it alone for a long weekend. If I could see each of you in person right now, you would get a huge hug.

love, Rach

stream of consciousness

I feel terrible about neglecting this blog lately…I haven’t hardly had time to sit down and type anything up since my baby girl was born [on this OR my other blog]!

So, here is a stream of consciousness and some fun facts for you.
[spoiler alert: you’re in for a real treat]

001. When I am in my own home, I rarely close the door to the bathroom when I’m using it. Usually this is only when I’m by myself [or with one of my two family members], but sometimes I forget that it’s not considered a socially acceptable practice when company is over…Luckily, the toilet is strategically placed to not be visible from two out of four rooms in the house, but I apologize in advance if any of you ever come to my house and catch me on the pot. It could definitely happen.

002. The name of this blog is derived from the food my hubs and I chose to have at our wedding reception….Belgian waffles and a variety of breakfast cereals. It was delicious. And awesome. We love breakfast foods so much that our favorite celebratory dining spots are iHOP and Denny’s.

003. My hair is getting ridiculously long. And also, it is falling out [postpartum bodily changes are FUN]! And lately it has spent 75% of the time in a braid, the other 24% is bun time, and there’s about 1% of down time. I reckon I ought to get it legitimately cut/styled soon…

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004. This is still one of my all-time favorite pictures, crappy cell phone quality and all:

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She is SO BIG now [3.5 months!] and babbles, giggles, and cries louder than any other baby I have yet to hear…but she’s happy a vast majority of the time so that’s okay 🙂 she loves reading stories and being sung to. My favorites are Sandra Boynton books and Puff The Magic Dragon. I’m sure she’ll voice her preferences soon.

mean muggin'. she's a straight-up G.

mean muggin’. she’s a straight-up G.

005. I made a new duvet cover! Pictured beneath ‘zee in the above photo.

006. And I actually DID find the time to write a little something for my new favorite blog, it was published today! Click on over to Hourglassy if you want to hear about some of my happy swimsuit memories [and see probably the most hysterical photo of my sister and I that has ever existed]. I just loved Darlene’s prompt for us to think of positive, happy memories associated with swim wear – rather than obsess over how our bodies are shaped and how self-conscious swimsuits can make us. Absolutely loved it.

007. I made this for Father’s Day, and yes it was as good as it looks. Ice cream pie based on Ben&Jerry’s “Everything But The…” [my Daddio’s favorito]:

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008. Here is a picture that I just found while uploading that one. It’s pretty old, but it’s always been one of my favorite photos of myself. For a lot of reasons. One of them being the fabulous garage sale find that I am holding. Foam parrots are such a treasure, don’t you agree??

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thanks to my seester for capturing this treasured moment

009. I had a dentist appointment today. And you know what? I think I finally found a good dentist. I had absolutely zero anxiety prior to and during this appointment [which is a first for me] and felt zero pain whatsoever [and he was placing a temporary crown – that business is not fun]. I am beyond thrilled.

010. Movies I have yet to see, but really want to: The Croods, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Jurassic Park 2 & 3 (yeah somehow I missed them growing up).
Movies that I am super stoked about: Turbo, Monsters University, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, Despicable Me 2, The Hobbit: whatever-the-next-one-is-called, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Lego Movie, Happy Smekday!, and Me and My Shadow (whenever it eventually gets released).
Movie that I recently saw that was better than I anticipated: Escape From Planet Earth.
[yes….we love kids’ movies around here. that’s what you get when your hubs works for Dreamworks and is an animation buff, and I absolutely love it. also I guess sequels are just getting better these days??]

So, yeah. There you have it. I told you it was going to be wonderful! I promise I’ll make time to write up some good stuff soon. I have an update about my hippie shampoo recipe, and lots of things to say about the cloth diapers I’ve been using [and LOVING]. Plus maybe some recipes. And maybe some photos of my house and my mediocre-at-best interior design/decorating skillz [if I can ever get it together]. 🙂

love, rach

HAIR AND STUFF: part III

I’ve found myself being asked, somewhat frequently, about hair care. I am in no way an expert, but I have done a little bit of research and I’m assuming these previous posts (part I/part II) have had something to do with giving people the impression that I actually know what I am talking about ; )

So, I’ve decided to continue this little series to let you all know about a new method I’ve been trying out for the past 7 months or so…the “no poo” method. It took me a while, but I’ve figured out a way to make it work for me and I love it. I’m not saying that what I do will work for everyone, because that’s just ridiculous. But hopefully by sharing my adventure into no-shampoo-land with you, you will be able to find a formula that works for you too!

And for anyone looking for tips on growing longer, healthier hair – as always I recommend checking out the Long Hair Community forums! There are a lot of wonderful, intelligent individuals who have heaps of advice and useful information. I’ve linked to some of my favorite/most helpful LHC articles in previous posts 🙂

Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

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I love my hair: Part II

Aloha, friends! I know I posted a short little spiel on hair care not that long ago. This is virtually the same basic info, written in a more clear and concise manner and with more external links to aid in your personal research And I included info on hair types! enjoy!

#1: Getting to know your hair

Your hair. It’s been with you most of your life. But even though it hangs out with you every day…you might not actually know much about it! It’s important to be well-acquainted with your mane so that you can know how to properly care for it.

I just classified my hair using the guidelines they’ve set up over at LHC.

I’m a 1b/c, M, ii/iii. Don’t worry. This didn’t make sense to me at first either 🙂 It has to do with how wavy your hair is, the thickness of each individual strand, and the thickness of all of your hair, all together. So basically, I have mostly straight hair with slight waves, medium-thick strands, and I’m on the thicker end of what is considered “normal” hair. This article explains it all! These classifications can help you learn how best to care for your specific type of hair. You can even search for people who have the same or similar hair classification on the forum and see what they do to care for it!

The main issue with keeping your hair healthy though, is determining what your hair needs. Hair problems/unhealthy hair is usually caused by either a lack of protein, lack of moisture, or product buildup on individual hair strands. This article describes a clarifying wash method and diagnostic tips for building a routine to help your hair thrive.

#2: My current products/routine

DISCLAIMER: I’ve built a routine based on adding moisture to my hair. I might be wrong. This might not be the “best” method – but it works for me and my hair is usually happy, healthy, soft, and shiny.

If you do not care to change the products you use, you can still have healthier hair by adapting your routine slightly! Even before I started using these products and methods almost 1.5 years ago, I still had soft, shiny hair. I used Garnier Fructis Length&Strength shampoo and conditioner religiously, but still had good results with any other shampoo/conditioner I used. All that I really did differently was make sure to wash and rinse my hair in COOL water. Hot water can be damaging to the cuticle of your hair. I would also wash and condition my hair at the beginning of my shower, and leave the conditioner on until the end of my shower. Those few extra minutes make a huge difference 🙂 I also did not rub my hair in my towel when drying it, I would squeeze the water out in sections instead. It works just as quickly and keeps your follicles from being damaged!

Here is my hair care arsenal!

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1 – TreSemme Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner. On Walmart.com, they’re $3.50/bottle. I never pay much more than that in-store either. I use the Condition-Wash-Condition method – Described HERE, under the “Getting Started” headline.

2 – Brush Strokes Two-Sided Boar Bristle Brush. On sale for $1.99 on Sally Beauty Supply’s website [click the link], and I didn’t pay much more for it in-store! Boar bristle brushes don’t have the harsh edges that plastic combs and brushes do, which can actually tear your hair apart (quite literally).

3 – Apple Cider Vinegar. I use it to do a rinse a couple times a week. More on vinegar rinses here.

4 – Hair scissors. I really need better ones…good scissors make all the difference! Hair scissors are sharper than your average pair of Fiskars, so they can make a clean cut without catching your hair and creating more split ends in the process. Check out Sally’s Beauty Supply or other beauty suppliers if you’re looking to purchase your own! I trim split ends whenever I see them (usually a few times a week) and will trim 1/4-1/2 inch or so every 6ish weeks. I always trim my own hair, my methods aren’t very precise, but it never looks bad! If you’re not afraid, go ahead and try trimming your hair yourself 🙂 my philosophy: if you always cut the same amount of length off of each strand (or group of strands) – it will look the same when you’re done! Also, have someone look at the back for you and help you keep it straight. Haha.

5 – Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If my hair is ever feeling excessively dry, I will liberally coat it in olive oil, pile it on top of my head (usually in a twisted bun), and wrap my head with plastic wrap (to retain moisture and heat). Let it sit for 30 minutes, hop in the shower, shampoo my hair twice, and it’s good to go 🙂 I only do this about once a month.

6 – One ‘n Only Argan Oil Treatment. $10 for a 3.4oz bottle on the Sally’s website. I use this daily. After I’m out of the shower and have towel-dried my hair, I will put a few drops in my palms and run them through my hair (concentrating on the ends). Careful not to use too much, or the buildup will cause your hair to tangle even more easily…I’ve made the mistake of trying to use this to smooth tangled ends if I haven’t washed my hair for a few days. Bad idea. More on the benefits of Argan Oil here.

7 – TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. Drugstore.com has it listed for $4.75 per 8oz bottle, it’s not on Wal-Mart’s website but I know I bought it there for cheaper. I use this liberally every. single. time I blow dry, curl, flat iron my hair! Heat can be extremely damaging, and I can tell the difference when I use a heat protectant and when I don’t. My only caution: using this spray does cause buildup on your hair, make sure you clarify after using copious amounts of it.

I definitely do not wash my hair every day, because I can get away with it. I don’t have a naturally oily scalp, and I wear my hair up [in a bun] a majority of the time to protect it from damage. I probably wash my hair every 3 days. There are a lot of different theories about whether washing your hair more is actually bad for it…I’m just lazy and if it looks and feels fine, I leave it alone.

I also braid my hair every night before going to bed in order to minimize damage while sleeping [I toss and turn a LOT]. Either that, or I’ll twist it into a bun on the very tippy top of my head so it’s out of the way.

And that is that!

I just joined the Long Hair Community Forums for real today, so I’m going to be re-evaluating my routine and posting the results for you to see in the coming weeks 🙂 I’ll pass on any cool tips I can find, and I highly recommend wandering around the discussion boards yourself if you’re really interested!

And as always, if you have any specific questions or want to talk about anything, just ask 🙂 either in the comments, or you can email me! wafflesandcereal [at] gmail [dot] com!

Thanks for reading!! Love — Rach

UPDATE: upon further review, I have decided that my hair is  actually a 1a/b waviness and definitely a ii thickness.

Also, I forgot to put hair pictures up, so you can see the results!

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mahalo Eliza!

At this time, my hair care routine was the one listed in italics above. Cold water, few extra minutes with conditioner, that’s it

current state of the hair

This was taken after washing my hair with the methods described/linked to above – including an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse and Argan Oil treatment  – then allowing it to air-dry.

And in words, in case the pictures don’t do it for you:

From August 2008 – September 2010, my hair grew approximately 8.5 inches.

From September 2010 – February 2012 (AKA since changing my routine), my hair has grown approximately 11 inches.

That’s about 2.5 inches more growth, in 8 less months!

Evidence that this stuff works, yo.