Love, Fun and Football

Oct 23, 2014

Taking Care of Hair


Before I chopped all my hair off this summer, I could get away with a lot more. Get away with a lot more hair options, I mean. My hair is straight, but does have some natural wave to it so I had no problem letting it air-dry on the way to work most days. By the time I got into the office it would be dry and have a nice wave to it without having to use much of anything on it. Maybe a spritz of scrunch-type of spray, but that was it. No-heat waves was the way to go, I tell ya!

Now that my hair is short, there is no option but to use my hair-dryer AND flat-iron each and every morning. It takes a lot more work to have a short haircut, and while I love the results once it's fixed, I've been concerned about how much more heat I've been using on my hair. 

I feel like it's been drying out and looking a bit more damaged lately. I'm sure that's partially due to the fact that I used to buy cheap, low-quality shampoo. Okay, sue me! I guess I never noticed the difference a shampoo makes until I actually started using a higher-quality product. I kid you not, after using Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo my hair felt silkier and healthier. My hair felt soft all day long and less greasy at the end of a long work day.


Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products are suitable for any hair length and type. Their products claim to deliver five TIMES the silky hair than any other company, and I believe it! You know what else is really cool? They stand by their product so much that they offer to refund you if you aren't satisfied with your purchase. As a money-conscious person, I'm often hesitant to try a new product because what if you don't like it and you're just out that money? No worries here on either front. You can try this fabulous product risk-free and if for some reason you aren't satisfied (oh, but you will be!) Dove will take care of you, no questions asked.




In addition to their shampoo and conditioner, I now use their nourishing hair treatment too. I put just one quick pump of this through my hair when it's damp for extra heat protection and I'm ready to style! So now I feel like my hair is healthier, looks brighter and feels silkier. Despite all the heat I apply to it week-in and week-out to make this mop look good, Dove is taking care of these locks! Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014

*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Oct 21, 2014

Imagination Has No Age

Yesterday was my half-birthday making me officially 27.5 years old. I jokingly told Jared we had to celebrate such a milestone (really I was just hoping he'd treat me to Chipotle). He replied with, "Well, of course we have to celebrate. Starting tomorrow you are now closer to 30 than you are to 25."

WHAT?! Closer to 30?! What is it about that number that sounds so terrifying sometimes? Just the initial thought of being "close" to 30 was weird. Back when I was a teenager, maybe even twenty, 30 sounded so old to me, like 30 means you're an adult and boring and life's about over. But now? 30 kinda' sounds fun. I'm 27.5 and have never felt better! I can tell you this, I'm no where close to old. I love the statement that age is just a state of mind and that you're only as old as you feel. I feel young, very young! Jared's comment got me thinking about all the things I'm NOT too old for:

- Watching animated Disney/Pixar movies regularly. With our movie collection you'd think we had kids or ran a daycare or something- but no, I just love them! 

- Or watching ridiculous YouTube videos and getting sucked in for hours watching the dumbest things. I should be embarrassed at how late I've stayed up doing this, but I'm not!

- Eating any form of a holiday Reese cup. Pumpkins, Christmas trees, Easter eggs... you name it, if I see one while I'm out I'm going to grab a few. They are more fun to eat, I swear.

- Speaking of Christmas, I don't know about you- but "Santa" still delivers one gift to me on Christmas morning each year. He always seems to know exactly what Jared and I would want, but I'm always still surprised ;)

- Kiddy rides at an amusement park. I love a good rollercoaster, sure, but there's just something I still love about getting on the slow-moving train ride or the swing carousel.

- Cleaning my house to any random boy band Pandora station. When Jared's gone, you better believe those jams are cranked up and I sing and dance right along with every 90s song I can.

- Eating cereal for dinner. Hey, sometimes it happens.

- You know what else happens? Having $1 lunchable for your work lunch when you forgot to pack anything and running into Target is your closest/cheapest option.

- Making ridiculous videos on your computer. Lip-syncing, karaoke, dance parties- you name it, they're on my computer. Life is way too short to not act a little silly, don't you think?

- Taking pictures and/or giving high-fives to mascots and characters. Theme parks, high school sporting events, festivals- I don't care! I'm not too cool or too old to enjoy a hug from someone in a furry suit!

- Dressing up for Halloween. It's not just for the kids- everyone should participate! I love an excuse to put together a costume every year and just have fun!

So how old do I feel? I'm not sure, but at this point I don't care! And because a blog post isn't complete without a good quote/picture, I'll leave you with one of my favorites :) 

Oct 20, 2014

Bengals vs. Colts = Ouch

Perhaps sometime in the near future I'll be able to actually start a post with something other than, "Oh, the Bengals... they broke my heart this weekend." Today will not be that day. If any of you caught the Bengals v. Colts game yesterday, and for your sake I hope you didn't, you'll know my guys got completely shut down. 27-0. Do you know how miserable it is to watch your team not be able to get on the board for an entire game?! Ouch, guys, ouch!
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The good news (sorta) is that Jared and I got to see the game live. We made the quick drive over to Indianapolis with some friends- some of which were Colts fans- to visit my 4th NFL stadium. I'd really love to see them all one day so I'm just aiming for a new one every couple of years. It's on my list to see at least one more before I'm 30!
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Lucas Oil Stadium was awesome, though. Easy to get to, and completely hassle-free parking which was very unexpected. I thought we'd be parking miles away but Indianapolis had no shortage of good parking locations at reasonable game-day prices too. Thumbs up to you, Indy! You're a great city to visit.
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It was cool to be in a huge indoor stadium for the first time. The retractable roof was open so it was actually pretty chilly in there, but it was great football-weather! Despite our seats being in the 600 level, we had a great view! People always call the upper-decks the nosebleeds, which drives me nuts. There's nothing wrong with being up top! You see everything from there. Sadly, there wasn't much for us to see Sunday- but we still made the best of it and had a great time.
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Maybe now since our record is 3-2-1 (silly tie!) I can lower my expectations a little. I mean, if we were 6-0 right now, surely I'd have my Super Bowl dreams crushed come December, right? Now, I can just keep hoping for the best, and I absolutely still think we can make a run for the playoffs- but I've lowered the bar just a little bit for the coming weeks. Don't get me wrong, I'll be losing my voice week-in and week-out cheering on my guys, but any future loss probably won't hurt quite as bad for the rest of the season.
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On the way home we got over the loss pretty quickly. We pouted for a few minutes, because any loss stinks- but then made the best of our drive home with some snacks and much needed caffeine.
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We weren't the better team yesterday and that's all there is to it. I'll remember visiting an awesome stadium with Jared + friends and just hope our guys are getting ready for next week.  I know I am! #BeatBaltimore

Oct 16, 2014

Dear Friday

Dear Friday Letters, I still think you're cool even if I'm not sure the link-up/prompt still exists. 

Dear Saturday, you are open and plan-free. Enjoy yourself, because every Saturday after that is booked for the rest of 2014. (I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not.) See you guys next year.

Dear Jared, I'm glad you like entering silly contests as much as me. This week we won a $25 gift card to our local grocery store by guessing how many donuts were in a jar.

Dear Sallie & Perkins, I hope you're proud of that gift card. ;) Free food is always a good thing.

Dear Bengals, After an ugly loss and then a tie, I hope you plan on coming out ready to dominate the Colts this Sunday. We need a big win, boys!
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Dear Gym, I am OWNING you the past 2 weeks. I love feeling like I actually BELONG there and know what I'm doing.

Dear FleurtyBands, you are by far the best non-slip headbands out there- seriously. I'll take one in every color/pattern/design. Thanks ;)

Dear Body/Self, stick with it!! Those results that you're finally starting to see? They'll only get better, just don't lose motivation, no matter how sore your legs are.

Dear Niece, I am counting down the days until Thanksgiving when I get to see you again. It's been over 3 months, which is about 3 months too many! Please remember who I am!

Dear Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving, I'm already drooling over all the food I'm going to make and eat even though you're still weeks away.

Dear Blog Readers, You all are awesome. Thanks for always reading, commenting, emailing and encouraging me when I need it!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! 

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