Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Product Review

 

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Product Review- Herbal Essences' Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo is one of high quality at a cheap price!

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Product Review

 

For today’s product review I will be looking at the Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo from Herbal Essences. 

As a curly girl, trying a dry shampoo can be disastrous. The residue from the spray can actually worsen frizz by sucking away all the moisture. It also has the potential to make your hair look dirty from all the built up residue on the scalp.

For this dry shampoo, it accomplishes staying away from those bad occurrences. It does a wonderful job of sucking the greasy second or third day look out of your hair. By the end of the day, my hair still looks fresh and clean.

However, the shampoo is meant to be brushed through your hair, and as a curly girl we all know that is impossible. Sometimes the spray leaves a grey tint wherever applied.

Luckily, this can be easily fixed by bending over and gently massaging the scalp. The only other downside is it feels heavy on your hair. Your hair probably won’t feel as fresh and clean as it looks. It doesn’t look heavy, but by the end of the day you will feel the need to wash your hair (which is probably how it is with all other dry shampoos).

Best of all, it makes your hair smell fresh. This is one of the hardest things to find in dry shampoo. Most of them don’t come scented and your hair won’t smell rejuvenated. This dry shampoo packs a rose scented punch and hides any hint of a lazy hair day. Be careful not to spray too much though, it could take your breath away.

Overall, this dry shampoo does what it is supposed to do plus a little more. It costs only $4.47 at Walmart and I would definitely recommend it for everyone. I’m not big on dry shampoo, but if I ever feel the need to freshen up a bit, Herbal Essence’s Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo will be my go-to product.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie- This healthy but sweet breakfast will keep you energized throughout the day!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie

This quick and easy, sweet but healthy, breakfast smoothie will keep you energized throughout the day! It tastes like desert, but feels like a hearty meal!

 

Serves: 1-2

Prep: 5 min.



Ingredients:

– 2 ripe bananas

– 2 Tbsp. peanut butter

– 2 heaping Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1 Tbsp honey

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 1 cup milk (non-fat preferably)

– 1 cup ice

 

Optional: 1/4 cup rolled oats



 

1. Blend all of the ingredients.

2.  Serve in a glass with a straw. Enjoy! 🙂

 

What other smoothies do you like to make for breakfast? Leave a comment at the top of the page! I would love to hear from you and try it myself!

How to Manage Curly Hair

How to Manage Curly Hair- Haven't figured out what to do with the curly mess on your head? Just follow these tips and you will get the hang of it!

How to Manage Curly Hair

Every curly person has gone through the tunnel of curly confusion. Some don’t escape it for years. Frustration arises. You just can’t figure out how to style your hair! Questions surround you. What product should I use? Should I leave it down? Should I straighten it? Why does every other person with curly hair look perfect? Am I the only freak who just can’t get it?

Don’t worry if you are stuck in that tunnel. There are so many other people out there who are going through it too and people who can help you! People with years more of experience (they practically have a PhD in curly styling). I’m just one of those small mentors guide you along the way to YOUR PhD.

These are just a few tips I would like to give you to set you on your way towards conquering your curls.


1. Use very little heat.



Don’t straighten your hair everyday. I know a lot of people who try to use this to mask their curly hair, but it isn’t the right way to go. Embrace your curls and don’t try to hide them! Straightening your hair everyday ruins your curls, flattening them. One day when you are older, you will want to go natural, but you can’t because you destroyed your curls!


2. Don’t brush your hair dry

Brushing your hair causes frizz and you can’t go back after you’ve committed this bad crime. Only brush your hair when it’s wet. Even if you notice a little bit of dried hair, don’t brush it.


3. Try to steer clear from products with parabens, sulfates, and silicons.

These are harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils and build up a layer around your scalp. You need your natural oils to moisturize your hair and keep it from frizzing. If you’ve been using these kind of products, do a cleansing mask for your hair. It will get rid of that layer of plasticky chemicals around your scalp and re-moisturize it!


4. Don’t use too much styling product.

I see many curlians (people with curly hair. Yes, I made that up. No, don’t call this weird) make the mistake of using handfuls of mousse, spraying hairspray generously, coating their hair with a layer of gel. DON’T do that. First of all, it ruins your hair and makes it frizzier. Secondly, it doesn’t look good. Your hair is crunchy and looks like plastic.


5. Stick to gels or creams. Don’t use hairspray or mousse.

Hairspray dries out your hair and, honestly, I haven’t seen any hairspray do justice for curlians. Mousse is usually over-applied and doesn’t spread evenly across your hair. With gels and creams, you can evenly spread through your hair by brushing it and moisturize your hair to perfection!


6. Style your hair when it’s wet.

As soon as you get out of the shower, style it. After its dry, there is no going back. Even five minutes of waiting is a big difference in curly hair time.


7. Invest in a defuser.

Most of the time, people tell you to air dry your hair. During my freshman and sophomore year in high school, I always showed up with wet hair. It looked terrible. I regret it so much. I thought I couldn’t blow dry my hair because I would end up with a frizzy fro. I was half-right. I had to use a defuser to evenly distribute heat across my hair. Without using this tool, your dryer centralizes too much on one spot and makes it poofy. The defuser avoids “the poof” and gives your hair a very natural look.


8. Don’t go to bed with wet hair.

This squishes your curls, giving a flat look when you wake up. Wash your hair in the morning. BUT wash your hair every other day so you won’t have to wake up early everyday to wash your hair.


 

Please don’t give up on your beautiful hair! Ask others for advice and experiment with different ways to style it. #EmbracetheCurls

 

What tips can you give to people stuck in the tunnel of curl confusion? Leave a comment or send me and email!

Still want more tips on the best hair products for curly hair? Click here for my top favorite hair products!

The Ultimate Reading Challenge

 

The Ultimate Reading Challenge- Want to tackle the classic authors of literature? Then take this reading challenge and expand your reading comprehension!

The Ultimate Reading Challenge

I am going to be going through a reading challenge this year. I want to see how many books I can get through on my reading list in 365 days. This is no easy feat. I am expanding my literature to authors that I normally shy away from: Shakespeare and Dickens. These past few years I have found a new love for classic literature by reading authors ranging from Jane Austen to Tolkien.

 


The Inspiration
In high school, reading Shakespeare was a pain. Especially since my senior year teacher was terrible about being enthusiastic for literature. I felt like I couldn’t understand what the author was trying to convey or even what the characters were saying. Reading “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens, my freshman year was exhausting. However, I was victorious through “To Kill a Mockingbird” in both sixth and tenth grade. I actually enjoyed the book and then I moved on to Tolkien, loving every moment of the world he created. Then I fell upon someone a little different: Jane Austen. I watched the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice and fell in love with the story, and even the character’s speech. It was so elegant and nothing like what I was used to. The characters were proper and the love story was realistic. I had only watched the movie and I already was enamored with Austen’s world. My fascination grew even deeper as I read Pride and Prejudice 5 times within three years (this is a big accomplishment as I take a bit to finish books).

I thought I was terrible at reading and that I couldn’t enjoy the older, more appreciated authors of the world. I thought I had failed with Shakespeare and Dickens and that I could never become a book connoisseur. I believe I have gained a new form of confidence by getting through one of the most beloved authors on the earth. Mind you, her books are not always easy to read. I always have a dictionary nearby to help better understand the language. But, as I read each of Austen’s books, the writing becomes easier to read and my reading comprehension grows.


The Reason
I feel like I have accomplished more on my own through reading Austen than with my English teachers. That is why I have created a reading list of classic literature and aim to read as many as I can within a year. Some of these books I have already read, but I want to re-read them without the perspective of them being required reading. I want to take my time and enjoy the book instead of dreading a pop quiz on chapter 6 and cramming it in the morning of. I welcome you to join me on this journey and keep track of your progress by contacting me, following me on Instagram, following my Reading Challenge board on Pinterest, or commenting on this post. Don’t grow discouraged if you have a tough time understanding the language! Grab a dictionary and let’s discuss the books together! We can get through this!


The Rules
I’m adding a twist to my reading challenge. I’m going to put pieces of paper in a jar with each of the book titles on my list. In another jar, I am putting all of the books of the Bible. I will pick one paper from each jar and can only pull another book from my reading list if I completed reading both books from the jars. ** However, If I don’t finish the book on the reading list before I finish the Bible book, I can choose another book of the Bible. BUT I have to finish that second Bible book if I finish reading the book on the reading list before I go to another literature book. Make sense? Okay get going on your challenge!

**My reading list is so big that it is hard to keep up with finding all the books, so I will only add a book to the jar if I come across it in a store (specifically a thrift store).


The Goal

I want to balance out my reading of secular literature with that of my spiritual food. I don’t want to become too caught up with reading books and abandon the book that is most important: The Bible. I have never completely read through the Bible and I think this would be an awesome way to grow closer in my relationship with the Lord and reading literature through the lens of scripture.


The List

Here is a list of all the books on my reading list. Contact me if you think I should add more! I will be adding throughout this journey!

  • Emma by Jane Austen * Completed July 13, 2016
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen*
  • Love and Friendship by Jane Austen*
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • O! Pioneers by Willa Cather*
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan*
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare*
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde*
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens*
  • The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde*
  • The Illiad by Homer
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Simmilarion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle*
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (The WHOLE 1000 pgs.)*
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caeser by William Shakespeare
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  •  Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  •  The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

*In my possession.

 

Please feel free to join me on my journey and add or change the books on the reading list. If you want to stick to one reading list and not do the books of the Bible, that’s okay! Tailor the challenge so that it fits YOU! Good luck and please let’s talk soon!

 

I want to see how your progress is too! Post a picture of the book you are reading and tag me, @curlywcf, and add #UltimateReadingChallenge. I can’t wait to see how it goes!

10 Traffic Rules of Shopping

Traffic Rules of Shopping- Too many accidents happen on the shopping roadway. Rules need to be implemented like our concrete highways to avoid shopping and grocery store catastrophes.

10 Traffic Rules of Shopping

It’s the day before the Fourth of July. You forgot the hot dog buns. You head to the nearby Target and you enter into the jungle of people. Everyone and their brother forgot their hot dog buns. Carts are running into each other, people are cutting you off, how do you control this mayhem!? You stop and think to yourself, ” if only we had rules for shopping like we do for driving…”

Guess what? Your answer is right here! In a world of shopping catastrophe, we need a bit of guidance when it comes to pushing our carts and turning into different shopping lanes.
Traffic Rule #1
Leave your cart aside, away from where you need to grab an item. 
Your cart is not an extension of your body. It seems like so many people like to take their carts to the exact spot they need to grab hot dog buns. What they don’t realize is that because they take their cart with them, they are blocking the whole bread isle for everyone else who needs hot dog buns. Please leave your cart in an inconspicuous spot.


Traffic Rule #2
People on the main isles have the right of way.
These shopping isle highways have people who are on a mission to get to the other side of the store the fastest way. These people are the speedsters of the shopping road. Just like on a normal highway, you should get out of their way when merging into their lane. Wait for these speeders to pass. You don’t want to break their momentum. It’s just annoying.


Traffic Rule #3
Do not stop in the middle of these highways.
Find a friend from church or work? A neighbor? Long lost sister? Get out of the way! Would you stop your car to talk to another driver in the middle of a highway? No, you wouldn’t. Go off to one of the side roads (or aisles in this case) and pull to the shopping curb to talk. It’s just inconsiderate to block the speedway.


Traffic Rule #4
Give the vendor workers space.
With my dad being a food deliverer for 30 years for many grocery stores, I understand the frustration the workers have for shoppers who get in the way. These hard workers are on a tight schedule with their bosses breathing down their necks. No overtime. Deadlines to meet. You don’t help if you stand in their section as they are trying to restock. Step to the side and wait until they are finished (don’t worry, they are fast) or politely ask them if you could grab what you need quickly. Don’t stand in the way like Traffic Rule #1 states.


Traffic Rule #5
Pedestrians (those without baskets) have the right of way.
These people are also the speedsters in the road. They don’t have a basket slowing their pace, they just go for it on the aisles and probably are just making a quick trip to the store. They want out of there, FAST. They only need one or two items being that they don’t have a cart. You with a cart are going to be there for a while anyway, so it won’t make a difference to let the pedestrians have the right of way.


Traffic Rule #6
Those with a lighter load at checkout should be allowed priority above those with a full cart.
Let the person behind you with a couple items go in front of you if you have a full load of groceries. Again, #5 states that they are a pedestrian and want to get in and get out. Be considerate and let them go first.


Traffic Rule #7
Look both ways before crossing or turning to another aisle.
Don’t cause a cart accident. There could be casualties. Look both ways like your mama taught you and make sure no one else is coming your way.


Traffic Rule #8
Always yield the right of way when you see a person coming and are crossing or turning to another aisle. 
No matter where you are, yield to the other shopper like a nice person. And do the whole “you go first” “no, you go first” “oh no, please, you go first” “okay, thank you” thing. It will all work out and the kindness of one of you will eventually crack and one of you will be selfish and decide to go first. This avoids sudden collisions on the roadway. If anything, it will be a slow and polite collision that causes no injuries, physical or emotional.


Traffic Rule #9
Naughty kids are banned to the sidelines.
If your kid is acting up, try to get them to one of the side aisles, off the the shopping highway. First of all, it’s embarrassing for everyone to see your kid screaming. Secondly, it makes it easier for you to get them under control. Thirdly, it’s just nice to get them out of the way so they aren’t blocking other shoppers.


Traffic Rule #10
Be patient and kind.
I know you may be tired, stressed, and bothered, but keep your cool and treat others the way you would like to be treated, just like Jesus commands us.
Please do us all a favor and follow these rules. It will make everyone’s shopping experience so much better.

Do you have any shopping catastrophes you would like to share! Please tell us and leave a comment at the top of the page!

10 Things Every Curly Person Needs

10 Things Every Curly Person Needs- These 10 tools are a must have for ALL curly haired people.

10 Things Every Curly Person Needs

Just like straight haired people, we curly people must have tools to help tame our hair. Now, our hair NEVER turns out the same each day, but these tools will help you reach a better hair day.


1. Wide Tooth Comb

This is the number one thing you need. It is IMPOSSIBLE to brush your hair with a brush, unless you want to tear out chunks of hair out of your head. Having a wide tooth comb is so much more gentle and should only be used when hair is wet, and preferably with conditioner. You aren’t tearing hair out and it separates curls easier to evenly spread conditioner and styling products.


2. Microfiber/ Cotton Towel, Rag or Shirt

Using either one of these decreases the chances of frizz. A non-cotton towel sucks out the moisture in your hair and takes all of the hair products with it. A cotton shirt or microfiber towel absorbs EXCESS moisture without completely drying your hair. Your hair will still keep the moisture it needs. This is just a way for you not to have soaking, dripping hair while you get ready, while retaining moisture.


3. Defuser

For those mornings you HAVE to dry your hair, this helps keep the heat from the blow dryer away from centralizing on one spot and drying out all of the moisture, causing frizz. The defuser evens out the heat distribution and allows your hair to retain moisture, which is what all of us curly people are about! However, don’t defuse your hair too often. Even with the even distribution, your hair could receive damage over excess heat usage.


4. Satin Pillow

Okay, we ALL wait to wash our hair until the third day, or even later. But the issue we have is FRIZZ. We move in our sleep and our hair rubs against out pillow causing static, which means the frizz storm is coming. A satin pillow decreases your chances of a frizzy mess. It is softer and gentler on your hair. Invest in a satin pillow and you will be happy.


5. Nylon hair tie

This trick can be used for BOTH curly and straight hair. We ALL get the ponytail dent. Once we put our hair up, we commit to it all day long. Take a pair of old nylons and cut a small circle out of them. Use the circle as your new hair tie! It doesn’t stretch a lot so that means it doesn’t stretch then shrink, closing in on your hair, causing the dent. It’s loose, and you will have to loop it around your hair multiple times, but no more dent!!!


6. Wand 

I know lame. Curly people shouldn’t curl their hair! We don’t have to! BUT on those special occasions where you notice that a couple of your curls have failed on you, use a wand to curl them again. A wand looks more natural as it follows your curl pattern easier than a curler or straightener. Again, use this sparingly as over-usage of heat can damage your hair.


7. Bobby Pins

We are lucky that one bobby pin goes a long way with our hair. The ratio of bobby pins a curly hair person uses to a straight haired person is 1:10. One bobby pin can hold our hair in a bun for hours. Invest in these little things and you can do so many different styles to your hair!


8. Half up clip

I use this ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I don’t want my hair all the way down, but I don’t want it all the way up. So I pull out my hand dandy clip and put my hair half up. It’s beautiful and so useful. You must get it!


9. Shower Cap

Second day hair = no washing. You still have to wash your body though! Get a shower cap and save your hair from getting wet and then having to redo it again. I forget sometimes that I have my hair up and if I don’t have my shower cap on, my hair gets soaking wet. Great, I have to actually wash it now. Shower caps =life saver.


10. Scissors

Everyone needs scissors for your hair, but we REALLY need it. We have lots of hair and split ends. Sacrificing our months of growing  hair one inch to a hair dresser for a “trim” is not ideal. Practically no one knows how to properly cut our hair and a “trim” ends up being 4 inches of hair cut off. It’s easier to cut a split end ourselves if we see one. No use going to a hairstylist with one or two split ends. Also, some hair ties are impossible to take of, so we need scissors to cut it off. Scissors have saved me many times.
What other tools do you use for your hair? Leave a comment at the top of the page and share your wisdom!

Want to know how to manage your hair with tools like these? Click here to check out my post “How to Manage Curly Hair.”

Top 5 Curly Hair Products

Top 5 Curly Hair Products- The best curly hair products ranked by price and effectiveness! Ouidad, Paul Mitchell,   Garnier Fructis, DevaCurl, Shea Mositure.

Top 5 Curly Hair Products

Finding the perfect product can be difficult. It takes years of experimentation and hundreds of dollars. I believe I have discovered the best curtly hair products for you! I have narrowed down the top hair products I have tried to 5 and have ranked them based on price and their effectiveness on my curly hair. Don’t be afraid to try all of them yourself! It’s a fun experience!

#5. Ouidad

Price:     1 out of 5 stars                                        Effectiveness: 4 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products

Okay, I will start with the good. It really does a great job of making your hair beautiful. It controls frizz and it is known to keep hair fresh up until the third day. It smells good, and comes in a cute, compact bottle. The downside: it is SUPER expensive. You have to use a lot of their product for effectiveness. For me, its effects only lasted until the second day. For an 8.5 oz. bottle of their clarifying shampoo it costs… wait for it… $18.00. I DEFINITELY can’t afford that. It only lasted a couple of weeks for me, so if you add conditioner and a styling product to the shampoo, I would be spending about $100 a month! Sorry, this is why I am ranking it as number five. BUT at least it is part of my top 5 curly hair products! AND I have to give them props for their Wide Tooth Comb that I use EVERY SINGLE DAY! Thank you Ouidad!


#4. Garnier Fructis

Price:       5 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products               Effectiveness:    3 out of 5 stars

So, the price is, by far, THE BEST! It costs $4.99 for a 25.4 oz. bottle of Shampoo and it lasts 3 months. The $4.99 25.4 oz. bottle of Conditioner lasts 2 months. AND for a styling product like their Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel, it is $2.84 for 5.1 oz and it lasts a bit over a month. You are not even spending more than $5 a month for their product. Talk about a DEAL! Their product is thicker and their shampoo crazily lathers. It does an OK job of containing frizz, you will definitely need touch ups every other day. BUT this is perfect for those on a budget. It gets the job done while costing practically nothing.


#3. Paul Mitchell’s Awupuhi Shampoo, The Detangler, and Sculpting Foam

Price: 3 out of 5 stars                                 Effectiveness: 4 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products

The smell. The amazing aroma. It is delicious! I seriously want to eat my hair (okay, that’s just a little creepy). It’s conditioner is very light and it’s effects last up to three days. Your curls will be controlled and the pyramid head becomes easily avoidable. Each bottle of shampoo or conditioner costs about $22 and the sculpting foam about $20. Your monthly expenses will add up to about $40-45 a month depending on how long it takes for you to use the product (about a month and a half for new). It is a bit on the expensive side, BUT it helps restore hair. You will notice instant results! By the end of a month of using it, your hair will be so clean and your curls will be the best they’ve ever been.


#2. DevaCurl

Price:     2 out of 5 stars                                        Effectiveness: 5 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products

If this product was ranked by effectiveness alone, it would be my number one! It is so smooth and completely de-frizzes your hair! You can actually run your fingers through the top of your scalp when your hair is dry. Its effects last the longest out of all the others and has a unique (but AMAZING) smell. Its smell can only be described as the “DevaCurl Smell,” it is WONDERFUL! The only downside is that its expensive because you have to use A LOT of their product to get the best results. It costs about $44 for a 32 oz of their No-Poo Original Cleanser. That can really add up, especially when it lasts barely two months. If you include conditioner and one of their style and shaping products, you are looking at around $80 a month. YIKES! I can’t afford that, but it is worth it for such a great product if you want a little treat! Not only is their product best  for effectiveness, but they have the best customer care. I have talked to representatives online multiple times to ask questions and they are always kind and helpful. AND their website offers tutorials for curly hair! I love you DevaCurl!


#1. Shea Moisture

Price:  4 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products                             Effectiveness: 4 out of 5 stars- Top 5 Curly Hair Products

At just $10 a bottle for shampoo OR conditioner, the price is a steal for its effectiveness! With a styling product, it will cost around $20-25 a month. However, you can get it for cheaper! I go to Ross and Marshall’s and sometimes they have these products for $5 of an 8 oz. bottle of shampoo and $5 for their styling product, the Coconut & Hibiscus Hair Smoothie (their biggest container of the smoothie lasted two months). At this deal, you can get to spending as low as $15 a month. While using this product, my hair is practically frizz free and it smells SO GOOD! It is light and a little bit of their products goes a long way. Your hair lasts till the second or third day. You can also use their products to touch up on those days you don’t feel like washing your hair again. This is my number one because its price and effectiveness balance out enough to where you will be most content with this product above all the others! You are the winner Shea Moisture!!!

What is your favorite curly hair product? Leave a comment! Share your wisdom with all of us!

Need tools to go with these products? Here is my article on “10   Things Every Curly Person Needs.”


10 Websites/Apps to Help You in College

10 Websites and Apps to Help You in College- Whether it be planning your schedule or practicing your vocabulary words, these websites and apps will help get you through your academic journey.

10 Websites and Apps to Help You in College

It’s hard enough as it is to go through college with our busy lives and full working schedules. Sometimes it’s nice to get a little help to ease the struggle! Face it, we all have to deal with college, so we might as well use the many resources available to us to get us through it. Whether it be planning your schedule or practicing your vocabulary words, these websites and apps will help get you through your academic journey.


1. Quizlet 

This is by far my favorite app of all. This was a life saver for my Spanish class. It helped me study vocabulary words so much faster! It’s free and you can create your own set of flash cards, or use someone else’s set that has already been created.To study the flashcards, you type out the word that goes with the definition and it will go through your whole set of words until you get them all right. You can play games that test the speed of your recognition of the vocabulary words. It’s great and fun!

Quizlet to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College

Also available on the Apple Store & Google Play.


2. Dictionary.com

Yup, simple as that. An electronic dictionary. It is so much better than carrying a 4 inch thick, 50 year old dictionary to school everyday. Dictionaries probably seem so outdated, but trust me, there will come a time when you need to figure out what the heck your teacher just said. I’ve used it many many many times. I like to have my phone near me when I’m reading a textbook or required reading and I quickly look up words I don’t know. You must use it!

Dictionary.com to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College

Also available on Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.


3. SpanishDict.com

This is an absolute must for you non-native Spanish speakers! It also helped me in my Spanish class. It shows you the right way to conjugate words and helps you translate anything you need. Now, don’t cheat and type in a paragraph of English and then translate it to Spanish and use it for your class. Your teacher will know (just like they know when you use Google Translate! So DON’T DO IT CHEATERS!) Use it for simple, quick uses like checking what house means in Spanish.

SpanishDict to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College

Also available on the Apple Store, Google Play, and Windows Store.


4. Pinterest

Okay, this probably seems totally crazy, but it honestly is does more than having fun on social media. If you need help with studying tips or learning how to stop procrastinating, this is the website for you. Create a board of school supplies you need, or ways to make your essays better. But be careful not to spend too long on it and get trapped in the holes of fun. Seriously, I could spend hours on it.

Pinterest to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College

Also available in Apple Store.


5. Cappex

If you are thinking about transferring to a different college, this is a great website to look for prospects. You create a profile and then type in what you want to major in, how much you want tuition to be, how close to home you want to be, rural or urban, and other info. It will narrow down your possibilities and will show you the colleges that best match your profile! It’s not only good for when you are in college, but for high schoolers before college! It also shows you scholarships you can enter in. I haven’t applied to any of the scholarships yet as most of them require an essay, but if you’ve got the time, GO AHEAD! Get those scholarships!

Cappex to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College


6. My Study Life

I loved this app! It was great for having my school schedule on my computer. It notified me whenever I had a class coming up or when an assignment was due. You can enter in as many classes as you want and then write in your assignments for your class. I also used it for other events I had going on every week like my church’s college group bible study. It helped me to keep track of everything without having to carry around a planner.

My Study Life (2) to Help You in College- 10 Websites to Help You in College

My Study Life to Help You in College- 10 Website and Apps to Help You in College

Also Available in Apple Store, Google Play, and Windows Store.

 


7. Facebook

Yup, Facebook. This was awesome to have for those classmates you don’t want to give your phone number to. Sometime you have group projects or someone needs to give or receive information about your class. I don’t want to give my number to strangers and have them keep it forever. I really don’t want to take a chance of them trying to text me to have a conversation and then have them bug me all the time with pointless texts. If you want to become my friend, talk to me first in person, not through my phone. Facebook is awesome because you can message each other and then when you are done working together, you can just unfriend them. This probably seems harsh but, trust me, you will want to use this some time in your college career.

Facebook to Help You in College- 10 Website and Apps to Help You in College

Also available on Apple Store and Google Play.


8. Rate My Professor

If I had looked at this before I registered for my classes, it would have saved me a headache. This website includes almost all the professors at your school and their ratings/reviews by students just like you! I am now just learning to use it to check all the professors of my classes. Students can be brutally honest so you know exactly what you are getting into when you sign up for the professor’s class. Help your classmates and give your rating too! They need to know what YOUR experience was like also!

Rate My Professor To Help You in College


9. Amazon/ Amazon Prime

This is one of the greatest money savers out of the whole universe. I rent and buy all of my textbooks here. Compared to getting brand new $500 textbooks at your university, at Amazon you can get it for under $300. You can rent books too! So you end up spending $100 for the $500 book you almost bought brand new. I’m telling you, I have saved hundreds of dollars on this! Also, with shipping getting so expensive for buying/renting all of your books, you can pay $99 for Amazon Prime and get FREE shipping for the WHOLE YEAR. Not only that, but it will be shipped to you in 2-3 days AND you get FREE movies AND FREE music. On Amazon Prime I have watched everything from The Hunger Games to Downton Abbey. For Amazon Music, you can get practically everything by Meghan Trainor and a lot of good ol’ country music (There is much more than that too if they aren’t your music style). It is totally worth it! You save money on college and get practically FREE entertainment for those all nighters.

Amazon Prime To Help You in College

Amazon Store App available on App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store. Amazon Music App available on Apple Store and Google Play. Amazon Video available on Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Set-top boxes (Roku, Google TV, TiVo), Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Game consoles (PlayStation, Xbox, Wii), Android devices (Amazon Video app for Android phones and tablets), iOS devices (Amazon Video app for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch), Fire phone, and Fire tablets.

 


10. EasyBib

This is amazing for research papers! It helps create your bibliography or works cited page by putting in information into a form. After you enter in the information asked for, they put it all together for you! OR you can search the name of your source and it will input all the info for you! You can do multiple formats: APA, Chicago, MLA, etc. It will save you time and stress!

Easy Bib Website To Help You in College

Also available on Apple Store and Google Play.

 


There are so many more sources available to you than these 10 I have posted. These are just some of the basic ones to start out with. Go out and explore and share to all your fellow classmates! We must unite together and help ease our shared journey!

Any website or apps that you have found to be helpful in your college career? Leave a comment and tell us all! We would love to hear!

50 Struggles of a Curly Haired Person

50 Struggles of a Curly Haired Person- As curly haired people, our beautiful hair comes with a price. Every day is a challenge within itself. Here are 50 things we struggle with on a daily basis.

50 Struggles of a Curly Haired Person

Admit it. There are so many difficult things we curly girls have to deal with. It can be a bit much sometimes. Yes, we love our hair and would probably never wish for anything different, but managing this beautiful work of art comes with a price.

Here are 50 struggles that ALL of us have to deal with:

  1. Waking up with seriously bad bed head EVERY morning.

You can’t escape it. EVER.


2. Going to school or anywhere in public with wet hair.

People try not to hug you.


3. The Awkward Hair Stage.

We’ve all been through it. Especially during freshman year in high school.


4. The All-Natural Stage.

You know what I’m talking about. The No-Poo diet. The coconut oil conditioner. The apple cider vinegar cleanser. Honey, eggs, and avocado? Yup. Admit it.


 5. Frizz. Just FRIZZ.

Never is this NOT an issue.


6. The Water Bill.

You dread when the water company increases its rates. You will suffer financially.


7. Hair in the Shower Drain.

You have to call the plumber multiple times in a year. Sometimes you let a little clump of hair form in the corner of your shower.


8. Conditioner to Shampoo Ratio.

You just bought both of them that day. The Shampoo lasts a month. The conditioner: 1 week.


9. Spending Too Much Money $$$.

Anything that says “curly” on it is a must buy. And, of course, the one product that works for you is $30 a bottle, and it only lasts a month.


10. Being a Human Science Experiment.

You should have been used for testing hair products. You’ve gone through probably 50 different products to find “The One.”


11. Being a Walking Weather Radar.

Your hair can tell you whether its going to rain, snow, be windy, sunny, or cloudy.


12. Everybody wanting to see you with straight hair.

They don’t get it. We DON’T WANT TO STRAIGHTEN OUR HAIR! It takes an hour and a half!


13. Straightening your hair and nobody recognizing you.

But we cave in to their requests one time and actually take time to straighten the beast. BUT they don’t recognize you.


14. Constantly being told people would pay a lot of money to have your hair.

All those elderly ladies at the grocery store ESPECIALLY like to tell you this.


15. Not being able to brush your hair like Rapunzel.

You saw Tangled. You know its impossible to brush your imaginary beautiful long locks of gold.


16. People always wanting to touch your hair.

They just always feel a need to touch it, don’t they?


17. People not understanding that they ruin your hair by touching it.

When they do touch it you get a little irritated. They make your hair frizzy.


18. Having more bad hair days than everybody else on earth.

Everyone else can easily fix their bad hair days. We have to completely start over and rewash our hair. 


19. Being known only for your hair.

Even strangers know you as the “curly haired girl.”


20. Not being able to hide from someone you don’t want to talk to at the grocery store.

You know those days you just don’t feel like talking, or you are trying to hurry up. Yeah, there is no turning your head quickly away so they don’t recognize you. They KNOW who you are!


21. Not being recognized when your hair is in a bun.

No poofy hair, no recognition.


22. People constantly asking if you curl it everyday.

Really? Yes, I use a wand on every single one of these little curls every day. It takes me five hours. 


23. When your hair is in someone’s food, they KNOW it’s you.

The twirly hair is always yours.


24. Basically wherever single strands of hair find themselves, people will know it’s you.

On the couch, shirt, floor, or food. If its curly, its yours.


25. Once it goes up in a ponytail, there is no taking it out until you wash your hair.

The dent you get will stay the rest of the day. 


26. People talking to the mini curls surrounding your face as if they were little children.

Those little Jane Austen era curls around your face seem to extract the baby voice from everybody.


27. People trying to see if your curls can perfectly go around a finger or pencil.

They always do this. They do this to see how perfect your ringlets are.


28. The pencils getting caught in your hair when this happens.

When they do the pencil thing, it always gets caught in your hair. It’s worse if they use a mechanical one. 


29. Your hair catches EVERYTHING.

Pencils, armpits, food, fuzz, paper, etc.


30. Going shopping is your worst nightmare.

Every time you try on a shirt it rubs your hair. Your hair starts out perfect, and ends in a frizzy mess.


31. Swimming is pretty bad too.

Once you are done taking a dip, your hair will dry and turn again into a frizzy mess.


32. Being compared to Taylor Swift ALL THE TIME.

People automatically assume that Taylor Swift is the only curly haired celebrity. What about Whitney Houston? Bernadette Peters? That lady from Doctor Who?


33. Being mad at Taylor Swift for leaving the curly sisterhood.

She turned on us. She went to the dark side and only ever straightens her hair. Traitor. *But we still listen to her music…


34. Having an emotional connection to your hair.

Sometimes you talk to it. When it’s sad, you are sad. When it’s happy, you are happy. 


35. Having an emotional connection to other people’s curly hair.

You feel for others’ curly hair. You empathize with their friziness and the years of struggle they have also dealt with. 


36. The time it takes to get ready in the morning.

Minimum: 1 hour. JK. 1 1/2. 


37. Not being able to sleep in.

Because of the time it takes to get ready, you have to get up early.


38. You are only allowed to shower in the morning.

Psh. Going to bed with wet hair? Ain’t happenin’.


39. Slow hair growth rate.

Its been a year and your hair hasn’t even grown an inch.


40. Never having the same outcome for your hair after you wash it.

Everyday is different.


41. Never knowing how it will turn out.

Because everyday is different, you can never expect how it will look the next day.


42. The short time you have after you shower until your hair wigs out on you.

About 5 minutes until frizz takes over.


43. The amount of Pinterest boards dedicated to “curly” hair when they are full of people who just curled their hair with a wand.

You can’t really do the hairstyles they demonstrate.


44. Beach waves? Yeah, right.

The hit in hair fashion is this lazy beach wave look. No way we can replicate it.


45. Being considered either Jewish or Greek if you are white.

They automatically think you can only have curly hair if you are Jewish (or Greek).


46. Crazy hair expectations set by Beyoncé for you if you are black.

She always has it as a blow out or straightened. We can’t look like that superstar!


47. Wind being your worst enemy. 

There will be no signature Pocahontas pose for you.


48. Difficulty finding a trustworthy hairdresser.

Great Clips is not our #1 choice.


49. Rain is also your worst enemy.

Second shower for you?


50. The Problem of the Pyramid Head.

It is exactly as it sounds.


 

Even with all these struggles, its worth it. Isn’t it girls? Face it, our hair is FABULOUS!!!

Redbox: Lazy Turned Expensive

Why I Will Never Again Rent a Movie From Redbox- Laziness turned Expensive. Too many days of waiting to return a movie can cost you more money than what the movie is worth!

Why I Will Never Again Rent a Movie From Redbox

My family and I have made a pact never to rent a movie from Redbox again. It is nothing against Redbox, they were wonderful. It was our own fault for quitting using this wonderful service.

So, several months ago, we received $5 dollars towards Redbox. I was SO exctied because there had been many movies that I had not seen yet that I heard were AMAZING. We went to get “Jurassic Word” a few months ago (which was, by the way, an extremely thrilling movie. I highly recommend it). I was dying to see this movie as reviews were over-the-top FANTASTIC. We sat down as a family and watched the movie. We finished it after being terrified forever of dinosaurs, but slightly thinking raptors were adorable (for some reason they reminded me of my Labrador Retriever). The movie would be due the next day at around 10 in the morning since we got it at 10 that morning (don’t do it. That is the worst time to feel like going to 7-Eleven to return a Redbox movie).

The next day comes around 3 in the afternoon.

We forgot to return it.

Oh that’s okay! We thought. It would have cost $12 dollars each if we saw it in theaters, we are fine.

 The next next day comes. We forget again. It’s just $3 dollars. Nothing more than when we used to rent a Blockbuster movie.

The next next next day comes.

We don’t forget. We just don’t feel like driving to the 7-Eleven not even 2 minutes away from our house. We had done our driving for the day with our grocery errand running.

The next next next next day comes.

Mom, I ask. can you return it?  No honey, I’ve had a long day. Why don’t you return it? I can’t mom. I would have to ride my bike. Which I am NOT doing. We’ll do it tomorrow, I promise.

Yeah, right…

 

The next next next next next next next next next day comes.

Boy, have we failed. Our $1 movie has now turned into a $10 movie, which it will probably cost in about 5 years at Walmart. I’m ashamed. Horrified. Laziness has proven too strong in this one.

We eventually returned it. It was the next week’s grocery run.

How pathetic.

We had waited a whole week to return the Redbox movie. FAIL. We got an “F” as we call it in our family.

Never again will we rent from Redbox.

It was so much easier when we had Netflix. We could just step two feet outside our house and put the DVD in our mailbox.

 

Actually…now that I think about it…we would wait a whole week after watching the Netflix movie before we returned it.

Yup.

Renting Movies = Not For Us

#GoodbyeRedboxSoLongForever