Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tangle Teezer WINNER

Congrats to the winner of the pink Tangle Teezer.....

I sent you an email and will be sending you your Tangle Teezer ASAP! Enjoy!

Monday, May 26, 2014

I took the plunge....

I bought a domain, so you can now go to (no need for the .blogspot anymore!)

Don't forget to enter the contest on my last post---only one entry so far, so you have a GREAT chance of winning!!!! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giveaway: The Tangle Teezer

Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and had a notification that The Tangle Teezer tweeted about my blog post from yesterday! It doesn't take much to make me happy (anything pink or elephant-related usually does the trick!), but that made my day!

In honor of that, I thought I'd pass along the happiness and give away one pink Tangle Teezer!

All you have to do is leave a comment below saying "TEEZE ME!" 

Want another chance to enter? Instagram about the contest using the picture below. You must be following me on Instagram. You also must tag TWO friends who you think might enjoy my blog! Leave a separate comment saying you did that and you'll be entered twice! U.S. Residents only, please!

I'll pick the winner a week from today (May 28) and announce it in a new blog post, so stay tuned!

Good luck! 

Disclaimer: I purchased The Tangle Teezer with my own, hard-earned money and am giving it away out of the goodness of my heart. The Tangle Teezer brand has no idea who I am (besides tweeting about me!) although if they'd like to get to know me better, I wouldn't turn them down! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Wet Brush vs. The Tangle Teezer

As most of you know, I have long hair. Long hair that used to be pretty manageable until I decided to get some layers cut in to give it more of a style. I soon found out that layers equal tangles. Never in my life have I had so many rats nests and tangles in my hair!! I would have to have Matt brush my hair out because I just couldn't handle it (and I have a pretty hard head)! It was like a flashback to my childhood days when my mom had to brush my hair out after taking a bath. Tangles, tangles, and more tangles.

Enter.... The Wet Brush

I had heard so many great things about this brush, so I picked one up at my nearest Cosmetic Market. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical. It looked like a normal brush--what could be so different? The first time I tried it, I didn't really notice much of a difference between it and a normal brush. It seemed to glide through my tangles a little better, but it wasn't perfect. 

One of the main things about The Wet Brush is that it's designed to use when your hair is wet (hence the name...duh!). Personally, I never had much of a problem with tangles when my hair was wet (probably due to all the conditioning in the shower), so I'm not sure why I didn't think of this before I bought the brush. I guess I assumed that if it worked great wet, it would work fine when my hair was dry, too.


While it worked, it definitely didn't help the problems I was having. Also, after a few uses, the little nubs on the end of the bristles started coming off, leaving the bare plastic bristles which HURT when you brush your hair! (See picture above. Those pink things on the end of the bristles? They should be on ALL the bristles!!) It felt like I was just scraping my scalp with a piece of metal! Ouch!! In addition, it was hard to clean and got dirty very easily. As you can tell from the pictures, it collected lint and you can still see some hairs in it. And this is after I cleaned it out! 

I needed something different, so I thought I'd try The Tangle Teezer.

I first heard about The Tangle Teezer from Essie Button. She raved about it (she even has her Grandpa using it!!) so I thought, why not? I picked mine up for around $10 from Ulta, but I've also seen them at Target! Upon first inspection, I noticed that the entire brush was made out of plastic--meaning no little nubs to come off when I brush my hair--problem #1 solved. The second thing I noticed is the design. As you can see, it's not your average brush shape, which I, personally, love! It's very ergonomic (all the rage these days), and surprisingly comfortable to use! It fits perfectly in your hand, making for a great brushing experience.

I noticed on the website that The Tangle Teezer is also meant to be used on wet hair, but I have had a great experience with this brush on both wet and dry hair. I also find that it's super easy to clean. Because of the shape and the way it's made, it's easy to get all those stray hairs out. I found a really great tutorial on how to deep clean your Tangle Teezer and am planning on trying it out tonight!

In my opinion, The Tangle Teezer wins by a landslide. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and gets the job done! If you have hard to brush hair (wet OR dry!) I highly recommend picking one up next time you're at Target!

Has anyone else tried either of these brushes?? Which one did you like best??

PS: I purchased each of these brushes on my own and neither The Wet Brush nor The Tangle Teaser know who I am. Just sharing my personal, non-professional opinion in hopes to help other people out!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Record Store Day 2014

In case you didn't know, April 19 was Record Store Day. Each year on Record Store Day (RSD for all you cool kids), many bands put out limited edition records and there are usually pretty long lines at all the local record stores. We've been quite a few times, mostly to get anything by the Drive-By Truckers, but also just to see what else they have. Part of the fun of it all is waiting in line, conversing with fellow record lovers, and just getting excited about having that new record in your hand. This year was no exception.
We usually go to The Groove record store over in East Nashville. Grimey's is probably Nashville's most popular, but in our experience, it also has the worst lines, so we opt for another local favorite. Plus, you really can't go wrong because there are so many great restaurants in East Nashville to eat at when you're finished! 

 After waiting in line for over an hour, we finally made our purchases and walked over to Barista Parlor, one of our favorite (albeit, EXPENSIVE) coffee shops in Nashville. The coffee and food are amazing, as is the people-watching (in fact, we sat next to Chris Thile from Nickel Creek and his wife. They seemed super nice, FYI.). BUT, in my opinion, the prices are a little over the top. Also, you can't see the menu until you're literally standing at the register to order, which is just way too much pressure for me, considering they always have a long line and I hate making random people wait for me to decide what to order! I also hate not knowing how much something costs until I get to the register. Anyone else with me on that? I refuse to go to a restaurant that doesn't put prices on the menu, but that's a whole other blog post!
Anyway, while we were waiting on our coffee, we pulled out our records for another look. We ended up getting Drive-By Trucker's Dragon Pants EP, Rockabye Baby's David Bowie, and Court Yard Hounds' Amelita. Here's the biggest kicker........... we don't even own a record player! Luckily, two of the records came with digital downloads, so we've still been able to listen to them and I have All Access for the rest! Hopefully a record player is in our near future! 
After coffee, we were starving, so we decided to hit up our favorite local BBQ place, Edley's, for some BBQ and beer. Nothing screams summer like beer in a mason jar, am I right?? Love this place. Definitely in my top 5 places in Nashville. Great food and amazing atmosphere.
Of course, Matt wore his Google Glass the whole time, which didn't get as many comments as they usually do. Surprising, since we went to quite a few places that day! I'll have to write a post soon about all the different reactions we've got so far. Some people say the craziest things.
We had a great time and it was one of those days that makes us reminisce on past Record Store Days and at the same time look forward to the days when we can take our kids to wait in line for records because, yes, our kids WILL know what records are!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NYX Butter Gloss Review

If you haven't heard of the NYX Butter Gloss, you must be living under a rock. In that case, you probably have no need for lip gloss, but I digress...

As a lover of all things lip gloss/stick/crayon/stain related, I was anxious to try these, yet skeptical. Would they really be as great as everyone says? I've tried lip glosses that claimed to be non-sticky before, but they didn't really live up to the hype. I've tried lip glosses with amazing color before, just to have them wear off within 15 minutes and dry my lips out really bad.

Luckily, they're pretty cheap ($5 each) and almost always on sale at Ulta for buy one get one half off, so it was easy to take the plunge. Let me tell you, these things DELIVER! In fact, I've put every shade I have in a glass by my front door for easy access! 


-Smell. These lip butters smell sugary, buttery, & vanilla-y all rolled into one yummy lip gloss. As far as I can tell, they all have the same scent and boy is it addicting. I find myself opening the tube just to smell it because it smells so yummy. 

-Color. These lip butters deliver the perfect amount of color for your lips. They're glossy, but not to shiny or shimmery and the perfect amount of color comes through, making any color you pick look natural on your lips. They aren't really all that sheer, but they make each color blend in so well with your own lip color that it just looks like it was made for you! 

-Wear. These lip butters wear amazingly well. They stay on a good while (not all day, but longer than other lip glosses I've tried) and they fade evenly. In fact, the description on the tube says it best: "Butter me up with divine gloss that feels like it melts on lips." They really do feel like they just melt into your lips as the day goes on, without drying your lips out at all.


-Shades. There are a TON of colors in the line of NYX Butter Gloss (22 according to the NYX website!), but in my opinion, many of them are really similar. At my Ulta, there were two rows of colors, but on the bottom row, there only seemed to be brownish shades, even though they were all *slightly* different. Out of the 6 shades I have, I could definitely get away with only having 3 of them--they all have a counterpart that is just about half a shade different. I'd love to see more variety in the range of colors.

-Colors. There are about 5 different colors that I really loved, and the rest were just so-so. As you can see from the website, there are a lot of different shades of brown, which I find weird in a lip color--I'd much rather have a pop of pink or coral than brown. And most of them don't seem to be in the "nude" brown range, they're all dark brown. These may look great on some people, but for me, it just doesn't work. Especially since there are 4 different brown shades. I think they could have gotten away with just one and been fine.

Have you tried the NYX Butter Glosses yet? Did you fall in love with them as much as I did? Or did they fall flat? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rainy Day + 5-day Blogging

It's a rainy, stormy day here in Nashville. Which means the kids can't go outside (I teach preschool) and all that lovely wild energy is being displayed in a tiny little classroom. :) Fun, fun. The lights in my apartment are flickering as I type, so hopefully I won't be without power anytime soon.....

I've been thinking a lot about the YouTube/Blogging thing and think it's best if I start off slow. I'll mostly be blogging for now, with a few videos thrown in every so often. I love filming and editing the videos, but they take a lot of time and I'm not sure how much time I'm realistically going to put into it, considering I have no followers. Ha! :)

Blogging, on the other hand, is something I can easily do on my lunch break, which is why I've decided to start off by blogging something every day, Monday through Friday. It might not be anything huge, but at least something each day until I really get the hang of it!

So.... look forward to more posts, more often! I have a few reviews in the works (possibly a video--I filmed one, just not sure it turned out as well as I'd like) and I can't wait for you to see them!

I'll leave you with a beautiful, sunny picture from this past weekend. We had wonderful weather and hung out on the patio at Craft Brewed for a little while on Saturday afternoon. For the record, I'd much rather have awesome weather on the weekend when I can enjoy it and rainy weather throughout the week, even if it does mean my kids are a little stir crazy!