Step one to a new me.

And it begins.

Nothing more to motivate me then to sign up and pay money for a 5K race. I use the term “pay money” because as a single mom who has full responsibility for her child, spending money on something that is for mom is somewhat of a foreign concept. When it comes to spending money on my son, no problem. When it comes to spending money on myself, problem. And to top it off , I spent money on a registration to a race that can be close to torture on my body and mind. Does this make me a masochist? No its makes me an optimist and I see myself crossing the finish line with a proud “I did it” look on my face.

So after having a tiny anxiety attack once I submitted my payment I had to think what needs to change in me to start training and get to the finish line. I’ve taken the first real step, commit to a date to show up and run. Next look around at my life and see what will aid me and what can hinder me. One of the major things that will aid me is this blog; I will use this blog to hold me accountable so please call me out if you don’t see me progressing. I accept all feedback and I love reading your comment. Second, employ a buddy who will push me when all I want is to stay immobile. Because I have massive mom guilt I’ve set times to train when my son is snoozing. So that means moving my wake up time back by 2 hours. I’m going to explore my food intake, other exercise to strengthen my legs and activities to include my son, such as hiking and walks on the beach.

So this is the beginning. Any suggestions on how else I can change to fit my new lifestyle??

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Mom of Tornado – Items I love.

Dry Shampoo.
What is Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is a powdered substance used to clean the hair in between shampooing or when you want to extend the length of a blowout.

I will be the first to admit that I am an avid user of dry shampoo. There are some nights that I am beyond tired and the idea of getting in the shower to wash my extremely long hair just makes me even more tired. I would rather take a quick shower and then off to bed or finish chores that were left behind. Having a three year old can sure take it out of you. Once all the dishes are done, lunches packed, clothes put out and toys picked up the last thing I want to do is wash and dry my hair. My hair is long , very long by some standards, and the maintenance can get time consuming. On a normal night / morning I would wash my hair and then conditions it. Then I would blow dry my hair before bed and then style in the morning. Before I discovered the magic of dry shampoos, I would dread going past two days with not washing. My roots would get super oily and start to get weighted down making my thin hair look even thinner. Defiantly not a good look.

Being a busy mom I find that using Dry shampoo has allowed me to wash my long hair at least 3 times a week. This in turn allows my color to last a bit longer and my hair not to dry out so much. I also found that using it after a mid day workout works great. The oils are kept at bay and I add volume to my hair as well.

A while back I was introduced to dry shampoo by my hairdresser; Jen Debarr from Fringe Salon in SF. She has been doing my hair for a good 8 years now and of course when she said “HERE TRY THIS” I was like, hand it over. This magic dust that I sprinkled onto my hair not only zapped the oil but added volume to my limp tresses. I was instantly hooked. Even thought my investment of $22 dollars lasted me a while I did not see myself giving another $22 bucks for a 3 inch bottle of dust. Then as if the universe was hearing my silent plea I started to see all these new products pop up.

Here are reviews of a few of the products I’ve tried. Still not found the ONE but some have come close. All but the dust, says to shake the can and spray 8 inch away from the hair. Section the hair and spray spray, spray, then blend blend, blend.

Suave Dry Shampoo: – this product was ok. I am not fond of the scent that some Suave products have so that was a major put off . I had to really blend it into my scalp so that the white residue would go away . If I did not vigorously blend I would see random white spots as well. I would think that if you have thin hair I would defiantly not use this one. Suave has the Professional line as well that also has a dry shampoo, I think I’ll give it a try if I can find it on sale.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Out of the 4 this hands down has to be my favorite. I am very picky when it comes to smells so I was surprised when this product had a great scent that I did not mind in my hair. And a little bit of the product went a long way. As I blended it into my hair I did not have a gritty feeling and once it was completely blended into my hair no white powder residue was left behind. My brown did not look dull . True to its name, it felt like I shampooed my hair. Also you can’t go wrong with the price.

Got2B Dry Shampoo Powder – Out of the three drug store brands this one was the one I liked least. I would think in a pinch I would use it but not if I had a choice.. The powder felt really pasty and course. I felt like I took forever to blend and at the end of the day my hair was oily again.

Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Retail $22.00 – Worked great, and a little went a long way. My hair did feel a bit brittle mid day and I would have to go back in to fluff my hair to get the volume back but over all I appreciated getting introduced to this product. The product gets dispensed directly from the container to the hair thru a shaker. Perfect to place directly at the roots, and unlike a aerosol it went on the hair and not on the counter, or the mirror.

What Dry Shampoo’s have you tried? What did you think??
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*all products reviewed were purchased by myself and all opinions are solely my own.

Happy birthday to ME!!!

ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another year is upon me and I’m glad to say that this year I am in such a better place that I was last year. My monkey is on track in school and thriving everyday and my own determination to live my life healthy is on track as well. I see a bright 36 and I have no shame in telling you guys my age. (grabbing brown paper bag and bending over to breath into it. AHHHH phewwww Ahhh Pheeewww) Of course I envisioned reaching 36 and having my life turn out differen, but life is what it is. I can either dwell on all my mishaps or I can look at all the great things life has given me and just be thankful. I choose to be thankful.

So what does turning 36 mean to me? It means its 4 years from being a fabulous 40 yr old. Its means I should finally take the time to invest my time in researching all those wrinkle creams on the market. It means I can officially drink wine with every meal and not feel an ounce of guilt. It means I should start taking calcium along with my multivitamin don’t want weak bones. It means I should realize that the music I listened to in high school is now being played on the oldies station. ( AHHHHHHHHHH) It’s also means that I can look around me and know what I want and don’t want; having no remorse about letting go of what does not work in my life. Hey I only get one life and it should be the best life I can make for myself. (RIGHT .. RIGHT.. )

So in retrospect I used to want to party big time for my birthday, bring on the dancing the drinks and the loud music. Today I look forward to getting home to my monkey and watching him get super excited that we are having cake. Funny a few years ago I used to not even think I would be hovering over a toilet after the night of mayhem I went thru, now it’s all I think about if I have more than 2 drinks. That and the bloated fingers I will experience. OK so getting older is not so bad. I am wiser with my age and more patient. Yay for me.

But ok.. here to my big 36.. Hipp Hipp Horray..

How have your birthdays changed with the years??