Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hair Product Favs: From The Drugstore

The hair products you use are so important in the final outcome of all that time spent in front of the mirror. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to get really great stuff. Actually, everything I am using right now (well, except for this purple shampoo I use once a week to keep my blonde from getting brassy) comes straight from the grocery store. My hair girl is always telling me that she will pick me up some "better" products at the beauty supply store but why fix what ain't broke, right? And why spend more money when you can get the same look for less? I am always down to save a few bucks.
Y'all know I am "All About That Bass" when it comes to hair. The bigger the better. So I always make sure the products I use are made for volume. My favorite shampoo and conditioner for the past few years can be found at any grocery or drugstore. One tip for you girls though… NEVER put conditioner on your roots. That kills the volume and makes your hair look greasy faster. 

If you have followed the blog for a little while, you know how obsessed with this stuff I am. It not only keeps my hair looking clean for days between shampoos but it also creates texture, volume, and camouflages my roots when they really, really need to be touched up. That will only work for you blondies though.

This is another one of those products that only needs to go at the ends of your hair but it works so great to tame those split ends and help make curls look and feel super soft. Just like a baby's booty.

So my mom and sister have used this stuff forever and on our last family vacation we forgot our hairspray and needed to borrow some. Ever since, D and I have been hooked! It has such great hold for Dustin's parted hairstyle and really helps volumize and hold my waves. Win, win!

I love these because they don't crease my hair.  I tie up my hair when I go to sleep and when I wake up it isn't a matted, creased mess from tossing and turning. So that time I spent curling my hair Sunday, might last me until Tuesday.

XOXO,
Summer Ann


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hair Tutorial: The Double Dutch

This post has been improved and moved to my new blog: 
http://alamum.com/the-double-dutch-braid/


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baseball Themed Baby Shower

This weekend me and some of my closest girlfriends from high school teamed up to throw a baseball themed baby shower for one of our friends. It is so much more fun throwing a party when you have so much help. It really lightens the load. And after throwing so many bridal showers, I have really enjoyed changing it up with some baby showers recently. There is just something so much more exciting about planning for a sweet little baby than seeing your buddy open up yet another set of bowls. 

Now before we get into all of the fun pictures, I have to tell a little story about the disastrous night making the cupcakes. I had come up with what I thought would be a genius idea for cupcakes using white icing and the pull apart Twizzlers for the ball laces. I guess I wasn't the first one to come up with the idea after searching Pinterest but they seemed easy enough and very cute. 

So Saturday night I purchased all of the ingredients and began baking. Apparently these suckers aren't as easy as I had thought and I ended up spending hours meticulously trying to push those itty bitty pieces of Twizzlers into the icing so they would stay put. And I am such a perfectionist which didn't help. 

Well after about 3 hours I was finally finished and put all of the cupcakes on a cookie sheet up on the counter and Dustin and I went outside to have a drink and relax. After about 2 minutes of being outside, we hear our dog (a 100 lb chocolate lab) barking so we go in to make sure everything is alright. To my horror (and my hubby's amusement) I see Bennington sitting, staring at the tray of cupcakes which once held 18 but now only contained 3…. Our hungry, hungry hippo devoured 15 cupcakes. Wrapper and all. And the little punk is barking because he can't reach the last 3. Awesome.

So back to the store Dustin went taking one of the cupcakes with him as a snack. I placed the other 2 in the oven so they would be safe from D and the dog and finished my cocktail. Dustin came through the door about 30 minutes later with all of the stuff to try again so I  turned on the oven completely forgetting about those 2 surviving cupcakes. Not my day at all. I think it's safe to say I will probably never volunteer to make the cupcakes again. ;P
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.

DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.
Tassel Garland: ℅ Love Garlands
Galvanized Beverage Bucket: Amazon
Home Plate (Similar): Amazon
Baby Name Banner: DIY
Red Food Baskets: Amazon
3-Tier Server (Similar): Horchow 

XOXO,
Summer Ann
DIY Baseball themed baby shower for a sweet little boy and mom to be! Party includes authentic baseball decor, tassel banner, game day themed food, and DIY baseball cupcakes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

This week I took a break from work travel which was very needed. I had been so homesick that even on the weekends it was hard for me to enjoy it because I was dreading another week away. Luckily there is light at the end of the tunnel because the next few months will be a lot slower and I am pumped.  I've just gotta make it through a few more weeks. Wohoo!

We kicked off the fun with an early dinner at one of our favorite places. Boston is a hit or miss when it comes to eating out but he was great this outing as long as we had food in front of him. Specifically, "nanas".

After stuffing our faces, we came home and worked off a few calories, playing with some birthday toys. He is loving this blow up cow my best friend got him. You can find it HERE.
The weather finally let up a bit and allowed us to hang out outside with our mason jar of Tito's and country on the radio. It is one of our favorite things to do. 
Saturday was a crazy busy day full of errands for a baby shower I helped throw Sunday and a graduation dinner that night. But I was able to sneak in a girls date with my sis and mom for a late Mother's Day celebration. We saw Age of Adeline which was great and we even snuck in our favorite snacks just like old times to make it even more fun. 
Sunday was spent baby shower throwing which never gets old in my book. I'll post details later this week. I love a good party. :D

My Shorts: Target
Boston's Shirt: Target
Boston's Shorts: Old Navy

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Boston's 12 Month Update

Well I am a little behind on this one but better late than never, right? Our days have been jam packed this month with birthday party prep, work travel out the wazoo, and everyday life that it has been so hard for me to fit anything else in. Either way there aren't any signs things will be slowing down so here's our first toddler update....

Weight:
Our big boy is almost 24lbs. He is in the 85th percentile for height and weight. And that big noggin he got from his mama is still in the 99%. He's got some big brains. ;D

Teeth:
He has 12 teeth! 4 molars and 8 up front. Which seems great and all but heaven forbid you see him get something in that mouth before you can stop him, leaving you to try and fish it out. I have almost lost a few fingers because of it. Which also makes me pretty happy I'm not breastfeeding anymore. Ouch!

Words:
His list of words keeps growing and cracking us up. New words this month are "Baby", "Ball", "Nana"(Banana), "Daddeee" (with a huge emphasis on the last syllable. It's adorable.), "Cracker" which really sounds more like "Ka-Ka", and our favorite "Uh-Oh" which is usually said when you tell him not to throw something and he does it anyways. The fun is just beginning I'm sure.

Favorite Things:
- Lights are still rocking his world right now. My parent's joked that we should take him to a lighting store for fun and I actually didn't think that was a half bad idea. We will soak up all of the cheap entertainment we can, while we can.
- Bananas. We have been having a hard time getting him to drink his bottle at night which means he wakes up at 3am wanting a bottle. Not fun. So if we can't get him to eat before bed, we give him a banana and he will scarf it down. But you've gotta be careful about saying "Banana" unless you're getting one for him because if you mention it, he won't stop saying it until you get him one.
-Soccer Balls. Dad is loving this one. He was the captain of the soccer team in high school so he has already been teaching B some moves which Boston eats up too. The other day we were walking into Target and he pointed at the big red cement balls in the front and goes "Ball. Ball. Ball." until I acknowledged what he was saying. Man they grow so fast.

Dislikes:
- Brushing his teeth is a total nightmare. It stinks that we have to end each day on a semi-sour note but I don't know what else to do. He absolutely hates it.

Milestones: 
- He took his first steps this month!! We still don't have a complete walker but he is right there. He is still a little on the wobbly side but I can see he is close.
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And B says, "That's a wrap!"

Shirt: Amber2Ashes
Jeans (Old:Similar): H&M
Shoes: Converse

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Of course because it was the one day I was guaranteed to be able to sleep in, I woke up around 6am and couldn't go back to sleep. So D got up and whipped up some waffles for me while I stayed in bed. Boston must have got the memo it was Mother's Day and slept until almost 10am making that 2 days in a row he has done this! This meant I had plenty of time to sneak in some Netflix in the bath with my second cup of coffee. Perfection I tell ya.

 D said once Boston got up we could do anything I wanted to do… It was my day. So naturally I couldn't think of a single thing I wanted to do. Instead we went to Kroger, picked up some crab legs, ice cream, coconut cream pie, and my favorite cheese. I swear I'm not pregnant. 
Once we got home and put B to down for a nap we chowed down and made up our own drinking game with Jenn Barlow's travel show on AWE. I think we may be the only people who watch this channel but if any of y'all get bored and happen to have it it's a really easy game. Here's how it goes… Any time she says, "Oh yes!", drink. I was feeling a little buzz in no time. ;P 

The rest of the day we laid around with Boston and played with a balloon he bought me himself at the store.  Since I have been traveling for work so much, I couldn't wait for a whole day with nothing to do but love on my guys. It was a perfect day. No fancy plans, just quality time. Just how I like it! Happy Mama's Day to all of you special ladies out there!
XOXO, 
Summer Ann

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our Summer Bucket List

I am an obsessive list maker. It's so bad that I make lists for lists, I put things on lists I have completed just to cross them off, and a lot of the times if something doesn't make it on my list it gets completely forgotten about. It's such a crutch for me.

At any given time you can probably find at least 2 or 3 crumbled up lists in my purse. So when I started seeing other people's Summer Bucket Lists popping up on social media I knew I had to put it on my list to make one. ;P I mean what's better than a list full of fun stuff to do? 
 - Picnic at the Arboretum.
- Take a mini vacation to the beach. (I am dreaming of Seaside… Pictures above.)
- Go for a dinner cruise.
- Go to the Dallas Aquarium.
- Visit the Fort Worth Zoo.
- Take Boston and Bennington to lunch at The Truck Yard.
- Do date night at a vineyard.
- Have a fish fry.
- Listen to the Concert On The Lake on the boat.
- Go kayaking.
- Try yoga on a stand up paddle board. (Honestly this will probably be a disaster.)
- Be the caddy while D golfs.
- Go to a Ranger game.

XOXO,
Summer Ann