I am so so excited to share the most amazing baby product with you guys! Its straight outta the future! Its the Owlet Smart Sock 2! Heaven sent for all moms of newborns. It doesn’t matter how many babies I have. Bringing home a newborn is the scariest most anxiety inducing thing ever! I guarantee I’m not the only parent who spends the first few nights at home sneaking out of bed to make sure your baby is still breathing.
Since we started using the Owlet smart sock 2 I can check on her and make sure her oxygen levels and heart rate are normal in real time right from my smart phone. So I stay nice and cozy in bed!
My favorite is when it says “Amelia is wiggling” even though it can’t get a great reading when she is moving and works best when she is sleeping. The thought of her wiggling makes me smile. Wiggly babies are so dang cute!!
If your not familiar with what the owlet sock does It goes on your babes cute tiny foot and it is designed to notify you if your little ones heart rate or oxygen levels fall outside of the preset zones. It uses similar technology as a hospital monitor. Just simplified for the home user. If the levels do go outside the presets it is designed to alert you with the base AND the owlet app on your smart phone. It plays rock a bye baby, its pretty cute. It is honestly the coolest and I’m so grateful for this type of technology! I am a highly anxious person especially about my babies and this gives me such peace of mind.
This version of the sock is brand new and very much improved
A few of the updated features:
• Improved bluetooth range, up to a 12x increase (100 feet), between the Smart Sock and Base Station
• Innovative new sock design, offering a more secure fit
• Easier, more intuitive sock placement, meaning fewer false notifications due to more accurate sensor placement
• Enhanced smartphone app for improved user experience
• Advancements in firmware and hardware to reduce false notifications
• Updated fabric sock can be worn on both feet, allowing parents to alternate as needed, as well as breathable toes through all sock sizes
This product is a serious game changer! I loose lots of sleep worrying about SIDS the owlet monitor is up all night so I don’t have to be.
The smart sock is $299 but the peace of mind is seriously priceless! Available to purchase at owletcare.com
*A special thanks to Owlet Care for sponsoring this post.
I realize its still winter but I am so sick of bundling up! Is it just me or has this been the longest Utah winter ever?? Its going by so slow I have the winter blues soo bad! So instead of wishful thinking that it will be spring. I’m trying out wishful wearing. Like if I wear warm weather clothes. The weather will have no choice but to get better.. That will probably work… right??? I’ll let you know how is goes.
You guys know how much I love wearing clip in hair extensions. I just lightened my hair thanks to my hair wizard sister in law Amy! My old hair didn’t match anymore I got new hair which is practically Christmas in my book!
I am happy to announce that I am a brand rep for Meraki hair extensions! I met with the owner Krista I asked what is unique about the hair. The first thing she said was “You’ll die when you feel the hair.” Dudes, she was not kidding! It’s the softest hair I have ever felt! I practically never need to brush them. They really don’t tangle up like other brands of hair I have used. The wefts are so thick! You cannot see through them when you hold them up (which is rare).
The platinum is the perfect shade! I took them to my colorist and had her match my hair to the extensions. I think it’s just easier that way.
They are 160 grams of amazing and I can’t wait to show you some fun hair styles with them!
I wear the 22 inch platinum 160 gram clip ins! You can shop them HERE
No idea why I couldn’t keep my hands off the hat in every picture hahah oops
I’m loving this side accent braid as a super quick way to look like you are super put together and its a great mom hairstyle so you can keep your hair out of your face!! I wear this style a lot and I have people every time asking me how I did it. At first glance they don’t think its just your every day french braid! I show you the one simple trick for taking your braids up a notch and making them look huge! Do this braid and every one will think you are a braiding wizard!!
Side note: I just bought Cookie Butter from Trader Joe;s for the first time. BIG MISTAKE, HUGE! i have been eating it out of a jar with a spoon like a wild animal! Its amazing but also awful!! Any one else have this problem??
A: I have tried so many brands right now I’m wearing Laced hair 120 Grams and I’m planning on sticking with this brand for the long haul! You can order online or if you are an SLC local you can head in to their store! PS I didn’t have to color these at all they were a perfect match for my color right out of the package I wear the 20 inch #16/22 Buttercream.
Other brands I recommend are Sally’s beauty supply these are less expensive but still good quality if you are interested in giving clip ins a try but don’t wanna spend an arm and a leg these are a great option. The sets aren’t enough hair for me so I usually end up needing 2 bags of hair.
Another Brand I like is Bellami Hair 220 Grams these come with TONS of hair if you have thin to medium thickish hair these would be perfect! Although I did have to add lowlights to these myself cause they were one solid color. Natural hair has dimension so they didn’t match! I ordered the Ash blonde.
Q: How do you get them to match your hair color?
A: Depending on what brand you get some companies will send you a swatch so you can match your hair to. If they have a store in your area you can go in and they will help you pick the color that is right for you. However thats not always an option so if you are guessing or choosing a color on line always choose the lighter color. You CAN make them darker i.e. add lowlights or even all over color them. You CANNOT make them lighter. we tried to lighten my nieces once and the bleach just melted them. it was tragic!!
Q: How often do you get new extensions/ How often do you wash them?
A: About every 6 months. I wear my extensions often like about 5 times a week. I use heat tools on them all the time. I try and protect them by using a brush that is gentle on them I love the Wet brush it’s a game changer!
I pretty much never any circumstances wash them. You may think that super gross but they doing get oily or smelly like your real hair. When the hair is brand new it is so smooth because they coat in in something (I have no idea, probably magic) and the more often you wash them it takes off this coating and it stops being silky and looks like matted dog hair! If I ever do need to wash them I do it in the sink and use cold water (to keep the cuticle closed) and only condition and DONT brush them when they are wet it breaks them off like crazy. I just lay mine out flat on a towel and let them dry over night. then brush them out and style as usual.
Q: Do you have a problem with the clips breaking your hair off or pulling hair out?
A: No, personally I don’t. Lots of my friends and family have had that problem though. There are two kinds of clips the straight prong and the curvy prongs. The straight clips will not stay in your hair very well and you will most likely have to back comb your hair to get the to stay in. This is so bad for your hair and will break your hair off like a pice of a kit kat bar!! DON’T mmmk? Just don’t! We like our clips just like we like our ladies CURVY! Another tip for helping your hair not break off. When you brush your extensions while you have them clipped in is to hold on you base of where they are clipped so there won’t be tension and yanking at where the clip is clipped at your hair.
Top: BAD // Bottom: GOOD
Q: How do you keep your extensions from showing?
A: Make sure you aren’t placing them too high on the scalp. keep them low enough so you have plenty of hair on your top layer to cover them all. A little back combing of the top layer doesnt hurt either. I demonstrate this in the video. I use lots of texture spray that keeps my hair from splitting and separating in all the wrong places if you know what I mean. This is a great tip if you have really Thin hair Texture spray is way different that hair spray. Its not as stiff and it helps your hair seem thicker. I love Fave4 texture takeover SO MUCH! Every person on the planet needs it! Ps the smell is heavenly!
Other random tips I have learned (the hard way) over the years:
+Don’t sleep in them. It straight up destroys them and is uncomfy and you will wake up so snarly you will have to rip through them with a brush. I used to sleep in mine when I was in hair school and hanging out with Todd till literally 6am and trying to save time on getting ready in the morning. It was just a bad idea.
+Don’t wear them to a campfire, Just like anything else they will take on the smokey smell. You will be forced to wash them and it just accelerates the wearing out process. Hint if you accidentally do wear them to an impromptu s’more sesh put your hair in a ziplock bag and freeze it for 2 days. It really works!
+Wind is your worst enemy. It will snarl them up in the worst way! I always try and keep an elastic in my purse in case I find myslef in a windy situation and Ill throw it in a quick side braid all the way to the ends. Also wind from behind will totally show everyone that your wearing extensions. if you have no other option face the wind head on ladies.
+Never wear them swimming or hot tubbing. Especially for us blondies! Remember how I said we tried to lighten my nieces hair and it melted? We were trying to bleach out the green that was left behind by chlorine. Chlorine is bad news for hair period especially for extensions.
+Always buy real remy hair. This seems pretty obvious. Remy means that all the hair cuticles are going the same way. That helps the hair stay smooth. If the cuticles aren’t going the same way you will have an eagles nest sitting on your head. Ps you can’t use heat tools on not real hair and fake hair is just yucky.
+When your hair is new you should head to your fav hair dresser and she will help you trim them up and layer them so they just blend into your hair flawlessly!
+Try and use as little product in them as possible. Since they don’t get washed very often (or ever) product will build up and make them snarled and crappy and tangly and super hard to brush through. None of those sound like someone anyone would want! Try and just keep all the sprays on your natural hair.
I made a step by step tutorial on how I clip in my hair when I am wearing my hair down and for when I want to wear my hair in a high ponytail. That seemed to be my most popular question. Rightly so, its pretty tricky!! I hope you learned something new from this post! If I left anything out and you still have burning questions leave a comment!
I don’t think its any secret we love all things girly at this house! That includes, bows and all other manner of accessories, and of course fairies. So when I found out that there was an actual Hair Bow Fairy. I was like say no more and SIGN US UP!
Here is how it works. Both of the girls get a package in the mail once a month addressed to them personally (when I was a kid I loved getting mail! Now its all bills and it’s the worst!) Joss thinks it’s a real fairy and its the sweetest! Each box has a theme and this month was back to school they got cute notebooks and stickers. Basically the bows are perfect and not over the top and easily can be incorporated to their every day wardrobe. Plus there is a special little something for mom in there too!
I love the hair bow fairy and I love that it makes my girls so happy and feel so special every month! I just wanted to share how much fun tearing into their boxes are!
*Thanks to the Hair Bow Fairy for sponsoring this post!
I know the cliche of saying “I cant believe my baby is starting school!” but it really goes by so fast! I still feel like I’m 15 years old I cant believe they even let me become an adult and get married and have a family. When they let us take this precious precious girl home from the hospital I was like ” what you are just going to let me TAKE HER?? I don’t even have to pass a test or something?” Joss has taught me so much more than I could ever hope to teach her. She has always been a little ray of sunshine. Ugh she is so sweet! She is always jumping at the opportunity to help me in the kitchen or fold laundry. She is always helping out her baby sister. I just have no idea how I get to be her mom. She is seriously my role model! Here are a few of my favorite Joss quotes or Jossieisms if you will. I have them all written down cause I would hate to forget any sweet little thing she says! She could seriously have her own reality show.
I’m always telling her to be a good example cause she is the big sister then she says.”when Kate bees mean to me she is being a bad bezample”
Joss only ever wants to wear dresses and skirts even in the winter! it’s a big struggle. ” I hate wearing pants! They make me feel handsome” I know babe feeling handsome is the WORST!
Joslyn and Todd are playing “drive thru” (maybe we hit up too many of those YIKES!)
Todd: Can I get fries and a shake?
Joss: Yep that will be $300
Todd: Geez thats pretty steep, do you come with it?
Joss: giggles No Morris does!!
Todd: Who the heck is Morris?
She saw a photo of Jesus and John the baptist she says “who is that with Jesus?…. it looks like David Wallace” From The Office. Apparently we do a little too much Office happening over here!
Loving this hairstyle for a beachy summer wedding! It has a touch of old hollywood glam and makes me feel a little bit like Jessica Rabbit which is pretty rad!
I feel like I must mention how much I adore this casual summer dress that I got for $11 from Downeast Basics I’ll link you straight to it here. Hurry and snag one for yourself before they sell out! Then we can high five over our savings!! Finding a great deal makes me stupid amounts of happy!
I’m so excited to share these photos!! I have never felt more glam! I have an incredibly old soul so getting to dress up as a retro finger waved bride was heaven!! So I got to be involved of a inspirational bridal shoot this week and I totally freaked out when I saw that Stephanie Brinkerhoff from Hair and make up by Steph had sent me an email! She is only a hair goddess who teaches and does the most beautiful brides all around the world! I have followed and stalked her religiously for years!! It was basically a dream come true having her do my hair and make up. She used airbrush make up on me and now I have the sudden need to invest in a TEMPTUmachine and airbrush my face for any and all occasions!
Plus it basically rocked getting to be a bride again!! Its been almost six years since I married my cute Todd! I feel like those of us who were married pre pinterest should totally get a do over!! I certainly wish I had this dream team to work with back when I got married! All of the venders are listed below! Enjoy!
So I’m pretty much in love with this slouchy braid! Looks amazing with jeans and a tee shirt and also transitions into night flawlessly! Its also really easy and its a laid back twist on the traditional french braid. Watch the tutorial for all the dirty deets! (cause this hairstyle works great for masking dirty hair!) Kate didn’t want to coopertate for these pictures! I’m like ‘LOVE ME KATE!” and she’s like “nah mom” We did however soak in all the beauty that surrounds the Salt Lake Temple. Joss got a small free photo of the temple and she lost it at dinner and she was absolutely heartbroken! She is so tenderhearted and already has a great love of the gospel. The tutorial is below if you recreate this hairstyle we would love to see it! Tag me on instagram @christineyallen or use hashtag #MMMbeauty