I have had such great feedback from you all on this feature and nothing makes me happier than getting your comments sharing what you have been trying from my happy list each week. So far I have heard that people have tried my favorite sleep-inducing tea, that you have been rocking tan legs, that you got some beautiful new-to-you clothes, and that you are having a blast with the Waterlogue app. What could make me happier than that?
Let’s get started with today’s list.
Coloring My Hair At Home
I have only had my hair professionally colored a couple of times because I am 1) Too Cheap 2) Too Type-A about roots and feeling like I look trashy if my color grows out and 3) Too dang busy. Unfortunately, I am advancing in age (*ahem*) which means that my gray is pulling through at lightning speed and requires real coverage, unlike my 8th grade hair color experimentation of my youth.
This is the color I swear by, if you are dark brunette like me. It is the Nice ‘N Easy Natural Medium Golden Brown and I can usually catch a sale on it for between $4-6 per box. The coverage is good for disguising my gray roots and it doesn’t look flat and one dimensional like the other boxes of color I have tried. It adds a hint of red, it has a nice shimmer, and every time I tell someone that I color my hair at home, they do not believe me. My color typically lasts about four to five weeks.
If you don’t want to forget to order your hair color when you need it, you can have Amazon auto-ship it to you every four weeks. When it arrives on your doorstep, you know it’s time to do a little touching up for the month.
The best part is that you can do lots of multitasking while coloring your hair. You know, reading a good book, sipping wine, eating chocolate. REALLY important stuff. I mean, how would you do all of that at a busy salon?
Keeping Things in Check
Look, I’m not going to get into this kind of discussion because some of you barely know me. I, personally, don’t have weird body or facial hair at all, but this gal that I know has to keep things in check and she told me these Nad’s Body Wax Strips & Nad’s Facial Wax Strips might work really good to help resolve some issues you might be having. She said that the best way to use these is to warm the strip a bit with a hair dryer and then follow the directions from there. If the strips leave behind any residue, a little baby oil does the trick to remove it. If you need to keep things in check too, take some advice from my hairy friend. My hairy friend is super happy she doesn’t have to pay someone else to work this out for her.
Happy Hour + Yard Work
I really loathe yard work. My whole thing is, you have to make a choice. There is no way that I can have a beautiful lawn and a clean home. If I am working on the lawn, my house looks like a tornado hit it. If I work on the house, people have no clue if the house was abandoned or not. How do people have pretty lawns and pretty houses? That just baffles my mind. I think we should all just make choices and not judge each other on which one is more important.
My cardio routine on Fridays is to mow our enormous lawn and work on tidying up the sad beds. I started listening to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and (as if my neighbors weren’t already less than thrilled with us), I find myself busting up laughing randomly while listening to this show in the yard.
It is everything you might want to know about books, movies, the arts, and celebrities, but SMART. This not a junky entertainment blog, this is well-curated and thoughtful discussion on what is happening in pop culture with a lot of humor. I finally feel a little more with it about what is happening in the world and I am getting my terrible yard shaped up in the process.
And since I know you guys like happy lists, at the end of every episode they share what is making them happy each week and you want to have a notepad out to jot it all down to go out and find everything they are talking about.
Did I mention the NPR app is FREE? Seriously, you have nothing to lose!
And for a bonus happy, our grandma retired! We are so happy for her. And let’s keep it real here, we are so happy for US because we get more time with our grandma after all of her years of serving in the school system. We got to go to her retirement party and I got to walk down the hallways of my old elementary school. Isn’t it funny how it is so much smaller than we remember it as children? As my kids ran like wild banshees down the hallway, you can’t help but feel like life is coming full circle.
And, just to make you smile, I hope you have seen this baby dancing because this will make you happy. If you don’t laugh, then you should get that checked out. I have this sad friend who can help you with that…
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