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Summer Hair

This is me, venturing out a little into the world of beauty blogging! I don’t generally do this, but I’ve recently stumbled upon a perfect summer hairstyle that my hair has personally been in the last two days straight! I started doing this with my hair before going to bed because I was getting really tired of sleeping on a wet pillow, but I still wanted to have manageable hair in the morning. If I braid my hair, it’s manageable, but I have a wet pillow. If I put it in a bun, it keeps my pillow dry, but is rather unruly in the morning. Well, turned out that I combined the two and then liked it so much that I started wearing it during the day too!

I know I’m probably not the first one to do this, but I didn’t get it from anyone else, hence I’m actually sharing the pictures of me doing it today to hopefully help you out if you want to try the same. This has become my go-to for the summer because it keeps my hair up and off of my neck, but I like the look, too. Plus, as a bonus, it takes me less than 5 minutes to do!


To start, this can work with almost any hair. I actually have quite slippery hair, and I haven’t had a problem getting my hair up in this at all. You can start wet or dry, but I kind of prefer in the middle (again, I sleep with my hair like this at night, and it gives it an extra boost of volume and a little bit of curl, too.) Next, pull all of your hair back in to a pony – I prefer it to be rather high, and slightly off center – I am definitely NOT a ballerina!! Once you’ve got it all up in a high pony, start braiding (I’d suggest making sure the top of the braid is fairly tight so that it will lay well when you spin it around.) You don’t need an elastic to hold the braid, because once you finish, you are going to wrap it around the ponytail. Once you get to the end of your braid, tuck the open end back into the elastic from your original pony-tail. At this point, you should have a pretty good looking braided bun on top of your head, but if there are any places that look questionable, just mess around and stick some bobby-pins in until it looks the way you want. And voila! Super easy, super fun summer hair that requires no heat, and very few materials.

If you try it, post a pic on instagram and tag me!

By the way, I do realize that I was MIA for a few weeks, but I have just finished my Master’s Degree, have been reading voraciously (aka, reviews to come!!),  and summer is here, so . . . I’m getting excited for the possibilities!!

CC8: Peppermint Mocha!

So, Jeremy is allergic to milk. Starbucks has been kind in introducing soy drinks into their menu, but they are pretty expensive. Generally, however, Jeremy sticks with plain coffee because it is safer. Well, I’ve been wanting to experiment with some different coffee specialty drinks recently (I was a barista for 6 months!) This morning I think that I found a good combination.

Dairy-free Peppermint Mocha:

First, brew your normal coffee. (I’m sure that this would be great with espresso, but we don’t have that, so normal coffee it is!)

On the stove, heat up some soymilk (I did a about a cup and a half for two servings.) I added in three squares of a dark chocolate candy bar and stirred until it was completely melted. Next, add one crushed candy cane. I also added two splendas to the milk concoction just to be sure it would be sweet enough! Once the milk mixture is completely melted together, pour it into a mug (it should fill up half of your mug.) Pour your coffee on top, add half a candy cane, stir and enjoy!

It was simple and delicious!