how cool are these VISA cards?

The hard part would be to choose just one.


conquers the knots!

My daughter Olivia's hair is thick and long (she's just three and it's halfway down her little back). It's also slightly wavy and just about the knottiest hair I've ever seen. She's actually a really good candidate for dreadlocks if she were ever interested.

Here's what I use to tame her mane:

Tangle Teezer brush.
I use this on wet and dry hair

CVS detangling spray
This is cheaper than other brands and works just as well. I use this on wet and dry hair

Rusk Sensories Invisible Foam Detangler, this product is discontinued but find it here.
I use this immediately after I shampoo her hair and comb it through.

How do you combat tangles? Any tips?


got a mani/pedi

It's our anniversary this weekend so I've been doing a little preparatory preening. I got my nails done earlier today and the color still hasn't grown on me. It looks like the whiteout I used to paint on my nails as a bored teenager in class (Did you do that too?)

Well take a look for your self. Maybe I'll try it again in the summer on tanner skin. Also keep in mind there's no real flattering way to photograph feet.....

OPI Alpine Snow

Whatcha think?


recent date night outfit

Here's what I wore out to a recent dinner date with the Mr to Fascino:

Top: thrifted
Pants: Delia's
Shoes: Chadwicks
Belt: vintage
Jacket: Xoxo
Purse: Louis Vuitton

Also take a peek at my new hairdo, I spontaneously cut it around Thanksgiving and am still getting used to it. I thought a shorter do would be easier boy was I wrong. I am now obsessively waiting for it to grow out (story of my life).

I also used this product from Garnier which I really liked. It was easy to use and was non-damaging. It's a temporary fix lasting 7 shampoos and it really reduced my frizz. I was actually able to air dry my hair and have it look decent

What's new loves?


went to preschool

Olivia turned three right before Christmas, December 23 to be exact and I rather spontaneously decided that I'd like her to start pre-school in January. I'm not sure how the pre-school situation is in other parts of the country but here in Northern Jersey it's a bit ridiculous. Preschools have waiting lists, lottery systems and a few even require large non-refundable deposits. I was starting to get anxiety already. Luckily, I loved the first little pre-school we visited and so did she. In particular I liked that the school is a co-op so there's always one parent helper in the class, I'm looking forward to that.

So today was her first day of school! I can't believe my little girl is in school. Now I really understand why growing up my dad would always look at me and say "You're getting big fast". Oh my God!!! It's so true...

On another note, I really enjoyed the little two and half hours I spent with just Sophia.

I didn't get any photos in the school because she literally ran off to make friends but I took this one on my iPhone right before we left.

Daydress/Play dress from Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Strawberry Shortcake hair bow from Calcotecrys on Etsy
"Henry" the doll, from Target (birthday present last year) wearing pjs from Build a Bear


snow shopping

We had a major snowstorm last week and I was stuck in the house for a few days, not just any days - days I take very seriously post holiday shopping days. So I did what any shopnista would - online shopped and online shopped some more. I received one of the many packages I'm expecting today, it contained:

For my beloved:

For Olivia:
(her shirt is similar to this one - it's sold out)

For moi:

A little something for everyone except my cotton ball Sophia who doesn't fit into crewcuts yet but we'll save Olivia's little outfit for her.....


Here's to a great 2011

I've been slacking on my blogging this past month. December was probably the lowest point of the year for me and I'm glad to put it behind me.

Lowlights from my December 2010:
  • getting a hideous haircut that will take forever to grow out
  • our house getting robbed midday including all the presents from under our Xmas tree

I'm looking forward to making 2011 a memorable year and have a couple of resolutions to help me get there. I'm hoping by writing these down it'll make them stick...

New Year's resolutions:
  • Eat healthier including much less soda, much more water and less junk food
  • Rejoin the YMCA (maybe it should be rejoin and actually use YMCA membership 3/4 times a week)
  • Get a handle on $ - waste less, save more

What about you? Are you making any changes for 2011?