Quick hairdos for the busy woman

Unlike some people (ahem, my sisters and best friend), my hair is not the type that I can roll out of bed, pull a brush through it and it looks phenomenal. Nope. I have been blessed with a very thick, heavy, wavy mane, and it can get pretty unruly at times. I love my hair, but when I roll out of bed, I have a serious case of bedhead that a brush can’t tame on its own. I’m a major procrastinator to begin with, so having to get someone else in the morning besides myself has been a learning process. Oliver is usually pretty happy in the morning and easily entertained, but taking 20 to 30 minutes to fix my hair isn’t usually an option these days. Besides throwing my hair up in a messy bun or top knot — which I do a lot — I have a few other go-to styles that are quick and easy for any woman who is short on time.

Note: I have pretty long hair, but these styles should work for anyone with shoulder-length and longer hair.

  • Side-twist braid or bun — If you can French braid, you can do this. If you can’t French braid, I bet you can still do this. I comb all of my hair to one side of my head (typically the left). Grab two pieces of hair at the top of your head and twist them together one time. Pick up more hair to add to each piece, twist again. Continue this until the twist reaches behind your ear. Gather the remaining hair at the nape of your neck and begin braiding it with the two other pieces. Fasten the braid with a hairband. This may take a little practice to get the twist down, but once you do, it’s fast and simple. To change it up, once you completed the braid, twist your hair into a bun behind your ear/at the nape of your neck. This is what the finished, braided style looks like:
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  • Overnight waves — I just recently discovered this pin on Pinterest, and wanted to give some of the tips a try. If you are looking for a way to get easy waves in your hair without using a blow dryer, give this a try. (Note: Do this at night before bed. This works well for me as I have wavy hair.) After washing your hair, scrunch it dry with a towel. After towel drying, don’t brush your hair. Instead, apply a curl cream to your. I like Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme. After applying the cream, pull your hair up into a loose bun as close to your hairline as possible. Sleep with your hair like this overnight. In the morning, take your hair out of the bun. It may be a little damp still, so let it air dry. Your hair should have pretty curls/waves! This is how mine looks after doing this:
    hairI’ve also wanted to try “plopping” to get curls without using heat. Click here to see how to “plop” your hair.
  • Sock bun — I always thought this sounded so weird, but it seems to have gotten pretty popular over the last few years. If you are looking for a fuller, bigger bun, try this out. Find a sock that is close to your hair color (I use black or brown), cut off the toe and roll the sock up so it looks like a doughnut. Put your hair up in a ponytail. Starting at the end of your hair, begin rolling the sock toward your head so your hair wraps around it. Continue until all your hair is wrapped into a bun. It may be a little loose, so secure it tightly with bobby pins. Check out this site for a visual tutorial. I love pretty headbands, and I think a bedazzled headband is a great way to jazz up any updo.
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  • Miniature bun — I noticed during my maternity leave I was wearing my hair up in a sloppy bun almost every day. I wanted to give it a break and at least have some of it down. Enter the mini bun! It’s easy, it’s cute, it gets my hair out of my face and looks decent when I really only want to put about three minutes into fixing my mane. Basically, pull up half your hair into a ponytail and fasten with a hairband. Twist the pony into a bun or messy bun, secure with a hairband (and bobby pins, if needed) and voila! You’re set. 🙂

When I have the time, I still like to straighten or diffuse my hair for curls. But most days, I just don’t have the time or the energy for that. A few other go-to hairstyles for me are French or Dutch braids down the center of my head or off to the side. There are a million tutorials out there for this kind of braiding, but here is a site with a few different photo tutorials.

What are some of your easy, go-to hairstyles?

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Newborn items for newbie parents

I think I can safely speak for many new moms when I say how overwhelming it is to start preparing your home for a baby. There are so many items you need, and if you are like me, you have no idea where to start! Obviously, there are the essentials, but there are a few items we received or purchased that I didn’t think we would need, and they are now my favorite things! As I have come to discover, every baby is very different. An item my sisters’ babies loved, Oliver didn’t. An item Oliver loved, my sisters never used. It just all depends on what works best for you and your tyke.

  • Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Miracle Brett was super excited about carrying Oliver in a front pack. To me, it looked terrifying. What if I didn’t get him in there right and he fell out or I suffocate him? I was hesitant to try it. But after a few weeks at home, I was wanting to get a few things done around the house and possibly walk on the treadmill for a while. I pulled out the baby carrier, strapped it on and gently placed my baby in it. He loved it! After about 10 minutes of wearing it, he usually would fall asleep. I wore it around the house, on walks and even for an easy hike near our house.

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    Oliver and I rocking the Baby Bjorn on a hike.

  • Baby Brezza Formula Pro One Step Bottle Maker – For anyone who gives their baby formula, this is a lifesaver. When our little guy is hungry, he is ready for dinner right now, and he will let you know that. This nifty device makes a bottle with the perfect amount and temperature in less than 30 seconds. And it’s wonderful for parents waking up for feedings at 4 a.m. It’s a little pricey, but definitely worth the expense.
  • Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat – When we registered for baby items, I received a lot of advice about what other moms loved and loathed. Many suggested getting a bouncy chair over the swing, but every baby has their personal preference. When Oliver was a newborn, he didn’t like the bouncy chair we received. He would sit in it for a few minutes before he started to get upset. Brett bought this swing, thinking he might like it better. Place him in the swing, and he usually stays conked out for a couple hours. Hallelujah! Oliver’s daycare has a swing that is similar to this that he naps in frequently – we’re talking three-hour naps! The kid loves swinging. 🙂
  • Eddie Bauer Slumber & Soothe Infant Baby Newborn Rocker Sleeper – My sister recommended we get a rock ‘n play for the baby to sleep in for the first few months of life. If Oliver is sleeping, he is usually either in a rock ‘n play or a swing (both at home and at daycare). I love this particular choice because it’s gender neutral (for future little ones), you can easily clean the pad the baby lies on by just throwing it in the wash and it vibrates!

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    Look how happy he is in his rock ‘n play! 🙂

  • Cloth diapers as burp cloths. My mom suggested this to me before we had Oliver, and I thought it sounded weird. I went ahead and bought cute, patterned burp cloths. We didn’t have quite enough, so I decided to try cloth diapers, too. As far as burp cloths go, they are our favorite. They are wider than the burp cloths and are super absorbent. Always listen to Mom!
  • Fisher Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub. I swear I registered for three different tubs before finally getting this one. And it was the right choice for us! The sling for newborns is wonderful, so they can lay in the tub without flopping over or sinking into the water. It also adapts as your baby grows so they can lay in the tub and sit in the seat. We love it.
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    These are just a few of the items that we loved for our newborn, and many of the items we continue to use for our four-month-old. What are items you couldn’t live without when parenting a newborn?

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