Daily Archives: January 3, 2012

Project Scale Down: Day 1 & Brazil Butt Lift

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Yup, it’s a project now. I picked up about 8 pounds over the holidays. Now, one or two of those are probably related to water weight, but there are some real fat pounds involved. So, Project Scale Down is to return to my ideal weight of 118-120 pounds (I’m 5’1″ with a medium frame) by the end of January and the end of the Hairscapades GOC.

For the next 28 days, I will do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. I was inspired by Chy’sCurlz, who is doing the Sparkpeople.com 28 Day Bootcamp. I’m not going to join that as I know what exercise routines/schedule works for me. So, I will be training with kettlebells, treadmill and the Brazil Butt Lift (BBL) DVD series. I will also be tuning into The Biggest Loser again as the newest season is starting right now! I don’t think that you can watch that show every week and sit on the couch doing nothing! It helped keep me motivated when I lost 25 pounds last year.

I will also post a brief work-out update after I complete my scheduled exercise plan each day. This will help motivate me (I hate failing) and keep me accountable because I know at least one person is watching ;).

Day 1:

  • 10 minute Abs of Steel routine (Tamilee Webb from the 90s, I SWEAR by it), a.m. 
  • 28 minute, low to medium intensity Cardio Axe/BBL routine, p.m. (Gotta ease my way back into this ;).) 

In case you’re interested, here’s a little snippet of Cardio Axe that I found on YouTube.

I’ll be posting a review of BBL soon!

So yeah, that’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!

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P.S. — I Made This …

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Okay, what do you guys know about this? If you’re like me about a week ago, NOTHING! But now, I’m preparing to reel in a new, time-consuming obsession! About a week ago, a work friend tells me about this blog and book, P.S. — I made this …. The concept for the site was to serve as a compilation of tutorials for all these pretty simple and clever fashion/accessory DIY projects. My first question? “Is there sewing involved? I don’t do sewing.” She quickly responds, “No, a lot of it doesn’t require any sewing!” No sewing involved?! I’m all on this!

So, I check out the site for a hot sec that evening and am intrigued. But I gotta write posts. So, off I go. The following day, the same friend brings in the book version of the blog. I flip through the first several pages, return the book to her and, by the end of the day, the order on Amazon had been placed ($12.76 on Amazon vs. the $18.95 list price).

So yeah, if you love fun, seemingly easy DIY projects and are looking for frugal ways to spice up your wardrobe, you may want to check this out!

First on my “to do” list? One of these ADORABLE headbands (the pink one is in the book and looks even cuter there … ok, a little sewing is required for this one)!!

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Are you a DIY Dynamo? Wanna be? What DIY projects have you tried and loved? Where do you get your ideas?

My Mom’s HairStory

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5/12/13: In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s an oldie but goodie ;)! Love my mom! She is the definition of SuperWoman. She raised 3 intelligent, successful, respectful and God-loving daughters, went back to school after the third daughter to get her degree and became a teacher while working full-time and running behind my dad to help take care of his farm and many horses (I’m talking, cleaning stalls, walking horses, building fences, etc.). My sisters and I still marvel at how she did it all. I hope one day to be 1/3 of the mom that she is and am so blessed and grateful to call her Mommy!!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOMMY!!! LOVE YOU MUCH!!! 

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Yes! You read that right! Mommy Hairscapades is in the house! LOL! I meant to do a natural hair interview with her on December 18th, when I saw her at a family get together. But, it got hectic and I never got the chance. Then, CurlyNikki re-blogged a post, Is There a Natural Hair Generation Gap? by Jor-El of Mane Man. I commented on the post using my mom as an example. That little exercise got me off of the pot and on the phone with my mom … and now and I have her hairstory to share with all of you!

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
My name is Florence and I’m a child of God, 59 years young, a wife, the mother of three great daughters and grandmother to a sweet and silly granddaughter. I was an elementary school teacher in the public school system for 28 years and retired in 2010, but will always be a teacher. (Shelli: I answered this for my mom because she skipped this question! *lol*)

How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I have had natural hair so long that I don’t remember when I went natural. I had a Jheri Curl for about 20 years before I went straight for a short time (too much maintenance). After that, I think I just had an Afro.

My mom is on the couch in light blue. That’s baby Shelli on my Mom-Mom’s lap!!

Did you transition from or big chop?
I wore a Jheri Curl until my hair would get too long and heavy to hold the curl. Then, I would cut my hair down to new growth. It would usually be cropped in the back and sides and longer on the top. My daughters would always ask me why did a get a curl when my hair was naturally curly. I have no idea.

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle?
As I have gotten older, gray hair is difficult to keep moist.

How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem?
I make sure that I don’t over wash my hair. I use a deep conditioner and change my products every couple months. My hair seems to get used to one product and it will no longer moisturize. My daughters also gives me advice on what products to try.

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I am really not a hair person. I get up in the morning, look in the mirror, pick it out with my fingers, put in a little moisture (if necessary) and off I go. I am not a hair person. If you don’t like your hair, buy a wig, get a weave, add extensions, you can even glue some in.

What is your current regimen? Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
I don’t do much of anything as a regimen. I wash, deep condition and moisturize about every two weeks in the winter, a little more often in the summer.

What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
What ever is CHEAP or what I can get from my daughters for FREE!!! I am now using Eco Styler Gel with Moroccan Argan Oil and S-Curl Moisturizing spray. The cold air causes my hair to dry out more than normal. The gel coats it and it stays moist for a couple days and holds the curl pattern.

What is your “go to” style (share a picture of it, if you have one!)? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?
NO!!! (Shelli: lol! She is a WnG type of lady. When it was longer, she’d wear it in a pony puff. She’d also pop on a fake curly ponytail in a minute! She had a bunch of them!)

How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)?
My hair was recently cut very short in the back and sides, longer on the top. I hadn’t had my hair trimmed in over 3 years. I think that, due to the fact that I don’t handle my hair a lot, I don’t develop split ends. My hair is still thick and full. Of course, the gray doesn’t like color. I have tried henna, but it was not for me. The process was very timely and I could not get the color right. I didn’t like looking like a carrot top.

Has going natural impacted other areas of your life (i.e. health & fitness, style, environmental consciousness, etc.?) If so, how and in what ways has it affected your lifestyle?
I think my hair reflects the no-nonsense attitude that I have. It is not controlled and neither am I. It is free and I am free-thinking. People are used to me having uncontrollable hair. They either like it or they don’t. It’s their problem.

Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
No!

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
Going natural is no big deal. Many older women (50 and up) now wear their hair short and natural. If you decide you want a change, just flat iron it straight, style and go. There are many options without always using chemicals.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
Try something new and different. You won’t know what you like until you have tried it. Don’t let your hair define you, define you hair.

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Thanks Mommy (yup, that’s what I call her ;))!! You’re the best! Love you much!!

You know, this is the second parent interview we’ve had on Hairscapades. The first was Wei’s interview with his dad. I’m loving reading these and I got a kick-out of my mom’s answers. I hope that you did too :)!

That being said, is your mother natural, transitioning, contemplating transitioning? Is/has your father watched you and/or your mother, siblings go/stay/be natural and has some opinions of his own? Well, why not grab a pen and pad, laptop, iPad … whatever … and send in your mom’s HairStory and/or your dad’s In His Eyes Interview?!

(p.s. I hope that this goes without saying, but if you’re a 50+ natural and Hairscapades follower, I want your HairStory too!! Just find the HairStory interview that works for you. However, if you think that I need more specific questions that speak to the 50+ naturals/transitioners/big choppers, drop me a line! I’m open to all suggestions!)

DNY Perfect Twist Duo Giveaway Reminder! *CLOSED*

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There’s only ONE DAY left for you to get in on this great giveaway! Don’t miss your opportunity to win!

Enter to win one of two Doris New York Perfect Twist Duos! What’s a Perfect Twist Duo you ask? It’s a full size Doris New York Leave-In Conditioner and Olive Oil Cream! I’ve only used the leave-in one time, but it immediately smoothed and moisturized my curls! And the Olive Oil Cream? LOVE IT!! It’s very moisturizing, without being heavy or greasy, and a little goes a long way.

So, what do you have to do to earn a chance to win???

  1. Like the Hairscapades Facebook page;
  2. Like the Doris New York Hair Care Products Facebook page.
  3. On the DorisNY page, tag Hairscapades by writing “@Hairscapades, I want the Doris NY Perfect Twist Duo!” on the wall.

and/or

  1. Follow @Hairscapades on Twitter.
  2. Follow @DorisNewYork on Twitter.
  3. Tweet “@Hairscapades, I want the @DorisNewYork Perfect Twist Duo!”

Do both and earn TWO chances to win! All followers, old and new, are eligible! Just make sure that you write and/or tweet the sentences listed above to enter!

Deadline: 1/11/12

Coming soon: January Giveaway and Discount Code announcements!

Good luck!!

Dollar Store Haul

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The other day, I mentioned in this post that I found the satin hair tie/scarf that adorned my retro swoop and French twist updo at my local Dollar Tree and I wanted to go back for the other color. I don’t know if you know this about me … but I love a deal and a steal ;)! So, of course I had to check out what else they had to offer along the line of affordable hair accessories!

Well, I found the above satin flower headbands and hair clips and had to get them. I saw the grey flowers first.

Although I’m not a fan of this type of metal clip (a strand inevitably gets caught and snagged/torn in the removal process), I figured that I could remove the clip and attach the flowers (which are backed by felt) to a different kind of clip or a headband. I could also attach a hair elastic and a pin like I demonstrated here. So, definitely worth a dollar. I was doubley psyched when I saw that they had the brown and pink flowers already attached to headbands!

Next, I picked up bendie satin hair ties/scarfs in solid black and in a white/black/brown leoparard (I passed on the B&W zebra print) and scooped up this cute, brown plaid bow headband!

Oh yeah! Watch out now Minnie Mouse!

Oh! And one last thing! I hate getting plastic bags in stores and have many reusable totes/bags to avoid this. However, unless I’m hitting the grocery store for a major trip, I inevitably forget them in the car! Well, I found the cutest little stow away totes that I can just throw in my purse, so that I’ll always have a bag on me for those quick shopping expeditions!


Cool, right? They  had this other really cute one that looked like a watermelon. But, they only had two left and they both were damaged. The clerk said they should be getting another shipment soon though. However, now that I think about it … do I really want to be pulling a watermelon out of my purse? Ahhhhhh hell nah …! Well … maybe. LOL!

Anyway, not a bad haul for $8.56, right?! I’m definitely going to be hitting the dollar stores to check out their hair accessory offering more often!

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Have you been to the dollar store lately? What finds have you scored?