Review: L’Oreal Mousse Absolue

I have a confession. This is not my real hair colour… yes, I dye my hair lol. Actually it’s as close as I can get to my real hair colour which is a really rich dark brown. To the naked eye it’s black.

In my much younger days when I was finally free to dye my hair, I had a really bad experience and stopped dying it after that.
I asked for nice caramel highlights all over my head but ended up with blonde locks all over instead. The “stylist” had left the dye in far too long and it caused irreparable damaged resulting in my hair just breaking off. I slowly did some colour correction back to a darker colour and have since stopped dying my hair. No I will not show you any pictures!

Fast forward about 12 years, a crazy amount of stress, a baby and a new house, I found my first grey hair. Well really I found it a couple years ago after my son was born lol. What started out as one quickly multiplied. They’re all currently located at the sides of me head but are hidden beneath the top layers of hair. The only time anyone see’s them is when I have my hair in a ponytail… until now; they’ve started coming up around my face. I dyed my hair a couple times last year to hide them but have since gotten a little lazy (and busy!). I didn’t want to pay $100 at the salon so I thought I’d try the drugstore variety.

L'Oreal Mousse Absolue

L’Oreal Mousse Absolue

I forgot to take a before pic of all the nasty greys… my bad!

I was watching tv one day and the commercial for this new L’Oreal reuseable hair dye came on. The one thing I didn’t like about dying my hair at home was getting the dye all over the place. My mom and sister dye their hair at home and back when I was still living at home, there was dye ALL OVER the bathroom.
I went out to buy a box of the Mousse Absolue and decided to give it a go. At the time, their website was also offering a $3 off coupon so I printed one off, waited till it went on sale and ended up paying $10 + tax for it.
I have medium length hair and the box says for medium length you will have one application plus one touch up. Depending on how much you use you can probably make it last for 3 applications. I went with the darkest brown they had and it matched my hair perfectly. If I was only doing the greys and roots, I could have probably easily gotten 4 uses out of it.

This is actually the first time I’ve done a home-dye but I’m pretty happy with the product and results. Application is very easy and is pretty much mess free.

DIY: Shower Curtain

I’m not a really great crafty DIY-er. Everything I want to make always looks better in my head than it does when it’s finished. But one of the things that I am pretty proud of is the shower curtain that I made for Hub’s bathroom downstairs. The entire downstairs area (excluding the crawl space and laundry room) is actually “his area” lol. He laid claim to it when we decided to buy the house.
The idea was that because the lower floor is a cold zone, hubs would be using that bathroom in the summer for showers etc to refrain from waking the baby. That never actually happened. In fact the only time that shower was used was when I was giving the dog a bath. Somewhere along the way that bathroom had turned into a home brewery. Don’t ask.

To shield our guests from the unsightly mess down there (and with the intention that SOMEONE would at some point be using the shower, I wanted to put up a shower curtain. I decided on the colour navy blue and wanted a blue and white stripped curtain. Finding it proved a little harder. It was either the width of the stripes wasn’t what I wanted or when I did find what I like, it was too expensive. Hubs had bought me a sewing machine for Christmas a couple years back so I decided to put it to use.

Navy and white stripped shower curtain

Navy and white stripped shower curtain

This project was actually pretty easy. The inspiration for it actually came from Pinterest. This was EXACTLY what I wanted. I bought the fabric from Fabric.com and it’s the Bekko home decor line from Michael Miller. The tutorial I used to make it can be found here.

I didn’t punch holes in the fabric and used grommets, instead I just bought regular curtain clips to hang it.

The whole project cost me about $45 because I also bought the fabric when it was on sale.

Cost
Fabric: $35
Thread: $2
Curtain Clips: $7

Say Hello To My Little Friend!

Meet Spike!

Meet Spike!

We have a new house mate! Every time we go to a plant nursery I always look for these little guys. They’re air plants and about as maintenance free as a cactus. They range in price from $2.99-$20 depending on the size, variety and where you buy it. This little guy was $5 and is about the size of my palm.

I’ve always wanted to get one but something always stopped me. Then one of my co-workers showed up to work with one and has it on her desk. So the next time we hit the nursery again, I finally got myself one. I try to spray it with water every 2-3 days and it’s recommended to be soaked in water once every 2 weeks.

I’m more of an outdoor flower planter type of gal but we do have a variety of house plants at home. Hubs insisted we place a plant in each room of our house to “clean” the air since our house was brand new when we moved in and still had the smell of paint and we had an infant. Currently, there’s a Peace Lily and Rubber Tree plant on the kitchen counter in front of a window and there’s my Coffee Tree plant on the floor next to the balcony door.
Upstairs we have a fern in the master bedroom and a Snake plant in Riley’s room. In the basement we have an Aloe Vera… that’s in need of some serious watering and a bigger pot (oops!).

We were in Ikea one day, a year and a half ago, hubs decided that we needed a plant in the living room. He was eye-balling two plants so I compromised and said he can get only ONE. He decided on an Elephant plant. A couple days later, hubs was at work and I had just fed the baby and he was down for his first nap. I was walking back into the kitchen to put my breakfast dishes away when I noticed something off the corner of my eye. This is what I saw:

What the hey?!

What the hey?!

I stood there immobilized for a couple minutes just STARING at it. I was trying to figure out if it was alive and where it had come from. It was mid-September at the time and we lived at the bottom of the woods so I thought the little thing might have found it’s way inside our house when we had the door open somewhere.

Is it trying to jump at my jugular??

Is it trying to jump at my jugular??

I backed away from the kitchen sink and ran into the living room to grab my phone. I sent a text to hubs saying “There’s a lizard in the house!!!” Needless to say his first thought was if I had smoked something. I sent him the two pics and he was as flabbergasted as I was. I called him telling him that there is indeed a LIVE lizard in the kitchen… he couldn’t believe it. We got off the phone and hubs sent me another text telling me to trap it lol. I didn’t know if the lizard would jump at me or get frighten and make a run for it when I got close so I grabbed a small water glass and trapped it.

Trapped!

Trapped!

I didn’t know if it would have enough air to breath in there and I didn’t have anything small enough to lift the cup to let it breathe without it escaping so I would periodically lift the cup up and let some air in. Hubs talked to some people at his work and they concluded that the lizard had hitched a ride on the Elephant plant from Ikea and had been roaming around our house for the last couple of days. One of hubbies co-worker’s sister actually works at Ikea and she said that it happens all the time. Every now and then the stores would have a gecko infestation and they would have to wait till the store closes and trap them.
I didn’t want to let the little thing loose and freeze to death outside and we didn’t want it destroyed (which would have happened if we had called the wildlife number) so hubs bought a small tank to house it in with some live crickets, until we could find a new home for it.
Luckily one of hub’s co-workers roommates wanted it so he took him home. Hubs named it Sven while it was living with us and apparently he’s thriving in his new home and has grown quite a bit!

Needless to say I check ALL our new indoor plants for stowaways now!

Santa Pics 2014

Yes I know I’m about 3 months late lol. Things got pretty busy for us before the xmas holidays last year and now I have a lot of catching up to do!

I’m trying to make it a yearly tradition (like every other parent out there) to take Riley out and take Santa pics. The year he was born was great. We had my immediate family and we took pics all together. This year we couldn’t make the schedule work so it was just the 3 of us.

Here we are waiting in the line up:

Trying to keep the kid occupied

Trying to keep the kid occupied

We made sure that Riley was well rested and had his lunch before heading to the mall. I think we were in line for about 30-45mins.

My fav pic of the two

My fav pic of the two

And cue the tears!

This is not the smile of a happy child

This is not the smile of a happy child

I knew there would be crying and tears, I just didn’t expect the immediate reaction! I thought I would try putting Riley on Santa’s lap and see if he would notice. Usually there’s a good 10-15 seconds before the kids realize they’re sitting on a stranger’s lap but Riley’s response was immediate. The second I took my hands off him the screeching started… and wouldn’t stop even when I held him and put him on my lap lol. Not even a candy cane stopped the tears. His face was as red as a tomato. The only time I had seen him that upset was… well, never.

The Santa was a good sport though. Didn’t seem fazed at all with the screaming and tears. His smile was in place the whole time and was very pleasant throughout. But I guess having a gig like that, one would have to have an ocean’s amount of patience and an intense love of young kids.

Maybe this year? Lol