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8.22.2014

Back to School 2014

I can't help it, I just have to share a few more of our fast and furious back to school pics that I snapped before we bolted out of the door on Wednesday morning.

I'll tell you what, a full-time job outside the home, Summer craziness and now an 8:00am school call time... is just about setting me into crazy mode.

I'm in bed by 9:00pm, and usually passed out by 9:15pm.
I'm already tired and it's only the third day of school. Anyone with me?

TGIF!

These girls are so amazing.
I was crazy worried about them, but come to find out, they are doing GREAT so far! Aubrielle got a little weepy this morning and said school makes her tired... which I assume all kiddos go through when transitioning from half day to all day school.
The twins love being in different classes too - who knew!? I definitely thought that would be harder then it turned out to be; so here's praying that the rest of this year goes as smoothly as the first 3 days
:)

Hope all of your kiddos are loving school, or getting pumped to go back soon!

xoxo

8.20.2014

So Many Firsts

School started today and there were a lot of firsts.

A brand new school, friends and teachers.

The twins are in different classes for the first time ever.
I think I'm having a much harder time with this concept than they are. It's bugging me.
I'm sure I'll get over it.

Aubrielle is now going to a whole day of school instead of just half days.


I'm not sure why I'm so worried about them this time around. I couldn't stop thinking about it on the way to work today.

Are they scared? Have they made friends with anyone yet? Will Aubrielle know what to do for lunch? Where do we pick them up once schools out!?

I know, I know. I just need to breathe and stop stressing. Everything will be fine. But... this is how I feel, and I think it's a Mom's job to let emotions and stress about her kiddos run this high; right?

I might just have a mild heart attack when my twins start middle school. 

Anyone else struggling this week with their kiddos starting a school new year?

xo

8.18.2014

Tips to Share for Back to School Hair!

Well, summer is officially coming to an end. Can you even believe it!? We've been playing like crazy and quite honestly haven't given much thought to our daily wardrobe or "hair situation". Who's got time for that, when you're jumping in and out of a pool or through sprinklers every other day!?

Now that school's starting in a few days, we're being forced to think about all those lovely routines that we'll have to get back into, as well as all the supplies that we'll need to make actually getting ready every morning now, that much easier.

If you're a Mom of girls, you KNOW how much more time and energy goes into getting those little chicks ready in the morning to walk out the door for school. ANYTHING that makes my life easier and the getting ready process faster, is a winner in my book. So here are a few of our faves.

The Product
All of my girls tend to have quite difficult hair. The only exception to this, is that the twins have completely adult-like hair, and kind of always have. It's super thick, coarse and wavy. Aubrielle's hair is a lot more fine, straight and usually tougher to get through, so having a great shampoo and conditioner for everyone, is vital.
We're loving the JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® 1-2-3 regimen for Aubrie's hair lately. This girl is beyond independent, so a NO MORE TEARS® shampoo and conditioning formula together is perfect for this chick. I never have to worry about stinging eyes if she gets a little carried away in the tub :)
The JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® leave-in conditioner is perfect for everyone's hair, especially towards the ends where hair tends to get dry and damaged and needs a little more nourishing. Last but not least, is the JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray. This stuff is a lifesaver, and works great on wet or dry hair.


The Tools
Good tools are super important too. We've tried a couple of different brushes throughout the years, and we've come to find that a large, flat, coated bristle paddle brush is by far the best for getting through a full day of crazy hair. If you start at the ends and work your way up, you have way less damage. Also, spritzing some of that JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray in the hair before brushing, is key!

For smooth ponytails, sectioning off braids or just getting a straight part, a rat tail comb will be your best friend. You can find them at beauty supply stores for as low as $.99 cents each. Make sure to get the kind with close "teeth", so you can get the smoothest look possible. 

As far as hot tools are concerned, we couldn't make it through our school year, without a great flat iron and three barrel. Straighteners are great for smoothing out the hair and getting a sleek finish, but they're also awesome for curling! Check out the tutorial I did with Aubrielle's hair a few months back. You'll never use a regular curling iron again!
To see other great hairstyles for small and big kids alike, go here and take a look. Also, check out this back to school hair slideshow of some great inspiration for more awesome hair ideas!

Accessorizing 
I guess you could call this the icing on the cake. Bows, flowers, headbands... we love them all! If you know me, then you know I'm particularly partial to the occasional Cozette Couture splurge. But for a more everyday option, I shop Groopdealz kids deals. They've always got super cute bows and pretty hair things - usually each running at only around $2-$5 each.
Cozette Couture pictured above, Groopdealz accessories below

What are YOUR favorite products and tools for back to school hair? Have you stumbled upon anything that you absolutely love and wish you could share with the rest of us Mom's!? Spill it! I'm always looking for new ideas and tricks to make the back-to-school-morning-grind a lot less tedious.

Compensation for this post was provided by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. via AOL Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnson & Johnson or AOL.

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