opinions needed! time for some hair tutorial videos?

Since cutting my hair short over a year ago, I've had so much fun experimenting and learning how to style it. I'd never had pixie-short hair before and it's been quite the adventure figuring it all out. I've cut more times than I can count, dyed it even more than that, and really just been having a blast playing. 

Based on the popularity of my hair posts on Instagram, I've been contemplating doing some hair tutorial videos here on the blog. I'm so over this DIY trend that everyone and their dog jumped on once Pinterest was invented because I feel like it kind of sucked the life out of blogging and turned a lot of genuine bloggers with good content into traffic pushers...but I really feel like this may be a subject I know a little bit about, have some good ideas on and I think some of you may be interested in.

I've been trying to find my blogging chi lately, searching for what it is that I have to say or what I can say that is a reflection of who I am. I mean, my favorite bloggers are the ones who do what they're good at, and bring us all along for the ride. I owe a lot of what I know about short hair to random youtube videos. Pictures just don't do it for me, I need to see someone doing it to actually be able to replicate it myself.

What do all of you out there in readerland think? Would you be up for seeing some videos of me try to show you how I do some of these hairstyles? I can't promise the videos won't be awkward. Because they'll probably be SUPER awkward, so at the very least they might be entertaining?

a break from momhood #happymamamovement

2014 has been busy. Not busy as in, our family has a lot going on but busy as in - I have so much I want to do but I'm just trying to be a mom right now and so I feel this constant pull in a million directions - busy. 

My Happy Mama Moment this month? When I got to take a break from being a mom for a weekend. And I just got to be a person. A person who walks down the street by herself to get coffee in the morning. A person who goes shopping with the girls. A person who goes out for drinks with friends and laughs until it hurts. 

Earlier this month I took 2 of my girlfriends (Courtney and Kristine) with me on a trip to Portland. Let's not forget, Portland is where my heart is and it was like falling in love all over again once we got there. Have you ever been somewhere you just knew you were supposed to be? That's Portland for me. I barely lived there but feel like it's where I'm from.

We walked around the city, ate amazing food, had a few drinks and some girl-talk. I really needed a break, a weekend to pretend I was an actual adult person again, not just someone who wipes shitty pants of 4 year olds who still shit their pants. 
I got to see Jenn, who I hadn't seen for over a year since we moved from Portland. I missed her so much and we picked right up where we'd left off. This is proof of finding the perfect friends - when you can be apart for so long and it's like you never were. I also got to finally meet Shannon (although I felt like I already knew her...oh internet) and we became instant friends. 

Friends are good. Since moving across the country a few years ago it's been really difficult for me to make new friends. Without having a job, there isn't much of a way for me to get introduced to new social circles. I knew absolutely no one but it's slowly getting easier to find my place and people like me.

My Happy Mama Moment this month came when I wasn't being a mom. It came over cocktails and food with gravy on it. 

Join in and share your Happy Mama Moment from this month!

Stitchfix #8

Y'all, it's been AWHILE since I blogged last. But you can be sure my monthly Stitchfixes to give me something to write about.

If you haven't heard of Stitchfix here are the deets: 
1) Go the link, sign up and fill out all the info they ask for about your personal tastes, they'll hook you up with a stylist who'll send you a box with 5 items that they think will look great on you, based on what you tell them.
2) Pay a $20 styling fee which includes the box shipped to you and goes toward your purchase should you choose to keep anything in the box. 
3) Get your box (which you can set up on auto for once a month or schedule them as you wish) and try on your items! You have 3 days to decide and there's a free shipping bag included to send back what you don't want.

I can't say enough about how much I love this service. I look forward every month to what surprise I'm going to get in my box and just really enjoy trying clothes on from the comfort of my own home. Oh, and let's not forget the outfit suggestions they send with each piece, so you know exactly how to wear it and can find things from your closet to put together.

Here's what I got this month:

This dress is lightweight, flowy and II really like the fun patterns. As a mom, I'm not crazy about the short length and with the boys I'd probably wear some shorts underneath. Right now it's a little bit cool out, and I'd probably pair this with a jacket of some sort but wanted to show the dress so added a hat/scarf/tall boots to warm it up a little bit. The only thing I'm not crazy about with this one is the sleeves. I have wide shoulders and anything other than a longer sleeve or no sleeve at all just makes my shoulders look wider.

I really like the faux-leather sleeves on this shirt. Other than that, it's just too short and too boxy for me. I did my best to dress it up a little bit, the style of the shirt is awesome but the shape is just not for my body.

This dress fits like a dream and I love the bright colors. Once again, it's a little short but it's great for this time of year when I can pair it with tights and boots and feel covered up!

I definitely love me a good denim jacket. This one has lots of stretch in it and is good for wide shoulders like mine. The color is great and yeah. I really like this one.

UM, Stitchfix has BAGS now. This was the first one they've sent me and omg hearteyesallovertheplace. Seriously. The color, and the zipper detail is to die for. It has an expandable zipper. The flap that folds over is another zipper pouch. It zips closed inside. There's also 2 straps, one long that detaches and a shorter one for over the shoulder. My favorite stitchfix item so far I think.

Want to give it a try? There's nothing to lose, even if you only do it once, it's a super fun experience. GO HERE to read more and sign up!