Tendril Tuesday: Transitioning Hair Update


Tendril Tuesday: Transitioning Hair Update


I’m 10 months into my transition now. (Last touchup was May 9, 2014) I don’t know how long I’ll end up transitioning, but I’m going at least a year for sure. I’m used to dealing with two textures, especially since I did a 22 month transition before. I do dislike having the straight ends and top layer, with my springy curls hidden underneath, but it is what it is. It’s growing and eventually will be back to all-natural curls.

Length Check:

March 1st. This is my starting point.  My hair is currently just above collarbone length. I’m going to straighten and take starting photos so I can track my growth again. Feels like forever since I have done a length check, doesn’t it?! I’m over the post-partum hair loss (and stress hair loss), and that’s starting to get filled back in too.

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I’ve been slacking.

I admit. A deep conditioner hasn’t been slapped on my head in a while.

My plan is to start doing them again on Sundays.

Right now my regimen is:

Shampoo once a week. Co-wash 2-3 times a week. Rinse with water otherwise.

I wet my hair daily, but I don’t necessarily wash it daily. (I do use my fingertips to rub my scalp and detangle daily though.)

Moisturize daily and use coconut oil (or another oil) daily, then style and go.


I either wear it pulled back in a bun, or a bun with a front twist/front braid, or out loose with a headband.

It’s too short and evenly cut to wear out without a headband. If I do I get that triangle shape that I personally don’t like.

I admit I have not been experimenting at all with styles. I have zero desire to spend time on my hair with everything else pulling at my time.


I finally unpacked all my hair products and tools. I have SO much still. So I’m on operation use-up. It’s going to take a while. I’ve put myself on a hair product shopping ban. (even though I just got a great deal on some Pantene and Herbal Essences) I doubt I’ll have to buy anything (other than deep conditioner) this year!

As for tools:

This Fabulous Comb is all I’m really using.

And of course my scarf and satin pillowcase


I officially decided to start growing my hair out again to donate.

I’m steadfast in my decision not to cut until mid-July, when I’m back in NYC for BlogHer and can go to my fave stylist. Last trim was 9/10/14 so I’m long overdue. I’m not sure if I’ll end up cutting away all the relaxed hair and BC (I’m not donating any permed hair)….. or if I’ll just trim, shape it with layers, and color it. But either way, no scissors are coming near my head until then. I’m firm in that decision and not wavering.

What’s up with your hair lately?

Link up with me for Tendril Tuesday! Let’s talk hair!

#MindRightMonday On My Grind Edition

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Happy Monday Girls!

My weekends zoom by so fast it’s ridiculous. How was your weekend? Are you ready for the week?! I hope so … cuz it’s here anyway! :)

Let’s see, my sweet Kaya girl had to go to the hospital Saturday morning. She’s developed pink eye from her never ending cold / sinusitis. The doc said (in the most “oh by the way” manner ever) that conjunctivitis is often a precursor to the flu or a very severe respiratory infection.  Great! Thanks doc. She was like “don’t be alarmed if you see fevers spiking so high you feel you should bring her in. Just give her a little advil.” WTF!!

So baby girl is sick, and baby boy is coughing up lungs.

I tell you, my kids have been sick since December.


Roey gets cold after cold, I’m guessing from day care. And Kaya gets whatever Roey brings back.

I’ve gone ONE week without a pediatrician visit (I actually made it a goal one Mind-Right Monday lol)

It’s really frustrating that I don’t have magical powers to just ZAP the sickies out of them.

If a genie pops out of a bottle for me, for one of my wishes I’m asking for the power to just zap healing energy at people. Then I’d just walk through hospitals zapping people until security catches me and runs me out of the place. (Then I’d sneak back in when security changes shifts and commence the zapping.) I’d go on a world tour of health zapping to every corner of the earth. How awesome would that be. Everyone in perfect health, and can get on with living a well life.



My weekend was fast. But I’ve been on my grizzy (grind). S-l-o-w-l-y getting the house together, and getting my biz stuff together. (More on that later this week)

OK SO how I fared with last week’s goals:

  • Keep “done” list 
  • Get fully unpacked
  • Start preparing for Kaya’s birthday party
  • Start Insanity Max 30 (yeah…..)
  • Work on writing projects
  • Work on Roey potty training

I am OK with this. My done list is SUPER long, so I don’t mind seeing the red items here.

This week’s goals:

  • Keep Kai and Ro separated until contagious time ends
  • Set up home office
  • Start Insanity Max: 30! (side eye’s self)
  • Get all laundry done, and put away.
  • Unpack fully (additional side eye)
  • Not have to go to pediatrician
  • Start planning DaniFaust.com in earnest
  • Sell fridge
  • Get photoshoots scheduled
  • Create new cleaning schedule for John and I
  • Continue potty training efforts (I got Roey’s school on board!)
  • Write, write, write.
  • Carve out dedicated alone time with MeMyselfandI, John, Ro and Kai
  • Find a good designer

It’s going to be a busy week. I wake at 6, but I’m going to have to start waking at 5:30 to pack in all I need to pack in.

I am super grateful for:

  • Family and friends
  • Kai getting braver with walking
  • My kids health overall
  • Modern medicine
  • My day job
  • My business(es)
  • The interwebz
  • Coupons!! (I saved $13 with clipped coupons at the grocery yesterday! #bestfeelingever)
  • Coffee
  • A huge opportunity I received this week
  • The future
  • The present
  • My past
  • Our yard, and Rohan LOVING it
  • Having nice neighbors
  • Walmart
  • Options
  • Shakeology
  • ABCMouse.com
  • My health and well being
  • John

I’m wishing you a great Monday, and an excellent week.


The Done List — #FitnessFriday


Fitness Friday is all about wellness, and today I’m talking about something beneficial to my mental health and wellness.

I mentioned on Monday that I have a problem with seeing all I’ve actually done. I tend to look at all that’s left to do…and as a mom, wife, full time employee, business owner… there is always TONS left to do.

So, I’ve implemented a new plan…

You already know I love organizing and list-making.

There’s nothing better than Xing out something on your to do list after completion…

Well now, I’ve started a “Done” list.

I like looking at this one more. It just feels better. Seeing a list of all I’ve accomplished hits me in the heart versus seeing the to do list looming (even with items crossed off) which hits me in the gut or the head.

Another benefit of creating a “done” list in lieu of (or in addition to) a to do list…is that I tend to list things that I completed, that I didn’t put on my to do list.

I read to Rohan, but that’s not a to do list item. I’ll add it to my done list simply because, well, it got done.

That makes the Done List that much longer, and that much more satisfying.

It’s only been a little over a week so far, but I love having my Done List.

What have you done today?

Make your list, read it at the end of the day when you’re prepping for tomorrow. I guarantee you’ll feel super productive!

Wordless Wednesday: Red Wagon Edition

Last night we had some fun with our Radio Flyers :)

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Baby Girl Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas

Oh Pinterest, how you make my life so much better. How you inspire me to do cute things I’d never think up myself.
And…dearest Oriental Trading…. how you make things so affordable…
Well, Kaya’s turning one. Can you believe how fast this year went?!
Her birthday party theme is going to be butterflies.
Why butterflies? Well…cuz… I like butterflies lol.
We don’t have a themey nickname for her.
Rohan was nicknamed Sharkie, so a shark theme worked perfectly.
Kaya…not so much.
My cousin calls her the thug princess (not very good for a 1 year old)
John and I call her Onna. Short for On a mission….which is how she looks when she’s powercrawling and powercruising around the house like a mad woman.
Side note: Kaya’s name was going to be Ananda, but I didn’t want to call her Ana or Ani for short…and now I’m calling her Ana after all… ::sigh::
She also doesn’t have a lovey yet, or anything she seems particularly drawn to.
So… butterflies it is.
Look at some of my inspiration.
Now, I’m no crafty mama, so my party’s going to be way more simple.
It’ll be a backyard BBQ just like we had for Ro’s first birthday party.
(It’ll also be the first event thrown at our home, and I”m full of anxiety because we have zero places for people to sit!!)
I’m thinking an easy menu of BBQ burgers, dogs, chicken, veggies, a fruit salad, salad, chips n salsa/guac and that’s it…. ok and maybe ribs… (My family has this thing of overcooking, and making enough food to feed four cities… it’s crazy. Not on my watch.)
Of course we’ll do cake and cupcakes.
We’ll have some games for the kiddies, and cute butterfly wings ‘n stuff….gotta figure out the goodie bag gifts…
One thing I think I’m going to do is hire a photographer. We’ll see. (Depends on if my free photographer – read: my brother – will be coming into town for it.) I’m debating it…

What was your children’s first birthday theme?

Did you throw a big party or do something different?