3/1/16 - 4/1/16 | NESHEAHOLIC

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Take a Break

Take a break.

I have been working non-stop. Between my 9-5, blog work, holding down the fort while my husband recovered from an appendectomy, and about three other projects, I've been working a lot. I'd begun to settle in to a place where I felt like working all the time was just how life had to be. 

This weekend my mom and her husband came to visit so I did no work for two complete days. It was glorious. We had fun, we played games, we ate, we drank, we shopped. I spent a lot more time just looking at and engaging with my daughter. I realized there has not been enough quality time between Hubs and I. 

I'm so happy they visited. They allowed me to take a break. They allowed me to be happy from just living life where for the past few weeks my happiness has mainly been derived from crossing things off my to-do list. 

As I settle back into routine I'm trying to figure out a way to give myself more completely work free time. Perhaps that's a no work on Saturdays policy, I'm not sure yet. What I do know is that I want more days like this weekend. More carefree and fun times. More time away from my phone and computer. More of the time that really matters. 

When is the last time you took a break?
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nesheaholic Favorite Things Giveaway


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I'm really excited about how my online networks have grown! I've shared many products that I use in my DIYs or that are part of my beauty routine. I want to take this opportunity to give away a few of those items. One lucky winner will win: 

Materials for a DIY Reed Diffuser 
4 ounce bottle of Almond Oil
Set of six essential oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon grass, Orange, Peppermint and Tea Tree
Set of 30 black rattan reed diffuser sticks

My Three Favorite Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips
Tulle
LAX
Zipper

Organic Hibiscus Petal Powder 
You can use this in your Homemade Protein Treatment recipe for your hair. It can also be used to make your own blush or eye-shadow.

Planner
Using a planner since the New Year has really helped me with life. This planner should help jump-start your organization and planning. 

$15 Amazon Gift Card
I love Amazon. I do the majority of my online shopping through them. I even have an Amazon store with my curated picks in the areas of hair products, baby products, books, cloth diapering, and sweaters. 

Entering is simple. Use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends 4/6/2016. Good luck and thank you. :-D

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Taste the Madness

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GreatTasteTourney #CollectiveBias

How do you prepare for the Madness? Have you filled out brackets with coworkers, friends or family?  What kind of snacks do you make to get ready for the Big Tournament? We always stock up on Coke Zero and OREOs, and come up with ways to make them fun while we watch the games.

When you buy Coke Zero and Nabisco products, like OREO, at Albertsons, Safeway and other banners (Tom Thumb, Acme, Shaws, Pavillions, Star Market etc.) you can enter to win tons of cool basketball themed prizes… even a chance to attend some of the final games! 

Available Prizes:
64 Coca-Cola ZeroTM Cap & Basketball 
32 Over the Door Basketball Hoop 
16 Albertsons $50 Gift Card 
8 Electronic Basketball Game
4 10 ft Basketball Goal 
2 Gift Card for TV/Surround Sound System 
1 Trip for 4 to the 2017 NCAA® 
Men’s Final Four® in Phoenix



ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!


        HOW TO ENTER:
1. Purchase participating* Coca-Cola or NABISCO products
2. Upload a photo of your receipt showing your qualifying product purchase
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4. Receive 1 entry per qualifying purchase for a chance to win prizes!

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  • NABISCO is the Official Cookie & Cracker of the NCAA®
  • Coca-Cola Zero™ is the Official Fan Refreshment of the NCAA®
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

What do I use in my hair?


*This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more information. 

"What do you use in your hair?" That is a question I get asked very often. The answer varies depending on time of year or how I'm styling my hair, but I'd like to share my staple products. While I try and use many different products, these are the products I re-purchase.

Before I get into product choices I have to make note of my methods of hair care. First off, I very rarely, maybe once every two months, use tools on my hair. Instead of brushes or combs I simply use my fingers. I detangle my hair with my fingers, I smooth it down with my hands. I've found over the years that using hair tools almost always leads to more hair breakage than using my hands. Detangling your hair with your fingers allows for a more gentle approach, and you can feel your way through knots and tangles to get them out easily.  

My product application method is also important. I use the L.O.C. Method. L.O.C. stands for Liquid. Oil. Cream. The premise of the method is applying products in order of liquid first (water, and any product that has water listed as the first ingredients), oil second, and then a cream or butter. This is the order in which I apply products. 

I should also note that I do not always use shampoo. I "wash" my hair every 1 - 2 weeks, sometimes with shampoo and sometimes with just conditioner (co-washing). 

Now that all of the methods are out of the way, here is what I use in my hair, when, how, and why.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser {BUY}


When I use it: When my hair isn't dirty enough for shampoo but isn't clean enough to just co-wash.

How I use it: I wet my hair and separate it into four sections. I then apply the product to each section one at a time and finger detangle my hair. I put each section in a Bantu knot while I shower then rinse it out.

Why I like it: It gives good slip for detangling, cleans my hair and scalp,and leaves my hair moisturized.


Jamaican Black Castor Oil {BUY}


When I use it: After I initially wash my hair. For me it's way too thick to put on anything other than soaking wet hair. 

How I use it: I put it on top of whatever leave-in conditioner I put in after my hair is washed. (The O. in the L.O.C. method)

Why I like it: It prolongs the initial moisture I get from a fresh wash so that I don't need to moisturize my hair again for a few days.


Eden BodyWorks All Natural Deep Conditioner {BUY}


When I use it: If my hair is very dirty I will use this after shampoo. If my hair isn't that dirty then I will use this is a co-wash and deep conditioner. 

How I use it:  I section wet hair into small sections and apply to each section finger detangling as I go. I then put my hair up into a bantu knot and let the product sit while I shower. Then I rinse it out. 

Why I like it: It moisturizes my hair so well. I can see my curls pop as soon as I apply it.


As I Am Leave-in Conditioner {BUY}


When I use it: This is the first thing I apply to my hair after washing (the L. in the L.O.C. method).

How I use it: I usually apply it in four sections to make sure I get product throughout my whole head.

Why I like it: It has a lot of slip and gives my hair immediate shine when I put it in.


As I Am DoubleButter Cream Rich Daily Moisturizer {BUY}


When I use it: This is the last thing I put on my hair after washing (The C. in the L.O.C. Method). 

How I use it: For this I sometimes put it on in sections, other times I just apply it all over my hair, concentrating on the ends. I'll also use this to twist my hair if I'm putting in mini twists to wear. 

Why I like it: This stuff is so creamy and delicious. It makes my hair moisturized and shiny, and I get a few days before I need to moisturize again. 

What do you use in your hair?
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Easy Brunch Omelette Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HowDoYouHash #CollectiveBias

Easy Omelette Muffins

I love a good brunch. There is something special about that space between breakfast and lunch that allows for good conversations and fun times. Brunch is the chance for a special hearty meal you don't get on a normal day. That being said, if you are the brunch host you can find yourself missing all the fun while you're flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs. I'm a fan of omelette muffins for brunch. They allow everyone to have a customized omelette, and give the host a chance to step away from the stove, or make the other dishes simultaneously. Omelette muffins are very simple.

Ingredients

6 Eggs
Non-stick cooking spray
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
3 Strips of Bacon
1 Small Green Pepper
2 Tablespoons of Milk
Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika to taste. 

These ingredients are entirely negotiable. The number of eggs you use is the number of muffins you will make. For the mix-ins choose whatever omelette toppings your friends and family love and increase the amounts accordingly for the number of people you are serving. With this batch I chose green peppers, bacon, cheese, and HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash.



The first time I ever had corned beef hash was a complete accident. I sent Hubs to the store for a corned beef and a head of cabbage to make a corned beef and cabbage dinner. I wanted an actual corned beef cut of meat, but he returned home with a can of corned beef hash! While I had to improv dinner that night, the next morning I decided to add the hash to our scrambled eggs, and it was delicious. This is how my love for the combo of eggs and corned beef hash began. It is flavorful and fills you up. HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash makes a great addition to a special breakfast or brunch. 


To prep for your muffins: 
1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Whisk your eggs together with your milk and seasonings
3. Brown and crumble your bacon
4. Chop your green pepper into small pieces
5. Brown your corned beef hash
6. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray

To make it easy for your guests to craft their omelette muffins set your mix-ins up in small bowls next to your muffin tin and allow each person to fill their muffin cup(s) with their preferred items. Once you're mix-ins are in, fill each cup with your egg mixture to just below the rim of the muffin pan. 



Bake your muffins for 25 minutes. They will puff up in the oven and deflate just a bit when you take them out. Allow the muffins to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them, and enjoy!

muffin omelette


omelette muffins




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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Date Night Vlog

Happy Sunday! Here's a little bit of weekend shenanigans from The Whites.  Have a wonderful week!



What are you looking forward to in the coming week(end)?



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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Homemade Hair Protein Treatment

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Protein treatments strengthen your hair and help to combat breakage. There are plenty of protein treatments you can purchase from the store, but I have a simple recipe using items that are probably already in your fridge. 

Ingredients: 
1 Egg
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Hibiscus Petal Powder*

The egg conditions the hair and has a lot of protein, the yogurt helps to strengthen damaged hair, and the hibiscus petal powder promotes hair growth and decreases hair shedding. 

Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon and apply it to your hair by hand in small sections. Place a shower cap on for at least 20 minutes to let the treatment soak into your hair. Rinse out the treatment, condition your hair as you normally would and proceed with your usual styling process. 

After the treatment you should find your hair smoother and shinier, and experience less breakage. 


Do you use a protein treatment on your hair?
Store-bought or homemade?
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