How to Use Reverse Shampooing to Make Your Hair Soft and Luscious

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Have you guys heard that shampooing too often is bad for your hair? It destroys the natural oils that your body produces and causes your hair to become dry and brittle. About 2 years ago, a sorority sister of mine told me about reverse shampooing.

The basic premise is that you use your conditioner to protect your hair while you wash it.

Make your hair more soft and luscious by reverse shampooing!!

If you condition your hair first, it will protect your hair from the shampoo. Based upon what type of hair you have (dry, oily, etc.) you can decide whether to rinse out any, some, or all of the conditioner before applying your shampoo.

I personally condition my whole head: roots to ends. I briefly rinse my hair in the water and then only shampoo my roots. When my hair is sufficiently clean, I rinse all of the product out of my hair.

This process leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth and it never looks oily (all the blondes out there know my pain).

This method is perfect for the everyday shower-er and the athlete, because you totally need to shower after running, but its awful for your hair to wash it every day.

Make your hair more soft and luscious by reverse shampooing!!

Along with shampooing properly, I also changed up the quality of product I used in my hair. I live and die by TRESemme Keratin Smooth. When I was in college I was using the cheap dollar store shampoo to save money and I regret it so much now!

TRESemme products are excellent and very reasonably priced for their quality. They also go on sale/have coupons often that can be stacked for major savings at CVS. 

What methods have you used to keep your hair game strong? Any one out there reverse shampoo? Leave a comment and let me know!!

blondie

Weekend To-Do List

Do you spend all weekend trying to get organized, just to end up in the same place Monday morning – struggling to make it to work on time? The kids clothes aren’t dry… Lunch isn’t ready… There’s cat fur all over everything…

Weekend To-Do List to make your Monday mornings easier!!

Use this Weekend To Do List to get your life organized on the weekend so that you can be ready and rearing to go bright and early Monday morning!!

Deal-Stacking Spreadsheet

Do you struggle with spending too much money on your groceries? There are definitely ways to save money such as meal planning, couponing, shopping the sales, and using rebate apps.

FREE Deal-Stacking Printable Spreadsheet to track sales, coupons, and rebate apps!

It was definitely something that I needed a little help with. That’s why I created this spreadsheet. I write down everything I’m shopping for and then make an X in the column where there is a cost-saving opportunity!!

This is an example of how I’ve used my sheet for a shopping trip to Target recently:

Enjoy and don’t spend all your money in one place, unless it’s Target, because they have the best deals!!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys (based on the Boyfriend Spectrum)

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for guys: gift ideas for husbands. gift ideas for fiance. gift ideas for boyfriend. gift ideas for crush. gift ideas for guy friends

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Such a sweet day spend with loved ones, only problem being that you’re going to receive a gift, which means that you are expected to give a gift. We’ve already discussed why shopping for guys is so hard, but now we have the added difficulty of giving the appropriate gift for where you are in a relationship.

Relationships today are difficult, and as annoyed as I was every time my mom asked if I was “going steady” with a guy, I wish it was that simple. I wish a guy would give you a letter jacket and that you would just be together, end of discussion.

Today there are like a million and a half relationship statuses. Therefore, I’ve put together a little list of…

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for guys: gift ideas for husbands. gift ideas for fiance. gift ideas for boyfriend. gift ideas for crush. gift ideas for guy friends

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys
(based on the Boyfriend Spectrum)

1. Friend

If you’re really good friends with a guy, you probably want to get him something for the holiday. Tread carefully though – if you get him something too nice, he might think that you have a crush on him (see “Crush”) or it might make him feel bad. On the other side, if you get him something too small and he gets you something nice, the opposite scenario might occur.

Some safe gift ideas for this guy are:

I don’t know why so many of those are Star Wars themed. I guess I’m just assuming that if he’s a friend and not your boyfriend he’s probably a dork. No shame in that though, my boyfriend is a huge dork and I still like him, sometimes. 

2. Crush

This one is a little harder. If he is just a crush, I’m assuming that you like him and he doesn’t like you back OR you like him and he doesn’t know. Either way, you need to play it cool, girl. Don’t go and buy him something really expensive and make it awkward for everyone involved. And for the love of all things Holy, do not buy him a stuffed animal. Just don’t. Guys don’t like them. They don’t think their cute. They think you are treating them like a little kid and that it’s weird. Trust.

Gift ideas for your crush are:

Remember. Be cool here. Don’t get your hopes up about any of it. Aim low and avoid disappointment.

3. Guys in the “talking” phase

For my older audience, the “talking” phase of a relationship is where both parties like each other, but they either refuse to admit it, or refuse to make it “official”. It’s silly and is usually caused by a guy who won’t commit or a girl who has been hurt before (probably by a guy who won’t commit).

Some ideas for this guy are:

So, clearly, some of these ideas are kinda passive aggressive. I have a personal disdain for the “talking” phase in a relationship, but sometimes it does transition into a relationship, so you gotta do it I guess.

4. New Boyfriend

Alright you got him to commit, good job. Got to make sure you don’t lose him now. You have to get him something nice enough that he knows you care but also can’t overdo it because it’s really awkward when he gets you a 3D printer and you make him a scrapbook. Again, trust.

The best gifts for new boyfriends are personal and show that you listen when they talk, or whatever…

5. Long-Term Boyfriend

Long-term boyfriends require a lot less stress and effort when buying gifts. You’ve been together long enough that you know what kind of things they appreciate. The issue, though, is that you’ve already bought him so many presents that it can feel like you’re running out of ideas. 

6. Fiancé

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now you’ve really been with this guy for a long time, but don’t worry, there’s still stuff for you to get him, such as:

When I was engaged (yes I was engaged briefly), we were so broke we decided Valentines would be handmade gifts and baked goods only. 

7. Husband

The best part about buying gifts for your husband is that you will get to enjoy the gift too! And since you are married, you probably have more money to throw around, and if you’re super lucky it’s his money you’ll be spending. All of that is kind of a joke. Husbands and dads put up with a lot and deserve something really special for Valentine’s Day and if there’s one thing I know about the men in my life it’s that they LOVE new technology.

Well there you have it. Gift ideas for every guy that you may or may not be dating.
I hope you enjoyed this list!!  
What are you getting for the special guy in your life? Please leave a comment and let me know!!

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The Ultimate List of Family Friendly Halloween Movies

You guys, TWENTY days until Halloween!! Can you believe it? And as you know, from our Ultimate Autumn 2016 Bucket List, we need to watch some Halloween movies.

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The following is the Ultimate List of Family Friendly Halloween Movies

  1. Hocus Pocus: Undeniably, one of the greatest and most relevant movies to come out of the 90’s. Combines comedy, historical facts, beautiful scenery, and real-life teenage issues with the most amazing things in the world: talking immortal cats.
  2. Halloweentown: One of the cutest and most family-friendly Halloween movies of all time. The Cromwell’s are #FamilyGoals and Aggie Cromwell is the absolute cutest. 
  3. Hotel Transylvania: As a daddy’s girl born and raised, this movie speaks to me on an emotional level. It’s the adorable tale of a father (Count Dracula) who just wants to protect his daughter. 
  4. Dark Shadows (2012): This one is geared towards a family with older kids. There are some scenes that are a little inappropriate and some that are a little scary. Might be a good movie for when the kids are out of the house though
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas: classic movie for both the Halloween season and Christmas season. Delightful story with an excellent Soundtrack.
  6. Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special: this is a huge family favorite at our house!! It combines a bunch of clips from the spookiest of all the Bugs Bunny episodes.
  7. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge: Almost as good as the original but everyone is older and less cute. 
  8. Coraline: Super creepy. Might scar really little kids, but interesting and good life lessons for older families.
  9. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie: Pooh and his friends set out on a fearsome journey to find a mysterious creature, a Heffalump
  10. Frankenweenie: Starts sad but very sweet movie about a boy’s relationship with his pup.
  11. The Little Vampire: I actually haven’t seen this one in years but I remember it from my childhood. Little Tony struggles to fit in after a move abroad until he befriends a vampire
  12. Phantom of the Megaplex: After a series of strange occurrences at a movie theater, an employee wonders if the random incidents aren’t actually random at all.
  13. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: Tim Burton movie similar to The Nightmare before Christmas where a man is dragged to the land of the dead right before his wedding (and depending on his bride, that might have been the better option, am I right?)
  14. Monsters, Inc: A family movie classic. Not creepy or spooky in any way, but monsters are kinda Halloweeny, right?
  15. Edward Scissorhands: Another Tim Burton film. In this one a man name Edward is outcasted for having scissors for hands. Relatable, right?
  16. ParaNorman: This is a cute story about a boy who can “see dead people” but not in the creepy Sixth Sense way. This is a cute one about how a boy misses his grandmother. Now that actually is relatable.
  17. Hotel Transylvania 2: Almost as cute as the original, but a little creepier. Count Dracula is quite the backseat parent-er, and because of which hilarity ensues.
  18. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: While Charlie and the gang are out trick or treating and planning to attend a party, Linus will be waiting in a pumpkin patch for The Great Pumpkin. A peanuts classic for all ages. We actually used to watch it in my high school art class the week of Halloween every year.
  19. Return to Halloweentown: Cute premise and nice story, but not quite as good as the first two.
  20. Ghostbusters: A group of disgraced college professors (the Ghostbusters) must save New York City from a supernatural disaster (but in my opinion, could New York really get much worse than it is already?)
  21. Casper the Friendly Ghost: When he’s not being cute, he’s peacefully haunting a mansion in Maine. A supernatural specialist comes to town to communicate with Casper and his friends. Not scary. Very cute. Perfect for family movie night
  22. Beetlejuice: When a  couple dies in a car crash, they find that they are bound to their home, haunting it forever, scaring away buyers. The movie is from 1988. Show the kids what it movies were like in the good old days.
  23. The Addams Family: Speaking of a throwback, a man comes to town into an attempt to swindle the Addams fortune after evicting them from their home. The Addams Family TV series is also excellent if your family is especially into Halloween.
  24. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane leaves his home in Connecticut to be a schoolmaster in Sleepy Hollow, New York (but the real scary part is why anyone would leave New England for New York).
  25. The Haunted Mansion: Per the request of his nagging wife, a dad takes his family on a vacation and on the way they stop at a giant mansion, which is nice, until they realize that it’s haunted.
  26. Monsters University: the prequel to Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully meet in college and develop an unlikely friendship. 
  27. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Wallace and Gromit have been tasked with stopping a giant rabbit from destroying all the crops in the town in order to impress their pretty lady client. 
  28. The Little Ghost: Children try to help a ghost see his first sunrise. The only problem being that he lives in the attic of a castle in a small town and only awakens for one hour a year.
  29. Scared Shrekless: Shrek and his friends have a contest to come up with a scary story, but to find out who the winner is, they have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle.
  30. Monster House: A group of 3 friends must find a way to destroy a haunted house with a dark creature within before trick-or-treaters are harmed on Halloween. This movie is actually pretty scary. Wouldn’t recommend it for super little kids.

What are your favorite Halloween movies? Let’s talk about it, below.

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The Story Behind Blonde Roast by the Coast

A couple of you have asked me what my blog name is all about, so I figured it was time that I spill the secret:

The Story Behind Blonde Roast by the Coast

Blonde Roast has a double meaning, because I’m blonde and LOVE coffee.

Not only do I love coffee, but I prefer my coffee to have extra cream, no sugar or as I sometimes say, “I like my coffee bitter like my exboyfriend”

I’m Blonde Roast by the Coast because I live in Central Massachusetts which isn’t really on the coast. Its inland a ways.

I wish I could be Blonde Roast on the Coast. OMG drinking coffee on the beaches of Cape Cod year round sounds like the dream. Iced in the spring and summer, hot in the autumn and winter! I ought to look into some engineering companies on the cape.

Sorry, got on a tangent there. But yeah, that’s the meaning behind my name!

Comments? Questions? Coffees I should try? Let me know!!

Blonde Roast by the Coast

My 5 Most Infuriating Pet Peeves

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My 5 Most Infuriating Pet Peeves

1. (unauthorized) clothes borrowers

Like, it’s one thing to borrow clothes. Thats a cute thing that sisters do. But for you to try to sneakily borrow it and not tell me? That’s not cool. Would it really be so hard to text me “hey, do you mind if I borrow __?” At the very, VERY least just shoot me a text: “Hey, I’m borrowing your ___.” Or maybe you could just BUY YOUR OWN CLOTHES

2. Tailgaters

Ahh, tailgaters: the people who get upset with you for driving the speed limit and drive inches from your back bumper in an attempt to make you speed up. These people cause me so much anger because they think that their time is more important than anyone elses’ and they put the passengers of my car AND their car at risk by driving so close behind me. Well guess what tailgaters, when you stop paying attention to the road for just a second and rear-end the car in front of you, it’s going to make you even later than my slow, grandma-like driving was, so maybe you should just back up and enjoy the ride.

3. being interrupted

Getting interrupted is annoying. It means that whoever you were talking to doesn’t think that what you have to say is important, and that’s just not a fair assumption. The worst part about getting interrupted is the way that you’re forced to respond. Getting interrupted in a meeting at work is a lot different than when your boyfriend interrupts you during an argument and you have to respond in two, incredibly different ways. At work you can’t just yell “stop it! You never listen to me!” you have to be an adult and either re-interrupt your coworker in a calm way, or wait until the next lull in conversation and revisit the point you were making.

4. Dishes in the sink

There is one reason, and one reason only to EVER leave dishes in the sink, and that is to let something soak. Once you finish cooking, you serve what you plan to serve and immediately move everything else into containers. THAT is when you should put your pots/pans/baking sheets in the sink to soak in HOT, SOAPY WATER. Enjoy your dinner while it’s still nice and warm, and then immediately start cleaning the kitchen. Wash the bakeware while the sink water is still warm – it will clean better and sticking my hands in freezing cold sink water is enough to get me to invest in a straight jacket.

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Anyway, if you wash your bakeware and dinner dishes in the sink water while it’s still nice and warm, that will be better for everyone and leave you with a nice clean kitchen so you can sit back and relax the rest of the night and wake up to a nice clean house!

5. Audible Chewing

Listening to other people chew is pretty much the most uncomfortable and painful thing I do on a daily basis. I listen to the man in the cube next to me eat those potato chips at work, I listen to my boyfriend eat the dinner I slaved over (jk) for him, and I listen to my dad trill his wine on the couch next to me. It’s awful and I actually hate all of these sounds. Although some people are completely unbothered by sounds like this, many people are. So many, in fact, that some fancy scientists invented a word for it: Misophonia, which is a sound sensitivity disorder, specifically the hatred of “human” sounds (chewing, swallowing, humming, breathing, sniffling and throat-clearing). Misophonia can be mild or serious, sometimes causing disgust to the point of rage and noises can be completely intolerable to the sufferer.

What gets under your skin? Let me know in the comments section, below.

Happy Peeving!!

Blonde Roast by the Coast

A Thank You Letter… to the One I Love Most

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This is my open letter to the one I love most.
An Open Letter to the one I love Most
First of all I just want to say thank you. You know who you are and you know when you were there for me. Prom night, high school graduation, sorority dances, college graduation, and random days when I just felt that I needed you.
You never complained and you were always there. You held my phone for me when I didn’t have pockets. You lifted me up when I couldn’t lift myself.
I felt so secure in the way you held me tight all night long. You helped me walk around with confidence and pride. Without you I was insecure and uncomfortable.
I’m so sorry about all the times I tried to discard you after a long day. It wasn’t you. It was me. I’m the one that needed to change.
You’ll never know just how much I need you and just how much I love you.
Others may hate on you – say you’re unnecessary, say that I don’t need you. Well they are wrong. I need you now and I will need you for the rest of my life. I love you.
 
An open letter to my Spanx

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