Sunday, 30 September 2012

A day out in my home town + outfit post.

Just hanging out in Queens Park.
Me and my cousin Monique. :)
My lovely Mum. :)
Watching the ducks.
Cute waterfall.
Being forced to smile with the sun in my eyes and looking like a freak.
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What I wore:

Floral dress: Temt | Black cardigan: JayJays | Black flats: Kmart | Black bow headband: Cosmetics Plus | Jewellery: Gifted

Friday, 28 September 2012

Project: Longer Locks.

Ever since I was a kid my hair has always grown super slowly.  Despite being taken to the hairdressers for a regular trim, my hair would grow to a point just below my shoulders, begin to split, and then barely grow at all.  The split end look was horrible, especially on a child, so every time my hair hit that point my Mum would take me to the hairdressers to get one of those god awful bob cuts.  Once I was old enough to take control of my hair, I went back to regular trims, but even so my hair never managed to grow any further than just below my shoulders. :(  With all hope of ever having gorgeous long hair appearing to be lost, I decided to turn my attention to colouring my hair as another way of controlling my appearance.  As you can see from the photos below, I changed my hair colour a lot over my teenage years, but my hair growth/length always remained pretty much the same.

It wasn't until I had my hair dyed platinum blonde around my 19th birthday that I finally realised just how healthy my hair had actually been, despite the fact that it was taking forever to grow.  As a platinum blonde my hair began falling out in clumps and all the treatments in the world weren't going to repair the quality of my hair. So a few months later, in October of 2008, I allowed a hairdresser friend of my cousins to cut my hair so short that it was even shorter than my brothers.  It certainly wasn't the worst hair cut in the world, and after she dyed it a nice dark brown colour I even grew to like it, but on that day I made a promise to myself to never go back to having short hair again.  I started looking to the future, to my far off wedding day, and realised that what I wanted more than anything (beauty related that is) was to have long, healthy, chocolate brown/mahogany locks that would fall just below my boobs without the help of extensions.  It's been four years since I made that promise and my hair is now currently stuck back at that same point just below my shoulders.

I can already feel myself growing tired of this lifeless, oily, forever tangled hair, and I know that if I don't find a way to help my hair keep growing, it's only going to be a matter of time before I chop it all off out of frustration.  So, after doing a LOT of research over the past few weeks, I managed to come up with the following plan which I intend to implement over the next few years until my rate of hair growth is back to a normal steady pace of approximately 1.27cm of growth per month.  I have bolded the points below that I feel would be helpful for everyone. :)

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My 15 Steps For Growing Long, Healthy Hair:

1. Stop taking painkillers on a daily basis (apparently over use of painkillers can slow, or even the stop, the hair growing process).
2. Cut down my narcolepsy medication dosage from 6 tablets to 3 tablets a day (with the permission of my doctor of course.. my meds have tonnes of horrible side effects, hair growth problems is more than likely one of them).
3. Take fish oil capsules, vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc supplements every day (I never eat fish and I definitely don't get enough vitamin D each week, so taking supplements for these is a must for me.  As for taking vitamin C, I'm not sure that this will make much difference to my hair growth, but if being healthy all round is a good foundation for growing healthy hair, I figured it was worth trying.  Zinc supplements were recommended to me by a few different pharmacists as a cheaper alternative to Biotin, so I thought I'd give them a go as well).
4. Consume more B vitamin enriched foods (e.g. dairy, oatmeal, spinach, bananas, beans, potatoes etc).
5. Drink 2-3 litres of water per day.
6. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
7. Make a conscious effort to reduce my stress levels and anxiety.
8. Stop colouring my hair until it's at the length I want it to be.
9. Only get my hair trimmed once every 6 months, and never have more than 1cm taken off at a time.
10. Wash my hair every 2nd to 3rd day using Johnson’s baby shampoo and conditioning shampoo.  When shampooing, only shampoo my scalp, massaging my scalp with the palm of my hand rather than my fingers.  Only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair, rinsing thoroughly with cold water.
11. Use a leave in treatment on the ends of my hair before attempting to comb my hair out.
12. Never use a brush on my hair when it's still wet.  Always use a wide toothed comb.
13. Pat my hair dry using a towel.  Only blow dry/straighten my hair for special occasions, and always apply a heat protectant product when doing so.
14. Use a deep conditioning treatment on my hair at least once a week.
15. Avoid super tight hairstyles and only use snag free hair elastics.  Wear a loose braid to bed to avoid hair breakage and knotting whilst asleep.

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So what do you think of my plan?  Do any of you guys have the same trouble that I have with growing long hair?  What are your tips and tricks?   Please share, I'd love to know!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Thankful Tuesdays.

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Monday, 24 September 2012

So.. I slept on the couch last night.

And no, it wasn't because B and I had a fight.  It was because shortly after B left for work last night (he works night shift) I woke up to the sound and terrifying sight of a HUGE. FLYING. COCKROACH!  :(

When I first woke up, shortly after midnight, I initially thought that the bedroom window must have been open and that the annoying sound I could hear was just the blinds pushing together.  I tried to ignore the sound, but because of my narcolepsy medication I am a really light sleeper and so I eventually got up to go close the window.. however before I could even reach the window a large, dark, mouse-like creature crawled out from underneath B's Uni work and scuttled underneath the bed. :|  In less than a second I had jumped back up on top of the bed and then stood there frozen for a good couple of minutes.  I knew the mystery beast was lurking underneath my feet and that I needed to get as far away from it as possible, so in true scaredy cat style I leapt off the bed headed towards the lounge room and slammed that bedroom door behind me.  Once I was out of the hell hole I realised that my phone, ibuprofen (for my current period pain) and the only doona in our apartment were all locked in this room.. and B wasn't due home from work for another 9 hours! 

Still unsure as to whether this mystery beast was a mouse or an oversized cockroach, I grabbed our only can of insect spray and ever so slowly pushed the bedroom door open.  After what seemed like an eternity of me staring underneath the bed, out of the corner of my eye I noticed something crawling, then FLYING up the opposite bedroom wall.  This, my friends, was not your average household cockroach.. this horrible FLYING beast was the size of a small mouse.  A dark, gross, scuttling, flying, terrifying cockroach mouse!  I tried to spray it, I really did, but the thought of it flying after me had me wanting to dry reach.  So instead I did what any normal person with a cockroach phobia would do..  I barricaded the bedroom door shut with a spare towel from the bathroom, then used another spare towel as a blanket and curled up on the couch.

Unfortunately, my relentless period pain made it impossible for me to get back to sleep, so I fired up the laptop (sitting with my feet up on the chair of course) and started crying to B over facebook whilst googling 'fear of cockroaches'.  Whilst B's "don't be a moron.. go in there with a shoe and kill it" response was less than helpful, this awesome article I found on 'Katsaridaphobia' (the fear of cockroaches) was exactly what I needed to make me feel less alone.  In a nutshell, the article basically informed me that there are many people out there who have an irrational fear of cockroaches, and that the primary cause of this phobia is most often traced back to a traumatic experience that these people had involving cockroaches early on in life.  The article also mentions that this initial phobia becomes much more instilled when that persons fear is reinforced as a child by an adult/parental figure who expresses their own undue fear over cockroaches.

This article rings so true to me as I have sworn black and blue for the last twenty years that the first traumatic experience I ever had involving cockroaches was when I snuck out of my bed as a kid and watched the end of a scary movie on TV where a "scientist man" was being eaten alive by cockroaches.  My parents have always told me that I must have been dreaming that night (probably because they don't want to admit that I was sneaky enough to get past their bedroom door without them waking up), and before last nights intense google search I was beginning to question myself as well, but then I found it.. the movie that has had me terrified of cockroaches since the age of 3.. 'Creepshow - They're creeping up on you'.. written by Stephen King!


I can't believe I finally found out the name of this movie!  It turns out that the guy wasn't actually a scientist, just an eccentric billionaire with a fear of germs, and cockroaches.  But still, watching this movie, along with having witnessed my own Mother's irrational fear of cockroaches from a young age, is the reason why I locked myself out of my own bedroom last night.. and the reason why I am still too scared to go back into the bedroom now. :(  B finally came home this morning at around 9am, and without giving me any crap for being afraid of an insect, took off his shoe and ventured into the hell hole to try and track down this beast.. only he couldn't.  The flying cockroach beast is still at large in our tiny apartment, and now that the bedroom door is open this beast could be anywhere!

Pray for me!

EDIT (following day):  After B finally convinced me to sleep in the bedroom with him last night, I heard a fluttering sound and sure enough the flying cockroach mouse had emerged from the wardrobe to try and kill me.  I just knew it would still be in the room!  So I shook B awake, pointed to the beast that had just landed on our bedroom mirror, and ran from the room (without screaming) as fast as I could.  I then hid in the bathroom for ten minutes until B had finally killed it.  B agreed that it was pretty big but that it wasn't as big as I was making it out to be.. pfft!  I'm pretty sure the fact that it took him ten minutes to kill it just goes to show what a deadly beast it was.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

My life lately.

Had yet another hang out sesh with this adorable little guy!

He still doesn't like to sleep in my bed, but when I get up to go to the toilet in the
morning he always sneaks into my room and curls up on the bed like this. :)

The twins came over and we gave ourselves a manicure.  I then tried out this
'braided' nail art look.  It only took me 2 hours to finish. :/

The girls opted for something a little different and decided to try out this
Monet painting inspired nail art instead.  :)

Oh, and I picked up this sweet new dress for only $20! :D

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Thankful Tuesdays.

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Live for the here and now. Free Printable!

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Unfortunately my here and now consists of ridiculously hard assignments, always feeling unwell, an unwanted and bound to be expensive upcoming move looming over our heads, and having barely enough funds to get by in this world.  Luckily I have an amazing partner, the best friends and family that a girl could ask for, and my two favourite creative outlets, blogging and designing, to help keep the here and now bearable..

So what do you think? Not bad for my first attempt at creating a printable, huh? :)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Thankful Tuesdays.

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Friday, 7 September 2012

My life lately.

After much consideration I came to the decision that it was time for me to get some 'office hours' in place. ;) From now on I will only be blogging before 9am (which means scheduling posts), completing design work/uni assignments during office hours (with a half hour break for lunch), and doing chores/relaxing/spending time with B in the evening. :)

I signed up for a 7 day free pass at my local gym and attended a few of their zumba classes.

Asked B to remind me to marinate the pork, so he left me this funny little note.

Got all dressed up for the first time in ages and convinced B to take me to the Gold Coast Show..      Worst. Idea. Ever! It was so boring and expensive that we ended up leaving after just one hour!

While we were there though I did happen to spot this cute sausage dog balloon..

I also spotted this awesome sand dragon! How cool is it?

Our landlord finally paid someone to come out and professionally clean/remove the mould from
our apartment. While this was going on I decided to throw out anything I could find that had
mould growing on it, effectively leaving me with only 6 pairs of shoes. :(

We also had some builders come out to fix our sunken back patio.. finally! :D

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

3 years, 8 months and 2 days..

That's how long it took us to get the perfect 'couple' photograph.

Totally worth the wait, wouldn't you agree? :D

Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with this handsome man. :)