What’s Up Wednesday: May 2020

Whoop whoooop! It’s Wednesday, y’all! And the LAST ONE OF MAY!!! How did that happen?!?

The last Wednesday of the month, Mix and Match Mama hosts a link-up party, where everyone shares what is going on in their lives. It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So without further ado…

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

If you missed my ‘What We’re Eating This Week’ post, you can read it here.

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

VBS

It’s that time of year when VBS is so close, the excitement starts to build, and the final preparations are being made. I am so sad that we won’t have VBS this year. With Covid-19, our church has had to cancel and reschedule a lot of events. They are doing a fantastic job in keeping all of us connected but I will miss the kids, volunteers, staff, and the joy that only VBS can bring. Last year was so much fun and both the boys loved every minute of it!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I’m loving our boat! I know many of you already know this, but going out on the lake is such a calming, relaxing day away. When we go out, the boys enjoy jumping in and swimming, tubing, and eating…and eating…and more eating! Haha! It is just so calming to listen to nature and be surrounded by water.

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, not much! It feels like Groundhog Day over here…clean, cook, school, cook again, clean again, laundry, etc.

I did, however, get my hair done this past Saturday and boy did I need it! My roots were all the way back to my ponytail! So glad to have a fresh cut and color and feel back to normal.

If you are looking for an incredible hair stylist in the Plano, Frisco, North Dallas area, go see my girl Kortnee! She is fabulous!!

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Stephen going back to his office.

He is currently working in our guest bedroom because it is the quietest spot in the house…and it has a lock on the door! We moved the bed around and made a bit more space for him…and now he has an office window!

I am really enjoying having him work from home and I will miss him so much when he is gone all day.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Writing a few different books and articles…and always folding laundry!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

School to finally be OVER!! Tomorrow is officially the last day of school and we are ready to close the door on this elearning adventure. We have no idea what things will look like this fall, but trust that God will lead and guide us for what may come next.

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

World of Dance is finally BACK!! I LOVE this show!! It came on last night and it did not disappoint! I love watching all the new dances, locking and isolating is my favorite, but I love all types and thoroughly amazed by the talent! The ONLY thing that bothered me was the new stage – they moved from a round stage surrounded by people cheering them on, to a warehouse. The judges were lined up and it felt a lot like American Idol (which, don’t hate me…I don’t like American Idol. There. I’ve said it.). The contestants had to get at least 2 yeses to move on, or given an opportunity to come back to try again, or given a no. Then they went out into the hallway to meet with a new version of Ryan Seacrest to reflect on the performance and how they’re feeling. Even though I am disappointed with this set (hopefully it is just temporary!), I LOVE the dancers and was still smiling every minute of it!

Every Wednesday you will find us watching The Challenge. It is one of our favorites and we look forward to watching it every week. It’s kind of like Big Brother with the politicking, but then there are serious endurance, physical, and mental challenges.

In addition to The Challenge, I am watching all the girly drama shows (currently The Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills; waiting for Dallas, Orange County, and New Jersey to come back on.), and watching Schitt’s Creek (very funny and short episodes, which is nice for a change). We are trying to take a break from the series and watch movies at night.

Speaking of seres…I just finished Dead to Me and oh my goodness!! It was so good!! Left us watchers on a cliffhanger and I am now anxiously waiting for the next season. Have you watched it yet??

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

If you missed my Friday Favorites last week, I shared some of my favorite podcasts. You can read what I am listening to here.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Did you see the necklace I am wearing in this pic from above?

Stephen got me this ADORABLE choker for Mother’s Day and it is my new favorite! It is perfect for stacking or wearing on its own. I love it!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

We are going to take family pictures Saturday and more than likely we will go on the boat Sunday.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Swim lessons!!

Our water baby last summer at Hawaiian Falls

Clark is signed up for another round of swim lessons with our AMAZING swim instructor and I cannot wait to watch this water baby grow and learning more!

And visiting family!

We are going to Green Acres to visit our parents/grandparents and spend a few days picking blueberries, eating s’mores, driving golf carts and chuck wagons, and running off some serious quarantine energy!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

We are looking forward to loading up the boat and taking the whole family to Arkansas! We are still trying to figure out where we want to go, either the Ozark’s, Lake Hamilton, or Lake Ouachita. Once we know where, we will book a VRBO and enjoy a week on the lake and hitting up some nature trails! This chapel is definitely on the must-see list!

Any suggestions of where to go or what to see would be greatly appreciated!!

Well, that’s it for today!

Have a blessed rest of the week and come back on Friday to read my next Friday Favorites…it’s all about skincare!!


Five Tips for Going Blonde with Top Knot Stylist, Kortnee VanCleave

Kortnee VanCleave, Owner of Top Knot Stylist

Meet Miss Kortnee! She is my incredible stylist, who loves what she does and you can tell it in her work. She spends hours upon hours learning, studying, and continuing her education to keep up with the latest trends and to craft her skill.

– Before –

I met Kortnee through a mutual friend in the fall of 2018. Before I went all in with lightening up my hair, I wanted to try balayage to test the waters.

– First Balayage –

I loved it and wanted to keep the process going, so did another round of balayage:

– Second Balayage –

I was hooked and decided it was time to dive in and go blonde!! I loved all of Kortnee’s blonde looks that she posted on Instagram and knew it was time to go blonde!

After just two sessions, here is what it looked like:

LOOOOVEEEEE!!!
Then went a little icier for winter and LOVED it!

I asked Kortnee to share 5 tips for going blonde, and here’s her best pro tips:

Pro Tip #1

Blonde takes time. It doesn’t normally only take 1 or 2 appointments to get there, so be patient and know it will take a few months and each appointment will take anywhere from 3-5 hours, so plan accordingly and maybe pack a snack. 😉

Pro Tip #2

Find a stylist who is really good with blonde and knows what they’re doing! You’ll know a good stylist by their website or social media page. There should be a lot of beautiful HEALTHY blonde pictures posted. In this industry you get what you pay for so if you want cheap hair, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Pro Tip #3

Listen to your stylists product recommendations! They aren’t just trying to up your service bill to make a quick buck; they’re trying to help you keep your hair healthy and extend the life of your color appointment. You’re already investing time and money in getting the service done, so don’t strip, clog and ruin your hair by using the cheap stuff from your grocery store. Your stylist will know more about your hair journey than the consultant at a local beauty supply store.

Pro Tip #4

Moisture, moisture, moisture! When you put lightener on your hair it will feel dry so be sure you’re doing some sort of either reparative or moisture mask/treatment. Your stylist will know what to recommend. (I’m a big fan of Olapex and Kenra!)

Pro Tip #5

There are about a million shades of blonde and there is a shade for everyone! If you get to being blonde and you don’t like it, ask your stylist what shade would look best with your skin tone. It’s most likely a quick and easy fix with a toner.

Happy blond-ing, ladies!

Kortnee

You can find Kortnee on Instagram, Facebook, and on her website at TopKnotStylist.com.

Have you ever wanted to go blonde but haven’t taken the plunge?

Share below! I’d love to read!!