My Favorite Hair Products

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It's sad to admit but my hair is an area I definitely don't give enough attention to. I enjoy doing my hair, and attempting (attempting being the keyword there) new hair styles, but you see, there's this one little issue—time. It's not always on my side. Especially in the mornings when I'm getting ready for work.

At this point I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, and on those mornings when I do, I leave myself enough time to blow it out. If I'm attempting any type of styling that will involve curling or any other added effort, it's usually done on the weekends.

I do have a few key items and products that have been my go-to that help tame my luscious locks. At last that's how my hair is now. After I had my second son it was falling out like crazy and really lost its luster. I'm scared to see what happens this time around, but I'm hoping for the best.

Let's take a look at some of my most used and favorite hair care products.

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1.  WOW SPEED DRY SPRAY: 

Aside from using my typical shampoo and conditioner, which I switch it up from time to time so that was too hard for me to label a favorite, I do like to use this speed dry spray which does cut down on my drying time. I have a lot of hair, and pretty thick hair, so it can take me around 15 minutes or so to blow dry. This definitely helps with that and I also feel like it leaves a little extra shine to my hair.

 

2. HOT TOOLS CURLING IRON: 

I have several different Hot Tools products and different size barrels that I use. When I have shorter hair I usually stick to my 1 inch wand and then if I let my hair grow out I will reach for me 1 1/2 inch wand. It also depends on the look I'm going for and how tight or loose I want my curls.

 

3. DRY SHAMPOO: 

If you're a blogger or a frequent reader in the blogger world, then hearing about Batiste dry shampoo is no surprise. I think it's one of those products that was affordable, got a lot of hype, and we all went for it and were pleasantly surprised. I still need to try the one for dark hair, but I think I've gotten a better handle on using the original and really working it into my hair before just brushing it through. Also shaking your bottle before spraying it always seems to help me a bit. I usually let my hair go on the second day of not being washed (I think it actually looks the best then) but by the third day, I am dry shampoo all the way.

 

4. DERMORGANIC LEAVE-IN ARGAN OIL:

Particularly in the winter my hair tends to get really dry. My ends are always the first to show it and even in the spring coming out of the winter it's still trying to find its way. I've gotten into the habit of using Argan Oil in my hair throughout the year to help offset the damage in the winter and keep it more consistent. I love the shine this gives me and you can use it on either wet hair or I will run a small amount over my dry hair to also help combat frizz in the summer. A little bit of this also goes a long way. It's one of those products that I mainly replace yearly.

 

5. ROUND BRISTLE BRUSH WITH CERAMIC BARREL:

I've been using a round brush for my hair for as long as I can remember. I've had the same one for years and have a hard time parting with it. Eric's glued the handle for me three times because it's definitely seen its day, but it gets the job done and I'm so comfortable using it. I found one very similiar to mine because there are certain things I love about mine. For starters, the bristles, they work through my hair the best and I can't do brushes that have those round little balls on the end of them (they always tangle my hair). I also love a barrel that's ceramic and heats up when I blow my hair out so that I can also style it at the same time and not have to go over it with extra heat from a straightener.

 

6. CURLING IRON/STRAIGHTENER TRAVEL BAG: 

While this might not necessarily be considered a hair product, a travel bag like this has been a staple for me. It's perfect for of course traveling, but even for just throwing it in an overnight bag when visiting and staying with family or friends. I usually keep some of my tools in there and then pull them out as I need them.

 

7. BASIC RUBBER BANDS: 

This is kind of funny to admit, but if you've been following my blog for a while now then you might remember a few years ago Eric grew his hair out and had a little man bun thing going on. You know, when that whole craze was really big. But who can blame the guy, we all jump on these crazy blogging trends from time to time, so why not try out a man bun. Anyway, one day I realized I was missing my hair ties and saw that he was using them. They were not the right size for him, so the nice supportive wife that I am went out to the store and picked up these basic elastic bands for him which worked out so much better. Well, jokes on me because I ended up loving them, especially for doing braids or half-up hair styles that other bands just looked to big for or didn't give it the same feel.

 

8. CONAIR STRAIGHTENER AND CURLING IRON: 

So I've had this straightener for years that also has a built-in curling iron to it. It's my quick go-to if I need to touch up some stubborn pieces or if I get my hair cut with some angles and want to style the front a bit. It will curl my whole head and give it a great look, so I guess I technically have three different curling irons that I could work with. Of course I don't nearly use all of them as much as I could. I've really tried to minimize the use of heat on my hair. I have naturally wavy hair so in the summer I can also let it air dry and put a little hair spray in it and wear it a bit more wild. Either way, this is the straightener I use and it gets the job done.

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Exploring Naples And Finding The Best Pizza In The World

I'm finally getting around to putting some posts together about our Italy adventures. You see, sorting through hundreds of pictures, being pregnant, and wanting to soak up all the summer fun after work—leaves less and less time for this little space. But don't worry, I'll be here as frequent as I can. 

The beginnings usually a good place to start, so let's start there, shall we? We headed to the airport to catch our overnight flight and thankfully things went smoothly there. We're really lucky that our airport is a major hub for almost all European travel, so it's really easy to find direct flights that leave at night and within 7 hours or so you're at your destination. The boys did great on the plane and both slept for the most part.

We flew into Rome since that's where we were leaving out of and would be returning our car there. After we gathered our luggage we went to pick up our rental car. I kept joking around with everyone that watch, we'll get some tiny Fiat that looks like a clown car. I kid you not, what did they try to give us? A Fiat, that didn't fit anything more than the stroller, the boys, and I. Looking back we crack up about it because I don't even know why we wasted 20 minutes trying to get the kids seats in, squeeze our luggage in, all to have Eric sit in the driver seat (with it pushed all the way back) and his knees went above the steering wheel. I told him to get out, get out, GET OUT! Because there was no way he would even be able to drive this thing. He went back to the desk and got an upgrade which ended up being so much better for us. 

We popped the address of our Airbnb into the gps (all which was in Italian) and navigated our way to Naples. It was only supposed to be about an hour and half drive and all on the main highway, but I guess a lot of the exits going into Rome created a ton of traffic. What should have been an easy drive ended up taking almost three hours. The boys napped most of the drive and it was nice for Eric and I to have some quiet time and be able to chit chat. We laughed a lot about that tiny car and already starting our trip off with some crazy story.

We finally got to Naples and got situated where we needed to be. I've seen small doors in Europe but the ones in Naples were tiny. It was so funny to watch Eric go through them. It wasn't the only access, there were bigger doors that opened up, but I guess these were considered quick access? Let me back up a bit with the whole tiny door and car situation, Eric is over 6 feet tall, so him working with all these little spaces was funny in itself. We headed out to dinner on the Via Partenope that was a street along the water with a bunch of restaurants and hotels. It was our anniversary so we were looking forward to our first real meal in Italy and indulged in all the pasta and pizza.

The next day we wanted to do some exploring, so we had the boys hop into the double stroller and we navigated that thing on those cobble streets like pros. We got a lot of stares along the way because I'm not sure double strollers are really a thing over there. Ours has seen so many miles and has been to several different countries that it will probably feel weird on our first trip that we don't bring it along.

The streets there were so pretty and so amazing to take in. There was a shop for everything and tons of small businesses. There were no huge retailers that were your one stop shop. If you needed your meat you went to one store. If you needed your bread, you went to another. From what I've observed, much of Europe is like that with the exception of some areas. In all my packing for the family I somehow forgot my mascara and needed to buy some. That was interesting trying to communicate that to the locals. After some hand gestures and me talking louder (as if that would help) we learned that a perfumeria is the place to go. Sure enough, that's where all the makeup was, Loreal and all.

We couldn't come to Napoli and not try some of the best pizza in the world. With Naples being the birthplace of pizza, it was pizza heaven. It's very different than the "new york style" pizza we're used to but it was very, very good. The dough is probably the biggest difference and the ingredients being really fresh. Their sauce was not salty, the mozzarella is fresh buffalo mozzarella (no processed cheese), and they are made in these amazing wood burning ovens. We chose to venture to L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele which if you do some googling is arguable the best pizza in the world. There was a line out the door and people had these little tickets with a number on them, much like if you were in a deli line at the grocery store, waiting to be seated. Lunch time seems to be a big thing in Italy. The streets are flooded with people on their breaks enjoying the treasures of their city mixed with tourists trying to visit their top spots.

After seeing the line I thought our hopes of getting our hands on a slice were long gone. With two toddlers and a hungry husband, we were not waiting hours. Oh, and one thing in Italy, there really are no quick meals. Eating is an event. You enjoy it, take your time, and don't plan on being in and out. I went into the pizzeria and asked what our options were and found out that you can order pies to go. Perfect! We placed our order of two margherita pizzas and waited maybe 15 minutes for them to come out of the oven. This place had a system down and probably had at least six pizzas going in the oven every minute. The only downfall, they don't use paper products here, at least we didn't come across any. Like in Italy, at all. Every restaurant uses glass dishes, cups, regular utensils, cloth napkins, so nothing other than some paper napkins here and there—those pizza boxes were the only things coming out of this pizzeria with us. Oh wait, I lied, there are paper gelato cups. We walked over to a local park to indulge in our coveted slices. By this time our pizza had cooled down and was the perfect temperature to take that first bite. It was all the cheese and saucy goodness we had imagined. Now, can I honestly say it was the best in the world? I won't argue it, but I will say, because I'm so used to being around some amazing slices, it's really hard to narrow that down.

After our bellies were full, we loaded up the car and headed on the hour drive to the Almafi Coast. Thankfully this time traffic was not an issue and the drive felt short. The driving in Naples, well, that's another story. Let's just say I am so thankful for Eric's driving skills and getting us around safely. Naples, you sure were an adventure, and I'm glad you kicked off the start of our Italy trip. 

Strawberry Picking For Father's Day

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It's a rare occasion around here for me to have a post up after the weekend, but since this was a low key one for us I figured I would share our strawberry picking adventures. 

This Father's Day was a little different for us. Our tradition has been going down the shore with both of our families and all getting together for a day in the sun. Eric's parents were out in California this year with his two brothers, and you guys, my sister got engaged last week! Her and her fiance were off celebrating in St. Augustine so we decided to push back celebrating with everyone until they get home. 

It was nice to just have the day to ourselves and be able to celebrate Eric for the amazing father that he is. We usually always go strawberry picking, but were sad to hear that a lot of places were already done picking. I need to get my seasons in order for when things are ready to pick because we almost missed it last year too. I can't blame that one on pregnancy brain (this year I can) but I'm telling you, mom brain is totally a thing. After a little googling I found a farm that's only open on the weekends and still had tons of berries left to pick. We decided to go venture into the fields to pick those juicy treats. 

Of course it wouldn't be an adventure without it being over 90 degrees and oh so hot. It seems like whatever week we decide to go the weather ends up spiking and being so warm. It was the same way last year when we went strawberry and cherry picking. I also realized looking back at these pics that little nugget is wearing the same shirt A wore last year. How crazy! And, we must have done a really good job at getting those stains out because it's still obviously around. Let's see if I can keep it around for our next little guy. It kind of feels like I need to keep up with it now. Maybe we can deem it the berry picking shirt...

Heatwave aside, somethings never change. Eric and I did a lot of the picking and the boys enjoyed most of the eating. Eric joked that we should have put them on the scale when we first went in and then put them on it after to see how much they ate.

After we got all the berries we wanted we headed out to a nice brunch to all cool down and fill our bellies even more. It was also really special because I have been feeling some baby flutters for weeks now but on father's day we all got to feel some real kicks. Maybe those strawberries really got him going?

The boys wanted a snack before bed (like always) and guess what they're top pick was? Yup, more strawberries. We plan on making some muffins, crepes, pancakes, and smoothies with these. That is of course if the nuggets don't devour them first. 

And Baby Number 3 Is...


Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has been doing well. We're back from our trip to Italy and it was such an amazing experience and so nice to be away for a little while. I'll be sharing more about our adventures in the weeks to come, but I wanted to jump on real quick to share some exciting news about our growing family. 

This is different than my traditional favorites post, and instead of doing my top five, I think this news takes the whole thing. If you follow me on instagram (@beautifully_candid) then you probably already saw the news. 

Baby number three is another BOY!!! 

I always kind of had a feeling deep down that I would end up being a boy mom and it looks like I was right. I know one things for sure, and that's that my boys love hard. Sure they have some crazy moments and God only knows what I will be in for with three of them, but they melt my heart in minutes and definitely know how to make me smile. I am so blessed to share life with them and can't wait to love on this little one.

The day before we left for our trip my sister had a little gender reveal for us with just our immediate family. The anticipation was so hard this time around because with both A and little nugget we knew the genders. For A we actually revealed the gender at our baby shower because we wanted as many neutral things as possible. I didn't want to be flooded with all things blue but at this point, that's out the window. Blue everywhere. With little nugget we did a small reveal with our family and had a story book theme. This time around only my sister knew and would be revealing to us what we were having.

For some reason the boys were convinced they were getting a sister. When they found out the news they sure surprised us with their reactions.

At first the smoke sticks lit up white and then took a few seconds for the blue color to kick in, so neither of us were really sure.

Once we realized and I turned to A and told him, yay it's another boy!...his face looked like this...

And then little nugget screamed and kind of threw a five second tantrum.

And then A dropped to the floor and was hitting the back of my legs and crawling on the ground. You can head to my instagram or facebook to check out the video. It's definitely something we laugh about now and I'm sure it will make for some great laughs to come when they're all older.

I love that they wanted a sister, but I also felt really bad they were both so upset. I got a little emotional for a minute. I feel guilty in a way there wasn't more excitement because it isn't this baby's fault that he is already coming into the world with two brothers. After we talked to the boys and they realized they have another buddy to help them find worms, and lizards, and go on treasure hunts, they were fine.

And the fact they also got to eat some blue cake after didn't hurt either.

I keep catching myself day dreaming while the boys are playing together and envisioning another one with them. It's getting me really excited for this little love and adding to our boy crew over here.

Friday Favorites-And We're Off

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. I love short work weeks but somehow I always feel behind on things at home because there are never enough hours in a day. We are headed to Italy next week for our anniversary trip so I decided I'm going to take another little blogging break. I'm sure I will have tons to share with you all when we get back so I'm just going to let this little space be for the time being. I'm sure I will be sharing a lot on my insta stories (@beautifully_candid) and I hope you'll follow along there. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from this week...

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1. Beach  

Unfortunately our Memorial Day weekend wasn't all sunshine and perfect skies, but we did get some beach time in which is always a huge favorite. The boys were so excited about going to granny and grandpop's beach house that they could barely contain themselves. They woke us up bright and early when we were down there, I'm not even sure if the clock had a 6 in front of it, and wanted to go have breakfast on the beach. We stopped at our favorite bagel place to grab breakfast sandwiches and then headed to buy our season badges (yup, you have to pay to get on jersey beaches). We then setup our chairs and claimed our spot on the sand. The boys had the best time finding sand crabs, building castles, jumping in the water, and even found shells with holes in them and wanted to make matching necklaces.

2. Charleston

I don't usually have trips so close to each other, but this year it just happened to work out that way. In case you missed my post yesterday, I shared some of my favorite things to do in Charleston from my  girls trip last week.

3. Italy Essentials 

Disclosure, if you aren't into traveling then you might get sick of me talking about it, but I won't take it personally. With our trip coming up I wanted to share some of the essentials we are packing in case it will help anyone else out with an upcoming trip. Thankfully we have a direct flight but I'm still banking on at least one of the boys getting antsy. I mean, even I might get a little antsy if I can't sleep on the flight, which I'm really hoping we all can, but who knows. Some people think we are nuts for taking the boys to Europe so young, but to each their own. When we get back I also plan on sharing some travel sites and how we make traveling affordable for our family.

Ok, back to those essentials. Well if you haven't heard the famous Toys R Us is going out of business. The store near us has things marked down up to 60% off so it was the perfect time for us to get tablets for the boys. We got this one and this one and fun Zootopia headphones and Paw Patrol headphones for them to wear on the plane. We're going to give it to them right before the airport so the excitement is still there and it will keep them occupied. My friend Brandi from Littles and Life also just shared a great post about items to buy from the dollar tree if you're flying with toddlers.  The dollar tree is always my go-to for travel trinkets and her list is just perfect.

I'm also making sure that we all have comfortable shoes to walk around in. Since sandals are usually my favorite in the summer, I'm bringing some along that have straps on them since I hear there are a lot of cliffs and and hills in the Almafi Coast. Majority of my sandals are from Old Navy and I'm loving the ones they have out now. How cute are these patterned espadrilles and basic t-strap sandals. I also love wearing hats so I'm planning on bringing this one and plenty of sunnies. A maxi dress and a comfortable cotton dress are always a staple for me to pack.

4. Announcement 

In case you missed it we shared some exciting news for our family! We are so excited and overjoyed to be be adding another little love. I'm so thankful for all of the love and support that was poured out to our little family. We did get a lot of questions if we will be finding out the gender of the and baby, and the answer is, yes! My sister already knows what we're having and is throwing us a little reveal this weekend before we go away. I think we are going to wait and share the news with everyone once we get back.

4. Evereve Event

Speaking of clothes and babies, I had the opportunity to attend a blogger/influencer event for the opening of the new Evereve store around my area. I love that this shop was started by a mom who wanted to create a fashion brand for women to feel confident in. It was really cute too that they had a little play area for kids outside of the dressing rooms to keep them occupied when mom needs to try something on. Kind of genius. With this pregnancy I stared showing really early on and have been on the hunt for comfortable clothes. I had such a nice time hanging out with other local influencers and getting a little shopping in. Thank you to everyone who followed along on my insta stories and helped me pick out some outfits.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a great week! I look forward to catching up with everyone soon.
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