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Hair Products that Pack a Punch

 

You guys voted on my Instastories for some of my current go-to hair products so here we are! In the past, I was super cheap with what I would buy for my hair and didn’t really give it the time of day. Think White Rain hairspray, shampoo only (no conditioner — cringe), brushes that broke my follicles, I could go on and on! I’ve always had very thick hair, which is my family was actually pretty rare.

 

Over time, my hair got super thin and broke off a lot. Which I was so bummed about! (My thyroid has a lot to do with this. It’s under active so thinning hair is sadly a big side effect/symptom). I currently use this Biotin Shampoo to help it get stronger. I did a ton of research on what I could use to help get my hair thicker and healthier and the biotin got really great reviews! So far, so good.

 

Since my hair was becoming sparse, I purchased a clip in extension! (Truth be told I was feeling really self-conscious about how much hair I’ve lost in the last 6 months. This helps me feel better when I wear it!). This is the extension I purchased (in the dark brown to dark blonde.) I eventually want to get real hair extensions, but for now this is a good and really cheap alternative!

 

I love using any of the OGX Beauty products for my mane. They have my favorite hair spray here (all the OGX products are currently B1G1 40% off). The OGX products smell so good. I also love the root boosting spray which I feel makes a huge difference in my hair’s volume. I spray it on at the roots after I just wash my hair.  I use the Hydrate + Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner too.  I’ve always liked having two to three different shampoo and conditioner sets to switch it up every so often when I’m washing my hair.

 

To add texture, my go-to is the Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. I always feel like I’m at the beach when I use it! And last but not least, my all time favorite dry shampoo is Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo.  I’ve tried a ton of dry shampoos and they all ended up making my hair feel super matte and sticky. The Drybar is really light and the smell is to die for!

 

These are just some of my current favorite products. I’m definitely no hair expert, but I do love trying out new ones to test and see what works best with my hair. What are some of your must-have hair products? Comment and let me know!

 

XO, Brooke

 

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My Top Favorite Books + Podcasts

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Top: Amazon || Jeans: Express || Shoes: Target || Hat: Old (Similar Here)

Sunglasses: H&M || Earrings: Red Dress Boutique || Bag: LV Neverfull MM (Discounted here!)

 

 

Happy Tuesday sweets! One of my favorite things to do to wind down is read or listen to podcasts. I thought it would be fun to round up what I’ve read or listened to lately. Ya’ll know I love crime and mystery, so a lot of these will be in that genre!

 

 

TOP BOOKS:

Girl, Wash Your Face – I’m sure you’ve seen this title all over. And it’s because it’s uplifting, yet raw and real. One of the best books I’ve read.

Little Fires Everywhere – Took me a bit to get into this one, but it ended up being a really good book!

Behind Closed Doors – I couldn’t put this down and read it in 2 days! So many twists and turn.

A Man Called Ove  – I read this during a trip to Dallas. I remember being on the plane going home and crying at the the ending! Such a great read.

The Good Girl – So suspenseful! The ending was a big shock so it definitely had me reading it every chance I got!

 

 

TOP PODCASTS:

Up & Vanished – This one sucked me in! I listened to it for 4 straight hours one night after the kids went to bed. Such a great story.

Atlanta Monster – This one is from the producers of the previous one and is just as good!

Dirty John – Not one of my favorites, but it was interesting!

Missing & Murdered – Such a great podcast. You’ll want to keep listening as each episode ends.

Personal Best – Not crime related but very relatable and funny!

 

I’d love to hear some of the books or podcasts you’ve read/listened to and loved! I’m always looking for new ones so comment and give me some ideas!

 

Xo, Brooke

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Killer Camis

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top: Express || Pants: Nordstrom Rack || Hat: Free People

Heels: Express || Sunglasses: Free People || Earrings: Scout & Molly’s

 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve worn camis under all my shirts. They were always the standard kinda boring ones for layering. But lately, I’ve been loving all the lace and cute cutout out ones! They are great for transitioning into fall. You can wear them under almost anything: jean jackets, cardigans, blazers, etc. And you can wear them every single day like I do!

 

Tomorrow is Vinny’s last day of summer break. I just cannot believe how fast the school year came. I talked about my feelings on my kids going back to school in this post. I’ll have more time to blog and create posts, but I sure will miss their loud, silly selves. (MOST of the time lol).

 

Xo, Brooke

 

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My Go-To Denim

Photos: Jennifer Christine Photography

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

Jeans: Express || Top: Groove Boutique  Similar: Here|| Booties: Target

 

Another weekend has come and gone and this was our last one before school starts! And with school coming that means fall is coming. I’m sharing my favorite jeans from Express on the blog to get ya’ll geared up for the cooler weather. Express denim is currently 40% off and have always been my go-to throughout the years, especially the high waisted ones (cuz this mama has to keep everything sucked in lol). I like to stock up when they are on sale, because you can’t beat $35-$60 for jeans! I’m linking a bunch that I own and others that I definitely want. Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday!

Xo, Brooke

 

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My Thoughts On Being a Firefighter’s Wife

Jacket: Groove Boutique
Photos: Jennifer Christine Photography

 

Happy Friday babes! On the blog tonight I wanted to get a little more personal. A lot of you know but some may not, that my husband is a fireman. And with that comes many nights of being away from his family. And it is HARD. So for this post, I’m sharing my thoughts on what it’s like being a firefighter’s wife.



I came from a family where my dad worked a 9-5 job and my mom stayed home to take care of my brother and I. When we first started dating, I wasn’t used to not having Pete home every night. I slowly learned what it was like for him to be gone several times a week for 24 hour periods. There were many family functions, events, holidays or gatherings where I’d show up by myself. And almost every time I did, I’d have 5-6 people say to me, “Pete’s working huh?”. Over time that became routine and I got used to the fact that he wasn’t able to be there for everything because of his career. I grew accustomed to days/nights alone. But then kids came.

 

After Vinny was born, Pete was able to be home for almost a month to help me take care of our new baby boy. Having him there was a breath of fresh air. It felt so “normal” for him to be at the dinner table every night, for bath time, for feedings and for those restless nights. But that first month flew by and he was back at the fire station and I was “left” to fend as a solo mama. And I say that because at the time, that was exactly how I felt. I didn’t know what I was doing with a newborn and there were countless nights I was alone with this brand new baby in our life. But just like when we first started dating, I became accustomed to night’s alone with our Vinny. That didn’t make it easy however when Pete missed all the “firsts” in Vinny’s life. I remember recording his first 365 days to make sure his daddy could see every funny, sad, or silly moment. That was just the way it was.

 

Enter Mia. Here I was, with an 18 month old toddler and a newborn baby girl with a husband who wasn’t getting off work at 5 PM and coming home. That was a hard and trying time in our lives. Resentment set in. I was working part-time and trying to balance it all out with his work schedule. I had to calm down fussiness, diffuse temper tantrums, kiss boo-boos, rock over-tired toddlers, and pretty much play zone defense with two kids on my own. I questioned my strength in being the wife and mom I needed to be. I felt restless, angry, hurt, and overly emotional. My heart sank when I saw couples together with their kids when I was out alone with mine. And mine couldn’t understand why their daddy wasn’t also there.

 

As fast as I could blink, my toddlers became school-age kids. Our family was going through some hardships, all while we had t-ball, golf lessons, gymnastics, dance class, school functions, etc. I didn’t have time to think about Pete being gone, I was in (and still am in) full survival mode. There are days when I’m still not used to this life. But I’ve learned so many things along the way. I’ve felt proud to have my husband as a firefighter. It’s a job he loves and is so dedicated to. And he’s trying to balance it all out too, just like me. I know all those nights of him being gone sank in for him too. He couldn’t be there when he wanted to be. I had to remind myself how lucky I was that I could be there with our kids. That I didn’t have to wake up to a blaring alarm at 2:00 AM (unless you count a newborn cry as one lol) where I had to leap out of bed and save someone. Yes I often ran on little sleep, but not the kind of sleepless nights my husband had. I had to understand his job. I had to do what was necessary for us as family. Because that was always what he did and will continue to do for us.

 

I still to this day try to get used to it. I still feel many emotions being a firefighter’s wife. I still feel sad on Christmas morning when he’s gone. I still walk into family gatherings like a piece of me is missing. I still wish he was there when our son learns a new song at piano lessons or when our daughter has a dance recital. But I’ll never stop telling our babies how hard daddy works to make us happy and how much he sacrifices for our family.

Xo, Brooke

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