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Twisted Messy Bun Hairstyle Tutorial

Ever since Alea was in my tummy, I always had dreams of doing her hair. I taught myself how to french braid my own hair so that I would be able to french braid her hair and I was always practicing different hairstyles on myself to eventually try on her. Go figure that Alea would be born with little to no hair and wouldn't grow a substantial amount of hair until after the age of two! Just my luck!

But now that she's got a full head of hair, I'm just borderline obsessed with doing her hair and even better yet? She absolutely loves when I do her hair for her. It used to be a struggle to wrestle her into pig tails, but now I love that she sits still long enough for me to do more intricate hair styles.

Step One: Spray with leave-in conditioner after shampooing and conditioning with Head and Shoulders to get all of those pesky tangles out.

Step Two: Brush through the tangles and smooth out hair.

Step Three: Start by twisting bangs in the front and gradually add hair and twist the hair until twisted to the crown.

Step Four: Using a bobby pin, secure twist.

Step Five: Pull hair back into a ponytail at the crown of the head and gather the hair into a messy bun and secure with hair binder.

And there you have it! It's a very, very easy hairstyle that's easy to just toss-up and go. It's perfect for our early mornings when I have to wake Alea up for daycare at 5:30am and we have to be out the door by 5:45am. Yes, I let her sleep in as long as possible! But because of this, I need something that's super easy, yet still looks adorable and put together. I mean, anything's really better than her messy bed-head, but this style is especially cute, don't you think?

I recently started using Head and Shoulders shampoo and conditioner to help with some dry, flaky scalp I got after leaving my box hair-dye on a little too long. It really dried out my scalp and I was dealing with some not so welcome white flakes on my freshly darkened hair. They stood out like a sore thumb! So embarrassing! So thankful to this delicious green apple scented Head and Shoulders for conditioning and hydrating my scalp and getting rid of those embarrassing flakes!

Head and Shoulders is also holding a fun + exciting sweepstakes that you should totally consider entering! To enter the sweepstakes and enter for your chance to meet Sophia Vergaras follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders. This sweepstakes goes from August 18th to September 1st, so you better get on it! I know I'll be entering one of the photos of Miss Alea above! For more details on this sweepstakes CLICK HERE.

What's your favorite easy hairstyle to do on yourself or your little girl?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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More often than not, this is the conversation that Alea and I have when we're getting ready in the morning.

Alea: Mommy? Can I have a braid in my hair today?
Mom: An Anna braid or an Elsa braid?

I'm not the greatest at doing hair, but simple "Anna braids" I can do!

Cute clothes, sweet giggles, hair-doing and nail-painting. Just a few of the things that make it so much fun to have a girl! Yep, I think I'll keep her!

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Crock-Pot Loaded Potato Soup + Labels for Education #labels4edu #cbias

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Growing up I remember always peeling the labels off of our Campbell's soup cans and collecting them in a plastic baggie for me to bring to school when we filled the baggie. I always felt a sense of pride bringing in those labels knowing that they would go towards helping my school buy additional things for our classrooms and help make it a better place for everyone. And that's just what the Campbell's Labels for Education do.

We use enough Campbell's Tomato and Chicken Noodle soup to help Alea's school as it is, but did you know that you can earn points for your school on even more products now? And you don't even have to bring in labels anymore! (You can still bring in labels to your child's school, though, if that's what you prefer!) You can use frequent shopper card from participating retailers that you can just scan to collect points that will automatically go towards the school of your choice.

It's pretty nifty when making meals for your family and purchasing participating products is all you need to do to help your child's school, don't you think? Like with this Crock-Pot Loaded Potato Soup for example!


001. 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
002. 1 large onion, chopped
003. 4 cans Campbells Condensed Cream of Potato Soup (10 3/4oz)
004. 4 soup cans of milk
005. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
006. 2 large potatoes, peeled cut into 1/2” pieces
007. 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
008. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
009. Ground black pepper


001. Stir bacon, onion soup, milk, black pepper, potatoes and 1/4 cup of chives into slow cooker.
002. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
003. Add the cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining chives.
004. Load it up with a dollop of sour cream, extra cheddar cheese, extra chives and extra bacon bits. Because bacon.

I'll be perfectly honest with you, though. Cory totally rolled my eyes when I told him this was on the menu on a day that was 88 degrees, but I couldn't help myself. Soup is and always will be my comfort food no matter the temperature outside. I mean, there's nothing wrong with cooling down the house a little to enjoy a nice hot cup of soup, right? And if you're silly like Cory and don't like soup in the summer time, be sure to save this recipe for the cooler fall and winter months. You won't regret it!

Labels for Education is currently holding an exciting sweepstakes where you can enter your school of choice into the Labels for Education Sweepstakes. 1,000 schools will each win $1,000! Now that's a fun way to start out the school year, right? Don't forget to grab your Campbell's coupons when you head out to the store to grab the ingredients for this recipe!

Do you participate in Labels for Education?
What's your favorite kind of comfort food?

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