Simple Braided Half Pinned Up

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With Joanna in Iceland (photos to come!!) and my family vacation to the happiest place on earth, we are taking a little summer break to spend time with family and recharge. We hope you also have some time to spend with loved ones and enjoy the beginning of summer! We'll be back around June! :)


INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Grab a section of hair above the ear. 
  • Start braiding with your choice of braiding technic. Here we did started with a regular three strand braid, then it turned into a fishtail. 
  • Continue braiding until you reach the ends.
  • Lock in the hair into the bobby pin. 
  • Repeat on opposite side.
  • Pin one side underneath the starting point of the opposite braid. 
  • Now repeat the other side, intertwining the braids as you cross it over. 
  • Pin and spray. Pull out your bang or baby hair around face to create a looser and bohemian look.



We already said this on our instagram, but we sure do love red heads! If you walk by us, and have beautiful red hair, expect to be asked to be used as one of our mannequins. Not in a creepy way of course. Just in an obsessive way. Duh. 
-mojo 

Baby Whisper Series: Nap Training

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Getting your little one to nap seems to be a universal struggle for moms. When and how do you put your baby down? How long? Do I wake my baby up to feed if they are sleeping longer than usual? So much uncertainty especially with that first baby! That's why I love the “mommy” community. Although everybody has different opinions, we all still help each other out. This is also why I’m so thankful for Dorothy. She was so sweet and willing to help share some tips to get Theo to learn to nap during the day. He sleeps great at night- because of all of her wisdom on sleep training- but he resisted napping  during the day! This made for a cranky baby and a very unproductive mom.


Of course, as with any advice on parenting, you have to be flexible. Everything depends on your lifestyle and your personal schedule. Everybody is different and we often forget that every baby is different as well. It took Theo about a week to get his body used to the new schedule of daily naps. Here is a glimpse of what a typical day looks like for us:
7am Wake Up - He may wake up earlier, but I let him play in his crib until I go in and get him at 7:00 on the dot. I nurse him immediately.
2 Hour Wake Time. This 2 hour window includes diaper changes, breakfast, light housekeeping, maybe watch a little VeggieTales, play on bouncer, have tummy time, reading books, etc.; mostly just keeping him busy and enjoying quality time. This is a sweet chunk of our day for us to have some really good one on one time.
9am Nap Time. It made me a little nervous the first time I put him down after the 2 hour wake time, because he showed no interest in going down. He would rub his eyes but was determined to fight it. I put his paci in his mouth, turned the sound machine on, gave him his ‘Lovey’, put him down and walked away immediately. If I gave him a chance to make eye contact it was all downhill from there. At first he would just play and talk to himself. Then 10 min later he would get bored and remember I wasn't there, so he would whine and cry. I let him cry for about 5 min, to give him a chance to soothe himself and get tired. Then I would go in, trying not to make eye contact or talk. If his paci had fallen out of his mouth, I would put it back in. I would put the Lovey by his face and walk away again. The first couple times I did this routine 3 or 4 times. He eventually tired out. Because it was such a process, he wouldn't go down for an actual nap until 9:30 or 9:45.
2 Hour Nap: While we were training, I only let him nap for 2 hours. This helped get him into the routine of regularly scheduled naps. Again, in the beginning it took him a while to adjust.  Sometimes he would want to sleep past 11:00 but for the sake of the routine, I would wake him. Or if he woke before then, I let him stay in the crib until wake up time.  Once up, I would nurse immediately.
2 Hour Wake Time. This is the second wake time of the day.  Just like the first, I keep him as active as possible.  We go for a walk, play, make lunch, etc.
1:00pm Nap Time. Same routine as the first.  However, it is typically easier to get him down for this one.  After a busy day, he is ready for a nap.  However, it isn't as long as his morning nap. It usually lasts about 1.5 hours. To break up his naps and so he will be ready to go to bed when it’s time, I don’t let him go past 3:00.  Again feeding him as soon as he wakes up.
Wake time. By this wake time, dad is home and we have some much anticipated family time!
Evening Cat Nap. This is just to get him to last for bed time, which is anywhere from 7:30- 8:00. So he'll take a 45 minute nap around 4:00. I wake him at 5:00 no matter what. This gives Robbie and I quality time to talk, make dinner, etc.!  Another nursing time immediately after waking.
2 Hour Wake Time: During this wake time we eat dinner, go for an afternoon stroll, run errands, go to dinner, etc.  Again keeping him active and getting him used to our family’s routine.
Bed Time: This is the only time I feed right before putting him down. We start his bedtime routine at 7; bathe, feed, and then sleep. I talk more about his night sleep here.
I was very strict in the beginning with the schedule. My intention was to get his little body to understand what to do when he was tired. I'd say the strict training lasted about a week. I stayed consistent and it paid off! Now all I have to do is lay him down with his paci and ‘Lovey’ with the sound machine and BAM! The kid is off to dream land.
His longest nap is his morning 9:00am nap. He'll nap about 2-3 hours and it's such a blessing! I get so much work done! (Like write this post and clean the house!)  His afternoon nap helps me finish any jobs for the day before my husband gets home. His evening cat nap lets me and Robbie spend time together. His bedtime lets us watch movies, play cards, have a bonfire or get a lot of sleep! Ha! We love this kid and how much he loves us by sleeping :)
I mentioned I was strict in the beginning.  I still follow the same guidelines but now that he has the routine down and knows how to soothe himself, I’m not worried about breaking the rules. If I'm out grocery shopping or on meetings, I take him with me and he'll either sleep in my arms or during the car ride. I'm not worried about him regressing.  He actually wants and prefers his bed and routine but, thankfully, can be flexible.  
This is what works best for me and Theo, but like I said, every baby is different!  Dorothy is a fount of baby wisdom, so I thought I would share.   I would love to hear what has worked for you as well.  Please feel free to share any mommy wisdom you have in the comments below!

Jo


Spring Pop Up Shop

Monday, May 4, 2015



Hey Birminghamians! 

We are thrilled to be co-hosting a pop up shop this spring to benefit She Dances , an organization close to our hearts. This organization is reaching at risk children in Honduras with prevention education and the gospel of Jesus.

There will be tons of amazing gifts— paintings, prints, jewelry, natural cosmetics, baked goods, local honey, flowers, hand dyed ribbon and more. By donating, you will also automatically be entered to win really fun packages of services such as hair color and cuts, styling, and photoshoots. As well as home styling and design packages from our talented designer friends. So many fun things to win! 

May 14th from 4:30-8pm at The Nest.

130 41st ST S SUITE 101 

BIRMINGHAM AL 35222


Hope to see you there!

To stay updated with this event and see the beautiful things that will be there, follow @springpopup.


-mojo

Short Hair World

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We're both in the middle of growing out our pixies/short bobs and we can all agree, that can be a little frustrating. That disheartening awkward stage is taking its place, but we're trying to make the best of it! We find, that wearing it messy and textured helps with the length or bulk that may have grown in. You can see in both options; one has straight hair but movable and the other has wave and grit. Its getting long enough to even pin it half up if we wanted to! We have two options: we can go in and get a "trim" (which translates to not cutting length, but cutting out weight) or toughing out the awkward stage and rolling with it. Which means we gotta get creative... 

Right now, this is about the most we do with this length. As it gets longer, we'll be able to add more styles to the archives! We'll check in when we're ready to show more options. 

If you're in the same process of growing out your hair, don't give up! There are ways to achieve it, promise :)




Wild texture w/ bangs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015










 I (Molly) have had the crud all weekend. Some horrible congestion that has decided to make a home in my head and chest. Gross. Anyone have any home remedies that are helpful? 

We have been searching on faithful google trying to find home remedies. I have attempted sticking my head over a boiled pot of water with lime juice, some weird whiskey and throat coat combo, and a humid shower. 

Would love some new ideas! Getting desperate...

Here are some little images we took of our beautiful red head model. We loved her messy hair texture and bangs! 

-mojo


Dorothy The Baby Whisper: Sleep Training

Monday, April 6, 2015



Our sweet friend Dorothy, the baby whisper, was awesome enough to share some of her tips on sleep training/schedule. She swears by this routine and has gotten every single baby she's taken care of to sleep through the night! I, being pretty desperate for more sleep, was all ears and tried her ways on Theo.

Not everyone is a schedule type of person; honestly, I'm not at all. I like to have my boy go with the flow incase we are out on the town. But I like the idea of my baby sleeping through most of the night, so we'll be doing this for a while.

Please know that this is from my personal experience thanks to tips that I learned from sweet Dorothy. We know everybody has their own opinions on sleep training, so know this post is from my experience with sleep training Theo. This is what worked for us, and I hope this can help someone else! So without further ado, this is what I learned from Dorothy:



As far as when its appropriate to start a sleeping schedule, that is up to you. Dorothy say's you can as soon as you bring them home, but she believes up until 6-8 weeks a baby should be fed on demand, for good weight gain and bonding. I didn't start this with Theo until month four, because neither he or I were ready.

The most effective way this will work will be when your baby is in his or her own room. Babies can smell their mamas! Mine did and woke several times a night just because he knew I was there and wanted me to nurse him for comfort.

Putting him in his room wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Could be because his room is literally around the corner and I knew I was close. Plus, it was nice to stay up and watch tv in bed with my husband without worrying about waking Theo up! (we had started Parks and Rec. so we we're kinda obsessed with binge watching every night!) The video monitor helped calm my nerves too.

We started in January when Theo turned 4 months. He is now 7 months and is sleeping 7pm-630am. He naps from 9am-11am then again at 1pm for an hour and then again at 3pm for an hour or two. I lay him down in the crib with his paci, 'his lovey', and a sound machine. Then I quietly creep away as he snuggles in. Its awesome! 







But it wasn't always that way.

It took about one month of being strict with his bedtime and naps. The biggest habit we had to break was picking him up when he cried. He expected to be rocked and nursed to sleep. Took about two days of "crying it out" at night; two weeks of staying home and being strict about naps. All in all, it took about one month of being intentional. After two months, he was officially sleeping through the night, not needing me to put him back to sleep if he woke up at 3 or 5 am! Here are the main tips Dorothy gave me to get to this point:

Know your baby's cries: Know the difference between a whine, a fit and a real "come soothe me mommy I need you" cry. The reason you want to know this is, when the baby wakes at 3am you don't want to immediately go in there. If it's a whine- you let baby whine it back to sleep and give him a chance to soothe himself. If its a fit, he's on his way to learning to manipulate you. Don't let him think every time he does this mommy is coming to get him. The first couple nights of cry fits are miserable, but once they know you're not coming to play, they'll learn and go back to sleep.

What to do when he does the real cry? I pick him up and rub his back. I don't cradle him or rock him. Just let him know I'm there and I'll "shh" and hum the same song every time. I snuggle my face to his little head and most of the time pray over him. Once he calms down, I lay him back down. One hundred percent of the time he starts crying again. Determining his cry, i'll pick him back up. Once he calms down I lay him back down. I once did this 8 times in a row. He eventually grows tired and goes to sleep. But I need him to fall asleep in his crib, not my arms. (I was strict during training time. Now that he knows the rules, I break them all the time :)

Try Not Rocking To Sleep: Before this, we would rock and rock Theo to fall asleep. He's a big boy, so that quickly got tiring (but I now have incredible thighs from squatting and swaying!) Not to mention he expected it every single time to go back to sleep. And at 3am? Yeah, I'm not squatting. So we started to simply just lay him down in his bed. Did he immediately go to sleep? Oh heck no! He would immediately cry. I would let him do a good cry for about 5-10 min to get him tired. Then, go back and put the paci back in. I know every baby is different, but Theo would tire quickly and whine himself to sleep after a couple times of putting paci back in. 

No feeding to sleep: The BIGGEST tip I learned from Dorothy was switching the routine I had going on. We would wake up, play, feed and go down for a nap. She says by doing this you're basically teaching him to get sleepy by eating. So every time he is sleepy he's expecting a feed. Including at 3am when he wakes and is trying to go back to sleep. So we switched to- Wake up, FEED, play and go down for a nap. This was a game changer!! He had learned to go to sleep during his naps without feeds that when he would randomly wake in the middle of the night, he could put himself back to sleep!

Dream Feed: Now this one might sound contradictory...but Dorothy introduced me to doing a dream feed at 11pm. Dream feeding is when you feed baby without waking him or her up and then putting them back in crib. Why would you pick up a sleeping baby? Because its better to feed at 11pm than 4am. Theo was still needing one nighttime feeding to get through the night, so instead of doing it at the early hours of 3/5am, its a little better to do it at 10/11pm. The dream feed helps keep their tummy's full to make it through the early hours. They wont always need this, Theo actually doesn't need a night time feed anymore!. We only did this for probably a week and a half or so. But I have friends who have done it for months. It just depends on the baby. 

These are just tips I implemented into helping Theo learn how to soothe himself to sleep. Like I said before, every baby is different and possibly needs different tactics, same with mama :) My biggest advice would be to follow your mommy gut and listen to it. You know whats best for you baby and your baby will also start to let you know when its time! Its such a beautiful time so I hope the so call "dreaded" time of sleep training is seen differently for you. Our babies are only babies once, so don't see this as a burden but an honor to be a part of teaching your baby how to do the one thing he will be doing everyday of his life, sleep! If you have any questions, shoot us an email or comment below. We can also connect you to Dorothy if you need extra help, she's amazing! 

Also, If you have any other tips from your experience, do share in the comments for other moms to read!
-jo




Silver Fox

Tuesday, March 24, 2015



Silver fox, Silver fox, what are the feeding you? Silver fox, silver fox, its not you fauuuult.

Specialty color is coming on strong for the Spring and Summer of 2015. Pastels, silvers and little pops of color hitting the magazines and runways! Now this tends to be a trend that comes in and out of style however I am loving how this lovely lady makes it look as classy as ever! I (Molly) did this at my lovely place of work, Morgan Ashley Salon. I feel so inspired! So if you are remotely considering making a change like the one above and live anywhere close to Birmingham, AL. 
Come  in! Come in! 

I or the talented ladies I work with are dyeing (pun intended) to make some new classy looks! 
Morgan Ashley Salon - 2059079285

-mojo



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