Monday, February 27, 2012

7 jackie tips for hair

this was a photo shoot for heather. i don't take random thinking poses for fun.

so i don't think i have the best hair in the world, but i've gotten a lot of comments about my hair. i remember even once when in relief society, we did a "describe someone until you guess it" thingy. they asked jeff questions about me and when they said "what is one of your wife's natural talents?" he said, "her hair." natural talent?? how about selfless or forgiving, or even dancing? nope. hair.

i thought i'd share with you a few tips that i do with my hair. i'm being completely honest, you might think i'm weird...but whatever, my husband say's hair is my talent.

1. i only wash my hair every 3-4 days (this took some training, started every other day, then every 2 days, etc). notice i said i only wash my hair every 3-4 days...doesn't mean i don't shower. i take a body shower daily. just making that clear.

2. when i do wash it, i only use shampoo on the scalp (only the scalp), and i only use conditioner on the rest of my hair, mainly tips (not touching the scalp). This took some getting used to as well. Especially conditioner, i used to use soooo much.

3. i don't brush my hair that often. maybe once a day (and usually i brush just underneath bc that's where it gets knotty). when it's wet, right after the shower, is when i do a full brushing of the hair. i brush the tips first and then work my way up.

4. i don't blow dry it completely dry. to get volume, i bend over, flip my hair, and blow dry mainly my scalp. i stay away from the tips. i flip all of my hair to one side and dry the that side of scalp, then do the same to the other side. volume, volume, volume. then i let the tips dry on their own. i shower at night, so i don't curl it right away. too much heat can damage it.

5. this might sound the dumbest: when i sleep, i don't sleep on my hair. i make sure my hair is off my shoulders, spread up all over my pillow. does that make sense? for some reason i NEVER get bead head because of this.

6. i curl all of my hair just once. usually the morning after i shower. on day 3 or 4 i'll re-touch it with a curler a bit (seriously, takes me 3 minutes to retouch some curls, mainly the top of my hair). this doesn't mean my hair is completely curled and hasn't lost volume the 2nd day, but it's a different kind of curl that i like, a flatter curl.

7. to get rid of oily hair (which you might be thinking, "how does she wash it only every 3 or 4 days? gross, oily!) i put baby powder in my scalp. every night, before i go to bed, i put baby powder in the palm of my hand, bend over so my hair is flipped over, and use my other hand to massage the powder in to my scalp. i look like cruela devil when i go to bed, but my scalp soaks most of it in by the time i wake up. if there's a ton when you wake up, you put a little too much, but you could just dab water on it, or rub a wet towel on it. no biggie. if your hair's still oily when you wake, then you didn't use enough.

you might think, "dang, she does a lot for her hair." but i REALLY don't. #1, 4, and 6 i do every 3-4 days. #5 is such a natural thing before i go to bed, seriously 0.2 seconds to flip your hair up. and #7 is part of my bed time routine, it's like brushing my teeth. i just HAVE to do it. you save a ton of water bc now you're only taking 2 min body showers daily, so really, i'm an environmentalist.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


she's so weird. seriously, her personality is super strong and she's so young. what gets me through the day is the hilarious, weird, funny stuff she does. the other day she walked around with jeff's baseball cap on backwards, completely covering her sight, and kept walking in to walls. but wouldn't dare take it off to look.

today this is what she did. jeff took out this baby thing, and she wanted to play in it.

she wore her halloween monkey cap all day today. her choice. not mine.

and yes, that's a root beer bottle in her hand. an EMPTY root beer bottle. she took it out of the trash (which is another thing she does a lot. gross)

i also caught her in a drawer in the kitchen today. literally in it.

can't even begin to tell you how much jeff and i just stare at her and laugh.

Friday, February 17, 2012


my brother in law, bret, and sister in law, emily, are very patient people. seriously. not just because they have a lot of kids. emily just spent the last nine months of her life creating another life...and didn't even know if it was a boy or girl. THAT'S patience. i barely have enough patience to wait 5 months to find out, let alone 9.
today they welcomed in to the world their son, grayson henry crane. weighing a whopping 9 lbs. em is so tiny, how could he (and gavin) fit in there??

i know i can't meet him till our family reunion, which means now i have to have patience. not cool.

This kid has no idea how lucky he is to be in this family. congrats bret, emily, abby, mckenna, zachary, gavin, and sadie!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

to the rescue

i really wish i lived by family. any at all would do. my side, jeff's side. i don't care. this is something that jeff and i differ in. it's one of our many "discussions" (arguments) we have over and over.

it's really hard being a stay-at-home mama. don't get me wrong, i'm so grateful to be the one raising my daughter, since there are so many mom's that don't get that option. but it's Hard, capital h.

the hard part for me is that jeff comes home around 8:45ish. isn't that late? i usually shut off as mom A LOT earlier than that. i have to do sofia's bedtime routine alone. i know i'm only 5 month pregnant...but sofia almost weighs 26 pounds. try lifting that just to wash hands, or brush teeth.

the other night it was 7 pm and sofia was doing her usual "take all the dvd's out of their spots and spread em everywhere" routine, when there was a knock at the door. it was Tia Ash. sofia's only auntie in provo. she was only dropping off a tupperware i had let her borrow, and ended up staying over an hour and doing the following:

  • entertaining my daughter, including running around with her and dancing
  • changing her diaper 2x (POOP diapers), yes she pooped twice in an hour
  • and while i was putting sofia down, washed my dishes
i seriously cried. this is why i want to live by family. i'm so grateful she's at BYU and i have someone here who's related.

i know my family would do so much for me if they could. just like i would for them.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Crane Daily Routine

jeff loves to dance. when i first met him, i really didn't think he looked like the dancing type. tall. thin. white. he danced for me on one of our dates and all i could think of was: usher. black. wow.

most of you who know me, know that i, too, love to dance. so, we knew that our children would inherit this quality of ours (is it a quality? maybe i should say love). 

we have a dance party daily at the crane home, usually when jeff comes home from school. or when we're getting ready. i love it. here's a glimpse: