Friday, May 7, 2010

Beauty Secrets by Olivia

So some of the most asked questions I get are directed to how stinkin' cute Olivia is, and while I can only point to her Creator as to why that is so, I can answer some of your burning questions on how I maintain that sweetness:)

Where did you get that outfit/hair bow/shoes, etc.?

What, this old thing?

Well, I did not get them anywhere. We are blessed by a wonderful GiGi who spoils them rotten and has a slight* addiction to Gymboree. (*editor's note: slight? are you kidding me?) On the off chance that whatever my kids are wearing is not hot of the shelves of Gymboree then I probably bought at Kid to Kid or Once Upon a Child, which are consignment stores that I buy gently used clothes and I usually look for things from Old Navy, Gap, or you know our favorite the G of course.

How do you get her hair to do that? Or what kid of products do you use?

Ahh, the hair. Well, first we only shampoo once a week. Shampooing is very harsh on curly hair so we only do it on Saturday nights before church:) The rest of the week we co-wash, which is just washing with conditioner only. We LOVE Curly Q's Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream for shampoo and their Coconut Dream Moisturizing Conditioner. By far the best we have tried! Sometimes at night I put on a heavy cream or butter, which right now we are using Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. I won't lie, I don't really like it but it's getting the job done and it costs too much to waste. I really like Blended Cutie's Curly Cake Shake, which isn't heavy but keeps it moisturized really well.

Then in the mornings I spritz it with a water bottle and add hair milk, like the Curly Cake Shake and detangle with a wide tooth comb. This is taking a long time most mornings because she doesn't wear a sleep cap, but I think I am going to order a Nadia's Sleep Cap soon. Being on time to places may depend on it! Then I add a bit of Blended Cutie's Jelly Cream and let it dry. We are going to attempt some more elaborate styles this summer perhaps:)

For those adoptive parents out there, I have tried a lot of products. A LOT. But I keep coming back to Blended Beauty's kid's line, Blended Cutie. The thing I love about it is they have 5 different blends for different types of curly hair! We have all been there, frustrated that the curly hair product we just spent an arm and a leg on is just too heavy or is just too light for our kid's hair. With Blended Cutie, I get exactly what I want. And they aren't paying me a dime for saying this.....something is wrong with this.

What kind of lotion do you use?

With hair, I am all about the all natural stuff. Not because I am green or anything, but because I can tell a difference over time. Her hair gets dried out when I use the stuff I pick up at Walgreens or the grocery store. But with lotion I use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream. It is absolutely wonderful on her skin, I can get it at the grocery store, and I don't have to pay shipping:) I am sure that there might be better stuff out there but her skin looks great! If it ain't broke, right? And this stuff keeps it moisturized for a couple of days because really who has the time to bathe the kids every. single. day? We just put it on after bath, no reapplication necessary.

As for the sweet smile, shining eyes, and the ability to talk your ear off, she is fearfully and wonderfully made. God's works are wonderful and I know that full well:)


  1. She is precious! Great job with her hair :-)

  2. I love her hair!! I'll be drilling you for info later on in our journey I'm sure. When Silas' hair gets all crazy we just cut it! Can't really do that with a princess! I'm so bad about following blogs these days - but I am SO excited for you as you go serve in Ethiopia!! What are you going to be doing?! So incredible!