Thursday, July 31, 2014

Easy DIY Wavy Hair

So, my entire family has wavy hair...every single one of them...and then there's me, I am the only one with straight hair! Now, I do love my hair, don't get me wrong, but sometimes a girl just wants some waves and maybe even some curls! Well, I've been shopping all over the internet trying to find a product that would make my hair wavy without too much hassle and for not too expensive of a price. I have seen this sort of thing on Pinterest and thought I should give it a shot before shelling out who knows how much money on a product that may, or may not, work. Here's how it went!

All you need:
-Squirt bottle (I used an empty hair spray bottle & rinsed it out)
-1 C. hot water
-1 Tbsp. fine sea salt
-1 tsp. coconut oil (liquid is easiest to use)
-1 tsp. hair gel

Use a funnel to combine all of your ingredients into your squirt bottle, shake it up, then spray all over and scrunch your hair a bit. That's it! Voila!

My hair is usually ridiculously difficult to curl so I apply this when my hair is still wet then again when it's dry. My hair stays wavy all day and isn't crunchy - the coconut oil helps prevent that and keeps your hair healthy. I absolutely love this stuff and am so glad I gave it a try before spending much more money than I needed to!

p.s. Be sure to shake your spray before each use and if you use solid coconut oil in your mix you will probably need to run the bottle under hot water for a minute or two before using to liquefy the oil and make it easier to spray.

Oh yeah, and if you would like to add some fragrance to your mixture just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil! I personally love the doTerra Serenity blend.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Moist & Chocolatey Texas (Sheet) Cake

I am in love with this cake! You would typically bake this in a cookie sheet but I had to scramble at the last minute and ended up using a 9x13" pan...I must say, I don't regret it! It was the perfect chocolate cake for our Sunday evening family treat. This cake is so easy to whip up and is moist, just the right amount of chocolatey, and is sure to satisfy everyone's taste-buds & tummies!

Texas (Sheet) Cake
2 sticks butter
1 C. water
1/3 C. cocoa powder
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. sour cream

-Preheat oven to 350 F (325 for dark pans) & generously grease either a 9x13" pan or cookie sheet.
1. In a small saucepan, on medium heat, combine the butter, water, and cocoa powder. Stir often until boiling, remove from heat.
2. In a separate mixing bowl combine remaining dry ingredients and sift together until well mixed. Pour in hot chocolate & butter mixture, beat until mixed. Add sour cream and stir in well.
3. Pour batter into greased pan and bake 20-25 minutes for a cookie sheet, 25-30 minutes for a 9x13" pan, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
4. Remove from oven and let sit on wire rack while making the icing.

Texas (Sheet) Cake Icing
1 stick butter
1/4 C. milk
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3 1/2 - 4 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Heat butter in medium pot on medium heat until melted. Stir in milk and cocoa, whisk until boiling. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Pour over warm cake, let sit 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!