Send Something Beautiful

Over the weekend, our family lost our Abuelito. I’ve only known him for seven years (technically he was Chris’ Grandfather) but he really penetrated my heart. Abuelito was my Abuelito, blood or not. We kept it to ourselves for a few days, so that we could process our loss in private. I don’t want to go into a huge post about my feelings of loss but rather share something that makes me happier in a time of grief, in hopes that you can make someone in the same situation happier as well. 

The flowers shown above were a gift from my best friend, Marie. These aren’t your typical funeral flowers, rather really stunning happy bright flowers. Looking at them makes me smile. For a few minutes, we could forget our sadness and instead celebrate life. I’d recommend something happy like this rather then those creepily large circular flower arrangements or large crosses made of roses. Of course this is my personal opinion but I’ve never seen anyone really happy to take home those big rose arrangements from the funeral home. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Give someone a hug? Sounds like a weird request but you know…  I’m sure there is someone (maybe you?) that needs one right now. 

Kindness is the best accessory,






The Rebecca & Chris Show: Rebecca Dyes Hair with Poop & Pinky Starts His Daily Walks

Every Sunday I post a vlog of Chris and I’s week. Too see episodes before they premier here, subscribe to drhappen on YouTube (our vlogging channel). You can also follow our weekly activities by following our Twitter accounts @heyimrebecca and @chrcharcor.

What did you do this week?

Kindness is the best accessory,






Saturday Link Love: Are You Breathing Correctly?

Every Saturday I share my favorite links from the week. Do you want a chance to be featured? Email your best articles or videos to misc@rebeccakelsey.com with “Link Love” in the title and I’ll bookmark the ones I like to feature in a future post! 

  • I didn’t realize there was a wrong way to breathe. How you breath can actually impact your stress level?! Good to know. Thank you HeyKayli for the info!

 

  • You know I’m obsessed with monthly subscription services, it’s pretty obvious. One that I hadn’t heard about was a monthly box for pregnant and new Mom’s. I can’t wait until I need this one! 

What are your favorite links for the week? 

Kindness is the best accessory,






Rebecca’s Delights: Milkshake without Ice Cream

For this week’s DIY Friday I decided to mix it up and make something yummy. See more recipes and DIY Friday projects here

Instructions:

1. Gather your ingredients: Milk (or a lactose-free substitute), sugar (or a sugar substitute), vanilla extract, a glass, blender, and ice.
2. Fill your glass 75% full with ice. 
3. Add milk until it is just below the ice. 
4. Add a very small amount of vanilla extract (the exact amount is your prefrence).
5. Cover the ingredients with a layer of sugar.
6. Blend until ice is finely chopped (think slushy or even finer consistency).
7. Enjoy/murder the bird that chirped throughout the whole video.

Let me know what you think after you’ve tried out this recipe! I’d love your feedback. 

Kindness is the best accessory,






My Experience With Using Henna Natural Dye

Before (direct sunlight), after first wash, second time after two washes. It looks a little more like picture #2 in real life and on camera.

On Earth Day I experimented with using Henna hair dye for the first time. I don’t know too much about Henna yet so if I say something that doesn’t sound right, let me know!

It was weird…. I’m definitely more used to box hair dye from the drugstore. 

I purchased Caca Rouge Mama from Lush (the reddest color they make). It was my first time at Lush, really cool! I can’t wait to go back once I’m done with my Living Minimally Resolution

Here is the instructions, as explained by Lush:

1. Cut henna up into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.

2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.

3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.

4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.

5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.

Tips: Always do a strand test first. Use face cream (or Ultra Bland) around your hairline and ears to protect skin. Wrap hair in cling film for a redder color. For darker, richer colors, leave on longer (up to six hours).

The only thing I changed was that I repeated the entire process twice. I didn’t think it was red enough the first time so I repeated it because I had read that Henna builds up in your hair over time and gets more vibrant. It didn’t quite work out for me. My hair is redder but not as bright as I wanted it to be. I was hoping for more of an orangy-red rather then dark auburn. 

My thoughts on the whole experience? I’m not sure I would do it again since I had no guarantee of the color I want. It’s great that it doesn’t damage my hair like other dyes do but I didn’t love the process. When I was trying to wash it out, I had a lot of trouble. I think it took over five minutes of massaging my scalp before I could get the product out.

What I may try is adding additional ingredients to my Henna. I’ve read of people adding honey, tea, coffee, etc. to manipulate the color. I’ve also been reading up on Henna glazes and those seem nice to add a little color but not too drastic of a change. 

Henna is permanent so I’m stuck with this color for awhile. What I’m going to do to make it more to my liking is using honey lighting treatments to make the color brighter. We’ll see how that goes!

I’d like to note though that I do look better now in pink! Haha.

Have you used Henna before? What was your experience? Do you have any tips?

Kindness is the best accessory,