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Forget goo-goo ga-ga, I’ve gone goo-goo da-da! 

A little while back I finally made the cut and donated my hair to Pantene’s Locks of Love. After seeing Lesley’s post on Dada salon, I knew I just had to give them a try. I browsed through their rave reviews on yelp and read lots of great things about all of their stylists. (I couldn’t decide which stylist to request, so I counted up who had the most mentions. Yeah, I’m real technical like that, ha!)  

Based on my uber duber scientific method, I chose Marie. It’s actually quite funny how things worked out, Marie couldn’t have been a more perfect choice. 
I wanted to go in for a consultation to see what she might recommend, but thought, geez, am I being a little too high maintenance? So I decided to just forget about the consult. When I gave her a call to make the appointment, Marie actually suggested that I come in for a consult. “It’s a big change, you should feel good about it.” – I knew right then she and I would hit it off. 
She’s the brightest ball of sunshine. You can’t help but be in a good mood while you’re around her. Her fun, quirky outfits make me smile and that girl knows how to rock some amazing shoes.  She keeps it real and is not afraid to tell you the truth (which I love). For example, she promised me I wouldn’t walk out of there with a “mom bob”. Did I mention she was a hoot?
Da-da in a nutshell
1. Small, cozy environment. You won’t find hundreds of stuffy looking stylists all dressed in black here.
2. Independent stylists working under one roof. No receptionists here. They all schedule, greet, cut, color, and check out their own guests.
3. Wine, beer and other sipsters. You’ll feel at home here. The stylists chip in to provide guests with a little refreshment during their visit.
4. Italian hair products line. If this stuff were edible, I would totally eat it. Smells so divine.
5. Free Hair-cuts. When you donate your hair, Marie will cut it for free. 
6. Communication. Need to reach your stylist? Shoot them a text, drop them an email, just like having a new best friend.
7. Industrial Chic. The atmosphere has an urban vibe, but you will find little vintage touches throughout the salon.
8. Music. No blaring techno over the sound of blowdryers here. I almost felt like they had my ipod on shuffle; like being at my favorite coffee shop.
9. Baby disco ball. C’mon, who doesn’t like a disco ball?
10. Happy Hair, Happy Heart. All of the ladies here are so hip and genuine. There’s no way you’d leave feeling anything less than happy.

So here is my long, no wait… loooooooooooooooong hair.

Littlest sister was with me and actually made the big cut! Here we’re just goofin’ off beforehand.

Yikes.

And here’s the new do, all short and bangy! Love it!

Do you have a stylist that you’re just goo-goo for?

Posted 7/14/11, Topic: Blog

This Land is Our Land

Nothing like a controversial illustration to get your Wednesday going! The bright colors and lettering of this print first caught my eye, but as I actually started to read it, I have to admit I let out a few snickers. Okay, so Cali I know you guys are happy with your stereotype, but what about the rest of you? Do you think your state’s description holds any truth?

I’m still laughing that Snooki made the map, geez.

Happy Hump Day!

Posted 7/13/11, Topic: Blog

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

I love the tangy flavor of lemon in desserts. I’ve been wanting to make a dessert with lemon and blueberries, so I decided to give this Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake a try. I popped this in the oven while  Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder was outside working on new pavers for our patio. I knew he would love to walk into the house and smell this in the oven.

Any recipe that directs you to poke holes in the top so it can absorb the yummy, sugary glaze – you know you’ve got a winner.

This cake is SUPER moist and has a nice tangy top crust. I walked outside to give Mr. BEY a taste test. He started talking as I popped a big bite in his mouth and it sounded something like this. “Is that a blueberry — Mmmmmmmm!”
Guess that pretty much sums it up. Blueberry Mmmmmmmm.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
adapted from Cooks.com

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. lemon peel
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup blueberries

Cream butter in 1 cup sugar. Add eggs and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Stir in lemon peel and blueberries. Bake in well greased loaf pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.

GLAZE:

1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. powered sugar

Mix lemon juice and sugar – use a toothpick to make holes in top of cake and drizzle lemon glaze over warm cake.

Posted 7/12/11, Topic: Eats

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

This year, I had big plans for Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder’s birthday. We have only one computer at home and when you’re married to a blogger… well, I’ll let you guess who’s on the computer most of the time. He’s always so patience as he waits for me to finish so he can jump on and do his thing – look at espn, check the weather, read the news, etc. 
This year I decided to surprise him with his very own ipad – woot woot! But you know me, I couldn’t just wrap it. Nah, that would be too boring. We love to do little quirky things for each other, so I thought I would disguise his ipad to look like a book.

He opened his present and thought he was getting a photo book of Normandy. I made this book jacket to disguise a text book and make it look like a book he might actually receive for a birthday present. He loves photography and he loves France… but if you look real close you will see the author is “A.J. Tsirk Sanoh”, ha! That’s just my name all jumbled up.
I even had a birthday note typed on the inside of the jacket. 
As he turned the first page… “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!” Those were his words exactly. (And he had a smile the size of Texas.)
With the help of my awesome co-worker, Reece, we carved out enough pages in this text book for the ipad to fit flush and wrapped it up like a normal present.
Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder was floored to say the least. Now I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s his ipad. {Greedy blogger.} It’s just so bright, shiny and tempting.

Here’s to many more birthdays, many more sneaky surprises and many more happy memories together!

 

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Posted 7/11/11, Topic: Blog

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder

{little} Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder

Look at this little cutie pie! He turns 28 today. Can’t wait for a weekend full of Happy Birthday singin’, candle blowin’ and hopefully a piece of birthday cake… or two.

Have a happy weekend you guys!

Posted 7/8/11, Topic: Blog

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