Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Watch Jon Griddle Up Some Edible Love!

Ok, I know this title is silly, but I have to hurry! The puppy will be up any second!
I'm missing blogging so much friends. Little Josie has been taking up most of our time. If I'm not caring for Josie, I'm wearing my "Mom hat" or cooking or cleaning around the house. It'll get easier soon though, and I'll be back to blogging. In fact,  today Josie turns 12 weeks old! In the meantime, I'm enjoying this surprise ride.

I was saying on Instagram this morning that, not since Noah's babyhood, have I been on so many consecutive early morning walks. I'm kind of enjoying it! We even saw a deer in the park at the bottom of the hill. He was majestic! (Josie didn't notice him.)

Anyway, just a bit of something fun today, and something that I've never talked about on the blog.....

So Jon runs a small cookware company called "Little Griddle." See his ad and coupon on the side bar! I think he has a stressful but fun job. Lots of food and cooking involved! They make griddles that you can use on top of your grill, and the accessories that go with it. There are so many different things that you can cook for your family and friends. More than I can talk about here, but I have something that can explain......

Jon and his long-time friend and cinematographer, Scott, have teamed up in the past to make some Little Griddle cooking and promotional videos. You can find all of them on the Little Griddle YouTube page!  Here are just a couple, but there are about twelve now!

Tomorrow Scott arrives from Pittsburgh for our third filming session. It's always such a great time during the two or three days that he comes. First there is the world's largest food shopping trip, and then tons of prep work for the ingredients while Scott figures out the technical gear. The filming is fascinating to watch and our yard turns into a cool site with lighting and big cameras. I have a feeling I'll need to keep Josie very occupied with walks because it's "quiet on the set!" 

I just wanted to share this fun, little anecdote with you. I'll let you know what delicious foods Jon cooks up this time!

Lauren :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

White Hot Hair Products, I'm in LOVE!

Friends, Silver Sisters, this is so exciting!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!! 
I've FINALLY found gray-specific haircare products that I truly love, work wonders and don't make me feel older than I want to feel! Win-win-win!
I'm thrilled to introduce you today to ................WHITE HOT! 

When White Hot's wonderful box from the UK arrived, it was like opening gifts on my birthday. GOOD gifts! The nicest woman named Charlotte, from White Hot's PR & Marketing division contacted me a coupe of weeks ago. She'd come across the blog and wondered if I had ever heard of White Hot's products and if I would like to try some! I was absolutely ecstatic because I HAVE heard of White Hot before and I HAVE been to their website, drooling over their range and wishing that they were also sold in the US. (Good to note that you can have White Hot shipped to you outside of the UK for 10 pounds!)

I was really happy to get this generous offer from Charlotte and White Hot. I told Charlotte that I'd be happy to write a blog review and she said that I needn't feel obligated to, that she just wanted to start a conversation about gray hair.  I have had such a great experience with White Hot's shampoos, conditioning mask, daily conditioner and styling products though, that I would really really  like to share with you. These are too good NOT to talk about!

First, here's a bit of back story about the White Hot brand, because it's just wonderful.
Founder Jayne Mayled had given up coloring her hair, and was encouraged by her hairdresser, Nicola to first "change what was in her head before she changed what was on her head." By this Nicola meant, that Jayne needed to learn to embrace her naturally gray color and learn to love herself first. Isn't that a great statement!? It's true, going gray and daring to show your white hair to the world, it can be such an emotional journey. That's what I love about White Hot's philosophy, it's not only about a group of products made to care for women's gray hair needs, but the company also aims to support and celebrate this beautiful way to be in the world! They are actively starting dialogues about what it means to be gray in our society, and to work against some of the old taboos associated with letting your silvers shine through.
You can read more about the White Hot story HERE, and if YOU want to join in on White Hot's positive, poignant conversations about your hair, please visit their wonderful Facebook page, just as I have!

My beautiful box of products arrived smelling wonderfully. That's the first thing that I noticed, the soft, powdery scent was so nice. Each item was wrapped in lovely tissue paper with a sticker, and there was a sweet note tucked inside. HOORAY! It felt like my birthday AND Christmas!
Here's what I found........

White Hot carries six products, each of which I've tested. 

First, there are two shampoos, Brilliant Shampoo and Glorious Shampoo.  Brilliant Shampoo is meant to be used once or twice a week when you need some instant brightening of your hair. You know, when the whites start to look a bit dulled, brassy or yellow? Well, if you're like me, you've tried "purple" shampoos before to lift the dullness.... Brilliant Shampoo was DIFFERENT though! Forget your Grandmother's purple shampoo from the 50's, Brilliant Shampoo was luminescent and smelled wonderfully! Nothing old about this shampoo, only sparkle. I couldn't believe how bright it made my hair, taking away the yellowing from layers of hair styling products and using my curling iron. Not only did my hair brighten, but it was soft and shiny. This shampoo is the best!I truly have yet to have as much whitening and brightening with a gray-hair specific or clarifying shampoo until now.

I also tried with my Brilliant Shampoo, White Hot's Intense Lustre Mask, a deep conditioning treatment that left my hair more tangle-free, softer, bouncier and shiny than it's been in a while. This is a wonderful, regenerative product. I highly recommend! It feels luscious and hydrating. The perfect way to pamper your hair and look your best.

After washing and conditioning my hair, I've been applying the Lifeshine Oil. A few pumps, warmed in your hands is all that you need to make your hair shiny and smooth. It also heat protects which is a big deal! I love this oil, it feels like another conditioning step, one that doesn't weigh your hair down at all, only helps to make it sparkle and shine!

Now comes the fun part. Once I've washed and dried and styled my hair, I use the product with the great name - Shooshing Creme! It's a luxurious whipped mousse of a cream. It smells wonderfully. Shooshing creme works to style and hold everything in place without adding dullness to your hair. It even, as they say, adds "Oomph in a flash!" What more could you ask for? Shooshing Creme works for all styles by the way. For days when you want to look sleek, and other times when you're going for body and curls.

After using the Brilliant Shampoo and Intense Lustre Mask, I chose to try the Glorious Shampoo and the Luminous conditioner together the next day. The Glorious shampoo detoxifies your hair, but is gentle enough to use daily. It had my hair feeling squeaky clean and again bright and shiny!
The conditioner made my hair soft as can be, and smooth too. Together, the Glorious Shampoo and Luminous Conditioner left me with more luster and manageability than any other daily shampoo/conditioner combo I have tried. It was really that great.

So my verdict: YES!
I truly feel that White Hot has a unique product that does what it says it will, truly cares about the spirit and emotions of those living with gray hair, AND delivers everything in a way that says: HOORAY! GRAY IS GORGEOUS TOO! You nourish you hair and your soul!   And who wouldn't want that!? :)

I've tried for days now to get a decent shot of my hair after using White Hot to share with you. Unfortunately, the combination of having a week's worth of super hot and humid days, and rain, and the fact that we fairly unexpectedly became the parents of a PUPPY last weekend, it just hasn't been conducive to any "good hair days" style-wise. There's been little time to do my hair and I've been outside morning, noon and night in the misty weather.

But, it's important to me to show you how much White Hot's products have brightened my hair. I really love what they do. So I'd like to share this photo from this morning in some natural light. Ignore the NON-style of my hair, and rather focus on brightening and softening that the White Hot products have done for me!
Also ignore the puffy-eyed exhaustion. This is what happens when you're outside begging a puppy to go potty in the middle of the night for days. :)

And there you have it my friends! I hope you found this review helpful and can enjoy your own experience with White Hot products too!

Oh! And a very nice reader asked a GREAT question.....White Hot products are luckily paraben-free and not tested on animals! :)

Until next time......I've got to go take the puppy out!
Lauren :)

*** For full disclosure....White Hot Hair has not paid me for this review. They did generously offer to provide me with free samples of their products so that I could give them a try. All of my opinions about the White Hot Hair products are my own. ***