Let’s hear it for the boyyyys! I gotta hand it to El Hub and Tabs for always keeping me on my toes. Those two… I never know what to expect from them, even after all this time.
Like today — today I learned that Tabs likes tea.
Because this morning I made a cup of decaf Irish breakfast tea (it’s super tasty! — the one from Trader Joe’s), put a hearty splash of milk in it, and set the cup down on my desk when I sat down to write.
Shortly thereafter, Tabs jumped up on the desk, and I just assumed that he was going to do what he usually does, which is to walk across the desk toward the window, where he likes to look outside.
I wasn’t really paying attention because I had my eyes on the screen, but then I heard a little tabby tongue lapping something up and realized, OH, CRAP! He’s drinking my tea.
Oh, don’t even get me started on traumatic tea events… Seems like my desk is a magnet for them (remind me to tell you about the “Onion Tea Incident” someday, but I can’t talk about it right now because the thought of it just triggered my gag reflex).
So, yeah, watch your cat around your morning beverages… Sneaky kittehs…
L’Oreal Cleansing Balms
This next one isn’t tea related, but I’ve also been into these new cleansing balms by L’Oreal lately.
WOW! Years ago, back when I started MBB, I never would have thought we’d be seeing affordable sulfate-, silicone- and paraben-free hair products at stores like CVS, Rite Aid and Target, but these cleansing balms are exactly that. They’re about $12 for a big 16.9-oz. bottle.
These would have been the kinds of products I would have had to get at a specialty beauty store or salon, and they would have been a lot more than $12… Drugstores have come a loooong way.
So, these non-lathering cleansers? I think they’re great. You use them in place of your regular shampoo and conditioner, where they clean and condition in one fell swoop, and they do it without stripping color or moisture from your hair or weighing it down.
The overall idea has been around for years (google “conditioner washing” or “co-washing”), so these aren’t revolutionary, but I like that the idea is more mainstream now.
I started co-washing years ago, and I think it was one of the things that saved my damaged (from heat styling) color-treated hair and brought it back from the brink. I totally believe in it.
The cleansing balms here come in three “flavors” — EverCurl for curly hair, EverPure for colored hair, and EverCreme for dry and damaged hair, and I’ve tried all three. All of them are designed to cleanse, condition, treat, detangle, soften and enhance shine.
And all of those things are great, but my favorite thing about these is how clean they make my scalp feel without stripping my hair. It just feels silky soft…
I’ve been alternating using the balms with a separate foaming shampoo and conditioner (to remove any product buildup remaining in my hair), and that seems to work well for me.
I’d compare these to the much more expensive conditioning cleansers by Pureology… They’re a great drugstore option if you’re looking to save a few $!
A Baby Girl update…
Yesterday at my regular weekly checkup, I found out that BG appears to be ahead of schedule. She could be arriving any day now!
Mind you, I’m still completely terrified of the process of labor because I’ve never done it before and don’t know what to expect (althoug I’m doing my best to stay calm and keep a positive outlook), but I’m more than ready to not feel my back and hips ache all day long.
I’d been hoping that BG would stay put and marinate for a couple more weeks (her due-ish date was March 7)…but if she decides to get this show on the road, I’m totally OK with that. I’m not completely prepared, but at least my hospital bag is finally packed! 🙂
My latest addiction: gross science
One last thing before I jet. I’m totally addicted to this weekly science show on YouTube by PBS called Gross Science.
Since we’re all friends here, I thought you might enjoy this segment with three surprising questions about periods…
Oh! — and I also thought this video was interesting as well. It talks about mosquitos, the Zika virus, and an emerging gene technology called the CRISPR Gene Drive.
Now, I apologize in advance for this video’s thumbnail picture…because it’s gross (sorry), but I really do think the video is quite interesting.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,