Cranky Living: Get Your Hair Done

Posted by: Maggie

Lifestyle tips from a moderately hip & stylish mom for families who
want to live a healthful, organized, and joyful life

If you’ve been reading Cranky awhile you know that I’m a big advocate of taking care of yourself. As women, especially mothers and wives we use the excuse of taking care of our kids, husbands, homes, and jobs to neglect ourselves. But we’ve all heard the saying, “If Mama isn’t happy, no one is!” So I do my best to take care of myself and I encourage all you ladies out there to do the same.

One of my very favorite things to do for myself is to have my hair done. It’s such a simple pleasure. It always gives me a little boost of self-confidence. My stylist, Stacy, and I went to high school together and she’s been doing my hair since a few years after we graduated. I love to get to see her and talk about our kids and husbands and whatever else is going on with us. It’s like having coffee with a friend, except I look fabulous when I leave!

My last two styles:

I went for the side bangs for a summery look, but I got sick of them hanging in my face, so I just switched back to my signature bangs. Much better now! Ignore that the first is while shopping at Target and the second is in my bathroom I took them immediately after my hair appointments and that’s where I happened to be.

I highly recommend having your hair done as often as you can afford it! It’s fun and relaxing and you look better for having done it! Here’s some tips for enjoying your salon experience.

5 Tips for a Great Salon Day

1. Schedule your hair appointment on a work day. Don’t use your family time unless you have to! Taking a break from work makes it feel like such a luxurious treat! (And if you’re a SAHM I’m counting the days when you are home alone with the kids as work days for you of course, and you need a break more than anyone, so get a friend or sitter to watch the kids!)

2. Grab your favorite coffee drink or other treat on your way over! You’ll be sitting reading magazines and talking for a while, why not enjoy a little treat at the same time!

3. Find a stylist you trust. Stacy is both talented and she knows me and my personal style.  I know that If I go in and tell her to do whatever she wants, I will love it! I trust her completely with my hair. And that’s a pretty big deal, because hair is sooo important!

4. Find a stylist that you enjoy talking with. Depending on what you’re doing to your hair, you’re going to be at the salon anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, so it’s important that you like your stylist and enjoy his or her company. Find someone that you can talk and laugh with and your salon experience will be so much more fun and relaxing.  I lucked out with Stacy because we were friends before she was my stylist. I love talking to her and always look forward seeing her.

5. Tell your significant other that you are having your hair done. This is soooooooo important! You know you’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t notice! So don’t set yourself up for disappointment and him for failure! Tell him ahead of time so that he is prepared to tell you how amazing you look!

That’s it! Get out there, find a stylist you love, and book yourself an appointment!

Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Posted by: Maggie

While Brian was is town we wanted to entertain him a little. We figured he probably didn’t want to do what we normally do: sit on the couch and eat ice cream. So, we took him to one of our favorite places in L.A., the Natural History Museum. The museum has just opened their new Dinosaur Hall, and we had been waiting for Brian to visit to check it out. The Dinosaur exhibit at the museum had been closed for years with only this display in the entrance hall of the museum:

That’s Brian, being adorably scary. Now the exhibit is finally reopened in a gorgeous new display!

Okay, that’s not it, that’s just Josh and Eleanor enjoying the Discovery Center at the museum. Fun stuff if you like taxidermy.

Here are the Dinosaurs:

I wish I could tell you something more about the exhibit, but if you’ve ever been to a museum with a 3 year old you know that there’s no chance you can stand in one place to read about what you’re looking at for more than 30 seconds.

I now realize I should have grabbed a stranger to take a photo of all of us, but I had my nice camera and it’s always scary to hand your very expensive camera over to a stranger who 1) could walk off with it, and 2) can’t follow your instructions on how to take the photo anyway.

More adventures with Brian up soon!

Make Art a Part & a Giveaway!

Posted by: Maggie

If you follow my photo business blog, you’ve heard that I had the pleasure of contributing a project to Kaitlyn from is a virtue’s new ecourse, make art a part (of your life). make art a part is an eight week course with contributions from a number of fabulous artists, who each give you a project in their medium to help you make art a part of your life. It looks like an amazing class with so many interesting projects. Registration is now open! You can click the image below to check it out.

To celebrate, Kaitlyn has offered to give one very lucky cranky reader a set of camera stationary created just for my readers!

You’ll win five envelopes, ten sheets of writing paper and five envelope seals!

How to Enter:

All you have to do is leave a comment below with your favorite item from Kaitlyn’s etsy shop!

You have until this Thursday August 11 at 11:59pm PST. I’ll announce the winner on Friday!