Getting Wedding Ready with Drybar!

I'm sure many of you reading this have been in weddings and if not one, than probably MANY; and you KNOW how expensive they can be! Don't get me wrong, we all know that they are so fun to be a part of, but the getting there takes some work; budgeting, and planning and all that jazz. This past weekend, I had the honor to be in an out of state wedding for a girlfriend of mine, and my daughter was even going to be one of her flower girls! Talk about EXCITING!! So I had my dress, shoes, earrings--we had our hotel booked, and literally, all I needed was my hair left to be planned. When Drybar of Louisville informed me that they'd love to partner with me the day before I left, I was DOWN. The salon officially opened January 22, and is Louisville's FIRST Drybar. 

They are located on Shelbyville road, in between Toys R Us and Whole Foods. A bright white shop with tons of windows and bright, vibrant decor--it's a shop hard to miss. I was welcomed by smiling faces, from the receptionists and stylists and also the owners themselves! [How cool right??] The salon is big enough to hold MANY clients and I've always thought it would be the perfect spot for bride's and their girls to get ready at. 

A lot of women haven't heard about the Drybar blow-out experience, so here's the scoop. You're immediately welcomed with your drink of choice: ice water, diet coke, tea, etc. [I chose diet coke because after running the 5k that morning, this mama was in dire need of caffeine!] Then you're given a menu which you can select your ideal look from: some examples include the Mai Tai, loose, beach-like waves; or a traditional blow-out called Straight Up. If you're really wanting fancy though, there's a fun look called the Uptini, which is more of an up-do. You can see the full menu here if you want to take a peek before going in! 

The stylist greeted me so friendly and took me back for a wash. We chatted about our kids and my race that morning and swapped motherhood stories the whole time. By the end of the appointment I felt like I had known her way longer than the 40-ish minutes it took! She dried my hair and curled it with some loose waves--I was in love with the finished product! (Please excuse my sweatpants and baggy tee; keep in mind I had just ran three miles before hand! Ahh, SO tired!!)

I had actually been to Drybar before, when we had our family pictures taken back in October, and I was SO pleased with that experience as well. The curls lasted me well over 24-hours and I never even had to re-touch it!! The same goes for this visit; my family of four and I left for Cincinnati right after my hair appointment and we went to the rehearsal, dinner, and I sat with my kiddos in the hotel where they swam for almost an hour. Even after sleeping on it, it was STILL in excellent shape. If you're a product junkie like me, or if you're even looking for the simple necessities, Drybar WON'T let you down. Their dry shampoo (Detox) is one of my absolute faves, and I actually did use some of this a few hours before the wedding ceremony. As a mom of two, I kinda feel like dry shampoo is at the TOP of my priority list these days...

I can't say enough about Drybar of Louisville. Excellent staff, TALENTED stylists, and a wonderful opportunity. I am not the best at 'treating myself' but I think days like these are so needed. Mamas, if you CAN, check this salon out. And if you have any questions at all, comment or e-mail me! I assure you that the time is worth it, and the hair styles do NOT disappoint. 

Thank you Drybar, for this amazing gift that could not have come at a more perfect time for me!! You definitely have made me a lifelong customer! 


Fun in the Fall: Our Weekend

Yesterday my husband and I got to go on a REAL DATE. The kids' old sitter, one of their very, very favorites, texted me Friday and said she'd be available if we wanted her. Since she's all grown up now and is a teacher herself, the kids have been been dying to see her...SO: HECK TO THE YES! was my response. It's not like we're deprived of time together, our kids go to bed around 8pm most nights, but getting out of the house and just spending a fun night together was sooo needed. We decided to knock out Christmas shopping and we actually got a TON done. Then we went to the mall and I was pretty obsessed with our dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Yes to ALL the dumplings and Italian food, always. 

Anyway, this weekend has just been abundantly sweet and I wanted to share it here. It's hard to believe we've had five full days off from work and that tomorrow is Monday. But guess what? ONLY THREE MORE FULL WEEKS AND I AM DONE! 

This evening Asa went grocery shopping and the kids and I decided we needed some fresh air at the park. They put on their new Tsukihoshi tennis shoes (which are perfect for our outdoor adventures), grabbed their bikes, and we had some fun in the leaves. I love that it's not yet frigid; honestly, if it's not going to drop feet of snow onto the ground, I don't need it cold. The kids had so much fun collecting leaves and racing each other as they drove their "babies" (Lion and Baby) around. 

This weekend was packed with family and friends and amazing food and quality time. Moments like these have me so grateful that a.) I have a GREAT job in my teaching career, that allows for paid time off and b.) that I have a super supportive husband who dreams with me for the coming year. 

I wish I had better documented our Thanksgiving. I only snapped a few quick photos, but we hosted. The ENTIRE local Glass family, two of our best friends, another friend and his son; we had a FULL HOUSE, and VERY full stomachs. Perhaps this week I'll muster up the courage to revisit my old archenemy, the gym, and work some of that off. 

What has been some of the greatest joys from YOUR Thanksgiving week? Did you host, go somewhere else? Have more than ONE lunch or dinner? I'd love to hear from YOU! Drop me a comment below and tell me your story! 

Kid's tennis shoes: Tsukihoshi