Trim His Eyebrows

This is Katie.

She styled my family’s hair when we lived in Wisconsin, and she surprised my husband the first time she took scissors to his eyebrows. His initial shock became delight when he saw the results. Before we moved, Katie taught me how she did it.

Simply backcomb one eyebrow (from temple to nose) and trim with hair-cutting shears whatever hairs come past the spine of your comb.

Katie told me she once trimmed a family member’s eyebrows while camping and there was no comb, so she used a fork. (I always think of Ariel’s “dinglehopper.”) So resourceful!

Katie will always do this more capably than I do, but now every time I cut his hair, I trim my husband’s eyebrows too. Thanks for teaching me how, Katie!!!


3ms How I Love Thee…

Gallery arrangements are my favorite way to hang pictures.  Mostly because I can’t decide on just a few pictures to put on the wall and I love that you can add variety.  Maybe gallery style is post-trend, I’m not sure, but I do know the easiest way to do one, 3ms.

These are mostly before pictures of what our home looked like before we, and my in-laws fixed it up.  It is in our entryway and I love it!
I’ve seen examples of using butcher paper and outlining each frame, marking where the nail goes.  I’ve heard about people putting toothpaste on the hanging bracket and placing it on the wall just so, leaving a minty mark where to drive your nail.  Both good, but I still prefer no holes in the wall.

The posters are heavy, so I used 4 of the medium velcro strips
I eyeball my arrangements and use Velcro 3ms.  Well, I eyeball and when I do my final sticking I do use a pocket level.  Usually I’ll lay out all my frames and items on the floor and snap a picture for reference on my phone, but it always changes as I’m sticking it on the wall.  When you’re hanging many frames or items, I find that I don’t have to be exact with the distance between.  I just try to line up one with either the top or bottom of the frame next to it leaving approximately the same distance around each one.

Are they more expensive than nails.  Yep.  Do you need to use enough so you don’t hear your frame go bump in the night.  Yep.  Do I still recommend them, ABSOLUTELY.

The velcro is my favorite for picture hanging for the ease of changing your picture out every now and then.  I also love that I can really get a frame level, taking it back off the wall if needed.

Yes, those are Christmas lights with clear cups with cut up old jeans hot glued to them.
It’s as quick as a sticker so I waste no time doing a whole wall like this.  When we moved in, I had large things hung in every room in under a week.  That makes you feel quite homey.

I use other 3m hanging strips and hooks in other places too.  My kids’ light strands are up with tiny clear hooks.


Mason jars with herbs are above my kitchen sink with strong 3ms, and my metal colander and library bag are both hung with double 3m plastic rungs.

Hang without holes!


9 Tips for Getting a Great Haircut

#1 Go to a good stylist and usually a great salon.  The best way to find a good stylist is to ask someone with great hair where they go.  I find great salons usually have the best stylists because they can afford to be choosy.  The one I go to now is Inspire Salon in Cottleville, MO.  Lots of perks.

IMG_5143#2 Show a picture during the consultation.  You know when you first go back and sit in the stylist chair before you get washed and you talk at your mutual reflections in the mirror about your hair… that’s prime time to get the cut you want.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and hair lingo varies.  If you sit down and say, “I’d like my longest layer here and have them go out from there,” you may end up with a super short cut instead of the pretty shape the popular girls had and begin your Freshmen year of high school with a nickname “Mario.”  Just sayin’

Having learned my lesson, I pick up my phone and show my stylist a picture I’ve saved of what I like and then she talks me through what she’d do to my hair to make that work.  The last time I heard, “Hers is thinner than yours, so I think we’ll do more than those layers and face framing.” That brings me to my next point…

#3 Pick a picture of a hairstyle that you can actually have.  My stylist in Wisconsin had a sign in her salon that said, “I’m a Stylist not a Miracle Worker.”  My rule for myself is no pictures of blondes.  I have auburn brown hair.  Blondes can pull off any haircut and look awesome.  The cute choppy stuff I like on you doesn’t show up on my hair, it hides.

IMG_5144#4 Use Pinterest or the internet for today’s looks.  Remember those hair style books every beauty shop used to have.  Ha!  The 80’s and the up-dos!  Love it!  Medium length was way up for interpretation too.  My go-to for finding a cut I like is Pinterest.  When I find a style picture I love I pin it to “My Personal Style” board.  Before I go for a haircut I choose my favorite picture and save it on my phone.  My favorite celebrity hair for trying on myself has changed over time.  I had Zoey Deschanel bangs for a little while; she does them better.  Now my haircut is styled after Maria Menunos.  It’s timeless and I can do a ton with it.  Plus she has thick hair like mine.  Go Marias!IMG_5142


#5 Always get washed.  This is a total preference as part of the enjoyment of the appointment.  I love having my hair washed.  I go where it’s part of the appointment.  Places that charge separately drive me nuts because I’m cheap and I’d opt out and miss my favorite part.  I’ve asked for my hair to be cut dry before.  This is tough on the stylist, and the cut didn’t come out anyway.  I did this because my hair gets wavy when wet and I wanted a cut that looked perfect when straight.  Instead…

#6 Always get styled.  Another bonus of going to a good salon is included styling.  Places where it’s a separate fee again drive me nuts because I’d opt out.  Now when I get styled there is usually some extra trimming that happens to get the cut just right when straight or curled or whatever.  If you love what they’re doing, ask questions.  Get a hair styling lesson while you’re at it.  I learned how to curl with a flat iron from my stylist.  Just ask!

#7 Don’t Cross Your Legs!  Keep both flat on the footrest or you’re going to have an asymmetrical cut.

#8 Fix your hair before you go.  Sounds weird, but I’ve heard that it’s good for your stylist to see how you normally fix your hair and what your ability is with hair before they give you something out of your manageable range.

#9 Go regularly.  I’ve been totally guilty of only getting my hair cut once a year.  It saves money, but I don’t like my hair as much.  Some people go every 6 weeks.  My budget isn’t okay with that.  My stylist recommended every 12 weeks for me since I wear it long.  That’s only 4 times a year, and I can afford that.  When you get cut regularly, you can maintain a style and you’ll have less damaged ends.  I love setting up my next cut at each visit, then it’s on my calendar and then I’m sure to get the stylist I want and I get first dibs on appointment times.


If you want the full pampered experience, then a salon with all the perks is for you.  When I walk in I’m offered a beverage.  Before getting my hair washed I’m offered a complimentary shoulder and scalp massage with an essential oil of my choice.  It’s almost as great as getting a full massage.  It is so relaxing.  My stylist in Wisconsin did a neck massage while she washed your hair and it relieves all of your tension.  I miss her and her great skills, but I can’t drive 5 hours to get my hair done.

PS –I have some $20 off coupons for new customers for my stylist that I’d love to give to you if you live near here.  Yes, I get credit in my account for referring (full disclosure) and you can too.  Seriously, this salon has fantastic perks.

How about you?  Do you have a tip I missed for getting a great hair cut?