Beauty

As Seen in Issue 11 of the Magnolia Journal

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Issue No. 11 of the Magnolia Journal surrounds the idea of Freedom and inspires you to celebrate freedom in a number of ways. Maybe you celebrate freedom by choosing a path for you instead of what was expected, maybe it’s letting go of comforts to allow room for growth, maybe it’s packing out your kids into the car and living life on the road, or maybe it’s simply running through the grass barefoot on a summer day with literally nothing else to do. There’s even a summer bucket list that will inspire you to make this the best summer ever and live like you’re a kid again. If this sounds like your jam or you just want some of the grilled flatbread recipes (because they look freaking delicious and easy to make), go get it. If you just want to find a few Joanna Gaines approved items you can buy online, well then, I can help you with that. Just keep scrolling.


Backpack by Walker Family Goods

There’s an entire article about the Walker Family in this issue. They sound kind of amazing and I want to be them for like a week (likely I’d change my mind after 1 day in the car with my kids). Plus I’m just loving the vintage vibe of this bag.

Chemical Free Sunscreen

Look, I use the bad stuff on my kids too because it works. I’m trying to do better though and this one caught my eye.




Coconut Milk Roll On Perfume

There’s a seaweed + sea salt one I really want to try. I haven’t used perfume in years, but this makes me want to try.


But seriously, this issue has me saying all the yeses and I’m really anxious to try the spinach + artichoke flatbread and the tomato + basil flatbread. There’s even a recipe for chimichurri with avocado that sounds amazing too and since our outdoor kitchen is finally up and running, you can bet we might just be trying that one very soon with whatever steak I can get Tyler to cook. I don’t grill so if you know what an appropriate cut of mean for a chimichurri is, feel free to share.

So yeah, if you’re asking my opinion, I’d totally recommend issue no. 11 of the Magnolia Journal.

-Monica

Postpartum Hair Loss and Monat

Postpartum hair loss is a real thing.

It takes a little bit (like 3 months ish), but eventually those hormones hit this point where it’s like “you didn’t need that hair, did you?” and it just starts coming out in what seems like chunks. My whole back side would be covered in hair in the shower and then there is that weird grow out phase where you just feel like your hair looks ridiculous all the time.

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And apparently it doesn’t all come back on it’s own either.

I didn’t realize this until I started using Monat and here we are one year later and my widows peak is finally filling in with hair I forgot I used to have.

My youngest will be three in just a few months. This round of new growth or regrowth is 100% made possible by Monat.

But you’ve heard Monat causes hair loss, right? All I can say to that is that mine is growing and filling in and is healthier, stronger, and shinier than it’s ever been and I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone and especially new moms battling that postpartum hair loss.


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Disclaimer: I’m not a hair professional. I’m just a girl who loves her hair and the real results I’ve seen in my own hair since starting Monat.

101 Uses for Monat's Rejuveniqe Oil (Including Mosquito Bites)

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If you’ve spent any time in Texas lately, you’ve probably been bit by a mosquito or two or twelve. Like everything else, they’re bigger in Texas and I have an ankle that’s sporting about 4 mosquito bites currently. It’s agonizing. I couldn’t sleep because nothing and I mean NOTHING stops the itching.

I’d finally had enough the other day and decided to give my Rejuveniqe Oil by Monat a try. Worst case scenario it doesn’t work and my ankle is at least thoroughly moisturized. I put a few drops in my hand, spent about 30 seconds rubbing it into my ankle and…… INSTANT ITCH RELIEF!!!!! Hallelujah!!! And it lasted. It wasn’t just relief for a couple minutes. I literally didn’t itch my ankle the entire rest of the day. Is there anything this stuff doesn’t do? It’s liquid gold.

Most often I use the Rejuveniqe Oil in my hair and on my face as a moisturizer when I don’t need to use my stuff with SPF. Turns out you can use it for far more than that though. After figuring out the mosquito bite itch relief thing, I knew I needed to share it and also start figuring out what other magic this stuff works. Monat actually has a three pager with 101 uses for Rejuveniqe Oil I’d like to share with you.

Maybe I also need to try number 27. New moms go check out number 54. Definitely keeping this in mind for the inevitable number 91.

Yes I Love Monat and I Sell It

So a friend of mine just told me she didn't know I was selling Monat Hair Products.  Y'all this means I really really suck at sharing and that I've been letting all the other life stuff get in the way of telling people about these products that I've come to love over the last 10 months or so.  And I really do love them.  Like a lot.  I make the whole family use them and I especially love what it does for my daughter's wild hair.

The Monat Junior Line 

She's like me in that her hair is her pride and joy.  We're not allowed to cut it except for just a tiny bit and she loves to leave it down which means it's always a straight up nightmare to brush out.  I will tell you though, the post bathtime brushing, which used to be the low point of my day, is now so easy.  Most of the time that brush just glides right through her hair.  Also I'm going to be real, her hair gets me the most likes on Instagram.  People love it.  The Monat Junior Line may have save our relationship and my willingness to let her keep her long hair.

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How I use Monat

I'm pretty basic with my haircare or try to be.  I don't always go all out fixing it, but Monat makes it easier for me to low maintenance.  When you're giving your hair what it needs, turns out it's actually a lot easier to style it.  Who knew?  My flat iron only comes out on rare occasions becaue it's just not necessary anymore to tame my hair.  I quick blow dry is generally all I need and then that usually lasts at least two days so at most I'm washing/styling every other day and sometimes longer in between.  For the most part I'm a shampoo and conditioner kind of girl, but I do use the Replenish Masque once a week or once every other week, the Rejuvabeads to stretch out my haircuts a little while I try to grow it out some, and the Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil.  

I have a whole blog post on My Monat Favorites so if you want to learn more about some of these products and what they do for me, please go check it out.



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So what is diffent about my hair since starting Monat?

I honestly thought my hair was healthy before Monat.  It was I guess, but with Monat it's even healthier.  It's shiny and easier to manage.  It's growing in length and also so much of that hair I lost after childbirth is actually coming back.  I can go longer in between washes and it doesn't get gross so quick.  I look forward to washing my hair instead of dreading the process.  It smells wonderful and feels so good.

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Okay so more about Monat.  What is it?  It's a naturally based haircare line that has the ability to penetrate all three layers of your hair and heal it from the inside out.  You could call it healthcare for your hair.  I've watched them grow rapidly over the last year and the product line is growing.  No matter what your hair needs, there is something for you.  Not sure what you need?  Take the Hair Quiz to find your perfect products based on your hair type and needs.



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You may also enjoy reading my post about Monat haters and how they are right, but oh so wrong.  This is one of my most popular posts to date.

My Top 4 Monat Favorites

It's my first time to talk about Monat on the blog so let me start by saying that I started using these products back in October after being introduced to them by a friend.  So I've been using them for about 9 months.  At the time I really didn't know what Monat was about, but from what little I'd seen I thought it was just another product one of my friends was going to try to sell me.  Annoying, right? 

One little sample later I knew there was no way in hell I was going back to my old shampoo.  I was angry for a minute because now my hair products were going to start costing me a furtune (or at least I thought so), but I had already drank the Monat koolaid and was hooked.  My hair was already healthy (or so I thought), but I could tell an immediate difference in how easy it was to style and overall it just looked extra shiny and full of life.  

Does it actually cost me more though?  No, it doesn't.  My first bottle of shampoo lasted me 5 months.  5 MONTHS!!!  Incredible.  

So what is Monat?  It's basically a health care line for your hair.  These naturally based products have the ability to penetrate the hair all the way down to the core (medulla) and heal your hair from the inside out by putting all those good amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils back into your hair.  No wonder even my previously healthy hair feels better now than it did a year ago.

My Monat Favorites: Revive Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner, Replenish Masque, and Rejuvabeads

My Monat Favorites: Revive Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner, Replenish Masque, and Rejuvabeads


So let's talk about my favorites and why they are my favorites.  They're all in that line up above.

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Revive Shampoo / Revitalize Conditioner

Like I said, overall my hair was/is healthy.  I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it and the last thing I need is something to weigh it down.  Both of these products are from the volume line.  The shampoo smells so good.  It's not overbearing.  It's just the perfect amount of fragrance.  

My hair blow dries so easily and I rarely need to use a straightener anymore after blow drying.  I still do occasionally, if I'm going for more of a super straight look.

These two products definitely changed my haircare life and are staples in my shower.


Replenish Masque

I use this maybe once every week or sometime I just don't think about it and I'll use it once every two weeks.  When I do though, it's like heaven.  As if my hair wasn't soft and shiny enough after using my shampoo and conditioner, on masque days my hair color even looks better on top of the soft and shiny.  This is definitely responsible for all my best hair days.  

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Rejuvabeads (Split End Mender)

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I've kept my hair pretty short for the last couple years.  That means haircuts every 8 weeks and split ends weren't really something I dealt with.  Recently I decided I'd like to grow it out a little which means I'm going longer in between cuts and split ends are actually happening especially now that I'm beyond the 8 week mark, but not quite to that next haircut.  This is definitely saving me.  Similar to the masque, I feel like this actually makes my color look better and of course my hair is visibly smoother at the ends when I use it.  It's basically a miracle in a tube that I use after every few washes.  


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