Coconut Oil – My New BFF

by Katie on April 14, 2014 · 4 comments

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People have been buzzing about Coconut Oil for a couple years ’round the cloth diapering/natural parenting parts. I never really though much of it, would have been cool when Austin was a tiny baby for the diaper area, but whatevs.

Magical Coconut Oil

Part One: “Oil Pulling”

Then I saw that blog post about oil pulling. I know EVERYONE knows what I’m talking about. & if you don’t, you live under a rock, and I will tell you under your rock with you what oiling pulling is- you don’t even have to get up. Oil Pulling is when you swish coconut oil in your mouth. Yep. That’s it. You have to do it for 20 minutes, and apparently little fairies live in the oil and cure alllll of you ailments. Okay, I’m kidding about the fairies, but these blog posts singing the praises of coconut swishing claim the other part- about fixing everything, cleansing your body of toxins, and what not. Okay so personally I don’t believe all of that. At all. But the “whiter teeth!” thing really made my ears perk up. My teeth are super sensitive. All the OTC and prescription and cheap-hydrogen-peroxide make me want to cry for days on end. So I thought- this might not hurt, right? But I wasn’t sure I could swish for 20 minutes. I could never do it for ONE with mouth wash. But I figured I’d give it a try.

Y’all. My teeth got whiter. After like 3 times. Seriously. I don’t do it anymore much, I guess I should keep it up. But they really did whiten. Skeptics say the oil just took off some plaque from my teeth, which okay whatever, maybe they did. But my toothbrush wasn’t doing that, everything else make me cringe with pain, so I’LL TAKE IT! Coconut Oil Pulling for the win! (and the 20 minutes went by SO fast. My trick? Don’t put a TON in your mouth. & do some dishes and laundry. The 20 minutes will be over before you even realize.)

Part 2: Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

I guess since there was this sudden uproar about coconut oil, I kept seeing pins pop up in my Pinterest feed. And this one in particular about Coconut Oil treatments in your hair had me very intrigued. I mean, everyone says you can use Coconut Oil for ANYTHING, right? I bet it would work nicely in my hair. I used to use Moroccan Argon oil & I loved it.

So I followed the instructions by this blogger, and I had a night and day difference by next morning. I have been doing the coconut oil treatments on my hair every time or every other time I wash, and it has changed my life. I have super thick nappy hair because it’s so damaged, and this stuff has tamed the wild beast that is my hair! It keeps my color longer (*cough* YEAHHHH this is my natural color *cough*) and my ends don’t feel as damaged. my hair feels INSANELY soft (I can skip conditioner every other time I was!) and all of a sudden my stick-straight hair has a little wave! I’ve been curling it a little and I look amazing, if i say so myself ;)

The two types of Coconut Oil I have used!


The blog post I linked says to use extra virgin coconut oil, but for some reason I felt like I had better results with the refined coconut oil. It was easier to shampoo out and my hair was less frizzy. Not sure why- don’t even understand the difference between the two- but that’s just my two cents. I also don’t blow dry – I just leave it in, for a reallyyyy long time ;)

Before {well, during…} & After!

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I NEED to know what else this coconut oil magic potion can do! What do YOU use coconut oil for?!


Weekends Without Austin

by Katie on April 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Mommyhood,Randoms

This weekend Austin is with his dad (actually- until Tuesday because of spring break).

I know a lot of moms get super jealous of me because I get a “break”, and I totally get it. For the first 18ish hours it is PRETTY HEAVENLY. Not having to speak at all, not answering questions like “why did God name Cows ‘cow’?”, and watching what I want on TV (which is usually Tangled. Just a glimpse into my life). I get to do REALLY exciting things, like play with my Erin Condren planner and clean the litter box.

Everyone is all "date night!" and I'm all "playing with my new little genie!"
Everyone is all “date night!” and I’m all “playing with my new little genie!”

But by the time then evening rolls around on the second day, I parched for some little boy attention and snuggles. I MISS HIM, especially at night! Though I get large concentrated breaks every other weekend, I am sole responsibility every other day. Making dinner, doing (a tiny bit of) homework, all of the dishes, and basically anything else you can think of that maybe your partner helps with PLUS entertaining a little one, who DESERVES a lot of time and attention and stimulation. Even when you’re putting in a load in the washer or dish washer. When you’re out at dinner, you can at least count on tag-teaming the kid or more, not worrying about leaving your food at the table & it getting cleaned off while the little one has to take a potty break, or worry about your purse being stolen if you leave it there to claim your spot. If you need a break to lock yourself in the bedroom for 5 minutes while hubby feeds the kids, think of me ;) No I don’t particularly think I as a single mom has it worse, or moms with spouses/partners/whatevers have it worse, I think we just both have our own struggles!

Thankfully this weekend I was able to spend a lot of time with him on Saturday. He is playing TBall now so even on weekends he is with Dad, I will see him Saturday morning!

My favorite Yankee!
My favorite Yankee!

His dad also let me SURPRISE Austin this weekend by taking him to the aquarium to see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids. Back story- if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I’m a little bit in love with unicorns and mermaids (I’m almost 30?! I should grow up? What? I can’t hear you) & an onslaught of patients at work lately have been telling me I look like Ariel from the Little Mermaid. Well, one told me I looked like that redhead girl from Southern Charm, but we won’t go there. I’m kind of in love with the whole Mermaid mentalilty- no pantsfree clam brasluring men to their deaths… you get my drift (haha drift, get it?!). So when 12 people texted or Facebooked me about the event at our aquarium, I was super excited to take Austin. My mom was like beyond jealous because apparently she has been wanting to see these mermaids for like 56 years, and she is out of town this weekend.

Well it kind of sucked. *I* was not personally impressed, and Austin sure as heck was bored out of his mind. All of the little girls looked like they were in HEAVEN, so that was pretty great I suppose. This one little girl (younger than Austin) kept asking her mom “are those real mermaids?!?!” over & over. So I suppose if you have a toddler daughter, it might have been worth our insanely overpriced aquarium fees to see them (-our aquarium is about $10 a ticket too much for what they only have to offer. I can’t stand going there). And I bet when you go to the actual Weeki Wachee, the shows are better. My mom said “this was just to wet your appetite to go the Weeki Wachee!” She’s so punny.

But I did pay (even more money!) for us to go to the Sea Turtle Hospital. Our aquarium has a really pretty nifty hospital for these endangered animals, and it was really an awesome experience. They “only” had 5 turtles in at the time (most was 22!) and they were SO NEAT to see up close & learning really cool things about their species. One of them kept sticking his head out of the water and blowing water on everyone!

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Oh hey.

Then I took Austin back to his dad’s and went Easter shopping and ate a meal at a restaurant by myself, and pretty much didn’t use my vocal cords at all, except to sing the Rapunzel Flynn song from Tangled. Twice.


Where Have You Been?

by Katie on March 30, 2014 · 1 comment

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It’s been over a year since I have blogged. Life for me has been pretty insane. I’ve been at a new job since July 2013. Austin is FOUR now and in preschool. We’ve been in our townhouse for 2 years now and I FINALLY have gotten everything unpacked {mostly} and feel like things are falling into place. At home.

Work & my “love life” are completely different stories. But we can t save those for another day?


I miss writing so much. I stay pretty connected with all my online buddies through Instagram thankfully. Are you following me there?! @katiespickles <— obvs.

Where have YOU been? And what have you been up to?

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