Hi friends, Happy Friday!
This weekend is going to be a busy one, so I’m spending the day getting things knocked off of my to-do list before the craziness begins.
I’m looking forward to hanging with a couple of friends tonight and have plans to spend any free time leftover studying for that CPT test I have been meaning to get around to.
Getting right to business around here, lets move on to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. As always, I invite you to share some things you have been loving at the bottom via the comments section and link up tool!
Friday Favorites #40: Week of 6/6
• Brady Bands
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a sweet woman from Brady Bands. Just like a lot of other headband companies out there, Brady Bands has an inventory of thin, thick, and even dressy headbands.
Unlike other headband companies, they are very affordable (most as low as $6!) and donate ten percent of every sale to help support childhood cancer research.
The headbands are named after the owner’s son, Brayden, who passed away in 2012 after a year long battle with brain cancer.
The brand launched in 2013 when she found a need to create a non-slip headband that keeps your hair in place during workouts that is actually affordable. After searching the internet for some, she couldn’t find any she was happy with, so she decided to create her own line of them all while raising awareness about the need to fund childhood cancer research.
I absolutely love them, and her story. I wore the Color Me Chevron to the gym yesterday, and liked how it stayed in place the entire time without giving me a headache from wearing it all day beforehand.
I also received the Silver Passion Headband and can’t wait to accessorize with the To Infinity Headband with my non-fitness outfits. I am digging the dressy and winter headbands just as much as the ones made for workouts!
• short hair, don’t care
Last Friday, I shared my excitement to change up the do and go for a healthy cut and more natural shade for the summer.
I expected to say goodbye to the red, but what I didn’t expect was to come out of the salon with this short and dark of a hairstyle!
Yup. I chopped it. The two photos on the left are from the day I got it done and the one on the right was when I attempted to style it the same way on my own. Why is it so hard to get even close to styling it the way professionals do?
It definitely took some getting used to. In fact, I didn’t really like it for a couple of days, which is why you didn’t see me post a picture of it sooner.
Over the week, however, I have grown to love it! Unlike my fried, extension filled and often faded get up during the season, this hair feels healthy and is so easier to blow dry and handle!
Slowly but surely, I’m falling for it.
• dancing on stage with Big & Rich!
I have been teasing you all since Monday about recapping something pretty cool that happened over the weekend. Close to the end of the NBA season, the Pistons invited Big & Rich to perform at halftime and most of our entertainment teams got to dance with them!
They were awesome, and it was one of the funnest halftimes to date!
Before they left, they mentioned bringing a small group of us back to perform with them in concert and I was absolutely thrilled to get one of the spots.
Instead of dedicating an entire post to it, I figured I could easily sum up our day with a quick series of photos and descriptions.
Back stage at the Detroit Downtown Hoedown!
Ready to rock the stage with Big & Rich!
Can’t believe we are actually here… to perform!
Time of my life!
Did that really just happen?
• Pac Sun iPhone case
Hi, my name is Heather, and I have a cell phone case problem. Meaning I always get new ones. All the time. #itsfine
I found this soft and subtly sparkly Glitter Block iPhone case at Pac Sun last weekend for under $10.
They have so many good ones!
I have been really, really into baths this week.
Bubbles, candles, music, and calming scents can get me from wired to woosah in just a few minutes time.
I also happened to catch this episode of Friends where Chandler gets into baths last night… (“It’s okay… because I’ve got my boat.”)
I haven’t had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in ages, but apparently it was time for me to catch up this week.
Except, instead of peanut butter, I used almond butter. So – technically – I had almond butter and jelly sandwiches.
Either way, I almost forgot how good they are. Do yourself a favor and channel your childhood one day for lunch soon, will ya?
• toilet paper wedding dress
My friend Susan absolutely blows my mind. She made this beautiful wedding dress all on her own, all out of toilet paper! Seriously.
She entered it into the 2014 Cheap Chic Wedding Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin and needs your vote.
There’s one week left, so please, if you have (literally) a couple of seconds, pop on over to the contest and vote for Susan B! I still can’t believe it’s all made out of toilet paper. Talk about planning your wedding on a budget, right?
Thank in advance for the support and also, check out this video of her piecing it together. Truly incredible!
Have a great weekend!
Strength and Sunshine
Your hair looks so pretty! 🙂
And almond butter and J sandwiches are awesome! I prefer mine with sunflower seed butter though!
Hat sounds yummy!! Thank you 🙂
I love those hairbands and have several from other brands. They are so expensive so I will have to look into her brand. And your hair is gorgeous!
I am also eading over to the Charmin website- your friend Susan has some real talent!!
I thought the same thing! My other brands were about $15-$20 a band! Crazy. Loving all three I was sent that retail at $6-$12! Thank you for your votes!
Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
I love your hair! It always takes me a while to get used to new haircuts too. I usually leave the salon feeling uneasy, but within a few days I end up happy with the new style. Thanks for sharing those headbands. What a great company!
I really wasn’t sure about this one because it looked nothing like the photos I had picked out for months! But, it’s really come to grow on me. Thank you!
Runner Girl Eats
Those headbands are adorable! And I LOVE your hair! I have an appt monday to do the same thing–my processed, stringy hair is due for a clean chop.
It’s crazy how much better you’ll feel with healthier, lighter hair! Good luck at the salon, lol. 🙂
I absolutely LOVE your hair that length! It looks freaking amazing!!! I cut mine last year, and I did love how easy and healthy and light it felt.
Thank you! And yes, I remember when you did! I thought it was so cute! 🙂
I love your hair! I know what you mean about not liking it at first. I feel like that’s the same with me every single time. I could get an inch off and I hate it for a few days, haha. I think yours looks great, though! Those headbands are adorable, also.
Thank you so much!
I second what everyone else has said (so I guess it isn’t really a second…) but you hair looks fantastic–so, so flattering for your face. I also just cut a ton of hair off, and it is so freeing, isn’t it? I’m definitely going to look into Brady Bands–I love fun headbands like that, and the fact that they are affordable and for cancer research is a win in my book. Have a great weekend, and thanks as always for hosting the link up!
It really is! Thank you! And yes. I couldn’t wait to share Brady Bands. Great products and people! Happy Friday 🙂
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
I LOVE your hair!!! This week I have been loving sunshine and watching my baby girl grow! I have also loved blogging this week and I am sooo excited to host my first giveaway today!!
Congrats on he giveaway! Sunshine always puts me in a great mood. Happy Friday!
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
Those toilet paper dresses are amazing! Your hair looks beautiful. And ahh I love Big and Rich! What an awesome experience!
Thank you! They were awesome!
Wow! What a cool experience! That’s a pretty killer week!
It was 🙂 and by the way… Love your blog title – my middle name is Betty!
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
Thank you for sharing about Brady Bands. I’m always looking for cute headbands that stay in place and don’t give you a headache!
I LOVE your new cut. It is so cute. I have the same problem as you-I can never do my hair the way my stylist does.
Big and Rich seem so fun! What a cool experience to get to perform with them!!
You would love Brady Bands!!
Your haircut is SO stinkin’ cute!! It is the perfect Summertime cut 🙂
Thank you, I’m starting to appreciate the chop on the hot and sunny days!
What a cool experience dancing with Big and Rich!!!! I love your hair too! I totally understand about not being able to get your hair to look like it did at the salon. I think the stylists have magical powers or something because I can never style it the same.
I want those powers! Ha. Thanks, it was so fun!
I notice your hair in instagram! It looks really great! Love it, and the toilet paper dresses are gorgeous!!
Thank you!! And isn’t that dress phenom?
What?! Way to go out with a bang! I can’t imagine what a blast that must’ve been! Loving your hair as well.
PB/AB & J – really, is there anything much better?
And toilet paper dresses – I could’ve saved a bunch on my dress! 😉 Those are incredible!
Haircuts can be traumatic, but yours looks beautiful! I love it! Plus, there’s no better time to experiment with short hair than when it is blistering hot outside 🙂
Thank you for sharing the Brady bands. I’m always looking for headbands to keep my hair in place during my workouts that won’t give me a splitting headache. Surprisingly, hard to find…I will have to try these out.
Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
Love your hair, so beautiful! I cut mine significantly shorter just this past Sunday and am so glad I did. It’s fun getting something fresh and new 🙂
I’ve seen the BradyBands and others, but I have bangs and I looks SO weird with them pulled back. I need to find some sort of headband that works with bangs!
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