2017: a recap

I really love doing recaps for my readers, but I also love doing them for me. I mean, in the past four years, this blog has basically become my scrapbook of advice, family pictures, and life archive. I have shared with you my super-awesome-can't-top-this-one moments and my I'm-going-to-cry moments. With each passing year, I pour my heart, soul, and nails (long nails + key board = chipping) into this. AND I HAVE LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.

So since I have round-about thanked you for continuing to read, here's 10 moments (good & bad) of 2017.

one || In January, my baby Choc-Chip was born. My dog, Ellie, has a sister, and Chippy is from her first litter. No, I don't believe in breeding, but it was an oops litter, and well, I just had to keep him. 

two || In May, I cut like 4 inches off of my hair. Why? Because I just felt like I needed a change.

three || In June, we said good bye to our kitty, moved into my parents' house, and I started a full-time gig doing therapy with children with Autism. 

four || In July, my parents and I took Lil Man to see his first RailCats game. The Gary SouthShore RailCats are a minor league baseball team a few towns over. Lil Man loved going to his first sports game, and now even wants to learn how to play. 

five || Also in July, I was able to attend SheddBLU at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The night was so fun, and for such a great cause. I really hope I can attend next year too!

six || In August, Lil Man started FIRST grade!!! I can't believe that he is growing up so quickly!

seven || Also in August, I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended and then pushed into the car in front of me. As a result of the accident, I had to get a new car (mine was totaled), have extreme muscle spasms in my neck and shoulder which cause migraine-like headaches, am going to physical therapy, and can only work part-time at work. I am still taking one day at a time- the pain sucks, but I know that one day everything will be better.

eight || In October, I dyed my hair pink! #15 on my 101 in 1001 complete! YASSSS!

nine || In November, I was diagnosed with Bi-polar II, ADD, OCD, and Anxiety. I am doing better, the doctor is trying to find a drug cocktail that will mellow out my symptoms and once that happens, I will be one happy messed up camper.

ten || Finally in December, we celebrated Christmas with a family picture and welcomed in the New Year. 

There has been alot of great moments for 2017, as well as some low moments. But that comes with the territory. As a blogger, I love to share the happy moments, as well as the sad, so here I am being true to myself.

I am excited to see what the next year brings me!

How was your 2017????

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Confession: I'm really not into the Holiday spirit

In a nutshell, I have been feeling kinda down lately. Especially with the holidays. 

Last year at this time, I had already taken my son to go see the big man in red, had most of my presents bought, was on the way to sending out my Christmas cards, and of course, already had decorated the house. 

At this moment in time, I have only done two of those things. 
And I am not sure if I have a need the other ones.

Well, of course, I did take my son to see Santa and I have bought Christmas presents for my family and friends, but I don't really want to decorate or send out Christmas cards.

Why? Because I'm not really into the Holiday spirit.

Most of the reasons that I have been so down stem from the big move in June and my car accident in August. 
We are currently living in my parents' basement. We had issues at our last residence and since I was starting a new full-time job, we decided to live with my parents. They welcomed us with somewhat open arms, and since we are actually helping them with the bills every month, they are happy with us being here. It's not ideal, but we are comfortable and making the best of it. 
I am still experiencing pain from my car accident. At the time of publishing, I have been out of physical therapy for a month, due to insurance issues, and I am in constant pain. I have a headache all of the time- it varies in intensity, but it's always there; and I am only working part time at work, due to cognitive issues.

Another slice of the issues can be attributed to the depressive episode that currently negates my life. About this time last year, I reached out to my GYN to help with my depression. I wasn't feeling like myself, and since I was going in for my yearly, I asked. He put me on a medication, and it helped. Somewhat. The past year has been a roller coaster to say the least. In November, I finally had enough crying, bad thoughts, and feeling down, so I went to see a Psych doc. She opened my eyes, told me that I actually didn't have depression, but I had Bipolar II and I was in a depressive episode. She also diagnosed me with OCD, ADD, and Anxiety, but that's for a different post. I am currently on meds to help with the episode, but it's too early to tell if they are going to help.

I just don't feel the need to send out Christmas cards or decorate for all of those reasons. Well, and the fact that the majority of my decorations are in storage right now. The hubby did go and get a small table top tree and some ornaments for me, but other than that, I don't even want to hang stockings. Hell, I don't even want any Christmas presents.

I think I may take a break from blogging for the holidays. If you have been an avid reader, you shouldn't be surprised at this. Of course, I will still be around on Snapchat & Insta- tl_tinywishes, and Facebook.

I do have some pretty neat-o things planned for the new year: think more posts, more vlogging, more awesomeness. But right now, the whole not being into the holiday spirit has kinda gotten me down. AND in reality I can't concentrate. So, I will see you all in 2018, and you better be ready, cause I will be coming out with a BANG!

four masks your hair NEEDS this winter

News flash... winter is coming. Well, in some parts, it may have already arrived, but in my parts, I have yet to see Jack Frost's ugly head. But, I have started to see the beginning of winter, in terms of the cold. AND my hair is frizzing up because of it!! 

The one thing that the cold does to my hair is dry it out, which creates static, flyaways, and even a straw-like appearance (aka damage). The one thing that I always do for my hair in the cold season, is to treat it to a mask. I love how a deep conditioning mask can moisturize the driest of hair and make me look like I belong on a beach.


Currently, my favorite deep conditioning hair masks are from HASK. If you have been a long time reader of my blog, then you know that HASK is one of my FAVORITE lines. I have tried many products of their's (both bought and by brand collab) and have fallen in love with each one. 

For those of you who don't know what HASK is or have never heard of the brand, HASK is a cruelty-free hair care brand, all of their products are made in the USA, and are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. With HASK, you get more bang for your buck. All of their products are relatively cheap, and can be found at stores like Ulta, Walgreens, Target, Walmart- you get the picture. *To learn more about HASK, visit their website

HASK's new deep conditioners, which are available at TARGET, are FREE of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and drying alcohol, cater to different needs and hair types, and claim to bring the damaged dry hair back to life. There are 4 types: Argan Oil, Keratin Protein, Macadamia Oil, and Coconut Milk & Organic Honey. 

Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner

  • a super strengthening, hydrating treatment
  • restores and smooths dry, damaged, chemically treated or over processed hair

Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner

  • an ultra-restorative, moisturizing hair conditioner 
  • leaves all hair types smooth, shiny and frizz free. 
  • special ingredient blend repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps reduce static and drying time
  • perfect for over processed and color treated hair

Macadamia Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner

  • an ultra-restorative, moisturizing treatment that rejuvenate dry, damaged, chemically treated or over processed hair
  • a nourishing reconstructive conditioner

Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner

  • an ultra restorative moisturizing treatment that will revitalize all hair types
  • Monoi Coconut Oil, native to Tahiti, is known for its re-hydrating and softening qualities and for leaving all hair types nourished, moisturized and revive

Each one of the deep conditioners smell incredible. My favorite is the Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner. It smells like summer & the beach, made my hair feel so moisturized and smooth, and the packet was big enough for 3 applications. The product itself was so luxurious and ultra-thick. I definitely recommend it!

BTW, all of the deep conditioners are available at TARGET! To keep up with HASK, follow them via InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Have you ever tried a hair mask?
Which one is your favorite?

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post. I was given the HASK Deep Conditioners shown in the photos above via Brandbacker in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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