Thursday, July 28, 2011

30 Days : Check!

Have you every looked at 30 pictures of your head all at once? Neither had I...

BOOM! 30 Lisa Heads!

Not gonna lie, it's a little creepy.

But this is the result of my 30 Days : 30 Dos experiment...which I loved! I feel more confident in working with my hair, and I have a repertoire of styles under my belt for multiple occasions. Do you have any favorites? Any "lisa-don't-do-that-again"s?

You can find links to the individual hair styles here.

Here are some links to ladies who have either tried one of the dos, or who are doing a hair experiment of their own! Check them out!

Kristen at :
Kelley at :

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little Ones

Task : Pick one single word to describe our Haiti trip. Answer : Orphans.

In one square mile around the guest house where we stayed, there are 150 orphans living. I don't know if that is typical for a square mile in Haiti, but it implies a massive orphan population.

I wish you could feel their sweaty, cushy cheeks as they lean in for kisses.  I wish you could hear 30 small orphans singing a Kreyol welcome song, shouting Good Morning in broken English, and rushing to you in a wave for no other reason then to hold your hand, receive a hug, to play. I wish you could see them beaming and laughing in the 105 degree heat, in a concrete room, in unwashed clothing.

Oh they are so precious. Little souls with no family to protect them or hug them. Many of them struggled to survive alone in the street before being found by a willing Momi(House Mother) or Pastor.

We had the privilege of meeting 30 orphans in Gonaives, Haiti between the ages of 4 and 12. They are scraping by. They maybe eat one meal a day, sleep on the roof of a concrete house with no railing, and can't go to school, but they still take their shoes off before going inside. They still sling their arms around each other while listening to a Bible story. They still wait in line for food and listen to their Papi.

I'm writing a newsletter report of our trip that will tell the whole story of the discovery of these struggling orphans among other parts of our trip. If you want to receive it, shoot me an email at 

We're going to try to do something for them. It is so so so tangible and attainable. Stay tuned for more. Of course, no pressure at all, but if you think you might want to help, please let me's going to be all kinds of fun and meaningful!

You can see some scenery pics of Haiti here!

Monday, July 25, 2011

If you are here, You know why

All right people. Voting begins for the most delightful brownie recipe. We will be making whichever recipe gets the most votes at an upcoming social choose wisely!

Vote to the right. The letters coordinate with the following photos :

A. Better Than Crack Brownies

B. Creme de Mente Brownies

C. Black Cocoa Brownies with Coconut and Rum

Vote away!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fried Plantains and Other Haitian Delights

(Play this song as you read this post :)

WE ARE BACK. And now we can tell you the most fundamental reason we took last week off.

We went back to Haiti! Beautiful, lovely, distraught Haiti. I'm once again in an internal battle on our return...what can I possibly leave out?! how can I begin to describe it? how do I write it all?

Before I get too overwhelmed, I'm just going to start. This post is about the beauty of Haiti. There will be others following that have more about our activities!

Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere. The streets reek with trash fires and smog; the stores are ten foot portable shacks; the national highway is pocketed with car-sized potholes. The rivers look like giant cappuccino spills in which people bathe, defecate, and wash clothes. Children lug jugs of water from the village well to their homes made of broken cement and relief-effort tarps. Even the well-off in Haiti don't have air conditioning or washing machines. Oh and it's 100 degrees every day.

And yet it is so beautiful!

Look at these children!

The clear water beaches are just one beautiful part of the Haitian terrain. There are rice patties and mountains and rivers...all lined with mango and avacado trees.
 The favorite Haitian meal is chicken with beans-and-rice, all doused with some sort of tomato sauce. These are the remains of one of my meals, supplemented by a huge, fresh avocado bought at the street market by our friend and guide Papitass. If you've been reading long, you know how I feel about avocados, and this one was everything good and more.
A typical Haitian market is crowded booths with shades strung up too low for most Americans to walk under. Meat is slaughtered there every morning; fish are brought in from the ocean side, and hundreds of vendors sit in the heat, awaiting a sale. Maybe I was the only one to find beauty in this, but it was so saturated with culture!
And Haitians love to dance! A ton of my time was spent with these two ladies trying to teach us to move like Haitians. We learned the song above from them too.

So. Haiti = Lovely. For so many reasons. There's a lot more to come...consider this a preview.


You can check out my favorite photos from last year here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Family Portrait

Hello lovelies,

Just a heads up that next week we are taking a blog break...a blog-cation. As with everything in life, it is important to step back from time to time so that you can jump in again, rigorously and refreshed. We have some other reasons too that we will share with you when the week is done!

But as a teaser, we have some new stuff that is really exciting (/colorful). Some guest posts are also in the works that you will totally love!

So I leave you with our summer 2011 family portrait :

That's how we roll/pose. Also, we will never ever take a family portrait in our bathing suits again.

For some reads in our absence, check out How to Dry Oregano or The Theory of Cost Per Wear Shopping on our blog, or check out some of these others : PinkHolidaze, Color Collective

Until next week, shalom.

30Dos : Day 30!

IT. IS. DAY. 30!!!!!!

I thought about many things for a finale...a hair cut. a dye. bleached tips. After all though, this has been an experiment for doing what you can with what you have. Therefore, I leave you with my final, standard-hair, hair do:

My friends, I have a lot to tell you about this whole experiment. For now though, I will stick to standard post format, and you will have to wait to hear me pontificate! :)

I literally teased my whole head, right down to neck. I made a messy bun out of the middle third chunk of my hair horizontally (yes really). Then I pined back the top in sections, but held back a few small chunks for braids.  The bottom section I wound upward and pinned underneath the pony tail. The great thing about this can be messy and still work! 

Time investment : 12min.
Product investment : Hair band, bobbies, teasing brush
Money investment : $0.15

Words of ... mine :)
Hmmm. After all of this, I would say : Try to ENJOY taking care of yourself. Your body, mind, and spirit are all bound up and can sometimes affect each other.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

30Dos : Day 29

DAY 29!??!!

More braids!!

I keep trying to pull the multiple braid thing off. Maybe oval-shaped heads aren't supposed to wear lots of braids. I will say this is the closest I have come. It is a little bit more modern looking than my first tries.

Does it look like exterior brains to anyone else?
For this do, I horizontally sectioned my hair into two; a top half and a bottom half. I ignored the bottom half while I equally divided the top half vertically. I loosely french braided each half from my forehead back to the middle, where I continued the braid off of my head. Then I repeated with the bottom section for a total of 4 braids, all leaving my head and falling together in the very back. (At this point Husband saw me, and I could see the doubt about this do in his eyes:)  So after the braids were done, I took the left side braids and brought them around to the right side, tucked them into the other side's braid, and pinned them, hiding the ends. Same with the left side braids but to the right.

Braids braids everywhere.

Time investment : 10min.
Product investment : Rubber bands, bobbies
Money investment : $.05

Words of wisdom : I've had orphans on the brain this week :
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. ~ Proverbs 31:8-9

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
~ Luke 13:13-14

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. ~ Psalm 68:5

30Dos : Day 28

Today is a side fishtail braid. There is something about fishtail braids that I am drawn to...perhaps it's deviance from the traditional braid, perhaps the chaotic intricacy, or the slight resemblance to a spine...
Who knows exactly.

I had to reteach myself how to do it. I used these picture instructions.

Time investment : 8 min. (Fishtails take a little longer that regular braids).
Product investment : Rubber band
Money investment : $.02

You can see my other fishtail braid style here.

Words of wisdom :

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. - Dale Carnegie

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

30Dos : Day 27

So the thing with experimenting is that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Today the thing I was attempting did not work, but during the experiment, I discovered this look. Day 27 is a lot softer and more flowing than my usual preference, but I ended up liking it.

AND IT'S EASY. So I suppose it is my style after all.


To make this do : pull your hair to your favorite side of your head (everyone has one right?) and separate into two chunks. Tie a double knot with those two chunks. Pin any hair sticking out of the knots back into the flow of your hair.

Time investment : 15min (because of straightening)
Product investment : Bobbies, straightener
Money investment : $.15

Words of wisdom about choosing your admirees and heroes carefully :

Brothers, join in imitating me (Paul), and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. ~ Philippians 3:17

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Two (Purple) Potato Recipes

So, remember these?

Tonight was purple fingerling potato baking night! I tried two different things with these babies. Smashed and Hashed.

First, Smashed Purple Fingerling Potatoes : 

Ingredients :
1 lbs. purple fingerling potatoes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbs. fresh cilantro
2 Tbs. goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions :
1. Boil the potatoes in heavily salted water until tender.
2. Drain potatoes and cut into one inch chunks.
3. Mix potato chunks, lemon juice, cilantro, and goat cheese in a large bowl.
4. Using a fork, smash the potatoes against the bowl wall. Add more cheese or water if consistency is too dry.

Purple Potato Medallions

Ingredients :
1 lbs. of purple fingerling potatoes
1 Tbs. olive oil
Sea Salt
Goat Cheese (Optional)

Instructions :
1. Boil potatoes in heavily salted water until softer but still crisp near the inside.
2. Drain and dry.
3. Slice potatoes into 1/8-1/4" medallions.
4. Bring olive oil to medium heat in a skillet.
5. Fry medallions approximately 5 min. per side or until crispy
6. Remove from heat and salt thoroughly.
7. Sprinkle with goat cheese.
I think this meal would be awesome with an over-easy egg on top of the fried potatoes. 

They both taste like normal potatoes, but look so much cooler!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

30Dos : Day 26

Calling all crazy hairstyles! I need something big for my final do coming soon. Send me links or pinterest me.

Here is a simple 60s side-pony hairstyle that I've always liked. I still have trouble getting my hair to pouf correctly, but I'll keep trying.

ha - I'm trying to hypnotize my bathroom sink in this one

Time investment : 5min
Product investment : Hair band, Teasing brush
Money investment : $.10

Words of Wisdom :
For his anger is but for a moment,and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night,but joy comes with the morning.  ~ Psalm 30:5

30Dos : Day 25

Wholly smokes! Another milestone...25 days down! To celebrate, this do is a two-for-one deal. While I was taking out this do, I discovered that the half-version works as well.

After significant teasing, pin the top chunk into a pouf. Take another section of hair from both sides and twist them together at the back crown of the head. Spin it into a bun and pin it. Repeat downward until you run out of hair! I made three buns, but you could do any number...4, 6, maybe 8 if you worked hard. 

And the half-version...the top pouf with one bun :

Time investment : 6 min.
Product investment : Teasing brush, bobbies
Money investment : $0.02

Words of wisdom :
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.  ~ Dylan Thomas

Statement Melamine?

What do you think of when I say "melamine"? 

I think of inexpensive, candy-colored utility ware. You know, worthy of picnics and children, but hardly the serveware of stylish parties and mature gatherings.

But recently my suppositions were shattered when I purchased some melamine serving trays and bowls from Target. It was one of those times. I was just walking down a main isle when large amounts of the perfect blue color rewound my last steps :

Ikat, floral, and geometric melamine options from Target

As it turns out, there are many amazingly styled melamine options out there. 

Thomas Paul Collection (available at many online retailers)

The Middletons Plate Set by Marco Ciabola

Mimosa Melamine Plates from Z Gallerie - on sale right now!
Bicycle Plate by Little Korboose

Did you know that melamine is a thermal-setting chemical compound that has fire-retardant properties? Beyond dishes, it is used in Formica, dry-erase boards, glues, and fabrics.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

30Dos : Day 24

This do was started with a high high ponytail. I split it the pony into two chunks and braided each. Then I wrapped the braids around each other and pinned them in place. Simple!

I was insecure about this one because the high, tight bun isn't my norm. But someone told me I look like Tinkerbell...that's a good thing right?

Time investment : 5 min.
Product investment : Bobbies, rubber bands, hair band
Money investment : $.05

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the Market : Purple Fingerling Potatos

Back to the market! My last fun find at the Findlay Market was this parrot tulip, but now it's on to something edible... purple fingerling potatoes! They were nestled right in there with all the other potatoes that normally line the market shelves.

I think they are so beautiful! Did you know that purple is a naturally occurring color in lots of tubers? Carrots were naturally white or purple before they were bred into the orange tubers we eat today.

Does anyone have any favorite recipes for purple fingerling potatoes?
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