Friday, December 27, 2013

Hair inspiration

New year. New you. Wanting to send out some positive inspiration. What's your favorite look below? 

Yes! Saving the best transformation for last. I am amazed at the abilities I have with haircolor and ashamed to say pictures do NO justice on hair. With natural light and a raw eye no camera can truely capture the real deal..... 
A bit about this client she was naturally a medium brown that always pulled red tones when lightened.  She defiantly has some of the most beautiful hair I've ever seen. Long, healthy, wavy, thick what more could you ask for???  We had done all over highlight which was beautiful but she wanted more and wanted to be solid all over.  Unfortunately my schedule at the time was unable to accommodate her when needed so she seeker out and got it done by another stylist outside of salon ish. She came to me in tears not knowing what to do with yellow, orange and every unwated tones a platium blonde wanted. We color balanced her and brought her to a light blonde with platium highlights that were pure beautiful and still remaining healthy. I knew once I started I wasn't giving up till it was perfect. Hours later this is the results and I think it's pretty awesome! 

Your stylist 

Christmas cheer

I hope each and everyone of you truely had an amazing Christmas! And truely celebrated Jesus birthday! Wooohoooo! As you know I traveled to Missouri mid December for my little sisters graduation so we decided to celebrate early while I was home. I arrived back to Washington a week before Christmas and created lots of magical Christmas hair while crunching to do some last minute shopping. (While lesrning my husband is worse than I am about shopping for others and not ourselves... ) it was nice to actually wake up in the comfort of our own home on Christmas morning and open our presents from one another. Shortly after that we packed up and headed to the Coulters (Derek's moms side of the family) where it was the big Christmas party. Brunch. Presents. Laughter. Games. And adult beverages filled thr room. The day was just perfect. Everyone loved all their gifts while loving spending time around the table playing board games. 

We still have one more Christmas celebration with Derek's dad and we are truely looking forward to exchanging gifts and coloring in the yearly Christmas coloring book.
I am really thankful that we both have such amazing families! What special Christmas tradition does your family do during the holidays?

This is what Christmas looked like at the Kingsbury household. 

For part of the staff at the office I decided to make a few special treats. I think they turned out great will definately be doig this again next year. 
Recipe: white chex mix 
2c honey chex cereal 
1c mini pretzels 
1c Christmas m & m's 
1 package white chocolate. 
Double broiler highly recommended to melt wax our over mixture slight swirl lay out flat on wax paper sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles and let cool I made about 3 batches for our jars. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lil sis is a RN-BSN

We really enjoyed our Christmas this year with my traveling to Missouri earlier in the month to celebrate my baby sister, Alicia's graduation from nursing school! Seems so crazy she's now a RN-BSN time sure flies by but man am I so proud of her for all of her accomplishments.
College roomies 
Hometown besties 

The besties plus dad and I. 

 Her graduation was beautiful and as some of you may know I threw her a grad bash which was a fun hit. She was really amazed at all little things I did to make it a little more special. Thanks to Pinterest for all the inspiration. Here is a peek of the party. 

The cousins! 
As you can tell it was a huge success and lots of fun! Can't wait to watch Alicia grow into a fabulous nurse and the road life leads her down. This is one proud sister! 

Happy day! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Barbells for boobs

::Crossfit 138::

 A bit behind on this post as I should've posted it in October the month for breast cancer awareness but we all know how I lose track of time and am not so great at this blog thing. But I wanted to share with you all I have been fundraising for barbells for boobs a non profit organization providing mammograms for those who can't afford health insurance or need assistance and keeping their ta-tas in check. This program is a crossfit program that will have you flat on your back in the end. It's called: 
Helen meets grace 
3 rounds for time 
400 m run 
21kb swings @ 35lbs 
12 pull ups
Then after completed 
30 clean and jerks prescribed weight 95 lbs but that was a little much for me so I did 75lb
And then your done. 

It was fun knowing I was fighting thru this workout for a reason to not give up. Thankfully I had an amazing partner to push me thru this wod. Recently I was contacted that I met my minimum required amount of donations to provide at least one mammogram but I also had amazing family and friends that supported me and I placed 2nd at raising the most amount of funds at my gym. Can't wait till next year to raise more for this awesome charity event.

The girls 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

crockpot Chicken chilli

Looking for a warm winter comfort food. This is one of my favorite soups. It's healthy but not paleo. Add the following ingredients with chicken breasts in the crockpot Put on low all day shred chicken and your done! Dinner is served.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

So thankful

Somehow I missed out on posting much the last month or so. We have been pretty busy with Derek traveling to Missouri for some army training in Missouri. While I was here being busy behind my chair preparing everyone's locks for the holiday.  But I want everyone to know exactly how thankful I am and I don't want that to go unheard here on my blog. This year I am thankful for many things. 
I am very thankful for my husband Derek, he is the light in my eye and brightens my days in more ways than just one. I can't imagine what this life would ever be like without him by my side everyday. I am so thankful to for all the sacrifices he makes to give us all our freedom. I am also very thankful for my family. I realize everyday that the bond I share with my family and Derek's is very special and unique and not all people get to experience this amazingness. I am thankful to live here in Washington and have the ability to get to know this area where Derek was raised and be close to the family to hang out and enjoy each other. In more ways that one salon ish has truely changed my life! This is by far the most amazing group of women I have worked with and the bond between each other is so amazing. Don't get me wrong all the salons I have works at carry a special memory with me and I've enjoyed each of them. But this one has been so special. From day one I really had to push my way thru to snag this job and I am so thankful that I did what I had to do to become an ish doll. It saddens my heart to know that someday I will have to move on with this army lifestyle but let's not think about that till then. I could go on and on about the things I am thankful for but don't wanna bore you too much! But with a last line I am most thankful for the life that god has created for me and the blessings I receive everyday. 
Happy holidays!! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paleo chilli

With the cold weather upon us it always makes it hard to stick to good eating habits and comfort foods tend to take over my mind and body. Although after eating clean for the last year and really focusing on eliminating dairy, beans and carbs now when I have them it does a toll on my body. I have been craving chilli so I made a real traditional dish a few weeks ago and was sick for nearly two days with a bloated stomach and pains I have never experienced before. And now I've been craving it again but can't put those beans in my belly as I can't deal with that feeling. So I pulled out my favorite paleo cookbook and found a great recipe that was too good to not share with you all. I tweaked it a bit so this is what I came up with:
(Photo is prior to be completely cooked) 

Paleo no bean chilli 
1 yellow onion chopped 
2 green peppers chopped 
1 fist of garlic peeled and chopped 
2tbsp coconut oil 
3-4lb roast diced (I used stew meat) 
1tbsp paprika 
2 tsp cumin 
1tsp chipotle 
1tsp salt m1tsp pepper m6 oz tomato paste 
30 oz fire roasted tomatoes 
1 cup water 

Add one tbsp coconut oil to iron skillet. Cook onions till translucent remove and add to crockpot 
Add green peppers to skillet cook tong enough to brown them a bit. Add to crockpot 
Then add 1 tbsp coconut oil to skillet once hot add cubed meat. Lightly brown and seat the edges 
Add to mixture in crockpot 
Next add seasonings, cup of water tomato paste and fire roasted tomatos. Mix all ingredients really well. Place on low for 3-5 hours. 
And dinner is served. I've been told this type of chili is amazing over a sweet potato but didn't have time to prepare. Really enjoyed this dish. Now your turn... Tell me what you think.