Cutting My Guys’ Hair

One of the ways I save money in our household is by being the family hairdresser. I first learned to cut hair as a new bride, by watching my mother-in-law cut my husband’s hair. I’ve had a few hiccups along the way, and my hubby has made an occasional visit to a barber when life has been too busy for me to do the job, but for twenty years I’ve been the main scissor-girl. I’ve come to truly enjoy the process almost as an artistic outlet, learning methods to cut the hair of not only my husband, but also all my children, my mother, and myself. Between those twelve people, God has given me quite a variety to work with!

Take these guys, for example:IMG_2006

Clockwise: Thick, wavy-haired Conductor; soft, obedient-haired Sonshine (if only he had the personality to match!); wispy, wild-headed Handsome.

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Curly, thick-haired Handyman; thick, straight-haired Iron Man; poker-straight, thick-haired Happy.

My husband’s hair is not crooked, I promise. It’s an awkward camera angle.

See? Much better here:

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For anyone out there who is interested in learning how to cut hair for the men in their lives, I’d like to share two videos. No, the videos are not mine; I don’t do that. I’ve tried before and I just feel too awkward talking to a camera. No… I’ll leave that to people who are both more skillful than I am, and comfortable demonstrating, and I’ll give them some linky love.

Today I’m focusing on the guys only, because I just cut their hair on Friday and have freshly trimmed men to model their fine heads of hair. :) I’ll save the girls for another day, because I haven’t cut their hair in about two months.

This first video demonstrates the basic method I use to cut my guys’ hair. In a nutshell, I start by trimming the basic “shape” that I want, from one ear, across the back, to the other ear, then trim it all up inside that shape. I save the front for last. I do two things differently than she does: 1) for the front, I comb forward rather than upward before cutting (because it suits my guys’ styles and faces better), and 2) I don’t use the razor on the sides (because it suits my skill level better!)

Handyman has curly hair, which took me quite a bit of getting used to. When I first realized that his hair had to be treated differently, I found the following video helpful. When his hair gets long, his curls look just like the man’s in the video. I used to watch this video every month as a refresher, just before cutting Handyman’s hair. I’m happy to say that I’m comfortable cutting his curls now, and I no longer need to do that. :)

Sometimes we go a little longer or shorter, trying new things here and there depending on the weather or our moods, but the essential technique is basically the same. I find it amazing how the same method can turn out so differently depending on the guy and the hairtype!

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Any other family hairdressers out there? Or anyone aspiring to be one? Please share your favorite tips and resources in the comments!


Recent Photos

The iPad has largely taken over as my default method of snapping photos. The ease of uploading to Instagram is so handy for sharing photos with family and friends who live far away (Grandmas~look at the sidebar on the right at any time to see our latest uploads!) However, I do still get my DSLR out from time to time. Today, I cleared off my camera card and decided to post a few photos worth remembering.

A Sunday afternoon at the Botanical Gardens

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Passover Seder

The kids asked if we could have a traditional Passover dinner this year. I’d only cooked lamb two times before in my life, but the children have a way of inspiring me. Due to scheduling conflicts, we were a day late, and held our informal seder on Good Friday. Close to dinner time, they dressed up in Bible costumes, and inspired me to toss on a few scarves myself!

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Passover actually has significant meaning for Christian families as well as Jewish families. We found several resources to be very useful as my husband took as through a Seder:

Chrysalis: Easy Christian Seder Supper: The primary guide we used for our seder.

Little Things Count: Seder Meal: A bit longer and scripted, but still shortened from a traditional seder.

CRI: Introduction to a Christian Seder: The most informative resource, which was helpful for my husband and me as we prepared to teach our children.

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Play Yard Repurposed

A few days ago, The Boy (my three year old little stinker son) got hold of a pair of scissors and surprised me with this:

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What you see is a pack and play which was a gift from my mother in law almost 17 years ago, and which has been used with nine children in this family.

Yeah, I was a little horrified. I took comfort in reminding myself that at least my little friend went for a mesh item rather than a leather one.

Once I got over the shock, I had to figure out what to do with it. Pieces with this kind of sentimental value don’t just get tossed out in the trash so easily. I did a little googling on how to repurpose an old pack and play, and as it turns out, upcycling play yards is all the rage these days on Pinterest. We were able to make a lovely tent/reading nook from ours.

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Good news for me, the process couldn’t be more simple! If you have an old pack and play with small (or extremely large) holes in the mesh, and you’d like to repurpose it into something your little ones will love, here’s what to do:

  1. Cut all of the mesh out of one side.
  2. Wrap a fitted crib sheet over the top (use a regular crib sheet; pack and play sheets will be too small).
  3. Add a pillow and blanket of coordinating colors.
  4. Find an adorable toddler and let her explore her new little nook.

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Easy peasy, and loads of fun!

So as it turns out, all was not lost. I suspect this new tent may get more use than the play yard did!


Gender Reveal

Last Wednesday, we had a sonogram and found out that our baby is a healthy, perfectly-measuring, precious…

Baby Girl!

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Tomorrow we will be a full 19 weeks along. This pregnancy is going by so quickly! I am astonished weekly by my What to Expect video updates that inform me of the miraculous milestones our little girl is reaching. You might think that after ten babies, I wouldn’t be surprised, or in awe of it all. But I forget, far too quickly, those little details after each pregnancy. And the awe? Well, I can’t see how anyone could not be in awe of witnessing any of it. Babies are a miracle, from their creation to the amazing ways that they grow. Psalm 139 says it so beautifully:

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.


Recessed Light to Pendant Light in Minutes

I’m always looking for ways to make our home prettier, more welcoming, and more comfortable. I especially appreciate simple projects with a powerful impact, that can be done inexpensively. I’d like to share a lighting project that my husband recently did for our kitchen.

House project articles are not a strength of my blog, due largely to my forgetfulness in picture-taking. I am notorious for waiting until after a project is complete before realizing a “before” shot would have been good idea. Thankfully, I have a husband who remembers my photography regrets, and minutes before beginning this project, asked, “Wanna snap a picture before I start?”

Thus, while you won’t get to see a pristine kitchen, and you won’t get to see “process” pictures, you do get to see a last-minute “before” shot of our kitchen (Thanks, Michael!)

Before:

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The thought occurred to me that placing pendant lights over the bar countertop area would add an extra dimension of lighting and more ambiance to the room. Wanting to find out if pendant lights would be doable (doable meaning DIY and not too expensive), I did a little research. I quickly discovered that since we already had recessed/canned lighting in the kitchen, the project would be quite easy and cheaper than I had hoped.

Lowes sells pendant light conversion kits that screw right into canned light fixtures, just like installing a lightbulb. No electrical wiring necessary, which was great news for us. Even better news? The kits run just $20 each. We only had to add a pendant lampshade of our choice. My style tends to be classic/traditional, so we went with a simple, bell-shaped, frosted glass shade. Lucky me, the traditional choice was also a frugal choice, at $8.

My husband installed three kits in around a half hour, most of which was spent adjusting the cords to hang at exactly the same height.

After:

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