Got My Hair Did + What I bought Week 2

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Good afternoon!

Good news– the highlights were a success! I have found a new hair salon. It was perfect– everything about it from the stylist, to the environment, to the zero wait time even though I got there 20 mins. early!! You just can’t beat that. The salon was also only a 20 min. drive from my house (in the serene countryside to boot- no highways required!)

And like my dear friend Leah reminded me this morning, “Remember what Kim Cattral said in Sex And The City….’A woman should never feel bad about spending money on her hair because it makes you feel fabulous!” And fabulous I do feel. :)

My hair was looking so tired and dull from the winter. This was just the pick me up I needed!

Before:

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Drab!!!

My sister Kristi and I like to joke that our natural hair colour is ‘dish water blonde’ LMAO

After:

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Aveda Happy! Who hoo!

You can’t put a price on feeling great about yourself when you walk out that door.

Ok, maybe you can. The full highlights (2 colours) came to $150 (including tip)…..this tends to be the norm for me no matter what salon I go to because my hair is so long!

Like I said, I have tried to do my own colour before and it was a DISASTER. It was so bad I had to go to the salon to fix it anyways!

Thanks for the tip Katy about the Aveda schools…I’m not sure if there is one near me but I will definitely look into it!

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So this means I definitely blew the budget this week. Thankfully I only have to get my colour done every 3 months or so. So if I look at it this way, that is only $1.60 a day. I don’t ever buy tea or coffee or lunches out, so I guess my hair can be my daily indulgence. ;)

This week’s expenses:

Groceries $100

  • Included out of the ordinary things such as a digital thermometer ($15), some personal items, and we bought bulk for sale items
  • For example, organic apples were on sale for $1.29/lb. so I bought 14 of them! This will last 2 weeks or more.
  • The bruised bananas were 50% off so I bought about 10 (the more bruised the better for smoothies and baking!)
  • I also bought 2 bags of frozen fruit (lots of money up front but saves money overall!)
  • I also bought regular organic carrots instead of baby organic carrots (they are much cheaper! and now that I will be home I will have the extra time to prepare them)
  • I didn’t buy one Larabar!!! Go me!
  • I am going to start making my own Larabars again, as well as hummus and bread.

Gas

  • $31

Subway (Eric)

  • $8

Full Highlights

  • $150 
     

Week’s TOTAL expenses: $289

Well this week would have been pretty reasonable had it not been for my hair!

Next week will have another out of the ordinary expense (Valentine’s Day) but I already have a great cost efficient idea (stay tuned!) We are also using a gift card for our dinner out! :D whoooo!

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See you tonight for my favourite Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe!!! Of course I had to do some baking for our guests tonight. ;)

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe before.

I must apoligize to you all for keeping this wonderful cookie recipe from you. This one should not be hidden!

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“While we flatter ourselves that things remain the same, they are changing under our very eyes from year to year, from day to day.”

~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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1 Bec February 7, 2009

Your new highlights look great!

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2 kaneil February 7, 2009

yay for a fun Saturday! Your hair look awesome! I recently had mine done at an Aveda salon, too. I love their products. Even though I panic each time, I know that my hair is the one thing I SHOULD splurge on – I wear it every day! :)

I am working on my Vday contest entry as I type – watch out! It’s gonna win!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

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3 Maggie February 7, 2009

I LOVE them. So worth it. I think I might get highlights next time I’m at the salon now; great hair really does make me happy!

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4 sarah (ghost world) February 7, 2009

i totally understand — i spend about $300 every 4 months on japanese straightening for my hair! but it makes me so happy on a daily basis, so . . . worth it!!

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5 Marianne February 7, 2009

Nice highlights! Totally makes me want to book an appt with my stylist for the whole shebang. Of course, I usually end up spending well over $200 with tip, because I have full colour + highlights (I’m so high maintenance – ha!)

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6 Dagne February 7, 2009

Looking good!! I pay about the same for highlights, but ti’s sooooo wroth it!

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7 VeggieGirl February 7, 2009

Fabulous ‘do!! :-D

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8 jenngirl February 7, 2009

Fabulous hair indeed! Glad you did something you feel great about, you deserve it!

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9 Briana February 7, 2009

Your hair looks great! I’ve always thought about getting mine dyed, but have always chickened out at the last moment. Your logic about the cost seems right to me, everyone has a different indulgence right?

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10 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) February 7, 2009

your hair looks so good! I am trying to have a cost-efficient Valentines day too, so I’m excited to see what ur planning.

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11 carolinebee February 7, 2009

Looks beautiful!! I totally agree- my hair is one thing I do splurge on ( HA mine is dishwater too!) It is so worth it and it something I CANNOT do myself. I just love how the golden and honey hues lighten my face up- makes winter a lot more fun :D Have fun tonight!

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12 Nicole February 7, 2009

Love the hair, it looks great!!

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13 Jen February 7, 2009

The highlights are beautiful!!! :)

Way to go on sticking to the budget, even with the hair! :)

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14 MaryBe February 7, 2009

Love your hair!
It’s getting really long!

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15 Elina February 7, 2009

Gorgeous hair! I totally agree – hair is one of those things that’s worth spending money on. It’s just suck a huge part of your look!

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16 Priyanka February 7, 2009

Your hair looks gorgeous girl!!!!!!

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17 joeandbetsy February 7, 2009

Ugh, I know what you mean about hair being pricey. I also have very long and thick hair that I dye blonde (my sister & I call my regular hair ‘mousy blonde’). I REALLY need to get my roots done, but it’s sooo expensive!! Yours looks great by the way!

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18 Brandi February 7, 2009

the hair looks great! I’m glad you liked the new salon – that’s always scary going to a new place!

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19 Emily February 7, 2009

your hair looks beyootiful!

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20 Mariposa February 7, 2009

i love your hair! mine is kind of like that, i cant wait to get it done again!!!!

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21 Kris February 7, 2009

Stunning!

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22 marafaye February 8, 2009

Great highlights!!! I’ll have pics of mine on Wed :)

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23 girlrunningaround February 8, 2009

Gorgeous hair! You totally deserve this little indulgence!

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24 bobbi February 8, 2009

love the hair, I have a question. I am so inspired about your keeping track of spending that I have decided to do it myself. Hubby and I are trying to save, save, save, but I have a question is there a number you are trying to spend weekly, monhlty,daily??? I want to do this in hopes that helps us be accountable to our spending.

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