Keratin Treatments are the Best

@zicococonut Water allowed me to complete a life list item! What a cool experience! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis post was brought to you by the makers of ZICO Coconut Water.  I received compensation to write this post through the #CrackLifeOpen program. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Most campaigns that bloggers participate in are geared towards promoting a product or service. Very few actually encourage you to make positive life changes.  I have greatly enjoyed working with ZICO Coconut Water on their #CrackLifeOpen campaign. Through the campaign, they encourage not only myself, but also my readers, to create a Life List. Life List items are small changes you can make to live a better life. You can read my Life List here. But they took it a step further. Once my Life List was written, they made it possible for me to complete one of these items! So cool! Yes, of course you should run out and buy ZICO Coconut Water – especially the chocolate (yum!). It is great for hydration and is high in potassium. But you should also look at your list and actually make some changes! It feels amazing.

Frizzy hair! This is why I put a Keratin treatment on my @zicococonut Life List. #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comI looked at my Life List and tried to figure out what would make the most positive impact on my life right now. To some it may seem frivolous, but I decided on the Keratin hair treatment. Up until a few years ago, I did my hair every morning. That meant that I showered, blow dried and flat ironed my hair. Every morning. I know that most women do this but my hair is really thick and blow drying takes forever. Getting ready meant that I spent about an hour and a half.  And somewhere along the line (I truly think it was my oldest starting school) I stopped doing my hair.  But I never felt good about it. My hair has lots of natural wave, which I actually like.  But my hair also has TONS of frizz.  Leaving my hair to air dry saved me lots of time, but I never felt polished. And by mid-afternoon, my hair just went up in to a bun to hide it. Lately, even my bun was looking frizzy and I was feeling really down about my hair.  I felt like the blow drying and styling just contributed to the demise of my hair so I reserved those things only for days when I had events where I had to look my best of might end up in a photo.  A little vain, I suppose.

Before my "life list" item: Wavy, frizzy hair that I need to hide under a hat. #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe frizz surrounds the entire crown of my head.  On sunny days, I can hide it with a hat but most days it’s just there for all to see. It really bothers me. I know that our flaws stand out way more to us than other people but we all want to look our best. So when I met my good friend, Carole, for dinner a few weeks ago I finally knew that the Keratin treatment had to be done. Her hair was glorious. It looked so healthy and she had done nothing to it to get it to look that way.  Other than a Keratin treatment. So I called her gal and booked my appointment. 

I participated in a campaign by @zicococonut where I got to complete one of my "life list" items. I'm so grateful! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comI was giddy with excitement in the week leading up to my treatment. I literally couldn’t sleep thinking about how awesome it was going to be.  And then I would get all anxious.  What if my hair rejected it?!  What if I pay the money and it doesn’t really work?!  But I had to try it out and see if it would be as life changing as I thought it would be. 

The things you do for beauty...#ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe things you do for beauty, am I right?  The Keratin process is really simple. They clean your hair really well to remove any residue. Then they comb through the special sauce. These glasses were for during the blow dry portion and meant to keep your eyes from stinging if they are sensitive to the solution.  I felt ridiculous but I just knew it would be worth it for the final results. 

Getting a Keratin hair treatment was truly life changing! @zicococonut #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comThere was no down time with the solution at all.  Once it is applied, they blow dry your hair and then flat ironed. The flat ironing activates the solution and it works its magic. It took about an hour and a half for the whole process from start to finish. 

After my Keratin Hair Treatment!! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis was me immediately following the treatment. There are still some flyaways, but my hair felt like silk! Your hair always looks amazing after leaving the salon so the real test would be the following day after my first shower.

After the Keratin hair treatment! No frizz! No product! No blowdrying! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comDay 2! Sorry for all the car selfies but these were taken while out running errands. Holy, life changing! That morning, I rinsed out the treatment, conditioned and then did NOTHING else! No product, no blow dry, nothing! I felt amazing! I felt so much more polished than I usually do. This was the wash and wear look that I had been wanting forever! I am so glad that ZICO Coconut Water inspired me to complete this item from my Life List. While this is a somewhat temporary fix (it should last about 3 months) and the frizz will slowly start to come back, I know that this is something that I will be budgeting for in the future.  If that means I have to give up clothes shopping or a house cleaner, I’ll do it. The confidence that having my hair look good brought me that didn’t take me forever to do, was amazing. I didn’t realize I felt so bad until I felt so good. Where I used to be super bummed out about getting ready in the morning I’m now excited to. It has even prompted me to put in a little extra effort in getting dressed. Toni at Proper Hair (let me know if you need her contact info! she’s awesome!) will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me my first Keratin Treatment. 

My first pilates class at Reformer Fit in Dana Point. Crossing this off my @zicococonut life list! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comAND THEN! Since I was so inspired to start really trying to #CrackLifeOpen, I decided to complete another item off my list. I tried out my first Pilates Reformer at Reformer Fit in Dana Point! I have always wanted to try out these machines and thought that this might be an exercise that I really enjoy. I was right. I think I’m in love and I’m dying to take classes consistently. You engage a ton of muscles in each move but it is really fluid. It is more fast paced than yoga, which I need. And less high impact than running. Which I also need. My instructor, Dottie, was awesome. 

Trying out a pilates reformer machine at Reformer Fit in Dana Point. Inspired by my @zicococonut life list. #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd look at my hair! So this workout was about a week after my Keratin treatment and still NO FRIZZ!  Usually during and after exercise my hair would be fuzzy and unruly all around my face. But not anymore! And once we were done, I took it out of the bun and kind of shook it out. Done. Still the best thing I have ever done!

@zicococonut Premium Coconut Water encourages you to create a "life list" of small changes you can make to live a more purposeful life! #ad #cracklifeopen // cupcakesandcutlery.comI don’t think I was fully prepared for making one pretty small change having a big impact on my life. It really made me realize how important having and revising a Life List really is. As things are crossed off, I plan on adding new things. And I am going to continue to make the time to complete items.  I am trying really hard to leave my cell phone at home when I walk the boys to and from school, but I’ll be honest, I’ve slipped up on that one a few times. But mostly I am thankful to ZICO Coconut Water for a campaign that encourages living better lives. I’m proud to be a part of their campaign!

So what changes have you completed from your Life List?

Share a few items on your Life List with @ZICOCoconut on InstagramTwitterFacebook, use the hashtag #CrackLifeOpen and you may even be in for a special surprise!  

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Create a Purposeful Life with a Life List

*This post is sponsored by ZICO Premium Coconut Water but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Life List printable: So you can plan a more purposeful life. #ad #cracklifeopen // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDo you guys know the difference between a Life List and a Bucket List? I didn’t.  But that really didn’t matter because I didn’t have either type of list. If you aren’t sure how they are different, let me tell you.  A Bucket List is something you create of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime, like visit the Grand Canyon, or sing the National Anthem at a sporting event. These are big life experiences that you want to do before you die. A Life List, on the other hand, are those smaller things, that we can add to our daily life, to live more purposefully. Think adding exercise to get healthier, or waking up 15 minutes early every day to read the bible.  This list might also include things that you have always wanted to do, but the intention would be to live a better life in some way, like taking a photography class, or planning a block party so you can meet your neighbors and create quality relationships with them. As we go in to the school year, I thought it was super important that I take a minute and really think about how I can make my life better by making some small changes.   ZICO Coconut Water is inspiring people to lead a more a more purposeful life. #ad #cracklifeopen // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am in love with the new ZICO Premium Coconut Water campaign.  “Crack Life Open” is their slogan and that really resonates with me. So often we get wrapped up in our daily tasks and forget to really enjoy living. I’d like to think we can all find those small things, throughout the day, that are a positive moment – something that impacts our life in some way. I think living a purposeful life is a way to be more healthy. Not just in terms of exercise, or eating right, but really changing your mind frame on how you view things and adapt from change as well as what takes priority in your every day life.  I encourage you to really think about your day and see if there are ways to make some positive changes.  I'm creating a Life List to help guide me to live a better life, with more purpose.  #ad #cracklifeopen // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI REALLY enjoyed creating my Life List with ZICO Premium Coconut Water.  Do you have one yet? Here she is, in no particular order:

  • Leave my smart phone at home as I walk my kids to school each day. I can use that time to talk with them and help them plan their day. On the way home, I’m going to enjoy the walk and really just take a quiet moment to myself before the hustle and bustle of the day kicks in.
  • I know exercise is important but I just have no interest in doing the same thing over and over. I’d like to explore new options or ways to be active so that I can learn new things, work different muscles and perhaps find something that I truly enjoy so it won’t feel like it is a work out. Is that wishful thinking?  I hate to sweat.
  • I  want to get a Keratin hair treatment. This is not as frivolous as it sounds. You feel good when you look good.  And right now, my hair makes me feel messy. But I don’t have the energy to “do” my hair (it takes about an hour to blow dry and straighten – what? I have luxurious, thick hair…) every morning. But I want to come across as more polished to the people I meet on the days I don’t have an event that I have to get ready for.
  • I want to plan regular date nights with my husband so we can stay connected.  He has always been my best friend (since high school) and I miss him. Our busy schedules mean we are sometimes like passing ships and I want to make sure that we make time for each other and that he knows that my heart is with him even when he is working on the couch and I am sleeping.
  • I want to be better with menu planning and grocery shopping. I want to start a new system where I create our week’s menu based on sales and what is in season. Not only will it help our grocery budget but we’ll also be eating what is more fresh.
  • I want to make breakfast more of a priority for the whole family. In years past, breakfast time is when I get all my social media scheduled for the day. But I need to make a healthy breakfast for myself and family so we can all start the day off right.
  • I want to go back to reading magazines because I love them not to find inspiration or something project or blog related. I have always found tremendous happiness in magazines and because of mom guilt and mile-long to-do lists, magazines have almost become part of “work” for me. I need to get them back in to the “me-time” category. And I have two BIG Life List items that are on my heart. But it just isn’t the right time yet. I’m a mom first, and right now, my focus has to be on my kids, their care and what they need to live a fulfilling life at the moment. But I really help families live better lives too.
  • I want to create a project (a site? a book? a video?) based on helping kids see the creative careers that are out there and know that if there isn’t a job for something that they want to do, then they need to figure out how to create it.
  • I want to put on a big family festival. I won’t go in to details as there are not coherent thoughts here yet, more like one of those brainstorming cloud bubble things bouncing around my head.

Creating a "life list" with ZICO Premium Coconut Water. #ad #cracklifeopen // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com I am so grateful that ZICO Premium Coconut Water reached out to partner with me for this campaign. I needed the encouragement to create this life list. And now I will start to implement some of these changes. What changes are you going to make in your daily life to #CrackLifeOpen?  The fantastic Lauren of A Fabulous Fete made a printable for all of you so that you can easily make a life list too. Just download it and think about the changes you can make to live more fully!

Share a few items on your Life List with @ZICOCoconut on InstagramTwitterFacebook, use the hashtag #CrackLifeOpen and you may even be in for a special surprise!  

Download here: Life List Printable