27 February 2015

Friday Favorites

1. The Wet Brush

I have a lot of fine hair on my head that often gets tangled after a shower. Normally, I use a wide-tooth comb to get out the tangles, but it takes FOREVER and pulls out a ton of hair. I had a hair stylist recommend this brush to me a while back and I finally got it. It works wonders! It is not as harsh on my hair and I don't get as much hair falling out when I brush

2. Umberto Controller Conditioning Spray

I use this product along with the Wet Brush after I get out of the shower. Before, I was seriously spending 20 or more minutes combing the tangles out of my hair, and ripping out tons of hair along with it. Now, I use this conditioning spray before I start brushing out the tangles and it cut my brushing time down to around 5 minutes. I'm sorry, but I don't have tons of time to spend on brushing out my hair every other night. This is why the spray is one of my favorites.

3. Republic Wireless

I saved the best for last. I honestly don't know why people are paying tons of money for a phone plan. There is NO reason. I'm guessing people just don't know about Republic Wireless or they are stuck in a contract. All you have to do is pay $99 bucks for a phone and then you choose the plan you want which ranges from $5-$40. Lorin and I each have the $10 plan and it is AWESOME!

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03 February 2015

Stages of Faith

I've been doing a lot of thinking and studying on the topic faith as of late. I came across Fowler's stages of faith development from his book Stages of Faith. Professor James W. Fowler is a developmental physiologist at Candler School of Theology. I found these stages so intriguing, that I decided to share them.

Stage 0 – "Primal or Undifferentiated" faith (birth to 2 years), is characterized by an early learning of the safety of their environment (i.e. warm, safe and secure vs. hurt, neglect and abuse). If consistent nurture is experienced, one will develop a sense of trust and safety about the universe and the divine. Conversely, negative experiences will cause one to develop distrust with the universe and the divine. Transition to the next stage begins with integration of thought and languages which facilitates the use of symbols in speech and play.

Stage 1 – "Intuitive-Projective" faith (ages of three to seven), is characterized by the psyche's unprotected exposure to the Unconscious, and marked by a relative fluidity of thought patterns. Religion is learned mainly through experiences, stories, images, and the people that one comes in contact with.

Stage 2 – "Mythic-Literal" faith (mostly in school children), stage two persons have a strong belief in the justice and reciprocity of the universe, and their deities are almost always anthropomorphic. During this time metaphors and symbolic language are often misunderstood and are taken literally.

Stage 3 – "Synthetic-Conventional" faith (arising in adolescence; aged 12 to adulthood) characterized by conformity to religious authority and the development of a personal identity. Any conflicts with one's beliefs are ignored at this stage due to the fear of threat from inconsistencies.

Stage 4 – "Individuative-Reflective" faith (usually mid-twenties to late thirties) a stage of angst and struggle. The individual takes personal responsibility for his or her beliefs and feelings. As one is able to reflect on one's own beliefs, there is an openness to a new complexity of faith, but this also increases the awareness of conflicts in one's belief.

Stage 5 – "Conjunctive" faith (mid-life crisis) acknowledges paradox and transcendence relating reality behind the symbols of inherited systems. The individual resolves conflicts from previous stages by a complex understanding of a multidimensional, interdependent "truth" that cannot be explained by any particular statement.

Stage 6 – "Universalizing" faith, or what some might call "enlightenment." The individual would treat any person with compassion as he or she views people as from a universal community, and should be treated with universal principles of love and justice.

Do you find that these stages correlate with your faith experience?

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04 January 2015

Creepy Walmart Toys

I feel like I could make a whole separate blog devoted to all the creepy toys I find on the shelves at different stores. Here are some special finds I saw while at a Walmart in Hawaii during my Christmas vacation.

1. Rock-a-bye Nightmare

I don't know if it's the beady eyes or the creepy flap of baby skin on the chest that makes me squirm the the most. All I know is that this baby is probably hiding under my bed right now. 

 2. The Grudge

This past Halloween, Lorin, my father-in-law, and I watched The Grudge. When I saw this toy at Walmart, I decided that if the creepy ghost lady was played by a panda in the movie, she would probably look like this.

3. My Little Pony Reject

Poor purple pony didn't make the cut to be a real My Little Pony.

4. Bitter Beer Face Pony

If you don't know what I'm talking about, just look at the Google images.

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01 January 2015

Mele Kalikimaka

Lorin, Miranda, and I went out with a bang this year by celebrating Christmas in Hawaii with my family. Thanks, Mom and Dad for a wonderful Christmas!

The Beach

Polynesian Cultural Center

Pearl Harbor




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17 November 2014

The Walk of Shame

I love checking the mail. Some days, checking the mail is the only time I can get out of the house for a few precious minutes and feel the sun on my pasty white skin.

However, if you are like me, some days can be so busy around the house that getting dressed to go outside just isn't working out. It is during days like these that one may experience The Walk of Shame.

The Walk of Shame occurs when the time for getting dressed for the day has come and gone (usually around 4 pm), but that precious mail is just waiting in the mailbox, and I must get it. I must! I could get dressed, but why? I still have work to do around the house, why not stay in my comfy clothes?

To the left is a picture of my latest Walk of Shame attire. Let me give you a rundown of my outfit:

For my top, I'm wearing a red men's knit shirt (that probably used to be owned by my younger brother). Notice how I'm proudly holding up the mail I just retrieved from the mailbox? Just so you know, the only reason I'm holding up the mail and covering my chest is to hide the fact that I didn't even strap in The Girls that day (I had things to do, OK?!). Next, you will see my very fashionable plaid pajama bottoms which show off my ever-so-classy socks-with-Lorin's-sandals combination.

As you take The Walk of Shame, feelings of embarrassment or fear may come over you as you try your best to avoid your neighbors' judging eyes. There have been times when I've walked off my porch in my pajamas, only to quickly run back into the house in horror at the sight of one of my neighbors exiting their house.

In reality, my neighbors probably don't care what I or anyone else on the street is wearing when we go check the mail, and because of that, I'm not going to feel bad at taking The Walk of Shame every now and again.
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03 November 2014

4 Ways to use Halloween Candy to Your Advantage

If you are a parent, you probably understand that Halloween is both a blessing and a curse. Halloween is such a fun time to go to parties, eat treats, and see your child(ren) dress up in adorable costumes. However, one too many pieces of candy can turn these cute children into raging hobbits of fury. I'm telling you, I've been there, and I feel your pain. This is why I am going to share 4 ways to use your child(ren)'s Halloween candy to your advantage.

1. Bribery. Miranda is going through a stage where she is wanting to do away with her daily nap, but the thing is, I'm not ready. In fact, I don't know if I will ever be ready to give up that precious nap. So what do I do? I tell her that if she takes a nap, then she gets a piece of Halloween candy when she wakes up. It works like a charm, and is a win-win situation.

2. Bribery. Miranda is sometimes a picky eater and doesn't appreciate the fine foods I offer to her at dinner. However, if I tell her she gets a piece of candy for finishing her dinner, she starts stuffing her face.

3. Did I mention bribery? 

4. Sneaking candy. In a perfect world, children would understand the time and energy their parent(s) put into making an enjoyable Halloween for their kids. Wouldn't it be awesome if your child said, "Hey Mom, thanks for taking me out trick-or-treating for three hours, have some candy. You deserve it." Instead, you have eagle eyes watching your every move, making sure no parent touches the candy. This is why you have to look for opportunities to sneak some candy here and there. This way, you can enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.

Now that I have shared my secrets with you (which you probably already know and practice anyway), I want to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC Halloween. We kicked off Halloween a week early by attending our church's Halloween party and trunk-or-treat. Then, a couple days later, Lorin's dad flew in to see us. We had so much fun having him here. On Halloween day, Dad Baird and I took Miranda to Garner's Trick-or-Treat Trails. At this event, local businesses set up booths around a one-mile trail at White Deer Park and hand out candy. After that, we ate pizza, drank soda, put Miranda to bed, and watched The Grudge. Yes, Miranda did turn into a raging hobbit of fury that night, but we still love her.

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23 October 2014

Funny Happenings in the Baird Household

-You know there is a problem when you are eating at the dinner table and your sweet 2-year-old girl  rips a big one and says, "Mommy, you hear dat?" ...Yes, in fact, I did hear that.

-Miranda singing the word "yuck" to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as she refuses to eat the dinner I prepared for her.

-Lorin and I just received our absentee ballots in the mail for midterm elections and we decided last minute to run for office. It's never too late to start campaigning, right?

-Lorin and I are super into Dave Ramsey and are SO close to being out of debt right now. Since getting out of debt is something we talk about often, it is pretty common to hear Miranda going around the house saying, "debt freeeeee!" Hey, if that is the only thing she learns from us as parents, I'll be pretty happy.

-Whenever Miranda sees something furry or animal-like, she furrows her eyebrows and says, "Awww! So tute! Yep, that is right. Tute. Since she can't quite pronounce the C/K sound yet, she just replaces it with T. This only becomes a little problematic when she tries to say "kitties"or even worse, "big kitties."

Well, that's all the funnies I have for this week. Hopefully I'll have some more to share soon!

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