I’ve had some major phone issues lately (trying to hold out on buying a new phone until the new release in September so I can take advantage of the price drops) which plays into why I’m sharing this Q&A here. Instagram recently released the option of asking questions on stories – I had just posted and then my phone went all crazy. Ahh! Within that 20 min period, I received a few questions that I thought I’d answer here…
Q: What’s your advice for someone who just got long extensions? Such an upkeep
A: Totally! I’ve had extensions for years now so they’re kind of like second nature to me. But for a newbie, it definitely takes some getting use to no matter what type of extensions you have. A couple things I would recommend… 1. Don’t wash your hair as often. You want your hair to last you as long as possible (it just styles better in general). The less you wash it, the longer you can keep your hair meaning less money! If your (fake) hair is healthy, you should be able to go at least 3-7 days between washes. Use dry shampoo (my favorite is batiste) and just brush your hair out. The healthier your hair, the longer you should be able to go in between washes which is why I feel like it’s such a big deal to maintain your fake hair. 2. Make sure you are using products that are good/made for extensions. One of the brands I recently discovered after going to get my hair done at the Habit Salon (Chrissy) is Isles. I use this serum before I blow dry my hair as it helps protect your hair from heat. I plan on getting their shampoo/conditioner next. Also use hair oil! I use this one and apply it onto the middle/ends of my hair right after I blow dry it. Feel free to apply oil every couple of days. It’s so nourishing for your hair!
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: Honestly, I don’t watch a lot of movies 😉 My friends know this about me – whenever we want to hang out they always joke that I won’t want to go to the movies with them. I don’t know why, I’ve just never been a big movie person (unless I’m cuddled up at home- that more my jam). I’d rather go out to eat and talk! #extrovert
Q: What are your favorite stores or brands for kids clothes?
A: One of the most under rated stores for kids is Cotton On Kids. We buy soooooo many of our kids clothes from there. It’s pretty decently priced too. We also shop at Zara and H&M a lot.
Q: What’s it like being the daughter in law to a pastor?
A: Well, I am also a pastor’s kid 😉 My dad is also a pastor. So both me and my husbands dads are pastors. My dad works with a lot of ethnic/multi-cultural pastors helping them get their licensing here in the United States (pretty cool thing!) – He occasionally (and use to) speaks at different churches. My husbands dad is the lead pastor at our church (Capital Christian Center). It really isn’t much different than being raised in a non-pastoral family, except that we both were basically raised in the church. Church on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, prayer meetings, etc. If you were raised in a Christian home, you probably know what I’m talking about. Both of us have nothing but good things to say about our upbringings. We were blessed with great parents all around!
Q: Do you plan on having more kids?
A: No 🙂
Q: Do you wear fake lashes everyday?
A: Nope! It’s rare that you’ll see me wear fake lashes. It’s been a few months that I’ve worn them. I swear by the combo of Rodan & Fields Lash Boost and It Cosmetics Superhero mascara.
Q: Will you list more clothes on Poshmark?
A: I’ve gone back and forth on this. To be honest, it takes way too much of my time to post everything for what I get in return. I feel like my time is more valuable being spent doing other things. I also give a lot of my clothes away or donate them. I’m trying to figure this out though because I know how much you all want to shop my closet. I just need an assistant to help me time wise and right now I’m riding solo!
Q: Have you always lived in CA?
A: Nope! I grew up in Fiji! I know, crazy right?! I love mentioning that to people for the first time- they always look at me like I’m crazy. Such a random place but I have nothing but great memories. My parents were missionaries and helped run a Bible College while my dad would travel and speak at different churches on Sundays. It was a pretty normal upbringing. Yes, there are huts and a lot of what you picture when you think of Fiji, but I lived in a very normal house/neighborhood, took the bus to school everyday (okay, that was a little sketch – ha!), and had dinner with my family every night. It was such a simple childhood, one that I often wish I could give my kids. We moved back to Orange County, California for a few years (all of my extended family lives there) before moving to Sacramento when I was 12 or 13. I’ve lived here ever since.
Q: How do you deal with #judemood when out in public?
A: It all depends on the setting. If he throws fits and we’re in a setting where he is able to scream, I usually let him throw his fit and ignore him until he’s done. With him, it works (with my daughter, it didn’t so it all depends on the kid!). If we’re in a setting where he has to be quiet, we’ll pick him up and walk him outside or into the bathroom and wait until he’s done. I’m a firm believer in just ignoring them until their done. They’ve gotta get it out! Sometimes people will look at you like you’re crazy, but those are probably the people that either a. don’t have kids or b. had easy going ones 😉 I think it’s easier for me to say this too since he’s kid #3 – On that note I will say that Jude really isn’t as strong willed as we make him out to be. He’s got quite a big personality but I don’t know that I would call him strong willed. I actually just mentioned this to my husband the other day. My daughter was way harder than Jude at his age. She threw fits like no ones business and there was no stopping her. With Jude, we are able to somewhat get control and he really doesn’t throw fits all that often. So I think it all depends on the kid, best way to parent him/her!
Q: How do you fit your faith in with your blogging career? You always seem so busy with that.
A: This question kind of took me back. Because when I initially read it, I read it as if this person is saying that there is no way to do both successfully so I’m obviously failing. I’m going to assume there isn’t any judging here and just answer the question as is.
Blogging is definitely a full time job for me. Sometimes more than full time. But I absolutely love it and at this point have no plans on stopping anytime soon! With my faith, it’s a 24/7 thing. I often think people label “Faith” or “Christianity” with acts of service and that is not the case at all. Sure, it is beneficial and encouraged to read your bible, do your devotions, go to church, etc. – but the only thing that truly matters is that you believe in and have a relationship with Jesus. He knows and sees your heart.
There are times that I am better about spending one on one time with him than others. It’s like anything in life. But my faith in him is secure!
Q: What’s your go to dinner?
A: Oh man, probably some type of meat with veggies. We do a lot of salmon, veggies, and brown rice. (no my kids do not eat this- they are all picky eaters)
Q: What is your favorite adult beverage?
A: Haha, I love that someone asked this cause I rarely drink. I’m not against it, I’m just not a big fan. I do like champagne, rose, and sangria. I also love margaritas! I know, plain jane over here 😉
Q: What style trend do you not like right now?
A: Do you guys follow @sivanayla ?! If not, you should. She is one of my favorites. So real and a little out there haha. Anyways, someone asked her this same question the other day and she posted a picture of these tennis shoes that have been ALL over the runway/fashion world lately and I said out loud YES!!! Google “balenciaga shoes” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I just can’t get on board!
Q: How old were you when you got married?
A: 20 🙂 baby!!!… my husband bought me a drink on our honeymoon lol
Q: When are you moving?
A: Hopefully soon! We’ve been looking at so many houses, they’re all starting to look the same! So we’re kind of in a dilemma right now and we keep going back and forth on whether or not we want to buy right now or move (rent) and then buy later. We have this feeling the market is going to come down in the next year or two and we don’t want to buy at the height (I know you will all have an opinion on this, this is just our personal opinion 😉 ). We made a bad move in letting go of our house too soon a few years back so we want to make sure we’re not jumping the gun here. But either way whether it’s owning or renting (just to a bigger house), we will hopefully be moving within the next 6 months.
Q: What’s your exercise routine?
A: Orange Theory! I go there 2-3 times a week. I’m obsessed!