Haircuts and The Happiest Place On Earth

Today is a pretty exciting day for two reasons:

Reason #1: I’m getting my hot mess hair cut.

I’ve put it off for far too long and it’s getting pretty sister wife up in here…it’s seriously almost to my butt when it’s wet. Not OK.  I’ve had long hair for years and pretty much haven’t changed it since college which was nearly 8 years ago (Oh man I feel old). Anyway, it’s time. But, what kind of a change should I go for?

I’m not big on color because it never really looks that great with my dark hair and olive skin – just harsh. Bangs have usually been my go-to when I’m looking for a change, but after years of trying to make bangs happen, I’ve resolved myself to the simple fact that they just don’t. My hair is curly and I’m far too lazy for that. So basically I’m getting a cut – a pretty substantial one. I’ve pinned a few inspiration photos to my Pinterest hair board this week. I’m not sure I’ll go quite that short though, because I’m kind of a wuss and also because I don’t want to freak Craig out too badly. He loves long hair and is pretty bummed I’m cutting it already, so I may just ease him into it. Even if I only cut it to armpit length though, it would probably be about a foot of length gone. Even just writing that makes me nervous.

I know I’ll be in good hands though. I get my hair cut at Lucas Salon in Portland (they also have a location in Echo Park, CA). I get my hair cut by Taylor and she’s awesome. She’s cut Juliette Lewis and Beck’s hair, so she’s kind of a big deal. I’m sure the other stylists are awesome too, but I love me some Taylor. Anyway, if you’re looking for a great salon in Portland, you totally need to go here. The space itself is rad too. I kind of just want to go live there.

Haircuts and The Happiest Place On Earth // The Little Things We Do

Reason #2: We’re leaving for Disneyland!

Haircuts and The Happiest Place On Earth // The Little Things We Do

For Christmas my parents sprung for a trip to Disneyland and I’m so excited because it’s the first time that Craig will get to go with us (and because we get to stay at the Grand Californian!). Fern has been to Disneyland once at 15 months and Disney World at 17 months, but Craig had started a new job and couldn’t get time off either time. This time he gets to come though and I can’t wait! He’s only been to Disneyland once and it was in junior high, so he doesn’t think it’s all that exciting. I told him that’s because nothing is magical in junior high – you’re too cool for everything at that age, so of course Disneyland would be a let down. I’m looking forward to him experiencing it with Fern though, because Disneyland with a little one is seriously the coolest.

While I’m away, I thought I’d share a few posts I’ve written lately. I’m back writing at Babble Pregnancy (in addition to my other posts) and I forgot how riled up people get about pregnancy and birth. Those are always some fun comments. Anyway, here are some recent blurbs…

This post should’ve been entitled 25 reasons people are awkward

The home birth post that got people in a tizzy

How to navigate an airport with a toddler and your sanity…

Baby names inspired by children’s books

A few organization tips for your fresh start in the New Year

7 reasons this second pregnancy isn’t so bad

Love and vacations,



  1. I love your first few hair pins, I think you should go shoulder length!

  2. You and I must have been sisters in another life 🙂 I haven’t done mine in ages and it’s really, really bad. Now that you’ve mentioned you do yours maybe I’ll be more stimulated to drag my lazy bottom to the salon 🙂
    I also have curly hair and I found the best for me is medium length with lots and lots of fine layers. When I leave it “au naturel” the curls are simply beautiful.

    Anyways, you’d look beautiful even with a bald head so don’t worry you’ll look as gorgeous as ever. Enjoy Disneyland!

  3. Yay for haircuts! Although, we curly girls have a rough time with haircuts…so traumatic for us and our husbands. But hey, it sure feels good and I know you’ll look great!

  4. I am totally checking out your hair board for inspiration. I’m going for a cut tomorrow. I want a change, but nothing too drastic either.

  5. My husband has never been to Disney (!!!!) and I grew up in California so I’ve been a million times. I can’t wait for our daughter to be old enough to make a family trip out of it. Have fun!!

  6. I read your post on Babble and have some comments. I had an elective C-Section. If you ask me why I did it, I would say I was being naïve and that I hadn’t educated myself enough when I made the decision to do so. I think women are taught not to educate themselves because in that way they better serve the patriarchal interests. In this case, the patriarchal institution of obstetrics because, let’s not fool ourselves: one reading of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born is enough to learn about the history of obstetrics and how it is taken from the hands of midwives by male doctors and turned into a medical intervention. If you ask me if I think of having natural birth or another C-Section in my next pregnancy, I would say I don’t know yet. What I do know is that next time around I will be more knowledgeable (I am already educating myself, something I didn’t do in my first pregnancy) and will choose based on my beliefs of what is best for me. I admire you for having a home birth and for your maturity in analyzing your options and weighing in what is best for you. As healthy young women (thank god!) we do get to choose to have a home birth or a hospital birth. If that were not the case (health, I mean), the story would be different, but I don’t think there is a reason (other than the culture of fear of birth) for a hospital birth if you want and CAN have a home birth. Congrats to you for sticking to your beliefs with so many non-constructive comments around. One can be critical and have an opposing view without being aggressive, I believe. I would recommend you to read Adrienne Rich’s “Of Woman Born,” though. It is such an amazing book that shows a really un-romanticized view of motherhood as experience (which is the potential relationship of any woman to her powers of reproduction and to children) and institution (which aims at ensuring that the potential – and all women – shall remain under male control.) I get it that if you’re not used to feminist theory it can be a bit daunting to read the words “male control,” but it’s important to look past the stereotype of feminism and appreciate what wonderful feminists have done for women over the years (I, for once, am happily married feminist and mother of a sweet little girl). Anyways, I hope everything goes well in your second pregnancy and home birth! 🙂

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