How I Curl My Hair: Beachy Waves

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Ok, guys. Yes, I’m about to do a post about my hair. I don’t normally do “beauty” posts, and certainly not tutorials on it, but when I posted this pic on Instagram:

Jen's Beachy Curls

You all went crazy for it (thank you, by the way!!) and kept asking how I did it.

I came across this style sort of by fluke. I was searching YouTube for easy ways to curl hair (I’m a child of the 70’s/80’s and I LOVE curly hair and was bored with my usual methods). So, when you guys asked how I did it, I searched high and low for the tutorial, but to no avail.

I was beginning to worry that I was going to have a film a tutorial myself but, believe me, nobody wants that. Ha! Finally, today, I decided to give it one more good ole’ college try. And I found it!!

I love this video because it’s easy, Kayley Melissa is super relatable and totally adorable.

I will say, there are a few things I did differently than Kayley.

  1. I didn’t use any product before styling. Mostly because…I don’t have any. I might spray a fine mist of hairspray afterwards, but that’s it.

2. I use a normal curling iron, I just leave the clamp closed. I suppose you could remove the clamp but since I use my curling iron for more than just this method I leave it on and it works great! I’m using a Remington, that I believe is 1″. If your hair is resistant to holding curl like mine is, you want to keep the wand size 1″ or under. However, I wouldn’t go below 3/4″ or you might get way tighter than you’re hoping.

Remington

3. I didn’t pin the curls like she does. I just don’t have time, and it works fine for me without it.

4. I don’t do the head flip. I just let the curls cool completely. Usually I will curl it, then put my makeup on while they cool. The key for me is don’t touch/tussle the curls while they’re warm. That is just asking for curls to immediately fall out. I just let them cool while I do my makeup and then gently tussle my hair at the roots with my fingertips.

So, I hope you enjoy this, and if you try it post a pic and let us see!!

 

Stepping Into the Fire

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The Christian life is often one lived in the tension between promises given and promises fulfilled. We find ourselves, perhaps more than we care to admit, in circumstances which frighten and threaten to shake our faith.

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I’m delighted and honored to be sharing over at (in)courage today, talking about that tension. About how sometimes we have to step into the fire to see which direction God wants to take us. I hope you’ll join me.

And I hope you’ll take some time to read some of the uplifting, encouraging, hope-filled posts at the wonderful community that is (in)courage. In fact, all the better, sign up here to receive free daily encouragement from the writers of (in)courage, right in your inbox! 

Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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I don’t think I ever really understood St. Patrick’s Day until I lived in Ireland. There was just something about being surrounded by those lilting voices, celebrating Ireland and a man who brought them hope so many years ago. (Okay, so not all of them think about the hope thing, but I can’t help but)

Since our time in Ireland, I’ve had lots of people ask me, “So, what’s the point of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? What meaning does it hold?”

3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Your KidsSo, I was honored and super excited when Tricia Goyer asked me to write a post for her blog about meaningful ways to celebrate Paddy’s Day with your kids. You guys know me, and know that I’m all about simple, stress-free, fun and grace-filled. So, that’s what you’ll find in these 3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids.

To make it a real party, Tricia is also hosting a giveaway for a copy of her new book, Prayers that Changed History! (hint: Patrick is in there!) So hop of over to Tricia’s place and enter!

On Roots, Rootlessness, and Faith

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Photo by Deibel Photography

Photo by Deibel Photography

Our family is embarking on a new adventure. After over a journey of over ten years of overseas life, we are daring to believe we can start over. This time, we’re starting over right here in the United States! What are we doing? We don’t know. We just know, we sensed the Lord closing the doors to our overseas life.

In all of this, there has been a mixed bag of emotions, and our faith has been stretched in new ways. I’m honored to share a bit of our journey over at Djibouti Jones. If you’ve ever struggled with reconciling a feeling of rootlessness with your faith, this post is for you. Head over to read my story, and be sure to take some time to check out Rachel’s beautiful site there.

Calling All Writers!

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I only recently started owning the title of writer in my own heart and mind. And the more I talk with other writers, the more I realize the struggle to own that title is not one unique to me.

Earlier in the year, as a way to hone my skills and learn more about the art and business of writing, I took a six-week online course from Ann Swindell called Writing with Grace.

Writing With Grace

We met once a week for just over an hour (and the classes were recorded so you could watch later if you were unable to attend live for some reason) and learned about things like voice, tone, and how to write a good query letter.

There was one thing about the course that surprised me, though. And that was how closely I met Jesus each week. By the time the course was finished, I felt so encouraged and uplifted in my own spiritual walk.

I enrolled in the course to hone my craft and learn more about the business side of writing. But what I gained was so much more than practical tips and helps and valuable insights from professional editors – although those abounded. I gained a closer walk with God, and a deeper understanding of His desire to work through me and the passion for writing He has given me.

If you are looking for a way to better your writing, find your own voice, as well as depend and refresh your walk with God, Writing with Grace is for you. You don’t have to be a professional writer, or even a blogger.

And today through March 15th, registration is open for the next session of Writing With Grace! This will be the only other time she will offer this particular course in 2016, so take advantage of it now – I promise you won’t regret it!

And, for all my lovely readers out there, use code JENN10 when you register and receive 10% off your registration fee! (And when you use that code, I earn credit to use towards future classes and/or services with Ann! Win-win!!)

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over the register for Writing With Grace!