Early Spring Break…

Because my blog will be totally changing formats and may not be functioning properly this week, I am going to plan on this week being a catchup and planning week, and I will catch up on my posts starting next Monday.


What do ya’ll think of the new logo? Be honest!

Get ready for a giveaway! I am fast approaching 100,000 hits, and I am going to be celebrating that milestone and my new blog in a big way!



Friday Favorites and the Secret to a Happy Marriage…


Maybe it isn’t exactly the secret to a happy marriage. It is more like “The Secret to Happy Special Occasions.”

What is the secret? The Amazon Wish List.

So far my husband has batted a thousand on gift giving. Why? Because he knows what I want. Why? Because I keep an Amazon Wish List.

The thing is magic. No matter what website you are on, you can add items to your wish list. Want something that isn’t on the internet? No problem! They have sticky notes where you can just fill in what you want. It is wonderful.

I am kind of weird when it comes to gifts. I don’t want typical girly gifts. And I don’t want just any thing, I want a SPECIFIC thing. All my poor sainted husband has to do is go in to my list, and order away, and voila! Happy wife, happy life!

So anyway, last Sunday was my wedding anniversary. My dear husband is far away in Saudi Arabia. All he had to do was log in to my Amazon, use my Prime account for two day free shipping, and my presents were delivered like magic!

My favorite gift was a new laptop, a MacBook Air. He got me a bunch of other things, but there are two that I really want to recommend.

First is a Jo Totes camera bag. I got a new camera for Christmas (from Amazon) and didn’t really like the stock camera bag that came with it. This thing is gorgeous.

It is my favorite color, and it looks great. It is HUGE, and you can put tons of extra stuff in there.

The second is my Soda Stream. I am on a diuretic, and drink a ton of water every day. This thing is making it more fun! We have syrups of regular drinks for the boys.


The drinks taste amazingly like name brand soda. I wanted to say cokes, but I know that would be confusing to those of ya’ll not from the south where we call all carbonated beverages “coke.” I love the diet options, especially the grapefruit and orange mango. It tastes like those sugar free Ice drinks. They also have diet soda…coke, Dr. Pete, cream soda, ginger ale, root beer, cherry coke, grape, orange, soda mist… I also love to carbonate a bottle, and then add Dasani or Crystal Light drops.

When I buy 2 liters of soda, I almost alway throw out at least half the bottle. It always seems to go flat before the boys drink it all. The bottles also take up a lot of space. I like being able to make 1 liter at a time. It is also great to keep ginger ale syrup. When my family members are sick, they always want ginger ale, and I have to run to the store to get it. If I keep some ginger ale syrup (hidden away) I will have some on demand! With teenaged boys, it is nice to have all of these different flavors on hand for when we have guests!

Happy Weekend!

My new blog…whatever Kary says.

There are some things I want to blog about, but don’t necessarily think that they fit in here on One Dollar Cottage. So I made a new blog, whatever Kary says. The name means nothing to anyone except for our family! My husband, John, uses that phrase as the answer to any question he wants to avoid answering. “Whatever Kary says,” or if he is feeling especially lazy, just “WKS.”

So without further ado, my first post on WKS.

As a little girl, I had stick straight blonde hair.

I can remember sitting on the floor while my mother sat on the couch and set my hair in pin curls. The next morning she would brush out the pin curls, and before lunch my hair would be as straight as a stick!

In the 80’s I spent hours with hot rollers, my hair dryer and Shaper hairspray to achieve that perfect hair helmet.

Then I had children. Hormones are a funny thing. I now have this…

I have been fighting the curl for over a decade now. I always loved my hair in an angled bob, and would try and force my hair to behave…

But I have given up the fight. As of April 29th, I am now a Curly Girl. Aside from the obvious, this means I am following this book, Curly Girl, by Elaine Massey:

The steps to the curly girl or no-poo method are:
1. Clarify with a sulfate shampoo before beginning.
2. Have your hair trimmed. This will get rid of any damage or split ends.
3. Stop using a brush. It damages your hair whether it is wet or dry. It causes frizz and makes dry hair tangle. Use a wide-toothed comb instead, or even better, use your fingers.
4. Stop shampooing your hair. Using conditioner in place of shampoo will cleanse the hair just as effectively without stripping it of moisture.
5. Give your hair time to adjust. It takes 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust to the no shampoo. It may even look worse at first.
6. Wash your scalp with conditioner.
7. Distribute conditioner throughout all of your hair and untangle gently.
8. Apply products to your hair. Do it while it is soaking wet if you have curlier hair, but wait five minutes or so if you have medium to wavy curly hair. Put product in your hands and rub them together to emulsify. Then, smooth or rake the product into your hair by sections. A common method is to begin with a leave-in cream or conditioner to decrease frizz and then follow with a gel for hold and definition.
9. Gently scrunch your hair with a t-shirt, paper towels, or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess moisture, as a generic terrycloth towel will make your hair frizzy.
10. Dry your hair. Air drying is the easiest and gentlest way to dry your hair. If you must blow dry your hair use a diffuser to avoid frizz.

Yes, this means that I have not “washed” my hair in almost two weeks. And I have had some rough days. But I can tell a difference in the curl. The front has always been curly, and the back more wavy. Now I am starting to get a lot more definition in the back. I have had a lot of trial and error with product, and I have found I can go three or four days between co-washings, just rewetting it a little in the mornings to calm it down.

I will be posting pictures to track my progress!


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Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things