Monday, July 21, 2014

Lagoon pt 2

Day two at Lagoon was spent doing nothing but riding rides and playing a zillion games trying to win Kyson toys. We won so many stuffed animals that we literally had to walk back to camp just to drop them off so we didn't have to carry them around the park the whole time! We had the best time letting loose and losing our voices on rides!

To get Dave's step brother, Brandon, back from forcing me down that drop slide, I made him do the Sky Coaster! It's the ride where they strap you into a harness, hoist you way up in the sky and let you swing through the air! Brandon was so nervous! Payback. Ha! I loved it, it was such a fun ride!

crappy iPhone picture. 
To see a video clip go to my instagram, @denise_madsen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lagoon, it's what fun is pt 1

After spending a week and a half in North Dakota, my In Laws and Dave and I all caravanned to Lagoon down in Salt Lake. It was a long, painful drive! We stayed right there at the campground in Lagoon in a fifth wheel. My father in law loves to spoil me for some reason so he let Presley and I sleep on a bed while he kicked everyone else out in to tents. I'm not a big fan of camping so I didn't even mind not sleeping next to Dave if it meant staying out of a tent. Ha! We spent the first day setting everything up and recuperating from that awful drive! Day two was spent at Lagoon A Beach soaking up the sun, poolside. Kyson was literally two inches too short for any of the slides/rides so it was a bummer telling him that he's too short. But then we realized that hardly any of the lifeguards were checking height so we were able to sneak him on to some of the big slides. Oops! He loved them!! 

I am not afraid of heights, but I am deathly afraid of cliffs, drop offs, edges etc so when Dave and his step brother convinced me to go on one of the drop slides, I about had a panic attack! Climbing the stairs was giving me anxienty and waiting at the top feeling the tower move with the wind about made me turn around and run down the stairs. But I held out and went down that stupid slide! I'll never do it again, haha.

We spent the day swimming, tanning, going down slides, playing with the kiddos and just relaxing with family. And even though I saw a full woman's boob at the kiddie pool, it was a great day! That night we played in the park! I was shocked at how slow it was in the park! Especially since it was the fourth of July. I thought it would be packed, but it wasn't which was so nice! There were literally no lines for any of the rides! We were able to get in most of all the big rides in just a couple hours.

Crappy cell phone pictures...

It was so fun being able to ride all kinds of roller coasters for a few hours while my in laws played with the kids. We love Lagoon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

a day in bismarck

One of my new favorite things about going to North Dakota is getting the opportunity to meet up with my good friend, Paula! I met her through blogging a couple years ago and it was an instant friendship. BFF kind of friendship!! We're already planning our lives out being neighbors and boating buds! I kind of love this girl. And Kyson is IN love with her :)

We met up in Bismarck for the day. We had all kinds of fun outdoor plans set up but Mother Nature had other plans! I was so surprised that freezing cold North Dakota didn't have more options for indoor fun. So, after we ate our body weight in pasta, shopped for Hot Tub's, soccer balls, and socks we decided to go bowling... right there in the mall! It was all Kyson's idea! :) But then we went real bowling. Ha!

We had to bowl with the bumpers, for Kyson, and you would think that it should have helped our scores. It didn't! We all did terrible. But I still won that terrible game of bowling. Holla! It's embarrassing how many picture we took. Dave now knows what it's like to be a full time photographer. And Paula now knows how crazy-about-pictures I am! So to spare you from having to endure that, here's a few of my fave's.

Kyson was so sad when we had to say goodbye. He cried in the car. He loves Paula! I really don't blame him though. Literally on our way out the door we decided to step into a photo booth for some silly pictures. I mean, why not?

Love you, P! Can't wait until we're neighbors :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

roooooad triiiiiip

One of the best things about being in the Military is being able to take long vacations and still get paid. Each year Dave and I take three weeks off and go visit family. This year we started out driving up to North Dakota to spend time with Dave's Dad, step mom and siblings. The first week was spent relaxing and catching up with the family. Kyson was in heaven being surrounded by cousins that he could play with! We went swimming, Presley learned to crawl with everyone watching and cheering her on, and I got my fix of Pazookies! Four in a week! What diet? Ha! Even though North Dakota is full of little Po Dunk towns and hours away from real civilization, I always love going there. The town my In Laws live in is such a picture perfect, cute, well taken care of little town. We always have the best time there!

To see a video of Presley crawling for the first time, go to my instagram,

Monday, June 16, 2014

hair care favorites

If there's one thing I get a lot of compliments on it's my hair! I take very good care of my hair! Mostly because I went through Cosmetology School and I know how to take care of my hair, but that's beside the point. People ask me almost daily how my hair is this blonde and so healthy at the same time. The main reason is because I've never put bleach in my hair. Not once! When I tell people that, they automatically don't believe me. My natural hair color is blonde but I do color it regularly, I just don't bleach it. The color I've been using for the last few years is Wella's Koleston 10/0 with 20 volume developer. It gives me the exact color I want every time! I highly recommend this color line to anyone looking for a good color to use!

I understand most people can't get my color without using bleach so the next best thing to get healthy hair is quality, professional hair products! Not all hairstylists will agree with me but if you buy it from Sally Beauty Supply, it's not very good. Don't get me wrong I love Sally's but I never buy hair products from there! And never buy professional hair products from Target, Wal Mart or any other store open to the public. The stuff they sell is either expired or the chemicals were mixed wrong. Basically if you're buying it anywhere except a Salon, it's probably not great quality. Plus you can get it from a Salon for the same price, maybe even cheaper! I've tried some professional shampoo and conditioner that I bought from Shop Ko and I threw it away after a couple washes! It was so obvious that it wasn't good stuff. It was so watered down!

Anyways, my favorite hair care products to use are:

As you can tell, I'm a big fan of the Sexy Hair care line. Although Some more of my favorite lines are Joico, Kenra, Sebastian, Pureology and many others.

1. Healthy Sexy Hair Leave In Conditioner. This stuff is seriously amazing! My hair is so staticky when I don't use this. I use it every time I wash my hair which is every 2-3 days. This stuff takes the static right out of my hair for days at a time. It leaves it silky smooth and smells pretty awesome too. It's also made a world of difference with breakage. My hair is so fine. every time I brushed my hair before using this I would see hundreds of little broken hair strands falling to the ground. This stuff has almost completely stopped my hair from breaking!

2. Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth Encounter. I just started using this stuff and holy moly. I put a little bit in my hair after I wash it and then blow dry it. Seriously I don't have to flat iron my hair after I blow dry my hair with this stuff. And that is such a big deal being a mommy. Flat ironing is so time consuming! My hair comes out silky smooth and so soft. It's such a life saver!

3. K Pak Reconstructor. I use this once or twice a month. Just like your body needs protein to be healthy, your hair also needs protein. This K Pak gives your hair the protein it needs to stay healthy. I shampoo my hair, put some K Pak in my hair, throw a shower cap on and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Then I rinse it out and BAM! Healthy freakin hair! You have to be careful when using this or any other deep conditioner though. Not having enough protein in your hair is damaging but too much protein is also damaging to your hair!

4. Powder Play. This stuff rocks my socks off! My hair has no volume whatsoever! So I need all the help I can get. This girl loves lots of body in her hair! I sprinkle some powder in my hair, tease the snot out of it and it creates the perfect "poof" for my hair.

5. As a hairstylist I've always thought buying expensive hairspray was not only pointless but also a waste of money. My favorite hairspray is Aussie Sprunch. It holds great, doesn't smell like a grandma's perfume and its a pump rather than aerosol. I don't like using aerosol hairspray on my hair. Aussie is my fave!

6. Dry shampoo is the bees knees these days. To be honest I've never found one that I love! I'll admit that being a blonde in this department is a bit easier because we get to use baby powder as a dry shampoo substitute. Baby Powder works amazingly in place of a dry shampoo. I use it every day that I don't wash my hair. Plus, I'm a big fan of how baby powder smells. It also hides my roots really well :) And it's also a lot cheaper that dry shampoo. Hollaaaaa!!

So there you have it! Some of my faves! I'm a huge product junkie, I'm always trying new things. But over the years, these have definitely become some favorites!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Presley: 8 months

-Presley's sixth tooth just barely started to pop through! S I X! The four on bottom were a breeze but the two on top? Fagetabout it! They've kept her up all night for two or three days each! But my poor baby is doing great considering.

-We boxed up most of her six month clothes. She can still wear six month bottoms and a few tops but her sleepers, onsies and most of her tops are all too small now. :( Although I'm loving all her nine month clothes!

-Presley girl loves raspberries!! She loves her fruits! But nothing compare to raspberries! She's also a huge fan of ice cream.. oops!! :)

- She's now taking big girl baths. No more baby tubs! She also upgraded to a bigger car seat! The girl is a chunk!

-She wants to crawl so bad but she just can't figure out that if she moves her knees she'll move. She just rolls over when on her tummy. Little stinker! She is starting to scoot everywhere though..

- She can now stand while holding on to things. Who needs crawling anyways?

-She's definitely a mommy's girl. She gets so excited whenever she sees me. She could care less about anyone else and I'll admit, I don't hate it!

- She's learned how to smack her lips and it melts me every time! She also thinks it's pretty funny when you smack your lips right back at her.

- She's into size 3 diapers.

-She loves water, of any kind! Bath time, splash pad, pools, rain puddles etc. You name she wants to play in it!

Presley baby is at such a fun. freaking. age! We are having such a blast with this little chunky ball of fun. She is always happy and smiling, until she's hungry. Don't ever come between Presley and her food! The way to her heart is to pick her up and snuggle her. She's down with the snuggles! Momma likes :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kyson graduated Pre K!

Kyson's last month of school was pretty eventful. Each day they would pop a balloon as a class and it would have something fun written on a piece of paper inside the balloon. There were things like, Bouncy House's at the school, movie day with popcorn, snow cones etc. and whatever the paper said they would do it the next day. Anyways because of all these fun things happening at school, the month of May flew by! And then during the second to last week of school my in laws were in town. I am so proud of Kyson for exceeding my expectations for Pre K! He did outstanding! Going in to Pre K he already knew his letters, he could count to 100, and he knew all the basics like shapes, colors, and how to spell his name. Graduating Pre K he started spelling small words, he can count to at least 300, and his communication skills have gone threw the roof! Pre K did amazing things for my shy little boy. It taught him how the classroom setting works and how to behave in school. 

The first day of Pre K vs the last day of Pre K.

While my in laws were here they made sure to spend as much time with the kids as possible. It was the best thing watching my kids interact with their grandparents that they don't see very often. After our fun day at the Splash Pad we went bowling. It's one of Kyson's favorite things to do!

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone under black lights. Excuse the crappyness!
"Get these people out of my picture!"

We love having people visit us! Especially since we don't live anywhere near family. We had such a great time with my in laws and can't wait to see them again in a few weeks!