Momaical is a humorous look at trying not to raise a flock of assholes. Cursing & copious coffee involved.

Momaical: [mom-mahy-uh-kuhl] = (Hybrid of Mom and Maniacal.)

4.21.2014

Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System

My daughter has unbelievably gorgeous hair. She loves it long and wild - wild being the key word. Getting her to brush her hair on a daily basis is an exercise in futility. I'm always looking for some product to make this easier on both of us: leave in conditioner, detangler, small hacksaw and a flame thrower... So when Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System contacted me to try their product I was like OH YES! Sign me UP!

It was really easy to do! I just washed her hair with the Clarifying Shampoo, sprayed in the Action Keratin, washed her hair again, blow dried it and then set the product with a straightening iron. The hardest part was getting Lena to sit still for the 45 minutes for it to set.

I could tell you how gorgeous Lena's hair was afterwards - but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Right before we started the Keratin Treatment

These are the curls that quickly become dreadlocks.

Here we are. Waiting for the keratin to do it's magic. 
Drying this much hair always takes a LOOOONG time.

Then set the product with a straightening iron.

Gorgeous, right?
Here's Lena's hair a week later. Still beautiful and SO MUCH easier to deal with - for both of us!


I would have never considered a Brazilian keratin treatment at the salon for Lena - at upwards of $250 a pop - it's far to expensive. But this treatment is only $35! It lasts 30 washes. Check it out! http://www.zelocare.com/zelo-keratin-hair-smoothing-duo
You can also get it at Drugstore.com & Walgreens.com (online only)

I'm trying it out on myself next - as soon as I find time to shower.....

4.12.2014

Listen to Your Mother - San Francisco

Every once in a great while you are part of something spectacular. Something so special that you can't explain it adequately and you can't understand the emotion surrounding it until you're ensconced in it. And when you're in the middle of it - you can't even believe that they chose YOU to be involved. Well people, this is happening to me RIGHT FREAKIN NOW!

Listen to Your Mother performances began as a tribute to mothers around Mother's Day weekend. Over the past 5 years it has been gaining notoriety and adding cities to the roster - with this year total of 34 across the United States. Thousands of writers toss their hat into the ring with the hope that their piece is chosen for them to read. Only a few make it.


The writing world is relatively small and I "know" several women who participated last year. They raved about how empowering and amazing this experience was for them. So, I chose my favorite piece about parenting and was thrilled when asked to audition for a part in the San Francisco show. Over 100 talented writers tried out - 11 of us were asked to perform. I was mentally prepared for rejection; after all who knows what the producers were looking for with the show. But I felt good about my audition and was proud that I could cross this off my proverbial bucket list. A tedious week later I received the notice that I was chosen! (Cue the girlie screaming and jumping around and mentally shopping for just the right shoes for the occasion)

Last weekend we had our first rehearsal. All I can say is WOW. The emotion surging through the room was unbelievable. Lots of laughter, some tears and an abundance of admiration for my fellow cast members. They all have written powerful pieces that make you feel. We even have one brave Y chromosome among the rest of us ladies. 

Here I am, reading my smart ass piece. Shocker, I know. 
If you have an opportunity to attend one of these shows - do. For the record, it's not a tribute to vaginas everywhere. In fact, to my recollection the word "vagina" is not used once. Perhaps I should add it to my story or get on stage and yell VAGINA just to prove my husband right.

Or not.

Anyway - go. Be a part of something amazing. 

Here's the information for the San Francisco show I will be a part of on May 3rd at the Brava Theatre Center in SF's Mission District. It's at 7pm, tickets are $20 and part of the proceeds benefit Chicks in Crisis - a charity to help women in need. I hope to see you there! It truly will be a night to remember. Even if I don't sing Va-va-va-va-va-gina to the tune of La Bamba.... 


2014 San Francisco LTYM Cast Members

All pictures in this post were taken by the talented and gorgeous Kim Thompson Steel - Co-Producer/Director of the LTYM SF show. See more of her fantastic pictures here: 

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