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Doll Hair – TAMED?

by bosssanders on September 10, 2012 with 2 comments

How DOES doll hair turn into this?

I thought it’d be fun to do the UNTHINKABLE and actually tackle a few pins with my kiddo today.  So, I jumped on Pinterest and found THREE pins regarding doll/barbie hair.  Well, that’s easy enough!  I also knew there were a slew of barbies and dollies that could use a salon hair treatment.

I read through the how-tos – some called for REALLY hot water and a barbie brush, on called for water and laundry softener and a brush, and another called for shampoo AND conditioner and some other beauty products.  So, we filled up a mug with some HOT water, another container with water and laundry softener, and we had conditioner on stand-by.

We lined up the barbies and dolls who needed some serious help (as I resisted the urge to just reach for the scissors)…

And we started with hot water.

I’m not calling anyone a liar, but I’m still really confused as to how this one worked for some and just turned our Barbie’s hair from mess to hot, wet mess.

So, then we went to the fabric softener.

For the barbies, it was okay.  They don’t have a lot of hair.  We dipped their whole heads in and started brushing towards the bottom, moving our way up with a small brush.

…And then, my 3 yo ditched me for more fun things.

For the bigger doll, I brought out the conditioner.

I wet her hair in the sink and ringed out the excess water.  Then, applied the hair conditioner I use…and LOTS of it.  We brushed and brushed and brushed – small sections at a time starting from the bottom and working our way up.

But, in all honesty, I’m not very patient.  I was really expecting a quick “spa” for barbies with the miracle treatments from pinterest.  These methods definitely weren’t it.

The barbies look better but not brand new.

The big doll looks better, but…

I can’t really tell if it actually detangled her hair or the copious amount of brushing just pulled out the tangles.

I can certainly tell you that she wouldn’t last another “treatment.”

So, did it work?

Define “work”.  Do they now have slicked back hair dos?  Why, yes they do.  Did they lose hair?  Why yes they did.  It was definitely not a magical process that brought them back to their “former glory” – although, they look a LOT better.

Would I recommend it?  Possibly, but I’d skip the laundry softener altogether and just rinse the hair first with HOT water for 30 sec an then slather heavily with conditioner and use a comb.


Use a comb with metal “teeth” – like those sold for brushing dogs

Rinse the doll’s hair when you are finished and spray in leave in condition and brush through one final time

Get a snack and your favorite drink and settle in for a while.  Your dolly will lose less hair if you commit to a couple of hours per big doll.


Give Barbies haircuts… Redneck Mullet Barbie, anyone?  :)   Admit it, could be fun!

EDIT!:  The Madame Alexander doll (shown) still has great hair and it’s dried quite nicely (air-dry).  I wasn’t sure if it’d still feel like it had junk it (it did right after), but her hair is like new now…although thinned out.  I would definitely buy a wig comb online (what they use to comb wigs) and use the conditioner again.  I’m thinking this would pull out less hair than the smaller plastic comb.  However, be sure you have quite a bit of time to detangle so you aren’t pulling out massive bits of hair.  Put on a movie, lay a towel in your lap, and go for it!!

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21 Days (Organization) Challenge: Day 1 – 30 Things

by bosssanders on July 24, 2012 with 2 comments

Challenge 1:  Sell, Donate, or Toss 30 things.  –Do you see trash laying around?  Take a hard look at the things sitting around… do you absolutely LOVE them?  Do you use them (has it been more than 6 mos if it’s not a seasonal item)?

If you feel like a rockstar, do 60 or 90 things!

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21 Day (Organizing) Challenge!

by bosssanders on July 24, 2012 with no comments

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think “cleaning” and “organizing” are hot topics in almost every family.  I don’t think I’ve met an (honest) person yet who has it “all figured out” – well, at least not all figured out AND doing it ;)   I can tell YOU all day HOW to organize, but keeping it that way?  With junk mail, new things coming in our home, and 3 littles… good luck with that!

But, it doesn’t mean we don’t try.  So, I’m starting a 21-day challenge for organizing!  I’d love for you to join in and if you blog, write about it on your blog and link back!  Or, feel free to let me know what you are struggling with in any of these (or other) areas in the comments!  Each day, I’m going to try and give some updates or little tips/tricks for organizing.

I hope you play along – it’s always more fun to do it together!  (Pictures are always welcome, too!)

21 Day Challenge (Organize!)

Day 1:  30 things – GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.
Day 2:  Laundry Room
Day 3:  Junk Drawer
Day 4:  Computer Desk
Day 5:  Kids’ Closet
Day 6:  Kids’ Toys
Day 7:  Spice Cabinet
Day 8:  Medicine Cabinet
Day 9:  The Freezer
Day 10: Under the Kitchen Sink
Day 11:  Garage
Day 12:  The Fridge
Day 13:  Under Bathroom Sink
Day 14:  Master Closet
Day 15:  Linen Closet
Day 16:  Photos
Day 17:  Mail/Bills
Day 18:  Files (taxes, important documents, etc.)
Day 19:  Under Your Bed
Day 20:  30 Things… GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Day 21:  You pick!


Week Three Challenge (Project Organization)

by bosssanders on March 22, 2011 with 1 comment

The hot spot for week three has been announced:

Toys and/or Kids’ clothes

Personally, I will probably be working on the clothing aspect – the kids’ toys get constant “makeovers” (hello trash can and giveaway bin!).  Lorelei is finally wearing the “T” clothes…you know, 2T, 3T, 4T, etc.  But, Aurora can still wear the smaller sizes, which means we’ve been switching out every 6 months.  (I am so ready for the slash sizes… 5/6, 7/8, etc…so maybe they can stay in them for 2 years!!)  Anyhow, I need to go through their clothes and figure out what needs to go to storage and what should stay, as well as re-fold their clothes and move them back to appropriate drawers since the girls sometimes borrow each others clothes (Aurora’s pants = Lorelei’s capri pants.)

Because we aren’t finished having children, I have tote boxes in storage labeled every 6 months (and once we get to “2″ it’s labeled “2 summer” or “2 winter”).  As I weed out clothing that no longer fits, I put them in grocery bags and just put it into the appropriate boxes.  Easy peasy…except for when you move a mattress out of storage and you can no longer get to boxes.  But, that’s a different post.

So, what do you do to organize kid’s clothing and toys?

Do you have a system?  Do you take them to consignment?  Do you save them?  Trash them?  Give them away?  Tell me all about it!


Week Two Challenge And a Recap

by bosssanders on March 14, 2011 with 1 comment

Last week, we were supposed to go through our wardrobes… did you?

I had gone through mine the week before, giving away an entire garbage bag full of clothes…plus some.  This past week, I did take out two of my more formal knee length dresses and gave them a hard look.  At first, I tossed them into the give pile, but then I got them back out, laid them on the bed and REALLY looked at them.  I tried them on, and inspiration struck.  The thing I hated about them was the faux bling that had been attached…without that, they’d be perfectly grown-up worthy.  So, I took a close look at the bling and found that one was actually a pin and the other…well, I was able to break it off with my hands.  Hooray for me (plus, now I have some little crystals for craft projects!)!

I also learned another cool trick — If you aren’t sure whether you want something in your closet or not, put the hanger in backwards and only turn it around after you have worn it.  The next time you purge, see if it’s still facing that way or has been turned around.  If it’s still facing backwards, move it out.

I didn’t accomplish half of the things I’d meant to on my over-the-top list from last week….  But, I did re-organize my shelf!

This week, the challenge if you so choose to accept it is to:  Clear Your Paper Clutter

WEEK 2 – Clear/Organize Your Paper Clutter

You don’t have to get it ALL finished, but I’d love to see what you  do.  Set a goal and go for it…it could be one particular huge stack…or it could just be that you will set aside 10 or 30 minutes each night to tackle it.  (You could even do it as you watch TV.)

I’m ready to hear some of the cool organizational tools you all reach for — Or, what you already use.  Will you/do you use binders?  Folders?  File systems?  Trash cans and recycle bins?  Or, something else?

If you write a post on your blog about this week’s challenge, please also feel free to leave a link in the comments…I’d love to check it out.


Week One Challenge

by bosssanders on March 7, 2011 with 2 comments

Your mission this week, if you choose to accept it is to:  Organize YOUR wardrobe.

This week, I’m playing along with Simple Mom and her Organizational Challenge – actually, we’ll be doing this for 5 weeks, but hey.  Details shmetails, right?

You can click the link above, but the basic bit is to organize your own wardrobe – you know, with hangers and stuff.  Organized into piles on the floor totally doesn’t count.  (Drats, guess that means I have to fold laundry!  But, does that mean I only have to fold mine this week?)

Anyhow, we have until Friday to go through our own clothing and get rid of what we don’t want.  If we choose to throw away or give away any clothing, it needs to be out by Friday, too.

Personally, I think I’m going to make this a slightly bigger challenge for myself.  I invite you to join me in any capacity you want…

MY PLAN (This Week):

-Break out my improvised FlyLady Zone List for the Master Bedroom – I’ll be dusting and vacuuming and all of that jazz in the bedroom.  (I’m not sure if this is me being proactive or procrastinating…)

-Designing something for my small jewelry collection – a pile on the dresser just isn’t doing it.

-Re-organize my large bookshelf (well, the stuff on it).

-Organize and clean out under the bed (GASP!)

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