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Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

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Sparkle and Spur MONAT Madness

“Life isn’t perfect but your hair can be”

This pretty girl and her pretty horse and her GORGEOUS hair made me wanna do something about my own BORING HAIR!IMG_4209

FIRST I Cowgirl Pinkie Promise not to start posting anything but beautiful photographs (like the one above and below) and recent goodness from Cowgirl Soul Photography on this blog — but IN sharing goodness I feel compelled to shout from the roof tops one of the BEST things since photography that has been taking up some of my life here lately.  Because if you don’t hear about it from me — you WILL be hearing about it from someone else because it is THAT AMAZING!

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MONAT!  MONAT! MONAT! MONAT MADNESS!

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My heart feels like its doing a disservice to you by NOT sharing what I know, what I have learned and the most frequently asked questions about Monat that I get.

Monat is Anti-Aging, Plant-Based, Natural-Regrowth HAIR CARE GOODNESS!!!

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I am a twin mama to one boy and one girl twin.  My daughter was not graced with the best hair genetics (bless her heart) and so this sweet girlfriend gave me a half used bottle of the Monat Junior Line to “try” and so I did.  I’ll be………darned…….IT WORKS.  I called her up to inform her that her magic unicorn hair shampoo WORKED.  She wasn’t as surprised as I was. 🙂

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I CAN NOT say ENOUGH great things about the Monat Junior Line.  Omgoodness Bless My Own Heart that I hadn’t been using this from the START with my babies.

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The Monat Junior Line contains ZERO toxins or chemicals.  All of the Monat Junior Line products are tear, sulfate, and paraben FREE.  Safe and Gentle for your babies.  Plant Based.  Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested.  I can NOT believe what I have been lathering my southern sweeties up in for all these years.  I thought I was a very conscious consumer until I REALLY started doing my research.

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It started working so well on my daughter that I started having hair envy from my toddler.  I started reading everything and anything I could about this amazing company and this liquid shampoo amazingness.  After two pregnancies, stress and LIFE – my hair had paid the price.  SO I JUMPED ALL IN and I became a Market Partner for Monat.  I got rid of any hair product that wasn’t Monat.  I decided that if I was going to do it I was going to have to be committed.  90 days clinically prooven to see results — and I was about to be everyone’s Guinea pig. I had NOTHING to Lose.  But GUESS WHAT?  The products WORK! BOY DO THEY WORK!

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Monat’s ingredients are naturally-based, safe, PURE and sustainable.  Modern Nature.  I’m HOOKED!  Safe AND Effective!

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YA’ll MY HAIR!!!! I wished I would have started sooner! Here in the South us ladies take our hair SERIOUS and this is SERIOUSLY AMAZING STUFF! Need to know more……. 

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Want some Monat FACTS: (Monat Clinical Study Information)
Men and Women BOTH reported
*100% increase in natural shine
*88% increase in manageability
*76% increase in collagen directly increasing follicle size.
*70% increase in repair effect improving hair anchoring
*58% decrease in fiber breakage
*55% decrease in breakage and brittleness
*48% decrease in DHT (hormone) that contributes to hair loss
*46% increase in hair growth
*35% increase in hair follicle strength

MONAT SAYS NO TO:
ZERO Parabens, Sulfates, DEA/MEA, Phthalates, PEG, Phenoxyehanol, Ethanol, Petrochemicals, Glutens, Sodium Chloride, Harsh Salt Systems, Harmful Colors and Harmful Fragrances.

My Current Regimen is……… ALL OF IT 🙂 Kidding – Kinda! 🙂 I told you I was ALL IN – and I’m a hard sell.

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But to be more specific.  My first wash is with the Monat Intense Repair Shampoo.  I use a quarter sized amount, concentrating on my roots and I rinse it out after two minutes.  No suds with the first wash.

My second wash is with the Monat Renew Shampoo.  Same routine, but this time SUDS A PLENTY.  I let it sit for two minutes and rinse thoroughly.  I follow up with the Monat Revitalize Conditioner, putting it ONLY on my ends and rinsing out immediately.

After my shower I spray the Monat Intense Repair Treatment spray along my hair line and on my part that is thin as well as the Monat Root Lifting Spray.  I spray the Monat Junior Line Detangler all over.  I rub ONE DROP of their AMAZING Monat Rejuveniqe Oil on my ends.  Brush with my WET BRUSH and blow dry.

I do have to add here that I am in LOVE with the Monat Blow Out Cream when I want to have my big ole southern hair smooth but rocking with volume then blow dry.  Or if I’m having one of those days where I want to scrunch my hair I also LOVE the Monat Toussal Texturizing Mist and blow dry.  ENDLESS Possibilities!!! 🙂 ALWAYS Shiny Happy Hair as the end result.

I try to remember to use the Monat Replenishing Masque once a week for a deep treatment or as needed if I feel the weather changing or I’ve traveled and my hair feels like it needs a little TLC.

But I ALWAYS remember to take my S3 Supplements Daily.  That has been a HUGE help Power Boosting my hair through the transition stage.

The Champ Monat Dry Shampoo is also this MAMMA’s LIFE SAVER! It’s amazing and I’ve used a LOT if Dry Shampoos — dare I even say its the best dry shampoo on the market.  I truly stand behind that statement!

IMG_5485 I love Monat so much that I converted my whole family into a Monat Family.  My husband suffers from Celiac Disease (BLESS YOU if you do too).  This journey has taught us a lot about Gluten and what is in our products.  Guess what?  Monat is VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE!! He started with the Monat Men’s Black Shampoo/Conditioner.   He was my Guinee Pig and not a single flare up — and he was scared to trust me when I said I’d done my research — because as many other Celiac well know….just because something says it’s Gluten Free it very often isn’t.  Looking for the BEST Gluten-Free Shampoo that also helps with regrowth AND anti-aging……..MONAT to the rescue!  He’s also tested the styling clay, shaving cream and aftershave lotion – he’s a FAN of them all.  MY MONAT MAN!!!! 🙂

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In Case you are wondering what my new obsession is now that my hair is off and growing…… Monat Eye Wonder is AMAZING and non-toxic and these are my own personal results after just 2 MONTHS!!
BELOW RIGHT:  Top photo Aug 2017 – Bottom Photo October 2017

THE MOST FAQ’s I receive about Monat:

Is it expensive?  Depends on what you consider expensive.  If you find yourself in a big chain store spending $30 on a BIG bottle every month – well, compared to that NO……Monat is SO concentrated that it take a very small amount – Even though it’s a two wash system you still save money in the long run if you do the math.  Monat Math below 🙂 I have saved myself SO much money in the long run by sticking with and being loyal to my Monat.  Although my hair is growing like crazy – it’s healthy and shiny and my color lasts SO much longer!

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How long is the average transition stage “detox”?  Everyone is different and so is their hair.  Not everyone experiences a transition stage.  Monat is 90-days clinically proven.  I can tell you that my transition stage took about a month.  During that time my roots seemed greasy and my hair was full of tangles after the shower.  I switched up my shampoo from the Monat Renew Shampoo to the Monat Intense Treatment Repair.  I also changed from the Monat Restore Leave-In Conditioner to the Monat Revitalization Conditioner. What I didn’t do was GIVE up.  I was invested and it was time to COWGIRL UP – I’m SO glad I did.  After a couple washed my hair had transitioned into shiny and healthy hair again instead of dull and sad and lifeless.

Will your hair care line work for me?  We are all beautiful in our own way with our own unique hair concerns.  Some people love Monat after the first wash and never change their line.  Some need to switch it up a couple times.  Maybe you hair is shedding after pregnancy.  Maybe you have curly hair, course, brittle or damaged hair.  Don’t be afraid to switch it up or voice your concerns to your Monat Market Partner.

What should I start with?  I always suggest a shampoo and conditioner combo.  The best savings of course come with the combo lines.  This is also where it’s a great time to ask questions or research about the different lines that Monat offers. I don’t want you to experience anything but #shinyhappyhair during the #healthyhairrevolution

How do I get my hands on some of this goodness?  You can purchase retail, become a VIP member, or a Market Partner.  I’d love to help answer ANY questions you have when it comes to Monat and what they have to offer you.  From hair changes to life changes Monat offers it all.

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If you are a salon owners or hairstylists and are interested in more information about Monat and how you can make 40% commissions without inventory – I know a lot of ladies in that field too that I would be more happy to put you in touch with to help answer any questions you might have.

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Monat is taking the Hair Care Industry By Storm – you heard it here first – Monat sold more in the month of October 2017 than they sold in the whole year of 2016.  Monat is an opportunity I can’t just keep to myself.  Please do yourself a favor and check it out.

Worst Case Scenario you got a great box of amazing hair care –  Best Case Scenario that box and the opportunity inside change your life FOREVER.  There is a 30 day monay back guarantee (with a less than 1% return rate) HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?!
How do you think the first thousand Rodan and Fields Partners feel today.  Monat is THREE YEARS OLD…… Opportunity has never been better! 🙂 It’s too good for me to selfishly keep to myself.

Interested in learning more please click the link below.  Or ask away. Please.  Monat #OpensDoors and I’d love to help you have your Hair A Rockin’

www.DustieBaker.mymonat.com

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Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”
~Mark Anthony

 

 

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Christmas Dreams Come True

I had an awakening — one of those life ones that makes you rethink everything you are doing.  In your life, with your life — the kind that makes you stare yourself in the mirror at your own image and consciously dissect the details to see the raw honesty of your heart.

I didn’t like what it revealed – so I did something about it.  I JUMPED.  Fearful and unsure — I had a Christmas Dream.  I prayed about it, talked to my husband and family about it, made a plan, built a goal and jumped OVER the fear and into a dreamy cloud of DREAM LAND where it all came true!

I couldn’t thank you all enough who have supported my Cowgirl Soul Photography Dream.  Thank you to the ones who encouraged me.  Pushed me.  Let me “practice” on you and your families and your new babies……..(you know who you are) Thank you for loving me through it all.

Cowboy Santa came to Crossing Hearts Ranch in Tecumseh, Oklahoma with his big green tractor for a Country Christmas Experience – Cowboy Santa Mini Session and it was AMAZING.  My Christmas Dream Come True – early too.  Little Buck-a-roos from all over came to see Cowboy Santa. PicMonkey CollageI have always wanted to do a mini session but I have let fear and anxiety stand in my way or talk me out of it.  I have NO idea why.  It was nothing short of amazing – watching the magic of the upcoming season through the eyes of little ones.  Seeing old friend and making new ones.  Setting a goal and achieving it.  Reading all the Santa letters from the children (what sweethearts) you all have.  It couldn’t have been a better season to see all your smiling faces.

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None of this experience would have been possible without the help of some amazing people.  My family and friends pitched in to make it look like a festive winter wonderland.  Helped with the hot cocoa and crafts.  My mom made her famous no-bake cookies and Cowboy Santa was a hit with all the children – impressing most of them with his tractor lights.  My old friends and some new friends came to support and join in the festivities.  I appreciate you all more than my words could ever do justice.

 

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I am a twin mama to babies that will turn 4 in January + a darling 2 year old boy who mama got all dolled up last year in the most uncomfortable clothes known to babies and we drove an hour to Bass Pro to walk in and see the longest line of my life.  We left there an hour later after looking at the fish and everyone leaving with new fishing gear.  No Santa Photos.  My husband later stated that was the most expensive non-Santa photos we’d ever taken! HA!

So bound and determined to get my darlings all lined up with Santa we check the mall calendar to which we discover you must now have an appointment (who knew)?  I ended up spending way too much money on Mall Santa photos last year where all three of my children are crying.  I swore never again.

This year I decided to make our own Christmas magic.  In a more relaxing and less stressful way and boy was it.  Each family had a designated time and it was fun and interactive.

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My cup runneth over. Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.  Thank you for sharing your family with ours.  We hope you all have a blessed holiday season.

The below photo is what it looks like when I try to photograph my own family – in the Oklahoma wind – with a new camera and a remote control. 🙂 But #reallife #stillLife and I just had to show off my cute new little red chair.  I love them so.

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Let’s get reconnected! 🙂

You can find me on Facebook at Cowgirl Soul Photography and on Instagram @cowgirlSoulPhotography

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

” What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

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Outlaw Pete – Textures Collection

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“Outlaw Pete”

Part of the “Texture Collection”

-This one is inspired by my son Legend and his love for his pony Pete.  He loves the color blue and he is an original with a true cowboy heart.  Just like this piece.

Original Photography Multi Media Projects – Abstract Horse Art – Made in Oklahoma

Can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/cowgirlsoulprints

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“May your belly never grumble, may your heart never ache, may your horse never stumble, may your cinch never break.” A cowboy prayer

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My very own Velveteen Rabbit

I have loved him since I first laid eyes on him in 2009.  He has chased me, stuck by my side and let me use his ears to wipe tears away……Radar the Rescue.  While outside watching the kids play in the water sprinkler I realized it’d been a long time since The Matriarch of the family had his own photo shoot.

RADAR CIRCA 2011                          and                       RADAR CIRCA 2017

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Sweet baby.  It’s amazing what a marriage, twins, a move and one more baby can do to a man.  I feel ya buddy. HA!

First it’s just a couple grey hairs here and there, skin gets a little saggy, eye sight starts to go and your instincts to jump up in the middle of the night to go investigate any sounds you hear starts to slack – along with your motivation to run and chase every ball in sight like days past.

But  you, my friend Radar, are loyal to the core.   The best babysitter this momma could ask for, full of love – OH SO MUCH LOVE.  You are patient and accommodating when you’ve had your tail pulled one too many times that day by a kid.  You are sweet to share you toys, your space and occasionally your water bowl if the baby finds it.  You are always curious to check on crying babies and make sure everyone is ok.

You are good to take the blame for a lot of things that you don’t do.  You are also good to make sure I am the first to know when someone is doing something they shouldn’t be.  You break up tug of wars over toys with a whip of your tail and you have learned and used good manners at the dinner table by waiting (semi patiently) until everyone is done and we are cleaning up to scrounge around for lost crumbs or fumbled food.

Your humans love you Radar and although the chaos and atmosphere from our 20’s has changed from loud music and rowdy friends to lullabies and family cookouts.  The love in our hearts for you stays the same – full of love for you.

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Sparkle and Spur,

Dustie Bill

“That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
― Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

 

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Photo Contest – Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association

Friends and Family could you please go vote for my photo on the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association page.

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Photo #2 under “Cattle” section

The link to vote can be found below. Voting ends July 1.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ee4255a6j21wtesz/a0230wj3nik8ze/questions

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

 

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Country Girl in the City

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Remind yourself Cowgirl –
Being in New York is just like being on a horse.
A big, tall, strong Thoroughbred with fire in his veins and a sparkle of wild in his eye. New York feels just like that.
When you’re on the back of a horse running fast on the track – you can feel the wind in your hair, smell the evening air – hear the deep breaths of the steed beneath you and feel the excitement you get as soon as you thrown your leg over the saddle. You can feel your competitors bumping up next to you and cutting you off as you near you finish line destination.
New York feels just like that.

Those goosebumps on your skin when the weather is just right.  When you can feel the tingle down your back and you pray that it’s gonna be a good ride. New York feels like that for me as soon as I step into Grand Central Station.

I remind myself, over again, that I am in control of the reins and the horse hears my strong words of command
“N 4th street and something or other….”
But ultimately I know in my gut – that New York – just like a horse, is an animal that I can’t control.  There’s no room for anxiety here. The city can sense that. Just like horses.

My anxiety overtook me in the back of that cab. There’s a lot going on anyways in this big city and you add a holiday weekend with that – there’s ALOT going ON! Everywhere. I’d only been in the saddle of this cab about 3 minutes….just long enough to ease into the groove usually but it didn’t feel right – I am SO anxious. I try to listen to my body but my heart is racing.
I take deep breaths from the pits of my chest and I dig deep to relax my body and mind….. the same feeling I would get when I would hear the rodeo announcer say my name as they opened the gates. I find a Drybar Salon on 16th steeet and think a blow out is exactly what I need – groomed hair. WHOA TRUSTY STEED – as my yellow cab horse comes screeching to a stop in the middle of honking traffic.

I get out and play frogger with the other yellow horses in the city. Have you Ever rode in a parade with a horse that has never been in a parade before? It’s an anxious feeling – the candy is being thrown, the crowd gets closer at the end, it’s SO loud, there’s sirens and whistles, the streets are slick and you just Pray that the wild eyed partner underneath you doesn’t spook to one side and if he does he doesn’t take out a section of eager observers. Jitters that you just have to ride out of them and yourself…. and that’s what New York has to do to me…. the city has to grind and work on me till I get my jitters out and I’m throwing shoulders back and walking strong and fast just like the natives in the subway…..

I walk out of that Drybar Salon with fresh hair feeling like the Triple Crown winner. The smells, sounds and wind of New York feels different after that indulgence. I seriously just paid someone $45 to wash, dry and style my hair….. what a luxury to a mom of 3 under 3 and so unpractical of me.

With a toss of my mane – I hail another yellow cab steed like a true New Yorker…. back in another trusty saddle I give my company the commands.

Cowgirl…..sit back and enjoy the sunset on the way – I tell myself. He hears my commands, and obliges me like a true gentleman to my tiny hotel refuge of silence and escape from the city.
Not quite a cowgirl sunset I’m use to but beautiful red white and blue lights on the Empire State Building to celebrate Memorial Day. So many people. So many flags. That’s probably why I don’t see many cowgirls in New York…

Enjoy the ride cowgirl I tell myself
They can feel your emotions
Just like horses.
New York is just like riding a fast horse.
One that can sense vulnerability and fear.
One that you must Ride strong in the saddle with or be left in the New York City dust.

That was one ride I’ll never forget.

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“Hold onto what makes you happy – and if it tries to buck you off. Hold on tighter” – R.S Roe

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