MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK

Tattoos have always been an interesting concept to me. They are permanent. Once you get one, it’s very hard to get rid of it. It really is a big commitment. But for me, I’ve never taken mine too seriously.

None of them were planned in any particular way. I had ideas that I knew I’d get one day, but for the most part I’ve never felt a lot of pressure with my tattoos. I don’t have a rule that they all have to significant. Honestly, some of them I 100% went into or will go into knowing that I’m getting it because it’s ridiculous or simply just because it looks cool.

MY TATTOOS

MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This Wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This Wild Home
  1. My very first tattoo. The one I got a few days after turning 18. I had a plan for what I wanted, and then I was making change at my first coffee shop job and saw the little eye at the top of the pyramid on the dollar bill and thought it looked really cool. I didn’t look into what it meant or what it stood for. To this day, this has become one of my favorites simply because of the conversations it’s started. So many people have their own interpretation for what it means. Some ask if I’m in the illuminati to which I promptly reply, “Yes, and now I have to kill you.” Some think it’s the eye of God while others are convinced I’m a Satan worshiper before they say a single word to me.

    I think I like it so much because it taught me a very valuable lesson in a period of my life where I was learning how to be myself. It taught me that no matter what you do to attempt to put a message into the world, people will always see what they want to see. This little, silly set of lines means something significant to some people while for me, it really is just a set of lines that I thought looked cool when I was 18.

  2. The second one I got was another imagery rebellion, though this one was intentional.

    I hadn’t heard the story of St. Peter until my grandma was talking about it sometime between my 18th and 19th birthday. It was then that I discovered the origin of the upside-down cross. This thing that I had grown up thinking was an anti-Christ symbol was really a symbol for believing in something unashamedly and sticking to those beliefs until the very end.

    While I’m not religious at all, I got the cross of St. Peter with a rose inside as a reminder of my grandma and the values that she and my grandpa have passed down to my parents and ultimately to me. My grandma LOVES Jesus and God and the Catholic Church just as much as she loves all of us. She always smells like roses and she has always been a solid support for me in everything I’ve done, whether she agreed with it or not (:

    The two of us are one in the same and that bond will always be a very special one for me. We both have a strong will and stick to our beliefs while still being respectful when our beliefs don’t align.

  3. The third tattoo I got because it looks cool. I could say it’s a link to my adolescence, and in a way it is… But that’s not why I got it.

    I got it because my friend (and unofficial wedding photographer), Mary Robinson, grew up taking photos of her friends and being one of those friends, we did a shoot one day where she drew a little infinity sign on the back of my neck and took this photo. I thought it looked cool and decided that I’d get it when I turned 18.

    This was actually suppose to be my first tattoo, but then I got distracted by the other two and got this one a few months after my second one.

  4. This is another that I got cause I thought it would look cool (have you noticed the trend?). I’ve always been drawn to phases of the moon photos. Moon calendars and all. I love it. I have no real connection to the moon. Again, this could be a homage to my adolescent days of nighttime walks (that I wasn’t technically suppose to be doing but boy were they peaceful) and all the moments I’ve spent enjoying the calm of a quiet summer night.

    But no, it’s just the phases of the moon (or the process of eating an Oreo, as my mom would say) in a little infinity swirl because that was the idea the tattoo artist had when I came in and said I wanted a tattoo of the phases of the moon.

  5. This one may have been my most planned and most meaningful of them all so far. It is my maiden name, Villaume. The name I had for the first 21 years of my life. The link I have to my family. The name I dropped completely when I got married because Isabel Villaume Jones just didn’t sound as good as Isabel Rae Jones.

    Despite all the ups and down that come with being part of a family, I love them all very much. I love what I’ve become because of them and no matter what my name is, I’ll always be a Villaume.

PLANS FOR FUTURE INK

I don’t have any of them drawn out specifically, but I’ve included a few inspiration photos along with the descriptions of what I’m thinking exactly.

  • This is one I’ve been thinking about for a very long time, but I know it’ll be my most expensive and time consuming so I’ve put a pin in it for the time being. It’s the only one that I’m going to get in color and it’s going to be a bright, sailor jerry style tattoo in the classic shoulder location.

    Only here's where it gets super dumb and I love it - and I’m partly getting it because I feel like a ridiculous tattoo is something I need in my life because I like a little ridiculousness in my life. - It’s going to be a bright red crawfish (my FAVORITE food) immerging from the water with a big blue wave behind it. On the classic gold banner it will say “Ragin’ Cajun” and it will be beautiful and I cannot wait to have this amazing work on my body.

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  • A little piece of our wedding to go along side the name I left behind.

    We really only used baby’s breath as the flowers for our wedding and I feel like it’s the perfect flower to represent the bond Ian and I have created. Baby’s breath stands for everlasting and undying love. It’s perfect because I’ve pretty much planned our afterlives for ever scenario of what could happen to humans after they pass to ensure we will truly be together for ever. Don’t judge. I know I’m creepy. Ian’s okay with it.

    This will go along with a little emblem that was drawn for us by an old friend that turned out perfectly.

  • My last planned tattoo is for our children, of course. Once we’re pretty confident we’re done having kids, I plan to get a little wildflower bouquet drawn too look like it’s loosely tied in a little paper wrapper.

    So far I’ll for sure have some Larkspur (for Oliver) and a Daffodil (for Charlie). I’ll have at least one more flower in that arrangement if everything goes according to plan. But who knows how many flowers I’ll get in there!

And there you have it! All my current and future tattoos for the time being. I like all my tattoos and tattoo plans. They add an extra element to my style and story that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

What are some of your tattoos or tattoo plans?

A LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR ALL-NATURAL HOME CARE AND BEAUTY

A LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR ALL-NATURAL HOME AND BEAUTY - This Wild home

A couple years ago, I decided to be a health and wellness blogger. I dove into the world of essential oils and natural goods so quickly that my head nearly spun right off. It’s quite a rabbit hole to go down all at once so I very quickly went back to the easy, cheap stuff I could grab from the store.

The thing that I’m finding now is, natural beauty and home care don’t have to be complicated. Honestly, it can be a thousand times simpler than the list of toxic ingredients that are found in most of the “easy” products you see on shelves (even the ones that like to say they’re natural).

There is an ever growing list of stuff to avoid. From the packaging to the ingredients inside, everything will kill you. It’s terrifying and there is no real way to know what’s a marketing scheme and what is real. It’s also impossible to remember the giant list of stuff you’re suppose to avoid which has turned shopping for basic items like body wash and all purpose cleaner into a very stressful experience for anyone who’s attempting to be conscious of what they’re bringing into their home and onto their body.

Honestly, if you do it right, staying natural with your products can actually be easier and even cheaper.

There’s always the option to go down the rabbit hole of natural products we all need, but I’ve found it’s much simpler to stick to a very basic list of items that can serve multiple purposes and branch out for fun every once in a while.

HOME

For my house, I keep it super duper simple. It really doesn’t take much to keep a house clean. So many things can be used multiple ways to where you really don’t need a different product for different things and half of the stuff you do need can also be used in your very own kitchen!

BAKING SODA

My holy grail of cleaning products. It single handedly cleans my whole entire bathroom. From a very effective toilet bowl cleaner to soap scum remover to faucet shiner (and really all things stainless steel shiner), it seriously does it all. It’s also great for freshening carpets and laundry or for cleaning stuck on food from pots and pans (with a little help from our next friend, white vinegar). You can add some essential oils to give it a little extra scent, but it really smells fairly neutral and clean all on it’s own. This ingredient single handedly acts as a super cleaner and deodorizer all in one. I’m actually about to make an “After Your Business” deodorizing shaker bottle thing (I really don’t know how to describe it. I’ll just share the DIY when I have it) for the bathroom because it’s so subtle, yet so powerful!

WHITE VINEGAR

This is a really good cleaner for counters and glass especially. For an all purpose counter spray, just do half vinegar and half water with some lemon juice or about 10 drops of essential oils for smell (or infuse it with some orange peels) and then use the same spray for your windows and floors! - The vinegar smell goes away when it dries. You can add two tablespoon of vinegar and sugar to flowers to help them last longer. It can also help with stains and pen marks and water marks and pretty much anything that needs to be wiped down in your house. It’s even a good thing to use to try unclogging drains before turning to the very intimidating drano.

COCONUT OIL

This is amazing for all things wood. It’s a naturally antibacterial so it’s really great for wooden cutting boards, utensils, or handles. You can also bring out your trusted white vinegar and mix the two with some water and lemon to make a wood furniture polish.

ESSENTIAL OILS

For my cleaners collection of oils, I like lemon, orange or grapefruit, and cedar wood. Along with being great for masking some of the stronger smells (like vinegar), they have a lot of immune boosting and anti fungal/bacterial properties that are never bad to add to your home. Cedar wood is also a natural insect repellers which is a nice boost for your home cleaning products to keep away unwanted pests.

BEAUTY

I have been making a very strong effort to make everything that touches my skin a natural product. For my face, I tend to try and let the professionals take charge by finding trusted, natural products. For everything else, I’m all into simplicity and homemade!

COCONUT OIL

Amazing amazing for so many things. I use a coconut oil + coffee scrub for my body that leaves it buttery smooth. Some use it as a moisturizer for their face and swear by it (my face is way too persnickety for that). You can also add a little (a very little) to the ends of your hair if it’s looking a little dry or frizzy. It’s amazing for your teeth, as weird as that may sound, and you can use it as a mouthwash. It’s also perfect for massages or just a general body lotion. Plus it’s like, $7 for a jar and a little really goes a very long way.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

This is a really great one for hair especially. I’ve been doing a no-poo thing for a few months now and apple cider vinegar not only helps to remove any dirt build up, but it also leaves your hair feeling soft and clean and smooth. Seriously, my hair is beautiful these days. It’s also great for balancing Ph levels in your skin which helps control acne and makes a great addition for a homemade toner.

HONEY

This is perfect for making a very simple face mask or you can add sugar to make a scrub. It’s moisturizing and soothing, full of antioxidants to help with aging, and antibacterial which helps with treating and preventing acne. Just throw a little honey in your tea and on your face and head to bath to relax while the honey does all the work for you.

CHARCOAL

Another great addition to oral care. Charcoal is not only cleansing, but it also can whiten your teeth. I don’t quite trust myself to make my own toothpaste yet, but I’ve been using this and I swear my teeth are whiter than any other “whitening” toothpaste has ever come close to. It also makes a great deep cleaning mask.

HERBS

Chamomile, rose hip, lavender, mint, and dandelion are all great ones. It can be a little cheaper on the front end to grab some herbs than their essential oil counter parts and they’re very effective for adding a spa feel to your baths or adding to a facial steam to open up your pores and let in some good stuff.

As you can see, natural products don’t have to get complicated. Keeping simple routines and putting on horse blinders can help you to not get overwhelmed by all of the “must-haves” or “must-not-haves” in the world of cleaning and beauty products. It can also save you money on things that say they do something that they really can’t do or from having too many products to store and maintain.

What are your go-to’s for natural products?

HOW TO GO NO-POO (WITHOUT LOOKING GROSS)

HOW TO GO NO-POO (WITHOUT LOOKING GROSS) - This Wild Home

In about 2 days I will have not washed my hair for 3 months.

Somehow, it doesn’t smell gross and I still get good hair days. Maybe even more now that my hair isn’t super dried out all the time!

It took a combination of time, laziness, and up-do’s to get to this point, but I can definitely say my hair is much happier now.

WHY GO NO-POO?

For me, I am much drier person than I used to think. I’ve aways thought of my skin as oily AND dry somehow and my hair was right there with it. I had frizz, but if I tried to maintain it with any products, my hair would get way too oily. So eventually, I decided to just let it be. Don’t put anything in it and see what happens.

So, here’s what I found:

IT PREVENTS YOUR HAIR FROM DRYING OUT / BECOMING TOO OILY

The same way using harsh products on your face will make you break out, shampoo dries out your hair’s natural oils which forces it to over produce oils which makes your hair get more oily, faster. Conditioner may make your hair feel healthier and less dry, but it’s still not a viable replacement for the natural oils your hair produces. So basically, using these products, especially on a regular basis, can create the feeling of too dry AND too oily hair.

IT’S CHEAPER

The amount of care that goes into no-poo hair is very minimal. You don’t have to worry about finding a lot of products to maintain and care for it so you don’t have to buy a lot of products.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT’S GOING IN YOUR HAIR

I’ve recently made a big effort to only use natural products in my home and on my skin. I like using natural products as often as possible to reduce our toxin take in. With no-poo, I don’t have to spend a lot of time researching products and ingredients because most anything I put in my hair now can be found in my kitchen!

YOU SAVE TIME

With no-poo, you don’t have to spend a lot of time caring for your hair because it’s taking care of itself! The texture of your hair can become naturally full. People with curls don’t have to worry about frizz. In general, your hair will look healthy all on it’s own without having to spend time on creating a “healthy” image from unhealthy hair.

IT’S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

For anyone who’s environmentally conscious, cutting shampoo out of your routine will prevent any chemicals from going down the drain and into the world as well as cut down on plastic waste.

GOING NO-POO

It’s not something you can do over night. There is definitely a process, especially if you want to leave the house and not look like someone who never bathes.

The way I see it, there are two ways to achieve the no-poo life. The first is to fast track and the second is to take it slow.

FAST TRACK

If you want to stop using shampoo immediately and never turn back, you could go the fast track route.

Here’s what to do:

  • It’s pretty simple, just stop shampooing all together and let your hair be very greasy for about 1-3 weeks.

  • I recommend learning some real cute up-do’s and taking a quick shower daily so you can at least rinse excess oil build up regularly.

  • At the end of each week, try using an apple cider rinse and after 3 weeks, use a baking soda rinse.

TAKE IT SLOW

This was the route I took. With this method, you don’t have to worry about your hair getting too greasy, but you won’t be able to jump right into the no-poo method.

Here’s what I did:

  • Every time you feel the need to shampoo, wait a day or two.
    So if you currently shampoo everyday, skip tomorrow and shampoo every other day for this week. Then next week, skip two days. The next week, skip three days and so on. Where every you are in your shampooing habits, add an extra no-poo day each week until eventually, you go a whole week without shampooing.
    - you can and should definitely get in the habit of showing or bathing everyday to help prevent extra oil build up.

  • Once you reach a full week of no shampooing, do an apple cider rinse instead of shampooing for 3 weeks.

  • After 3 weeks, do a baking soda rinse and then follow the steps below!

NO-POO HAIRCARE TIPS

So, once you are done with shampoo, what do you do?

For the most part, nothing. But this method will not make your hair look perfect every single day. You’ll have good hair days and bad hair days. For the most part, frizz will go away and you’ll have some pretty, natural curls. But greasy spots will still come around and life isn’t so easy that we can look perfect without doing anything at all.

So here are some tips for haircare with the no-poo method:

  • Use an apple cider rinse. Some people will do this weekly while others may just do it when they feel like they need to, but it’s a good way to keep your hair clean and balanced.

  • Use a baking soda rinse. This should be done very minimally. It’s basically considered a deep clean in the no-poo world. Baking soda is a fairly harsh product that is very effective, but can become harmful if it’s used to much. I would recommend once a month if not every other month just to be safe. Personally, I just use it when I absolutely need to.

  • Bathe daily. Whether it’s a bath or a shower, make sure you’re rinsing your hair on a daily basis. I’ll skip a day here and there when I’m feeling lazy and it’s fine. But for the most part I try and take a quick bath everyday. It’s relaxing AND good for my hair!

  • Use a hair perfume. I haven’t noticed any odor in my hair since going no-poo (and I have a husband who’s very sensitive to smells so he’d definitely let me know), but sometimes I miss those smell good smells that I used to get from shampoo. A simple DIY of essential oils, a bit of avocado oil (which is great for hair), and water would do just fine! - I’ll make a DIY soon!

  • Remember to eat well. Haircare is just as much what you put in your body as what you put on it. Healthy hair and a healthy diet go hand in hand. Lots of fatty foods (like avocados, nuts, and fatty fish), protein heavy, and iron heavy foods are all good to add to your diet for healthy hair.

And there you have it! No-poo doesn’t have to be gross or unrealistic at any stage and it’s really great for your hair in the long run.

So if you’re someone with dry hair, oily hair, color treated hair, hair that undergoes extreme heat often, curly hair, or a dandruff problem; try going no-poo! Shampoo will always be there if you hate it, but I definitely say it’s worth a try!