This post has been sitting around for months waiting to see the light of the blog world. For some reason it took until today to get out. I’m sorry, I’m really not holding out on you, promise.

Also, I should let my husband guest post this one, but I don’t think he would own it, so I’ll just tell you- he gets the credit for this one because he’s the one who told me about it.

When I was growing up the most popular hair styling product was….the curling iron.
Anyone else out there with me on that one?!

Photo Credit: justusbluemer (Creative Commons)

Well, in the last decade (or two) the straightener has replaced the curling iron as the go-to styling product. And yes, even with my naturally “straight” hair, the straightener makes it oh so much straighter and more manageable.

So, I say all of that to say, most of us women probably own a straightener. If not, here’s a reason you may want one.

Did you know the straightener has another use?


One day Filipe and I happened to be getting ready at the same time (a rare thing for us now). Well, in the process, he went over and turned on my straightener.

I looked at him like he was crazy and asked, “What are you doing?”.
“It’s for my shirt”, he said.
What?!, I thought. I wasn’t sure if I should be upset or ecstatic.
Then he proceeded to iron (with my straightener) the collar and front buttons of his shirt.

It was obvious he had been doing this for a while.

First thing you must know is, I hate ironing!
No, you don’t understand. I really, really dislike ironing. I do everything I can to avoid getting out the iron and ironing board.
It’s just one of my weaknesses.

Filipe knows this and is the one who irons more in our house than I do. But ever since I (or Filipe) discovered this new method my life has been so much better.

If it’s the collars and edges of shirts that are wrinkled, this will save you tons of time especially if the straightener is already part of your routine.

The best part is the kids clothes. I mean really, who wants to get the iron and ironing board out for your 12 month old’s shirt when he’s going to wrinkle it in the car seat anyway? But then you feel bad making him go out looking like a wrinkled mess too right?! Well, just a couple swipes with the straightener and you’re good to go.

Here’s one I did for Efraim a few weeks ago.

Before (notice right side)


“What’s the big deal mom?”

There it is. Hope it helps. It’s been a lifesaver for me.

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