Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

All Water flows into Canada

Ok, so I admit it.  We haven't taught the kids great geography.  If you ask my kids "Where does the water go?" They'll give you an answer.  "Canada!"
West Canada Creek, Herkimer!
I think it all started when we took my friend Harriet, visiting from the good ol' UK, to Niagara Falls.  Lilia, ever inquisitive, wanted to know where we were, and all about the flags.  (The American Flag is totally her favorite flag, followed by the Canadian Flag.)  And so after that, she associated Canada with waterfalls.  One day she asked if the water we were passing was going to Canada.  We said Yes, for no reason other than being lazy parents not really wanting to figure out where that particular body of water was going.  After that, it became a joke, one that Liam quickly picked up.

EVERY time we pass a body of water, Liam says "Where's the water going?  Canada?" (Which by the way, is the cutest word to escape a 2 1/2 year olds' lips.) over and over and over again.  It usually is proceeded with us saying "Yep, the water is going to Canada."  then "Yes buddy.  The water is going to Canada."  to "Canada. Yes. YES."

So if you are ever lost, find some water, and followed it.  You can at least find Canada, right?  (My kids are going to hate me one day.)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lighting

Wall Sconce
I've been thinking about getting new lamps for my living room.  Since the living room is so small, I was thinking of getting some wall lamps.  I really like these lamps from Kenroy, although I wish I could find something with a leaf design, rather than this particular design.  Still, I'm totally in love with the idea of having these lamps.  It even has matching flush mounts, chandeliers and so many other options.  Yep, I'd take it all.

Ah house dreams.  If only my budget was as big as my dreams.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nooooo Pooooo

Love Lush Karma Komba
Ok, so I tried to go No 'poo.  That's short for no shampoo.  Many reasons to do it, many reasons it may or may not work for you.  Being the semi crunchy type I am, I thought this would totally be for me.  I love not using soap on my face! (I use a mix of olive and castor oils, or unrefined organic coconut oil.) It totally didn't work for me.

I ran out of Lush shampoo way back in March.  Maybe earlier.  Deciding I didn't want to shell out the cash, I tried some other shampoos, only to have my scalp get dry and flaky.  One shampoo even left raw spots on my scalp.  Not cool.

So after some reading, I decided to give the no 'poo method a try.  I usually wash my hair every other day.  On the designated day, instead of shampoo and conditioner, I used a mix of baking soda and water, followed by a rinse of apple cider vinegar and water.  The first few days were actually good.  My scalp really felt better, and my hair didn't look too bad.  Three days, four days...my hair started feeling gross, so I repeated the mixture.  My scalp seemed to be in better shape, but my hair?  Ew.  I read more, tried the various techniques...to no avail.  By one week, my hair was so gross.  I could literally shape it with it's own oils, and it looked so nasty.  I caved and washed it.  Best feeling ever.

The "magical" combination
I tried again, same thing.  No matter what, I couldn't get past those 7 days.  I know all the things I read said that it might take 2-8 weeks for my hair to adjust, that like milk supply, your body produces what it needs...but I couldn't handle past 7.  Maybe if I shaved my head, it might just work.  Until I'm ready for that new look, I went back to Lush, and my locks are beautiful once again.  My scalp is not, but hopefully time will get that healthy again.  And maybe when I run out of shampoo again, in the middle of winter when it's not hot, and I can wear a hat daily, I'll try again.