Elfin Hair

The girls in this house have recently discovered "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings"  today the younge asked for an Elfin look.  I was happy to oblige.

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Back to School---Non-hair post

Next Monday my five-year old enters Kindergarten.  She has a bit longer of a day since she is in a language immersion program.  The longer day also means lunches at school.  For most kids, this isn't a problem and is super exciting!  For us it's a little bit different.

Our sweet Sophie has a peanut/treenut and a venom bite allergy.  Eating in the lunchroom and playing on the playground are enough to send her into anaphylaxis.  Even though the lunchroom and playground staff, teachers and administration are all trained on how to handle her allergies if such an incident occurs, it's still enough to make my heart beat in my throat until I pick her up from school.

And then there is the friend issue.  I am really hoping that she finds a friend whose parents will send to school with a non-nut lunch.  I hope they won't be nervous about inviting her to playdates and birthday parties.  A mom's worst nightmare is a lonely or targeted child at school.  

In an effort to make our family more aware (a well-meaning grandparent tried to give her Cracker Jacks not realizing the top ingredient was peanuts) my husband made this little video.  

If there are any other allergy moms and kids out there in hairland sending their babies off to the first day of school, best wishes and good luck to you!  If you have any suggestions or advice for me due to your experiences, I'd love to hear it!

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No Heat Beach Waves

There are loads of diferent types of these no heat tutorials for this beachy hair look, and the reason to that is that most people (including me) just love that messy hair. And if you don't, just remember - embrace it! It's an all time (or maybe I should've said immortal) hairstyle that goes with everything! It's playful and can give that 'wow' effect on your whole look. So, I had to do some serious searching to find the perfect tutorial that can do the trick - and i found it! It's an easy breezy tutorial posted by the amazing Aimee Song from Song of Style. All the credit goes to her and her amazing trick!

1. Part your slightly damp hair into two sections (right and left) and start twisting from the root to all the way to the end of your hair. Make sure you twist well!

2. Using a bobby pin, pin the end of your twisted hair to the crown of your head.

3. Twist the other side of your hair in the same direction (I normally twist outwards) and pin to the crown of your head like the first side.

4. Let your hair dry naturally overnight and in the morning, unpin the ends. Shake your head and pretend your in a shampoo commercial, and voila! You got waves! If you'd like to hold the waves, top off the look with a lightweight hairspray such as the Vida Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray.

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