Monthly Archives: August 2013
Untangle Tangled Hair.
After a recent day at the pool, my daughter decided to braid her hair. When she later decided to shower, she removed the elastics from the ends of her braids, but didn’t completely unbraid her hair. When she tried to comb out this braid, it only made matters worse. Her hair was hopelessly snarled, tangled, knotted and nasty, so she came to me.
When I was a kid, this would have gotten me an unplanned hair cut, but today, we have the internet! Secure in the knowledge that I wasn’t the first Mom to encounter the horrors of hinky hair, I accessed these tips that saved the day:
1. Breathe – This is probably the single most important and counter intuitive of the steps. If you can’t get calm, you most likely will end up with scissors and tears or at least an emergency visit to Super Cuts.
2. Assemble these tools and resign yourself to the fact that this is what you are doing for the next – however long it takes – 20 minutes, an hour, two hours – it depends on the particular snarl you are facing. There is no rushing. No shortcut. Just decide to stay calm and carry on. You’ll need oil, lotion, detangler or conditioner, something long and skinny – I used a large sewing needle, your patience, a mirror (if you’re working alone) and most likely, your glasses or a magnifying device of some kind and good lighting will help, too.
3. Lubricate – Get oil, detangler or in our case hair conditioner into the knot – the more the better. The knotted, matted part at the top of this braid was bad, but the lower braid had become so tight that it was impossible to release. We saturated the entire mess with enough conditioner for 5 shampoos – maybe 1/2 cup!
4. Working with good lighting, patience and a big sewing needle, carefully work the needle into the knot and release the tangle, one tiny strand of hair at a time.
5. Wash out the extra moisture, dry and style. Don’t forget to thank your lucky stars for the internet and your Mom (friend, daughter, SO, spouse) for not marching you into the nearest salon for a Pixie – unless of course, that was your plan all along!
Remind me to ask my hairdresser, next time I’m in the chair.
Giveaway from From Produce Clothing and EncinoMom Magazine
We’ve teamed up with Fresh Produce Clothing to give your wardrobe an infusion of Fall Fashion. Enter to win this entire outfit! The three great pieces shown are super comfy and so flattering! I have a few favorite features I feel compelled to point out: The Twin Peaks Top has peek-a-boo cut outs in the back that add a little attitude to this lightweight, swingy tee. The fit is easy to wear and there are two pockets in the front near the hem!
If you’ve ever read anything by me about fashion, you already know how much I love pockets. Another style I am quick to recommend is the side zip pant. Not always easy to find, side zip pants are particularly slimming and easy to wear. They almost never have pockets (sometimes they have one) because pockets are antithetical to super slimming slacks. These Carolina Capris in Citron are my new favorites. They’re 97% cotton with 3% Spandex for shape retention and stretch. They do NOT have pockets, but both the top and the jacket do, so you are covered there! (The capris do have pocket detailing in the rear, but they are strictly decorative.)
The jacket you see here is a different color than the one you’ll be winning! The actual color is Twilight and it looks fabulous with the Citron capris and the Talavera print top. It is sort of a steely gray and not nearly as blue as my selfies suggest. The photo of swatches should give you a pretty accurate view of the colors – depending on your monitor or mobile device, of course.
The jacket is 100% cotton, with Princess seams front and back to compliment your figure with buttoned cuffs and front welt pockets this jacket will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Paired with jeans and a white tee for weekend walks to your favorite cafe or added to a skirt and sweater shell for an easy office day, you’ll find lots of ways to wear this casual jacket with serious style! For your reference, I am wearing all three pieces in size medium. All three pieces come in sizes XS through XL and the Capris are also available in XXL. The photos above link to the corresponding Fresh Produce pages and are not affiliate links.
Here are some personal pics and detail shots:
You may enter with a daily comment to improve your chances of winning! Good luck!
Check out this video from Fox Home Entertainment to get the inside scoop on the creation of Queen Tara!
We typically think of heroes as being large, strong, and courageous. After going through a change in size these heroes may be miniature, but they are certainly brave! Here’s a look at our favorite characters from movie history that have been transformed into smaller versions of themselves.
From the creators of Ice Age, the year’s funniest, most exhilarating animated adventure comes home as EPIC debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, and DVD this August 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Chris Wedge (The Ice Age Franchise) and featuring an amazing voice cast including Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, and Beyoncé, the blockbuster film comes home just in time to help families become one with nature and end the summer in Epic style.
Mary Katherine- Epic
When Mary Katherine is transformed into a miniature version of herself and introduced to the magical world of Moonhaven she thinks that it is all a dream. Proving that she is much tougher than she looks, MK teams up with the Leafman warriors to help defend against the forces of evil. By the end of her epic journey, MK has not only saved Moonhaven, but our world as well!
Nick & Amy Szalinski- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Amy and Nick Szalinski were left to fend for themselves after their father, inventor Wayne Szalinski, accidentally shrank them down to microscopic size. The kids found themselves in a lot of sticky situations. They were attacked by a scorpion twice their size, picked up by a bee, and almost eaten by their own dad in a bowl of cheerios! Supporting each other, Nick and Amy brave the oversized elements until Wayne can get them back to normal size.
Alice- Alice in Wonderland
Alice didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she followed the White Rabbit and fell down the hole, but her adventure is one that we will always remember. Finding herself in a strange place with talking animals and unusual tea parties, our heroine makes new friends and has new experiences. Even though she was just a young girl, Alice bravely fought against the Jabberwocky and saved Underworld from the reign of the Red Queen.
Wayne Szalinski- Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
When the adults were accidentally hit by the ray of the shrinking machine, the kids mistakenly thought they were home alone. Wayne and Gordon try to get the kids’ attention by changing the wiring of some speakers to use as a microphone. Throughout the film, Wayne proves himself as a hero by fighting off a large cockroach and riding inside a bubble. In the end, Wayne grows both physically and emotionally when he becomes a better father to his son Adam.
Zak- FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Although Zak starts out as one of the bad guys, his change of heart gets him a spot on our list of favorite miniature heroes. Through his relationship with Crysta, Zak learns how important the natural world is. In the end, Zak helps save FernGully by stopping Hexxus and the other lumberjacks from taking down all of the trees and destroying the forest forever.