Apricot Face Oil

For the Chef's birthday I made him a beard oil from a bunch of different oils and aromatic spices. It ended being really awesome and he loved it! It just so happened that I ran out of face cream at the same time. I had some leftover apricot oil so I decided use it as a substitute for my face cream. I put on every morning and night and my skin has never been better. It's not oily or dry and it could just be wishful thinking but I feel like it's making some of my happy lines disappear.  

Apricot oil is known to be well absorbed into skin without leaving a greasy residue, and can also be used on hair and nails. 

Apricot oil is my new jam. It costs way less than face creams and it contains ZERO chemicals. I think I have officially converted to face oil. 

 

Charles Scott Salon & Spa Saved My Hair

Well friends my hair has finally healed! It's been a long seven months of pretty bad hair and I am pleased to see that my hair is as healthy as it has ever been. Many of the thanks for this belong to Keri U. at Charles Scott Salon & Spa. You may remember that last summer I went from white bleach blonde to red (or as it really was orange straw).

My hair was bad.

I mean really bad. 

 Healthy Hair!

Healthy Hair!

So I went to Charles Scott and met with the fabulous Chaz. He gave me a much needed haircut and then he introduced me to colorist extraordinaire Keri. Together we all came up with a plan with my eventual goal being healthy long hair and Keri has been my hair guru ever since. She got all the red out after a few times of meeting and she was very cautious about the health of my hair. We agreed to let it grow and cut the damage out with each visit. Now 7 months later my hair looks like this.

It's healthy, natural, and growing. I love it and it's all thanks to Charles Scott Salon. 

 

Heirloom Seed Savers Exchange at Cleveland Public Library

There may be snow on it's way but gardening season is right around the corner. The minis and I recently found out about the heirloom seed savers exchange happening at a few Cleveland public library branches. 

We decided to go to the main branch to check it out. 

A seed saver is the practice of saving seeds or other reproductive material (e.g. tubers) from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year for annuals and nuts, tree fruits, and berries for perennials and trees. A seed exchange is when saved seeds are given to a person in exchange for seeds that will come from the fruit and vegetables after the growing season is over. 

When we got to the library we were given a book with different heirloom fruits, veggies, and flowers. Each month a person can "check out" 5 packets of seeds for free. In return they must promise to bring back seeds from their crop. The kids and I got some beans, beets, cukes, tomatoes, and lettuce. 

 The Seed Library at Cleveland Public Library 

The Seed Library at Cleveland Public Library 

The library is offering this at a few different branches around Northeast Ohio. For more information please check here. 

No-Poo is Not For Me

You may or may not have heard of the current Pinterest hair rage. It's called No-Poo and it means NO SHAMPOO. The thinking behind the No-Poo movement is that all the chemicals and bad shit used in shampoo is most damaging to your hair and the buildup it causes changes your hairs molecular makeup.

Being the natural loving girl that I am I decided to take a chance on No-Poo.  I read blog posts and pins and read about every aspect of the No-Poo experience. I read about how people's hair drastically changed for the better after no-poo'ing. I prepared myself and made a plan to start right before the Christmas holiday that way if my hair looked like shit, it would look like shit at home. 

Armed with baking powder and Tavern Vinegar I began to no-poo. The first time I did the baking soda rinse and vinegar conditioner I immediately noticed the change. My hair felt stripped of it's softness and my ends were raw. I changed the baking soda ratio to less and waited a few days for my next wash. Over the course of four weeks my hair went from soft and shiny to oily and straw-like. One day my hair would look normal, the next awful. When it looked awful I couldn't style it. Blowing it out would make it looked matted down and letting it air-dry turned my hair into an oily frizz ball. 

At week five I started to look into other ways to no-poo. The baking soda / vinegar wash wasn't working and I was miserable. I read a few people who used shampoo bars and vinegar rinse as way to no-poo.  I did a little research and found this shampoo bar :

I started using the bar as a replacement for the baking soda and continued with the vinegar rinse. I gave this a chance for approximately two more weeks. My hair was oily and dry at the same time (how does that happen????). My breaking point came when I need a haricut. My hair was crazy but in the six weeks of no-pooing it grew almost two inches. The growth gave me a reverse mullet and I knew I had to go see Keri at Charles Scott Salon. In my head I was trying to figure out a way to ask her not to wash my hair but as l looked at the oil bomb on top of my head I decided to throw in the towel. I would let Keri wash my hair with good 'ol fashion cancer causing shampoo and conditioner. 

My hair looked and felt better than it had in weeks and I knew that I would never pick up the baking soda again.  After my experiment with no-poo I did learn one thing. I didn't want the chemicals in traditional shampoo going back on my head. Since then I have been messing around with natural shampoos and conditioners and after a few try's I found this combination works for me. 

While no-poo didn't work for me I have no doubt that it may work for others. I think the key is having thick hair (which I don't). It was a cool experience and I could feel the change in the strength of my hair. I think residue that is left on your hair from traditional shampoo's most definitely affects your hair negatively and I don't think I will be going back. 

Have you no-poo'd? 

Cyber Monday Bouqs Flower Special

I've got a sick girl at home which means Cyber Monday has completely taken over my day. I'm done shopping for the family and I have a few people left on the list whom I don't totally know what to get. Last week I tried Bouqs, a new flower service with a flat rate for all bouquets. I NEVER order flowers because I hate all the added fees. You pick a bouquet for $20 and somehow at checkout after shipping and fees you end owing $80.

When Bouqs asked me if I wanted to try the service I thought hey, why not. The Chef never gets me flowers, I might as well. {To be fair I may have given him the impression that I'm not that girl who requires flowers to be happy, turns out I totally am 'that girl.'} . I went on the website and selected a bouq of some lovely yellow roses and orange calla lilies perfect for Thanksgiving. 

They arrived days later straight from the farm and they were lovely! I posted some #bouqlove on instagram and a friend posted this comment:

Flowers r a good reminder of.. Love life and pure beauty

The good people at The Bouqs Company gave me some love to share with you on Cyber Monday. Feel free to share!