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The summer sun can be brutal on your hair. Especially if you have blonde hair, or highlights. Last summer I began the process of balayage on my hair and loved the results. However, I knew that upon returning to Florida, that the summer sun would wreak havoc on my hair. Bleaching you hair does quite a bit of damage to the follicle, and can cause it to fray. Split ends or dry brittle hair is NOT in for the season, so I knew I’d better get pretty creative with some hair care solutions.
If you know me, like at all, you know I pretty much run on coconut oil. It’s in everything from the food we eat, to some of my favorite skin care recipes. So it’s only natural I incorporate it into my hair care routine as well. The hydrating properties of LouAna Coconut Oil are endless, so it was a no-brainer that it needed to be the main ingredient in this DIY hair mask. I picked some up at my local Publix supermarket and got started making my hair mask.
A surprising factor in this recipe is that bananas also have many great benefits for your hair. Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage. Banana in your hair mask can create manageability, shine, growth and controls dandruff. Add that with a little bit of honey and you’ve got yourself a hair mask! Honey helps to smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts, sealing in moisture, which is what blonde really needs if it’s going to stay healthy under the sun.
Simply mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Then, part your hair down the middle and work it through all of your hair. Once its incorporated on one half of your head, braid that section and begin to spread it along the other half of your scalp working your way down to the ends (or you can only treat the ends and save the rest in a container in the fridge for up to five days).
Leave this mixture in your hair for thirty minutes. For added shine, you can don a shower cap to really lock in that moisture! Wash in the shower with a hydrating shampoo and get ready to rock that blonde all summer long! LouAna is the only brand of cooking oils with a full range of high quality products that deliver the performance worthy of being the foundation of any recipe. LouAna is always the start of something good!
Planning parties can be a lot of work, and a lot of stress. Since making the decision to only throw parties for our kids milestone birthdays, it keeps the stress low and allows us to spend more time making memories together on fun birthday trips. This year was a milestone year for our little guy, but he expressed zero interest in a party. That is, up until five days before the date we had in mind. So, off to the dollar store I went! I had to pull off a party in just under five days, a piece of cake..right?
Luckily we kept it simple and let him come up with the guest list. Short and sweet, that was the name of our game. His closest buds from school and a few family members. Deal! Now to find a theme…
I delight in the fact that limited screen time with our boys has meant that our costumes and birthday celebrations haven’t been overrun by commercial products. We still have plenty of time before we are forced to throw a Paw Patrol party. I like to think outside the box and really tailor the party to fit our kids personalities. Our youngest is an artist like his dad, and can spend hours sitting with my husband painting. He’s held a pencil / crayon properly since he was eighteen months old. He definitely gets that from dad!
So we decided to throw him an Art Party in his favorite park. He loved it, and it was perfect. We keep plenty of art supplies on hand, so mostly everything we needed was already located right in their playroom. Bonus!
I’m working on practicing some conscious party etiquette, making some small changes that have been general practice over the years. This time around I eliminated balloons from our party decor. Aside from the production of plastic that only lends to our environmental troubles, balloons are often released and wind up in the bellies of defenseless sea turtles and birds. So I purchased these adorable paper lanterns. They are reusable, so I can only buy them once. I chose primary colors so they will go with all of my other basic party supplies. I also picked up a felt Happy Birthday banner a few years ago that I have been able to reuse time and time again. It saves on having to buy one every year, and cuts back on waste.
I was able to get some canvas’ on sale for each of the kids to create their own masterpiece. We set up an artist’s studio table with a few invitations to create. We had crayons, markers, and paint. As well as these quick and easy popsicle easels we made as favors.
To add to the favors, I found small notebooks and used some washi tape to attach a few crayons and add to the goody bags with their very own water-color paint set and a painter’s smock. It was a hit with most of the kids.. Four year olds are known for their candor and we enjoyed listening as someone proclaimed to dislike art. However, the moms couldn’t have been happier. Bonus!
I was convinced that these moms were either going to love me, for opening a space for their kids to let loose and get creative. Or hate me because of the mess they would have to deal with. Luckily I was surrounded by some art loving mamas! To be fair, I did include instructions to dress in messy play clothes on the invitation.
I set up a few different stations in addition to the main painting table. I wanted the kids to get a fun sensory experience out of it all, so we added some cool elements. We set up canvases throughout the park where kids could experience different ways to use paint.
Water color paint was added to bins where they could use “paint squirters” to create a splatter effect on a blank canvas. In hindsight, it may have worked better on paper, the water-color seemed to roll off the canvas. Nevertheless, the kids had fun!
Three trays were laid out with paint so the kids could dump their hands in it and go to town. I originally wanted them to all leave hand prints on this canvas so we could hang it in their play room. The kids ended up drawing images with their hands instead, it’s adorable!
This was a major hit with most of the boys. Creating tracks with paint has a therapeutic effect, and the boys just gravitate towards it.
A long time favorite for us, Spin Art is loads of fun for everyone (including adults). You simply pour different paint colors (the kids love choosing and squeezing) into an old salad spinner, and spin away. The end result is a beautiful piece of splatter art suitable for framing. It’s a good time!
This was a fun surprise. We set up a few marbles in one tray, and paint in another. We let the kids choose a color, dip their marbles and then roll the marble around the tray to create fun patterns.
I also set up an area for sidewalk chalk, and a spool of blank white paper. Having all of the different stations left the kids with plenty to keep them busy throughout the party. But nothing screams party like cake and presents.
It’s tough to find a good cake with only a few days notice. Every baker I reached out to was already booked solid. So I went to my local grocer and ordered a custom double layer quarter sheet cake with multicolored icing dripping down the sides to resemble paint. It came out great actually, it was a big hit.
In the end I think everyone was just grateful for the outdoor space where the kids could work off their sugar rush!
Happy Birthday to my little guy, may all your artsy wishes come true!
In the end we were very happy with the turnout. It was a great party, the kids and moms had a great afternoon and it was stress-free. Once the sugar wore off..