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A Weekend Getaway 

Scarborough Bluffs – Scarborough, Ontario

I’ve been so busy with exams and assignments that I haven’t had time to write or enjoy the much of the summer. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I am so relieved that one of my biggest and most stressful exams is over. I passed with a flying 94% and that deserves a celebration in itself.

This weekend, Dev, Nid and I are escaping to a nearby resort (as we did, last year) and spending the long weekend there. The three of us are extremely stoked at the though of being away from the city and hectic daily life. We’re going to be staying at the same resort near London, Ontario as we did last year and travelling between Port Stanley and Grand Bend. I cannot begin to tell you how anticipated and deserved this mini-vacation is. 

Dev really wanted to get away this year but with school, me not working and the lack of funds, it just wasn’t possible. Instead, we’ve decided to get away for a weekend and make the best of our situation for the time being. Hopefully, next year we can make that trip to India and have a little Caribbean getaway as well. That’s the plan, anyway.

How’s your summer going? Done anything exciting or adventurous? Share your summer adventures and I’ll be sure to share them on here with everyone else.

Until then, have a safe and blessed summer!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Let’s Go To The overpriced Ex!

An annual tradition in my house, since I was a child has been to visit The Ex aka Canadian National Exhibition on the second-last Saturday of the season. I’ve kept that tradition since Dev and I got married and since Nid was still in my tummy. Now that she’s grown, I still continue to follow that tradition and make it a point to visit The Ex every year. But this year, we decided to take the Go Train in since last year’s parking cost and drama of fighting for a spot was too much to handle for me. 

The cost of admission has raised incredibly over the past few years and the after-5pm discount no longer applies to weekends. So, we spent $36 before we even crossed the entrance gate for 2 adults. Thankfully, Nid’s ticket was free because she is still under 4 year’s old. 
She wanted to play lots of games to win some toys and go on the rides. But the ride tickets were so expensive, $0.75 per ticket and each ride required at least 6 tickets. That’s extremely overpriced for a ride in my opinion. The games weren’t any better. $3-$5 per game and if you win you get a dinky looking toy. Seeing all the toys, Nid was super excited to win some and so we played numerous games and let her pick the prize every time we won. 
By the time we left 3 and a half hours later, we had a fried onion ring for $12, a funnel cake for $13, a bottle of water for $4 and $100 in crappy toys we won playing games. All in all, we spent nearly $200 in a matter of 4 hours and although it was somewhat fun, I don’t really feel it was worth it. 
Next year, if we decide to go revisit The Ex, it will probably be for a much shorter time and definitely on a tighter budget, that is if we visit at all. I know prices of everything are going up all around us but I don’t remember The Ex being that overpriced. It was supposed to be about all the fun and ending the summer with one last day filled with games, excitement and fun and not feeling like you’ve been robbed. 

Getting Hair Summer Ready

The heat is coming, or so I believe it is (clearly not soon enough for North America). But it is eventually, going to get here and so is the humidity. The -40°C temperatures this winter have really done their toll on my hair. My hair feels dry, dull, unhealthy and just boring, although I recently had it hi-lighted.

Bed time healing:

To give some much needed love to my tresses, I’ve made one of my favorite old recipes to apply before I go to bed tonight.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup Mint extract
  • Almond oil

Here’s what you do:

  • Heat almond oil in microwave for 15 seconds, let stand for a couple of seconds to cool
  • Mix 5-6 drops (depending on how tingly you want to feel) of mint extract into the almond oil and mix well
  • Apply to your scalp, working your way down to your roots.
  • Cover with scarf or towel and go to sleep!

When you wake up in the morning, simply wash hair as normal. Give yourself a deep concern conditioning treatment as well; heat your conditioner under hot running water and then apply to your tresses. This will give your hair an extra boost and relax your scalp. Leave conditioner on for 2-3 minutes before rinsing. 

To add more shine and to smooth out fly-aways, you can use a couple of drops of almond oil instead of serum. This will add shine and keep your hair protected. Just be careful not to apply to much, or you’ll end up looking like a grease pot.

Bucket List: Zip Lining

This past week I crossed off one more item off my bucket list. I went zip lining at Wild Water Kingdom. It was an amazing experience. I was scare half to death and didn’t even want to go. But D and all of our friends forced me to do it. I’m so glad I listened to them. It was an experience I will never forget. I believe it’s about 100 ft drop across the park grounds. Whatever it is, it is horrifyingly breathtaking!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures if us zip lining because its a water park and our phones and camera were in our rental lockers. However, you can check it out HERE if you want more info. It’s called Face Drop and is one of the longest face-first (aka Superman position) zip line in Toronto.

The park is now closed for the year but I totally recommend, if you’re in Toronto next year to check it out.

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Finally Some Patio Furniture

It’s summer time and one thing I love is spending time on my balcony. Most if my evenings are spent alone since D works. So, I spend a lot of time sitting on my balcony reading and blogging. But until now, I’ve either been sitting on a plastic milk carton or on the ground and trust me, neither are comfortable.

My mom had some old plastic patio chairs she offered to give me. I just picked those up and placed them outside. Since they’re ugly, I placed a blue cushion on each and put a small table between them. Now I’m sitting on my balcony, chair nicely reclined back, legs up on my good ‘ol milk carton blogging away and I’m loving it!

I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend too.

~Tamana

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Summer Hair Remedies

The below remedies were emailed to me through one of the newsletters I get weekly. Ladies, you should really subscribe! Here’s the link! This website’s awesome for remedies, fitness and health tips and just overall information.

Here are the remedies:

If You Have a Burnt Scalp
Mash a cucumber with sour cream and apply paste to scalp. There are anti-inflammatory agents in the cucumber which will help cool the scalp, while the sour cream balances pH levels.

Cooling Shampoo
Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo will give you a nice tingly, spa-like shower at home. Plus, the minty extract will also increase circulation in your scalp, and will help hair grow.

Add Protein to Your Diet
Keratin is a type of protein; which is what hair is made of. Adding more amino acids to your diet will help your hair and nails grow stronger. A handful of almonds will give you energy and help hair grow.

Keep a Dry Shampoo in Your Purse
I don’t like dry shampoos but if the humidity leaves your hair sticky and/or greasy temperatures normally leave your roots feeling greasy, spraying a little dry shampoo will refresh your locks. Just spray over oily patches and brush.

Add a Boost to Your Flat Hair Color
Rinsing hair with herbal tea will boost hair color and add different tones and shades to your hair. Chamomile and lemon teas are best for blondes, black tea for brunettes and hibiscus for red heads. They suggest boiling a large pot of water with 4-5 tea bags and then waiting for water to cool to room temperature. Remove tea bags and soak hair with tea. Cover with a shower cap and wait 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

Rinse with Cold Water
After conditioning or to rinse out conditioner, run hair under the coldest water you can tolerate for a few minutes. The cold will seal cuticles, leaving your strands super shiny. This can be done on your face as well. By rinsing face under cold water will boost circulation in the skin causing a glowing effect.

Heal Split Ends
To rejuvenate damaged hair, smooth almond oil onto the ends of your hair before you cut will bring them back to life. Olive oil can also be used if you don’t prefer the smell of almond oil.