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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.

Upcoming: Fall/Winter Content

Working for a media company has taught me many things. One of those things is that planning out your content is a strategic way of ensuring your readers find what they are looking for. As a writer, I have always just written what I’ve felt like writing at the moment I opened my WP app or notebook. But looking at my visitor statistics, I feel like my blog is suffering for the following reasons:

  1. I don’t write enough. This past year has been tough on me, being back from maternity leave and trying to find a home/work balance. It’s caused me to run from the one thing I love doing the most: writing.
  2. I write whatever I want. Although in the past years, this has been a successful way of attracting visitors to my blog, right now, it’s not enough to attract new and maintain old visitors.
  3. I’m not writing about things that matter. Of course everyone loves to be able to go somewhere and bitch and vent about how terrible life is. For me, I’ve used my blog as my forever go-to place. I mean really, how much of my venting and complaining are you guys supposed to put up with?

After thinking long and hard, I have decided that I need to build out a content plan every season for my blog. That way, my readers will know what’s coming up and what I’m working on and I’ll ensure that I am regularly posting. I will continue to write my one-off vents and emotional posts. But I have so much knowledge and ideas I want to write about; which I haven’t focused on in a long time. So, I’ll be sharing those with all of you.

Let’s start with Fall and Winter being around the corner. Here’s what I’m lining up for all of you:

  • Weekly recipes
  • Decorating for Fall, Halloween, Diwali, Winter and Christmas
  • Ni’s Monthly Birthday Letters (sorry,  I can’t give these up. I’ve promised these to myself and her)
  • Mom-In-Training: Cold/Flu Guide
  • Beauty/Fashion: Winter-proofing yourself

Come September, we’ll dive into my Fall/Winter Guide.

Stay tuned.

Ice Storm 2013 – Toronto

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We were hit with a terrible storm yesterday that just went on and on and has left the city struggling to get back on its feet. Hydro wires are down all over, including our home. So, we’re staying at a friends place downtown. The roads are slick and trees have fallen all over the streets. The internet on my phone isn’t working properly either. They have wifi here so I’m able to connect. So I just wanted to give you all the heads up in case I’m MIA for a couple of days, you’ll know why.

Toronto Hydro says they’re hoping to have the electricity up and running within the next 72 hours. They cannot guarantee if they’ll be able to or not and don’t know if we’ll even have power by Christmas Day.

So I wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Stay warm and safe and enjoy this special time of the year with your loved ones.

Here’s some shots of our street with the aftermath of the storm.

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Ni’s 12 Week Birthday Letter

Happy Birthday Angel!
You’re almost 3 months old and mommy can’t believe how quickly time is going by. You’ve grown so much since when we first brought you home. And you’re getting cuter and more talkative. Plus, you’ve been trying to get up more and more. I put you in your rocker and you try to push yourself up by putting pressure on your elbows. It’s really cute!

This week, we’ve been home and haven’t been out at all. It’s horribly freezing outside, -20 today and yesterday wasn’t any warmer. Plus, there’s been snow, so mommy hasn’t taken you out much. Your grandparents did cone by to visit you. But really that’s been all. So, there’s not much to write this week.

But as always, remember that mommy and daddy love you dearly. Happy 12 week birthday, my darling angel.

Getting Hair Ready For The Holidays

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With winter in full-go and the holidays near, I’m noticing that my hairs seems to look dull, dry, damaged and over-processed. So, I’m treating my hair to a no-process day. I’m going to treat my hair to luxury of oil and deep conditioning today! Here’s what I’m doing to get my hair looking revived, shinny and healthy again.

I’ve mixed extra virgin olive oil and peppermint extract together in a small bowl and heated it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then I’ll massage it on to my scalp and work my way through to the ends of my hair. I’ll cover my hair with a wet towel slightly warm and leave my hair wrapped in it.Once the towel cools off I’ll take it off and just leave the oil in my hair. The olive oil provides nourishment and will help moisturize the hair, while the peppermint oil helps open up the hair folicols and stimulate hair growth.

Once I’m ready to wash my hair, I’ll take a raw egg, beat it slightly and then apply it to my hair. It’s recommended to leave it in for at least 20 minutes and then shampoo. The egg will bring moisture and shine to the hair. After shampooing it, make sure to leave your conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing and make sure to rinse with cold water. Cold water closes the pores and adds shine to hair.

Nowadays, that I don’t have much time with Ni keeping me extra busy, I do this once a week and it still works wonders on my hair. If you have the time, try doing this a couple of times a week. You can also leave the olive oil and peppermint oil overnight and then wash as normal in the morning. It is said in India that the more oil you apply to your hair and the longer you leave it in, the healthier your hair will be.

Do try it and let me know how your hair feels and looks and do share your home remedies with me! I love trying new, inexpensive treatments!

Happy Holidays and Beautiful Hair!

44 Days Until India

There are only 44 days left before I leave for India and I can’t wait to get out of this -10 temperature! I’m so excited to be in a hot environment, especially now when the weather here in Toronto is fluctuating so much. Yesterday it was 10 degrees Celsius and today -10 degrees but with windchill it feels like -25. This winter has been so up and down and because of the constant drops and rises, in having a heck of a time getting better.

Delhi on the other hand is plus 5 degrees at night and nearly 20 degrees during the day. Not very hot but I’d take plus 5 over -20 any day. And even better, Pune is plus 9 at night and 24 during the day.

I just cannot wait any longer. My excitement is driving me nuts. I know I still have a lot of things to do and buy before then. But still, I just wish the days would speed up so March was finally here.

Anxiously counting down the days,

Tamana~

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