essential oils · natural lifestyle

Essential Oils for Mermaid Hair

Thicker, fuller, longer hair – this is LEGIT.

Add these oils to your shampoo of choice (one drop per oz of shampoo):

+ Lavender

+ Cedarwood

+ Rosemary

Add one drop:

+ Peppermint

Be sure to shake/blend well!

At our house we love Young Living Lavender Shampoo. It’s plant-based, natural and free of harmful chemicals. ✌🏻

Lavender, rosemary and cedarwood all stimulate hair growth while peppermint stimulates the circulatory system which promotes hair growth.

We have been blown away by the results of adding these oils. 🙌🏻

If you are in need of oils, Young Living are the highest quality. 👌🏻

Anna Claire · hairstyles

Anna Claire’s Hairstyles

This nine-year-old girl amazes me with her talent and skill. Anna Claire has spent countless hours watching YouTube videos and studying books on how to braid. And many more hours practicing – in her dollhead, and on her sister and me. Her hair warm has paid off. She has mastered all of the well-known braiding techniques and has moved on to applying them to invent her own styles. We are very proud of her!

AC: Mommy, I’m only halfway finished!
Me: But it looks so cool! I need a picture! 7/10/18

When you ask your mom to take your dollhead to the car for you 🤣 7/14/18

7/21/18

7/21/18

9/1/18
This pic doesn’t do this hairstyle justice. 9/15/18

AC waterfall braided my hair in 30 secs! 9/16/18

Lace braid that turns into a Dutch braid 🤓 9/18/18
Double waterfall braid 😍 9/21/18
When you can’t bring your doll head on vacation, Barbie will have to do. 10/13/18
adventures with kids · foodie · kids · nashville · Uncategorized

Summer Cooking Camp at Whole Foods

Our daughter who’s nine has expressed a long-time interest in all things culinary. She’s a little foodie who will eat just about anything and her food knowledge exceeds that of most adults. She is an avid watcher of Cooking Channel, Food Network, and especially loves The Greatest British Baking Show. Her dad is a classically trained chef, and she has taken classes locally, but the kids didn’t get to do very much in our local classes because of the teacher-student ratio. She desperately wanted to do something more hands-on.

One day when we were at Whole Foods in Nashville, we picked up a schedule of cooking classes and enrolled Anna Claire in an Easter treats class. We were so impressed with how much kids were allowed to do during this one lesson, and there was almost an instructor per child. She loved it and learned so much, we signed her up for the weeklong summer camp.

It was a financial sacrifice for our family, but when the interest, effort and passion is really there, and the doors open to meet it, we find great value in that. We always want to support both girls in any way we can to achieve their goals and dreams.

Cooking class day 1: Anna Claire got to grate, zest, use serrated knife for the first time and pan-sear.

Today’s theme was picnic. The kids made a potato salad all by themselves. AC said it was very similar to the one we make but mustard based. They diced the potatoes, grated the carrot, and all that. She raved about the corn on the cob with chili lime butter and she especially loved the tomato and manchego tarte.

Cooking class day 2: Today’s theme was party. Anna Claire was so excited to tell us about the mini meatloafs they made using muffin tins. They layered biscuit dough, ground beef, shredded cheese and ketchup. She is confident she could recreate this solo, and the instructors let her make the meatballs.

Cooking class day 3: AC asked to arrive early because she gets to help set up and with the mis en place. She said they had smoothies for them when they arrived – mango/pineapple/spinach.

Today’s theme was breakfast. They made monkey bread using the same pizza dough recipe they used before- glazed in simple syrup and rolled in cinnamon sugar – she goes to bring some home and they were delish!

She was excited to explain that the kitchen has a special proofing drawer that cuts down the time it takes the dough to proof.

She also said all of the ingredients they used came directly from the Whole Foods store so that automatically raised the quality of the outcome.

They made parfaits, sausage balls, hashbrown nests (with eggs, cheese, bacon, red bell pepper.) Anna Claire said the teachers asked her to demonstrate dicing the red bell peppers because she did such a nice julienne.

Cooking class day 4: AC has been the most excited about this day! They got to make homemade pasta and called in an expert pasta maker to be the kids’ instructor. They made two pastas: pappardelle and tagliatelle. The kids were able to use the pasta machine and AC is begging for one. She does have a birthday coming up…

Cooking class day 5: The theme was luau and also AC’s graduation. They invited parents to come in for an extra half hour at the end of class for a tasting of all they made. The kids prepared kabobs with pineapple and chicken. The teachers said they were a little grossed out handling the raw chicken and putting it on the skewers. They also made a macaroni salad, fruit salad and chocolate coconut pie.

I have been so impressed with this program. The kids literally have done all of it. I even see them cleaning the tables and tending to the dishes when I pick her up each day!

The age range of this camp is 7-9 and she is 9, but will be 10 at the end of this month. There is a camp for ages 10-12 but she wants to wait and do it next summer.

Photo Credit📸: Salud instructors

adventures with kids · nashville

Restoration Hardware Cafe

My nine-year-old daughter Anna Claire and I have wanted to visit Restoration Hardware and its cafe. Today we were in Nashville, just the two of us, which is rare. We typically have my spirited five-year-old with us too. It seemed like the perfect day to treat my big girl to this experience.

From arrival to the end, we felt so special here.

We had already had a good lunch so we were just wanting to have coffee and tea in the cafe and then explore.

A hostess greeted us, and immediately made us feel at ease. There wasn’t a table available, and a 30 minute wait, so they gave us the option to put our name down for a table and wait, or take a to-go cup upstairs to the roof. My girl had wanted the formal tea service, but decided to go ahead to the roof so we could have time to shop afterward, so that’s we we did.

(I have to add that even the paper cup of tea felt special because it was served with the cutest jar of honey!)

The elevator, Anna Claire declared, was the nicest one she had ever been on, and the stunning chandeliers and light fixtures throughout the entire building we keep you saying, “Wow!”

You absolutely have to see the roof! My daughter immediately declared that “THIS is how to live!” Everything is furnished beautifully, of course, and there were many fountains and foliage that made it feel extra special. I didn’t think the roof would be an option for us on this rainy day but we got lucky because it had stopped briefly for the time we were there.

When we got back downstairs, I checked to see if by any chance there was a table available, and she told us one of the better ones was! We got couches!

From here, our minds were blown at the attention and awesome service we received. We explained to our waitress that my daughter had wanted the tea service, but there was no table when we arrived. She asked what kind of tea she had, and came right back with the tea service and also brought us chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were huge and still warm, right out of the oven. And Anna Claire’s tea was jasmine silver needle which tasted just like my jasmine essential oil! It was the neatest thing.

This is such a special experience that I absolutely recommend for mommy/daughter bonding. Followed by shopping at Green Hills mall, of course.

Uncategorized

Meet unikitten.

Meet Unikitten.

Madeline spotted this little friend yesterday in a shop and her Daddy and I both gave her the “you have so many stuffed animals already talk.”

But then…we saw her hide the toy under the other stuffed animals she said “so no other child could find her.” She came home and counted all of her change, $4.07, and presented it to me as an offer for her unikitten. She came up to me several times last night and said she couldn’t stop thinking about the unikitten. Then this morning she said she had a dream about unikitten.

And as you can see, today she is now the proud owner of this “very rare animal.” It is pretty cute. 😊