Holidays, Winter Solstice

Season’s Greetings!

Winter Solstice Festivities.  Just thought I`d share some of the ways my family celebrated this years Solstice!

We put up our tree and ** SNOWFLAKE LIGHTS** {Yes I was very excited to find Snowflake lights at Ikea to be able to hang in the window} on December 19.

We were very lucky this year to bring in the Solstice with a lunar eclipse!  This first total eclipse to land on Solstice since 1638!!

We had the pleasure of being invited to a friends house for December 24th.  Dinner there was amazing!  We had quinoa salad w/ cranberries and nuts, a vegan paté, beets, baba ghanoush, an assortments of delicious bread and salad filled with bluberries.  It was a wonderful dinner.  The also created a luge in their back yard and we had a bond fire!  We had a wonderful time and are forever thankful to our hosts for having us!

When we got home my daughter opened her one present which has always been a tradition for us.

In the morning called Oma in the Netherlands, ate breakfast and opened presents.  I got a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet!  *faints*

On the 25th we had friends over for dinner.   I made two lasagna’s, one was vegetarian and one was vegan.  We paired this with salad and wine.  Dessert was *vegan* cookies and cream ice cream {This ice cream is to die for and is soy free as it is made with coconut milk} We played the Game of Life and went out again later to go down my neighbour’s luge!

Today we braved West Edmonton Mall, my daughter had never experienced Boxing Day madness and was dying to see what it was all about.  So we ventured out to see the sights and buy some things.  She left the madness with a gift set from the spicy mandarin collection from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. and a facial wash from The Body Shop, a spare nunchuck for the Wii as well as a bubble gum making set!  Today was a long day and I plan to spend the rest of my evening with a cup of tea and reading the book I received from a friend this Solstice called Zen.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and peaceful Holiday with family and friends!

Hair Care, Holidays, Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice… Among other things

This years winter solstice also included a solar eclipse!!!!  We drove out to watch the eclipse from a field.  It was beautiful!  It was a great way to celebrate winter solstice this year! {Picture Below}

I have now been using Curls for a month and I am still loving it.  I did go out and purchase more products from this line.  I now am using.

  1. Pure Curls Organic Clarifying Shampoo
  2. Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream
  3. Coconut Sublime Organic Conditioner
  4. Quenched Curls Organic Moisturizer/ 2nd Day Curl Refresh
  5. Curl Gel’ les’c

I may still try the Curls Milkshake or Souffle.  I like the way CURLS smells except for step 3 the Quenched Curls Organic Moisturizer/ 2nd Day Curl Refresh, I also do not like the way this product spray’s out of the bottle.  It is too thick to mist my hair.  I am planning to add water to see if this helps with the application process as I found this helped with the Blended Beauty’s Kick for Curls.  I am also going to try Blended Beauty’s cleansing conditioner again as I am leaning towards the fact that I like this cleansing conditioner more than the CURLS cleansing cream.  I enjoyed Blended Beauty because it made my hair silky soft, which is something I am not experiencing with CURLS.

I still plan to try out a new products.  I would like to try the following lines.  Throw me a comment if you have any advice on the products I plan to use in the future.  Here’s a short list of products to come.

  • Aveda – Be Curly
  • Macadamia Natural Oil
  • Live Clean – Purple Jewel Wave Enhance

Also just so everyone is aware I always contact the companies before I use their products to confirm that their line does not contain any of the ingredients that I am avoiding and that they do not test on animals.  {Also read the label’s 😉 } So….. something may make my list but I may not end up testing it if it does not meet my criteria.  I will let you know if this happens.

I haven’t been blogging regularly but plan to step it up now that the holidays are over!  I also plan to track my weight loss journey as well as post the books I read and love.  And as always small bits and pieces of the things that are important to me or affecting my life!

Below is a picture of the Lunar Eclipse taken by my friend Leo Balanean!

Isn’t it magnificent!