Do what ya gotta do

Twelve weeks. I can’t believe my littlest baby is already 12 weeks old. Twelve weeks, which means my maternity leave has come to an end. Lucky for me, I am only working two days a week. Its two days my husband has off so we don’t need to pay for a sitter and we don’t have the anxiety about who is taking care of our kiddos or what they may be doing while we are away. It’s sad that I’m missing out on family time but it’s the sacrifice we make being parents.

So far, it’s been good to be back at work. I’m able to have adult conversations and be of help to people in pain. I’m not in my ideal career but that’s okay. I will be someday and as I’m finding, time sure flies. Right now, I need to provide a little for my family monetarily and the remaining 5 days I will be available to them personally. I’m just glad I have this freedom. It would be nice to be able to pay off bills faster if I worked but to me it’s not worth it. Before I know it my kids will be out of the house and I’ll have a lot more time to make up for it money-wise. Until then, I’m going to soak up my babies and take as good care of myself so we are all happy. I know that may not be the desire for some mamas. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Bottom line, do what’s best for you and those who need you.

My Vegan Thanksgiving (two amazing recipes included)

I started my day waking up to my handsome little 11 week old. Then, I greeted my sweet 4 year old and husband who had a chickpea vegan omelet waiting for me to enjoy with my family.

After breakfast, we packed up and drove to the hills to hand select and chop down our very own Christmas tree. This took a little more time then expected and my husband almost lost our tree permit in the woods, but after a bumpy ride and a run we found our tree and he found the permit. We couldn’t believe we would be blessed with such a warm, beautiful day that we decided to take advantage of the weather and get into the hills.

After he loaded up the tree, we headed back home which was about an hours drive. Shortly after we got home, my husband finished up our thanksgiving lunch and we sat down and stated what we were grateful for. Then, we dug in! Wow! The meal that my husband prepared was delicious!! This was our first vegan holiday. Typically it’s a big turkey with all of the traditional sides and all day my mom and I slave away in kitchen. This year, our meal consisted of steamed kale and collard greens (fresh out of our cold frame), a green salad with dried cranberries and pecans, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy (cuz you gotta), raw carrots, and “beef” Wellington. Not only did we not spend the whole week preparing for our holiday meal, we also got to enjoy the outdoors.

Hope you all had an amazing holiday filled with lovely company, great food and lots of things to be grateful for.

Definitely regretting my hair decision

When I was in college I started experimenting with different hair colors. As a natural brunette, I changed it to blonde to red then my favorite, which was a combination of blonde, pink, and purple. I had highlights and then I got into my career as an ultrasonographer and was no longer to do anything too crazy with my hair color. I missed this freedom

Then, on maternity leave a few weeks ago, I decided I would dye my hair blue for Halloween. My idea was to dress up as the animated character, Coraline. One of my friends said she’d do it for me so I started searching for the least toxic route of transforming my hair color. Well, being brown haired, I had to bleach my hair first and for having such little time to dye my hair, I ended up not finding a non toxic route. I bought Garnier blonde hair dye and found a less toxic blue, Artic Fox Poseidon blue. The reviews on the blue were well received so I purchased them and put my hair in the hands of my best buddy.

A week and a half later, I’m regretting my decision. The first two nights I reeked of chemicals and wondered how it was affecting my kiddos. Plus, my skin and pillowcase and fingernails seem to have taken on a rather Smurf like appearance which is getting rather old. On top of all that, the color has faded a lot! So it was all for nothing. It does make me appreciate my old hair color and once this finally is out of my hair I will be using henna to dye it to either red or brown.

Henna is an awesome way to dye hair. If only there was a blue henna…here are some interesting facts about henna. And if you love close to the Breadroot Co-op, you can get it bulk! If not, there are some options online with colors ranging from red, to brown or black. These two sites (here and here) even has indigo and a blonde

1. It conditions and strengthens hair, rather than weakening hair and your body like traditional chemical laden hair dyes
2. Made from the dried plant, lawsonia inermis and ground into a fine powder.
3. Can be used on hair, skin and fingernails.
4. Got thin hair? Henna not only strengthens the scalp, it also helps to stimulate hair growth.
5. When henna starts to wash out, it won’t leave that two toned annoying sign that you dyed your hair.
6. It’s so good for your hair, you can re-dye it every 72 hours.
7. May kill live and rid your scalp from dandruff.

For henna dying tips and resources:
IF YOUR HAIR IS CHEMICALLY DYED, make sure to only use pure henna or body art henna found here