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Little Breaks Make Big Changes

On the road, husband driving, so thought I’d blog a bit while it’s not my turn to pick which station we’re going to listen to on Pandora . Haha! Decided to take a spur of the moment road trip to visit my bestie in the Rio Grande Valley. With my step daughter back in Seattle, our nephew starting school, the accident my husband was in, and catching up with work stuff, it has been a bit difficult getting into our usual routine. Our couple of days off consisted of sleeping in, eating and drinking yumminess (which included George Clooney’s tequila-Casamigos), enjoying the coastal breeze, sand between our toes, swimming in the cool gulf waters, and of course hanging out with the bestie and her family.

In just these couple of days I’ve seen a difference in my husband. He’s calmer, more focused about goals, and looks happier. I think he really needed the break. Life gets crazy for everyone, there’s no stopping what is meant to come our way. But no matter what that is, always take time to collect yourself, enjoy and appreciate the little things and people in your life. Keep a positive attitude that there’s always a way to make things better and right, and all will fall into place when it’s meant to. The older I’m getting, the more my gratitude grows for things we cannot replace. If life is crazy… take a break… then tackle it with a stronger, clearer mind. Hope everyone’s week has started out good.

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Great…I found a Grey Hair!

Its official…I am a puma…that’s right before you turn into a cougar (hit the 40s)! My day started off with finding a grey hair! Yes…never in a million years did I think that would ever happen to me…but it has! That’s just a little reminder that I am not only getting older, but also wiser. You hear so many tales about how you should and should not handle those white wirey threads coming out of your head. I’ll admit, as soon as I saw it, I pulled it right out! Haha I decided to do a little bit of research and here’s what I found.

Why does hair turn grey?

As we age, the pigment cells gradually die and become fewer in number. This leads to a reduction in the quantity of melanin. As a result, the hair becomes a more transparent color – like gray, silver, or white – as it grows. As people continue to get older, fewer pigment cells are around to produce melanin and, eventually, the hair becomes completely grey. For some the loss of melanin can happen earlier than normal. This is called premature greying. grey

Stressed?

There is no medical evidence to say stress can cause grey hairs to grow. To find the reason for your grey hairs, you need look no further than your parents! While there is strong evidence to show our individual ‘hair timeframe’ can be passed down from our parents, there is still debate as to the exact cause of hair greying and hair loss. Many believe that production of the pigment melanin is mediated by special stem cells, and that before these stem cells die (due to old age) they start to make ‘errors’. They suggest these ‘errors’ include insufficient melanin production, which can cause greying. There is no fixed age for a person’s hair to start turning grey. In general, the first strand of grey can make its appearance in the late 20s to mid 30s and for some lucky ones it can happen in the 40s also. The chance of a person going grey increases 10-20% every decade after 30 years.

greyMyths & Truths:

Myth: You can reverse the greying hair process.

Truth: While there are a few methods for reversing graying hair, there are plenty of quack cure-alls that do nothing but raise false hope. For a quick grey hair fix, buy yourself a box of semi-permanent or permanent hair color. Or better yet, book an appointment with your stylist!

Myth: You can only use permanent hair color to cover up those stubborn gray hairs.

Truth: Those of you that are put off by the idea of a permanent hair color can relax – semi-permanent hair color covers those grey hairs just as well. It’s likely that this rumor started a few decades ago before semi-permanent hair color had developed into the better coverage formulas available today.

Myth: Hair can turn gray after a frightening event or trauma.

Truth: Hollywood has long ascribed to the myth that you can get gray hair due to a frightening event (just look at Frankenstein’s bride). But there’s absolutely no empirical proof that gray hair occurs suddenly due to severe shock or trauma. While we still may not exactly understand what it is in our genes that makes some of us get gray hair earlier than others, we do know that popular gray hair myths are preventing us from seeing the bigger picture.

greyMost Asked Questions:

How long does it take for hair to completely turn grey form the time the first strand of grey appears?

Turning grey is a gradual process and unless there is a medical condition it usually does not happen overnight i.e. over a short period of time. From the time the first strand of grey appears, it usually takes 10 years or so for the entire pate to turn grey.

What factors accelerate the graying process?

Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Anaemia, Vitiligo, resulting from loss of melanin and early menopause can accelerate the greying process.

Does hair color accelerate graying process?

Yes hair color can accelerate the graying process, especially if the hair color has high ammonium content.

Does smoking accelerate greying?

Yes smoking does accelerate the graying process. Smokers are four times more likely to have grey hair and premature hair loss. If you want to preserve your luscious hair color – and improve your health – then it’s time to ditch the smoking habit.

Is grey hair actually grey in color?

Grey hair not actually grey in color. It is actually transparent, but appears grey due to the dead cells in the strand of hair.

Why does the hair on the head turn grey faster than the hair on the other parts of the body?

At any point of time, the hair on the head appears greyer than the hair on the other parts of the body. This is because; hair on the head grows more actively than body hair. So the head becomes grey while other hairy parts remain the normal color.

Where does the first grey hair appear?

The most common areas on the scalp where the first grey hair appears is the area above the ears and/or at the temples. This first grey hair may spread around the sides and to the crown with time. Grey hair development in the beard and mustache may also start quite early, while grey hair on the chest and pubic region generally only occurs some years after onset of grey hair on the scalp

Does plucking one strand of grey gives birth to several at that point?

It is said that if you pluck out one gray hair, two or three will sprout in its place. This is not true. Plucking out grey hair does not multiply grey hair. It does damage the roots, causing infection or leaving a scar.

Does overexposure to sun result in grey hair?

Overexposure to the sun might also cause hair to gray early, but again there are two schools of thought on this. The theory is that ultraviolet rays cause pigment cells on the scalp to work overtime, just as they do on arms or legs when a person gets a tan. There is no concrete evidence of this. But some suggest wearing a hat or using hair care products that contain sunscreen as an ingredient.

greyDoes going grey mean that the ageing process has accelerated?

Grey hair is not a reliable sign of ageing. Going grey does not mean that the body’s aging process has speeded up and the person is suddenly going to lose function in other areas.

Is it true that blonds grey faster?

Blondes are most likely to develop a completely white head of hair in old age because their hair fiber has a very low density of pigment in it to start with. Hair fibers of brunettes on the other hand have a higher concentration of pigments.

Finding the grey hair actually made me feel wiser and not older…this doesn’t mean I want to keep it around! haha Now that I have all the right info, I think it’s time to make my salon appointment to get my hair colored.


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Pizza for Breakfast

Came across this yummy Breakfast Pizza recipe. Gotta try this! Yum!

YIELD: 4 Servings
Ingredients:
1 pizza crust (recipe here: http://realfoodbydad.com/homemade-bbq-chicken-pizza-2/ )
2 3 oz. sausage links, casing removed, crumbled and browned
2 cups diced hash browns, cooked
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chunky salsa, drained
4 eggs
 
Instructions:

Preparation: Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Place pizza stone on lower middle rack. Lightly grease a sheet of parchment paper with olive oil. Transfer ball of dough to parchment. Stretch out dough by hand as much as possible, then lightly brush with olive oil, cover with another piece of parchment. Use a rolling pin and work from the middle of the dough outward to flatten dough to ¼ inch thickness. Peel off top parchment paper.

Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to three days.

Assembly: Sprinkle down browned sausage, hash browns, cheddar cheese and salsa. Break eggs on top of pizza. Slide the pizza (with the parchment underneath) on to the hot pizza stone. Bake for 3-5 minutes until pizza crust starts to turn golden. Rotate the pizza once and remove parchment, continue to bake for another 3 minutes or until eggs are cooked but still runny. Remove from oven.

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Step Daughter Goodies

When my step daughter was visiting this summer, we had something in common. We love the beauty world! What we sometimes fail to realize is the cartoon characters and things little girls watch on TV and pay attention to influence how they think a girl should look. My step daughter paid very close attention to me when I applied my makeup, polished my nails, and especially when I did my hair. Because she was so interested, I made sure to show her a few beauty tricks too. She even went back home with a new brush and mirror set, lip gloss, and lots of hair accessories. We had so much fun!
Thankfully, due to social media I’m able to keep in touch with many old high school friends. I’ve been admiring the pictures my friend has been posting of the headbands and other hair accessories she creates herself. I purchased a few with the characters my step daughter likes; she’s going to be so excited when she receives them.
Thought I’d share some pics with ya:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A Blueberry Rum Day Recipe

Today is National Rum Day, a day celebrated to help quench your thirst with your favorite rum drink. Rum is made by distilling by products of sugarcane, such as molasses or sugarcane juice, and is then aged in oak barrels. A majority of rum is produced in the Caribbean and in Latin American nations and territories.

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About Rum Day:

While the precursors of rum date back thousands of years, tradition suggests that rum didn’t originate until sometime in the 1600′s on the island of Barbados. The drink quickly became a favorite of the locals. It didn’t take long for the drink to make its way to the colonies, and in 1664 the first distillery was built at what is now Staten Island. Three years later a distillery was constructed in Boston and rum quickly became Colonial New England’s largest and most prosperous industry. Perhaps the most famous part of rums history though, is its association with piracy. The relationship began after the trading of rum boomed in the mid 1600′s when the Royal Navy captured the island of Jamaica. The sailors quickly fell in love with the taste of rum, and the rest is history.

Recipe:

The Blueberry Rum Smash makes 1 cocktail blueberry_rum_1_rect540

Fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces rum
Ginger ale

Cover the bottom of a mason jar with blueberries. (If you’re using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar, lemon juice & muddle until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice & then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.

 

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