Passing on Holiday Traditions
the holidays have always excited me but now that i popped out a child, excited is an understatement. “…but it’s atlas’ first <insert holiday here> so we need to get every. single. decoration!” that sentence may have been muttered by me every time we go to target.
i am grateful i grew up in a family that embraces the holiday ambiance so i am less about all the gifts being exchanged and more about the environment. my husband and i have been talking about what traditions we want to include from our families for our own expanding family.
one of the holiday traditions that we do on my mom’s side of the family is making ‘dutch letters.’ my grandma is dutch, and while it is a labor-intensive process, the process and the product make it worth it! they are filled with almond paste, which is basically my love language.
we will probably wait until next christmas to get atlas actively involved since right now she can mostly contribute drool, her adorable smile, and grabbing things and never letting go.
since my younger sister and i don’t live in the same state, it’s always fun to see her and spend time with her in person, whether it’s making dutch letters or catching up on life.
one of the things we always do is compare hair routines and hair products. it has taken us both many many years to embrace our curls (her hair is like three times thicker than mine and with kinkier curls). we often sample each other’s hair products when we are together because we both know how difficult it can be to manage our wild manes.
i realize that i haven’t filled you in on the fact that my sister had her baby too! guess what: i was totally wrong and she has a little GIRL!!!! her name is elizabeth and she weighed 9lbs 9oz at birth and my sister delivered her naturally – so impressive! i am beyond excited for our little girls to be best friend cousins!
our girls are meeting this christmas! We have already talked about how hopefully they both get our curly hair so they can continue on with the tradition of exchanging best hair practices as well as grievances with unruly hair.
since i am all about the holiday environment, why not up my holiday spirit game with hair products too!? i’ve been using the delicious smelling Garnier® Whole Blends™ Color Care with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts hair products and i keep smelling my hair. is that weird? probably, but it’s the truth.
as i’ve mentioned previously, life with a newborn isn’t for the faint of heart. the way i have been keeping my sanity, especially with the holidays rapidly approaching, is fitting in my daily shower.
i know, it sounds crazy, but truly: a shower is my new luxury. the luxury was either continuing to buy/stir Adams natural peanut butter or take a daily shower – shower won (and everyone is grateful). tt truly keeps me sane and is time for solely me so i want to be using products that make me happy!
Garnier® Whole Blends™ are gentle, nourishing formulas without parabens so i can actually wash my hair every day, which is sort of a big deal. when you have curly hair it can get overly dry when using shampoo daily but i haven’t found that while using these desserts, i mean products.
you may be surprised to learn that no, i don’t get my hair professionally dyed in order to put my gray highlights in there. no joke, i have had three separate strangers ask me if i got it done because apparently gray hair is trendy now.
however, i still love Garnier® Whole Blends™ Color Care with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts, which is specifically safe and nourishing for color-treated hair, because it also makes me nostalgic. it’s not just any argan oil but actually moroccan argan oil, which reminds me of our adventures through morocco last year! plus, it makes my hair super smooth without me having to use the messy oil on its own.
be sure to check out the other Garnier® Whole Blends™ specific for what you are looking for or simply go to your local grocery store and spend a few minutes sniffing each one. you will not be disappointed.
it is those little moments that make life beautiful, particularly around the holidays. it’s the kneading of dough, the meeting of cousins, and the new memories created together. life is too short not to be surrounded by happy scenes, good scents and a loving (matching) family!
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