Their beautiful creations are the inspiration for the following artwork I painted for baby Freyja's room.
Each character that they bring to life has a name and story behind them. In this instance, her name is Miss. Freyja. She's smart, street savvy with a quick wit and marvelous sense of humor. She's outgoing and forward thinking and loves to meet new people and becomes a friend of everyone she meets.
I thoroughly enjoyed painting this and hope that our baby enjoys her too!
Our youngest son’s current favorite expression is, “when life gives you lemons...” So, taking a leaf out of his book, and after a long night of the baby not sleeping and wanting to nurse every hour, I finally gave in and got up super early with her.
Putting her in the swing didn’t work, so I tucked her in the Ergo baby carrier and true to form, within 10 minutes of nursing in there she was sound asleep. Not wanting to disturb her I set about organizing her diapers from the dryer and then had the overwhelming urge to bake of all things! Spying the ripe bananas in the fruit bowl, I decided to make good use of them.
Typically, I make a killer [if I do say so myself] banana bread, which is super moist and a crowd-pleaser, but today I wanted to try something different and came across this recipe from the Canadian site http://www.lifemadedelicious.ca/, “Impossibly Easy Banana Bread Coffee Cake”.
This banana bread coffee cake is a tasty new take on breakfast! Sliced and mashed bananas make this cake extra moist and delicious and as its Canadian to finish it off, you pour maple syrup over it! Yum!
Not only is this banana coffee bread scrumptious and easy to make – basically a dump cake, it’s made with ingredients that you already have in your pantry. As a bonus, it can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 12 hours before being baked fresh… A perfect easy Christmas morning breakfast! A real treat for your family!
Impossibly Easy Banana Bread Coffee Cake.
As I mentioned above, you can make this up to 12 hours in advance. Make as directed through step 3., then cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover, and bake as directed in step 4.
And that’s all there is to it!! Enjoy this light, fluffy and moist breakfast treat, the maple syrup really adds another flavor layer so don’t leave it off :)
Remember, when life gives you lemons, make Banana Coffee Cake!
Recipe adapted from here: http://www.lifemadedelicious.ca/recipes/impossibly-easy-banana-bread-coffee-cake-with-make-ahead-directions/3a6ad169-8a7d-4d91-83be-befa578b9f83
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Right or wrong, I’ve been coloring my hair for as long as I can remember. My hair is thick, curly and dark brown, albeit that I have my fair spattering of grays, however, I’m just not ready to be gray!
About 2-years ago, I started looking for a more natural home coloring system and after trial and error, thankfully came across Madison Reed and have stuck with them ever since.
When I was pregnant for the 4th time, the question was still; “Should you wait to color your hair until after the baby is born?” Of course, it’s a matter of personal choice and guidance of your doctor. But for me, I tend to wait until the second trimester and then start to color again on a regular basis and because of my lovely gray hairs, that’s typically every 3 weeks.
To be honest, this time around, I felt a lot more comfortable with coloring whilst being pregnant because the Madison Reed hair color meets the strict European Union standards which bans chemicals not proven to be safe. It’s free from: PPD, phthalates, ammonia, resorcinol, parabens & gluten and it's still a permanent hair color.
Especially when I'm pregnant, I only want to use products that are ammonia free so I am not breathing it in or exposing my baby to it during the process.
I also have an extremely sensitive scalp and Madison Reed is one hair coloring system that is gentle and doesn’t irritate at all. [Please don’t just take my word for it, remember to do a strand test ahead of time to check for sensitivity
Before purchasing the Madison Reed Radiant Cream Color Kit, to take their Color Quiz, a fun, quick online tool which helps determine the look you and color you want to achieve.
Once you have chosen the best color for you, mine is MESSINA BROWN - 4NA [Dark cool brown with a blend of cool ash], add to your cart and check out. The kit comes with everything that you need to color, wash and condition. However, I would recommend that you purchase the Pro Color Bowl and Brush Kit to make your life a lot simpler when you color. Using a brush helps you paint on the color exactly where you want it.
Your hair color will arrive in 3 - 10 business days. I know when my hair color has been delivered even if I’ve not collected the mail yet, as I receive a “Good Hair Day Delivered” email from them J
List of contents and quick instructions
A) Customized Instructions
Whether you’re applying all over color or a root touch up, the simple to following instructions walk you through in less than 10 easy steps. If you’re a visual person, check out their videos here.
B) Barrier Cream
Apply to your forehead, ears and neck to keep it color-free. Before I’d use conditioner as a barrier when coloring with other systems, but this is far better! Just be sure not to get any one your hair. This stuff really does work!
C) Cleansing Wipe
Just in case – to wipe away any unwanted color that sneaks onto your skin. With all the coloring that I’ve done using Madison Reed, I’ve never had to use this. The barrier cream works so well. But I do keep them on hand just incase…
They provide you with 2 pairs, one to wear when mixing and apply the color, and another when you’re ready to rinse. These are thicker gloves than normally come with at home coloring kits. I’ve never had a pair break on me!
E) & F) Radiant Cream Color & Conditioning Color Activator
To be mixed with the color activator either in the bottle or in the bowl if you’re using the Pro Bowl & Brush Kit.
Remove the cap from the end of the color tube and puncture. Remove the cap from the applicator bottle and squeeze the color tube contents into it. Replace the cap and shake until blended, about 20 seconds.
If you’re using the pro kit, empty both the cream color and activator into the bowl and mix with the brush until blended and a unified color.
Once you’ve followed the instructions and applied the color, put on the protective cap and sit back and wait for the magic to happen!
G) Protective Cap
With long hair, I find using the cap especially useful to contain my locks whilst the color takes effect. The cream color is so rich and thick, that I’ve never had any concern with it dripping, however the cap makes me feel more confident – just in case.
After waiting for the allotted time, it’s finally time to rinse, shampoo and condition.
H) Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner
Two small travel sized tubes of shampoo and conditioner and included, which even with waist length long hair is more than enough. The shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair silky smooth.
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Cate DuMont Warn was born & raised in England and is a descendent of King Charles II ~ Seriously she is! She now lives in Michigan with her husband and kids.