Opinions & Musings

Delivering Good News.

Life is full of twists, turns, ups, downs, and memorable moments.  And this is one of ours: We are expanding our cast from two to three, and come October we will be elbows deep in baby gear.

 

Our pregnancy announcement to our parents was on Easter Sunday.  Since my parents live in California and Mr. Heatherland’s mom lives in Pennsylvania we were delivering our news over the phone.  I searched for the perfect prop to help deliver the good news, I found the The Original Quail Egg on Etsy.  What’s a better symbol of Easter (and fertility) than an egg? Here’s what we shipped to them:

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A tiny little box.

 

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Follow the instructions and crack the egg.

 

Unfold and read the note inside.

Unfold and read the note inside.

 

We made our phone calls and there was joy all around.  This is fun news to deliver to our parents. As a bonus, we were lucky enough to be able to FaceTime with my Mother-In-Law as she cracked her egg open and snapped a few screen shots of her reaction.  It was priceless!

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It is safe to say that we are feeling very fortunate, and our lives will never be the same. This is when our true adventure begins!

Eat Your Way To Fabulous Hair.

There’s no magic pill.  If you are starting to notice something is off with your hair or scalp, it might be time to take a look at those meals in front of you.  Strong, vibrant, better-looking hair is a direct reflection of what you put in your body.  When you stray away from a balanced diet, over time you’ll see dry, brittle, thinning hair.  Before you run to the store for Biotin Supplements, here’s where you should be focusing your energy. 

TOP 10 FOODS FOR FABULOUS HAIR

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

What’s so special about essential fatty acids? About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, and they are critical to the proper function of your entire body. But it’s important to know your body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, so it is necessary that you eat foods containing them.

What foods?  Salmon, herring, sardines, trout, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseeds, avocados, and pumpkin seeds.

 

VITAMIN C

Boost collagen production with Vitamin C.  It’s common knowledge that collagen goes hand in hand with beauty and anti-aging. But it’s not just skin, collagen surrounds the hair strands as well.   As we age, collagen breaks down causing hair to be more vulnerable to damage.  Eating more Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and it also supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.

 

What foods?  Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, blueberries, dark leafy greens, and red peppers.

 

PROTEIN

Protein is the building block of beautiful hair.  Foods that are rich in protein are usually also great sources of zinc and iron, all of which keep hair strands strong and plentiful.  When there is an iron deficiency or anemia present, you will notice hair loss as a direct effect.

 

What foods?  Eggs, chicken, fish, pork, beef, oysters, nuts, and beans.

 

VITAMIN E

Stop the damage.  If you find yourself with brittle and breaking hair, Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent further breakage.  As an added bonus, it aids the body’s ability to manufacture keratin within hair strands to restore your locks.

What foods?  Sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, dried apricots, spinach and olives.

 

BETA CAROTENE

Not just for healthy eyes. Beta carotene is an antioxidant, which your body turns into vitamin A.  It helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.  Furthermore, every cell in whole human body cannot function without enough vitamin A- so load up on the beta carotene when you can.

 

What foods?  Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots.

 

There’s no magic pill

photo credit: tumblr

photo credit: tumblr

If you’re already eating a wholesome, balanced diet with all of the above mentioned foods but you still have problems with your hair, read my article “Fragile Hair Woes” to shed some light on three other causes of problem hair.

The Beat Goes On.

I was reading an article the other day about how the new Sonos logo went viral.   The new design has a cool optical illusion: when you scroll up or down while looking at it, it looks like it’s moving to a beat.  Apparently this was nobody’s creative genius, this was a “happy accident”.

 

See, look at the logo while you scroll:

scoll up and down

scoll up and down

Ironically when I was reading that, I was listening to our Sonos.  And now that I’m writing this, I am listening to our Sonos.  Are you sensing a theme?  Let me scream it from the rooftop:  I LOVE OUR SONOS!

 

sonos Wireless Sound System

 

In case you don’t know, Sonos is a sound system that can be controlled wirelessly.  It is made of component parts that you purchase separately so you can equip your house/office/love den/whatever with some serious beats.

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I love listening to music when I’m working on a project, or in the kitchen cooking, or blogging.  I stream Pandora, which Sonos supports (along with Spotify and other sources).  Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and Goyte are my stations of choice.  Those stations always start out awesome, and then the magic of Pandora starts setting in and they start to get weird.  Why do Pandora stations always get weird?  I’m vigilant with my thumbs up and thumbs down, but they always take a turn for the obscure.  I like to blame Mr. Heatherland for this phenomenon.

 

 Sonos Play:1

 

I was taking to one of my friends about our Sonos, especially the cost, and here’s what I told her:

 

Even with the most minimal purchase, you are buying the Bridge ($49) and a least one speaker of your choice.

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We went with the SONOS PLAY:1, it is the most affordable option, at $199.

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It’s the smallest most unobtrusive option as well.  Plus, if I have to be honest, I am not enough of a music snob to really tell the difference in sound between PLAY:1 and the PLAY:3, especially not enough to merit an additional 100 bucks.  But, that’s just me.

 

You can sample Sonos at Best Buy, but Amazon has the best prices.

 

 

Sonos Controller

 

The biggest selling feature for me was the simple fact that the Sonos Remote is my iPhone, iPad, smart device, etc.  It gets looped into your home network, so you never have to get up to do anything.  You just have to download the free Sonos Controller App.  The setup was really easy, which pleased me.  The app was originally a little unreliable, but I’ve noticed with each update it’s getting better.

 

Other Fun Facts

 

  • They are aesthetically pleasing and you barely notice them in a room.
  • The bridge can be hidden in a cabinet and works wirelessly with your phone and the speaker(s).
  • Each Sonos speaker can play something different, so all of your rooms can be separately controlled, or linked together.
  • We stole one.

 

Yes, you read that right. We did intact steal one, but we didn’t really mean to, it started more as a “borrow”…

 

You see, before our wedding last year, one of our guests was flying in from Europe.  He is one of Mr. Heatherland’s closest friends and he bought the most amazing Sonos Playbar from Amazon and had it shipped to our house with the intention of taking it back to Europe with him.  But then there was an airline strike so he never actually made it to our wedding.

 

His unopened box sat in our dining room for awhile (a day) and we then decided to open it.  Well, one thing led to another and we ended up keeping it to raise it as our own.  It has been a wonderful addition to our life and decor.

 

Our "borrowed" playbar

Our “borrowed” playbar

If he’s reading this right now, I promise we will pay you back for it.  Someday.  This is actually the same friend that sent me a year’s supply of my favorite German Nivea Cream, which I am remembering I haven’t paid him for that either…

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