Easy, beautiful holiday hair: The twist


Laura Falin

posted in Life & Home

You know what no one told me when I had girls? With all their warnings and knowing looks and opinions on whether girls or boys were harder to raise…no one warned me about doing their hair.

I should have known this anyway. After all, I am a girl. But although I can knit really well and sew a tiny bit and I’ve made LEGO minifig and Minecraft Halloween costumes out of nothing but a box…I can’t do hair. Not mine, not anyone else’s. I make a mean ponytail and that’s about it.

So I’ll be sharing a few simple holiday hairstyles over the next week or so. Little girl hairdos so easy, even I can do them.

This twist doesn’t take long at all, but it looks really good when you’re finished. Good enough that I demanded a do-over of my brother’s wedding, so I could redo the flower girls’ hair. thought I was being totally reasonable.

A simple, beautiful holiday hairstyle -- the twist.

When you do this style, don’t skip the curling at the end. Curling little girls’ hair is that one extra step that just makes it look finished and special and festive.

Step 1: Starting with well-brushed hair that’s free of tangles (I know…that might be the most challenging part!), part in the middle. Beginning at one side, near the temple, start to twist hair toward the back of the head, adding in more hair as you go.

A simple, beautiful holiday hairstyle -- the twist.

Step 2: When you reach the back of the head, where the part is, secure that half of the hair with bobby pins, and repeat the process on the other side.

A simple, beautiful holiday hairstyle -- the twist.

Step 3: Hold both sides in place with bobby pins. Hairspray to hold, and add more hairspray to the ends of hair before curling.

Step 4: Curl. To make ringlets, hold the curling iron straight up and down and curl sideways. When hair is curled, slide the curling iron straight down and out the bottom, leaving ringlets. You can leave the ringlets untouched, or fluff with your fingers to loosen a little. Add more hairspray to hold.

A simple, beautiful holiday hairstyle -- the twist.

Step 5: When the hair is arranged the way you like it, add a festive holiday hair clip (these are great because they also hide bobby pins, or small mistakes you may have made) and you’re done!

A simple, beautiful holiday hairstyle -- the twist.

A few tips on working with squirmy little girls:

-get all your supplies together ahead of time. Make sure the curling iron is already heated. You don’t want to stop halfway through, order her not to move, and go hunting for bobby pins or a hairbrush.

-have something for your daughter to do while you’re doing her hair (that’s my girl, playing “Sorry!” above with Grandma). If she’s distracted, she’s less likely to move around, and less likely to notice if you accidentally tug her hair when you’re brushing it. Let her play games on your phone for a few minutes, or read, or draw.

-practice beforehand. If you have an event where you know you want to try a new hairstyle, don’t wait until 20 minutes before you leave to try it for the first time. Do a run-through the day before. Besides, I’m pretty sure kids sense when we’re racing to leave on-time — mine always know exactly when to throw a fit and refuse to put on their shoes and the last thing I want is to do their hair then, too.

Have fun! Do you have a go-to holiday hairstyle for your daughter? I’d love to hear more suggestions.

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on facebook and Pinterest.

5 ways to get outside on Thanksgiving


Laura Falin

posted in Life & Home

I love Thanksgiving! Having a day that’s set aside just for spending with family and friends and counting our blessings is, I think, very necessary. It’s one of the few days all of us are working in the kitchen — moving around each other, or taking turns making our dishes, pulling out chairs for the littlest ones to stand on and help. Because even the food is really about love and family.

But about the food. I know there are people who save their hunger up all day, eating almost nothing until the big meal so that they can thoroughly enjoy everything on the table. Not me! I begin nibbling when I get up…nibble all during the preparation, have our big Thanksgiving dinner, and then start picking at the leftovers a short time later. Which means I desperately need to get outside at some point.

Fun outdoor activities to get everyone moving on Thanksgiving!

My kids do, too, but for different reasons. They get antsy if they’re cooped up in the house all day, and that’s when the bickering and tearing things apart comes about. So we all need to get out. Here are five easy ways to do that on Thanksgiving:

1.) Go for a hikeIt doesn’t have to be long, or far away, or complicated. Just a short hike. And I promise, if you couldn’t think of things to be thankful for before — getting out in nature and fresh air will bring you a bunch of ideas.

2.) Play football. On your street, if you can do it without getting hit by a car. Or in the backyard or at a local park. Grab the kids and throw the football around. This is how I actually learned to throw a football…on Thanksgiving, playing games with my dad and my brother. And when you’re done — head inside and watch the “Friends” Thanksgiving episode where Ross and Monica organize a game of football. It makes me laugh even harder now that I have kids, and I could see them being just as competitive as those two.

3.) Do a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Print out a few of these, and just take a walk around the neighborhood, seeing if you can find everything on the list. Bonus points if you spot a neighbor already putting up Christmas decorations!

4.) Play at the park. I mean all of you. Go down the slide and stuff. You’ll have a great time, and my kids are always shocked when I do these things (“You know how to go on a slide, Mom?” as though I might be baffled by how a slide works.)

5.) Go on a bike ride. Or sledding. Depending on where you live, I mean. Where we are, it’s supposed to be 60° today, and 20° and snowing tomorrow. Ah, Colorado! I love you, you crazy crazy state. So we’ll be sledding, I guess.

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you and your family are able to have a lovely day together. Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on facebook and Pinterest.

Easy and delicious overnight oats


Kami Bigler

posted in Life & Home

Have you ever tried overnight oats? It is so easy and delicious. Truly a must try. And did I mention it’s great for busy mornings because (as the title states) you make it the night before. Plus they can be gluten and dairy free and, not to mention, they’re good for you too.

Easy and delicious overnight oats - NoBiggie.net

Have you every used chia seeds other than to grow a chia pet?  They’re great for long term energy to start your day. They have lots of protein and fiber, in addition to lots of other health benefits. There are so many different ways to add them to your diet, but these overnight oats are one of my favorite ways.

I like using a funnel for this, so those tiny seeds don’t go all over the place. We like to use almond milk for the liquid, but you could definitely use regular milk if you prefer.

Easy and delicious overnight oats steps - NoBiggie.net

Once you have added the milk, chia seeds and rolled oats, twist on the lid and give it a few good shakes and store it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, the chia seeds will have expanded and the oats will be soft. Most of the liquid will also be absorbed.

Easy and delicious overnight oats -NoBiggie.net

Here’s the easy recipe:

Overnight Oats
1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free oats)
1/2 cup almond milk (but you can use regular milk if you prefer)
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a glass jar. Stir or shake well, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, remove from the fridge, top off with your favorite fresh fruit and berries, more almond milk and a drizzle of honey.

It makes a great grab and go breakfast!

Looking for more breakfast recipes that are gluten and dairy free? Here’s a great list of 25.

What’s your favorite kind of overnight oats?

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