Letter to a Hairdresser

Am I the only Mom who doesn’t prioritize trips to the salon? I can’t be. Up until August, my hair was long. Really long. Hasn’t-been-cut-since-2012 long. I tell myself that I was growing it out and that I liked long hair, but truthfully, I was hopeless when it came to styling it and I couldn’t stand the weight of it unless it was in a ponytail. Many things make me feel like a frumpy Mom, but my hair was definitely a major culprit.

Mom with long hair | Letter to a Hairdresser

Recently, I realized I was finally completely sick of my hair and knew that I had no more patience to leave it as it was. A trip to the salon was suddenly top priority for this Mom, despite the time and the cost involved. I turned to Twitter to get some salon suggestions, since it had been nearly two years since my last trip. My goal was to find some place in the community where I had just moved and someone whom I could trust to do a good job. People replied with so many suggestions. Everyone used first names. Everyone thought I should head across the city to visit their person, since they were obviously the best. Everyone seemed to have a stylist that they were personally invested in. Everyone had complete love and faith in their stylist.

Meanwhile, the last time I went to a salon, I went to a place in the mall and asked for a junior stylist to save money.

When Tove from Mama in the Now asked me to participate in her guest post series called “Pen > Paper > Heart“, I had a hard time deciding who to write a letter to. In this beautiful guest post series, Tove asks writers to write a letter to someone in their life. It can be to anyone and about anything. I finally got a hair cut right in the middle of this writer’s block I was suffering. I was flummoxed about who to write to, until I realized how personal getting a haircut could be… and how as a young Mom, I’m not in a stage of my life where I can make it personal for me.

Pen to Paper to Heart guest post

Please go over to Mama in the Now and see the letter I wrote to my hairstylist. It sounds silly, but the piece really did become very personal to me, and I think many moms will be able to relate to putting themselves on the back-burner, even if you do prioritize haircuts. I would love your comments, but please share them with me on my post over there. I’ll be closing comments here. And of course, you don’t get to see what my hair looks like now without visiting me there.

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Let the Adventures Continue

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Labour Day weekend is here. It has always been the last (long) weekend of “summer” because school always started the week after Labour Day for us. I wish I was out camping right now, because that’s what I grew up doing – going camping on the Labour Day long weekend; hiking, reading, putting on fleece sweaters to roast marshmallows over the last campfires of summer.

The long weekend at the end of August/beginning of September is always a transitional time. It is when hot weather starts getting cooler. It is when adventure makes way for routine.

Did you have a summer full of adventure? We stayed pretty tame as a family. Our vacation was short and mostly filled with a visit from my mother-in-law. But I did get out on a kayaking adventure with my coworkers.

Kayaking summer adventure

At 16 weeks pregnant, I fit myself in a kayak and paddled to a remote island for a lobster bake. This maritimer has never actually learned to eat a lobster whole, and so taking on that challenge was a whole other (delicious) adventure for me.

Lobster lunch summer adventure

I used to kayak often in the summers, when I was a teenager. I loved it and had big plans to spend a whole summer kayaking around the waterways of my province. But adulthood brought a requirement to work instead of the freedom for adventure I was hoping. These days, adventure means taking trips to the beach or small day trips with the family instead of rappelling and camping. And that’s okay. Because I’ve come to realize that parenthood is another adventure all to itself.


Summer is ending but that doesn’t mean the adventures need to stop. To instill a sense of adventure in our kids, Netflix has some great titles that will make our kids want to get up and try new things. We can keep the sense of adventure going all year round!

Netflix Canada titles of adventure for young children

  1. Dora The Explorer
  2. Wild Animal Baby Explorers
  3. Tree Fu Tom
  4. Rubbadubbers: Tubb’s Pirate Treasure
  5. A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures
  6. The Hive

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Making Hand-Washing Fun

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I used to try to cut as many corners as I possibly could when I was a child and a young teen. How much toilet paper could I use to still leave enough on the roll so I wouldn’t be required to change it? How far would the car drive, and could I justify not putting on my seat belt for the duration of the trip? What were my chances of getting sent back to wash my hands after a trip to the bathroom from a grossed-out adult, and did I really touch anything worthy of needing to wash my hands when I was in there anyway?

I remember these things. I specifically remember not wanting to wash my hands. It was a waste of so much energy and as a kid, I had big plans for that energy.

Now, I am an adult. I change the toilet paper roll constantly. I always buckle up (how did I ever even find that a hassle?). And I never leave the bathroom without washing my hands. It is a healthy habit.

But now in my house, there are other people who don’t want to expend their boundless energies on washing their hands. And it has become my job to spend much of my limited energies on trying to make hand washing a habit for them.

I have definitely learned that training is a team sport. I would guess that Cameron has gotten more into the habit of washing his hands after a bathroom trip at daycare than at home. And grandparents somehow can always see when a kid leaves the washroom without washing, whereas I’m so scattered that I am hardly aware when my preschooler goes to the toilet as it is. Gratefully, with this team around me I’ve recently been able to stop reminding my four-year-old to wash after every bathroom trip, assured that he is doing it without needing the prodding.

Preschooler Washing Hands

To make hand-washing a habit, it has to be easy for kids. It is no coincidence that my child started washing his hands more regularly after we moved to our new house last year. The sink in our bathroom is quite low – so low that my preschooler doesn’t even need a step-stool to turn on the taps and pump the soap. We do have a stool to help the toddler reach and wash his hands too. Regardless of the size of your bathroom sink, a step-stool can be purchased to accommodate little limbs.

Toddler Washing Hands

Pump-soap is another trick to keeping hand-washing simple (and fun). Choosing a soap that is designed for little hands and that is already frothy upon pumping it is the best option to encourage good hygiene. My kids adore Kandoo Moisturizing Hand Soap. The soap itself is a bright colour (purple or green!) and makes it easy for them to ensure the soap gets everywhere. They go crazy over the scent too. We started off using the Funny Berry option, and my husband commented that he would like to eat his hands after every washing. We’ve since refilled our dispenser with the Magic Melon scent and my kids actually asked to wash their hands when we made the switch.

Kandoo Moisturizing Hand Soap

If your kids are anything like mine, they need to feel like they are in control if anything is to get done. The trick is to make situations like hand-washing easy enough for them to do what you want them to do themselves. There are a lot of other amazing tricks to getting kids to wash their hands consistently, like this tip from Dr. G and this list of suggestions from Kandoo, but empowering kids to wash their hands by themselves is important for them and for you.

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I’m a Kandoo Ambassador and will be reviewing a product a month for the next few months. Expect to see some awesome giveaways too. In return for this ambassadorship, I was provided with product and a few gift cards. Be sure to visit www.kandookids.ca for great tips and playful solutions.

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