October 2010

no more tears

Well, almost. Hair combing is never a 100% pleasant activity around my house. To get through my own tresses, I have to soak my head in conditioner and then go at it piece by piece– the entire process takes the better part of 45 minutes. My daughter, unbeknownst to her, has it easier. We just get her hair wet during the bath (easier said than done) and then spray some of this fantastic Black Vanilla leave in conditioner/detangling spray by Carol’s Daughter on her head and voila, the comb slides through without too much of a struggle.

And believe me, I know from struggle. I’ve used nothing (impossible!) California Baby’s detangler (next to impossible!) Once I even slathered her noggin with some Bumble and Bumble stuff I got in a gift bag. Which worked but she smelled like a beauty salon for a week. I am as dedicated as a sane parent can be to using all-natural products but was reching the end of my rope when some kind soul recommended that I check out Carol’s Daughter. And I have been singing the praises of this miracle elixer ever since. They also make a kid-specific detangler that I am sure is as superb as the black vanilla, but I prefer the scent and, yes, the subtler packaging of the grown up product. We do share a bathroom, after all.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Ft Greene or Harlem, you can find this life saver online by clicking here. I’m telling you, your life will be changed for the better, I promise. And you can spend less time struggling and more time doing fun stuff like blowing bubbles and reading extra bedtime stories… Which is the whole point, right?

harvest time

Last weekend, my little posse (which includes one exuberant 2.75 year old) went over to the Fairview farm in Bridehampton, NY for a little pumpkin picking. It was a beautiful day, and we left the farm a few hours later with big carving pumpkins, smaller doorstop-style pumpkins, tiny tabletop pumpkins, plus all sorts of amazingly colored and shaped gourds which I have carefully arranged on our dining room table as a sort of ode to the season.

And I’m telling you about this because we had so much fun that we found ourselves back there this weekend, with a slightly different cast of characters, for more fresh sweet potato chips, shooting the corn cannon and, this time, a walk through a labarynth that has been cut out of a huge field of corn stalks 10 feet high.

If any of you happen to find yourselves on the east end of Lond Island between now and November 7th, you really should go check this place out. It’s authentic, without feeling the least bit hokey, plus they have a farm stand with some of the most beautiful produce I’ve seen this season just waiting to jump into your cars and onto your tables.

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If you have kids, this is a no brainer. A fun, seasonal thing to do that doesn’t involve ingesting insane amounts of candy corn and chocolate kisses.  All the info you need is right here. And, it turns out, there are actually corn mazes all over the country– just click here to find a location near you.