. save your hair at the beach

Today I spent an amazing day at my favorite LA Beach! If you’re looking for an amazing beach in the LA area, Manhattan Beach is a great place. Got a nice tan, went in the water, it was a perfect afternoon. While we all know we need to protect our skin, it’s important to protect your hair too! Here are my favorite ways to spare my hair at the beach!

1 . PUT IN A LEAVE-IN-CONDITIONER BEFORE YOU GO
Massaging some leave-in-conditioner into the ends of your hair before you go will provide protection against sun, salt-water, and wind.

2 . WEAR A HAT OR SCARF
The sun’s harsh rays not only damage your skin, they also take a toll on your beautiful locks and can alter your color if it has been treated. Wearing a hat or scarf are great ways to prevent this. My amazing hairstylist recently told me about hair sunscreen which I am yet to try.

3 . STYLE WITHOUT A PART
The top of your head is the most exposed to the sun and typically not protected with sunscreen. Especially if you’re not going to be wearing a hat or scarf choose a style like a messy bun or pony tail, without a part, this will prevent the uncomfortable scalp sunburn that can come after a day at the beach

4 . RINSE AFTER GOING IN THE WATER
While the salty water often creates great waves and curls, it also strips your hair of many natural oils leaving it dry and brittle. Combine this dryness with the wind you typically find near the shore and your hair is incredibly susceptible to breakage. So rinse your hair with clean water after getting out of the ocean and prevent it from breaking and drying out.

5 . SPRAY WITH COCONUT OIL
After you get out of the water and rinse your hair, replenish your mane with the oils it’s been stripped of by spraying a coconut oil mixture onto your hair. To make this coconut oil spray mix one part melted coconut oil with one part clean water in a spray bottle. If the bottle is in your bag at the beach the sun will keep it liquid and perfect to spray on your hair.

. easy apple crisp deliciousness

So for the 4th of July we spent the day with my family. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and helped my mom make a FEAST! Seriously … a feast. We had lobster, and ribs, and corn on the cob, and baked potatoes, and grilled peaches (if you haven’t had grilled peaches add them to your list of things to try!) And I got to make dessert. Typically I stay on the healthier side of meals, but it was the 4th of July. I looked in my parents pantry and saw boxes and boxes of graham crackers – Costco status. So I got creative. The end result was soo yummy! Here’s the recipe :) Happy 5th

. preheat oven to 400 degrees F
. butter a 9×9 glass baking dish

. peel and slice 8 granny smith apples
. mix the following in with the apples:
. 1 tsp lemon juice over apples , 2 tsp cornstarch , 1/4 cup flour , 1 dash nutmeg , 1 Tbsp cinnamon , 1/4 cup sugar , 1/4 cup honey

. bake for 50 minutes at 400 degrees F . mix one time half way through cooking
. then add topping , mix: 1 package crushed graham crackers , 1/3 cup cold butterĀ  , 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

. mix these 3 ingredients together until the butter and sugar are evenly distributed throughout the graham crackers

. sprinkle on top of cooked apples
. bake for another 15-20 minutes until topping is dark

. let sit for 5 minutes and serve with or without ice cream
. enjoy!

Graham Cracker Apple Crisp Recipe
. preheat oven to 400 degrees F
. butter a 9×9 glass baking dish
. peel and slice 8 granny smith apples
. mix the following in with the apples:
. 1 tsp lemon juice over apples
. 2 tsp cornstarch
. 1/4 cup flour
. 1 dash nutmeg
. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
. 1/4 cup sugar
. 1/4 cup honey
. bake for 50 minutes at 400 degrees F . mix one time half way through cooking
. then add topping , mix:
. 1 package crushed graham crackers
. 1/3 cup cold butter
. 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
. mix these 3 ingredients together until the butter and sugar are evenly distributed throughout the graham crackers
. sprinkle on top of cooked apples
. bake for another 15-20 minutes until topping is dark
. let sit for 5 minutes and serve with or without ice cream
. enjoy!

. a new blog for LA

I wonder why people blog. I started blogging when I began taking trips to Haiti four years ago. There were people here in the states that wanted to hear about the trips, so I would do my best to write about them. Now that the MR. and I know we’re supposed to be in LA more long-term, I’ve been thinking about if life here is interesting enough to keep track of in this way. I suppose you will be the determiners of that.

In Haiti I would write about beautiful sunsets, the most beautiful children in the world (seriously), crazy drives to the market, and the happiest people I’ve met yet. Disclaimer: my love for Haiti will undoubtedly come out often. But I’m certain I can find just as interesting things here in LA. The people are beautiful, the roads are crazy, and we have some beautiful scenery. So whether it’s a great meal, or hairstyle, or hilarious situation that I find my way into, it’ll be here.

I hope you’re encouraged and entertained. And I suppose that is why people blog …