Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

November 23, 2009

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with those of our Nation, and its history traces the American narrative.

Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed "by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God," and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured Nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our Nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.

As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our Nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country's men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all the people of the United States to come together, whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place where family, friends and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we have received in the past year; to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own; and to share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask Review

  Yes to Carrots makes this hair and scalp mask that I've been using for about a month.  The last time I went to get my hair highlighted the colorist reminded me that I need to take extra good care of my hair since the longer the hair the older it is at the ends.  I also have a sensitive scalp so when I saw this moisturizing mask I thought it would be like killing two birds with one stone.  It is paraben-free and made with various oils, like carrot seed and macadamia nut as well as Vitamin E, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrot juice and Dead Sea mud.  It has a pleasant fragrance and the consistency of light mayonnaise.  You can leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse it out for shiny, moisturized hair.  I've been pretty happy with this product, enough so that I'm planning on looking at other items to try in the future.

   Headquartered in San Francisco, California this company is available in 17 countries.  You might also know them from their other two lines, Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Cucumbers.  The different vegetable names denote the targeted skin type of that line. 


Friday, November 20, 2009

Hanna Andersson for the Holidays

 Hanna Andersson clothing is one of my favorite brands to buy for my kids.  It's cute, comfortable and it lasts forever.  It's a great place to go when you are looking for coordinated kid outfits for your holiday pictures. They have frequent sales, as well as several outlet locations.  Here are my top 5 favorite pieces of all time:

 #5: Pilot Cap.  It ties under the chin, so the baby can't take it off when you guys are out somewhere and lose it (my babies' favorite trick).  Makes for the most adorable baby pictures!

           #4: Loose Tights.  If you're like me, you probably are saying, "$18.50 for kids tight?" I took the plunge anyway, and I have to say these are far superior to other tights you could buy for less.  My 3 year-old is wearing her big sister's old tights:  they've held their color and shape, even though I always washed them in the washing machine.  The crotch stays put so it isn't uncomfortable to wear them all day at school.

#3: Best Ever Baby Jacket.  Every year there are different embroidered scenes on these little jackets.  They come either quilted cotton or made from fleece. My daughter's favorite one is like this one, but in orange with red trim.  I wish they went past toddler sizes though!

#2: Playdress & Leggings. To me, these dresses are classic Hanna Andersson. They are soft and cozy.  They come in joyful contrasting colors.  Of all the dresses they sell, these are my favorites.

#1: Long John Pajamas.  My 11-year-old loves these a lot.  Like the playdresses, they come in lots of different cheerful prints and stripes.  I think there is something slightly deranged about the family on the left wearing matching jammies, but on the other hand, who doesn't like comfy pajamas?

Frederic Fekkai Salon Glaze Review

  I was at Sephora, checking out, when I spied a trial size of the Frederic Fekkai Salon Glaze Clear Shine Rinse.  I decided I had to try it, and since it was only $5, my credit card agreed with me-  A full-sized 5 oz bottle is $28, so it's a little pricey.

  The instructions for it are to apply after shampooing and conditioning your hair as usual.  Apply from roots to ends and let sit for about 5 minutes, at which time you rinse thoroughly.  It's supposed to make your hair extra shiny, silky and boost color. 

  First let me say I'm a long-time fan of Frederic Fekkai:  I use the Glossing and Technician lines of shampoo and conditioner, and I can't say enough good things about the Glossing Cream for finishing my hair. 

  However, I wasn't very impressed with the Salon Glaze.  Because I have long hair I had to use more of the product, which means I don't get as many applications out of a bottle, so I think it's kind of expensive on a "per-use" basis.  I'm blond, which might lessen the shine impact of the Salon Glaze compared to a brunette.  Overall I didn't find it added anything to my hair's appearance, so I don't think I will buy it again, but I'm curious to know if anyone else has it and likes it?