Hey Yooper ladies, have you ever wondered how some people boast long, strong, shiny hair in our Upper Peninsula environment? While on a quick shopping trip in Marquette I ran into two ladies that were kind enough to share their amazing hair regiment with all of our Yooper fans. Danielle and Samantha of Gwinn have been doing a 5 year hair routine that seems to be working quite well.
A few times a week the girls put all natural coconut oil (the kind you cook with) on the ends of their hair. They leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing and conditioning. Once towel dried they use a leave in hair lotion called Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Milk.
Danielle and Samantha also recommend not washing your hair every day. Instead you will have to figure out what is best for own personal hair care. Everyone is a little different. Washing too much can tend to strip natural oils from your hair. These oils are essential to maintain a headful of gorgeous locks. Another trick the girls use is to apply Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioneron their ends after washing as a leave in treatment. This is done on an alternating basis with the coconut oil.
All of these treatments definitely help, but Danielle and Samantha know that creating the healthy hair that you have always dreamed of cannot just be worked on from the outside. They know that shiny, vibrant hair needs to be fed from within. These hair gurus eat 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and ¼ cup of Chia seeds every day. They buy the flax seeds in bulk from one of their favorite stores, the Marquette Food Co-op. Danielle recommends that you grind up the flax seeds and store them pre-measured in air tight containers in the freezer. As for the Chia seeds, Danielle puts the ¼ cup of seeds in a 16 oz. bottle, fills with water shakes well and stores in the fridge for up to a week. She then takes ¼ cup of this mixture and drinks it with some tea or juice. Chia and Flax seeds are high in vitamins and omega-3 which are great for hair growth.
Some researchers claim that hair treatment techniques such as the ones used by Danielle and Samantha have no real value. I would beg to differ with this assessment. Judging from the amazing results that this stunning mother/daughter duo has experienced I would not hesitate to give this regiment a try. The pictures speak for themselves. Yooper Rummage Sales would like to thank Danielle and Samantha for sharing their incredible secrets. If you have any questions, Danielle can answer questions through email. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
This is a video that I made when I first started Yooper Rummage Sales. It sure was a fun day and I really enjoyed the experience.
The month of May can be especially frustrating for the Yooper gardener. Days can be warm and the dirt is easily moved in the garden, but we all know that the weather can change on a dime and a cold frost can quietly blanket the ground. Experienced Yooper gardeners know that it is still a little early to transplant certain types of plants such as tomatoes in our Upper Peninsula gardens. There are however many different ways to work around nature and get your plants in the ground early.
Last year while in the Menards garden section I found a product called Aqua-Shield. There are many different trade names for this product, but the concept is the same. It basically acts as small greenhouse filled with water to protect plants during cold nights. It also tends to hold in moisture and keeps the destructive wind from ruining your plants. When I first bought this product I was a little skeptical and decided to test with only a few plants. I transplanted my first plants during the second week of May and decided to sit back and wait. To my surprise these tomatoes not only survived, they thrived!
This year I bought 9 more shields from Menards. I decided to use some heirloom Pink Brandywine tomatoes that I grew from seed that I had saved from last year. My seeds were planted the last week of March so they were more than ready to set roots in freshly tilled garden soil. This variety tends to take a little longer to produce fruit, so any extra ground time in our short growing season is a plus.
Start off with healthy plants. I clip off many of the lower leaves and try to plant as deep as possible. Tomatoes can grow extra roots from the tiny hairs on the stem. I also soak each plant’s roots with water before back filling. My experience has shown that this helps with transplant shock. The next step is to carefully place a 5 gallon bucket over your newly planted tomato plant. Put the Aqua-Shield product over the bucket and fill each cavity ¾ of the way with water. Once each of the Shield’s cavities is filled, remove the bucket from the center. Be sure to pay attention to the bucket handle as sometimes it can get slightly stuck. Pull it gently and it should come out. The walls will collapse in on themselves creating a tee-pee like structure thus protecting your plants from the harsh spring environment. As your plants advance you can move the base of the walls to open up the tee-pee structure. I usually pull my walls out of the garden when my plants grow a few inches over the top of the structure. To remove, carefully lift the walls off of the ground, over the plant and pour out the water. Stake your tomatoes and follow your normal growing methods for the rest of the season.
These types of products are sure handy and can give the northern gardener a leg up on mother nature. The heat retention and wind block gave my tomatoes a protected environment that allowed the plants to become strong and healthy. Last year this all culminated in sweet delicious tomatoes later in the season. With cooler weather in the forecast for the next 10 days of May why not give this type of product a try? Hopefully 2013′s experience will be as good as 2012. When we garden here in the Upper Peninsula we need all the breaks we can get!!
Here is a quick clip of a Sandhill Crane that I spotted in a Southern Marquette field. I only had my Iphone, so I could not really zoom up close to him. I did walk to with 20 yards or so.Boy I really like the way they sound!! Go to this link to learn more about this amazing creature. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/sandhill-crane/
What a beautiful weekend to get out and do some sight seeing. We drove by the Marquette Fish Hatchery and decided to stop in. If you are ever in the area, pay the hatchery a quick visit. What a great place to bring your kids. Enjoy!!
Old Mother Hubbard.
Old Mother Hubbard, she went to the cupboard,
To get her poor dog a bone.
When she got there, the cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
She went to the baker’s to buy him some bread,
But when she came back the poor dog was dead.
She went to the undertaker’s to buy him a coffin,
And when she came back the dog was laughing.
She went to the draper’s to buy him some linen,
And when she came back the good dog was spinning.
She went to the hosier’s to buy him some hose,
And when she came back he was dressed in his clothes.
The dame made a curtsy, the dog made a bow,
The dame said “your servant,” the dog said “Bow-wow.”
She went to the hatter’s to buy him a hat,
And when she came back he was feeding the cat.
She went to the barber’s to buy him a wig,
And when she came back he was dancing a jig.
She went to the butcher’s to get him some tripe,
And when she came back he was smoking a pipe.
She went to the fish-shop to buy him some fish,
And when she came back he was washing the dish.
She went to the tavern for white wine and red,
And when she came back the dog stood on his head.
Hello Yoopers! I was driving through Manistique this morning and saw how beautiful the lake’s waves looked in the bright April sunshine. I decided to stop and film a quick clip with my Iphone. No matter how inviting these sparkling waves looked it was still really cold!! Lets hope that spring finally decides to arrive in style!