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How I Restored My Hair After Having A Baby

September 12, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

I have seen so much progress in my hair over the past year, that I wanted to share how I restored my hair after having a baby and a bit of my hair care journey. My locks have been through so much having a baby, and I remember a year ago feeling so down, frustrated, and insecure about my hair. I am so so happy with the progress it’s and the transformation I’ve seen in it, so I wanted to share!

Post partum is tough on your hair. I remember when the hormonal shedding started, and I worried I would go bald. And then I really started to get bald spots, ah! My hair was so thin and brittle, dull and would not hold a curl. I realized I had to make changes to my hair care routine if it was going to get any better. Below is a list of what worked for me!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

How I got my hair back after baby | love lola

How I got my hair back after baby | love lola

Below is a list of things that worked for me to get my hair back after baby:

1 | Prenatal vitamins. I never stopped taking my prenatal vitamins after Piper was born, even after I stopped breastfeeding, and I think it made a big difference. It definitely helped my hair grow faster, which I desparately needed after losing so much. If you don’t want to take a prenatal, find a good skin, hair, and nail vitamin with biotin (although, beware, it will make hair on other parts of your body grow faster too)

2 | Invest in your shampoo and conditioner. I immediately stopped using my drugstore shampoo (which I discovered is full of toxins, by the way), and switched over to this shampoo and conditioner. I make sure to switch it up so much hair doesn’t get to use to the product and it become less effective. I’ve recently started using this shampoo and conditioner, and I love it.

3 | Avoid heat as much as possible. Once upon a time I would dry my hair, straighten it, and then curl it. I cringe at the thought, now! I’ve found that skipping straightening my hair in between not only helps protect my hair, but it also gives it more volume. Now, I’ll let my hair almost completely air dry, and use a hair dryer to smooth it out. I may straighten just a few wonky pieces at the front, and then I’ll curl it. But when I know I am just going to be around the house or running errands, I skip heat altogether. I’ll let it air dry and then put it in a braid.

6 | Use a heat protectant. Whenever I do use heat, I make sure to use a heat protectant. This oil I use on my hair protects against heat, as well as this antihumidity spray I use in the summer. When I’m not using those products, I use this heat protectant.

5 | Don’t wash your hair every day. I wash my hair about twice a week. Washing it too frequently strips it of it’s healthy oils and can make it dry and brittle. Dry shampoo is my best friend (I love this one!)

6 | Prep your hair before styling for products that repair and nourish. After I shower, I always spray this product or this product on my hair and brush it through. I follow with this oil and let it air dry or blow dry it. I will say, the oil is a bit pricey but it lasts forever. I’ve literally had it over a year and I still have half a bottle (if not more).  Using these products before I style my hair also allows me to use less heat. It smooths my hair and takes away any frizz so I don’t have so straighten it.

7 | Use a hair mask. When you are repairing your hair, or trying to lock in moisture, I highly recommend a deep conditioning mask. I;’ll use this one 2-3x/week in place of my conditioner, or this one before I shampoo.

There it is, all I did to heal my locks. Let me know if you have any questions!

photos by jessi nichols photography

How I Restored My Hair After Having a Baby (with before + after pictures) | lovelolablog.com

Our Piper Cub

September 8, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood - Style

Our Piper Cub | Love Lola

We waited until Piper was born to share with our friends and family what her name was. When we announced to my family that her name was “Piper,” one of the first things my Dad said “Our little Piper Cub.” I thought, “Our little Piper what??” So I learned then and there that there is a 1940’s classic airplane called a ‘Piper Cub.’ My Dad is a pilot and I grew up flying with him from a very young age. He said he use to take us up in our carseats, ha. Flying with my Dad is such a fond memory of my childhood, so I thought it was so fun that we happened to pick a name that to do with airplanes … just another reason we adore the name Piper.

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What to Pack For a Day at the Beach With a Toddler

July 27, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood - Travel

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It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.

As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!

 

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach with a Toddler | lovelolablog.com

Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.

Beach Tent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.

Sand Toys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.

Soccer Ball // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!

Yeti Cooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.

Toddler Beach Chair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!

Water Shoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.

Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.

If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.

And the most important of all, bring grandma! ;)

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10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

July 17, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

With summer in full force, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 outdoor summer activities for toddlers. If we stay inside too much, both Piper and I will go a little stir crazy. Just getting outside for an hour makes the biggest difference in our day. This has also made me realize how essential it is to have a yard space that feels groomed, managed, and safe to play in. Terminix offers so many services outside of termites, including ants, spiders, and mosquitos that you don’t want hanging around during your play time!

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

1 | Baby pool. We love our little $10 baby pool purchase. On a hot summer day where’s it’s a little too miserable warm to play at the park, we’ll fill this thing with water and splash around for hours. We’ll practice putting our head under and blowing bubbles, and Piper is currently obsessed with bringing all the leaves in it too.

2 | Swimming pool. We don’t have access to a real swimming pool, but we’re highly considering a membership at the Y just for this reason. Outdoor splash park, anyone!? We have some friends with neighborhood pools, so we love when we get to meet up with them.

3 | Splash pads. When you aren’t up for a pool day, a splash pad is such a fun alternative. And they’re free!

4 | Bubbles. Piper loves when we blow bubbles outside. Given, she might not fully get the concept yet and I might have caught her trying to figure out how to drink it a time or two, but blowing bubbles always gets a good set of giggles!

5 | Play at the park. We are fortunate to have so many great parks near us, and we can switch it up often. The slide still makes me a little nervous, but Piper is so brave and always wants to climb up and go down herself.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

6 | Chalk. We found these adorable donut and ice cream shaped chalk sticks at Target, and Piper kept trying to lick the ice cream one, haha. She’ll scribble around on the pavement, in between her pool splashing.

7 | Picnic. When we’re tired of being cooped up inside, sometimes we’ll take our meal outside and turn it into a picnic! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a blanket and a solid spread of fruit and cheerios can do the trick ;)

8 | Play in the sprinkler. Do you see a pattern, and can you tell it feels like a million degrees in South Carolina this summer!? When we feel like we’ve exhausted the baby pool but are dying to go outside, we’ll run through the sprinkler together. Piper calls it “rain, rain” ;).

9 | Take a trip to the zoo. Since we’re learning all of the different animal noises right now, it’s fun to go to the zoo and let her put a live animal with the noises. This is also a great thing to meet up and do with other moms, and get a little adult conversation time in too ;)

10 | Kick the soccer ball. This simple activity is one of our favorites. Scofield grew up playing soccer, so of course he’s completely convinced she’s going to be the most stellar soccer player. I don’t doubt it. This is such an easy way to get her energy out, too. She’d chase that soccer ball around the back yard all day, I swear.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

I’d love to know what your favorite outdoor toddler activities are!

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