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Birthday birthday birthday

Isabelle has her birthday on her brain!  She has been counting down the sleeps for the entire month of February!  We decided to let her have a small birthday party this year.  She had been asking to have her birthday at Colasanti’s after having been to a birthday party there last year.  While I want to give my kids everything, a birthday party there is a little far from the budget I’d like to keep for her 6th birthday.  So I decided to have her birthday at a bowling alley!  She has asked a few times this year if we could take her bowling.  She likes to play it on the Xbox, but wanted to try it in real life!  So here’s her chance!  She’s invited three other little girls to help her celebrate her special day.  I took her to Party City to choose what kind of invites etc that she would like to have this year.  She went for the Little Mermaid theme.  Today we went over to Sobeys to pick out a small cake for her party and she wanted so badly to have a “Frozen” cake design which wouldn’t exactly match up with Little Mermaid.  After some talking she agreed that it would make more sense to get a cake with the Litter Mermaid design.  So her party is this weekend since we are getting busy in March with more birthdays!!

Hard to think that in a week I will have a 6 year old.  My little baby is growing up so fast it makes me a little teary when I think about it.  My Aunt posted something to my Facebook wall today about red heads.  Those of you who know us know that Isabelle falls into that category.  I thought I’d copy and past the article here.  I found it rather neat to read!

10 Unbelievable Facts You Didn’t Know About Redheads (click on the title it will take you to the actual article if you want)

1. Natural red hair is harder to dye than other shades

Headstrong as it is, ginger hair holds its pigment much firmer than any other hair colour. If redheads desired to dye their hair to any other colour (why would you?), it would only have a noticeable difference after bleaching the hair beforehand. Otherwise, the colour won’t take.

Bleaching, of course, is just bad news for hair. Especially red hair, which is much more fragile than other shades anyway.

2. Redheads have less hair on their heads

In terms of total number of strands, gingers have far fewer atop their red heads than any other colour.

On average, flame-haired beauties have 90,000 strands, compared to blondes with 110,000, and brunettes with 140,000.

They’re not exactly going bald though, as each strand of natural ginger hair is much thicker, so the appearance is often that redheads have more hair in general.

These fewer but thicker strands make it easier to style, so be jealous.

3. Redheads don’t go grey

Staying true to its stubborn stereotype, ginger hair retains its natural pigment a lot longer than other shades.

So there’s no need to panic about going grey – red hair simply fades with age through a glorious spectrum of faded copper to rosy-blonde colours, then to silvery-white.

4. Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world

The majority of natural redheads have brown eyes, with others likely to have hazel or green shades.

But like red hair, blue eye colour is a recessive trait, meaning that both parents must carry the gene for a child to be blessed with it. This makes those with red hair and blue eyes the rarest minority in the world, with only 1% having both.

So, each one is about as rare as a four-leaf clover.

5. They’re more sensitive to thermal pain

Countless studies have looked into the genetics behind redheads claiming that they are more or less sensitive to pain.

Research shows that redheads are more sensitive to hot and cold pain, with their bodies able to change temperature much quicker.

Also, in surgery, gingers might require approximately 20% more anaesthesia than other hair colours. The exact reason for this is unknown, but it is thought that a link to the mutated MC1R gene could be the culprit to its effectiveness.

6. The Romans kept redheaded slaves at a higher price

Those with fiery-coloured hair were held in high esteem in Roman art and culture. Thought to be strong and determined, they were more expensive than other slaves, and prisoners would even have their hair dyed to be displayed as trophies.

Either that, or wigs of red hair were reportedly imported from northern Europe, for slaves to wear.

7. Russia means ‘Land of Reds’

Translating to mean ‘Land of Reds’, Russia boasts a high density of gingers located in its Kazan region, at over 10% redheads, a similar density to Scotland and Ireland.

8. 40% of Brits are ‘Secret Gingers’

Extensive research conducted by BritainsDNA has found that more than 40% of the population carry the mutated MC1R gene that’s responsible for red hair.

Both parents must carry the gene to be able to spawn a ginger baby, which lies at 25% if they’re not ginger themselves, but still carry the ‘secret gene’.

9. Adolf Hitler reportedly banned ginger marriages

…For fear of ‘deviant offspring’. Of course.

10. Gingers generate their own Vitamin D

Having pale skin may mean that redheads burn more easily when exposed to UV rays, but their paleness can serve as an advantage.

Redheads can’t absorb sufficient Vitamin D due to low concentrations of eumelanin in their body.

This may sound like bad news, but this lower melanin-concentration means that gingers can cleverly produce their own Vitamin D within their body when exposed to low light conditions.