Birthday Bucket List Ideas

– Jennifer Elkhouri

A friend on Facebook recently celebrated a birthday and posted his birthday Bucket List — a list of things he would like to accomplish or experience over the next 12 months; with the number of items on the list equivalent to the number of years you are turning the following year. So if you are turning 24, your list will have 25 items on it; if you are turning 80, you will have 79 items on your list. My thinking is: be sure most items on your list are achievable and affordable — OR — limit yourself to twelve really amazing items and focus on doing one per month.

I was really drawn to this idea of a Birthday Bucket List — partly because my friend had some really neat items on his list (get ordained, finally do a respectable flip off a diving board, take boys on their first backpacking trip, surf on the east coast, see my abs, document the whole list), but also because of the definitive time limit to it. Traditional Bucket Lists are so open-ended that many of the experiences aren’t achieved because the list is just “out there” without any time goals. [I’m guilty of this.]

I thought it would be neat to compile a list of 25 ideas for Birthday Bucket Lists — some my own, some borrowed from others (like my friend), and I would love to hear your ideas as well!

  1. Attend CureFest in DC.
  2. Try to recreate a recipe of a dish from your favorite restaurant.
  3. Visit a museum you’ve never been to before.
  4. Visit a small town and learn something about their history.
  5. Have coffee with someone 45 years older or 45 years younger than you.
  6. Visit a new state.
  7. Start a savings account (or, if you are all set in that category, start a savings plan for a child-in-need).
  8. Go see a concert in the summer.
  9. Go for a mile long walk in the snow.
  10. Read a book from Thomas Jefferson’s recommended reading list.
  11. Take a free course from Harvard.
  12. Make a change to your hair color or hairstyle.
  13. Pray for a stranger you meet doing errands.
  14. Teach a child something.
  15. See a ballet, symphony, or opera. If you frequent those already, go see a battle of the bands at a local school.
  16. Commit to serving one day a month for a non-profit or cause near to your heart.
  17. Perform a Random Act of Kateness.
  18. Take a 30 day challenge.
  19. See a play hosted by a local theatre group.
  20. Buy a really nice staple item for your wardrobe.
  21. Watch the sunset.
  22. Watch the sunrise.
  23. Spend an entire day “not connected” (no phone, no internet).
  24. Go see a drive-in movie.
  25. Send a hand-written note to commend a worker at a company who went above and beyond.

I truly believe our creator wants us to live well — not in a selfish sense where we are only living for ourselves. He wants us serve and love others and He also wants us to enjoy the beauty of life that He has created. I think a Birthday Bucket List is a great way to ensure doing that!

 

Salon Khouri and Bee’s Wing Farm – Making Mother’s Day Extraordinarily Unique!

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We love supporting local! This year, we wanted to offer something really unique for Mother’s Day at the same time helping to promote another local, small business! After a little research, we found Bee’s Wing Farm and fell in love with their mission and business!

Bee’s Wing Farm is a small flower farm nestled at the foot of Buck Mountain in Bluemont, Virginia. They grow over 40 varieties of flowers, berries, and herbs and with those blossoms, berries, and foliage, create seasonally unique floral designs for weddings, special events, and even their own flower CSA!

Bee’s Wing flowers are gently grown and, in effort to care and respect the land, they do not use any synthetic pesticides or herbicides. They understand that the soil is the soul of their farm and care for it through cover cropping, compost and integrating their livestock and cropping systems.

We will be offering two different sized bouquets as add-ons to our Mother’s Day Packages, all which can be purchased online or by calling us at 703.273.7878:

Petit Farmer’s Choice | $45
Soft and sweet seasonal blooms gathered from Bee’s Wing Farm’s fields and forest that will fill a 4″ diameter, 5″ high hobnail milk jar. Feature blooms could include, peonies, tulips, bleeding heart, stock, nigella, lilac, dusty miller, curly willow, ferns, and more.

Bountiful Farmer’s Choice | $75
Soft and sweet seasonal blooms gathered from Bee’s Wing Farm’s fields forest that will fill a 4″ diameter, 8″ high hobnail milk jar. Feature blooms could include, peonies, tulips, bleeding heart, stock, nigella, lilac, dusty miller, curly willow, ferns and more.

The bouquet’s will be delivered to the salon on Saturday, May 13th by 10 AM for pick-up. Local delivery may be an option for an additional $5-$15 delivery fee (depending on area). Please email Jennifer with any questions you may have.

 

Our Pamper Her Packages are described below:

Bronze | $79
60 Minute Signature Facial
Paraffin Hand Treatment

Silver | $129
60 Minute Signature Facial
Kevin Murphy TREAT.ME Hair Treatment
Blowdry & Style

Platinum | $179
90 Minute Signature Facial
Anti-Aging Eye Treatment
Kevin Murphy TREAT.ME Hair Treatment
Blowdry & Style

 

 

 

Mother's Day Packages 2017

 

 

FAQs

How do I purchase online?

To purchase online, visit our eGift site, then select a template from our Mother’s Day templates. Then, at the lower left-hand side of the screen, select the “Select a package” option and choose your package. Each package is listed without flowers, with a Petit Farmer’s Choice bouquet, or with a Bountiful Farmer’s Choice bouquet.

When will the flowers be delivered?

The flowers will be delivered to our Dulles Landing location on Saturday, May 13th by 9 AM and can be picked up anytime Saturday or Sunday.  We also have a local delivery option for $5-$15 (depending on distance) additional. Please call our front desk team at 703.273.7878 if you would like the flowers delivered locally.

Does she have to use the package all in one day?

No. She can use the items in the package on separate visits if she chooses.

If I purchase online, can I still have a paper certificate for the package mailed to me?

Yes, if you would rather a paper gift certificate be mailed to you, simply enter YOUR email address in the Recipient’s Email field, then let us know via phone, text or email that you would like us to mail a paper certificate to you (or another address).

How is the gift certificate for the Mother’s Day Package sent? 

If you purchase online, you have the option to have the gift certificate emailed immediately to the recipient. If you would rather a paper certificate mailed, please see FAQ question directly above.

Where are the flowers grown?

The flowers are grown locally in Bluemont, VA at Bee’s Wing Farm. You are supporting local in so many ways by purchasing your Mother’s Day Package @ Salon Khouri. You are supporting local jobs, a local flower farmer, AND local bee and honey production. Well done!

A little story about a hair salon, a non-profit, and a solar powered ventilation system …

– by Jennifer Elkhouri

How does a hair salon, a non-profit that serves the adult autistic community and a solar powered ventilation system even go in the same sentence? It almost sounds like one of those, “a duck enters a bar jokes,” right?

We were introduced to Legacy Farms in 2015 after hearing about their agrarian-based job skills training program they were offering for our local adult autistic community. We really liked what Legacy LegacyFarmsLogoFarms was doing and selected them as our July 2015 Community Outreach Partner. This year, Legacy Farms has a special project they’ve asked us to help with, and we are super excited to help!

Legacy Farms is a nonprofit, green care venture providing employment support services and agrarian based vocational training to adults with autism and other developmental and social challenges. In short, Legacy Farms teaches people with disabilities the skills they need for entry level positions in Northern Virginia’s agribusiness and agritourism industries, then connects them with local employers in need of help.

Over the last two years, the Legacy Farms Summer Garden Project has been responsible for placing over a half a dozen individuals with autism at Sunset Hills Vineyard, Tarara Winery, and A Farm Less Ordinary. This year, Legacy Farms is expanding their services to provide year-round programs, beginning with their new greenhouse. Legacy Farms donates 60% of their food to Loudoun Hunger Relief and other local organizations in need; providing year-round growing opportunities is vital to keeping food flowing to those in need and will provide year-round training to our local adult autistic community.

Monticello-Solar-Powered-Ventilation-SystemMany of the participants in the Summer Garden Project have sensory sensitivities — extreme heat and cold can deter them from learning and cause anxiety. And, a greenhouse can get REALLY hot in the Summer. Another challenge Legacy Farms was trying to solve is to ensure their fruits and vegetables flower so that they will produce. Many plants will not flower at temperatures over 85 degrees. Legacy Farms was looking for a way to keep their participants cool and anxiety-free and at the same time, keep the program as green as possible. After extensive research, Legacy Farms decided on a Monticello Solar Powered Ventilation System for the greenhouse. The commercial fan, exhaust louvers and thermostat are all made in the USA. The unit’s capability can produce more than 2 times the needed power to operate the fan at 100%, which allows for future expansion of needed greenhouse options such as lighting and heating.

And here’s where a hair salon, a non-profit and a solar powered ventilation system meet. We are looking to raise $1400 so Legacy Farms can purchase this essential system for their program. We will be donating $1 from every haircut in April to meet the goal which will get us about half way there, but we need YOUR help to reach $1400! You have the opportunity to add a donation at checkout on your visit in April, or you may donate now via the button below:

 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Angelica Root Extract

ANGEL.RINSE_ We were reading a recent Kevin Murphy blog post about one Angelica Root Extract, which is used in the aptly named Angel Rinse. We #lovekm and wanted to share some of the fun facts about this ancient and beneficial ingredient with our SK Enthusiasts!

Angelica-botanical-2Angelica, also known as Garden Angelica, Archangel, Root of the Holy Ghost and The Angel’s Herb, contains a plethora of rich vitamins and minerals such as B12, Iron, and Thiamin, among others. It’s believed that Angelica is a native plant of Syria and several cooler European and Asian climates, but it is also occasionally found in cold, moist climates such as Scotland, Lapland and Iceland. Angelica Root has many medicinal qualities and has been a respected herb for thousands of years. Angelica Root received it’s name as it blooms around the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, and as such, is often planted in monasteries.

The blend of Angelica Root Extract along with Mango Seed Butter, Cocoa Butter and Tangerine Peel Oil create a weightless conditioner that not only nourishes your scalp, but feeds your hair with amazing, non GMO goodness.

 

Helping our neighbors who have suffered brain injuries.

BIS_Woodbridge-6Every day the unthinkable happens … a car accident, a fall, a stroke. For thousands of children and adults in our community who have sustained a brain injury, stroke, or concussion, navigating a way forward after these kinds of traumatic events can be challenging. Brain Injury Services is there to help and has taken a leadership role in developing community based services specifically for residents across Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties who have sustained brain injuries. Each year, Brain Injury Services assists over 600 individuals and families to help build the skills and confidence they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

We encourage you to take five minutes to watch this video where you can meet and hear from our local neighbors who have been blessed by service from Brain Injury Services.

Our philosophy is simple: No two people are alike. And, since the brain defines each of us, controls how we think, move, act, and feel, no two brain injuries are alike. Brain Injury Services designs a plan based on the needs and goals of each individual. Whether it is finding Sherida a secure place to live or helping Katy’s family find their new normal, Brain Injury Services strives to help all of our clients achieve their best life and dream the impossible.

This March, Salon Khouri is donating $1 from every haircut from our Fairfax and Dulles locations to Brain Injury Services to help support our local brothers and sisters who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Please take a moment to visit their website to learn more.

$40 Instant SK Cash toward Coppola Keratin Treatment or Airwave Curling Treatment

We have an amazing, limited time promotion! Now through March 11, 2017, you receive $40 instant SK Cash toward a Coppola Keratin Treatment* or an Airwave Curling Treatment.

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Airwave Before and After – beautiful, subtle, soft curl.

 

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Coppola Keratin Treatments smooth the hair cuticle – removing frizz and therefore reducing blow dry time.

 

* Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions except our new client referral gift card. Cannot be redeemed for cash or other services. Promotion applied toward full Coppola Keratin Treatment or Airwave Perm Curling Treatment only. The Airwave is available only at our Fairfax location. Valid from February 17, 2017 through March 11, 2017. Limited appointments available.

Ellie’s Hats: Our February Community Outreach Partner

Ellie's HatsEllie’s Hats is a Northern Virginia Non-Profit who seeks to bring joy and help to local families whose children are battling cancer. Ellie’s Hats was inspired by a sweet NoVa girl, Ellie Whitfield, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the Spring of 2013. After losing her hair from chemotherapy, Ellie began to wear different fun hats to school to help express her personality. Her P.E. teacher, Jay Coakley, noticed her affinity for “fun and cheery hats” and organized a hat drive to provide Ellie with a broader selection of hats to wear – and thus was born Ellie’s Hats! Thousands of children across the country now receive new hats through Ellie’s Hats.

In addition to providing joy to kids battling cancer by providing unique, fun hats, Ellie’s Hats collects gift cards and other items to give to local families whose children are battling cancer. Also, in 2014, Ellie’s Hats worked closely with Team Mathias to introduce a Cure Childhood Cancer License Plate in honor of Mathias Giordano to help spread awareness about childhood cancers. Mathias, diagnosed in 2012 with Osteosarcoma, inspired thousands through his determined cheer, his powerful courage and his extreme kindness. Mathias passed after a 28 month battle in December 2014.

We are so honored to partner with Ellie’s Hats by selecting them again as our February Community Outreach Partner. We will be donating $1 from every haircut this February to this amazing, local non-profit. Also, you too can help Ellie’s Hats directly by going to their upcoming fundraiser on March 10th at Blackfinn Ameripub in Ashburn.

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