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#spotlightweekly – Red

#spotlightweekly – Red

Red, red, red. Honestly this is one of my favorite colors to wear and I don’t own enough of it.   Ever since I was little, red has been “My Color.” I had this red terry cloth romper I wore everywhere, my prom dress was […]

Mommy and Son Vacation Part 1 – Bear Lake Reserve

Mommy and Son Vacation Part 1 – Bear Lake Reserve

Mommy and Son Vacation – Part 1 Bear Lake Reserve There was a whole lot of sweat, a few tears, a broken iPhone screen, a lap full of throw up, and several wrong turns, but I would do it all over exactly the same 100 […]

Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors

Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors

Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors

Now that the cold weather is finally in the rearview mirror and Spring has sprung, it’s time to update the interior decorations to match!

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My favorite way to instantly brighten up the house is to place beautiful fresh flowers throughout my home. There’s something about a vase of flowers on a table next to the window that makes me want to open that window and let the natural light pour in.

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Why you shouldn’t date single moms

Why you shouldn’t date single moms

“To be honest, I don’t really date women with kids, but we can have fun.” EW. Get ready for a rant. I know, I know, another post on dating a single mom. Why it’s great, why it’s only for dudes with their lives together, yadda […]

I chose my family over my career

I chose my family over my career

I chose my family over my career For the last few years, I’ve worked for a pretty great company. After I got pregnant they allowed me to work from home two days a week to help supplement the cost of day care and to allow me […]

You’re not a real single mom

You’re not a real single mom

You’re not a real single mom.

I am a single mom. I have never been married and my son’s father is not in the picture at all. I don’t receive child support and I do it all on my own. I bare all of the financial responsibility and am the sole provider for my family. I am a real single mom, at least that’s what I’m told.

Real single mom

I was recently mansplained how there are real single moms and then there are single moms who claim the title. Ya know the type of single mom I’m referring to? No, you don’t? That’s ok, because I didn’t either. (more…)

15 Minute Instagram Challenge

15 Minute Instagram Challenge

Last week I had the opportunity to be a part of a Master’s Panel for my local chapter of the Rising Tide Society. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs were presented with the option to choose 15 minute time slots with different “Masters”. My area of […]

3 Niche reframes that will change your marketing

3 Niche reframes that will change your marketing

“Niching” at its best is a spiritual practice. Not bearded dude in an ashram kind of “spiritual,” but cultivating awareness in how we BE in the world kind of spiritual. Let’s start from the beginning… I’ve been reading Tad Hargrave’s The Niching Nest. The one […]

Biracial Baby Hair – Perfecting & protecting the curls

Biracial Baby Hair – Perfecting & protecting the curls

Biracial Baby’s Hair

For those of you who know my son, you know he has the most amazing spiral curls that everyone dreams of having. Yes, everyone. They are perfect and I will forever brag about them.

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These curls require some serious maintenance though or they go from gorgeous spirals to dry and frizzy pretty quickly. I admittedly do not do his hair every day, I’m lucky if we both get a bath twice a week so spending twenty minutes doing a 1 year old’s hair is not on my list of daily must-do’s. But, I am pretty proud of these curls when I do take the time.

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Before we get started here are my MUST HAVE products for protecting my mixed baby’s hair.
1. Just for Me Nourishing Detangler

2. Just for Me Curl Smoother

3. Just for Me Conditioner

 

The Just for Me product line is made for African-American children’s hair and it is a Godsend. I remember the first time I used the Curl Smoother, our entire live’s changed. Ok, that’s dramatic, but it did make a world of difference.

The texture of my biracial son’s hair is course and even a bit wiry. His curls are defined as corkscrews or coils. I find it important to mention this, because, it may have been naive of me, but I didn’t realize the variety of mixed hair types there were! What works for Zay’s hair type may not suit your needs.

1. Shampoo once a week with a dime size (or smaller) amount of Johnson’s Baby Head-to-Toe Wash. Just need to get him clean as quick as possible, and this does the trick.
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2. Condition 1-2 times per week with a nickel size amount of Just For Me Conditioner. Now I put 1-2 times per week here because that’s how many baths we get a week. Don’t judge me, we get clean when we can. If he were to have more baths, I would probably condition at each one. It would just depend on how dry his hair was between baths.

3. Spray in Just For Me Nourishing Detangler and comb out the knots with my fingers and a semi-wide toothed comb. This is my least favorite task for my biracial baby’s hair, but little man must have a tough scalp because he handles it really well. I do this while we are still in the bath and rinse his hair with water routinely to minimize the amount of product in his hair. He is still a baby after all, and doesn’t have that much hair, so a little bit of product goes a long way for us.
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4. This is where the magic happens, are you ready? While still in the bath and with very wet hair, I work a little less than a dime sized drop of Just For Me Curl Smoother through his hair. I make sure to get the top, back and sides even though his curls are mainly concentrated on the top of his head.
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Once his hair dries, it is beautiful. The curls spiral up tight and still have movement to them. The product can stiffen up his hair if I accidentally use too much, but this is why I use it while his hair is soaking wet.

On days in between baths when my mixed son’s hair needs a moisture boost, I will  use the tiniest drop of the Just For Me Curl Smoother throughout his hair. It works best if I dampen his hair a bit first using water in my hand. No need to dump him under a faucet for this, a hint of moisture to cling to is all that is needed.

After all of this, we end up with award-winning curls that are moisturized and soft. No really, we won one of eight water color silhouettes by Dapper and Darling for these locks, and you should absolutely check out their shop for a silhouette of your own.

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Social Media Etiquette

Social Media Etiquette

A SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE QUESTION WAS ASKED… A super smart friend of mine, just posted this question to her Facebook profile and tagged me (along with several other social media professionals) [side note: the Facebook Plugin was unkind and didn’t let me embed the post, […]