How to deep condition your child’s curly hair

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Depending on the type of hair your child has, you should start a deep conditioner routine.  I started this routine when she was three and I noticed that her hair was becoming curlier than ever.  It also meant that it was becoming really tangled. Deep conditioning is vital especially if your child has curly hair.  It is one of the most important steps to keep your child’s hair healthy.

 How often do you deep condition your child’s hair?

It really depends upon your child’s hair type and how much it really needs to be hydrated.  Simply, the more you condition their hair the healthier and shinier it is going to look.  I particularly condition my daughter’s hair at least twice a week.  And if we go to the pool or to the beach, then I condition it four times that week.  Let’s face it, those chemicals can be really hard on their sensitive little scalp.

What type of conditioner should I use for my child? 

There really is no “one way” to approach their hair because every hair is different. So it’s about taking the time to get to know  your child’s hair.  Once you get to know the hair then you can assess whether you should just buy a conditioner or if you really need to cater to the child’s needs.  Sometimes you may just need to make a special conditioner just for their hair but you are the only one that will know what he or she really needs.  There are so many different types of conditioners that you can make from home.  The beauty about the internet is that every recipe that you can think of is at your fingertips.

Should I use heat to deep condition or just let it set on the hair?

You know your child more than anyone.  If they can sit under a hair dryer, then go for it! It is the best way that the conditioner can really penetrate the scalp.  But if your child is not accustomed to that, then no worries.  Just apply the conditioner and place a plastic cap over their head and let them play with water while they have the conditioner on their heads.  Another tip is to let them roam around the house for a while and then rinse off later.  You can leave it for 30 minutes or less.  It is really at your discretion how long to leave the conditioner.  The tip is to not leave it overnight.

Have you started deep conditioning your child’s hair? Please share the conditioner that you like to use or if you make your own conditioner.


Fun trip to Tampa Lowry Park Zoo


I thought Tampa Lowry Park Zoo was going to be a small sized zoo but it turns out that it’s not a small zoo at all and has a lot of very unique and fun exhibits to see for the whole family.

Zoominations (A chinese lantern festival) is now featured in Tampa Lowry Park Zoo and it is absolutely a feast for the eyes! The kids really enjoyed looking at the lanterns being displayed and the dragons that were shown all around the zoo.


We got to see giraffes, elephants, rhinos and so much more.  You have the opportunity to participate in a giraffe feeding which is an amazing experience to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals.


In the exhibit called Primate world, you will find many endangered species like orangutans and chimp.  My kids loved the chimps and watching them just walk around.

There are two outdoor Aviaries that allows you to enjoy a variety of exotic birds in a free flying setting.  My little girl loved the “pink birds” is how she called them.  She loved to see them walking around so close where she could almost touch them.









Lowry Park Zoo is unique because it has several amusement park rides that are scattered throughout the zoo.  It has a carousel, small roller coaster, bumper boats, and a few other kiddie rides that the kids would absolutely enjoy.  The Wallaroo section has even a section for the kids to get refreshed with a splashing zone.  It has in-ground fountains and an interactive splash zone.  My kids absolutely loved this part of the park.










Because of the hot weather (even though it was in May), the splashing zone was a great addition to the park to get the kids refreshed and jumping around in the water.


On May 11, 2002 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009); and Child, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004).

Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling – the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the “new Wallaroo” can expect this Aussie area to be even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:

* a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna” (a mate for our male “Heathcliff”);

* “Bushland Birds” habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas;

* more water features in “The Billabong” splash ground;

* redesigned cafe with “grab and go” food and beverage;

* expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies;

* a new nursing mothers area with baby-friendly features;

* a new and fun ride for young children – Lil’ Joeys Caravan;

* new midway games and activities;

* ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show; and

* livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas.


Take a trip to the “Land of Oz” and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats. Help welcome the newest Aussie additions – a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna,” colorful birds and Fiji-banded iguanas, and take a walkabout with the wallabies in their walk-thru exhibit. The petting area features a herd of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed. Adjacent to the petting area, families can step into a barn that houses Haflinger horses and llamas. Don’t miss the new daily pony parade, goat show and livestock training demonstrations!


The newly upgraded “Billabong” water play area takes kids “down under” to an interactive splash zone with in-ground fountains and free standing water features. Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper’s Mining Company.


Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey’s Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.


Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area. Next door is Boomer’s Cafe, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks. A “mommy center,” designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been rated No. 1 by Parents magazine, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009) and Child magazine, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fun indoor games for your kids

paul walking Technology is a great thing but I feel like sometimes it gets in the way of bonding with my kids.  Between television and computers,  it seems like everyone is going off doing their own thing.  It’s hard to stop what you are doing sometimes and just take the time to play with your kids or just talk to them.  But, if you have a hard time to just sit down with them, then here are some ideas on things that you can do with your kids.

1.  Building stuff.  Kids love to build anything from castles to pirate ships.  You can build anything out of blocks or boxes.  You just have to use a little imagination

2.  Indoor bowling is always a fun activity to do! You can purchase one but there are always  fun ways to make your own.  A creative way to make your own is by taking water plastic bottles and line them up to play some bowling ball.  If you want to make it challenging then you can fill it up half way with some water and it will make it a little harder.  The kids would love it!

3.  Simon says: My kids can play this game for hours.  This is a great game to play not only for fun but because it also teaches them to follow directions and instructions.

4.  Indoor basketball is a great way to get the kids moving and it really doesn’t matter if they are old enough.  It’s a great opportunity to for you to also bond with the kids.

5.  Board games is an oldie but a goodie.  Don’t let computers replace the feel of just playing board games.  I feel like it’s a different experience when you play and feel the game as opposed to just playing the games through a computer.

In my opinion, the most important lesson to teach your kids is to teach them that is not all about winning but about having fun.  The kids are so young at this point and some kids can be very competitive.  Honestly, my kids are very competitive at such a young age and I am still teaching them about learning to play and have fun.

Use your imagination and be creative! Send in pictures or more ideas of fun things you do with your family.

Ricki and the Flash trailer: Meryl Streep rocks in this film

Written by Diablo Cody (Oscar winner for Juno) directed by Jonathan Demme (Oscar winner for “The Silence of the Lambs”). The film follows the rock star life of Ricki as she tries to get the family back together after she neglected them for many years when she became famous.

Ricki’s daughter is played by Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer and her bandmate is played by real-life rock star Rick Springfield.  In my opinion, it was absolutely genius to have them work together and have that real mother-daughter dynamic on screen.

The film is about Ricki’s daughter getting married so she returns home to reunite with her family and attempts to fix all the broken pieces.

Check out this movie this summer! The film will arrive at the movie theater nearest you on August 7.

How to give your dresser a new makeover

Author: April Blake Johnson

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I’m a big fan of bargains.  I’m also a big fan of being creative and resourceful.  Lucky for me, I have a house full of things that  needs a little updating on a little budget.  Since Pinterest has been introduced into my life, I’ve had a sudden surge of inspiration to give things a try. 

My hope is to give others helpful advice and ideas to take on their own project.  Take my word for it, even if the end product isn’t perfect, you will love it far more than anything you could ever buy.  Let me introduce you to a project that I recently did from a dresser that I used as a changing table.

Step 1: This dresser was given to me, and looked to be straight up out of the 80’s with ugly hardware and an orangey finish.  If you don’t have one available…..your local Goodwill has these constantly, and very cheap!

Step 2: I sanded this down and slapped on some black paint (I happen to have some on hand, so I did not need to purchase any)

Step 3: I took off the old hardware and added some modern looking brushed nickel pulls ($1.25 each at my local store).

Step 4: I took out the top 3 drawers and painted the inside black.

Finally: Found baskets to fit on the top for a fresh new look! ($14 each at my local craft store)

Let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear your opinion.

Below are the before pictures:















Mother’s Day gifts that Mom would never buy for herself

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As a mom I can honestly say that there are a lot of things that you would love to have but just never get because there are always other priorities to take care of before you make that purchase.  Now I am not saying that you have to put yourself to the side but I feel that between the kids and life, you  tend to put yourself in the back burner once in a while.  At the end of the day, we just want to plop on the couch and take a long relaxing bubble bath.

This is why I wanted to come up with a list of things that moms would love to get but would never purchase for themselves because it is just not on their list.  Why not splurge on your mom for that one day a year? Moms should really be splurged everyday of the year but I guess one day is better than nothing.

Here are my top picks:


How to Spring clean your Bedroom


I love having my house to be organized but I absolutely hate spring cleaning.  It’s the only time that you really get to do a deep cleaning sort of speak.  My list can go on for pages but I have found that if I tackle one thing at a time that it can be done.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the size of the list, many of the jobs on the list can be really done within a few minutes.  It’s just a matter of taking the time to do them.

It really depends what kind of home you have so my list is based off living in an apartment.  It may not be as extensive as a house but it’s still work that has to get done.


1. Tackle your dresser first by removing all items from your dresser.  Sift through your clothes and donate clothes that you no longer use.

2.  Clean out the drawer and even get sachets to make your drawer smell nice

3.  Move your bed a different position in your room.  I always like to move around my bed to make my room look different.  It’s like starting a new chapter for a new season

4.  Make sure you clean under your bed and take out any kind of storage that is under your bed

5.  Wash your curtains, if possible

6.  Reorganize your toiletries and toss out products that you don’t use anymore

Spring cleaning takes time and effort but it is all worth it at the end.  This is all stuff that everyone knows to do but sometimes you just need a little reminder or a little encouragement to just take the time to actually do it.  Let me know what else you do to get your bedroom organized.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


There is so much rage going on right now about using essential oils for your home and in general.  One of my friends were using tea tree oil to make body scrubs and it really got my intention to start using them myself.  Lucky for me,  Apothecary Extracts provided me the opportunity to try out their tea tree oil and I was more than ecstatic. I must confess that I have never really looked at buying these oils because the prices are insane!

The fact of the matter is that pure quality essential oils are beneficial in so many ways.  These essential oils have been around in the market for quiet some time.  I just feel like it is now that people are becoming more interested on living a more “organic lifestyle” than all the chemicals that exist in the supermarkets.  That is why I was super excited about this opportunity because I am always looking for better ways to live a more “chemical free” home than of the norm.  It takes a lot of courage to start this process and it is not cheap either but I think it is the best choice for my family.

My tea tree oils arrived in a box that had a vintage look to it and I really liked it.  It includes information about the company and warnings as well.  I really like the fact that they have that information because there are so many essential oils out there that you have to search for the information. The best part is opening the box and smelling it and let me just warn you that it has a strong smell and you can tell that it is completely pure and not diluted.  At least I hope I can tell.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australia Tea Tree Oil is available exclusively on Amazon for $24.99.  I highly recommend this product if you love using essential oils.

I would love to hear your feedback so let me know your thoughts.

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review



The number one rule in a beauty regimen is to include a facial masking at least once to twice a week.  Masks are to the face what a conditioner is to your hair.  It keeps your skin looking clear, glowing and healthy.

I was sent a 16oz. white plastic jar of InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask to review.  There really is no wrong way of applying a mask but if you have a facial brush to apply the mask;  then use the brush instead of your fingers.  For many people, the smell is an issue but that’s the best part of this product.  There is no smell when applying this product.  The first time I used the mask it felt like I was applying pudding on my face.  It felt really smooth and I was a bit nervous because my skin is super sensitive but I was dying to try this on since I have heard of mud masks before.  The minute you apply it to your skin, I noticed my skin tightening up.  After fifteen minutes, I washed it off and noticed my skin felt smooth and not dry at all; that is a huge deal for me because my skin tends to dry out very easily.

I have combination skin so this mask worked really well for me because it helped me with blackheads and purifying my skin.  My recommendation is to use it once a week but if you feel like you want to do it more frequently then go ahead and do so.

Please keep in mind that this product does not have a lot of preservatives, and that is great news! But if you would like this product to last longer, then make sure to keep it in the refrigerator.  This way you do not have to worry about the product shelf life.  Plus when you do apply the mask, it will be refreshing at the same time.

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About the product:

Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium.

Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains.

Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

Limited to USA residents only.


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Review

Neutrogena with Charis

It took me a little while to actually get to write a review on this product because I like to give my honest opinion on the products and not just put a review based off a few days of tryouts.  I actually tried out this product for a few weeks and this review is based off my results.  At the same time, I am a little skeptical with purchasing drug store products even though there are some great products out there.  I just always felt that these products would only moisturize my face than actually work.  This is the reason why I was so excited to get Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer because I wanted to see if this product would prove me wrong.

The warning does say that it is a strong product and believe me it is very strong.  If you have sensitive skin, then you might want to start with just a little bit and then increase as your skin progresses.

On the first night that I tried the moisturizer, my skin got irritated and pink.   My skin is sensitive but I did not know that I would have this reaction.  I didn’t give up on it so easily.  After a few tries, my skin started getting irritated but I could already see that my skin was looking more refreshed.

The claims they make are not false; it doesn’t eliminate your wrinkles but it evens out your skin tone.  It fades out those stubborn deep wrinkles so it did do the job for the most part I am very pleased.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer is more expensive than the norm that you see at the drugstore.  But it is definitely cheaper than a specialty beauty store.  If you are looking for something that won’t break your bank, then definitely try out this product.

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The moisturizer is very creamy and light so it’s great for my skin because I don’t like anything too heavy on my skin and especially before going to bed.

At the end of the day, I recommend this product because it does even out your skin and makes you skin look refreshed!

Let me know your thoughts on this product.  Please comment below! I would love to hear from you.

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