Kids Gummies! The Mane Choice and Mielle Organics Children’s Vitamins Review

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Until recently, the idea of purchasing vitamins from a beauty brand seemed a little… far fetched. I still have no explanation of why I dismissed this concept in the past. Luckily, that all changed when I caught some amazing bundle deals from The Mane Choice and Mielle Organics, both of which came with kids gummy multivitamins! This serial drugstore vitamin gal may have been converted.  I’m so excited to finally bring you my review of the kids gummies from this two amazing brands. Of course J was excited to help me with testing and setting up a cute little photoshoot for this review too, so let’s jump into it!

 

Mane Choice vitamins, $10.99 (60 gummies, 1 month supply)

Ingredients (as of February 15, 2017): Glucose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural flavors, Natural colors (Annatto, Tumeric and Elderberry juice), Coconut Oil and Carnauba Wax

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I’m still floored that I managed to get my hands on a CurlBox kids bundle when it went on sale last month. It included the ENTIRE kids line (shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner AND moisturizer) as well as a bottle of the kids vitamins… for $20! Yes boos. This is by far the best sale I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t pass it up. The Mane Choice did not disappoint one bit with these vitamins. They are super cute and they taste just like candy. It’s like a treat without the guilt. (Well kids wouldn’t have guilt anyways, but definitely mom approved!) I’m also in love with the packaging– the curly haired little girl hugging her friends is so adorable! #Blackgirlmagic

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Mielle Organics vitamins, $9.99 (60 gummies, 1 month supply)

Ingredients (as of February 15, 2017): Glucose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural flavors, for colors (Annatto, Tumeric, Elderberry juice), Coconut Oil and Carnauba Wax

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Imagine my surprise when I realized that one of my favorite hair care brands carries a kids line! When I saw an awesome Black Friday deal for the bundle (that included the gummies) I knew I had to grab it, and I’m happy I did. These multivitamins are the first we tried that weren’t purchased in a drugstore, and I have to say we were impressed.

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Interested in the sweet little details and wondering which brand of vitamins is right for you? Read on!

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These gummy vitamins are pretty much identical in comparison, right down to their ingredients. Both brands use super cute bears as the gummy shape of choice, with yellow and orange vitamins. I love that the gummies are pretty true to flavor as well. Following citrus flavors, the yellow really has a hint of lemon, and the orange tastes SO much like orange candy! (Of course I had to run a taste test!) I love that the texture of these gummies is more chewy than rubbery, which is the problem we run into with a lot of other gummy vitamins. I would say the consistency is similar to fruit snacks, or gushers… minus the juice/syrup filling.

Can you tell a difference in the vitamins? Exactly. I would say making a decision in which vitamin to purchase would come down to price and/or brand loyalty.

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The one thing I’m not crazy about is the price and quantity both brands provide. It’s hard to grasp paying $10 for 60 gummies– which is a one month supply as per the 2 gummy serving size– when some brands are the same price or a little cheaper for twice as many. I know the principle here is the fact that you are supporting Black owned businesses, that promise all natural ingredients and I totally support that. I also try to remind myself that just as when I’m selecting skincare or haircare products– or any lifestyle products really– quality is everything. Especially when you have clean, safe, and all natural options. So my children are no exception. Shopping smart is always a priority for me though, so when you decide to try either brand, I definitely urge you to research prices online (some retailers like Target will price match) and shop sales whenever possible.

As much as I love the vitamins– and just raved about their packaging a few paragraphs back– I would also love to see products that aren’t just catered to little girls. These are things I wouldn’t even have considered before having my son, but it really does put things into perspective, like wow… we need more gender neutral products for kids! Not that it should matter if your gummy vitamins come out of a jar covered with flowers or girls, but… just saying.

I do want to mention that both multivitamins are dairy and gluten free, and are loaded with vitamins from “A to Zinc!” They even include Biotin, which is great for healthy hair and nails. I compared the supplement information to that of other over the counter vitamins and the list of vitamins is the same!

All in all, J really loves taking these vitamins, and I’m not going to lie– I can totally see why. I’m praying for another sale from either brand (or both) so we can replenish because I would love to keep these within arms (and little finger’s) reach!

Thank you for reading loves … share this review if you found it helpful! Don’t forget to take your vitamins and say your prayers.

Xo.

 

 

 

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Shimmer and Shine Dress Up/ J’s Halloween 2016 look

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J and I had so much fun creating AND editing this Shimmer and Shine inspired video together. This is BY FAR my favorite video to date.  I just thought I should also mention that this comes with no coaching, practicing, or leading whatsoever. We totally freestyled and this is our first AND ONLY take filming. I loved watching J take the lead, I love my little muffin so much!

We hope you enjoy and thank you for watching!

Xo.

 

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Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils is Here to Stay! (Review)

This past weekend I was invited as a guest of Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils to attend the Hair She Grows Natural Beauty Event in Maitland. (It was such a beautiful event!) J and I both went home with samples from the Aunt Jackie’s, but the fun didn’t end there. As a guest, I gained access to the VIP lounge where I was also invited to take home a product of my choice. After much deliberating– they all looked so yummy– I chose the “Quench” Moisture Intensive Leave in Conditioner. I couldn’t wait to dive into these goodies!

Styling Routine.

We used products from other brands to deep condition, wash, and condition J’s hair  (in that order; details coming soon)  because we were only gifted samples of a detangler and styler from the Girls line to try. I read the directions of the detangler only AFTER washing her hair, and noticed that it serves a purpose of strictly detangling, then would need to be washed out. Since we detangled her hair prior to washing I skipped this step and went straight to styling. I opted to use the “Quench”leave in conditioner (which isn’t from the kids line) which felt like magic in a bottle when I applied it to her hair. (More about that below.) To set her hair and install her twists, I used a product from Aunt Jackie’s Girls line called Baby Girl Curls, Moisture Rich Curling and Twisting Custard. This was my first time using something so lightweight as a styling product for her hair, and I have no idea why because her curls loved it.

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Review: The Good. The Bad. The Truth.

Both products smell great– like a candy or fruity drink.  Definitely something sweet.

The first thing that I noticed about the custard is that it’s much lighter and thinner than most products I’ve seen marketed as a custard. For me this was a nice surprise because thicker custards can get tacky and sticky quickly, or just sit on top of your hair.

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The custard definitely helped with defining her curls a bit more and helping them clump together as I smoothed it in. It did get a tiny bit sticky as her hair dried in certain areas, but that changed as soon as I applied more water and twisted her hair down. As her hair dried I couldn’t stop admiring how light it looked. I know it sounds crazy. But I could see the true color and texture of her hair, and I know it’s because it wasn’t weighed down. The next day her hair looked like it needed more moisture but when I took her twists out, it was SO SOFT! Easy to detangle and separate the twists, lightweight, and SOFT. I applied our favorite cream styler for more moisture and hold, and styled her hair in a high puff. I’m still admiring her curls as I type.

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If I could do anything differently, I probably would have applied a tiny bit of moisturizer or cream styler to keep her hair happy and moist, or I would try each product separate to see how well one does without the other.

I really think the star player in this lineup was the leave in conditioner “Quench”. Also a bit lighter than the leave in’s I’m used to, this formula was the consistency of a thick soup. Well, probably a bit thicker than that but I’m having the hardest time thinking of comparing it to something with a similar consistency. You’ll definitely want to take your time applying it or you’ll have glops on your floor and bathroom counter like I did. My advice is to take your time working it in–rake, smooth, whatever– and start with a small amount and build so it’s easier to control. To be honest, once I noticed how beautifully our hair drank it up and plumped to satisfaction, I didn’t mind it it’s runny consistency. As it grew on me, I started to wonder why I hadn’t been seeking products of this texture all along, because we all know how easy it is to run into product buildup with low porosity hair.

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That Quench is flirting with me. I was so in love with how soft (yet defined) her curls were that I did a test run with it myself, and I’m loving how soft and moisturized yet DEFINED my hair is. Granted, I didn’t run through my full wash day routine, but I applied it to my wet hair (in sections) and allowed it to air dry. My curls are lush and happy!! I’m so happy with my choice.

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I’m so interested in trying more products from Aunt Jackie’s, they definitely set the bar pretty high. Not to mention the fact that they are mineral oil, sulfate and paraben free with impressive ingredients. I checked the prices and availability of some of their products (most of which are under $10) and I’m floored. All this goodness for these prices? Let me slide over to the Aunt Jackie side real quick!

I know this was a long one but I had to go in because I’m impressed! If you read through this entire review, thank you. You’re the real MVP.

What products from this line should I try next?

 

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5 Things I Can’t Wait to Use for my Newborn

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Keep in mind this isn’t a typical product review that I would do.  I have yet to try these goodies, but I love them and everything they have to offer.

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To keep it short and sweet, here are the 5 things I can’t wait to use for my newborn/ baby:

 

1. Milk Snob cover

I love the look and concept behind these covers! I love the fact that I have one cover that I can use as a car seat cover AND a nursing cover. The patterns are fly and I feel like they would be making a statement rocking them. (Enter outfit of the day photo!) Not only do I love the potential of these covers, I support the mompreneur behind the brand, and the customer service is stellar. When I contacted the company with a concern because I purchased the wrong cover (we were initially told baby N was a girl) she did not hesitate in getting it resolved for me– it was the best customer service experience I could ask for! I love supporting “small” businesses and mompreneurs, so for me this was a no brainer. I’m super excited to use this cover– get ready to see plenty of photos of me with this!

2. Green Sprouts wooden comb and brush set

Okay, don’t judge me. I hate those cheap, plastic baby combs and brushes on the market. I love the idea of wooden hair tools for a baby (though the bristles are still soft) and I’m excited to give them a try. My hope is that they are more durable, and actually work in terms of keeping baby’s hair in place, rather than collecting lint and every other particle that floats in the air.

 

3. Solly Baby wrap

I waited patiently for an irresistible sale (Black Friday) before I purchased this baby wrap. It comes highly recommended from my baby wearing friend, because of the lightweight material, which is perfect for Florida weather. I love my Ergo carrier (which I still plan on using) but I’ve also been wanting to try wraps because they boast a lighter, more comfortable hold for mommy AND baby. I would love the convenience of just wrapping and going without having to worry about buckles or straps all the time. I absolutely plan on baby wearing as much as possible, and I can’t wait to put this beauty to use!

 

4. matimati Baby wash cloths

I loathe the paper thin baby wash cloths that we purchased before I had J. I understand the idea is to have something gentle for your newborn, but these cloths were annoying because they were so thin and frail, and stuck to EVERYTHING when we did the laundry. Nick likes them so we still have a few, but I knew that I wanted to look for something with a little more texture to it, this time around. I actually stumbled upon these bamboo wash cloths on Amazon and fell in love with their packaging (and the fact that they are organic, of course!) Added incentive is the brand initiative. I read their back story after I found the company on social media, and found that a percentage of their proceeds goes towards the fight against human trafficking. Now that’s buying power! As I write this post, I am looking for ways to extend my support of the brand with more purchases, like those adorable bandana bibs they have available!

 

5. Swaddle Designs Muslin blankets

I LOVE muslin blankets! They were absolutely my favorite blankets to use when I had J because of their multi-use awesomeness. I used them as swaddle blankets, a burp cloth, a nursing cover, a car seat cover– I’ve even used them to cuddle up to a time or two. (When clean, of course.) I was literally moments away from ordering a few muslin blankets online when I was contacted by the creator of Swaddle Designs blankets for a product review and giveaway (coming once baby N arrives!!). Ummm… of course I will! I’m over the moon excited to put these adorable blankets to use and I’m so happy to have them in our baby bundle. (Keep your eyes peeled for that review and giveaway, too!)

 

Now, let’s not be mistaken. Some things go without being said or listed. Like every single baby item that we used with J, that we will now be using with N. Our bassinet, our glider/rocking chair, our rock n’ play sleeper (we LOVE this little gem!), baby toys and accessories and so forth. Some things hold so much sentimental value that we are beyond gracious that we get to use them again and keep them in our little family. But these 5 essential products have me so excited. Oh, and I can’t forget the 4Moms mamaRoo that I managed to get for $40 –in excellent condition– from our local consignment shop. That little rocket ship is just too awesome for words!

 

Sharing is caring, let me know what you can’t wait to put to use, for your little!

 

 

 

BTW, This is NOT a sponsored post.

 

 

 

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How To: Styling My Baby’s Hair (Fine, loose curls)

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I did not mention this in the video, but I do alternate styling products for my daughter’s hair. To avoid product buildup, I choose light products and I apply sparingly. Check out our staples list to see some of our favorites!

Have you seen my product reviews for the Kinky Curly Knot Today  and Camille Rose Style Setter yet? Check them out and tell me what you think!

Links to purchase:

Kinky Curly Knot Today

Camille Rose Naturals Style Setter

 

P.S. What motivates you? Comment below! Stay beautiful.

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Jenesis Aaliyah turns one!

We just celebrated J’s 1st Birthday and I can’t believe my baby girl is a whole year old. She is walking, talking, and showing so much personality it’s crazy. This year has been full of firsts for the Mr. and I, and J is such a blessing to us- she is the perfect addition in completing our little family. We love her to pieces and I can’t wait to see what adventures and learning experiences the next year has in store for us.

Her Birthday fell on a Thursday this year, which was perfect for a day at the Aquarium. J is teething so she wasn’t as excited as her zoo trip, but she still had a great time. We ended the day with a jumbo cupcake smashing at one of her favorite parks, and boy did she go in on that cupcake!

We celebrated her Birthday with friends and family a few days later, at the beautiful Ballast Point park in Tampa, FL. We had such an amazing time. We’re blessed to have a great family who helped us celebrate our little and all of her accomplishments this year. We <3 love!

Jenesis Bday here she comes

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Smash cake: mommy and daddy

Cupcakes: The Sweet Tooth Cakery

Birthday romper: Lunaflectco

Ballet Slippers: thrifted (I know, right!)

Crown: Love Crush Boutique

“Jenesis” banner: Sweet Georgia Sweet

Decorations: Yours truly, with help from the Mr. and my sister

 

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Summer Grow Out Challenge 2014: The Results

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The summer came and went, and in the blink of an eye our Summer Grow Out Challenge was dunzo. Our summer has been filled with many wash and go’s,  juicy puffs, and every “out” imaginable (shout out to my favs- the braid out, coil out and bantu knot out). With taking on the summer grow out challenge, I’ve learned that trying to keep a checklist for two curly heads can be a pain in the butt. Surely, monitoring J’s progress was more fun than mine because her hair is easier to manage AND because although her hair is longer- she doesn’t have as much as mommy does. Have you seen this head of mine?

Ok let’s jump into it, our results for the 2014 summer grow out challenge.

Goals:

After the modifications in month one, we stayed on track with most some of the guidelines. Let’s recap:

1. Drink water until you grow fins. (or at least eight, 8oz cups per day) —-> I dropped the ball here. Sigh.

2. Take a Multi-vitamin, Omega 3 supplement (such as Fish oil), and hair/skin/nails vitamin each day —-> I def missed my vitamin fix a few times

3. Eat the rainbow. As many fruits and veggies as possible!! —-> We ate healthy ! A small win! Except for that one week in Texas. I was so bad. Ok, we’ll just say that was mommy’s hall pass.

4. Moisturize that situation like your life depends on it! —-> Check!

5. Seal those ends! Even for wash and go styles, there has to be a sure fire way to seal in moisture, right? —-> Ok, what do you consider sealing? I mean, there was no nightly sealing and I didn’t use any oils to seal my wash and go; but there are oils in my favorite cream so this counts, right?

6. Weekly deep conditioning treatments, with at least 30 min of heat. (Obvi J will be opting out of this one.)—-> I am proud to say I deep conditioned once a week- but when I was unable to sit under a hooded dryer, I steam using the old fashioned “sleep in a shower cap and headwrap” method.

Results:

Jenesis- J’s hair has grown so much! I am guilty of paying way more attention to hair needs than mine sometimes, but the payout is worth it. Her hair is so healthy and I really enjoy taking care of it. When she lets me.

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(left) Jenesis’ hair at the beginning of the challenge, compared to (right) her growth by the end of summer.

Mommy- I trimmed my hair about a week ago. I wanted so badly to hold on to my length but I knew I would just be hurting my journey in the long run. My ends were pretty raggedy and screaming to be clipped so I don’t feel terrible about taking matters into my own hands and doing just that. I’m almost positive that I still need a good trim (and shape) so I’m planning on treating myself to a trip a natural hair salon (1st time) for my birthday in December.  Up until my trim I didn’t notice a change in the look and texture of my hair, mainly because I know I wasn’t drinking enough water and keeping up with my vitamins. Sigh. Im still working on these goals. My hair had definitely grown longer and thicker though, which I can credit to healthy eating.

I’m currently deciding what hair goals I want to set for the months to come, but because the last half of the month is always busy with Birthdays and Holidays, I’ll def be keeping it to one or two-track goals for now. 😉

How did you make out with your hair goals this summer?

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How to Travel With a Baby

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I’m not a professional mommy traveler- far from. To be honest, I came to a lot of these conclusions after I made quite a few mistakes the first time we traveled with J. To my defense, we flew out short notice due to a family emergency, so when I was told I have less than 3 hours to pack for a trip out of state for no set amount of time- I was strictly in “go” mode. Alas, we made it, had a great time with family, and it was an awesome learning experience for me. Here is my take away.

Traveling with a baby:

1. Stick with what you know; now is not the time to try something new. I failed and failed in this department. We made the decision to buy diapers instead of bringing them, but we bought a package instead of a box. We ran out (of course we did) and chose to try a cheaper brand to hold us over until we return home. Big mistake. She leaked through the diapers every day she wore them. Every. Day. I def won’t be purchasing Walmart brand diapers again. 

2. Pack for every occasion you can possibly think of. I had no idea that J would sprout ridges of her first tooth while we were traveling. We had no coconut oil (for her gums), no meds, no teething toys. What was I thinking, not even a teething toy? In the future I will be packing for any scenario, to avoid spending extra time (and money) searching for things to keep her comfortable.

3. Bring your baby carrier! It was a lifesaver for us. In the airport, sightseeing, even on the plane.

4. Stay in sync with your “back home” schedule. It will make things ten times easier on you when you return home. It was super rough at first because we had a few factors working against us- J was teething, we were in a new environment AND there was a one hour time difference- but we tried our best to stay on time with her meals, based on the timezone we are used to. Unfortunately, J is a busy-bee who doesn’t want to miss a thing so any time we are in a new place she doesn’t follow her nap schedule and rarely keeps her bedtime. We’re still working on this part.

 

Flying with a baby:

1. Reserve a window seat. Trust, you will thank me.

2. Arrive at your gate as early as you can, to try and secure an additional seat. This worked in our favor on the way back because we had a layover of a few hours, so we literally went to the gate as soon as it opened. There was no need for us to buy an additional seat, but because there were seats available we were able to secure an entire row of three seats to ourselves (well, we paid for two). This made all the difference in terms of space and comfort.

3. Nursing is your friend. Nurse, nurse, nurse! If you don’t breastfeed, have bottles, pacifiers, and food on deck. I’m almost positive that this is equivalent to an adult chewing gum to help with popping ears. Aside from J’s initial fits, nursing was the only thing that kept her comfortable and soothed her. She nursed until she fell asleep, which lasted a majority of the trip.

3. Stay calm. People will shift in their seats. They will wonder when your baby will stop crying, and why they got stuck sitting close to the lady with the screaming baby. They’ll get over it. Baby comes first, so stay as calm and collected as possible and tend to your muffin’s needs. Once baby is happy, it will be smooth sailing for the both of you.

4. Organize your baby bag based on your immediate needs. By this, I mean keep important things within arms reach and make sure you know where everything is. The Mr. thinks I’m obsessive because I reorganize the bag every time we head out, not realizing that there is a method to my madness. Doing this is a sure way to keeping my sanity while we are out. For example, I keep J’s meds in the front pocket for emergencies, personal items (like keys or my wallet) in the inside zipper and out of eyesight, and her wipes and diapers on the inside flaps so I can grab them in a hurry. For the flight back home I kept all items associated with her mouth in one central area. This includes her pacifier, food and spoons, and her teething toy.(Yes, the one that we bought last minute.) Knowing where everything is will save you time and energy, and it will also make things a million times easier when you are balancing a baby on your lap while reaching under the seat in front of you to get something you need.

I’m sure this list will grow as our traveling picks up over the next year, and I’m excited to see what our next adventure brings. I would love to hear what your tips and tricks are for traveling with a baby. Leave a comment for me, below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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