2 Handy Items Homeowners Could Use

I love being a homeowner. I never thought I would be a single mom and be a homeowner. I’ve always wanted to have a home and set roots down. My son and I have been in our home for over a year and we love it! We found 2 handy items homeowners could use!

2 Handy Items Homeowners Could Use
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I love our little home. I remember the first time I saw it in person, it wasn’t until after the seller accepted my offer! By then, he had already moved out! I saw my home for the first time during our inspection!

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What Show Should You See In NYC?

When it comes to travel, we love to see the sights and explore. Have you visited New York City? I hope to visit one day. Let’s talk about What Show Should You See in NYC!

What Show Should You See In NYC?

We love to travel! My son and I have been to Walt Disney World a handful of times. He loves the rides and excitement. We make it a learning experience for him. He loves exploring and absorbing everything. When it comes to travel, we like to travel simply! I also like to pack and be organized with our clothes and luggage.

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And The Eyes Have It

And The Eyes Have It
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What’s the old proverb, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me the first thing I notice about someone when I first meet them. Now you can have amazing eyewear that’s perfect for any occasion. And just like that, the eyes have it.

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A Meal Delivery Subscription with Kids in Mind

A Meal Delivery Subscription with Kids in Mind
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As a Mom of 4, I have so much on my plate. Figuratively of course. Often I find myself wondering after the kids have gone to bed if I am doing enough for them? One of my biggest doubts is their diets. I find myself just rushing to the most convenient items, which let’s be honest, is macaroni and cheese and fast food. Not the best meals at all for them. Recently I came across a Meal Delivery Service with Kids in mind. Including picky eaters. Now I can order healthy meals for the week, in advance, and have peace of mind that I am checking one of the mom-guilts off of my list.

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5 Tips For Filling Your Life With More Positive Memories

When all is said and done, everyone wants to live the kind of life which leaves them with all sorts of happy, upbeat, and uplifting memories to look back on – both in the near future, and decades down the line. Let’s explore 5 Tips For Filling Your Life With More Positive Memories.

5 Tips For Filling Your Life With More Positive Memories

You can’t always “plan” your life out just to collect a certain number of positive memories every day, week, or month. A lot of the situations that end up being the most memorable and meaningful occur pretty much spontaneously, and often totally unexpectedly, as well.

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Help The Men in Your Life Find Their Style

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Every single morning, my sons and my husband roll out of bed, do their morning routine, and head out the door. Time and time again, I notice the one thing that they can care less to bother with is their hair. It’s almost as if none of the men in my life even bother to comb it!

Why is that? Is it only my boys? Can ANYONE else relate?

Maybe bedhead is in. (I really hope not)

I have purchased ‘gels’ and ‘styling creams’ but there is always a complaint about how sticky the products feel or ‘crusty’ their hair becomes. One of my sons came home from school upset one day because his hair turned white! Needless to say when this mommy asks him to style his hair, he is not having it. In regards to my husband, his answer is simply a ‘hat’.

:::sigh:::

Let’s set the record straight, the men in my life have great hair, especially my sons. Their mane is so thick and luscious, and to be honest, I am a bit jealous of their locks. I wanted to focus on my sons to help them find their own sense of style. They express themselves through their clothing, so why not their hair?

The Cut

First thing is first. The haircut. We were on a hunt for a barber that can style their hair based on face shape to give them a look they will love. The same buzz cut was getting old and to be honest my sons were not too thrilled with their haircut style.

We found the perfect barber who knew exactly what she’s doing. That’s right I said ‘SHE’. A rarity, but #LadyBarbers are starting to break that mold and leave their imprint on the barber scene. Natasha new exactly how to cut and style a young mans hair exactly suited to their face shape, wants & needs. Her credentials are astonishing, so she is a must visit if you are ever in the Waterbury, CT area.

Check out the incredible Natasha the barberess and all her work on @natasharose_thebarberess

My sons came out of the Gents BarberShop looking so handsome. They both had a nice low fade and their hairlines were cleaned up (FINALLY!). A perfect hairstyle for the winter. The best part, their hair was manageable so they can style it on their own. We just needed to find the right products to match their needs.

The Hair Product Hunt

As a family, we have tried so many products. There was always some issue. Whether the hold wasn’t there, hair felt stiff or a white cast was left behind; my sons wanted nothing to do with these type of products. It was something that was always an ‘uncomfortable’ concept for them.

BluMaan full size 2.5 oz hair products available in 5 different formulas for $21.50 USD each

This is where BluMaan came into our lives. I was not sure what to think about the pomades, creams and oils, but I thought let’s give it a try. First, I introduced BluMaan Discovery Styling Kit to my sons. They were curious as to what each product did. The packaging really had them intrigued, as did the hair product themselves. It was something they had never seen or used in their hair before.

Blue Maan Discovery Kit
BluMaan Discovery Kit retails $21.50 USD
Each container has .5oz of product.

BluMaan had five different formulas that came in a palm sized tub. Each served a different purpose for different types of hair. This was perfect to test and try to see which ones would be a good fit. I already knew my sons wanted something with a lighter hold, and BluMaan had products just for those needs.

The Five BluMaan Basics

The Original

The Original Styling Meraki was really unique. It wasn’t exactly a right fit for my boys at this point, but this stuff was real cool. It is a heavy, thick, creamy wax, that has a very strong hold and is not too shiny. This is perfect for longer and/or thicker mens hair that requires a little blow drying to style. As soon as baseball season hits, my younger son wants a ‘faux hawk’. The Meraki would be perfect to achieve that look.

Clay

The Hybrid and the Cavalier are both clays. The Hybrid is a favorite that my sons found easy to use. It did not leave their hair stiff and it looked so natural and perfectly styled. They were able to run the product through their own hair without my help. There were no complaints about stiffness or crunchy bits, which is exactly what we were looking for.

The Cavalier was a bit heavier and harder for my sons to work with. I recommend using this one while your hair is damp, if it’s dry, it will definitely tug at it. It had a super strong hold, but still had a natural look to it. If you have thick and/or curly hair, this would be perfect for you.

Clays in general are great to give your hair a fuller look and maintains any frizz you may have.

Paste

The Monarch, which is a paste, was another favorite. This product was creamier and easier to handle. It had a perfect hold that is great for school picture day. The Monarch was also perfect for combing back the hair. It did not look stiff, and you were still able to run your fingers through it.

Pomade

The final one is the Fifth Sample, which is a pomade. This one did not make it into the everyday wear category, but we had a lot of fun with it. The Fifth Sample not only held your slick back or mohawk in place, it also had this great shine to it. An interesting ingredient that sets this pomade apart from others, is that it’s water based.

My husband has used oil-based pomades in the past and it was tough to wash out. The Fifth Sample peaked his interest because of how different the ingredients were. He loved that this was so much easier to wash out compared to oil-based. A huge and unexpected win for the husband.

Pump Up the Volume

BluMann Ascend Volume Cream retails $23.00 USD

We decided to have a little fun with BluMaan Ascend Volume Cream. It came in an easy to pump bottle and has a great creamy consistency. We used about a dime size on damp hair, massaged it down to the roots and blow dried.

It required a little more work, but this was by far my favorite to use on my boys. Their hair had this gorgeous volume to it and looked completely natural. Best part, you could run your fingers through it.

Hair Health

My sons found their personal style, and some great products from BluMaan to go along with it. The one little teeny thing that I am always concerned about is if they really wash their hair well. BluMaan created an amazing product called Cloud Control, a hair oil, which can be perfect for this concern that I had.

Hair oils have been around for centuries and have some great properties. There have been claims that they can really slow down hair loss and help promote hair growth. They have also been known to condition, soften, and strengthen your hair. Personally, I adore hair oils. I use them often and love the nourishing look and protection it provides.

BluMaan Cloud Control Hair Oil retails $24.50

Cloud Control was extremely easy to use, and more importantly my boys did not fuss that there was ‘an extra step’. As soon as they came out of the shower, I added 4 drops to their hair and rubbed it in. THAT’S IT! My son’s hair has never felt softer and looked healthier. Not to mention their hair smelled incredible!

Routine

We are happy to say, we found a routine that our sons could get on board with. My husband and I think our boys finally appreciate the hair they have. It was a bit of work, but was worth it. First, we helped them find their style with the right barber (Barberess for our sons, thank you Natasha!). Then moved onto to finding hair products that worked for their needs and comfort. (Thankfully BluMaan gave us so much to choose from) Finally, we introduced a little extra ‘hair care‘ in their hygiene regimen. With some time and effort, my sons are finally discovering their unique selves.

Looking for the perfect gift for that special man in your life? Or need a gift for an aspiring barber or barberess? BluMaan has something for all mens styling needs and is perfect to keep in your barber kit.

Healthy Snacks For Your Picky Eater

Healthy Snacks For Your Picky Eater
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I knew it was going to happen, with four kids, that there would be a picky eater. My youngest is two and every day is a battle with her. So I’m constantly on the lookout for something she will love. I have finally found some healthy snacks for your picky eater to love and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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Snowman Oreo Cookies

Are you ready for Christmas? This year, I wanted to start some new traditions. My son and I have been in our home for a year now. I put up a Christmas tree and I sent out Christmas cards! I hope to buy more Christmas decorations as well! Are you ready to make some Christmas treats? It’s time for our Snowman Oreo Cookies! 

Snowman Oreo Cookies

Our Snowman Oreo Cookies make the perfect treat to share with friends, family, potluck, parties, etc. My son has a cookie exchange and of course, we sent a nice tray of cookies. They asked for store-bought, so I happily obliged. I can understand people are concerned with allergies.

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Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies

Are you a chocolate lover? We created a fun and unique cookie that was a hit with my son’s class! We had to whip up cookies for a cookie exchange and everyone loved these! Get ready for our Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies! 

Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies

This year, I decided I am starting new holiday traditions and trying to get into the Christmas spirit! I just put up our first Christmas tree! This is my first Christmas tree as an adult and as a single mom. A few years ago, we had a Christmas tree, however, my mother-in-law set it up for us. It was beautiful and we loved it. This is our first Christmas tree in our new home.

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Great Fashion Gifts For The Holiday Season

Great Fashion Gifts For The Holiday Season
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My goodness, how are we so close to the Christmas season already! I feel like I just blinked and it was summer. With the time for giving so close, I’ve found a couple of great shops to share. These are great fashion gifts for the holiday season, and I hope you love them too. So let’s get started!

Holiday Bishop Dress

Oh Baby!

This is one of my favorite shops for children’s clothing. Feltman Brothers have by far some of the most adorable clothing I’ve seen tailored to that old fashioned style. This company created in 1916, serves and strives to bring that vintage feel to the modern-day. I for one couldn’t love their clothing more! Everything I have from the company is perfect with the highest quality material.

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When I put my daughter Iris into that adorable Short Sleeve Holiday Bishop Dress my first thought was oh my word she looks just like a doll! To give the dress that added flare you have beautiful embroidery around the collar and around the bottom of the dress. This stunning dress is so beautiful yet so simple. It really is made to accent the innocence of the child, not being over the top with frills. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fancy dress on a baby but the old fashioned look of this dress makes me think of a much simpler time of life.

Perfect for play.

If your little one is like mine, she’s all over the place. This dress allows for a full range of motion. I have found that a lot of dresses and clothes you find that are on the dressier side tend to be really tight and doesn’t stretch. This isn’t the case with any of the Feltman Brother products I have. They truly tailor to the needs of children.

Knit Hat

I decided to pair her beautiful dress with a Holiday Knit Hat which matches the lovely coloring in the dress. This adorable hat is so soft perfect to frame your child’s beautiful face. It gives them the extra protection against the cold and keep their little ears warm.

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite Feltman Brothers reviews with: Bringing Back Vintage Fashion for Kids and Sharing My Easter Traditions With My Kids. Feltman Brothers are the perfect addition to your child’s fashion needs. With something for every occasion, they would be the perfect gift for your little one this holiday season. For more information or to get your own products be sure to check out their Website, Facebook, or Instagram!