Head & Shoulders & Beachy Waves


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I am the first to admit that I have a tendency to be pretty picky about certain things. I know what I want {Even though pregnancy left me unable to make a decision about certain things – pregnancy brain is no joke!} – and for the most part, I know what I like.

When it comes to my hair, I don’t mess around. As part of a campaign with Clever Girls Collective, I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Collection. Would you believe that this is my first time trying out Head & Shoulders? I can’t either.

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I was pleasantly surprised with the product leaving my hair feeling great but the Green Apple scent is crisp, clean and seriously out of this world. It’s so delicious and the best part about the amazing scent is that is keeps your hair smelling great all day – Charles has even commented on it {and he NEVER comments on stuff like that!}

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Plus, I think that these last few weeks, on the rare occasion I get the chance to blow-dry my hair and actually put on make-up, my hair has never looked better!

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And as a little added bonus, Sunnie Brook Jones, Head & Shoulders Celebrity Stylist has provided us with her favorite How-To for Beachy Waves that I wanted to share on the blog too – This I am totally going to try over the holiday weekend coming up! Beach waves at the beach are my favorite!

Beachy Waves

Don’t forget to check out the #PartOfOurFamily sweepstakes for a chance to meet Sofia Vergara – All you have to do is follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders

The Sweepstakes kicked off Monday, August 18 and will run until September 8th. The winner will have the opportunity to meet Sofia at an upcoming Head & Shoulders advertising shoot!

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What’s do you look for in your favorite shampoo?

Scent? Price? Brand? 

Please share!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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MM’s Stitch Fix #3

Another day another Stitch Fix!

I think it’s the change of season that is fast approaching – everyone is out shopping!

{I know I am!}

Today I wanted to share with you MM’s {my mother-in-law} third fix! You can check out her Fix #1 and Fix #2 along with all my previous Fixes on my Stitch Fix page.

I not only love sharing MY Stitch Fixes that I reeve once a month, I also love sharing what my friends and family receive in their Fixes too. It’s fun to have a little fashion show and see what fun surprises await! Here’s what MM received in her THIRD Fix – Check it out and let us know what you think she should keep:

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What to Keep

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Kut from the Kloth Prescott Dot & Stripe Raglan Knit Shirt in Navy {$58}

Kut from the Kloth Dot & Stripe Knit Shirt

What Stitch Fix calls a knit shirt to me is WAY more like a light sweatshirt. When I first saw this, I thought I was going to love it – because stripes and dots are awesome – but on, it didn’t really wow me. It’s cute and casual, but MM wasn’t really sure what she would do with it and I agree. The color tag also says navy, but it’s way more grey in person than anything else. Also for the price, I think you can get something much better for $58. But it is a cute & dressier sweatshirt – if you are in the market for something like that.

Prescott Dot & Stripe Knit Shirt

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Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan in Blue {$68}

Market and Spice Alan French Terry Zip Cardigan

Again with the crazy colors – this is not blue, it’s defiantly purple. A beautiful shade of purple if you ask me. The asymmetrical zip is all sorts of awesome, but I love it just left open as well. Plus the longer back is always a good idea. This is a great piece for the fall season & cooler weather – I think it’s a great piece you can get a lot of wear out of! I may have to steal this from MM for myself!

Market and Spice Zip Cardigan

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Fun2Fun Nannette Swiss Dot Sleeve Blouse in Coral {$48}

Fun2Fun Nannette Swiss Dot Sleeve Blouse

I loved this coral top on MM. I think it’s a great color and the dots & semi sheerness in the sleeve detail is a nice touch. It can easily be paired with a fun necklace and I think it’s a great top for going into cooler weather that you can warm up with a blazer if you need to. Plus it’s a great length – I really like it!

Fun2Fun Dot Sleeve Blouse

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Eighty Sixty Chia Line Print Split Neck Blouse in Navy {$78}

Eighty Sixty Chia Line Print Split Neck Blouse

Again, not sure why this is called navy, because its purple. Unless I am going colorblind. This is a fun top, I enjoy the striped zig zags but I think it’s a bit more meant for warmer weather because of how light it is and the lack of sleeves. Not sure it’s a keeper with Fall right around the corner, but it could look cute with skinny jeans, boots and a sweater. What do you think? {Oops, forgot to get a picture of MM wearing this!}

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Daniel Rainn Pierce Crochet Detail V-Neck Blouse in Navy {$68}

Daniel Rainn Pierce Crochet Detail VNeck Blouse

We must have got a weird color thing happening with this Fix because AGAIN this is much more of an eggplant than a navy. And again, it’s more of a summery top. I also wasn’t a fan of the see thru crochet detail down the front of the tank, but it’s cute along the back. I like the length and the color but its very light and a little on the sheer side.

Daniel Rainn VNeck Blouse

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So there you have it, another Fix!

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What’s your favorite piece from this Stitch Fix?

What do you think MM should keep?

Please share! We love to hear your thoughts!

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And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

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Our Baby Led Weaning Update – One Month In!

So here we are…one month in to baby led weaning.

And I must tell you….

It’s been a messy 4 weeks!

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It has also been a very fun, sometimes scary, a little gassy but an overall very exciting time in the world of introducing solids to my little man.

Today I wanted to give you a little update on how things have been going the past month! If you haven’t checked out my Baby Led Weaning Essentials post, don’t forget to pop on over there – it shares with you a few of our favorite things that have helped us make our way into the land of eating “real” food.

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So we started Brooks off with a variety of “soft” foods and some raw options as well. We began with lots of avocado, banana, egg & sweet potatoes in the mix. I think doing that for the first week or so really helped Brooks get an idea of some different textures, shapes & tastes. I’m not sure how much he actually ate of any of it, but one of the main focuses behind BLW is to not stress about the food intake, so I haven’t been worrying about it!

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We are letting Brooks decide what & how much he wants to eat. I try to give him a variety of choices & he does with it what he wants. We also aren’t mushing anything, just giving him food we are eating {for the most part} in manageable bites he can grab & won’t choke on. Sometimes he attempts to make contact with his mouth, other times he tosses the food on the ground to the dog. He’s 6 months old, so there really isn’t any reasoning with him. I try to stick with the mantra that “food before one is just for fun” and we are making space everyday for Brooks to “explore” with his food – because it’s really all about learning at this point.

mesh feeder

I do my best to give Brooks tastes of whatever we are eating. I have been trying to mainly focus on Brooks trying out foods during breakfast & lunch as I’ve heard that sometimes if you go the dinner route it can cause gas at night which would NOT make B a happy camper. He’s also in the best mood during the day so we have the best results with him trying new things.

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The only source of anxiety during this whole process, and I believe it to be a thing to all parents no matter what “route to solids” you are taking – is the possibility of choking.

I know that Brooks is going to gag because he has to learn to swallow & chew and it all will eventually flow together – and I know that gagging is different than choking but it doesn’t make the threat of is any less scary.

self feeding

Because of the choking scare, and due to the fact that Brooks is still very new to “food” I have been putting anything that he could possibly choke on or be a choking hazard into these amazing mesh feeders that I am obsessed with. This way I can literally give him a taste of anything & everything, he still gets to taste & explore but it puts my mind at ease. At least for now.

avocado

Another thing I have learned the past month is that every day is very different in terms of introducing solids to your little one. Some days B will be super interested in food & want to sit in his highchair exploring all day. Other days he will want nothing to do with it – though I think those days had something to do with his first tooth making an appearance.

cauliflowerevolution of eating

If B is happy hanging out, mushing an avocado around, I’m happy to sit there with him.  I’ve become slightly neurotic about always having my eye on him when he’s eating – but it’s also fun to sit there and take a million photos of him enjoying a meal. Messy baby eating photos are the best.

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Brooks has also been enjoying applesauce, hummus & yogurt – sometimes I spoon feed him these, but he usually “helps” me guide the spoon into his mouth, which is really cute. He’s also gnawed on bits of steak too!

Yay Food

I feel like right now he is trying out way more fruits than vegetables, which I am constantly trying to adjust. Maybe it’s just a summer thing & as more fall veggies come into season we will be naturally working that into our diets.

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In other news, Jackson has become Brooks’ BFF whenever he is in his highchair. Jackson still pretty much ignores him for the majority of the day but when he goes into the kitchen & plopped down, Jackson is no fool and he knows there’s a 100% chance of food flying from the heavens for him to enjoy.

Jackson

I have also come to love Little Yums & Baby Mum Mums  - both are organic teething wafers that quickly dissolve & come in a variety of flavors. Brooks is OBSESSED with them and I never leave the house without a pack {they come in a perfect little pack of 2} I think they are a huge factor in teaching him to chew and swallow because it’s the one thing he really only ever eats the whole thing.

toes of a babe

Brooks has also enjoyed chewing on bread and we have bigger plans of introducing more meat options as well as peanut butter in the coming weeks. For now it’s just take each day one at a time, keep trying new things and be patient with the mess!

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What’s your little one currently loving to eat?

Please share!

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Lunchbox Essentials

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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With this weekend being the final few days of August, Labor Day right around the corner and the Summer coming to an end – everything around us has quickly become focused on Back to School. I for one LOVE back to school shopping – I always find it so refreshing picking out school supplies, new blank notebooks, fresh binders and new pens & pencils. I always loved starting the year out on a very organized note. I look forward to the day that we will organize his backpack together for his first day of school, even though I think I might dread it at the time {don’t grow up too fast!}

While Brooks is still a little guy & has a few years go to before we have to worry about all that, it gets me excited for all the Back to School hype in the years to come. I know our time together while he is this little is going to be over in the blink of an eye {and I am doing my best to cherish it as much as possible!} It’s crazy to think how much he has already grown so much in the past 6 months, I look back at the pictures and see how far he has come in such a short amount of time and I just can’t believe he’s all mine!

As I’ve mentioned before, we are in the process of starting solids in Brooks’ diet, I’ve found that while we are still focusing on nursing as the primary source of his food intake – it’s been pretty fun to get adventurous with food {in terms of baby led weaning}. Whenever we are out and about I always find myself carrying potential food options that Brooks may  want to try. Here’s a little peek into our Back to School inspired eating essentials that are pretty much always in the diaper bag -

Elvis the Elephant / Emergency Binky / Mesh Feeder / Squeeze Bottle / Bib / Mango Fruit Cup / Fruit & Veggie FruitBurst

baby essentials

It’s fun to think that these diaper bag essentials now will continue to be favorite snacks in the years to come! I’m sure I’ll be including these exact treats in his lunch box a few years down the road – especially since they don’t have any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and they are packed with lots of vitamin A&C. They are a snack you can feel good about giving from day one!

Del Monte is excited about helping parents prepare healthy lunches that will keep kids focused at school this year AND cherish the fun memories had by all this past summer. Pick your favorite photo of your little one and bring it into select Walmart Super Stores to have it printed out for FREE – such a great way to say goodbye to the Summer of 2014 and hello to what will {hopefully} be another memorable school year.

baby lunch box

A little more about the Free photo offer: SELECT Walmart Super Stores are featuring a free back to school photo offer and a $1 off coupon towards the purchase of Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or Fruit Burst Squeezers. To receive your $1 off coupon you must participate in the free back to school photo print offer.

To participate you will need to bring in a photo (no copyrighted photos, like school pictures, will be eligible for the free print) of your kid(s) or you can upload and use one from your phone or SD card while in store. The Walmart Print Shop will then make your picture into a 5”x7” print with a Back to School border. Your actual picture will be 4”x6”. When you receive your picture after it is printed you should receive a coupon for $1 off Del Monte products in the photo envelope.

This promotion runs August 1 – September 13, while supplies last. This offer is running at SELECT Walmart Super Stores.

This is a great way to capture the first day back at school memories!

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What’s  your Back to School essential for your little one’s lunchbox?

Please share!

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