Natural Kids: Brielle’s Hair Regimen

I’ve been asked a few times what products do I use in my daughter’s hair/ what is her current hair routine. Let me start by saying I am not a professional or anything, this is just what works for my daughter’s hair. Some of these items and ideas may not work for you and that’s ok. It took a very long time for me to get to where I am with my daughter’s hair regimen, so hopefully this list can help someone improve their own child’s hair care. With that being said, today I’d like to share a few essentials from my princess’s current hair care routine.

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Shampoo & Conditioners:

I wash Brielle’s hair every 2 to 3 weeks depending on the style. My go-to shampoo is Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing shampoo, I grew up using it and love the way it makes her hair feel. Sometimes I may switch it up and use Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl/Shine Shampoo.

For conditioner I use Creme of Nature Moisture Extreme conditioner, and I also deep condition Bri’s hair at least once a month with Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint deep conditioner.

 

Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler:

Ok, I will admit I’m not a big fan of leave-in conditioner; it weighs Bri’s hair down so I don’t use it very often. However, detanglers are my ish because she has REALLY thick hair just like her mom and her shrinkage is insane. My favorite detangler is Silk Elements Curly Cuties spray since it adds a good amount of slip to her hair, making her curls easy to comb and eliminating painful hair combing breakdowns.

 

Oils:

Before styling or blow drying her hair I add a little of Mielle Organics Mint Almond oil to her hair and scalp.

 

Cream Moisturizers:

I recently started using Just for Me Hair Milk as a daily moisturizer when her hair is in puffs or twist and so far I’m loving it.

 

Bedtime Care:

Most nights Brielle will sleep with her silk bonnet cap I purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply store. However, she’s a wild sleeper so it’s not surprising that by morning the bonnet has managed to become part of the lost and found in the area between her bed and wall. So some nights I may tie an extra silk scarf around her hair prior to placing her bonnet on.

 

I did my best to narrow down the most important ideas and products I use in her hair regimen. None of these products are set in stone because I may switch things up based on her hair needs, seasons, and sometimes I just like to try new things. Feel free to tell me your must-have hair products In the comment section .

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MommyMode: After School Snacks

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I hit a parenting milestone: my once squishy, chubby face baby girl is now a 3 year old toddler. Even though she’s still a little body her eating habits have grown and grown each and every year. Between being more active at school (she’s in the big toddler’s room now, Yay!) and random growth spurts her appetite has increased to the size of a grown man. Lately I’ve noticed after school she has started asking for a snack to hold her over until dinner. In the past her post-daycare snack was gummy fruit snacks or crackers. However, incorporating healthier whole foods into my family’s diet has been a recent goal of mine so the junky food had to go. I always want to be the best role model for my daughter and one way I can do that is by making sure she starts learning healthy eating habits early.

 

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MommyMode: Terrific 2’s

Houston, we have a problem: Our household has entered the “terrific” 2’s stage. My little Bri-Monster turned two this past January and since then life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.

I have been blessed to have this little person come into my life and make every day magical. Watching my daughter grow into an opinionated and loving little girl makes my heart smile. She is quick to say “No” to any food other than chicken or gummy snacks, but always ready to give a big hug or ask “Okay?” if I cough or sneeze.  Each day she learns something new to say or do; As of right now we have mastered counting to 3, saying her name, and identifying every animal in her animal books.

 

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However with good days also comes bad days resulting in true terrible two’s moments.  For instance, two-year-olds have crazy mood swings and there have been times when my daughter will throw a fit because she didn’t want to take her jacket off but three minutes later she is perfectly fine and asking for juice. Changes like this have caused me to learn some much needed patience, while incorporating cool down periods to give her time to calm herself have drastically reduced meltdowns.

 

Along with Bri entering her terrific 2’s I have also gone through changes as a mom. She talks non-stop, follows directions, and has an opinion about everything but it still took a while to accept that my baby is not a baby anymore.

 

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She’s growing up too fast 😥

 

Once I came to this realization I began creating small routines that have allowed her to feel like an independent big kid.  As an educator, I know how essential routines are for the growth and development of my students, so it was a no-brainer that I’d do the same for my child. We have routines for going to the potty, taking off her jacket/shoes, brushing her teeth, and going to bed at night. So if anyone is having trouble taming a toddler please consider adding more routines to your life.  

 

Like any parent, I want my daughter to continue to flourish as an individual while creating memorable moments. We are doing pretty good making it through the 2’s stage and I’m excited to see what in store for year 3.

 

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MommyMode: St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Here is a cute recipe to get your kiddo’s ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

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End of the Rainbow Cookie Parfaits

(recipe from tablespoon.com)

INGREDIENTS
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
2 eggs
Red, orange, yellow, green and blue gel food colors
1 pint whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 10 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
In large bowl, break up cookie dough; add eggs. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and well combined. Divide dough evenly into 5 small bowls. Color dough with red, orange, yellow, green and blue food colors, stirring until well combined.
Scoop dough into muffin pans, making 2 cupcakes of each of the 5 colors, for a total of 10 cupcakes. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove cups from pan to cooling rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form.
Crumble each of the cupcakes, keeping the colors separate. Sprinkle red cake crumbles into each of 12 glass parfait cups, glasses or small jars. Pipe whipped cream on top of each. Repeat process with orange, yellow, green and blue cake crumbles, finishing with the blue cake crumbles. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

XoXo,

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DIY Gifts: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Hi Loves,

This week I have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented bloggers to produce the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday. The best gifts are those from the heart and made with love, so today I have a chic DIY holiday gift idea for everyone: hot chocolate in a jar. A personal hot chocolate jar has to be one of the simplest and inexpensive gifts to make. It is cute, time-friendly, and you can tailor it to the person receiving the gift.

Supplies Needed

Hot Chocolate Mix

Mason Jar (any size)

Marshmallows

Peppermint Candy (Optional)

 

The basic idea is to create layers in your mason jar using the listed ingredients. Each element could have one or more layers but we have to ensure they’re organized in such a way that the jar can be dumped to create a proper serving of hot coco. Depending on the size of the jar, we are also able to create single or multiple servings while also customizing how much of each ingredient to include.

I hope this early addition to the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday helps someone out there in need of a quick but caring gift idea. If anyone decides to give this a try I’d love to see the end results, so tag me on Instagram (@beesosimple) or Twitter(@beesosimpleblog). And don’t forget to check out our collaboration host’s blog www.britneydearest.com.

XoXo,

Bee