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5 OF THE BEST OILS FOR NATURAL HAIR

As a natural girl, I’m pretty sure we all know the importance of oil on our hair.  I use oils on my hair for pre-pooing, deep conditioning, scalp massages and to seal in moisture.

5 of the Best Oils for Natural Hair

GRAPESEED OIL

Grapeseed oil is very lightweight, so it does not weigh your hair down. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid and rich in antioxidants.  It is also rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for hair growth. This oil helps to strengthen your hair from root to tip.  One of the reason’s I love using grapeseed oil is because it does not leave my hair feeling greasy and weighed down.

As I stated in a previous post, I use this oil on my body as well. (You can read that article here). Because it is so lightweight, it absorbs into my skin well and does not leave me with a greasy after feel.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is rich in both Vitamin E and Lauric Acid. This oil does a good job of penetrating your hair shaft. Coconut oil helps to reduce your hair’s frizz and add sheen.  I also love Coconut oil on my skin as well.  This oil is a staple for both my hair and body and my son as well.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is a heavier oil that does a great job of penetrating the shaft of your hair. This oil is rich in fatty acids that coat your hair shaft.  It does a great job of sealing the hair and will help to reduce frizz.

CASTOR OIL

Castor oil is a bit of a heavy oil comprised of ricinoleic acid and fatty acids.  Castor oil is well known for helping to grow your hair.  When massaged into your scalp it helps to improve your circulation, which in turn strengthens the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shaft, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair. This oil is also good for sealing your hair.

 

JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and E. It is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp naturally produces).  Because of its antibacterial properties, it helps to soothe your scalp and can be used to treat dry scalp problems and dandruff. This oil is also good at helping to repair hair damaged by heat and styling.

What oils do you use on your natural hair?  Share them with me.  

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PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

For many of us, the school bell is about to ring and our children will be heading back to school.  Pretty soon those lazy, carefree days of summer will be over. No more staying up late or sleeping in.  Help get your kid’s school year off to a great start by establishing a school routine.

To get them back into the swing of things, you will need to implement your plan as early as possible.  The longer you wait to get your children into the habit of going to bed at a set time, the harder time they will have getting up for school the next morning.  

You as a parent will also want to make sure that you are prepared as well.  Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for supplies and other school essentials.

Before you get overwhelmed, consider these tips for easing back into the school routine.

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A good day starts with a good night’s sleep  

 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

It’s not unusual for parents to allow their children to stay up later during the summer than during the school year.  My son stays up past midnight on occasion during the summer and then of course, sleeps late the next morning.

If possible, have your child start going to bed earlier two weeks before school starts.  Explain to your children the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep will help them have the energy they need to stay awake during school. It will also help them focus on the tasks before them.  

 Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Wake up at the same time every morning    

Most experts agree children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night to be at their best. Make sure that your child wakes up in time to wash, dress and have breakfast without feeling rushed.

Stock up on school supplies

Most schools will give you a specific list of supplies that will be needed, but you can make sure you have the basics on hand: pencils, paper, erasers, and for younger kids, you will need to add crayons, markers, and glue.

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Prepare your wardrobe the night before

 By preparing your wardrobe the night before, your child won’t feel rushed or waste precious time in the morning by trying to decide on what to wear. If you’ve read my post on morning routines, you’d know I am an advocate for preparing for the next day the night before.

Arrange carpools or other transportation 

Know how your child is getting to and from school and any after-school activities.

Register for after-school activities

In order to ensure that your child gets to participate in the activities of his/her choice, remember to sign up before the deadline.

 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School

Stay on top of paperwork 

Go through any papers sent home with your child on a daily basis.  Read each piece, then decide if you should trash it, or put it in a “to do” or “to file” pile.  Mark significant dates on your family calendar.

Create a Command Center or Calendar Central 

Preparing Your Child for Back to School
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Create a centralized place or command center for all family calendars and schedules in order to avoid overscheduling. I personally use the Happy Planner as my family’s calendar.  

Choose a calendar format that works for your family. Include a family event calendar to track all after-school activities and any special school programs.  Be sure to include school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, and sports practice schedules. Post your family calendar in a place that is easily accessible to all family members.

 

We as parents want the best for our kids.  By getting your kids re-adjusted to a routine before school starts, they are more alert.  When kids are more alert, they are able to function at their best, which is our ultimate goal. Here’s to an awesome school year!

 

Do you prepare beforehand for back to school?  How do you and your kids get back into the school routine?

 

FUN SUMMER STAYCATION IDEAS FOR YOUR FAMILY

No finances for a vacation this year? Well, how about a staycation. What if I told you that you don’t have to leave your home town in order to have a relaxing and fun-filled vacation this summer.  There are plenty of things to do in your city or neighborhood.

How about doing something a little bit different this year by planning a staycation.  With a little bit of creativity, you and the family can become tourists in your own town.

A staycation will allow you to save money, sleep in your own bed, and spend quality time with your family or friends all while having fun.  

Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Find A Local Beach

Fun Summer Staycation Ideas for Your Family

You don’t have to be in the Caribbean to enjoy the beach. Visit a local beach in your area and become “beach bums” for a day.

Visit a National Park

National parks offer a variety of family friendly activities to choose from.  Most park fees are nominal, but you can also check out this page to find free entrance days.

Check your local newspaper or theater website to see what plays, musicals, concerts, or family-friendly comedy shows will be playing during your planned staycation, then book your tickets accordingly.


Visit a Nearby Amusement Park

Fun Summer Staycation Ideas for Your Family

Enjoy a fun-filled day of rides at a nearby amusement park.  Check out this list to find an amusement park in your own state or town.

Take a Virtual Museum Tour

Several museums throughout the country and the world offer “virtual” tours.  There are several that you can choose from, including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, or even visit the Louvre in Paris.

Check out the Local Library

Most libraries have family-friendly events and activities happening every weekend.  I got my son his very first library card this summer. Check your local library’s website for details.

Visit a Local Children’s Museum

A Children’s Museum is definitely in order if you have younger kids. Most have a variety of fun and interactive activities that will keep you busy the whole day.  Check out the Association of Children’s Museums website to find one in your area.

Visit the Zoo or Aquarium

Fun Summer Staycation Ideas for Your Family

Are you an animal lover?  Why not pack up a lunch and spend the day at the zoo with the fam.  Check out the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to find a zoo or aquarium in your area, then be sure to also check what special programs your zoo have available.  

Go Bowling

Enjoy a game of bowling with your kids. If your kiddos are small, try bumper bowling.  Many bowling alleys around the country even participate in a free bowling program that allows kids to bowl free and parents to join them for just a few dollars more.


Camp in Your Own Backyard

Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard?  Set up a tent and sleeping bags, light the fire pit (or use your grill) to cook hot dogs and s’mores, and take turns telling funny or scary stories.

Fun Summer Staycation Ideas for Your Family

Go Boating

If there is a river or lake near you, chances are pretty good there is also a paddleboard or canoe rental facility nearby as well.   Both are a fun way for you to enjoy the water.

Create Your Own Art

Spend an afternoon getting creative at a nearby paint-your-own pottery facility.  Not only is it fun, you’ll have your own gorgeous dishes to take home when you’re done.


Play In the Water

This is one of my family favorites. Spend the day at a local pool or waterpark. You can also turn on the sprinklers in the backyard and have a family water day at home.

Make it a Spa Day

Enjoy a day of pampering by going to your local spa for a massage or a mani/pedi.

Fun Summer Staycation Ideas for Your Family


Play Outside

Fly a kite, take a leisurely walk, go for a bike ride, or how about a nice hike. Head to your local park (most state and national parks have a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from).  Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for everyone.

Break Out the Board Games

A staycation is a perfect time to play all of those epic boardgames you remember from your childhood! Make your favorite family snacks and spend the afternoon playing your favorite games.

 

The goal of a staycation is to relax and decompress all while having fun.  For a lot of people (moms especially) the hardest part of trying to “relax” at home is letting go of the everyday obligations. Give up the chores for a week, and instead kick back, relax, and enjoy some quality time with your family. Doing so will allow you to create memories that you and your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.   

Have you planned a staycation before?  What are some of the things you love to do with your family? Leave me a comment.  

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5 FACIAL SCRUBS YOU SHOULD BE USING

Facial scrubs have become a normal part of my weekly skin care regimen. I started thinking about the health of my skin in my mid-twenties.  I made sure I washed all of my makeup off at night and I would use moisturizer and sunscreen as often as I felt I needed to.  During my early thirties, I developed better habits in regards to my skin, however, as I approached my forties a healthy skin care regimen became a top priority. I am picky about what I put on my face, because I have sensitive skin, and I don’t want to experience any type of break outs.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

Exfoliating is important because as we age, our cell regeneration slows down, which means that if we don’t remove the dead skin cells, we are left with rough, dry, dull looking skin.  You should use an exfoliant once (if you have sensitive skin) or twice a week.  However, you should  NOT exfoliate more than three times per week.

Regular exfoliation will help you to achieve healthier, brighter looking skin.  These are some of the facial scrubs that I use as a part of my healthy skin care regimen, and to keep my skin glowing.  I like them because they are each effective, yet gentle on my sensitive skin.

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1.L’Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean, Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Facial Scrub

This is my favorite. I love how gentle it is on the skin.  

 

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

2.Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Face Scrub

Contains gentle microbeads to exfoliate dull, dead surface skin.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

3.Palmer’s Micro Fine Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I looooooveee the smell of this scrub.  It contains cocoa beads that help exfoliate your skin.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

4.St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub

An oldie but goodie.  This was the very first facial scrub that I used back in my twenties, and I still use it in rotation now that I am in my forties.

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

5.Queen Helene Oatmeal N’ Honey Scrub

This is another one that has been around for a while.  It has oatmeal and honey to help nourish your skin

5 Facial Scrubs You Should Be Using

 

Do you exfoliate regularly?  What is your favorite scrub? Leave me a comment.  

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CREME OF NATURE ARGAN OIL REVIEW

 

 

I have a long relationship with Creme of Nature hair products, as they were one of my favorite hair care product lines back when I was addicted to the “creamy crack.”  When shopping for natural hair products, I would tend to overlook this particular line.  I think I skipped over them because I was used to using their products on my relaxed hair, and didn’t think I could achieve satisfactory results with my natural hair.  After seeing several naturalista’s on my Instagram feed speaking positively about Creme of Nature Argan Oil, I decided I would give them a try.  

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CREME OF NATURE ARGAN OIL PRODUCTS

I spent quite a bit of time on the aisle looking over their assortment of products.  I finally settled on the Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner and Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme.

What does the product promise to do?  Take your curls on an exotic journey with our amazing curl-enhancing formulas designed for curls, coils, kinks, and waves. No frizz. No shrinkage. No dryness.

HOW TO USE:

 

INTENSIVE CONDITIONING TREATMENT 

After shampooing with Creme of Nature® Shampoo, apply a generous amount of  Intensive Conditioning Treatment to hair and comb through for even distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm hooded dryer for 10–15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow with any Creme of Nature Argan Oil styling product.

 

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review

 

STRENGTH AND SHINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

This Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner is a two-phase formula. To activate ingredients, shake conditioner well before using. Spray throughout damp or dry hair as needed. Do not rinse. Style as usual.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review

 

 

PUDDING PERFECTION CURL ENHANCING CREME

Scoop a liberal amount of Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme into your hand and smooth downward on small sections of damp hair using fingertips. Then twist, shingle, coil or wash and go. Do not rinse. Air dry or diffuse. For curl elongation, use a blow dryer with a nozzle attachment on fully dried hair and direct heat from roots to mid-shaft.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review
SMELL

This line has a strong flowery type smell to it.  The smell however, is not unbearable.

CONSISTENCY

The Intensive Conditioning Treatment has a yogurt like consistency to it.  It is not runny at all.  The Pudding Perfection Creme has a thick, pudding like consistency.  

SLIP

This product line provides a great slip when applied to the hair.  

PRODUCT APPLICATION

I used these products as a part of my wash and go process. I started with freshly shampooed hair. I then conditioned my hair with the Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I allowed it to sit on my hair for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, I  rinsed my hair thoroughly.

I then completely saturated my hair with the Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner.

Lastly I applied the Creme of Nature Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme to my hair in small sections at a time.  Afterwards, I let my hair completely air dry.

RESULTS

Intensive Conditioning Treatment  This conditioner made my hair feel very soft and did a good job of detangling my hair.

Strength and Shine Leave In Conditioner  I didn’t feel that my hair was quite as moisturized using this spray conditioner as it is when I use a cream conditioner.

Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme did a good job of defining my curls. This creme leaves a soft hold, which I love and I did not experience any flaking.

 

I was pretty impressed with this line and will be using it for future wash and go’s. My hair feels very soft, and has a nice sheen to it.  The Pudding Perfection gives my hair a nice hold without the crunchiness or flakiness that I tend to experience when using gels. I am definitely adding this to my hair care arsenal. The only thing I will be changing is the leave in conditioner. I prefer a cream, as I believe a cream does a better job of moisturizing my hair, as opposed to a spray.

Have you tried this Creme of Nature Argan Oil line?  What are your thoughts?  Let’s discuss in the comments. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sonia

JUNE BIRCHBOX REVIEW

 

June Birchbox Review

June Birchbox Review

 

 

So, I am finally getting around to doing a review of my June Birchbox. This is the third box that I have received, and thus far, I have not been impressed.  I received July’s box on today, but have not opened it as of yet.  If I am not impressed with the items in my July box, I am seriously considering canceling my subscription and switching to Ipsy.  I kinda subscribed on a whim and I am starting to regret my decision.  I was leaning toward Ipsy but decided to go with Birchbox. I have gotten some really good reviews from people who are subscribed to Ipsy, so I really think I want to give them a try.  Anyway, we will see how things go.  

 

June Birchbox Review

June Birchbox Review

This month’s box was all about products to help you put your best face forward.  It included facial moisturizer, an eye shadow stick, brow pencil, perfume and scalp oil.

 

 

June Birchbox Review
Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

“Enriched with green tea, cucumber, and vitamins C & E, this moisturizer hydrates skin while providing pollutant protection.”

I used this moisturizer daily for three days. This gel did very little in terms of hydrating my skin.  I have somewhat sensitive skin, and therefore am a bit leery of trying new things, but this product did not cause any breakouts.  I am not too fond of gel moisturizers anyway, and this one was really nothing to write home about. 

 

June Birchbox Review
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris

 

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris

A fragrance from designer Catherine Malandrino “mixes summer fruits and florals for an elegant vibe.”

This perfume has a light, citrusy scent to it.  It certainly wouldn’t be my top choice as far as perfumes go, but it has a nice scent.  It was not very long wearing, as the scent seemed to fade rather quickly. 

June Birchbox Review
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brown Pencil

“This waterproof pencil grabs onto brow hairs to create natural-looking definition.”

I really like this brow pencil.  The angled tip makes application very easy, and it is waterproof.  It did a great job of holding up in this summer heat. I was really impressed with this pencil and may actually purchase it. 

June Birchbox Review
Earths Nectar Scalp Oil

Earth’s Nectar Green Olive and Lavender Scalp Oil

“This soothing scalp treatment busts buildup and relieves irritation.”

I liked the scent of this oil, and the lavender was not overpowering.  I think it would be a good oil for scalp massages.  I liked that the oil penetrated my scalp easily and was not too heavy on my hair or scalp.

 

June Birchbox Review
Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

“This two-in-one shadow stick offers high-pigment with comfortable wear.”

This shadow stick arrived broken and was smashed against the top of the cap.  After trying it out,  it applies smoothly, but it is a bit too shimmery for my taste. I’m not much of a fan of shimmery eyeshadows.

As I mentioned earlier, I have not really been all that impressed with the items I have been receiving in my monthly box.  I am still on the fence but will be making a decision as to whether or not I will cancel after opening this month’s (July) box.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber?  How do you feel about the products you have received?  Share your experience with me.

 

 

 

 

MY SUMMER FASHION FAVES

For me, summer fashion is all about comfort.  I like being stylish, all while being comfortable and staying cool.  Here are a few of my summer fashion faves for 2017. What are some of your favorite summer fashions?

My Summer Faves
Cat eye sunglasses
My Summer Faves
Ripped Jean Shorts
My Summer Faves
Straw Tote
My Summer Faves
One-Shoulder Asymmetrical One Piece Swimsuit
My Summer Faves
Off Shoulder Dashiki Maxi Dress
My Summer Faves
Sun Hat
My Summer Faves
Zig Zags and Stripe Tube Dress
My Summer Faves
Tiered Off the Shoulder Romper
My Summer Faves
Open Shoulder Top

 

My Summer Faves
Knotted Flip Flops
My Summer Faves
Wedge Heel Sandals
My Summer Faves
Denim Strapless Jumpsuit
My Summer Faves
Wide Rolled Cuff Capri

WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW A MORNING ROUTINE

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Does your morning start off hectic each day? Does it seem as if you never get as much accomplished as you’d like to each day?  Do you often forget to complete specific tasks? Maybe there are days when you feel completely overwhelmed.  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could certainly benefit from a morning routine.

So many people feel that starting and sticking to a daily morning routine is a complicated process, but honestly that’s not the case. You actually get more accomplished, and without feeling rushed or feeling like you have forgotten something.  Better yet, your day will flow so much smoother.  

Once you develop a plan and put it into practice each day, it will soon become a habit.  The key is that you have to practice it daily.  Another important point is that you want to create a routine that works for YOU, not one that is tailored to another individual.  By creating a daily routine for yourself, and sticking to it, your level of productivity will definitely increase.

Here’s a sample of my morning routine that you can tailor to fit your specific needs.

WAKE UP EARLY

Start getting up about 30 minutes earlier than normal. I like to get up before my son, so that I have some time to myself before having to go into mommy mode. Upon waking, take a few moments to stretch your body.   A good morning stretch helps to get the blood pumping throughout your body, which in turn helps you to fully awaken so that you start to feel rejuvenated and alert.  I like to open my blinds first thing in the morning so that the natural light flows in.  I then drink a bottle of water and take my vitamins.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

PRAYER/DEVOTION

Starting your day with prayer enables you to focus your attention on God and His purpose and plan for the day ahead. If you have a devotional, you can read the devotion for that particular day.   I personally like to have a cup of coffee or tea as I read my bible and devotional.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

JOURNAL

After I finish my daily devotion, I spend about 10 minutes journaling.  Some days I follow a journaling prompt, but there are times when I feel a need to just let whatever it is that’s on my mind flow onto the pages.  I find that writing in my journal is very therapeutic for me.

GO OVER YOUR TO DO LIST

Take a quick glance at your tasks and the important “to-do” items on your calendar so that you are familiar with the tasks that you need to get accomplished for that day.    Make any necessary adjustments to your schedule if needed.   

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

EXERCISE

We all know that exercise is important to good health (see my post on Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle).  We should aim for at least 20-30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day.  I know some people prefer to work out in the evenings which is perfectly fine.  If you’re like me and don’t have a gym membership, go for a quick walk through your neighborhood.  You can also watch an exercise DVD or even YouTube videos from the comfort of your home.  I personally love this walking video by Leslie Sansone on YouTube.

 

PREPARE BREAKFAST

Make breakfast for yourself and your family members.  Be sure to clean up as you go.  Afterwards load the dishwasher, wipe down stove top, counters and sink. If you take just a few moments each day to clean as you go, you can avoid the unnecessary clutter.  You will be amazed at how it feels to walk into a clean house (as opposed to a mess) after a busy day.  You can also prepare breakfast items the night before, and have all of your non perishable items laid out so that you are not rushing in the mornings.  It is also a good idea to prepare lunches the night before.  If your kids are old enough, you can have them help you with this task.

Why You Should Follow A Morning Routine

START YOUR DAY

It is actually a good idea to  prepare for the next day each evening.  Place all of your items that you will need for the day in a central location (purse, keys, briefcase, jacket, etc).  It’s also a great idea to lay out your wardrobe the night before.  I personally do this right down to my underwear.  I cannot tell you the number of times in years past that I have wasted precious time by standing in my closet trying to figure out what I was going to wear to work that morning.  Even though I am a SAHM now, I still lay out my wardrobe the night before. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s typically only leggings and a tee, but hey, I still lay them out at night.

Now that your morning routine is complete,  it’s time to grab those keys, and head out the door to work.  Or if you are like me, you can head to your home office if you work from home, or get busy tackling the day’s errands.  

Why You Should Follow A Daily Routine

IN CONCLUSION

When you establish a daily morning routine for you and your family, you create an environment of consistency. By establishing consistency, each person is fully aware of his/her role or responsibility.  Morning routines help enable us to lead happier, stress-free lives.  But remember that the key to a successful morning routine is sticking to it.

Do you have a morning routine in place? What are some of the things that you and your family members do to get your day off to a great start? Leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.  

 

3 BUDGET FRIENDLY CONDITIONERS FOR NATURAL HAIR

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Is there such a thing as a co-wash-aholic?  If so, that’s me (raises hand).  I love conditioning my natural hair, and I am always thrilled when I can find a budget friendly conditioner that works well for my hair.  I have tried so many different products that it’s not even funny.  While I appreciate the more expensive brands, and I have quite a few of those in my stash, I appreciate the products that are easy on my wallet as well.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

The one major thing that I look for when it comes to a conditioner is how well it moisturizes.  That is a top priority for me.  I also like a conditioner that provides a nice slip and does a good job of detangling my hair. These three conditioners do an amazing job, and best of all, they are easy on your budget.

 

AUSSIE MOIST 3-MINUTE MIRACLE DEEP CONDITIONER

I absolutely love this Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.  It has a very nice smell to it and a thick consistency which I love.  I apply it and comb it through my hair when I first get into the shower.  I allow the conditioner to penetrate my hair while I am washing my body.  Afterward, I rinse it and it leaves my hair super soft and manageable. This stuff leaves my hair extremely moisturized. I keep this one in my shower and use it every other week as a quick deep conditioner. Did I mention that I love this conditioner!

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

HERBAL ESSENCES HELLO HYDRATION MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I love the smell of coconut and orchid.  And this Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner is infused with coconut milk and orchid, which leaves your hair smelling divine.  I use this as a co-wash. It is actually one of my go-to conditioners for co-washing. This Herbal Essences conditioner has a nice consistency to it and it provides a great slip. It does a great job of detangling the hair.  After use, my hair is always soft, manageable and very moisturized.  

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

GIOVANNI 50/50 BALANCED MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I use the Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Conditioner as a co-wash also.  It did a really good job of conditioning my hair.  It has a nice pleasant botanical smell.  It is a tad bit thin in consistency to me. Because my hair is thick, I had to use quite a bit of it.  Giovanni provides a good slip when co-washing your hair.  It did a really good job of moisturizing and left my hair really soft and manageable.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

Each of the products listed did a very nice job of detangling my hair and provided it with much-needed moisture. So, what’s your favorite budget friendly conditioner?  Leave me a comment.

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Sonia

10 INEXPENSIVE WEEKLY SELF-CARE IDEAS

Self-care is important to both our mental and physical health.  But because we lead such busy lives, we often neglect taking the time to actually care for ourselves.  I for one, know that I have been guilty of this.  

We often feel that because we have so many activities on our plate – work, school, church,  kids, after school activities and the list goes on and on, that we are unable to actually fit “me time” into our schedules.

I have reached a point in my life as to where I am making myself a priority.  I take a couple of hours each week to do something that I enjoy.  

There are simple things that you can do to add a little self-care to your week.  Here is a list of my favorites:

1. Take a relaxing bath.  Light some candles, and add a half cup of your favorite bath salts, then immerse yourself into a warm bath.

2. Read a good book. Curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair and enjoy that book that you’ve been wanting to read for some time now.

3. Enjoy a glass of wine. Pop open that cork and pour yourself a glass of vino.

4. Listen to your favorite tunes. Put on your favorite tunes, turn it up, and shake your boo-tay.

5. Visit a coffee shop. If you are a coffee lover like myself, you can go to your local coffee shop and order up your favorite cup of coffee or tea.  While you’re there, treat yourself to a pastry as well.

6. Manicure/Pedicure. Give yourself a Mani/Pedi.  Your feet will definitely thank you.

7. Take a walk.  Put on your tennis shoes and go for a leisurely walk through your neighborhood.  Inhale the fresh air.

8. Binge out on your favorite tv shows. This is one of my favorites!  I love to spend hours in front of the tv catching up on my favorite shows.

9. Light up a candle. Can you say aromatherapy? Enjoy a scented candle.

10. Go to bed early (or on time). This is one that I am working on.  I am often up until the wee hours of the morning because I get more done after my hubby and the kid are in bed.  I have come to realize that my health is more important, so I have been going to bed much earlier than in the past – well most of the time.

10 Inexpensive Self Care Ideas

You should take some time to incorporate weekly self-care activities into your schedule.  It’s easy to spend our time caring for others while neglecting self.  But as the saying goes – you can’t pour from an empty cup.  So remember that self-care is not a luxury, it’s actually a necessity.  

How do you spend your “me time?” Leave me a comment.  

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Sonia