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2017 Easter Egg Roll Lottery Now Open + A Freebie!

March 15, 2017
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Yes, the 2017 Easter Egg Roll happening and the lottery is NOW OPEN!

As of NOON today, families may now enter the lottery for the Easter Egg Roll.  It’s been an (im)patient wait, but we are a step closer to the actual Easter Egg Roll!  Registration will end in 3 days, on March 18 at 12 PM ET.  According to Recreation.gov, selected families will be notified of results on March 31st.  Entering the lottery is FREE of charge, but families must have a ticket to enter the event.  Communications will be sent via the email address you’ve used to register on their website so please ensure your email address is correct.

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3 Ways to Prep Young Children for Visit to the National Museum for African American History & Culture

February 21, 2017

My 6-Year-Old Daughter Felt Empowered, Enriched and Educated.

Last Fall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) finally opened its doors to the public in Washington, DC.  For months, I tried to get free tickets to the museum and was finally able to experience this masterpiece this month.  Perfect timing for Black History Month!  Although there are other museums who scratch the surface of Black History, NMAAHC is “the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.”  Being local to Continue Reading…

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5 Things to Do at Camden Children’s Garden

June 27, 2016

Are you looking for a family-friendly attraction in the South Jersey area where you can explore and discover the natural world?  Have younger children who enjoy imaginative play?  Looking for affordability?  Look no further!  The Camden Children’s Garden gives you all of this at a very affordable rate.

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Ready, Set Go…and Keep Going!

June 21, 2016

Ready, Set Go…and Keep Going!

Yup, that’s how I’ve felt over the last 2 weeks.  I’ve shifted so far from my goal of writing 2-3 times per week, but I have so much to tell you (keep reading!).  Life has been so busy.  Not bad busy, great busy…the type of busy that you can actually enjoy.  From recitals to graduating Kindergarten, I haven’t been able to even have a cup of Caramel Macchiato – now you know that’s a damn lie (lol).  I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention (wink).

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Kinks And Coils

The PuffCuff – 2 Month Review For Kids

May 21, 2016

The PuffCuff Review for Kids

Tired of ponytail holder pulling at my daughters’ edges and the banana clip falling apart, I decided to research other alternatives that I can use to style my 3 daughters’ hair when their hair is not in a protective braiding style. After reading some initial reviews, I decided The PuffCuff Hair Clamp was exactly what I was looking for. So…I purchased the PuffCuff Jr (2 pcs.). The PuffCuff Jr worked really well for my 5-year-old daughter who has type 3C hair that is very thick and curly. However, when I tried to use this size with my twin 2-year-old daughters, the puff hold was too loose. This had nothing to do with the functionality of the hair clamp…it meant I needed another size as the twins hair is not as thick. Since I was pleased with my initial purchase, I made purchase #2 using the coupon the company provided in my first purchase and decided to go a step down to the PuffCuff Mini (3pcs). Also, I was able to find this chart below on their website that confirmed the size I needed for my twins. Boy oh boy, this chart was so helpful – great resource for buyers who need size confirmation. Based on this chart, I expected the PuffCuff Mini to fit just right…and it did!

Source: http://www.thepuffcuff.com

Source: http://www.thepuffcuff.com

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Education

Sun Safety for Kids – 5 Ways to Reduce Risk

May 16, 2016

Sun Safety for Kids – 5 Ways to Reduce Risk

One of the main reasons why adults are diagnosed with skin cancer is because they were exposed to too much sun, especially when they were young (resource: www.aad.org).  According to American Association of Dermatology, approximately 40-60% of sun exposure occurs before the age of 20.  As parents, we must do everything that we can do to protect our children’s skin NOW, to decrease their risk of getting skin cancer later on as adults.

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Kinks And Coils

Little Kinks & Coils – Wash Day Process

May 10, 2016

Little Kinks & Coils – Sunday = Wash Day!

Sunday is usually “hair day” for my girls.  Since I have 3 girls, this is usually an all-day process that I honestly dread.  It takes a lot (let’s say it again, a lot) of patience to fight it out with my 3 girls to wash, condition and style their hair.  With that being said, I try to keep it simple as possible but it’s still a struggle.

Growing up, my hair maintained a relaxer from the very beginning.  I don’t know what age my hair was relaxed but I was definitely young.  Over the last year or so, I have transitioned to no longer using relaxers and have vowed the same for my daughters’ hair as well.

We typically have the same Sunday morning hair routine and we rarely make changes to the process.  Confession time!!! I’m a hair junkie and love to randomly purchase hair products.  Therefore, products do change, but we rarely change the hair care process.  Here are the steps that work for me to care for children’s hair:

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Education

Khan Academy: First 30 Days #YouCanLearnAnything

May 5, 2016
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Some hate it.  Some love it. We really, really love it.

Before I go into my review, let’s first discuss what Khan Academy is and why we chose this program for our young, eager kindergartner.

Khan Academy is a FREE online learning center whose mission is to provide best-in-class education for anyone, anywhere.  Khan Academy provides practice exercises, thousands of instructional videos narrated by its founder and a personalized dashboard aimed at empowering learners to move at their own pace.  Khan Academy is a not for profit that relies on its community of volunteers and donors to push their mission of providing FREE education.

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Adventures

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

May 3, 2016
take your sons and daughters to work day

Last Thursday, Madison and I participated in our first Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  My daughter joined over 300 kids who also participated at my place of employment and enjoyed many fun, educational activities sponsored by them.  My employer organized a bunch of group activities with the children and also allowed for ‘shadow’ time with mommy or daddy.  Here’s a recap of Madison’s first experience.

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