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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Redskins Training Camp is a Must for Fans #RedskinsSocialDay



If you ever wanted to get up-close and personal with your favorite football team, training camp is the way to go! Thanks to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Ian and I were able to attend Redskins Social Day at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia last Sunday. We had a great time.



One hundred Redskins fans and "social-ites" were offered the opportunity to experience Skins Camp, VIP style. A special section was reserved for VIP and media. There were tents erected for fans to sit under comfortably, shielded from the sun. These sections were set-up closest to the fields where the Washington Redskins practiced their plays and performed training routines.


There were some fun perks and prizes involved as well. The Redskins Social Day team provided a boxed lunch, unlimited sodas and water, a t-shirt, fun giveaways with awesome prizes and increased access to the players. It was pretty cool to see the team just walk through, right in front of your face. You could literally reach out and touch them (don't try that though).


Ian and I spent most of our time doing a scavenger hunt. Using the Redskins mobile app on our devices (the iPhone app was having difficulty connecting), we were given clues that sent us around the entire park to collect badges. When in close proximity, the app would send a notification that you successfully found the location. Ian found all five, but for some reason his phone would not log them in properly. Bummer. The grand prize for winning this was a signed Pierre Garcon jersey.

Training camp is a real treat. Unlike a football game, the team is more relaxed and playful. They don't have to be so serious and intense. There are moments where you may catch a player dancing on the field, telling a joke, coming over to the crowd to give love or making eye contact with you. If you're lucky enough, like some of the Redskins Social Day participants, you may even receive an autograph from the quarterback or your favorite player. So, bringing your most prized memorabilia is a good idea. They will even pose for pictures. Say "cheese".



 

August 16th, 2015 was the last practice open to the general public at the Richmond facility. But, there is always next year (Today, fans are enjoying Fan Appreciation Day in Asburn, VA). All the information that you need to know about Redskins training camp can be found in the FAQs section on Redskins.com. You can also sign up to receive updates on all things Redskins so that you'll never miss a great event such as this.

Even though this was a day full of football, it was also a day for relationships. I saw so many families, couples, and fans sharing a great experience together. The father and son, whom I was standing next to at one point, looked down at his son and said, "I'm so glad you get to see this". The fan who was got a bit emotional and said, " I never been to nothing like this, man. I'm excited." I also used the day as a way to spend some quality time with my love. It's because of him that I'm a "default Redskins fan". It's more of a supportive thing. But, life is always better when done together. The day, well, it was just perfect!


Thanks again to everyone for putting on a great event, including sponsors @CSNMA, @CSNRedskins. Keep an eye out for next year's event so that you can get in on all the fun.

Hail to the Redskins!

I would like to add that there are definitely levels to being a fan. It's a big fascinating to see some of the dedication that goes into being a fan of a sports team. It can also be a bit over-the-top when people become possessive or try to outdo one another. My whole thing is – if you're a fan, be a fan of the fans. Stop competing. You're rooting for the same team. 

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Is This Thing On?


Where the hell have I been?

One would think that I packed up my suitcase, grabbed my passport (the one that I do not own) and jetted off to some exotic location to see what the rest of this world has to offer.

Wishful thinking, huh?

Although that would have been an ideal explanation, there is nothing exciting to report. I've simply been living the simple life. Sorry to disappoint.

I've been hanging around in pajama pants,
checking my social feeds,
eating ice cream in dangerous quantities,
watching ratchet reality television programs,
practicing the art or isolation,
stalking the thredUP site for fashionable finds (here's $20)
distancing myself from negativity,
dying my hair blonde and black within months of each other,
arguing with my teen about his video-gaming,
and conquering the world of potty training with my toddler (Please check out OH CRAP! POTTY TRAINING: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki. You can thank me later.)

Move right along. There's nothing exciting to see here, folks.

Err, I mean, COME BACK! Things are about to heat back up. It may be a bit lukewarm in the beginning (like the beach water was in Ocean City, MD when we visited in June). But, I promise I won't leave you hanging (as much) like I have in these past few months.

Summer seems to have gotten the best of me. Not a bad problem to have, I guess.

I thought about updating with a post on several occasions. You know the ones that state the obvious about how I haven't posted in awhile, that I'll be back soon and how deeply sorry I am for letting my blog go down the drain? Yeah, that one.

Then, I realized that no one really cares. There are like fifty-million blogs and sites on the Internet to troll. My little piece of the online world would surely not cause any one (or two) of my readers to lose any sleep. Shout-out to you both. Ha!

Speaking of sleep, I have yet to get any. This little toddler of mine has decided I must pay the consequence of being a parent. It can't all be perfect Instagram pictures and worthy Facebook posts from my little guy. I have to work for this motherhood gig.

While I've been missing in action from this particular outlet, I have been making an appearance elsewhere. Are you following me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Periscope (@keonte), Google +...down the street? I kid, I kid. But I do want you to check me out on the sites that I mentioned. Sometimes it is just easier to do a quick share rather than compose an entire post of rambling (which is where this post is heading).

I have so much stuff to dump on you, I can hardly contain my excitement. You're going to want to sign-up to receive updates to my blog (or at least read one post, then unsubscribe while I wreck my brain trying to figure out why you would do such a thing).

Don't go waiting for some extra awesome announcement about me being invited to take over Harpo studios. My heart would have immediately stopped upon being asked and I would have never made it to this blog to share the news. I'm just glad that I haven't been invited to be on the Maury show. **wipes brow

For now, I'll be slowly working on getting my voice back to the place that has helped me in so many aspects of my life. I may even do some re-arranging and dusting off. Who knows?

If you're reading this, thank you for sticking around (I couldn't find my Drake album cover font for this sentence).

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SoCozy Hair Products for Kids are So Cool, So Awesome and So Not Going Anywhere #AD #IC #SoCozyAtTarget #TargetStyle


Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Over the past month, SoCozy has been a big part of our daily routine. The products almost felt like an honorary member of the family because we were either mentioning their name, finding SoCozy items all over the house or using the products on hair. Let's just say that we became fans quickly, and not just of the actual products, but of  creator Cozy Friedman herself. We even had the chance to meet her at a SoCozy event held in the DC area. Take a look at some of our fun moments together:

The great part about that day was how I put our real-life routine to the test. Before arriving, I washed Liam's hair, did I bit of untangling and sectioned it off to twist. He wore it like this to the event, but I took them out once we arrived by using the SoCozy Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti scent. What Mom do you know that carries a bottle of detangler around in her purse? Hopefully, a lot! You should really pack this great item in your purse/baby bag. Trust me.


The line of SoCozy products are designed to meet several of your little one’s hair care needs. Most of my local Target stores carry SoCozy products – some a little, others a lot – making it easy for me to pick up an item or two whenever I dropped in or needed to replenish. Since the SoCozy products have hit the shelves, I can say that they appear to be selling well. Most times when I visit the hair care section at Target, the product is either low or not available.


I would have to say that our two favorite SoCozy products are from the Cinch collection: Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti scent and 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash in Mango-go scent.


The reason I chose these two products was based solely off of the convenience and effectiveness. Whenever one product can provide multiple benefits, I am more willing to purchase it. The 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash is pretty self-explanatory. I can shampoo and condition Liam’s hair and wash him up in the tub all with the same product and at one time. This is a parent’s dream to be able to save time and be efficient in doing so.

I am also appreciative of the little things. I like that each product has its own scent, leaving Liam's hair smelling delicious. I find myself sniffing his hair way too long when he is sitting in my lap or cuddled up to me. I am also thankful for the ease at which the detangler sprays because of the clever trigger/spout/handle. It looks professional, comes out effortlessly and is easy to hold. Packaging is just as important.


Liam has curly, natural hair that tends to kink a lot, especially in this Maryland humidity. I like to keep his curls in order and hydrated. So, these are the two products that work best for my little man of color. I did discover that I could only use a tiny bit of Behave Styling Cream Soft Hold in Pear-fection scent and Behave Styling Mousse Medium Hold in Peachy-keen scent to help define his curls a bit (but not too much because it would flake on is damp hair sometimes). We would wash, detangle, twist, untwist, set with a gel or mousse and look adorable after.


Of course Liam cannot wear some of the fancy styles that are showcased on the SoCozy YouTube channel. But, I have a goddaughter is who really into cool hairstyles and I cannot wait to try a few on her hair. I like that each video tells you the products and supplies you will need to achieve the look, and in great detail. Here is one style that I have been eyeing for awhile – the Heart Braid.



I have had an absolute blast testing out all of these awesome SoCozy products and sharing my thoughts with family and friends both online and offline. If I love a product, you can bet that I will let you know...often. You can either take my word for it, or, you can give it a try for yourself. Don't get caught in hairy situations anymore. Try SoCozy today, available at your local Target.


Stay in-the-know by following SoCozy on their social media accounts:
SoCozy Twitter
SoCozy Facebook
SoCozy Instagram
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Catch Cozy Friedman and SoCozy on HSN for the 2-day Summer Beauty Event #AD


We are fans of Cozy and her products. Over the last few weeks, they have been a staple in our haircare routine. This always dreadful event has become somewhat pleasant because we have added yummy-smelling, chemical-free and result-producing products from the SoCozy line.


Just recently, SoCozy sent over their new Wet or Dry Detangling Brush and our favorite product, Detangler + Leave-in conditioner, to give a try. I must admit that it is difficult to find a product that will work equally on all types of hair, especially hair as thick and coarse like Liam's. I will say that I was impressed with the ease at which I was able to get Liam's hair through the bristles. He still complained a bit, but it was not a total meltdown as in recent sessions.


I like that the Detangler Brush is light-weight while I hold it in my hands. I also like the color; I can easily find it on the counter or whenever Liam decides to hide it. I like that the bristles are covered on the tips for added gentleness so that the hair won't snag. The plastic material is durable without being too rough on the hair or scalp. I also think that $9.99 is a great price for an item that will probably be used on a daily basis.

I'm quite sure our experience with SoCozy products is different than most. These products were not specifically created for ethnic hair, so the results will vary from time to time. I do like the detangler for its ability to loosen tangles and knots, all while conditioning Liam's dry hair. Here is a look at how we use the SoCozy Detangler Brush.



So you want to give these products a try? Well, today is your lucky day (and tomorrow). Get ready for +HSN's 2-day Summer Beauty Event\ with +Cozy Friedman. She will be on-air May 7, 2015 at 7am & 11am. Catch her again on May 8, 2015 at 12pm!

Thanks to SoCozy for another awesome product. We will definitely be adding this brush to our list of favorites.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

#AD SoCozy Hair Care Products are Now Available at Target #SoCozyatTarget #TargetStyle #IC


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.


Being the mother of two boys, you would think that unmanageable hair would be the least of my worries. I should have more serious "crimes" to solve like girl crushes, excessive dirt-tracking in the house or injuries caused by a daredevil act. While these all fall under the category of things that I have dealt with in my thirteen years of parenting, none have quite matched the mystique surrounding the styling of my boys' hair.

It is tradition in our family for a boy to receive his first haircut at the age of one. It signifies the leaving of babyhood and the welcoming of toddlerhood (and it eliminates the awkward comb-over phase a baby may have gone through for months). Both of my boys never received a haircut on their one year anniversary of life. I am not big on tradition and believe that individuality should be honored at a young age, even if the individual can barely speak (or hold a utensil properly).

My oldest, who is now thirteen years old, did not ask for a haircut until he was six years old. It was a tough moment for me (it's always about Mom) because I had grown to love his curly locs. We often bonded (and fought) over hair sessions on the floor when I would braid and twists his hair for school pictures or an outing. I would have to bribe him with fun treats and some form of animated entertainment so that he would sit there while I combed through tangles and knots. It was probably one of his least fondest childhood memories.

If only I had products like the ones from the new SoCozy line, created by Cozy Friedman, now available at Target, perhaps he would still be sporting his adorable 'fro like he is pictured wearing to the right. How cute is he? Cute, cute. I know.

What I didn't know is that I would experience déjà vu nearly 11 years later when my now two year old started growing his hair. 'Cause it was his choice and all. Right?!

He is absolutely not feeling anything that has to do with the head region of his body. If he even sees me reaching for a bottle of shampoo or comb, he says, "Ow, ow, Oww!" It is definitely a hairy situation whenever we have to create a style. That is why I welcome any product that will make my job easier, all while making his hair moisturized, tangle-free and soft. I decided to give +SoCozy a try.

I headed to my local Target (four, to be exact) to checkout this new hair care line. I spotted SoCozy on the shelf under the section marked 'Family Hair Care' and marked with a "Kids" divider. There was no mistaken these kid-friendly products from the colorful and fun packaging.



I picked up the bottles to examined it closely to see what made SoCozy products “So Smart, So Safe, So Easy, and So Cool”. Evidently, a lot of people agreed because there were only a few bottles left of the only three products offered at this particular location. I was able to snag the detangler + leave-in conditioner and the 3 in 1 shampoo + conditioner + wash on my first trip.



I was a bit upset about not having the full line of products available at this particular location. Fortunately, I live near a lot of Target stores and I am able to visit various locations when one does not carry a certain item. I looked online at the SoCozy products to see which store carried additional products and was able to find two nearby locations to head to. During that trip, I picked up the conditioner and the styling cream (soft hold)/.


I have four products to give a try. I am always curious to see how well they work on my son's and goddaughter's hair. I think it is important that a product that is deemed "smart" to be effective on ALL types of hair. I am most excited that SoCozy products are safe, effective and completely non-toxic. This is especially important for the combination products that work both on hair and on the body.


If you happen to pick up any of the SoCozy products, be sure you share. There are prizes to win and fun to have. You can be a part of the SoCozy Stylers. Get your friends to join in on the fun, too. Just remember to tag your photos and post with #SoCozyatTarget. You just might see your picture on their page, like the one with my little guy.


Let's hope he can hold up the excitement for the long haul as we give SoCozy products a try over the next few weeks. We will report back later next month.


For now, head to your local Target and check out SoCozy for yourself.

Follow SoCozy online:
SoCozy Twitter: https://twitter.com/socozy_
SoCozy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socozyforkids
SoCozy Instagram: https://instagram.com/socozy/
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