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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.

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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.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Reese's Pieces Basketball Cake for My Birthday Boy

I suck at baking. Most of the time, I burn the bottom of my cookies, forget to include an ingredient in the batter or fail to get something to rise. Let's just say that I am THAT mom who brings in store-bought cupcakes for school parties for the sake of everyone's health. Besides, no one wants to bite into a beautiful treat only to be greeted with texture of an eggshell. Yeah. No!

There are a few times that I make an exception and put on my baker's hat for special occasions. Those few times, more like two times, are for both of my boys at their birthday. It's a way for me to release some of my creativity and show my love for them. It is also the one time that the contents on the outside are greater than the ones on the my case, of course.

Yesterday, Liam turned two. Poor second children...and third, fourth, fifth and so on. It seems like I am a bit more relaxed and easy-going with this kid. We kept it simple and skipped a birthday party this year. Not our Kaden, though. He had themed birthday parties for a few years in a row. This time around, I just don't have the energy to plan, wrangle in RSVPs, offer gift suggestions, the financial means and desire to entertain people.

Party. Pooper. But, I'm just being honest.

I did have time to make my toddler a cake. And I wanted to do this with all my heart. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Liam loves basketball. Every round object that comes into contact with him is usually dunked, thrown, bounced or shot. He is constantly saying, "Ball. Ball. Ball." He makes sure that he has a front row seat to all the action when his big brother is playing basketball on a gaming system. Liam also mimics the players at his brother's basketball game whenever they take a shot. Lately, he has been attempting to draw circles and calling each picture a ball. He may be a bit obsessed.

I have recognized his obsession. It is in his blood. He has relatives – particularly his grandfather, my father – who have all contributed to a lot of wins at both the high school and collegiate levels. Liam also frequents his brother's basketball games and has been going since he was just an infant. He is familiar with the culture and has no problem expressing his enthusiasm for the sport.

That is why I chose to make him a basketball cake covered in Reese's Pieces.

It was so simple. Here is how I did it:

2 round cake pans
Cake batter
chocolate icing
All the utensils you need to prepare a cake
2 bags of Reese's Pieces

1. Prepare a cake as you normally would. Obviously, it works best with a round cake to get the effect of a basketball shape. I used two eight inch round cake pans. To make sure that I would have a cake with a little height, I poured one bowl of batter in one pan, and 3/4 batter into the other pan.

2. Let the cake cool first. Remove both from the pan. Cut the shortest cake horizontally to level it off. Cover with chocolate icing. Just enough to serve as a "glue" for the top layer.

**I prepared my cake at 3 in the morning, sooooo I forgot to take my own advice. I even skipped a layer of icing. Doh!

3. Place the highest cake on top of the piece you just covered in icing. Make sure that it is level. Then, generously ice this piece of cake, covering the top and the sides. Make sure there is enough icing to hold the Reese's Pieces.

4. Dump out one bag of Reese's Pieces into a bowl. You only need the orange and brown candies. I only said one bag because you can get a feel if you will need more candy as you start to place them on the cake. Also, I chose not to cover the sides of my cake because it was for my toddler and I knew we'd eventually pluck them off.

**Yours will be more neat than the picture above. It's best to place them directly beside each other in an organized fashion.

5. Starting with the brown candies, find a center point of your cake. Place a brown candy there. Then, create a line of candy going horizontally on the cake and one going vertically, using the center of the cake as  guide.

6. Count a few pieces over from the center line to decide where you want to start with the curved line. Make sure you lay these Reese's Pieces out with a slight curve.

7. Fill in the spaces with the orange Reese's Pieces. You will have to manipulate a few of the pieces to get them to fit. Just gently squeeze them in, but maintain the shape of the brown lines as well.

It may look like it takes awhile, but it wasn't so bad. I just chose to create this at 3AM in the morning, thus causing unnecessary frustration. In the end, it was all worth it.

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