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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 inside...in 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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Friday, March 20, 2015

#AD Spring Into Carter's for Great Deals and Clothing + Coupon #SpringIntoCarters, #IC


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.


It's snowing here in Maryland...on the first day of Spring. My toddler's thoughts of hitting the outdoors to run, skip and play has been drowned out by the sound of raindrops and snowflakes knocking against the window. Lucky for him, I sneaked in a little retail therapy the other day at our local Carter's store to check out their new Spring line. The colors and prints were just enough to brighten up his wardrobe and the deals made this dull weather somewhat tolerable. Here is why you need to Spring into Carter's, especially by March 25th (special coupon savings):

Doorbusters



Upon entering the store, there is a center aisle lined with clothing tables. I gravitated to these tremendous savings immediately. I noticed there were tee shirts and shorts for $6 for two or $8 for one. With prices like this, it was impossible to choose. I must have held up every tee shirt there was, to examine its cuteness. Carter's tees and bottoms are great essentials for my active toddler. They are easy to put on and go, all while still being stylish. I wanted them all!


Spring Break and Vacation Essentials

We rarely take vacations out of state. I know, bummer. But we do get to experience local beach treasures like Ocean City and Sandy Point right here in Maryland. My family loves the water. Carter's has a Swim Shop that will meet your little one's vacation needs. I like swim pieces that can go from beach to the street (after drying off, of course). The less that I have to pack, the more time that I can spend preparing for fun times during our staycations. Confession: I let my boys wear their swim trunks as fashionable shorts. They are too cool not to.  Don't forget to check out Carter's for essentials like towels, sunglasses, goggles, swimwear (now in sizes 7 - 12) and protective footwear


Easter

Oh, you fancy, huh?! We all know that Easter brings out the most fabulous outfits at church and other events. I for one don't have the pleasure of dressing up a little girl in a frilly dress with lace socks and patent shoes. But, I do have a little guy that I can outfit in vibrant colors, button-down shirts and an awesome hat. I'm not a huge fan of stuffy Easter suits (anymore). I like a more casual, preppy look. Carter's has great pieces to mix and match so that you can achieve the perfect look. We may have to work on the sizing of this hat (and the milk-stained mouth), but a fedora is always a great addition to any Spring wardrobe.


Speaking of essentials, you cannot leave Carter's without picking up a pair of sunglasses for your kid(s). If you're anything like us, it will be too hard of a decision to make and you'll leave the store without any. We had to sleep on it and think about which one was most suitable for Liam. If you have a second (obviously...you're reading this post), can you help this little guy out, please?


Did I mention that accessories were on sale during our visit? Well, they were. And you can save even more when you combine this lovely coupon with the sale (not valid on doorbusters and clearance; other exclusions apply). Just click on the picture to make it larger and print it. If you're shopping online at Carters.com, just use code MARBLOG25 to save 25% of your purchase of $40+.


Don't let the fact that this coupon does not work on clearance deter you from browsing those racks either. There were great prices on clearance, too. We lucked out and made it in when it was an additional 30% off the lowest ticketed price.


After spending a ridiculous amount of time in Carter's (because we have nothing but time, right?!), we finally settled some items.


By the time we got to the register, Liam was over shopping. He let me know he was upset. Thank goodness Carter's had some entertainment to occupy his time.


I came in just under $100. Thanks to a gift card from Carter's, I spent nothing out-of-pocket. I almost wanted to go back and look for more, but I practiced restraint. I can't say the same for my addiction to looking at girls clothing.  It's going to take a lot of restraint to keep me from that.


So, what are you doing this weekend? You should probably make some time to get to your local Carter's store to take advantage of these deals. Don't forget to your coupon  and make sure you're arm is strong enough to carry away your bag of savings.

**I will update this post with pictures of Liam wearing his fashions. Hoping for actual Spring weather so that we can go outside. 

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