Winter Wonderland Giveaway Event!! #WWgiveaway

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 Welcome to the Winter Wonderland Giveaway Event!!! You have no idea how excited I am to be a part of this fabulous giveaway party! See below for more blogs and many many more chances to WIN! (This also marks my blog's 2nd year anniversary! Yay us! Does that mean my blog is officially a toddler now?)

Head on over to Untrained Hairmom to enter for your chance to win the big Massive GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE! Thank you so much to Brooke for all she's done for this event!!

Without further ado, let me show you what you can win!!

"For Health and Home" Pack:  "For the Lips" bundle from With a Little Faith and Hope PLUS 50% off and Free Shipping storewide at Found on the Prairie!   See the interview we had with With a Little Faith and Hope here!


"For The Kids" Pack:   Children's 14" Baltic Amber necklace from Karli's Kreations PLUS a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper from Keela Bug Cloth!   Learn more about Baltic Amber here - and more about Keela Bug Cloth here!


"Pamper" Pack:  Handmade Jewelry from ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique  (Shannon will also arrange a special gift for her winner if that person has completed at least 3 of the entries that pertain to ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique! How awesome is that?!?)  Read the touching story of ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique here!

That's right!! 3 winners!! 5 gifts!! What are you waiting for? ...

Please enjoy the rafflecopter entry form! This is my first time using it, so bear with me. and yes, I KNOW I have a ton of entry possibilities! Don't get overwhelmed! and don't do them all if you don't feel like it! But if you want to .... don't let me stop you!! There is only one mandatory entry - the rest is up to you!

Benefits of Baltic Amber

I have a Baltic Amber Jewelry store! Karli's Kreations Can you believe it?! I know, I should mention it more! Well here we go! I am one of the sponsors in the Winter Wonderland Giveaway Event so here's the detailed version of what Baltic Amber is good for! Now don't forget to enter to WIN!

Baltic Amber is a fossilized tree resin. Historically, it has been used as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries.

When Baltic Amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of Succinic Acid from the amber. To receive a therapeutic benefit, Baltic amber must come in direct contact with the skin.

Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Amber found elsewhere in the world does not contain these high concentrations. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and its presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways…

• Pain Relief
Baltic Amber contains analgestic properties and helps take the edge off many types of discomfort.
(For teething pain, this style of jewelry has been designed with children in mind! The chord will break if much pressure is applied and the strand is knotted between each bead – if it does break, there won’t be beads everywhere! Only one or two should fall off the strand.)

• Helps break the cycle of (chronic) inflammation
Where chronic inflammation is present, disease lurks. When the body’s cells are chronically inflamed the human body’s immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases.

• Restores Energy
The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state.
Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs Cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs Cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.

• Maintains Wellness
When the human body reacts to stress, the body’s cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the intercellular creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling lethargic.
Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.

How to get the maximum therapeutic benefit from wearing your Baltic Amber:
* The amber must rest against your skin continuously
-  Necklaces must be worn under a shirt
-  Bracelets should be worn snug
-  Anklets can be worn under socks

* The amber should be worn as much as possible
- For adults, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week (except when bathing) is ideal!
- For children, necklaces should be removed from the neck when the child sleeps. In some cases some parents choose to move the necklace to the ankle just prior to the child going to sleep. This is done by double-wrapping the necklace around the ankle, and placing a sock over the foot to keep the necklace stationary and warm.
Do NOT let children chew on Baltic Amber beads.

* Wear Baltic Amber as close to the site of discomfort as you can get it
- Wear a necklace for a headache, a bracelet for arthritis in the hands, etc.

With care, your Baltic Amber jewelry can last a lifetime!

• Clean with lukewarm water and a soft cloth
- Avoid detergents and cleansers as the leave a residue on the amber that interferes with its ability to release its healing oils into the skin.

• Remove your amber:
- While you bathe
- While in the pool, spa, or in other highly chlorinated water
- Anytime you apply lotions, sunscreens, perfumes, etc, to the area where you wear the amber. These substances leave a residue on the amber that will interfere with its ability to release it healing oils into the skin.

I hope you learned something! and that you are excited to try your OWN! Come win a 14" (large child size) Baltic Amber necklace at the Winter Wonderland Giveaway Event!!

Keela Bug Cloth - Sneak Preview

The Winter Wonderland Giveaway is LIVE!!!   In the spirit of that, check out this preview of one of our awesome sponsors! Keela Bug Cloth  and on facebook!

Keela is generously giving away one Cloth Diaper! She has recently become a direct seller of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers! If I haven't mentioned here on the blog much - Q was cloth diapered and I love the things! There is just no comparison to the cloth diapers they make these days compared to what our parents and grandparents think of when they think "cloth diaper" - just take a look at these!

By the way - if you're new to cloth diapers you may not know this so I will be fair and warn you ... They are ADDICTING!! Aren't they cute?!?! and you can get leg warmers to match.... oh goodness! The cuteness is unbeatable!

If you want the whole story on Keela's cloth diaper business, read this blog post! and visit her store!

Keela also blogs at and you can find her facebook page for the blog here.

Enter for your chance to win at the Winter Wonderland Giveaway!!!!

ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique!! The Inside Scoop

Hello! My name is Shannon and I am the owner and designer for ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique. I would first like to thank Karli for giving me a spot on her blog and her followers for reading this post and visiting my store!

My husband and I recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary and we live in the beautiful state of Montana with our two boys, Jaden and Jordan. Jaden is 11 and in the 6th grade. Jordan is 9 and in the 3rd grade. We also own a cat named Zoe and a rat named Mocha.

My Etsy store has been opened since May of 2008. I chose the name, ShaunnaMichelle's, after my daughter. She would have celebrated her Sweet 16 this year, on November 6th. ShaunnaMichelle died at birth. It was a defining moment in my life. In an effort to keep her memory alive and close to me always, I use her name for my business.

I have always been a mother first. I stopped working shortly after my first son was born due to some really dreadful experiences with care providers. It soon became clear that I needed to stay home to guarantee my son's safety and well-being. My husband and I made the necessary budget cuts, and I quit my job. Once the boys started school, I found I could only clean house so much. I needed something to do with my time when they were away during the day at school. It took me a long time to find a hobby I enjoyed. For the longest time, I really didn't think I could find a hobby that I really loved. Then, one day, I walked into a bead store. The woman there helped me make my very first bracelet and from that point on, I was hooked! It soon became clear that I was making way more jewelry than I could ever wear, so the idea of starting my Etsy store was born. My husband thought it would be a nice way to support my habit and I hoped it would be a great way for me to earn some extra income from home while still being able to stay home with my children.

I started out with only the Etsy store and then eventually added a Facebook page. Now I attend craft shows and other venues where I can sell my items. I've also increased my local items to include knitted hats and scarves, handmade greeting cards, and handmade blankets. I hope to eventually offer these items in my shop online as well. Eventually, my husband and I want to own an actual Boutique here in our home town. In the meantime, I truly enjoy the people I meet online and at craft shows. Though sometimes I get completely stumped on ideas, I wouldn't trade this for the world. I love being able to do what I love and being able to share it with others.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and ShaunnaMichelle's. If you have any questions, please don't ever hesitate to ask. Thanks again to Karli for this opportunity and to her readers for their time! I hope you'll stop by the store or the Facebook page and say hello!
-- Shannon


What a beautiful story! If you haven't heard yet - Shannon and ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique are sponsors in our Winter Wonderland Giveaway Event!!! Join her on Facebook, her blog, and Etsy

Wordless Wednesday - Curly Baby Hair

Gotta love curly baby hair! 

When did she grow up, by the way?! 


I wasn't going to post today (gearing up for the Winter Wonderland Giveaway event!) but I have to pass this on. Please do the same!! 

Who Makes the Decisions about your Child's Life???

An eight year old boy and his family are being harrassed about his chemo and radiation care! The parents have done extensive research and are now being forced to continue chemo when the PET test results have shown that the amount they've already done has been enough! He is cancer-free! But still, more chemo is being ordered. The parents feel it is too high a risk to take.

THESE DRUGS have NOT been approved by the FDA for use in children!!!!

Please read the whole heartbreaking story for yourself and consider donating to this family and this cause. PARENTS know their children. Don't you??

Here's a clip from the article:
"After looking into the matter, both the local CPS agency and the local prosecuting attorney refused to file charges. They believed that the parents were making reasonable decisions for Jacob.

The doctors still would not take no for an answer. They called higher authorities in the state level CPS agency. The doctors had to make several calls before they finally found someone who would agree with them.
As a result of all of these calls, the local CPS agency was pressured into filing medical neglect charges against the parents.
The local prosecutor still refused to take a case against the family, so the state level CPS officials hired an independent private lawyer to serve as the prosecutor against Ken and Erin Stieler."

Please share this story and if you pray - pray hard! Thank you for passing this on and making a difference in this little boy's life. 

With a Little Faith and Hope ~ Interview

The Winter Wonderland Giveaway is here!  and I wanted you to get to know one of our sponsors a little better ...  Not only is Helena (from With a Little Faith and Hope) a blogger and recipe extraordinaire, she's a long-time follower of Curly Hairdo Ideas!  ... if you want a way to get close to my heart ... Just kidding!

Anyway, Helena has started a blog and natural store as a way of documenting and sharing her recipe adaptations and inspirations - as well as pass on her natural creations in the way of lip balms, body scrubs and more! (see below!) So without further ado - Let the interview begin!

Curly Hairdo Ideas:  I saw you mentioned you try to follow the Nourishing Traditions ideas, can you tell me more about what that is and why you follow it?

With a Little Faith and Hope: Nourishing Traditions follows a more traditional way of cooking. When making grains we soak them in an acidic water first. In doing this it reduces the phytic acid in the grains. Phytic acid is a nutrient inhibitor and so by soaking the grain the nutrients are more readily available to the body. This works great for making whole grain breads and muffins because the lose the grainy texture making them more palatable.  We do not shy away from healthy natural saturated fats (coconut oil butter red meat). We do keep away from the "healthy" oils (canola corn soy)  When it come to the foods we buy my theory is if I can't make it in my kitchen we don't eat it.  We stay away from anything that might contain a GMO (Genetically Modified Organisim). I highly recommend looking into this if you have never heard of GMO's it will be very eye opening.  We also don't eat refined sugar and eat very little sugar. There are other things that we do but these are the easiest to explain. It is a very informative book and for me it was very eye opening. Even though I thought we were eating a healthy diet by making a few changes our health has improved. I highly recommend it to everyone.

CHI:  How old are your girls and how do you find ways they can help you in the kitchen without going crazy yourself?!

LFH:  My girls are 4 and 2. Most of the time they just sit on the counter and hand me things stir and just watch. They also like to take my little wooden spoons and pretend to make their own food. If we are doing something more complex I give them little jobs to do such as gathering tools or pouring things. They love to also just sit and watch when I am making supper or working with something they can't do yet like cutting or cooking on the stove.

CHI:  How do you keep them interested in helping you in the kitchen?

LFH:  I let them come and go as they want. I don't make them stay with me if they are bored. I give them little jobs to do. We talk and sing and talk to my mom on Skype.

CHI:   How are you so lucky to be the main cook in the house when your hubby was a chef? Can you tell us more about being married to a chef? ;-)

LFH:  My husband works outside the house and is at work most days until supper time. Being the homemaker the job of cooking is mine. I will say that the first year was quite interesting I had hardly any cooking experience before we got married. There was quite a bit of critiquing done by my husband.

CHI:  What's the one kitchen item you "couldn't live without?"
LFH:  That one is hard. I would have to day my chef's knife and pans. I think I would be completely lost without them. As much as I like many other things if I had these I could do just about anything in a pinch.

CHI:  What do you like most about cooking?

LFH:  I like being creative and trying new things. The hardest thing about doing this blog will be writing things down. I like to just add a little bit of this and that until it tastes right and then I forget what I did and can't make it just the same again. The good thing about that  is that we never have things exactly the same way twice. The bad thing is when I completely forget what I did the one time it was just perfect.

CHI:    What products will you have available in your store? What's your personal favorite?

LFH:  There will be some lip balms and lip scrubs.
Body moisturizers and shower scrubs.
There will also be baby wraps and baby/ toddler hair accessories up after I get some made and and some videos made.

Check out her store for more details on the products she will routinely carry in stock! and these french toast muffins I just haaaaaave to try!  Be sure to come to back here December 1-6th, 2011 for a giveaway sponsored by With a Little Faith and Hope!! (and many more!) Don't miss this!!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! (a really late one to my Canadian friends!)  I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!   Stay safe, and don't forget to relax some!!

Q and I wish you the best Thanksgiving, and the best Black Friday deals ever!

(and if you find a great deal on a leap pad or vtech vreader for Q - Let me know!!! Thanks!!!! my email is or find me on facebook! - see sidebar - )

Protective Styling Challenge Options

In keeping with my last Protective Styling Challenge Recap post, I thought we'd share collage number 2!! I just loved all these styles and it's so fun to get to see them again!

By "fun to see these protective styles" I don't necessarily mean I'm proud of how this one looks! But I think it was important for us to really stretch this mom's comfort zone on how often to style hair. Sometimes we over-manipulate and cause more damage than anything!  So while this style was very ready to come down, I was also proud of myself for daring to leave it one more day! and by bringing it up into the ponytails it helped give it some variation and not look tooooooo awful.

Protective Hairstyles for kids can be easy and fun to try!  How often do you do protective styles? On yourself or your kids?!

Dance Hair for Little Girls

I love dance! I loved being in dance class when I was younger - and I love that Q is now old enough to be in dance class! Not only do I want to pass on my love of dance and movement, but it's so fun watching her learn .... and get all dressed up her cute little outfits!  Ok, Ok, but the best part every week is doing her hair - you got me! Coming up with new and creative little dance hair styles for my little girl is so fun! The only "rule" for dance hair at our dance school is that it be up.

That leaves the options pretty much wide open!

Now don't get me wrong, there are days we just run out the door and hope we make it on time, regardless of hair, but when I can I like to give her a unique dance hairstyle for my little girl!

I've been hearing about these sock bun hairstyles for awhile - but had never tried one.

Until now! I just found a tutorial on youtube (I don't even remember which one, sorry!) and copied her version of how to do a sock bun.

I used an old sock of Q's, but now I see why they sometimes say to use a tube sock - see how the right side is bigger? That's the side that the heel was on! 

All in all I think the sock bun hairstyle makes a wonderful, classic dance hairstyle for little girls! It's just so sweet and innocent. I (of course) love her curls too much, so instead of tucking the ends in I left the curl out to play. 

Q also had a few braids in that day so we just left them. I think they added a nice little touch to this little girls dance hairstyle! A touch a of "spunk" in that classic hairdo!

p.s. What do you think of her outfit? It's hard to see in these pictures, but it's an old gymnastics outfit from when I was a little girl! haha!! Thanks, Mom!

Winter Wonderland Giveaway Sponsors!

Are you ready to hear some details about the Winter Wonderland Giveaway?! Are you ready to have a sneak peek of what YOU just might win?!!?

We have 5, yes, 5!!! exciting stores gearing up for this event! Not to mention the 20 other blogs that are going in on this with us! This is by far the biggest giveaway event Curly Hairdo Ideas has ever hosted!!

Our Official Sponsors are .....

Karli's Kreations - this is actually my store! I'm not sure why I've never thought to do a giveaway previously... hmmmm. oh well. It's TIME! Please check out my selection of Baltic Amber jewelry (Baltic Amber is great for pain relief as well as many other therapeutic qualities)

Found on the Prairie - a fun collection of vintage assortments! Definitely one of a kind! Be sure to check them out and let them know you're excited for the Winter Wonderland Giveaway!

Keela Bug Cloth - "The Glow Bug Brand Cloth Diapers, with the new SlimDry Fabric!" Keela Bug also carries Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent and Wet Bags. Go give this brand new business a "like" on facebook and tell her I sent you!

ShaunnaMichelle's Boutique - Shaunna Michelle's is a New, Lightly Used, & Handmade boutique in Helena, Montana. We buy, sell, and trade!  ShaunnaMichelle's can also be found at See their Artfire page at - Gorgeous jewelry! - a brand new blog featuring healthy and fun family recipes, as well as a store! She will be selling all natural lip balms, lip scrubs, body moisturizers and shower scrubs. Coming soon? Baby wraps and baby/toddler hair accessories! YAY!

Don't all these places sound fun?! I think I'd like to win some stuff too, now! Stay tuned for more info on each company ... as well as the Prizes that will be available for you to win starting on December 1st!! (Got anybody to check off that Christmas list?! I bet you do!)

**UPDATE**  The Winter Wonderland Giveaway is in full force! Go enter for your chance to win!

Protective Styling Challenge - Recap!

I just thought it would be fun to do a little recap of our Protective Styling Challenge hairstyles we did with Beads, Braids and Beyond last May. (I believe she's doing another challenge now, too! Go check it out!)

As you can see this one wasn't all protective styeles - because Q had her first dance recital that week!  Aren't they all just CUTE?!?! I didn't use any harsh hair ties with metal or anything, though, just the soft elastics. We made sure to keep her curls very moisturized and not to mess with them too much while they were out of their protective hairstyle. Follow the links for more dance, gymnastics and sports worthy hairstyles.

Natural Hair Care during the Winter #haircarnival #naturalhair

How does your natural hair care routine change when the weather gets colder? I usually forget what I did the last time the season was here by the time it comes around again!

I guess that works. It's like a brand new adventure every time I readjust to the weather changes and my daughter's naturally curly hair!

But there are some tried and true things to I don't forget as the cold weather makes us don our heavy winter gear.

Protective Hairstyles ROCK. You can goop up on the moisturizing products, seal all that good stuff in with a good hair butter or oil and not have to worry about making her hair look wet or oily! Gotta love that! Especially on very light, fine, naturally curly hair.

 Of course, if you're outside in the winter, you could say it doesn't really matter what you do with your hairstyle because this is what you will look like! .....

Translation: Either windbown or all covered up!  Just make sure if your poor head is going bare - don't skimp on the moisture before and after! Conditioner is your best friend. and pre-poos. and deep conditioning! I love winter hair care!!

Going out with a hat on is of course a must for our little loves, however, so ... here's a tip for wearing hats in the winter .....

Invest the time or energy or money to get one lined with Satin! A satin lined winter hat is a lifesaver for curly hair! A satin lined hat will protect your child's hair while she's in her carseat AND at the park! (Or ski hill as the case may be.)  This one was gifted to Q from her auntie last year! check out if you're not up to the task of making your own satin lined winter hat. Her stuff is just adorable! You can read my thoughts about Satin for curly hair  here.  oh! and this one about why Satin is good for curly hair.

I've also done some reading on humecetants and winter hair, etc, but obviously I need to read more and figure out the mystery! Right now I don't even think I'm spelling it right! HAHA!! Good luck googling that one!

Link up your Winter Hair Care posts below and join our Natural Hair Carnival! Just make sure if you add your link - that you take the whole linky with you and add it to your own blog post! Fair's Fair, after all! email me or catch me on fb if you have questions!

Quick and Easy Protective Hairstyle for Toddler!

Need a hairstyle for traveling? This toddler with curly hair was about to spend the better part of 3 days in a carseat! and you *know* what carseats do to curly hair! Or any hair for that matter.....

I needed a quick protective hairstyle because I didn't have much time to prepare and spend hours braiding before we left.

and of course I wanted it to look cute while we were on vacation! I also wanted to show off her curls a little once we got there.... so the second day I unbraided the tails and spritzed with water and we had bouncy curls! (yet with the top still protected!)

For the drive home I put each tail back into one braid so we had NO loose curly toddler hair for the carseat to damage!  Very successful, I thought!

What's your favorite "go-to" quick and easy protective style?

Life's Messy Moments

The SITS girls are my heroes. Did you know that?! I joined the site forever ago and never remember to participate. :/ But even still occasionally some sweet comments show up here on my blog from a SITS sister!

Did you see my Wordless Wednesday post the other day?! I found lots of neat blogs by following the linky! and one of them mentioned ... camera ... giveaway ... and the SITS girls.... I had to look into it.

Did you know that my camera is breaking? I know! Poor sad camera! It now takes pictures that look like this --------->

Yeah ... that's me again ...

 Goofy subject matter not always included. That's extra!

not only does the lens cover not open all the way - now it won't let me zoom in! It just says, "Turn Off Camera and Turn On Again" What's that about?!

SOOOOO, when I saw this beautiful post full of gorgeous pictures (I'm so sorry to the blog that I can't remember where I found you!), then I read about the CAMERA GIVEAWAY ... yes, that's RIgHt! I knew it was a match made in heaven!

So I went to the SITS site and found this:

"Spending time with friends and family can lead to fun and memorable moments, but also some very messy ones. Tell us about the messiest moments that you’ll always remember!"

So I could have shown you pictures of the day I bought Q cups of finger paint .... (WHY?!?! do people do that?!)

and I'll always remember one of Q's favorite pastimes ... making "soup," aka playing with flour, stirring it in a bowl, putting it in other bowls, basically getting it ALLLLL over the table, chairs, floor, herself, etc.

But..... Instead!
the Recurring Messy Moment of Most Moms Lives
(I would imagine) 
......................................................................................... Calorie Consumption!

Part ONE:   Enter Mango  ...

Mango: 1  Q: 0

drumroll please ....

oh oh oh!

Looks like a tie to me, folks!

(Isn't her Baltic Amber Teething Necklace adorable?! I even started selling them I loved hers so much! You can find them at my online store Karli's Kreations!)

Part TWO:    Blueberries       (because you're never too old to really enjoy your food)

oh my!

oh my!

Ohhh My My!!

and that's how we eat around here - don't you? ;-)

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.


I had to take some more pictures of Strawllers curls! I just wanted to have some pretty curls for fun one afternoon (no special event!) so I did!

I used the big green Strawllers to get this look. See our Strawllers reviews for more info! and don't forget about their massive Strawller giveaway event on the fb page! A Chance to Win $500!!

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