Sun Bum - Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Q and I were lucky enough to be asked to review some more stocking stuffers for you! Read on for a great idea for all the girls on your gift list!


What the company has to say:

Sun Bum SPF 30+ Flavored Lip Balms – $3.99 each at www.TrustTheBum.com
Sun Bum, Cocoa Beach native sunscreen company with a heavy surf following, made so many smile with their original banana flavored SPF Lip Balm that they made more! The new flavors (Pink Guava, Mango, Coconut, Key Lime and Pomegranate) are guaranteed to delight lips – and protect them with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection.





What Curly Hairdo Ideas has to say:

YUM! These flavored lip balms are seriously yummy. As some of you know, I can be very particular about what ingredients are used in my body products... I will be honest, I didn't even look at this one in depth.


(Isn't my new birthday present fun?! I'm slowly learning how to use it for some fun new photos!)


Pink Guava? Seriously. I *had* to open that one first! 


WOW! Who needs sweet treats when you have lip balm that tastes this good?! Not only do my lips feel super soft, I know they're protected from the harmful rays of the sun, whether because I'm surfing (I wish) or skiing! (hopefully soon!) AND - they taste great! haha! I really shouldn't let my kids try these or I will never get them back....



The two items pictured above were given to us for the purpose of review. If you would like to purchase some for yourself, please visit www.trustthebum.com




Top 12 Stocking Stuffers of 2012

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!


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I don't know about you, but I'm in full "Christmas planning" mode here. I can't believe it's only the beginning of December because already I'm all in! I have some of the presents wrapped, more are ordered, I'm planning where we'll be and what we'll do on Christmas eve and Christmas day.... it's amazing! And even though I'm so ahead of myself this year - there are still things that seem like they're falling through the cracks.

One of those being Santa! Now, I'll be completely honest, I'm a bit up in the air on the whole "Santa" thing. I love the mystery and the fun - but I don't like the idea of "lying" to my kids. I'm trying to ride that fine line of playing along and encouraging the spirit of giving and generosity and magical imagination-land ... while at the same time making sure that I don't come right out and say that some fat guy breaks into the house at night and eats our cookies! HA! Cuz let's be honest - If there are cookies gone in the morning, it was most definitely me who ate them!!

Yet in all my theoretical undecidedness, we will still wake up on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of Jesus with more presents in the living room than there were the night before. and I tell ya...the past few days? Those empty stockings have been mocking me! I was at a loss for what to put in them this year!!

However, YOU won't have to have that problem because I'm here for ya! I have scoured the internet and many of my awesome resources and come up with Thee  
Top 12 Stocking Stuffers of 2012!  
(yep, 12 for '12!)


That's right. Search no further. If you need stocking stuffers for curly hair, stocking stuffers for kids, or just creative stocking stuffers - this is the list you need! I'll babble no longer... here it is! (in no particular order)


Duct Tape Flower Pink/Multi Zig Zag

Duct tape?! You bet! It's all the rage - and now I know why. I had no idea you could make a hairbow this eye catching out of duct tape! Huffleblossoms doesn't only do duct tape of course, they have necklaces for adults and other hair accessories as well. Be sure to support this mom and daughter team! Santa would definitely choose Huffleblossoms as his Christmas elves if I had anything to say about it.



If you have curly hair and live in a cold climate - these hats are a Must Have! Lined with satin, they are gentle on your curls and leave your hair looking lovely even after you take off your hat. Curly Zebra hats will keep you in style, your ears warm, and your hair beautiful all season long!
Be sure to order by Dec. 14th to ensure a Christmas delivery



Large Brown African Batik Hair Bow 

 ...is to be unique. 
Isn't that the Truth?! Curls are destined to be unique - and I LOVE that! It is without a doubt something to celebrate. So why not stuff your Christmas stocking with a beautifully unique hair bow from A Curl's Fantasy?! Don't forget to visit Precious and learn more about her and her hair journey at her blog -



CARA B Naturally™

This is one of my personal favorite brands of children's hair care products. Ok, ok, I totally use it on my own hair as well! It's just a great company, with fantastic customer service and wonderful product. You can't go wrong! Cara B is also offering a discount through Walgreens through the month of December, so if you want to take part in the buy 2, get one free sale - get there soon!



What A Hoot

Have you ever seen anything this beautiful made out of felt? I love it! But sweet little owls aren't the only stocking stuffers you can find this year at Perry Made. Head on over to the store for a look at the variety of headbands, clips, earwarmers, and even a new pre-order Peasant Dress! CUTE!
When you're done there, jump on over the the blog behind the designs - Mainly Braids is full of fun children's hairstyles and much more!



Snowman with red chiffon leg warmers

Aren't these leg warmers cute? And they will make a wonderful stocking stuffer this Christmas! Fitzthumb Boutique has a vast assortment of leg warmers, headbands, hats, and petti clothing for your little ones, boys and girls! My daughter has quite a few pairs of the lace legwarmers that she wears for dance class - they're so adorable! (of course she wears them up way higher than leg warmers should be... but that's another topic altogether! ha! The things you can get by with when you're only 4 years old...)



bee mine stocking stuffers

Not only does Brooke have great tips on getting rid of Lice and Nits - she has an entire blog Full of fantastic hair care ideas, product reviews and much more. Head on over and check out her Bee Mine discount for the month of December!



"Milk and Honey" Bracelet

 Karli's Kreations - yep! Shameless plug. This is MY store! I only have a few items left before the Grand Reopening - get anything in the store 20% off with code:  "curlyhairdoideas"  Enjoy! This beautiful Baltic Amber jewelry helps relieve pain, maintain wellness, and can reduce chronic inflammation. All while looking beautiful and stylish at the same time! Read more about it at the store. All of my pieces of jewelry will easily fit into any size Christmas stocking - so don't pass up this great gift idea!



Enjoy Holiday Savings With Original Sprout!

Now here's company that's done well getting the word out about the importance of good quality hair care ingredients! Original Sprout is a fabulous line of hair products for children and adults. Their Miracle Detangler truly works miracles! It's amazing stuff! Santa would definitely get a big smooch from me if I found Original Sprout products in my Christmas stocking!



Blended Beauty

Jamie over at Diary of a Hair Princess has a Blended Beauty discount code! Now, I will admit, I have never tried Blended Beauty, but I should really put it on my list of options because I only hear great things about it. Also make sure you check out the many great articles, posts and photos at Diary of a Hair Princess!!
Enter Discount Code "curly" for 10% off of your purchase!



Yes... It's All Mine - Pink

EEEEK!!  Adorable! Mom-owned business, super enthusiastic attitude - her excitement is contagious. Not only does Chloe have Supa-Cute style, she has excellent haircare tips and awesome hair shares over there at Baby Big Hair. Go check out the color options on both styles of T-shirts, too. Both boys and girls will finally be excited to get Clothes this Christmas!



Image of Creme Brulee for Kinks Curls and Coils (8oz)

 Another company that will forever hold a favored place on my shelf (and fridge! they keep so well there - with all the natural goodness found in Beija-Flor ingredients!) is this one!! I can't say enough good about the Amazon Antioxidant Treatment, seriously wow. I use it everyday! And as for stocking stuffers ... I would have to say my favorite products for my daughter's hair are the Juicy Summer Fruit Oils and any of the Buttercreams. 
Beija-Flor has been kind enough to offer YOU, my delightful audience, with a special discount code!! Use the code "CURLYHAIRDO" at checkout for 15% off your purchases!
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That's a dozen great Stocking Stuffer Ideas. I hope you find exactly what you're looking for to round out the perfect 2012 Christmas shopping list. Be Blessed this holiday season!!





None of the above links are affiliate links. I truly believe in every one of the above listed products and think they will make a great addition to your Christmas stocking stuffer purchases. The above commentary is purely my own opinion. I have not been reimbursed in any way from the companies mentioned for promoting their products in this post. 
This promotion is my Christmas present to them!
May God be with you, in your heart and on your mind, this Christmas! Thank you for stopping by!

Wordless Wednesday ~ LICE

Yep, we had lice. :'(  Check out Untrained Hairmom's awesome post for information on Natural Treatment for Lice and Nits!! She found all the best helpful info and put it in one easy spot!



As you can see, having lice was much more bothersome to ME than it was to Q....



Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Too cute not to share! No idea what she's really talking about, but she wanted to record a video for you!!


Friday Feature ~ Cessalye

I'm just thrilled to share another Featured Follower with you all today! As you may have noticed, it was supposed to be posted Last friday, but I was called away to a baby's birth! You can find out why that pertained to me when it wasn't my own baby by visiting my Birth Doula site! www.cyberdoulas.com!
 
 
It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Cessalye, a 4 year old boutique model!


What is your favorite short hair style? 
natural, with bangs clipped to side
 
How do you keep her still while you style her hair? 
We play "beauty shop"
 
 
Do you use (or will you encourage/discourage the use of) heat and/or chemicals on your child's hair?
NEVER..I have a story behind this. Cessalye's hair was very curly at age 2. But at almost 3 it started breaking off BAD. and thinning. I took her to several drs and they ran tons of tests and bloodwork. Nothing came back. They attributed it to the little tiny rubberbands I had used and a high fever she had 3 mo prior. It was very thin and balding before it started coming back in. And when it did, It grew in straight. I was shocked. But over the last 6 mo her hair has regained its tight curls at the scalp. It looked crazy with ringlets underneath all of the straight straggly ends. So over the months as it grew I would trim off the straight ends. Now finally it is back to its beautiful curly state!! Albeit it is short for a 4 yr old but it is adorable and HEALTHY!!
 
 
What is the best hair advice you've ever received? 
Do not use heat products on childrens sensitive hair.
 
What is the worst hair advice you've ever received?
To use certain leave in conditioners, that contain alcohol!
 
 
If you could give us one tip or trick - what would it be?
I wash her hair every other day, then lightly condition ends. Always air dry naturally and embrace the curls!! Also do not put little rubberbands in that do not say "safe for hair" and never put in rubberbands when child's hair is wet. You are asking for breakage in those areas of hair. Wait until their hair is dry



This was so generous of you to share, and especially the story about the rubberbands - it's good to remember! Thank you!!  You daughter is just gorgeous!! Keep us posted on her modeling gigs!!

Wordless Wednesday

"What, Mom?"




Wordless Wednesday







Friday Feature! Jenn and Brooklyn

Welcome back to Friday Feature! Where we showcase our Featured Followers... YOU!! I love reading your stories and learning from each other, so please, if you're interested in being a Feature Follower, email me! curlyhairdoideas @ yahoo dot com! 

Today we have an exciting Mommy and Daughter Duo for you! Please give a great big CHI welcome to .....................................    Jenn and Brooklyn!!!



What is your daily hair routine? 
Depending on if I wash my hair before bed or in the morning, my routine varies. If I wash it at night and sleep on my curls, when I go to style my hair, I spray  "Matrix Color Care Shine Shake", scrunch, and let it air dry. I use Matrix Full Volume Proforma Firm Hold hairspray after I put the curls where I want them.  If my hair has been freshly washed, I spray CHI keratin mist before I pick it out. Then I use Tea Tree Thickening spray to help at the roots with my thin hair. Finally I spray on the Curly Sexy Curl Enhancer which is a mousse-like substance.  I scrunch and let it air dry for about 30 minutes while I put my makeup on.  The last thing I do is blow-dry my hair with a diffuser. I don't touch it with my hands at all, just the diffuser and I turn upside down to help with the volume.  After that, I pretty much just spray it because it styles itself the way I like it.

Do you use chemicals in your hair? 
I have had my hair colored since I was pretty young. My sister is a stylist and she used my hair many times to try new things on.  I also have very dark hair so I've had grays since I was 16.  I get color about once every 4-6 weeks.  My sister puts a conditioning treatment on my hair from time to time at the salon.

Do you use heat (hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc) on your hair?
I use a hair dryer with a diffuser.  When I have shorter bangs, I will straighten my bangs and pull them to the side.

Have you ever straightened your hair? Why or why not? What were/are your thoughts on straightening curly hair?
Yes, I have straightened my hair before. In fact, every time I go to the salon my sister straightens it. I tell her to cut it how I can style it curly because I don't have the time to straighten my hair every day.  I think it's fine to straighten your hair if it's curly, just like it's ok for people with straight hair to curl theirs.  I see no problems with it.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I wear my hair down because it's short with some pulled down on my forehead (sometimes bangs straightened and pulled to the side and on my forehead.) I was blessed with a big forehead. :-)

What do you like best about your curls?
I like that I don't have to do much to style my hair. When I tell others how much time I spend (about 10 minutes or less) on my hair, they can't believe it.  

What is the worst hair advice you've ever received?
That I should straighten my hair because it looks better.  

If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give a young person with curls, what would it be?
Two things: Get trims often to cut off the dead ends. Do not let anyone talk you into permanently straightening your hair because THEY think it will look better. Go with what you think about yourself because you need to look at yourself and know that you look like what you want to not what others want you to look like. 

If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give to the Parents of young children with curls, what would it be?!
Who doesn't love a curly headed kid?! Find a great stylist and consult with them about the cut and how you should care for your child's hair. 


How old is your little one?
3
How do you keep her still while you style their hair?
Have them watch tv while you sit behind them. Keep them occupied otherwise. Have fun without moving like sing a song.
Do you use (or will you encourage/discourage the use of) heat and/or chemicals on your child's hair?
No, I feel that at the right age, a person should make their own decisions about what they want to do to their hair. When my daughter is 18, she can choose completely what she would want for herself, but, until then, I will have an opinion and the final say.

What is your favorite aspect of "hair time"?
I love to do Brooklyn's hair. It is so soft and just enough curls to make it full and beautiful. Her hair is great and we have fun during hair time!

If you could give us one tip or trick - what would it be?
Be different! Try new things with your hair. 

My daughter and I model together so we love our hair accessories!!!

Make sure to go visit Jenn at Go Pro Boutique on Facebook! "Professional Quality Photos for Boutiques, Exposure and Prestige for Models"


I absolutely love these photos!! and Jenn, thank you so much for your insight! It was fabulous to feature you - hopefully we'll see more from the two of you in the future! In modeling, of course, and also back on Curly Hairdo Ideas!!  

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As I mentioned before, if YOU would like to be a Featured Follower of CHI, please visit the "Be Featured" page, or just simply email me at curlyhairdoideas@yahoo.com! I can't wait to hear from you!

Wordless Wednesday




(They're BOTH smiling! hahahaha)


Dance Recital Hairstyle

It's that time of year again! Dance recital time! Q's toddler dance hairstyle is usually pretty basic, the teacher tells all the little girls in her class how she wants their hair and I comply! This time was a "Curly Ponytail"  ....Good thing, since curly hair is what you get on this little head!


Q's curly hair is really the underneath hair however, so since the teacher specified a "curly ponytail" I wanted to put in a little extra effort to get those curls to pop. I used the matching costume clip to bring some of the straighter parts up and away from the curlier hair. I'm not so sure it really worked! But I tried.  and then later I took it out and just let it be a normal ponytail with the dance costume clip.

Here she is getting her tap shoes on before the dance recital! You can see here how I clipped some of her hair forward, it's not all just hanging down from the ponytail.





(Sorry for such a blurry photo! My "good" point and shoot camera is on it's very last leg, so I have been using my phone a lot lately.)

More fun dance recital hairstyle pictures!





and lastly, Q loved her ribbon that she received for only missing one dance class all year long! (My hubby says it's more MY reward than hers, but oh well. I guess at this age, he's probably right! But she loves it anyway)





Do you have any dance recitals coming up this month?! Feel free to share your photos on the Curly Hairdo Ideas facebook page! I LOVE seeing all your styles and sharing in your moments!

Baby Hairstyle Ideas ~ How to Style Toddler Curly Hair





I am just so excited to share this post with you today. A bunch of awesome hair bloggers have gotten together and coordinated another Hair Carnival! Just for YOU!  This is a copy cat carnival... and my blog to copy was brand new to me, I am slightly embarrassed to admit I'd never had the pleasure of seeing her work before! But it was super fun!! Let me introduce .... Monkey Dos!!

And the more I looked at her site, the more I thought - wow. This is the exact sort of blog I set out to create at the very beginning! How cool that I'm not the only one anymore! (Yes, it's been a few years since CHI first got it's start! Q doesn't have the cute short baby hair that she did back then either.)

So the "guidelines" of this carnival were to copy a style from the blog we were assigned (all surprises!) .... well, we have so much in common I decided to link our similar styles so you can see variations on toddler hairstyles, as well as how each curly toddler hair style works on slightly different hair types.

Enjoy!!


Toddler Hairstyle #1:

(similar to Knotty Hair Headband, just turned and going straight back instead of across from ear to ear. Technique is all the same!)





Toddler Hairstyle #2:




(again, same thing, just rotated in a different orientation on their heads! hehe)




Toddler Hairstyle #3:




Toddler Hairstyle #4:


(same as above, without the pull through's, and with a ribbon!)


and then with the pull throughs - plus some pizazz ~





Toddler Hairstyle #5:






Toddler Hairstyle #6:





(You'll laugh at the irony when you read the Monkey Do's blog post and then look at the follow photo!)


Toddler Hairstyle #7:




and the simpler version:





Toddler Hairstyle #8:





and finally... Toddler Hairstyle #9:



(No "how to" blog post for this style yet - let me know if you want it! Be sure to follow the link to our facebook wall as well! and more ideas for baby and toddler hairstyles!)


Thank you so much for playing along with me today! Hopefully this post helps show how different some of the same basic ideas can look. So much room for variety! I love it!!

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