Dec 8, 2016

Happy HAIRidays - Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teen Boys - #GuyGifts

Guys can be so hard to shop for, especially when it comes to those annual Christmas stockings! You can throw all kinds of little cosmetics into one for a female and call it a day, but what can you do for teen boy that he’ll actually like? As a mom of a teenage son I can tell you that Christmas shopping is one of the hardest things I have to do for him. He's very picky in the things that he wants and I often hear "well that wasn't what I really wanted", when I choose something. However, at age 16, he's now at the age where he's started noticing the opposite sex and while they're not pounding on my door, they're now ringing his cellphone. He's now at that age where he wants to look good and one of the things that he's constantly checking out is his hair. I'm always hearing, "mom I think I need a line-up", or "I think it's time for a new haircut". His hair means the world to him. I remember the days of him with a full head of curly hair and me just putting a brush to it. Now it's a lot more than that. If you have a teenage son obsessed with his hair and have no idea what to give him for the holidays, surprise him this year with a few of these cool finds. Here are a few hair stocking stuffers ideas for teen boys.

Dec 7, 2016

Where Do We Draw The Line as Bloggers?

I recently worked with a company that sent Madison a few toys to play with and write about her experience, the big picture was basically, promote the toys since it was the holidays. When Madison received the products, she was super excited. Why? They were toys that she knew about and she had actually asked for one of them for Christmas. As most of you may know, this holiday I had no intention of doing a Holiday Gift Guide. I had no intentions of promoting toys or writing reviews for any said toys for the holidays. This year my Holiday Gift Guide consisted of products received from the Amazon Vine exclusive review program of which I am a member. This time of the year was all about spending time with my family.

Oxtails over Curried Jasmine Rice

I grew up on the Caribbean on the beautiful island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Together with my parents and brothers, we had a great life. A Caribbean Christmas is definitely different from a Christmas here in the US. Not only is the music different but the traditions are different as well. In St. Vincent we have a tradition called "Nine Mornings", where we celebrate with music and dance, consider it a big party, every night beginning December 15th, nine days right up until Boxing Day, December 24th. Early in the morning around 4am, the streets in the city will be filled with music and dance and we would all have a great time. Growing up in the Caribbean was a lot of fun and I try and include and share some of my Caribbean heritage with my children, after all we're considered Caribbean-Americans. What that means is that it's always a Caribbean Christmas here in our house. From the music we listen to, to the food that we eat. That's why I want to share with you one of my Caribbean dishes. Oxtails over Curried Jasmine Rice.

Dec 6, 2016

Shimmer and Shine This Holiday!

If you have a toddler or preschooler, then more than likely your television is usually stuck on a few dedicated channels. As the mother of a preschooler I can tell you that mine is. I can probably sing the theme songs of more children's shows than adult ones. One of those shows being Shimmer and Shine, an animated preschool series that features twin genies, Shimmer and Shine, and their best friend Leah. Madison has been obsessed with the series, and you know that whenever she watches the show, she shares the dialogue with me. There's lot of fun and laughter and Madison joins in and sometimes I join in as well. The show teaches kids that its lots of fun to work together as a team and problems aren't solved by wishes, but it is fun to try.