April 25, 2011 (5:18 am)

Healthy Hair Coloring Update – Are There Any Truly Non-Toxic Options For Us?

topics: Beauty
by Kristen Suzanne

A long while back, when I was on my journey to becoming a brunette (my natural color), I blogged about my Hair Color Controversy that was going on in my life (“controversy” because of the email I reference in the post). As I wrote in the post, I love my natural color for many reasons:

  • Hardly any upkeep but a trim from time to time.
  • Healthy and shiny hair that is not porous, dry, or Swiss-cheese like.
  • I can keep it really long and still have it look healthy.
  • No more disappointment leaving the salon because my hairdresser wasn’t able to achieve the perfect color of blond I want.
  • Less maintenance = less money to maintain (I’ll redirect that money to raw foods, superfoods, organic stuff, and appliances – yeah baby!).
  • And, the obvious… it’s healthy both for ME and the ENVIRONMENT.

Those are all super great reasons!

… I’ll be honest though. Read More »

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April 18, 2011 (12:52 pm)

Baby Swim Time – Kamea Loves The Water In Her Swim Diaper & Swim Raft

by Kristen Suzanne

When staying at my mom’s house, we’re lucky that her neighbor across the street allows us unrestricted access to their salt water swimming pool. My experience with Kamea since she was born is that she is fascinated with water whether it’s coming out of a faucet, garden hose, sitting in a dog bowl, or if she’s taking a bath. As you can imagine, I’ve been dying to see how she is in a pool. The verdict? I think the picture speaks volumes. She’s totally Hollywood and chillin’ like life couldn’t be better. In fact, she is teething right now and yesterday was a rough day (in spite of the amber necklace I blogged about here, although I hate to think of how it would be without it?). I took her to the pool and all was better! Yay! Looks like a lot of pool time in our future.

In anticipation of Kamea’s first time in a pool, we bought her a baby swim diaper, baby raft, and Nana bought her some groovy shades.

The raft I chose has nice reviews on Amazon, comes with a sun shade, and should last us a long time. It’s a little big for her still, so we put a couple of swim noodles under it. I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, but it looks more comfortable for her. And, she does look comfy wouldn’t you say?!

Kamea’s baby swim diaper we bought at Giggle (we have a store near us, but here is a link to their online store). I like that it’s free of PVC and super absorbent gels and that no other diaper is necessary. Apparently there are some states that require the use of approved swim diapers in public pools. Arizona requires the use of them. However, I doubt we’ll be in any public pools in the near future because I’m not crazy about chlorine pools. So far we’re opting to just have her wear the diaper instead of a full swimsuit. It seems easier to take on and off than a full swimsuit, and also seems like it would be really comfortable for her this way.

The shades are so stinkin’ adorable. My mom’s favorite print is animal print so naturally that is what she bought for Kamea. Cute! She bought them at a health food store, but they’re also available on Amazon (although my mom paid less than what Amazon is charging right now). According to Frubi’s website, “Not only do the Ultraguard® lenses on Frubi Shades block 100% of UVA and UVB, they also block all of the harmful blue light. Research shows that blue light may contribute to macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in elder Americans).” That’s extra important for us in Arizona where the sun shines almost daily. More info on their website here.

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April 13, 2011 (5:52 pm)

New Homes For My Sling(s)

by Kristen Suzanne

Hi, everyone!

I selected a winner for the hemp sling that I offered in this post, but I was so moved with all of the comments that I want to offer my other ring sling to another person. Here are the responses of the recipients. Katie and Kelly, please email me your addresses so I can ship them to you.

Here is Katie’s comment (for the black hemp sling):

Hi Kristen,

I would love to win your ring sling. I have two boys, one is 22months and the other is 6 months. My 6 month old loves to be carried around on my hip. He is so content sitting on my hip and seeing what’s going on. It makes it hard for me to do everything one handed. I think a ring sling would be a perfect option for him. Also, it would be very helpful when getting my little ones out to the car. We live in an apartment so getting out to the car means dealing with stairs and a walk across the parking lot to our car. To have my hands free would be a big help!

Here is Kelly Groves’ comment (for my multi colored ring sling, cotton, not organic… I’m not sure if you want this, please let me know if you do)

Oh me please!!! I am expecting my second in October and so desperately want a ring sling. With my daughter I had a different sort of sling, but never felt secure with it. I really want a carrier that actually allows me to use both hands, since I have a three year old to tend to! And while we could probably scrimp and save to buy one, I will be losing my very modest income once this baby is born.

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April 7, 2011 (1:55 pm)

Giveaway: Hemp Ring Sling (black)

by Kristen Suzanne

As many of you know, it’s been an extremely tough week for me; hence, the massive lack of posting. Last Wednesday, Zeus took a turn for the worse with his hypercalcemia lymphoma and this past Monday I had to put him to sleep. It’s been so hard for our family… I’m going to have a dedicated post in honor of him soon, so I’ll save details for later.

As many of you know from my review of baby wearing devices, I have a lot of them. Amongst the stash is a black hemp ring sling that I never used. I never even tried it on because I had tried another ring sling and I couldn’t get it to work for me. However, ring slings are very popular! And, even though I could save this black one to try with our next baby, I don’t need two. So, I’m offering it to someone else. Ideally, I’d really love for my sling to find a home with a mommy or daddy who could really use one, especially in these tough economic times. I’d like to help a family out.

Could you use a cool ring sling to help you carry your wee one around? Post in the comment section below and let me know. I need to keep this giveaway to residents of the United States only please.

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