Sun Sparkles #mermaidmonday

Mermaid by luxwar

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How I Tame My Curly Hair

So if you didn't know already I have some curly hair, and recently I came across a meme on Facebook that totally made sense to me. Curly hair is fun, beautiful and carefree till it's on your head and you need to make it presentable.

By the way, if you haven't already you should stop by and like the new Facebook page.

I feel this meme on a soul level. Asking me to go anywhere in the morning before I can shower requires me to either show up rocking some crazy curls or throwing my hair back in a bun. It's also something I have to constantly explain to the boyfriend as to why I can't shower at night, my hair will be a horror show in the morning.

To be honest this was a calm morning hair and you can still see how some of it is trying to stick up. And no brushing doesn't help. I really only brush it in the morning if I want to be able to put it up since I can't even get my fingers through this mess.

Here are my Faerie Tips on Taming the Wild Curls

  • First, you got to brush that mess! So get yourself a good brush, a detangling one is nice if you need to quickly get the hair brushed and up, but what you want is one that is going to distribute the oils down the hair shaft.

  • Second is wash if it's a shampoo day. I try to only shampoo my hair every other day, but I sweat in my sleep so it depends on whether I feel if my hair needs it or not. But only do the roots! This is especially important for curly girls because shampoo tends to strip your hair and the curls need moisture.

  • Third is massage that scalp! I put this third because you should either do this when you are shampooing or if it's not a wash day do it doing while you condition. I use this handheld little thing called a shampoo brush, it's recommended to promote hair growth, it also stimulates those oils.

  • Fourth condition baby! Use a good thick conditioner that promotes smoothness or moisture. And coat that hair good. Work it in from tip to root, curls need lots of conditioning. I like to leave it on for a few minutes as almost like a mini mask while I wash up.

  • Fifth comb it out. Before you rinse get a good wide tooth comb, and comb the condition through your hair. Not only does this make sure its all through your hair but it gets out most of the tangles.

Congrats! You made it through the shower. Now make sure not to rough up that hair you want to squeeze it out with the towel. Then you want to get a microfiber towel, or a headwrap one, or a t-shirt(!) and comb out the hair with that wide tooth comb again and wrap it up.

Then to finish it all off you'll want a good smoothing cream or leave in conditioner. Get a good dollop in your hand and hand comb it through the hair. Then get that detangling brush out, if you got one, if not get your trusty wide tooth comb and brush out your hair. I usually hand comb it again to get the nice waves all throughout.

Ta-Da! I have transformed my hair!

Here's what I use:
These aren't affiliate links I just like to shop at Target. 

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream • styling/ • $3.99
Suave® Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner - 28 fl oz • Suave • $4.29
Suave® Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo - 12.6 fl oz • Suave • $2.94
Wet Brush Detangler Hipster Hair Brush • $9.99
Conair Cararra Marble Detangle Comb • Conair • $3.99
Conair Ceramic Porcupine Cushion Brush • Conair • $10.29

Cheeky Mermaid #mermaidmonday

Tommie by edwin7
Are you cheeky? Or sassy? have a bit of a sarcastic tendency?

Yes to all, would be me.

Sometimes I think it's my default, to be sarcastic. Even when I'm really trying to not be sarcastic. Like this morning I tripped over my boyfriend's flip flops. I was like it's all good I didn't fall, sometimes I can't always tell that if I sound sarcastic. But this morning I could tell. I was like no I'm not being sarcastic, genuinely good, I didn't fall it's all good.

Do you ever catch yourself being sarcastic when you aren't trying to be?

Spring Goals

Photo by michael podger on Unsplash

Hey guys! I know I have been missing the personal touch here on the blog lately. I'm trying to fix that. So let's dive in since it's officially Spring now I figured I would pick a few goals for the season.

I think you can probably guess what the first goal is going to be, that's right, being more active on the blog. I need to start doing more here personally, not just guest posts. Plus I have a ton of review backlog that I need to get through!

I really need to start using my planner system more, right now I'm actually making a review list, which is why I know I'm so far behind. Hopefully, if I start using it more I won't get so backlogged.

Get the house in order! This one is going to kill me, probably. If you remember I was limited in what I could do because of the injury on my leg so things piled up. Not to say that my lovely boyfriend didn't do anything but his level of picked up is not the same as mine. Not to mention he tried to focus on the kids' room and that is like a neverending battle.

Get back in the habit of going to the gym. I and my boyfriend are going to start going again. I need to get back into that habit since it helps with my pain and I need to be more active again since I can.

So there you go, I got four goals for the Spring season right now. What are your goals?

Hudson Valley Women Invited to Design Their Financial Empire

Divine Asset Management to host an intimate luncheon and conversation focused on transforming women’ s perception of their own financial Power

Divine Asset Management LLC, has announced that it will be teaming up with the I Can Still Do That Foundation to host an educational and networking luncheon for women of all industries, ages and professions in the Hudson Valley.

Danielle Hughes, Co-Creator of Divine Asset Management, will be sharing with attendees her message: “financial power isn’t just the balance in your savings account; it’s a purposeful, Empiring state of mind”.

At the luncheon, Danielle will introduce Divine’s Five Principles of Wealth Wisdom and will empower attendees to emotionally connect with their financial desires. Women are in control of financial decisions more than ever before but they are also locked out of the bigger picture of wealth. Danielle will show them how to break away from the shame associated with facing the unknowns of their finances and engage in a conversation about their financial decisions. Attendees will be inspired to stretch their money muscle while learning methods and habits to empower their financial future.

Danielle Hughes has over 26 years experience on Wall Street as a trader, investment banker, and thought leader. Independence, trust and transparency are the keys to Divine’s success. In 2015 Divine was named Women- Owned Brokerage of the Year by Traders Magazine. Danielle is a frequent guest on financial media including CNBC, FOX News and Yahoo.

The luncheon is presented by I Can Still Do That, a foundation that supports and educates individuals in transition. During the luncheon there will be an opportunity to register on The Senior Business Directory—a curated library of resources as well as an intergenerational ecosystem to support Senior-owned businesses and Baby Boomer entrepreneurs.

Event details:

March 22, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ole Savannah’s 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
Cost: $40 (seats are limited to 28 guests and must be purchased in advance)

Tickets include a presentation from Danielle Hughes, networking and a prix fix lunch in a private dining room.


Divine Asset Management is an independent and holistic financial advisory firm with a new and proven approach to money awareness and management. Our principles align with the way women Gather, Grow and Give in their lives and businesses. In 2015 Divine was named Women-Owned Brokerage of the Year by Traders Magazine. Dani is a frequent guest on financial media including CNBC, FOX News and Yahoo. 

Women Who Lunch is a national networking event that encourages intergenerational collaboration with chapters in NYC, LA, Philly, Boston, South Florida and in the Hudson Valley.

I Can Still Do That, a branch of the Florence Belsky Foundation, in conjunction with the Women Who Lunch series, the I Can Still Do That Foundation is releasing it’s Senior Business Directory to foster a new community that can help facilitate creation of intergenerational opportunities. The Senior Business Directory is a new platform, marketplace and ecosystem with curated content and resources for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages which provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect for mentorship and support. To register, just go here:

Home is Where the Mermaids Are

Home Mermaid by xbymzymx
Home is where the mermaids are
Home is where the mermaids roam
Where the swim
Shed their skin
And just be

And the Oceans will be Mine!

Vanessa / Ursula Little Mermaid by CeroArt

Somedays I definitely feel like I connect with Ursula more than Ariel.

Poor Unfortunate Souls
The only way to get what you want is to become a human yourself
Can you do that?
My dear, sweet child, that's what I do
It's what I live for
To help unfortunate merfolk like yourself
Poor souls with no one else to turn to
I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch
But you'll find that nowadays
I've mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light, and made a switch
To this
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And dear lady, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, the lonely, and depressed (Pathetic)
Poor unfortunate souls
In pain, in need
This one longing to be thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
Yes, indeed
Those poor unfortunate souls
So sad, so true
They come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, "Spells, Ursula, please!"
And I help them
Yes I do
Now it's happened once or twice
Someone couldn't pay the price
And I'm afraid I had to rake 'em 'cross the coals
Yes I've had the odd complaint
But on the whole I've been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls
Have we got a deal?
If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again
But you'll have your man
Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?
Oh, and there is one more thing
We haven't discussed the subject of payment
But I don't have-
I'm not asking much, just a token really, a trifle
What I want from you is your voice
But without my voice, how can I-
You'll have your looks, your pretty face
And don't underestimate the importance of body language, ha!
The men up there don't like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore
Yet on land it's much preferred for ladies not to say a word
And after all dear, what is idle babble for?
Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation
True gentlemen avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
On a lady who's withdrawn
It's she who holds her tongue who gets a man
Come on you poor unfortunate soul
Go ahead
Make your choice
I'm a very busy woman and I haven't got all day
It won't cost much
Just your voice!
You poor unfortunate soul
It's sad but true
If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet
You've got the pay the toll
Take a gulp and take a breath
And go ahead and sign the scroll
Flotsam, Jetsam, now I've got her, boys
The boss is on a roll
This poor unfortunate soul
Beluga sevruga
Come winds of the Caspian Sea
Larengix glaucitis
Et max laryngitis
La voce to me
Now, sing
Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah
Keep singing!
Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah
Songwriters: Alan Menken / Howard Elliott Ashman
Poor Unfortunate Souls lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

How to Be a Better You in 2019 | Guest Post

Image via Pixabay.

You’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions. And they’re excellent instruments for self-improvement that you shouldn’t shy away from. For one thing, a list of goals forces you to think about your life, and particularly what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Resolutions also provide specific challenges to overcome, whether it’s related to your health, your career or your personal life.

So, what should you do in 2019? Here are a few ideas for having your best year yet.

Take Control of Anxiety

With all the stress and worrying about needs of others in your daily life, it’s important to make self-care a priority. One of the first areas you should address is anxiety. While medications can suppress anxiety, they can also come with a long list of potential side effects. It’s no wonder that more people are searching for a natural solution to ease their turbulent thoughts. CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular as a method of reducing anxiety. If this seems like an option you want to try, make sure you learn more about CBD first by researching online.

Revamp Your Exercise Routine

Changing up your fitness routine is one of the most effective means to burning more calories and building muscle. Besides busting through those pesky plateaus, you’ll also keep from getting bored, which happens easily when you’re doing the same exercises at the gym over and over again. A lower risk of overuse injuries is just the icing on the cake.

Improve Your Diet

The importance of healthy eating can’t be stressed enough. You’ve probably already been bombarded with articles explaining the benefits of packing in plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. What you may not have considered is getting all that goodness by learning some new recipes to keep things interesting on your plate.

Mind Your Dental Hygiene

There’s more to dental hygiene than just brushing and flossing on the regular to keep your teeth pearly white. Make an appointment with the dentist to make sure everything in your mouth is on the up and up. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated the link between poor dental hygiene and mental illnesses such as depression. Think of that check-up as a vital part of your self-care.

Expand Your Intellect

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to do learn is by reading, so turn off your TV and pick up a book. Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett reads at least 500 pages a day, which may be a bit much if you’re busy and pressed for time. There’s nothing stopping you from doing what you can on your lunch break or before bed, though.

Take a Step Up Professionally

You can ask for that promotion you deserve or even branch out on your own and set up a small business using the knowledge you’ve acquired through years on the job. Both of those options might require some additional education, so explore training and courses that will give you a leg up while challenging your mind.

Forge Deeper Relationships

A vibrant and supportive social life is as important to your overall well-being as diet and exercise, perhaps even more so. That’s why you shouldn’t treat your friends as just a source of fun and amusement; it’s also important to strengthen your emotional bonds with them. According to a writer with Lifehacker, a great way to do that is planning activities that spark meaningful conversations.

Lend a Hand

What could be better than helping those in need while also finding a source of happiness and pride? Those are just two of the reasons to volunteer, along with making some friends and even giving your career a boost, says a doctor writing for Psychology Today. Get in touch with a non-profit that interests you, and get to it.

Spend More Time Outdoors

If you need a reason to go outside more often, here are 12. One of the more important ones is that a hike in the woods or a day at the beach actually enhances your short-term memory. It’s also an excellent way to relieve some of that stress from your hectic lifestyle.

If you follow a few of these suggestions, you’re likely to have a fantastic 2019. Remember to visualize success and reward the little victories along the way in order to stay on track.

Stephanie is living her best life! Giving herself a boost through personal development, there are three main aspects she focuses on: self-knowledge, self-care and self actualization.

Coffee #MermaidMonday

Starbucks Siren by Morbid-Seraphim

Sometimes I think we all need to get a cup of coffee and relax for a bit. This mermaid knows what I'm talking about.

Sparking Learning with Cinderella

Experience the magic of Cinderella like never before with this gorgeous interactive sound book! Bring this classic fairy tale to life with music by using your magic wand. Simply tap the wand on the musical note to activate the sounds. Become the Fairy Godmother's assistant and help Cinderella go to the ball and meet her prince: just turn the page and see the magic happen!

I was so happy to get this book from Quarto Knows for my daughter, she loves fairy tales and music. They promoted it by saying use this as a way to get the tablet out of your kid's hands. It's an interactive storybook of Cinderella, it comes with the fairy godmother's wand that you pop out. Not only is this wand adorable, but you use it to make the music play along with the story.  

As you can see not only did my daughter love the book and wand but she took it a step further and tried to write out Cinderella in cursive like on the book cover! I was so impressed, she's 7 and in second grade so she hasn't been taught cursive yet. I even asked her if her brother helped her and she (and he) say no.

I would say this book is a definite win! I definitely recommend it. Quarto Knows recommends it for ages 3-7 and you can get it at the link above, and there are other stories as well!

Fill Your Tummy with Moringa Wellness

Moringa Wellness is a company that has a vision to supply healthy, functional food and snack options; for everyday use, under the banner "Nutritious meets delicious" using Southern African indigenous natural plant extracts.

What is Moringa? 
  • Moringa Oleifera, known as Moringa, is the most nutrient rich plant known to science... Moringa, has been referred to as the “Miracle Tree” and the “Tree of Life”. Its uses as a health and medicinal plant have been recognized for centuries.

I was so happy to receive all this amazing stuff from Moringa Wellness

What I could try was simply delish! There was coconut oil in some of the bars, meaning they were a no go for me. But as you can see I enjoyed what I could have! It was sooooo yummy. The kids enjoyed them too. And the RSQ tablets were amazingly helpful with calming down the kids for bedtime. Which is saying something. Even my grandfather used them.

The muffins were a huge hit. Delicious, easy and fast to make. They were also gone in a flash. Baked goods do not last long in our house.

All in all, I thank Moringa Wellness very much and definitely approve of them, and recommend them to everyone! I loved the nut free 'peanut butter' packets, I ate them by themselves!