So ever since my friends over at Dove sent me information about their latest #LoveYourCurls campaign, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it. It all started with this super cute video with young girls giving their opinions about their curly hair:
It’s a fact. Growing up, curls were the least-desired style. Everybody who was cool or considered beautiful had straight hair. It’s the reason I felt prettier with straight hair and not so pretty when my curly roots would start to show when it was time for a relaxer. It’s the same reason I started LoveBrownSugar – to share my style journey, which largely included my hair struggle and embracing my natural curls.
This past weekend I was invited by the lovely folks at MomTrends to come out and experience my very first New York Baby Show. MomTrends curated a really awesome blogger lounge for us mom bloggers at the expo including everything from beauty touchups from the GlamSquad service (really cool new app that literally allows you to order your own personal glam squad including hair, makeup, and nails directly to your home) to fun giveaways and products provided by brands like Happy Family and hatch things.
Just because you’re pregnant and your waistline is growing doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style! Here are 5 maternity style essentials you need and a few of our favorites on a budget.
1. Dresses, Dresses, Dresses. Sweater, maxi or shift, take your pick. Dresses are a great way to highlight your bump, and usually have a little give around the stomach area depending on the cut. This asymmetrical dress below from ASOS comes just in time for spring.
There are so many reasons to love moccasin company Freshly Picked. They are the cutest little shoes and they look so adorable on every kid from babies to toddlers.
When Cadence was only a few months old, I propped her up in a leopard print cardigan and put her first pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in Butterscotch on her feet.
Now, almost an entire year later, we’re back for yet another moccasin giveaway to celebrate us cracking 1K followers on Instagram.
What I love about Freshly Picked’s shoe line is that the shoes are super comfortable (especially important for little ones under a certain age), they last a while because they’re leather and they stretch a bit (really important for babies with growing feet!) and they come in the chicest colors. Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear and one I love to see Cadence in because it compliments our skin so well.
Last year, Freshly Picked was nice enough to let me give away one additional pair of Freshly Picked moccasins to one of you! To usher in our second year here at BabyBrownSugar, we’re doing it again and giving one of YOU a chance to win Freshly Picked moccasins for your little one.
To be eligible for this giveaway, you have to be following @BabyBrownSugarBlog and @FreshlyPicked on Instagram. Repost the flyer on IG using the hashtag #bbsfreshlypicked to enter!
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I still remember stepping outside my house in my Queens, NY neighborhood and being excited about bike-riding, playing “Duck, Duck Goose” or jumping double dutch with my friends just steps away from my home. Recess was always my favorite time of the day. Outdoor play was always an integral part of my childhood and it scares me sometimes to think that my baby girl Cadence lives in a world where most child’s play now happens in front of a digital screen.
Today, more than 12.5 million American girls are overweight or obese. Millions more are physically inactive and missing out on sports which have been shown to contribute to higher test scores, less risky behaviors, increased likelihood of college attendance, higher earnings potential and reduced risk of chronic disease.
She may be a Grammy award winning singer with seriously enviable skin, but at the core Kelly Rowland is just a girl losing sleep over a boy; a six month old boy that is. The songstress, performer and new mom recently shared a few tips with us on parenting, pouring back into yourself, and what it’s like to see the world through her baby boy’s eyes.
Read on for our exclusive BBS Moms Know Best interview with Kelly Rowland:
What’s the best parenting advice you’ve received so far?
The best parenting advice I’ve received so far, and I should have followed it, was probably “When the baby’s sleeping, you should be sleeping.” I could never follow that one but it was SO important. I didn’t realize that until after.
What are some tips you would give to a mom with a career as demanding as yours about balancing work and family?
First, to take time out for herself. We [are] so busy pouring into others in everything that we do, and that’s important, but we have to give back to ourselves! Whether it’s for five minutes a day, or just going really quickly to get your hair or nails done, pouring back into yourself is really important. Second, focus on time management! You have to really try to solidify time for yourself, time for your husband, time for your baby, and of course time for work. That’s extremely important.
How do you find time to take care of yourself? What are your favorite “me” time activities?
I like going to a nice restaurant to eat – sushi or Mexican food. I make the time to take care of myself. I just do it, to be honest.
What is your favorite activity to do with your son Titan?
I love taking walks with him! It’s so peaceful. Showing him different things and introducing him to different colors, I mean it’s so awesome. He looks at everything for the first time so it’s like seeing the world for the first time through his eyes. It’s pretty awesome.
You’ve spoken publicly about feeling sexier as a mother. What about motherhood fills you with confidence?
That my body was able to make a child and that I was able to have the strength to push it out! I thought that was pretty amazing. I thought I was pretty tough after that happened. I thought I could handle and do ANYTHING.
Being pregnant is such an amazing time in a woman’s life. What was the best part of the experience for you?
My favorite part was all the attention I got from my family and friends. Everybody just wanted to make sure I was always comfortable. I could eat whatever I wanted to eat (kind of). I was still very conscious of what I was eating but that part was awesome. I had the best pregnancy ever!
Outside of working out with your trainer, what changes did you make to bounce back quickly post-baby?
Well, to be honest, I’m still bouncing back. I still have my curves from my baby which I’m actually thanking him for. But basically just eating clean and exercising. Jeanette is not playing when it comes to these workouts. She’s been kicking my butt. And I’m going to SoulCycle classes. That lifts my spirit. That’s what pours back into me too. Angela Davis has some of the most anointing, beautiful things to say to us in the morning. It’s like diamonds just dropped on top of you and just relaxing you during the day, it’s awesome.
Is that a good place to connect with other moms?
It has been. It’s been a good place to connect with other moms and just with other female energy.
Titan has a head full of beautiful hair. How do you care for it?
Thank you! He does have a lot of hair. Right now we put coconut oil and olive oil on it. Just a dime size amount. Because his hair is so thick, I do it for him in the morning and again at night. And we wash it once a week. That’s been a task, just understanding his hair schedule. Right now I twist it up, it looks so cute!
What are your tips for traveling with an infant?
Have a baby carrier! My favorites personally have been Baby Bjorn and ERGObaby. My carriers have been a blessing. I didn’t know how hard it would be. You have a stroller, you have to have a car seat, it’s just a lot of stuff. So in order to make myself more sane I check the stroller, I check the car seat, I carry my son right on me. We have a backpack and we’re good to go.
Don’t you just love Kelly as a new mom? Such great advice!
Understanding that laundry needs for little ones change as they grow and develop, detergent line Dreft has expanded its product lineup to meet every baby life stage – from pregnancy through toddlerhood and beyond.
As they introduce their own new family of laundry care products, Dreft has partnered with new mom, singer and songwriter, to celebrate the amazing stages of babyhood. Kelly and her son, 6-month-old Titan, whose own laundry needs are changing as he grows from a newborn to an active baby, will be sharing some of the moments they’re experiencing as a family exclusively on Dreft’s social media channels. Fans can view their “Journey of Amazinghood” videos on Dreft’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages throughout 2015.
Check out this video of Kelly spending some quality time with her little “Superman” below:
This post is inspired by Mother’s Day and TIME’s “Letters from Mom” series. I loved it so much I decided to write my open open letter to my daughter.
It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating my first Mother’s Day and holding you in my arms at just 8 weeks old. You were so little and motherhood was so new to me.
Last year was special because it was my first time ever celebrating Mother’s Day as a mother. I kissed your little nose and told you how much I loved you even though you couldn’t understand. And I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to be a mother.
Hey guys! I’m super excited to be a new ambassador for the My Black Is Beautiful “Beautiful Mommy Moments” program this Mother’s Day. MBIB is committed to creating a sense of community and encouragement for moms of color this Mother’s Day and year-wide. In case you don’t know, P&G’s My Black Is Beautiful campaign is all about empowering women of color to feel beautiful and empowered. I was really honored when they asked me to share my Top 5 New Mommy Tips and to participate in this program. It means SO much to me that I empower women everyday with LoveBrownSugar and now with BabyBrownSugar.
Tonight I’ll be partnering with @MBIB, blogger and mama extraordinaire @MyBrownBaby and two of my favorite brands @Pampers and @Dreft to chat all about motherhood and to give away some amazing prizes! Just log into Twitter at 7pm EST tonight and tweet/follow the hashtag #MBIBMoms to participate.
So last week I posted a Bantu Knot Tutorial for Toddlers using the EDEN Kids collection. If your baby girl is a little bit older and can officially be considered a “kid” you might opt for a more grown-up style like a flat-twist out. Twist outs are great for bringing out curl definition and my girl Trina of Baby Shopaholic has the perfect tutorial:
Hey guys! This mompreneur is on the go once again. This time I’m headed to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona and I am SO excited! I’ll be spending tons of time with my travel buddy Trina of Baby Shopaholic who actually put me onto the conference. This will be my very first time in Arizona and my very first time at a mom blogging conference on behalf of BabyBrownSugar – woot! Anyway, I always gets lots of questions from you guys asking about Cadence’s hair regimen so I figured I would put together a quick tutorial of one of my favorite styles I do for her.
If you’re a working mom like myself (and one who travels often, sometimes without the kids) you might find this tutorial helpful. Bantu knots are a great protective style for the little ones. They’re less painful and difficult to install than braids because they’re simply twists wrapped around themselves. Check out the super quick 4-step tutorial below:
Step 1. Wash & shampoo hair using a gentle cleanser like EDEN Kids Coco Shea Berry Detangling Shampoo. This stuff is really moisturizing, uses natural ingredients and smells like candy.
(Tip: Be careful with shampoo on toddlers and babies. I’ve gotten this question before and the collection is gentle, but NOT tear-free. I make sure not to get it in Cady’s eyes and to rinse well in case it hits her face.)
Step 2. Detangle the hair using a detangler like EDEN Kids Coco Shea Berry Leave-In Detangler.
I couple a detangling product like this with use of a Denman brush OR this Olivia Garden DV-1 Wet Detangler.
Make sure you use a tool that is soft on baby’s hair. If you don’t have one, use your fingers!
Step 3. Section & apply a styler like EDEN Kids Coco Shea Berry Curling Creme. You want something that has both conditioning properties and light hold. This one works really well and doesn’t leave Cady’s hair super crunchy.
Step 4. Twist and wrap. Create a two-strand twist by separating the sections into two and twisting from root to tip. Once the twist is complete, grab it at the base and wrap the twist around itself until it stays.
What I love about bantu knots is that they last for a day or two just as bantu knots but after that you can actually release them to reveal a really defined curl look. Great low-maintenance protective style when I go on weekend trips without Cadence.
What are some of your favorite protective styles for your kids? Let me know in the comments section.
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The EDEN Kids collection can be purchased online at EDENBodyWorks.com or at Sally Beauty Supply. EDEN kids will actually be hosting a Buy 2 Get 1 FREE sale throughout the month of May at participating Sally stores. Follow EDEN on IG for more info (@edenbodyworks) – they’re hosting a special #TBT until Mother’s Day you should get in on.
This post is sponsored by EDEN Bodyworks. As always, all opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.