SwimSpray Saves the Day

swimspray review
From avid swimmers to once in a while swimmers to those who just put their feet in, everyone is familiar with the chlorine scent.  It lingers and just won’t quit despite your best efforts to wash in away with a shower.  Here’s the deal, the chlorine bonds with skin and hair and regular soap just can’t get it away.  What can you do?  Try SwimSpray, we have been loving it this summer.  All it is, is a spray that you use after you swim to remove chlorine from your body and hair.  SwimSpray helps you remove chlorine totally, so I knew I had to do a SwimSpray review for my readers!

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For us, the issue is the lingering chlorine in our hair.  I hate to think that I can’t wash it all away with one shampoo, but sometimes that’s just not the case.  The worst part about it is that you can’t really tell if all the chlorine is gone or not.  Since we’ve been using SwimSpray, our hair gets back to feeling soft faster which for me means the chlorine is out!  SwimSpray has been awesome, it’s easy to use and safe for children too.  It really works on getting the chlorine out the first time, so it helps maintain healthy hair throughout the summer!  It has no smell at all, it’s clear and because the bottle is a small spray bottle it’s very portable.

Find SwimSpray here.

Ebay Adventures: 3 Things to do BEFORE selling on ebay

3 Things to do BEFORE selling on ebay

So lately I’ve been purging all of our things that we no longer use and no longer want.  At first I was considering just throwing things away, or putting them on the front curb with a TAKE ME sign.  Then something said, why don’t you try Ebay.  I’ve sold things on Ebay before, but never seriously and never in the volume that I’ve been doing recently.  I’m happy to say I’ve been making a decent amount of money from things just laying around my house.  The first things I started with were bras that no longer fit.  These bras were in excellent used condition because most of them I purchased during pregnancy.  I had no idea my size would just keep changing throughout the entire pregnancy and then be a completely different size afterwards.  Anyway, I listed a few and was shocked when they actually sold!  That was it, I was hooked.  I went through O’s baby clothes that I knew I would not use if we end up having a second girl and listed those things, again they sold!  Now, I would not say I’m an Ebay Pro or anything like that but I have learned a few tips along the way, including these 3 things to do before selling on eBay.  These tips will save you a little headache and possible even prevent you from LOSING money.

3 Things to do BEFORE selling on eBay:

1. Calculate shipping prices PRIOR to listing.  It’s best to invest in a postage scale so you are accurate and never end up having to deduct from your sale price to cover unexpected shipping costs.  Once I sold a few items I had made enough to cover the cost of a shipping scale.  I purchased a hot pink Salter Brecknell 25 Lb Electronic Postal Shipping Scale.  I love it, it’s accurate and very simple to use.  Pack your item up like your going to ship it, but don’t seal it yet then weight it and list.

2. Take lots of pictures.  Ebay gives you 12 free images, use them all!  Point out flaws and take close up pictures of the flaws, full disclosure is the best bet.  You want people to bid with confidence and be happy with their purchases.  I like to use a white background and natural light, it works best for me.  Experiment with different lighting options and you’ll find what works best for you.  I use my iPhone to take the pictures.

3. Do your homework.  If you click the advanced button near the search bar on Ebay you can search for sold items.  This will give you an idea of how to price your item and how to work your description. I had no idea you could do this at first, but now I find it extremely helpful.  It’s also helpful if you want to buy used and sell for a profit on Ebay (more on that in another post).

Want to see what I have up for auction?  Visit me on Ebay and add me to your followers list!

Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap Review

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I included the Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap in my Raising the Bar on Soaps round-up not too long ago.  It’s a bar soap that is supposed to help with cellulite and increase micro circulation to help deal with fat deposits.  I’ve been using it and I love it so much I had to give it it’s own review.  The smell is amazing, when I received the package I thought it was something that had broken in transit because the package itself smelled great.  Then I opened it and found that it was just a bar of soap.  Strangely enough, it’s not super duper fragrant in my bathroom.

The best thing about this soap is the exfoliating abilities of this soap, it blew my mind just how scrubby it is.  I use the bar soap directly against my skin and it’s amazing.  It’s rough but not overly rough, but I wouldn’t use it on areas with thin skin.  I tend to just use it on my legs and tush because those are the areas I would like to ‘contour’ and get the most benefits of the soap for.  I love using it after the first shave of my legs, typically I shave my legs then exfoliate and do another shave for good measure.  This is the perfect soap for the in-between exfoliation.

If you’re looking for an exfoliating soap the Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap is a must have.

Toddler Hair Care – Current Staples

Toddler Hair Essentials

I think we’ve gotten into a groove with our Toddler Hair Care Regimen.  My cornrowing skills are improving and while I’m still a beginner I definitely see some progress.  Plus, we’ve found some great products that work really well for O’s hair.  Here are our Toddler Hair Care Staples!

First up, the shampoo.  This is were I’m not all that picky, I use what’s around and what I think her hair needs.  If it’s covered with food (leave it to a Toddler right?) I’ll use a shampoo, if it’s not ‘dirty’ I’ll use a cleansing cream or cleansing oil.  The current rotation includes, Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Cantu Care For Kids Nourishing Shampoo, and Bee Mine Moisturizing Shampoo.

Next is a conditioner.  I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Shea and Grapefruit Deep Conditioner because it’s a deep conditioner works in just 2 minutes.  The 2 minute part is the crucial part because it doesn’t require heat or a ton of time to work.
Now on to the leave-ins. ORS Shealicious Moisture Mist Leave-in Conditioning Spray, is up first and I love this to re-moisturize her hair that’s already dried some on me.  Then, I apply some of the Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream moisturizer and seal it with Alikay Naturals – Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer which I love!  After using these products together her curls pop and her hair feels very moist, even the hair in the back which is the driest area.  

For the hair tools, we keep it pretty simple.  Color rubber bands that I cut out when we are finished to avoid breaking the hair when trying to get them out.  A rat tail comb, I’ve found that the metal kind works best for us but please note it is kinda sharp so use caution.  Also, I use a Denman brush with every other row of teeth removed (see how to remove the teeth here) and that works amazing for detangling her curls.

Moms, what are you loving for your toddler’s hair?

Toddler Natural Hairstyles to Try Today

Check out Natural Hair Toddler Hairstyles to Try Today!

by Joi Ashley at Mode

 

Toddler Natural Hairstyles

I’m a contributor over at Mode.com and I’m also a mommy who is experimenting and learning how to care for my toddler’s natural hair.  I’ve shared our Toddler Hair Care Regimen and our Toddler Hair Care Staples, but one of the biggest challenges is finding different natural hairstyles for kids to try.  So I’ve rounded up a great selection of Toddler Natural Hairstyles to try today! Some of the toddler natural hairstyles feature harder styles like cornrows and others are easier and are just puffs or twists.  I love the addition of color beads and bows to toddler hairstyles, it’s super cute and little girls love feeling pretty!

I find that cornrows are easier for us because they last a few days without being super fuzzy, so it saves us a little bit of time in the morning.  Our typical toddler natural hairstyle is cornrows in the back and one if the front as a ‘bang’ with two puffs on top.  She calls it Minnie Mouse hair and it happens to be her favorite.  Whenever we run into a problem getting her to sit still for hair time, I ask her if she wants Minnie Mouse hair and that does the trick!