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Managing Curly Hair by Cartoon Cuts

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Please welcome guest blogger Cartoon Cuts as they share some tips and tricks for managing curly hair.

Managing Curly Hair | Cartoon Cuts | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

Caring for your child’s curly hair can really be a difficult task.  Don’t worry… all you have to do is follow these simple steps to healthy, manageable hair.

Don’t wash their hair every day.

You may think that it’s good to wash your child’s hair daily, but you’re actually stripping it of its natural oils, resulting in it being dry and frizzy.  Curly hair requires a lot more moisture than straight hair, so it’s actually quite bad for it to be washed daily.  You should only be washing your child’s hair 2-4 times a week.

Get the right haircut.

Curly hair needs length to weigh curls down.  The best cut for curly hair would be medium to long, with layers cut in to ease some of the fullness.  Although, with the right cut, curly hair can look good short,  as well. What you don’t want, is a blunt cut, which means a ton of fullness on the bottom.  Ask for layers, starting at their upper lip, gradually angling back.

Find the right shampoo and conditioner.

The type of shampoo and conditioner you use has a big impact on your child’s hair.  For curly hair, try Original Sprout, natural shampoo that is sulfate free and adds sun protection.

Detangle hair.

Before brushing the hair, apply a leave-in conditioner, such as, Original Sprout’s leave-in conditioner or a children’s detangler.  You can use ­­­­­­­­Original Sprout’s miracle detangler to release any tangles and make combing a breeze. Carefully,  use the famous Knot Genie detangling brush.  Start at the tips of the hair, working your way up.  DO NOT use a normal brush, because this could cause breakage of the hair.

            Tip: Never brush dry curly hair! Brushing the dry hair will unsettle the cuticle, causing frizz.

Style!

Finally,  style with curling mousses or gels,  which are great products for giving curls definition and creating those beautiful beach waves.  Original Sprout’s curl calmer can be used on kids or adults.  It lets tight, medium, frizzy curls and waves relax, leaving hair glossy and silky soft.  Frizzy, dry hair soaks up moisture, leaving locks stronger and softer.  This product is never crunchy or sticky, which is sometimes a concern with curly hair styling products.

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For more information, or to purchase any of the products mentioned above, please visit our website www.cartooncuts.com .

 

 

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Give Thanks: It’s Good for Your Health!

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As a busy mompreneur, it is important to make time every single day to reflect on the things you are grateful for. This time for reflection is not only good for the mind, but for the body as well. Studies have shown that individuals who possess a grateful attitude have better overall health than people who tend to be negative or pessimistic. When you take the time to give thanks, especially amidst chaos, not only do you resist the urge to just give up, but you also set your intentions for forward momentum with a “go-getter” attitude.

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Better health just from being thankful? Yes. You read that correctly. Let’s look at the facts.

Physical Health

In a 2003 study known as Counting Blessings Versus Burdens, participants recorded less physical pain and symptoms, more restful sleep, and more time spent taking care of their bodies. A separate study in 2007, individuals who counted their blessings once a week experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure. And in another study, people who focused on being thankful were more likely to have healthy immune systems.

Mental & Emotional Health

Taking the time to give thanks can actually reduce depressive thoughts and attitudes. While major depressive disorders are often treated with prescription medications, incorporating a gratitude journal in your wellness routine can help to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Feeling grateful can also block toxic emotions such as envy, jealousy, and anger. Since gratitude and envy, jealousy, and anger are opposite emotions, we are not able to experience them at the same time. By focusing on the things in your life that you are grateful for, you can proactively block these negative emotions and feelings.

Gratitude can also help you to feel more self-aware, allowing you to increase your self-esteem, boosting humility and pride at the very same time.

Social Interactions

Gratitude can also have positive implications for your social life. Gratitude allows you to be more optimistic, focus less on material things, become less selfish, and friendlier. And guess what? All of these qualities will make you a better friend and family member. Having an attitude of gratitude turns you into a helpful, beautiful, attractive human being. 

This is proven with a simple question – Who would you rather be around? A friend who is constantly complaining or a friend who is consistently happy and positive? The Golden Rule, tried and true!

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Career Development

Grateful attitudes can open the door for meaningful development to your career. Gratitude increases your decision making ability, your ability to effectively manage a team, as well as provide and receive constructive criticism and praise to and from your colleagues. Our simple question applies here as well – Who would you rather hire? An employee who is constantly complaining or an employee who is consistently happy and positive? 

Gratitude also helps you to network and expand your ability to be productive. Being grateful in your career sparks creative energy, keeps your perspective fresh and maintains alertness for powerful opportunities and new relationships. You will feel thankful for the opportunities presented to you in your career, you will be open to how they can positively impact your environment and you will utilize those chances to increase your professional prowess as your grateful attitude magnifies the power in your present situation.

Demonstrate your Gratitude

One way to demonstrate gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Write one thing you are thankful for in your journal daily. This could be done in the morning shortly after you wake up, or it can be completed before you go to sleep at night. Just pick an opportunity to give thanks.

Another way to demonstrate gratitude is to write it in a place where everyone in the family can see it. I have a chalkboard calendar in which I write one thing that I am grateful for every single day. Not only does this help me to slow down in a busy day, it cultivates an attitude of gratitude by demonstrating the importance of giving thanks to my entire family.

Give ThanksHow do you cultivate gratitude in your life? Never developed a routine that motivates you to give thanks every day? Let’s start here! In the comments below, write one thing you are grateful for. 

This is the season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is upon us! But let’s commit to give thanks every day, embrace humble hearts and watch as we collectively grow into good health, mentally, physically and emotionally. Will you give thanks with me?

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I’m Going Live! Weekly Periscope Schedule

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Are you on Periscope yet? I talked about why your blog needs Periscope just over a week ago, and we chatted why businesses need Periscope over on The Hampton Roads Creative too! Now I have a whole new reason for you to hop on the Periscope bandwagon. Chaos & Kiddos is going live! Below you’ll find the weekly Periscope schedule for August and September. I picked popular blog posts and fun topics that will give you a little peak into my home and real time access to the methods behind my madness!

Weekly Periscope Schedule

 

I decided to formally schedule these sessions so that you can plan ahead and mark your calendars. As busy working moms, I picked a weekday evening, when hopefully most of us will have kids in bed and will be ready for a little chat to unwind with other working moms. I know the likelihood of you hopping on randomly at different times of day probably won’t happen, so the weekly Periscope schedule will help you set a routine, keep me consistent and accountable and hopefully help us all make the most of our time together.

I can’t wait!! I’ll be releasing a weekly Periscope schedule for future months too! Stay tuned and follow closely!

Chaos & Kiddos on Periscope

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Share-Network-Grow Link Up

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Wow! Another week has come and gone already!

Thank you to everyone that showed up last week to make our very first Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up a success!

This party is all about building and fostering a community of bloggers that actively support each other in their blogging journeys.

And, as you all know, one of the best ways for bloggers to connect with one another, is through social media.

So the Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up was born! We’ll be featuring 2 different social media networks on the link up each week and hope that by focusing on 2 rather than all of them every week, you will have more of a chance to connect and engage with some amazing new bloggers!

Now, let’s get this party started!

This week’s featured social media networks are TWITTER and INSTAGRAM!

The rules for this link up are very simple! (Seriously, we don’t like a lot of rules either!)

1. Please follow your host and co-hosts! We’d love to connect with all of you!
2. Grab the button if you’d like! Not mandatory at all, but we would sure appreciate it 🙂
3. ENGAGE! No one likes a link and run blogger. If you add your link, try to engage with at least one other blogger.

That’s it! See, told you it was simple!

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Now, for the party! Brought to you by your host:


Blogger to Blogger

And our fabulous October co-hosts!


Becka from Probably Crafting


Katy from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy’s Survival Guide

Interested in co-hosting for a month?

It’s a great way to network with other bloggers and grow your social media following! Just fill out the form and we’ll email you with the details!

Now, grab a button and get hopping! Link your Twitter and Instagram profiles and get to know some fantastic new bloggers!

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