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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: The Hair Commandments

Hello Readers!

I have a new book review for all of you!

The Hair Commandments by Latoya Johnson-Rainey and C. Nathaniel Brown. 

This book was recently released and I was giving the opportunity to review it and share my honest opinion with every single one of you! 

This book is approximately 132 pages long and is full of information about Wigs, Weaves, Natural Hair and so much more. But let’s break it down and see what you can expect to see in this book.
Chapter One through Chapter Four: Wigs

In these chapters you will find everything you need to know if you are thinking about option to sport a wig.  The writers give tips like:

*How to choose the right Wig;
*How to choose the right style based on the shape of your face;
*What is the Wig Cap Size and how to measure it in order to obtain the right cap size.
*The difference between lower and higher synthetic hair, human blend and human hair;
*The pros and cons of the use of human hair in Wigs.

Additionally, you will also have at your fingers tips, information on how to properly care for a Wig.  From shampooing, conditioning, drying, brushing and styling it in order for the Wig to last longer.  If you are not one hundred percent sure on how to put a Wig on, don’t worry this book will also provide you with that information! 

Chapter Five through Chapter Nine: Weaves

Like the previous chapters, under the “Weaves” chapters you will find the different kind and qualities of Weaves.  

Tips on how to properly apply them and care for them. If you are not familiar with the different kind of Weaves that are out there in the Hair Market, and are looking to get a better picture of what the differences are and which ones are “heat friendly”, than this book is definitely good to have. 

These chapters will also give tips on how to determine how much hair you will need to buy and the length of the hair in order to accomplish a particular style.

Chapter Nine through Chapter 15: Natural Hair

I’ve been doing my daughter’s hair for some time now, and I’m very familiar with the majority of the information found in the Natural Hair chapters.  But if you are thinking about going natural or if you are looking to keep your curly kids natural and you are not sure where to start, this is book is for you!!

You will have information on:

*The Big Chop and Transitioning;
*Texture Types and Different Curl Patterns;
*Definition on Co-Washing, Stretching Banding, Twisting, Blow Outs and Bantu Knots.

More importantly, you will find tips on natural hair styles and how to properly flat iron your hair without damaging your curly tresses.

At the end of each section you will find a list of “Shalls” and “Shall Nots” which are great to have!

This book also talks about “The Bald Movement” and its founder Nell Coleman.  The Bald movement was designed to support and empower people all over the world to embrace the essence of being bald. 

You will also find information on CinagrOrganic Healthy Hair Products and its founder Giovan Lane, Ancients Secrets with Temeka Royster, Hairnamics Hair Vitamins with Kim Kearney, and more!

I truly enjoyed seeing all the photographs and reading all the information contained in this book.  If you are new to the Natural Hair world, this is a great book to have.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself, please visit:

or find it: at our store 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Hello Readers!

Halloween is just a few days away and with that fun filled day in  mind, I want to share this easy idea on how to carve your pumpkins using COOKIE CUTTERS! 

Last night a few of our friends and neighbors got together to make this a fun activity for the kids.  Well, let's just say that all parents were cleaning and carving pumpkins while the kids were having fun doing something else!  After cleaning all four pumpkins, I carved the "Spooked Kitty" for Ms Bree and let the record show that this morning my fingers and arms were killing me! 

While my husband cheated by using a power tool.. yes, that's him using a power saw- pfftt the nerve! I did it the traditional way.. poke, poke, cut, cut!  

Today I came across the video below on our Facebook Page and after my struggle last night, I decided to go for it!! 

I used the cookies cutter I used during Ms. Bree's 4th Birthday Celebration:  

*During last night's gathering, all of our pumpkin were emptied of its seeds.  

*I placed the cookie cutters where I wanted the design to be; 

*Gently tap the cookie cutters by using a small hammer or mallet until it goes through the skin and is all the inserted in place;

*Gently push the inside of the cookie cutter in order to push the cut out part into the pumpkin 

*then gently pull the cookie cutter out of the pumpkin!

This was the result to one of Ms. Bree's pumkin!

How easy  is that!! 

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?? Share your carved pumpkins with us by sending your pictures to

Monday, October 6, 2014

"ItWorks" Giveaway Winners


The "ItWorks" Giveaway is now closed!

We would like to thank everyone who entered, we will continue to do fun giveaways so please stay tuned for the next giveway! 

AND NOW, without further delay, here are the winners:

1st Prize: 
(Ebony, you are the winner of 4 Wraps of Body Applicator)

2nd Prize: 
(Ibis, you are the winner of Preventage Day Cream Gel)

Both winners have 48 hours to claim their prize! 
Winners, please claim your prize by emailing me your mailing address.  

If the winners failed to claim their prize, then we will randomly chose another winner.

Monday, September 29, 2014



Hello Readers.. It has been a while since we've had a giveaway, so ARE YOU READY TO WIN!! 

Let me introduce you to one of our latest sponsor and friend, Yessica Barreda DBA as Keka Wraps! This lovely mama is an Independent Distributor of ItWorks! 

Here is a little something from her: 

Thank you so much for allowing me to sponsor this event! I am very excited and hope everyone is ready to have some fun.  We are giving away two prizes:

  The 1st Prize:    4 Wraps (Ultimate Body Applicator)
(Retail value of $99.00)
  The 2nd Prize:   Preventage Day Cream Gel
(Retail Value of $45.00)

As a mother and a teacher, I am skeptical of everything.  As a history teacher, I reasearch a lot.  I was introduced to ItWorks! by an old friend who was having success as an independent distributor.  
I can honestly say that ItWorks! is exactly what I am looking for to supplement my income!  I'm not  a good salesperson, so I TRULY have to believe in the product in order to share it with others.  
This crazy wrap thing makes it so easy!  Please browse through the store and discover all of the wonderful products that ItWorks! offers! Please feel free to contact me, with ANY questions!  I'm a teacher, I LOVE questions!
follow me on Instagram @kekawraps

You can read more and see all of the products Yessica has available by visiting her website here:  You can contact Yessica directly at (305) 216-2552.


About The Ultimate Body Applicator:  Expect "ultimate" results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-basedformula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin.
  • Tightens, tones, & firms
  • Minimizes cellulite appearance
  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Mess-free and simple to use
  • Results in as little as 45 minutes
  • Progressive results over 72 hours
  • Made with natural ingredients
Includes 4 Applicators.
Directions: Apply one Applicator to one area of your choice (such as the abdomen, back, sides, legs, arms, or buttocks) and leave on for 45 minutes. Remove and discard. Repeat after 72 hours.

About Preventage Day Cream Gel:  Start the day fighting the signs of time with this moisturizing cream gel. PreventAge helps to lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun exposure and environmental pollutants with its soothing blend of beautifying botanicals and vitamins.
·         Lessens the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles
·         Helps to counter the damaging effects of solar rays and pollutants
·         Softens and soothes skin with beautifying botanicals and vitamins
·         Team with Cleanser, Toner, and RepairAge™ for a skin-renewing regimen


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

RECAP- Events and Styles

August 8, 2014

Hello Readers.. we truly apologize for the late posts but we've had some technical difficulties and we hope to be back on full force pretty soon. 

In the meantime, I wanted to do a brief recap on Ms. Bree's latest styles and the use of new product by Creme of Nature Argan Oil Line.

School started on August 7th, 2014 for our children and Ms. Bree's back to school style was a very simple one.    

If you missed our "Back To School Hairstyle"- You can see it here:

After a week of wearing her hair in pony tails and braids, it was time to let her scalp and hair line rest.  It is very important to remember to let the hair breath after a protective style,  the hair CAN suffer from constant protective style.  

Therefore, I unraveled all her braids and pony tails.  The picture below shows the results.  A simple headband to keep her hair away from her face and DONE, she was all ready.  

August 13, 2014

After a few days, it was time to wash and style it again. 

I decided to use one new product: 
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave In Conditioner;

Our Moisturizer remained the same: 
Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer

And the oil we used to do this style:
Black Castor Oil

Ms. Bree wanted some "flowers" in her hair, so I used beads to accessories her style.

As you can see from the collage below, she fell asleep while I was styling her hair.  Which not uncommon, after a good wash and detangling session, she tends to fall asleep during the styling process. 

August 18, 2014

After approximately 12 days, it was time to wash, deep condition and style her hair.  But I decided to let her scalp rest for a few days.  Her hair looked beautiful once I unraveled all the braids, so why not take advantage of that, right?!   

August 30, 2014            September 3, 2014

As some of you may know, Ms. Bree is also a "dancer" and one of the many requirements is to keep her hair neatly gathered and away from her face during practice. 

Since Gymnastic class was canceled this past Saturday, I decided that it was the perfect time to Deep Condition her hair, wash and style.. YES, it is a long process, and it can take approximately 2 to 4 hours.   

And no, I know what some of you may be thinking.. I don't make her sit there for two or more hours at once.   Ms. Bree is only five years old and she is a very high spirited child.  When I deep condition her hair, I make sure I undo the previous styles and I make sure that the hair is also free of knots and tangles, I do this a few days or at least the day before I intend to DC.

I wash her hair, apply the deep conditioner and a plastic cap.  I let her play for 30 to 45 minutes then I rinse the conditioner out and then I start styling her hair.  We take breaks every 60 minutes.  There have been times when she sits and allows me to just finish the entire style by sitting quietly for 90 minutes.  But I always listen to her and her needs. 

I used the following products to style her hair: 

Deep Conditioner: 
Bee Mine Beeutiful Deep Conditioner; 

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisturizing Shampoo;

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration; 

Argan Oil, Jobjoba Oil and Coconut Oil Mixture

Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer. 

September 6, 2014