Cozy Hairstyles for Back to School

It is Back To School Season around here (Caitlyn starts 3rd grade and the Grand Twins start KINDERGARTEN!) next week and time to think about not only school supplies but getting ready in the morning.

Even though all the ‘getting ready will be done by thier parents and not me, I thought I might share some simple hairstyles with all of you from my friends at Cozy’s Cuts for Kids.

From the Press Release:

Cozy Friedman, kids’ hair authority and owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids salons in New York City,  provides many practical and effortless hairstyles for kids to enjoy what is left of their summer days. Parents rely on Cozy Friedman and Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair to style their kids tresses for the summer heat. Whether it be a basic bun or looped pigtails, Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hairprovides parents with hairstyle ideas for their kids to for any occasion, even when it comes time for back to school.

As well as all the niceties said above, these updo and braid hairstyles will help with the spread of lice.  Lice is something that happens in EVERY school no matter the demographics.  But you can help prevent it’s spread by keeping your childs hair pulled back instead of free flying.

The Basic Bun

This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up, and most importantly, getting hair off of her face and neck during the hot summer months!

Don’t make the bun too tight or severe; a softer style is not only prettier, but also more comfy.

Step 1: Starting with damp hair, comb through to smooth and remove tangles.

Step 2: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Position the ponytail where you want the bun to be on the head: low at the nape, middle of the head, or high on the crown. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 3: Twist the ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 4: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides.  The thicker the hair, the more pins you’ll need.  Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray to lock in the style.


Looped Pigtails

Super-simple and super-cute –the looped pigtails shows off your little one’s cute face while keeping them cool!

The Looped Pigtail and The Knotted Pigtail

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, comb or brush the hair to smooth and detangle it.  Part the hair down the middle of the head.

Step 2: Hold the hair from one side of the part and make a low ponytail below the ear on that side, using a cute ponytail holder.  When you pull the hair through the holder for the final time, don’t pull it all the way through: Leave the ends stuck in the holder to form a loose loop below.  The longer the hair, the larger the loop will be.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part. Use your fingers to make the loops about the same size on both sides.

Loose Braid

Braids are not going anywhere! An easy but chic style for longer hair, and so on-trend!

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush it smooth and detangle it.

Step 2: Using a fine-tooth comb, divide the hair into three equal sections: right, left and middle.

Step 3: Hold the right section in your right hand and the other two sections separately in your left. Cross the right section over the middle section and hold with your left hand. The original right section is not the middle section.

Step 4: Now cross the left section over the middle section. The original left-hand section is now the middle section.

Step 5: Continuing alternating right and left sections over the middle, until you reach the end of the hair. Secure with a ponytail holder.

All of the opinions are my own.  I received nothing (but I assume a thnak you will be forthcoming) for sharing this information with you.

Not so Wordless Wednesday – I Should be Folding Laundry

But I’m not.  I spent the morning at one of my favorite places in the whole world.

The middle of the ocean.


Everybody Freaks Out

Global investment firm T. Rowe Price, is bringing comfort to Los Angeles-area parents tomorrow with a “College Savings Chill Out” tea carton at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, serving complimentary iced herbal teas and free copies of their new children’s book for parents, Everybody Freaks Out.   LA is the second stop on this multi-city tour promoting the book and campaign.


Available for purchase on, Everybody Freaks Outis aimed at parents but written and illustrated in the style of a children’s book. It’sa lighthearted, illustratedstory about two fictitious parentsand others who are able to move past their college savings panic. All proceeds from sales of the book are benefitting Junior Achievement USA®, a national, non-profit organization focused on promoting financial literacy.

According to the findings of T. Rowe Price’s 2013 Parents, Kids & Money Survey, 70% of kids and 66% of parents agreed that the best way to prepare for a strong financial future is with a good education; however, only 41% of parents regularly saving for college. In fact, more parents (46%) save regularly for vacation than for college.

To help you not “freak out” over the costs of college, here are

Six Steps for StartingFrom

1)     Have a plan and do what you can. Parents do not have to save for the entire cost of college. Instead, perhaps they plan to save for two years of school or just one. Every bit of savings will help, even if it’s only enough to cover a portion of children’s expenses. Instead of making the total number an enemy, make a personal goal the hero.

2)     Just get started.Parents should start by saving an amount that’s manageable. Doing it now may help parents save money and frustration in the future by needing to borrow less.

3)     Don’t try to do this alone.Get others involved.When friends and family ask for gift ideas, parents should suggest that people give to their kids’ college savings plan. As kids get older, they too can contribute to the plan by saving money earned from babysitting or other work.

4)     Make a 529 plan work for you. These college savings plans offer the flexibility to pay for qualified private or public colleges, universities, and graduate schools, as well as vocational and trade schools anywhere in the country. Parents can also use the money in the account for any of their kids or themselves by changing the beneficiary.

5)     Take care of life’s necessities.Give a little to each.Parents should start by setting their priorities and then funding them accordingly. If the goal is a four-year private education, go for a slightly less expensive car or home and direct those savings into a 529 for college and an IRA for retirement. Your savings plan can always be adjusted along the way.

6)     Let T. Rowe Price help.  Parents can call 1-855-529-CHILL to learn more about saving for college or visit


To learn more about the book, visit:

WHO:              T. Rowe Price and their book Everybody Freaks Out! But It’s Going To Be Okay.

WHAT:            Free Calming Iced Teas and Book Giveaway

WHERE:          3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, between Broadway and Wilshire Blvd.

WHEN:            July 22, 2014, 12-6pm


FYI: I didn’t receive anything for this post, not a free book or even a cup of tea, I’m just helping out a friend.


shoesI found a cute pair shoes in my closet when cleaning yesterday. 

I thought wow I like these shoes, why havethey been in here so long.

They’re  navy blue they matched jeans with a lot of outfits, they have a cute little bow and they’re really comfortable.

So I wore them today. 

Shopped through Costco, Michaels, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and hit the grocery store to boot. 

When I got home I stepped out of my shoes as I stepped in to my house and immediately remembered why I don’t wear them any more. 

Pee Yew! 

Getting the Washing Up Done: Choosing the Right Dishwasher For Your Kitchen

Any piece of kitchen equipment that reduces time and effort is a welcome addition to the household. I’ve been researching recently on the purchase of a dishwasher and thought I would share my findings with you.

Dishwashers have become increasingly popular since they attracted mass-consumer interest back in the 1970s. Today, around 20 million of these time-saving units are sold each around the world. Available in a range of sizes, you can take your time in choosing a dishwasher so that you can find the one to suit your needs.

Size of family, size of dishwasher

The number of people in your family will make a difference to the size of model you should go for. Thankfully, they come in different sizes, so kitchen space is less of a problem than before. Of course, a slim-line dishwasher means a smaller inner capacity size but there will still be space for around nine place settings, more than large enough for the average family. If you go for a compact unit you’ll still have enough space for four place settings (the fifth place setting might just have to do some washing up!).

Energy efficient concerns

Many people are rightfully concerned about the amount of water and energy a dishwasher will use. The average unit uses no more than one gallon of water per day; hand washing your dishes will result in using five times the amount of water compared to a dishwasher. The newer models are also much more energy efficient than the dishwashers of only a decade ago and most models will be graded and then visibly marked with their energy efficiency ranking. Keep in mind that the more expensive dishwashers are more energy efficient — your investment will be rewarded with lower running costs over the long term.

Taking adequate care of your new dishwasher including regular maintenance should mean your new appliance will last for years. Remember — don’t overload the washer, use a dishwasher cleaner regularly and clean out the filter to extend the lifespan of your machine. 

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Blue

How can I be blue working at a roller rink?

We had an amazing Jubilee this past weekend, featuring some World Champion skaters (in the white shirt) and the King of Americana, Charles Phoenix (in the black shirt).


This picture is from the LA Weekly, there are 74 more amazing photos there to check out.
This is not an ad for LA Weekly, or Moonlight Rollerway or CHarles Phoenix. It is a reminder to be happy, don’t be blue.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Wild Card

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Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

From now until August 3 you can have a blast at the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash.

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Kick back with their Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple made with Bacardi Oakheart, Coco Lopez and Myers’s Original Dark Rum, served in a freshly cut pineapple. Add friends, sip, and soak up the vibe.

Bahama Breeze is the Summer destination for good times. Every Saturday there is live music and a Mojito bar, where you choose the fruit and the rum and the bartenders make it up fresh and special just for you!

They are also having a cool “Instagram Selfie Contest” (you know how all of you LOVE taking your selfies!).  All you have to do is share a creative selfie enjoying the Summer Beach Bash and use #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card!

I may go just for the desserts!

Chocolate Island

Chocolate Island
Rich chocolate mousse on a fudge brownie Island in milk chocolate sauce and vanilla bean anglaise.


Warm Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A warm rich chocolate cake with a molten center topped with caramelized pineapple, served with raspberry sauce and fresh island fruit.


Banana Nut Bread Supreme
Sliced bananas and vanilla ice cream on warm banana-nut bread, with hot, homemade butterscotch brandy sauce.


Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Our special recipe, marbled with Dulce de Leche cream caramel, served with fresh island fruit.


Coconut Pineapple Cake
Coconut cake topped with roasted pineapple. Served with vanilla anglaise and a touch of chocolate sauce.


Rebecca's Key Lime Pie

Our original…homemade with brown sugar crust and golden meringue.


Remember you have from now until August3, 2014 to head out and enjoy the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash.  And when you do drop me a picture of your dessert!


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Calico Mine Co.

calicoIf you recognize the title then you are no stranger to Knotts Berry Farm.

I recently enjoyed a media preview day to see the grand re-opening of the Calico Mine Ride.  The classic Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s first major attraction and theme park icon has undergone a top to bottom refurbishment that began in January of this year and includes dozens of new animatronic figures, state of the art lighting, audio and all new special effects.

I had never been on the ride before because I assumed it was a coaster ride.  Whoops!  It was simple and easy, think Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, with a fun stroyline and characters throughout.  Everyone was raving about it being a “dark ride”, I am not attracted to “dark rides”, I like light, I like to know what is coming next and be prepared for it.  LOL

I think the grand kids will enjoy it, there is an explosion at one point that may scare them the first time.  My only problem was with the cars that you ride in.  The beches around the car are extremely low, this is not a very ADA friendly ride, or comfortable for TALL people like me.

From the Press Release:

The basis of the iconic attraction was a simple handshake agreement between Knott’s founder, Walter Knott, and theme park pioneer Bud Hurlbut in 1959. From that handshake emerged a first-of-its-kind “dark ride” with elaborate show scenes and full-sized human figures. The attraction was an instant hit with guests at its original November 22, 1960 opening, and earned back Hurlbut’s initial $1 million investment in less than two years.  The groundbreaking attraction had a special place in Walter Knott’s heart, who worked in actual mines around the turn of the century in the Calico mining region of San Bernardino County before calling Buena Park home.  Hurlbut worked tirelessly to incorporate authentic touches into the attraction.   For the real stories of men who worked in the frequently dangerous mining world, he befriended actual miners and visited dozens of mining sites around California to observe the workmen, their tools and environment.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Design Team, in partnership with Garner Holt Productions, Inc., has elevated Hurlbut’s 1960 design while preserving the original mining experience. Nearly fifty animatronic humans and dozens more animals populate the updated adventure, with more than 120 characters spread through classic and re-imagined scenes.  New denizens of the mountain include an old miner just inside the first tunnel who will welcome guests into the Calico Mine and warn them of dangers that lie along the rails ahead. Despite the massive mining operation depicted inside the Calico Mine, since the attraction first opened, no character has ever actually found gold in the mountain. As part of the renovation, beginning June 14, one lucky miner will be seen striking it rich with gold in-hand!

New excitement is also coming to the “chain lift”, where trains will pass by a nervous miner carrying a canary in a cage for safety into the unknown diggings ahead. The animatronic canary is just one of many new animals coming to the attraction.  Other wildlife will include a donkey, vultures, a playful dog, countless bats, and blind fish in the eerie Lake Room.

The attraction’s rustic wooden loading platform has been refreshed and now includes a “peek-in” similar to those found throughout Ghost Town, offering guests windows into the rich mining history of the 1850s on their way toward boarding the mine train car. A new guest and employee elevator has been installed to improve access to the attraction, especially for guests seeking ADA accommodations.

Guests will soon embark on the eight minute journey aboard fully refurbished, hand painted mining cars featuring new speakers and a digital amplification system, pulled by beautifully-detailed locomotives. Garner Holt Productions, Inc. installed a cutting-edge RFID playback system in the ride vehicles to play the all-new on-ride narration and audio effects through the crystal-clear digital system. “The spiel is based on the original 1960 script, and will have all-new points of interest and stories in the voices of three all-new character narrators so that each trip through the Mine will be unique,” explains Garner Holt, founder and president of the San Bernardino based Garner Holt Productions, Inc.  “The updated script includes references to a number of real historic mining practices and personalities. The on-board audio narrator will also interact with animatronics and special effects in some scenes.”

The twisting, turning tunnels and expansive caverns were completely repainted, including a brilliant new color scheme in the spectacular “Heaven Room.”  Here, guests will thrill to the glorious sight of the thousands of spectacular stalagmite and stalactites accompanied by the original musical score, which has been digitally re-recorded. Original special effects have been lovingly re-created, like real steam in the Bubbling Pots scene with its surprising steam geyser and tipping barrels and other effects in the Explosion Room finale.

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do

I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.