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Hey girls, Thoughts on Thursday will be coming later today, for now, peep this car seat safety info and enter the $100 Amazon giftcard giveaway…

 Happy Child Passenger Safety Week!

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA? The fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used.

#TheRightSeat

Bloggin’ Mamas is supporting the Ad Council and The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by sharing the word about Child Passenger Safety Week this week (September 14-20).

One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to encourage parents and caregivers to visit SaferCar.gov/TheRightSeat; to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat check event in their area. Additionally, parents and caregivers should be sure to register their child’s car seat with the manufacturer so as to be informed in the event of a recall.

Safety seats, if used correctly, dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children. However, research shows that three out of every four car seats are not used correctly, meaning the child is not in the correct car seat for their age, height and weight, or the car seat is not installed correctly. In 2012, over one third (37%) of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.

Resources

o Installation Resources: If a car seat is not installed correctly, your child’s safety could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips here to help you get “the right fit” on your car seats: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightFit.htm;

o Free Car Seat Checks: During Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be more than 600 events in 45 states across the country, where certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect car seats and show parents and caregivers how to correctly install and use them. In most cases, this service is free of charge. Locate a car seat check event here: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm?;

Car Seat Safety Tips:

  • Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
  • Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits well in your vehicle.
  • Before putting your child in a car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works.
  • All-in-One car seats offer you the advantage of using the same seat for the following positions: rear-facing, forward-facing with harness, then booster. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
  • Remember, the best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly. The information here can help you choose the right seat for your child. Keep in mind that:

o Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.

o Children ages 1-3 should be kept rear-facing as long as possible.

o Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Be certain you’ve installed your car seat correctly by having it checked at an inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. Bring the Car Seat Instructions AND the Vehicle Owner’s Manual with you to a seat check appointment!

Check out this Infograph to help you check if you have #TheRightSeat and join @NHTSAgov on 9/17/14 from 3p-4p EST for a Twitter Chat where you can ask questions you might have about your car seat.

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 Do you follow these car seat rules for your kids?

Tendril Tuesday – Let Your Hair Down Expo with #Hairfinity #lyhdexpo

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Tendril Tuesday is Back!!! I have a new co-host, Gabby of Strawberricurls. Go check her out. ….after you read this :)

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Let Your Hair Down Expo in Brooklyn hosted by the adorable Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me

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I hadn’t been in past years so I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that it was sponsored by Hairfinity, and ever since BlogHer I’d been interested in learning more about that brand.

I attended and invited my blogging buddy Adanna of Rattles & Heels (check her out too…after!)

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It was really nice to look around and see nothing but natural heads of hair. Lots of different styles, textures, densities, lengths. Made me wanna chop off my relaxed ends on top and rep 100% natural again. (Then I remembered how close to being able to pull all my hair back again and that idea flew out the window)

Celeb stylist Felicia Leatherwood gave a really great talk. She was giving out basic info like hair types, the importance of moisture, deep conditioning weekly for dry hair, drinking lots of water, eating healthyfully and less processed foods, being gentle with your hair, etc.

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I was happy to meet her. I asked her about going lighter with my hair in a more natural way and she gave me a great recommendation of how to do it. She was very sweet and obviously very passionate about hair.

One of my IG friends asked a question of her, and she graciously answered: How to care for relaxed hair to keep it healthy? She said: Protein treatments every other week (She recommended this one.) and moisture and follow a regimen similar to naturals otherwise.

 

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I went up to the actual expo after Felicia’s session, and met some great brands:

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Soultanicals…Yeah….be prepared to hear more about them here at OKDani.com. I was impressed by their product line, and the owner Aya. Her products are geared to solve the dryness and breakage problems that most of her clients have. The whole line has really great ingredients some sourced directly from African countries…she calls the line Afro Vegan, which is interesting. I’m eager to learn more and try these products out.

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Entwine…girls… I think we’re going to hear a lot about this line in the near future. They have a lot planned. And, most importantly, the woman who was reppin’ for the brand, had the most moisturized, healthy, beautiful twistout, and she was drastically colored. I’m always impressed when I see a healthy head of colored hair…cuz usually…it looks a hot fried dyed mess.

This line is chock full of good ingredients and all the products are designed to work together in a specific order to combat dryness and keep your hair hydrated and feeling (and lookin!) good. This is another line I’m going to have to try out and report back to you on.

The main sponsor of the Let Your Hair Down Expo was Hairfinity. After I entered the event space I made a beeline for their setup and guess what….

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I won a gift bag for being “the 3rd person willing to step into their booth” per the rep there. I was shocked that everyone wasn’t immediately flocking to them, I mean you couldn’t miss it!  (PS: I also won another gift bag for tweeting out pics during the event *happy dance*) Anyhow, I learned about the product line at BlogHer, so I didn’t really get any new info here. It was nice to hear the new testimonies of the reps though.

I’m always annoyed with the blatant lies of product reps. “Oh my god I started using this oil and my hair grew two inches in two weeks!” I just give a strong side eye to shit like that and am just like “oh really, wow!! that sounds false.” However, these girls did NOT do any of that. All the girls I spoke to mentioned feeling better (which I can believe from a multivitamin supplement) and new growth seeming to come in thicker and fuller.

Jennell said she has been using Hairfinity for 3 months and has seen a great difference in her new growth as well. I trust her review as well.

Very soon, I’m going to have a Hairfinity giveaway for you!! Be sure to subscribe to OKDani because only subscribers are eligible to win.

Do you use hairfinity? What’s your favorite product line?

Now it’s linky party time!

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Link up your hair care related posts and go visit the other folks who linked up! Leave comments for them so they know you came to visit from the Tendril Tuesday linky party!!


Mind Right Monday Linkup

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Good Morning Girls!!

How was your weekend? Mine was good. I went to a great hair event that I’ll tell you about tomorrow for my Tendril Tuesday Linkup (join me!) And I spent some time with my parents and Kaya. John and Roey had a boys weekend at home.

It’s Monday! I am slowly getting out of my conditioning from 9-5 life, and starting to LOVE mondays!! On Monday mornings, Beachbody has their national call which is motivating and energizing. And then we have Mind Right Monday which keeps me on my goal/grateful game. And on Monday nights my beachbody team (#1 in the company, holla!) has our private team call which always makes me feel like taking on the world.

How do you like mondays?

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Last week my goals were to stay alive, keep my kids alive, and laugh a lot.

Guess what:

I REACHED ALL MY GOALS!!!  HOORAAAY!!!

My goals this week are: 

  1. clean house
  2. prep for challenge group
  3. send pitch letters
  4. make a cute image for mind right monday
  5. pre-blog for okdani
  6. write like crazy
  7. work out daily and do yoga
  8. do something to pamper myself
  9. get back to youtube vlogging

I am superdeeduper greatful for:

  • friends and family
  • health
  • my children
  • sprout
  • hot wheels cars
  • amazon.com
  • ebay.com
  • target.com
  • my laptop and the internet
  • a lil florida vacation soon
  • rohan’s vocabulary
  • kaya’s new lil teeth
  • yoga
  • T25
  • choices
  • ideas
  • business opportunities
  • the future
  • the homeschooling group on FB
  • NYC at large

Now, it’s time for you to link up with me, Danielle @ Mamademics and Darrica @ ReeseandCoco

It’s really easy. Just list your goals for the week, and what you’re grateful for and boom! You’re done! 

Visit the other people in the linky party to support them and cheer em on.

Not a blogger? Just leave your goal/grateful in the comments below!


Fit Fridays: Update

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My Workouts have been on point guys!!

I’m glad to be doing T25 again, this time with John. He’s already looking to the future to do P90X3 after we get through this. I’m psyched! I feel like I was forcing myself to do Body Beast, even though I enjoyed the actual workouts, I wasn’t inspired to push play and get it done the way I am with FocusT25. I just dig it more. Glad I didn’t force myself to complete Beast just yet. I know I’ll go back to it eventually though.

This is me after T25:

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Last week:

Sunday: Yoga and a jog

Monday through Saturday: T25 with John

Bonus: And I ran 2 additional times

This week:

Sunday: Yoga and a jog

Monday through Today: T25 (We skipped one day this week and didn’t do a 2-a-day to make it up. *shrug*)

Tomorrow: I plan to jog and do some workout.. not sure what.

Nutrition

Eating has been okay. Could be better.

I know I need to tighten up on the foods, and once Kaya is nursing less and eating purees (in about a month or so) I will be able to do that. I can’t truly diet while she is nursing all day long. I don’t want to lessen my supply or make less nutritional milk for her. (She turns 6 months on Sept 20 and will start getting veggie purees, so perfect timing for my fitness/weightloss challenge group to begin on Sept 22)

I told you about how I’m eating the high protein breakfasts… and I’m starting The 21 Day Fix soon.

Nervous and excited. I’ve never actually done a real nutrition program like this before. But I know I can commit to anything for just 21 days so… My fingers are crossed for good results. Did I say I’m nervous…naaaahhh I’m not nervous…

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Looking ahead:

This weekend Kaya and I are leaving the boys home to have a “guys weekend” and we’re going to my mom n dad’s for a “girls weekend” (+dad) I love going for runs at my parents’ house so I’ll be sure to get one in each morning. I’m going to be really busy all weekend (I have SO much crap to do) but I’m going to be sure to sneak in a workout each day too. My mom has Chalean Extreme and I’m bringing over P90X3 for my dad to have, so we may try one of those workouts. I’ll be active.

Next week

John and I are going to continue our T25 together and I’m going to continue yoga at home. I hope to also squeeze in a run or two. I actually view my runs as “me time” now versus “ugh, I should probably take my mushy ass for a run time” It’s just me and Pandora (Tony Matterhorn station) and we crush it!

How is your fitness journey going?

I Love You because, Blogging.

Hey girls!

First off, I love you. Ok, so despite what I wrote in my 5 tips post, you already know I had an awesome time at the BlogHer conference this year. My Instagram was proof enough of that. I got to meet blogging buddies (and some celebs!), learn a lot, reignite my blogging passion, and participate in great projects.

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I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a roundtable discussion about the power of blogging in its ability to create an online community. We discussed how our communities (and the blogging community at large) helps us to be our best selves.

Now…listen…I know you all think I’m calm cool and collected, (right? lol!) but I was a. Bundle. Of. Nerves! I’m not even sure of what I said in the moments during taping. I had one of those moments where after an argument you think of the really good insult you shouldda said but didn’t think of at the time. hehe.

I was in my hotel room that night after filming the roundtable thinking about all ways the OK Dani community of all you awesome readers, and the larger blogging community really impacted my life, and I legit got teary eyed.  (i know…i know….)

What I should’ve said on video is how:

  • you guys keep me accountable and on point with my weekly goals via mind right monday (ok maybe i mentioned that one)
  • i’ve made real friends for life that live all over the country
  • you understand my language, and ‘get’ me and my sense of humor (or lack thereof)
  • you give amazing advice and resources that makes me a better mommy
  • you offered sweet, loving support whenever I mentioned a problem or struggle in my life
  • you have my back when I completely jack up my hair
  • you give me ‘real talk’ right back and share your honest opinions even when they differ with mine
  • you are encouraging, honest, and kind, and I love you all so much.

Thank you!

I appreciate you guys so much more than you’ll ever know. And then to top it off, I continuously receive these amazing emails from you saying how I’ve touched you, or how I’ve helped you…and… I just get to crying at the computer…

(E HUG)

OK…..

Anywaaaaayy….

I say all that to say…check out the roundtable video!! I was in some really good company!

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The other bloggers in attendance were Katherine of Postpartum Progress and Jill of One Good Thing … check them out. The roundtable was moderated by Stacy Morrison who basically was editor in chief of every magazine you’ve ever heard of, and practically lived on The Today Show.

I was looking around the table at these remarkable women like… “ummm… why the F am I here?” But that feeling didn’t last too long cuz it was replaced by internal squeals of “OMG OMG I’m HERE!!! I’m HERE!! EEEEP”

Here’s the vid! Enjoy!

 

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