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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.

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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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And to make sure you have #TheRightSeat, Bloggin’ Mamas is giving away a $100 Amazon giftcard so you can buy one!

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 Do you follow these car seat rules for your kids?

Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

How to Start A Blog in 100 Easy Steps

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I love being a blogger! (You already know.) The number one question I get asked about blogging is by far “How do I start?” Everyone wants to know how to start a blog, make a successful blog, earn a living through blogging…etc. So here’s your answer.  Here is how to start a blog in 100 easy steps!

  1. Decide to start a blog
  2. Look at blogs online obsessively
  3. Brainstorm catchy blog names
  4. Plan your entire blog, in your head
  5. Read all you can on problogger.com
  6. Read about the money bloggers make
  7. Ask your friends and family if they think you’d be a good blogger
  8. Google top bloggers income
  9. Think about the type of blog you want to make
  10. Read about targeted blog niches
  11. Read about hosting and SEO
  12. Get confused
  13. Begin to doubt your idea
  14. Wait a few months
  15. Visit a blog you really enjoy reading
  16. Decide to start a blog
  17. Read about the benefits of blogger vs wordpress
  18. Get discouraged
  19. Ask your best friend to start a blog with you
  20. Send your friend all the “research” you’ve done
  21. Go out to dinner with your friend to discuss your future blog
  22. Talk about lots of great ideas
  23. Write none of them down
  24. Get excited
  25. Create a joint Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration
  26. Pin cute outfits and food you’ll never make
  27. Get annoyed with what your friend is pinning
  28. Doubt your blogging partnership
  29. Forget about blogging for a few months
  30. Get a funny Huffpo blog post in your inbox
  31. See a blogger doing a segment on a morning TV show
  32. Think: “OMG, that could be me!”
  33. Decide to start a blog
  34. Decide to start a fashion blog
  35. No. Decide to start a beauty blog
  36. Wait a few months
  37. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  38. Brainstorm catchy lifestyle blog names
  39. Read about lifestyle blogging
  40. Follow popular lifestyle bloggers on Pinterest
  41. Follow popular lifestyle bloggers on Instagram
  42. Read about social media strategy management
  43. Read about keyword generation and backlinking
  44. Get overwhelmed
  45. Read a personal development book on overwhelm and procrastination
  46. Make a plan to stop procrastinating
  47. Read a personal development book on motivation
  48. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  49. Plan the topic categories… in your head
  50. Wonder if your life is interesting enough for a blog
  51. Get a Bloglovin account and follow all the lifestyle blogs you can find
  52. Admire the beautiful photos on the blogs
  53. Realize you need a better camera.
  54. Research DSLR cameras
  55. Remember you can’t afford a good DSLR right now
  56. Decide to use your smartphone “just for now”
  57. Worry that your photos won’t be good enough
  58. Doubt your blog will be successful
  59. Wait a few months
  60. Randomly come across your old joint Pinterest board with blog ideas
  61. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  62. Read about the business of blogging
  63. Realize you need a business coach
  64. Research business coaches
  65. Remember coaching is out of your budget
  66. Decide to find your “coaching” free online
  67. Read business coach blogs
  68. Wonder if you should become a coach instead of a blogger
  69. Read What Color is Your Parachute
  70. Wait a few months
  71. Receive an email from your friend announcing her new fashion blog
  72. Visit her blog and pick it apart critically
  73. Concede and realize how awesome it actually is.
  74. Cry
  75. Hate your friend
  76. Decide to start a better fashion blog than your friend
  77. Look in your closet for outfits to post about
  78. Realize your wardrobe sucks
  79. Go shopping
  80. Worry about money
  81. Wonder if it’s really worth it
  82. Google pros and cons of being a blogger
  83. Focus on the cons
  84. Wait a few months
  85. Get bored with life
  86. Decide you need a creative outlet
  87. Read books on creative outlets
  88. Try painting
  89. Suck at painting
  90. Decide to start a blog
  91. Read books on blogging
  92. Learn that “content is king”
  93. Take a creative writing class
  94. Doubt yourself thoroughly
  95. Decide you need a break
  96. Go on vacation
  97. Wonder what you should do with your life
  98. Decide to start a blog
  99. Create Free Blog on Blogger or WordPress
  100. Start Writing.

 

I hope you find this list helpful.

Good luck with your blog!!

PS: If these 100 easy steps feel overwhelming, just start at #99.

Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

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!!


Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

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!


Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

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?

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Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.