Shea Moisture Baby Review

JSsheamoisturereviewI am brand conscious and loyal. When I find something I love I stick with it. One area I am really serious about is skin care for my babies. My 3 little girls have really dry skin and one even has eczema flare ups. Nine years ago when she was born, natural life was very new to me. It was because of her eczema I really started paying attention to the details in our skin care products. I quickly learned that the big baby brands were not going to work because they were filled with fragrances and ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Back then we didn’t have all the options we have now. At that time I found Burt’s Bees and loved it. They have a Buttermilk soap that really worked for her skin and smelled so nice. We used that from when she was about 3 months until she was 5 years old. It was expensive but I was not willing to compromise my little one’s skin for a few extra dollars.

Fast forward to my one year old. Today there are so many good clean products for your little ones. I’ve tried a few and I have to say I found the brand I love, Shea Moisture. She doesn’t have eczema but her skin can get very dry. We have tried a number of their products for skin care and hair and every time (especially for hair care) I try something else and think I like it, I always end up back going back to Shea Moisture because I like them more. What I really like about Shea Moisture is that they do not use  any harmful ingredients. These are often items you don’t want on your skin and especially not on your baby’s (i.e., parabens, phthalates) especially if your baby has eczema.

According to their website, they use “natural, certified organic & ethically sourced ingredients” in their products (i.e., coconut oil, shea butter). It’s a smaller company and they give back to the community and communities where they receive some of their ingredients. I sense that they are not just about profit but quality and making a difference. Currently, our regiment with our little one is very simple and includes using

I’ve used the head-to-toe wash for baths, shampoo and I even used it on my face before. It smells great, lathers up well and washes off clean.  I only use the shampoo if I don’t have their Moisture Retention Shampoo near by. I prefer to use the retention shampoo because my little ones hair is very dry and the head-to-toe doesn’t add the moisture we need. The healing lotion is light and goes on so smoothly the baby is able to help me. She loves lotion time.  We use this right after a bath and in the mornings (when needed).

During the winter we also use:

  • Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-To-Toe Ointment
  • Raw Shea Butter Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Eczema

We use the ointment when she was younger and during the winter months. It is thick and layers on well. Her skin will remain moisturizes through the night and throughout the day. I also used this when my older daughter would have eczema flare ups. We used the Baby Eczema  during winter months. It didn’t appear very different from the Ointment, except that it comes in a jar which makes using much easier than the tube the ointment comes in. The ointment consistency is more oily than the Baby Eczema.

Since we first started using Shea Moisture they have developed many more lines for little ones. I haven’t used them because I like the Raw Shea line.

  • Ultra-Sensitive & Moisturizing Collection
  • Olive & Marula Collection
  • Red Tea & Babassu Collection

Finally cost, these products are not cheap. On average, prices range from $4.99-$9.99. However, the good news is there is always a sale going on at Walgreens, CVS or Target. Usually the sale is buy 1 get 1 half off. I usually go and stock up when they are on sale. I would absolutely recommend trying and using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Collection for babies. In the future I will be trying Baby Eczema Bar Soap for my oldest. She’s been having some flare ups and I’m sure this will help.

With all the products out there, what are you in love with?


Disclaimer: All items reviewed were purchased by me and are items I use every day with my little ones. I have not received any compensation for reviewing this product.



20140423-012209.jpgIt took awhile but  Spring  is finally here and here to stay. Ole Man Winter did not want to leave. He even made a quick return in  April and then again in May!  I  enjoy experiencing all 4 seasons but when February arrives winter should be heading out the door. I was born and raised in Miami, Fl and for Floridians winter isn’t suppose to last more than 3 days.  Since moving from Fl to states with actual seasons, I look forward to enjoying each one but I especially look  forward to spring. There’s something about thawing out, the anticipation of warmer weather, bright sun, longer days, beautiful colors, flowers I could go on and on. I really do love Spring.

Nothing helps welcome spring into our home more than a beautiful wreath. This one may look familiar, it’s my Mardi Gras wreath with a few little changes. I use to have a spring wreath until a bird decided to make it the base of it’s nest. It was really quite amazing. Our wreath was so wonderful a bird wanted to call it home. Unfortunately, we had to evict her. A nest on the front door of our home was not the best location. Just like the birds in spring we should take the time to make and clean home.  This is the ti


me to simplify our lives, shed our winter coats and prepare for all the wonderful activities warm weather brings. Before I get to enjoy relaxation of summer I must do some organization.

This year we have a baby in full movement mode and growing like a wild flower leaving behind a surplus of baby clothes and baby gear. We won’t even talk about the growing 8 and 6 year olds. If we could live naked, not eat and keep all junk mail and school work at school our home would be 95% cleaner. Since those aren’t viable options spring cleaning is the only other option.  I’ve been busy getting my spring to do list ready. As of now it includes cleaning up my home, finances, body and spirit.  I also really would like to plant a garden with the girls. I am horrible at growing plants but failure is not an option. Truth be told my spring list is a revamp of my New Year list, ha, but to start home is the one I can tackle with quick results.

  • 20140517-004447.jpgTo cleanmy home: I really like the idea I found on a few organizing blogs that suggest cleaning a room a week. A room a week seems reasonable and not as stressful as cleaning an entire house. I’ve split up  my cleaning
    • Homework area
    • master bedroom
    • girls’ bedroom 1, 2, 3

These 5 areas are my hardest areas to keep clothing and paper in order. When I complete these 5 I’ll add more to the list, but to start I’ll keep it simple. Sure all of this may have to be added onto a summer list but at least there is a list and this Spring I will start. Spring, the beautiful season where God wakes the hibernating, bloom flowers from dry dormant stems and branches, the season where we witness renewal and rebirths. It’s the season that brings

hope for a new start a clean start. Happy Spring cleaning!




Mardi Petit (Small Tuesday)

20140423-010032.jpgWe recently moved to Baton Rouge making this our first Mardi Gras. Well, technically not our first, my husband and I went with friends while in college. Needless to say after leaving I had that “been there done that feeling. I never imagined we would be living here and living through Mardi Gras season. Yes, this year I learned that Mardi Gras is not an event but a season.

I really wanted the girls to experience Mardi Gras but not “really” experience Mardi Gras. We were very happy that we were able to enjoy the season without exposing our girls to the “adult” side of Mardi Gras. I made a cute wreath, Audrey made a personal fable/fairy tale float for school, we had King Cake, went to parades and got tons of beads! We even used a few beads for a little decoration.

It’s difficult sometimes trying not to join in secular activities and living in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is everywhere (even in schools)! With a little work and planning we were able to give our kids piece of the experience. We made sure to tell them the reason behind Mardi Gras and explained that just because God forgives us does not mean we have to sin on purpose. Also that you never have to wait for a holy period to repent, God is always listening. I am a firm believer that a Godly lesson can be taught in every experience. I’ve been blessed with the ability to think quickly on my feet and take advantage of most opportunities to teach my girls about morals, values and expectations.

We are very thankful that Baton Rouge takes time to cater to families, it made planning for and enjoying “Slim Tuesday” just as enjoyable as all those who took part in Fat Tuesday.

When living in a new city, find out the mom connections, they always have the best suggestions on family friendly places and activities. Look for:

  • local Parents magazines
  • facebook pages for moms in your city.
  • MOPs (mother’s of preschoolers) groups
  • local churches

Here are some of our Slim Tuesday fun.


Wooden letters, hot glue and Mardi Gras beads.


The Prince Frog float.

Coco-everything- oil


I love coconut oil. Love it so much I have to say it twice, I love coconut oil! I started using it 2 years ago, mainly for cooking but as time passed I found more and more uses for it. It truly is an amazing item. A quick google or Pinterest search will quickly give you all the ways you can use coconut oil. There is even new research about all the  new health benefits being researched about coconut oil on Coconut Oil’s website. There are so many promising research is showing coconut oil’s ability to :

  • coconutoilpic.jpg.jpgreverse Alzheimer’s
  • show positive results for people with diabetes
  • boost metabolism
  • help lose weight
  • kill bacteria

One  jar of coconut oil can be used in every room in your house. Cooking, as a safe moisturizer, and even on furniture. Recently I burned my hand while cooking. I started using coconut oil on it and it has healed so fast and looks better than some of my older burns (my cooking /ironing battle scars). My little one had a diaper rash we couldn’t rid of. We finally added some coconut oil to her diaper change regiment and it worked! If you are not using coconut oil, hurry and grab a jar. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Helpful Tips:

  • When buying Coconut oil make sure it’s high quality.
  • I keep multiple jars, 1 for cooking and 1 for personal use (i.e., lotions, diaper rash treatment).
  • Look out for sales. Coconut oil can be pricey at times,  Vitacost,    Costco and Amazon usually has good deals.  Coconut oil is truly special. If you haven’t started using it start now, I promise you will fall in love with this amazing item. It has become a must have in our home.
  • If you buy one big jar, spilt it into multiple jars for the different use.
  • For body moisturizer (lotion) I mix mine with raw shea butter. I find it last longer.
  • During the winter your oil will solidify during the warmer months you may keep it in the refrigerator.

For more great ways to use coconut oil and all of it benefits visit my natural living  Pinterest board.


My Valentine

20140215-123304.jpgThroughout the year my husband and I stay on our girls about everything. We are consciously trying to raise specific type of ladies. So, when the time comes to treat them, we well I, usually do a little more than usual. These are the times when being a craft hoarder comes in handy. It’s during these busy times (I’m now working full time again) when it pays off to have a good stash of craft items to get you through any spur of the moment crafting task.

I really hadn’t thought much about Valentine’s Day and much like most of the country on Thursday my brain went into high gear and this is what we ended up with. Treats for our Sweets. Weather and time made us miss both daddy and donuts and muffins and mommy so this was a great opportunity to make it up. We had breakfast treats (along with fruit) candy and cards from daddy, and new gymnastic leotards (I had them so just turned them into gifts).

What I had in hand:

  • twine from about 3 years20140215-123341.jpg
  • ribbon from 2 years ago
  • heart plate we used when the girls brought treats to preschool (they are now 8 and 6)
  • candle that was around the house
  • table runner I’ve had for while
  • balloons and helium from a leftover tank from our Summer birthdays
  • our family center chalk board (50 cent yard sale frame)
  • washi tape I had in my school bag
  • bags with chalk board label. This was a recent purchase and I wasn’t sure what I would use them for. Didn’t know I would need them so soon. I think it all came together nicely.

It was a great surprise for the girls, we had a difficult week (bad weather, difficulty at school, full moon) and this was a sweet way to end it.

If you’re starting out  and you are not sure what to get, here are a few essentials you can slowly get to start your own hoarding collection.

  • hot glue gun: (don’t buy the small portable  one you’ll end up buying a bigger one anyway)
  • ribbon: ribbon makes everything prettier; red, white, yellow, green and blue will cover every season and holiday20140215-123327.jpg
  • washi tape: these are sometimes better than ribbon they stick and peel right off
  • sharpie pens: perfect for writing great notes
  • scissor: a good pair that you use only for your crafts and leave it in one place. I don’t know how many times I’ve asked the “where are the scissors girls” question.
  • double sided sticky tape runner
  • chalk board or an empty frame: these are great for writing about your event or to frame printables.

The most important thing to remember about crafting is that what you create is yours. Don’t let Pinterest and the professional scrapers scare you from enjoying things you’ve created. If I can do it you can too.

What project are you going to start?

Quick Shout-Forward

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When in the Sticks…


Part of our family’s way of life is moving every few years and once we moved one season just to move again the next. No, we are not in the military my husband coaches college football. The fans don’t realize how the coach’s families lives revolve and evolve based on football season. It’s a love hate relationship for me. Love the season hate being a married but single mother during the season.

When we started on this path 11 years ago, I hated moving. I was born and raised in Florida and I had to leave my entire family. I dreaded every move. Well, a lot can and has changed in 11 years. Now, when the time comes to move, I know for sure it’s God’s work and his plan. Our family now seeks His guidance and try to look for the positive with every move. Moving is also  stressful for our kids.  Our family tries to turn a move into a new adventure. We  turn moving into a learning experience and try to make learning about a new place, culture, geographical area as exciting as we can. We let them know that we can make anywhere home, as long as we are together. They may not know it now but our moves will help them deal with fear of the new and unknown. I pray that that our moves will allow them  to go anywhere their dreams desire.

So, when in Rome The Sticks… and here in the Red Stick (Baton Rouge) they celebrate Carnival season and Mardis Gras! I didn’t even know Mardis Gras was so big throughout the state I thought it was a New Orleans event, boy was I wrong.

It all begins in January starting with enjoying King Cake and celebrating on through the end of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). I’ve learned that many people take down Christmas decorations just to put up Mardi Gras decor. So, when in the Sticks, if they decorate then I must as well. I figured a  Mardi Gras wreath would be perfect.  While the kids were at school I made a quick (well not quick) stop at Hobby Lobby. I found these adorable wreaths that were way too expensive (Mardi Gras items were not on sale yet). When it cost too much, might as well make it for less. While there, I remembered the girls talking about King Cake (it’s part of the curriculum in French class)  and of course making a wreath turned into a surprise for them. Decorations and King Cake, great way to end their week. I love rewarding them for working hard and report cards were just sent home the day before. It all turned out well.

To make the wreath: I used the foam wreath but next time I will use the wire. My first time around  I wanted something super simple and floral pins were perfect. The hardest part was picking out the details.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • foam wreath


  • 2 rolls of 15ft of ribbon (I wanted it full) I used burlap (so in)
  • floral pins
  • 1/2 yard of a different ribbon (length depends on how long you would like it to hang)
  • any embellishments you like on your wreath. I used a little saxophone and a mask.

Take your wreath, burlap and pins. Pin the first piece of burlap and gather going around pinning from the backside. It’s that simple. I did the same thing on the top to cover any green foam.

When you are done, place your ribbon and embellishments where ever you like. I loved the end product. Now, I’m  not sure I want it outside! I guess I’ll be making another soonThis was very fast and easy. If I can do it I know you can too.


The tradition is whoever gets the baby buys the next King Cake or throws the next party. The King Cake is named for the the 3 Kings and the baby is baby Jesus.

How was the King Cake, very sweet! The girls and my husband really enjoyed it. They enjoy sweet things a little more than I do. It would have been perfect with a lot less icing and no food coloring (everything in moderation). In the picture you can see the little baby.I love the wreath, but the best part of this craft was having my girls come home from school and seeing their surprised, excited faces. Their exact word “mommy you are the best”!


Now that we have a wreath, ate King Cake and have some decorations up I can proudly say “Laissez les bon ton roulet” (Let the good time roll)!





2013 Got it Done List


This is the time of year when we all stop and reflect on what we’ve accomplished, what we wished we would have tried and what we will push off onto next year.

This year I must say I’m proud of myself, I got a few things done! I became a stay at home mom (SAHM), I started painting/repurposing  furniture, I cooked and baked (maybe a bit too much), I worked on my blogs, I made it to a few pounds less than prebaby weight (yay me) and I no longer just a morning and bed time prayer, I now find myself praying throughout my day! Sure I did other things too, like keep my kids healthy, my marriage strong, but these were new things that I was really afraid to tackle. I didn’t do it alone my family and 3 very patient friends helped me out through it all.

Here are some of my projects for 2013! To see some more checkout my video: Got Done set to Mandisa’s These Days, my favorite!




This new year I have a few paint projects (now that I’ve learned from my mistakes), a few all natural products to create, new recipes and crafts to try, definitely blog more, run a 5k and finally hit my ideal weight 9 years and 3 babies later. No, not resolutions just things I want to “get to”. If by chance I don’t finish something, God willing, there will always be next year. Please make sure you put Joyful Shouts and Shout SL Therapy on your to visit list throughout the new year for details on how I completed all my projects and speech-language information.

What is on your New Year Get to List?




A New Year

NewYearJSA year ago today I didn’t have a clue where we would be living, what I would be doing or how my new little baby would be like. Only things I was sure of were that we more than likely would be moving to Louisiana and that it didn’t matter what it took, our family would be living in one state under one roof. So, as a family we stepped out on faith, prayed, prayed and prayed and today we are here. Today we have a beautiful 1 year old with a very strong personality. We are living in one state under one roof. We made it, He kept us. He kept us together, clothed, fed, healthy, safe and faithful. He kept us despite just one income, He kept us.

Now a new year quickly approaches and again we do not have any idea where we will be this time next year. We don’t know if I will find a job here, if my husband will find a new job (that’s always a possibility in college football), if I will be able to find a good place for our baby to go to, if I find a job. I can go on and on with the uncertainties that this new year will bring but I won’t. What I am absolutely sure of is that we will step out on faith. We will surrender all uncertainty unto Him. We will pray and we will listen for His answers. If things get difficult we will cry out His name and again we know He will answer, it may not be instant but He will answer. He always answers.

Despite the uncertainty, I am excited about this new year. I am excited about experiencing  what where He will take us and the blessing we will receive along the way. This new year I won’t be making any resolutions. My plans and goals are pretty much what they have been for awhile, to simplify our lives, enjoy the moment and to work towards the dreams He has placed in my heart.NewYearJS2

Yes, this new year may bring many changes but what I know the one thing that will not change is my faith that my family will be taken care of. We maybe tested along the way, but our faith will remain. In our home we are resolved to follow His lead.

I pray that this new year will bring you and your family strength in your faith and joy in your spirit. Happy New Year!

What are you resolved to keep the same this New Year?


Snow Day

20131124-023610.jpgFirst day home on Thanksgiving break. My husband was home and the plan was to escape and have a me day, however, Mother Nature had other plans. Isn’t she a mother? How could she do this, the weather cold and wet. This mommy is not into cold and wet. Plan B sweats, watch my NOLES, mess with hubby while he watches sleeps football and craft with my girls.

NOLES won, hubby rested and since it was cold and wet, we made snow. During our walks the girls and I have been collecting pinecones and acorns. Today we completed step one of our pinecone winter forest. This is sucha a  simple project. You have to try it.

You’ll need: Pinecones (collected from walks or bought), glue, brushes, baby food jars  and glitter. It was so easy I actually left the girls and didn’t  monitor hover. I use to be very picky about how they do their crafts, not anymore.  Yes, they wasted used a lot more glitter and glue than I would have normally allowed, but it didn’t matter. They enjoyed themselves and in this case more snow (glitter and glue) the better. 20131124-023632.jpg


  • Prep pine cones: clean and heat in oven to all bugs that may have setup home.
  • Prep craft area: cover tables get materials.
  • I hot glued the pinecones on baby food jars.
  • Girls painted and added glitter.
  • Set aside and let dry.

That’s it! If I can do it I know you can. It’s a great simple activity for little ones. They can’t mess it up, even if they are a little heavy with the glue. The girls didn’t fight once, they had fun and I was still able to relax. Plan B isn’t always the second best thing you can do, sometimes it’s exactly what you need to do. Living the way God intended, time with family.


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