Monthly Archives: May 2016

Do You Want to Be My Friend?

As he walked happily across the playground seeking out new friendship, I simply saw his heart.  He wore his big heart out there for everyone to see, always.


“Would you like to be my friend?” he asked the boy about his age.

“NO!” said the boy as he laughed and ran back up the play structure.

My son’s shoulders dropped.  His gaze fell to the ground.

We’ve all been there.

Put ourselves out there, openly, only to be shutdown.

When do we learn to bury our heart?

At four, I’ve seen bullies, name-calling, sarcastic responses and a lack for all others feelings.  It starts at four.

I would like to think that this perhaps is just a few souls that are just mean.  Although, my teacher instincts know this to be learned behavior from those closest.


How do I teach my son to always choose kindness?  Kindness matters. Always.

As I watched his shattered little heart walk back toward me I thought about what to say, how to make it better.  A large hug and a big kiss on the forehead.  “Mom, why doesn’t he want to be my friend?” I heard myself say that, “Some people just aren’t kind and that’s okay.  We choose who to be with and be around.  You can go choose to make another friend.  Go try again sweetheart.”

Sure enough he once more walked toward another child on the playground and this time his heart was matched.  A friendship was struck and his heart was heeled.



Goodness am I ever thankful for the fast rebound rate.


How do you deal with disappointment as a parent?  As a person?



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Favorite Hair Care Products for Kids-SoCozy now in CVS

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

Our morning routine is now streamlined thanks to our favorite SoCozy hair care products.  Both kids thrive on independence and I love that they are proud to get dressed, brush their teeth, and do their hair before we head out the door.  Now our favorite line of hair products is available at CVS!


SoCozy is a line of salon formulas for the unique hair needs of kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old.  Emma Marie’s hair is fine and thick- and with her knack for hair twirling at night we have to deal with knots in the morning.  I am incredibly grateful that I can spray on Cinch Detangler and simply comb out the knots.  Added bonus is that every single product smells divine.


SoCozy products are non-toxic and made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.  As a food allergy and environmental allergy family we have to be incredibly cautious with ALL products we bring into the home.  I love knowing that the SoCozy line is safe for my family.



SoCozy brand values are:

So Smart – Genius is more like it. We believe knowledge is power, which is why education is at our core– the pulse of our brand. Advice, solutions, tips, trends – we serve as an extensive resource for moms, kids, stylists and salon owners.

So Safe – No nasties in here; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. Safe and effective – and completely non-toxic – it’s great hair minus the harsh chemicals.

So Easy – Because being a parent isn’t always easy, we make hair care that is: simple, fun, multi- functional products that streamline tub time, as well as solutions targeting specific hair concerns to make styling a snap.

So Cool –Take a strand. Through our products, website, social channels and unique collaborations, we encourage and support individuality. All kids, any hair type – we make it our mission to build confidence and inspire originality. Being you is our idea of cool.


Raymond likes to switch things up nearly every morning with what he does with his hair.


I like that we have the tools for him to safely explore what makes him happy in the hair-do department.


Self-expression for the win!

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Head out to your local CVS and pick up some SoCozy for your family!

Find a store near you-

Don’t forget to smell all of the different options while you are shopping… my favorite is Mango-Go. The BEST.

What are your favorite allergy-friendly products?

I would love to find some sunscreen options!


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