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Gift Ideas for Moms | What I got for Christmas

I love seeing what other people got for Christmas and taking notes for what I might want for Mother’s Day, my birthday, or for Christmas myself. So I thought it would be fun to share what I got for Christmas with you!

The really cool thing that we did was create amazon wishlists for everyone in my household so I got a bunch of things that I really wanted but I was still able to be surprised on Christmas Day. If you’re into purchasing items on Amazon, I highly suggest starting a wishlist of your own and adding any items you see below that you like to your wishlist.

If you’d rather watch me talk about these items, be sure to watch my Youtube video below. But if you’d rather read about them, keep scrolling down.

Items I got for Christmas

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Nespresso & Aeroccino

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  • If you don’t know a Nespresso machine is, it is a coffee maker that takes capsules, but it makes such a creamy and delicious cup of coffee because of the way that it brews it.
  • Every cup has a layer of creama on top without adding any milk or cream.
  • They also have a variety of capsules so the variety of drinks it can make are endless.
  • The Aeroccino is a milk frother. With these items together, you’ll never need Starbucks again.

What My Toddler Got For Christmas

My daughter is 2.5 years old, so we wanted to get her gifts that she can have fun with, but also learn from. In this post, I’ll share the items she got and why we love them for her.

I work from home full time right now due to the pandemic and am also taking care of my daughter full time at home due to lack of childcare because of the pandemic, so by the end of the day, I’m exhausted. If that sounds like you, you’re in for a treat because I was also sure to pick out a bunch of items that I can do with her while sitting on the couch. A win win for all.

The other great thing I did was create an Amazon wishlist (not sponsored) that I then shared with our family and friends and they were able to purchase the thing that resonated most with them that still fell into that learn and play category. And the other great thing is that this method didn’t take away from the surprise on Christmas day because we used the “don’t ruin my surprise” setting on the wishlist so items didn’t disappear from our view once they were purchased, but they did disappear from the list from the buyers view.

Now that you have all of that background info, let’s get into the actual items.

Gift Items My Toddler Received

JumpOff Jo Rocksteady Balance Stepping Stones

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Why I love them:

  • Plastic blocks that you line up however you’d like and hop from one stone to the next.
  • They help her practice balancing.
  • Can be played with inside or outside.
  • Can grow with her because as she gets older she can space them out farther and create more challenging obstacles courses.
  • I also love that they fit into each other so they can easily be stored, but also would be easy to transport if we wanted to take them to the park or a friends house for a play date when the world opens back up.

Riding The Santa Express

Despite everything happening in the world with the pandemic, we try hard to give our daughter a life worth living while still being safe. Luckily, at just two years old, she doesn’t really know what she’s missing. Anything we do, is new and exciting for her.

So we decided to take a trip on the Santa Express! The Wilmington and Western Railroad is a freight and heritage railroad in northern Delaware, operating over a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad branch line. These days, its mostly use to bring joy to children around the holidays.

They have two different events for the Christmas Holiday: The Santa Express and the Holiday Lights Express. Since we didn’t know if we would get to see Santa on any other occasion, we decided to go with the Santa Express where the Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board. Santa also gives all children on board a chocolate treat.

But I know that the Holiday Lights Express would have been just as much fun since you ride the train at night while it’s decked out in Christmas lights.

While the ticket price is not exactly cheap at $21 for adults and $19 for children over two, with such limited options, we were happy to find an activity that was low risk and close to home.

To see a full overview of our day, watch our YouTube video below.

Wash, Moisturize & Style | Toddler Curly Hair Routine

In this video, I share how I wash, moisturize and style my toddler’s curly natural hair. My daughter is 2 years old and doesn’t sit still, so I’m sharing how I get the job done and all my tips and tricks. Read more for product links.


✖️Don’t Forget to Hit the Bell✖️

Product Links:

Cantu Care for Kids Leave-In Conditioner, 10 oz:

Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler,

6 Fl Oz:

Shampoo Shower Bathing Protection Bath Cap Soft Adjustable Visor:

Cantu Grapeseed Styling Gel:


How to Fight Dandruff & Seborrheic Dermatitis Without Damaging Natural Hair

Mastering a natural hair routine can be tricky enough. Throw in a scalp condition, like seborrheic dermatitis, and finding the perfect wash day routine becomes almost impossible.

Lucky for me, brands like Head & Shoulders work to make products that are tough on dandruff, yet gentle on hair. And even luckier for me, I got the opportunity to test out and review the Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Clinical Solutions Itch Relief Dandruff Shampoo and Leave-On Dandruff Treatment.

shampooThe Shampoo

This product aims to target and keep away stubborn scalp issues for up to 7 days while moisturizing and leaving hair soft and manageable.

  • Selenium Sulfide formula helps to protect hair for 7 days
  • Promotes a gentle & soft lather
  • Helps to prevent dandruff
  • Helps to provide clean, soft, and fresh smelling hair


The Leave-On TreatmentLeave-on treatment

This product aims to target and keep away stubborn scalp issues for 24 hours when used daily. It fights flakes, itch, and irritation while leaving hair manageable, smelling fresh, and feeling clean.

  • Zinc pyrithione promotes a healthy scalp
  • Provides 24-hour itchy scalp protection
  • Promotes manageable, fresh, and clean hair

My Results

The shampoo left my hair feeling (more…)

Easy & Affordable Everyday Makeup for Black Women with Oily Skin

I have very oily skin. Because of that I get lots of blackheads and breakouts which leads to dark marks. For my everyday makeup, I like looks that cover up those dark marks, keeps me matte, and looks as natural as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love an over the top makeup look as much as the next girl, but for everyday, I try to keep it simple.

I also try to keep it affordable. 99.9% of the makeup I own is from the drugstore. I want makeup that works, but I’m not trying to break the bank to get it. If any of this sounds like you too, keep reading for my tips, tricks, and products that I turn to on a daily basis. (more…)

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfolliant Review & Giveaway!

I was fortunate enough to receive the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfolliant free from the company to test out. Overall I really enjoy using the product. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid claims to works on all skin types and:

  • Rapidly exfoliates the skin’s surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate
  • Reduces redness and irritation thanks to green tea extract
  • Dramatically improves skin’s texture for radiant, even-toned skin
  • Is clinically proven to hydrate, brighten and reduce fine lines
  • Stimulates collagen production for smoother, firmer skin
  • Is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, with no added dyes or irritants
  • Is never tested on animals


February Natural Hair & Beauty Favorites

I’ve been loving quite a few things that I’ve discovered (or re-discovered) this past February. From beauty products, to new found Youtubers, keep reading for a list of all my February Favorites & why I love them…

Colour Pop Review & Swatches for Brown Skin Girls

I love lipsticks, especially lipsticks that are matte and lipsticks that last all day. ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid lipsticks do just that. Their super matte formula glides on like water and lasts all day. Plus, these amazing lip products are just $6!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a lipstick lovers best friend. The only problem with these lipsticks (if you even want to call it a problem) is that they look different on every skin tone. Due to the high opaqueness of the product, one color can look like a completely different color on a different skin color.

To help out my fellow brown skin lipstick lovers, I have a few pictures below of me wearing LAX, Be-Dazzled, Limbo, Guess, Chi, More Better, and Kapow….

Easy and Affordable Save The Date Cards

Our wedding is officially a little less than 9 months away, so my fiance and I are now in the full swing of wedding planning. We’ve already booked our venue, selected our bridal party, and I’ve already found my dream dress. Since many of our wedding guest will be traveling from out of state, we decided it would be a good idea to send out our Save the Dates  a little earlier than the usual recommendation, six month before the wedding.

I can easily get stressed out with the details of wedding planning, so it’s very important to me that I do things in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Here’s what we did: