One Mom's journey to raise empowered mixed-race children

Silken Child and Beyond the Zone Noodle?

So here I go again. In search of an affordable hair product for BOTH of my daughters. The baby’s hair is now at it’s peak curl and both kids are needing product daily, so buying Mixed Chicks for two heads is becoming unaffordable. I love the product, but we’re looking a over $100 a month for hair!  Really?  That’s outrageous.  I mean, that could go to their college tuition, a nice vacation or even pay for all their extra curricular sports and camp fees this summer.  It’s just too much to spend.

I’ve done the usual, wasted money on some products that I thought would work, based on ingredients and my experience, but nothing is acceptable for the long term. Nutrogena deep conditioner is great, but does not detangle well. Christophe (a new line at CVS) has an excellent detangling shampoo, but the conditioner is hard to find and I’m thinking the line itself may not survive. Then there’s the L’oreal Sulfate Free line, which is ok, but getting as pricey as Mixed Chicks and Mixed Chicks is way, way better. So, where does that leave me?

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On shampoos, I’m set.  Between Cristophe, Mane n Tail and Creme of Nature, I think we’re covered.  All three are great detangling shampoos and do not over dry.  We only wash 1 to 2 times per week, so these products also last a long, long time. But it’s not the shampoo that’s the problem, it’s the detangling conditioners (during our non wash days) and the leave ins.  I just can’t find anything that compares with Mixed Chicks.

Here are the two I’m thinking of trying next:

Silken Child and Beyond the Zone Noodle. They are both easy to get since Sally’s carries them and they are both affordable. The thing is, are either of them worth it?


By the way, my 8yr old is a 3c/4a and I’d say the baby is more a 3a/b. They both have a lot of hair, with 8yr old having super thick and baby being thinner.  Both are super active and both get their hair trimmed every three months.

HELP! I am seriously all ears!

A Book for Everyone's Shelf!

One by Kathryn Otoshi
This book is a must have in all households and all classrooms. Lately, there has been so much talk about bullying and how to stop it, how to defend against it. Well, Otoshi nailed it. Check out this great book:

by Kathryn Otoshi

Editorial Review and Description:

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Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

MY REVIEW:  This book is marketed as a toddler and preK book, but honestly, it’s perfect for elementary and tweenies as well. My two year old totally understands that red is being mean and hurtful to blue and the other colors; and my 8 year old completely gets the full effect and consequence of the bullying, as well as the power of “1”.

Teaching us to take a stand and showing us the power we have when we stand together, that is what “One” is mostly about. But beyond these great lessons, it also shows us, even bad people can change. This I liked. A lot!

A very complex topic, in a simple and enjoyable book. Excellent for little and big people alike. Definitely a favorite.