SmocksnBondsBoutique Giveaway Winner!!

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The winner of an item* on SmocksandBondBoutique is …

@naturallychar

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*excludes smocked items.

Congrats lady! To claim your prize, shoot your full name and mailing address to me at hairscapades@gmail.com within the next 5 days!!

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Wyntr’s Hair Regimen 

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IMG_2550 Yes! The first Wyntr’s Hairscapades post has arrived!! LOL!! A few of you have been asking about baby girl’s hair regimen. So, while she naps, here it is and mini reviews of a couple products. Generally speaking, I only wash Wyntr’s hair once a week. We did have a bout of scaley build-up a month or so ago though, and then I washed her hair 2-3x in the week to handle it. The build-up came from using Honest baby oil and the leave-in conditioner, I believe. I have since eliminated those from her hair care. IMG_2520 WYNTR’S REGIMEN Weekly:

  • Pre-poo with about a dime-size amount of virgin coconut oil (VCO) a few minutes to a day prior to washing (whenever I get around to doing it!).
  • At bath time, dampen hair with water and brush scalp in a circular motion with Bean-b-Clean Cradle Cap Brush. MINI-REVIEW: This brush is like my shampoo brush that I love, but with very soft, flexible, and closely packed bristles. It really helped clear up the scaley, oily, build-up of dry skin on Wynn’s scalp. It wasn’t cradle cap, but think that might have developed if I hadn’t jumped on the issue when I did. This brush is specifically made to treat and prevent cradle cap, so I use it every wash.
  • Rinse hair with lukewarm water.
  • Apply and lather Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo w/Frankincense & Myrrh. MINI-REVIEW: Man, that’s a mouthful, even for SM!! Whew!! Anywho, this was a gifted product and I love it! We use it as both her body wash and shampoo. It smells great, lathers and cleans well, but not too much, is gentle to baby girl’s skin and hair (non-drying), and doesn’t sting her eyes.
  • Brush hair/scalp again in a circular motion with Bean Clean brush.
  • Rinse shampoo with lukewarm water.
  • Apply a small amount of VCO to damp hair.

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  • Spritz hair with water.
  • Apply a small amount of VCO with fingers.

IMG_2539 And that’s it for this little natural’s ‘do! (p.s. You know that she woke up from her nap, right? LOL!)

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What regimen have you found work’s best for your mini’s ‘do?

SmocksnBondsBoutique Instagram Giveaway!

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And so it begins … A few weeks ago, I came across this Instagram account, smocksnbondsboutique with the cutest little baby rompers! I fell in love with a couple of the ruffle booty variety ensembles, so I reached out to the Etsy owner, Lauren, to see if she’d be interested in letting me review one of her rompers and doing a giveaway. Well imagine my pleasure when she was interested in both!!

Well, I received this adorable pink and blue elephant romper just in time for the NJ summer heat!

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The romper is so well-made!! The fabric is substantial, everything is double seamed, and it’s finished with a zig zag stitch! Lauren says, “I want that garment to last!” I was also very pleased that the bottom is closed with three zaps!! She knows about those diaper changes! As I wanted this romper to fit Wyntr the whole summer, I did ask for it to have a little room to grow, so the straps were a little long. But, I fixed that with a couple of safety pins in the back and by criss-crossing the straps. Then, we were good to go! All in all, I’m in LOVE with this romper and my pumpkin in it!! Seriously, who can resist a ruffled baby booty?!

NOW, what do you have to do for a chance to win an adorable piece of your choice (excluding smocked  items) from SmocksnBondsBoutique?

  1. Follow Hairscapades.com (blog) →→→→→→→→.
  2. Follow Hairscapades on Instagram.
  3. Follow smocksnbondsboutique on Instagram.
  4. Re-post the above picture and the related Instagram giveaway post (here) on your IG with #hairscapadesgiveaway and #smocksnbonds

All subscribers, old and new, are eligible!! Must have a public Instagram profile (at least long enough for the contest ;)).  Just make certain to Follow and Re-Post as instructed above!!

A winner will be randomly selected the week following the close of the giveaway!

The deadline for entry is Saturday, June 6th at 11:59 pm.

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*No purchase necessary. A winner will be selected at random the week following the close of the giveaway. In accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that Hairscapades.com may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws. Contest open to Continental U.S. residents only. One entry per person. Claiming of prizes requires an e-mail response to hairscapades@gmail.com from the winner within 5 days of being notified of winning. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.

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3 Months into Daddydom: More Things Learned & Observed

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So … it feels like a lot has happened since my last post. I’ve learned a few things in the past 3 months!

Shelli started back to work this week and my role as full time father got EXTRA real, but it felt really natural and I think I handled it well. Being kind of comfortable with the baby has me a little nervous, but then again, I’ve been doing this for 3 months already. I better have some idea of what I’m doing, right?

Well, anyway … I would like to start this with 2 special shout-outs.

Tameeka the Curl Whisperer of Jaded Tresses! At the baby shower, she gave us a bunch of baby wipes. And to my homie Gesthemane for making the baby wipe solution to keep me environmentally conscious! THANK YOU! I had no idea how many we would go through! It’s almost time to re-up!

Other things on my mind …

How can a baby look so cute when they yawn, but have breath that smells worse than spoiled milk! LAWD!

Don’t trust pacifiers.

THANK GOD for pacifiers!

You will know who your real friends are when they humorously respond to the emails and texts that you send in your state of sleep deprivation with serious information.

One should not try to do school work, such as writing papers or studying for a test, when you are on the tail end of the overnight shift when retention and punctuation are important.

You gotta know when and how to maximize the use of the dishwasher.

12 weeks is not 3 months … it’s 12 weeks … but … it’s 3 months too!

The rate of growth and development for a baby is mind blowing! Why were there clothes that she outgrew before she even got to put them on!?!

There is a MAJOR difference between Daddydom and Daddy Dom. When I say Daddydom, I mean fatherhood … not the Daddy Dominatrx kink stuff!

One should remember to take the burp cloth off of their shoulder when going out in public. I keep finding it on my shoulder when I am out and about.

Mixing formula is an art and a science. *hint: warm the water a little before you add the formula.

I still don’t have a nickname for Wyntr. Shelli calls her Pumpkin. Amongst other things, I still call her lil’ mama, peanut butter brown and lil’ doo-wop. I kinda like calling her by her middle name, Abrihet, but my favorite nickname for her is Stinky Booty!

I still don’t know what Wyntr is gonna call me. Right now, I am feeling “Poppy.”

Wyntr is road trip tested and ready to clock mileage! We recently traveled to Trenton, NJ where she saw my 100 year old maternal grandmother.

And then to Charlottesville, VA to see my 86 & 87 year young paternal grandparents (Virginia Granny and Pops).

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Then we dipped down to Virgilina, VA for the wedding of Shelli’s cousin, where she met up with the Gillis clan!

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Afterwards we went to the Bull City, Durham, NC, and saw my parents and a few of my friends.

(Sorry … all my peoples were in disbelief that I was father and were so in awe of Wyntr that we forgot to take pictures!)

And then to DC to holler at a few more of my friends.

Yeah, we kinda forgot to take pictures again!

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And then to Woodstown, NJ where Wyntr got to see Shelli’s other grandmother for the first time!

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And her play Aunt Peggy.

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And then HOME!

It was a great experience. No baby issues! And Wyntr had the chance to meet all 4 of her great-grandmother’s over the course of a week! That is 4 LIVING generations. Can everyone say GOOD GENES?! I love that we will show her pictures of the history of which she is a part.

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I am the baby whisperer/the closer.

The other day, I got Wyntr ready so that we could go out and I could do some shopping!

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And then she realized that we were not going to Buy Buy Baby and she went straight to sleep.

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The takeaway from the experience: Wyntr is like her mother. She doesn’t like grocery shopping. But Wyntr has only been out shopping with me once. I will make it a part of our routine and I will try to teach her to love it. Secondly, it took me a little work to figure out this Baby Bjorn thingy, but it’s great for going out and doing things when you need 2 hands.

AND YO … Why didn’t anyone warn me that I would gain post-partum weight?! And on that note, is anyone ready for a fitness challenge starting May 1?

And that’s about all I wanna say right now!

SHiNE

It’s Officially Spring and … SHELLI’S BIRTHDAY!

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It’s Spring and … SHELLI”S BIRTHDAY!!!

By Weusi

 

It’s officially spring time y’all … “cuff a snuggle buddy b’cus it’s cold outside” season is over! It’s time for LOVE! So come out of hibernation and thaw out. While you are at it please wish Shelli a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And in honor of my love and the first day of Spring I want to share a few of my favorite happy, feel good love songs with the Hairscapades community. These are in no particular order. Well except for the first one …

 

Love on Top by Beyonce (this is our song)

***this video is a homage to New Edition’s If It Isn’t Love

 

 

Never too Much by Luther Vandross

 

 

As by Stevie Wonder

“I’ll be loving you always … “

 

 

Only One by PJ Morton

“You’re the only one that I need … one that I need …”

*** This dude plays keys for Maroon 5 and is signed to Little Wayne’s label Young Money

Nakamarra by Hiatus Kaiyote

“I love you … Love you … “

 

 

Fortunate by Maxwell (I gotta throw in a slow jam!)

“I’m so glad you’re in my world …”

 ***interesting side note that makes me HATE that I LOVE this song … this was written by R. Kelly

So in Love by Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton

“I’m so in love with you … “

 

 

Rock with You by Michael Jackson

“you know that love survives … and we can rock forever … “

*click here for a rare live performance

 

 

A few song that made my list but they didn’t have videos …

Kissing You by K’Alyn

Run to the Sun by N.E.R.D.

Kiss Kiss Kiss by Ananda Project

I am an ex-DJ and can do this forever but i think that it would be more fun if you shared some of your favorite spring cleaning, good vibration tunes! Let’s celebrate the new season … and Shelli’s birthday! (All languages welcome!)

 

SHiNE

 

*** and look out for the eclipse tonight!

THANK YOU

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THANK YOU

BY Weusi

 

Last night, I was up late/early on the overnight shift with Wyntr. I was working on a project and thought to myself, “Self … You are really blessed! Life is GOOD right now”. Yes, things can always be better and because I’m an optimistic person and a hard worker there is no doubt in my spirit that things will get better. But right now … in this very moment I just wanted to take a break from working and say THANK YOU.

THANK YOU for your support on the grow out challenges, product reviews, comic book stuff, the fitness challenges, meet-ups, this new adventure of motherhood/family and everything in between.

You all are a part of a community that makes my wife happy, and you know the saying … HAPPY WIFE = HAPPY LIFE … so …

THANK YOU for continually being supportive of Shelli and Hairscapades.

 

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The Sci-5 is in the house ladies and gentlemen!!

The Sci-5 is in the house ladies and gentlemen!!

 

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and Shelli …

you’re the one I love …

 

that’s all … (drop microphone and walks away!)

Shine,

Weusi

 

*please excuse any typographical errors. Shelli didn’t proof this. I just wrote it and posted it