The Importance of Being Reese: December 2016

Teaching My Daughter to Love Her Hair

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This post is sponsored by Dove™  however, all thoughts, opinions, photos and life stories are 100% mine. I hope you'll take the time to read this post and teach your daughters to #LoveYourHair.

 Growing up, my hair was  always a big issue. As a kid, I had incredibly long and frizzy hair, and kids are mean. So my hair painted a target on my back and gave them some serious ammunition. I was teased relentlessly, and unfortunately I grew to hate my "frizzy hair." So, after much begging and pleading, I finally convinced my mother to relax my hair.

Big mistake.

After years of harmful relaxers, my hair lost it's strength and begin to break off. Almost overnight my hair went from healthy and gorgeous, to incredibly unhealthy. And in a way I was right back where I started before, hating my hair, which ultimately affected my self-confidence.

What a vicious cycle.

White Chocolate Christmas Oreo's



Now that I'm finally on the mend, I'm back in the kitchen and prepping for Christmas parties. I've had this festive holiday dessert idea swirling around in my head for a while, and yesterday I finally had the opportunity to put it to the test.

Of all the recipe ideas I've had in the last year or so (and believe me, they have been plentiful) this was one of my favorites. Not only do they look beautiful, but they taste amazing. After all, what's not to like, white chocolate and Oreo's? Yes please.

Frugal and Fabulous: Family Dollar Fabulous Recap

Family Dollar Fabulous Charlotte

A/N: The #FDFabulous event was sponsored and hosted by Family Dollar, Cantu and Body Fantasies. However all thoughts and opinions about the products and brands are completely mine. Enjoy!

Question of the Day: What do you get when you let loose 5 GORGEOUS natralistas in the city of Charlotte? 

Answer: A fabulously good time.

If you keep up with me via Twitter or Instagram, by now you probably know that last week me and 4 other local bloggers took a whirlwind tour around The Queen City to learn more about the art of keeping yourself looking and feeling good for less. The event was hosted by Family Dollar, and it was truly a fabulous event. But more importantly, it was incredibly informative and empowering.


2016 Tech Savvy Holiday Gift Guide

This gift guide was created with the tech savvy family in mind. Check out these tech gift ideas for everyone in the family.



  A/N: I received several items to review for this gift guide, however, most of the items listed were thoroughly researched in order to provide an accurate overview of the products listed below. All thoughts and opinion concerning the specs and ratings are my own. 

Let's face it, we live in a tech savvy society. Trying to avoid technology would be like trying to avoid political commercials during an elections-- futile and ineffective. Technology has drastically improved our way of life, allowing families who are separated for the holidays to bridge the divide. It allows teachers to interact with children and their parents with a few simple clicks of the buttons. It brings together communities and families. Ultimately, it allows our society to flourish.

In honor of the Age of Tech, this year I'm dedicating my Holiday Gift Guide to the Tech Savvy family. Below, you'll find some of my favorite Tech solutions for every member of the family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping my friends!


FOR THE FAMILY
FOR HIM
FOR HER
FOR THE KIDDOS
FOR THE TEENS


Holiday Travel with Ooma







A/N: This post is sponsored by Ooma, however, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

Let Ooma keep you home safe while you're away this Holiday season.

Holiday road trips have gotten significantly more difficult with a 5 year old and overly anxious puppy in tow.  There's so much to pack, so much to cook and a nearly endless list of things to remember.

A few years ago Little J and I caught a flight during the Christmas rush. To say it was a complete nightmare would be the understatement of the year. Flying solo with a toddler not for the faint of heart. Flying solo with a toddler during the holidays is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Andes Coquito



I dream about Coquito all year long. I am one of those eggnog obsessed folks, so it should come as no surprise that I also love Coquito. Often referred to as the Puerto Rican Eggnog, Conquito is a perfect blend of rich coconut, vanilla and cinnamon, all blended into one delightful frothy drink. As soon as a slight chill hits the air, I start stocking up on the ingredients. I do no kid.

During the holidays, our perpetually warm weather in North Carolina can make it difficult to get into the mood. Enter Coquito. It's Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all wrapped in one.