Suave Family VoxBox Review

Suave Family Care Set
My friends at Influenster were kind enough to send me the Suave Family VoxBox, loaded with full sizes of Suave products to try. I wasn't familiar with Suave's line of products, but it was nice to get generous samples for the whole family to test so that everyone can feel included!

The first product I tried was the Milk and Honey Splash Body Wash. It has nice scent, reminiscent to Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar. It had a nice lather, rinsed clean and had no residue. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't dry out or irritate my sensitive skin. And quiet as kept, my husband used it and really liked it as well!

The next item we tried was the Suave Kids 3-in-1. This is a shampoo, conditioner and body wash with a raspberry scent. This is a great product that simplifies bath time for your kids, and my boys need simplicity! Above is a before/after picture of Lil Dude. We washed his hair with this tear free product, and then he used  it to wash himself. I noticed his hair looked shinier and moisturized, and he loved the scent. We both give this 3-in-1 a thumbs up!


A Page From My Book: Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all over social media, traditional media and retail outlets we are being bombarded with all pink everything to support the cause. I haven't been personally affected by breast cancer, no family history or anything like that, but I do have a story to share.

I'm a pretty healthy person. I believe in preventative care, and I have a physical and full blood work done every year. So far I haven't had any serious illnesses, or had any other concerns, so I kinda take my excellent health for granted.

Over the summer, about a month before my birthday, I went in for my well woman exam. My doctor recommended that I get a mammogram. "But I'm not 40!" I screamed. She laughed and explained that she'd like to get a baseline test well before I turned 40, so that any changes in my breasts could be immediately identified when I do start getting regular mammograms *cough* in four years.


Happy Birthday Daddy

It hasn't been quite a year since we lost you, but I feel like you aren't that far away. Everyday I can hear your laugh and your voice. Sometimes it's an inside joke, sometimes you are laughing at my "rockheaded boys", and often it's a song you used to sing to me. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself as I'm rushing out the door in one of your old caps or Lakers T-shirts and I give you a wink or blow you a kiss.

I miss you terribly, but lately my tears have been replaced with smiles as I get past the pain and focus more on the good memories of you. Father's Day was a very difficult holiday, and today is really hard too. My superstitious Dad, born on the 13th... I still won't split a pole because of you!

Lil Dude and I will sing Happy Birthday to you today, and I will still "call" you on my morning drive. I'll check up on the Ol' Lady for you, and I'll debate my brother over why USC football is better than Florida (No Aaron Hernandez, LOL!) for you. And we'll wonder about how much mischief you'll cause up there (Just don't get double punched, okay?).

Happy Birthday Daddy! Here's your favorite girl singing a little song for you. I love you!


My Thoughts on the Paula Deen Fiasco

Paula Deen Sorry Not Sorry
Let me be upfront and state that I was never a Paula Deen fan. Yes, that silver haired lady was full of Southern sass, but I could never get with her cooking. Of the handful of times I watched her shows on Food Network, all the recipes started with a base of a pound of butter or a vat of mayo, and I hate mayo.

I remember when I read the lawsuit filed against Deen a year or so ago. I thought it was the most outlandish thing I'd ever read regarding workplace lawsuits. Surely a lady like Paula Deen would not condone her brother's actions in a restaurant that she co-owns. I figured that the lawsuit would eventually get dismissed and go away. It didn't. Read the initial filing here.

Last month, Paula gave her deposition and it was leaked, which has caused the fire storm in the news for the last week. Here's what I want to know: Who the hell are her lawyers and PR people? How did they allow this to happen? When they prepped her for the deposition, did they not know how she was going to answer?


There's No Common Sense in Love & Hip-Hop

I just finished watching the episode of Love & Hip Hop ATL, and man! It's one of those shows that prove common sense ain't that common. Sometimes I watch this show and think either this is the best urban soap opera, or the "characters" don't have real friends. Here are some of the things I discussed with my Twitter friends last night:

Rasheeda and Kirk LHHATL
  • If you don't want kids, get a vasectomy. Kirk is really bugging out at Rasheeda's unexpected pregnancy and he's really being an ass. I understand that timing and finances are major factors when bringing a child into this world. But let's be real here, if Kirk really didn't want anymore kids, he would've gotten a vasectomy. Instead of being responsible for himself, he's putting unnecessary stress on Rasheeda and showing his true character. It seems like he is completely checked out of the marriage, which is unfortunate.
DJ Traci and Drew LHHATL
  • You Can't Buy Love. DJ Traci gave her baby's daddy Drew money to open a store. However, she wants to use her investment to control who is around Drew and have an excuse to be in his life. I know Drew dangled the "I'm doing this for our family" carrot in front of Traci in order to get the money, and he was wrong for that. But what Traci doesn't seem to grasp is that if Drew wants to use his resources to chase fast women, no amount of money you give him is going to stop that. Leave him be and focus on you.
  • Never, ever do business without a signed contract. If I hand someone a check, I need a document that spells out everyone's expectations and gives me recourse on my money. Now Traci doesn't have her man, and her pockets are $25,000 lighter with nothing to show for it.


I Tried to Make a YouTube Video But...

Conventional Culture on YouTube

I am my own worst critic!

Yesterday I tweeted that I shot my first YouTube video and I'm kind of addicted. It's a different medium for me, but it's a way to express myself in a way that doesn't necessarily come across in the blog. I'm an Influenster member, and I got my new VoxBox yesterday. Influenster encourages it's members to do an unboxing video. I had my new camera out to take pictures of the box, so I decided to shoot a video.

It was cute and fun, but I wasn't on camera. When I watch people on YT do product reviews or hauls, I like to see the person that's talking. So I decided to shoot another video, this time with me on camera. I probably watched that video 10 times taking notes on what I didn't like and what I can improve upon. I haven't posted the video (and probably won't) because I see that I have a lot to learn about vlogging. Here's what I learned by watching my worst first video:


Life: Fear and Agony

Oprah and Dr. Phil
Photo via Oprah.com
I watched Oprah's Lifeclass featuring Dr. Phil last night. The subject was how to be a star in your own life. Now, based off of some of the things I blog or tweet about, I have probably given you the impression that I am a star in my own mind. Sometimes that can't be further than the truth.

After the show, I went on Oprah's website and looked at some of the exercises that were provided in order to focus in on your goals. To be completely honest, I have been feeling kind of lost and without a compass for a couple of weeks. So I was looking for something to provoke me in thought and kind of guide me into the right frame of mind. Of course Mother Oprah and her sidekick Dr. Phil would list some questions that gave me a nice little gut check. Click here to see them.


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