My little boy started school yesterday! I was so nervous and anxious for weeks before the big event, and I’m happy to report that my worries were totally unfounded. He was nervous when we got to the school, and clung tightly to his daddy’s hand, but then he sat down at his desk–which just happened to be by his good friend–and started to play. His teacher is an old pro, and she had the wonderful idea to put little containers of playdoh at each desk. The kids immediately rushed to open the containers and begin playing. I had been worried that he’d be sad or might even cry when we left, but that wasn’t the case. We hung around for a short while, to make sure he was okay, and by the time we gave him his hugs and left, he was focusing so hard on playing that he basically ignored us! Not at all how I expected things to go, but so much better!!

And my little girl exceeded my expectations, too! She had expressed feelings of sadness that her older brother was going to school and she wasn’t. Well, yesterday when it was time to leave, she didn’t sob when we had to leave her brother; she was just slightly miffed that she didn’t get any playdoh!! By the time we’d left the building, she was okay, and for the rest of the day, she revelled in having Mommy’s and Daddy’s undivided attention. We went to the store and bought her some of her own playdoh, and she spent most of the day at the kitchen table in her underwear, playing with it:

We went and picked up my big boy after school, and he was one of the last ones out of the building. He was the only one not bursting with enthusiasm. He was quietly happy and said he’d had a good day and wanted to go back tomorrow. His favorite part of the day was going down the slide at recess. The lucky kid gets three recesses!! I couldn’t get much more out of him, but he said he didn’t have a least favorite part of the day. He seems pretty serious about this whole school thing. I think he’ll be a quiet, serious student like I always was. I’m so proud of my big boy!!!

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My hair is very hard to care for. It’s definitely not straight, but it’s not curly enough that I can pull off those messy ponytails that actually look good. My ponytails just look…messy. I have a HUGE problem with frizz, which becomes about 100 times worse in the summer. And since I had kids, my hair has never been the same. Maybe that’s because I have a lot less time and money to spend on my hair than I did pre-kids. Either way, I’m thrilled that MomCentral offered me the chance to test out several Suave hair care products, and also some wonderful summer hair care tips from celebrity hairstylist Luke O’Connor!

I have long felt that the Suave Professionals hair care line is amazing! You can’t beat the price, and they perform every bit as well as their super-expensive counterparts. Even with great products, though, if you don’t know what you’re doing with your hair, it’s not going to look as good as it could. That’s why Suave has teamed up with Luke O’Connor to spread the word about their fantastic, affordable products, and a summer hair care regimen that works wonders!

I LOVE Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner! They claim to make hair five times smoother, and I have to agree wholeheartedly! After using these products and styling with Suave Professionals Extra Hold Mousse and Hairspray, my hair looked better than it had in years, and even though I used the blow-dryer, my hair was less frizzy than when I don’t use those products and let it dry naturally! After testing the Suave Professionals Hair Care line, I’m even more sold on Suave than I was before!

Help Your Hair Survive the Summer in Style with Tips & Tricks from Suave Celebrity Hairstylist Luke O’Connor:

Shine Through Summer

Chlorine from the pool can quickly turn hair dry and dull. Look for hair products specially-designed to infuse shine. Also, blow dry hair from roots to ends, making sure you do not ruffle your hair. By doing this, you’ll keep the cuticle of your hair lying flat, thus reflect more light, and producing more shine.

How to get the Shine: Suave Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated with silk amino acids to restore shine and luster to dull hair for bright, shimmering strands. Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide


Don’t Let Your Hair Fall when Temps Rise!

Hot summer weather and humidity can cause your hair to lose its shape. Apply a little mousse to damp hair to add body and help control your style. For added fullness, flip your head over and blow dry the roots. When you flip your head upright, your hair will be at maximum volume.

 How to get the Shape: Suave Professionals Extra Hold Mousse helps to lock in style for all-day hold and is great for hair that needs body and control. Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide


Hold That Look

Heat and humidity can be tough to battle, and here’s where the right hairspray comes to the rescue. To keep a soft, full, long lasting look, use an extra hold hairspray and keep the can 8-10 inches away from your head while spraying all over. This allows the fine mist of spray to penetrate the roots and hold the hair in place.

How to get the Hold: Suave Professionals Extra Hold Hairspray helps to lock in style for all-day hold and helps to control fly-aways. Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide


Make Summer Styling Smooth Sailing

Frizzies and fly-aways suddenly appear during the summer months with humidity at an all-time high. Achieving frizz-free hair starts in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to fight frizz. When blow drying hair, again be sure to blow dry from roots to ends to smooth the cuticle.

How to get rid of Frizz: Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner moisturizes and smoothes curly, frizzy or dry hair leaving it looking salon-smooth and healthy. Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide


Fight the Fade

Have color-treated hair? Lock in your color and keep hair healthy during the summer by protecting your hair with products designed to fight the elements, such as color-protecting shampoos, waterproof gels, and UV protectors.

How to fight the Fade: Suave Professionals Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner has a gentle formula that nourishes and defends hair against harsh environmental elements and helps protect color from fading. Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide




My son will be starting kindergarten in three weeks! Where has the time gone??!? It seems like just yesterday that I was coming home with a tiny baby boy, terrified and elated at the same time. My heart aches but also swells with pride when I think about how fast he has grown. It it common for mothers to be so torn between to extreme feelings? I dread his first day of school, but at the same time, I know how excited he is, and how much he will learn and grow through his school experiences, and I can’t help but be excited for him.

He had his first eye exam on Saturday, and found out that he has to get glasses. We chose to visit the Opthamologist at Wal-Mart, so I could keep Little Sis busy while Dadd went in the back room with Big Brother. When the exam was done, Little Sis and I went to meet “the boysies” as she calls them. My swet little boy was in tears, after hearing that he’d have to wear glasses! Such a sensitive soul!! We let him pick the coolest glasses available, and did our best to reassure him that he looked super hunky (which he did). I think he’s feeling better now.

Then, yesterday, after hanging on to his old car seat for so long, we convinced him to let us remove the straps so that he could use it as a booster seat. He actually cried! I guess it was too much growing up in two days! It was too much for me too. To make my heartache even more bittersweet, my not-so-little boy turns six on Wednesday!!!

Someday, we’ll get a scanner, and I can show off pics of what a beautiful baby he was. Here’s a photo of him two years ago (look at those chubby cheeks!):

Does every mother experience this intense mixture of happy and sad when her first baby goes off to school???