Friday, March 2, 2012

tangles are "knot" funny! get the knots out with knot genie

When my daughter's straight baby hair started to turn into corkscrew curls, I panicked! How was I supposed to know how to work with that? I envisioned hours of my life being lost to time in front of the mirror frantically trying to brush out split ends, tangles and knots.

Fortunately, it hasn't been that bad. Now, at age 4, she dreads any oncoming brush but a few minutes of TV time during detangling plus the right tools will cure that. I always use a good detangling spray (more on that to come) and a good brush. That's why I was excited to try Knot Genie, the detangling brush like no other.

The Knot Genie detangling Brush was created for every mom that has endured foot stamping and screaming matches that come with brushing their child’s hair. With Knot Genie, curly, knotted hair slips through unique bristle configuration which boasts teeth that come in varying lengths. You won’t harm the cuticle and your child’s hair will end up looking smooth, silky and shiny.

I just comb through hair after a bath when it's a bit damp, and let it dry. It sometimes takes a couple of strokes to smooth out the knots at the ends but overall it's a great design and a welcome beauty tool. I especially love the cloud-shaped top that fits nicely in the palm of my hand, making the brushing process quicker and more gentle.

For info, go to, or to order, go to Or tweet about this post @kidandcab by Friday, March 9th at 4p.m. and you could win one for yourself.

Monday, February 27, 2012

show your love of family...with melvin jewelry

Most moms would agree...when you've got kids, you want to flaunt them. The famous multi-colored Aaron Basha baby shoe charm collection and the designer discs displayed on chains with each child's initial, are just a few of the "Mommy" status symbols you see around women's necks and wrists at the local playground or on the mat next to you at Gymboree.

While I love the concept, I always found myself looking for something different to display my affection for my mini me's.

So I was thrilled when I walked into the Ora showroom, set in the heart of NYC's fashion district, and found the Melvin jewelry collection, a variety of eclectic bracelets, cuffs, earrings, necklaces and rings with definite tribal and exotic influences.

Amidst these amazing works, I fell in love with the Charm Necklaces and Bracelets in the Out of Africa collection, designed to really get their messages across. Inspirational words like "bravery", "good fortune," and "health" were inscribed on the back of the crystal studded charms to interpret the symbols featured on the front. These symbols are used to tell the stories within African Mudcloth.

My favorites were the "Love of Family" charms, available on stacked gold or silver chains, which echoed my sentiments exactly, and even boasted four crystals which could easily represent the four members of my family--myself, my husband, my son and my daughter. I would be proud to wear them anywhere.

For more info about the Out of Africa collection or to shop for Melvin Jewelry, go to