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#StyleItYourself Side French Braid

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Suave Professionals®

I’m always looking for quick and easy hairstyles I can do in under ten minutes. My daily routine, especially when the kids are home for the summer, is limited. I don’t want to fall in a rut of doing the same hairstyle over and over, so I like to try new things once in awhile. The catch is, it’s got to be a easy hairstyle (and beginner).

First, I use the Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. This is my daily go-to product and style when I don’t straighten my hair.

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The Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps create a loose, textured look with full bodied waves.

Once that dries, I can add a quick side french braid. This hairstyle is easy for beginners. Those of you that do different hairstyles on yourself probably have french braiding down pat, but there are many like me who need a little instruction.

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Figure out how big you want your braid and separate the hair from your part line down to your ear. I just wanted a small side braid to frame my face. In actuality, I chose this type of braid because it is the easiest to do on myself. If I can do it, you can do it!

From there, you take a small section by your part line and separate that into three equal parts, just like a regular braid.

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Start a normal braid for about three sections. Keep going with this traditional braid, but start to add in small sections of hair before crossing the section over to the center. I found that if I go a little faster and not worry too much about having the perfect amount of hair in each section, it is easier.

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I use a bobby pin to pin the braid by my ear and voila! My usual hairstyle with a little flair, but it literally takes no time at all.

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Be sure to use the Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo and Conditioner system which provides hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Review

I had the chance to travel to South Walton Beach (disclosure: expenses paid) to check out Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa. This was a little different than my previous travels for the blog because we were able to bring a child! This was such a great idea because I can always travel to different locations by myself and imagine bringing my family there, but it was so much easier to see how family-friendly the resort is with my son there experiencing it for himself.

So, my little man Colton and I were able to take a quick, much-needed vacation. This was the only time Colton has had a little one-on-one time since his siblings arrived. I know that alone time doing something fun is so important for each of the kids to have.

Hilton Sandestin Deluxe Junior Suite

We arrived on the beautiful Hilton grounds and checked into our Deluxe Junior Suite. It was spacious and featured a comfy king bed, sofa sleeper and bunk beds! These bunk beds were in their own little nook, which I think is a big plus. Many of the families I know have more than two kids, so it would be a great idea in the future for Hilton to add rooms with two sets of bunk beds rather than a sofa sleeper. The only drawback about the current sleeping situation is I know we would have some fighting over who gets to sleep in the bunk beds over the sofa sleeper next to mom and dad!

Hilton Sandestin Deluxe Junior Suite Bunk Bed

Hilton Sandestin Balcony View

Each Junior suite comes with a full or partial view of the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The water color and clarity and white sandy beaches is something that surprised me about Fort Walton. I’ve been to Florida before, but I definitely don’t remember the beaches being this bright and beautiful!

Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa is definitely a family-friendly resort. There were many families of all ages enjoying their vacation time when we were there.

I encourage you to take advantage of Hilton’s kid’s program: Kids Krew and Kids Night Out for kids aged 5-12. I can never fully relax on a family vacation and I bet you other moms know what I’m talking about. Kids Krew allows you to relax on the beach or have a nice date with the hubby.

Colton was a little nervous going by himself to Kids Krew at first, but he quickly warmed up and was having fun with the kids and counselors (I will go into more detail about Kids Krew in a future post).

Hilton Sandestin Beach View

One of three outdoor pools at Hilton Sandestin

Hilton Sandestin Indoor Pool

There are many lounge chairs surrounding the pools, on the decks overlooking the ocean and of course on the beach. When we had free time, Colton enjoyed splitting the day between swimming in the pool and playing on the beach. We didn’t have any room to bring any beach toys so luckily they have pool and beach toys available for purchase that were pretty reasonable.

With three kids (and one who eats as much as an adult), dining at a restaurant for three meals a day every day for vacation is not an option for us. Hilton Sandestin offers several different sit down dining options, but I can imagine our family dining mostly at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar and Grill, Picnix (offering grab-and-go snacks) as well as the coffee shop in the morning for a pastry or fruit. I recommend planning what you will do for meals ahead of time because the price of food for a family will add up quickly.

Hilton Sandestin Gym

For those of you like my husband, a gym on site is a must-have. My husband likes weights and machines and many hotel gyms only offer very basic workout equipment. Hilton Sandestin’s gym is one of the best I’ve seen and I can imagine he would be in here every morning.

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Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa is a family-friendly vacation destination with beaches that rival any tropical destination, but is only a short plane ride away for most. There’s an abundance of activities for both parents and and kids and the Kids Krew program lets mom and dad have a night out or a relaxing time on the beach by themselves.

I would love to bring my whole family back and experience a family vacation! Let me know if you decide to go to Hilton Sandestin or what your experience was like if you’ve ever been.

What’s Your #BeautyStory?

Thank you to Dove for sponsoring this post and inspiring little girls and women everywhere to love themselves and feel beautiful! Visit Dove at Sam’s Club and watch how four generations of women have used Dove to shape their family’s #BeautyStory and then share yours.

I usually don’t talk about my kids much on Busy Mommy because their lives and stories are theirs to share. I do feel it’s important to share that 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful and only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited). The added layer of growing up with parents and relatives who aren’t the same race as you can only add more insecurities. I recognize this and think it’s important to talk about.

I asked Priscilla if I could post this picture and she says “Sure, I look like Tiana!” This reminds me of a moment about a year ago when she put a headband on before school, looked in the mirror, nodded with approval and said “yep!” I hope she keeps this confidence, but I know the pressure to be beautiful only increases with age and those tween and teen years can be brutal.

Dove #BeautyStory

Dove’s Real Beauty campaigns have been a much needed boost to women and girls around the world. Featuring different shapes, sizes and colors is inspiring women to feel comfortable in their own skin. The recent Love Your Curls campaign that I wrote about was a campaign to inspire curly girls to love their hair.

This #BeautyStory campaign is to honor the women in your life who have shaped your beauty story and by passing on beauty traditions and life lessons to the next generation.

What beauty traditions and life lessons can I pass on to my daughter?

I hope that I can continue to inspire Priscilla to love herself and feel she is beautiful. I can learn how to properly care for her hair, surround her with toys, books and media that feature reflections of herself, but I know I have limitations beyond my control simply because I am a white mom raising a child of color. She needs other mentors, friends and role models that she can relate to on the level I can’t.

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.