Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Rides galore, 
are you listening?
It's time for fun,
It'll be so thrilling!!
By Ranny Williams
December twenty one
Adventures in Jamaican wonderland

Have a try! sing that to the tune of Winter Wonderland and see just how exciting it sounds AND will be. Ladies and gentlemen, school's just about out and with the Christmas season on us, many are trying to find the perfect family space to have fun this holiday.. I present Wonderland!!

Make no mistake, the name is not just that-it reflects exactly what you can expect when you enter the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

From rides galore, Games, costumed performers, Prizes and Surprises, consider this our Jamaican World of Wonder. Also throw in a Santa Village with a photo booth for the kids, an adult lounge for mommies and daddies complete with games and the Jencare Mobile Spa!-Talk about all inclusive!!

Yet it gets even better,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sponsor a girl this Christmas: Child Empowerment Camp

Every Christmas, we are filled with thoughts of warmth, happiness and the importance of the gift of giving. This Christmas, how about giving to a young girl who can TRULY benefit from self esteem development and
several other life skills?
Through the Just for girls Christmas camp you can do just that by sponsoring a girl aged 6-10 years for a mere J $5, 750. 

The Just for Girls camp is a 7-day leadership & empowerment programme which runs December 16-24 and provides a safe environment for young girls to discover their strength. The organizers are dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge, confidence and courage they need to consistently make informed life-choices from a place of self-knowledge, self-respect and strength. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Take care of the woman within!! The Girlfriendz Way

Ladies enjoy themselves at a previous staging of Girlfriendz-Ladies night at Acropolis lounge in Kingston, Jamaica

When was the last time you truly did something FOR YOU?! Often as women, mothers, aunts, sisters, , girlfriends, wives, we are so busy nurturing and taking care of everyone else, we forget to tend to the very core of what defines us.

We spend so much time on household chores, work chores, baby care, hubster care, planning, implementing, revising and perfecting and then at the end of the day we slump in a pile, too tired to even think. Well wake on up my darlings!!! This one here is for you!! presenting THE Girlfriendz Expo! Ultimate Girls Night Out  on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, 2013!!

And before you forget just what a power house you are, creator of the Girlfriendz Expo, Shelly Ann Weeks (Dr. Sexy) reminds us why women NEED an expo such as this...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lifestyle in a box: The Sugarplum box

"Ooh yes", "I love this", "lovely", "smells so good", "Oh gosh I've been wanting this for a bit" "Cant wait to use it"

 Those were some of my many outbursts as I excitedly ripped through the contents of my Sugar Plum Box and my outbursts were warranted as this one little box seemed to be packed with so many goodies for a healthy, hearty and happy lifestyle-hence lifestyle in a box :-)

Just around my birthday on November 11, I received a box from Hair Honey- An online store in Jamaica that sources and sells all things hair and beauty related. The branding on the cover said Sugar Plum Box and immediately brought thoughts of sugar, spice and everything nice. I figured, why not, its my birthday after all :-)

While I wanted to get digging in, I decided to throw some support for this Jamaican entrepreneur and share the contents of my gift pack with you my Jamaican mamacitas via an unboxing video, especially as a small peek revealed several products I just think women will generally love and moreso some locally made products which makes for a very balanced box in my estimation.

But whatever is a Sugar Plum Box?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Parents Month 2013: Here's how you can Celebrate

We know Parenting is a lifelong committment and the greatest reward is having children who have benefitted from having a loving, caring environment with appropriate guidance to help them thrive. yet ever so often, everyone else outside of our parenting bubble pauses long enough to recognize the challenges, triumphs and versatility that comes with parenting :). so hooray mamas (and daddies) we get an entire month dedicated to us-mind you never in isolation as it is always with the aim to make us better parents to our kids.

Indeed Over the years, November has been observed as National Parent Month and as yet another Parenting month rolls in, Jamaica will have several commemorative, participatory and fun activities to celebrate and drive awareness around parenting related issues. There are just way too many to choose from, so keep listening out for these, pick one, two or more than a few and have some fun while enhancing your Parenting skills..So let's go:

1. Jamaica now has a National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC)and through this newly formed entity there will be a series of events at both the school and regional levels under the theme: ‘Transforming Families Through: Communication Awareness Resources and Education’ (CARE).

The series of activities began on Sunday, November 3, with the National Church Service at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Andrew. The flag ship event will be a National Parenting Village on November 9 at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew.

(See Flier below) and best of all Admission is FREE

For More on the NPSC activities for Parent Month see Jamaicans Urged to Support Parent Month Activities

and a beautiful summary in video ( which sounds very exciting)

2. Heroes for Children Toy Drive: See flier below and get all the details you need via the National Centre for Youth Development's page

Do you know of any Parent Month celebrations/Observations/Awareness initiatives? Be sure to drop us a comment below or email us at and we'll add it to our list.

Happy Parent Month my mamamcitas!!


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Custom on It:Personalizing Products for Small Businesses on a Budget

We're approaching gift season!!! and as the festivity rolls in, there is a cool new way to offer each of your loved ones, clients and customers personalized gifts and yearlong promotional options while supporting your fundraising initiatives- meet the solution Custom On it!!

Custom On It —formerly ST Bands--is a growing company that was founded in late 2007 during a freezing winter in Michigan by co-founders Adam Topping and Paul Serra. While the original idea was for ST Bands was to help musicians and small businesses have a go to company when it came to customizing head and wrist sweatbands; a spontaneous location move to Las Vegas allowed the business to grow more rapidly. In more recent months, and by recent we mean July of 2013, Custom On It has expanded exponentially by offering hundreds of new products that are great for all businesses. High quality custom products are what they strive to provide while keeping consumers happy throughout the entire process. Along with their recent expansion in products provided, Custom On It also now offers an exclusive blog they mindfully name Industry Insider. Industry Insider is a blog aimed to help give businesses the inside scoop, suggestions, tips, and tricks for what products and services may better work for their industry. Custom products are a great way to raise money; be it schools, clubs, or awareness organizations.

 With fundraising you have to come up with the perfect product to both easily show what you are trying to raise funds for as well as a product that is low cost. These products make it easier for schools and children to fundraise. Fundraising with personalized products will stop the age old, and might we mention dangerous, door to door cookie or Christmas paper wrap selling. Fundraisers and organizations can be set up in school and sold to parents, friends, and family easily and conveniently. One product – one price; you can make double even triple the money back with low cost products like silicone wristbands, wrist sweatbands, and many more products. If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner you know that budgeting is highly important.
One of several customizable products carried by Custom On it

Another customizable product from Custom On It

Your profits will go every which way to ensure that you are covering all your expenses evenly while obviously making a profit. That’s what a business is about after all right? Creating excellent product and services, maintaining great prices, and of course making some profit is always the ideal outcome. Creating brand recognition and trust is important when it comes to building trust for your company.

Personalizing products for your business with your brand name as well as your information and website is said to be one of the more inexpensive, yet effective, forms of marketing.
 Why? Products branded for your business makes it easy to reach out to customers by giving them your information and creating an impression that will hopefully be lasting—and by far better than a plain old business card. What’s the more wonderful part of customizing a product to use as a business card or giveaway for your business? The possibilities for the number of products you can customize are endless—and what’s greater about it is that you can also choose to use more seasonal or business specific custom products. What’s better than being able to use your creativity to choose a great product?

Be sure to check out Custom at it via their website
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

JamaicanMommies goes High Tea for Charity: Here's why you should too!!!

Want to do something excitingly different for charity? Who's up for playing her part by being a Queen of Hearts?!!
If you've ever wanted to be all dolled up while giving back to charity, this is it!!!
Several times we bemoan that we just don't give back enough or we don't know about the right avenues to do so, but here's a fabulous and fashionable way that is bound to make you feel great on the inside and out.

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Dress for Success Jamaica will host its Queen of Hearts Tea party under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency, The Most Honourable Lady Allen. With all the associative Victorian-esque images that tea parties bring, in Jamaica, everything takes on our very own Jamaican twist-so I present to you an ultra chic forum with fabulously dressed ladies, smartly dressed men wearing varied shades of red and enjoying polite conversation, fabulous fare, entertainment and the fulfillment of knowing you are giving back to very worthy cause. There's also the added bonus of networking with some of Jamaica's most powerful and inspiring men and women and having the chance to take home beautiful gems from the silent auction.

The cause in question is one which we at Jamaican Mommies hold near and dear. A few years ago, Dressed for Success Jamaica burst on the scene providing inspiration and motivation for disadvantaged women who were on a path to financial independence. Through its career driven initiatives, this charitable entity was able to offer:
  • Workshops on preparing for the job interview
  • Provision of an interview-appropriate attire for the first interview and once the client lands the job, a week's worth of work attire.
  • Group consultations with a professional stylist and Image Consultant
  • Mentorship
  • Counselling for personal and career development
All with the aim of 

promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

The very positive and inspiring outcome has repeatedly been women who have been transitioned towards self-sufficiency; addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence.

In continuing its service to humanity, Dress for success Jamaica is on a mission to raise well needed funds to continue its many empowering initiatives and you; yoU and YOU my dear friends can truly play a part.

How is this for quality entertainment paired with a charitable deed?!!

So mark your calendars,  get those glamorous outfits out, come prepared to experience something different (if this is your first tea party) and know that the greater reward is helping women who are truly in need.

For tickets, please contact: 472-4600

And if you are still not excited enough yet, here's a peek from Last year's event 

For tickets, please contact: 472-4600

and Just in case you want Red Queen Chic style ideas, check out these suggestions courtesy of The Mr. Image.. We'll add some options for the gents in short order :-)

What to Wear to the Queen of Hearts High Tea

For tickets, please contact: 472-4600

Will I see you there?!  let me know!!... I'll be the lady in red...with the welcoming smile :-)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Babysitting Hey Fran Hey:Candlelight Yoga & Digi 5k Night Run

How's that for a JamaicanMommies appropriate title? lol We sure got your attention right? Well do read on!!

A few days ago we blogged about all the excitement at getting a chance to meet Francheska of Hey Fran Hey and thanks to our friends at PRANA Lifestyle  the reality was dreamier than the thought.

CandleLight YogaFor starters on Friday night, we hopped on over to Grosvenor Galleries for Candlelight Yoga. I got there a little late and was hesitant about joining as the session seemed to be in full swing, but my sister who came along with me was so excited about what she saw and so we both gave in. I'm so glad I did as it was just about perfect- very cool winds coming from the hills, night animal sounds, fragrant candles all around, yoga-tistic music and the soothing voice of our yoga instructor, Vitra Gopee of the Jamaica Yoga Association (JAYA).. I doubt my body has been stretched this much for a bit but once I got over the initial 'stiffness'I thoroughly enjoyed it especially once we cooled down and got in 'free your mind, free your body mode- perfect peace I tell ya.

After the experience I am now a firm believer in Yoga for mamas.. I swear it de-stresses and clears the mind in a way that is indescribable.

Vitra Gopee of Jamaica Yoga Association leads the hour long Yoga session
(Image via Itality Wellness Media)

Then adding more holistic fuel was Shakti/Starfish Oils boss, Sharon Feanny sharing more about her fitness journey-truly touching stories of moving from a place of desolation to finding true inner peace, fuelled by one's passion.  The mama in me was particularly touched when she spoke of challenges linked to raising 3 young children while operating a business and while her hubster had to be away from the family. In the end, she made a very family oriented decision.

And then!! the highlight of the night, lady Franchesca Medina, NYC based Lifestyle Blogger of Hey Fran Hey fame came to give her motivational talk and that she did in such cutesy, girl next door, let's just reason together kinda fashion. I really loved how she made it all sound like we were just a group of gal pals reasoning together about all things, healthy, hearty and happy.  I especially loved her DIY tips on how to take care of hair and body and then her inspiring story about how she made a full natural and wholesome transition after being bedridden for months with a medical condition. In a phrase, Fran is certainly a doll!!! and really made the Candlelight Yoga experience complete.

Jamaican Mommies Founder, Shanoy Coombs with 
Francheska of Hey Fran Hey
Now what of our Spurious Babysitting Fran title?

Digicel 5k Night Run
 On Saturday night, I hesitantly trekked to the Night Run. It was my first night run and I was tired. I just wanted to sleep in after a whirlwind week at work. But I knew our special guest would be joining the run and again I'm glad I pushed on.  

With little time to stretch and warm up, I was grateful I had done the Yoga session the night before as it made my body supple and ready.. I was in a good place. Several snaps later with my Hey Fran Hey branded naturalistas we were ready to rumble. 

Some of the members of the "Hey Fran Hey" Posse do team snap shots 
before the start of the race
The real highlight of the night however was getting to be a tour guide/running mate if you may for Lady Fran (hence 'baby sitting':-) In truth though, she needed no baby-ing and was clearly the boss of this show. I made it a point of duty to show her a bit of the historic sites we passed while running and I even explained a bit about why all the stores were closed, why so much European architecture and the like.

But I am immensely happy that I chose to do the run- with the real reward being keeping up with Fran.  She was a ball full of energy, slowing only to snap various giggledy videos and photos of children at the water stops, young men dancing close to the finish line and cheering us on etc.

In the end, we crossed the finish line together with our normally less than impressive 48:44 timing knowing that the real reward was in the experience: 1. Giving back to Charity for persons with special needs 2. The first night run for both of us. 

And with just about perfect weather and the noticeable absence of the sometimes blinding sun, we had a great run-one that will go down in my books as one of the best ever.

The weekend of wholesome activities also solidified the need for me to resume my healthy life journey. This Yoga and run clearly did it in for me in terms of giving me a energetic boost. 

Special thanks again to Fran for making the trip. I certainly hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did. 

Did any of you Jmomma fans make it out to any of the "Fran in Ja" events? How was it for you? Let us know!!

Jamaican Mommies founder Shanoy Coombs and NYC based 
Lifestyle Blogger Hey Fran Hey cross the finish line
 at the Digicel 5k Night run in Kingston, Jamaica

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Hey Hey Hey, When I blogged about my Green Smoothie journey a while back and how it started with a recipe from a Hey Fran Hey's Timeline, little did I know I would actually be getting the chance to meet this healthy loving, clean eating, DIY skin and hair caring chica.

Fast Forward to the here and now...  scrolling along Facebook I saw Fran post that she'd be in Jamaica... (considering I spot the letters J-A-M-A-I-C-A every where every time from a mile) I gave myself a mini hug because who doesn't want to get cool natural hair, skin and nutrition tips?! I later discovered there were a series of events around Lady Fran's visit and figured as a smoothie slurping, natural hair loving and DIY healthy anything welcoming mama, I wanted in!! and now we're here...

I managed to secure a place as one of 30 persons to run with Fran for the Digicel 5k Night run on Saturday, October 26th (My fitness level or lack thereof aside) this night run should be cool. I also have the opportunity to attend the Friday night Candle Light Yoga session courtesy of my friends at PRANA Lifestyle and I am thrilled! The concept of Yoga excites me even as I've only done mini sessions whenever I have the time during hotel stays. But enough of that.. time for you to get excited with me!!!

So in addition to a Natural Beauty, Nutrition and Fitness Healthy kinda talk by Fran, there will be Yoga session and a Live Fit, Live healthy presentation by Sharon Feanny-fitness extraordinaire. Are you excited yet?!! There will also be healthy eats, music and art. 

This sounds like just the sort of holistic living affair to get you my mamas recharged, re-energized and glowing with head to toe goodness!! The sponsors listing also looks diverse and if they are delivering free goodies, that'd make for an even more awesome time. 

And at this point, I just want to go and find Yoga appropriate clothes and count down the days to Friday!!.. So with not much more to say, heed my very few tips (do it do it do it):

1. Jamaican Mommies will give one lucky mamacita the chance to attend this fabulous event FREE (Check our Jamaican Mommies Facebook Page or @JamaicanMommies on Twitter  for information on how to win)

2. Mark your calendars-Friday, October 25 th at 6:00 p.m-You Need to be there

3. Find out more about Hey Fran Hey below.. Also have a peep at one of her video blogs on all things natural 

4. Call up a friend and tell them you are both getting your healthy mind and body flex on!!

5. Check out Sharon Feanny's profile and start taking out that Yoga Mat

6. Recognize that you owe it to yourself to be there!! Hardworking Mamas deserve refreshing moments!

Until then, I'll go and research some quick remedies to make an inactive body supple and I will see you then as I experience what sounds like an exquisite fusion of nightlife with health, fitness and nutrition. I'll drink to that!!

See you then!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Its World Food Day: The Little you do can go a long way!!

Its #WORLDFOODDAY Hurray!! #WeAllLoveFood #Foodie #FoodFest #NomNom and the countless hashtags associated with our food pics shows a universal love for food- well pruned, cleaned, packaged, eye pleasing and ready for consumption. We also love having the food that we love-available in the quantities required, but did you know that Food in the right quantities and right quality is a luxury for many persons across the world?! Even more do you know that our consumption patterns,  food storage, usage and general food choices do have a great impact on our health?!

Indeed, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) State of Agriculture report for 2013 reveals some startling statistics:

  1.  One out of every 4 children in the world under age five is stunted. This means 165 million children are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential.
  2.  About 2 billion people in the world lacks vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health.
  3. Some 1.4 billion people are overweight. of these about one third are obese and at risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes or other health problems.

The overarching issue is that the consumption of too little or too much food are linked to issues of Hunger and Malnutrition. Yet many are unaware that even while consuming the right amounts of food, persons can be malnourished without knowing it.. How is this possible you ask? When your nutritionist says "Eat a VARIETY" of foods, it was never meant to be an old wive's tale. In fact, this slogan points to the need for families to consume the right quality of food-food which nourishes the body and provide well needed energy. Still confused? This may help...

With issues of Hunger and Malnutrition in mind, the FAO has rolled out World Food Day celebrations under the theme "Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition" with three distinct messages:

What's more everyone of us has a role to play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. At a personal level we can take a difference by:

  • Educating ourselves with relevant information about what constitutes a balanced diet for ourselves and our families. For example, Did you Know that different types of malnutrition can coexist within a household or even individual? Remember it is never just about having enough food-it is more about having enough of the RIGHT Quality of Food. 
  • Taking small steps within your household to minimize food losses 
    • Avoid Wasting Food
    • Eat Fruits and Vegetables 3 times per day
    • Avoid Junk Food
    • Use Social media and the web to share with others so they too can make a commitment to fighting hunger and malnutrition.
  • Teaching your children, friends, family and loved ones to think as global citizens: So you, your friends, neighbour and close associates may not personally suffer from hunger or malnutrition, yet do you see how your food related actions could have an impact on those who are without basic food items?  
Have a look at this Child friendly World Food Day Video.. Rosita learns about World Food Day 2013 and then it will all be a bit clearer... Remember to share it with your children too-loved ones, family and friends. 

For more information on World Food Day visit FAO's World Food Day Portal Follow @FAOWFD and @FAONews on Twitter and stay tuned to our  Jamaican Mommies Facebook Page for more updates, videos, prizes and surprizes.

Are you observing World Food Day? Share with us @JamaicanMommies  on twitter

Happy World Food Day!! Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems!!
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jamaican Mommies Joins UNICEF in Celebrating Breast Feeding Week

Hey there Mamas,
This post comes a little after the fact, but as a part of Jamaican Mommies involvement with the UNICEF Jamaica led Breast Feeding Week Initiative, I promised my followers on Facebook and Twitter a post about the mini campaign.

As a mama who breastfed, I  personally found the week of information-packed delivery to be rather commendable on UNICEF's part and their approach to reach out to varied influencers in the Social Media domain (Jamaican mommies being one :-) to help disseminate these important messages as a very cutting edge approach.

Suffice to say, being invited to be a part of the enablers (I like this term), it got us here at Jamaican Mommies googling and learning so much more about the benefits of breastfeeding... Get more background info on the World Breast Feeding week website.

As you may be aware,  in addition to the obvious priceless bonding and interaction time breastfeeding gives to moms and their newborns, consistent breastfeeding has been known to have several health benefits. These were highlighted throughout the week by the team at UNICEF Jamaica in visual formats with concise messages that truly resonated.... case in Point...

Another major campaign component was the inclusion of Jamaican Beauty Queen and Media Darlings Yendi Phillipps and Emprezz Golding respectively as Breast Feeding Week Ambassadors. Both ladies shared their Breastfeeding experiences via print and electronic media and then sweetened the deal by making surprise visits to Public Hospitals etc to share the BreastFeeding benefit message with new moms.

Say awww with me now

Jamaican Beauty Queen Yendi Phillipps shares some motherly snuggle time with a baby during the BreastFeeding Week Hospital visits 

Jamaican media Personality Emprezz Golding shares a moment with young mums during Breast feeding Week Visits

Throughout the Week, Jamaican Mommies therefore showed its support to this worthy campaign by sharing daily updates on The Jamaican Mommies Facebook Page along with Breast Feeding facts.. Tips were also shared via our Twitter Page clearly throwing more support behind the cause for Social media in the modern communication campaign.

The feedback from Mommies in our Jamaican Mommies Network was also positive and makes a solid point for the power of effective collaborations.

As the campaign was so image and video heavy, we share with you one of the videos from the surprise hospital visits and other posters below.

What were your thoughts on the Jamaica Breast Feeding Week Initiative? Did you see the messages? Let us know.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Developing a Hair Care Regimen for Your Child

It's that time of the year when Back to School preparations are in high gear. High on the agenda should be the issue of how to care for your little ones hair from now onward, especially for parents with very busy schedules. 

 Sometimes parents may take this all too important aspect for granted, but do remember apart from the hygenic benefits there is much to be gained from knowing how to properly care for your children's hair.

Acknowledging this fact, Jamaica's Beautiful Earth Natural Hair Haven will be hosting a kids hair care meet up on Sunday, August 25, 2013 to share tips and so much more. Jamaican Mommies is a partner for this event and as such we encourage parents to be a part of the event and gain valuable information that will be beneficial from here on out.

Today Beautiful Earth Guest Blogs about Developing a Hair care Regime for your child.. Do enjoy!! Also remember to connect with us at Jamaican Mommies on Facebook and @JamaicanMommies on twitter for a chance to win fabulous prizes and tickets to this event. 

Developing a regimen – a systematic plan designed to improve and maintain the health of hair, for example – is important for everyone. By its most basic definition, a hair care regimen is the way you clean, moisturize and present your hair.

Depending on how old your child is, a hair care regimen may not be needed, since between when your child is born and two-years-old, the most important thing is keeping the hair and scalp clean. This can be easily achieved when giving your baby a bath. At this time, no shampoo is necessary, but a light conditioner may be used to keep the hair moisturized. After two years, you may start developing a regimen for your child,
starting with a sulfate-free shampoo and a moisturizer-rich conditioner.

When cleaning your child’s hair, follow this simple process: 

  • Detangle
  • Rinse
  • Shampoo (optional)
  • Condition
  • Detangle
  • Moisturize
  • Seal and 
  • Style

Again, depending on the age of your child, you may want to modify this process, depending on what his/her hair length and texture will allow. Hair length is important when determining how hair is cleaned. For most small children (including boys), hair can be rinsed daily during baths since the hair is short. Those with longer hair, however, may present more of a challenge.

One of the most important parts of any hair care regimen is moisturizing. The type of moisturizer you choose depends on your child’s hair type, the thickness of the hair, as well as the choice of style. In general, though, water-based sprays and cream products are the best moisturizers for children. Mineral oil and petrolatum should be avoided. Healthy hair options include coconut oil and olive oil.

When styling your child’s hair, it is important to remember that no heat, chemical relaxers or colour should be introduced at this early stage, since these may result in stunted hair growth in children. In general, low manipulation styling is recommended.

For more detailed information about how to care for your child’s hair, be sure to attend the Kids’ Hair Care Meet Up on Sunday, August 25, 2013 between 2-5 pm! Call BEAUTIFUL EARTH Natural Hair Haven at 876.476.1763 to book your ticket!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MORE FAMILY SUMMER FUN IN JAMAICA (the ones you may not have thought of)

Hola Mamas,
It has been super hectic in here (my life that is :) , but when you are excited about life's possibilities you sometimes bury your head and just dive in... then admittedly forget about some of your other joys, but do bear with moi.

When I wrote this post Great Summer Activities for Kids in Jamaica
I did promise to share a list of things that you can do with your kids this summer if you chose not to go the Summer School route.. or even if you wish to complement the Summer school arrangement.

A quick question on my Facebook Account gave some great ideas that I would not have normally considered... so tada here is a list of Fun things to do with your kids throughout summer. It is especially wonderful when the fun activities also allows for some Educational exposure.

In trying to make the list as island-large as possible, I turned to friends and sites in the blogo, twitto, Instagramo, facebooko and general interneto sphere for out of town suggestions as well. So here goes- Feel free to email us at, tweet @jamaicanMommies or connect with JamaicanMommies on Facebook to share your additions.

Kids enjoy the View from the Kids Discovery Zone at Hollywell
(1)Everyday is perfect for a Picnic: In addition to the Hope Gardens and Emancipation Park you can drive up to the Hollywell National Park- in the mountain range and have a Picnic there. The Park also has a Kids Discovery Zone and a while back they also had an Enviro Kids Programme.. do check with the Jamaica Conservation Development Trust for more information >>>

(2) Visit one of the Island's several Museums (Some interesting ones are the Taino Museum in St. Catherine, The Jamaica Defence Force Museum, The Bank of Jamaica Museum, The Bob Marley museum-all in Kingston but don't be daunted, I found this very comprehensive list of Museums across the island that is noteworthy >>

Tourists Enjoy the tour at the Bob Marley museum
(3)Visit National Landmarks: It may not seem very thrilling to you right now, but just imagine the look of wonder on your child's face when they see the noted Air Jamaica wing by the Airport round about or the 'Giddy House'at Port Royal, The Old Courtyard in Spanish Town, National Heroes Park etc.. See a list of Landmarks here>>>

(4)Take a historical Tour of places such as the Institute of Jamaica. The Jamaica Tourist board has an excellent list here>>

(5)Watery Bodies can never be too Much and we're not just talking about the beach. The boat ride to Lime or Maiden Cay may also be a wonderful sight for your kids. It further helps if you can access a boat that allows you to cruise around for a bit before getting to the cay and it is even more wondrous if you access a glass bottom boat.

The widely know Hose Spray game never gets old
(6)The Power of Play: Ahh nothing beats the great outdoors, so encourage your kids to get on out and stem that couch potato attitude from early in. While I swear playing in rural Jamaica takes on a new level of fun, the same can be achieved in the more urban areas. With the place being as HOT as it is, outdoor 'water wars'are always fun and is bound to cool you and the kids down :-)

Ahh the summer possibilities are ENDLESS!!! I'm already feeling a lil burst of Energy as I plan a Hollywell picnic for my boobsie and her cousins and I definately think i'll be filling up some balloons with water and goign for a dunking good time.

**Update Also be sure to check out our 2014 Summer Activities Catalogue ****

And of course, there are still some of the favourite things we have grown to love and our friends at Where In Ja: your Manual For All things Jamaican had a nice little list which we'll just share below.

Here are some other places you could take your kids: (Courtesy of Where In Ja)

• Putt and Play (Kingston)

• Hope Zoo (Kingston)

• Cocojam (Kingston)

• Book reading from 1 – 2 pm at Bookophilia (Kingston)

• Rockfort Mineral Bath (Kingston)

• The movies (Palace Amusement- Kingston, Manchester, St. James)

• Devon House (Kingston)

• Jamaica Zoo (St. Elizabeth)

• Aquasol Beach Park (St.James)

• Mystic Mountain (St. Ann)

• Dunn’s River Falls (St. Ann)

• Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt (Kingston)

**Adding the Kool Runnings Water Park in Negril

Lime Cay is always a fave spot for beach lovers

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Its a FUNFEST!!! This Sunday, June 30-Kingston, Jamaica

Imagine a place that is filled with rides, giveaways, fun and excitement galore...for your babies and toddlers- yet for adults, your teens and in betweens... 

Imagine it all at the same venue on the same day!!! Unreal right?

But it IS REAL....

After a successful run last year, Fam Fun Entertainment presents the second installment of Fun Fest- A unique family festival. 

This year Jamaican Mommies is pleased to be an online affiliate.  We will therefore keep you in the know and even give you the chance to win tickets to the event via our Facebook Page and Twitter Account

Jamaican Mommies was fortunate to have been at last year's staging and whew there were activity zones, games, giveaways and rides galore. Indeed it was like an all inclusive mix of things to allow the entire family to have clean family fun. 

This year, the organizers have gone even bigger and in keeping with the theme of lots of fun for the entire Family have added several zones.  These include:

1. The Oreo Fun zone with Games arcade, rides such as: trampoline  bounceabout, rock climbing, train rides, mechanical bull whew.. quite a lot there!!

2. The Water Park zone with a 40 ft water slide  pools, water games and so much more. Please remember your towels and swimwear for that zone!!!

3. The Tang Extreme Sport Zone with a 70 feet trampoleaper (I particularly loved this last year ;-) , obstacle course and athletics competitions. 

4. The Gerber/Cubbies Nanny Lounge with expert nanny services, air conditioned comfort, arts and crafts and parenting talks.

5. The Cad bury Adult Lounge with a private bar, lounge amenities, dominoes, bingo and much more (for persons 18 years and over

6. Wellness zone where you can rejuvenate your mind and body with spa services, health checks and screenings. 

7. Family Concert with entertainment Galore, dance troops, magicians, fashion show and performances by special guest artistes. 

8. Food Village to meet the entire family's needs. 

In addition to ALL OF THAT, there will be the added bonus of having your kids interacting with their peers. 

Now Do you now believe us when we say the organizers have thought of EVERYTHING?

So Mamas, Granmas, Daddies, Uncles, Aunts-let us get on out for a grand time. Take the kids out on Sunday, June 30 to enjoy this treat!! 

Oh oh oh oh oh, we gon have a good time!!!


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