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Our Stay At The Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown Riverfront ~ 8 Thumbs Up!

July 8, 2016

My family and I just returned from a wonderful visit and stay at the Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown Riverfront (during the 4th of July weekend, July 1-5, 2016). This hotel more than met my expectations. I am not sure what I was expecting, but being our first time, I was nervous about the atmosphere, the rooms, the customer service, and after this stay, I had nothing to worry about. We chose this hotel because from the research it seemed to be family and pet friendly for the right price. 

We arrived about 10:30 PM and was met with the valet and front desk representative. Both were absolutely remarkable and immediately, I felt at ease. We arrived upstairs, but because of a slight issue with the room, they sent assistance to move us to a new room. We had no issues with this because the room we were moved to was a bit bigger and had a great view. Also, a bigger room was a necessity because we had Numberly (our Boston Terrier) with us. 

The beds were super comfy, and had the softest bedding as we just "sank" in when we went to bed. Look at the rooms! Hardwood floors, and soft rug and a perfect color scheme throughout.
I mentioned the views that we had... Only two words could actually describe it: Absolutely Amazing!!! We had a view of the river and the bridge, which was great because I was able to map out our day from the window. 
Another reason this hotel gets 8 thumbs up from my family is because they allow dogs (for a $50 fee per stay). Numberly loved it and did so well. When she got on the elevator, she sat down and waited for the doors to open, and when we returned from our day, she lead us to the door. What was even better was that the park was diagonally across the street and was a quick walk, which was convenient.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel. The Manager was a joy. She talked to us and told us about the hotel dog and how protective he was over the hotel and asked about how we were doing on more than one occasion. Also, the valet actually took the time to thank us for staying with the Hotel Indigo. He said without customers like us, they would not be where they were. I found that endearing that he just wanted to thank us so that we would know we were appreciated. He was going to be off of work the next day and wasn't due back until the following Tuesday (that is when we checked out). The front desk representative was so helpful and informative, she and I even connected over hair while she checked me in. What a staff!! Thank you for all you did to make our stay wonderful.

If all of the Hotel Indigo hotels and staff are equally inviting and welcoming as the Downtown Baton Rouge location, Hotel Indigo will see more of my family in the future. When we return to Baton Rouge, we will definitely stay there again. 

Until Next Time!

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My Heredity Hair Thinning & Women’s ROGAINE® Foam

July 6, 2016


Wait! What is that? Am I losing my hair? That is the question I asked myself at the age of 30. I noticed the thinning at the top of my hair and thought; I am way too young for this. Then it hit me.... my mother has the same thinness in the same location on her scalp. Among women who experience hair thinning, 76% of women start to notice after the age of 30 (Source: 2014 Gallup). That information speaks volumes and explains it all. It makes me feel better just knowing that it is more common than I thought, and I am not alone. Hair thinning is not uncommon. Did you know that up to 42% of women will notice some hair loss in their lifetime (Source: 2014 Gallup). I also have sisters and while they have not experienced the thinning in the exact same way, their hair is noticeably thinner. Contrary to common belief, the leading cause of hair loss among women is genetics or Heredity Female Pattern Baldness (90% of cases) and not stress. Heredity hair loss can come from either the mother's or father's side of the family. In my case, I get it from my mother’s side of the family. 

This isn't fair... I have always had thicker hair and have had great length. Relaxers and curling irons were a part of my hair regime, and then about 5 years ago, I decided that it was time to make a change. I mean my hair was thinning, and what other way was there for me to make my hair healthy again? I did not know if transitioning my hair would work, but I figured it was worth a try. The transition was difficult and there were times I thought that I would go back, but I persevered. Now that I am 5 years strong, the thinning still exists in the same location, but I am on a continued mission to find styles and products that will work best for me. Now is the best time to get treatment because if left untreated, thinning hair can worsen over time and women can lose one-sixth of their hair density in a period of 10 years (actually I am a bit behind). 

This is where Women’s ROGAINE® Foam comes in. I have heard great things about Women’s ROGAINE® and I am excited to give it a try. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam
 is a 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol that is the first and only FDA-approved, once daily treatment - morning or night - hair application hair regrowth product exclusively for women experiencing heredity hair loss.

You will use a half cap full of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam once a day, and because it is foam, it is easy to apply. I applied it directly to the hair loss section of my scalp, and the foam disappeared rather quickly. The fact that it is a foam comes in handy those days that I might be in a rush to get out of the door on time. What I find interesting is that if it is applied directly to the scalp once a day, every day, most women will start regrowing fuller, thicker hair in as little as 12 weeks. The new hairs come in up to 48% thicker than before based on mean hair strand diameter. This makes me hopeful.
Yes, this is my actual scalp, and thankfully it isn't worse. This is real for me and it is my hope that this will help and encourage others in some way. 

I had to pleasure of interviewing Jill Crosby, Celebrity Hair Stylist, to get her take on Heredity hair loss and the role it can play when it comes to thinning hair. Check out my interview with Jill below. I think that you will find her answers helpful especially for African-American women.
There is so much information out there and we do not have to suffer in silence. To demystify this confusing condition for women, a ROGAINE® brand representative can answer questions at 1-800-764-2473. Also, to learn more about the product and to try it for yourself, the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam website includes helpful information and in addition, you will find a Woman's ROGAINE® Foam coupon offer that can help you to get started.  

I plan to use Women's ROGAINE® Foam each day because I am interested in finding out what the results could be. I want to try it, not just for me, but for my daughter. If she experiences Heredity hair loss or thinning in the future, I want to be able to share something that could have worked for me. 

Have you experienced Heredity hair loss or thinning? If so, please share your hair journey.


Until Next Time!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Easy DIY Doggie Crate Pad For Our Upcoming Road Trip

June 27, 2016

 
Wow, we are just days away from our Louisiana road trip adventure (with our dog).

As I have stated previously, my in-laws live in Louisiana, but my family and I really wanted to experience a few things that we have never experienced before, so we figured this was a great time to get it all in.

We are taking Numberly (our Boston Terrier) with us and that requires some planning all its own. Who knew that there were so many things that you needed other than food and water and the occasional potty breaks. But I have learned that she will need a place to rest and lay her head as well. I want her to be safe, so we opted for a travel crate. It needed to be small enough for the car, but big enough for her to have wiggle room. I consulted my friend (Tania with lolalambchops.com ) and asked her how was she transporting her fur baby. She gave me the details and then told me what my next course of action should be. She said to take Numberly to our local pet store and allow her to "try on" a few crates in her size to get an idea of what will work best. We took Numberly to two stores and finally figured out the type and size of the crate we would need. I ended up ordering online through Amazon, as the prices were a slightly more reasonable. 

Speaking of Numberly, I realized that with her new crate and cover she needed a bed (or padding), and after looking at the choices, I decided that I would construct one for her myself.

I wanted to share this easy DIY Doggie Crate Pad with you.  


Now Numberly can rest easy during our road trip and know that I wanted her to be just as comfy as we are. Now, if we can get her to not bite and rip it apart, we will be winners for sure!

From the looks of it, she seems pretty happy!
Until Next Time!

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