Dove Celebrates 60 Years of the Beauty Bar

When it comes to classic brands that stand the test of time, Dove is one of the first to come to mind.

This year the trusted brand is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Beauty Bar—its iconic cleanser. Dove has been a mainstay in my bathroom for as long as I can remember and for good reason. The Beauty Bar works wonders on my acne-prone skin and it smells so darn good. Ah, that fresh, clean smell! For me the gentle cleanser’s scent instantly takes me back to my childhood when I was first introduced to the timeless beauty essential.

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Find Dove’s Beauty Bar here.

Nostalgia aside, Dove’s Beauty Bar continues to evoke emotions from women every day. From the empowering commercials to the tried and true formula, the Beauty Bar is the unchanged standard.

To commemorate this milestone, Dove has released a limited-edition bar with the word “care” engraved on it.

To commemorate this milestone, Dove has released a limited-edition bar with the word “care” engraved on it.

In the spirit of the brand’s new campaign, #RaisetheBeautyBar, I plan to continue instilling confidence in my 7-year-old daughter and letting her know that she’s smart and beautiful inside and out.

They say, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” and this sentiment rings true for this cherished product. Happy Birthday, Beauty Bar—here’s to another 60 years!

Check out this cool retrospective video celebrating the contributions women have made in beauty throughout the years.

How do you plan to #RaisetheBeautyBar?

Mount Airy Casino Resort: The Perfect Getaway

Nothing can recharge your batteries like a quick getaway.

My husband and I were in desperate need of a little R&R and Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono was just what the doctor ordered.

Located only 90 miles from New York City, we packed our bags and hit the road to the quaint Pennsylvania town—and boy are we glad we did. Upon entering the resort we were instantly captivated by the cascading waterfall in the hotel’s foyer and overall welcoming atmosphere. We knew immediately that we were in for a great weekend.

The welcoming waterall in the foyer of Mount Airy Casino Resort.

The welcoming waterall in the foyer of Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Rooms fit for royalty

Our home for the next couple of days was spacious and inviting. The vaulted ceilings added a lavish feel while the dark wood throughout the space added richness to the room. Having the comfy king size bed all to ourselves was a forgotten luxury since we usually end up sharing our bed at home it with our 3-year-old. Oh and my husband of course loved the huge flat screen with countless premium channels. Plus, we had an amazing view of the resort’s golf course just across the way. Our room was the perfect home away from home.

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My hubby reading one of the complimentary newspapers provided at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

The view of the Mount AIry Casino Resort golf course from our room.

 

Relax and recharge

Some trips are all about being on the go and exploring, but we all need those excursions where we can relax and unwind. Mount Airy Casino Resort is the best of both worlds. With a spa and salon onsite, you don’t have to leave the resort to spoil yourself. I was treated to a deep tissue, signature massage where the masseuse added just the right amount of pressure to relieve my trouble spots and kinks after a stressful workweek.

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The serene spa entrance at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

From rubdowns to makeup applications, the pampering options are virtually endless and just steps from your room.

Relaxing and reading before my massage at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Relaxing and reading before my massage at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

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The pool was surprisingly warm, which made for an awesome January evening.

Although I indulged in a treatment or two, my husband simply wanted to relax poolside right down the hall. I eventually joined him and was pleasantly surprised by the warm water—and privacy provided by the cabanas.

Food for the soul 

Like most people, I love food. If there’s seafood on the menu, I’m in heaven. With several restaurants located on the second floor of the resort, I had plenty of seafood options. Being a Food Network fan, I was excited to check out Guy Fieri’s Mount Pocono Kitchen. I ordered mahi mahi tacos as an appetizer; salmon for my main course while my husband skipped apps and decided on a classic burger for his entree. He was a bit wary because Fieri is known for his outrageous creations, but we were both pleased with the taste and quality of the food. The following evening we dined at Bistecca by Il Mulino, the resort’s upscale steakhouse. The “white tablecloth” service was only surpassed by the mouth-watering meals. Spaghetti and prawns was my main dish while my husband ate “one of the best burgers” he’s ever had.

Mahi mahi fish tacos at Guy Fieri's restaurant at the Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Mahi mahi fish tacos at Guy Fieri’s restaurant at the Mount Airy Casino Resort.

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Scottish salmon at Guy Fieri’s restaurant at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Spaghetti and prawns at Mount Airy Casino Resort’s Bistecca by Il Mulino.

Room service at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Room service at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

For breakfast, we ordered room service and it was absolutely scrumptious. Having breakfast in bed is truly one of my greatest pleasures and this didn’t disappoint.

Never-ending entertainment

When it comes to my preferred source of entertainment, gambling isn’t high on my list. Since we were visiting a casino, I was game for a few cracks at a slot machine. However, I was so busy checking out the candy and yogurt shops that I never actually sat down at one of the casino’s nearly 200 machines! My husband and I did make our way to Gypsies, the resort’s premier nightclub, for a night of dancing. The venue was chic and outfitted with cozy banquettes and booths for large groups. Throughout the night we enjoyed music that was a perfect blend of old school and current R&B, pop and hip-hop hits—my favorite since my personal playlists consist mostly of ‘90s and early aughts tracks.

Me and the hubby before heading out.

Me and the hubby before heading out.

The south entrance of Mount Airy Casino Resort.

The south entrance of Mount Airy Casino Resort.

The hubby and me at Gypsies lounge located inside Mount Airy Casino Resort.

The hubby and me at Gypsies lounge located inside Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Make lasting memories 

If you’re in the tri-state area or looking for a fun and relaxing escape to the east coast, Mount Airy Casino Resort should definitely be a top consideration.

Me before heading out.

Me before heading out after a wonderful weekend.

From the all-around top-notch service to the exquisite food to the endless entertainment, our experience is one that we’ll forever cherish. In fact, it just might be our perfect getaway for years to come.

Disclosure: Mount Airy Casino Resort provided Brown Girl Gumbo food and accommodations for review purposes only.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Do you have any upcoming getaways planned? What’s your favorite weekend getaway destination?  

A Trip to the White House: An Evening to Remember

At noon today, the 45th president of the United States will be sworn into office. While many of us will be mourning the end of President Barack Obama’s unbelievable legacy, Donald Trump will be the taking the reigns as the leader of the free world.

It’s truly hard for me to imagine the man behind the TV show, “The Apprentice,” as our commander in chief, but the reality is slowly and sadly kicking in. To offset my looming depression, I’m going to flashback to earlier this week when I was my sister’s guest at the White House. Yes, I got the amazing opportunity to eat, mingle and tour the “People’s House,” mere days before President Obama left office.

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Me and my sister in the Red Room at the White House.

Not only did I get the chance to celebrate my sister’s 8 years of service under the Obama administration, but I also got the honor and esteemed privilege of meeting and shaking our 44th president’s hand. It was truly one of the most memorable moments of my life. From one of the Secret Service agents joking with me about “Mrs. Pope coming to the White House (a Scandal reference)” to sipping champagne in the Red Room, it’s a night that I won’t soon forget.

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As we begin to brace ourselves for what’s to come under the new administration, let’s take today to reflect on all of the good that Obama has done for our country. His accomplishments during his two-terms of service are nothing short of outstanding: passed health care reform, legalized gay marriage, ended the war in Iraq, made school lunches healthier, and helped stimulate the auto industry just to name a few— all while avoiding scandal. Plus, he and First Lady Michelle Obama have given people of color around the world unimaginable hope and for that, I’m forever grateful.

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#YesWeCan #YesWeDid #ObamaOut

What will you miss the most about President Obama leaving office?

CONTEST: Enter to Win a runDisney Race Vacation from GoGo squeeZ

Calling all Disney fans!

GoGo squeeZ is hosting an epic sweepstakes that you don’t want to miss. As the official applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland, GoGo squeeze is giving applicants the chance to win a 4-night vacation for four to a runDisney race of the winner’s choice!

If you’re not familiar with runDisney, it’s a race series that encourages families to get active by running through Disney theme parks. The races vary from marathons and half-marathons to 10Ks, 5Ks and Kids Races, but all will leave you with lasting magical memories.

Since GoGo squeeZ is one of the healthiest and most convenient snacks on the market, it’s the perfect partnership. My kids are obsessed with the all-natural applesauces and have been for years. It’s always a favorite when I pack it in my daughter’s lunch box.

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The winning package includes hotel accommodations, theme park tickets, two entries to the runDisney race, and more!

To enter, simply head over to GoGo squeeZ now until January 15th to fill out a form for a chance to win!

Run over to the site NOW because the contest closes on Sunday (1/15/2017) at 11:59pm EDT.

Have you ever participated in a runDisney race? 

Tracee Ellis Ross and Donald Glover Win Big at Golden Globes

Last night’s 74th Annual Golden Globes turned out to be a glorious and quite groundbreaking evening for us brown girls and guys.

In case you missed it, Tracee Ellis Ross, our favorite sitcom mom won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her role as Rainbow Johnson on the hit ABC show, “Black-ish.” It was a tough category because Issa Rae, the most popular awkward black girl on the planet, was also up for the award for her work on the breakout HBO show, “Insecure.” Although Issa didn’t snag the top honor, we’re thrilled that there were two women of color nominated and that Tracee ultimately took it home—the first African-American woman to do so in that category since Debbie Allen won in 1983 for her portrayal on “Fame.”

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Issa Rae (R) and Tracee Ellis Ross at a post-Golden Globes party in Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2017. Photo via Issa Rae’s Instagram

And she wasn’t the only BG to leave the stage with the shiny golden globe. Powerhouse actress Viola Davis dazzled in her yellow Michael Kors dress as she accepted the award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for “Fences.” Not only did she win, but BGs Naomie Harris (“Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) were also nominated in this coveted category as well. Kerry Washington was also a contender for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award her portrayal of attorney and academic Anita Hill on HBO’s “Confirmation.” Although the mom of two didn’t take the trophy, she still stunned in a gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana gown.

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Actress Viola Davis at the 74th Annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2017. Photo via @Phillyfilmsociety’s Instagram

The night was also a success for our brown guys too. “Atlanta’s” front man, Donald Glover who produces, writes and stars in the critically acclaimed FX series scored two wins: Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The latter category also had Anthony Anderson in the running for his work on “Black-ish.” Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance were also winners for their outstanding performances as attorneys Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran on the remarkable FX miniseries “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” which won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

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Donald Glover at the 74th Annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2017. Photo via @Childishnews Instagram

Last but not least, one of the year’s most buzzed about films, “Moonlight,” took home the most prestigious award of the night, Best Motion Picture – Drama.

While I haven’t seen “Fences” or “Hidden Figures,” yet, I can confidently say that all of the other winners and nominees were well deserved!

For the complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

What was your favorite win of the night?

Stylish Duds for Your Disney Family Vacation

In less than a month, my family and I will be heading back to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I’m still in a bit of a shock to have received the coveted invitation a second time, but my gratitude and excitement are slowly surpassing my disbelief.

Not only will we be visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, but we’ll also be sailing on the newly renovated Disney Wonder for a cruise to the Bahamas for several nights. To get us ready for what will surely be one of our most memorable family experiences, I’ve decided that we should be decked out—Disney style.

If your family is attending the conference or planning an upcoming vacation to the House of Mouse (on land or sea), I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Disney duds for the entire family:

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Minnie Mouse Raglan Pullover Sweater for Women available here, $49.99

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babyGap | Disney Baby Mickey Mouse Graphic Tee available here, $30

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Mickey Mouse Little Boys’ Toddler “Mickey Chill” 2-Pack Joggers available here, $17

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Disney Minnie Stylish Girls Princess Tee Graphic T-Shirt available here, $7.97

GapKids | Disney Mickey Mouse embroidered girlfriend jeans

GapKids | Disney Mickey Mouse Embroidered Girlfriend Jeans available here $49.95

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babyGap | Disney Baby Dumbo Graphic Drop-waist Dress available here, $39.95

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Gap | Disney Mickey Mouse Crew Sweatshirt for Men available here, $59.95

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 Disney Mickey Mouse Neon Glow Short Sleeve Boys Graphic Tee T-Shirt available here, $7.97

Say Hello to Your New Favorite Style Control Gel: Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar

I’ve been covering new hair care products for over a decade. Needless to say, throughout the years I’ve reviewed countless shampoos, pomades, puddings, creams, conditioners and more. So, when something earns a spot in my tried and true rotation, it’s GOOD.

Enter: Carol’s Daughter new Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel. Infused with acai extract and natural oils, this miracle in a tube instantly awakens my daughter’s curls.

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Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel available here, $10.99

Although it’s formulated to reduce frizz and tame flyaways, it makes her dry hair super soft and moisturized—something that doesn’t happen with most gels. I don’t know about you, but in the past when I’ve used products that aim to “control,” I’ve been left with sticky and goopy concoctions that slick down hair making it hard and crunchy. Oh and let’s not forget that crusty white film that they create.

Well, this control gel defies the odds and manages to keep curls defined and hydrated. Plus, it smells so good! If you like tropical scents, this will become an instant fave. Coming in a little over $10 at Sally’s, you’ll want to stock up on this soon-to-be staple.

What’s your all-time favorite Carol’s Daughter product?