Is it a brush or is it a comb…it’s a Pennello!


Not going to lie…I was a bit hesitant to test this product out. My friend’s momma invented this – she is a hairstylist back in my hometown & has been since I was a babe myself. So nerves set in, what if I didn’t like!??!

Well, no need to be nervous any longer – I LOVE IT!

At first glance I was thinking that the bristles may hurt my head & not be enough power to get through some of my snarls. However, when I jumped out of the shower, my hair was still a bit snarly…I combed the Pennello right on through with no tugging necessary! I have now been using it on my wet & dry hair – same results. And let me not forget to mention that this bad boy is lightweight & tiny – hello perfect travel buddy! Instead of lugging around my huge brush that is last minute crammed into my bag, the Pennello will easily slide right into my makeup bag!

Anywho…let me recap some of the details below which are on their site as well….

  • Ideal for all types of hair (fine fragile hair to coarse curly hair, men, women & children)
  • Excellent on multi-cultural hair because it glides right through so not to pull, tug or tangle
  • It can be used on wet or dry hair
  • It can be used to power dry long hair or style short hair
  • Is a great tool to backcomb hair without tearing your hair
  • Is a great tool for hairstylists to comb through color evenly

And a major fave of mine is when my baby girl gets some long curly locks she won’t shed a tear when I comb through her hair!

Moral of the story is…go get yourself a Pennello…who wants a normal brush these days anyways…go hybrid!


and if you want check out the link below 🙂

Meet Baby Girl Leighton Ryan


55minutes..tick tock. That is the minutes until my wee little one should arise from her morning nap…

Miss Leighton Ryan arrived June 1st 2014…a surreal experience. I was thinking I would never want to relive it again but just as she turned a ripe old age of 3months last Monday I told my husband I would live that moment over & over. Sure it was a long day, a scary nerve-wracking long day for both myself & the hub. We were stepping into an unchartered territory. Somewhere we have never been, a moment that will be different from every story we heard or anything anyone else experienced.

To spare you from all the glorious details, Leighton was born with wonderful tunes playing, candles flickering & the sun rising.

The hub announced our baby girl’s arrival..I was in SHOCK! Every person said the same thing – my baby was going to be a boy. Welp, baby girl arrived & she was a chunk of 8 lovely pounds! Laying there holding my DAUGHTER in disbelief that I am now A MOTHER everything just came naturally. She was ours & as tired as I was, she came first.

A few days later we arrived mom came in town to help out for the first 2weeks. With the weather being crummy we cuddled the baby while we couched it & watched movies* (wine may or may not have been consumed). It was a blur of 2 weeks, but it was absolutley blissful.

Anywho, my little Leighty is one heck of a gal. The past 3 months have been different, but nothing unexpected. I don’t want to sit here, brag & say she is the best (don’t want to jinx it) – who knows what growth spurt is around the corner (the last one threw me for a loop) or what the next day will bring.

She’s 40minutes into her nap and I see her little black eyes open on the monitor & her body wiggle while in her Magic Sleepsuit. Hopefully she will fall back asleep. But if she doesn’t, I can’t wait to go pick her up and watch her smile in excitement. She is my love, my light, and such a blessing in our life.

PS..look for upcoming posts on what to really have at the hospital & after, must have items for baby, sleep training, etc. Plus a few recipes if I find some creative time!

*Two of the stand out movies were Three Men & a Baby and Troop Beverly Hills. If you have not seen either STOP READING cause we should not be friends until you have seen both! They are both classics!

Yep, one week til babes due date…

baby shoot

I am off to become a mom. Yes, a mother to a lil’ human being! These past 9+ months have literally flown right on by! It is so exciting & nerve-wracking, but honestly I can not wait to meet our nugget of love!

With that said, I am taking a short break from posting…hopefully not for too long though! I will introduce you to our babe in a few weeks. So keep on checking the site out for baby news!

Oh & click below to see some snapshots of our baby room from a few different angles…

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Pupcakes for Bubby


The Bubster turned 7 last week – yikes, he is getting so big!! Of course every year we have to do something special for his big day, and this year was no different!

These pupcakes are human & dog friendly so yes, your husband can taste one (without the dog bones please)! Also they are freezer approved. So if your pup can’t finish them off stick them in a ziploc baggy and save them for another time.

Lets get to it…

  1. Preheat oven to 350degrees & line or spray 6 cupcake tins
  2. In a large bowl combine 1/2C whole wheat flour, 1/3C veggie oil, 1/3C unsweetened applesauce, 1 egg, 2T honey & 1t baking powder – mix well
  3. Divide the batter into the muffin tins & bake for 10-15minutes (until toothpick comes out clean)
  4. Whip up the icing by mixing 3T greek yogurt & 2T PB together (add more of either if you desire)
  5. Remove cupcakes, let cool completely then frost & decorate with mini dog bones

My pup ate two right on up – but be careful cause the PB & yogurt blend is a bit sticky & could get stuck in your dogs mouth if he takes too big of a bite (I witnessed it myself, haha)!  Enjoy!

Continue reading for ingredient list & original recipe…

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What have I been brewing?!?


No big deal…just brewing up a child! Yes, I am preggo! 23weeks & 2days to be exact.

My plan was to never stop posting – but it kind of just happened. I stopped reading my monthly books & picked up ‘soon to be momma books’ and in the kitchen I have been sticking to some pretty mediocre dishes (hello ground turkey, quinoa pasta & veggies with a lil’ sauce).

Anywho, I am planning on getting back on my game with thesparkledsidewalk! Look out for regular upcoming posts with a twist of mom-in-the-making to them!

With that said I thought it would only be appropraite to share 2 of my fave grapefruit recipes that can be made pre or post baby (yes, they are that easy!):

Broiled grapefruit with cinnamon sugar

Grapefruit, salmon & avocado salad (avocado is amaze for you in the 2nd tri)

xox SS

Real Pickles

My love for fermented & raw veggies has gotten a tad out of control….I have officially caused the Whole Foods in Boston to be sold out of the red cabbage last week & today I just cleared the shelves of the last gingered carrots! The brand, Real Pickles, sells numerous kinds of fermented products, but these two are clearly my fave.

I am assuming you have a lot of questions about these fermented loves of my life – so let me ramble off the numerous benefits of them:

  • Contains both active cultures  & enzymes – active cultures & enzymes support proper digestion, aid in nutrient absorption, contribute to healthy metabolic function & inhibit harmful microbes in the intestinal system
  • Lactic acid is created during fermentation – lactic acid supports the growth of essential intestinal flora, normalizes acid levels in the stomach, helps the body assimilate proteins and iron & stimulates cell metabolism.
  • Fermentation breaks down phytates – phytates block mineral absorption.  The more this is cleared up, the better your body is able to absorb nutrients. .

And most importantly – lets not forget the taste! I can eat the carrots or cabbage straight out of the jar they are so yummy! However, I typically toss one of them in my salad or much on it as a snack with nutritional yeast & hemp seeds (I am right now, as I am typing away)!

Find more information about Real Pickles here. 

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