Friday, June 29, 2012

Summertime!

So far my summer is going pretty good. Last week, I posted 50 things you could do for the summer. My son and I attempted to make an edible necklace, which he really enjoyed!! We also did other activities as well.

He had a good time!!!

Education is important!!



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Hairstyle

I can say it's officially summer with the high temperatures we've had lately. I've been wanting to do a cute chunky twist out, but every time I think about walking outside with all this hair on my head, I change my mind quickly to a bun. The bun has actually been pretty nice to me, lol! Every morning, I will moisturize the ponytail with Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner and then twist the hair, wrapping it around to make a cute bun. I like to secure the bun with a bobby pin. People seem to love it and I do too!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

50 Things to do this Summer

Hey beautiful people,

As I was looking over the web to find something to do this summer, I came across this website called imom (great site by the way).  I found a list of 50 things to do for the summer, and I'm sure the family and I will enjoy these activities.  These activities will allow us to make great memories and great picture taking! :)  I will  post pictures very soon. We should have fun!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day


I really don't know where to begin, but I must say my husband is the best father our kids could ever ask for! He is definitely a blessing to me!  I appreciate that he always puts his family second ( God first) and makes sure we have what we need. There has never been a time where he was too busy to take care of his kids. He will give them baths, cook, read to them ( especially bible stories), pray, play outside, crafts, teach them, and the list goes on.... I honestly feel a little spoil, because he has no problems doing everything and letting me relax.  I asked my son what he wants to be when he grows up, and he said that he wants to be like his Dad. It's so important to spend quality time with our kids, because they're watching us. Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful Fathers!






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Single Strand Knots

If you're natural, I'm sure you have experienced a single strand knot. A single strand knot can be very irritating to the point where you have no choice but to cut it out.  The knotting can be harmless or harmful, depending on the situation. On my journey, the knots caused my hair to split and break off. It felt like I was cutting the area where the knot was every other day. I finally found a way to keep them at bay and hopefully these solutions can help you minimize the amount of knotting to your hair.  



Solutions:

Detangle the hair- It's so important to apply  a conditioner to the hair. I section the hair  into 4 to 6 sections and start with the back. I like to apply the leave in to the hair and  finger comb. I go through each section checking for knots.

 Keep hair stretched- This is great for minimizing single strand knots, so twisting  and protective styles should be your staple. A Shrunken head of hair is a breeding ground for single strand knots.

Don't sleep with loose hair - Okay, I am guilty of sleeping with loose hair, but sometimes I don't have the time to twist hair. When it's time to detangle, I definitely pay for it with pesky knots. :(

Hands off- We all love to touch our hair, but this will do more damage. Single strand knots are in the making when twirling the hair. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Weight Loss After Pregnancy

8 months pregnant with my second child

9 months pregnant with my first child
It's been a year since I had my little girl and I am very pleased with my weight. With both of my kids, I gained a whopping 80 lbs. After having a c-section with my first child, I didn't realize the amount of weight I gained until I got home from the hospital.  I knew something had to be done. I started researching about calorie intake and exercising and that was the magic pill!!! As soon as I returned to work, I was ready to get back to my regular self again. It took a lot of determination and a drive to lose the weight. With both kids, I weighed 180 lbs and in 5 months I was back down to 126 lbs. I've made this a life style and if I don't work out, I don't feel right. LOL!

Check out this website at www.myfitnesspal.com. This website is a great tool to use when losing weight and it also helps with maintaining your calorie intake.

 Tips that will help you shed the pounds in a healthy way:


  • Setting a goal- It's important to have a goal to know what you're working towards. This will give you motivation and a drive to succeed. 
  • Diary of what you eat- I know this sounds silly, but it's important to write down everything you eat. This will help you keep up with what you're eating and also help maintain your calorie intake.
  • Calorie Intake-Everything in moderation. You don't want to eat a 500 calorie burger and then 400 calorie fries. You want to be mindful of how many calories you are eating. For me, I took in 1200 calories a day. I ate 6 healthy meals each day.
  • Cardio- Running is the best cardio to lose the weight quickly, but if you are not able to run, try the elliptical or walking. I ran on the tread mill everyday, burning 500 calories. 
  • Drinking lots of Water- Water should be your best friend! Water should be all you drink, especially if you're on a mission to lose the weight. Okay, I sound very strict right now, but if you really want to see a change in your body, take a break from the soft drinks. Water also helps with becoming full and if you drink ice cold water, you're burning calories! :)
  • Vegetables- Vegetables will forever be a part of my diet. With losing weight, I would fill majority of my plate with a spinach salad (cucumbers and vinaigrette dressing only) and a fist size of anything else. I really believe spinach helped my hair to grow!!
  • Low Calorie Snacks- Try eating snacks that are less than 100 calories.
  • Check Your Nutrition Facts- This is so important to do! In the grocery store, you can see "all natural" on the box or a statement that says "healthy", but you look at the back of the box and it's loaded with calories, sugar, and fat. I've definitely made this into a habit!
  • Don't Deprive yourself- Even though I counted calories, I didn't deprive myself.  This should keep you from binging on higher-calorie foods.