Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wand Curls without the Heat

Happy Holidays!

Today I want to share this simple hairstyle that would be perfect for the holidays. The only thing you need to achieve these beautiful waves are flexing rods. I like to use the blue ones, but the gray ones would work perfect as well. Now that my hair is close to 2 months old, this style is perfect.  I use 6 or 8 flexing rods and wrap the hair around each rod with a small amount of coconut oil for my ends.  The goal is to get more of a wave instead of a spiral. I like to break it apart just a little and then style.






Sunday, November 29, 2015

Straight Hair is Back

Hello my Naturalistas ( Still thinking of a name to call you guys)!!

So, it's been almost a year since I've straighten my hair. I think this maybe the longest time I've ever gone without straightening my hair. I usually straighten my hair at least twice a year, but I decided to go a little longer this time. I'm not sure if I see a major difference with growth, but I'm still retaining my length so I guess that's a plus! The goal is to keep it straight for at least 2 months, so hopefully I make this work.  Also, my work outs are usually very intense, but since this hair is straight,  I will have to take it easy on the workouts ( The things we do for hair). I like to apply coconut oil to the ends of my hair and scalp when it's straight. I probably won't retouch it with heat until mid December. For now, I'm playing with flexi rods and enjoying my results so far. Pictures coming soon.

I was so tired in this picture.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Inspiration

Happy Monday!

This evening has been a busy day with baseball games, homework, and of course just taking care of the house hold. I've realized that it's been awhile since I've done an inspiration and that it was time to share God's word. These last couple of months, I've been thinking about getting a laptop. I've been doing my blog on my tablet, which has been difficult at times and also prevents me from using my Nikon camera. We have a desktop that's not working that well, but I wanted a laptop for myself. I've been praying about this blog and that God use me in a mighty way and direct me. Well, my sister and my brother-in-love decided that they would visit me and they surprised me with a brand new laptop! It reminded me that God is our provider and there is no sense in worrying because he will certainly give you the desires of your heart. Keep the faith and continue to spend time with God and he will show you the answer or bless you with what you need. There's a lot going on in the world and we can drive ourselves crazy with the economy and everything else that is happening, but I want to let you know that our God is faithful and he will never leave you or forsake you.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus





Monday, October 5, 2015

Growth Check

Happy Monday!

I've been so busy, but finally made time to post about the wonderful growth that's taken place with my daughter's hair. As far as her hair regimen, I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. I'm basically sticking to the technique that works best for her hair. I wash her hair every 2 weeks, finger detangle, and moisturize every night and that's it.  I'm amazed at how fast her hair has grown since last year. I think she has passed her Mommy! Here are 6 simple steps that will start your hair growth. I promise this will work! Happy Growing!!

1. Section Hair
2. Wash each section with a sulfate free shampoo
3. Use a creamy rinse out conditioner
4. Apply a natural oil along with a good quality conditioner ( We love Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose).
5. Rinse Hair and moisturize each section with a creamy leave in conditioner ( First ingredient should be water). Please focus on the ends of the hair.
6. Style the hair.  I like to band her hair each day and plait her hair every night using the leave in. Remember lay off the heat for at least 3 months.

Picture taken fall 2015
Picture taken in summer 2015



Picture taken a year ago


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Balancing Time

Happy Tuesday!

During the week, we're usually busy with extra curricular activities, worship team rehearsals for me, school work, and church.   I'm always asking God to give me wisdom to be a better wife, parent, and taking care of the home. I feel it's my duty to make sure everything is in order. So with that being said, I would like to share how I manage to keep the house tidy, meals ready, and still have enough time to spend with family.


  • Always Make a List! ( If you don't make a list, you will tend to get behind and could possibly forget what you needed to do.)
  • Meal Planning ( I have fallen in love with meal planning. I use to hate planning meals, but I have to say I really enjoy it.  I'm learning how to make wonderful healthy meals for my family. We are saving money and saving our time because I already have a set plan and no one can ask that famous question "What's for Dinner?" If you know your child has a game or practice too early that you're not able to cook, you can cook the day before.  It's a joy and a blessing that I can prepare meals for my family.)
  • Make a Grocery List ( I guess this is obvious if I tell you to meal plan, but this helps in so many ways. You are saving money and with grocery shopping, you're able to pick more healthy food items.  I like to get my grocery shopping done on Fridays. 
  • Set a Schedule ( If you set a schedule, everything else will fall into place. I schedule everything and so far it's working. No matter what, I try to make sure we have dinner between 5:30-6:30.  I clean as I cook, so after I eat, there's not much for me to do.  My husband and I like to work with the kids on school work around 7:00 to 8:00. After that, it's time to for the kids to get ready for bed. I like to do my night hair routine around 8:15.)
  • Wash Clothes Every Night ( I know I sound crazy, but it works. Also get rid of the clothes basket.  Immediately fold the clothes after they dry. This helps out so much!! Now your whole day isn't spent folding clothes all day. I know how that feels and I am so happy I found a system that works)
I know some of these tips will not fit for everyone's family, but I'm sure at least one tip can make things better for you. Happy Planning!!!



Friday, August 28, 2015

Night Time Routine

My night routine is still basically the same. I plait my hair in 6 plaits with a dime size amount of leave in conditioner and wrap a scarf around my head and that's it! It saves me so much time instead of twisting the hair with 20 or 30 twists. I basically get the same results or even better.  For my daughter, I like to do the same method for her as well. I plait her hair into 2 big plaits with the same amount of conditioner and also let her sleep with a satin scarf.  I also let her sleep on a satin pillow case just in case she gets a little wild in her sleep.  As a busy mom with natural long hair who also has a daughter with the same amount of hair, you have to do what works best for you. I wish I had time to play in my hair and come up with different styles, but in my world I'm always on the go especially since school is back in session. If you're a natural hair mom or just too busy, I recommend my night time routine. It takes me 15 minutes and that's it! Happy Styling!!!



I'm so over this humidity! LOL



Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Day of First Grade and K-4

Happy Thursday!!

Today was a challenging day as  I dropped my sweet babies to school.  This is their first day at a brand new school.  As my children walked into the building, you could sense the nervousness on them. They didn't know anyone, but I made sure to let them know that God is with them and he will never leave them or forsake them.

Last year, my children attended a Christian school that was great. My daughter was in the pre-k program and my son attended the private school. Earlier in the year, I told my son that he will be attending a public school for the next school year and he felt so nervous because he realized that some of the kids at public school do not know Jesus. When I heard that, I felt all types of emotions. I quickly said to him that God wants you to be able to share Jesus with other kids. It really made me think of what we all should be doing. Their is no age requirement when sharing the love of Jesus. At the end of the day that's why we're here.

Time is going by so fast, so I'm trying to enjoy every moment with them. I pray that they are enjoying their first day and can feel God's presence.

At least they were smiling before we left.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta

Happy Friday guys!

It's been a while since I've posted a new recipe, so I thought I would share this yummy healthy dish for you guys.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and fell in love with it! This dish is filled with so much flavor and very quick to make on a busy night.  It's a one skillet dish and cooks in about 30 minutes.  It's always in rotation in my home and my family loves it!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. organic chicken sausage or smoked sausage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded monterrey jack
  • 1 whole green onion
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach
Instructions
  1.  Thinly sliced the sausage and add it to a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Saute the sausage over medium heat until it is nicely browned ( about 5-7 minutes). Drain off excess fat.
  2. Dice the onion and add it to the skillet. Continue to saute until the onions has softened ( about 5 minutes).  Add the can of diced tomatoes and the chicken broth.  Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off of the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet and make sure it is all submerged under the liquid.  Place a lid on the skillet and allow the mixture to come up to a boil.  Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.  Stir once or twice while the pasta cooks to keep it from sticking.
  4. Stir in the fresh spinach, one cup at a time until wilted.  If you add it all at once, the skillet will be too full to stir.  Keep the heat on while adding the spinach, so the liquid will continue to simmer and thicken.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top, replace the lid, and let it sit for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  Slice the green onions and sprinkle them over top. Serve hot! Enjoy!  
Recipe is also found on www.budgetbytes.com




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Inspiration

Today, I want to discuss the importance of prayer. These days we see more and know more with social media and the news.  Everyday there's something tragic that has happened and it's getting worse by the minute.  It's time to start making time for God and praying for our nation.  God wants to hear from us. Lately, I've been praying for the world on a daily basis and I encourage you to do the same. Just think if everyone prayed, the world would be a better place.  I know we all live a busy life with work and kids, but God is right here waiting for you to open up your heart and invite him in. Here are several tips why prayer is important.


  • Prayer Honors God - God loves when you come to him and share your heart.
  • Prayer Teaches us- You will learn so much when you spend time in his presence. He will start to reveal things to you and give you wisdom and understanding. Prayer teaches you to be humble and trust him. 
  • Prayer Changes things- Last but not least, prayer changes things. One of the most wonderful mysteries in the world is that prayer changes things. God promises that people who pray are far better off than people who don't; things do change for the better through prayer (James 4:2-3 and Matthew 7:7-11).



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nike Training Club App


One of my hobbies that I love to do is exercise. My goal is to work out at least 3 or 4 days a week. I like to run a mile and then work on strength training. I would always get confused on strength training and didn't really know where to start. Once I started to get more focused, I came across this app that has really taken my workouts to the next level! It's called the Nike Training Club App. You can get this on your iphone as well as Android and the good news is it's free. This app is so awesome that I would pay for it. The app has so many different workouts and it's organized into 4 categories below.
Get Lean ( high interval cardio drills to slim down)
Get Toned ( light weights and intervals to add definition)
Get Strong ( Increased weights and reps to build strength)
Get Focused ( 15 minute workouts to target specific areas)

I also love that the app has different levels, so if you're a beginner, they have workouts tailored just for you. I've been using this app since January and I can definitely see results. I challenge you to take a look and try it out. You will thank me later!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

It's not the Product


Photo Source: www.letmeletyouknow.com

I've been natural for almost 7 years, and I have come to realize that it's not the product that makes your hair grow, but the technique. For almost 7 years, I have stuck with the same products that works for me.  Hair products can definitely add up and I didn't want to break the bank buying products for my hair. The goal was to keep it simple!

I chose to stick to a sulfate free shampoo, rinse out conditioner, deep condition conditioner, natural oils, and a leave in conditioner and that was it. Within months, I saw my hair growing at a speed I never thought could happen.

 With that being said, I didn't have a special product that automatically grew my hair, but what made it grow is the technique I used. I was gentle with my hair, limited the amount of heat, and kept it moisturized daily.

 If you're overwhelmed with all the products, just stick to what works best for your hair. If you feel your hair is moisturized and easy to detangle, then that's the perfect product for you.  It's okay to try new products, but there's no need to become a product junkie. At the end of the day, it's the technique you use to grow healthy hair.

Here's several tips that will help you with the right technique

  • Section the hair before washing
  • Wash a section and twist before moving to the next section ( This will help with detangling the hair)
  • Massage your scalp ( This will stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth)
  • Finger Combing ( People look at me weird when I say I finger comb my hair, but it really works! The comb will pull out unwanted hairs and increase your chance of breakage. If you must use a comb, only use a comb when hair is wet and full of conditioner.)
  • Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Member of the Family

I hope everyone had a enjoyable holiday weekend! My weekend was spent getting kisses and hugs from my new niece Taylor! My husband and I were able to help my sister and brother -in-love clean and cook as they tend to their new baby girl. It was a blessing to be able to help my sister.  I truly thank God for letting us spend time with them and taking care of their home. It was one of the best 4th of July weekends ever! If you're struggling to find a new mom the perfect gift, try a nice cooked meal or help clean their kitchen. It's the simple things that mean so much!




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rocking my Side Pony

 Last week I was having the natural hair blues. Every style I did wasn't working for me due to the humdity, but I think I found a summer hair style thats edgy and fun!! Whoever thought it would be the 80s side pony tail. Yes, it's a little girl's hairstyle, but I think it's perfect for the summer! I believe if you rock  a hairstyle with confidence, you can make it your own.  So have fun this summer trying new things and also trying new hairstyles. It's all about the confidence and that's with anything you do. :)

I created this look with my normal braid out routine and used a head band as my ponytail holder. I also used Curls edge control for my edges. Very easy to do!






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Book

I hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day weekend. Our weekend was nice, but someone wasn't too happy with their gifts. It's the thought that counts right? LOL! One thing I did learn is Gifts would definitely be his love language.

Several weeks ago, I decided to join a book club with a good friend of mine and we're reading a book called " Created to be his HelpMeet".  So far this book has truly blessed me and my marriage. It brings a whole new perspective on marriage. For my married women, I encourage you to pick this book up. I will say the author is very extremed, but I guarantee you that your marriage will be blessed and hubby will definitley be happy!! I am so looking forward to our meet up this weekend to discuss! I never thought I would be in a book club, but I'm loving it.

If you would like to start a book club, I challenge you to bless someone with the book that you all are planning to read. I think that's a neat way to start it off. Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Natural Hair Blues

Hey Beauties!

Please forgive for not being consistent with updating my blog.  There has been so much going on, but thank God I'm back!

Now that the temperatures are higher, I have been feeling lost with my hair. I am so tempted to get my hair straighten, but trying to refrain until the cooler months. I'm honestly at a lost on what to do. I know people look at me as this expert in natural hair, but I get frustrated and confused at times too.  Lately, my go to styles have been wearing it out with a head band, my ponytail puff, and my lovely bun (husband is not fond of the bun). How will you rock your hair this summer? I need some inspiration!



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time to Plant a Garden

Happy Saturday!!

Well, spring has finally arrived and now it's time to plant some yummy veggies.  The family and I thought today would be perfect to plant some cucumbers, squash, and zucchini.  Yesterday, I did my weekly grocery shopping and bought all of these vegetables, so I am looking forward to saving money with our garden.  We planted a garden last year and it felt good not to purchase any veggies.  The kids love to help out and are amazed everytime we have a harvest!  It's a great way to spend time with the children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors.  Stay tuned to see our veggies grow!


To my surprise, we have kale and collards growing!






Monday, April 13, 2015

Anchors Aweigh Taylor is on her way

Happy Monday!!

My weekend was busy hosting a beautiful a baby shower for my sister's first baby. We celebrated in Spanish Fort, AL at Felix's Fish Camp.  The theme was perfect for the location.  I love planning events and the Nautical theme was one of my favorites!





Molding the baby with playdoh was a big hit!

My parents gave her a frame with her baby picture in the middle. I thought that was cute!

I found the perfect dress for the occasion, which never happens! LOL! I'm wearing a braid out, but the humidity took over.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Resurrection Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend. The family and I enjoyed ourselves and we made sure that our kids didn't forget the true meaning of Easter.  We took the kids to the Botanical Garden Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning and had a yummy breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning.   I think we will start a new tradition by going to breakfast on Easter morning.  We had a great time!!  I hope everyone took the time to Praise God on Sunday! He has Risen!!!










Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inspirational Tuesdays

Well, I've been really slacking with posting my inspiration on Mondays, but like I said in the last inspirational post, the week isn't over.  This coming weekend is Resurrection Sunday. I know it's fun to enjoy all the festivities Easter has to offer, but let's not forget the real reason why we celebrate this day. Remember that it's all about Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23 (CEV)
"Sin pays off with death.  But God's gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2 Strand Twist (Protective Style)

This week has been a productive and relaxing week.  The kids stayed a week in Atlanta, Ga with their grandparents for spring break. I was so torn. A part of me didn't want them to go and the other half couldn't wait to spend time with my hubby. Before we took the kids to ATL, I decided that I would do a protective style on my daughter.  Since I can't braid, I like to do two strand twists.  I honestly can't tell you how many twists I did on my daughter's hair, but it felt like it took forever!! It took me 4 hours to finish her hair, and she was such a big girl!  I was pleased with the results and I will definitley try this again for the summer.





She wanted me to style the top half like a princess. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Be the Light ( Inspirational Mondays)

Happy Tuesday!!!

Well, the week isn't over and we can still make this week a success! Today, I want to talk about being the light.  It's so important to let your light shine. We can quote scriptures all day long, but if you are not being the light, it will be hard to get someone to believe. Action speaks louder than words!  There are so many cruel things going around in this world, but let us be encouraged to know that the darker the world, the brighter our light should shine.  Remember, you may be the only Jesus they see.

Matthew 5:14-16 (CEV)
"You are the light for the whole world.  A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a clay pot. Instead, it is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house.  Make your light shine, so others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven."

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wash Day




Last week was wash day and so far I'm enjoying my braid out.  Below are pictures of the step by step process of what I do on wash days.

Here's what I used:
Shea Moisture shampoo
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
Castor Oil
Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose
The Generic Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
I just finished washing the hair and now it's time to apply the Aubrey Organics and Castor oil. 


I like to use my fingers to finger comb each section. 

After I apply the Aubrey Organics and oil, I twist each section and pin it back. I like to sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. Once I'm done with the dryer, I rinse each section with cool hair.


I braided the hair and this is the day after. Time to unravel these braids to see what the outcome is!

Love my results!! I used a dime size amount of the leave in conditioner and a small amount of oil.
Looks like I was photo bombed!