Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PRIORITIES



So today I felt really good about life!!! My husband and I took the time to run outside with the kids. We played basketball, football, jumped on the trampoline, and more!!  It felt really good to spend that time with my family.  Sometimes as parents, we get so carried away with our daily tasks that we forget to make time with our kids.  In my home, it's important that we take the time as a family to spend quality time together.  Life is too short, and I definitely don't want to spend it cleaning and working all day.  I'm the type of person that wants to make sure the kitchen is clean, the laundry is done, the bathrooms are clean, and so on, but if I'm always cleaning, I will never have the time to relax with my family.  Here are several steps that have helped me along the way. How do you balance work and family?

  • ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES:  You have to realize what's important to you.  Everything was important to me, but I had to figure out a plan.
  •  CREATE A LIST OF GOALS:  I love to make a list for everything.  It makes planning a breeze.  When I make a list, I'm able to get everything done and still manage to have extra time.  Families grow so fast that we make plans to do things with and for the family, but they never come into fruition, so if you write your goals for your family, I guarantee that they will come to past. 
  •  DEVELOP YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT ABILITIES: Organization is key!!  If you organize well, there should be no reason why you're not able to spend time with your kids.  Do one chore and then take a break with the family.  Setting a timer for 15 to 20 minutes is a great idea.  This will allow you to get the chores done and still make time for the kids.  This also helps because you don't want to overspend that time cleaning or on social media. 
  •  EMPLOY YOUR KIDS: My kids are getting to the age where they can start helping Mommy and Daddy with chores.  It's important that they learn because it teaches them responsibility and this will be a great habit that will grow with them.  My husband and I also have their toys organized to make cleaning go smoothly. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sharing is Caring

Hey guys,

There are a few blogs I like to read from time to time, so I would love for you all to take a look at my good friend's blog "Lacey's Little Spot".  This blog is so cute and very informative about healthy recipes, fashion, family ideas, and much more. Enjoy!!



http://laceyslittlespot.blogspot.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Daughter's Hair Regimen

Hey Lovely People!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!! My kids started swimming lessons this week, so of course all I'm thinking about is HAIR HAIR and more HAIR!!!  As a little girl, I did one swimming class session and quit, because no one wanted to fool with my thick hair. As I got older, I didn't want to swim, because I was afraid the chlorine would break my hair off. The good thing about my daughter is that she is natural and I am so blessed that I was able to learn about hair care, so hopefully we will be able to succeed with swimming.  I am very pleased with my daughter's hair and I have to say the key to growing her hair is moisture! I can't repeat that enough. I know a lot of moms struggle to get their daughter's hair to grow or get it healthier, so I wanted to share my daughter's regimen that could possibly help you.

SHAMPOO
The goal is to shampoo her hair once a week. I like to apply a dime size amount of Shea Moisture shampoo to her scalp and massage each section. Oh yeah, I like to section her hair into 4 braids. I do that so I can make sure that each section is cleaned and tangled free.

CONDITIONER
Now it's time to use a good creamy rinse out conditioner. I like to use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Castor oil, and Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose. I actually mix it up and apply to each section. I like to use my fingers to detangle her hair. This is very important and shouldn't be something you skip. I will focus on the section and gently pull apart any tangled strand that I feel. The conditioner gives it a good slip where detangling the hair is a breeze. If you're having a hard time finger detangling, simply add more conditioner. After I detangle a section, I twist the hair and start on the next section. Once you have completed each section, you can go ahead and rinse each section. 

MOISTURIZE
Now the hair is ready to be moisturized with a creamy leave in conditioner. There are a variety of great leave in conditioners you can use, but I like to use the Generic brand Paul Mitchell the conditioner that you can purchase at Sally's. The hair is still in 4 sections and I like to apply the leave in along with castor oil. I unravel the twist and apply to each section one at a time. Once I apply the conditioner and oil, I'm still using my fingers and making sure the conditioner is getting applied from root to tip. I focus on the ends because that's the oldest part of the hair. Once I finish, I braid or band her hair.

STYLING
During the week, I keep her hair in 4 braids or use the banding method. I love when she wears 2 puffs, but I keep that for the weekend or special occasions. Most of the time, her hair is banded. I also love to use this product called Curls ( you can find at Target) for her edges. Great product and so much better than gel!!! 


SWIM ROUTINE
Before we go to swimming lessons, I like to saturate each section with conditioner. I braid each section and put each braid in a ball. 

Hair is freshly washed and banded.





Hair is freshly washed and braided up. 

Braid out using 4 braids



Amazing shrinkage



Monday, January 12, 2015

Eating Clean on a Budget



Since this is the first month of the year, I'm sure everyone has new fitness goals that they want to achieve. Exercising is great, but eating clean and working out goes hand in hand. You can't do one without the other.

I know there's a lot of debate over organic versus non organic, but I honestly feel that it's important to eat clean as possible.  Eating organic can be expensive, but you will be surprised that some of the items are not as expensive as you think. A recent study shows what separates a healthy and  non healthy diet is only a $1.50 a day.  You can spend a 1.50 for a cup of coffee or a candy bar a day, so I think it's worth it!! You only have one body, so why not give it the best. Your body is your temple. Here are some creative ways to eat clean on a budget!

  • Cut the junk.  Evaluate how much you are spending on junk like chips, cookies, prepackaged foods, etc.. I'm not saying to cut it out completely, but minimize the amount you're spending. Your wallet will thank you!
  • Eat out less.  Try to plan your meals ahead of time. I like to plan out my meals a week ahead. Reducing your meals out can save you at least $15 to $20 a week. You will be able to spend that on higher quality foods.
  • Eat less meat.  According to the USDA,  Americans consume 57 pounds more meat per year than they did 50 years ago.  The idea of consuming for meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a fairly new concept.  Try switching to more meatless meals.  During my meal planning, I like to have at least 3 meals that are meatless.
  • Eat leftovers.  I love eating leftovers! I think that most of the food taste better the next day. We like to eat the meal at least twice, and that also limits the meals you have to plan and cook.
  • Buy in season.  You will save money and improve your health if you buy season fruits and veggies. I also like to buy frozen berries during the winter months.
  • Check out Aldi's.  I was very surprised to find organic items for a reasonable price. If you have this grocery store in your local area, I recommend checking it out.  I went this weekend and was able to purchase organic fruit, vegetables, snacks, my lasanga meal, and more for under $60.00. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saying Good-bye to the Twist-Out

Happy New Year!!!! I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays!! Sorry that I've been missing in action for awhile, but my holidays have been so busy for me. We traveled to Disney World around Thanksgiving and also had a death in the family a couple days after Christmas, but God has been so good to us. Okay, now that you have heard all of my excuses, now it's time to discuss what I really want to talk about.  During the holidays, I decided that I would plait my hair instead of twist it. I was a little apprensive about it, but the next morning I had bouncy waves that I could never achieve with a twist out!!! I was so amazed!! All it took were 7 plaits! I usually create at least 20 twists in my head, which usually takes at least an hour in a half to finish.  This time it took only 20 minutes.  Here are 5 easy steps to help you achieve a successful braid out.

  • First step is to section hair into 4 or 6 sections
  • Second step is to use a creamy leave in conditioner
  • Third step is to apply the leave in to the section you wish to braid ( I like to twist the ends instead of braiding all the way down)
  • Fourth step is to apply a natural oil to the ends of the hair.
  • Fifth step is to unravel the hair and fluff
I have to say that I'm in love with the braid out. Check out my results.


I woke up like this!!