Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

As a wife and mom, the responsibility of grocery shopping and meal planning tends to fall on us. In the beginning of my marriage, I have to be honest and say that this was my least favorite thing to do as a wife. I didn't know how to really cook in the beginning, so going to the grocery store wasn't priority on my list. After I had my son, I realized that things had to change and I wanted to make sure my family was eating a well balanced meal. Now fast forward to now and who would have thought that meal planning and groceries are all I think about now! Yeah, I know that's a little weird, but I love planning meals and going to different stores that has the best deals. It's amazing the amount of produce you can get when there is a deal going on. With that being said, I want to share my routine and tips to get you started! Your family will love you for it and you will feel accomplished!!!

  • Pick your grocery shopping day- We set wash days for our hair, so why not  set a day for the grocery store. My day is Friday. I love to get my groceries before the weekend begins. Even my children know that Friday is the day! Kids love to have a routine, but that's another post for another time! :)
  • Check your sale ads (Usually on Wednesday)- Wednesdays are the days where I check the sale ads from Publix, Aldi's, Kroger, and Sprouts. This will determine where I get different food items. I like to start planning my meals and writing my grocery list on this day, which is also  the day where I like to walk through around the home to what is needed.
  • Create meals with what you have first- I am still trying to get better with this! You can save so much money with what you have in the home.  This will expand your creativity and also lower that grocery bill. You will be amazed at what you can make!
  • Organize your grocery list- I like to organize my list by store and I also like to make a breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner list to make sure that everything is covered.
  • Save time by ordering your groceries online- I am so thankful that my favorite store which is Kroger has allowed their customers to also shop online. It's similar to Walmart, but there is a fee for using the service. I really don't mind the fee when it comes to my time and I also love the fact that you can order the groceries on the same day. This has also allowed me to make sure I stay within budget. I stick to my list and it gives me the total beforehand, so if I notice I'm close to overspending, I can remove items.
So, there you have it. If you start with this routine, I promise this will be a breeze and maybe fun to do! If you don't know what to cook, check out some recipes that are catered to what you already have in your pantry. Happy Grocery Shopping! We can do this!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Time to get back to the Basics

Since we're writing goals and trying to get off to a great start, I feel this is a perfect time to get back to the basics of healthy hair. I have really seen changes with my hair that I am not happy with. I got comfortable and just didn't care as much. I regret doing that, and now I'm ready to make a change and really see what my hair is capable of doing. Once I achieved waist length, I gave up on the health of the hair. Growing hair is great, but the health of your hair as well as retaining length is what's important. Not only will I focus on my hair, but as you all know I have a daughter with the same amount of hair that needs TLC as well. I honestly feel I let it go because of working with 2 heads, but that's another story. Creating a schedule is the beginning of healthy hair. This will allow me to make sure I give the hair the nourishment it needs on that day and everything else will follow through. Below are the steps that I will take for my hair.

Co-Wash Day- Every other Sunday ( I will section the hair into 6 sections and use castor oil and a conditioner to detangle the hair before I actually step into the shower to wash the hair). I will apply the conditioner to the section and use my fingers to gently detangle each section as well as massage the scalp. The goal is to be able to glide my fingers through my hair, so the conditioner needs to be a thick creamy substance. ( Clarify the hair once a month with a sulfate free shampoo).

Deep Condition with Castor Oil- Once hair is washed, I will use a quality natural conditioner for my deep treatment as well as the castor oil. I will apply the conditioner to each section like before and also apply the castor oil to my scalp and ends. Once I have covered each section, I will use a plastic cap or plastic grocery bag ( you know how it is), and sit under the dryer for 20 to 30 minutes. Once that is done, I will rinse the hair with cool hair. I will alternate with a protein conditioner every other Sunday.

StyleFor styling the hair, it really depends on what I will have to do that day. On days where I know I won't be going anywhere, I will plait my hair into 6 braids. Most of the time, I wear my hair in a bun for a couple of days before I wear my hair in a braid out or twist out. After that, I will plait my hair with a leave in conditioner, shea butter and castor oil and twirl my ends with the shea butter.  I notice that my braid outs or twist outs has better results with butters and oils. I will also try more protective styles.

Night- I've always stayed faithful to my satin bonnet and scarf, so I will continue to do that. I also would like to plait or twist my hair every other day if the hair isn't in a protective style. This is something that I have always done, so I will stick to this routine.