Like mother like daughters

30 Aug

I finally got around to making mommy daughter dresses.

I’m so pleased how they turned out and how everything came together.

I didn’t want the dresses to to be exactly the same, just use the same fabric. I got my fabric from Joanns fabric in the juvenile section when it was on sale for $5 yard! It’s a polyester knit.

I came across a free pattern from LBG STUDIO for the girls. I wanted something causal and comfy that they could play in because my girls are very active. A no fuss dress. I could also see these dresses as nightgowns.

I made the two styles that was in the tutorial and added pockets to both. I made my 4 year olds dress bodice bigger and had to take in my 2 year olds bodice. I also took 2 inches off the bottom of my 2 year olds dress.

I paired them with clear glitter jelly Mary Jane sandals from Walmart .

My dress is made from a pattern from Made for Mermaids. They do have a matching pattern for babies and girls. I loved everything about it. I made the natural waist maxi with back view A. I drafted and added my own pockets right into the side seam. I love pockets and who doesn’t need pockets?!

I paired my dress with clear/jelly sandals from Forever 21.

We wore our outfits on our family vacation to Rohobeth beach. They were comfortable and cool for a night on the board walk where they played arcade games and rode rides at the amusement park.

These dresses will transition well into early fall with a jean jacket or a chunky cardigan.

I can’t wait to get started on our next mommy and me ensemble.

I Got Gels!

19 Apr

Can I tell you about how much I love gel nail polish?!

It is the best!

No smell!

Dries fast!

Super shiny!

Lasts more then a couple mins…if done right it’s suppose to last for 2 weeks!

I don’t usually do my fingernails. The fumes are crazy and my husband is allergic. I don’t usually have the time to paint and wait for them to dry. If i do have the time they get chipped and messed up within minutes (I’am a mommy) heartbreaking. But my toes are done year round.

Now that I have two little girls my love to nail paint/art has surfaced big time again. My oldest daughter is 4 and she loves to paint her nails to the point of 50 times a day😩. I got her some water based peelable polish which has really come a long way since I had it as a little girl. I picked some up as a Christmas present at Kmart and just recently ordered some from Amazon when I ordered a new led nail lamp and polish.

Water Based Nail Polish

I’am a huge diyer. If I can do it myself at home and possibly save some $$$, then I’am doing it.

I never really cared for going to the salon and paying money for something I could myself. I haven’t really found anyone who did an amazing job on my nails except for this nail tech couple who used to work for sister at her salon and spa. She later sold her business and the techs moved 😔.

I was not spending $30-50 on my nails every 2 weeks when I could use that $50 to buy everything I needed to do them, I don’t know how many more times.

I started off with Sensationail polish to gel transfer kit. You mix your regular nail polish with gel to get the gel polish. Now that was cool because I loved the colors of polish I had, but again it still had those horrible fumes and it was so hard to take off. I started to pick up gel polish from Sallys and It would take forever for my nails to cure. I checked the led wattage, it was 4.5. I researched and found that a good fast cure you would need about 36 wattage lamp. I found one on Amazon along with some gel polish, great prices!

I think I spent a totally of $60 for the lamp, 18 mini gel polishes, the water based polish, gel base and top coat!

Gellen Pro 36W Nail Dryer LED Lamp

Mini Gel Polish

Gel Base and Top Coat

I also randomly found a starter stamping kit at walmart for $10.

I tried everything this week and it was really fun. I do have to work on my technique with clean up and what not. Practice makes perfect.

Who doesn’t love to have fun and save money?!

Steaming Hair Products, worth the hype???

26 Feb

I have been eyeing the Caruso steam Curlers and a steam cap for a few years now and haven’t gotten around to actually buying them. Well i finally brought them! I’am pretty happy with my purchase.

The steam cap is pretty simple. You can use it for hot oil treatments prepoos and deep conditioning. I use it for both. After you apply the product to your hair, cover hair with a plastic cap. Place cap in the microwave heat for 90 seconds and place over hair.

CONS: It’s a little heavy but not too bad. I was able to work out with it on. Children, it may be an issue. My 4 year old was able to keep it on for 10 mins but that is the suggested use time. I keep it on for 30 mins to 1hr.

If you keep it on after 20 minutes you may want to reheat in the microwave.

It’s not that big. Some say they are able to use curlers with it. I don’t even see how that’s possible…

PROS: The steam helps the products penetrate the hair better and faster. You don’t have to sit under a dryer. You can go about your day, while your hair is been beautified…kills to birds with one stone.

Cuts down on application time.

Overall I really like it!

CARUSO STEAM CURLERS

I like that they curl your hair without heat and without having to wait forever and a day for your hair to dry if you were to curl you hair without heat (curlformers, pillow curlers, twist/braidouts, bantu knots, etc.).

I used them twice but only on a small section of my hair.

My hair was shiny when I took them out and the curlers were not super tight ( they did fall some but I like it that way).

The next day my hair was dry on ends got to watch out for that.

I left the curlers in for about an hour. My hair had been flat ironed for almost a week.

I’ll give a full review after I use them on my entire head.

New Look 6415 Pattern Review

18 Jan

I made a black wearable muslin of this knit tunic back in October. I decided that a weekend getaway (to the Poconos) would be perfect to sew this up again.

I purchased the rayon knit fabric from Joanns. Wish I had more time to buy online. Joanns is expensive and their apparel fabric wasn’t on sale, now it is 😒.

I made view D with long sleeves.

I pretty much followed the patterns directions. I did lower the neck line and sewn the sleeves in flat instead of setting them in (I hate set in sleeves). I also thought about making the sleeves longer because I have long arms, but I forgot to add on to the sleeves. The sleeves turned out fine.

I like how it hides the tummy and the back rolls, very flattering.

It’s a quick and easy pattern. I’am also new to working with knits. This was a success!

I will mostly make again in a different view.

    Past hair routine 

    18 Jan

    My hair routine has been basically the same for the past 3 years. My hair was growing pretty nicely. It was hitting my mid back😁. This past year I’ve been struggling and hit some set backs 😢😤.

    For past couple of years my routine was pretty much

    Every 2 weeks

    • Oil treatment/prepoo(coconut and castor oil
    • Shampoo – only applying shampoo to my scalp
    • Condition
    • Apply coconut oil and blow dry
    • Then braid or twist into 2 braids/flat twist

    Every 4 months

    • Relax and trim

    Every once in awhile I would flatiron

    I’m sure pregnancy hormones helped quite a bit.

    The past year I have been going into my broker’s office regularly for meetings and working. I always had to have my hair done, meaning putting stress on my hair more than usual and that’s when I started to notice the breakage. I was losing my length and health.

    I’m trying to go back to my old ways and maybe even washing my hair every week. One week cowash, next week shampoo and condition. But I probably won’t be applying heat every week.

    My hair over the past 3 years

    It’s been awhile… I’m back!

    5 Dec

    Heyyyyy!

    Well it’s going on 3 years since my last post, and some things have happened. It has been 3 years.

    My baby girl is 3 now going on 4 or 14, shoot I can’t tell…so much freakin attitude. I gotten my real estate license entered in the world of real estate (Realtor), A dream I had for 6 years, found out it’s not for me 😔.  I decided I will probably not renew my license next year and will continue on working with my husband in his real estate investing company. 

    Iam still relaxed, well textlaxed.  I wish I would have documented the past 3 years of my hair because it was growing pretty strong and got pretty long. I will upload some pics and regiment in a later post. I guess I had a couple of set backs that brings me to now, trying to figure out what the heck is going on with my hair.

    Oh yeah! I had another baby! Another girl! She is 1 going on 2, born a week before my my oldest daughter turn 2. That brings the total to 4 kids! 2 boys and 2 girls. Before you ask “are you done?” UM YEAH! I was done after the 3rd but depo failed…smh. 

    Anywho, I have some much to share from of course hair.. to diy.. to anything that I finding interesting and what’s on my mind.

    Talk to ya soon!

    Valentine’s Tea Party ♥ 1st Birthday

    1 Apr

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    My Babygirl’s 1st birthday came and went. That year went by way too fast 😦

    Anywho, I have some things I made for her special day I wanted to share.

    I love to bake and create yummy cakes and cupcakes for my family and friends.  I have been wanting to try baking those cute little cakes in the can. I thought it would be perfect for my daughter’s first cake.

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    All you need is cake mix or homemade recipe prepare as on box or as usual. Can(s), I used 2 tomato sauce cans.

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    They do take longer to bake just keep an eye on them and don’t fill the cans up too much. After done baking let cool and decorate. I did a rose design with a large star tip.

    For her party I went with cupcakes in the design of a bouquet of roses.

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    This was my second time making a cupcake bouquet but on a larger scale. You will need more than 24 cupcakes, found that out last minute. Got the pot and styrofoam ball at Joanns fabric (used those coupons). The styrofoam ball is expensive I am sure it was 8 inches and so was the pot. I painted the pot with acrylic paint and added sticker letters to create my message.

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    Hot glued the styrofoam ball on very quickly around the edges of the pot.
    You attach the cupcakes with toothpicks, there are plenty of tutorials out there. I would suggest decorating the cupcakes prior to putting them on the ball. It can get a little messy but I like the outcome better than decorating while the cupcakes are already on the ball. I decorated the cupcakes here while on the ball. Its totally up to you. Fill in gaps with tissue paper. 

    Now to my favorite! The first thing I have sewn for my little lady, her party dress.

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    She had a Valentine’s tea party. Love the hearts on the dress. Got the fabric from Joanns 50% off and used McCalls 5791 pattern, the dress that is being modeled.

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    I didn’t make the bloomers or headband. I made 2 simple 5 petal flowers from leftover fabric from the dress and glued it on a purchased headband and on the dress.

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    And look at those shoes! They are the cutest!  Got them at Burlington coat factory for $6. Gotta love Minnie Mouse!

    I decorated our house with paper heart chains. Gave paper teacups fill with Valentine’s candy to the little girls as favors and robots made of candy to the boys.

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    I can’t wait until next year! Finally get to plan and host girly parties!

    Postpartum shedding is a B****!

    10 Jul

    I’ve been experiencing
    postpartum shedding like no other. Postpartum shedding is normal months after giving birth but I have never experienced this much before. The worst part is, it is shedding and thining in the front of my head, making me feel self conscious.

    The only thing I can do is to roll with the punches and not put too much too stress on my hair.

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                 Top pic is postpartum
                  Bottom pic is before

    Did anyone experience this?
    Any tips?

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    UPDATE!!!!!!
    My edges have been growing back but sadly my baby girl’s hair is shedding : (

    Crochet Bootie Socks

    13 Mar

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    You can find the sock pattern here and the bow pattern here.

    VBAC, It CAN BE DONE!

    25 Feb

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    I had my baby GIRL going on almost two weeks ago! I didn’t want to know what we were having but my husband did, so at the 20 week ultrasound the tech told him while I went to the bathroom. All of our family and friends were kept for knowing until the big day as well. My husband did a great job at keeping it a secret. This was the most stressful pregnancy so far due to things unrelated to the pregnancy, so when she did arrive she was the great light at the end of the tunnel.

    On to labor and delivery. About a month before my due date the doctors tried to scare me into having a scheduled c-section because I had a c-section with my last baby. I had a vaginal with the first. Check out more My Birth History. I really had my heart set on the another vaginal birth but im flexible. They tried to scare me into a scheduled c section a week before my due date. I was not happy. I wanted the baby to come on its own. At my next appointment I talked them into giving me a week after my due date. My due date was feb 16th, my c section was to be the 21st if i didn’t go into labor on my own. I was more ok with that option.
    About a week before I gave birth I started spotting and having inconsistent contractions. That week at the doctors I was 2cm and 50% effaced. More spotting and contractions but nothing to be alarmed about just super annoying. The next week, tuesday The office calls to change my appointment from thursday to later that day because there was a big snow and ice storm coming wed and thursday. I washed and did my hair thinking I had a couple days before I went into labor. While doing so I was having some pretty strong contractions and they were getting closer together. On my way to the docs I was having them, walking to the office I had to stop because of them. While Waiting, more contractions. While the nurse was taking my blood pressure I had more which raised my blood pressure. When I got examined I had a couple. I had only dilated one more cm since the last visit but they wanted me to get observed. So to labor and delivery I went. I was told to walk around the unit for an hour and the contractions got stronger and painful. I was only 4-5cm and they were thinking about sending me home. I didn’t want to go home because the contractions were really bad. Then they decided I was in active labor. I got a bag of fluids before my epidural (orignally I didn’t want one but the pain was so bad at only 5cm than with my last baby, the 9 ponder at 9cm. I really wanted one). I got the epidural and the doc broke my water and gave me poticin. I was so happy and relaxed. I got a couple hours of sleep and rest before i was awaked by painful contractions. The contractions kept getting stronger and more painful. That epidual failed me!!!! It was push time and too late for another epidual. There was so much pain and pressure it made it hard to think and push. After pushing for a little while I was allowed to take a 30min break. Which helped alot with bringing the baby down. I pushed for around 30-45 more mins. I felt that ring of fire they tell you about when the baby’s head crowns. The nurses had the nerve to tell me to stop pushing and to wait for the doc. It felt like a boulder in my vagina. I clawed at my husband’s arm and said where is she (the doc) she needs to hurry up! I told them I can’t hold it and pushed that baby out! They put her right on my chest and thats when the doc came in. Wow! THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!! I held my baby up to see if it was a boy or girl. At first glance I saw the umbilical cord and thought another boy but was like look around it and seen a vagina!!!! I finally got my little girl!!!! I cried happy tears!!!!

    I didn’t even tear! Which was even awesomer lol.

    That was my third time giving birth, it was the easiest, fastest but the most painful. Everyone was for sure I was having another c section (even myself at times). I believed in my body and I had, I guess a natural vbac! Yay me. My body always knows how to surprise me and be amazing. Thank God for everything!!!!

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                           Baby J
                          8lbs 1oz
                             20in
                          2/12/14