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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.

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!

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 : (

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

Little men need love too!

10 Dec

It just came to me… I’ve been neglecting haircare for boys. I don’t know how that got past me? Well maybe because my little guys are so low maintenance.

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My boys don’t have the long hair, all braided up and what not. We keep it cut and maybe let it grow to little curls but that is it. I feel now this is me… I don’t have any girls, I have boys and they will have short hair not long, I will not be braiding, twisting, locking or ponytailing my son’s hair and my husband feels the same. My husband does cut their hair and his own and does a great job.

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Even though their hair is low maintenance problems do arise, like find the right shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, dry scalp and haircuts.

I will be adding boys hair care to my blog because little guys need love too and who doesn’t love a guy with a great head of hair…short or long.

Relaxer Update

7 Dec

I usually wait 4 months (16weeks) before I relaxer my hair again. This time it was 19 weeks.

It did come out alot better than my last one, I think it was because I only relaxed just a little bit of my hair (new growth) instead of my entire length.

I am going to change my relaxer next time to optimum because dark and lovely gets my hair too too straight.

Overall I really like my results but not love.

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My next relaxer date is in march but I might wait a little longer not sure because hair goes through crazy changes after giving birth (due in feb)…we will see.

Turning Back…and I’am Ok With It

6 Jul

Soooooo Guys! I decided to start relaxing my hair again. Don’t freak! Lol. My husband almost had a fit and protested when I told him. He watched me struggle with my hair during my transitition and supported me along the way. I did get on his nerves alot lol…sorry boo.

I have thought long and hard about relaxing again. I also don’t feel that my 1 year and 5 months without a relaxer was a waste or that I’am giving up. I got alot out of my journey. I learned how to take care of my natural hair. I got a better understanding of my hair and hair in general. I learned so many different styles and technqiues that I can apply to my relaxed hair. Like roller sets and bantu knots. I feel like I have more options because I can do most of the same styles with relaxed hair that I could with natural.

I will try to relax only 3 times a year, every 4 months. I’m used to stretching that long anyway and with me not having a relaxer for over a year… I know I can.
I found some good blog post on how to prep hair for relaxers that I will be following. I think my only problem is this first relaxer. Like finding where my natural and relax hair meet and with one side of my head being almost relaxer free this should be interesting.

I still will focus on healthy hair, products and hair styles. Until next time.

Happy Hair : )

Catching Up

6 Jul

Hey! Been awhile. I’ve been busy with moving and morning sickness. My husband and I will be expecting our 3rd child in feb! I gotta say this is the last child I will be popping out. I never really enjoyed being pregnant and morning sickness (but who likes being sick). I just love end result the baby smell, the chubby faces, tiny feet and watching them grow. We plan on having foster childen  and I don’t want to take attention away from them that need us with morning sickness and aches and pains and such. I think I will be happy with our 3 and giving to children who need love and comfort.

Happy Hair : )