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Self-care Sundays

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This mommy, wife, sister, friend, wanna get fit, big dream-chasing life gets crazy sometimes! I’m so super grateful for it and all that is on the way but, sometimes I forget that taking care of me should be on my list as well and it does not make me a bad mother or a neglectful wife.

Things like scheduling a pedicure, getting a facial or taking myself to the chiropractor for this annoying back pain I’ve had for 2 years now. Or asking hubby to watch Benjamin while I go to Home Goods or Target. Carving out 2 hours to go to Barnes and Noble with Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I can read it in peace and finally finish it!

What I’ve also realized is that self-care is also letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. We’ve all had that “friend” who always has something negative to say and is always the first to “turn up” and bring the drama wherever they go. Or that relationship that you are in that is going nowhere fast but, you stay out of fear of starting over.

Let me just say, that saying no sometimes is so unbelievably therapeutic. As a former people pleaser, this is tough to do but, it feels too great not to! Not in a mean, nasty way of course but, there’s just so many family gatherings, birthday parties, dinners, and baby showers I can go to in a month while still handling my business and taking out some time for me.

I’m still figuring, adjusting, and rearranging my life to squeeze in my definition of self-care because, after 30+ years of living, I FINALLY know that it is more than necessary.

What’s your idea of self-care? How often are you including it into your daily/weekly/ monthly routine?

Check out some of my favorite things to use when I need to just do me!




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Beauty, PCOS

My Holy Grail of Natural Summer Skin Care

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Hey loves!

I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far.  In my mind, I seriously thought I would be sitting beachside in Florida by now but, things don’t always go as planned. I have been secretly really down about it but, I’m hoping hubby, Benjamin, and I can book a flight down there (or anywhere for that matter) sometime soon to see my side of the family.

I work in Education so I have been off work for a few weeks now, giving me time to love on my baby and work on a few life goals.  He’s walking and turning into a real, sociable little person.  It’s been amazing to watch! My prayer these days is to make this my life every day while still having a lucrative income (and I’m crazy enough to believe that it will happen).

 

The name of the game this summer is: New Experiences.  I have made it my mission to push fear aside and do new things in my life.  This includes taking Benjamin to different places around the city, getting him a passport, and giving him the opportunity to experience new things.  He’s only a year old so, almost everything is still new to him right now.  Something simple like going to a new park, a new restaurant or our local children’s museum is on my list of summer to-do’s.

With all of this running around in this Georgia summer heat, I have been even more vigilant about my skincare.  Forty is a few short years away and I’m trying to protect my skin from any premature aging as much as possible. Coming up a skincare regimen has always been a daunting task for me.  Keeping my naturally oily skin healthy without looking like an oil slick has been difficult over the years.  On top of that, this natural health journey will not allow me to put just anything on my skin.

Most skincare products on the market contain ingredients that can do more harm than good.  Skin allergies and hormone disruption are the most common negative side effects.

After searching high and low, I have come across some great products that are natural and give me that infamous summer glow I’ve been looking for.

My newly found treasures come from the MadHippie and Suntegrity skin care lines.

  1. The Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum is my must-have product every single day. Within a few days of using it, my skin felt like silk!  Full of antioxidants, along with vitamin C, this serum helps with discoloration, the appearance of wrinkles, and as a natural exfoliant thanks to the grapefruit extract. The Vitamin A serum is next up on my list of products to try.
  2. Suntegrity sunscreen is a product that’s been on my radar for about a few years now, and I can’t believe I just started using it a few, short months ago.  Sun protection is something that I have not always taken seriously because I have brown skin (biggest myth ever) and every sunscreen I tried was greasy and left a not so cute, white film on my skin. Not to mention finding one that was free of toxic ingredients such as oxybenzoneavobenzone,octisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, and octinoxate, seemed impossible. Until I found Suntegrity! No greasy feel, natural ingredients, and broad-spectrum protection all-in-one.

What is your skin care regimen? Which natural products do you swear by?

If you’re looking for some natural products for babies, read about my top three picks here.


Beauty

Hair 101: Pregnancy Effects

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Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I noticed something– my hair was different, and not in a good way.  When I had my hair pressed for my wedding day, I was 9 weeks pregnant and I could just tell it was limp and not as full as it used to be at all.

I thought it was heat damage at first but, when I washed my hair it would revert right back perfectly to its natural curl pattern so I knew that was not it.  I realized that this little human was causing more changes than I knew so, I would have to switch some things up with my hair.

What I do differently:

  1. I used to wash and condition my hair by myself most of the time but now I get my hair shampooed, conditioned, trimmed, and blowdried every two weeks by my hairdresser (I do not have the energy to deal with it myself right now).
  2. I started using Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Scalp treatment on my scalp and it is heavenly!  My scalp has been drier than usual and when my hairdresser introduced me to this product, I was hooked.  It makes my head feel amazing!
  3. Less is more.  I’ve never been real fussy with my hair but, now I do a lot more low-maintenance styles.  A high bun for a week, a low bun the next week, a twistout for a few days after that, and then back to a high bun.

My hair seems to be doing a little better now that I have been using very little heat on it and my appetite has picked up somewhat so maybe there are more nutrients available for hair growth.  This whole journey helps me to see that I will learn something new every day, every week, and every month, and to just adjust as I go.

As long as my little pumpkin is growing and doing okay, everything else is minor stuff.

What changes did pregnancy bring to your hair?