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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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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?