Worship Night with Travis Greene

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Hey there! Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you like it.

I am a Christian and have no issues with sharing my faith to anyone, anywhere, online and offline. So here I am sharing one of my recent experiences.

If you’ve been following me, most of you know that I am pregnant and am currently in my third trimester. As much as I love being at home and being a stay at home mom to my precious two year old sometimes this mama needs time away. Sure enough this past Saturday I was able to spend some time in God’s presence with Travis Greene leading us there.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. One of the songs that truly got me one of the darkest moments in my life is “Made A Way” which he wrote as he was going through one of his darkest moments. But this is not to take away from his other songs that are just as powerful like “Intentional” and “You Waited” which were flawlessly ministered. Also, his entire band is amazing and equally as enjoyable to watch and to listen to. His whole team is a powerful force of worshippers. They are dedicated to their ministry and it shows.

During the meet and greet I was able to ask Travis Greene this question, “How do you keep from burning out in the ministry?” and this was his response.

Overall, this was a night I really needed and was really blessed. I hope to be able to attend more gospel events in the future.

Here are some highlights from that night.

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Do you take time for yourself? How do you recharge?

Fall Protective Hairstyle for Toddlers

20190904_133351_00001134605203.pngHey there! Thank you so much for checking my blog. I’m really hoping you get inspired from this post and most importantly that you feel empowered to take care of you little one’s hair.

I’m sure by now your social media has been bombarded with many First Day of School hairdo’s and hair fails. I’m not going to lie. I have seen a few and they have me laugh.

Although my eldest is still too young to attend school there are a few functions that take place in the fall. For example, the weather changes from hot to cold. The winds are getting chillier and more clothes are required than the simple t-shirt and short combo. But in my household, baby number 2 is coming soon. This means that things are changing, and changing fast. However, I don’t want to forsake my daughter’s hair care regimen because of the new baby.

So I made a list of what the perfect hair care regimen would be for me and my girl. For starters, I need her hair to be moisturized  and hydrated with the least amount of products. I know from experience that her hair loves braids and twists. However, whenever her strands ares exposed her hair gets dry. I also know that because she is still growing, her hair texture is constantly changing. I have noticed that the hair closer to her scalp tends to be tighter in curls and looser near the ends. I’ve also made sure to cut off the dry ends to avoid damages going up the hair shaft.

So this season is all about flat braids with a twist at the end. This hairstyle is perfect for us. Given she’s given the right amount of distractions as listed in my previous blog, Tips for Doing Toddler’s Hair.

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Most of the time, I can get this hairstyle done in 30 minutes to 45 minutes. It will typically last 1 to 2 weeks. It’s great for me because once it’s done, it’s done. It’s great for her because she hates getting her hair done.

Once her hair is washed, conditioned and towel-dried I use the Texture ID Intense Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner followed by the Texture ID Styling Cream.

I will have a detailed review coming soon. So stay tuned.

This season will have lots of changes in our family. One thing I can keep the same is my ability to be a positive role model for my daughter when it comes to her hair care.

How do you do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby No.2: Fears?

As excited as I am, I think that there is such a responsibility placed on parents today that we can’t help but feel anxious. Sometimes if we don’t address it fears tend to overpower our excitement of the future. We are a family of 3 and soon we will be a family of 4…

I love my little family of 3. I love what we have become. I love how easy we flow and how well we understand one another, for the most part. Every day is an adventure where we can grow into the humans God created us to be.

In our home, mistakes are made but rectified. We apologize willingly and sincerely even when we have no idea what we’re apologizing for. There is grace to grow despite the frustration of growing pains. We accept constructive criticisms and are willing to take it ourselves without compromising our way of life. We have become home. So why am I so scared for the arrival of the second baby?

I’ve done it before. I’ve been here before, haven’t I?

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The truth is I haven’t. Who am I kidding? I had one precious little girl and she was amazing. I needed to do the work and she’s still amazing. But this time, I will be dealing with another baby. This baby could very well be a different baby, with different wants, needs, mannerisms and dreams. Who knows? Well I know. This baby is different.

Let’s not forget the fact that my firstborn will be in for a surprise when she realizes that Mommy is not just her Mommy but someone else’s too. She won’t be sharing my attention with Daddy anymore but with another who depends on me for more than just potty help and story time fun.

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In all honesty, what scares me the most is that I won’t be able to handle the two. That I will somehow be less than a good mom to my firstborn. I’m afraid that she will feel neglected because of the new baby. I’m also afraid that the new baby won’t have all of me because my daughter was here first and she still needs me. I’m afraid that I will be too tired to function like I should.

Most importantly, I’m afraid that I will change in a way that causes my marriage to suffer. At the end of the day, my husband is my partner for life. He will do his very best to make sure that he does his part but will it be enough? Is there enough of me to keep everyone happy?

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This is where I have to trust God. Everyone already has an opinion as to what should be done and how it should be done. Believe me, my husband and I have heard and still hear a good bit of it. It’s disheartening sometimes because as much as we believe in our abilities to do this, we’re still fighting our own insecurities. Sometimes we take it out on each other and most of the time we hurt ourselves. These are behaviours we don’t want our children to model.

But, if God can appoint us to be life partners to one another and parents to our children it’s because we have the ability and capacity to do so. It won’t be easy but we will do it. It will be messy but we will clean it up. We will show up everyday and do better until our time is up.

I will not lie to you I am scared yet I can hear God in the early mornings tell me, “You’re ok. It’s gonna be ok.” With that I get up, show up and be me for my family.

#HOTGIRLSUMMER: Pregnant Girl Edition

Hi there, thank you so much for reading my post. I hope that you enjoy it and get inspired.

It’s August, which means I’m well into my 8th month of my pregnancy. I remember dreading being pregnant the first time and as much I do not enjoy all the inconveniences that come with it (again) I made a conscious decision to do my best and make the most of it. One of the ways I’ve decided to enjoy myself is to have a stylish #hotgirlsummer. Here are some of my favourite outfits this summer.

Those are my top five summer favourites. The best part is that most of these were under $20. Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like to shop or spend money.

How was your #hotgirlsummer?

Pregnancy: What I Went Through

20190730_142135_0000303536259.pngHey! So glad you’re reading. I really hope you enjoy this blog post.

When you think of a pregnant woman, most people think of a growing belly bump. Some may think of these gorgeous women doing elaborate maternity. Some may see a glowing mother to be. But few really understand what goes on with pregnancy. So I decided to compile a list of things I went through. If you are pregnant I hope this provides some clarity for you.

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Congratulations! There’s a baby in your belly. Unfortunately, like most women in this stage you feel like CRAP! You feel bloated, backed up and nauseous. Of course that’s just to name a few.

Some women don’t have any of these symptoms. Unfortunately that wasn’t my case. I mean the boobs came in and my stomach stayed flat. Most people didn’t even know I was pregnant. I looked great! However, I could not for the life of me feel the way I looked. But at least I didn’t have to spend any more money on pads and tampons.

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This is where it gets better. At this stage, the belly is growing and I began to let people know so that they didn’t start assuming. Here the bloating goes away, my energy is back but the cravings started to come.

At this point I noticed that the baby has taken over my appetite. I mean things I used to like I realized was no longer on my dietary menu. For example, with my first pregnancy I could not for the life of my enjoy any junk food of any kind. I am an avid junk food addict and with my first pregnancy I would take a salad over cookies any day. Now I can’t enjoy chicken. Chicken?! Like why? But yea. The baby takes over and says, “We are not eating that.” and my brain just agrees. So that’s the new reality.

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So now we are here. I am tired and I mean tired. I can’t sleep through the night like I used to. I’ve got a human being creating chaos in my body and constantly adjusting to motherhood and pregnancy simultaneously. My brain feels foggy but mostly due to fatigue. My body constantly reminds me to slow down. Maybe vacuuming the whole three floors of my house at once is not a good idea. I always want to take a nap. In short, I am tired.

My body is constantly stretching physically in preparation for the labour and delivery of my baby. It is extremely uncomfortable and sometimes my thighs and lower back are sore just because of this. I get out of breath very easily. Sometimes the baby will move in a way that causes me extreme discomfort. It’s not always fun. But life goes on.

The beauty with pregnancy is that no matter how annoying this whole process is, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. When I was pregnant with my first, I was concerned with her well being but we’ve thrived so much. I love every moment of her life, even when I don’t enjoy it.

So whoever you are, wherever you are, stay strong. You got this mama! What’s your pregnancy journey like?

Potty Trained in 2 Weeks!

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ugh! Potty training is the one challenge I was not looking forward to. If you read my last potty training blog post you know that it did not go as well as I wanted to. I had all these expectations from listening to my mother talk about her potty training experience with me and my sisters and my husband was potty training in four days (FOUR DAYS?!). I read blogs on potty training in 3 days, I asked for advice from other moms and child care professionals and forced my daughter to watch potty training videos on youtube.

She wasn’t ready So we put the potty away decided to wait. You can read more here.

But I’m glad to see to say that my daughter is potty trained and I couldn’t be more proud!

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Diaper Hit List

Hi guys! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. This week I’m just going to list the names of the diapers that I have purchased and used on my daughter. If you follow on instagram (if you don’t click here), you would be aware that I am currently pregnant with baby number 2 so this means more diapers, yay!

Personally, I didn’t think I would be that mom who would be all into diapers. In fact, for a while I didn’t know other brands existed outside of Pampers and Huggies. To be honest, I didn’t really care. I was fortunate enough to have diapers bought for me that by the time my baby was born I was grateful I didn’t have to spend my coin for it. But then we ran out of diapers and had to buy it ourselves. That’s when my husband and I started to look at diapers differently.

When purchasing diapers I have to take these factors into considerations.

  1. How long will it keep my baby’s butt dry?
  2. Will it explode?
  3. What’s the price tag?
  4. How much in a pack?

If I’m not satisfied with the answers to these questions I don’t purchase them. Mind you I have been wrong before and there are diapers I WILL NEVER, EVER buy again. But that’s a different story for a different post.

So here is the list.

  • Pampers Baby Dry
  • Pampers Pure
  • Rascal + Friends

All of these can be found at most retailers, except for Rascal + Friends which can only be found at Wal-Mart. I don’t mind because I love Wal-Mart.

Which are your favourite diaper brands?

How To Stay Sun Safe: Pregnant Edition

Unfortunately, yesterday I went through an embarrassing situation. As embarrassing as it was, it was a lesson I needed to learn.

I was out and on my way to a meeting and while waiting for the bus, I started to get a little light headed. Since this isn’t my first pregnancy, I passed it off as my blood pressure being a little low. I stuck my head between my legs and let the cool breeze hit my face. As time went on, I realized that I was beginning to sweat profusely. I was no longer rocking that pregnancy glow but more of a human water fountain look.

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Even then, I kept on acting like everything was fine. My daughter, who was with me, noticed that something wasn’t right and began asking me over and over again, “Mommy are you alright?” I continued to reassure her that I was fine. We both knew I wasn’t fine. I couldn’t cool down, I was sweaty, extremely thirsty, nauseous, couldn’t breathe normally and knew that I was going to pass out.

Eventually someone came by and offered me some help. They gave me some of their water and I was able to recover before things got really bad. It turns out that I experienced heat exhaustion.

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Mielle Organics Review

20190627_1137051342288511.jpgMy curl type is 4b/c. It really doesn’t mean much except for the fact that I have really tight curls and coils. A lot of the time, I find myself really frustrated when it comes to finding products that really cater to my curls. In fact, to be honest I find that not only is my curl type is often under represented, it is often misrepresented. So when I found that Mielle Organics had products for type 4 hair I decided to give it a try for myself.

Click the video and see what I think!

What’s on your hair care regimen?

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Ultra Hydration line Review

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*All products reviewed were gifted, however all reviews expressed in the following are purely my own.

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Thank you for checking out my review. Just a heads up, my hair texture is within the 4b/c and my toddler’s is within 4 range.

When I first heard of the DD Girls With Curls Ultra Hydration line I was really skeptical. Simply, because there wasn’t much spoken about it. There weren’t many reviews, not much media, in fact not much of anything.

So when I was contacted to host a giveaway of the line on my channel I jumped on it. I love giving away free products, but most importantly I think it’s really important to find products that fit our needs without breaking the bank. Personally, I believe that as a mother it’s my duty to teach my daughter the importance of self-love, self-care and self-awareness. If I can make her journey in life easier by helping her take care of her hair then I would be really happy.

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  • Ultra Hydration Coconut Curl CoWash which comes in 250 mL, in a tube and retails for $5.97 CAD
  • Ultra Hydration Coconut Curl Butter which comes in 180 mL and in a tub and retails for $5.97 CAD
  • Ultra Hydration Coconut Curl Styling Cream which comes in 125mL in a tube and retails for $5.97 CAD

This is what the dippity-do Girls With Curls website states about each of them.

Coconut Curl CoWash.  Enriched with star nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, bamboo extract and shea butter to help lock in essential moisture and lock out frizz. This gentle 5 in 1 formula cleanses, conditions, detangles, adds shine and deep treats your hair in one step. Leaves your hair silkier, stronger, and glossier without added residue.”

Coconut Curl Butter. Moisturizing formula instantly rehydrates and boosts shine to transform dully, frizzy and coily hair into perfectly defined curls. An exclusive shine blend of Coconut, Avocado & Macadamia Oils combined with creamy Shea and Cocoa Butter melts into each strand helping maximize curl length and preventing shrinkage for longer lasting styles with light hold.”

Coconut Curl Styling Cream. A moisture-rich frizz control styling cream that tackles 3 key concerns for curly and coily locks: dryness/ dullness, shrinkage and breakageInfused with coconut, olive, argan, babassu, and moringa oils to hydrate, shape and tame curly or coily hair.”

Now each of them are sulfate free, paraben free and colour safe.

20190524_132509812076081.jpgNow here are my thoughts.

20180615_120640-01960362441.jpegAs for the Coconut Curl CoWash, I really don’t know how much more I can love a product. I have tried it sometime last year and it’s been one of the few products that I keep on hand. I even started using it on my daughter’s hair and I’m very particular about my daughter’s hair. It’s become a staple in my hair care regimen year round. Even though it’s meant to be used as a cowash, I usually use ti as a conditioner. It does a great job at giving my hair the slip I need to detangle in the shower. We all know that a good “slippage” allows for easy detangling and minimal hair breakage. That to me is the most important factor for a good hair.

The product is dispensed through a tube, so gravity really does all the work. All I got to do is squeeze into the palm of my hands and apply to my wet hair. That’s a plus. Also the scent is light enough that it doesn’t interfere with any other shampoo or leave-in conditioners. So for me, this cowash is a must buy for all curly hair locs.

inf_1558754892374418770111.jpgI wish my opinions for the coconut curl butter could resonate the same way but alas it does not. It’s texture, for starters, I found was too thin for a curl butter. I was really thrown off by it. When I think of a butter, I’m thinking of a thicker consistency especially if I’m trying to prevent shrinkage and/or keep my hair hydrated. I also found the scent to be way too strong. It was just too much, too soon and too strong. I’m not sure what fragrance was used but it was off putting. Also, after applying it on my hair I noticed that as soon as my hair was dry, the texture of my hair was brittle and dry. The only proof that I even applied the butter was but for the scent.

On a plus side, the product applies very easily on the hair and a little goes a long way. Apply too much and these flaky white residues start showing up. Believe me it’s not cute. Overall, this was a no-go.

20190331_093637-01288751073.jpegThe coconut curl styling cream on the other hand is a major hit. It does what I want, how I want. I use it on my daughter’s hair all the time especially when we’re going to church. I absolutely love it. It’s in a tube, so I squeeze the tube, get the product and apply to the damp hair. I’ve used it in conjunction with other leave-in moisturizers and it works wells with others. It gives the benefit of control over the hairstyle without stripping my baby’s hair of the benefits of the moisturizers. The scent is light and lovely. The texture is a nice balance between liquid and butter. It tames the edges without the gel look. I’m always running out of it because I use so much of it. In other words, I love it.

So here is my review. I hope you enjoy it.

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