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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Spring Clean Hacks

For most of us when we think of spring cleaning, we think of the horrors and traumas that come with cleaning. Well for me, anyways. I don’t particularly like to clean or do anything that remotely resembles the chores that I did growing up. But the end result far exceeds the process. So if you’re like me, the biggest for you is not actually cleaning but having the motivation to actually start cleaning. Here are a few tips to get you into the cleaning mood.

Upbeat positive music.

Everybody knows that music has a profound effect on our mood. Cleaning is not exactly that chore that gets you in the mood so why not make it fun. Having something super upbeat and energetic to get you moving is sometimes motivation enough to get out of bed and do something. Might as well make that “something” your spring clean.

Have a plan of attack

Make sure you have a list. The job can seem overwhelming if you try and do everything at once. That is sure way to get nothing done and feel like the day was wasted away. Do what you can when you can. You may not get to everything on the same day but have your list ready and do the best you can.

If you have family members that can help, ask them. Don’t do it alone. Make it a family project, it’s their house too. Get them involved, you may find that your spring cleaning turns into a much needed family bonding time.

Rearrange your furniture

Nothing says, “out with the old, in with the new” like a newly redecorated room. I remember when I finally finished cleaning my daughter’s bedroom I knew I had to leave that room better than I found it. Clean was great but I needed the room to be and feel different. So I rearranged it. I’m not into interior decorating but there’s something about a clean that just leaves room for creativity to flow out of you. Embrace it. It’s quite liberating and in the end you find yourself in a new living space.

Reward yourself for a job well done.

Always make sure that you give yourself the credit that you are due. You worked hard and you deserve to be rewards. So crack open that tub of ice cream, you totally deserve it.

 

How did you muster the strength to get your spring cleaning done?

My Favourite Toddler TV Shows

I’m probably one of the few moms who will admit to watching some of my toddler’s television shows, but I do. I know I wouldn’t be one of those moms to limit the “screen” time but to be honest when the laundry needs to get done and I can’t wait for naptime, a good tv show helps. Also, when should I be inconvenienced for some peace and quiet? I believe we should all be entertained…even if I’m not the target audience.

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This was the very first show I introduced to my daughter that didn’t make me cringe. I loved how diverse the names of the characters. I loved the concept of using three known animals and a very unique creature with the name of Uniqua. I also very much enjoyed how strong the female characters were in comparison to the male characters.

If you haven’t seen it, let me give you the gist. It’s a show about four friends who share a backyard. They meet up almost everyday and create an adventure purely based on their imagination. It does tend to have a musical feel to it, since they do sing. But they songs aren’t too bad and the dancing is cute too. It’s only three seasons long but every episode is themed along with the music. It’s truly a staple in our household.

Super Why

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Super Why is one of those shows that has the benefit of entertainment and education all enrolled in one. My daughter is almost 2 and knows her alphabets by heart. She loves how interactive the show, she genuinely feels like she’s a part of the team.

I love how it encourages reading and it’s never too early to create an engaging dialogue regarding letters and words. This shows involves a boy, a girl, a princess and a pig who go around solving their problems using the alphabet, spelling and reading. It’s pretty impressive how quickly the kids get involved.

Peppa Pig

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I love Peppa Pig. This show hails from across the pond. It is a British tv show that revolves around Peppa and her family and friends. She is a kind, friendly and very cool kid. But what I love about the show is the way it’s written. The dialogue between her and friends are very down to earth and appropriate for anyone. Some of the scenes have made my husband and I laugh. I genuinely enjoy it.

I think it’s the only show that we don’t mind having on a loop.

So here are my favourites, I just pray that as she gets older we continue to enjoy the same kind of shoes.

3 Ways to Get Ready Faster aka on Mommy Time

Every mother out there knows that the effective way to get through any day of the week is to do everything at the same time, efficiently and effectively. Even if it means skipping a few hygienic steps along the way. The struggle is real, I won’t lie but I think I’ve been able to cheat the system.

…Or at least pretend I did. However, if you keep reading you’ll be able to get your skin care regimen done in half the time and still look like an Instagram-mom. Or at least you’ll be able to look like a human and not a zombie fighting the toddler apocalypse.

Moisturizing Body Scrub

One of my favourite, I mean absolute favourite skin care routine is shower time. Unfortunately, my toddler…you know what I mean.

I can’t always pretend to be on a weekend getaway or make time to moisturize my skin, so I do the best that I can.

This winter was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. I had to take action in some way, shape or form and so I did. But I needed to do it, in time and on time.

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Introducing the LuvBody Pure Shea Butter Organic Scrub with organic turmeric & sweet orange.  The only body scrub I have ever used that actually keeps my skin moisturized.

On the coldest days of the year, my skin would start to itch as soon as I left my house. Maybe it took about 15 minutes of waiting for the bus, but you get my drift. My skin was screaming  for some love, but my time was telling me that time was not on my side. I couldn’t find the right skin cream or make the time to search for it.

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Knowing that I needed a good body scrub and get my skin feeling nice and smooth as soon as possible I had to take action. So on a cold winter night, once the baby was asleep, I drew myself a bath to warm myself up. I used this amazing scrub and the results were beyond what I could imagine. It was everything I needed in a scrub.

The ingredients were natural without any weird chemical made in a lab with potential carcinogenic effects in the long run. The only damage I could do to my skin is to over scrub and further damage the skin I was trying to repair. I was loving my scrub a bit too much. So I had to minimize it to once a week.

It was definitely the best way to get my skin glowing in the dead of winter. I honestly believe that without it my skin would’ve died.

One Step Make-Up Remover

I am big on proper skin care. I did the whole double cleansing method, using the micellar water, using makeup remover wipes and even a makeup remover face towel. Believe these are all great ways of ridding your face of your daily makeup application. After a long day, when it’s finally time to hit my bed, I found that all of these makeup removal application took a long time. In fact, it took longer than I was willing to spare. So either I fall asleep with a face full of makeup or I need another solution.

inf_1553171435611-01218399974.jpegI found this Neutrogena naturals fresh cleansing and make-up remover on clearance at my local Rexall pharmacy. I was drawn to the fact that most of its ingredients were natural based. It claimed to be able to remove make-up and act as a face cleanser.

I won’t lie I was scared because it was not oil free, but the way my skin was acting, I knew I didn’t have much to lose except my money.

One pump was all I needed. It didn’t matter if I had a ton of make-up on or minimal 5-minute daily face (you know, just enough make-up to look human). This cleanser was up to the task every single night.

The first week, I experienced a few outbreaks and the smell can be a bit off putting at first, but otherwise this has cut down my nighttime routine a ton.

5 Minute Make-up

20180705_123508-01-011907797856.jpegEvery woman needs a fail proof 5 minute make-up routine whether you are a mother or not. My favourite routine consists of four items:

  1. Foundation
  2. Blush
  3. Mascara
  4. Lipstick

I actually have eyebrows so I don’t need to fill them in to go to the grocery stores. I don’t need every blemish hidden so as long as I have a decent foundation on I’m good. If I really need to add a pop of colour I use a coloured lipstick. A bold red lip can pull a look together in no time. Now if you plan on being out for more than 3 hours, I highly recommend setting your make up down with a spray. It doesn’t hurt and it’s literally two seconds to do.

I hope you enjoyed it.

How do you cut down on getting ready?

 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Primer Vox Box

Hey there! I’ve been m.i.a for awhile and I’m so sorry. But I’m back and will do my best to stay consistent.

I received the Marc Jacobs Epic Lash Primer as well as their Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. This 2 step Volumizing duo does just as the name suggests.

I found that both were super easy to apply. But you have to be careful with the mascara. It can easily clump your lashes if you go in with a heavy hand. It’s definitely smudge proof and really long lasting. It’s easy to remove without drying out the lashes.

How did you like it?

Mom’s Prep Guide for Sunday Mornings

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I recently wrote about How To Survive Church with a Toddler, and I was asked about  getting ready for church? I thought, that is so true! What about the mornings? Thank God I only have one but for awhile we struggled to even get out the door and very soon we were barely getting anything out of the service because we were so late.

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As much as this post is geared towards Sunday morning it can be applied for all events where you just want to get out of the house in one piece without having to feel like you have fought two worlds wars. I mean there’s no need for you to feel like you are fighting your household when you should be enjoying this time. And yes, getting ready in the mornings can be fun.

As a kid, Sunday mornings sucked. We were always late and we always seemed to run out of time no matter what the situation brought. Fast forward 20+ years and I saw myself conducting business the way it had been my whole life and I knew it was time for a change.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

The five P’s are essential for anything with a goal attached to it.

I absolutely love going to church, my favourite part is the worship. I love to worship. In order for me to get to the worship portion, I have to be there on time. So that became the goal. How do I make it to my place of worship for 11:00 a.m.?

1. Have a goal

You need a goal. A very tangible and specific goal. In my house, I know that if we are to make it on time for worship we need to leave by 10:25 a.m., latest 10:30 a.m. and that is non-negotiable.20171105_104723740541751.jpg

If you have a spouse, share your goal with them. If your kids are of age that they can understand share it with them. When you include everyone in your hopes, dreams and goals you would be surprised at how willing they are to help out. Most of the time, the “world wars” that we as moms fight are because we are trying to do it on our own. We are not alone, we have our family. Families stick together.

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If you start preparing day of, you’re in trouble. Sunday mornings should be as stress less as possible, at least that’s what I believe. If you could remove some of the load off, why wouldn’t you? As much as you think you can’t, you can. Just get ready, the night before.

You know you want to do a twist out, do it the night before. Get your clothes ready, the night before. Get your kids to pick their clothes the night before. Get that diaper bag ready the night before. In the morning, all you really have to do is follow through and eat breakfast. Believe me, things are a lot smoother in the mornings when the thinking has been done the night before

3. Have Fun!

I can not stress this enough. You need to chill out and HAVE FUN! Put on some music, some uplifting music. Dance with your family! Sunday mornings are great. There’s not much sense in going to church angry and mad at your family for making you late. By the way, stop blaming your family for making you late. They can’t make you late, you made you late.

But in all seriousness, HAVE FUN! Everyday you are alive is a good day. You get to be with your family. You love these people, they aren’t perfect but they are your people. Some of them you were very instrumental in bringing into the world. So let’s makes Sunday mornings great.

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Did you enjoy this post? I hope so. If there’s anything I missed please let me know.

How To Survive Church With a Toddler

Every Sunday, we go to church as a family. We attend a pretty vibrant and loud church,

20190204_115850_00001137990843.pngwhich my daughter absolutely loves but then the preacher begins to prepare as the sermon is about to be given and that’s when all hell breaks loose. My daughter all of a sudden decides that the church is now too quiet and she must take charge and fix the solution.

Sometimes we get the sympathetic stares from others as we try to shh her into quietness. We give her the stare-down, you know, the “you-better-behave-yourself-and-shut-up” look we once suffered from our parents. We’ve tried to be diplomatic with our toddler, let’s just say that didn’t work. Eventually, we just ended up annoyed at our toddler, defeated as parents and embarrassed at our “failure” as church parents.

I spoke to a friend of mine who is also having the same issue as me. We would meet with restless toddlers in our hands, understanding each other’s struggle all the while sharing what we were going through as mothers. Another friend of mine altogether stopped going to church because her toddler wouldn’t stop making noise. I realized this was an all too common issue for not just myself but many church attending parents, so I prayed about it. Is there a way to make church enjoyable for the whole family?

Expect What You Get At Home

20190204_120146_00012006991538.pngMy toddler is a loud, exuberant, vibrant ball of energy. She loves to laugh, sing and dance. She’s always been that way. She loves to run, jump and make new friends. She’s super fun. To be honest, I should’ve known better than to expect her to instantly shut that down just because we entered a building. Come to think, that was silly on my part. She’s comfortable enough to be herself in a different environment and that’s great.  I’m just saying I got what I got. I have a loud kid. She’s a great kid, but she’s loud. I can’t expect her to be a completely different person because of where we are. And come to think of it I wouldn’t want her to.

Engage Them In Worship

This may be easier to do if you attend a church that practices worship in a musically loud way. I find that my worship expression takes on a different form when we worship together as opposed to letting her figure it out by herself. During worship we clap our hands, dance, shout, sing, sometimes we run. She’s involved in all of it. In fact, we even do this at home. So when she sees it at church it’s not foreign. She’ll say, “Amen and Hallelujah”. As of late, Jesus has been her favourite word to say. (I did not force it on her!) Bring the church experience down to her level, you may be surprised at how your perspective may change when it comes to the way you do church.

Entertainment is Your Friend

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Snacks, videos, colouring books whatever you need to keep them quiet, DO IT! Go all out. Does your kid love watching Peppa Pig? Then bring Peppa Pig to church. God can save Peppa. Does your baby love to eat animal crackers? Then let your baby become the ark the animals get on it during church (I know cheesy Sunday School joke, lol). Does your toddler enjoy colouring? Then let them creative in the sanctuary. You never know, you could be raising the next great artist. I mean the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo in church, right? At the end of the day, church is meant to be enjoyed not dreaded.

Step Away When Necessary

Sometimes your little one needs a time out and that’s ok. Sometimes you need a time out and that’s ok too. Growing up, church used to last a good six hours. Yea…I’m not doing that to my baby girl. If that works for you, cool but be ready to take a break because your little one needs it. For us, the church service takes place during her nap time so we know that halfway through we’ll take her to the lobby and she’ll take her nap. Sometimes frequent breaks are necessary and that’s alright. At the end of day, we’re at church. We had a goal and the goal was to go to church as a family. Maybe your little one needs a snack, step away. Maybe your little one wants to fix the quietness of your church (like mine does every it’s time for the sermon), time to step away. Or, maybe your toddler is inspired to train for a marathon and the church space is the appealing ground for your toddler, (I don’t know, it’s the only logical idea that comes to mind), guess what? It’s time to step away. Don’t be afraid to step away with your little one and press the reset button.

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I hope that this is helpful. How do you keep your sanity with your toddler at church.

Make Bath Time Great!

Bath time is hands down our favourite activity in our household. Bath time is so much for her. She loves being in the water as long as it’s warm. She gets to splash it, gets wraps herself in it (or she tries) and we have our most interesting conversations during bath time. It’s mostly one sided because all I hear is gibberish and I can’t respond accordingly but you get the picture.

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She understands that bath time precedes bed time. She’s aware that in the next 30 minutes after bath time ends, bed time will follow and that’s ok. This is the time we get to spend together and it’s as much about her being clean as it is about us engaging together. This is our time and get to spend it together.

*FYI: Some of these items have been gifted but the opinions shared are mine nonetheless.

So this is how we do bath time in our house.

  1. Bubbles20190122_201534-011635871559.jpegMost babies and toddler have delicate skin to begin with. Winter doesn’t help. So we might as well cater to their needs and keep their skin baby soft.

Jonhson’s has recently relaunched their baby care line and their lavender bubble bath smells so good. The lavender smell is not overpowering, it’s faint like a whisper for your nose.

But this girl only cares about bubbles. She always wants to eat it too, I don’t know why. She loves to touch it and try to mold it. I think she’s just trying to make sense of this soft white foam that can’t seem to hold itself still. It’s quite fascinating to watch her with the bubbles.

2. Gentle Cleanser

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LaRoche Posay has a great skin care, especially for sensitive skin. Their Lipikar line has been a life saver for my baby girl. It’s fragrance free, super gentle and so creamy that it just feels like a satin glove on your skin. It lathers beautifully and keeps her skin from being dehydrated.

She loves to just put it on her skin by herself. In fact, lately she’s been asking me to do things by herself. She’s pretty good at wiping herself with the wash cloth too. My little girl is growing up (insert tear). Where does the time go?

3. Toys!

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Toys are always fun. We always incorporate some kind of toy with her at bath time. Some times we use the rings, sometimes it’s a cup and other times it’s a pitcher. A jug or juice pitcher that would otherwise be used to pour water on her.

Honestly, most kids do not need much to keep themselves entertained. I don’t even know why I bother buying toying when she’s more interested in a pitcher, a bag or a box as a form of entertainment but she is and that’s that.

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I hope these tips help. How do you keep bath time entertaining at your house? Let me know in the comments below.