Image Fix your face!!

Remember when your mother used to tell you to fix your face? Well, I am a mom and I am trying to do anything and everything to get myself together. I have put all my Sephora makeup in the drawers and have gone cold turkey when it comes to my skin.

My skin care routine is very simple. I use the oil cleansing method to clean my face and I also do not wash my face with soap…ESPECIALLY in the morning. I was given this tip by a guy in my local GNC. He told me that our body heals itself at night and that includes our face. So, when we wash our face in the morning we are washing away all of the healing oils our body produces.

Now, 15 years ago I probably could not get away with this but now with my hormonal acne kicking into overdrive, it has really been helping me quiet a bit.

I searched on Pinterest and found the oils that would benefit my skin. So my mixture is olive oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil and a few drops of orange essential oils. I use this mix for everything from makeup remover to full body moisturizer.

I also use a homemade brown sugar scrub especially during these winter months. The sugar scrub is made up of brown sugar, olive oil and the same orange essential oil. This is wonderful in the winter months. I use this in the morning, while I am in the shower to wash my face and scrub off the dead skin.

My last simple product is a simple apple cider vinegar toner. I use this if I am breaking out. However, I have found I don’t need it as much since I have found my new super product. That product is Cod Liver Oil, but that my friends is a whole ‘nother post.

Also, grab a bottle of children’s or baby sunscreen instead of buying the “specialty stuff”. If it is gentle enough for a baby it is gentle enough for your face.

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Image My Youtube channel

I have a been on and off my Youtube channel trying to give it a direction. I think I have found it. I am returning to my first love, sewing. My daughter has been keeping people out of the basement with one simple sign.

I am glad she has faith in my channel.

 

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Image I colored my locs

 

After about 4 years of dread…(no pun intended) I decided to go ahead and re-lighten and color my locs.

I had been adding color to an older lift but I had never lightened my hair at this length.

WTH was I thinking??!!!

The last time I lightened it, my hair hardly touched my shoulders…..um, it is bra-strap length now.

I opted to only color the bottom half because my roots are rapidly turning gray and I am not into covering all that hair for the rest of my life.

By the way, I have VERY thick hair. I waited until the week of  my quarterly re-twist to color it.

Now, if you are looking to color the roots, I would not do this because you don’t want all that stress on freshly colored hair that has been broken down by color or bleach.

Side note: I am a former cosmetologist 🙂

Whether you opt to pre-lighten with color or bleach, your hair will break down. I would wait about 2-3 weeks to give your hair a rest period.

Once again my hair is like steel wool so it can take a licking and keep on ticking.

You may want to see if you can get it to pull up with color before diving into bleach.

Before my color…look at those roots!! LOL

Day 1

I had already colored the back of my daughter’s loc’d hair, blue so I had some BW2 bleach left and developer. I ended up using the entire container of this which was almost full.

Grab your gloves, goggles and maybe a mask because this stuff packs a punch.

Make sure the room has plenty of ventilation.

Walk in and out of the bathroom during this process because it’s going to get LOUD with that chemical.

I parted my hair in 4 parts to help control it. I added a ponytail holder to show me how high I wanted to bleach to go and to make sure that the color would be close to even all the way around.

I removed it once I knew I reach the ponytail so I would not have a sharp line or patchiness.

I applied the bleach with a brush….at first. Then it was all hands, it was just too much hair!!

You have to remember this stuff has to get though layers of hair that has been packed for years.

I used a shopping bag to keep the bleach off my body while it processed, as well as helping to create heat in order to process the bleach.

This was all in day one.

Between my hurting back, watery eyes and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing..and more rinsing I was whooped by my head of hair.

I made sure to shampoo with a good moisturizing shampoo.

I did not use conditioner because I knew I was coming back for round 2 the next day and I did not want to completely close my hair cuticles.

 

Day 2

This is the semi-permanent color I used

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I had this grand idea that I was going to do an ombre look with a brown spice color and magenta. Well, magenta won out.

It smothered the spicy brown.

I used 2 bottles of semi permanent color on my hair but I really needed 3.

I had to do the old school trick of add water and shaking it up…we’ve come too far to quit!!!

I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. I then rinsed it and sealed it all with conditioner….WHEEW!!

Colored Locs

The results turned out beautiful and even my loctician thought I had extensions to achieve the color.

Here is a video of me after my re-twist.

I hope this helps anyone looking to switch it up!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Image Breakfast Bonding

With Mister being on the road from LA to Texas to Paris we have had to adjust our schedules. I am the crazy lady dropping one child off at softball and picking up another one from band. He is stuck in hotels and meetings. For 18 years we saw each other almost every day. Now we have 3 weeks together and apart for a week or so. Not too bad. However, when Mister is home he is not wanting to leave the house. So, I started making these breakfast skillets. When I made them for myself they were full of veggies, sometimes no meat at all. When he discovered my concoction the entire thing changed…meat, meat and mo’meat. We eat these once or twice a week together at our kitchen island. It is just our little thing and has become a time of catching up and reflection. Who doesn’t like to eat and talk.

What little things do you and your significant other do that is just your own private time to catch up?

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Image C+ for my parenting this school year

I am giving myself a C+ for parenting this school year. Yep, that’s my grade. I have half-assed all school year. From unsigned agendas to just sending money instead of going to the store for items for school activities. Why, well there are a few reasons for this year being hectic. This is the first year that ALL the girls have had activities. My youngest started baton, band was a continuation, gymnastics and track. Not to mention I returned to school to finish my bachelors degree. So, yeah I was half-assed and am not ashamed to admit it.
I felt so guilty at first but then I got over it. I did what I could and I actually dropped some activities to get things done. I had to stop my 4H sewing program because I could not run from track practice to sewing and back again and my passion for it was gone.
So how did I stop myself from feeling too guilty? Well, as a mom we always feel a little guilty when we cannot do everything for our kids but I had to teach my kids that some things cannot be done. Some things won’t be done and also to take some responsibility for the things that they want.
One day I dropped my daughter off at home and told her to get a snack as well as her gymnastics uniform on while I picked up her sister from a club event. Once I returned she decided that checking her Animal Jam account was more important. Well, she learned a valuable lesson that day, she missed gymnastics. I felt a little guilty but eventually she quit gymnastics and that was fine with me. If kids don’t have the passion for it I don’t waste money AND time.
It is now the end of the year. I missed out on the daily teacher gifts and other programs because I had little thing called my college graduation to attend. I may attend field days to boost my credibility but I still give myself a C for the school year. So, how did you do this year? Did you make crappy lunches, forget to turn in field trip money? We have all done it. What grade would you give yourself this school year?

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