Thursday, January 24, 2019

Self Care for Women: Organic Fem Products

I wanted to share something with you all that I have been using since 2017. It's Lola! Lola is a woman-owned company that started off with organic cotton pads and tampons, and now offer so much more like personal lubricants, feminine wipes, etc. They are CUSTOMIZABLE (yes, you can customize your boxes of pads and tampons to fit your flow - from light to heavy - so you get the perfect mix just for you in each box) and a monthly subscription service. Modifying your subscription is super easy online, you can pause them or completely cancel (like I turned my subscription off when I was pregnant and breastfeeding) with no issues. It's very flexible and convenient. I love the packaging because it is simple and your business isn't posted all over the box when delivered right to your door.

For so many years we haven't been aware of the harm many feminine hygiene products can cause due to the chemicals they contain. So, I love this company and what they stand for, and what they offer, to help us to be healthy and have toxin-free items for our sensitive areas. It became increasingly important to me after the issue I had in 2015 with fibroids to use more natural products.

Check out Lola using this link to get $5 off your first order!

(Picture from Lola's website)

**This post is not sponsored. I really just love the products.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bold, Fearless

Wow, I honestly didn't mean to be away for 5 months! I hope everyone has been doing well. It's officially 2019, and from what I've been hearing from friends and family, and seeing online - everyone is glad 2018 is over (I can't say I feel the same, though).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Loc Journey

In June I decided I needed a change. I had been toying with the idea of loc'ing my hair for a few years, but was afraid to commit in the past because I like to change my hair so often. I also didn't know just how versatile locs were. I realized over the years I was either covering my hair with wigs, weaves, braids, or twists, or just wearing my own natural hair in a bun or puff. I started to hate doing my hair, and I would choose styles that would allow me to not have to deal with it for some time. I went natural back in 2008 and have experimented a lot in the last 10 years. Now, with being a mom and just more responsibilities in general (i.e., less free time), I'm looking for simplicity in anything I can. That includes my hair. I also just think locs are beautiful. When I decided to loc my hair, I started a private board on Pinterest just for locs . I started watching YouTube videos on how to start them and maintain them, and found so many women on Instagram whose locs I admired. I made the appointment last month for starter locs in July (the loctician I went to was super booked and that was the soonest I could get. Mind you, I was super excited and having to wait was KILLING me Lol). I didn't even tell anyone, just my husband and my sister. I didn't want to give space for any possible negativity (you know how some people are and how they can be close-minded).

Here is a pic of my starter locs on Day 2. I pinned the coils up on one side.

pinned up on one side

Below are some pics of my hair before getting my starter locs, and how my hair is now with them. The loctician used the comb coil method and diamond parting (this parting method shows less scalp which is perfect for me because my hair isn't super thick - though it appears to be in pics - it's an illusion).

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


It's so easy to get caught up in the mundane day-to-day tasks, but when we stop to actually realize how blessed we are, it changes everything. Just a super short blog post today to remind ourselves to stop, breathe, and be thankful for life.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Mental Health Awareness + Postpartum Depression

My beautiful son is 2 months old. I love him more than life itself, more than he will ever understand (until maybe he has children of his own someday). I am enjoying the moments I get to spend with him each day, watching him grow (too quickly, might I add), and learning his personality. Being a mother is a blessing, and I am truly grateful.

At the same time, I am also battling postpartum depression & anxiety. I worry about my son so much, I always want to keep him safe and want to monitor EVERYTHING. I do my best not to operate in this fear, and instead to operate in a place of love. It is a daily struggle and something I have become aware of, and am working through. As a new mom, I am navigating these new experiences best I can. Trying to incorporate this new life into my current life. Learning how to raise a respectful and God-fearing little human. Doing my best day by day... but I noticed I had been so hard on myself.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Biggest Lesson Learned After Being a Mom for 10 seconds ;-)

This isn't one of those posts where I am new to a role in life and pretend to be an expert and advise everyone on what to do. Nope. I'm a BRAND NEW mom, only 6 weeks in. I know nothing (outside of my maternal instincts). But I HAVE learned an important and huge lesson already. And that is: Don't judge other moms.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What I'm Loving

Here are a few of my favorite skincare/beauty items lately...

If you have oily skin, this Oil-Control Mask from Murad also doubles as a facial cleanser. I use it once or twice a week and it has reduced the appearance of oil on my face noticeably.

For oily and acne-prone skin. This toner works wonders. Contains 10% glycolic acid - if you experience dryness, reduce usage to every other day. The clarity of my skin has improved so much!

For breastfeeding moms - here is an organic option. Honestly, I alternate between this one and Lansinoh's lanolin version (which is a little thicker in consistency). This one is lighter with natural ingredients for those who are concerned about that.

Biggs and Featherbelle are my favorite brand for moisturizing my body. I have used their shea butter for years and when I became pregnant, I started using this Belly Balm. And though stretch marks can't always be prevented, I REALY think this helped. I didn't get any on my tummy and only got a few on my hips/thighs (I was more focused on my stomach).

This lightweight room/body spray with lavender is so relaxing! Also from Biggs and Featherbelle.