Friday, March 22, 2019

365 Days

Last week was a big one for us. Our son turned 1 year old!! What a year it has been. It seems to have gone by so quickly, but many of those days seemed soooo long in the moment when trying to get in my groove and become accustomed to being a mom. Maxson has truly been a blessing to our family, and watching him grow and develop more and more each day just amazes me more than I ever knew it could.

We had a small celebration on his actual birthday last week with just hubby and I, and my mom/his grandmom, and a bigger party with our family and friends over the weekend.

Here are some pics!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brief Intermission...

To be honest, the world has been so heavy to me even more so lately. With the political mess, constant bad news being reported (both online and off), overwhelming social media consumption, and people using me as their constant vent-piece -- I needed a break. I decided to take one, and to take my own advice mentioned in a previous blog post from 2016. This past Sunday, I removed my social media apps from my phone indefinitely. It's definitely helping, not constantly seeing everyone else's life and trying to keep up with hundreds of people on a daily basis.

My childhood and adolescent years were internet free. Times were a bit slower. I miss that. The internet wasn't even a thing until I was mid-way through college, so I've lived half my life without all of the additional noise. To be honest, most days I'm still not used to it. I need breaks, time to process thoughts before I'm presented with the next thing. I admire people who can go without any online presence whatsoever - I know a few. Who knows, maybe one day, I can do the same.

Until then... I'm enjoying my quiet time and quality time with my husband, my son, and the rest of my close family and friends. I'm focusing on them, and being present instead of having my face in my phone, missing priceless moments. I may even have time to update this blog a little more, get more creative ideas. What I do know, is - I am definitely looking forward to learning what God wants to reveal to me in this season. :)

xo
KeetaRay


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

Gratitude

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.

xo

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.