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Sunday, September 17, 2017

5 Month Loc Journey

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While I've shared on my Twitter and Instagram, I haven't made the official announcement here on the blog: I've loc'd my hair! I'm currently five months into my loc journey and I'm loving it.

Why I loc'd my hair


Since I went natural in 2008 I've love experimenting with my hair. I've enjoyed taking care of it myself since I stopped getting relaxers and have spent plenty of hours researching styles and trying them out on my hair. I'd been thinking about locing for a while. After having my daughter I just didn't have as much time or desire to spend on my hair any longer. I had considered cutting it, but never went through with it. My husband has had locs since 2009 that I maintain for him so I was very familiar with locs and the locing process. I decided locing was the best thing to do to my hair to lessen the my maintenance and styling time. In April 2017 I finally took the plunge!

Starter locs
April 2017 - Day 1 of My Loc Journey

How I started my locs


I went to a professional stylist to start my locs. She started them with the comb coil method. I've gone to her four times for a wash and re-twist, and I've washed and re-twisted myself two times in these first five months. I've decided that unless I want a style for a special occasion I'll be re-twisting my hair myself in an effort to save money and the time spent in the salon.

My wash routine/moisture routine for locs


I'm washing and re-twisting my hair about every three to four weeks. I've been using Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo to wash and Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Conditioner to condition. Right after washing I use the Alikay Naturals Lemon Grass Leave-in Conditioner and Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil before I re-twist. Between washes to refresh moisture as needed I use Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist on my scalp and rosewater and coconut oil on my locs. This routine is keeping my hair soft and moisturized.


Loc Journey
May 2017


How I'm styling my locs


I recently decided to try out a roller set on my locs because my DIY styling spirit is still alive and well. I grabbed a bonnet hair dryer attachment and it worked so well to set the curls! I can tell this is going to be my go-to style. 


I really feel like my hair was meant to be loc'd. It has taken to the process so well. I'm loving the loc'd life and looking forward to continuing my journey.

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section! 

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Last Beach Trip of the Summer


BabyCakes has been asking to go to the beach for weeks. This summer we went to Wildwood, NJ and Virginia Beach. This kid loves the water. Although it's after Labor Day and fall is on the way we thought it'd be a great day for our last beach trip of the summer.




We kept the trip simple and low cost, packing sandwiches for lunch, some snacks, and some adult beverages in water bottles :-).

BabyCakes believes the beach is made up of sand castles, bathing suits, and ice cream cones. We were able to easily make her dreams come true.




After we were sufficiently sandy we headed to the arcade because my husband is a skee-ball champion and has to play. I was excited to find that they had a little toddler sized skee-ball that my daughter could play!



This was a great end of summer trip. We're planning on making a post-Labor Day Wildwood trip an annual tradition. We ended our day with ice cream and smiles.




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Crafts, Recipes, and Activities


Summertime is in full swing. Are there things you wanted to experience this summer that you haven't yet? Are you still looking to make the season special but don't know where to start? I've got your summer inspiration right here!  A great list of amazing summertime food, activities, crafts, and beauty tips. Summertime is for fun and fresh ideas. Try one of these before fall breezes in!

Food

Hawaiian Acai Bowl

Hawaiian Acai Bowl by Wanderzest
Margarita Bark recipe by Mom on the Side
Black Raspberry Frappé by (a)Musing Foodie
Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs by Moore or Less Cooking
Stay Hydrated during Migraines {Natural Pineapple Lime Electrolyte Drink} by Great Contradictions
ICED COCONUT MOCHA WITH STARBUCKS® by One Artsy Mama
Easy Oreo S’mores Ice Pops by Creative Cynchronicity Spiked S’Mores Milkshakes by Sweet Lil You
Tropical Flavored Popsicles Forever Green Mom

Blueberry Mug Cake

Blueberry Microwave Mug Cake by LoveJaime
Cinnamon Roll Peach Bake by Julie Measures
London Broil Marinade Recipe by Saving You Dinero
Blueberry Pie recipe by Chaos Is Bliss

Crafts and Activities

5 Ways to Prepare for a Road Trip with a Toddler by Nesheaholic.com
How to make a Flip Flop Welcome Sign by My UnEntitled Life
Make DIY Slime by Inspiring Momma
Top 10 Things to Pack for a Picnic by Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life Summer Travel Essentials by A Tiny Traveler Blog

Tie Dye T-shirts

Summer Fun Tie Dye Playdate by Crafty Mama in Me
DIY Patriotic Centerpieces by Happy Family Blog
Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn DIY Plant Pot by Organized 31
Summer Bucket List ideas for families by The Momma Diaries
Homemade Handprint Garden Stones by Ava's Alphabet

DIY Cooler

DIY Industrial Cooler Five Marigolds
Sip Back and Relax Wine Glasses by Happy Go Lucky
Family Pickle Canning — Sharing is Caring by Beauty Brite
Privacy Planters with Lattice DIYDanielle

Entertaining

Pizza

Outdoor family game night by My Life Homemade
The Perfect Tournament Pairing-Modelo and Elotes by Southern Mom Loves
Pink flamingos Birthday Party by Five Marigolds

Barbecue party decor

Chillin’ and Grillin’ Backyard Barbecue by Five Marigolds
Host an Americana Summer Picnic by Revel and Glitter

Beauty and Fashion

DIY: Soothing Orange and Chamomile Body Scrub (W/Free Printable Tea Envelope) Winter and Sparrow
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our Breastfeeding Story

The end of our nursing journey


Our breastfeeding story

My original breastfeeding goal was six months. Three or four months in I loved breastfeeding and decided I would likely nurse at least a  year. As the months continued I intended to make it to at least 14 months, weaning before my 30th birthday.

Three months to eight months breastfeeding


My daughter started daycare at three months old when my maternity leave was up. At that point I began pumping while at work to produce her daycare bottles. I envied all the breast milk stash shots I saw online. Moms who had freezers full of breast milk for a rainy day. I was not so lucky. My pump output was usually exactly what my daughter needed for the following day, with little to no surplus for a stash.  At around 8 months my pump output started to decline so I had to increase my number of pumping sessions to keep up with what she needed during the day at daycare. Although my pump output went down, when she nursed directly from me she was satisfied.

Beginning to supplement


Around 9 months my pump output became so low that we had to begin supplementing with formula at daycare pretty regularly, usually one bottle a day.  At this point she was still satisfied nursing directly. 

By 10.5 months my pump output was so low that I no longer wanted to take the time at work to do it for just a few ounces. I was still nursing her mornings, nights, and weekends. Because breastfeeding is completely a game of supply and demand, I knew that no longer pumping would decrease demand, and therefore further decrease my supply. 

At about 11.5 months she was no longer satisfied from nursing sessions, and I knew our nursing journey was coming to an end. It was time to wean.

The end of our breastfeeding journey


Weaning was extremely easy for us. She had been off bottles for months and was already drinking from sippy cups. Because she'd been having formula at daycare already she had no problem continuing. She also began transitioning to almond milk and cows milk shortly after weaning and began eating table food regularly so her milk intake in general decreased in favor of solids.

When I stopped nursing I was very fortunate to not get engorged or have any pain, I didn't even leak! My supply waned very easily, thankfully. 

Emotionally, I was sad for a few days. I really enjoyed breastfeeding, and I had hoped to make it a few more months. Initially I felt like a failure for not making it as long as I wanted to, but then I had to congratulate myself for making it as far as I did. The commitment to breastfeeding is not always easy, and I made it 11 months. I'm proud of me. 


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ham and Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EckrichFlavor #AskForEckrich  #CollectiveBias

I wish I had the time to create extravagant meals every day for my family. The reality is on week nights there is a short window between when we get home and bedtime. I don't want to spend all that time at the stove. I love creating simple, quick, and filling recipes for week nights, especially during seasons when we have a lot of extracurricular activities going on. One of these quick and simple recipes is a ham and cheddar quesadilla.

ham and cheddar quesadilla

Three simple ingredients: 


Eckrich Honey Cured Ham
Shredded mild cheddar cheese
Whole wheat tortillas

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Eckrich Deli Meats is about tradition, flavor, and affordability. Their hams are specially trimmed for consistent quality and feature a wide selection of flavors. Their products are gluten free, and they have a full line of quality natural smoked and natural juice hams.

I love shopping the deli counter at Walmart for recipe ingredients. One of my favorite memories as a child was visiting the deli counter with my grandfather and being able to test the first slice of cheese or meat the deli attendant sliced to check the thickness. It was a tradition with me and my grandfather, and now I get to share that with my daughter, who happily dances in the deli section eating her ham or cheese.

How to make a ham and cheddar quesadilla

ham and cheddar quesadilla recipe

Spray your skillet with non-stick cooking spray and warm to medium-high heat. Place one of your tortillas on the warmed skillet. Layer cheese on top of the tortilla. Place slices of ham on top of your cheese and then sprinkle with just a little more cheese on top of your ham, and place your second tortilla on top. The second layer of cheese acts as glue between the ham and your top tortilla. Because of the water in the ham the tortilla and ham won't stick without a little bit of cheese!

Plated ham and cheddar quesadilla


Cook your quesadilla for two minutes on each side until brown. Pro-tip: the best way to cut your quesadilla neatly is using a pizza cutter.

I serve this to my daughter with chips, veggies, or fruit. Ham and cheddar quesadillas are great warm, but they are also good room temperature - a great choice for school lunch boxes!

quesadilla with grapes

Visit the Ask for Eckrich site for more back-to-school recipe inspiration. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Prepare for a Road Trip with a Toddler

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5 ways to prepare for a road trip with a toddler


We are headed on a road trip to Virginia Beach at the end of the month. This will be our longest road trip with a toddler! Road trips with a toddler can definitely cause a bit of trepidation so we're planning early to make the trip go as smooth as possible.

5 Ways to Prepare for a Road Trip with a Toddler

Prepare Your Car

bmw

Make sure your car is in good working order. No matter how much you plan, an unexpected detour to the side of the road can throw all of your preparation out of the window. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape. I took my car to Walmart's Automotive Care Center to get my oil changed with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil. The great thing about dropping your car at Walmart's Automotive Care Center is that you can get your road trip shopping done while your car is being worked on. Definitely a time saver.

walmart auto care center

back of walmart auto care center

The mileage on my car just passed 75,000 miles so opted for the Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil which is specifically designed for vehicles with over 75,000 miles, with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.

Visit the Walmart Automotive Care Center Rollback page for the current discount.

Walmart Automotive Care Center Rollback page


Grab new small toys

A great trick for keeping your toddler entertained on long trips is having a stash of new small toys that you can pull out when you feel their patience is getting low. Choose toys of their favorite characters or with a mechanic that you know they like. You don't want something with many pieces that your child could drop in the back seat. Great choices are a small doll with a brush so you child can brush their hair, small coloring books with just a few crayons, toys that function with magnets so they stay together well, etc.

Stock Up the iPad

toddler with ipad

If there is ever an occasion for screen time it is when you're on a road trip with a toddler. Stock up the iPad or similar device with their favorite games and if possible new episodes of their favorite shows. If there aren't new episodes choose their favorite episodes and episodes that deal with travel, road trips, waiting, and patience. You can also choose episodes that relate to where you are headed. Going to a beach destination? Choose the beach episodes of their favorite shows. Headed to an amusement park? Find the episode where their favorite character rides a roller-coaster. This way you can engage them in conversation about where they're headed.

Pack Snacks

Snacks are essential on a road trip. Something about sitting still makes toddlers more hungry than usual. Pack your child's favorite snacks, but nothing that is too messy. We love pouches and beanie snacks. To make snack distribution easier pre-pack one serving portions so that you can easily hand your child their food at snack time. Also included in packing snacks is making sure you have mess free cups on hand, at least two, one for water and one for another beverage. Of course, if you bring beverages into the equation you'll have more frequent bathroom stops so give beverages sparingly.

Plan Your Stops Strategically 

mother and daughter in back of bmw

We have a five hour ride ahead of us and we know there is very little chance that we'll be able to go straight through without giving our toddler a break to run around a bit. Research rest stops ahead of time but also be flexible to your child's disposition and possible naps. We're planning for a stop at rest stops that offers picnic tables and space to run around or a restaurant with an indoor play space. Knowing where these stops are ahead of time gives you some options to choose from when you make your stop, which you should plan for after your child wakes up from a nap, or after around two and a half hours for us on this five hour trip.

I don't want to feel like I can't travel until my daughter is older. With these strategies on how to prepare for a road trip with a toddler I feel like we'll have a great road trip and a fun time together once we reach our destination.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

4 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Wardrobe


You own more clothes than you wear. You get comfortable wearing your favorite pieces from week to week. Here are some steps to help your look be more diverse, make your clothes last longer, and help you purge yourself of unneeded/unwanted clothes. 

Four ways to get the most out of your wardrobe: 


Turn Your Hangers Around

Once you've worn a piece that hangs up, turn the hanger backwards, to signify that it's been worn. Try to go through your clothes until all items have been worn. You'll find gems that you forgot you had. 

Clean out a Drawer

For your folded clothes, have a cleaned out drawer that items go to once you've worn them. This leaves clothes you need to wear in your other drawers. When is the last time you've made it to the bottom of your drawer? Use this opportunity to really see what's been sitting in your dresser. 

Start Your Outfit with an Unworn Item 

Start your outfit planning with a clothing item that hasn't been worn yet in order to insure you get at least one thing you haven't worn recently into your clothing rotation. 

Sell, Giveaway and Throw Away

Through this process you will undoubtedly come across things you know you don't want or need any more. Get rid of them instead of taking up valuable space. If it's in bad shape, throw it away or turn it into a rag for cleaning. If it's in good shape but no longer your style or fit, sell it or donate it. I usually donate to Purple Heart. You can set up the donation online and they come to your house and pick up the items.  

This process really makes me think outside my usual box when creating outfits. It's also helped me find pieces I forgot I even had, and to get rid of things I know I'll never wear again. 

How are YOU getting the most out of your wardrobe?
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