Showing posts from April, 2015

Starting a Garden

Let me start by saying, I do not have a green thumb.  My main problem is my lack of attention to plants once I have planted them.  However, it is a personal goal of mine to improve my gardening skills.  I love plants and flowers.  And, I have always wanted a garden.  The idea of growing my own food seems so rewarding.

This is a great activity that can be done with a toddler.  My plan is to learn while I teach my two year old how to garden.  Together, I think we can do this and have some fun too.

We wanted to create a raised bed garden using cinder blocks.  We leveled out the ground as best we could and created a rectangle with the cinder blocks.  We placed cinder block caps on each of the blocks to finish off the look.  Doing this will also help block light from getting through in the holes of the cinder blocks and keep grass from growing within the holes.

We actually built and prepped the garden bed a few weeks prior to planting.  So, when we were ready to plant, we needed to moiste…

Hair Journey

In my last post, I talked about my decision to transition my hair into it's natural state.  Here are some pictures of how my hair looked throughout the transitioning process.  I will warn you, some of these photos are not the best quality.  I am trying to do a better job documenting this hair journey.

When I flat iron my hair, I wear that straight style for about four days to a week.  If it starts to revert to its curly state in less than a week's time, I simply wash it and just go back to wearing it curly.  I flat iron my hair at least twice a month.  I know, some naturals may be out there gasping.  Flat ironing is sometimes considered a big natural hair faux pas.  So far, I have not had any issues with heat damage.

Okay, excuse that last picture.  I had flat ironed my hair a few days ago and have worn it in a ponytail for most of the weekend.  So, as you can see, I have creases in it and it appears uneven.  I assure you, my hair is not uneven.  My stylist takes great care of…

Why I Decided To Go Natural

In December of 2011, I decided to stop using chemical straighteners on my hair and allow it to grow out in its natural state.  This means it has been three years since I put a relaxer in my hair.  Before deciding to go natural, I was relaxing my hair every four to five weeks.  I always had thick hair and when I would sweat, especially when working out, it usually began in my hair and my hair would revert back to it's curly state.  It seemed to get to the point where my hair was resisting the relaxers.  I wondered why I was even going through the trouble of relaxing my hair.

After years of relaxers, I started seriously thinking about going natural.  My hair had been relaxed since I was three years old, so I needed to first figure out how I was going to pull this out.  I knew very little about natural hair styling.  To educate myself, I started checking out YouTube vloggers.  One in particular, Mahoganycurls, was encouraging and helpful.  I instantly became a fan of hers because she…

Easter Egg Ideas for Toddlers

As I have mentioned before, we don't give our son a lot of candy and sweets.  Easter is such a candy filled holiday with chocolate rabbits, Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, Gold Brick Eggs, and all sorts of other varieties of sweets.  In an attempt to minimize the Little Mister's sugar intake, we fill his plastic eggs with other treats.  Here are some ideas for filling those plastic eggs for baskets and Easter egg hunts with non-candy sweets.

Mini Cheese Puff Balls
Chex Mix
Froot Loops Cereal
Goldfish Crackers
Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal
Teddy Grahams 
Pretzel Sticks

Mini Vanilla Wafers
Gerber Puffs
Gerber Yogurt Melts
Some of these alternatives work well not only for toddlers, but can also be used for older children. These are just a few ideas if you are trying to stay away from an overload of chocolate and candy.  You could fill eggs with some of these types of goodies, then you might not feel as bad about the chocolate rabbits your little ones receive.