Houston native. Spencer's Mama. Natural hair and lipstick enthusiast. Lover of red wine, Chuck Taylor's and Kofi Siriboe.
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A few days after coming home from vacation in Mexico and dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Harvey I was extremely exhausted. So, I decided to indulge in extreme self-care. I took an extra week off from work and spent time either resting or pampering myself. I’m a HUGE skincare product junkie and performing some sort of skincare routine is a stress reliever for me. This was the perfect time for me to try out a mask I picked up during a trip to Walmart. I was super excited to try this particular one because it was a bubble mask. Well, I tried it and loved it. I loved it so much, I went back to Walmart to repurchase the same mask along with two others.
Side note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed below are completely my own.
Couple of things I fell in love with before even trying the product:
- Variety of masks, which means a variety of benefits for different skin types.
- Sample size packs. SAMPLE SIZE PACKS! For $3.30!!! BRUHHHH! There’s enough product in each pack for at least two uses. I honestly wish more skincare brands would offer sample size products for purchase. We both win in situations like that. I can't say this enough; it's a great way for brands to build trust among consumers.
Coffee Alternative to Boost Your Morning
November 13, 2017
I LOVE coffee and usually have it on Mondays, Thursdays (those tend to be the days that I struggle to get out of bed and the house on time) and once throughout the weekend. But, since I‘ve been treating my blog more like a business, working full-time and being a full-time single mama…Coffee has not been loving me back!
I’ve been drinking coffee at least four times a week and sometimes in the evening as I close one laptop then log right back on to another. Lately, I’ve noticed as late as 1:00 or 2:00 PM my heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest, after having only one cup around 8:00 AM. #1 super scary and #2 hella distracting when there are still several things that need to be crossed off my to-do list.
Last Good Reads of 2017
November 6, 2017
Truth be told, I never really need a reason to read. Cold weather, good coffee or chamomile tea (I don’t like hot chocolate), a comfy spot on the couch and a cozy blanket, though…Who could resist wanting to curl up with a good book during times like that?! There are eight weeks left in 2017 and seven books left on my reading list. Let’s get into it!
Cold & Flu Season Essential Oil Remedies
October 30, 2017
Essential oils can help detoxify the body and boost your immune system. They also fight infections, bacteria, parasites and micro-orgranisms. Regular use of essential oils is said to reduce the body’s susceptibility to outside sources and harmful toxins. Which means the more use them, the less you’ll need them to fight certain illnesses because they’ll already be working to protect you from them. However, it would be unrealistic to think that no one would ever get sick. So, here are a few essential oil remedies and recipes I keep on hand for cold and flu season.
*Over the counter fever reducer causes Spencer to vomit so this all natural remedy has been nothing short of a blessing.*
2-3 drops of peppermint oil - Anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory support
1-2 drops of lavender oil - Calming, cleansing, anti-inflammatory
Teaspoon of coconut oil – Used as a carrier oil
Warm the oils in the palms of your hands and apply to the back of the neck, along the spine and the bottom of the feet. Place socks on the feet after applying oil.
3-5 times a day, as necessary
My Latest TJ Maxx Find & Face Serum Review
October 23, 2017
I love, love, love finding bargains or getting great deals on hair, beauty and skincare products. It’s one of the things that make the happiest. Ulta, CVS, Target and Sally Beauty Supply are all part of my top 5, in no particular order. Within the last few years TJ Maxx rounded out my top 5 stores for beauty and skincare finds.
TJ Maxx has easily become one of my favorite stores because I can find prestige beauty and skincare products, sold by high-end major retailers, to try for a fraction of the price. If the price is right and the product reviews are on point I will likely try any beauty or skincare product at least once.
It’s a win-win situation for me and the product brand. I don’t have to give up all my coins to try something out but, if I like the results chances are the next time I purchase the product I will go straight to the source. I’m also more inclined to check out other products offered by that particular brand.
Why Essential Oils Will Always be a Necessity for My Family
October 16, 2017
I was first introduced to essential oils by a really good friend on a day everyone in my entire household felt like DEATH. I was a teacher for about three years and if you work in education, I know you can relate to what I’m about to share. All it takes is one kiddo with a little bug to spark a wave of sickness that ends up traveling throughout the building among both teachers and students. Well, that’s exactly what happened to both me and my daughter, who was attending the school I worked at.
Stomach Flu was making its nasty little way around school for the second time within the span of about three months...