Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Health

Nutrisystem Food

@Nutrisystem Food review #sponWhen I began my Nutrisystem journey back in July, I was worried about the taste of Nutrisystem food. Would it taste like cardboard? Would chicken taste like chicken and beef like beef? Would the frozen meals taste like TV dinners? Needless to say, I’m sure if you are reading this post, you are wondering the same thing.

What I can tell you, is that I am OBSESSED with their breakfasts–double chocolate muffin, cinnamon roll, granola cereal, egg omelets. My mornings have never been more flavorful. I like that for pantry meals, I am able to go a la cart, which meant I chose foods I knew I would eat (and happily did so!) Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 5 Losing Inches But Not Weight

Losing Inches @nutrisystem #weightloss

Remember when you were told, never say never (and I’m not talking about Justin Bieber)? I feel like having said, “I never want to be 170 lbs,” is haunting me because it simply won’t go away.

While everyone says not to pay attention to the scale, but rather how you look, I know I should listen (but it is so hard to do!) Due to losing inches, I’ve definitely noticed that my favorite blue shirt is looser on me. I also noticed on Sunday that a shirt I haven’t worn in a while (due to muffin top issues) suddenly looked a lot better. Not to mention that my jeans are looser and require a belt (or at least me pulling them up multiple times until I buy one.) My husband even told me that it’s hard to believe I haven’t lost weight because I look like I have (brownie points). Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 4

Nutrisystem Weight Loss

Just like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I’m ready to call my Life Line. That Life Line being a Nutrisystem dietician.

On a sidenote: I wish the above picture was really me.

I’ve been on the Nutrisystem weight loss program for a month now. I’ve definitely learned a lot during this time, but I’ve also encountered a lot of frustration. 30 days of Nutrisystem has only results in 4 pounds lost for me, the majority of which were in the first week. For the last few weeks my weight has been at a stand still. Inches have been lost in some places, while in others it fluctuates. Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 3: Reality Check

Healthy Weight Loss @nutrisystem #ad

Nutrisystem’s weight loss plan is not The Biggest Loser.

This is the reality check I had this past week.

In my pre-Nutrisystem life, I ate junk food like it was going out of business. I consumed fat like there was no tomorrow. Portion size? That would be two helpings of everything. Vegetables were only to be eaten at dinner time and late night snacking was a must. Exercise? Wasn’t being a mom (aka taxi, chef, maid, organizer, grocery shopper and overall “clean your room” harasser) enough exercise for one day?

I’d sit and watch The Biggest Loser religiously and think, “That’s going to be me.” I wrongfully assumed that as soon as I cut calories, ate healthier, ate the right way with the right portions and included more exercise that BOOM! the weight would drop off me like a sack of potatoes.

But I was so wrong. Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 2 Stress and Hunger Challenges

Stress eating! Overcoming it.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred Devito

This week has been a tough one for me. I’ve struggled in week two with stress, anxiety and wicked cravings for chocolate. All women know “that week” once a month where we become an emotional mess, which always leads me down the path of feeling depressed about how I look and burying those feelings in ice cream and cake.

But not this time. This time I simply…struggled. I didn’t give into the cravings, which essentially made me feel like I was crawling out of my skin. Throw in my youngest son being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and my ex-MIL passing away, and it was a week frought with stress. Read more

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Nutrisystem Weight Loss Week One

Nutrisystem Weight Loss Week 1

Nothing is more exciting than watching the weight come off. Even better is knowing that your weight loss is as a result of committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Today is check-in day for me. I started Nutrisystem one week ago with the goal of losing 43 pounds. I’ll tell you at the end of this post how much weight I lost (the suspense!) What I really want to do is share some tips for those thinking of also starting Nutrisystem (or similar weight loss program.) Read more

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Nutrisystem Weight Loss with Organization and Portion Control

Nutrisystem Weight Loss with Organization and Portion Control

Diet. It’s truly an ugly word. To me, it means something that is short term. My goal when deciding to do the Nutrisystem weight loss program was to attain both short term and long term goals. In essence, a lifestyle change.

This is my first week (I officially began on Monday July 29: You Had Me at Weight Loss Nutrisystem) and I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot so far. I’ll give you my weigh in on Monday (and yes, only a few days and I’ve lost weight!) but for now I just wanted to share some things I have learned in just a few short days. Read more

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You Had Me at Weight Loss Nutrisystem

Weight Loss Journey with @Nutrisystem

Hoping to be the Incredible Shrinking Woman

When I was younger I would always say, “If I get to X weight, then I’ll go on a diet.” “X” would always vary based on what was going on at the time.

I always had a cap weight though. 170 lbs. I’m only 5’1″ and knew that this was too much weight for me. I recall with my 4th son I reached 170 during my pregnancy. I gave myself the excuse that I was pregnant and that it would go away once he was born..and some of it did, but not all of course. People would try to say nice things like, “Well you did have 4 kids, so of course you’ll be out of shape and have some weight on.”

At some point full length mirrors disappeared from my house. Read more

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