The reality of parenthood is an awakening like no other. You can have an appreciation of what it will entail but no one has the knowledge until you are in the trenches of it. The day I found out I was expecting my second child I was in shock. You ask yourself all the normal questions. “Am I ready for this?” and your conclusion is “How hard can one more be?”
Nine months and a pregnancy ridden with hyperemesis gravidarum with a dash of PPD and I realized my perception of parenting a second child was off by lightyears. With the help of my wonderful husband and his support I was able to take that leap into something that scared me to death.
I was able to overcome my fears and not be afraid of my imperfections. Those imperfections are what made me love my children immensely, they made me the mother that they love dearly.
I learned to let go of the picture of perfection I had in my mind. Its so easy to get wrapped up in the social media image of parenthood. I don’t have everything together(like most parents) I realize that what we see posted is a carefully curated magazine of your life. There are more people like me out there who don’t have it all together. Parenthood is different for everyone, it’s not a one size fit all. I realize this now as I have entered into my second year of parenting two. I choose to just keep moving and love my children immensely because at the end of the day that is all we can do.
Rhianna is pulling out everyones edges. She just launched Fenty Beauty a few weeks ago. I was away in KY Visiting family at the time the Sephora Associate told us that the first day in their store(in Louisville, KY) they sold $10,000 worth of merchandise.
I was not surprised. A line that debuts FORTY shades will def get peoples attention. I was matched and since we were in a big city my shade was SOLD OUT! I had to drive to a small town to get my shade.
Thank you Elizabethtown, KY for having this melanated girls shade(410 if your are wondering)
I finally get home to FL and start playing around with my new makeup only to go on Instagram and see that a new holiday collection is launching October 1st.
I mean REALLY, you just gonna snatch all our edges like that Rhianna? Fenty Beauty is not playing. She si coming to slay everyone in the beauty community and I for one am here for it.
I know where I will be On Oct 1st . Are you interested in any of the holiday collection? Also, if you would like to see my review of the Fenty beauty products I purchased you can see that here.
I have nursed collectively for 3 1/2 years. August is breastfeeding awareness month an I wanted to do something to celebrate the milestones I have achieved in nursing. I have been wanting to do a milk bath photo shoot F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I decided I was going to do one once I hit the 1 year milestone of nursing my youngest.
My son was so excited to help me set up the photo shoot
He was so excited to help me set the flowers in place and pour the milk into the tub. Now for this shoot I filled the tub up to my liking and used 1 1/2 gallons of whole milk so I could get the color I desired. You could add more milk so that it would look more white or you could use less to get an opaque look. It depends on what you are going for.
I also used greenery to get a little texture into the shots but they ended up sinking so in the future I would probably use plastic greenery and spray them with scotch guard so they don’t sink. Using real flowers you are guaranteed that they will float. If you want to use plastic make sure to use scotch guard. Also a little tip. The mums(big yellow flowers) look amazing but when the kids get a hold of them and shred them, its a BEAST to clean lol.
I don’t have any natural light in my bathroom so I used three LED lights and a diffuser to simulate daytime. One pointed up at the ceiling, second one behind the diffuser and the third was behind me in the shower.
All in all I am so happy with the results I got from my photo shoot. I want to thank my husband for hearing my vision and executing it.
These last two photos mean so much to me. I may not be a size 4 but that belly homed FOUR babies and brought two earthside. I was blessed and able to nourish those two babies and watch them grow(still doing it with my daughter)
I hope these inspire you to do a milkbath shoot of your own, get one done(You could even hire Razmus Photography to do so) or at the very least take more pics with your kids. they are only young once so capture these fleeting moments one picture at a time.
A few weeks ago I saw a post shaming women who have 3a-3c curl patterns. I did agree with the statement that the natural hair movement seems to feature more women with that kind of texture. However, I will not sit here and downplay their blackness. I myself am a 4c curly and when I was starting my natural hair journey almost 6 years ago, I REALLY had to look for people with my hair type.
4c is so versatile there is so much we can do with our hair and our fros are BOMB DOT COM! you can’t tell me NOTHING when I am wearing my hair in a fro. I wanted to share some of my favorited type 4 hair naturals to follow on IG.
Hopefully you get some inspiration and you can see that there is so many styles that we can rock as well.
First up is ME. I have been rocking protective styles a lot this year and When I give my hair a break I usually wear wash n go or twistout. If you want to see how I achieve this definition on my 4c hair, check it out here.
Chary Jay is one of the FIRST people I watched on youtube. She was also from my home state MI (REPRESENT LOL) and when I got the chance to meet her in FL she was just as sweet in person as she is on film. She big chopped for the second time last year and her curls are ALWAYS poppin
Whitney, what can I say about Naptural85 that hasn’t already been said. She has so many hairstyles that you can check out not only on her IG but on her youtube channel as well.
next up is Jordan of Juciesandberries. her hair is just…there are no words. I am alwasy inspried when I look at her page.
Jenelle Is another Youtuber i followed early on in my natural hair journey. She rocks her 4 type curls in so many ways. She also doens’t leave the little ones out. Her daughter Elle is just too cute for words.
These are just a FEW of the beauties of IG you can search #4c curls and see a plethora of inspiration.
who are some one your favorite Type 4 curlies to follow on IG?
Flower prints are on trend right now. I know that for me as a plus sized person I am always looking fro prints that are flattering and trendy. I was so glad to find that PinkBlush has exactly that for me. I was sent three items from them and I was excited to try out these flower print pieces. Since its the summer I KNEW I wanted a few dresses. Something about a flowy dress during the summer just makes me smile.
I also decided on a cute flowy top that I decided to rock with a pair of boyfriend jeans. I have to say that my favorite out of these three pieces was the off the shoulder dress. This just SCREAMS summer to me and its great for a date night, girls night or even just running around on errands.
Do you see this? This dress is just perfection. When you add a bold lip is just makes the outfit complete.
The cut of this shirt is so demure and the purples and pinks in the flowers make any outfit look feminine and flirty.
I am a nursing mother and it is sometimes difficult to find cute trendy clothing that is functional for you and your babies needs. This fuchsia hi lo dress is so bright and colorful yet I am able to nurse my daughter while wearing it as well.
The last dress is also fond in the maternity section. Here is a tip, do not feel like maternity clothes are only for those who are pregnant. They can work for all body types and they also have a little extra room which is nice on those hot days. No one likes clothes sticking to them on hot days lol.
There are an array of outfits to choose from (not just floral) at PinkBlush. They carry not only maternity/nursing attire but clothing for women of all shapes and sizes.
Which of these three outfits would you rock? Let me know in the comment section below
*disclaimer – this outfits were provided to me from pinkblush however, the opinions are all mine