In the process of moving and saving money I’ve had to get a little ingenious. I needed a desk for my office and I’ve had a wooden desk that I planned to revamp for years. I know most of us might not have a wooden desk that has been lying around for years (I might be a little bit of a hoarder), so I’d recommend checking out a local thrift store. The only products I needed for this DIY project were a sander, knobs, and spray paint. This project only cost around $80 for the knobs and spray paint. I used seven cans of spray paint and probably could have used less if I properly sanded the desk down. I also used rather expensive knobs so that is another area you could save money.
If I had to do it again I’d properly sand the desk down and use a spray paint primer. There were a few spots I had to go over more heavily because the wood was stained. This should go without saying but, please do not spray paint in the house or even your garage. This is definitely a project that needs to be done outside. Also depending on how old the item you are sanding is you want to be careful because the paint could be a lead base paint. If you have any questions about that I’d recommend doing some research and/or wearing a face mask.
Be on the lookout for more DIY Projects coming your way.
When I saw this collection I just knew I had to have it. The stretch satin material looked absolutely gorgeous and very luxurious. The colors were beautiful and I knew instantly that I would be stalking the website once they dropped.
I originally wanted the Smokey Quartz but was unable to get my hands on it because the smaller sizes sold out almost instantly. Can I just say I hate that! Why do brands, especially big brands like Skims make so few products? I NEED ANSWERS! I was only 3 minutes late to the launch and was only able to grab the bodysuit in, Desert Clay. Again, I’m so annoyed that I wasn’t able to get my hands on more and even more annoyed that you have to wait so long for the Skims inventory to restock! Big brands please do better!
What you’ve really been waiting for! I loved the bodysuit. I will say initially I wasn’t impressed at all! The package wasn’t great at all especially for the price, you can see me unbox the bodysuit below. Once I put it on I fell in love! The quality, the fit, and the feel was perfect. I enjoyed the fact that the bodysuit isn’t a thong bottom and the fact that my double D’s actually had support; you will need pasties because the girls will poke through. I will say that this bodysuit does not feel as compressive as shape wear and I believe she said it wasn’t meant to be shape wear. Nonetheless, it did a great job at smoothing out my back rolls. Depending on how your standing or sitting there may be a few rolls, which I’m not mad at. I can’t be mad if my clothes show what’s there.
If I had to describe the bodysuit in two words I’d say silky and smooth. It definitely felt luxurious and I can’t wait to style it a few ways. The video below shows how I styled it, more photos and styling videos will be added in a part two to this post.
The only negative thing I can say about the bodysuit is that it doesn’t snap between the legs. If you have a weak bladder that could be a problem. Please make sure you consider where you are going and what you will be doing before you wear this out. Do not get caught slipping Sis!
Let me know with a like or comment if you’d like me to review more of Skim’s inventory.
It’s that time again, drum roll please…it’s Haul Week! This time I picked up a few items from Missguided. Missguided is one of my favorite “fast fashion” brand. You get cute quality clothes for a good price. There’s always a sale going, and items can be picked up at a great price.
Here are the items I picked up and all the details:
Kissy Roddy x Missguided black graphic print long sleeve body – US6 $25.50
White Poplin Corset Shirt Dress – US8 $21
White Button Front Ribbed Bodysuit – US8 $11.50
Black – US8 $12.50
Lime Green – US6 $12.50
Purple Zip Front Kangaroo Pocket Sweat & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 $25.50
Stone Hoodie & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 25.50
I truly loved all the items I got. The white dress is by far my favorite. I initially was a little skeptical about the material, but baby when I put it on I felt amazing. I definitely feel like the dress looks more expensive than it actually was. The fit was great and I can’t wait to wear it on a date night! I also really enjoyed the bodysuits and sweat suits. The quality with all the items except the Lissy Roddy jumpsuit we’re great. I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
One of my personal goals for 2020 is to be completely debt free. Please keep in mind I am not including my student loans in this. I know for those of us who have student loans they can be a huge burden. I recommend tackling any other debt you have first and then addressing your student loans. Typically the interest rate on your student loans is significantly lower than any credit card(s) you have. If you address the credit card(s) or other loan debt first it will be easier to tackle student loans at a later date. Please note when I say later date I DO NOT mean do not pay on them now. If it is in your budget make sure you’re on some type of payment plan or pay the interest every month so you’re not shooting yourself in the foot.
I’ve always enjoyed writing out a budget but I’ve never stuck to them. The first time I saved more than 5k is while I was pregnant with my little one. Something about having a kid motivates you to get it together. Yes, at almost 30 I finally became somewhat financially savvy. I say somewhat because I have a long way to go as I’m sure many of us do. But I digress, lately I’ve been using the budget below to help me get it together.
This budget is simple and easy! Click on the link provided and you can fill in all your expenses and change it from month to month. What I like about this budget is that it easily shows you your income, expenses, and what you have left over. Don’t panic if your expenses are more than your income. Look at the budget again and cut some expenses. Be realistic! Eating out may not be in your budget, nor may entertainment, clothing, shoes, or beauty expenses. One thing Dave Ramsey always says that has stuck with me is, “You don’t need to see the inside of a restaurant unless you work there.” Those small purchases really add up so keep track of every dollar you spend. The draft budget I filled out includes some red boxes that help me customize the budget to my needs or remind me of certain things. Please do the same with yours.
One of the next things I did was start reading books and listening to podcasts. I would also recommend finding sites on Instagram or Facebook that encourage you to stay on course. Having a community that holds you accountable is extremely helpful. Leave a comment or send an email if you would like me to create a community where we check in on each other’s progress and hold each other accountable.
The internet can be a beautiful thing if used correctly. One person that has helped me out a lot is Dave Ramsey. I’m sure most of us have heard of him, but may have never paid any real attention to his methods. I encourage you to read some of his books. Here are a few of his books that may be helpful: Financial Peace Revisited, Smart Money Smart Kids, The Money Answer Book, Complete Guide to Money, The Total Money Makeover Workbook. Please also take advantage of his YouTube channel. He is giving out FREE advise and it just might help you!
Disclaimer: I feel like this has to be said I am in no way a financial advisor, I’m just sharing what I’m doing in hopes to help someone else. Please do your research and do what feels comfortable to you. Food, water, and shelter are things that you cannot live without make sure your basic needs are met and credit cards are not tools to live on! I hope some of my journey and some of what I’m sharing can help you or motivate you to take control of your finances in 2020.
Postpartum shedding, let’s talk about it! Postpartum shedding hit me around the three month mark. I have naturally fine hair and thus get my hair done accordingly. I know my hair cannot take a lot of tension or manipulation; with that being said I do get my hair done or do my hair myself because I am familiar with what it can handle. When I noticed the shedding I had just taken out some crochet box braids. Sis, when I tell you my hair was coming out in huge patches I am not exaggerating. My edges around the entire perimeter of my head were bald. I mean smooth as a babies butt bald, the Kim Possible naked mole rat bald. (Who remembers him?) I cried and cried and cried. There was basically nothing I could do and the excessive shedding lasted for months.
After doing a little research I learned that postpartum shedding is pretty common affecting almost 50% of women. During pregnancy hormones cause the hair not to grow on the normal hair growth and loss cycle. I think its important to note that for me I experienced additional shedding once my period returned around the six month mark. I cannot say for certain that there is a correlation between my period returning and my hair falling out; but we know that hormones increase hair growth. So I think the hormones associated with my period increased hair loss.
Typically during pregnancy the growing phase or cycle is extended with minimal hair loss. The hair loss that was delayed can fall out at once or over time. Most women will notice hair loss around the 3 month mark and the hair growth/loss cycle will typically return to normal around the six to twelve month mark. It is important to note that hair loss can also be related to a mineral or vitamin deficiency so please continue to take a pre or post-natal vitamin. If the hair lost seems excessive I encourage you to speak with your OBGYN or even a Dermatologist. For some women being on birth control can help.
The picture above shows how my hair was looking once it finally started to grow back. Yes sis, I said grow back. My edges around the perimeter of my entire head left me! Gone! Vamoose! The picture below shows what the hairs looked like wet with conditioner.
I’ve finally come to terms with the hair loss. I’m currently 9 months post-partum and my hair has finally started to get back on its normal cycle. I’ve really struggled recently with wanting to cut my hair off, but I’m going to give my edges a year to grow back and start taking a hair, skin, and nails vitamin. I will definitely do a follow up post.
Tips to reduce hair loss:
Avoid hair styles that cause a lot of tension: pigtails, cornrows, braids, and hair weaves.
Use shampoos and conditioners that strengthen the hair and promote hair growth. Products with biotin would be a good start.
Consider taking a hair vitamin or increasing pre- or post-natal vitamin intake; birth control can even be an option. Vitamins recommended by the American Pregnancy Association include: Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Biotin, Zinc, and Vitamin E.
Make sure your diet consist of leafy green vegetables and fruits.
For my sisters, our hair is fragile when it is dry. Do not, I repeat do not comb or try to detangle your hair while it is dry. Dampen hair to detangle and make more manageable and please be gentle.
Minimize the amount of stress on hair; that includes hair dryers, flat irons, and hot combs.
Please note I encourage you to speak with a doctor. The tips provided are just suggestions to help lead you in the right direction. When it comes to taking a supplement speak with your healthcare provider and do what feels comfortable for you and your baby. Breastfeeding moms need to be especially careful about what you ingest; not just orally but through your pores as well. Most importantly Moms be sure to love yourself! You just brought life into this world! Just like your baby is growing leaps and bounds in front of you, your hair will grow as well.