20 Nov

One Thing You Need to Change About Your Skin Care in Fall/Winter

skin care

Are you caring for your skin in autumn the same way you cared for it in summer?

If you answered yes, you may be making a big mistake.

As you age, your skin’s needs change (loss of elasticity, increased dryness etc) but also, as the seasons change your skin’s needs change. In autumn, the temperatures are rapidly beginning to cool in most of the country. With cooler temps, come the risk of dryer skin.

While cleansing your skin is something you need to do forever and always, how you moisturize your skin needs to change as well. Think about how much more you need to impart and seal in moisture. Just as you should be applying heavier moisturizers to your hair in the cooler months, the same goes for your skin.

Your lotions should be replaced with heavier creams or butters (preferably butters). They are much more rich in nutrients to feed and protect your delicate skin. Butters like shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter are rich in Vitamin A and help to really lock in moisture into your skin while simultaneously improving its elasticity.

So, if you are still using lotions on your skin in autumn right into winter, consider putting them away until the warmer weather returns. Start luxuriating. Protect your skin from the rapidly declining temperatures starting now. Don’t wait until it’s freezing out. Get your delicate skin used to thicker creams and butters. My choice of butter is mango butter.

What’s yours?


19 Nov

Thankfulness: 7 Years of Marriage

myhusbandOur son made this tie for Father’s Day :-)

7 years of marriage. That’s a milestone for me. As of September 14th, 2014 I have been married to the love of my life and this post is just to share how thankful I am for being married to him.

Marriage has always been God’s plan. Many who read this post don’t believe that and will even say it’s an outdated “institution.” To those people I say, “You are entitled to your opinion but you have no idea what you’re missing!”

I’m not saying that marriage is easy. You need to work at it but if you are willing to do the work, the beauty at the end of the tunnel awaits.  I can honestly say that my husband and I did not always see eye to eye on important matters. We learned to compromise and we also learned how to take a break when tempers begin to flare.

I can’t speak for anybody else’s man but mine is one of a kind and we compliment each other well. He is one of the least lazy men I have ever met! He knows I hate to cook so he does all the cooking. He also gets up every morning to dress, feed and give my son (not his biological) his medication. Not many men would sign up for all of that. Plus, when I’m a little lazy (not often), he pitches in to clean house. OK so he’s a man and doesn’t do a really thorough job but he tries LOL!

Fast forward to our 7th year of marriage and my husband is now adopting OUR son! How coincidental that in the Bible, seven is God’s number of completion? Hmmmm

No long drawn out post or trying to convince you that marriage is great. I just wanted to share that I couldn’t have asked for a better person to spend my life with.  Marriage is sweet and I am very thankful for it.



17 Nov

8 Protective Styling Ideas for Length Retention

bun with twists

It’s no secret that protective styling helps with length retention. How you protective style however, can determine if you retain 20%, 50%, 80% or 90% more healthy length. Add the challenge of these cold, frigid temperatures to the mix and protective styling is pretty popular right now.

That’s because as the weather gets colder, we have to be more diligent about protecting our hair from damage. This is true for all but especially for those with fine hair. If you have fine hair, it’s even more susceptible to breakage if not protected adequately. That means adding hot oil treatments, increasing the amount of protein/moisture added to your hair and protective styling more often.

One of the fast and hard rules I follow when it comes to protective styling is the style I choose needs to be easy to do (the less manipulation the better) and it can last no longer than two weeks.  For this cause, I avoid hair extensions, weaves and long term protective styles. Since I have fine hair, the simpler the better. Yet, there’s still one goal in mind. Protect those ends.

If you manipulate your hair a lot to get your hair into a protective style, that could curtail your efforts for length retention. If you are protective styling with a new style, every day that could also hamper your efforts for length retention. Here are some protective styles that I do that require little manipulation, are easy to maintain and can last from 2-3 days if tied down at night:

 For longer lasting styles, a little more manipulation is required but you won’t have to do your hair as often. Here are some styles I have worn that protect the hair and last from 5-10 days (at least in my head lol):

 Protective styling is a very effective “tool” for length retention but sometimes you are at a loss for how to style your hair. Hopefully, some of the styles I have shared will help. At the very least, I hope you’ve been inspired :-) For more protective styling ideas, check out my Fotki.

Do you have a go-to protective style that helps you retain length?


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