Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Self-Care Wednesdays

When your phone battery starts getting low, I'm willing to bet that you immediately start looking for a way to recharge it.  Am I right, or am I right?  I know.  I'm the same way.  So, why do we so often run around with our batteries on low without stopping to recharge?

I've started trying to take time one day a week to give myself a little TLC.  I know a lot of people have a Self Care Saturday, but for me it's usually Wednesday.  I like doing it mid-week while everyone else is out of the house and it's just me, myself and I.

I usually do a clarifying wash to remove any buildup from my hair, if needed.   Followed by a good deep conditioning treatment.  Sometimes it's a store bought treatment.  Sometimes I create my own with a mixture of my regular conditioner, coconut oil and honey or avacado, banana, coconut oil and honey.

I may also paint my nails or apply a face mask.

I think it's so important for each of us to take a little time to be nice to ourselves.  Maybe your thing isn't a beauty treatment or two.  Maybe you prefer to go for a hike, or a bike ride.  You could do some meditation (this is usually another part of my self-care Wednesdays - as well as a few other days of the week)  You can draw, or paint, or write.  Color in a coloring book.  Sit outside in the sunshine.  Savor a cup of tea.  Read your Bible.  Read some other book.  

Do whatever it is that refreshes your soul.  

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Inspiration: Always

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Joyful Gratitude: May 16

I Am Thankful For:
A good start to the day
Washcloth orders
Homemade Ramen bowls
Getting all the laundry done
Pretty new top
Cinnamon donuts
Historical fiction
Afternoon tea
Planning for Mother's Day
The Female Offspring has a new kitten
Rained out soccer games
Dinner out with the Female Offspring's family
The Man of the House making 3 trips to the store for me in one day
Mother's Day dinner
Strawberry shortcake
Silly card games
A wild turkey at the bird feeder
New pajamas
Bbq ribs

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rising Above

"Zacchaeus was a wee little man
And a wee little man was he
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see"

If you ever attended a children's Sunday school class, or a vacation Bible school, or attended a church-based pre-K program - you've probably heard the story of Zacchaeus.  

The short tax collector wanted very much to see Jesus, but was having trouble seeing over the crowd.  So, he went and found himself a Sycamore tree to climb overlooking the road where he knew Jesus would be passing.  Once he achieved that higher vantage point, he was able to clearly see Jesus.  That's when Jesus called to him.  (Luke 19: 1 - 10)

Just like Zacchaeus, sometimes we have to rise above the crowd if we want to see Jesus. 

We have to rise above the opinions and expectations of others. We have to rise above our own egos.  We have to rise above the selfishness, greed and pettiness of society.  We have to rise above what others tell us is "right" and look to what the Word says.  Even if that means sometimes having to rise above the rules, opinions and attitudes of our fellow Christians.  

We have to rise above it all and keep our eyes on the Lord. So that we can hear Him say “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites: Deva Curl

I have written about my love/hate relationship with my curls in the past (HERE).  A few years ago, I decided to finally embrace them.  Just ride the waves.  (Pun intended)  However, I found that I still found them a challenge more often than I wanted to admit.   Probably because I was still using shampoos with sulfates and styling products that contained silicones and all sorts of other ingredients that are not so curl friendly. 

Late last year, that changed when I decided to fully follow the Curly Girl Method.  I'll talk more about the Curly Girl Method some other time and the journey I have been on there.  Today is about a just a few items that have changed my hair for the better!

DevaCurl Low-Poo and One Condition Delight are my new go-to cleanser and conditioner.  These - along with the Wave Maker styling cream - have put the spring back in my curls.  I couldn't believe how much of a different I saw after just one use!  

I had been using curly girl approved products that can be found at many drugstores, and was getting good results, but I was ready to try something else.  DevaCurl was created by Denis DaSilva and Lorraine Massey.  Lorraine is also known as the author of Curly Girl: The Handbook.  So, I decided to give them a try!

The Low Poo Delight takes some getting used to if you've been using a sulfate shampoo because it's, well... low poo.  Meaning, it's low lathering.  But it still does an amazing job of getting my hair clean without leaving it feeling stripped.  The One Condition Delight gives my hair plenty of slip and conditions well, without weighing down my curls.

My favorite may be the Wave Maker.  I used to love the Not Your Mothers Kinky Moves curling cream, but alas - it is loaded with silicones.  Now, FINALLY, I have found a new favorite! 

Since switching to the DevaCurl products, I'm getting a little better definition.  And I'm seeing a difference in the volume also.  And best of all, if I protect my curls while I sleep, I am now able to get at least a full 3 days from one wash day instead of needing to wash every other day.

I'm hoping that the glycerin in the Wave Maker doesn't become an issue as the humidity levels increase during the summer.  I've had some issues with frizz using products that have glycerin in the top few ingredients.  So... fingers crossed.  

Do you have a favorite line of hair products?

Disclaimer:  I have received no compensation for this post.  However, this post may contain affiliate links.  Keep in mind that I may receive commissions when you click these links and make purchases.  However, this does not impact my reviews. All opinions expressed are my own. Your results may differ.  Deva Curl is not affiliated with this blog.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Joyful Gratitude: May 9

I Am Thankful For:

An open sun roof and music blasting
Morning tea
The first hummingbird of the season
Spotting an Eastern Towhee at the feeder
Tickets for the Carolina Panthers season opener
The cat "stalking" a lizard (which is on the other side of the glass door)
Dinner and a movie with the Female Offspring
A new month
S'mores frappucino
Making the Man of the House laugh
Avoiding traffic
Getting matching fortunes
Washing the pollen off my car
Movie matinee with the guys
Bbq sandwich
The Man of the House making coffee for me
Morning rain showers
Game of Thrones Oreos


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