Sunday, November 27, 2016

Health Goals For The WIN! | Curls of Innocence

Hey guys! I want to talk a bit about my health goals, because I think I haven't talked about them since literally last year. Blah.
So, as you guys know, I had baby #5 on August 20th. I was about 185 prior to having her, and then I dropped back down to 175. And the rest of that weight is just stuck to me like freaking glue. -___-
I know I don't seem like I'm that heavy, but I am! It's mostly belly as usual. My belly is still 40 inches in diameter.
My belly is very saggy and fat, along with my diastasis recti issue. Having a lot of kids and never losing the weight will do that to you.
If you've been following me for any amount of time and also reading here, you remember the last time I spoke on my health goals and how I used to be. I was very much into health years ago before marriage, watching what I ate and writing everything I ate. I was so dedicated on staying healthy, back when I was mega skinny. But between battling PTSD and depression, I fell off the wagon after having all of my kids and remaining sedentary.
I also made a video last year about when I found out about my muscle separation and what I was doing to fix it.
I'm finally 100% ready to change my habits. I am sick and tired of being, well, sick and tired.
I'm never literally sick, as in always having colds. I'm talking about my body pains, back pains, headaches, migraines, stomach issues, dizzyness, insomnia, foot pain, heart pain, unexplained fatigue, heart palpitations, and whatever else I happen to be struggling with at the moment. I have circulation issues, especially in my legs. And you know that's not good. From my research, it's a problem that a lot of pisces develop. We tend to have circulation issues for some reason. Ugh.
But anyway, I am ready to change that.  I can get to a gym, BUT I can't afford the gym, and neither is my current neighborhood the best or safest in the world to go for a walk or a run. However, I will make a way to do something with no equipment. I do at home workouts right now, including jump roping. That's the best way I can get some cardio in.
I am changing my eating habits to the best of my ability. As you can imagine, with five kids and also homeschooling them, it can be a hassle. Hubby and I have no help with them, so it's just us planning and preparing their meals, making sure they're getting their nutrition, making sure their weight is up to par, and making sure that they actually eat instead of sneakily dumping their plates in the trash trying to avoid broccoli.
I may attempt to do meal planning, but omg. Lots of work! I am not sure if I can successfully do it, but I will work on it. There are little things I am doing to change my habits and lose this fat, like drinking apple cider vinegar every morning. I will have a video about that very soon.
If you have some tips for me or any encouraging words, I sure could use them! Starting before the new year starts so I won't care about sticking to a resolution or not. Haha!

What are your health goals? How do you plan to attain them?
~Curls of Innocence~

Friday, November 25, 2016

Building The Confidence To Write Sentences | Uncaged Learning

Well, this isn't the homeschool blog, but I am posting this here anyway as a blog post! I hope you guys enjoy. What does your child struggle with academically?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Not Vlogging Much... But Here's One Anyway!

Hey people! I haven't been doing my family vlogs as much lately. Nothing much has been happening. Having vehicle issues, so we've sorta been stuck in the house. Blah.
But here's a new vlog anyway. If you haven't subscribed yet here, please do!
I promise there will be more action soon. LOL!

~Curls of Innocence~

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WATCH ME Take Out My Twists!

Hey, guys!
Do you ever find yourself just watching random vids with people chatting about random topics? Well, I did a video where I was taking out my twists, my 'mini twists' while talking about nothing in particular. I'm sure you'll find it entertaining. Well, at least I hope so. Hehe.

I talk about how I did the twists, a few fears of mine, and shortly demonstrate how to play a phone game app called "Mystic Messenger". The video is quite long, but I hope you enjoy it!

                                             ~Curls of Innocence~

Friday, November 4, 2016

Getting Rid of That Cradle Cap! | Curls of Innocence

Heya, curlies! I am going to talk about treating cradle cap today.
My youngest child is 2 months right now. She has a serious case of cradle cap, or so she used to. My previous child, Jalani, didn't have half as much cradle cap as she did. I don't know what it is, but poor little Kyanah has had a ton of the stinky, white flaky stuff on her little scalp!
I always use coconut oil from birth on my children as a moisturizer for their hair AND body. It's the best. Very silky and smells good, no issues with skin breakouts or anything. So of course, I use it for cradle cap as well.

I made a post on Instagram about not worrying about whether or not to use 'regular' Shea Moisture products on your baby. Shea Moisture is supposed to be all natural anyway, so there's no real need to refrain from using it because you don't have the baby version. I always use it on all my kids as babies and they work just fine! No need to go broke using 'specialty' products. ;)

So for the cradle cap, I wash her hair using one of these SM shampoos and I massage really well. I don't use my nails at all, ONLY my finger tips. You don't want to pick the stuff off their scalps and create scabs. It's so tempting for me to pick at it because I HATE dandruff or anything that looks like it because it looks like dirt to me; however, I know that I shouldn't. lol
I wash and rinse like normal. No conditioner needed at this age. Afterwards, I just take a palm full of coconut oil and massage it all over her head. Then at this point, I take one of those tiny baby combs and gently comb her hair out, which is the perfect time to tackle the cradle cap because her hair is wet and the stuff is loosened up. It comes right up easily with the baby comb and it doesn't hurt her. In fact, she loves this process and nearly falls asleep. lol

After combing as much as I can out of her hair, THEN I go in with the baby brush and brush it down, slick it down. I put a hat on her so she can warm up quickly after the bath.

Doing this same process after every bath has significantly decreases her cradle cap issue. Like I said, in the beginning, it was really bad. Now it's almost completely gone! I am so happy about that.
Hopefully, these tips will help you guys, too. I'll probably make a video addressing this also.
What do you about cradle cap? How do you treat it?

~Curls of Innocence~
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