Friday, February 27, 2015

Koru Naturals :: A TOS Review

Finding the right shampoo and conditioner has been a struggle for me over the years so when Koru Naturals offered to have their Manuka Oil Shampoo and Conditioner set reviewed through The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I jumped at the opportunity.  Not only was I sent the shampoo and conditioner set, I also received the Emu Oil.

Some of you may know that hair is not my thing.  If you didn't know, you can read about it.  I am by no means a hair guru.  I do my best taking care of three heads of natural hair.

The main reason that I was excited about the opportunity to review this product was that often after washing my hair and my oldest daughter's hair, I have found that our hair isn't as clean as I would like even after washing for an extended period time.  This could be the product used for washing our hair, the product that I used for moisture, or it could be my hair washing skills.  Honestly, I'm not sure.

 The Manuka Oil Shampoo has a minty scent which made it pleasant to use.  I like shampoos that are not too watery.  The consistency of the Manuka Oil Shampoo was optimum.  Usually, I lather and wash my hair three times during a shampoo session because of the "whole is it clean enough" issue.  This was the case with the Manuka Oil Shampoo.  During the wash, I enjoyed the tingly feeling; it made me feel as if my scalp was being exfoliated and cleaned. A little goes a long way with this shampoo. Even though I used it on my hair and my oldest daughter's hair the bottle is still nearly full.  The conditioner softened my textured hair after washing.  Out of the two of us, I noticed more of difference in my daughter’s hair. I believe this is true because I am not as invested in my own hair as I am in the girls, and like I said earlier I am just not a hair person. Because her scalp is dry, I often have to wash her hair at the end of one week, but the few times I did wash her hair with the Manuka Oil Shampoo I noticed that I didn’t have to wash it right at one week.  I also noticed that her curls returned to their original state which I hadn’t seen in at least a year.

Initially, I used the Emu Oil on my hair because I figured it would go well with the shampoo and conditioner, but I can’t see my scalp. I felt that I couldn’t accurately share if it helped with moisturizing my scalp. But, with the cold air and the effect that winter has on my skin I began using it on my feet and shoulders since these are two areas I would notice the effect.  The harshness of the cold air terribly affects my shoulders.  I often have scratches and cuts on my skin due to it breaking from the dryness.  I began using the Emu Oil on these areas which were not broken when I began using the oil.  The oil has truly kept my skin moisturized for at least 12 hours each day. I shower twice a day, and I use the oil after each shower. I appreciate that before I take my evening shower I can still see that my skin has moisture.  There isn’t a hint of dryness. I can scratch my shoulders, and there will not be any white streaks from the scratching.

Overall, I benefited from the use of these Koru Naturals products.
 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

These are a Few of my Favorite Blogs ...

I realize that I have never shared a list of my favorite blogs.  I began reading others' stories in 2008.  I don't remember what prompted me to start reading blogs. I do know once I found a few good spaces, I made it point to read their thoughts regularly.




Read about my favorite blogs and their writers below.

The Mahogany Way:

Darcel's space was where I first learned about unschooling from an actual person, and not a book.  She often shares photos of her children and their adventures.  The pictures always make me feel happy, and reminds me to just enjoy life.  The Mahogany Way is a great inspiration because of Darcel's authentic spirit.  She does hide nor pretend, and I have always appreciated this about her space.

Half Mom Half Amazing:  

Nicole has been around for a little over a year now.  It was her dedication to her blog which awoken this space that I had left hanging when I went to teach.  She writes every week about life with her three boys and their homeschooling journey.  Although my girls are older, she still inspires me to enjoy the time that I have with them.

The Young Mommy Life:
 I found Tara through My Brown Baby.  She spoke to my young mom heart.  I knew that I wasn't alone, and her community was safe.  No judgment.  Her desire is to encourage moms regardless of the way they entered into motherhood.  I appreciate her site for this.  The YML is the first and only place I have published a piece that wasn't written for this blog.

The Time Warp Wife:

I found Darlene a few years ago.  I really don't remember how I ran across her site, but I am thankful that I did.  She and other contributors work to show the positive aspects of marriage.  They offer guidance, and in the process they share their truths.  They aren't perfect, and remind the readers of God's grace.

No Idle Bread:

Stacie's spirit exudes from her blog and Facebook page.  She offers wise words and grace.  I always feel refreshed when she shares her thoughts.  There is a peace and calmness there even if she is sharing a bad time.  I appreciate the fact that she glorifies God, and brings it back to Him.

My Brown Baby:

My Brown Baby was the first blog that I found.  I was excited to find a Black mom that had similar ideas as mine when it came to parenting.  I gave birth to my first daughter at 22, and none of my closer friends had children. During that time, I felt weird about my parenting methods and my desire to be home with my daughters.  Denene's words definitely helped me own my path.

 If you have a moment, head on over and check out their spaces.

This post is linked to The Mahogany Way's What's Your Story Series.  Head over and read about her take on favorite.


Blessings,
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

There's Beauty


I find beauty in so many things.

There's beauty in the foliage that often lines the interstate of southern cities especially when spring has just arrived in the color from the flowers are filling in the once colorless spaces.
I am going to miss these hydrangeas.

There's beauty in nature.  All aspects.  He is The great artist, designer, creator ...



There's beauty in the quiet mornings when I am able to watch darkness turn to light.

There's beauty in the way my daughters sit on my lap for minutes at a time even when my legs begin to go numb because I am not sitting in a good position.

There's beauty in the girls and their crazy outfits that don't always match, but still manages to look lovely.

There's beauty in the way Eva sits patiently waiting for my acknowledgement because she just can't function without a pat and belly rub from me several times a day.

There's beauty in this messy house.  The life that we once lived here being packed away for a new journey.

There's beauty in the journey.  We don't know the end result or the steps that we will have to obediently take, but we know they are beautiful because we are being led by Him.

There's beauty in the way Vic and I hold hands ever so often (when it's not cold; our hands are in pockets when it's freezing outside) as we head into our weekly date at Arby's where we have the place to ourselves aside from the workers.

There's beauty in our marriage. And craziness, too.  Craziness because I have the weirdest sense of humor, but laughter is good for the soul. 

There's beauty in this life of mine.  Even when days are long, and I crash before my girls. Even when I am not sure if I am on the right path.  Even when I am sure that I have ventured off the path.  Even when the picture looks a little dusty there's always beauty.

What are you finding beauty in this week?


This post is linked to The Mahogany Way's: What's Your Story weekly series.  Want to join in? Visit her blog where she shares the word for the week.


Blessings,
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Friday, February 13, 2015

It's a Beautiful Morning


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Mornings are my favorite part of the day.  It's something about having a fresh start.  I guess something similar to the beginning of a new year.  I wake each morning not feeling defeated of yesterday's struggles, but excited about the possibilities of a new day.

I often wake several times before actually exiting the bed.  I wake up too early at times.  During my first wake, I thank God for blessing me to see another day before I am lulled back to sleep.  The next waking, I pray for my family, and then I am usually ready to start my day.

If I am lucky, there will be a song playing in my head.  If there is a song playing, I will listen to it on Spotify when I get the room to myself :)  Every now then, I let my family in on my morning music.

Mornings aren't harried around here.  There is some routine as far as breakfast and getting dressed. Overall, we ease into our day.  Doing the things that we find the most important whether it's starting a lesson or visiting a friend.  No morning is exactly the same as the previous.

Each morning is a blessing. A blank canvas waiting to be brought to life.

What are mornings like in your house?

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Practical Planning for Your Homeschool

At the top of the year whether it's the beginning of a calendar year or school year, planners and calendars are on display to help us get planned and organized.  New calendars are awesome especially if the have beautiful artwork or gorgeous pictures.

Planners aren't so bad either. As of late, I have seen many pretty planners.  Some are actually functional with a nice amount of writing place.  I've tried the planners.  I have bought planners.  I have created my own.  I have used apps.  None of these have worked for an extended amount of time in our home school.

My struggle is keeping up with the dates, and not planning to far in advanced because life happens.  At the top of this year,  I decided to search for a more practical way to plan our lessons and activities.  Well, my search didn't go far...

Here's where I plan our lessons and activities:


I grabbed a notebook, adjustable tabs, and mailing labels.

I realized that having a daily plan wasn't what our family needed, but having a set weekly goals was more realistic.  Each week I write our goals for the week.  I often have an idea of the method I will use to achieve the goal, but there are times when I don't have an exact way or method to achieve the goal.  The goal is met just in our living or something triggers an idea, and we just go with it.

I have two tabs in my planning notebook.  One tab is for the current week, and the other tab is for the upcoming week.  Each week is titled with the date in the header.

The mailing labels are used to help me section the goals for each week.  I peel off a label and write the goals for that topic next to and/or underneath the label.







The order isn't the same each week, and not all topics are listed every week.  There are some things that aren't listed because they will happen whether we home schooled or not.

I have been using this method faithfully, and I can say that it really does help me to stay focused and diligent on the tasks set before us.  It feels good to meet our weekly goals.


Do you have practical tips for making your home school functional? Please share!
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