Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lacy Ripple By Melissa Leapman Is Complete!!!

Well hello there!!   I am so excited to be writing this blog post because I'm going to be sharing with you my latest baby project that I've completed as of yesterday evening!
My husband and I found out late last year that we would be expecting another beautiful blessing into our lives, so I decided that it would be pretty awesome to put together a blanket or two for her as my own personal labor of love for her.  I didn't feel like crocheting so I already knew that knitting up her baby blanket would be my best bet.

Well for starters the name of this pattern is called Lacy Ripple, the designer of this pattern is Melissa Leapman, and the book where I discovered this pattern is called Our Best Knit Baby Afghans Book Two by Leisure Arts.  I recycled a previous baby blanket that I had crocheted some years ago to put this pattern together and I'm glad that I did because this blanket really did come out lovely.  The yarn that was used for this is Lion Brand Pound Of Love and the color of the yarn is called Honey Bee.  This pattern calls for me to use two different sizes of knitting needles but I did not feel like having to go back and forth between the two, so I opted to use a size US 10 - 6.0 mm circular knitting needle.

The having to knit three together was the only thing about this pattern that I just did NOT like at all and that's probably the main reason why I opted to end this project when I did.  The pattern calls for me to knit this up to I get to almost 48 inches but I chose to knit this until I got to 40 inches, and then I begin that process of ending  this blanket.

Even though I became bored towards the end of this knitting adventure, I'm really happy that this came out the way that it did and I so much look forward to the day when my little sweet girl can use this for the very first time.  I go into more detail about my experience with this pattern on Youtube so if you want to see that video I'll leave a link below so you can go check that video out for yourself.

Be Blessed!!

Link to Pattern review! -

Monday, May 15, 2017

What My 4C Natural Hair Looks Like TWO YEARS After Transitioning From My Color Damage!!!!

Well hello!!  I cannot believe that it's been two years already since I decided to do something about my color damage hair.  It hasn't been an easy two years to get my hair back to a healthy place, but the journey was well worth it because I was able to learn so much about myself and my hair.

The main things that I did that helped me hair heal and grow was that I stopped coloring my hair, I became committed to keeping a healthy and consistent hair regimen that worked for me, and protective styling became my very best friend!!

I don't want to make this post too long but I do want to share a few photos that  I took over the past two years just to help myself keep track of my progress.

The top two pictures were taken a few months after I used boxed dye for the first time.  My hair was on the dryer side but I didn't see any signs of color damage yet.

These two pictures were taken about a month or two after I colored my hair for the second time which was August of 2015.  I loved the volume of hair that I had but I noticed that my hair was extremely dry and brittle.  :-(

The next two pictures were taken sometime in October of 2015 I believe.  This was about a month after I discovered that I had color damage and I then decided that I was going to start transitioning from my color damage, versus choosing to cut everything off to start from scratch.

This picture was taken a little over a year ago (May 2016) and in this picture you can see just how much my hair had grown.  Little did I know that I would cut most of the color off two months later!!

This was in the beginning of July of 2016 when I was still trying to get an install that I was happy with together!  I had cut a lot of my color off by now but I wasn't quite done yet!

 The next two pictures were taken on July 15, 2016.  By now the majority of my color ends had been cut off which made both me and my hair feel fabulous!

 And these last two pictures were taken yesterday May 14, 2017!  I still have less than an inch of color towards the front section of my hair, but other than that the rest of my hair is color free!!  This year is going to be a year of rest and restoration for my hair and for that I'm excited to see what more my hair journey holds for me!!

Cheers to healthy hair!!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yay For Low Manipulative Protective Hair Styles!!!

Well hello there!  I don't want to stay here and write too much but I do want to take some time to share a protective style that I rocked last week that I absolutely adored.  Ever since I caused color damage to my hair I decided that I was going to do everything that I could to help my hair bounce back to being healthy again, and my number one way of doing so was to do low manipulative protective hair styles.  

When it comes to what all I used to make this easy hair style happen, I used a wide tooth comb, a few bobby pins, Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream, Blue Magic, water and my satin hair scarf.  

I wanted to share this quick blog just to show that taking care of natural hair doesn't have to be difficult or too time consuming.  Well I gotta get back to knitting so I'll be back later to share some projects and to share my progress on how my hair has changed from the previous year.  Be blessed!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beachcoco Women's Maternity Sweetheart Party Maxi Dress Product Review!!

Well hello!  I don't want to make this post too long but I wanted to come here quickly to rave about a dress that I recently treated myself to for myself.  To make a long story short this dress is amazing and I can't wait to purchase another one for myself!

The dress itself fits beautifully and despite me originally thinking that this dress would be a bit shorter, the length is actually perfect.  I decided to put a bandeau underneath my dress because the cut of the dress up top was a little too low for my liking since I planned on wearing it to church.

The cardigan was also purchased by me on Amazon and I LOVE this as well AND it was a little under 10 bucks!

My husband is distracting me with his cute self so I'm going to go ahead and sign off here!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Well That Was Short Llived!! From Locs to Loose Natural Hair!!

 Well I definitely didn't see myself writing this blog this soon but her I am getting ready to write to you on why I combed out my 5 month old locs.  I went into great detail as to why I decided to comb my locs out in a video that I have posted on Youtube, so to make a long story short, after I became pregnant I just didn't have it in me to keep my locs anymore.  Everything about them started to irritate me because all I wanted to do was comb them out.  So after battling the feeling of wanting to comb my locs out I decided to give into temptation and I combed them out!  I loved my journey while it lasted but I'm happy to be back to my loose natural hair as well so there it is!

As far as my regiment is concerned I'm still keeping my routine as simple as possible with washing my hair every other week and I thoroughly moisturize and seal my hair with a moisturizer of my choice and some kind of grease.  Length used to be my number one goal but I've slowly evolved to yearn for healthier hair instead because I know that as long as my hair is healthy, the length of my hair will continue to thrive.
I'll go into depth of some of the products that I've been using the past couple of months to help my hair bounce back in another post because I don't want this post here to become to long.  Well motherhood calls so be blessed and I'll share more later!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Knitting Project For Our New Baby!!! It's Been Too Long!!!

Well let me just start off by saying that it's been far too long since I've been here to write to you.  Between starting and stopping my Loc Journey that I took time to document on another brief blog, to keeping up with my kids and to growing a brand  new human being, it's been a crazy 11 months!

When I think of where I was with this blog almost a year ago I  guess I can admit that I kind of fell out of love with writing as much as I once used to because I really didn't know where I wanted to continue on with this blog.  I was lost and confused as to what exactly I wanted to continue to write about here.  Then it happened!  Right before I was about to go pick up my kids from school, I accidentally stumbled upon a message on Facebook that I had received almost FOUR YEARS AGO!!  Apparently I have some kind of filter on my messages that I didn't know about which was the cause of me not seeing the plethora of messages that I had waiting for me. Anyways I opened up a letter from a kind woman who had come across one of my many projects on pinterest and wanted to know where I had found the pattern that I had used.

This short sweet note sparked something in me that had been dead for almost a year now and that something that was sparked was the passion to get on here to share my crochet and knitting adventures like I had done so before in the past.  So here I am!  I can't promise to write here very often because life is pretty busy with my four 1/2 kiddos but I do promise to come here  as often as I can to sharer a little bit of myself and a little bit of my projects with you once again!!

So with all of that said here's the latest project that I'm working on now!
The name of the pattern that I'm using for this baby blanket is called Lacy Ripple and the designer of this blanket is Melissa Leapman.  I found this pattern in the Leisure Arts Book called Our Best Knit Baby Afghans Book 2 and I really love how my project is coming out.  This picture is a few days old so I'm a bit further along with this blanket now. 

Well I would love to write more but momma duty calls so be blessed and I will be back to write back soon enough!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Hey readers.  I was really hoping to come back here with some fun and possitive to share with you but I just can't do that at this time because I have a very important topic to share with you and it just cannot wait any longer.  I tried uploading a video on two different devices and both of those are either low on battery or is low on battery and isn't charging the way it should so I have resorted to coming here instead.

It's not that I don't like blogging anymore, but it's just that it's been pretty tricky finding the time to write a decent post while trying to watch my pups and kiddos but I will do my best to come back to this blog a little more often.

Anyways, the reason why I want to come here to rant a little bit is because I have been reading and hearing A LOT of backlash over an incident that happened this past weekend.  And even though I do find a lot of the judgments to be on point there are just some things that are being said that should never leave a person's mouth.  Especially when it comes to someone else child, parent, or friend.  Point blank period.

Sometime over the weekend a small child was with their family on a family visit to the zoo in Cincinnati Ohio.   At some point and time the boy somehow wondered off and found their way in a gorilla exhibit.  It's unclear as to how long the boy had been missing and it's also unclear as to how long the boy had been in there, and sadly the gorilla who was in the exhibit was forced to be put down so that the child could be retrieved from the exhibit safely.

There are just so many different thoughts that continue to run through my mind when I think about this incident that occurred.  An incident that should have NEVER transpired but at the end of the day, it did.  Now there is no doubt in my mind that the mother was negligent in all of this and should somehow be held responsible for the death of the gorilla, BUT it was an ACCIDENT PEOPLE!!!

Seriously as I typed the scenario out on this blog all I wanted to do for a hot second is call this mother all kinds of stupid but what would that prove??  What would that change??  She isn't the world's most perfect mother but what mother is???  And please don't sit up here and say 'Oh I would NEVER let my child do anything like that', because God has a funny way of humbling the folks that just love to say the 'Oh I would NEVER..'  quote.  Trust me on that one.

My heart goes out to the little boy that had to survive through that whole ordeal and my heart goes out to the gorilla that was put down.  My heart also goes out to the mother because I KNOW that the last thing that she would have ever wanted for her son would have to end up in ANY animal exhibit of ANY kind!

NONE of us, whether you're a parent or not, are perfect so stop socially crucifying this woman as if our crap don't stink because it does!   And for all that is good and kind in this world, stop wish death and ill will toward this woman because at the end of the day,she's still someone's mother, daughter, wife/partner and friend.

She's imperfect just like the rest of us.