#OOTD | Black and White

The past weekend E and I spent some alone time to celebrate his 1st Father's Day, we dropped J and headed over to Galveston.  A few years ago we dropped E's mom off to her cruise and we decided to head over to Willie G's and so this year we decided to return.

The view was beautiful and the trip to Galveston reminded us of how we use to spend so much time just traveling around our city.  It was nice to have some alone time but we both missed J so much. 

Before we left the island I had E stop and snap my outfit for me, because you know this is how you really should spend your Father's Day, LOL. He loves me way too much. 

Shorts American Eagle | Sunglasses Ray Ban | Necklace Metal Marvels | Shirt Old Navy | Sandals Forever 21 | Backpack Target

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Products I love | May 2017

Now that May is over with, I can't believe it.  I figured I would go over some products that I am currently loving.  I am thinking about making this a thing every month.  I dunno let me know your thoughts. 

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It's a 10 hair care

Since J was born I have been having so much trouble with my hair because of all the fall out from the medications used during birth. At times I wonder if I just went through radiation or I have a bald spot somewhere I can't find.  It is one of those things they don't tell you when you have a baby. 

I can't say that this is helping my hair but it helps during brush out.  From what I read on other blogs it says to make sure you are mostly brushing your hair when it is wet, and try to use something like a detangler, etc.  Do yourself a favor and don't color your hair after baby regardless of what it looks like.  My hair was doing great until I decided to cut and color it, I only heard of the fall out at the salon as I was getting my hair colored and thinned out because it was so thick from the prenatals. 

I am currently using a few sprays after showering before brushing to help with brush out.  I don't blow dry my hair because the less heat the better.  I let my hair air dry after spraying in the It's a 10 treatment, for me it works great. 

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Dove Shampoo & Conditioner Coconut and Hydration

I typically use Dove Shampoo and while I currently have color treated hair it probably isn't the best option for my hair but it is keeping my hair feeling amazing.  I have been using this for a few weeks now and I don't think I will stop any time soon.  I do use a cleansing shampoo and with tea tree oil once a month and that also seems to help. : ) 

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Dove Spray Deodorant

I bought this after watching the Dove commercial.  I was a little weary because I normally don't use the spray deodorant because I just never have liked the feeling once you spray them but this one is different.  It still has that cool spray feeling but immediately disappears, I haven't noticed any of the deodorant on my clothing once I take it off and I love it.  I bought this pink one. 

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Almay One Coat Mascara

I talked about this on my instagram but I think I deleted it for whatever reason.  This does say one coat mascara and I had to use a couple of coats for the "look" that I was going for but without the need for lashes my own lashes looked amazing.  I am currently wearing lash extension so I am not wearing mascara but when these come off this is one of my go to mascaras.  

I also recommend layering just to get a fuller look to your lashes. 

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Pure Silk Shaving Cream   

I picked this up because I am really bad when it comes to shaving and I normally just use soap and water, I know bad decision.  After shaving with Pure Silk I am in love it is so soft and I love the new canister that doesn't leave that ugly rust stain in my shower.  

Plus the scent is amazing, win, win.  

* this is not a sponsored post, just things I currently use. 

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Tilapia + Shrimp with Spinach and Quinoa

hello there loves!

As I have said before I am a huge fan of easy cooking.  I also love those intricate detail recipes but I love to save those for more of a weekend I am not in a rush type of meal or when E will help me with those.

I recently picked up some Tilapia and Shrimp from Kroger and wanted to make something quick.  

I seasoned the Tilapia and the Shrimp with the same ingredients, I can't give you any measurements because I just sparingly put it on top of each meat.  I did use butter for the shrimp and Olive Oil for the Tilapia.

The Shrimp and spinach went into the oven and the Tilapia was cooked on the stove top with the quinoa. 

One tip I will always use while making quinoa is pairing it with avocado and cooking it in chicken broth. If you don't have chicken broth I highly recommend seasoning the water before putting it in there, it helps the flavoring tremendously.  Quinoa also doesn't take long to cook at all and use can use any left overs in a salad the next day.  

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Tilapia + Shrimp with Spinach and Quinoa
Tilapia + Shrimp with Spinach and Quinoa
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High-Waisted Bikini

hello there, loves.

Today I am talking about a little self love.  This past weekend I found myself in a bikini.  

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I am currently going into my 5th month Post-Partum and I am a little upset with myself.  I am currently about 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and I still at times feel like I still look enormous.  I have always loved my legs and now I see them in this picture and I am like 🙈.  

I thought I would've lost more weight by now and while I am constantly wanting women to be very proud of their bodies and what they have done, will do, and so forth. I am currently not loving mine 😒. 

I recently picked up this high-waisted 👙 bikini from Old Navy and while it covers all the "necessary" areas, I still can't help but feel like it could fit way better than it does.

I recently ordered a couple of summer items and I had to size up on a few things which doesn't matter to me, it is all about how I look and feel. Sometimes I feel great and I feel like I am making such progress in eating better [I have my moments of indulgences, like there is currently a gallon of sweet tea in the fridge 🙄] and sometimes I am super good.  

The problem is adding in working out into my already super busy schedule.  Mommy-ing is hard and you have to literally plan your entire day accordingly.  For instance, when J goes down for this naps I have to think about what I am going to do and in the order I am going to do it in.  There is no longer do things when you feel like it.  Your every move is planned, at least if you want to remain sane to some extent.  In my case, I am still completely insane and losing my mind at times but each day gets better. But where there is a will there is a way. 

Don't read this assuming I am complaining about being a mother, I am not.  I am totally praying for all the people who are currently in the shoes we were just a few short months ago.  I am very happy every day that I am a mother and that J is ours, we are seriously blessed.  I love every little piece of him, seriously. 

I just kind of hate my body right now, and that has nothing to do with the fact that I had a baby it is mostly just my self esteem at times.

But the other day I found myself calling myself fat and didn't realize my niece was around and she heard me.  And when she told me I wasn't fat, it was at that very moment I wish I could've re-winded and taken the words right back out of my mouth.  🤦🏽‍♀️ Talk about face palm moment. 

We as women have to stop putting ourselves down.  We have to stop being to judgmental of each other, and we have to stop speaking down to ourselves.  I am my own worst critic. If you have said something about me trust that I have probably said it to myself already.  You're just as an asshole if you have and so am I. 

Start loving yourself ladies.  There is enough BS going on in the world that we don't have to be mean to one another or ourselves for that matter in order to get around in the world. 

I challenge you each day point out something beautiful about yourself.  I have always loved my eyes 👀. 

What is your beautiful?  

Weekend Vibes Only

This weekend was off to a good start my bestie came in Friday evening to spend the long weekend with us and my family.

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But I messed up an event and scheduled it on the wrong day. Imagine packing J, finding a baby sitter, dropping him off, getting to the event location to call the host to then find out that the event is the next day 🙄.

Yup it all happened and as much as I wish it were a dream it gave me the chance to catch up with an old co-worker and do a little shopping for J. Making lemonade out of lemons. 

Oh and did I forget to mention that I totally saw Tina Knowles and her husband in the Galleria area? Yeah she was kind of in a rush had her head down and once we said her name she said a quick "hello" and got the hell outta there. 

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If you are ever looking for a spot to eat in the Galleria area of Houston but not inside of the mall directly I definitely recommend Grand Luxe Cafe, this Chicken and Waffle plate was delicious and the Piña Colada was just what the doctor ordered. 

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While in the Galleria area my friend and I visited the Creamistry and I'm not sure how I'll ever eat regular ice cream again this is seriously the best thing to cure a crappy day. 

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After that mix up the weekend went fairly smoothly, we spent time in the pool at my parents. 

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It was J's first official time in the pool we had dipped his feet in the water some but since his allergies started to act up we tried to keep him away until the water was warmer and this weekend couldn't have been any better.

 I'd say overall while this weekend was exhausting I am so thankful to be able to spend time with the ones I love.

It is because of the men, women and their families who sacrifice their lives for our freedom. My family and I are eternally grateful.

Success Envy and Burn Out

Read this before continuing.

You don't know where someone's been until you walk in their shoes, this is your journey deal with it.

You'll never appreciate anything you never worked hard for.  

So hustle hard and give yourself a little credit love, for the journey you made thus far probably wasn't without road blocks, you'll get there.

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Life has been super hectic for me lately, I was hoping that when I kicked my full time to the curb I would have more time for the simple things but that is totally not happening.  

I have the crazy tedious way about life, I like to do things a certain way and when that way is changed it messes me up.  And I feel like I'm in a crash and burn situation. 

For me personally not being able to do it all kind of sucks because that's the person I am. If I don't do it myself it won't get done type of attitude, it's a problem of mine like OCD, I guess?

I have totally been envying the success of others, I am happy for them honestly it's crazy some of the success that some people have but I wish I had it too.  

I know I can only blame myself, I have changed the name of my blog so many times I can barely keep up. How the hell can anyone else?  

I have been pushing myself to the max and honestly I need a fucking break.  I need a little tequila [maybe a lot] and a bunch of rest.  

It just makes me feel super guilty to drop J anywhere already.  I mean we wanted him for so long, prayed for him so hard and I feel obligated to be there for him besides just being his mother. Like I got my miracle but there are so many out there still waiting and praying. 

I feel like I should be able to handle it all, I should be all organized and I should have all these pretty post prepared but I don't, I don't have my shit together.  And it is annoying the fuck out of me.

I want to be organized, I want to get shit done.  

A friend recently told me to stop saying and start doing, and my doing is not happening and it hasn't for quite sometime.  

I don't want to be perfect, I just need something to get done.  I need weekly post to be prepared to where I have time to read over them, instead of throwing something on this blog crossing my fingers and hoping people read it.  

I need dinner to get cooked so we aren't eating crap every day, I need to fit in some type of working out in preferably at home because I hate being away from a J and gyms for that matter. 

We moved into our house last year and I have yet to use our bath tub, it sucks.  I finally have a tub of my own and I still haven't used it and we'll be here a year at the end of August.

I want to have one of those moments with the pretty rose petals, candles and maybe the possibility of dozing off.  But I guess instead of perfect I just need done

It seems like when you get older these things have to be scheduled into life, regardless of if you are a SAHM, Entrepreneur, or all of the above and in between. 

I'm not complaining but I need something to keep myself accountable, I need to get shit done and I need to do it now. 

But always remember this we as humans have a tendency to compare ourselves to others without knowing their journey and feeling like we deserve something without the hustle. 

Don't compare yourself to others it is a shit storm you can avoid.