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3 Steps to Begin Healing Your Whole Self Instantly!

Everyone talking about self-care but no one really says how we are to take care of ourselves. Learning how to take care of yourself involves learning who you are and what’s really ailing you. You’ll discover that many of your ailments are related to one another.

Before I begin, allow me to say that I am not a medical professional. What I am about to tell you isn’t claiming to cure, prevent, or treat any disease. I am sharing some things that are based on years of personal research.

Where to Start?

Begin with assessing yourself in the three categories of your being.
1. Spiritually.
2. Mentally.
3. Physically.

1. Spiritually:

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Assess what you believe about God and what the word says about Him. Do they line up?
Do you believe that God is really providing for you? (Matthew 6:26)
Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working on your behalf? (Romans 8:25-28)
Do you believe it when the Lord says He left to go prepare a place for you? (John 14:1-7)
Or
Do you frantically go about your day as if everything is on you?
Do you feel that all ‘good’ you do can earn God’s grace and forgiveness?
Do believe that you can fix all that is wrong in your life and the lives of others?
Are you hypervigilant in trying to prevent any and everything from going wrong?

The answers to those questions will lay the foundation of how you go about your day.

Mini Testimony: I’ve gone most of my life struggling to live in God’s grace and trust in His provision. In result, I would scramble to get into jobs that weren’t for me, scramble to pay the bills, scramble to do other things so that other’s wouldn’t think of me to be lazy, say “yes” when I really meant “no”, and I was often irritable and depressed. I didn’t realize that God wasn’t as hard on me as I and the world was hard on me.

What to do?
Grant yourself some grace = Give yourself space and time to improve.
Pray and ask God to help you see yourself and your life through His eyes. Ask Him to help you endure this temporary hardship and trust Him. Ask Him to keep you from doing something horrible and permanent during this temporary hardship.

Related Post: Self-Care Saturday! Self-Care 101.

2. Mentally:

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“Who do you think you are taking too?!”
A phrase many black mothers and fathers have iterated after we’ve allowed our words to fly too loosely.
However, this applies to us for us. We can be quick to downplay who we are, what we look like, what we’ve accomplished, and worst of all, what God has done for us. We do this to attempt to be or seem humble. In reality, our harsh words can dissolve us from the inside out and discredit what and who deserves credit.

Mini Testimony: I was a pro at downplaying my looks in order to avoid being made fun of about my size. It was my way of  ‘beating someone to the punch’.
I had often assumed that if I wasn’t overweight, they wouldn’t make fun of me. I had often wished I wasn’t fat. I used to call myself “stupid”, “fat and ugly”, “too dark”, etc.
If anything went wrong, I assumed it’s because of what I did or didn’t do. Which is why, I still battle with feeling like I could have prevented all the bullying, sexual harassment, loneliness, and more.

What to do?
Try to catch yourself calling yourself names.
Catch yourself about to turn down a genuine compliment on your smarts, efforts, or looks.
Catch yourself comparing who you are and what you have to others.
Know that you’re worthy of respect, love, honesty, joy, peace, health, and wholeness.
Grant yourself some grace when you do mess up.
Treat yourself like you would a ten-month-old baby learning to stand and walk.

3. Physically:

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Did you know that it is possible to get headaches from normal foods you eat or drink? Did you know that chronic stress can cause hair loss? Did you know that anxiety causes sleeping problems and sleep deprivation can cause an anxiety disorder? (Anxiety & Depression Association of America, www.aada.org)
Most doctors would scoff at those kinds of questions, but they’re not exactly science-fiction. It’s recognizing which auto-immune issues you may have. Auto-Immune is when the body makes the error of attacking itself. Anywhere on your body can become inflamed causing pain, swelling, growths, and other problems.
Some Common Auto-Immune Issues:
Alopecia
Lupus
PCOS
Rheumatoid arthritis
To see a longer list of autoimmune diseases visit the American AutoImmune Diseases Related Diseases Association. (www.aarda.org)

Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

Mini Testimony: If I consume too much dairy I’ll have back pain, headaches, persistent mucus that will interrupt my sleep and my speech.
If my diet has been really poor, my menstrual periods are extremely painful.
If I get too little sleep, my anxiety and depression will shoot through the roof.
I’ve had an ob/gyn refuse to remove my birth control rod after I told her that I didn’t want it anymore and it caused me to bleed for up to 17 days.  She laughed and wrote me a prescription for another birth control pill.

What to Do?
It’s imperative to know our bodies better than anyone else.
Study and research your pains, moles, patches or rashes, menstrual irregularities or confusion, etc.
Read about the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) to understand how common foods affect how we feel.
Shop around for healthcare providers that will take your symptoms seriously. The ones who brush off your problems, but are quick to prescribe a pill are the ones you don’t need.
If your health isn’t taken seriously, speak up! Notify the hospital and notify your insurance company so that when you go for a second opinion, the insurance will cover the visit.

This isn’t a perfect formula, but it’s one that will help you assess who you are and help you to be more comfortable in your own skin.

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A few Saturdays ago, I was determined to treat myself to a day out sans child and spouse. I needed to buy me some products that would make me feel good, look good, and without harmful chemicals. I also wanted a lip color that I could wear and forget that I am wearing it. In other words, I needed it to be bold, lightweight, and natural.

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Upon application, I fell in love with this product. It’s lightweight, it dries quickly, and I can layer the product without any cracking or flaking. Even when layering, it still feels lightweight. It even looks pretty damn good with my complexion.

Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

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Now, I wear it every day. Especially while teaching to help my students read my lips better.

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15 Pros and Cons of Working with Qkids

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15 Pros and Cons of Working With #Qkids! (Updated)

I am on two years (updated) of working for Qkids and I was able to come up and consistently update a pros and cons list of working for this particular ESL company.

Most of us who are trying to work from home are looking for legit, well-paying companies to work for. I am still applying to some and I will post updates and opinions on those companies as time goes on.
Until then, I recommend that you let me help you with your online ESL job search.
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Just head on over to https://thehomepreneurs.teachable.com/ to sign up for the course. Each section has videos and downloadable PDFs for you to print.
The downloads are for personal use only. Thank you!

I’ve mentioned this pros and cons in a previous post, but I wanted to single out the pros and the cons for those who want the nitty-gritty details of why or why not someone should work for Qkids.

Related Post: The Average Time it Takes to Go Through the Qkids Hiring Process & What Will Slow You Down. (Tips and Tricks Included.)

The Pros of Working For Qkids: 

1. They have their own platform and teaching materials.
You don’t have to buy any materials to teach with. Their platform is very easy to use and has the cutest graphics to keep the attention of the children and the teachers.

Most teachers buy props from either Target, Amazon, or even the dollar store. Props are a good way to help the children open up and understand the material just a bit better. These are better to use for the lower levels and the phonics lessons. You can use props for the older students, but most will show how unenthused they are by your puppets and silly hats.

2. The Ability to Move up to Teach Higher Levels.
Does it pay more? No. However, the higher level lessons are less repetitive and you are much less sing-songy, which makes it easier on your throat and vocal cords.
Also, you are more likely to have children who may understand you more and you will understand them better.
The higher level lessons involve themes and characters from American movies, books, and tv shows and some from Chinese literature and media that they would recognize as well. I’ve taught lessons that were from/ based on …

The Wizard of Oz

Dororth and Them at the Emerald City Door
Teacher Ebony: The Wizard of Oz

Snow White (Yes, I know it’s originally a German fairytale.)

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Teacher Ebony: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

The Martian (2015 Film)
Notice that the astronaut’s name is “Matt”. Cute!

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Teacher Ebony: The Martian. Missing Astronaut
The Martian Planting Potatoes
Astronaut Matt is planting potatoes.

3. You Get Paid on Time and in Full. ($16 to $20 per hour)
You have the option of using direct deposit or Paypal (Update: I think they are phasing out Paypal).
You get a base pay of $8 per 30-min class.
You get a $1 bonus for each class attended if you have attended 15+ classes that week.
You get another $1 bonus for your rating from the parents.
During the Summer you have the potential to complete up to 9 classes a day and you can work 7 days a week.


Here’s a fair warning though… try this and you have the potential to burn out!

4. You’ll Be Assigned a Really Helpful and Encouraging Trainer.
Most teachers I know have really awesome trainers that will help you improve and even vouch for you if a parent leaves an unfair rating.
Your trainer will be the one to refer you to teach higher-level classes, as well. And you will have a trainer that you can use gif and emojis with and still be treated as a professional.

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Qkids Phonics Lesson on “wh” words.

5. If you are a person of color and/or have an accent, Qkids DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!
I don’t know if I can say that loud enough. I know most of us who were looking at jobs like this wonder if we would even be considered because we are dark skin or even have an accent. There are some companies out there that will purposely exclude people of color or people who look of Asian descent.

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If you know English well and can teach it with enthusiasm, you’re most likely to get hired.

This doesn’t mean that students or their parents won’t have comments about your skin tone and/ or hair. I’ll explain more about how to handle this in another post.

6. It’s Easy to Take Off Work.
If you feel for any reason that you won’t be able to do your classes, you email them and send them a message on WeChat about your upcoming absence. The sooner the better.

It is possible to take months off and still be able to come back. There are mothers who take time off after having a baby. They can still earn referral income and then go back to work. This also applies if you have an injury or illness.

7. No Costly Penalties.
Unlike other ESL online companies, Qkids doesn’t charge you for missing classes. You can lose points that count toward your attendance bonus, but you will not lose hundreds of dollars if you miss a class or a class is canceled for technical difficulties.

8. Incentives!
Since I’ve been with Qkids, I’ve received training bonuses, prizes from their live Christmas party on Facebook.
Twice a year they select experienced teachers to visit China and participate in their Qkids Bootcamp. They will pay for expenses and give them a bonus! I have yet to go, but one day I will.

I almost forgot to mention that if you are or were a Qkids Teacher you can earn referral income for every teacher you refer you can earn an additional $100 per person to complete training and begin teaching.

The Cons of Working for Qkids: (In random order)

1. The early and/ or late hours.
The children are on Beijing Time (BJT) and DO NOT do daylight savings. Depending on the time zone you live in, the classes can be difficult to get up for and/ or stay up for. If you live in Colorado, California, or even Hawaii you may live in the “struggle time zones”.
When I first started I was in the EST zone and now I’m in CST (now back in EST), that hour made a difference during the winter months and it was hard. Possible but hard.

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2. When they take a vacation, so do you!
The Chinese celebrate many festivals and holidays throughout the Fall and Spring. That means that when the offices are closed, THEY ARE CLOSED. The staff at the office don’t play about their vacation.
In addition, when they have a holiday or a festival, the children most likely won’t be available to take a class with you either.

What does that mean for us as teachers?
That means no money is coming in. No classes, no money! That also means that you may have a shorter paycheck.
On the flip side, when classes are available, they are most likely to give them to teachers with seniority. So, if you stick around long enough you’ll be considered more than the newbies.

3. You Need WeChat to Communicate With Your Trainer.
This isn’t that big of a deal. Except recently they started requiring teachers to have someone verify them as a friend on the app. Depending on who you know or don’t know, this can be easier said than done. It helps to follow Qkids on facebook and/ or join another Qkids group (of hired teachers) and have someone verify you there.

4. They Don’t Take Out Taxes.
That means that when and if (some folks don’t) you report your income during tax season or quarterly, your bill to pay will be higher. If you start later in the year, this won’t be so bad.

5. The Pay is Once a Month and After the First of the Month.
I’m hoping they will change this soon. Maybe they could offer the option to get paid bi-weekly for teachers who have been around 6 months to a year or more.
This makes it hard for those of us are a little more dependent on this income, but this makes one budget their money a bit better.

6. You Need A Bachelor’s Degree or Be Currently Enrolled in a Four-Year Program.
This isn’t as big of a problem as you think. Even some coursework completed is allowed for some teachers. If you have experience with children you may still be considered to come aboard.
*Update: It is now required that you obtain a TESOL certificate. You can find an inexpensive course on Groupon. I obtained mine with International Open Academy.
You can click here to read more about the requirements to become a Qkids teacher.

*Minor Cons.
7. Nit-picky parents. They’re the ones with the child who won’t stay put but claim we weren’t encouraging enough. Or they will say that their tech problem was our fault, even though 3 out of 4 students could hear loud and clear.

Bonus and not so minor Con!

8. You can only live in the U.S. or Canada. I don’t know how I could have forgotten this part. You could have been born in the U.S. and have moved or are traveling, but they want the teachers to be based in the U.S. and in Canada.

*There used to be more, but they are always upgrading and improving their software, some of the old cons aren’t there anymore. I’ll update the minor list when I find more.

To read more about Qkids, visit their blog by clicking here.

If you are ready to apply, click here.

If you have any questions, please ask me and I’ll be glad to help every step of the way. Just think of me as your American Trainer.

Qkids really is one of the best companies a person could work for. There is an encouraging community among the teachers that really do want you to do well.
There are several Qkids Teacher communities online that are willing to help you. If you need help picking which one, again I’ll be glad to help.

Message me anytime on Facebook or Twitter. Or fill out the form below. I’ll respond asap.
Until then, follow my blog to stay posted on tips on how to succeed with Qkids and improve as a teacher. And a YouTube Channel is soon to come.

Talk to you soon!

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The Easiest Way to Fund Your Blog Without Leaving Home!


Hey, Y’all!

Welcome to my blog! And if you’ve been here before welcome back!

I thought it would be about time I share with you how I’ve been supporting myself as a blogger and supplementing our household income as a work at home mom.

Running a blog and a Youtube channel isn’t cheap or easy. It does take some money, even if you keep it under $500 a year with the cost of your domain name and subscriptions like Buffer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other services to keep things running smoothly as a solopreneur/ mompreneur/ entrepreneur.

Even running ads on social media can cost hundreds of dollars and all you’re trying to do is get people to visit your blog and read it.

Even if you aren’t a blogger or YouTuber, you can do this pay for a college course and/ or your books, school supplies, or for your meals, or anything. You can do this without even leaving your dorm.

So, I’ve been doing this job for over a year and just the thought of stopping gives me a knot in my throat because I love it so much.

It’s fun! It’s cute! It’s easy! (As in no traffic, stay in your pajamas, flexibility, no penalty for calling off, etc) And this job has tons of laughable moments.

I work for Qkids!

What is Qkids?

Qkids is ESL online company based in Xiamen, China.
With Qkids, you teach English to children in tween the ages of 5 and 12 years old. In one classroom you will only have up to 4 students and it works like you are using Skype. So, everything is live and right there. Sometimes, you just might get some as young as 3-years-old and some as old as 15-years-old. Are they breaking any rules? Not really. Just as long as you aren’t staring at a grown man claiming he’s 12-years-old.

Click here to apply.

I began teaching English with them back in August 2017 and I’ve been with them ever since. I’m not sure when and if I’ll leave.

The Pros of Working For Qkids: (In random order)

1. They have their own platform and teaching materials.
You don’t have to buy any materials to teach with. Their platform is very easy to use and has the cutest graphics to keep the attention of the children and the teachers.

Most teachers buy props from either Target, Amazon, or even the dollar store. Props are a good way to help the children open up and understand the material just a bit better. These are better to use for the lower levels and the phonics lessons.

At the level that I currently teach, I don’t have to use props as much as I did when I started.

2. The Ability to Move up to Teach Higher Levels.
Does it pay more? No. However, the higher level lessons are less repetitive and you are much less sing-songy, which makes it easier on your throat and vocal cords.
Also, you are more likely to have children who may understand you more and you will understand them better.
The higher level lessons involve themes and characters from American movies, books, and tv shows and some from Chinese literature and media that they would recognize as well. I’ve taught lessons that were from/ based on …

The Wizard of Oz

Dororth and Them at the Emerald City Door
Teacher Ebony: The Wizard of Oz

Snow White (Yes, I know it’s originally a German fairytale.)

Snow White
Teacher Ebony: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

The Martian (2015 Film)
Notice that the astronaut’s name is “Matt”. Cute!

The Martian
Teacher Ebony: The Martian. Missing Astronaut
The Martian Planting Potatoes
Astronaut Matt is planting potatoes.

3. You Get Paid on Time and in Full. ($16 to $20 per hour)
You have the option of using direct deposit or Paypal.
You get a base pay of $8 per 30-min class.
You get a $1 bonus for each class attended.
You get another $1 bonus for your rating from the parents.
During the Summer you have the potential to complete up to 9 classes a day and you can work 7 days a week.

4. You’ll Be Assigned a Really Helpful and Encouraging Trainer.
Most teachers I know have really awesome trainers that will help you improve and even vouch for you if a parent leaves an unfair rating.
Your trainer will be the one to refer you to teach higher level classes, as well. And you will have a trainer that you can use gif and emojis with and still be treated as a professional.

5. If you are a person of color and/or have an accent, Qkids DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!
I don’t know if I can say that loud enough. I know most of us who were looking at jobs like this wonder if we would even be considered because we are dark skin or even have an accent. There are some companies out there that will purposely exclude people of color or people who look of Asian descent.

If you know English well and can teach it with enthusiasm, you’re most likely to get hired.

6. It’s Easy to Take Off Work.
If you feel for any reason that you won’t be able to do your classes, you email them and send them a message on WeChat about your upcoming absence. The sooner the better.

7. No Costly Penalties.
Unlike other ESL online companies, Qkids doesn’t charge you for missing classes. You can lose points that count toward your attendance bonus, but you will not lose hundreds of dollars if you miss a class or a class is canceled for technical difficulties.

8. Incentives!
Since I’ve been with Qkids, I’ve received training bonuses, prizes from their live Christmas party on Facebook.
Twice a year they select experienced teachers to visit China and participate in their Qkids Bootcamp. They will pay for expenses and give them a bonus! I have yet to go, but one day I will.

I almost forgot to mention that if you are or were a Qkids Teacher you can earn referral income for every teacher you refer you can earn an additional $100 per person to complete training and begin teaching.

The Cons of Working for Qkids: (In random order)

1. The early and/ or late hours.
The children are on Beijing Time (BJT) and DO NOT do daylight savings. Depending on the time zone you live in, the classes can be difficult to get up for and/ or stay up for. If you live in Colorado, California, or even Hawaii you may live in the “struggle time zones”.
When I first started I was in the EST zone and now I’m in CST, that hour made a difference during the winter months and it was hard. Possible but hard.

2. When they take a vacation, so do you!
The Chinese celebrate many festivals and holidays throughout the Fall and Spring. That means that when the offices are closed, THEY ARE CLOSED. The staff at the office don’t play about their vacation.
In addition, when they have a holiday or a festival, the children most likely won’t be available to take a class with you either.

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What does that mean for us teachers?
That means no money is coming in. No classes, no money! That also means that you may have a shorter paycheck.
On the flip side, when classes are available, they are most likely to give them to teachers with seniority. So, if you stick around long enough you’ll be considered more than the newbies.

3. You Need WeChat to Communicate With Your Trainer.
This isn’t that big of a deal. Except recently they started requiring teachers to have someone verify them as a friend on the app. Depending on who you know or don’t know, this can be easier said than done. It helps to follow Qkids on facebook and/ or join another Qkids group (of hired teachers) and have someone verify you there.

4. They Don’t Take Out Taxes.
That means that when and if (some folks don’t) you report your income during tax season or quarterly, your bill to pay will be higher. If you start later in the year, this won’t be so bad.

5. The Pay is Once a Month and After the First of the Month.
I’m hoping they will change this soon. Maybe they could offer the option to get paid bi-weekly for teachers who have been around 6 months to a year or more.
This makes it hard for those of us are a little more dependent on this income, but this makes one budget their money a bit better.
Also, you can schedule you monthly blogger subscriptions around the time you get paid.

6. You Need A Bachelor’s Degree or Be Currently Enrolled in a Four-Year Program.
This isn’t as big of a problem as you think. Even some coursework completed is allowed for some teachers. If you have experience with children you may still be considered to come aboard.

*Minor Cons.
7. Nit-picky parents. They’re the ones with the child who won’t stay put but claim we weren’t encouraging enough. Or they will say that their tech problem was our fault, even though 3 out of 4 students could hear loud and clear.

*There used to be more, but they are always upgrading and improving their software, some of the old cons aren’t there anymore. I’ll update the minor list when I find more.

To read more about Qkids, visit their blog by clicking here.

If you are ready to apply, click here.

If you have any questions, please ask me and I’ll be glad to help every step of the way. Just think of me as your American Trainer.

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Teacher Ebony: Cheesy Grin.

Qkids really is one of the best companies a person could work for. There is an encouraging community among the teachers that really do want you to do well.
There are several Qkids Teacher communities online that are willing to help you. If you need help picking which one, again I’ll be glad to help.

Message me anytime on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll respond asap.
Until then, follow my blog to stay posted on tips on how to succeed with Qkids and improve as a teacher. And a YouTube Channel is soon to come.

Talk to you soon!

Contact Me!

15 Pros and Cons of Working with Qkids

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0% Chill. My Mission To Self-Heal.

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Yo! How’s it going? How’s life?

I wanted to talk to you all about what I’ve been doing to help with my endometriosis symptoms and other problems I’ve been having with my body in general. I really hope that I can help you too!

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying different ways to stay active, to relieve pain, reduce stress, and boost my energy and fertility.
First, I’d like to talk about how I have been able to reduce the hip, pelvis, abdomen, and lumbar pain.

My tank says 0% Chill and that’s exactly how I feel at this point. I’ve been so frustrated with my health, I’ve been stressed about how I could afford to get help, and I believe that I’ve been stressing out about it instead of actually staying calm and learning about what I COULD afford to do about it.

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Paying to see a specialist, hoping that insurance would cover certain specialists and procedures, trying to find affordable insurance, and trying to find doctors and practitioners to take my symptoms seriously are things that take too much money and time. I needed to figure out what I could do TODAY. Right now!

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Things have worked so far:
1. Yoga & Pilates Videos.
I’ve been dealing with hip pain off and on for years since having my son. I DO also have a herniated lumbar disc, along with endo causing me even more pelvic, hip, and back pain. So, I’ve found YouTube videos to help me relieve hip pain, loosen tight muscles, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and improve my body’s response to stress.
These videos have been the most helpful.

I was doing most of these without a yoga mat or any other type of cushion and that was causing pain and discoloration on my knees, making them tender and dark. So, investing in an affordable yoga mat has been extremely helpful!

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Go ahead and give them a try!

Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

2. Supplements!
I knew that my body had (and still has) a hormonal imbalance. I’ve done thorough research and carefully considered which supplements and the dosage would be right for me. If you have a practitioner or a naturopath that you can discuss supplements with, I STRONGLY suggest doing that first. For me, I made the personal decision to try taking any of these supplements.
DIM: A supplement that aids in reducing excesses estrogen and Xenoestrogens that can make anyone estrogen dominant. I took this and noticed reduced pain during my cycle.

It is only within this month that I have stopped taking this supplement because the option to try to conceive is now on the table and from my understanding, estrogen is needed for my future pregnancy. I’ll blog more about that soon.

Pure DIM Supplement 250mg Diindolylmethane Plus BioPerine and Dong Quai - Hormone Balance for Women and Men, Hot Flashes Menopause Relief, PCOS, Acne - Estrogen Blocker and Natural Aromatase Inhibitor

*NOTE: For the few weeks of taking these, I had headaches while doing strenuous activities like HIIT cardio and during sex. It went away within 3 weeks. Make sure to drink a lot of water while taking this supplement. That’s the ONLY problem I had with this.

All Natural Progesterone Cream: Taking this supplement, along with taking the dim helped to reduce my heavy flow and shortened my period from six days (5 days bleed/ 1-day spot) to five days (4 days bleed/ 1-day spot).
*NOTE: If you have the same problem I have, you’ll notice within your first or second month of taking these two that you’ll pass really large clots during your period and then they become normal months after. I would have had photos of those clots, but I didn’t want to be gross. But they were huge and at least a quarter-inch thick and two to three inches wide.

3. Therapy & Journaling: In the past, I’ve mentioned my history with mental illness, but I haven’t been to therapy in years. Well, I’ve just started therapy again. At first, I was feeling hopeless about finding a therapist without insurance. Until I got an email from Nicole Walters, because… you know? I’m a #Richfriend. And even though we are both God-girls, we both agree that our pastors and pastor’s wives are not our therapists. In the email, she mentioned this website called Open Path. This site helps you to find an affordable therapist in your area.


I’ve found a therapist in my area that only charges me $50/ session AND she does phone sessions. After one session, I already have homework to do that helps me to conquer fears, address past trauma, and journal my feelings and to label my worries.

Things that I will be attempting soon, but haven’t started.

1. Trying to switch to an AIP Diet: I know that many people have tried this to relieve many autoimmune problems and endo is one of those problems. I struggle with compulsive eating and it’s been extremely hard to control myself with junk food, sweets, and other inflammatory food and drinks. I have found some books about it that I will begin reading very asap!
Please pray for me! That’s all I can ask.

2: Seeing a specialist and a naturopath. I DO need to work with professionals who take my kind of matters seriously and will help me.

Have you ever been on a journey of self-healing? If so, how did it work for you? How is it working for you?
I look forward to hearing from you.

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It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

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Hey hey, everyone!
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?

I needed a break. Like, a break-break. My mind and my life were doing the uttermost and I needed to figure it all out. As you can see I am slowly transitioning the brand from CoilySue86 to Ebony Glass and I’m developing a “main brand” if you will and it will be named Ebony Glass Co. I’ve even created social media pages in preparation for the change.

Instead of shutting the website down, I thought I’d stay open for business during construction. And not just the construction of my brand, but construction on my physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Since I’ve been away, I’ve been trying new ways to stay active, creating t-shirts, stumbled upon a handful of goodies, and even made a sudden change to my hair.

What?! What did I do to my hair?

Oh! Nothing outrageous, but severely imperative and necessary.

Six years and one month after my first big chop, I decided to cut approximately 9 to 10 inches of hair (probably more). I’m right back at TWA status.

You see, I was dealing with a lot of shedding, lack of growth, tangling and breakage from the split ends. My hair seemed to have remained at approximately 13 inches for almost two years. That didn’t seem right.

The cause? Other than being a lazy natural, I was on liver meds, dealing with major stress, and hormonal imbalances. All of those things affected the health of my hair. So, I wanted to start over.

This is one of the steps I took to improve my health this summer. I’ll be writing more about what I’ve been doing this summer.

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Bye bye, hair!

It doesn’t look like much, but that was a lot of hair.

So, I went from having this…

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June 27, 2018

…to having this.

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July 8, 2018

Yep! I had to. At first, I hesitated and thought I could buy one more product or try one more method to save my strands, but no. It was time for an actual cut. I need to follow up with a stylist to even me out, but other than that I’m pretty happy with the results.

I like my hair cut!

Have you been thinking of cutting your hair?

If you are thinking of cutting your own hair allow me to recommend some products that I used to ensure a successful self-haircut. Don’t worry, all will be linked below. If you’re anything like me, you like to shop around. So, I’ll provide more than one retail option for each product.

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Carol’s Daughter Products used during my hair cut.

I recommend first, shampooing and conditioning your hair first.
I used Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Shampoo. It thoroughly cleansed my hair and scalp without leaving it dry and squeaky.
Where to Buy The Shampoo?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target (Where I Bought Mine)
Amazon (Don’t forget to sign up for Prime in time for Prime Day. July 16th)
Sally Beauty

I then used Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner during the cutting process. Using this helped me to detangle my hair before sectioning and cutting my hair. In addition, it’s imperative that you find a good pair of hair shears before starting. Do NOT use kitchen shears, fabric shears, or regular scissors. Just don’t! You can damage your hair and you won’t get clean cuts without proper shears.

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Conditioner and hair shears.

Where to But The Conditioner?
Trader Joes. The cheaper option.
Amazon (if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s close to home.)

Where to Buy the Shears?
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Amazon
Target

I rinsed the conditioner and then did an ACV rinse for my itchy and flaky scalp. I left that on my scalp for about 5 minutes. It could have been longer, but I didn’t want to wait.

After that, I sprayed Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Leave-In Conditioner, applied my homemade oil mix, and used Carol’s Daughter’s Sacred Tiare 4-in-1 Combing Cream to comb through and fluff my TWA!

Where to Buy The Leave-In?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target (Where I Bought Mine)
Amazon
Sally Beauty

Where to Buy The Combing Cream?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target
Amazon
Sally Beauty (Where I Bought Mine)

I am very much satisfied and I feel lighter. I do plan on growing my hair back, but not at the expense of having healthy hair. I’d rather have health and volume over just having long hair.

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Met Gala 2018 Slayage! The Best Dressed Men & Women.

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Hey!

I’ve seen everyone who was on the white carpet for the Met Gala this year.

The theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

The slayage was intense and very much accomplished by many. However, there are two that I just can’t get my mind off of. One from the women’s category and one from the men’s, I’ve been waking up thinking about these two looks and the runner-ups!

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#1 for the Women’s Category:

Zendaya      

Y’all!

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Y’all!

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I’m so in love! I can’t get over this modern-day French heroine Joan of Arc look in custom Versace. Who knew that armor could look so chic?! This look says, “I’m strong, I’m beautiful, and I’ll slit you from navel to nose!”

Well done, Zendaya! Well done!

Runners Up:

Cupshe

#1 for the Men’s Category:

Chadwick Boseman      

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Chadwick Boseman Met Gala 2018 (Getty Images)

Sir! Excuse me, Sir!… Heeeey!

I mean, forgive me father, for I want to sin! It’s extra and I love it! Even down to the gold Christian Louboutin shoes. He’s one of the few men who went along with the theme and looked good doing it. He was the only man who looked the best!

Runners Up:      

Please let know which were your favorite from the women and men’s categories.
I’d love to read your comments.

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20 Sexy Plus Denim Jeans, Jeggings, & Shorts Starting From $20. Spring + Summer 2018 (Updated)

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I am forever on a hunt for a great pair of jeans or jeggings that I can wear with just about anything at any time. Jeans have been a staple for millions of Americans for decades. They make it easy to go from being dressed up to dressing down. They’re casual. They’re flexible. They can help us show off our curves or hid them if we want.

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Are you…?

Going to a Summer Concert Series? Denim shorts, tank, sunnies.

Running to Target? Jeggings, t-shirt, slip-on sneakers.

Taking your little one to a play-date or birthday party? Jeans, blouse, wedges.

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Here’s a list of 20 Sexy Spring and Summer jeans, jeggings, and shorts starting at $20. 

Keep scrolling to see a selection of cute tees and tanks, to compliment the jeans, leggings, and shorts. All tops are under $30

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**Prices are subject to change at the discretion of the merchants. Click each photo to check the sites for more details. Some items will be updated if they are out of stock.

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Liquor N Poker Plus Low Rise Raw Edge Denim Short With Visible Pockets

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DenimFlex™ plum wine jegging (Currently $39.00)

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DenimFlex™ plus size pull-on lean jegging in black (Currently $19.50)

Curvy Model White Women's T-Shirt Front
Curvy Model Tee.

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Skinny Short Short – Black Wash (Currently $32.17) Torrid.com

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Junarose Slim Jeans (Currently $36)

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New Look Curve Skinny Jegging $32 Asos.com

FryNinja White Women's T-Shirt Front
Fry Ninja Tee.

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Plus Size Hi Rise Denim Shorts Indigo (Currently $14.49)

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Frayed Skinny Short – Light Wash (Currently $33.67)

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Denim mom short in washed black $45 Asos.com

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High Waist Skinny Jeans In Popular Deep Blue Wash $40 Asos.com

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Plus Size Refuge Destroyed Hi-Rise Cheeky Shorts $20 CharlotteRusse.com
Purple Pineapple Dark Grey Heather Women's Tank Top Front
Grungy Pineapple Flowy Tank

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CHLOE SLOGAN BADGE SKINNY JEANS (Currntly $36.49)

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Everyday Denim Shorts (Currently $29.49) SimplyBe.com

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Cropped Skinny Jean (Currently $44.17) Torrid.com

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LOFT Plus Denim Sailor Shorts in Dark Rinse Wash $59.50 Loft.com

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Curve blue denim lace-up side shorts. $43 Missguided.com
Raw,Organic, & Cold Pressed Melanin! Black Women's Tank Top Front
Raw, Organic, & Cold Pressed Melanin!

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Doodled Short Short – Medium Wash (currently $32.17) Torrid.com

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LOFT PLUS STAR FRAYED SKINNY CROP JEANS IN CLASSIC MID INDIGO WASH (Currently $24.88 Final Sale)

 

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Plus Skinny Crop Jeans (Peach Sorbet Currently $54.99 to $69.50) Loft.com
0% Chill Red Women's Tank Top Front
0% Chill Flowy Tank

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Curve blue high-waisted studded denim shorts. $51 Missguided.com

Let me know what you think of these denim goods and tops. I’ll respond ASAP.

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8 Endometriosis Symptoms my Doctors Ignored for 15 years.

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This is the beginning of my journey to treating and possibly curing a problem I’ve been dealing with for over 10 years. I started having really painful periods since I was 16 or 17 years old.

But it’s not just the painful periods that made me think I have endometriosis. It’s the many other problems related to my period, my overall health, and my own personal research that has pushed me to come to the conclusion that I DO have endometriosis.

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is when the type of tissue that normally lines the uterus – called the endometrium – is found in other locations of the body where it’s not supposed to be. The most common place is the abdominal cavity where it can land on the peritoneum, the thin layer that covers the inside of the abdomen, the ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

Like the lining of the uterus, the misplaced endometrial tissue is triggered by the same hormonal changes that trigger your period to come, causing this tissue to shed, or bleed, as well. When this shedding occurs, blood, which is trapped in the abdomen, is irritating to the nerves in the abdomen, causing much of the pain associated with endometriosis. ~AVIVA ROMM MD

From: The Natural Approach to Endometriosis: Getting to Your Root Causes.

I know it’s important not to self-diagnose, but I’ve learned over the past 6 years of my healthy journey that it’s important to LEARN YOUR BODY! Try new things and leave old things alone in order to figure yourself out.

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Here are a few books available to help you under more about endo and what to do about it.

  

In addition, I’ve been experiencing the almost all the symptoms of endometriosis and I’ve tried to mention my problems to my past OB/GYNs. They all have denied it. In fact, I had one doctor say, “I don’t think you have endometriosis.” A conclusion arrived at after no examination, no test, not even a scan. Just, “Nah! I don’t think you have that.”

Honestly, I feel like my insurance should have never been billed after going to an appointment with no follow-through from a doctor. Doctor’s are no longer are allowed to just shine their pen-light in my eye and charge me $300. No way!

Even though everyone one of them has dismissed my concerns, they would still offer prescriptions for a birth control pills to relieve some of the symptoms temporarily. Basically, to relieve symptoms of a problem they keep denying. The pills didn’t help the painful periods and the equally painful moments in between. They just write out what they think I can afford instead of seeking the root of the problem.

It’s because of this I have a hard time trusting most doctors and leaving my care completely to them. Therefore, I had to learn my body and learn what to do.
*Note: I will continue to see an OB/GYN about my health concerns and pap smears. However, It’s imperative that I continue to search for an OB/GYN that will take my endometriosis symptoms and reproductive health seriously.

 

The 8 Clues! (All are TMI.)

The symptoms I have been dealing with are…

1. Painful Bowel Movements. (The worst part EVER!!!)
Yes. I get enough fiber, but it hurts like hell when it’s about to come out and trying to hold it in makes it 100x worse. It hurts bad enough to make me scared to go to the bathroom or even scared to pass gas and when I do, I scream in pain. One time, I tried telling all of this to an OB/GYN who was seemingly incoherent to what I was try to say and all she kept going on about was making sure I am getting enough fiber.

2. Debilitating Menstrual Cramps.
These have been alleviated since having my son over 6 years ago. The magic of having a baby! It can change things for the better. However, there have been times that they will try to rear their ugly heads again, but I can tame them with naproxen and a heating pad, usually.

When I was in my teens and early 20’s I would be doubled over in pain. It would be hard to walk or even just stand upright. And there were times that I didn’t want to breathe because it would seem to be worse if I did. Doesn’t that just seem way too odd? And if it doesn’t, I know it’s too odd for me to keep living with.

3. Simultaneous Back Pain and Stomach Pain.
From my bra line on down to my lumbar, I am in a lot of pain when my period approaches and arrives. My abdomen and back will hurt at the same time. Which is a big problem because I only have one heating pad.

This double-teaming of pain would keep me from standing or walking normally.

4. Bleeding In Between Periods.
Any bleeding in between periods is abnormal, from my understanding. When it was at it’s worst, it will typically happen around ovulation and last until my next period. So, that’s about 14 days worth of bleeding. That gets in the way of intercourse and any moments of intimacy for me and my husband.

The blood would be brown or almost black. It would be spotting, but it would show up randomly and stain my underwear. It would have the texture of wet baking soda and it would dry really fast. It would also smell like wet baking soda and wheat flour.

5. Infertility or Secondary Infertility.
Now, I must confess. We haven’t been trying super hard to conceive another child. However, there were many moments when we just didn’t care to find a condom and we knew that I was ovulating. Conceiving my son was easy and with no effort. Getting pregnant with him was a complete surprise and maybe I have been hoping to be surprised just once again.

In addition, I’ve had many times that my period was late and I had all the symptoms that I had during my first pregnancy. I’d take a pregnancy test and it would be negative.

In fact, every single pregnancy test I’ve taken over the past 6 years were all negative. I’ll confess that no matter what we were going through in life, I’d wish for them to be positive every single time.

I’m not exactly sure how I was able to conceive my son so easily. However, during that time my endometriosis symptoms were at their lowest that I’ve ever experienced.

6. Little to no Clots Passed During Period.
To pass those mucousy looking blobs while on your period is completely normal or at least normal for me. I used to pass them. They are pieces of the uterine lining that is supposed to be shed every period. Since I had my son, I would pass what look like brown sand or lentils,

I just hadn’t been the same since I had my son.

Truth: I had not been the same since I got the depo-shot.
My uterine lining wasn’t shedding properly and that was a problem.

7. Chronic Pain and Bloating.
Y’all! I couldn’t eat much of anything without becoming bloated later. By the end of the day, I’d look pregnant and feel so uncomfortable. My digestion would seem to be super slow and I would experience indigestion and some regurgitation of what I would eat. It’s always the worst at night. Yes, I would try to eat smaller meals at night, but that did not guarantee that I wouldn’t feel better or bloat.

Another symptom that I used to deal with, but not so much anymore is…
8. Infrequent Periods.
They used to show up whenever and there was a time that I missed a period. During that time I had never been sexually active. I was under large amounts of stress in college, eating large amounts of junk food, and my weight was higher than ever.

Now, my periods are very predictable and consistently about 26 to 28 days apart.

Other symptoms I Had Not Mentioned to My Doctors.

Pain during sex.

Low Libido

Hair Loss

Severe Mood Swings

Pain in other areas of my abdomen and groin.

So, what do I plan to do about it?

I’ve already started testing out my own personal regimen to relieve or even cure the problem. They claim that there is no cure for endometriosis, but I don’t believe that at all. It’s been two months since I’ve started and I’ve made so much progress. I’ve got so much to share with you. Please stay tuned. I’ll be creating a post on what is and isn’t working.

Here are some sources I recommend reading if you think that you or someone you know may have endometriosis. Some are written by medical professionals and some are written by women like you and me who have been experiencing symptoms.

  1. The Natural Approach to Endometriosis: Getting to Your Root Causes
  2. 13 Endometriosis Symptoms My Doctors Missed
  3. SpeakEndo.com
  4. 5 Natural Endometriosis Remedies
  5. Black Women & Endometriosis
  6. Endometriosis & Endometrial Cancer: What All Black Women Need To Know

If you found this post helpful, please comment, share, tweet, & pin this post. I’ve even started a Pinterest board just for this topic. Please, feel free to follow this board.
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New! #Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Stronger Hold Gel & Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray.

Hey!

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I have another detailed review for you. Shortly after completing my latest Ouidad review, these two products were sent to me.

Advanced Climate Control Line

Stronger Hold Gel & Restore +Revive Bi-Phase Spray

These two are apart of Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control line and the official launch date will be April 3, 2018. Keep reading to see how you can get 20% off your purchase of these two products. Promo code posted below.

*Products were complementary. Post contains affiliate links. Clicking on them are FREE. If you choose to make a purchase, you’d be helping me keep my blog up and running. Thanks, Love!

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The Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Stronger Hold Gel.

Fresh Wash-n-go with #Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel

Before using this gel, I went through the same steps I did in my previous review. These steps are important when it comes to maximizing the benefits of this line.

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CoilySue86 Wash-n-go & #Ouidad Stronger Hold Gel

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Advanced Climate Control Stronghold Gel

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This gel does have a stronger hold. It dries faster though. I kept having to add a little water to my fingers while separating my hair. However, it doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or flaky. It adds shine and enhances the definition of my coily hair.

The hold does last a couple days. As I type this, it’s been two days since I’ve applied this gel. It’s gotten softer, but the frizz hasn’t formed. My coils are still collected.

The Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray.

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Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray

This spray is a mix of pink-colored oils and a clear liquid. You have to shake it a little before spraying to get the benefits of this spray.

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Revived Coils with #Ouidad’s Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray

I used this spray the next day after taking off my bonnet. My hair was smashed down, basically having helmet hair.

It added moisture to my hair and allowed my coils to spring back up. Of course, I had to use my hands a little but the curl definition wasn’t disturbed. The water in the spray did not reverse the hold of the gel that was previously applied. Which, that was something that I was afraid would happen.

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My hair after the gym two days later.

My coils are still frizz-free-ish. I Say free-ish because you know… Natural Hair rebellion. 😆

Y’all!

This photo had me shook, though because I was in the gym sweating two hours ago and my hair still has definition!

Final Thoughts:

I really like this line for my wash-n-gos. The Advanced Climate Control line makes it easier to keep a wash-n-go.

These two new products will go on presale April 3, 2018.

Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel

Advance Climate Control Restore + Reive Bi-Phase Spray

*Promo code to get 20% off your purchase from April 3rd to April 12th. PRESALE20

So, follow me on all my pages (links below) and I’ll post the promo code on April 3rd.

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#Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Line: Does It Work on Kinky Curls?

Hey! How’s it going?

I have a very detailed review for you.

The wonderful people at Ouidad has recently reached out to me to review their Advanced Climate Control line. This line of hair care products offers to prevent frizz, flyaways, and unwanted volume and helps curls look more defined.

I’m always excited to try new products. Especially, when they are offered to me. However, I was skeptical of how these products would work for my hair because 1.) my hair is rebellious, even the baby hairs rebel and 2.) they don’t often show women with my hair type in their ads.

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I was curious to see how this would work on my hair in the climate I am in.
I just moved to Kansas City, Kansas from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve noticed that this state is much drier than it is in Ohio. In my home state, it is much more humid considering lake Erie was close enough for me to walk to.
Here in Kansas, they get “fire weather” alerts. Yes! It gets that dry.
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Ouidad ACC Line

So? Does it work on kinky curls? Does it work on tightly textured afro coils?

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Allow me to break it all down to you.

Before:

This is after my first attempt at using Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control line.
It didn’t turn out so well. I’ll explain more at the bottom of this review.

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Advanced Climate Control® Defrizzing Shampoo

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Advanced Climate Control Shampoo

The advanced climate control defrizzing shampoo is sulfate free! Yay!
Yet, it still offers a beautiful lather and it gets my scalp clean. It can effectively wash my hair and I won’t be left with that super squeaking clean that makes my strands stick together.

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo.
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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo. CoilySue86

But does it “defrizz” or even prevent frizzing?
Actually, yes. This shampoo made my strands more collective. Meaning that they were collecting and curling together.

The shampoo does offer a little slip to help with finger combing as you clean your hair. I was very surprised by that. It’s not often you can find a shampoo or cleanser that offers slip.
Advanced Climate Control® Defrizzing Conditioner

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner

The advanced climate control defrizzing conditioner is the real MVP (Most Valuable Product) here. I wasn’t expecting this to be thick, creamy and provide enough slip to my hair for me to be able to detangle.

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner. CoilySue86

You can that my coils were collected and cooperating with each other just after applying the conditioner.

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The instructions said to leave in for 3 minutes. Of course, I left it in longer as I finger-detangled my hair. Which, this is the real key to making sure you prevent frizz.

Make sure that your hair is thoroughly detangled and oiled before applying the next two products. Please do not skip this advice.
Advanced Climate Control® Featherlight Styling Cream

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Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream

The second in line for the position of MVP, the advanced climate control featherlight styling cream also helped me with detangling my hair.

However…

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Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream. CoilySue86

It is imperative that you apply your favorite oil or cream BEFORE applying this product. This cream dries fast and doesn’t add any oil or butter to keep the hair from drying out and sticking together. Yes, you want your strands to collect and curl but please learn from my mistake. Apply the oil before applying this cream.

I do feel like I need to use quite a bit on my hair for each section. Even though my strands are fine, I felt like I needed two quarter-sized amounts to collect and weigh my coils down.
Advanced Climate Control® Heat and Humidity Gel

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Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. CoilySue86

The advanced climate control heat and humidity gel is good. This dries fast. Using this gel with the cream is a beautiful thing. It collects the strands to nicely, adding definition, and adds slip for detangling.

It doesn’t make the hair hard and crunchy. There will be some flexibility to your hair when it dries.

Related Post:Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel & Restore +Revive Bi-Phase Spray

Final Results: Third Time’s the Charm?

The first time I tried these products, I attempted to do a twist-out. I made the mistake of skipping the oil and leave-in. I thought the cream would add some oil or butter like a leave-in. I treated this like a leave-in conditioner and I should have used a leave-in before applying the cream and gel. As mentioned, they dry very fast. In fact, you can see how my hair looked a week later in my before-photo at the top. So, I decided to start over.

The second time I tried these products, I remembered the oil. However, I made the mistake of messing with my hair by trying to style my hair in a stretched wash-n-go. My hair was still slightly wet and I thought it would dry just fine.

Banded Hair with Ouidad ACC
Stretching my wash-n-go. CoilySue86

Nah! My hair looks like the model’s hair in the ad. There’s nothing wrong with it but I wasn’t aiming for this.

Cropped Results of Ouidad ACC Line
Stretched wash-n-go results. Meh. Makeup-Free CoilySue86

I tried to feel proud of the result, but it wasn’t working for me. You can see how defined my hair is in the back and near my edges, but the ends weren’t having it. My hair stuck together and was hard to gently separate the curls after the products dried.
I was actually pissed at myself because I should have left my hair alone.

The third time, I figured I’d just do it all over again. I shampooed, conditioned, applied the cream and gel. Then, I sectioned my hair, finger detangled while smoothing the product into smaller sections, and raked the product through with my fingers and let it air dry. In short, a classic wash-n-go.
The Final Results & Thoughts:

After:

Ouidad ACC Final Result 1
Wash-n-go Results with Ouidad – CoilySue86
Ouidad ACC Final Result 2
Wash-n-go Results with Ouidad – CoilySue86
Ouidad ACC Final Result 3
Wash-n-go Results with Ouidad – CoilySue86

It took me three tries, but I really like how it turned out. This is the most defined coils I’ve ever had. EVER! I’m not used to so much shrinkage and I don’t do wash-n-goes often because my hair tangles easily and frequently. My hair also takes all day to dry. It’s just the hair that I have. I may try them more often when the weather gets warmer and I am outside more.

For this time around, I happen to use a little too much product and you can see it in the some of the photos. However, the product does dry clear.

I think that when it comes to kinky curly coily hair, that the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control products are only meant for wash-n-go days. I don’t think they’re meant for any other style for me. I say this because of the fact that because the idea is to have frizz-free curls and any extra manipulation of the hair will defeat that purpose.

Also, the cream and gel dry really fast and you really don’t have much time to work with the products while styling.
Would I recommend these products?
Sure! I actually would. I say this because I now know what to do when it comes to using these products. In addition, I notice the quality of my coils improving with each use. Meaning, I noticed them collecting more on their own without much effort.

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Asos Curve Bralette & Wide Fit Leather Sneakers. Curvy•Minimalist•Essentials

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I’ve finally shopped at Asos! I’ve ordered just a couple things, but I am excited to show you what I have.

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First, let me tell you that shopping with Asos was a breeze. It was super easy for me to find what I needed. Asos has six drop-down menus to help everyone shop by ascending or descending price, size, product type, brand, color, and price range. And since ya girl is size 16 minimalist on a budget, this made shopping more easy and enjoyable.

These items were previously featured in my Asos + Boohoo Curve & Plus Mini-Haul w/ Try-On! (Video) Curvy•Minimalist•Essentials.

The ASOS CURVE Supportive Textured Bralette:
Although I am a busty woman, I’ve been wanting to give bralettes a try. I am on the search for comfort in 2018 and one of the best ways to find comfort is wearing comfortable foundations.

Related Post: 3 Casual Winter Looks with Asos Curve: Curvy•Minimalist•Essentials.

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ASOS CURVE Supportive Textured Bralette – Front
Bralette Back
ASOS CURVE Supportive Textured Bralette – Back

This bralette is very comfortable. It’s stretchy but very supportive. The straps are adjustable and they didn’t dig into my shoulders. It’s easy to wash and it doesn’t change shape after washing. Except, the straps were a bit twisted once they were done. Those were easy to fix though.

The bra was a little loose in the band (the part that goes around the ribs). I kinda feel like I should have ordered a size down. However, that may come in smaller cups and I need the cups to stay the size they are.

Beware, throughout the day you may develop uni-boob. The bra doesn’t keep the breasts separated. They will be lifted, though.

I ordered this in a size 14/ 16 and I paid $26 for it.
The New Look Wide Fit Slip-On Leather Look Sneaker:

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New Look Wide Fit Slip-On Leather Look Sneaker

These shoes are super comfortable. I had just enough space for my toes. My big toes were rubbing against the shoe as if I needed a half size up.

However, I had so much room that the shoes felt loose around my arches and my heals. At first, I thought that would be a problem when I walk. It turns out that it’s not. I went for a walk in these shoes with no socks on and they did not flop off my feet like I thought they would.

So, if your feet are really wide and chubby, these shoes are very nice. If you want to wear these shoes with socks, I’d recommend that thin ankle socks be worn with these. Again, these are kinda narrow in the toes. Therefore, I’d avoid thick socks.

I ordered these in a size 11 wide fit and I paid $26 for them.

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To watch the haul, watch the video below.

Do you think I made a great selection?

How have you found more comfort in your wardrobe?

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