Let me share my new favorite lip product, real quick.
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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I went into Bare Minerals during my search and was quickly introduced to their Statement Matte Lipstick in the color “Naughty”.
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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.
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.
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
Snow White (Yes, I know it’s originally a German fairytale.)
The Martian (2015 Film)
Notice that the astronaut’s name is “Matt”. Cute!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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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It doesn’t look like much, but that was a lot of hair.
So, I went from having this…
…to having this.
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.
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.
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!
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!
#1 for the Men’s Category:
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!
Please let know which were your favorite from the women and men’s categories. I’d love to read your comments.
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.
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
**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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Let me know what you think of these denim goods and tops. I’ll respond ASAP.
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.
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
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.
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.
I have another detailed review for you. Shortly after completing my latest Ouidad review, these two products were sent to me.
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.
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#CoilySue86 Fresh Wash-n-go & #Ouidad Stronger Hold Gel
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.
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.
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.
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. 😆
This photo had me shook, though because I was in the gym sweating two hours ago and my hair still has definition!
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.