I wrote my post When You Are Discouraged About Your Health about a week before I started writing this one. Yesterday while I was in our rental office, I found out that we still had a fitness instructor on sight who offered free classes at multiple times. I thought this could be a great fit for me. I really missed the idea of working out with people even though I planned on just making due as far as being consistent with working out at home alone is concerned. Hubby said we could work out on his days off, but I knew that fluctuated so I didn’t want to solely rely on that.
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I woke up this morning, feeling extremely discouraged. I felt disgusted with myself because I felt like I was slacking off in terms of my health. Questions started to arise like was I doing all I could to eat well and stay active like I encourage others to do? Why did I feel like I had fallen off?
It seems like most parents go through that phase where even if their toddler showed interest in vegetables earlier on, they get to a point where they will only eat one vegetable or none at all. In this post, I’m actually going to mention other ways for your toddler to get some of the same vitamins he or she is missing out on since their disgust for veggies has set in. I hope you enjoy my tips to get your toddler to eat more vegetables:
So I’ve written a post on my first blog with a recipe for DIY shampoo and conditioner. Both happen to be eco-friendly and extremely inexpensive as well which is always a plus!
Here is what I did: For shampoo, I just put 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every 1 cup of water. For conditioner I did 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every 1 cup of water. I combed through my hair after putting in the “conditioner.” These amounts could be altered depending on hair type. After rinsing the “conditioner” out of my hair I apply virgin coconut oil to it and then in the shower I usually wash the rest of my body and before rinsing my hair I comb through again. Cool water on the rinse is best. I do this process probably every week.
If I decide that I’m going to blow my hair out, I do not apply the coconut oil in the shower. In those 7-10 days, sometimes while in the shower, I will apply a little coconut oil in my hair and then rinse it out as well. A couple of times a month, instead of applying just coconut oil after washing, I will deep condition with the following homemade recipe: avocado, egg, extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil. Some people who are used to washing their hair with normal shampoo who want to try this process may have to go through a transition period. Our hair is normally used to being stripped from the sulfates and chemicals in the shampoos so you may need to go through a few weeks or months of awkward oily hair to see that it actually works.
Here are some changes that I have made after seeing the results over the last several months. I actually started doing this in March of this year. I’ve kept the baking soda and water as my shampoo. It does lather well and my hair does get squeaky clean.
One thing I’ve started doing is putting coconut oil in my hair before washing it. I do use it in between washes as well, but because I had a very dry scalp, I decided to part my hair and put the oil on my scalp. If I do this before showering and then wash my hair with the baking soda and water in the shower, I’ve noticed my scalp isn’t dry and I have no dandruff.
Another change I’ve made is the apple cider vinegar step. This may work for you so feel free to leave it in, but I found that it is too drying on my hair so I leave out that step. I still love using the homemade avocado conditioner. I’ve noticed that the avocado has to be just ripe and putting it in the blender with the egg and oils seems to make it smooth with no residue from the skin being left in your hair.
If you have thought about trying more natural, eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners but they seem too expensive, this is definitely something you should try! I’ve started making several other products right at home and I’ve been able to decrease the toxicity in my house and enjoy more natural alternatives that are so much healthier for me and my family. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this! Until next time!
2. Do you feel like you have it all together every day (cleaning, laundry, baby, etc)?
I think I do but it’s because I don’t put too many demands or much pressure on myself. I have a mental schedule, but I’m not hard on myself when I don’t get something done. Hubby helps so much with this. He never gets upset or says anything negative about something not being cleaned. He actually always thinks the house is clean (there are days when it’s not lol.)
As far as cooking, if I haven’t started or I’m in the process of making it and he’s hungry, he’ll just simply say “what’s for dinner?”
3. When do you make time to shower? Day or night?
This varies. I’ve started to do it at night during the week because Harroll (hubby) works during the day and during the day on weekends because he’s off of work on Fridays and weekends. I used to be able to do it while JR was napping or while he was playing in the play pen, but he doesn’t really stay occupied that way anymore so I shower at night while hubby is home now and just wash up everyday before I get dressed usually.
4. Do you wear make up every day?
5. Do you style your hair every day or pony tail it?
6. When do you find time to do your hair and makeup? When kids are awake or asleep?
7. Do you work out and when?
After my food settles from breakfast, I try to do a series of workouts right at home. JR enjoys holding my legs while I do jumping jacks and sitting on my tummy while I try to do crunches :)
(This image is taken from my weight loss support group on Facebook. We have an album that has these photos in it, and people typically comment on the buttom when they have finished what is on that particular image for that day.)
8. What’s your house cleaning schedule? Do you clean every day?
I clean usually one room a day….sometimes a little more. Laundry is usually done as needed. I change the sheets every 3 days and do sometimes a load or 2 of laundry every other day. Once in a while I will “slack” and clean absolutely nothing except dishes and counter tops after meals. I’m not hard on myself about this though. When I make the comment that I didn’t do the room I wanted that day, usually Harroll will say “the house looks fine. There is always tomorrow.”
9. Do you every get overwhelmed with all your responsibilities as a mom?
I think the times that can be most overwhelming are when I’m trying to sleep and JR is having a night where he wants to nurse a lot. He tends to nurse off and on at night but at some point in the night, I like to turn over and just sleep. He has those nights where he gets up to nurse once or twice and then goes back to sleep. (We are still co-sleeping.) If I’m extremely tired and he wants to keep going back and forth nursing on either side it can be a bit frustrating. Other than this, I don’t really have any stress. If I do, I tell my husband and he says something that shows me I shouldn’t be worried about whatever it is. Not to make him sound like he’s perfect, but he seriously is the reason for my identity and confidence in being a homemaker, wife and mom because of his constant validation and encouragement.
10. How often do you have alone/me time and how do you relax?
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