Monday, January 29, 2018

Healthy Hair Care - PART I

Happy Monday Loves!

I am super excited to return back to blogging about HAIR care and WILL share all the secrets that have worked for us.  Before I even start, I am NOT getting paid for this POST and I promise to keep it real.

Arielle has suffered from dry, flaky scalp since birth.  Unfortunately after a month, she actually had cradle crap and her hair did NOT grow much the first year.  At around 18 months, it finally started to grow and I was super excited.  One thing I noticed the first 3 years of growth was slow and it was very fine.  I figured she inherited it from me and the texture from her father's of family.  After reading an article written by a friend (SEE HONEYVERA POST HERE), I decided to try an organic herbal based product for the flaky scalp with castor oil.
I have been using Honey Vera scalp tonic for about 4 years consistently.  It definitely has helped with the itching and flaking of her scalp and has truly thickened her hair.  Mind you, I did not see much results the first month but after my second bottle, I noticed a BIG difference.  I decided to give it a try and continued with the product.

I also tried several other brands of hair care products including Pantene, Cantu, VO5 and all the KIDS line you can imagine until I stumbled across the Curly Kids line in my local Dollar General.
PHOTO IS 4 YEARS OLD
I noticed that her curls were more defined with the GEL and vowed to try a new Curly Kids product each month until I found the right combination.  I then shared our hair styles and journey via INSTAGRAM, mixed products, tested pretty much every single one until I finally came across the ones that works for her texture.  Curly Kids noticed us and that's how we became a BRAND AMBASSADOR!

NOW TO THE REAL DEAL:  June we decided to request a special blend formula as I noticed more flaking due to the Summer heat. I ordered 3 bottles as my friend had tried it before and told me that her daughter's hair was NOT flaking and growing more than with the regular blend. The SPECIAL BLEND FORMULA  has SPECIAL added herbs and oils that stimulates the hair follicles and I was amazed just by the first week of using it.  After seeing the results just the first month and using LESS oils on the hair, I decided to continue with it for a few more months.


 I NOTICED A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE GROWTH.  Within a 6 MONTH period, the HAIR GREW twice as MUCH!



Special BLEND is only available UPON REQUEST by sending a DETAIL message of the SCALP or HAIR ISSUES VIA EMAIL OR DM. It is formulated to meet YOUR NEEDS and even though it COST more it is WORTH EVERY PENNY.  I also decided to switch up the moisturizer and use less OILS since the SPECIAL BLEND has OILS which is perfect for her scalp issues.


WASH DAY ROUTINE:
Hair is washed 2 times per month.  HERE ARE THE PRODUCTS USED:


REGULAR WASH WEEK - Curly Kids Super Detangle Shampoo and Super Detangling Conditioner

DEEP CONDITION WASH WEEK - Curly Kids Super Detangle Shampoo, Deep Conditioner mixed and Honey Vera Castor Coconut Oil.  SPECIAL BLEND TONIC is always sprayed directly on the SCALP after every wash day!

MOISTURE IN A MINUTE WAS ADDED WITH A LITTLE COCONUT OIL FOR CURLS

DAILY ROUTINE:
We found that the Your Curls Conditioned, and Moisture in a Minute works best for styling after wash day.  We may add a small amount of Honey Vera Coconut - Castor Oil on wash days when the hair is NOT deep conditioned. MOISTURIZER IS USED 2 times per week when hair is styled.  (PART 2 will focus on styling). We only use a small amount of Moisturizing Gel, Coconut Oil for Curls or Moisture in a minute along with Your Mane Moisturizer as needed.

HERE ARE THE 2 MAIN MOISTURIZERS THAT WE USE.
AVAILABLE AT SALLY'S BEAUTY SUPPLY OR ONLINE 

HERE ARE THE 2 GEL BASED PRODUCTS THAT WE USE:
HERE ARE THE 2 OIL BASED PRODUCTS THAT WE USE:



SPECIAL BLEND TONIC is USED DIRECTLY ON THE SCALP AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK EVEN when the hair is styled.  We often times use a little with the detangle spray instead of water.  Arielle's hair is SO thick that IT cannot be styled dry.


Thank YOU so much for following our hair journey.  We are grateful for the KIND WORDS and COMMENTS shared on our posts on Instagram.  Feel free to leave a comment with any questions that you may have and MENTION ARIELLE10 for your 10% discount CODE with Honey Vera!  This SPECIAL EXPIRES March 1st.


HOPE ALL THE TIPS HELP!  Leave a COMMENT BELOW  with any questions that you may have.

STAY TUNE FOR PART II as we will sharing MORE STYLES and DOS!  We may even have a giveaway too!

Thanks for stopping!
Marica


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Black and White Stripes - Review of McCalls NEW PATTERN 7722

Happy Monday Loves!
McCalls M7722 VIEW D

The minute I saw the new Early Spring McCalls pattern collection, I was in love.  I did grab quite a few and vow to sew at least 1 view of each of the patterns before May.  The last 2 collections, I have only made 1 to 2 and I have tons of NEW patterns in my collection that need to be sewn up.


I really love all the sleeve variations of this McCall pattern (7722) as it reminded me of a Gabriel Union sweater I purchased over the holidays except it has pleats.

 I opted to follow the directions as is and not hack it with this wearable muslin and will be creating another one using pleats instead.  I really wanted to practice more with stripes so I used a stripe fabric from my stash that I purchased last year from Girl Charlee.  My biggest pet peeve is lining up patterns and stripes.  I made sure to pin the black stripes as I do NOT have a walking foot.

QUICK AND EASY METHOD
I actually use the under arm seam of my bodice based on my size for both the front and back.  

This is the easiest and quickest method that I have used for patterns and stripes.  Ensure that the stripes are also aligned when the fabric is folded.


I used 2 different types of knit which did NOT feature the design element of the pattern or the look that I envisioned.  I used a COTTON knit MIXED (stripes) from Charlee Fabric with a SCUBA knit from my stash.

For the NEXT one that I create I will make the following changes:
Grade 1 inch to the width at the bottom and grade from the waist (for better hip coverage).
Add 1 inch to the length to avoid pickaboo issues.
Use a light to medium weight knit.
Use the same weight and pattern but different colors for contrast.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out my blogpost for my monthly Fabric Mart make here of this simplicity dress pattern that I hacked.



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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy NEW YEAR!!

A NEW YEAR, A FRESH START!!!!!

I am back on the blogging scene on my PERSONAL page and I am so excited.  I will personally commit to writing at least two blog post per month for the next 6 months and will continue to share most of my makes via Instagram. I am not into all the New Year's resolution revamp, change, uproot my life philosophy, BUT I believe in personal growth and commitment.  I had some amazing moments in 2017 and some challenging times, but there were MORE GREAT MOMENTS than challenges.  I continued with my Math Summer Academy which was a huge success, had the best MATH SCORES in years, WON a sewing challenge, and most importantly believed more in my God given talents.

I plan to push myself a little more this YEAR and take a few risks with God by my side.  I want to travel and explore more with my children, enroll in a creative writing class and most definitely, continue to grow in my profession. Aiden and Arielle are doing amazing in school and paying them for their grades have eliminated "Cs" off their report card.  I am so excited that my son will be in Middle School this August and has finally found his groove and is doing better than I expected in school.  He has NO C's this quarter and I am so proud of him.

My personal goal is to at least sew one new garment per week and add one skill to my knowledge book.  I am an educator who believes in lifelong learning.  Each and every day, I learn as much as my students both in my personal and professional life.  They know that I am one of the coolest, toughest Math educator you will meet who believes in challenging your mind.

NOW BACK TO THE REAL DEAL......

My FIRST MAKE for 2018 is this McCall 7099 jumpsuit without the pockets.  Even though I am not the biggest fan of the look and the pattern, I wanted to learn the technique of grading and tapering a fitted pants.  IT WORKED and I plan to use the pants portion of this pattern to make more yoga type pants. 

It was COLD OUTSIDE!
Fabric is a GREYISH blue ponte knit from Fabric Mart. 
For the bodice, I cut the size 10 and for the pants,  I graded from the 10 to a 14 hip and tapered at the knee back down to a size 10.  I used a ponte denim knit which feels amazing on the body.  I loved the overall fit but would select a darker color to draw less attention to the curvier parts of my body.  YES! I am blessed with double portion in the assets area.

Now one of my favorite makes back in December is this beautiful red and black sweater (RIGHT) for the sew your view monthly makes using McCall 7688.  The ribbing topped it and gave it a great finish.  YES!! I will definitely wear it again next week when I return to work.


My Fabric Mart blog post make included another view with leopard print of the sweater and a fitted turtle neck body con dress.  For more details and photos, check out the blogpost here.


I am super excited about my next two makes for this upcoming month and the new McCall patterns that have been released.  I have three projects in mind with my top two  McCall patterns and I can't wait.

Thanks so much for stopping by and HOPE THAT 2018 will bring you love, joy, peace, happiness and many blessings your way!





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