Going Green?!

Going Green!

 

Going green?! What’s that ?

Well since you are probably wondering why I am writing about going green it is because of the outrageous us of plastic and processed food. I’ve always been a fan of cutting up the rings that hold the soda cans together because of the fear that it could be swept out in the ocean. Yall when i was a little kid I was really impressionable and I still hold to the values from when I was younger.

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Did you catch a glance?

So last month I did a blog post on,” Spring time Fun With My Toddler”(insert link). In the post I wrote about Mariah and I starting a garden. Growing up my dad taught me to grow my own food and we somewhat lived off of the land. A course I did not eat the animals that we raised because they were all given an adorable nickname; such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Believe me when I say this that was the names of our pet goats. We even had the joys of eating fresh farm eggs every morning.

 

So yeah! Back to going green, I’ve been inspired to create so sort of small garden on my porch. I want this garden to be free of pesticides and being chemically made. When I say I want something that is not made of plastic but  of a seed and soil. Corporate farmers have gotten away from producing food that is good for us and is developing something that is quick for them to modify. Even the meat we eat is pumped with steroids and people wonder why they are sick and or the obesity rate is so high. It is important to be aware of what is going into our body.

 

No, I am not a vegan or vegetarian but I have tried the lifestyle for one week and it was actually rewarding. I combined my eating plan with my love for yoga and I was actually able to tone my body and have more energy. I am not pushing veganism on you or anything I just want you to be aware of what we consume on a daily basis.

 

Here are a few ways that I decided to go green:

 

Planting a garden

Growing your own garden has so many benefits such as, you have the convenience of staying home and picking your fruits and veggies. I do still support my local farmers market especially if I am not able to grow everything at home.  Think about the how much gas money you can save my staying home. It even makes meal planning easier and everything taste much fresher. Plus if you get better at growing a garden you can consider selling or giving your produce to friends and family. Growing plants is also beneficial to the Bees, people don’t really understand the importance of bees. Bees help our food and flowers grow, yay Bees!!! (Buzzz)

Photos: http://www.themompreneurlifestyle.com

Reusable Grocery Bags

Y’all I’m not going to lie when I see a cute reusable bag you would have thought I just bought the cutest Louis Vuitton Bag. I love to use them at my local Publix or Aldi’s grocery store. If you think about it you don’t have to stress about your bag ripping when you are walking into the house. Believe me, been there!

 

Coffee Cups

I love love coffee! I know that we all have notice the reusable cups at the gas station or even your favorite coffee shop. Consider if the establishment offers reusable cups, then I would jump on it. Even making coffee from the comforts of your own home can still be cost effective and green.

 

Natural Cleaning Supplies

When I say the house doesn’t smell like harsh bleach, it is really refreshing! Can you imagine the dangers that a child may encountering when we use harsh chemicals. You can get so much done with just vinegar or some sort of essential oil blend.

Favorite Essential Oil Blend:

1 Cup of White Vinegar

1 Cup of Water

3 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

3 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

 

I hope these have been some helpful tips and tricks to going green. Feel free to comment below your experiences and suggestions.

 

*Disclaimer this blog post is not sponsored.

Self Care For 2018

2017 has come to an end and it is time to embrace 2018. I’m pretty sure that this past year has been an interesting roller coaster ride. This year my primary focus has been set on my family, which is not a bad thing but I didn’t set time aside for me.I didn’t do much to my hair or makeup, and I decided that I’m going to set more time for me.
So I am encouraging you to focus on Self Care.

If you can’t afford to do some of the things on your self care list here are a 10 tips to practice self care in 2018.

Here are some tips to make sure that you are taking care of yourself:

Coffee-time: I know that we all have experience the “don’t talk me until I have my coffee”. Coffee-time for me is sacred and it definitely gives me life. I mostly drink our coffee in the morning which gives me the opportunity to reflect on my day and to figure out what adventure my daughter and I would embark on.

Massage/facial: Getting a massage or facial can definitely relax the body and relieve stress. It also releases the toxins and leads to recovering with muscles pain and it releases endorphins & enhances your mood.

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Bubble bath w/ aromatherapy(essential oils): My favorite essential oils are Eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass; they hold the healing properties of muscle aches, colds, anxiety,and mood swings.Enjoy a large glass of wine and soak those worries away.

Mani/Pedi: If you get the opportunity to leave the house for a few hours take the time to get a much needed mani/pedi. You need to relax, relate and release; you can’t expect to be helpful to your family or those around you if you don’t take time for yourself. Do you!

Yoga/Meditation: Yoga and meditation has definitely changed my life, especially when I get stressed out or I just want to be healthy in my mind and body. With meditation I am able to reflect on the things that may affect me whether it is parenting or balancing entrepreneurship. I love how I am able to strengthen my body through yoga and use meditation for self awareness.

Journal: Journaling is definitely something that I encourage everyone to do. You are able to be creative or you can write about your troubles to help let them go. I know that we all have moments where we feel that no one understands what you are going through, but if you write it down then you are able to free yourself from that burden.

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Lazy Day: Recently I took the time to do almost absolutely nothing, I was determined to relax and not to run myself crazy. Having a lazy day gives you the opportunity to take care of yourself and to do less as possible.

Vacation: Pack you an overnight bag and get you can an Airbnb and go have fun. Take the time not planning your getaway.

Get dolled up: Recently I’ve got back into makeup and I decided to make this my mandatory mommy-time. I am loving how I am able to be creative and enjoy the time to myself. You can get dolled up and you don’t have to go anywhere.

Binge watch movies/shows: During this holiday season I’ve been binge watching everything HallMark. I love a romantic Christmas story, especially when they have an adorable story line. Hallmark is so great even when they have the same story line but it gets addictive.

Some of my favorite sites to use for finding discounted hotels, spa, hair packages, and etc is Groupon, Living social and Airbnb.Check them out! (This is not sponsored)

I hope that my 2018 Self care tips are helpful to you. You have to remember that you need to make time to slow down and make time for you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 

Post Hip Replacement Recovery (The First 7 days)

So…as I’ve mention in my previous blog post My hip replacement journey at 27 I will be getting the anterior hip replacement surgery.

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Image: Presurgical X-Ray

Day of Surgery:

I had to report to the hospital at 8 a.m. to start my intake and presurgical testing. Basically, they had me take a pregnancy test and blood work. My husband and daughter accompanied me to the hospital and it definitely was an emotional moment for my daughter because she was able to come with me. I went into surgery at 11 a.m. and woke up at 2 p.m. The recovery nurse was really sweet because she noticed that I was emotional due to the anesthesia. My nerves were already everywhere before the surgery, I literally felt as if I was going to pee my pants (lol). My family wasn’t allowed to see me until 5 p.m. that evening.It felt so good to hold my baby. Usually when you go through something so intense such as surgery you want to be surrounded by positivity and innocence. It was a relief to hold my baby girl after not being able to see her for over 8 hours. It was so sweet because she was napping and the last time I held her like that was when I gave birth to her.

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Image: Sharing love a few hours after waking up. A course I didn’t wake up glammed up lol 


A course throughout my surgery day I was heavily medicated and the medicine they sent me home with keeps me drowsy. During my one day stay in the hospital I was pumped with tons of fluid and antibiotics The doctor had me hooked up to a catheter for about 24 hours and I wasn’t allowed to discharge from the hospital until I pee’d on my own (TMI-lol).

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Post-Op Day 1(Discharge Day):

So…

On my Post-Op day I met with my surgical team and for some reason the youngest doctor that it was a good idea to poke me in my leg. Y’all when I tell you this doctor almost got punched, omg! My nurse even said that he was wrong for poking me in the thigh and she would have reacted too. The head orthopedic surgeon who is my doctor came to brief me about my surgery and he told me that my hip was worst than what the x-rays had shown. Basically, he compared everything to a 90 year old patient and I far from 90 especially with no real explanation to why my hip deteriorated.

Around noon that day I met with the hospital’s physical therapist to begin my walking journey. I was so scared to move on top of scared that I might fall. It felt so strange to be walking on something that was literally put into my body over 12 hours prior. My therapist encouraged me to focus and to have faith because he was there to hold me up!

I know that some people may be thinking that staying in the hospital for a day or two will seem like a strange break from reality but it was somewhat relaxing because the true reality of me returning home was about to start. My husband basically has to tackle mom/dad parenting responsibilities.  

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Recovery Days 2-7:

During the last 5 days I had to use my handy dandy walker. It is definitely a trip because it is basically my legs until my actually legs get stronger. I currently have a scar and bandages going from my hip to the upper half of my thigh. In traditional surgeries the incision would be more towards the side of the leg towards the butt aka the Posterior approach.

I do have a Physical Therapist that comes to my home to help build my muscles in my leg and to establish balance. She is totally awesome, she pushes me but not to the point where I feel like quitting. I feel that my driving force behind me getting better is to be able to hang out with my daughter because I can tell that she misses our routine, but she is also enjoying the one on one time with her daddy. My husband has had to step up and take the reigns of mommy and daddy.

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Image: Check out my balance “Look mom no hands”

This surgery was probably one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to work at and be extra cautious. When my doctor told me that I should have gotten a new hip along time ago, especially since when he took the actual hip out he said it was worst than what was shown on the x-rays. I really wish that I could have gotten a picture to see what had been causing me so much pain over the years. He compared my hip to an 90 year old woman. Wow! Honestly, my advice to those who are having any type of pain whether it is your hip, back or knee check it out! It is important to take care of the issue before it cause further damage.

Also, research every procedure so that you don’t feel lost and so that you can be knowledgeable about your health.

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Donna P.