Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cheap Deep Conditioner That Works

Hey Mocha Family,

I shy away from products with a long list of ingredients I can't pronounce.  Isn't this what we've always heard from the natural hair community?  I'm sure this advice has merit, but does it follow that just because we don't understand the ingredients the product will be bad for our hair?

I'm glad I took a chance with this Africa's Best Hair Mayonnaise.  It's super cheap but has worked wonders for Mocha Girl 2's hair.  I share our experience in the video above.  Check it out and let me know in the comments what products have surprised you?

Be blessed!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Homeschool Problems From FALL FAIL to SPRING SUCCESS

Hey Mocha Family,
I don't like to call the mistakes I make in homeschooling failure. The growth experienced from these mistakes testify of their value. However, struggles don't feel good and we are still looking for those good grades and happy looks on our kids faces day to day as proof of success.

I usually regroup by reflecting on the semester with my husband or by consulting friends. I watch the kids like a hawk and make my own assumptions, but I've never drawn them into a conversation to hear their perspective until now.

I learned so much. Check out the video to see how it went and leave me a comment down below about how you assess your performance.

Be blessed!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Great Moisturizer for Dry Hair

Hey Mocha Family,
I finally tried rose water. What great results! Check it out!
Here is the one I bought.

Be blessed!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Weight Loss Journey | Holiday Weight Gain

Hey Mocha Family,
I can't believe I am packing twenty extra pounds! I guess weight management comes to everyone sooner or later. Can I smirk at the younger me who didn't own a scale and could eat whatever she wanted?

Here is what I am doing to kick off my weight loss journey. I don't expect to lose twenty pounds in twenty one days. Instead I hope to break some really bad habits and restart my body for the New Year. With more than a decade of experience fasting like this, I know this works well for me.

Be blessed!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

How to Remove Build up from Locks

Hey Mocha Family,
I really enjoy getting my hands in my son O&O's locks. I can't believe how quickly they are forming. Four months in and his hair already looks and behaves like much older locks. You can imagine my horror to one day find white sticky build up in his locks!

Product build up can develop easily in locks. We typically avoid creamy products, but even clear shampoo can build up over time when not properly rinsed away. Sometimes, even under the best of circumstances residue can build up in locks. I've learned that clarifying is an important part of the maintaining healthy locks.

We work hard towards prevention by limiting our product usage, diluting with water and minimizing. When I apply shampoo to my locks I usually follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse, which works as a clarifier. I also do super rinses where I allow water to run through my locks for long periods of time. Five minutes can seem quick, but when timed I realized how long it feels and the fact that I was rinsing for far less time than I imagined. I no longer detangle, but I rinse. Baths are great for giving locks a good soak.

We tried all of the above with O&O's locks over Winter Break. His build up was significant. Check out the video above to see what finally worked. I've heard it argued that baking soda is not properly PH balanced to cleanse hair safely, however so many lock wearers are successful, we decided to give it a try.

Be blessed and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trends We are Dropping in 2017 | Channel Update

Hey Mocha Family,
How do you feel about New Years' resolutions? In the past, I've been both really excited to set goals then extremely disappointed to fail, especially when the plans are filled with lofty expectations. Was 2016 a good year for you? There were many challenges for me but pleasure is found by overcoming them.

I really enjoyed making this reflective video. I didn't mention the blog, but have wondered if I should keep posting. My hope is to offer extra thoughts from my videos and to continue the conversation here as well.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you so much for posting comments down below.

Be blessed!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Get Ready With Us + show make up | Christmas Play

Hey Mocha Family,
There were so many rehearsals and behind the scenes sacrifices involved with participating in this play, but the end result was so enriching that I am so glad we stuck with it. What a privilege to have the opportunity to be part of a production that felt very professional.

The show make up was challenging for me. What I do with Head Mocha Girl who has hooded eyes, doesn't work as well with Mocha Girl 3 and Ms. Mocha Baby can look too grown very quickly if I am not careful. It looked garish to me in my kitchen but fabulous on stage. Show make up is definitely different from what we do in real life.

I caught some moments from the play for this video. Mocha Girl 3 has such a big voice for such a tiny person and Ms. MB's personality is shining through! I love watch my girls do their thing!

Be blessed!