Postpartum Care: 5 Luxuries in my Regimen
The baby has arrived safely and is growing every day! The house is filled with joy, sleepless nights, an almost two-year-old fighting for his attention, and one tired Mama! It's time to put a little bit of effort into caring for YOU, the one who brought this baby here.
A Beautiful Surprise!
It's been an entire week since the day my Husband and I received the best surprise!
Early Monday morning, on a summer day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA Khemaiah Elizabeth Antongiorgi entered this world and took our breath away!
Birthday Gift... Ruby Beach Maternity Shoot
Hello there, Sunflowers! Happy Birthday to me! I'm so grateful for another year of life! I'm 28 years young, and feel great! Today is special for a number of reasons. First, This is the second birthday I've the privilege of sharing with my unborn child, who just so happens to be due on the 29th.
DIY Baby Shower Series: Faux Floral Crown
Sunflowers! We're just going to ignore the fact that it's been three whole years since I posted a DIY project! I've done countless projects and have only posted one? What?! Shame on me! I'm making it up by bringing you the first project in my DIY Baby Shower Series.
Bantu Knot Out Tutorial
Hey you all! I'm back with a highly requested tutorial on how I do my bantu knot out. It's a style I wear pretty much every day, and it literally takes me less than an hour to do. It lasts for a little over a week.
Family Day in Seattle
Hey there, Sunflowers! Spring is in blossom, and the weather is finally starting to be nice to us. The rain has slowed down, and there's been more sun out in the past two weeks than our entire five months we've been in Washington.
Planned Pregnancy. Surprise Birth!
It’s been a while since I’ve connected with all of my Sunflowers! I’ve missed you all, and there’s a lot of catching up to do! Since we last connected, my family and I moved from Texas to Missouri. We were there just a quick six months as I attended the US Army’s Chemical Corps Captains Career Course.
Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
Have you had the best pancakes of your life? If you're from Detroit, and have been to The Original Pancake House, then yes! If not, it's okay. I will show you how to make homemade buttermilk pancakes yourself!
Stripes & Roses
My Husband held a financial empowerment seminar in a quaint little town outside of St. Louis and I couldn't resist snapping it up against this brick wall!
2nd Annual Vision Board Party: A Brunch of Faith
Even in the midst of planning this event geared to encourage women, and motivate them to visualize their goals, I had faced a number of adversities. I was getting close to giving up, because I had reached my breaking point.
Gianni's Denim Nursery Tour
My little pumpkin is 2 months already! I'm just getting around to sharing his denim themed nursery with you all. Sorry it took so long. I suppose I'm just getting the hang of this new thing called "Mommy-hood".
My Favorite Fall Lippies
Who doesn’t LOVE a bold, Fall lipstick?! Check out my YouTube video with my top 6 picks of Fall lippies. I'm a sucker for matte lipsticks, but there are a couple shimmery ones in there as well. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!
Plain 'Ole Plaid
Don't you just love fall in TX? *sarcasm at its finest* Born & raised in Detroit, MI, I'm used to the leaves changing colors, crisp air throughout the day, and the smell of wood burning in the fireplace.
The Spoiled Mama sent me a couple of gems that are well worth sharing with my fellow Mommies and Mom-to-bes! They are just on top of things when it comes to pregnancy care. Low milk supply & pain and discomfort of sore nipples are the top two leading reasons why Mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than planned.
Pregnancy Skin Care
First time Mommy here! When I was carrying Gianni, I was asked the same question at least once during a conversation about my pregnancy, "Do you have any stretch marks yet?" I almost started to feel bad because my answer was always no.
Choosing the Perfect Maternity Dress
Baby Gianni is here! He came at 38 weeks and it's been nothing short of amazing bonding with him in the flesh as compared to while he was balled up in my womb! I'm so fortunate to have been able to get maternity shots prior to Jr's arrival. I kind of cut it close.
Newborn on Board: Welcome Baby Gianni!
September 3, 2016 will definitely be a day to cherish! At 3:15pm, God blessed us with a 6lb, 3 oz, 19in long baby boy! My Husband and I have enjoyed our initial moments thus far with Jr. We've been sharing throughout the entire pregnancy, but it's something about when he actually arrived that made us pause and just take everything in as Husband and Wife!
Milk Bath Maternity Shoot
I am back with yet another Neva Michelle Photography masterpiece! Yes, I know it's been a minute, but this Mommy-to-be is one month away from meeting her Prince! Can someone say, "ANXIOUS"! This experience was so awesome, I thought it would be kind of cool to share with you all!
Spring Makeup: Artic Blue
I'm so excited (and a bit nervous) to present to you my very first makeup tutorial! You guys have been asking me to do this for a while now, and I've procrastinated long enough. So this is for those who requested, and I hope everyone else enjoys!
Baby Antongiorgi is a...
I remember being a kid on Christmas Eve. I couldn't sleep because of the anticipation of waking up that next morning to open those presents. That is exactly how my Husband and I felt last night! We knew upon our departure from the photo shoot, we'd know exactly what's been baking in this little oven of mine!
A Beautiful Experience
My Husband and I experienced a little piece of life together as we saw our little munchkin for the first time during our initial ultrasound visit. It was a rewarding, momentous, yet surreal occasion. I was so thankful my Husband has me drinking about 74 oz. of water a day because my bladder was nice and full.
Surprise... We're Expecting!
First and foremost, We have to give all glory and honor to God! My Husband and I are elated to embark on this journey of becoming parents! This is our first pregnancy so we're soaking in every little experience! I'm documenting each week to track progress and growth of the baby. I cannot wait to see if we will be having a little girl or boy!
How Goals Are Achieved Visually
I'm still on a huge high from the success and supportive turn-out of my very first Vision Board Party! If you're not familiar with what exactly a vision board is, just ponder on a few of your short and long term goals.
Mmm! Try Some Falafel... FA-what?!
Wow, it's been a minute since I've posted anything for the foodies. Side note: have you all noticed that all of my recipes heavily involve garbanzo beans? I promise it's a coincidence. I'll do something for the meat lovers out there soon!
Winter Lippie Favorites
I hope everyone had a safe and merry Christmas! The holidays are over, but winter will still be lurking around for a while. Who doesn't want a great lippie to wrap up the season before it's time pull out our spring gear? Well, here's a look book I finally put together of my favorite lipsticks this winter.
Ssshh... Stop Talking About It & Pray!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it's too much for you to bear so you end up telling a few friends about it? Seems harmless, right? Well, in the midst of certain trials and tribulations I've learned a few things I'd like to share.
#BobLife: New RPG Show Bob "NB007-s"
I got some pretty cool deals on Cyber Monday, and this new bob was one of them! I've been looking for a bob to serve as an alternate protective style, because the 20in RPG Show wig I purchased prior was more so for special occasions than an everyday wear.
Perfect, Defined Twistout for Naturally Curly's "Curls & Cupcakes" Casting Call
Last Sunday, my Husband (he's the real MVP) took me to a casting call he discovered in Austin, TX. It's about an hour from where we live in Killeen (Central TX). It was hosted by Naturally Curly as they were looking for models, with hair of ALL textures, to be featured on their upcoming projects! How exciting!
RPG Show Wig Review: "CLS026-S"
As I’ve grown wise in the natural community, I’ve seen beautiful healthy hair: colored, dyed, weaved up, and so on. You know why? Because these women take care of their hair through routine moisturizing, trimmed ends, and low-manipulation, PROTECTIVE styles!
Easy Like Sunday Morning: Church 'Fit
Don't you just love beautiful, brisk fall days? Where the sun shines bright all day: it's cool in the morning and starts to warm up around noon. This fall-inspired outfit is something I pieced together from ZARA.
Fall in DC: Girl's Getaway
To kick off the fall season, I took a trip to DC for my girl's birthday. The flight wasn't bad at all from TX. One of our friends flew from Hawaii! Can you say loyal? So, if you're like me, it's hard to pack for a girl's weekend (well, packing period). Don't worry, I'll show you a few tricks to packing light and saving money on extra checked baggage. STAY TUNED!
"Shea Moisture" Wash Day Review
I've wanted to change up my wash-day regimen for a while now, but I didn't know where to start. I went back to the basics. When I first chopped off all of my hair, I used Shea Moisture's products. Since then, their selection has gotten bigger.
"Acapulco Retreat": Bedroom Makeover
A Soror and mentor of mine needed an upgrade to one of her guest rooms. Her home, and every room in it, is beautiful so the challenge was on to live up to and exceed her expectations.
Facial Cleansing Regimen: Tips for Smooth Skin
I often get a lot of compliments on my skin and it compelled me to share my cleansing regimen. It’s really no secret and is quite easy. Never have I had to struggle with "problem skin". (I wish there was another term for it) However, my skin is sensitive.
My Natural Hair Journey
You knew it was coming! Why didn’t I make this the first blog post on my site? Since I’ve posted about various topics that share my interest, I can catch you up to speed on my natural hair journey; what motivated me, what I’ve learned during the process, and where I am now.
Discovering Green Seasoning: Delicious Curry Chicken
When it comes to food, I’m multicultural; I do NOT discriminate! My taste buds get excited just thinking about all of my “favorite” dishes. My Uncle, who happens to be from Trinidad & Tobago, first introduced me to curry chicken.
Home is Where the Heart Is: "Family Wall"
When you have family scattered across the country and you're active duty military, it does get a little hard to keep up with everyone. My Husband and I make our best efforts to attend reunions and visit family at every opportunity we get. The old saying, "Home is Where the Heart Is" rings true in our home.
Favorite Products for Two Strand Twists
Dealing with natural hair is all about trial and error. What products works for you and your hair type? What can you afford? What are you permitted to wear at work? What’s the climate of your location? Whether it’s high humidity in Mississippi, blazing heat in Texas, freezing cold in Michigan, or wet & rainy in Washington, you’ll know what’s best for your hair; only through trial and error.
Basic Eyebrow Tutorial
To kick off “Beauty & Fashion”, I’ll begin with fulfilling a bunch of requests I’ve received on how I arch and shape my eyebrows. It’s flattering, I admit, but I literally just use an eyebrow pencil, brush, scissors, and tweezers.
5 Tips for the Beginning Runner
Did you know that running could get you high? Well, exercise in general: more so running. Running gives you the best natural high your body can receive. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
When Life Gives You Mason Jars, Revamp Them!
Who doesn’t love mason jars? Like, seriously. Dating back to the late 1800s, mason jars were, and still are, used for home canning to preserve food. I’ve eaten a good share of my Grandma’s jarred fig preserves on my Granddad’s homemade buttermilk biscuits!
Neat & Protective Under Braids: My Go To Military Hair Do
I’m often told I should receive being mistaken for a teenager as a compliment. Well, I don’t. Wearing two under braids doesn’t help my case much. Being in the military, you are to abide by regulations: one of many being your appearance. These braids are a protective style, neat, and within regulations!
The Perfect Color Combination: Easy Summer Salad
I must give credit where it is due. You see, my Mother is one of the biggest inspirations! She gives me life (pun intended)! Back in my senior year of high school, 2007, she went on a journey to becoming a vegetarian.
Welcome! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28] Join me as I share a compilation of all things beautiful in my life & how I live a healthy lifestyle through happiness from within!