Mommy Hasnt Showered | Adventures Of A Blended Family Momma Of 5 Littles
Hi, I'm Renee! I'm a single momma with 3 littles just blogging my way through life, helping moms, sharing my faves and loving every minute! Join me on my journey from being a hooters girl to a six-figure-earning single mom and boss babe!
This year I finally completed the ” grow out phase” in my transition into natural hair. It’s been one heck of a ride that all started HERE, the day I got all of my hair chopped off. Over the process I wore my technicolor weave until my hair reached what I believed to be shoulder length.
This is me the day I decided to take it all out and boy WAS I SHOCKED!!! Look at all that hair!!!!
Over the next couple of days, I had some luck with a quick “wash and go” but it was very hit or miss.
This day I blow dried it and then twisted it before bed to create “beachy waves”. BEFORE
Note to self……….DO NOT ATTEMPT to “trim” your own ends ***face palm**.
Ok….this is where it started to get tricky. The humidity here in Maryland is OC in the summer and I was at a complete loss as of what to do with my hair on said days. NOTE the frowning face LOL. I almost gave up wearing natural hair because of this EXACT thing happening the second I walked out of the house for at least 2 weeks straight!
I had a REAL lack of moisture issue to battle at the beginning of my journey. This seems to be a problem with a lot of people who transition over to wearing natural hairstyles. You can see in the picture below how dry my ends are. UGH …it kills me to see this!
As a parent, safety is a top priority on my list. As a firefighter/ paramedic, I have seen first hand the devastation that can occur with the improper use of car seats. Thousands of children are killed or injured every year because of the lack of knowledge on proper car seat usage. Please take some time out of your day TODAY to perform a car seat check!
Here are some tips for parents:
When you buy or receive a new car seat, unwrap the manual and actually read it! Not only is it there to show you the proper placement for your child, but how to properly install it into your vehicle. The information will also include steps to register the car seat. Registration of a car seat is imperative because if there is ever a recall you will be notified.
Do a wiggle test. Does your seat rock or wiggle excessively if you shake it? If the answer is yes, your seat isn’t installed properly.
If you are unable to secure your seat or if you are unsure if the car seat is installed properly don’t be afraid to reach or to the local police station, fire station or local hospital. If they are not certified to install or test car seats they will point you in the right direction. Check out more information on https://www.cars.com
Heading to New Orleans for Friday the 13th wasn’t something we had on the radar for our travels plans this year but we couldn’t pass up opportunity! At least twice a year Bb and I will try to travel kid free and have a little adult R and R. New Orleans was the perfect spot for a little bit of rest and a whole lot of excitement.
We flew in on a Thursday which was an awesome travel day. The day started off a little rough because we both worked until 11 pm and had to get swaps for the last 8 hours of our shifts. We had a flight for 6am and and decided to head to the airport at 3 to arrive by 4. Well…… I woke up to Bb saying ” NOOOOOO” around 410!! We were so dead tired we slept through 4 alarms which put us super behind ! I don’t think I’ve EVER gotten myself together and out of the house within 12 mins In my life ! We arrived at the airport at 5 and literally walked up to the gate as they were boarding. We flew Delta which is always a treat. The seats are comfortable and the flight attendants are pleasant. For a girl like me who HATES to fly, it’s the little things! We had a small flight delay which was fine by me because I was exhausted.
We had a layover in Atlanta for an hour but by the time we walked to the next gate that flight was boarding. Our short 1 hour flight over to NOLA was smooth and check out was a breeze. We decided to get a rental car from National and our attendant was hilarious! With our reservation, whatever car pulled up for the lot was the car you got. We ended up with a Chevy Impala which was very nice ! We didn’t need a car as much as we thought but it was nice having a car just in case.
Our reservation at the Wyndham La Belle Maison time share wasn’t until Friday night so we spent our first night at the New Orleans Marriott located in the French Quater.
After we checked in we decided we would jam pack the first day with as much stuff as we could ! This proved to be a terrible idea LOL.
For some reason, we decided to grab a “light lunch” of sushi. The reviews of the closest place were pretty good so we headed over there as our first stop. On the way over, BB tapped me on the should and showed me the pictures we dug up of the Jazz sushi but I insisted that we go anyways.
Locate on the top floor of a mini strip mall was a hole in the wall ” sushi bar”. As we approached the joint, a lady with a bucket of dirty mop water was mopping the floor in the area where the only seating was located. Grooooooss.
So many things were wrong with this picture yet we continued to order 3 rolls and “noodle salad”. All I will say is are lucky we made it out alive. As you can see, it received 4 stars on Yelp but I’d give it less than 1. Soooooo, if you’re headed to NOLA, stick to local food!
After our lunch from hell, we decided to walk and take in some local sights. We came across Jackson Square which is a national historic landmark where Louisiana was made a United States territory. There are shaded benches that we later came back to the next day to enjoy candied Health bar apples from Mister Apple candy store.
Located 2 blocks from the park is the famous Cafe Du Monde. If you aren’t familiar with this New Orleans cafe this is a MUST if you are planning a trip to the city. A quaint little open-air cafe that is open 24 hours a day provides Beignets and coffee. No muss, no fuss!
If I had to describe what they taste like hot doughy goodness with LOTS of powered suagr on top. They are served in threes and are a little bigger then the palm of my hand.
With stomach full of Beignets we headed over the Bourbon Street for some action. We picked up a famous “Hurricane Fishbowl” and stumbled across Musical Legends Park. This nice little break from the craziness of Bourbon Street full of live music every day from 10 am to close, fountains and bronze statues. We had no idea there is another Beignet spot called Cafe Beignet and bar are located in the park which was super convenient.
This little Hurricane beauty had Everrclear mixed in as a little extra and called for a “quick” 3-hour nap after spending the afternoon finishing it. We quickly learned on the first day that we are officially not spring chickens anymore.
After our death nap, we passed a couple of stores allspiffedd up for the Halloween season.
Our second day in New Orleans we decided to hit up the Crescent City BBQ and jazz festival. Neither of us are big jazz lovers but we love live music, the outdoors and trying new things. As we approached Lafayette Square Park we could hear the music of Louis “ Gearshifter” Youngblood and could see the entire crowd dancing!
When we first walked up we were confused because we didn’t see a ticket booth but low and behold the event was FREEEEEE!
Southern Comfort was the very first tent we walked past and they were passing out beer coozies, shirts and beads. I also experienced a taste of my first “Southern Mule” which was simply delish to say the least.
After we stopped and picked up the free goodies we made our way over to the food area where several companies had made BBQ and other Louisiana goodies. While we were standing in line it was announced that they were actually holding a competition and asked everyone to take pictures and use specific hashtags on IG in order to vote for our favs!
I had never had shrimp and grits before so this was our first purchase and it was AMAZING! We ended up eating grits with cheese from another stand as well and I forgot to take a picture because we scarfed it down so fast LOL.
Our next stop was to the drink stand that was sponsored by ABITA. It was our first time even hearing of the company and we couldn’t make up our minds so we decided to get “ Purple Haze “ a raspberry lager and “ Peach lager”. 12 drinks later we declared this our official Louisiana drink fav.
Next we stopped at the booth where all of the event information was being passed out and picked up the cards with the program. The event ran from Friday to Sunday and was hours upon hours of both locals and musicians from it of town. It was pretty awesome they had 2 different stages set up so there wasn’t a lag in music performances. We parked our ourselves in the grass next to the north stage but had a good view of the south stage as well.
My favorite performance was by a local named Samantha Fish. Her electrifying sound was a mix between Grace Potter and Amy Winehouse. After her performance we stood in line for 20 minutes for a autographed CD and quick picture.
After 4 hours at the festival we had to go back to the hotel and take a nap. Our bellies were so full we were literally falling asleep on the lawn. All in all we decided that although we STILL aren’t huge jazz fans, we will attend as many festivals as we can since the ambiance was so great. Until next time…
If you follow my blog you know I’m quite the social butterfly. So when Six Flags America here in Maryland invited me along with other amazing media specialists, bloggers and tv personalities to the annual crab feast and beach party I was beyond excited!
The kids loved going to Six Flags for the EMS celebration for Mother’s Day so I knew they would just LOVVVVE going again! The day came and wouldn’t you know it …. forecast for rain THE ENTIRE DAY. Ok, at first I thought ” Oh we can still go and the rides will be open , a little rain won’t hurt us. Unfortunately that ” rain” turned into thundershowers and I knew that with my luck we I’d pick the kids up from camp, we’d head over the the park and it would close 5 minutes after we arrived >>>enter child meltdown alert <<<. Yeah, no thanks #nottodaysatan.
Luckily, my BFF and coordinator to chaos Tippy was able to go with me and boy did we have a freaking blast ! It’s rare that you actually get to ” live a little”, dance and giggle in the rain, eat like hogs and meet amazing people ALL in one day! I truly haven’t laughed that hard in forever:) Here are some pictures of the amazing time we had.
* The following review is strictly my opinion and the products were given complementary for that purpose. Although this product is NOT a weight lose product, please consult with a physician prior to starting any major health adjustment in your current lifestyle or taking supplements.
From the pictures above you can see how good May and June were to me! Throw a beach vacation and about 12 date nights in the mix and that accounts for the weight GAIN going into the summer . I was looking for the opposite effect sooooo with this extra couple of pounds on hand ( as seen in the July 7th picture ) I was open to a product I had heard about a couple of times.
I truly do not mind being over 140 pounds but I’d LOVE to change not only my body composition but my health as a whole. I have the WORST sugar cravings, dairy intolerance and am a self proclaimed snack queen. I eat out of sheer boredom and have been known to indulge in the *occasional* buffet… or 7 but who’s counting anyways. As you can see, it’s surely not me #judgeaway
I have been inidated with ” weight loss” opportunities since I have expressed wanting to get my body back together. Many of the products do not fit my fancy but I’m always curious when I see a new product out there. I haven’t done any supplement product reviews so I was very careful about actually accepting any new offers. A company called Pruvit has been flooding my FB newsfeed for several months now and I decided to give it a try. The product that I kept hearing about is called Keto OS. Now, with the knowledge I have aboutketo acidosis I was VERY leary starting this product. After a week full of research, videos, testimony and information from Pruvit I decided to go along with a 10 day experience. *Please watch the video under the highlighted word ” information” for in depth information. You can also my rep for an awesome one on one chat !
Here is a picture I was sent when I first inquired about the product.
I received some information about the benefits of the product and I was super excited to start. Now, I think it’s fair to repeat once again with the fact that Keto OS is NOT a weight loss product and the over health benefits really enticed me. I was excited most about the clearing of my brain fog, better mood and sustained energy. I’m generally a pretty cheerful person but after a long 24 hours of work and going home to the littles sometimes requires a little extra help… hello gallon of coffee.
The best part is while using the product is that you DO NOT have to change your diet!! #win
Day 1 started out like any other day except the idea to skip our morning coffee. Usually there is no way in hell either BB or I would do such a thing. It give us life, keeps us alive and is our only hope somedays when shuffling the schedules of all 5 kids. I wanted to have a clear picture without the coffee to see if this ” stuff” would really give us energy and boy we’re we surprised. We drank the Swiss Cacoa mix and made our way to the Home Depot which about 20 mins from home. As we got out of the car we LITERALLY danced into the store. It was the craziest thing I have ever experienced! I actually had the energy as if I drank several cups of coffee but I didn’t have the shaky hands or jitters. We were told to start out with a half a packet twice a day and boy am I glad we did. NOTE: Within 30 minutes of leaving the store I had quite a bit of stomach disturbance and remembered I didn’t eat that morning with all the morning excitement. The second doze was taken around 5 and that was a HUGE no no for me. It’s nothing for me to drink coffee late and still sleep like a baby but with the new energy source my body was wired all night long.
I not only ate early on before my keto but also drank both drink early in the day. No stomach problems, no being up all night and another crazy boost of energy!
I tried the orange flavor and unfortunately couldn’t stomach he taste while BB loved it! The evening portion was Maui punch and was by far my absolute favorite.
Days 4-8 were pretty uneventful AND the energy stayed which I was pretty shocked about . I totally expected to have decline of that large energy boost since I was a couple of days in but I was wrong.
Day 9 and 10
I started to have the feeling I was coming down with another dreaded summer bug and didn’t drink my keto. I instead drank a ton of water, napped and took my DigestZen oil.
On the 12th day I finished out strong with the Maui max punch once my body started to feel ” normal” again and something strange happened. I had a noticeable difference in my belly as soon as I woke up. It was almost like the lipo goblins came and sucked all my muffin top up!
I was beyond shocked when I took my finishing pics and am excited to see what my next set of pictures look like .I haven’t weighed myself #1 because I want to be surprised #2 we don’t even own a scale LOL but as you can see the ” puff” in my midesection has gone down. That was a shock to me because even though I didn’t change my eating habits at all, I ate pizza twice during this 12 day period and buffet once and still lost inches.
The other day on the internet I witnessed a 76 year old women pump out 10 pull ups like it was her job! It literally gave me so much hope that the little lifestyle changes I make here and there will all come together and mean something one day. Hopefully that ” something ” will be the fact that I will look and feel better at 40 than I currently do. While that age is several years away I find that setting goals with exact time lines work very well for me. My health journey has been so up and down considering the fact I’ve had several pregnancies over the past 9 years but let’s just start with the most current one.
I started off this pregnancy already 12 pounds up from my “normal body weight” due to the fact that I SOMEHOW got preggo just 3 weeks after the terrible lose of my previous pregnancy. I was EXTREMELY sick everyday of that pregnancy and the only cure was the eat frequently and keep my stomach full. I quickly gained 15 pounds and that weight gained stacked onto the new pregnancy weight gain = no bueno.
32 weeks pregnant
The day I gave birth to my rainbow baby I was 183 pounds. That baby is now 35 months and 9 days old. Ok ok , almost 3 years old for those of us who don’t tell their children’s ages in obnoxiously long math problems LOL .
On the day I had him I would have sworn that my previous 127 pound frame was due to have a baby that weighed AT LEAST 35 pounds as uncomfortable as I was. Luckily,I wasn’t carrying a toddler in my belly and I was blessed with a 6 pound baby boy. Along with this postpartum body I was given a shelf belly that quickly replaced my Boppy pillow instead of size Z boobs like my middle pregnancy. As I wrote in my previous posts, each pregnancy gave me a little surprise and changed different body parts one by one.
Here’s me headed to the beach at 15 days PP rocking my bikini anyways
For the most part, my stomach area hasn’t gotten much smaller than that and I’ve stayed around 33-35 inches at my belly button line for the past 3 years. Now, as with every post I write related to my body struggle I get a lot of push back and a bag of eye rolls. Here are a a couple reasons why I have a HUGE problem with the extra belly fat.
1) I’m a career firefighter/ paramedic. The physical demands of this job become more and more difficult for me as I get older. I have literally grown to adulthood preforming this job ( I was hired at 19) and it gets harder and harder every single year. Bones crack that didn’t used to, pains arise that were never there and carrying that 400 pound patient at 2 am after you have been running all day is WAY harder than it was when I was younger , thinner and more in shape.
2) Have you heard of the sugars ? Ya know that little thing called diabetes. Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly increases if you are carrying a tire around your waist. I have probably come thousands of diabetes over the years and trust me, it’s not something to joke around with.
3) I spent 7k on other ” body improvements” after my first 2 and I’ll be damned if I let the rest of me go to heck.
With all of that being said, 3 weeks ago I decided to really step my game up and get (a little more ) serious about getting myself together. I started using a product called Keto Os by Pruvit and a gallon of water a day challenge. Stay tuned to see how I’m doing and kee me encouraged!