Mental Health Check In, How Are You Really Doing?

You know when someone asks “How are you?”, the most common answer is “I’m fine” or “I’m okay” but how are you really doing? How is your spirit? How are you doing mentally? Are you more than okay or just fine or is it worse than that?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and last year on my other platform I opened up about my own story. It honestly terrified me but I felt a sigh of relief after the positive and encouraging feedback I received. When you deal with something like that, it is hard to talk to others about it or open up in fear of the reception. Are people going to judge you, look at you differently now, think you really are crazy and just need to get over it? You can read about it here: http://naturalledrea.blogspot.com/2018/05/mental-health-awareness-month.html

I want to check in on you guys. How are you really doing? I want this platform to also be a place to talk and check in with each other. I really love my online community and appreciate all the love and support. I am here if you ever want to talk or vent or anything.

I have doing pretty well lately. The occasional stresses of work (which can be a high stress environment at times) balancing life and just maintaining. I have learned to take a step back when I start to feel too overwhelmed. I have learned to incorporate more quiet time everyday to clear my head and praying every morning to start my day off on a positive note. I am improving one day at a time and love the direction I am headed.

Hope you guys enjoy the holiday weekend and see you Wednesday!

Melanin HairCare Demo

I have been waiting to use these products lol! If you have been living under a rock, Whitney aka Naptural85 released Melanin HairCare earlier this year! Her YouTube videos helped me when I started on my natural hair journey and I was so excited for her! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these products lol!

She released a Twist Elongating Style Cream and Multi Use Pure Oil Blend along with other brand merchandise. I knew before I tried these products out that they were going to be amazing but watch the demo to hear my actual thoughts lol!

So that is it on the Melanin HairCare demo. Have you picked up any of the products yet? What were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know! If you are a mom reading this, hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day and see you guys Wednesday!

Shwaxx Hydro Butter Shampoo and Conditioner Demo/Review

You know, I really love doing these hair demos! I love trying out new products to see how they work with my hair and I just love hair products in general lol (well I am a hair product junkie).

I was excited when I saw Shwaxx was coming out with shampoo and conditioner! I already love their styling products and couldn’t wait to try them out! I only shampoo and condition my hair once a month and co-wash the other times during the month. I did wash my hair every week and now stretching it to washing my hair every other week. It has been working so far but I may go back to every week, not sure yet.

Hope you enjoy the hair demo and review!

So that is it for the Shwaxx review. I am really loving this company and their products so far, looking forward to what they may come out with next (maybe a co-wash lol). Have you tried anything by Shwaxx before? What products do you use to shampoo and condition your hair? Comment below and let me know. I will have another bonus post up tomorrow so see you guys Friday!

Mother’s Love

We are coming up on Mother’s Day and yes I do agree that we should love and celebrate our moms every day. Sometimes it is nice to have an extra special day. I have a very energetic, smart, sweet 7 year old son. You have probably seen him make a few cameos in my Youtube videos lol.

Parenting is tough to be honest and I am still learning. I feel like there are different levels to parenting as they grow. I find myself sometimes worrying and wondering if I am doing the right thing, is he going to turn out okay, am I being a good mom? I am at that phase where kids act like they don’t hear anything you say and you find yourself repeating things one too may times. I am trying to find my way on this parenting level but glad I have someone to help with raising this kid.

Yes you may hear some moms complain about their kids and not having privacy (which is true lol) and so much but we love these little humans we carried and brought into this world and couldn’t imagine life without them. It is just an unconditional love that is just so amazing. I just can’t get over how big my son is getting and you just want time to slow down a bit so you can enjoy them at this stage before they grow up and start asking you to borrow your car or for money lol.

I am pretty sure I drove my mom crazy ( and I think I still do lol) but thankful for all the lessons she taught me. Funny story, I was learning how to do stuff on my own and of course didn’t listen to my mom when she was trying to tell me how to wash clothes. I thought the detergent was already in the washing machine and all I had to do was throw the clothes in there and they would get clean. Little did I know I was moving around dirty clothes in water. I still laugh about this and learned my lesson after that day lol.

As much as I didn’t listen (now I know where my child gets it from) I figured out those lessons on my own and always thought about what she was trying to teach me. I learned how to be independent and do things for myself. I learned how to stand on my own and do things for myself and if I need help, I know how to ask for it. I am so thankful for all her love and support of me and glad she is able to see me as a mom now.

I hope to continue learning about motherhood and that I’m steering my son in the right direction. Motherhood is one of the most important jobs I’ve had in my life and I love everything about this job. See you guys tomorrow!