Reviews

Review: Delimira Full Figure Bra

Delimira Women’s Smooth Full Figure Underwire Seamless Minimizer Bra (40F)

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I purchased* this bra on Amazon not expecting much because it’s literally the cheapest bra of this size I’ve ever found. I received it in the packaging above which seemed sufficient.

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I immediately looked at the seams and was shocked because it was stitched well. There weren’t any loose threads and nothing was frayed. The design was cute enough for a bra of this size and the material felt soft. I say cute enough because unless you spend $60+ you only get a plain almost hospital looking bra.

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Next I had to look at the clasp… I was nervous because it was on $17.99 plus tax (as of 2/7/18). But the above picture is what was looking back at me. An industrial strength reinforced closure that would hold back the twins! Okay maybe that was an exaggeration but needless to say it wasn’t the cheap piece of material I expected to see at that price. The straps and rings seemed standard.

Final Notes:

  • Affordable
  • Free shipping if you have Amazon Prime
  • Minimizer portion is more of a flattening which caused a little spillage
    • this could be pilot error as this is my first minimizer
  • Not sure how many washes the cups will go through while still minimizing
    • again could be pilot error as I think most bras recommend hand washing but I’m not doing that…
    • so far one wash on regular cycle (& dry) and we’re doing good
  • Will buy again in same color
    • other options in my size (40F) were Ivory & Pink
*using gift cards from taking surveys
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Parent Life, Reviews

Review: FUNERICA Pretend Play Food Set

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Pros:

  • All pieces fit into the container easily
  • Cuttable pieces have sturdy velcro
  • Durable
  • Container can be opened by toddler
    • my son actually found this very amusing so it is kind of like an additional toy!
  • Food is realistic with  seeds/ core
  • My husband and I enjoy playing with this because of the cuttable food

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Cons:

  • Image on Amazon shows stainless steel pots, pans and additional utensils but what I received was plastic pink & red and no additional utensils (not including knife as that wasn’t shown to be steel)
    • Note – I was charged a lower than what I originally saw so the lower price might have reflected the adjustment in product
  • Must use back & forth motion to cut food because chopping (one movement) doesn’t work easily
    • Husband pointed out this is usually how you cut which makes it more realistic however I like to chop because it’s fun 😉
  • Easy for toddler to lose pieces so parent has to make sure all food items are put back together
    • already lost 2 pieces so we only have 1/2 of an apple and steak not a big deal but worth mentioning

Overall: I would buy this again because my son loves it and he can cook mommy lunch. I would prefer to be notified if the items will be different than what was shown as the set pictured looked more like my cookware which is what I was going for but again my son doesn’t care and still really enjoys the set. The link shows all the items I received in the set and you can see my son’s little hand as he’s too excited to wait for me to finish recording.

While this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I was able to buy it with gift cards I accumulated through taking surveys. I still worked for the gift cards but it wasn’t part of  regular income.
Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Postpartum, Self Care, Weight

Motivation & Habits

If you’ve been reading my blogs you know I’ve struggled with motivation. I get inspired, do okay, get distracted, fall off, repeat. My wake up call came in the form of family pictures; see below.

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Yup, all the hard work I was doing went completely sideways when I got sick. Instead of preparing something healthy and easy, I turned to junk food. Not only did we spend a lot of money but I’m pretty sure we shaved at least 2 weeks off of our lives. The final guilt was seeing how the family pictures turned out. I looked and felt bloated, my face was still healing from the infection and the antibiotics made my normally oily skin very dry to the point of peeling so I piled on makeup that didn’t turn out right. I spent the next morning sad and depressed. Then my support system kicked in.

My husband gave me an amazing pep talk and because he’s awesome and super supportive we went to Target at 10pm so I could buy containers to help me meal prep. We ate one more garbage meal then I got to work. I meal prep’d that night. Monday I turned to the internet to keep me motivated since hubby would be at work and I had an appointment near one of my favorite restaurants.

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After an emotional appointment (nothing bad just needed to plan better). I didn’t eat perfectly but I didn’t go to the restaurant either. Tuesday was tricky because I was running errands which meant I had to have breakfast, lunch and snacks with me. Thankfully my mom was able to come and helped with my son. Afterwards we were both very hungry but instead of going to fast food we went to the grocery store. I surprised myself by buying lots of veggies and some veggie based dips (guacamole and hummus) in order to make sure all of our dinners included veggies.

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Tuesday night I still felt bloated and knew I needed to start incorporating exercise to encourage movement if you know what I mean 😉 Plus I wanted those endorphins! So again I turned to the internet. It was another late night but boy am I happy I started surfing. I found the post below and it fired me up.

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ryschyragzfitness In honor of today’s workout I had to wear this shirt 😆. I had to do what I Needed to do and not what I Wanted to do. I had to keep going when I wanted to 🛑 more than a few times. Whew 💨💨💨. I could have made excuses for why it was ok for me to stop. But I didn’t, I found my Beast Mode and #sheaintcute and kept going. So Today let’s do what we need to do and not what we want to do. Plain and simple. Your needs are the most important, not your wants. Cater to your Needs… 1. You need to eat healthy, but you want to have a donut 🍩 2. You need to move and be active, but you want to lie down instead. 3. You need to be positive, but you want to feed yourself negative talk. Get where I’m going? Master taking care of Your Needs and everything else will fit into place. I guarantee it. #aintnoexcuse #selflove #marathon #thankmelater #thankyourselfnow #fitnesslifestyle #Fitmom#needsversuswants #doit #dontquit#beautyandabeast
NOTE: I asked the woman above for permission to post this screenshot and whenever possible I contact people BEFORE posting. If I do not get permission for a post or don’t receive a reply I will only reference what I saw or post the person’s handle so it can be looked up. The exception would be quotes from Pinterest but I NEVER remove any logo/ trademarks/ watermarks because I believe the originator deserves the credit for their creative work.

I found her post so motivating that I checked out her website (www.ryschyragz.com) and planned a workout for the morning. Wednesday I not only smashed a pilates workout but I cooked dinner for the rest of the week! I wanted to keep the momentum going so I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I was hit with something to the effect of you didn’t fail if you only did 7 days of a 10 day cleanse; You succeeded for 7 days!! This hit me hard because negative talk is how I would fall off. I now look at each day as a day I succeeded. On days I’m not perfect I look at each accomplishment individually: meals, workouts, personal time, etc.

I was going to include all the individuals that inspired me but this post is long enough. Rather than give up on shining a light on those who’ve motivated me I am going to blog about them and I will include specifics if I can get permission to do so.

If you’ve gotten this far because you need motivation, I hope this helps and I hope you come back in the future when I post more of what motivates me. If you made it this far simply to read what I had to say then THANK YOU 🙂

In the beginning, Life Changes, Self Care

My Intro to Self Care

I’ve been feeling lousy lately. Between allergies, fickle weather, yard work, cleaning and taking care of a very active child I’ve ignored myself to the point of getting sick. I’m typing this with a stack of fast food napkins (ran out of facial tissue…), hand sanitizer and cold coffee in front of me while my son sleeps off his late night party session. My face is swollen, pain behind my eyes and my body still hurts from the yard work I did on Sunday because I am horribly out of shape which I’m proud to say I will have a decent weight post coming soon. I write all of this to set the stage for my snap. Yes, I said snap.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t help anyone else because all I wanted to do was cry, drink wine and go to sleep. However my new healthy lifestyle dictates that I find alternative ways of healing and relaxing other than my good friend Merlot or my BFF food. Now I would like to make it clear I still had wine but only one glass (6oz) well technically mug but that was because it didn’t feel safe to take a wine glass in the tub with me as I was already tired and didn’t want to add ‘cut by glass’ to my list of annoying things.

In walks my hubby 🙂 I simply said I need to take a bath and I don’t want either of you coming in or calling me; this was my snap . He made it happen!!

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I grabbed the products above and prepared to have the most relaxing bath ever.

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I lite my candles then turned off the light and started my Pandora Relaxation station.

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I slowly poured each item in the tub so as to fully enjoy the aromas. First the epsom salt and bath balls which turned the water lavendar like the fragrance. I sat for a second to admire the beauty created by the bath balls. Then the bubble bath which further enhanced the mood. You couldn’t have convinced me I wasn’t in a world class spa. Sure my candles rested on my toilet and my bath tub isn’t perfect but that night I chose to see what I wanted which was a very affordable spa experience.

I truly appreciated the time I spent alone. And though it was very hard for me, I wasn’t thinking about what happened up until that point I was simply soaking up the time I had. While I was focusing on listening to the music and breathing in the allergy friendly level of lavendar that filled the air, I realized I should do this more often. I deserved this time alone to decompress and focus on me. I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to do this but my goal is going to be weekly. Once a week I will schedule time to do nothing. Sometimes it will be a bath, others a mani/pedi and when funds allow maybe even a day at the spa. For now I will focus on the time alone rather than the activity so I can be the best version of myself.

Date Night, Hair/Beauty, Married Life, Parent Life

Movie Date

Thursday I talk to my mom who tells me they want the mini for the weekend. We happily agree and make arrangements. We knew we were going to see Black Panther but decided the mini was too young to attend based on what others were saying so this was the perfect opportunity to see it.

Friday we buy our tickets in advance in order to get decent seats; YAY seat selector!

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Saturday is finally here. It’s cheat, movie and kid-free day!! Yes I only count Saturday as kid-free because we dropped him off Friday and would be picking him up Sunday. I’m thinking what could go wrong?! We already bought our tickets, my hair was pre-poo’ed and we had snacks ready to eat. All was going as planned. While hubby relaxed and snacked I started on my hair. This is when it all went down hill. I was getting ready to dry my hair when the plug to my dryer fell in water (no worries I’m fine). I started to panic because this is the only dryer that is both fast and straightens. I could either find an alternate or panic. Well I multi-tasked and did both.

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I panicked, decided my hair couldn’t be fought and came up with a plan B. Plan B was detangling, moisturizing, braiding in 4 big braids and covering it with a knit hat. I was only a quarter of the way done when I saw the time and knew I had to go so we weren’t late. I put all the items above in my backpack purse, picked out my knit hat and ran out the door. I had to finish my hair and put on makeup while in the car and before anyone else could see me. First I set up all the products then realized it was horribly unsafe to put all the products out as one could roll under the brake and prevent us from being able to stop. After re-positioning everything I got to work. Right as I was parting my hair, I look up to see a homeless man staring directly at me either wondering what I’m doing or thinking I’m insane. Light is green and we’re off. I’m now in a showdown with my edges and finally success! I win 🙂 As we enter the parking garage, I’m freaking out because my brows already struggle under normal conditions and I could only imagine what horror the light would reveal once I entered the theater. Turns out I did a decent job but I put on my sunglasses just in case.

Finally we sit down to enjoy the movie; EARLY might I add. The movie was both visually appealing and spoke to me in a way I didn’t expect. Even hubby thought the story line was one of Marvel’s best. I’m torn whether or not to do a full on movie review as I am sure there are tons out there but I might do a His/Her review anyways. All in all this was a very amusing yet emotional movie date.

Hair/Beauty, Reviews

Wig-ing Out pt 2

I wasn’t sure what to call this but making it a part 2 seems fitting. In the original “Wig-ing Out” post, I mentioned purchasing the same wig in a different color and I did😁

I made a brief video overview (link below) but I included pictures of the wig packaging because I accidentally deleted my original video. There are also pictures of the Red Velvet color so you can see the slight differences.

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1st Wig which made me want to repurchase

Note: Red seems softer than black. Black had short pieces at the top which resembled hair that was broken off; best way I can think of to describe it.

I hope this helps anyone interested in this wig!

Watch my quick wig review on YouTube at Journey to Mommy; link below.

While this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I was able to buy it with gift cards I accumulated through taking surveys. I still worked for the gift cards but it wasn’t part of  regular income.
Life Changes, Parent Life

Sick Day

I don’t get sick days or vacation time as a parent but I do have help occasionally. My mom came over so I could take care of myself and rest. She even brought me a care package.

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While her visit was a welcome surprise, I knew she wouldn’t be able to do that the whole time I was sick. On the other days, I was extremely grateful for my son’s love of books. His favorite books change but on that day the winner was Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish or as he refers to it Fish Fish or Two Fish.

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I was especially pleased he felt like “reading” to me since my throat was sore and going out. He picture read to me until he was distracted but it was adorable to watch. I capture moments like this to remind me not every moment is epic some are just sweet memories you hold in your heart.

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Hair/Beauty, Life Changes, Parent Life

New Do & the Zoo

I’ve been searching for a protective style I wouldn’t get bored with and braids seemed to be the best option. I wanted to add fake hair but my mom convinced me not to so if I took it down quickly I wouldn’t be wasting money. Braiding took a while but it was well worth the time and effort. I was able to wet it as much as I liked and getting ready for the day was a breeze since I no longer had to worry about my hair.

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This leads me to the zoo! My other parents aka my in-laws planned on taking us to the zoo and I didn’t want to be bothered with my hair so the braids once again proved to be very useful. I was able to wake up on zoo day with my hair already done so I was focused on things like making sure my phone and camera was charged so I could turn into the paparazzi. I took all the pictures and videos I could while still enjoying the moment. I even stopped to read up on each animal and their stories were fascinating. Turns out it wasn’t a regular zoo. This was more like a sanctuary than a zoo because all of the animals were rescued. We found out some enclosures were empty because those animals were rehabilitated and released! This just added to my enjoyment.

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All in all braiding my hair was a great idea for numerous reasons* and seeing my son’s face when he finally saw real monkeys was priceless.

*I have allergies and windy days aren’t my friend especially if my hair is down because pollen and whatever else is floating in the air tends to get trapped in it.
Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Parent Life, Postpartum, Weight

Try Again

I knew from the beginning that losing weight wouldn’t be easy. I mean if it was I would have done it before I had my child and heck I would’ve never gotten out of shape in the first place. My problem is my ever changing mood…

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When I start, I am very enthusiastic and upbeat. I plan, focus and go for it. But the minute I have a series of bad days or I feel emotionally drained I revert back to old bad habits. I comfort myself with food and cleaning rather than identifying the cause of the upset. I would rather go on auto pilot than deal with whatever is bugging me. When I try to motivate myself again I ruin it by thinking of how much further I have to go. Or I focus on what I could’ve accomplished if I didn’t mess up in the first place and this makes everything worse. This vicious cycle will continue until I allow myself to make mistakes without considering it a complete failure.

I know, like my previous posts imply or out right say, this journey is not a straight line. It is a wibbly wobbly (Doctor Who fans??) road leading to my best life and as long as I don’t die I can try again.

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Food, Health/ Fitness, Life Changes, Postpartum, Weight

December Weigh In

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Note for November’s missed update: This month was a lot better. It wasn’t perfect and my stats will show that but I did accomplish some things that were on my list! Goals are November & December.

Yes, another post using the same exact picture but this time I’m pleased with what I’ve done. I started the 4-Hour Body again… My goal is to do better so one day I can do it perfectly and eventually try the “meatless machine” mentioned in the book. So far I haven’t had one perfect week but you know what? As of this morning I’ve officially lost weight. I’ll go back slightly by saying I gained way more than I’d like to admit by emotionally eating, giving up and having a looooooooong pity party. However as previously stated I am not going for perfection instead progress, healthy changes and eventually a new lifestyle are my main goals. And to my surprise it is working!! I don’t find myself binge eating on cheat day like I used to. I enjoy cooking even on cheat day which I thought would never happen. I also don’t dive head first into a giant mound of cheese which used to be one of my favorite things to do on cheat day. Bonus I discovered I actually feel better when I eliminate or limit dairy.

Actual Date: 1/9/2018

Weight: 229.3lbs

Measurements in inches (Forgot)

 

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (FAIL/ IP)
  • Read something other than children’s books (Check)
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – finished
      • I’m counting this because it isn’t for his age group even though I started reading it for him
    • Told Under The Green Umbrella – finished
      • Doesn’t really count but I enjoyed it more than my son. I don’t think there were enough pictures to hold his attention
    • Treasure Island – finished
      • Not enough pictures to count for him so I’m counting this
  • Exercise 4x/ wk (Fail)
  • Post monthly updates on/after the 8th for accountability (?)
    • Missed November but this post is up so I guess Yes & No

All in all October – December were emotionally hard months. My son has been testing his boundaries. I haven’t been sleeping well. I really haven’t been liking who I am as a wife, mother (to human & animal) and April thus the long pity party. Despite these feelings I managed to make the changes needed to improve. No I don’t have dramatic pictures to show off like I’d hoped; what I do have is a better understanding of self and hope for the future. I have clear goals written down that I plan on displaying so when things get hard I can remind myself of what I need to focus on in order to improve.

And for those reading this if you are in a similar situation: It CAN and WILL get better we just have to take it one step at a time 🙂