Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Momma and Pumpkin: 500 and Counting

Are you a hoarder? I mean, seriously. Are you a person that hoards things? Well, I have a confession. I am a hoarder. Not the kind of hoarder you'll find on an episode of that reality show but a digital hoarder. Pinterest, Dropbox  Google Drive are totally my enablers! *raises fist is angst* Darn you stylish fashion bloggers and delicious foodie recipes!

Though today, I'd like to discuss a different place I digitally hoard. I recently realized I had about five hundred pictures of Pumpkin. I don't know how that is even possible! FIVE HUNDRED! To make it worse, they are all on my cell phone. Now, I'll be honest, I know exactly how this happened. I remember my mom asking me months ago, "Has the newness worn off?" What she was talking about was the newness of having a baby? Were we over it? Had we gotten to the point where we didn't "ooh" and "aah" over every breath the baby took? To answer her honestly, I said, "No!"

Exhibit A: Halloween


Moms have forever collected items to record the evolution of the little beings they created. I mean, seriously there are Moms that have the whole baby book/scrapbooking game on lock down! They're in Michael or Hobby Lobby on the regular re-stocking their card stock selections and can't wait to use their new die cutting machines. For ages we've monogrammed, crocheted, embroidered and photographed our children. Why should I stop this tradition?!

Unfortunately, for my phone's storage space, she was born during an era where saving memories is easier than ever. The ease at which I can pull out my phone and snap a pic has created another problem entirely! Deciding what memories are worth...well remembering. For my husband and I, this is our first baby. Our one and only little Pumpkin! So our world ultimately revolves around her. Does ever funny face need to be captured. Probably not, but realistically I'm going to record it anyway because...well because I can.

Exhibit B: Chatterbox 

Now, now let me mention that I've worked on not letting my child become a idol in my life. No false idols over here! No sir, no ma'am! *inserts Tambourine shake*

So what's a girl to do? I need my space back on my phone. There is always another precious moment right around the corner. Well I figured it out...it might seem "retro" but I'm going to go for it! Print them! That's right, print them! Who would have known stores still sell photo albums! I jest, but seriously, I can't remember the last time I actually printed a picture!

So I'll leave you with a #FrugalFind! ShutterFly.com has awesome photo products. I thought it was cool concept (I'm sure they have competitors) and they have discounts all the time! We're going to make a photo book! Its like scrapbooking but with zero risk of getting high off craft glue fumes.
(Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, randomly found their site, decided to share. #TheEnd) 

So, are you a digital hoarder? C'mon, you can tell me!

Talk you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Textured Beauty Spotlight: Nikita Harris

Here at Ms. Naturally Random! I'm always out and about seeing fabulous ladies with textured tresses. I choose to wear my hair naturally as well, I love the diversity in which we style our hair. I understand that for a lot of us, our "going natural" stories are often quite unique as well.  I'd like to celebrate our differences and hopefully share some insight into other's "natural hair journeys" as I continue my own. 


Shan: Introduce yourself!
Nikita: Hi! My name is Nikita, also know as CreativelyCoiled here on blogspot/blogger. I'm a 30 year old newlywed (smiles) out of Raleigh NC. I dabble in painting, crocheting, graphic design, and all things creative. And I've been natural for 5 years.



S: Why did you make the decision to "go" natural? 
Nikita: I've had a love for natural textured hair since sophomore year in college but I was scared to commit: I would go without a relaxer for a few months then give in. I finally had enough of over processed hair in 2009, and just wasn't pleased with the results of getting a relaxer anymore.

S: When and how did you transition into natural hair?
Nikita: My transition back to natural consisted of half wigs and kinky twist (that I learned to install myself). This helped me keep my hands out of my hair so I was not tempted to process or put heat to it. I transitioned for about a year, cutting off the relaxed hair little by little. After 1 year, I snipped the last inches of relaxed hair and haven't turned back.




S: In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
Nikita: In the beginning it assisted me in actually having a hair care routine, and brushing up on styling (relearning how to braid and flat twist).  With having this [now] simple routine with caring for my hair, it has opened my eyes to having a skin care routine, and has helped me be cautious not only about what I put on my body, but what I put in it. I've been eating much healthier now and learning to take better care of me fully.

S: What mistakes (if any) have you made with your hair that you've learned from?
Nikita: A mistake I made in the earlier years was not realizing that my hair isn't like everyone else’s. I fell into the trap of seeing people try products and get great results... Assuming I could use the same products and get the same results... Then get frustrated when my head looked a hot mess. It was certainly a lesson learned.


S: What is your go-to hairstyle?
Nikita: Well, I have been rocking an undercut for about a month now so my go to style is a puff.

S: Share a random fact about yourself.
Nikita: Random fact: I only know how to play one song on the piano "Deck The Halls". On Christmas, I own it! Lol!


Thank you for reading this week's #TexturedBeautyTuesday feature Nikita! I thought we should know more about her! Doesn't she look fab?! #RandomGlam indeed! 
Remember to check her out at here.


Stay tuned for next week's feature!! 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's For Dinner: Creamy Chicken & Potato Soup


What's For Dinner?
Tummy rumbles....

Tonight Menu: Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup 

Want to make this with me?

Serves: 4-6

What You'll Need:
Crockpot
Swanson Cream Starter or 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cups of cubed/shredded Chicken Breast
2 Handfuls of Crinkle Cut Carrots
3 or 4 stalks of diced Celery
2 Russets potatoes, cubed
½ Onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)

Additions/Garnishes
Thick Cut Toasted Bread or Bread Bowls

Preparation:
Add Carrots, Potatoes and Onions to Crockpot
Then Add Cubed or Shredded Chicken
Next Add Celery
Then Add Cream base (I used Swanson Cream Starter)
Next Add minced garlic and dried spices
Then Cover and set Crockpot to high
Then Go and do other stuff because Crockpot cooking is the bees knees!

Return in 1 hour and stir your layers of ingredients until all are well incorporated into the cream sauce.
Now add your salt and pepper until satisfied with flavor and turn down low.

Then resume doing other stuff for about 2 hours or so because again, Crockpot cooking is the bees knees!

If potatoes and veggies are cooked to the softness you desire (have you ever been served hard potatoes in potato salad, nobody likes that!) then, its okat to plate and serve.

It should look something like this: 


Recommendation: With any soup, stew or chili, the flavor tastes much better the next day because the spices have had an opportunity to meld together better. For this reason, I opt make this type of dish a day in advance of serving.

If you make this, comment and tell me how it turned out.

Suggestions and recipe adjustments are welcome!!


IN OTHER NEWS!!!
Talk to you later Lovelies!!!



~ Shan, Naturally Random

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Textured Beauty Spotlight: Taima Rolle

Here at Ms. Naturally Random! I'm always out and about seeing fabulous ladies with textured tresses. I choose to wear my hair naturally as well, I love the diversity in which we style our hair. I understand that for a lot of us, our "going natural" stories are often quite unique as well.  I'd like to celebrate our differences and hopefully share some insight into other's "natural hair journeys" as I continue my own. 



Shan: Introduce yourself!
Taima: My name is Taima. I'm 31 years young. I'm am originally from the Bahamas but I currently live in Oklahoma City. I have a six year old son and I am an Accountant for The State of Oklahoma. I've been natural for 14 years and I've had locs for 12 years.


S: Why did you make the decision to "go" natural? 
Taima: I decided to go natural because I wanted healthier hair. I got tired of the chemicals and my naturally thick hair was thinning out. That's when I decided to make the switch.

S: When and how did you transition into natural hair?
Taima:  The transition was easy for me. I just cut off ALL OF MY HAIR and I wore a wig. LOL. I got it all over with quick 



S: In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
Taima:  I wasn't really affected by going natural. I think it was the easiest transition I ever made. I enjoyed changing up with different wigs and scarves. When they time came to wear my natural hair out, I wore straw curls.

S: What mistakes (if any) have you made with your hair that you've learned from?
Taima:  The biggest mistake I made was over using a brush and comb. That was a big No NO, it basically thinned out my hair around my crown. I would suggest running your fingers gently through your hair.

S: What is your go-to hairstyle?
Taima:  My go to hair style is an up do. I LOVE THEM!! I think they are chic and class and it goes well with the shape of my face.



S: Share a random fact about yourself.
Taima:  The most random fact about me is my love for twerking in my mirror alone when I am home. I'm a natural LOL


Thank you for reading this week's #TexturedBeautyTuesday feature Taima! I thought we should know more about her! Doesn't she look fab?! 

Stay tuned for next week's feature!! 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Momma and Pumpkin: Transitioning to Solids


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At our four month appointment, our pediatrician told us that when Skylar starts to seem not satisfied with bottles, it is totally okay to introduce solids. Well, I waited a little longer to start solids. Not because I’m a rebel but because Skylar seemed satisfied with solely bottle feeding her and I wanted her to be able to sit up a little better for spoon-feedings. It didn’t seem until she reached about 5 months that she wanted a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’! So we introduced Rice Cereal into her bottle feeding.

The pediatrician also mentioned she would likely be around the five months when we would notice this change. I always tell people, Pumpkin is right on track. Pumpkin is totally interested in what mommy and daddy are eating ALL THE TIME. She follows our hands and utensils with each and every bite. So right before her sixth month appointment, we started solids!

It’s going over great! Yes, she is having rice cereal. Yes, this is for filler but its working now introducing new foods one at a time. This has been a messy adorable time with Pumpkin! She is progressing. Everyday there is more is going down versus being on her bibs. She thoroughly enjoys meal time. She's pretty much liked everything so far.
Solids are going great

So, want to know the run down on what’s she’s tried so far? We decided to start her on Gerber foods since that is the cereal brand we’d feed her previously. Over the past month, we’ve introduced green beans, peas, carrots & squash. Let’s just say on the vegetable side of things,  she LOVES them all! Other mommies suggested to avoid introducing the fruits because she may take a liking the “sweet” and refuse the veggies. I was nervous about this and did delay introducing fruits but oh how things have turned out. She is really “iffy” on fruits! She’s tried apples, peaches and bananas so far. She’ll eat them mixed with a bit of cereal but it is sort of like the sweet flavor is overwhelming.  She crumples her face and shakes her head with all of them at times. Think about the face you’d make drinking cranberry juice! You still drink it but that shot of tart gets you every time! That reaction is similar to what is happening to Pumpkin while eating fruits. What I found odd is she loves prunes! WHO LOVES PRUNES? Like seriously?!

I see as we continue to introduce new items, this is going to be an exciting adventure. I hope to nurture an eater with a adventurous palate. I’ll soon start making her some home made meals as well. I work full time outside of the home, so Gerber is fine but I like to introduce other foods as well. You’re not going to find avocado, kale or butternut squash labels in the baby aisle.

This morning we ate our breakfast at the same time. She had bananas and rice cereal and I had applesauce and crunchy granola. I mean, how would it look if I’m eating donuts and feeding her fruits and veggies?! It makes me want to be a better example for Pumpkin. I’m going to be her first teacher in every area of her life, so that includes nutrition and eating habits as well. This experience has thoroughly inspired me.

Has anyone opted to make their own baby foods? If so, let me know what foods you introduced! 

Talk to you later lovelies,

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Style Challenge Accepted!

 So, I'm just gingerly scrolling down my timeline on Instagram a few days ago (follow me on IG: MsNaturallyRandom) and come across this! 


Well I debated and debated and finally decided, aww heck, just jump in and go for it. I'm a little late but decided to *try* to participate in a November #StyleChallenge! Y'all pray for my strength, lol! I'm a Style Blogger stan/wannabe! Recently, I purged tons of items from my closet. Many of them too big, too small, faded or just plain out of style. Some ended up in those clothes bins you see in the corner of grocery store parking lots and other pieces are destined for a local consignment shop. Hopefully they'll make Momma a few coins to keep to herself. I'm explaining all of this because my closet now feels like you are going to see a tumbleweed blow through in any minute! 

Thus, I debated for so long I didn't realize two days had already passed! Where do the days go sometimes?! So I mustered up the courage and jumped into the challenge today...

Day 3: Cheetah Girls
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The host of the challenge is KiKiSol. A duo of fellow curvy local bloggers that have an eye for styling thrifted pieces. We'll definitely have to link up one day! 

Well want to see how I did day one Day Three?! 

I absolutely love a good splash of animal print in my wardrobe. I lean more towards grabbing animal printed accessories, like a skinny belt, an infinity scarf or like above, my earrings! 
What are you favorite ways to wear animal print? 
If you wants details on the pieces I've worn, leave a comment! 
Follow this Style Challenge on Instagram via #ByKStyle

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random 



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Textured Beauty Spotlight: Kenya Griffin


Here at Ms. Naturally Random! I'm always out and about seeing fabulous ladies with textured tresses. I choose to wear my hair naturally as well, I love the diversity in which we style our hair. I understand that for a lot of us, our "going natural" stories are often quite unique as well.  I'd like to celebrate our differences and hopefully share some insight into other's "natural hair journeys" as I continue my own. 

#1 Introduce yourself! 
Hello, Naturally Random
My name is Kenya Griffin and I am currently a stay at home Mom (SAHM) of 2 years, continuing my education online to become a child clinical psychologist, and a wife to a wonderful husband (whew, tired already). I love to read in my spare time (what's that) any sort of goodread referred, I am very down to earth, and the simplest things make me happy. "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" -Leonardo de Vinci  

#2 Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I found myself stressing over my hair more than usual, I wanted to try something different (at the time it wasn't natural) bored with my hair and bottom line my hair was in a very unhealthy state.

#3 When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I started my transition about 2 years ago, with little research but motivation from watching a few youtube videos I decided to alleviate heat  from my regimen, and gradually decided to do my own big chop about a few weeks after that the decision :-/ 

#RandomGlam Love that Lippie!!


#4 In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
Up until this point I was always embarrassed, and unsure about how I felt about my natural state. I let people question me about "why" I went natural…… I eventually embraced my hair/texture, and explored Youtube a little further for hair routines, styles, and hair products.


#5 What mistakes (if any) have you made with your hair that you've learned from?
My biggest thing I can say I learned is my hair isn't YOUR hair!! I still have not found my go-to hair products, and what may work for you may not work for me (vice vera). So currently I am still testing out new hair products, and always ready to buy :-) "all I wanna do is eat, sleep, and buy hair products"! 


#6 What is your go-to hairstyle?
My fro-hawk!!! #duh LOL


#7 Name a random fact about you.
I'm not a people person but love to be engaged in hot topics, I like playing devil's advocate.

Thank you for reading this week's #TexturedBeautyTuesday feature Kenya! I thought we should know more about her! Doesn't she look fab?! 

Stay tuned for next week's feature!! 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

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