Mom Is On Strike

The kids are out of school for the summer. They are going to eat us out of a house and a home. Ok….not really but come to think about it, that seems to be the case. They ask for breakfast, snack, then another snack, then lunch followed by two more snacks then dinner and of course a snack. Where are they putting all of this food?

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I try to control how much they eat but when I take a restroom break they fly to the kitchen  and grab a snack. As a mom, I sometimes find peace in the restroom. I must admit, I am in there a little longer than I have to be sometimes and browsing my social media doesn’t help me get out any faster. I can hear their little feet coming up the hallway and our three year old slams every door he passes (including the refrigerator) so I am able to keep up with him while I am in the restroom. My five year old is usually knocking on the bathroom door telling on everyone so this within itself is aggravating yet helpful. She tells me who is hitting who and who is sneaking snacks.

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My eight year old is sneaky. He will hide a snack and you won’t see any evidence left behind; not a wrapper or crumb. However, lately I have been finding those wrappers hidden underneath his bed. The look on his face when I took a broom and pushed out all the trash he had hidden under there. BUSTED! I found juice containers, pie wrappers, soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc.. You name it, I found it. So now that under the bed isn’t an option, I wonder where he will began to hide it next. I am sure me finding his secret hiding space will not stop him from sneaking snacks. I may just tell them that I have a camera set up in the kitchen so whoever is sneaking snacks will be in big trouble.

 

My ten year old is really in her own head right now. She has been doing a lot brainstorming and drawing designs for clothes. I can’t wait to see where she will end up in the fashion industry. She reminds me of myself because she is a jack of all trades. Since she is so busy doing her drawings, she sees nothing. Even if my three year old is pouring out a juice on the floor in her presence she “claims” she didn’t see it.

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I went to the restroom a couple of days ago to prepare for bed and when I came out my living area looked like a tornado had ran through it. Where was my ten year old? She was drawing her designs and said she didn’t see it although there were 5 kitchen table chairs lined up in front her with chips and spilled juice all over the floor. My five year old didn’t come and tell this time. I guess she only tells when she can’t get what she wants from her siblings.

They DO NOT like to clean. What kid does?  It is like pulling teeth to get them to make up their beds. I guess you can say that I created this because I use to just do it. I made the decision to give my children chores so that it could help me out and teach them how to do for themselves. I work for myself so I am mostly home but I do have meetings to attend and some of them are done online. I work many hours but stay in mommy mode.

Of course my children think I am just playing on my computer when I am doing my work so they (all four of them) always want my undivided attention. That is very hard to do sometimes when you are working. They also love to argue with each other. From sun up to sun down, they are arguing about paper, pencils, food, movie choices. It is never ending.

So you probably can tell by now that my home is pretty active and you may be wondering how am I going to balance this and work throughout the summer. Now that is a great question. I don’t like to send my children to a sitter. I guess you can say that I am a little paranoid because sometimes people will not treat your children right. I don’t want to pay for them to go to a daycare because it costs us an arm and a leg (we do have four kids). I may have to get up early in the mornings, like six o’clock and do my work but sometimes my clients are not up that early. I will work out something. Mommy has to work. I am not a stay at home mom. I am a work from home mom with mommy duties.

Daddy works outside of the home long hours so he is tired when he comes home and by then the business day is over with anyway so the kids are pretty chill, somewhat.

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Today is Sunday and daddy is off work so mommy is going on strike. Sorry Babe. 🙂

 

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Crochets Styling Options

I have always incorporated protective styles into my natural hair care regimen. Since I have been on my lock journey, I have only done one protective style and that only lasted a weekend. Many people were wondering how I was able to rock this style on top of locks. Heck, I didn’t even know it was possible to wear another style when locking. Somehow (being me) I wanted to put that to the test and I did a crochet.

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Protective crochet wig made by me

I received a lot of compliments about my hair but boy did I have some people confused. See my locks are not like the neat locks that many people think of. My locs are semi free form. This means that I do not retwist them often. I wash and separate. I have retwisted maybe three to four times in ten months.

I managed to pull this style off. I loved it but I missed my locks after three days. I know I am not the only natural who misses their hair while it is put up.

Protective styling really gives you a break from having to style your hair daily and gives you a different look. What women doesn’t like to change it up sometimes, whether it be with their clothing, makeup or hair?

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Crochet protective style

I felt fierce rocking the crochet wig but I felt hot too. I can chop that up to how hot the weather has been. Some days I am so hot I contemplate chopping my hair off. My husband says “let your locks grow Bae”. He knows I love the clippers, in particular, the tapered cut. I even remember telling my husband that I felt like the hair was messing with my ability to hear clearly. It was all on my ears. It isn’t like I haven’t had long hair before but I think I have gotten use to my hair (and it’s shrinkage) not being on my ears as much as the weave was.

When I was loose natural the crochet style was my go too. I didn’t wear box braids, sew in’s etc. I would install “Marley Hair” and wear it in a variety of styles. I would style it in a braid out, twist out, roller set or just wear it kinky and big. I also began to do other people’s hair in this protective style.

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Crochet styles I wore when I was loose natural.

I still do others’ hair in a crochet and now they have so many different styling options. There is hair that is already twisted, braided, wavy, crinkly, straight, curly and more.

The crochet is a great way to just take a break from having to style your hair daily and it doesn’t take as much time to do as getting individual kinky twists, box braids, etc. Crochet’s are great for children, teens and adults.

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Some of the many crochet styles that I have done for others.

Many people in my area didn’t know that I could do a crochet until they saw my posts about my hair and I actually had them fooled into thinking that my crochet installment was my real hair. I would do leave outs around my edges and parts and blend. I believe that your weaves should look as natural has possible.

I was contacted by a lady, who was suffering from hair loss in the top of her head, and she also had a TWA (teeny weeny afro). She was starting a new job and wanted to do something other than wear a wig. I had no idea how I was going to go about doing a crochet style (that she requested) but I did it! I was able to give her full coverage and she thanked me. It pulled at my heart strings to see the new pep in her step once she saw herself in the mirror. Confidence is what I like!

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Have you ever worn a crochet style?