1 Day With 3 Girls + 3 Hairstyles

It’s no secret by now that I have 3 girls, ages 10, 3 and 15 months old – why do I still count in months?! Eek! So a typical day for me includes doing my girls hair – keep in mind that I first learned how to do a ‘basic’ braid when my oldest daughters hair got long enough to braid. So, I want to say it wasn’t too long ago that I was looking at tutorials trying to find ways to keep my daughters hair from looking too crazy. The three girls have three different lengths of hair and textures. Since the two younger ones can’t sit still for too long, I’ve had to find ways to keep them entertained while I do their hair, giving them a toy, their favorite blanket or even putting on their favorite cartoon show or movie. They sit and I attempt to do their hair as fast as I can – because you know, they have to get back to doing more important things! Be sure to check out my post here to know all the hair supplies I keep in the kids ‘hair bin.’

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My oldest: first I did a pony tail and tied with an elastic Tip: alternate with spray water bottle and hair spray to get a sleek look, then with the Rat Tail Comb section a piece on top and begin to do a ‘regular’ braid. After the braid is done, begin to place an elastic between short or longer sections of the hair – similar to the ‘Bubble Braid’ that you saw here the difference will be is that you’re going to pull from the sides. So, tie a section with an elastic and pull from the sides, tie with an elastic and pull, do as many as you’d like until you’ve reached the bottom.

My Toddler: with the Rat Tail Comb divide the hair in two sections and tie one section away with either a hair clip or an elastic Then bush, wet with the and spray – the none-tied section with hair spray and begin your French braid, tie at the end with an elastic. Undo the section you tied, again, brush the hair, wet hair and spray with the hair spray and begin your French braid. Tip: for my toddler I really need to use a detangling spray I started using this one from TruKid and it’s amazing! Check out my post here for other TruKid products I use on my kids.

My little-est girl: with the baby, her hair is just starting to grow out enough to do pigtails, today instead of parting down the center, I did it to the side. After her bath – or you can also wet the hair with the spray bottle, using the Rat Tail Comb part it to the side, grab with an elastic and do the other side the same way. It’ll be a sort of half pony tail just the pigtail version. If your daughter’s hair isn’t long enough for pigtails, simply grab a small section on the top of the head, tie with an elastic and place a bow. And you’re done!

Have a lovely night.

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Food For Thought: Calm a fearful heart

Food For Thought: Calm a fearful heart

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.’Philippians 4:6

‘Be still, and know that I am God.’Psalm 46:10

As a mother, I often feel rushed, as if I don’t have time, time to gather my thoughts, time for myself, time to be still or time to take a deep breathe. It’s the endless things to do, the never ending things to clean, to sort, to fold, etc. The stress then triggers anxiety and it all feels as if I can’t breathe and time continues to move forward.

Aside from my Chiari + Syringomyelia I also have Hypothyroidism. I’ve been taking medication for the Hypothyroidism for a number of years, maybe 10 plus years. However, for the past couple of years it’s become an area of concern – this year having the symptoms worsening. I had decided to tackle my Syringomyelia first before taking on another health challenge – one thing at a time.

I’ve been a ‘responsible’ adult and made my list of things that need to be done to get to the ‘bottom’ of all this. I’ve seen a second opinion with a well known Endocrinologist – check, had my blood tested for him – check, had an ultrasound of my throat – check and finally Wednesday, saw the throat specialist or ENT, also known as the Otolaryngologist – check. As you know with the mountain of paper work that needs to get filled out when it’s the first visit, I listed my medications, surgeries, symptoms, etc. There he noticed one of my symptoms was vertigo and recommend I see a colleague of his to check my ears – sometimes an unknown issue with the ears can cause vertigo and imbalance. I’ve had my ears check before and nothing was found, but I’ll get them checked again – it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion.

So, the outcome of my visit today with the ENT, I need to get a CT Scan done of my throat because lo and behold, a CT Scan gives better results than an ultrasound! After that, a biopsy, my ultrasound shows thyroid nodules that need to get tested, more than anything he wants to confirm it’s not cancerous either. And then from there he’ll determine and we’ll collectively decide if surgery is an option and or necessary.

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Yet, with all of this my heart is still, calm and at peace. May I be numb to surgeries, numb to never ending health issues that arise, so used to taking medication that have been tested to help me feel any sense of ‘normalcy’? Or am I just naive? I’m not sure, maybe it’s a mix of it all.

I do however know that there’s someone ahead of it all, someone who helps me not fear, not worry so much, not feel useless or hopeless, someone who gives me hope and is the one to calm my heart and is my rock as I sit in the doctors office as he reads me the results. He calms my anxiety and helps me stand to face yet another health concern and potential surgery. It is He who gets me through it all, and it is He who doesn’t leave my side.

Today I think of all those whom received unpleasant news yesterday or today, either it’s yourself or someone close to you, I think of you. Please know, you’re not alone, do not fear and know that there is hope during this time.

He is with you helping you be still. And it is He who reminds you that He is God.

Blessing to all.

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Photo: Luke Palmer