Day 1: Yoga with Amber



DAY ONE

YOGA with Amber

@ambthegoddess


Every time someone expresses a problem in their life, nine times out of ten I am responding, "There's yoga for that!" Trust me, I'm hip to the yoga magic! Pretty much every single goals list and to-do list I make has yoga and meditate on there! However, I never really commit. Just add this to the long list of non-commitment by Amber! I know in order to see the best results, I have to do yoga routinely! Well I know you all see a lot of bomb yogis with bomb yoga videos. I am just starting out with the basics though, so beginners like me can be encouraged a little more! Basically you are about to see the "Before" before the "After" lol.

My yoga journey is starting off with four goals:

FLEXIBILITY

As you will see in the video, I can't even touch my toes without bending my knees! I was a HUGE student-athlete for most of my life. My coaches never understood why I wasn't flexible. I stretched every day and still struggled. I always wanted to be flexible, because there was always a gracefulness to it. My ultimate goal is to do a split!

STRENGTH

You may not be able to tell (I sped the video up to avoid boring you to death), but my knees buckled a little lol. I have barely worked out in years. I am definitely out of shape. First step is admitting my problem right? LOL! I can seriously barely do a push-up now. I've always been innately strong, but that might have something to do with my 5'9" 160 lbs frame! I can't wait for yoga to get me right!

POSTURE

I am one of those people who are constantly obsessing over a long list of fears. I just so happen to fear almost everything that can happen to the body as it transforms into "elderly form". The idea of me having a hunchback haunts me!!! I always catch myself slouching; I try to correct it immediately. My back could use some work though. I really hope yoga can undo any damage already done.


PEACE OF MIND

I struggle big time with depression and anxiety. Mindfulness is one of my favorite coping skills! Yoga keeps my mind in the presence where I struggle to keep it. Since I am not advanced to lead my own yoga yet, I use YouTube videos as a guide. (I always go at my own pace though.) This time I searched "yoga for depression and anxiety" and chose a Yoga with Adriene video! I feel more at peace after just fifteen minutes! I can only imagine the effects after I discipline myself to consistent yoga!

Welp here's Day 1:



Nothing fancy! You get to see the real though! Bantu knots, no make-up and all (with an occasional mommy stretch mark and nip slip somewhere in there too lol)! I'm really trying to stretch this new mom excuse (even though it's almost been five months), so cut me some slack please! 

***Definitely wanted one of my tapestries in the back with some candles going for the vibe. I'm fully aware this isn't aesthetically pleasing! Once my baby fell asleep, I just knew I had to start while I had the chance! It is what it is!***

Keep checking for updates.

Love and Light,
@ambthegoddess


6 Holiday Gifts for New Moms





As new moms, we enjoyed the mass amount of baby gifts we get, in celebration of our upcoming baby's birth or children that are already born. It is as though the kids have not only taken over our lives but our holidays too! Is it selfish to want a personal gift as the people who do the majority of the work, while the child is only baking? It’s easy for people to get more excited about the actual baby than the celebration with the people who made the baby. While we love the gifts that we receive for our children, it would be unexpected and very much appreciated to get a personal “mommy gift” as well.

What type of “mom” gift would we enjoy? Sometimes that's the hardest question. What does a new mom need? EVERYTHING! LOL! Seriously, anything that will make our job as mothers just a tad bit easier. Especially products that are unique and honor her as a mother is a winning and appreciated gift. Not pertaining to the baby of course, but something that we can call our own. Below is a list we compiled of a few items that'll make great gifts for new mothers. Be sure to click the names of the items to view the actual websites.




Breast Milk Jewelry


I had only heard about breastmilk jewelry a month ago, but I am so glad I did. I wasn’t aware of how left out of the loop I was, because the jewelry is becoming more and more popular.  This is such a unique and personal gift to give to someone and is a perfect gift for any holiday, anniversary, birthday, and more. It is unique because it uses your personal breastmilk to create the jewelry, so no two stones are the same. Precious Mammaries has multiple forms of breastmilk jewelry such as rings, earrings, bracelets, charms, and necklaces. The up-keep for this jewelry is very easy and the jewelry will last a while, so it’s something special to hold on to for a long time. Even if you're not a breastfeeding mother, you can also request other things be added to the jewelry to make it even more personal (engravings, dried flowers, gravel, sea shells, locks of hair, and sooo much more). This is such an amazing gift to give so, if you know a new mom that loves jewelry, she will love this personal style necklace.

Check out the website and use the coupon code 'karminity' for 10% off!





Breast Milk Soap


To continue with the breast milk idea for breastfeeding mothers, a great and personal gift would be breast milk soap. Since becoming a new mom, all I do is research things that are beneficial and harmful for my baby and me. When you do research on how many benefits breast milk has, you will be just as shocked as I was. They do call it liquid gold for a reason. Clearing acne, eczema, scrapes/cuts, sore and chaffed nipples, just to name a few. Breast milk mixed with the other essential oils added to this bar of soap makes this a healthier alternative. When compared to a lot of the bigger brand soap companies' ingredients, you'll understand the necessity to choose this healthier route. You also have the option of adding honey, oats, or both. The soap comes in multiple designs that are so pretty, you might not even want to use the soap, but keep it on display for everyone to see. Precious Mammaries offers this vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free soap as a perfect healthy gift for new mothers.





Carved Beeswax Candles


More carving ideas include beeswax candles that would be the perfect gift for a new mom. For the moms who are concerned about burning unknown chemicals around their house, this is a much healthier option. Beeswax candles are 100% natural and actual cleanses the air rather than putting toxins that pollute the air, instead. These beeswax candles take a much longer time to burn so they last much longer than the candles containing paraffin. The designs on the candles are so pretty that they could be used as decorations instead of burning them. This is such a subtle gift for new mothers but it benefits everyone in the household with its beautiful smelling fumes and creating healthier breathing air.





Spa Day


There is an extreme adjustment period after having a baby! If this is a first baby, any new mom has to take on the responsibility of an entire new life while managing her own. In my experience,  I'm no longer able to always put myself first. Don't get me wrong though! Prioritizing my baby makes me feel important. I feel like I have purpose, but it can become easy to lack on personal hygiene. I fail to complete my morning or night routine sometimes. I've definitely been struggling to keep my confidence up. It's all worth it when I remember the reason. Trying to be supermom all the time results in devoting most of my time to the little one. Even with a lot of deep breathing and stretching, I get SO stressed out. It gets to the point where I know I am building up too much stress, so I start stressing on how to relax! I bet any new mom can relate and would go bananas over a spa day! Groupon always has great deals on spas. You can even print off the confirmation so you don't miss out on gift wrap! If you don't want to tag along to a beautiful day of chill, try throwing in a cute handmade Free Babysitter coupon. A spa day is like gifting a little zen back to a new mommy.

Amazon Echo Dot


Let's be real; this would be an awesome gift for pretty much anybody! Imagine a personal assistant and a best friend that fits in the palm of your hand! The beauty of the Amazon Echo Dot is that it doesn't even need your hands! My hands are constantly occupied by my baby! She loves being held all day, every day! There's a good chance any new mommy would agree there is countless times throughout the day they need an extra hand. A quick "Hey Alexa, play white noise!" or "Hey Alexa, add diapers to my shopping list!" can really make the day go by easier. Alexa will get the job done. There are so many things you can ask her to do! This gift is super affordable in my opinion! Just make sure the recipient has a device that can download the Alexa app. As a new mom, I would jump at the chance to buy an extra hand, but the Amazon Echo Dot is the next best thing!

Crock Pot


The importance of getting all the necessary nutrients for a baby does not stop when the baby is born! Unless a mom chooses formula or is unable to breastfeed, the baby gets every single thing mom eats through the breast milk! The baby is depending on mommy to eat everything they need. Even if the baby drinks formula, the family can't starve and probably can't afford take-out every day! Once I became a mother, I found out instantly that I can't just pop up and cook whenever I want! Nap time and carriers only help but so much, A slow cooker is wonderful for bringing all the components of a meal together without the attention needed for multiple pots and pans! It is absolutely perfect for soup season and all other sorts of meals. (Side note: I think every season is soup season LOL.) So if mom can't take the heat, don't tell her to get out of the kitchen, get her a Crock Pot!


-Post by @ambthegoddess








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To Do or Not To Do



To Do or Not To Do

Mastering My To-Don't List

Sometimes my mind feels like a subway station... in the heart of a tornado... during a zombie apocalypse! My thoughts will start racing so rapidly that it eventually feels like my head is exploding. What might start off as "I wonder what I can have for a snack?" somehow has snowballed into "How much wood would I need to build a greenhouse?" Next thing you know, I'm googling gardening tips while my stomach is doing backflips. I don't even have access to a backyard! My lack of chill has led to migraines, insomnia, and panic attacks. I may not be able to always control my environment, but I do have a say-so in my reactions. I find the calm in calamity by combating my anxiety with a variety of coping skills. One of my favorite tools I use to declutter my mind is the to-do list; to spice it up a bit, I suggest a to-don’t list!

I’m sure many can admit to adding an already-completed task to their to-do list! I definitely know I’m guilty! Progress becomes addictive. When I see a check, I become more motivated to earn more! Fortunately, you are in complete control, so a teeny bit of cheating for encouragement is allowed! What I absolutely do not condone myself doing is checking off something before I do it! You never know what can pop up and hinder you from finishing! 

There has been a few times I have written my to-do list using my Notes App on my iPhone. However, most times I prefer old school pen and paper. This is no different for my to-don’t list! My imperfect handwriting and doodling are my way of making my list special.

I make sure to include the date. I might give myself two weeks to see a change. In order to hold myself accountable, I make specific and realistic goals! Imagine me putting “eating unhealthy” instead of “drink pop on weekdays”! Broad goals can get way to complicated, because it becomes harder to pinpoint achievement. I keep my list short sometimes, so I don’t lose focus.

Organizing my goals in lists always seems to help me. Even if I do not complete the list, I know I’m always more productive than if I had not made one at all. There have been times I only complete one task and am confident I would have done none without the list. It also helps to know that all my problems aren’t just swarming in my head like bees. I can make a plan with actual solutions.

I have made it a priority to master the yin and yang in my life. I will keep balance in my life by focusing  on the positive, but not neglecting negative. I will remain humble by never forgetting my flaws. I have a lot of bad habits that I have the power to change. It won’t happen overnight, but I decide to take it one day at a time. One check mark at a time!

-@ambthegoddess



5 Year Natural Hair Journey

You usually don't see the hair growth until you look back on all your pictures from when you FIRST started your hair journey until NOW. I'll be taking you on my Journey with me From cutting my LOCS to having NATURAL HAIR. 

A little back story: I had locs since I was 5. I cut them when I turned 12. I moved to South Carolina and I didn't know how to do hair so I got them back when I was 13. I cut them again in 2013 right before I graduated High School (Wasn't the best decision to make and I didn't know how to do hair). 

I'm not going to make this all long and drawn out because the pictures will explain it for you. I'll just let you know what year it was and what the hairstyle was. If that's okay with you all? I hope so because I'm doing it anyways. 


Little Me- I can't really remember the year but Those are my locs! 


















2013- I had no clue what to do with my hair, until I started watching Youtube. You will see the  progress 
How I wore my hair most of the time. It was so dry
As you can see in picture #2 this was my go to style



Then I saw a video and decided to try a frohawk, still 2013 
Fro Hawk #1 
Fro Hawk #2




















2014:


Wash & Go with flat twist (I thought I was cute) 

Wash and go without flat twist

 2015:  I was experimenting more with my hair. I was trying different styles now.

Flexi Rod Mohawk style My First time doing one 


Twist Out

Yes it's real! My Fro! 

You'll see a lot of braids here this was my got to style 

A twisted crochet using kanekelon hair






Just another picture of the crochet


2016: I was a little more experienced here. I was doing more styles, loving my natural hair

Sleek Bun With some side curlz

Wash a go. I pick it way out. Only got to wear it for a day 

Neat Wash & Go

Loved this style. Laid my hair underneath
and did this scraf style I saw a friend of mines do

Messy Bun

I took out some braids I did and this was my hair 

Twist out I did





 2017: I was doing it up last year. I really fell in love with my hair. I loved doing it, I was happy. I was maintaining it so well this year.

Chunky Twist Out

Straightened it after a really long time
















Wash & Go. My Curlz was Poppin

The shrinkage was real but next day
Wash & Go

Fro Hawk Wash & Go















Braid & Bun

Box braids

Twist out with some added Accesories













Twist out into a Flat twist

Flat Twist Double puff

Add caption











Curl my hair after I straightened it

Braided Style

Kind of A Wash & Go






















Next day Kind of Wash & Go

Wash and Go all dried.






 2018:  This year I just did basic styles with my hair but it's at it's longest length so far and I want it to just keep getting longer.

I started trying wigs out. Then I
added a scraf on top

My little sister did my braids
for me (Shout to Atia) 














Double Puffs on Freshly washed hair

Bun with Accessories
Passion Twist





















Passion Twist #2

Double Buns! 




 Thank you for viewing my 5 Year Natural Hair Journey. Please don't hesitate to comment below. I love reading them. Look out for the Video on Youtube. Subsrcribe @karminityblog

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