Home Sweet Home

Hello my lovelies,

I just recently returned from an internship in Belize this summer.  It was an amazing experience and I'm thankful for the opportunity that I had to serve and to learn.  I met some amazing people along the way, learned so much more than I could have dreamed about concerning history and culture and odd topics in between.

Although the internship has technically ended, I'm still working on my special project with the Ministry of Education.  I'll share it with you when it's up and going.  Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

If you were privy to the Weather Channel, there was a tropical storm, turned hurricane (Earl) that traveled through the Caribbean.  My flight was able to stay on schedule; however, I watched many others in the airport as their flights were cancelled.  The rest of my group had flights the weekend after the hurricane, so I was the only one traveling home during the middle of the week.  Thankfully, I made it home safely after what seemed to be a 24 hour experience, yet only a 4 hr flight plus a 2 hr drive.  Special thank yous for those of you who expressed your concern.  I appreciate it!

Nevertheless, I'm home and I'm glad to be here.  Of course, I took photos, but I'll leave you with only one (and a video) while I take time to edit and unpack and all that other good stuff!

And the link to the video....


Prepping My Hair for Travel {Protective Styling}

This past year, I've been rocking the protective hair styles out of necessity more than anything else. But what I've learned through it all is that even when life is really busy, it's best to sacrifice a day to get a long-lasting protective style (only if that works for you and your hair though) in order to save your hair in the long run.

I can't lie and say that I've done the best by my hair even when it was in a protective style, but I love the ease of hair wash days when my hair is in extension twists.  My scalp thanks me for such an easy process.  I also love being able to look presentable at a moment's notice because your hair is basically done...all the time.

But needless to say, after having your hair in a protective style for 3 months at a time, there is a deep loss in not being able to touch your own natural strands.  So, I always have a break between protective styles, not only for my hair's sake, but for mine!  At the end of the school year, I took down my extension twists, rocked my own two strand twists for a bit, and then had my hair recolored to hide those ever-increasing gray hairs.

Now as I prep for my trip to Belize, I want to have an easy style that doesn't involve long faux strands hanging down my back.  It's much too hot for that.  I mean, in my own city, we have daily temps hovering around 100 F and the heat index makes it even more intense.  So, I can only imagine what it feels like in Central America right about now.

This time I opted for crochet twists.  I've never tried them before, but have been wanting to for a little while now.  Already, I can say that I'm enjoying them.  The process to have them installed was a little over 2 hours which does not compare to the usual 6-8 hours of individual extension twists.  And, this is more economical (at least the upfront cost).  I'll let you know how long these last and then I can give a more accurate account.  But as for now, I'm pleased.

I'm also pleased that my hair did not fall out over the year, truth-be-told. Instead, it grew!  Stoked!!!

I didn't comb my hair out fully, but it definitely grew and is super thick! 
My stylist cornrowed my hair with extensions before crocheting the other hair in
Here's a bit of a sneak peek
Half done!
All done.  It's super light.  You like?
Now it's time to pack!

Guess Who's Growing an....?


Several months back, I opted for avocado instead of mayonnaise on my sandwich for lunch.  Many of my students were fascinated with the avocado, mostly because they hadn't seen one or seen the seed of one before.  After the question of What is that? was answered, the follow up question was, Can we plant it?

But of course!  Now I know that I don't live in the proper climate to truly produce fruit, but I'm pretty sure the tree could still grow.  So, the students researched how to plant the seed and shared the tasks of prepping the seed for it's new home in a mason jar full of water.

For months we watched the seed, squealed over any new sign of life forming, and left the year with the hope for an avocado tree.

I changed the water in the jar, placed the seed in my kitchen windowsill and literally forgot about it.  Now, when I placed the seed jar in the window, there was already a root at the bottom and a little plant peeking through one of the cracks of the seed.  Imagine my surprise the other day to see that plant sitting tall in the air on a branch!  I just had to share it with you.

What new plant have you tried growing lately?