Hairstyle Request: Shingle Method

Okay so after I posted that I finally used the shingle method on my hair you can read that post here I had a request for the instructions so instead of just replying to that comment I just decided to create a post for the instructions… so here they go…

#1 I separated my hair into eight sections, two in the back, one in the middle back, two on the top of my crown, one on each side and one in the front for my bangs.  Just an FYI my hair was not combed out and was in a big puff ball that day.

#2 I wet each section with water from my spray bottle (not too much as I was going to bed right after). I also used a diluted conditioner (Hawaiian Silky with water and a bit of EVOO).

#3 As I wet and conditioned each section I two strand twisted each section Then put my satin bonnet on and went to bed. This took me about 20-30 minutes.

#4 The next morning I started in the back and worked my way up. I proceeded to spray each twist with water and rubbed some organic coconut oil on the twist before untwisting once I untwisted each twist I applied Eco Styler Gel on each tendril.

#5 I continued these steps until I was finished with my whole head and let each section air dry. This took me an hour to complete.

So there you have it. That is my shingle method. I hope it both works and helps you with the look you desire to achieve. Good Luck.

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I Finally Did It…

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I shingled my hair! Yeah that’s right it’s not anything too deep but it’s taken me a long time to commit to this style; probably because it takes a good amount of time and I really didn’t want to try this style with the product that every one has been using…

However since I got the Eco Styler Gel for free from a good friend Kim Keepes I decided it was time I tried it out! Because I prepped my hair last night it only took me one hour to do my hair this morning!

And as you can see by my big ol’ kool-aid smile I am extremely happy with the outcome! This will definitely be another go to style!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

Miami Moment #1: Reflections of a New Girl

As you all may have figured out by now we have successfully moved to Miami… now that we’ve been here for just over a week I decided that I would share with you all some of the observations that I have made in this short time. Of course these are not in any particular order of importance just pretty much how I remembered them… so here it goes…

#1 All of the women dress up that’s right, even their “laundry day” clothes are cute, or at least have cute shoes, bags, and accessories to go with them. I am definitely going to have to bring my big city fashionista out of sleep-mode and step my game up for this place…

#2 Most of the women wear high heels once again I say that’s right high heels! and if they are not high heels they are super cute flats and sandals alike… no Wal-Mart flip-flops allowed… truthfully I don’t know if I am ready for my feet to constantly be hurting…

#3 Everyone has manners YEP I have become innately aware of my lack of manners and etiquette since I have been down here… I have seen everything from using a fork and a knife to eat an empanada to eating a chicken sandwich… are you kidding me those are finger foods where I come from… how about you pick them up and stop being hungry!!!

#4 While driving, people are seriously impatient if you look down to change the radio station and the light turned green in that nano-second you will hear horns and maybe even curse words… I am not quite use to that yet but am working on it…

#5 People and places stay open/work past 5:00 Can you believe it… I called to get our water turned on and they told me that the person would be at the house between 3 pm and 12 midnight!!! Luckily for me they came within the hour… but really… and we can actually go out at 8pm and find something well actually a lot of somethings to do… Go figure…

So yeah those are my observations of my new home town (although I don’t claim it just yet on Facebook or twitter)… Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on how I can get use to this place quicker? I’d love to hear them…

It all started with a turkey…

that’s right, William and I were in a local Starbucks relaxing trying to settle on a couch to purchase when all of a sudden we were asked if we wanted a free turkey that was given to someone by a local church even though they weren’t going to eat it… so since we had been planning a Thanksgiving get together for the plant Miami team we decided to take them up on the offer… well that led to us chatting for a bit and exchanging info…

3 girls a guy and a turkey

The Divine Turkey

A few days later we found ourselves in that very same Starbucks drinking coffee together sharing our lives with each other and sharing what God is doing in our lives. They love Jesus and they were very encouraging. I even found out what I am supposed to be doing in this season of our lives… and the clarity that brought me was definitely worth a cup of coffee! God is good and He is moving me in the direction I need to be going. And I can’t wait to unearth it all to share with you.

Life’s A-Changin’

Today I walked into the place where I first met Jesus for the last time… I never thought that there’d ever be a day like today… and I know that I can always come back but just like home; it will never be the same! That place is Bethel Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee (if you’re ever in the area go and check it out)!

Today was officially our last Sunday there and we were sent out from the place where we grew up. Our whole life since we were saved has been spent at that church… we met there, were saved there, became disciples there, baptized there, we got married there, and have been called into full-time ministry there! I kind of figured that if we were gonna go into full-time ministry it would be there…not in another place… But God knows best…

I am fully aware that I am no longer the person I use to be. I have been transformed into the woman of God that I am supposed to be. Although I don’t have it all figured out God does! He knows exactly what He’s doing His love IS real and He wants me to share that with the whole world in my own special way… not like anyone else has before… and that’s okay too…

Today is a pivotal moment in my life, it’s the end of something I’ve held dear to my heart and the beginning of something truly God-breathed. Not only was today my last day at my home church, today was my official last day in the United States Army! if you’ve been keeping up with my blog I wrote earlier this year about how I went to my final muster formation which I thought was my final touch with the Army… you can read all about it here. It turns out I actually had until today… which was the day I signed my contract to enter into the delayed entry program exactly 8 years ago!

God has a way of working things out. It’s like He’s closed all these chapters of my life that have been simultaneously opened for years so that I could narrow my focus on this one task at hand: planting a church in Miami, Florida! I’ll be able to touch and help transform lives just like mine was transformed just a few short years ago… I’m overwhelmed by the thought of it all… This is the greatest adventure of my life and it’s going to take me places I’ve never been nor thought I’d ever be and God has known it all along…

He has just allowed me to grow up and be released. We leave in two days to begin walking in the calling God has placed on our lives. We couldn’t have done it without our friends and spiritual family and lots and lots of prayers… as we pray for you please continue to pray for us and our mission to Miami.

A Day full of Blessings!

Today I woke up and spent some wonderful time with Jesus! He spoke to me and I listened, and He just reminded me of what it was that I said to Him that I am now currently living out… And it all started off with Here I am Lord send me… which is why we are going to Miami in just over two days to be a part of a church plant. I will be sure to write a more in-depth blog about that in the next coming days…

A group of people praying

I love my family!!!

So anyway, Today was our, “Let’s not say good-bye Let’s say see you later” party and it was filled with a great bunch of people who came to share this special time with us. Some whom we’ve known from the beginning and some whom we’d met only minutes before… but they all came together to support us, love us and pray for us… I cried and cried and cried some more but finally the tears subsided and I was able to thank everyone!

Today was just a day full of Blessings and I will never forget it. Thank you for all of the memories!

Happy Veteran’s Day

I didn’t want this day to go by without saying Happy Veteran’s Day… As a veteran myself I really don’t have much to say except for Thank You to the men and women of the Armed Forces! I came up with the idea to post my friend’s thank you pictures! Enjoy and God Bless!