Browsing Tag

self care


Self Care & My Revelation After A Trip to the Hair Salon

Last week I went to the hair salon after work. Let me preface it by saying it was DESPERATELY needed. The natural hair struggle is real, and topped with NYC’s winter weather? My hair was feeling like STRAW. So I was definitely overdue for an appointment and I knew I needed to just go and get it done. I have scheduled hair appointments over and over again but then cancelled for one reason or another because truthfully, I feel like it takes too long and I would rather be home with my kids. But I’m trying to develop better habits this year so in my head I was all “TREAT YOURSELF TANAY! SELF CARE!”.


Continue Reading →

5 Habits All Moms Need to Take With Them Into 2020

Happy New Year! I almost can’t believe I’m sitting here with you guys in 2019! The year flew by and it was definitely, a year! Last year I made a whole list of goals, that I provably revisited once or twice when I wasn’t resharing it with you guys and that… kinda sucks. This year I am focusing on creating better habits, versus sticking to specific resolutions and I figured I’d share a couple of mine that are related to motherhood. Here are a couple things we need to remember to do for ourselves and our families this year. Continue Reading →


Confession Time: I’m SICK of Having to Put My Kids First

Every morning (or night if you will) my alarm goes off at 230am. I snooze like 5 times, and then I try to detach Zayn without waking him up, sneak out of the room and get dressed in the living room so that I can be at work at 3 effing 30. In the morning. Since James works overnight also, that means I have two kids I then have to (sometimes) dress and move in the middle of the night to their respective locations so that they aren’t left unsupervised. Thank God for family!

Zayn’s first winter was ROUGH. I found myself calling out of work pretty often to stay home because one or both kids were sick and ain’t nobody trying to take care of a sick child that isn’t  theirs in the middle of the night. Love em or not! Returning to work is always led with “Hey what happened?” and then upon explaining my situation (sick kids, 3am, no childcare…) I always get the “empathetic “well, you have to do what’s best for your family”.

And I’m going to be completely honest with y’all and say when it comes to work vs family, I’m tired of choosing my kids. Because…. I feel like it shouldn’t even be a “thing”. I’m honestly annoyed by the guilt I feel of letting someone else down every time I have to stay home to be with them. I just want to parent guilt-free. Back in December Zayn (at 5 months old) was hospitalized for Croup and I actually had someone look at me with confusion and say, “you could’ve left him there and just came to work it’s not like he could go anywhere.” Miss……. what?!?!

I completely get that for some people the money is the motive but no one tries to make you feel guilty when you miss your kids 4th school performance for your lil $15 an hour, so why do I get so much crap for choosing the opposite end? I’m over it. I’m completely tired of the fact that I even HAVE to make choosing my kids a big deal but I’d never choose anything else. I don’t get paid enough for all that.

What’s your work/life balance like? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


6 Different Water Bottles That Will Help You SLAY Your ‘Drink More Water’ Resolution!

It sounds crazy but I really really struggle with drinking water still. If you’re rolling your eyes and saying “Tanay grow up!” then you’re absolutely right, I need to LOL. I started way before the new year, but one of my resolutions is to drink more water and to cut back on sugary drinks. because I literally can drink soda and juice ALL DAY.

I’m a visual person, and it’s probably just me being extra but I feel way more motivated to drink water when it’s in a cute water bottle and I actually drink more that way. Bottles that have straws are usually my favorite but they have so many different cute bottles now that it’s fun switching it up from time to time. No matter what kind of water drinker you are, there is a bottle to fit what you need. Check out some of my favorites below.

**This post does contain affiliate links. For full disclosure on affiliate links, review the privacy policy here.**

For The Ones Who Need A Reminder Throughout the Day:

This bottle is my favorite. It’s 30 oz and has the time markings on one side and this quote on the other. I like the time markings because it let’s you know where you should be by a certain time of day. Pretty cool, and comes in different colors!

Click here to get it on Amazon for $17.99!


This bottle is probably the most pricy on the list but for good reason. If youre always on the go and you REALLY need reminders this bottle glows to remind you to stay hydrated and it can sync via bluetooth with your smartphone. Compatible with Fitbit, Apple Watch and other activity trackers.

Click here to purchase on Amazon for $54.95!

For The Gym Enthusiasts:

I’ve honestly never heard of this brand of water bottle but it’s the Amazon’s Choice for sports water bottles. It has over 3000 reviews and a 4.5 star raring so my guess is, you cant go wrong!

Click here to get it on Amazon for $21.95!


I just thought this was cute LOL.

Because it’ll look like you’re REALLY into whatever you have going on. Isn’t that the point at the gym?

Click here to get it on Amazon for $18.91!

For the Ones Who Just CAN’T Drink “PLAIN” Water:

There are some days that I feel like I just cant drink water. Infused water is a great way to get your water intake but add some flavor to it without completely defeating the purpose and adding artificial sugar. I love that this infuser has a full-length infusing rod and it comes in multiple colors. It has great reviews and is a great price!

Click here to get it on Amazon for $14.90!

Track your drinking and infuse your water! The best of both worlds. This bottle comes with two different length infusers and it comes with an ebook of infused water recipes.

Click here to get it on Amazon for $16.99!

Of course Amazon is FULL of different bottle options but these bottles were highly rated/reviewed and I LOVE the first bottle. What kind of water drinker are you? Do you struggle with your water intake? Have a different bottle you love? Leave comments in the comment section =).