In Shower Body Lotions- Avon

Being a mother to five children,  my life is constantly on the go, never stopping kind of day(s). From football to gymnastics to our story time days at the library, there are hardly any time in the days for myself.  I know many women and mothers will say I need to take time for myself,  but I  have always been the type of person to put others first and I do that with my children also.  Anyway, I’m always looking for what can make my life just a little bit easier.  Honestly,  who isn’t looking for an easier way in life… we all are.  Whether it’s an app for your church so you can tithe easier without writing a check, or the pickup section at Walmart so you can order your groceries online and pick them up at a convenient time for yourself,  we all want the easiest fastest way for ourselves.

I love beauty products, and if I think I’ll like it I will try the product. (As long as it isn’t expensive, and time consuming to use I’ll try the product.) Seeing all the commercials about in-shower body lotions saying that it’s easy to use and faster than putting on lotion. made me want to try it. I like how lotions help dry skin, and help for skin to feel hydrated. That’s what I was wanting in the in-shower body lotion as well.

There are several of these types of lotions to try. Some to pick up at drug stores are Nivea and Jergens, but the one I am writing a review on are the two Avon sells.  Both of these products are from Avon’s Moisture Therapy collection. One of the in-shower lotions is called Ultra Hydration, while the other is called Intense Healing & Repair.

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The Ultra Hydration from Avon Moisture Therapy worked alright. The bottle states for dry to extra dry skin.  You apply this to wet skin after cleansing and then rinse it off. This product has a little stronger scent than Intense Healing & Repair.

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Ultra Hydration from Avon Moisture Therapy 

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The Intense Healing & Repair from Avon Moisture Therapy worked the best for my skin. I thought this product gave my skin a creamier feel like lotion.  This product didn’t have a scent as the Ultra Hydration did.

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Both of the lotions were a white creamy lotion. They both also blended well into the skin, and rinsed off fairly easy.  As shown in the pictures below.

All-in-all the in-shower lotions from Avon did help the process of applying lotion to go faster.  If one would wanted a scented lotion it would be best to use the Ultra Hydration, and if one would rather not have a scented lotion it would be best to use the Intense Healing & Repair.

If any one would like to purchase these products or any other Avon products, you can always go to youravon.com/lholdway.

     I am in no way promoting or being endorsed to write or suggest these products. This review is my own personal experience from using products from Avon.

Two to Tango with easy Pork Chop recipe

Adding to our family was an exciting time.  Little did I know two kids are a handful.  Our son was born in Iowa in 2013.  Due to my husband’s job we moved many different places before we settled back in our home state of Tennessee a couple of years ago.  Moving from state to state with my child and my step-children was not an easy task.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the idea of seeing our beautiful country.  The United States has eight distinct physiographic divisions.  You can read more about the geography of the U.S. on Wikipedia.  Living in the mountains and mid-west was a great experience.  Not only did we get the ability to live in a different region, but we were able to immerse ourselves in different types of individuals with different religions.  I loved getting to understand other religions and how other people lived in different regions.  Along with all the engaging with new surroundings, our children were having to adapt as well.  There are times when it takes children a little longer to adjust and become accustom to their surroundings.

The moving wasn’t easy on my husband.  Even though my step-children would stay with us for the summer, he still had to come home once a month every month to visit them.  He was ready to be closer to his kids, and our son was getting where it was getting longer for him to adapt to environment.

A couple of years after moving back to Tennessee, my husband and I found out we were going to be parents to another beautiful baby.  My husband got the girl he has been wanting to have, and I know when she is older she will be a daddy’s girl.  Since having our second child, the old saying “two is a handful” is something I can relate to.  I am constantly feeling tired, as well as feeling as though I can never get anything done.

Since I still need to cook food for everyone in a state of tiredness, I am always on the look out for quick and easy dinners.  If I cannot put it in the crock pot or it takes longer than 30 minutes to make, the recipe will passed up or thrown to the back of the cookbook.  I choose things that are simple such as McCormick Grill Mates in Smokehouse Maple on some pork chops.

Sprinkle the McCormick seasoning as much or little as you would like and put the item of choice on the grill.  This seasoning gave the meat a sweet smokey flavor.  This was very easy and tasty.

Transitioning

After having my first child my world changed for the better, as many individuals would say. It was an adjustment at first, then we (my child and I during the day) got into a routine. I had to learn to sleep when he slept, which is easy because I didn’t have a job. If I was employed that would be easier said than done. I thank the Lord above that he granted me with a wonderful, loving husband who gives me the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mother to our children. As our daily routines became a norm in our household, I never even thought about adding another little addition to our family.

Our family isn’t perfect. In fact, there are many days we could be the farthest from a perfect family. I have been told by a wonderful lady, who attends my lovely church, that I am her hero. To think I am one person’s hero leaves me baffled. Why would someone look to me as their hero? I can see all the places and crevices I fail. One place of the many places I don’t feel up-to-par would be my marriage. When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, mine and my husband’s marriage was falling apart. They say children are not a way to fix a marriage, and I would agree. Children do not fix a marriage; prayer is the answer.

Our children have helped me to become closer to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I continue to pray for my husband and our marriage. There are many obstacles marriages will have to endure. Adding children can add more hurdles to jump over. Two children can be a little difficult to adjust your daily living habits. Even though my daughter is eight months now, there are some things that are still difficult for us to acclimate to. It isn’t easy to sleep when the baby sleeps, since I have a four year old who either doesn’t want to sleep or decides he wants to wake me up whenever he feels like it. I believe everything is a work in process, and as long as I put God first everything else will fall into place.

“But seek ye the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

-Matthew 6:33

Latasha Holdway

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Bittersweet Internship

Well, my internship with the Department of Transportation ended. Honestly at first I was very nervous. Not only was I starting something new in my life, but this was the first time I was leaving my son for more than a couple of hours. Yes being the mother that I am, I cried because I missed my son. I never knew how hard it could be to leave him. As the days passed it was easy on both of us. He grew more excited to go to my grandmothers, and I started to enjoy the little bit of time doing something besides being a mother.

The internship was interesting to say the least. I had never experienced the process of an internship. It is like a job, but a lot more lenient. The hours were typical employment hours, but if I needed off for doctors appointments or because my grandmother had things with church already planned, I could take off without asking in advance or having to take leave. I was able to learn many things that I didn’t know about the DOT. I always thought that they just took care of the road, but I never knew they conducted relocation when individuals would be displaced due to a road affecting their home. I also didn’t know that there was a division for excess land that is for land that has been acquired that isn’t needed after about five years. The joy of internships is the learning process. Things are always different when you get to look behind the scenes.

When the end of the internship was coming near, I was getting excited and sad. Excited, because I couldn’t wait to be home with my son more and I was pregnant so the long days were starting to get to me. Sad, because everyone I had met would eventually just be a memory, and that something I was excited and nervous to start has flew by like the hours in the day.

I am grateful for the experience I received. I believe everything works out how God has planned for us, whether it is good or bad, the experiences in our lives are in His plans.

Being a Mother

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was thrilled! Little did I know that being a mother comes with a lot of fear, heartache, joy, happiness, sadness, and the list can go on with all the emotions one can/ does encounter with your first experience of being a mother.

You never really think about all the emotions you will go through watching your child grow until you just sit back from your hectic lifestyle and realize this child, who is your life, has brought so many emotions that you never thought anyone could bring to you or you never thought you would ever go through.

My son is in his terrible two’s (but I’ve heard it lasts longer than just the two’s), and there are some days I want to pull my hair out. I know one day I will miss this stage in his and my life. I already miss him being complete dependent on me. I miss feeding him, trying to teach him how to walk and talk, and showing him new things that he doesn’t think anything about now (which I am still showing him new things it just isn’t the same as when he was first discovering things).

This little person is growing and there are times you just want to freeze to remember the events forever. I have a book that I write things down my son says, because I know when he gets older I won’t be able to remember everything.

This is just to say that no matter how hectic, stressful, or caotic your life can be, remember that this little child who changed your life will not be little forever.

“Children are a gift from the Lord: they are a reward from Him.” Psalms 127:3

Latasha

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First blog post

Honestly, blogging is something I came across one day searching the internet.  I have noticed through the years that many individuals are “blogging” now, so I figured I would give it a try.  I know I am not the best individual at keeping posts updated, but I am going to try.  We will see how and where this may go.

I plan to give many individuals, who would like to read these, my craftiness as well as what I learn from being a mother and trying new things.

Thank you all, and may God bless you.