Monday, July 10, 2017

Money Mondays: Learn To Use What You Have First

One who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  Luke 16:10

"Lord, please bless my finances."  "Bless me financially."  "Deliver us in our finances." "I'm praying for a financial blessing."  "I need an increase, Lord."  We've all heard these little prayers before and have most likely called them out ourselves.  I know we have.  It is the "prayer heard 'round the world."  Everything will just be alright if I can increase my finances.  If I just had more money, I'd be able to live a little better.

We pray this impatient prayer all the time.  However, how many of us are praying for wisdom to learn how to use what we already have?  How many of us are asking for guidance so that we can make the best financial decisions with what we have now?  Too many times we are praying for the wrong thing.  Many times we don't even prepare for what we're praying for.  It doesn't make sense for me to have an increase in my finances, when I don't really know what I'm doing with the little I have.  We just have more money to make an even bigger mess than the one we started with.  When we haven't learned how to manage our money, no amount of money is going to make too much difference.  Sooner or later, we're going to find ourselves back where we started.

Start, instead, by asking God for wisdom and understanding in learning to use what you have.  When you get a handle on what you have, you'll be better prepared for when the increase comes. 

Money with Miranda
The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands. - Proverbs 14:1

Hey guys!  I hope you enjoyed this post!  I've been asked about finance workshops a lot and my hectic life know. lol 
So this is one way, I'll be getting information out there.  Every Monday, I'll be doing "Money with Miranda" and encouraging biblical guidance with our finances.  I also speak at a few women's conferences once or twice a year.  Maybe one day soon ( and twin free for a few hours ), we'll get some workshops going.

Let me know what you guys think!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Birthday Hair - Perm Rods On Natural Hair

I've got several comments, messages and questions about my "birthday hair."  Thanks to all for the positive comments!  You can adjust this routine to fit you, but here's what I did and what I used.

These are all the products that I used on my hair for this style.

Suave professionals Coconut oil infusion shampoo
Tresemme Naturals conditioner
Infusium 23
Camille Rose Moisture Milk
Ecostyler gel
Pantene Argan Shine serum
Spray bottle with water

After washing and conditioning my hair, I applied Infusium 23 as a leave in.  This is not my normal leave in, but a bottle that I am trying to finish off.  Then I sectioned my hair and applied the Camille Rose moisture milk.

Then, I grabbed some medium sections and applied the ecostyler.  If my hair felt a little too dry, I'd spray it with the water bottle. I didn't want it soaking wet, just a little moist. Then, I'd put the ecostyler on. I used two different rollers, white in the back and in the bottom sides.  Then I put the peach colored ones in the top.  I'm a little obsessed with tapered cuts, so I was trying to emulate one.  My hair is a good bit longer, though.

I could see a little fuzz as I was rolling some of them.  I figured maybe I should have rolled my hair onto the roller vs. rolling the roller into my hair, if that makes sense to you.

  If you remember from my journey to minimalism post, I mentioned some products that I was going to make sure I use.  This is one of them.  It made my hair really shine, and I received lots of comments about that too.

I slept in a bonnet over night and then unrolled the next afternoon.  It started to lightly drizzle that morning and there was no way I was taking my hair down until it was almost time to go. lol

You can see my frizzy roots good here.

After a bit of separating and lifting the roots, here's what we have.  I was pretty happy with it even with all the frizz.  However, every time I curl my hair, I get the overwhelming urge to cut it off in a shorter style.  I've big chopped twice already.

Tips: The Loc method works wonders for retaining moisture.  Sometimes we switch it up to Lco - liquid, cream then oil.
I couldn't find my oil when I did my hair at 2 in the morning. lol 
That's that mom life for you!