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Schoolhouse Review: Wizzy Gizmo

Monday, August 18, 2014

You’re probably wondering who or what is Wizzy Gizmo?!?!? Wizzy Gizmo is a fun and entertaining character who happens to be a genius that loves God. He makes wacky gizmos and kind of looks like his name with lots of white hair that sticks straight up.
 
Wizzy Gizmo
 
Wizzy Gizmo is a series of Bible books, audio books, and flashcards. Currently available: Book 1:Who Created Everything?, Book 2: In His Image, Audio Drama 1: Who Created Everything?, and Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament.
 
My family reviewed: Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament
Price: $14.99
Recommended Age: 4-12
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This set comes with 27 9x6 sturdy cards. I love that they are big and colorful. On the front of the card there is a summary of the New Testament book. Your child will learn about the book, the author, time period that it was written, and theme.
 
Fast Track Bible Pack 1
 
The back of the card is pretty neat. I love how organized it all his.
 
Fast Track Bible Pack 2
 
At the top there is the theme. Below the them you will find the outline. For instance with the book of John the outline looks like this:
I The Public Ministry of Jesus . . . 1-12
II The Private Ministry of Jesus-Upper Room . . . 13-17
III The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus  . . . 20-24
 
There are also Key Chapters, Key Passages, Key Doctrines, and Key People. Since all the information is on the card you can use it as a bookmark and keep it in your Bible. This is great for someone who is always misplacing things (like me).
 
I used this with Ethan my soon-to-be 6th grade son. Each card took us a week to get through but I’d like to add that there is so much information that in the future I’d like to take longer.
 
Here’s what a week of using Fast Track Bible Pack looked like at our house.
 
Monday: Read the front of the card and read a few chapters from the book using the outline.
Tuesday: Go over the information on the front of the card, dates, key people, them, etc. read a few more chapters of the Bible book per the outline and add in some key passages.
Wednesday: Same as above but instead of key passages we focused on key doctrine.
Thursday: Again went over dates, theme, author, etc., read per the outline, and continued with the key passages.
Friday: Give an oral narration of what the book is about.
 
This schedule worked but I felt like I was cramming too much into a week. What’s great is I can slow it down if I need to or just do less and go through the cards again. This is what we might do with the Fast Track Bible Study Pack from here on out.
 
If you are creative you can really go all out by finding coloring pages, having the child use the theme or key verses as copywork throughout the week, written/oral narrations, draw pictures, etc.
 
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I would like Wizzy Gizmo to add some optional items like an activity book with crossword puzzles and word searches (finding all the names of the Key People), maybe some coloring pages for my boys to color as I read a chapter or two from the Bible, and maps to label.
 
Another item to add to the Fast Track Bible Pack, a timeline. I love timelines and I think this would benefit the children with seeing when the author lived and wrote the Bible, especially if there are dates of what was going on in world history as well. I always find it fascinating to find out who was alive during the same time period as Jonah, Timothy, Esau, etc.
 
We enjoyed using the Fast Track Bible Pack. I liked how it introduced the Key People and told who they were. I think it’s important for children to know who the people are in the Bible, what their occupation was, and so forth. It really brings the person to life as a ‘real’ person not just a person in a story.
 
Another way to use the cards are with my older students. They can simply read the summary, look over the outline, key chapters and passages, read about the key people, before they start their Bible reading.
 
When I first saw a picture of the character Wizzy Gizmo immediately I thought of my 10 year old son Lance. He’s very animated and I could see him being a little Wizzy, so I purchased the Who Created Everything? book and audio.
 
Wizzy Gizmo
When I showed the book to my husband and told him it was for Lance his response, “That is Lance, with the hair and coat”, made me laugh because it’s so true.
 
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Low-Carb Menu

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My last doctor visit in June showed I’m still low on Vitamin D and my cholesterol went up a bit. It’s not super high but enough for my doctor to want me on a low dose of statin. With that said, I don’t believe cholesterol numbers are all that, meaning, for me I’m focusing on my HDL and Triglycerides. From the research I’ve done I don’t believe the LDL and total numbers are the say all.

I haven’t been keeping to my healthy way of eating and I know that’s why my cholesterol has risen some. I have stayed low-carb BUT I’ve added in Ezekiel bread, Joseph’s Pita bread, low carb tortillas, and other frankin foods. I need to stop this frankin food eating insanity!

And I think I’ve been eating too many carb as well. So, I’m motivated to get back to the basics. Eating all God made food again. I am rereading my Atkins’ books and have added a few more to my library.
I have also gained 5lbs back. I ‘m determined to lose the 5lbs and lower my cholesterol as well (mosty for the doctor, I don’t plan on taking any medication).

Sunday Aug. 10th-16th
Sunday:
Breakfast: Bulletproof coffee-2TBL butter, 1TBL MCT Oil, 1 TBL  Heavy Cream
Lunch: 1 Avocado, 1 slice of sharp cheddar cheese, 6 oz of chicken
Snack: Bulletproof coffee (same as above)
Dinner: 2 eggs, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped red onions, sauteed in 5TBL Butter
Snack: 2 Almond Keto Bombs (pg. 249 from Keto Clarity)

I didn’t feel hungry at all. I loved my food and enjoyed every bite. The Almond Butter Keto Bombs, were, well, the bomb, hehe. They were good. I do need to make some Brain Boosters soon. I really like those and they have less carbs.

Monday
Breakfast: 8:30 Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: 12:30 6oz of canned Salmon (wild caught), 2TBL Blue Cheese, 2TBL homemade mayo, 1/2 avocado, lettuce to wrap it all in.
Snack: 2:30 cup of Tassimo Espresso, 4tbl heavy cream
Dinner; 7:00 2 eggs, sausage, 1/4 red onions chopped, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2TBL butter, 2TBL feta cheese, 2tbl sesame seed oil <-----not sure if I should have added that, I need to research sesame seed oils.

I did have a downer around 2:00 P.M. I was tired. By 4:00 I was okay and back to teaching a few sessions with Brent and Caleb. My morning Bulletproof coffee had me stuffed and hurt my tummy a bit. I think tomorrow I’m going to cut the coconut oil to 1TBL. It will save me on some calories and hopefully I won’t feel so stuffed after drinking it.

Tuesday
Breakfast:8:00 Bulletproof Coffee, 2TBL Kerrygold butter, 1TBL coconut oil, stevia
1:00 P.M. Bell Peppers, onions, 1/2 avocado, 2TBL Palm Oil, 6 oz steak, spinach
2:30 Tasimmo Coffee with heavy cream (way too much at 4 tbls) I think I’m going to cut back on the cream. I feel like I’m eating too many calories by the end of the day.
5:30 2 Almond Butter Keto Bombs
8:30 12 Rib-eye steak, 1/2 sweet potato, 1tbl butter
9:45 Grande Starbucks Coffee with heavy cream <-----should have said no thank you to my sweet SIL

I was hunger free until 5:00 P.M. so I ate 2 Butter Bombs to hold me over until I was able to eat supper (which was way too late). I left the house around 6:00 to go to a neighborhood watch meeting with hubby and we planned to eat out after. This is why I ate so late. After the meeting we were heading out to the airport to pick up my MIL and found a good steakhouse on the way.

I should have scaled back on that steak to a 10oz at least. I did only eat half the sweet potato but I know I went over my protein and carb intake for the day which I’m aiming for 60g. of protein and 25 carbs.  Since I only ate half of the large sweet potato I’m hoping it was around 18 carbs.
Then my SIL bought us a Starbucks Coffee to sip while we waited for the plane. I couldn’t resist (which I should have). So Tuesday was not a good keto day for me.

Wednesday:
8:00 A.M. Bulletproof Coffee, 2TBL butter, 1Tbl coconut oil. It takes me about a half hour to drink Bulletproof coffee. I much prefer 1tbl coconut oil. Listening to my body.
12:00 2 eggs scrambled with spinach, onions, mushrooms, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 2tbl feta cheese, and 2tbl butter, 1tbl red palm oil.
2:00 P.M. coffee with 2tbl heavy cream
6:00 P.M. 6oz steak, bell peppers, onions, 3tbl butter, and two brain boosters

I was hungry about 11:00 A.M. and later hungry for dinner around 6:00. In the morning I didn’t feel good, my stomach hurt some. Nothing major but I felt a bit nauseated.

I know keto sticks are not super accurate but I did get some to see if I was at least in some sort of ketosis. There are 3 different ketones and one can be found in the urine. I read that ones you are in ketosis for a while the readings on this will not be reliable anymore but that’s okay with me. I just want to know if I’m in ketosis.

Yay, I was, although hunger pangs haven’t subsided. Hopefully that will happen in time. Maybe with only being 4 days in is too early for that.

My Great Lakes Gelatin arrived, wahoo! So I’ll be adding that to my coffee and drinks daily. At least 2tbl a day. This gelatin is expensive (at least to me) and it has taken me at least over 6 months to finally order it, but look how big the container is! I thought it was going to be pretty small. I’ve been adding this to Lupe’s smoothies as well.
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Thursday:
8:00 A.M. Iced Bulletproof 2tbl Gelatin powder, 2tbl Kerrygold Butter, 1tbl coconut oil
12:40 P.M. 5oz sausage, 1tbl feta cheese, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup onions, handful of greens
2:26 P.M. coffe, 2tbl cream, stevia, 2 brain boosters
6:00 P.M. 2 eggs, onions, feta cheese, cottage cheese, greens

I was a little tired around 3:00. When I made my 2:00 P.M. coffee, I actually didn’t really want it. I made it more out of habit.

Friday:
8:00 Bulletproof Coffee: 2tbl Kerrygold butter, 2tbl coconut oil, 2tbl gelatin
11:00 6oz steak, veggies, butter, cheddar and feta cheese, and one brainbooster
1:00 coffee, cream, gelatin
4:30 1/4 cup Brazil nuts
6:30 Sausage Pancakes from the book Coconut Ketogenic Diet (they were yummy and filling)

The night before I went to bed around midnight and woke this morning about 7:30. You’d think that 7.5 hours would be enough but I was tired by 10:00 A.M. My MIL is visiting too so I’ve been up late with her all week. We love to talk. Thank the Lord I have a super MIL. I did feel better energy-wise around 4:00.

Saturday
8:30 Bulletproof coffee
1:00 4 left over sausage pancakes with a salad topped with homemade mayo dressing (my homemade mayo didn’t come out right so I’m pouring it over my food as a dressing)
6:00 6oz of steak and lots of veggies, cabbage, spinach, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, from Genghis Grill

Wasn’t hungry all day, yay!

I haven’t lost any weight even though my carbs have stayed at 20 carbs. I think I’m eating too much fat but that’s okay (for now as I try to figure out my ratios). Although I’d love to lose 5lbs I’ve decided to just work on my health.  I’m focusing on my triglycerides and HDL. LDL is an indicator for me, that I had been eating more carbs via low-carb foods, that are not good for me.

So with that I’m focusing on not eating those low-carb frankin foods. They raise my numbers and quite frankly I didn’t feel all that great after consuming them. My tummy would get upset.
Lowering my carb intake to 20 has not been hard. I thought it would be since I was at 70 carbs a day but eating lots of veggies, protein in moderation, and adding lots of good fats has made it quite easy in fact.

When Lupe and I go out on our dates we have stayed away from hamburger joints and either go to a good steakhouse or Genghis Grill so I’m not tempted to eat that one hamburger bun. When I have a steak the two sides I add is a sweet potato with lots of butter and green veggies. If the sweet potato is big then I eat only half. It’s hard to leave the other half because I love sweet potatoes.
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Coffee Time at Lowe’s

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Last night we had to run a few errands and Annette came along. We made a stop at Chick-fil-A. I ordered a coffee. We had to leave before I was finished it.

Lupe needed a few things at Lowe’s, so while he shopped, I finished my coffee and chatted with Annette.
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I loved the table. It would go great on our front porch!
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The coffee on the other hand was just okay. I have tried to like Chick-fil-A’s coffee but to me it isn’t very good and I LOVE Chick-fil-A, so that’s not easy to admit.

I have to say that McDonalds makes a better cup of coffee than my beloved Chick-fil-A.
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Reading Atkins Book (again)

Friday, August 8, 2014

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It has been over a year since I’ve read this book and I could use some motivation.
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Not that I don’t like living a low-carb lifestyle because I can’t imagine ever going back to the way I was eating again. But rereading can be a good thing.
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It’s a great refresher and a reminder of why I no longer eat most grains and have stayed away from sugar.
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It has been over a year and a half and I’ve kept most of the weight off. I say most because I go up and down within 5 pounds. Lately its been up because I am eating a bit too much carbs.

This is one of the reasons why I’m rereading the book. I need the motivation to get strict. I’m not eating a lot of refined, processed, sugar, foods but every now-and-then I will eat that hamburger with one piece of bread or snag a tortilla chip or eat too many french fries. Meteor Burger makes a mean fry Winking smile.

I did take a 2 week vacation and managed to eat (low-carb) healthy 75% of the time. The only times I ate high carb foods, was when we were invited to dinner at a friends/family house.

And I’ll admit I did the whole ‘you deserve that’ thing. Bad me, but there was this one sandwich called a Torta at a Mexican restaurant. The bread is so good. It’s a sandwich with steak, sour cream, avocado, soft cheese (not sure the name of it but it’s similar to feta or goat cheese), mayo, and lettuce. I could have said, ‘no’ but it’s so good and I hadn’t had one in years.

So the splurging needs to stop. I haven’t gained weight thankfully (other than the up and down with 5lbs). I don’t splurge on a daily bases so that’s good, but because I’ve been eating more carbs my cholesterol has risen some. My doctor wants to put me on a low dose of statin.

I started walking at least 3 times a week. I should walk more and plan to when the weather is nicer. Not so hot. I think walking will help too.

A few more reads I would like to add to my ‘diet’ shelf:
The Coconut Ketogenic Diet (sounds interesting and I LOVE coconut)

And by ‘diet’ I mean a healthy way of eating, a life style. It’s not all about losing weight for me but being healthy and educating my family.
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Bed Schooling

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is great about homeschooling? Well many things but one that popped out for today was bed-schooling.
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Brent was on the computer doing CTC Math and UberSmart. I didn’t want Ethan to be distracted so we took school to my bedroom. He loved it.
Homeschooling
We completed Rod and Staff Reading and Phonics as well as Fast Track Bible.
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Ethan reading from his Rod and Staff Bible reader with one sock on and one sock off.
Rod and Staff Reading
Peeking from behind his book. I was glad he let me takes some pictures.
Fast Track Bible Pack
Mom’s books and coffee.
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Earlier Ethan did some school at the kitchen table.
Memoria Press
He is working on Geography from Memoria Press.
Memoria Press
He also completed English Lessons Through Literature: lesson 32. This lesson took 2 days to complete because the story for this lesson was from The Blue Fairy Book: The Story of Pretty Goldilocks, it was a bit long. I read half yesterday and the rest today. The lesson itself was easy, about phone numbers.
 We went over singular pronouns and plural pronouns as well as verbs. He completed a worksheet and some copywork.

Today with the middle boys I added in some geography.
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Awe, cute fingers. Brent’s and Caleb’s.

Today we studied about Iran via Memoria Press.
Memoria Press
My java for today was protein coffee.
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I brewed a fresh cup of java, put it in the blender, added 1 scoop of protein powder, and 1tbl of Kerrygold butter, and blended. It was good but I was super full. An hour earlier I had a cup of cottage cheese with a cup of strawberries so I think I over ate/drank.

I filled my cup to the brim. It was good nut I think I need to try it again to see if it’s a winner or not. I’ll have to report back tomorrow Winking smile.

Other happenings:

Annette as been reading a Jerry B Jenkins Precinct 11 series. Not very girlie and not her normal kind of read. I did read them as well.

Joshua is doing an essay on global warming and has been checking out books at the library as well as ordered a few reads and dvds. One being from Answers in Genesis:

Global Warming: A Scientific and Biblical Expose of Climate Change—DVD

Another one he ordered was,

 The Privileged Planet, DVD

Not so much on global warming but I thought it was great that he purchased these on his own.

I guess that’s it for now. The kids and I are finally going to watch God’s Not Dead. We really wanted to watch this in theatres but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

On a review note: Ethan is going to use Fix It Grammar book 1. We love our current English program but I think we are really going to enjoy FIx It as well. Fun, fun, fun!

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Its Been A While!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Right now I just brewed me a cup of java, yum!
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The pretty mug has a story behind it but I’m not able to write about it just yet. I bought a new camera and misplaced the software. All my ‘story’ pictures are still ‘in’ the camera.
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And how did or could I misplace the software? Well, it’s been a while since I blogged. The last 6 post were prewritten in July, around the 2nd week!

Homeschooling6 went on a vacation!!! For two wonderful weeks!
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One of our stops at a Mexican restaurant. Had to take a picture of the kiddos with the funny characters.

We visited family in California. My baby sis was getting married.
Look, how beautiful she is! And most of my pictures are on my new camera, sigh!
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My eyes are closed but my sis looks great and that’s all that matters!
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But I did get some pictures of me with my high school buddy and best friend on my phone!!!

We haven’t seen each other in over 10 years!!! I missed her so much. I’m so thankful to God that he brought us back together again.
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And my other high school friends whom I love lots and missed.
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My sister’s wedding was also like a family reunion.

We arrived home safe and sound on July 28th.

Today I started school back up. It was so hard. Ethan started UbberSmart Math Facts. A Crew item. I didn’t take many pictures of what Ethan completed which was Rod and Staff Phonics and Reading, English Lessons Through Literature, Fast Track Bible Pack,and copywork.
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This is also a Crew item. Yesterday we read Mathew 28 and the front of the card.
Today we read Mathew 28, went over some information like who was Mathew, about when was the book written. We then read some key scripture passages.
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Caleb and Brent started a Memoria Press Literature study. It was a spur of the moment thing. I picked Lassie because I new where the books were.
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Instead of completing an All About Reading lesson I thought having them practice reading would be a good thing. I haven’t had them read aloud to me for a while and I want to hear them and see where they are at. They answered the literature questions on their own time.
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We started writing and English too! Yay, it was hard getting back to ‘school’ but we did it. Our year doesn’t end until the end of Oct. Although life is getting in the way Winking smile. A good thing though. Both Brent and Caleb might take a trip to Florida. Of course they’ll take some school with them.

Hopefully I can download or upload the software either from the cds or find it online so I can write about our vacation soon.

I’m so happy to have posted. I really missed blogging.
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Silly Brent

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Caleb and I caught Brent being silly during a lesson I was teaching.
Excuse the big bowl filled with stuff. It’s what happens when we taking a sneaky picture. No time to move the clutter or we’ll be found out.
Awe, what a cute son I have.

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Natural Hair Products

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

About five years ago I went the no-poo route. I don’t like the word ‘poo’ so I prefer to say I stopped using store bought shampoos. The ones with all the chemicals.

My journey started with me using the baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse. I did this for two years! Chemicals didn’t touch my hair at all!

The first weeks my hair was yucky and tangley but I kept with it. Eventually my hair came around and liked my new regimen. I had softer hair.
I no longer combed my hair with a brush either. I switched to a wide tooth comb. I gently worked the comb through my tangles.

I also read and read about thick, long, curly, frizzy, hair. Someone mentioned the Curly Girl website. There is a forum someplace. I haven’t visited in years and haven’t found it, but here is another website. You can also google Curly Girls to find out more.

After a time though my hair went through a funk stage. It was greasy and yucky. So I gave in and washed my hair with store bought shampoo. About this time I started purchasing semi-natural shampoos with organic ingredients.

I gave in and washed my hair but my hair washing totally changed. I went from (before I stopped using shampoo) using store bought shampoo every, single, day, and tons of conditioner too. Now I wash my hair every 4 days and have not used conditioner in years!

My latest hair discovery is the Morroco Method way of brushing hair. I haven’t used a brush since 2009! That is until I purchased a boar brush. I now brush my hair almost every day. It’s part of my bedtime routine.

I’ve also been wanting to dye my hair. I haven’t yet (other than my one time dye 20 years ago) because I don’t want to use anything with chemicals. So I was happy when I read Lauren’s blog: Empowered Sustenance and found her post about Henna (scroll down to #11).

I ordered some to try and loved it. My hair had less tangles and was so much softer. You can read my Henna experience HERE.
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My hair is naturally curly (and frizzy) and once I stopped using store bought shampoo my curls were coming out again. Before they were, how should I put it, pretty stretched, you know more straight then curly.

But when I used the Henna my curls really popped as they say. I wanted to really nourish my hair so I did a Henna treatment every week for a month than every two weeks.

I did my last Henna treatment 7/8/14 and will now only do them every 3 months.
Henna Hair
The Morrocco Method suggest snipping your hair every so often. So a month after  my first Henna treatment my husband snipped maybe an inch at the most of my hair. And oh my, this really got my curls showing. My hair was also a lot shorter even though my hair was just barely cut (a tiny bit).
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To tell you the truth I didn’t believe that cutting less than an inch of hair could be so good. 

The next product I wanted to try was Curl Power.
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This also conditions and helps to elongate and detangle hair.

This stuff is thick. You simply ‘mask’ your hair with it and keep it on for 2 hours.

Washing this stuff off isn’t easy. In fact I felt like I still had some on a few days later but I absolutely loved the results.
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Slowly I’ve been purchasing some of the other products from Morrocco Method. Like the spray conditioners. I bought the Diamond Crystal Mist & Conditioner for me and the Sapphire Volumizer Mist for my hubby.

And soon I’ll order the Chai Instant Hair Conditioner for Lupe and the Euro Natural Oil Conditioner for me. Then I’ll chill out for a while and replace as needed.
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The Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioners are so natural that you can use the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo to wash your face and the Diamond Crystal and Voluminzer spritz conditioners as a toner. Just spritz on your face.

I still am washing my hair with honey water and other homemade shampoos and use coconut oil as a leave in conditioner. With that said, I’m happy I found a truly good for my hair products for the times when I want to ‘spoil’ my hair. They are so safe you can eat them but it’s highly recommended you don’t Winking smile!

Here is my hair after 6 Henna treatments and two weeks after Curl Power.
2 weeks after Curl Power
And that is where I am at with my natural hair journey.

One last thing, if you brush your hair daily using a boar brush that helps spread the oils and to my surprise it’s like washing your hair, so you don’t have to wash everyday. Your natural oils are a good thing.

Do you use a more natural way to shampoo and condition your hair? Do you make your own shampoo? If so I’d love to hear about it.
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