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GirlGoneNatural: My Natural Hair Journey

The purpose of this blog is to not only showcase the beauty of natural hair, but also to show how rewarding it is to live a natural lifestyle!
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#MeLea time! Under a month before it is #MeLea Reloaded! @ms_coi #friends #igdaily #selfie #naturalhair #teamnatural #nashville #happy #face

EXTREME COUPONER IN TRAINING
I have gleamed by motivation for saving money from the cable channel TLC. The shows “Til Debt Do Us Part” and “Extreme Couponers” have given me amazing tips on how to save lots of money by budgeting and clipping coupons!

I embarked on this coupon journey before, but it didn’t last long. I think it was because 1) I didn’t do research to know what the sales were and 2) I wasn’t motivated to stick with it. However, being a homeowner, unexpected expenses came up and the bills have jumped in a direction I don’t like. So, I am turning to couponing in hopes that the money I save will offset the unexpected expenses we have recently incurred.

Last week, I did some research, found some online deals, downloaded some coupon related apps on my cell phone, purchased two Sunday papers, and bought some sleeves that will be used to store my coupons. Let’s see how I did my first week:

Coupon Sleeves- $2.14
2 Sunday Papers- $4.00
Coupons- ($11.00)
App Cash Back Savings ($3.00)
Total Week 1 Savings: $6.86!

I know the total is small so far, but I am just getting started. Let me know if you have any tips! I am striving for $20 savings this coming week. Also, in my next post I’ll let you know which apps I have downloaded to help me save $$$!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hii. Okay so I got a texturizer when I was in the fifth grade. In sixth grade I started wearin box braids and eventually the texturizer grew out so I never big chopped. I'm now a sophomore in high school and even after all these years of being natural my hair seems to refuse to grow. I've come to a dead end. I have no idea what to do to get my hair to grow. It's so bad that it brings me to tears. Please help.
girlgonenatural girlgonenatural Said:

Hey there! It seems like you are experiencing breakage. Your hair is definitely growing, but it is breaking at the same rate which is preventing you from seeing growth. I don’t know anything about your hair type, genetics, or health condition, so, I will just give you general tips that worked for me. (1) Wrap your hair nightly and use a satin pillowcase. (2) Drink lots of water with nothing added and eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, oils, and nuts. (3) Get plenty of rest at least 7 hrs a night. (4) Use products that are paraben and sulfate free. (5) Wash your hair weekly. (6) Deep condition weekly. (7) Avoid putting lots of stress on your hair like braids, puffs, tight ponytails, and any other style that puts stress on your hair and edges. (8) Check out my videos on youtube! :) You can see my journey, and check out Naptual85 and see her amazing journey. Hope this helps! :)

I can make a lot of excuses why I didn’t #workout and much as I wanted to this week, because there are ALWAYS opportunities to #exercise!! Ready to push hard this week. My #workouts from Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. #motivation #fitness #igdaily #instagood #instafit #gym #weightloss #Weightlifting

#Tiertime twice and home #fitness this week. My preference? Working out with #friends every #workout! @jaworkit and Lisa are great workout buddies! @mscgray you were missed and @mgares7 showed up and showed OUT (while showing me up) in class tonight!! #exercise #workouts #igdaily #instagood #naturalhair #teamnatural #afro #health #healthyliving #healthy

Today was a VERY good day! :) #igdaily #instagood #selfie #teamnatural #naturalhair #afro #face #happy

My #workouts from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Yep, after #tiertime (714 calories) I figured why not push to 1,000 #calories #burned? Now, if I could just keep it going… #gym #exercise #fitfam #fitness #selfie #naturalhair #hair #afro #teamnatural #igdaily #instagood #health #healthyliving #healthy #nutrition #Weightlifting #cardio

Peanut Butter Jelly Time! This #smoothie makes me nostalgic for the days when peanut butter jelly sandwiches on NON-gluten free bread were the Bee’s Knees (see what I did there?)!! Spinach|Bananas|Frozen Mixed Berries|Coconut Water|Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter|Hemp Protein|Honey. #nutrition #smoothies #recipe #health #healthyliving #fitfam #fitness #vegetarian #igdaily #instagood

Has anyone tried Suja Essentials #juice? I have noticed more #coldpressed #juices being sold in stores. My #smoothie of the day is: 2 Bananas|Frozen Strawberries|Frozen Blueberries|Spinach|Honey|Coconut Water|Hemp Protein. #healthyliving #health #nutrition #fitness #fitfam #Vegetarian #juicing #igdaily #instagood #smoothies

My weekend #workouts all in #Indianapolis! @jaylanie and I killed it with our Friday-Sunday #exercise which included riding our bikes, basketball, walking, and #weightlifting. #fitness #fitfam #health #healthyliving #selfie #naturalhair #Juice #juicing #Vegetarian #teamnatural #gym #igdaily #instagood

Happy 4th of July!!! #happy #happy4thofjuly #selfie #naturalhair #teamnatural #instagood #igdaily #4thofjuly #fourthofjuly #holidays #fireworks

Just me, my #uber shirt, and a #motivating message to: Act now. Feel good later. I have NOT been feeling good, and I felt the worst yesterday. But had a good workout Monday and Wednesday and am feeling great (mentally)! Striving to increase my burns! #fitfam #fitness #exercise #selfie #naturalhair #teamnatural #healthy #healthyliving #gym #travel #nutrition #vegetarian

This “cold” does NOT stand a chance! Kale|Ginger|Orange|Spinach|Cucumber|Apples|Lemon|Bee Pollen @TheUrbanJuicer! Yum! #healthy #healthyliving #igdaily #instagood #nutrition #vegan #vegetarian #rawvegan #juice #juicing

My #workout burns from Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. #Weightlifting, cardio, and #tiertime! #Friends + #exercise= FUN!! I had a great time working out with @jaworkit, @sakina1184, and @mscgray! We killed it ladies! #fitness #exercise #workouts #selfie #naturalhair #teamnatural #instagood #igdaily #gym #healthyliving #healthy #health

Oh, Queso! Let’s do this! My #workouts and #greensmoothie from 6/21 and 6/23. Been feeling bummed about my progress and feeling my workouts aren’t frequent enough (3X/wk for the past two weeks). But every journey has its ups and downs. Working hard at my #nutrition and #fitness this week. I have some parties in August I want to show off for! :) #motivation #fitfam #workout #selfie #naturalhair #gym #teamnatural #healthy #healthyliving #health #weightloss