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Small Business Markets in Houston

Small Business Markets in Houston

I have found that becoming a mother made me mindful of the local economy. I didn’t say more mindful because, well, I don’t know that I thought about it at all before becoming a mother. It’s kind of funny in a way. Children, in all their innocence and fearlessness, make you look a little more closely at the world you (and they) are actually living in.

For me, that showed up in my lifestyle in multiple forms. Like supporting local small business markets! The kids love it because I tend to give them a little more room to move around and I love it because they are rarely super packed (a good and bad thing!) so I get to let my kids roam a little more freely.

It’s also really cool to hear the different vendor’s stories; how they came in to business, what inspired them, where they come from, how they make their goods. Most of them are working out of their homes on a one or two-man (or woman) team. Small business it its literal sense.

Gotta love it.

Eating at these markets is great because everything is fresh and made from scratch so I don’t have to worry about any yucky chemicals or junk. Clean eating is also a new journey for me…I am far far faaar from the finish line. I still enjoy a random trip to get french fries and a biscuit from Popeyes but I am working on it. Anyways, I’m always proud of myself when I have success like eating yummy and healthy treats with the kids.

Another plus in visiting these markets is there is almost always vendors from other parts of the world– people who live in America and visit their home lands and bring back beautiful textiles and other creations. I also love exposing my kids to people who don’t look or sound like they do; letting them hear their stories and soak it all in in other ways than buying something. (Even though we did buy that adorable hand-made purse. Dang it!)

After all, I believe that ignorance cannot stand against exposure. <3

The weather is bearable here in Texas but, man, let me tell you, I am too ready for some fall weather. Then, we will really be hitting the streets.

Until next time,

Ashly

Protective Styles: 004

Protective Styles: 004

In my mind, this style was going to be two really high, braided poofs (you all know, I love me some poofs). However, anyone who has a child knows that “plans” do not always, or hardly ever, go accordingly when toddlers are involved. As soon as the comb hit the hair, little miss made it very clear that she was not having it.

Mom-3, Makenzie- approx. 10,000.

I did a co-wash with Mielle Organics detangling co-wash and it is amazing. It smells so good and, while I roll my eyes when I see the word “detangling” on a bottle, this product really does live up to the name. If you are a woman who grew up as a child with curly/kinky/coily hair and had multiple, unfortunate experiences with combs breaking in your hair then you understand my disbelief of a product that claims to be a detangler. This, however, is not your average product. Even the rat tail come slid through those curls like butter. BUTTER. You know what I mean.

Side Note: I mean, look at those curls and that color!

Anyways, after I realized that little miss wasn’t going to give me the time of day, I decided to do two bantu-knots on top and two-strand twists in the back that could stay in for a few days and would then give her some pretty texture in the back after I untwisted them.

I brushed the hair up to see exactly where I wanted the knots to go….

….then I made my parts.

The entire back side of her head was twisted into two-strand twists while the front was cornrowed in small sections and twisted into a bantu-knot.

And there you have it, folks! Simple and sweet.

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