Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Hey Naturalistas!!!!

I know I know, it's been such a long time, so please forgive me once again. Also, I am always posting on my YouTube Channel so you can find me there as well!   I can't believe we are already 16 days into the new year. I hope everyone is staying determined on conquering their God given purpose as we walk into this new year. A lot has happened with me since January 9th.

In December, I decided to get a mammogram since my insurance covers it under 40. The earlier the better right.  On January 9th, I get a call that they need to take more pictures as well as an ultrasound. Receiving a call like that is always  fearful, but I remained calm and continued to remain faithful and positive. That evening when it was time to pick up the kids from the bus stop, my son got off the bus frantically. He told me that Nadia was not on the bus and he couldn't find her.  As a mom, that's another thing you do not want to hear. We went to the school, and that's when I broke down as I saw them look for my daughter. Well, they did find her and she was still on the bus. She fell asleep on the bus, so that was a learning experience for all of us. Once we got home, I realized that I was under attack and I had to get serious about this.

I've always wanted a time where I could just lay before the Lord and worship. As soon as I got home, God showed me the time. I was able to worship and study for almost an hour. It felt so good! He also showed me 2 scriptures to stand on, Psalms 91 and Psalms 103 versus 1-8. I continued to read those scriptures daily. On 14 January, during church service, my Pastor decided to read a scripture which so happen to be the very same scripture I have been reading which is Psalms 103. It was so amazing to hear. I knew God was reminding me of his faithfulness.

That night, all of sudden I felt like I was having an anxiety attack. I have never felt like this before. I experienced a burning sensation in my chest as well as my stomach.  I continued to fight through it and read my scriptures. I felt so lost and confused, but tried to remain faithful. 15 January, was the day of the appointment, and I still felt like I was attacked with anxiety. I had to tell myself no matter what I trust you Lord and your will be done. After several mammograms and ultrasounds, my report came back cancer free.  I thanked God, but if it was the other way around, I have to continue trust God and depend on him no matter the situation.

I said all that to say without this experience, I wouldn't have known about the designated time that I get to spend with him, my faith was renewed, and not to worry about the little things. Life is short and we must enjoy today.  Continue to listen to the Holy Spirit through each trialling moment and trust the Lord. He is with you always.

Psalms 103 verse 1-8
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
He revealed his character to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Feeling Overwhelmed

Hey Naturalistas!

The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy with work, school, mom duties, being a wife and so on.  School is now back in session and as I started reading the kids' requirements, I started to feel overwhelmed thinking about everything that I had to do and events that were coming up. Usually, I try to remain calm and think of myself as super mom, but lets face it I'm human and I have my days where I get overwhelmed and afraid too. I want to encourage every mom that you are not alone and that we are in this together. As I started to feel myself get into a rut, I quickly reminded myself that God will guide and give me wisdom with any circumstance I may come across. Here are a few tips that will help you feel better and stress free!!

1. SET ASIDE PRAYER TIME ( Prayer is so important! Without prayer, I wouldn't be able to do half of the things I do. This also builds your relationship with God. I know it can seem challenging finding prayer time, but the beautiful thing about God is that you can talk to him anytime. He's always there and waiting to hear from you. I talk to him constantly, but I love our time in the morning on my way to work.)

2.  STAY ORGANIZED - (Staying organized makes life a lot easier. Making sure everything has a place is key, so I like to incorporate that in my home so it can stay tidy and neat. I also like to keep a calendar and planning guide to write down important dates.)

3. MEAL PLANNING (I'm always talking about this one and I guarantee it will help you so much and save lots of money. You and your family will eat healthier which is always great!)

4. KEEP A CLEAN KITCHEN ( I'm not sure about you, but keeping a clean kitchen makes my mood feel so much better. I can cook better and relax more. I like to clean as I cook and that way I'm not in the kitchen the entire time.)

5. JUST SAY NO ( This one is a hard one for me. How can 2 letters be so difficult to say, but it is hard for me to say no sometimes. You can't do it all and that's okay. Believe it or not, people do understand.

I hope these tips can help you not feel as overwhelmed and remember to take a break and breathe. All we can do is take one day at a time. Enjoy each day to the fullest and do your very best.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrating my Mom's 60th Birthday

Hey guys!!

I am sitting here thinking about the great time I had with my family.  Back in January, I decided that I wanted to plan my Mom a 60th birthday celebration in Destin, Florida. Everything turned out perfect! It was such a blessing to be able to bless my Mom with a relaxing stay at a beach house with all her family. We created wonderful memories and realized the importance of family.

My Mom has taught me a lot, but most importantly she help me develop a relationship with the Lord. We have gone through a lot and the strength she has is amazing. I pray that I can be as strong as her and carry myself with so much grace as she did. Every person that meets her gets attached to her sweet spirit. She is definitely the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman. I love her so much and so grateful and blessed that my siblings and I were able to celebrate her at the beach!!!

"Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,[a] for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth."
Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Staying on budget with Grocery Shopping

Hey Naturalistas!!!!

I have several posts on grocery shopping and that just goes to show that I have found a love for budgeting and grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is the main category that usually throws my budget off, but I have finally found a way to stay on track.  It's all about planning and prioritizing and there's really no way around it. I have learned that setting a day for grocery shopping will help you start on the right path. Before I really stuck to a budget, I would do all of my grocery shopping at one store and realized that I was spending more money on certain items. I never looked at sale ads and every now and then tried to have a coupon. For a family of 4, I would spend close to 900.00 a month and I knew something had to give. Below, I will share  6 tips that can help you stay under budget with your groceries.

Tip 1- Set a Day ( I can't stress this enough, when you set a day you will plan for that day so you can be ready to do what you need to do. I need to do that with this blog, but that's another post.)

Tip 2-Check your Fridge and Pantry  (This is a major key to saving money. I hate when I purchase duplicate items. This will also help you stay organize with your list.)

Tip 3- Plan your Meals off what you have in your Home (Before you try new recipes or just have a taste for something different, start with the ingredients that you have on hand first. You can cut your grocery bill in half with the items that you have at home. I love when all my meals are covered and all I have to get are snacks, breakfast, and lunch items.)

Tip 4- Make a Grocery List ( Whatever you do, before you go into a store please make a grocery list and don't go in the store hungry! If you don't stick to the list, you will definitely go over budget and come back with items you probably shouldn't eat anyway. First, I like to write my meals for dinner on the back of the sheet and then start my list from there. I like to categorize my list using breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.  This will help you make sure that everything is covered.

Tip 5- Shop at Different Stores- I use to despise people who would shop at a variety of stores for one grocery trip, but it really makes sense especially if the stores are relatively close to each other. I like to shop at Costco, Kroger, Sprouts, Aldi's, and Publix.  I know everyone can't do this, but in my area these stores are very close to each other except Costco. Costco is closer to my job, so I like to go there on my lunch and I have a big cooler in my trunk to keep the groceries cool. I like to shop at Costco once a month.  Every Wednesday, I like to check the sale ads and I also start my  grocery list. I try to buy according to what's on sale.  Shopping this way has really helped me trim down my grocery budget and most times I feel like I get more items.

Tip 6- Plan your Meals for 2 weeks or More- Since I have started shopping at Costco, I like to plan my meals for more than just a week. I never thought I would be able to do this, but this has really helped me save. So, I will shop at Costco once a month and in between the week, I will get more fruits and vegetables along with a small amount of snacks.

So, there you have it! I promise this will help you a lot and you will notice you have more in your pocket!! Also, I will be doing grocery hauls on my YouTube channel, so make sure you check out my channel called Domestic Naturalista! More videos coming soon especially on hair!!!
Check out the video below!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Update and a Review on Camille Rose Twisting Butter

Hey Naturalistas!!!!

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!!  It's been awhile, but we have had a lot  going on and now I have been learning about YouTube! I am so excited about it and I believe this will give you a better visual of how I do my hair as well as other things I like to do for my household. I will have tutorials, grocery hauls, recipes, family vlogs, and more! I'm also working on my son's show called the Nathan Nathan show that you can watch right now!! These were some of our goals for the year of 2017 and I am glad to see them come to fruition. So stay tuned for my channel called Domestic Naturalista!!!

On to other news, It's time to finally give my review on the Camille Rose twisting butter. I actually thought this product would be a thicker creamy  substance more like the As I am twisting butter, but to me it has the consistency of a leave in conditioner. I actually love the way it helps detangle my hair along with the Generic Paul Mitchell and Castor oil. On a scale from 1 to 10, I will give this 8 stars. I will definitely pick this up again.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Aloe Vera Pre-poo Treatment

Hey Naturalistas!!!

It's been awhile, but I have finally stumbled across a great way to restore moisture and remove those dead skin cells on the scalp! I was watching Naptural 85 YouTube channel and she did a tutorial on how to use aloe vera for your scalp. Once I saw that, I had to try it and my scalp felt amazing!! I regret not doing this a long time ago, but my scalp is going to love me now!! I know we focus on the ends of our hair a lot to retain length, but it's also important to focus on the scalp. The scalp is where everything starts, so we want to make sure we keep it clean and moisturized as well.

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It leaves your hair so smooth and shiny. Aloe vera also promotes growth, prevents itching on the scalp, and reduces dandruff and of course conditions your hair. Aloe vera also has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.

I decided to do a prepoo treatment on my hair as well as my daughter's hair and our hair thanked us for it!! As soon as I applied the aloe vera to my scalp, you could tell immediately that it was doing it's job. I want to share you with you a step by step process on how to do a Aloe vera pre-poo treatment.

  • First, cut 2 or 4 slices of aloe vera and then wrap the rest up and store in the fridge. It can last in the fridge for 30 days. Make sure you cut the sides off. 
  • Mix 1/4 cup of castor oil and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Section hair into 4 to 6 sections, and apply the slice to the scalp. Make sure you rub it in and massage. Make sure the aloe vera touches each part in that section.
  • Next, take the hair and apply the oil as well as a leave in and detangle the section.
  • Once you're done, twist the section and start on the next section. If you notice the aloe vera is drying up, pierce with your finger and more gel will appear. Continue to massage your scalp with the aloe vera.
  • After your hair is all twisted up, you can place your bonnet on and wash your hair the next day or you can leave it in for about 30 minutes to an hour. I decided to leave it in over night, but for my daughter I left it in for about an hour before I washed her hair. You will notice how shiny and moisturized your hair is. It feels great!  

First things first and that is to get an Aloe vera plant! I picked this up from Sprouts!!

Cut maybe 2 or 3 slices and then wrap up what's left and store in the fridge.

Here's the good stuff!!! I'm so ready for another mask!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spicy Shrimp Zucchini Pasta

I purchased my Veggetti Pro from Amazon for 19.00, but you can find one a lot cheaper. I love this one!

I am excited to share this yummy recipe with you using Zucchini noodles!! For a while, I have been wanting to try a gadget that would allow me to create veggie noodles instead of using pasta. I finally decided to purchase a gadget called the Veggie Pro! I absolutely love it and it's not a hassle at all! As I turned the knob, I had  perfect spirals for my veggie noodles.  It gives you the option to make your noodles thick or thin which I love!  This recipe is so simple and delicious! This is the type of meal you use when you want to impress people with your cooking skills! LOL! I hope you enjoy!

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ lb. peeled & deveined shrimp (41/50 size)
  • 1 (15. oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • 2 zucchini
  • A gadget to assist with spiraling your vegetable

    1. First things first and that is to spiral your zucchini and leave in a bowl. Add the butter and olive oil to the skillet. After that, mince the garlic while waiting for the butter to melt.
    2. Rinse the shrimp with cool water and allow the excess water to drain away. Add the shrimp and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté the shrimp and garlic for 3-5 minutes, or just until the shrimp turns opaque and slightly pink (no longer grey and translucent). Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set it aside until later.
    3. Add the can of tomatoes with juices and zucchini to the skillet, along with the crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine and let the sauce simmer over medium heat for about five minutes.
    4. Toss to coat in the sauce. Add the cooked shrimp back to the skillet and toss to combine with the zucchini noodles. Taste and adjust the salt if needed.
    5. Roughly chop a handful of parsley leaves and sprinkle over top before serving.