Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
important to me that my family eats a nutritious meal, because I want to teach
my children the importance of being healthy. When searching for a meal, I make
sure that veggies are incorporated. I also make sure that each meal will carry
over for the next day. Here's a few tips to promote healthy childhood eating.
- Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting. Breakfast is also another great time for a family meal.
- Cook more meals at home. My goal is to make sure I prepare meals for the week and limit dining out once a week. Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for kids about the importance of food.
- Get kids involved. My son enjoys picking up food to put in the cart, which is a perfect time to learn about fruit and veggies. It gives you a chance to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods.
- Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks. I like to keep plenty of fruit and veggies around and healthy beverages (water, milk, and pure fruit juice).
- Don't ban sweets entirely. Having no sweets rule is an invitation for cravings and overindulging when given the chance.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Everyone should try to make an effort to protect their hair at night, so it can
be manageable the next day. Here's a few guidelines you should do to protect
your hair at night.
For a Flat twist out (more defined)
I like to apply oil on the ends of my hair and stuff the hair under a bonnet.
Believe me, I do have nights where I am too tired to do anything to my hair. On days like that, I like to wear my hair in a pony tail like the picture below.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
- Drink plenty of water-Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. I love water and my hair does too!!
- Exercise-Exercise is just as important as a healthy diet when it comes to growing your hair back. Exercise helps to reduce stress, which often contributes to hair loss. Increased stress levels constrict the blood vessels which supply blood to the scalp. If the blood flow in the scalp area is insufficient, the scalp cannot receive the nutrients that it needs in order to promote hair growth.
- Dark Green Vegetables- I eat spinach everyday!! Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body's natural hair conditioner.
- Beans- Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin.
- Nuts- Brazil nuts are one of nature's best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.
- Poultry- Protein is important for your hair. The high quality they provide will help give your hair the health you crave!
- Salmon- Too bad I'm allergic to salmon. It's loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This recipe is a staple that I love to cook every once in awhile. I like to pair it with a nice Green vegetable and you have a well balanced meal. I love that the recipe is light and filling at the same time. You won't be disappointed!
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 oz spaghetti pasta
10 oz cooked, diced chicken (about 2 1/2 cups) ( I like to use a rotisserie chicken)
1 (4-oz) jar diced pimentos (drained)
8 oz trinity mix (fresh diced onions, bell peppers, celery)
1 (10.5-oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (14.5-oz) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup panko bread crumbs
•Preheat oven to 425°F.
•Bring water to boil for pasta.
•Cut butter into small pieces; place in medium bowl and set aside to soften.
1.Break pasta into 2-inch-long pieces before adding to boiling water; cook and stir 5 minutes or until partially tender.
2.Combine in microwave-safe bowl: chicken, pimentos, trinity mix, soup, salt, pepper, and broth. Cover and microwave on HIGH 2–3 minutes or until hot and vegetables begin to soften.
3.Drain pasta and stir into vegetable mixture; transfer to 2-quart baking dish. Stir cheese and bread crumbs into butter. Mix with fingertips until crumbly; spread evenly over chicken mixture. Bake 15–20 minutes or until bubbly around edges. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. (Makes 6 servings.)
Sunday, March 11, 2012
- Prepare bottles- I always have a bottle ready and another one prepared with only formula.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
My staple hairstyle would be my all time favorite, the popular twist out! Twisting your hair keeps the hair tangle free and moisturized. It also helps with stretching the hair to give it more length. Here's several tips for having a successful twist out.
- Make sure hair is conditioned and detangled.
- Section hair into 4 or 6 sections.
- Start from the back adding a dime size amount of your favorite creamy leave in, unrefined shea butter and a very small amount of your favorite gel.
- Make sure to get a good grip on your twist. You don't want a loose twist.
- Twist each section.
- You should have about 20 to 30 twists.
- I like to secure the twists with White perm rods, which gives it an extra curl. This works great for transitioning, because you still get a curly look.
- Make sure the twists are completely DRY!!! Very Important!
- Before you unravel the twist, add a dime size amount of coconut oil or jojoba oil to the ends of the twist and then begin to unravel.
- Take your time, so you won't create frizz.
- Remember, the more hair you pull apart from the twist, the bigger the hair gets. Some areas may require you to do that and some may not.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
So today I asked my son what does love mean and he says it's in your heart. It can't get any sweeter than that. It made me think of the love I have for Jesus Christ. As long as we're sincere in our hearts, God will forgive us of our sins and love us unconditionally. Thank God for wisdom!
Deep Conditioner- Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose
Protein Conditioner- Aubrey Organics GPB
Oils- Castor oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, and Jojoba oil
Gels- ECO styler, Komaza Coconut Hair pudding
Wet and gos- Kinky Curly custard