Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Top 5 Hair Accessories

Hey beautiful people!

People always ask me about my hair accessories, so I decided to share my Top 5.  Wearing natural hair, I realized that hair accessories are becoming a very close friend of mine, lol!! I noticed every hair accessory I wore, my "Big Hair" loved it!!  When you're having a bad hair day, it makes everything better. :)

My Top 5 Hair Accessories

Embellished Headbands- These headbands make my hair really stand out, especially with ponytails.
Goody Ouchless Headbands -I like to use these headbands for pony tail holders.
Hair Scarves - You can never go wrong with wearing colorful hair scarves as headbands. You can find so many vibrant colors.
Bobby pins- I love to use bobby pins for a cute pin up style or to help with pinning my bun. Bobby pins will forever be a staple when working with natural hair! :)
Basic Headband - Every naturalista should have a basic headband that they love to wear.

Where can I find Hair Accessories?
 Wherever I am, if there's a cute hair accessory, I must have it! I'm not partial to one store, but here's a couple of stores where you can't go wrong.
Target-  It's something about that store that gets me excited about shopping, lol!! Maybe it's the colors, but sometimes I can find really cute embellished headbands. Of course you can also find the other accessories that are listed.
Charming Charlie - Besides cute jewelry, you can also find colorful floral or embellished headbands in all colors!
Ulta









Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Nadia!!

On May 25th, God blessed me with a beautiful healthy baby girl!!  Happy Birthday Nadia, Mommy loves you!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Beauty of Castor Oil

This is the brand that I purchase
For my deep condition treatments, I love to apply my conditioner with castor oil!! My hair loves castor oil and I can truly see the results! After the treatment, my hair feels super soft and looks very shiny. On wash days, if I don't deep condition my hair with castor oil, I can definitely tell a difference.  After I gave birth, I notice my hair broke off around the edges. I started to apply the castor oil on my edges, and before you know it my hair grew back instantly!! I really believe that a big part of my hair growth was due to applying castor oil with my deep treatments. Castor oil is truly the Hair Growth oil if you ask me!

Regular castor oil use on your hair’s roots and scalp will help:
  1. Increase hair growth
  2. Thicken hair that is starting to thin out
  3. Reduce and prevent hair damage
  4. Eliminate dry hair
  5. Make the hair fuller and shinier
  6. Deeply condition and moisturize hair and scalp
  7. Prevents dry scalp
  8. Boost your hair’s overall health
 Applying castor oil to your hair tips will also prevent your hair from looking frizzy and having split ends and damage. You will also notice that your hair is stronger and won’t develop split ends that easily anymore.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Family Time with Gardening

My son is very inquisitive about growing a garden. He's excited about seeing the vegetables grow and I'm excited about him eating more of his vegetables, lol!!! We might be on to something!  I never really had a love for gardening, but I guess this will be something new for all of us.   It feels good when you can eat the vegetables you planted. If you are looking for other ways to bond with your kids, try growing a garden. They will reap knowledge about healthy foods and also learn  patience as the plants grow. Wish us luck, lol!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hair Shedding

Excuse the bad pic from my i-phone, but I really love this picture of my hair!
I'm sure we all can relate to finding strands of hair all over the bathroom sink or on the floor. I know for me, if I saw long strands of hair everywhere, I would freak out!!!  Your hair should shed 50 to 100 strands on a daily basis.  We shed hair because the hair follicle reaches a point of detachment from the bulb of the hair shaft and moves closer to the scalp, which causes the hair to fall out. No matter how annoying or frightening it can be, hair shedding is a part of life. Do keep in mind that there is one type of shedding you don't want to see, and that is the short hairs that look as though they have broken off from the end of the hair strand. Once you notice the short hairs, it's time to do something about breakage.




How I can prevent Breakage?
  • Reduce Stress: Exercising is very therapeutic and also good for your hair and body.
  • Eat Healthier:  Pack on the green veggies and water!! Also take your vitamins and eat enough protein!
  • Protein Treatment: Protein can definitely help with the amount of shedding. Try Keracare Super Reconstructor or Aubrey Organics GPB.
  • Moisturize: I can't repeat this enough! Your hair loves to be moisturized, so please invest in a good creamy leave in conditioner. Keep it hydrated!
  • Avoid Heat: I know we love straight hair, but your hair needs a break from heat. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Baked Ratatouille


Last week, I decided to make Baked Ratatouille! This is basically a veggie ravioli, but so good!! I  love that my family is still able to eat a nice serving of vegetables. It's very easy and your family will love it! If you noticed, I love cheese!!!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 2 cups chopped summer squash
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • half jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or parmesan cheese
  • diced chicken or a rotisserie chicken

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C); spray a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic and onion until the vegetables have begun to soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in the zucchini, squash, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, parsley, salt, and black pepper; bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cook the frozen ravioli as directed on the package; drain. Spread the cooked ravioli in a layer into the bottom of the prepared baking dish; spoon the hot vegetables over the ravioli ( I like to layer it twice).  Sprinkle with the cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.