Monday, February 23, 2015

Stepping out of your Comfort Zone (Inspirational Mondays)

This was taken in Doha, Qatar.  I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone! I was afraid, but I had to trust God! I learned so much!


I can't believe that it's almost March! Time waits for no one!  My goal for 2015 is to step out of my comfort zone more. Saying these words sounds a little scary, but if we never walk out of our comfort zone, we will never see the many gifts that God has blessed us with.  I challenge everyone to do something out of their comfort zone and examine your life goals.

Learn Something New
Travel to New Destinations
Set Goals
Socialize With New People
Force Yourself To Do The Things You Are Putting Off

Joshua 1:9 CEV "I've commmanded you to be strong and brave.  Don't ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go."

Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Maintain Straight Hair




I've been wearing my hair straight for 5 weeks and to my surprise it still looks pretty decent. I  workout 3 or 4 days a week, so my hair goes through it all. The plan is to wash my hair out in 3 more weeks. Yes, my hair is dirty, but I'm going to enjoy this straight hair for awhile! I love wearing my hair straight and curly, so I'm sure in 3 more weeks I will definitley miss my curly hair!!! My hair regimen for straight hair is totally different from my curly hair. Here's a few tips that I like to do for my straight hair.


  • Quality Blow dryer and Flat Iron: First of all, I do not straighten my own hair. I have a stylist that takes care of that part. I love that she knows how to work with natural hair. She sections the hair into  20 or 30 bantu knots and blow dries each section. She likes to blow dry and flat iron with FHI products. Maybe one day I will try to straighten my own hair, but I have to get my mind right for that!

  • Coconut Oil: The only product I use for my straight hair is coconut oil. When my scalp is starting to itch, I will add a small amount to the scalp and I love to add the oil to my ends every other day.
  • Flexi Rods: Once my hair is straighten, the goal is to not put heat on my ends  for as long as I can. Sometimes, I like to touch my edges with a small CHI flat iron, but for the most part I like to roll my ends with flexi rods. I use about 7 or 8 flexi rods. The flexi rods gives great bouncy curls!!! I also like to braid the hair at times to give it a nice beach wave look.

  • Satin Scarf: The satin scarf will forever be used with curly or straight hair. I'm sure I don't have to explan anything about a satin scarf. We all know that's a must have along with your sexy bonnet!!! :)
  • Satin pony tail holder: One thing about long hair is that your pony tail holder becomes your bracelet. Eventually, you will get tired of the long tresses and want to put it up. I love using a satin accessory to prevent breakage and dryness. 


So, that's pretty much it. I don't like to play in my hair much. Remember simple is key!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creamy Mushroom Bowtie Pasta



My family and I like to eat 2 meatless meals a week, so I'm always looking for new recipes to try. I was so excited when I found this recipe on Pinterest. If you love Italian food, you should definitely try this!!

INGREDIENTS
 2 cups of Bowtie Pasta
1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
20 ounces of cremini mushrooms, sliced ( Any type will do)
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots ( about 2 large shallots)
1/3 cup of white cooking wine ( I like to add a little more depending on taste)
8 ounces of Fontina cheese, diced small ( Monterary Jack shredded cheese works great)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Salt and freshly grounded pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the pacakage directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 table spoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute the mushrooms, stirring occassionally, 7 minutes.
  3. Add the shallots to skillet and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add the wine; cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and season with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the cooked pasta, cheese and parsley, tossing with the sauce until the pasta is covered and the cheese starts melting.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe adapted from Brown eyed Baker


Monday, February 9, 2015

Inspirational Mondays


Happy Monday!

Deuteronomy 30:16 CEV

" I am commanding you to be loyal to the Lord, to live the way he has told you and to obey his laws and teachings.  You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you.  If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.  On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the Lord and reject him.  So I'm warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won't have long to live. "

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keep it Simple



Today, I want to discuss the importance of keeping it simple with natural hair. In transitioning, you can get overwhelmed with so many products, recipes for conditioners, the many blogs that say do this or don't do that, and so on.  My advice is to keep it simple with your hair routine and you will quickly see results.  All you have to do is find the right products that work for your hair and once you've figured that out, you are good to go.  If you are seeing great results with your hair, I would continue to keep things as is. I'm not saying you're not allowed to try new products, but don't get so caught up in buying hair products that you become a product junkie! I only use 6 products for my hair and that's it. Below, are the products that my daughter and I use.


  • Shea Moisture Shampoo- Shampoos can be a little tricky, but they got it right with this one. I love the way my hair feels with this brand of shampoo. You can find these products in your local Target and Walgreens!
  • Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner- This is another conditioner that has never failed.  It's thick and creamy and provides a good slip.  I love detangling my hair with this conditioner.  I have thought about parting ways, but my hair loves it!!! You can find Herbal Essence almost anywhere!
  •  Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose-  I love to use this conditioner for my deep treatment.  There are some pretty good deep treatment conditioners out there, but you can't go wrong with this one. Your hair will feel amazing especially when you mix it with a natural oil. Aubrey Organics is located in your local whole food store or you can order on Amazon. 
  • Generic Paul Mitchell The Conditioner- This brand works similar to the Paul Mitchell The Conditoner.  It's thick and creamy and the number one ingredient is water, which is very important! The Generic brand will only be found in Sally's.
  • Natural oils-  Everyone shoud incorporate natural oils as part of their hair regimen.  It's very important to add these oils to your hair.  I like to use the castor oil for my deep treatment and also a very small amount for my braid out. It helps to seal in the moisture and also promotes hair growth. Natural oils are located in your local whole food store.
  •  Curls Hair paste- My daughter and I use this brand to smooth out our edges.  I like using this brand better than gels because it doesn't flake up.  For some reason, my hair does not like gel. Curls is usually found in your local Target, but you can also purchase from Sally's.

So, there you have it.  Keep it simple and remember the important thing to do is have low manipulation to the hair, continue to moisturize, and always give yourself a deep treatment on wash days.




  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Inspirational Mondays





Hi beauties!

On Mondays,  I decided that I would give you something that will help you throughout the week.  On the way home one evening, I was listening to the radio and they talked about how it feels when you actually tell yourself that you're beautiful.  To be honest, I never thought about telling myself that I'm beautiful.  Well, I decided to give it a try and it felt so liberating.  All of sudden, I had confidence and ready to live out what God has called me to do.  I encourage you all to look in the mirror and tell yourself that you're beautiful. There will be bumps in the road, but with God's help he will help you get back on track to keep going.  I believe in you and to me you are beautiful!! Now go out and walk into your purpose.