Sunday, April 13, 2014

Taking a Bath VS Taking a Shower


Taking a shower is quick and gives me time to do other stuff. I can't remeber the last time I took a long hot bubble bath. But a long hot shower especially after running is something I do daily. I jump in put on my exfoliating gloves and scrub, scrub, scrub. Seeing all the dirt go down the drain gives me confirmation that I'm squeaky clean.

Taking a bath is very relaxing and theraputic to some. Filling up the tub with your favorite bubble bath product. Lighting up some candles and maybe adding your favorite essential oil. Get in but first do a test with your feet to make sure you don't burn yourself. Once you're in, close your eyes and drift away.

Ahhhh!!! You want to stay in this moment forever.

A few minutes later, you wake up shivering because the water got cold. You wake up, look around, and unplug the drain. After all that you notice a ring around the tub. Gotta clean that ish and while you're at it might as well take a shower. You're not as clean as you thought you were.

I need to learn to stay on topic.  Anyways, there's a lot of debate. I personally think that a bath takes up more water. But it all depends on the shower head, tub, and how long you take a shower/bath.

Which do you prefer?  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Grilled Tilapia With Broccoli

I sautéed the broccoli with fresh garlic and olive oil and used my Foreman grill for the tilapia. The steps for ingredients is pretty much the same as this. Yummy!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Curlformers Success!!!

Well... kind of. I used curlformers to get this style. I loved the results but I knew it wasn't going to last. I shared my challenged with them here. But there was a happy ending because I got creative instead of frustrated.

I used Carol's Daughter Hair Milk styling foam. I took advantage of a sale Target was having. The product is said to:

-Deeply moisturize
-Improves softness
-Prevents frizz (I kinda laughed at that)

It also contains No:
-Mineral Oil
-Artificial Colors

My results after using the styling foam. My hair was ridiculously soft, shiny, and no crunchiness. Afterwards, I just knew the style wasn't going to last. Living in Florida is my reason for that. So….

I did my signature flat-twist

My hair throughout the week. My curls were looser than normal and got bigger 

A few things I noticed was that 

-I need to get some new longer curlformers, my hair is growing. The ends of my hair were sticking out some of them which resulted in some of the ends to be frizzy. My bad!!  

-I need a trim which I will be doing myself. I'm a huge DIY fan, just need to do some research before I get scissor happy.

Overall, I like the styling foam and will be using again for other styles. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Walk For Wishes 5k

Race #4

A lil exhausted but that run felt good 

Post race snack

I got to pet a baby alligator

8 more to go

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Light- Isis

An eco-sista who absolutely loves nature especially when it's clean and healthy

How long have you been eco-friendly? Although I've always done my best to do my share of taking care of our environment, I've been making extra conscious effort to live naturally and eco-friendly since late 2009, early 2010. A few of my extra conscious efforts include participating in the Big Chop (cutting all of my hair off to grow it back completely natural) which I did in July of 2010. I actively participate in community service towards the betterment of our society and environment for a very, very long time now. And last, but not least, I am a vegetarian, which I've been practicing since late October of last year. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? We take for granted our environment and the many natural things on our planet that can help us live better and healthier individually and wholly as humans altogether. I enjoy reaping the benefits of living naturally and eco-friendly. As I mentioned earlier, I've always been one to do my fair share of community service, gardening, environmental cleaning, etc. just because of the different organizations I was a part of and because that's just one of the values my parents made sure I understood. As I grew older and really developed my own personal value in living naturally and eco-friendly, I made even more conscious decisions to incorporate it into my lifestyle as much as I possibly could.

What do you like about it? My hair grows so much faster than many who use processed chemicals and other unnatural products in their hair. My skin is often radiantly glowing and soft because of my avid use of olive oil, shea butter, and other great natural products. I love community service and helping others and our environment. I enjoy the way helping to keep our environment beautiful makes me feel and I especially love the long-term visuals of practicing such a healthy habit like keeping our environment clean. I absolutely love nature, especially when it's clean and healthy!

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Of course, as all journeys in life, I have faced challenges in practicing such a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle. For one, not very many people are aware of the benefits of the lifestyle which means not everyone responds positively at first. Thankfully though, there are people like you and I who are continuing to raise awareness in the benefits of being eco-friendly. High five to us, girlfriend! I'd say that's been the biggest obstacle so far is having to explain to (what feels like) every single person my reasons for making a personal decision to live naturally and eco-friendly. Affordability runs a second close though, haha.

 Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Make sure that you do your research and really find the value in what a fulfilling lifestyle living naturally and eco-friendly is. It really has much more than physical benefits to offer. I hope that, as I have, you will be able to transform spiritually and mentally as you grow and prosper in life's journey. It's been my favorite reason for continuing on in the lifestyle. I have connected with myself in ways that I never thought possible. Take your time with it, grow with it, and HAVE FUN with it! Pinterest and blogs are a GREAT way to get started! 

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Of course, we all feel that way and it's okay. We as humans are all vulnerable to temptation which is why I definitely recommend finding others who are practicing the lifestyle as well so you aren't on your journey alone. Sometimes I feel tempted because the unnatural products and other things I try to refrain from, like most things that tempt us, are so convenient. FIGHT THE URGE and plan accordingly so that you don't need the convenience of the lesser choice. If you do end up backsliding, just keep in mind that even backsliding and moving forward is better than backsliding and giving up! We are all capable of making a mistake. Don't be discouraged and be sure to remind yourself daily of the reasons you chose to develop living healthy, naturally, and eco-friendly. YOU CAN DO IT! 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I re-crowned myself early July 2010 and have been keeping it fly ever since by learning (my hair) and all of her likes and dislikes. I wash my hair as often as I can and I do my best to style her in ways that allow her to express herself (which means I don't have to do a lot of upkeep). I take advice from other natural women at times, but I still watch, respond, and listen to what my hair shows me she agrees with and what she doesn't. That's the best advice I could give on going natural is just to remember that going natural means allowing your hair to be as uniquely divine as the good Lord intended her to be. So, what works for one natural may not particularly work for you. Experiment and grow with her!

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you so much for reaching out to me and helping the many of us in our eco-friendly community spread the word on how great the lifestyle change is. 

Kings and Queen, Gods and Goddesses…join me in cultivating a spirit of freedom and peace by visiting me and my family over at The Goddess Column. My number one goal is to touch lives. Whether you're feeling down and need to hear a word of encouragement; you need to laugh; you have questions about sex; relationships; or health; you want to learn more about people like you and I who are following their dreams; you want to share your own light with the TGC Family and Readers- there's enough love for everyone and I wouldn't be happier to add you to my growing family.

You can knock on our door and I promise we'll answer. Also, feel free to connect with me on Instagram and Twitter. I can't wait to see you there. Peace, light, and love good people.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Can Too Much Running Kill You???

I enjoy running and know the healthy benefits of it. But seriously….. how can running kill you? Some of these researches amaze me sometimes. Here's the article that I read with a grain of salt.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Green Light- Ibi

An eco-sista who enjoys a life that is more connected with nature

How long have you been eco-friendly? My outlook has been environmentally friendly ever since we were taught at primary school to care for the world that we live in by throwing away litter correctly and recycling things. I became a vegetarian at the age of 13, although in the last 6 years that has changed to include fish. I mostly wear 2nd hand or vintage clothes, firstly because I love old things, and secondly I hate waste and the idea that clothes only have a limited shelf-life. Although I strive to be eco-friendly in all aspects of life, it's difficult to be 100% eco-friendly in everything that we do. For instance some of the clothes, food, or products that we buy. Each day is a challenge at finding better ways to do things that won't have a negative impact on others or the environment.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? For me it wasn't so much a choice, more a way of life that has been instilled in me through teachings of empathy from my mother. When you are able to empathize with things you become more sensitive to the impact that your actions may be having. So for me I don't want my actions to have negative consequences.

What do you like about it? Well for me personally, I enjoy a life that is more connected with nature. I enjoy the health benefits of making choices that will benefit not only myself but the planet. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The main obstacles I find are that society is not designed to make eco-friendly living easier. A lot of it can feel like a chore because you have to go to extra lengths to do it. I lived in Sweden which have environmental policies built into the fabric of society, in the UK it's not really like that so it can be a struggle.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Just start with what you can do on a basic level, recycling packaging is a good way to start. Our health is directly related to the environment we habit.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Yes, I can understand that, but really if you are at least trying then that has to count for something.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for 18 years, so since I was 15 and had a bit of a disaster with a relaxer. As for keeping it fly, I like to make my own natural haircare products which keep me hair in good health and easier to manage.

Is there anything you like to add? I run a blog called Hey Natural Beauties! Where I share a lot of natural hair and skincare advice and information, so for anyone that wants to reduce the impact that their beauty practices have on their health and the environment it might be of use.

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