Monday, April 21, 2014

Green Light- Sarie

An eco-sista who says you are what you eat and keeping it natural is the way to go

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for a few years. My family has always tried not to be wasteful. But it was not until I got to college that I began realizing that our environment is what we make of it. I started recycling and eating more fresh food. I haven't completely cut out all processed foods but I'm making the effort to one day.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I didn't really choose to be eco-friendly. It was just incorporated into my lifestyle after I made the decision to become healthy. Eating right was a big portion of that. I decided to completely abandoned my college meal plan and start cooking my own meals.

What do you like about it? Food is a big part of me, so being able to cook my own meals has not only helped me grow as a eco-friendly person but also as an individual. Being natural helps too, making my own products and taking care of my hair is very important. I like knowing everything that I put in my body and hair so I can keep it healthy.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Well, when it comes to hair product that is where I found my biggest challenge. I had to stop using a lot of products because that involved chemicals that were not good for my hair. I try to keep things all natural. Another obstacle I faced was staying away from processed and artificial snacks.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? My bottom line is remember "you are what you eat" and I don't want to be processed and artificial. Keeping it natural is the way to go!

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? I'm pretty sure everybody feels like that especially with guilt craving of food we know we shouldn't have. But, I always keep in mind that nobody knows my body like I do. What I eat is my choice. Although I try to make the "right" decision not everything is always clear cut.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural all my life! And I love it! I grew up natural, around 2006 I got loss and I kept them for about 7 years. I love them to death but I needed a change so I combed them out. It took 3 days but I did it and I loved it. Since then I've been enjoying my curls and coils. My go to style is a bantu knot out and twist outs. I use my own shea butter styling cream to get the best results.

Is there anything you like to add? You can find me on my Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Friday, April 18, 2014

#NoBareLips30 Challenge

This challenge is back again and I'm not missing it this time around. I normally don't participate in a lot of online challenges (not really having the time to do so) but this one is a must for me. Blogger Keiko Kaveri started her first lip color challenge (November 2013) by just using what she already had on hand. It went on to be a successful challenge and is back for it's Spring edition.

I'm participating for several reasons:

-to keep the #DarkSkinRedLip project momentum going
-try to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to wearing lip colors
-tired of hearing how our beauty is at the bottom of the barrel
-I want to know what products I'm missing out on, what I should leave alone, etcetera 

The challenge starts April 28, 2014 and ends May 27, 2014. Make sure to use the hashtag: #NoBareLips30. I'll be on twitter. You can read more about the rules here.

The stash that I'm working with

-OCC Lip Tars 
-Bare Minerals Buxom Matte Lipsticks
-Bare Minerals Original Moxie
-Samples of Make Up Forever and Urban Decay

Let's define our own beauty

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. 

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