Join me on my clueless up and down journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle and everything in between

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I'm a huge seafood lover. One of my favorite fish to eat is salmon. I just love it. However, I want to try other types of fish. So I'm getting my shopping on at Trader Joe's and I spot the mahi burgers. I threw it in the cart and here's how it all went down. 

I decided to grill it instead of frying and paired it with veggie chips

Condiments:
-Lettuce
-JalapeƱos
-Mayo
-Onions (grilled)
-Shredded Cheese






I used sourdough english muffins as my buns


It was my first time trying Mahi-Mahi and I will be buying this again. After trying this, I look forward to making/trying different Mahi-Mahi recipes. 

Monday, October 20, 2014


Do one thing everyday that scares you
                               -Eleanor Roosevelt 



I finally got the chance to go camping. Something I've always wanted to do but was afraid to take the steps in making it happen. I know, what's so scary about camping. Well for me, I had this crazy idea that I'd be attack by bears, deers, or panthers. Blame the news stories for that. I was like... you see that's why I don't wanna go camping.  

I knew about the opportunity earlier but decided not to go. Not because of the thought of being attacked. I just didn't have all that I needed for a camping trip. So one day I got a text asking if I'm going. I texted back- No. I received another text- Please come, I have a tent you can borrow it. 

Aww… sookie sookie now. That was a sign telling me GO! So I did and there's nothing scary about camping. You can't knock something you've never tried. Here's my clueless adventure in the great outdoors. 


Before 



After



Chateau De CluelessCurl



Having breakfast on this cold morning. 

The first night of camping was Brrr!!! But once I got in my sleeping bag my body heat kept me warm. I slept like a baby until…. You wanna know the scary part about camping? Being awaken in the middle of the night by snoring, farting, and people who just won't go to sleep.



Beautiful lake view



Enjoying the view on the "porch"



Snacking 



Camping is not complete without a campfire and s'mores




If Big Foot can do it so can I. The day came to go home. Before doing so I made sure to keep the site the way I found it. I was a guest and didn't want to trash the place. When you respect nature it will respect you. 

It was fun and exciting getting there and enjoying the activities. But the take down... oh my goodness. The tent was wet and it wasn't even raining. It was because of the dew points. So, it was a bit messy taking the tent down. But overall I enjoyed my camping experience. 

This trip taught me to appreciate what I have even more. The things we take for granted. Water and light truly was a must on this trip. I also learned that freshwater fish like hot dogs. I thought worms were the only bait. 

It also felt good not being online for a few days. Only because I couldn't get a connection. But seriously I was not bothered and was soaking in nature. This experience inspired me to want to get an RV and drive cross country (except for Hawaii, I'll have to fly) seeing all 50 states. It will happen one day. It's on my bucket list.

Have you been camping? What was your experience like?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another month of my shenanigans. See what I'm up to.


It's pumpkin carving season



Not my favorite but it was ok



I'm getting my reading on



Keepin' up with my veggie intake



I'm trying just about every new cereal that catches my eye

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

An eco-sista who loves her new found relationship with nature


How long have you been eco-friendly? I am ashamed to say that I started being eco-friendly when I met my husband 3 years ago. He taught me everything there is about the benefits of helping the environment.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I love plants and animals which is why I'm a vegetarian (pescatarian on family outings) because without plants and animals, our planet would not survive. I also use eco-friendly materials to improve the health of the environment.

What do you like about it? I love my new found relationship with nature! I also love that I am protecting the environment while also providing new jobs for eco-friendly emerging industries. It's a win-win situation for me.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I would say the only challenge or obstacle I face is convincing my family to do some eco-friendly practices. They don't understand why my husband and I take the environment so seriously because they don't see how one person can make a difference.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Please, please, please read more about the environment to be more aware about the earths natural systems. You will have much of a better understanding of the importance and benefits of being eco-friendly. Try to second guess what you are about to throw away and see if there is another use for it! This is how I started to be eco-friendly, one step at a time.

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? Going green is definitely challenging some days for me when I'm in a hurry! For example: I could be running late for work and I'm already walking out the door when I realize I left the bathroom light on. I am guilty of leaving it on and calling my husband to turn off the light since he will be home before me. Kids, don't try this at home.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural 1 year and about 10 months. I actually maintain my hair everyday to keep it in a healthy stage. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but once you get into a groove, it's like making sure you have breakfast in the morning. However, I do have my lazy days.

Is there anything you like to add? You can be eco-friendly in the natural hair community too. I have bought all my makeup brushes from Eco-Tools for starters because they support the environment. If you haven't tried them, check them out! They have wonderful products. Thank you so much! <3

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Race #10



Let's do this!



I'm ready 


After the race I went to the pavilion to get some snack and a guy came up to me and said Thank You! Of course I had a confused look on my face and I asked what for? Pacing. Oh yes! I remember, We were side by side pacing the first mile of the race. Then I lost him or maybe he lost me. :)




Anyways, running at that pace helped me to crossed the finish line with a new personal best. That also led me to coming in 3rd place again for my age group. 


2 more to go!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I've been having too much fun with these scarves. I just bought one recently that was on clearance. My drawer wasn't happy with me. This last one added more fuel to the fire. I kept stuffing it down and promising this is the last one. Yeah right! 





So off to La La Land I go and I found a very easy to do DIY. There were so many different ways to do an organizer. But, I took the one that wouldn't cost much. The only thing I bought were shower curtain rings that didn't cost much at all. Yay! Off to go buy more scarves.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014



I was impressed with my Legume that I went back to the Farmer's Market to purchase more conch. I prepared/seasoned it the same way but this time I added pesto (without arugula) and without all the veggies. Shrimp was also added towards the end. While the conch was cooking I boiled the plantains adding some salt to the pot.

INGREDIENTS
-Conch
-Shrimp
-Onions
-Bell Peppers
-Tomatoes
-Plantians





Plantains look like bananas but shouldn't be eaten like one. They're also available year round. Here are a few health benefits of them 

-Have more potassium and Vitamin A than a banana
-Loaded with fiber which helps with constipation
-Good source of calcium for strong bones and teeth



Saturday, October 4, 2014



Today marks four years since I started blogging. This was my very first blog post about starting my journey. Of all the years I've been blogging, 2014 is my best blogging year so far. What a difference a year makes. I love how blogging has helped me to be creative and come up with ideas.

Truth is I'm technically challenged. Well, I used to be. I'm old school and I just know enough to get me by. This was a personal challenge for me and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

It all started with me AOL'ing, Yahoo'ing, and Google'ing info on how to care for my hair. I was clueless, hence the name of my blog. What I came across blow me away. Here I am thinking the info is going to come from a "professional" hair site. You know the ones where some of the content have you saying I don't think this was written for me.

Instead the information was coming from women who look like me. I was jumping for joy, doing backflips, and splits. One site lead to another and another then came the rabbit hole called YouTube! I was hyperventilating like WHAT??? You can SHOW me how to do that style??? For FREE? Where they do that at???

Back then I was on the YT forever and a day. Searching for hair tips, ideas, and my new BFF in my head. Now, I'm not as excited as I used to be. The tide has changed but I'm thankful because it was where I learned how to flat-twist. Thanks to this vlogger.

Finding those sites was paradise. Like most I grew up thinking my hair was bad, ugly, inferior, and _________ <<< insert BS here. It was all lies and for years I caused a lot of damage to my hair conforming to the standard of beauty.

I had no idea a blogging (I didn't even know what a blog was) community like this existed. What I loved even more was the forums where I was able to interact with other naturals. Being on there, I learned so and so had a blog and it wasn't just about natural hair. Blogs on healthy cooking, exercising, finance, and more. I was fascinated.

I wanted to know more about the blogosphere. I did and even though it started with my hair I didn't want to blog about natural hair. I wanted to go beyond that. I was in the process of going green and the rest is history. Let's go down memory lane!


*WARNING! Long post*


MY BLOG

This is what my blog used to look like. It stayed that way until I made some changes this year. I found a template that I fell in love with. But, there were a few things I wanted to tweak. Like the right side bar. It's a feature that I really liked having on my old layout. After a while I got use to it. 

Another was the date stamp. When a post would go live on the blog I noticed the date stamp was not there. That was a no-no. I let the right side bar slide but not the date stamp. I was behind the scenes pulling my hair out trying to figure it out. Having the date stamp is kind of a big deal for me. It just makes blog posts more relevant for me. Especially, if I'm doing a challenge and I want to go back and see what I used, how long I used it, and when I used it.

Speaking of going back. I was looking at some of my blog post and my reaction was Who Did This? But it made me appreciate how far I've come. I was working with what I had at the time. Psst... If you see any misspelled words or it's not making any sense to you… let me know so I can inform the right person. ;) 

After researching, I found out that it had to do with the HTML downloading of the template. So I did more researching and my IQ couldn't take it. I found the info I was looking for and hope to NEVER have to do it again. Whew! I got my date stamp.

Another cool thing I learned is how to do is a favicon. A favicon is short for favorites icon. It's basically a small icon associated with a site. I wanted one and told my IQ to get ready for another adventure. If you look in your browser's address bar you'll see an icon that I created for my blog. I was able to find a site that helped me to easily generate one.

I also joined twitter and oooohhhhh weeeee!!! But I won't go into deets here. I'll share the good, the bad, and the clueless on my one year twitterversary next month. I know us bloggers celebrate everything. In the meantime follow me and see how I be stalking and harassing people online. :)




       MY HAIR

This year I relapsed and became a product junkie all over again. Thanks Trader Joes for making it happen. I had fun though. This time I played it smart. I remember when I first returned to natural how exciting it was to try new products. Then it got expensive and frustrating for me. Now, thank goodness for coupons, BOGO's, affordable product lines, and sometimes not having the impulse to buy. I was able to stay sane while having fun trying.

I celebrated my 5 year nappaversary (I love celebrating, Huh?) this year, did a few hair challenges, and tried new styles. I learned so much about my hair. Like learning to embrace the shrinkage and not to fight with my hair. I always and I mean always lose. More of my clueless hair can be found here.



RUNNING

I started running in 2011 and ran my first 5k in 2012. And... that was it. I didn't continue the journey like I said I would. Life got in the way and I gave up instead of keeping it going. I was not happy about that. 

The year 2013 came and I said I was going to start back up again. NOT! Gotta love when life just wants to knock you down. I kept running but the passion was not there like before. I was looking at races to run but I signed up for 0. Running turned to walking, walking turned to not wanting to get up and go.

This year came around and I was serious about getting back. So, to get me out of the rut I updated my workout gears. That seriously helped a lot. I registered for my first race of the year and I've been consistent with it. I found a site dedicated to races and I bookmarked it. Doing that has helped me stay up to date with upcoming races in my area. 

The site is listed by states and categories of your choice. Every time I was done with one, I start searching for my next race. I was serious and even through all the bullsh*t I didn't give up. I'm training for my first marathon half-marathon and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. 



FEATURES & CONNECTIONS

A feature I'm most proud of is my recurring Green Light theme. This lifestyle was all new to me and I wanted tips and advice on how to get results. I harrassed reached out asking the many women featured here to share their journey. I got a lot of positive feedback regarding that feature.

I added two new features Workout Of The Week  and Quote Of The Day. I like exercising, keyword: like. I use the workout feature to show some of what I do to stay in shape. One of my favorite workout is what I call the lazy exercise Yoga. Ha! I underestimated those poses. 

The quote's are words of inspiration/food for thought that I can relate to. It keeps me motivated. I've had more DOWNS than ups and I refuse to believe that I can't live the life that I want. I'm also on the journey of self-discovery, self-improvement, self-self-self. That doesn't mean I'm selfish. I'm just tired of being tired.

I recently took part in this challenge and my goodness it was love at first sight. A judgement-free zone where I can share my thoughts, feelings, fears, etcetera. Getting out of my comfort zone is nerve wracking for me. But doing so is better than me looking back saying shoulda, woulda, coulda.

I also wanted to connect with like minded people. In order for me to make those connections I had to put myself out there. Learning to get over my fear of being judge was the first step. People are going to talk no matter what. You do good they talk, You do bad they still talk. What's it gonna be?

I did it and I have to say so far it's been an incredible experience. I've come in contact with a few gems and I know it will get better. I was skeptical and yeah I take that back. When your intentions are good you attract the right kind of people.

There are a few bad apples who have a sense of entitlement. The ones who always want you to understand them but won't take the time to understand you. Gotta love em! It's truly sad sometimes but it's wise for me to not have toxic people in my life.

I'm not doing this for fame. I did it to prove to myself that I can do it. Take risks! Not the YOLO, Eff my life, it's the end of the world risks. The kind of risks where I would still be alive tomorrow and not have to look over my shoulder.  



GOING GREEN


I'm passionate about living this lifestyle. I'm not a green giant so I take what I can and leave the rest. It took a lot of research, trails, and errors for me to get results. I stuck with it and I'm glad at how far I've come. This is one of the best decisions that I've made. 

You really don't need a lot of greens to go green. There were times I went the DIY route. Some didn't always work but the majority did. What I made turned out to actually work and I got a ton of usage out of it. 

Check this out I...

-use all natural/organic products on my hair or I'll take the DIY route. 

-make my own skin care products

-no longer eat beef or pork  

-upped my fruits and veggie intake  

-enjoy trying meatless dishes

-make my own cleaning products (but I have a bone to pick with some eco-cleaning products)

Eating healthy was a challenge but I managed to have some success with it. I'm human and I find myself not always eating healthy as I should. Unnecessary stress can do that. But the goal was to eat healthy more often, I achieved that and will keep it going.

I just want to give a big THANK YOU to all those who took the time to read, comment, follow, be featured, tweet, and shared a link. If you have a goal don't be afraid to follow through with it. Don't have a support system? Go online and connect with like minded people. I'm 99.9% sure you'll find the results you're looking for.

Can't wait to see what the next chapter looks like.










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