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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I got this at my local target with a $2 off coupon in hand. Shea Moisture is on a roll with their products.

I decided to do medium size twists and let my hair air dry

I un-twisted a few days later, and whoa at the definition!

My signature flat-twist again I was loving the definition as well

You really can't go wrong with Shea Moisture products except for the grease gel. So far it's the only product from the line I really don't care for. They are very affordable. There's always some kind of sale going on and I take advantage of it. Doing so has allowed me to try just about every product, mostly their conditioners. 

I really like this product. It smells really good. It's like perfume for your hair. It has a light cream consistency (it's not thick thick, why did I type that twice?) and didn't leave any residue. Of the two styles I loved the results of the twist-out better than my signature flat-twist. Seems like I found my leave-in……

Umm… I just want to see what this is about ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

OMG!!! This right here!!! You vegetarians are having too much fun! I want in! 

-Black Beans
-Onions(purple and green)
-Mixed Cheese
-Tortilla Chips (smashed up)
-Ranch Dressing

Heat wrap in oven on low for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, drain black beans; turn stove on medium heat; add olive oil to saucepan; add beans and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Let cool down. Then start layering ingredients.

This got me so excited to making more meatless dishes. There was a lot of flavor in there. Meat eaters I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Making safer alternative choices is what this eco-sista likes about going green

How long have you been eco-friendly? 3 years so far

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? After finally seeing what's really going on with pollution and it's affect on our atmosphere and wildlife I came to the conclusion if we don't take care of the world we have now our future generations won't have a healthy world to live in and they'll miss out and a lot of the animals and other natural luxuries we still have today.

What do you like about it? I like the feeling that I get from doing good things for our environment and how easy it is to make safer alternative choices to support going green.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest obstacle for me is when other people I associate with don't feel it's necessary to at least try and be more eco-friendly.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Think about the benefits and the future.

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? Sometimes yes, because at the end of the day we all make mistakes but that's okay. As long as we learn from what we do wrong and try hard not to repeat it.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural since 2009. I use Alikay Naturals products. They are an all natural organic product line sold throughout the world on Alikay Naturals and also in Target locations. I make sure it's moisturized daily with my Lemongrass Leave In conditioner and I wrap my hair in a silk wrap every night. I hardly use heat on my hair maybe once a year for length check ;)

Is there anything you like to add? I just want to stress how important it is to expand in an eco-friendly world. Living this way will not only benefit us as individuals now but promote a safer and healthier environment for our future.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My first update since starting this challenge. I was trying to do monthly updates but life got in the way. But better late than never. Anyways, my edges are (slowly) growing back and I noticed a few things. I took pics of the left and right side. 

My main concern is the right side because that's where I have a small patch. I've been pretty consistent with applying the scalp/growth oil that I made. I gave the right side more attention than the left. Guess which side grew more than the other? Yeah, the left side. 

I don't get it. After a few months the growth is pretty slow around the edges. But it's filling in so I can't really complain.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I met Barbara while doing my everyday stalking on twitter. I saw a tweet and found out that she's the CEO and founder of Jaq's Organics, a socially responsible eco-friendly company. The mission of Jaq's Organics is to provide safe, all natural, high quality products that do not include fillers, chemicals, or preservatives. The results are nutrient-rich ingredients and effective formulas with skin loving results. Products are designed to be moisturizing, multi-functional, and safe.

Eeekkk!!! That's right up my alley. Most of you already know, I'm on the journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle. And I heart companies that caters to this lifestyle. 

Barbara sent me the Fancy Detox Soap for review, a beautifully made handcrafted soap.

per the site
  Ingredients: Saponification of Cocos Nucifera *(Coconut) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, *Milk, Sucrose (Sugar), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, French Rose Clay, Palma Christi (Haitian Castor Oil), Activated Charcoal, Lemon Essential Oil, Anise Essential Oil and Fragrance.

-Fresh clean scent
-No toxic ingredients
-My skin was left soft, moisturized, and squeaky clean
-I was introduced to ingredients I didn't know about (Activated Charcoal and French Rose Clay)

-Umm… I like to share but this is one thing I'm not sharing. One use of this soap and you are guarding it making sure no one else uses it. 

-When someone is in the bathroom you like….. What are you doing in there? Are you using my soap? Don't use that, finish the other one first! Didn't I tell you…..

I'm a fan of bar soaps more than liquid soaps. I heart it even more because it works. It's a product anyone can use without having to worry of what's being put on the body. There's a ton of quality products on her site and they all sound so yummy. 

*Opinions are my own*

Monday, September 8, 2014

This was a super easy and quick meal to make. I simply sliced the tomatoes, sprinkled with seasoned salt, and sprayed olive oil on it. Then I grilled for 2-3 minutes; turned the grill off and topped with parmesan cheese. Make sure you spray the grill with olive oil as well for non-stick results. Delicious! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Legume is a very popular Haitian dish. It's a thick mash up of all types of vegetables served with rice or Mayi Moulen (corn meal). It's also mostly cooked with beef and crabs. But growing up I remember my mom cooking it with Lambi (conch), crabs, and shrimp. Hands down that was one of my favorite dishes. It lead to my love for seafood.

I got the conch while I was out and about. I couldn't wait to get started. Making this dish had me going down memory lane.

Above is the conch as is. Below is when I beat it like it stole something. If you ever had conch you know that it has a firm texture. It's easier to eat when tenderized.

Cooking on stove

I marinated it overnight by adding lemon juice, seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic, old bay seasoning and leftover stock from my crab boil

After checking for quality control (my hands couldn't stay out of the pot), I started adding my veggies. Cabbage, carrots, kale, and arugula. Then came...

A rainbow of other veggies I chopped the day before. Celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green onions.

I kept it company by adding more seafood friends. 

I was totally satisfied with how it turned out. So satisfied I'm going to try other Haitian dishes. Like Diri Joujon (black rice with mushrooms), Laboyi Bannan (porridge), Soup Joumou (it's history in a bowl that is served on New Year's Day), and more.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Guess what? I'm this month's spotlight for The Natural Hair Blog Directory. I joined the directory early this year and go into the deets here. I love this directory. It's a great way to connect with other naturals. I also help manage the twitter page for the site. 

Would you like to be listed on the directory? Know someone you can benefit? Tell them to visit the directory and submit their info.

Check out my feature here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The purpose of pasteurization is to kill organisms such as salmonella, listeria, and more from harming our bodies. Also, to keep from spoiling. Sounds good to me but as always there's two sides to a story. As if I'm not confused enough. So I did what I do best. Research!

Named after Louis Pasteur in the late 1800's. Pasteur invented the method where food and liquid is heated to kill viruses and other harmful organisms. But it left me wondering... How did the human race lived before this process?

While researching I found that this is a very touchy topic. Tons of debates that causes division between those who are for or against it. I was intrigued with what I was reading. Studies have shown there's no difference in nutritional value. Raw milk lover's disagree saying pasteurization reduces some nutrients such as Vitamin C and other nutrients.

It's all about personal preference. Below are two articles that I found interesting while researching this topic.

Whew!!! I need a cookie 

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