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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Your individuality is an advantage, not a liability
                                                          -GG Renee

That's one of my favorite quotes from GG's book Wallflower. A book for the quiet woman who want to be heard. GG writes about all the many layers that make women the beautiful contradictions they are. My goodness there's so much in this book I can relate to. So glad to know I'm not alone in this quiet introverted journey.

This is truly a book for those who are afraid to get out of their comfort zone. A good read from beginning to the end. I found myself in agreement as I went along. I love reading books were I can relate and make a connection to the narrative. She eloquently described how I'm feeling when I want to be heard.

It's an empowering read if you're trying to find your voice. I'm one of those who wasn't very vocal growing up. As I got older and read this book I know that there is nothing wrong with me. Some people won't get me and that's ok. I can't waste my time impressing those who don't get me.

In order for me to grow I do have to get out of my comfort zone and take positive risks. It's scary but the results of doing so is better than not. Thanks GG for this book. I'm sure I'll be referencing back when needed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Race #13

I know I thought I was done too but I couldn't let this pass me by. So I'm browsing looking for my next race and came across the advertisement for this event. The words FREE followed by organic, vegetarian, and vegan food. Then beer and wine. I perked up real quick and knew I had to be there.

Runners getting ready

Trying to be cute with my posin'

This event also benefitted Soles 4 Souls. A global non-profit organization to help those in need. I'm always down for a good cause. So, I donated a pair of running shoes for the shoe drive. 

Live Band- I enjoyed their version of Get Lucky

All the snacks you can eat

FREE beer and wine. I'm not a beer drinker and some of what I sampled reminded me why. A few of them was just awful. My tasted buds wasn't having it. Tasting like spoiled water. But there was one that had me saying this is apple juice. I can add this to my smoothie. I kept going back for that one. 

I don't know who was responsible for the race course but I wasn't happy with it. There were too many disrespectful turns that slowed me down. But…..

My girls Chardonay, Merlot, and Pinot Grigio were there to comfort me. 

I came in third for my age group

*off to go train for more races, 2015 here I come *

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eco-friendly plates from Big Lots that didn't cost a fortune

Found a Target that carries these items and more

I recently cleared out my stash so it made sense to get this

If you missed the first one GG is at it again for this month
Check out my first experience with it

Have you entered the giveaway? I have a feeling you're going to win :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

An eco-sista who says pick a sustainable practice that you are passionate about

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for about ten years. I really got immersed into it in 2007 when I worked for a green company called Act Now. We traveled around the US teaching sustainability practices to individuals and companies.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It just made sense. I believe one person can make a difference. I believe in climate change and I want to protect the planet for my children and hopefully my grandchildren one day. It also compliments my yoga practice. I aim to be a better person everyday and live a happy, healthy life. 

What do you like about it? I like teaching my children about recycling and composting. They are five and two years old. My son, who is five, is fascinated with sea animals and really into protecting the ocean animals. So we discuss plastics and how they may end up as ocean debris. We limit our impact by using resizable water bottles.

I like to think about doing something positive for myself and the planet. For example, I used to be able to ride my bike to work. I was exercising to and from work, saving money by not using fuel and reducing my carbon footprint by not using my car. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I think cost is one of the biggest obstacles in being eco-friendly or going "green". If money were not an obstacle we would have solar panels on our roof and my husband has been wanting an electric Ford Fusion for a long time. Unfortunately, buying organic food is a lot more expensive. When you are on a tight budget, you may not be able to buy organic. Many neighborhoods don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetable. Sometimes inconvenience is an obstacle.

It is much more convenient, time efficient, and comfortable to drive in certain areas of San Francisco rather than BART and bus there. Since cost is such a driving factor in becoming eco-friendly, it often feels like becoming eco-friendly is an elitist group of people. There may be the eco-friendly snob giving the gas guzzling, SUV driving person the evil eye. I think it's important to model and inspire others by your life choices and not shame them. I try not to feel guilty about every choice I make, right or wrong, I try to make the best decision for me and my family that I can.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Pick a sustainable practice that is personal to you and/or something you are passionate about doing. It will be easier to stay motivated if you pick something that is meaningful to you. Start with one simple practice such as buying organic apples or buying fruit at your local farmers market. Stop using plastic bags and switch to re-usable bags. Eat less meat.

Notice I didn't say to stop! I have been practicing vegetarian, vegan, and I currently eat meat, but not everyday. Start by practicing Meatless Mondays. Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Try using more organic products for cooking, cleaning, or for your hair and face. Surround yourself by like-minded people.  

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. I just keep trying my best to reduce my impact on the planet and live a healthy life. There are quite a few "green hypocrites" out there. Leonardo DiCaprio who said he plans to take time off acting to fly around the world doing good for the environment. He may have overlooked that a single transcontinental flight is estimated to pump as much carbon into the atmosphere as a year's worth of driving. Al Gore has a 20 room mansion with a utility bill estimated at $30,000 a year.

I don't really think Leonardo and Al are green hypocrites. I just think even the most well intended person is not perfect. One person does and can make a difference. However, there is a great responsibility on certain individuals and companies, who have a much larger impact on the planet, to do their share in adopting sustainable practices.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for about 14 years now. I did the BIG chop in the year 2000. There are so many curly products in the market now to help maintain you natural curls and many that do not use any chemicals. There is also a wealth of information from other curly girls. I learned a lot about taking care of my hair by talking to other curly women and reading Nikki Green's book, Good Hair. My #1 curly hair tip is moisturize!

Is there anything you like to add? Adopt one personal sustainable practice today that makes you happy and helps you live a healthier life! As a yoga teacher and student, I always aim to live in the moment. Yoga is NOW. Life is NOW.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Race #12

I did it!!! Earlier this year I said I was going to run 12 races before the end of the year and I achieved that goal. Now that I've meet that goal I'm ready to move on to longer runs. I'm going to do it in stages with a 10K being next on my list for 2015. Then I'll gradually move on to marathon running. It just makes sense for me to do it that way versus jumping right into it. 

Waiting for awards to be given out

I came in 2nd again 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another clueless giveaway!

This giveaway is open to those in the United States and Canada
(please don't cut me if you're not in the area)

*Starting November 11, 2014 and ending December 10, 2014*

What I'm giving away:

-Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste (this stuff smells delish and I love the way my puff/bun looks when I use it)

-Mason Jar (I'm a smoothie lover and I'm going to start making flavored drinks; Some of my favorite smoothies to make Mango Kiwi,  Pineapple Juice with Kale, and Mixed Berries)

-Shea Moisture Superfruit Conditioner (so far this is one of my favorite leave-in conditioner check out my review)

There are 3 ways to enter

You MUST follow me on twitter @CluelessCurl and in the comment section of THIS POST ONLY let me know that you are following by saying "I'm following CluelessCurl" AND enter your twitter handle.


You MUST be a follower of this blog and in the the comment section of THIS POST ONLY let me know by saying "I'm already a follower" OR "I just followed your blog"


I've been contemplating starting a YouTube channel but checking out Pinterest. I have a few clueless ideas floating around in my head. However, I don't want to take on more than I can handle. Just to give you an idea I'm still editing a video from 2 years ago. That'll tell how consistent I'll be on the YT. With Pinterest I'm in research mode. Which platform do you like? Tell me in the comment section of THIS POST ONLY if it's YouTube or Pinterest.

**BONUS- You can increase your chances to win (not promising that you will) doing all three (1)following me on twitter, (2)following my blog, and (3)commenting if you prefer YouTube or Pinterest by having 3 separate comments using the above format.**

*It makes it easier for me to keep track so please follow this format*

One lucky winner will be randomly chosen for this giveaway. Winner will be announced December 11, 2014 via twitter and blog post. Good Luck!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hip-Hip Hooray! I know, here I go again celebrating. I joined twitter a year ago and it has been a remarkable experience. It is a very POWERFUL tool. A great tool to educate, inspire, create, entertain, and make connections. It's amazing what technology can do.

As always I was late getting on board with it. But, as the saying goes better late than never. I can't believe how much I was missing out on. I thought it was going to be a waste of time. Truth be told time was being wasted alright.

But in a way where I was making connections, learning, being inspired, sharing, and LMFAO. It's like being at the club, comedy show, and classroom all at the same time. Whew! That's just some of what it feels like. I don't have cable so it's an activity I thoroughly enjoy without having to spend $$$. That's how I roll.

When it comes to news and info twitter is my source. Even though I follow a few news outlets, most of the time I'm scrolling right past them. Reason being, nobody can tell our stories the way that we can. There are some interesting characters on twitter. I tell you some tweets is my cue to either log off or stay on just a little bit longer. Cuz……

Some have you stock up on popcorn watching and waiting for those gem of a tweet

Others love 'em or hate 'em you keep coming back

 Then you have the WTF???

I'm fresh off learning the natural hair lingo now I had to learn (twitter lingo) all over again. I tell you everyday there's some new word, acronym, or hashtag. My clueless self couldn't keep up. Twitter has 140 character word limit and I understand the need to shorten tweets but I was so lost in the beginning.

OOMF- One Of My Followers
ICYMI- In Case You Missed It (guess who's using this a lot now)
RT- ReTweet (I was mad at myself how did I miss that)
BAE- Before Anyone Else (I seriously thought it was a shortened version of Baby)
THOT- That Hoe Over There (I just… I just… SMDH)

These were just some of what made it hard for me to follow. I'm not ashamed to admit. Hey, I was learning as I go. And I'm still learning. Can someone tell me why would I mute someone when I can simply unfollow? The saga continues… Anyways some tweets or hashtags have

Powerful messages

Others keep mess going and serves no purpose

I be minding my business then here comes those tweets

These hashtags OMG!!! Really had me...

*On a serious note the following hashtags will have you, how can I say... you know what just check it out*


To all those fighting the good fight being a voice for the voiceless...

Hang in there! You never know who you're inspiring and you are appreciated

Me, when it's time to log off

Stay clueless with me @CluelessCurl and also check me out in action as the twitter administrator for the Natural Hair Blog Directory

#TwitterIsParadise #ImCluelessOnTwitter #StockUpOnPopcorn #AndSomeWine  #IBeScrollingScrollingScrolling #ThereNeedsToBeAHashtagLimit #DisTewMuch #ImOut

Sunday, November 9, 2014

-Brown Sugar
-Ground Cinnamon
-2 Eggs (beaten)
-Cup of Milk
-Pie Shell

In a bowl combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon; add eggs, pumpkin and mix away. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Let it cool down and enjoy. 

After I cut the pumpkin this is what it looked like, I put in the oven to cook so that I can puree it.

Looking like baby food

Bought this at Whole Foods and I "might" take back what I said

Going in the oven

It was falling apart y'all because I forgot the most important ingredient of them all >>> Whip Cream

This was my first time making pumpkin pie and it was ok. It was almost like eating sweet potato pie but not quite. 

What is your favorite pie? Pumpkin or Sweet Potato

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