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

Friday, October 31, 2014

I've had grits and I'm a huge shrimp lover. However, I never had the two together. I remember growing up eating mayi moulen (corn meal). A haitian dish my mom made often by itself and it filled me up like I just had a feast. Yummers!

There were so many versions out there so of course *in my Frank Sinatra voice* I did it my way.

-Purple Onions
-Seasoned Salt
-Olive Oil
-Butter(I used the smart balance kind)
-Fresh Garlic (crushed)

A must have

Bring 2-3 cups water to boil add some salt. Add grits and cook for about 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Remove from stove and let stand. I forgot how quickly this stuff cooks. On to cooking the shrimp. 

I marinated the shrimps over night with
parsley, sesoned salt, garlic, and leftover stock from crab boil

Freshly cut ingredients that will keep the shrimps company

Here we go! Whoop Whoop!

Heat butter and olive oil to skillet (the amount depends on you I pretty much eyeball the situation) add veggie mix and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add marinated shrimp; cook for about 5 minutes and…. 

Beautifully done!

I wish the grits came with a warning label. I was trying to take pics as it was cooking and next thing you know I was under attack. It was bubbling and spitting at me. Ouch!!! Another winner going in my recipe book. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's all up to you and your mindset says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I went vegetarian December 2012.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I saw a picture of my face and it looked very odd and had signs of diabetes which runs in my family so I freaked out and decided to do something new to change my diet. I was also starting an intellectual and spiritual growth (journey) at the time so the timing was right for me to make some drastic changes.

What do you like about it? I feel better. I look better. There's no guilt about killing and eating another being who once had a spirit and beating heart. It's a good way to live and if you believe in Karma it helps to deplete the (negative) amount of it we accumulate on a daily. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I went vegetarian while living in South Korea which was a challenge in itself. While all the vegetables they have are non-GMO and are REAL, they cost way too much for the limited amounts and varieties available. Also, going out to eat with someone and even alone can be very difficult in the land of beef and chicken. I've never seen people eat more fried chicken than in Korea. LOL!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It's all up to you and your mindset. It's a commitment to a lifestyle and not the ideal of it. EVERYTHING has to change and everything will change because of it. Something as simple as keeping emergency snacks with you in case you get hungry and can't find a place with real food near by, which in this society today, that's a norm. It takes dedication and commitment.

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? Nobody's perfect in their actions. Every living being has flaws. It's a matter of how disciplined you are and how much you DON'T preach to people who don't believe in what you do. Some people may go pescatarian and if that works for them then so be it. I wasn't put here to monitor anyone's life other than my own. People ask me what I do, think, eat, etc. and I share that, if I feel so inclined but that doesn't mean I'm giving them the blueprint to how they should lead their life. That responsibility is not mine, although sometimes people will treat you word as such. My green journey is not the same as the next person's green journey, and vice versa. :)

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I went natural this last time December 2011. So it's been about 3 years. Choosing to wear your hair in it's natural state and having it behave the way you want takes mad work. Of course I didn't know this before I got into it but now 3 years into the game I know. Weekly washes, deep conditioning, care routines throughout the week, it takes work! Between my hair and skin regimens you'd think I'd never sleep lol. It requires a lot of attention and effort. But, thank you!!!

Is there anything you like to add? You can find me on YouTube. I haven't made the announcement just yet but I'm planning to launch a brand new channel to represent a new phase and chapter in my life, now that I'm post expat living for the moment. So if people visit/subscribe to the MiaMor channel they'll get the announcement once it's made. If people want to contact me they can email

Monday, October 27, 2014

I've finally found a good use for my yoga ball. Before I used it as a chair (well, I still do) but now it's helping me tone those abs. Working out is even more fun now. Here's how I went from hating working out to absolutely enjoying every minute of it. Lay on a flat surface relax and...

Roll the ball in then….

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Roll the ball out then…

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That's it. I look forward to this workout all the time. One of my favorites. You're welcome!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I've always wanted to make my own and finally had the chance to do so. I bought the cornstarch for another DIY but it didn't go as planned. So, I researched what kind of trouble I can get into and makeup was the winner.

-Cocoa Powder
-Bentonite Clay (Tip- never mix clay in metal bowl or use metal spoon)

I used half a teaspoon of each. I didn't want to make too much just in case I didn't like the results.

Almost done mixing

My face was smelling like cinnamon but it didn't last long. I was impressed. It blended well with my skin tone. I didn't end up looking like a soul food cook by the end of the day. When I wear my everyday mineral makeup, I'm constantly blotting my T-zone area. With the one I made, I noticed my shiny nose was the area that needed blotting. 

My only problem is I didn't get enough coverage. If you look in the middle of my five head you'll see a faded dark spot. I went back and added more cocoa to the mix and see if it would help. It didn't. But I enjoyed experimenting. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

An eco-sista who says there is no blueprint for green living

How long have you been eco-friendly? I would say since I was 17/18 years old, when I began appreciating my academic passion for Geography. Learning about the environment, and more specifically sustainable living from a personal/local level boosted my spirits. My parents are keen recyclers, conscious about energy use and have instilled in us a commitment to care for the earth (in effect, saving them money ha).

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to be eco-friendly because it is such a beautiful lifestyle and I am continuously inspired by the increasing amount of green living blogs. I ultimately want it to become natural with everybody, the same way we take care of our bodies, we should take care of our surroundings. We should create spaces of ideas and sharing. If we choose to have kids, we want them to live in a healthy environment and to not have to for example, deal with environmental externalities that can lead to health issues. Ultimately, it will be about life- breathable air, clean water, edible food, un-compromised quality products. 

Nature sustains us, but at the current rate of consumption and mass production, we are being negligent of the limits and potential dangers. Really, do it for the love of nature, not out of the fear of it's potential consequences. That's the source of your strive.

What do you like about it? I chose this lifestyle because I also like the idea of minimalism. I read Vintage Schumacher's book called Small Is Beautiful and I fell in love instantly. It allows me to be selfless (caring, open, giving). He talks about achieving the maximum level of well-being with the least amount of resources. From the environmental movement in the 1980's to Wangari Maathai's- Green Belt Movement, caring for the environment is not exclusive to one place. We all have the ability to; it's about instilling it into our cultures. I like it because it challenges the very often-selfish nature of some humans and allows them to care for something beyond themselves- the earth.

I enjoy making things from scratch, I enjoy being organized and so I don't like much clutter. I like simplicity, and being eco-friendly allows me to explore more ways to live like this. I even applied this lifestyle to my natural hair journey and I follow some blogs on it.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Honestly, the challenge I face is that I feel constricted by my parents. I currently live with them and since I eat from my mother's grocery shopping list, I don't get to eat what I would love to or buy certain products etc. Although she recycles and advocates healthy eating, I haven't been able to convince her about for example, organic food. Last week I bought organic peanut butter (which is btw, so delicious) and the week after she bought standard store peanut butter. I don't want to fight lifestyles in a home that isn't mine.

Point is, although I love my parents, I need to accept that people have different beliefs on issues, including standpoints on where they stand environmentally. It's a lesson, because now I know what to look for in a life partner. I would love to share the same visions with someone I love as long as we are mutually open to learning from each other. That's the beginning of creating a livable home with bound values.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do your research, and find which area of green living you are more passionate about, catches your attention, or suits your circumstances (listed below). It's much easier that way. So for example, if you are into organic eating, eco-friendly products, recycling/composting, keeping papers with blank sides in a bag for second use (I do this), socially responsible products, farmers market shopping, natural product making, barefoot living, non-car driving, natural cosmetics/make-up etc, crafts. There are so many areas in your life that you can apply environmental consciousness to (if not all). And you can see how this is overwhelming, right?

Begin at your comfort and work you way up with ease. Don't be overwhelmed. For example, I cannot afford to buy cosmetic make-up because it's expensive and I cannot shop at the farmers market because the nearest one is a train ride and three buses away. And that's okay

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? There is no absolutism in pursuing a green conscious lifestyle. Every little counts, honestly. It's a mental journey as much as it is a physical/lifestyle journey. I don't believe someone can be a "green hypocrite" since we have the free will to live how we want. Pursuing a green lifestyle is not going to be an easy ride and so we have to allow ourselves to diverge and be inconsistent at times. It's nice to set targets and personal goals, but ultimately do what is best for you based on your location in this world, your job, responsibilities, schedules, income, health status, etc.

A green lifestyle is a personal journey that needn't be publicized to everyone, it's between you and nature and therefore you must not over think it. It should be as simple as possible, and not complex. That's all that matters. Always remain conscious, even if you lose the zeal sometimes.

There are no blueprint for green living, just guides. We can all share our different ways of living, exchange information, ideas, tips, etc. but there's no right or wrong, as long as you strive to be better at what you are already doing.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? My last relaxer was in November 2012. I am in love with my homemade shea butter which keeps my hair oh so soft and moisturized. That's my holy grail. It remains in protective styles until I have achieved my goal length. Check me out on YouTube

Is there anything you like to add? Don't give into the climate change hype and the scares that are being portrayed in the media to wake people up. I believe that true internal change begins with love. Simple, love for nature. Love for that which sustains us. Love for that which feeds us and give us breathable air. Love for that which keeps us alive. Don't pursue a green lifestyle out of fear, pursue it out of love for what is to come. You will enjoy the journey much more that way. I don't believe in acting globally, thinking locally- more like, "act local, think global".

Learn more about "greenwashing" to understand how brands are re-inventing themselves so that you won't be deceived.

Be careful about natural hair products that claim to have "no parabens, sulfates, etc. (you know the list) but instead contain other harmful products other than the ones that we are well aware about. 

The term "natural" is not regulated but the term organic is. Careful reading of ingredients, labels, and marketing- the use of words such as "green", "fair", or "eco" can be misleading. With this new green consumerism, brands are still not genuine. But be hopeful, there are many genuine green brands that strive to be greener, out there!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I recently went on a camping trip and this came in very handy. As I was going over the list of things to bring, I noticed I didn't have any bug spray. Living in FL I knew it was an absolute must. I wasn't going to slather or spray some smelly toxic chemical on my body. I did what I do best! I went on La La Land to get some ideas. 

Reading is FUNdamental. While browsing I found some interesting articles on mosquitoes. Fun Facts:

-There are several different types of mosquitoes (in the thousands) 
-Male mosquitoes don't bite they feed on flower nectar
-Female mosquitoes bite humans and animals they need the protein for their eggs
-If you're a beer drinker consider yourself a new BFF  
-These 'lil creatures are the deadliest animals on earth because they carry a number of deadly diseases

What you will need:
-Spray bottle

Witch Hazel

Essential Oils (lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary)

-Add equal parts water and witch hazel to the spray bottle. 
-Then add 20 drops of each oil. 

This spray really worked and smells wonderful. Mosquitoes hate certain scents. I was sure to find a mix to keep them away. Drinking lots of water helps too. I had some leftover from the trip and I'm using it as an air freshener. Oh how I love double duty products.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

-Onions (grilled)
-Shredded Cheese

*rubs hands together* 

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 more Mahi-Mahi recipes. I really liked it. It had a natural smoke flavor with a taste making me want more. 

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. 



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"


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?

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