Monday, October 24, 2016

Believe them

"You can't control the way people treat you, but you can control the way you react."

I don't know if any of you who are reading this post struggle with this as much as I do... After 30 plus years on this earth, I still find myself finding this to be a hard pill to swallow. Just recently, my eyes were "opened" again as I observed how intentional people are in their actions. Sometimes we make excuses for the way people treat us. We say things like, "they didn't mean it that way" or "they don't know any better." 
But... 

"When people treat you like they don't care, believe them."

If you have that person in your life that constantly talks down to you...     Believe them
If you have that person in your life that doesn't include you in theirs...     Believe them
If you have that person in your life that treats you like dirt...                 Believe them
If you have that person in your life that is always disrespecting you...         Believe them

Believe me...

It's time to take of the blinders and see people for who they truly are.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

My Epilator Experience

Hair removal has been the bain of our existence for hundreds of years. On every continent, in just about every city, women and even some men seek to have smooth, silky and hairless skin. Some of the most  popular methods of hair removal used today are waxing and shaving. I've done them both! 

Up until this month, I got my hairs removed professionally by waxing. After a while, this process can become rather expensive. Recently, I've embarked on the journey of living well and spending less so cutting out my monthly expense of waxing is a part of the process. However, my desire to be hairless in certain areas still exists so I needed a method to replace the waxing. So I did my research and came across the epilation method. I read numerous articles and watched numerous YouTube videos to learn more about epilation. They all agreed on one thing; epilation is similar to waxing in that it removes hair from the root hence delaying the growth and yielding silky smooth skin. Next came, my search for the perfect epilator. This by far was the hardest part for me.  At the end of the day, I settled on the Emjoi Emagine that features 72 tweezers, with dual heads and two speed settings. This brand claims to be the fastest on the market because of the 72 tweezers. 
The speed of hair removal hooked me because every vlog I watched stated that epilation was painful. I knew that I wanted an epilator that was quick and less painful. On the day of my first epilation, I prepared myself mentally and physically. I exfoliated the areas that were being treated and I made sure that those parts were nice and dry. Much to my surprise, the process was not painful at all. The pain amounted to tiny pinches which did not bother me at all. I guess as a person who waxed on a regular basis, my pain threshold had increased significantly. The end results were just what I was looking for. Smooth, soft skin. I can't stop touching my legs and underarms. I'm super happy with the end results and so glad that I took this step. 

What method of hair removal do you use and have you ever thought about using and epilator? Please leave a comment to let me know. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ella + Mila

Hi guys, summer is officially here!!! Summer is that time of the year that I like to call flip flop season. Because it is so hot in this part of the world, you will find most people donning these comfy footwear and hitting the beach. Now when one wears flip flops, your feet and toes MUST look correct  and not a hot mess.
Luckily, I happened upon the perfect nail polish to get those fingers and toes looking gorgeous all summer long. Introducing Ella+Mila! Guys, this brand is the TRUTH!  This brand of lacquer is "quickly becoming one of the most sought-after polishes". According to their website,  Ella+Mila polishes are eco-friendly and a luxury innovation that lasts long without the harmful chemicals. In addition to being chip-resistant, quick dry and high shine, the nail colors contain no Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, making it a five chemical-free product. But the advantages don't end there! These polishes are also cruelty-free, vegan with PeTA certification and proudly made in the USA. 

                          

Please keep in mind that I was not contacted by the company or paid to review this product line. Like I said, I just happened upon them as part of my ongoing journey of living a life that is more organic. I can honestly say that I absolutely adore these polishes. The colors are very rich and mimics gel nail polishes in its staying power. 

Above are two of my favorite colors that i've tried so far, "barely pink" and "naughty not nice". Ella+Mila has a wide range of colors for you to choose from ranging from pastel pretties to bright neons to fall favorites to sexy metallics. They also release a new collection of colors every few months. 
I can't sing the praises of these polishes enough. If you're looking for long lasting, vibrant and chemical free nail polish, I implore you to check out Ella+Mila
You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Living a Dairy Free Life

One of my most favorite foods in the world is homemade macaroni and cheese. Next to that is pizza and ice-cream. Basically I enjoyed eating a lot of dairy filled foods. It wasn't until January of this year that I made the conscious decision to live a dairy free life. I decided to set aside my love for all things dairy and did it cold turkey. Trust me, this wasn't easy at all. Temptations lurked at every corner. It took everything in me to stick to my decision.

So, here are the top five reasons why I'm living a dairy free life.

Reason # 1
Like approximately 75% of Earth's population, i'm lactose intolerant. Yup, I'm unable to properly digest lactose leaving me all bloated, gassy and with an overall unpleasant feeling. Yes there are supplements and other things that can be taken to aide with this inability but I choose to embrace my body's natural rhythm. In fact, being lactose intolerant is the norm. Our bodies after infancy naturally loses it's ability to digest lactose. Therefore, I am no longer going to force my body to do something it is not naturally designed to do. My body has never been happier ever since I listened to it.

Reason # 2
On average, most people have about 2 - 3 colds a year. While eating dairy products does not cause you to get a cold it is a catalyst for the production of mucus which we all battle with when we are sick with a cold. Since changing my eating habits, i've enjoyed the benefit of having far less colds and flu per year. 

Reason # 3
Weight Control was purely a side effect of choosing to be dairy free. A side effect I can't be mad at. With less bloating, clothes fit much better and mama gat a little more pep in her step.

Reason # 4
Another amazing benefit of going dairy free is increased energy. I don't have that food coma feeling anymore after meals. Since incorporating more fruits and vegetables my energy have more than doubled. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to go all day without needing to take a power nap.

Reason # 5
Since changing my diet, i've seen a reduction of acne. I'm not aware of any correlation between dairy products and acne so I can't say for certain that the two are directly linked. However, my skin is smoother and it has a natural glow to it that is quite visible. I'm loving this new skin i'm in.




Friday, May 6, 2016

May "Lust"

"May is the month of sunshine and flowers..."
Spring is officially here and the month of May has so much to offer. Aside from gorgeous weather, I am excited about all the vibrant colors being displayed. There are so many things i'm lusting after this month (especially handbags), so I'm sharing with you some of my faves. 



I would love to hear from you. Tell me in the comments below, what you are lusting after this month.

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 'Lust'

It's April guys! Did you know that the word April comes from the Latin verb "aperire" which means to open?  

So yassssssss, open yourself up to new things this April.

I'm happy to share with you some of the things I'm lusting after this month.
What are some of the things you're lusting after this month?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kamalame Cay

I recently experienced the best three days of my life. Pure rest and relaxation. It was a real escape from city life. Here's my account of my stay on Kamalame Cay.

Saturday morning started with a quick 15 minute flight into Fresh Creek, Andros. 


Upon landing, it was another 20 minute cab drive to the Kamalame Cay dock where we awaited the ferry to take to the island.



Upon arrival to the Cay, we were immediately treated like royalty with someone waiting to take care of our every need. We were escorted to our home for the next few days.


 Life on the Cay was so serene. With little distractions and nothing to do but enjoy and become one with nature. I enjoyed everything about my time there. From the peacefulness of the clear water and powder white beaches. The delicious dishes prepared for us, and especially the native fruit we found while exploring the island on our sand chariot. Take a look at some of the highlights below.


My experience at Kamalame Cay is one that will forever be etched in my memories.






Monday, February 29, 2016

88th Academy Awards

This year's Oscar Awards was the topic of much controversy. Some in the industry felt that the award show was being racist towards black people because of the fact that there were no black nominees up for the coveted oscar trophy this year. This reality led people like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to call for a boycott of the ceremony. They vowed to not attend or even tune in. Jada went as far as to post a video explaining her disappointment in this year's nomination process and urging black actors to use the power that they have amassed and start something that acknowledges people of color.  Many believed that her displeasure was more so because of the fact that her husband (Will Smith) was not acknowledged for his work in the film 'Concussion'. 
This year, talented comedian Chris Rock was selected to host the show. Many thought that he would turn the gig down because of his ethnicity. Everyone wondered what he would do and how would he address the proverbial elephant in the room at the Oscars. Chris Rock indeed hosted the 88th Academy Awards and in my opinion was absolutely brilliant in the way he addressed the controversy. Take a look below.
What do you think of Chris Rock's opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards and how he chose to address the controversy of racism towards blacks in hollywood?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Nobody In The World


It is amazing how on life journey, we happen upon unexpected things that touch our life in an immense way. Here I am at my desk at work penning this blog and marveling at how I just stumbled upon the video above. I did not go out in search of it mine you, it just happened to be one of the things I came across while I was surfing the internet. Yes it's 2016 and this video was released from 2014 but I'm now seeing it for the first time. I'm so moved by the message that it portrays. I'm absolutely touched to the core because it drudged up so many past feelings I had about myself as it relates to self esteem. It reminded me of how far I've come in my journey to self actualization and self love. I love myself and i'm proud of the person I have become. I am grateful for every person in my life, now and in the past because each one has/had a significance. I love this life God has given me and I will treasure every breath that I take and every step that I make. I hope this video is an inspiration to someone else. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My First Time

By the time most persons are 21, they would have experienced their "first time"... But for me, It's a crying shame when you're in the middle of your thirties, birthed two kids and never before baked cookies. I've never had any interest in baking cookies even though I've experimented successfully with a variety of other pastries. This week I decided to lose my cookie baking virginity. I went to my go to site for all things stove related and found the perfect (I mean easiest) recipe for making chocolate chip cookies. 
With minimal ingredients needed and no experience necessary, this recipe is just what any one who has never "done it" before would need. 


These cookies are kid and hubby approved! So happy I took a chance and got my cookie baking on.