Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer…Where do I begin?  Well, first of all, we really didn’t have a Spring.  Try telling that to my allergies.  I still had to use Allegra and tried the new Mucinex Allergy too.  Started on the meds long before spring was supposedly here.  It was more like Winter, then Summer came in steady.  Also, I thought it would be better if I just did faves based on the seasons instead of month-to-month.  And as usual, life happened which caused the delay.  I don’t know how I’m going to get better at getting my feelings out right when things are happening instead of just wallowing in sorrow.  In May, my family suffered another blow.  My aunt Crlyn from New York/Va. Beach passed away.  She was diagnosed with colon cancer right after we saw her during the holidays looking and feeling so good.  However, by the time she went back home, stomach pains became persistent and before you knew it, they were wheeling her up to the oncology floor.  A tumor was wrapped around her colon.  Surgery and chemo for a few weeks, then she unexpectedly breathed her last breath.  As mentioned in an earlier post, A broke her finger, potential buyers visit the house, but still no offers to buy, my grandma-in-law, Elaine, passed away during our first week back to school, and the weekend before Autumn officially began, my step grandma on my dad’s side passed away.  Funny man, Robin Williams, shined a brighter light on depression after his shocking suicide, and funny gal, Joan Rivers, was taken away due to medical negligence.  I should also add that one of...
Hair Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

Hair Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

A few days ago, my neighbor, Jill, sent a message stating she did a deep conditioning treatment using cucumber and sour cream on her hair.  Two shampoos later and her hair still smells sour.  I told her to try rinsing with the smelly goodness of apple cider vinegar by massaging her scalp, then follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.  Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that should be able to clarify out whatever stink is left on the strands.  She’s used it as a facial toner, but never considered using it on her hair. Apple cider vinegar is “a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed,” according to Wikipedia.  I’ve seen the phrase, “with the mother,” on brands such as Bragg, but didn’t have any idea what that meant.  The Bragg containers mention “Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities” circa 400 B.C.  You can use it as a cleansing agent in replacement of Windex or some bleach-laden scrub.  Claims have recently been made that it can also be used for weight loss, portion control, and regulating blood sugar.  WebMD quotes Carol Johnston, PhD of Arizona State University as saying “its anti-glycemic effect is well-documented.  It blocks some of the digestion of starch by preventing some of it from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”  Of course, you’d have to dilute it with water or its acidity could ruin your tooth enamel and burn your esophagus-www.webmd.com. That acidity...
Check Clearance First

Check Clearance First

I love deals, getting deals, sharing deals-who doesn’t?  We’re living in a time of financial ambiguity, so when I said that I noticed some SheaMoisture products marked down at Wal-Mart, people ran.  Yes, ran.  And I don’t blame them.  However, when I posted it on Facebook and made sure to say that it was on select products, I failed to say that it’s probably just at our local store.  Oops.  I did make sure to say that no matter what the store is, check the clearance section first.  As I have pointed out in earlier posts, this area doesn’t cater to people of color very well and even though SheaMoisture and the other natural hair companies include Caucasian curly girls in their ads, the products are usually stashed in the “Ethnic Hair Aisle,” therefore, they naturally forget they can use them too.  So, I’m not surprised with the markdowns.  That doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a very reputable brand.  None of the products expired or looked/smelled spoiled. The Argan & Raw Shea Extra Moisture Conditioner w/Sea Kelp (gold label) was marked down to $5.00 from $9.98.  It’s a “leave-in or rinse out conditioner that detangles, moisturizes, repairs, and restores lifeless, damaged hair…For deeper conditioning, leave on for up to 15 minutes.”  It contains certified organic ingredients such as sea kelp, Argan oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E and Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) to “heal, grow, and strengthen dry, damaged hair in a sulfate free and color safe formula.”  I stood there in enormous excitement about it, but then I thought to myself, “do I really...

I Was There: Natural “Thangs” Expo

In the first of my “I Was There” series, I’m finally posting details about the 1st hair event I attended.  It was the Natural “Thangs” Expo @ the Highlightz Event Center located at 454 Cambridge St., Fredericksburg, VA.  I found out about it through someone else’s FB page-my neighbor with natural hair.  Someone tagged her and suggested the event to her, but she didn’t go.  Well, I pondered and pondered and became brave enough to go by myself Saturday, April 19.  It was hosted by Santasha Quarles, a YouTuber with the name, Santasha’s Styles and by Locks4ever, a salon specializing in SisterLocks by Charlotte Van Horn.  She also served as the comedy relief and she was funnnnnnyyyyy.  Both ladies were very friendly and down-to-earth.  This wasn’t your typical fancy, smancy, foo foo type event with celebrities and big name sponsors, but it was nice.  The band did a fantastic job covering old school and current songs. The center is located in a part of downtown I don’t usually go to, so I did have to stop and ask if I was going in the right direction at a gas station because as with most of the streets in the area, one street turns into another street.  So, when the names change, there’s no warning, and it certainly wasn’t reflected in the MapQuest directions, so I kept asking myself, “is this right?” in a nervous chatter.  The building it was in was decent.  What’s interesting about it was the fact that the center has a really nice pic of itself on its Facebook page, yet when I get there, one...

2014 Natural Hair & OOTDs So Far

These are some of the styles of my natural hair or hair of the days and outfits I’ve been rocking so far this year to various places.  Most of the hairstyles, besides the cornrows and braidout from them, are my usual twistouts.  Enjoy! Date Night to see “Captain America 2-The Winter Soldier”-April 10.  Trying to do the “baby hair” thing.  Ummmm, verdict still out.  Superb movie, though. My mom just cornrowed my hair.  Darn You, Gray Hairs!!-April 3.  Braids longer than I expected.  Plus, my mommade sure to use plenty of grease.  Had to tell her there was too much rubbing off on me.  LOL.  #oldschool @Paysen’s 1 yr. party-May 18.  Sweater on clearance for $3 @Wal-Mart.  Originally $12.00.  Oh, but before I leave…let me take a selfie!  In the bathroom, of course. @Melissa’s party @LongHorn Steakhouse-Winter/to Raleigh for Women’s Empowerment-Mar. 15.  Shirt at dinner partyon clearance @Belk for $3.  Black feather earrings from my Aunt Brenda from Macy’s.Getting ready to visit my 1st hair event, Natural “Thangs” Expo, in Fredericksburg, VA-April 19.Chainlink necklace w/gold studded earrings on clearance @Target for $5.  Originally $16.99. Round, 14K gold hoopsfrom my lovely Aunt Bernice, R.I.P. Matching chainlink bracelet from Wal-Mart.  HOTD was braidout from cornrows in earlier pics, with 2 left on the side.Date Night to Firebirds Wood Fired Grill-Mar. 28.  $5 jewelry set from WE vendor; MAC Viva Glam Rihanna on lips.Black knee-high boots with side buckles by Naughty Monkey.See you soon,...

SheaMoisture BOGO Haul

Well, I actually participated in BOGO sales on time.  That is so rare for me.  I am so proud of myself not missing them and of the SheaMoisture products I was blessed to get at Walgreens, then at CVS the week after.  Wal-Mart and Target better get on the ball and have some BOGO sales.  Their little $2.00 off here or 20% off there did not persuade me to light a shopping fire in their aisles.  As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of the way the other stores price this line of products, even with a bargain card.  CVS had most of their stuff marked @11-14.00.  Gladly, though, I found most of Walgreens’ stuff @9.99 and up.  I believe I did very well within budget because deep down inside…I would’ve bought it all.  This is my kind of candy. So, here’s what I bought from Walgreens to try in May:  2 Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masques, Y&B Thickening Growth Milk, and Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.  The Y&B line smells soooo nice.  I had no idea it was so sweet and pleasant smelling.  I went back there twice to see if they had anymore Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curling Gel Soufflé, but they ran out each time. Then, miraculously, another BOGO sale started near payday at CVS at the start of June.  Naturally, the hubby looked at me as if I’d become addicted and said that I already has some.  Well, I convinced him that I should take advantage of this sale because the other store didn’t have everything I wanted.  He...