instant edge smoothing pomade

I've clearly fallen off the face of the Earth when it comes to my natural hair posts. Excuse me while I go give myself the pep talk of the century....

...ok, I'm back.

I've honestly been neglecting my kinky curlies up until over a week ago. Aside from the normal moisturizing and failure to detangle - thus causing my build up and wash-day struggle to seem like a never-ending battle of the cobwebs.

I recently gave a not so new product a try just to see if I would like it ....or not. To save you some time, I'll go ahead and share that I don't have like it, why I figured I wouldn't like it, and why I bought it anyway.

I adore my 4C natural hair for its wildness and sometimes willingness to cooperate and give a good hair day. Unless I'm rocking a fro or twist out- my edges though, I prefer them to be sleek. Not Lil Boosie wipe me down sleek but sleek with minimal frizz.

The instant edge smoothing pomade from Shine wasn't a great use for me. Although the wax consistency gave me hope, I found that when I applied it to my edges and brushed - less than 5 minutes later I had jungle boogie dancing over my forehead. Nah. No bueno. No!

I had to re-brush and ended up covering my hair with a satin head scarf to "lay my edges" down for me. That helped smooth a bit. After maybe 3 hours, I guess the willpower of my pomade was so weak that it refused to bond with my edges.

instant edge smoothing pomade

I figured this post would come in handy to someone so I had to share my experience. There are few pros to the edge smoothing pomade though:

- The packaging is nice.
- The smell is pleasant.
- No super sticky residue in sight.

Cons: The pomade hold isn't strong enough (at least not for me)

Overall, I would probably give product a 2 out of 5. I'll stick to my love for the Soft nFree GroHealthy Mold + Hold Wax.


WHAT DO YOU USE TO SMOOTH YOUR EDGES ON DAYS YOU DESIRE A MORE SLEEK LOOK?

3 meals for lazy foodies

If you're anything like me sometimes you forget to eat when you're suppose to. I don't mean you go days without eating but I personally have a bad habit of waking up - avoiding breakfast (because I'd rather eat it for dinner) - and remembering to eat 3 to 5 hours after 8 hours of sleep.

We live in a world where instant gratification is something many of us can relate to. We all want things quick and fast for the most part, especially when it comes to our food. I love to eat. I love to cook. But I'm also super lazy when it comes to preparing a meal. Blah.

Although I am making a more conscious effort to eat as healthy as possible - this post would be more so for those like me, who still have a few "cheat days" in between the green juices and quinoa dinners. With that said, I have a habit of creating random meals without much thought so for you lazy chefs in the kitchen, here are 5 easy meals you can add to your "quickie menu". - My delicious oatmeal bowl recipe can be found here. Enjoy!

3 meals for lazy foodies

SHRIMP BALSAMIC SPAGHETTI
Total Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
  • Spaghetti Pasta
  • Bag of Frozen Small Shrimp (Peeled + Devained)
  • Paprika Spice 
  • Ragu Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  • Marketside Balsmaic Vinegar Dressing
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Parsley Flakes
Instruction:
Take a pot or saucepan (for smaller portions) and add water to bring to a boil. Add your pasta and allow it to cook until desired texture. Usually about 20 minutes. I'm a multi-tasker so while cooking your pasta - season your shrimp with - . Grab a skillet, set to medium high, and pour a tablespoon of olive oil. Add your shrimp (I used one cup) - make sure shrimp has been thawed prior to cooking. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until pink if using raw shrimp. 

Remove water from cooked pasta and add your sauce, a spoon of balsamic dressing, and cooked shrimp. Mix until pasta is thoroughly covered and contents are throughout pot. Serve on a plate and sprinkle with parsley flakes (optional).

3 meals for lazy foodies

PATTY + CHEESY POTATO FRIES
Total Prep and Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Chicken or Steak Patty
  • Marketside Organic Spring Mix Lettuce
  • Frozen Crinkle Fries
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Marketside Chipotle Dressing

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 450°. Place your chicken or steak patty and fries into separate oven pans (use non stick spray if desired). Allow them to bake. After 25 minutes, apply shredded cheese to fries and allow it to melt for the next 5 minutes. Remove from over. Apply Chipotle dressing and small handful of spring mix greens, and patty to hamburger buns. Serve with cheesy fries and eat until your heart is content.

3 meals for lazy foodies

CHICKEN PARMESAN SPINACH PASTA
Total Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Elbow Pasta
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Bag of Stir-fry Chicken
  • Marketside Organic Baby Spinach
  • Ragu Four Cheese Sauce
  • Ragu Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
Bring pot of water to a boil and add elbow pasta. Cook until desired texture. Usually 20 minutes.  While your pasta cooks, take your stir-fry chicken and cut into smaller pieces/squares. Add chicken to skillet with olive oil and spinach. Cook for 3-5 minutes on medium high heat or until spinach looks "withered".

Remove water from pasta. Add your chicken, spinach, half jar of Ragu Four Cheese sauce, and half jar of Ragu Garlic Parm sauce. Mix well until all contents are distributed throughout. Serve on a plate and dive in!

I hope you enjoy these quick meals if you give them a try. I know they're always a guilty pleasure for me. 


WHAT ARE SOME QUICK MEALS YOU PUT TOGETHER TO SATISFY YOUR HUNGER BUG?

I've been a mom for 9 months as of the 21st. I can honestly say that I never would have expected to enjoy motherhood as much as I have been. I expected the worse - especially since most women were quick to tell me what to expect when in reality, I have yet to deal with any of the things they mentioned.

If you read the crazy cause of my pregnancy, then you would know that I legit had no plans of making a baby. The hubs and I were too focused on getting our ish together at the time. So imagine my surprise .... As if I didn't know what the art of lovemaking could bring.

Since being someone's mommy, I have become so much of a cheese ball. I do random outbursts and dance moves to making wild faces and enjoying the struggle of cleaning poop off my arm just because I AM A MOM. If you are guilty of doing ANY of these things, just know you're not alone + a good excuse would be that women are just created to do things like this anyway.

1. Put your nose by baby's mouth + enjoy the infant breath
2. Get into the habit of smelling baby feet
3. Make weird noises + faces in public or while shopping
4. Become a creep + smell the little one for poop no matter where you are
5. Allow their breastfed infant to be curious + "finger" your nipple
6. Enjoy baby's learning games + songs more than them
7. Find a way to keep baby small forever (by hoarding things you should let go of - i.e diapers)
8. Create random songs out of thin air

Yes, I am guilty of doing all of them. No shame over here. I totally understand the looks and comments I get now because before baby Channing, I would see a mom and thing she was the weirdest ever for the things she did. Respect ladies.... Respect.


WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU WOULD CONSIDER TO BE WEIRD THAT YOU'VE DONE OR SEEN A NEW MOM DO?

Let's not act like you're not guilty of using that "I'll get to it" phrase a few times in your everyday like. I am. Spring ends in June and I've been holding off on my official Spring cleaning since March.

Between running a business from home, caring for an infant, and keeping a household clean on top of making time for me - it's been a battle. I have a bad habit of getting lazy the moment I remind myself of what I HAVE to do.

If you're anything like me and need to sort through the many layers of clothing, jewelry, makeup, and miscellaneous items you can't seem to easily let go - here's a good reason to male it happen anyway....

You can donate a lot of stuff and write it off as donations on your taxes next year. A major plus for me since every penny I can scratch up can lessen the coints I have to pay to Uncle Sam.

I'm a hoarder, yes - which is why 2015 has been my year to give my life over to minimal living. The less I have, the more I can grow, think, and live daily. Cheers to an effective day... Or month of purge!

1. ALWAYS START WITH YOUR MOST HOARDED ITEMS
For me - it's my closet full of clothes. I've already given away a few good bags of clothing, shoes, and such to my aunt and nieces. I still have TONS more to do. I found that if I can't remember when or how long I've had something, it should be thrown in the purge pile.

2. YOU CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER
In regards to getting rid of things you seriously don't need along with finding something better to replace it. I had and still have items as old as my grammar school years - why? No clue. I figured "maybe I can reminisce one day". Please - waste of space.

Those shoes you loved 8 years ago will always have a better and more updated twin waiting on you somewhere at the Aldo store or online Marshall's shop.



3. ONLY KEEP WHAT HAS SUBSTANCE + TRUE MEANING
I. of all people completely understand that some things you simply shouldn't let go - like that vintage perfume bottle your grandmother left you or those hospital bracelets your mom kept for 24 years since your birth.

Hoarding Valentines Day cards or bears from ex boyfriends should be trashed.  Old school work and even your favorite pair of jeans from 4th grade should go bye bye. What you keep should reflect love, memories worth keeping, and great stories for your golden years.

If it takes you all of Spring (like me) to reduce your clutter, oh well. At least you're making the moves to live more simple.

I think I'll end up with 5 pairs of jeans/pants and 10 shirts after I finish my purge. Especially since I tend to wear and make new outfits out of the same pieces anyway.


DO YOU SUCK WITH LETTING GO OF YOUR THINGS OFTEN? HOW DO YOU SPRING CLEAN EVERY YEAR?
3 ways to combat cold naturally

So these past few days have been filled with a ton of sneezes and reckless coughs that never seemed to end. I can never stand it. Those allergies and that death cough sneaks up on my every Spring. A few year ago, I completely stopped using and taking prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.

 You'd be amazed at the things you learn about that stuff.

In essence, all they do for you is subdue whatever the issue is and IT NEVER cures or gets rid of what you're suffering from. Remember, the pharmaceutical giants is just one BIG business. For profit... Not health.

Since I've been on my health kick - which I still struggle with every now and again - I've been caring for my lady cramps, colds, and all naturally. This past week, I was curing my Spring cold and dry cough. Surprisingly, what I used are ingredients or items anyone can easily get a hold of.

1. A BOWL OF CUTE OATMEAL
Benefits: Oatmeal is a great source of  fiber that protects against heart disease and also revs up the immune system. It helps your cells seek out and repair areas or the body that may be fighting a bacterial infection. The raisins in my oatmeal are great at relieving fever, constipation, and more.

Why The Fruit?
Well, for starters I always enjoy staking Pinterest and seeing all the food bloggers take alien- amazing pictures of their creations. Fruit always makes a photo look more delectable - like flowers do for Instagram glory for your and creative office space.

Benefits: Strawberries are great for promoting good blood and oxygen flow. Bananas are great for reducing attacks of free radicals and disease.



2. HOT CUP OF KNOCK OUT TEA
I love a good cup of tea. Whether it's tea for lactation or to help aid in getting sleep. This past week, I've been indulging in hot tea with lemon added. Delicious and it helps a ton to knock out the Spring sinuses and cold. Warm lemon water is also a great alternative!

Benefits: The use of lemons in tea or water helps to build immunity and fight infection. Lemons have the antibacterial and immune-boosting powers for this very matter.



3. ACV + A LIQUID
Last year, I started a kick that involved implementing apple cider vinegar into my everyday health and not just my natural hair regimen. I've been adding 2 bottle tops of ACV to a glass of water consistently this past week. The ONLY vinegar I recommend is by Bragg's. I also have a thing for their ACV Honey energy drinks.

Benefits: Apple cider vinegar aids in a healthy lymphatic system. So if you have sinuses, ACV aids in cleansing your lymph nodes and reduce mucous/constipation from allergies. I also use it as an energy boost by taking a small shot a daily/every other day to balance my body's pH.


There it is. If you're seeking to move away from buying and/or using scientific drugs to heal your solids and other body attacks, try seeking more natural ways to help. I have ad continue to do so.

FYI: If you're wondering how I would find relief while cramping - avoid the Midol, drink lots of water, eat bananas, and sleep. I eventually became immune to it. Luckily, since I'm breastfeeding, I haven't had any visits from "Mother Nature" in almost 9 months!  


WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU'VE TRIED TO GET RID OF YOUR ALLERGIES OR SPRING COLDS?


2015 has been my year of "stick to your ish girl" mentality. I love blogging and sharing my random thoughts and loves with others on the web. Like many people though, I've experienced my fair share of blogger burnout one too many times.

Last year was pretty inconsistent on this blog. I'd have an idea, write about it, and say...

"Ok, I'll post again next week. Then another one again the week after."
5 personalities rocking this spring summer


I realized a new season approached my rearview the moment I caught wind of my sinuses wanting to act a fool and the oversized bees I know to stay far away from. I love Spring for the beautiful fruition of fresh colors in the scenery and smell of distant sunlight. It's a bonus for me being born this season which most refer to as the season of new beginnings and fresh starts.

I love being a woman. I am thankful for the femininity we are given that allows us to live like the beautiful creatures we are. Over a year ago, I began to dig deeper into myself mentally and emotionally.

I also learned that if I wanted to achieve further understanding of myself - I would need to learn the art of meditation and understanding of my own path.

This past week opened up a window that further allowed me to once again reflect and re-evaluate many things. I'm disappointed in myself because I allowed the ignorance of someone get the best of me.

I've been trying my very best to avoid having to deal with things that don't add value to me. It's bad enough when people cause issues and wonder why you avoid opening up afterwards.

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