To some people eating a salad is just this boring way of trying to be healthy.  For others, it could be the thought of eating rabbit food with no flavor.  For people like me who love the power of greens, there's nothing you can't do without a little imagination, curiosity, and creativity.

I like to enjoy a delicious salad bowl quite often and this is no exception - and it includes some of my favorite ingredients.  Pea shoots, garbanzo beans, red cabbage, sprouts, and delicious avocado, of course.


DOPE BENEFITS: 

Pea shoots are these edible leaves of the traditional Garden pea plant. They're super versatile and bring a lot to the table when raw or cooked. The tender leaves can be used as a substitute for traditional salad greens or as a compliment to other recipes or side dishes.
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Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are legumes known for having great protein, iron, and fiber content. They can be eating raw, roasted, or cooked. If you're trying out plant-based alternatives, they're great for making vegan "tuna" and used in a meatless Burger recipe.

To prep, I soak them in water overnight to allow them to expand. If I'm not near a farmers market, I purchase mines raw from here.
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Sprouts are germinated seeds of legumes or grains. Lots of people love them because of their high nutritional value. They ensure blood purification and strengthen the immune system to protect against several diseases. They're also great for helping you to digest food detox, increase nutrient absorption, and if you love wheat gluten, it helps to break down gluten for easier digestion because we all know that human body can't properly digest gluten on its own.
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Red cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, is a veggie that contains 10 times more vitamin than green cabbage. It's beautiful hue makes it great for eye, bone, and immune health. It also strengthens your gut and supports fighting off cancer.
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Avocado one of my all-time favorite superfoods. Is best known for its benefits of heart health. Plus, my toddler and I totally LOVE eating it alone with a bit of pepper and himalayan salt. SO GOOD!


TRY THIS DELISH SALAD AT HOME


  • Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) - use canned if you prefer
  • 2 Handfuls of Pea Shoots
  • 1 Handful of Sprouts
  • 1 half of Red Cabbage 
  • 1 Avocado
Optional Toppings:
  • Diced Jalepeno (for a little spice)
  • Hemp Seeds 
Season with pepper and a bit of Himalayan salt to taste and enjoy!
go to makeup for flawless face

"Be a classy woman with a little bit of hood and a lot of universe in you.
- Unknown

It's been a long time but I've been slowly making my way back to loving makeup. I use to own TONS of makeup just because... then I became a mom and my new look became au naturale over everything, no matter what. I would only wear makeup on occasions where I'd be at an event or wanting to dress up just to doll up - so "getting glam" wasn't a consistent thing for me.

BUT... BUT... when Rihanna announced a line of makeup with over 40 shades for all women, I figured I'd re-evaluate my beauty life. I hadn't been so excited to dive back into playing in new looks since my mom gave me my first dark lip color yearrrrsss ago. (It was a deep burgundy lipstick by Fashion Fair Cosmetics). 

I've dabbled in a few moments of sharing a light slay in the past few months - all thanks to the makeup products that I run to whenever I want to dress my face up just a little bit. I like to keep it simple, usually always neutral, and slightly bold. 

MY WEAPONS OF BEAUTIFICATION

I don't have to add to all the rave reviews about these two products do I? I will anyway. I LOVE them both! Before, I was using a BB Cream by Black Radiance as my foundation. It did the job but the Fenty foundation is doing the job and then some. The Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer has a lovely smooth/silky texture to it and is super light. 

The Fenty Pro Filt'r Foundation is literally a second skin for me. I use shade 400, but I could getaway with wearing 410 as well. Light, covers just enough to keep it naturally flawless, and stays put on me all day. I have "normal" skin.

I use this mostly under my eyes and as a primer for my eyeshadow. Never had any issue with creasing and it keeps my eyeshadow put - so I like it. I may give the Fenty concealer a try in the future though just to see if I like it better or not.
This has been my favorite palette for over 3 years now. I no longer hoard eyeshadow palettes filled with colorsI'd likely never use so when I narrowed down my makeup, I kept it simple. I love Egyptian colors so the mix of matte and metallic in this palette is just perfect. I can do a killer smokey eye with it too! 
This is my new favorite! I love a good deep lip color. It's perfect for Fall/Winter but I'll definitely be wearing this all year-round. It lasts all day and doesn't eave my lips feeling dry or cracked. I also wear a bold red lippie when I'm feeling fierce. I love and recommend Cherry Blossom by Coloured Raine Cosmetics. 
I don't always use a finishing powder but when I do, it's always this one. I've been enjoying it for a few years now and still going strong. It feels nice and gives a nice-looking "set" to my makeup. 


What are some of your favorite products to use and why? Make sure to take a random day and do nothing but look fabulous doing it - that's my little tidbit of advance to you for some added self-care, fyi. 
at home labor and natural birth story

"I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one  of the greatest spiritual teachers there is."
- Oprah Winfrey


It's been 3 months since I gave birth. As I'm nearing the end of the dreaded 4th trimester, I wanted to share this experience as one I will never forget. I gave birth to a lovely baby girl on September 6th at the Atlanta Birth Center - hello full moon baby! There are so many things I remember that it tops my first birthing experience in regards to it being a lot quicker and seamlessly easier to go through.

THE WEEK OF...

I had been experiencing a lot of lower right hip pain. When you have a toddler that wants to always play, pull you up and down the stairs, and be carried close in your arms, you definitely feel it. Getting a prenatal massage helped me a bit. I didn't complain much because I wanted to make sure he felt as loved as possible. It being our last few days together with just he and I was bittersweet.

During this pregnancy, there were symptoms I had that I didn't have with my first born. From nausea to constipation to the hip pain. I knew she was close to arriving as my belly continued to feel as though it wanted to live right between my legs. Not to mention the Braxton-Hicks contractions that began to come more throughout the day.

THE DAY I KNEW... 

It was a long morning. I kept waking up on and off, tossing and turning due to what I thought were just more random BH contractions. Finally, a little after 3AM, I woke up and rushed to the bathroom feeling as though I had to (explicit). lol - I was feeling constipated. Ugh! I attempted to go back to bed but those contractions kept coming and making it slightly uncomfortable to rest.

For the next few hours, I was up pacing back and forth, up and down the stairs trying to allow my body to do what it needed to. I still just thought "oh, it's just fake contractions, it'll pass." Around 5AM, I started timing them. Then comes 6AM and by then, they were beginning to come back to back. Since I wanted to birth naturally, I made use of breathing techniques, movement, and my beloved birthing ball to get me through the contractions. There was no pain, just what felt like intense period cramps that I knew wouldn't kill me.

Once they started to time 3-5 minutes apart, I gave bae a call and basically said, "sooo, I think today is the day." He went to rent a bigger car while I continued to breathe, bounce, and swirl through the feels. I also called my midwife to let her know what was going on and she recommended a hot shower and if possible, rest. I knew rest was not going to happen. My son woke up and while laboring, I went about making sure he was fed, started packing my bag, and prepped my shower. I ended up in my bedroom, on all fours breathing and vocalizing moans through several contractions coming 2-3 minutes apart.

Once daddy arrived, he went to help finish packing as I made my way to the shower. The shower was great. Things were definitely picking up because I was now moaning more than breathing through at this stage. He helped me out of the shower and we were getting ready to make a less than 2 hour drive to Atlanta. While he filled the car, I was trying to remember the important stuff. I had about 4-6 contractions I had to stop for as I made it from my bedroom to the staircase to the living room couch.

It was around 11ish when we left. I was on my knees, laboring in the back of the car while my toddler paid me no mind. The nerve. My midwife called maybe 3 times during the ride to make sure I was okay and getting close. I was a champ, knocking out those contractions like it was nothing. I was also pretty sure I had dilated to 8-9 centimeters. We arrived at the birth center close to 1PM. The midwives were outside waiting for me and were like, "you go girl! Laboring like this."

at home labor and natural birth story

HEY BABY!

After arriving, I was triaged. I was already at 9 centimeters. Contractions kept coming as one of the midwives tried checking me out and getting me squared away. I was suppose to be treated with antibiotics for BStrep but baby girl said hell to the no, she was coming and coming fast. I got on the bed, on all fours, of course and started to push. LET ME TELL YA... THE "RING OF FIRE" WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. It didn't feel like agony or anything. Just a short period of time where I told my unborn kid hurry it up already.

After her head was freed, the rest was just smooth sailing then she slid right on out - lol. Thus my little one was finally here... 10 days early and all. According to Western Astrology, I have a Virgo baby. According to the more accurate 13 Astrology, she's a fierce Leo. She literally arrived 20 minutes after we made it to the birthing center. That was fast. I also kept my placenta.

We all were able to relax afterwards. Since I was positive for BStrep, I was given a shot in the thigh after delivery and for the next few hours, we were both checked on every few hours. Delivering in a birth center has its perks. I was able to leave that night/super early morning once some paperwork and what not was taken care of.

Overall, this experience was definitely not what I expected. When most people hear that you plan to birth unmedicated, they look at you crazy and give all kinds of scare tactics. The nurses I had during my first birthing experience definitely laughed at me for even thinking that. I was glad to have the support and awesome midwife staff that I did this go around. Everyone's pain threshold is different i guess. I'd definitely do it all over again, changing nothing.

at home labor and natural birth story
My toddler decided to fall asleep in my arms while I tried to nurse, He had a long morning. // Still taking it all in. 

at home labor and natural birth story
After baby decided to poop on me (hooray initiation, lol) - the midwife assistants gave her first clean-up.

at home labor and natural birth story
Daddy with his baby girl. First born so he was basking in this  new reality. 

I've experienced both sides of birthing - medicated and not and doing so naturally for me, was pretty empowering. If you want to learn of my experience with the Atlanta Birth Center, I'll be sure to share along with the process of becoming a patient there. I'll also share what I did with my placenta.

What was your birthing experience(s) like? How were they different and are you team epidural or nah?


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