Everything about LEMONADE is addictive.
Lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks. I make it from scratch squeezing six fresh lemons, adding cane sugar, and water into a pitcher. The sweet and tart flavor blend quenches my thirst during the warm months. I also use lemon based soaps and creams that provide a touch of cool twang that is much needed around that time of year. So I have always enjoyed lemons.
Now … By now … I am sure everyone has heard of Queen Bey’s new audio and visual collection titled LEMONADE.
I was hooked on it the first three seconds it aired on HBO. I got HBO free that weekend and was able to watch it several times before I purchased the CD/DVD combo. Now I can play it anytime I like for as long as I like, and the Hubs is like, “Oh no not again.” But, it’s like, yes dear just one more time that normally turns into four or five more times.
Anybody who knows me knows when I’m really into something I can watch it a hundred times and not get tired of it. Ahem, such as the movie GREASE!
Okay anyway LEMONADE is the bomb. My favorite songs are “Sorry” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and my favorite on the visual is, well, all of them. I love the Louisiana setting.
I don’t get excited about many things but I am about this new body of work. Maybe because, just like many, I can relate. We all have experienced being cheated on or being the cheater ourselves. Then perhaps dealing with reconciliation. These songs penetrate familiar emotions whose voice people hear their own stories in, whatever the stories may be.
In memory of the Beautiful One I am re-posting an article I wrote that mentioned his natural hair. I loved it when Price went from permed to natural! I love Prince! He was amazing and will be missed.
Sleep In Power!
Happy New Year everybody!
Does anyone have a natural hair resolution for 2013? I hope to rule over dryness while living in New Mexico. HA! We’ll see.
Yep that’s Prince. Doesn’t he look good?
On news stands next week!
I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.
I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.
- Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
- Deep condition with heat.
- Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
- Rinse using warm water
- Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
- Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?
After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.
I don’t know what’s wrong with my hair. I mean it remains dry and brittle no matter what I do. Since I moved to New Mexico nothing works to keep it shiny and moist and I have used all types of moisture promise products. Plus my hair just stopped growing. I mainly keep it in protective styles. My braids come out between 6 to 8 weeks. I take Hair, Skin and Nails supplements in addition to Biotin and still nothing.
Okay to be fair to my hair the photos reveal my curls right after I took out my box braids.
Hair professionals have said my curls are healthy. However, it just doesn’t look the way I want it to. When I lived in New York my hair was doing a lot better. It grew and it was shiny and moist. The climate change has been too hard and I need to come up with another treatment fast!
Maybe trimming more often will help.
Now that I have reached a certain age I am making sure I use anti-aging products to look youthful and wrinkle-free for as long as possible.
As you may know I use Juice Beauty skin care products. At one point the Green Apple line was anti-aging. Now it’s changed a bit. Green Apple still offers anti-aging ingredients but it now focuses on making the skin look bright and healthy.
The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare is Juice Beauty’s new anti-aging line. Well it’s not really new. It’s been around for a while. However now that I am of a certain age this is all I plan to use for everyday skin care.
As always Juice Beauty doesn’t disappoint. The products feel rich and creamy. I am happy with everything I tried.
Ummmm. I saw this video by PETA and had to post it. The video was initially slated as a TV commercial but got banned. I don’t think it was banned because it was too sexy I think the commercial was banned because it revealed facts that having a healthy/vegan diet can lead to a better sex life and healthier life overall. Check it out, judge for yourself and share your thoughts. Enjoy!
Why Was This Vegan Commercial Banned From TV?
It has been known forever that vegans generally are in better health than non-vegans. This applies to sexual health as well. Most vegan experts agree that vegans are better in bed than those who consume diets with animal products. Do vegans last longer in bed?
I’d like to know why matters of human health are considered too risqué for TV? Why can we have TV shows and movies on every night that deal with sexuality but as soon as a racy vegan commercial is put on TV it’s too taboo for air? Could it be a conspiracy? It surely can’t because of the content. You can see much worse in the average sitcom.
Is it true that vegans have better sex than non-vegans? How about the claim that vegans ‘last longer? Below is what we do know about a vegan diet.
- Foods with higher levels of zinc and vitamin B increase sexual desire and libido. These are primarily vegan foods.
- Vegans typically are slimmer leading to what is widely considered as being sexy (yes we understand many prefer a fuller body)
- Vegans have been shown to have more energy and stamina than their meat eating counterparts
- Some studies have shown that vegans smell better, have better skin, and yes…even have better tasting bodily secretions.
While it’s not an absolute that vegans last longer, it’s not an unreasonable assumption. Either way, it really cleared the way for an exciting and attention getting video from PETA! We enjoyed watching it. What do you think?
I’ve been juicing every day with my new juicer since I returned from the cruise. Right now my favorite recipe includes apples, carrots, beets and spinach. The drink may not look tasty but trust me it is.
I started juicing many years ago when I learned about its health benefits.
There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
When making your own juice it is important to make only as much as you can consume at one time. In the morning I juice half a gallon to a gallon, and before evening, it is finished. Juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning. Exposure of the drink to air and bacteria can not only make you sick but threaten the nutritional value of the juice as well. Juice can be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar. Glass holds in the nutrients longer so please do not use plastic.
It is also necessary to wash all fruits and vegetables in hot water before juicing to remove any dirt, pesticides or bacteria. Make sure your cutting board and utensils are clean as well. E. coli is a very dangerous bacteria that can live on your fruits and make you sick.
Benefits of Juicing
- Better Overall Health
- Healthier Hair
- Heals Acne
- Brightens Skin
- Weight Management
- More Energy
- Less Toxins In Your Body
- Lower Cholesterol
- Lots Of Good Nutrition