It Was A Good Day !

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Over the weekend I took out my box braids because I just missed my hair. I missed looking at it, touching it and checking to see if it started to re-grow since I moved to New Mexico.

It took a little more than two hours to take out the braids. I remember when it used to take all day, and I mean all day, to take out my box braids. But not anymore. I got smart. My braids are larger.

I was happy to see my hair again. It felt nice. It finally started to grow again, a little, so I was glad about that.

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I styled my curls in a wash and go – literally. After washing with Wen I gave myself a homemade deep conditioner using mayonnaise, (Bolo’s) raw goat milk and olive oil. Then I added loads of leave in conditioner by Beautiful Curls, daily conditioner by Acure with Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Omega 7 that I did not rinse out, Carol’s Daughter’s Mimosa Hair Honey Hairdress and Curling Gel Souffle by Shea Moisture.

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I let my hair dry naturally and off the Hubs and I went to La Montanita Food Coop to purchase groceries and to Loving Vegan where the best Bento Boxes on earth are made.

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When we arrived on Central Avenue where the Food Coop and Loving Vegan are located, to our surprise, the Route 66 Summerfest was in full affect. Everything on that day fell into place nicely. I wore my hair out for the first time in months, we got 20% (with a member’s coupon) off on pricey organic food, we ate a tasty vegan meal, and for the icing on the cake, we got to see Arrested Development perform at Route 66 Summerfest.

How cool was that! Sunday was definitely a good day!

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#IamJada

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Permed to Natural supports Jada!

Hip Hop ABS!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I really, really, really needed to start a work-out routine. Things started to get bad and it took a while for me to notice because I wanted to continue my daily diet of eating potato chips and drinking diet soda.

My metabolism slowed down. I’m older. Things happened. I can no longer eat whatever I want, then work out (whenever I want), and still be able to fit my clothes. I have to eat small portions, work out regularly, and then I’ll be able to fit in my clothes. That’s it. There’s no other way.

So when I saw Hip Hops ABS advertised on television for the millionth time I ordered a set and felt good I was taking a step towards staying healthy.

I’ve been faithfully working out with Shaun T for almost a week and since I started I am no longer exhausted at 8:00pm, my sugar levels are more in sync, I stopped craving diet soda, I sleep through the night, and I don’t want to over eat. All of this improvement in less than 7 days because I started working out regularly. Unbelievable!

I love the results already!!

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Don Pasquale at Santa Fe Opera

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Over the holiday weekend I enjoyed an elegant evening of culture at the opera. I have been to an opera at the MET in New York but on the 4th of July I went to the Santa Fe Opera for the very first time.

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I purchased tickets in February as a gift (to both of us) to celebrate our wedding anniversary in June. Of course the Hubs did not want to go but once there he enjoyed himself and now wants to see a tragedy themed opera next year.

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The opera we saw is called “Don Pasquale.” It is a comedy that highlights an older man marrying a younger women. The plot focuses on how the woman literary turns Don Pasquale’s life completely upside down as his new young bride.

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In the end, know matter what we do or where we go, the Hubs always has to keep it real. So after a sophisticated evening of class, style and grace my husband got the munchies for fast food and made a drive by to Burger King. #marriedlife

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My Favorite Summer Drinks

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Now that my absolute favorite season has officially arrived I am all excited about making my favorite summer drinks throughout this festive time.

Nothing beats homemade lemonade and thick fruit smoothies. These drinks are so refreshing during summer’s hot days and nights. I like to make the drinks myself because I know exactly what is in them. My  recipes are simple. When I make lemonade all of my ingredients are measured. With the fruit smoothie, I wing it until I like the taste. Check out what I do below.

Homemade Lemonade:

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Instructions

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, extract the juice from 6 medium size lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water (filtered or bottled), more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate until cold. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Serve cold.

Thick Fruit Smoothies:

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (or any kind of frozen fruit)
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • maple syrup

Instructions

1 Cut the peel of off the frozen banana. Chop the banana in chunks.

2 Chop the frozen fruit once or twice so it will blend easier.

3 Place all of the fruit in a blender.

4 Pour in the rice milk and orange juice. Mix until the blender is able to move the frozen fruit freely. You may have to add more milk and juice. If so, eye ball it.

5 Add desired amount of maple syrup and continue to mix. Don’t mix the ingredients too much or your smoothie will be watery. Once everything is blended nicely your done. Enjoy!

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Boating at Navajo State Park Lake

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

During our final day  in Pagosa Springs, Colorado we rented a pontoon and sailed throughout Navajo State Park Lake. The openness and scenic view was relaxing. It was just good to get away.

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It’s Good To Get Away

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Hubs and I decided to go on a weekend get away to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It was a last minute decision. We were lucky to find a place to stay that accepted pets on such a short notice. We really wanted to rent a log cabin but they were all booked, so because we were antsy, and wanted to go someplace fast, the idea of staying at a bed and breakfast became appealing.

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(Road to Colorado from New Mexico.)

Be Our Guest is the bed and breakfast that had a room and accepted Bolo (The Hubs has to bring him everywhere). At the B&B the Colorado rustic charm was present. It was comfortable, however, it wasn’t very cozy. The house was cold with no help from an air conditioner. That’s how Colorado is even in June. The nights were as low as 39 degrees. I packed a portable heater (just in case) and some winter lounge clothes and was glad I did. Our stay at Be Our Guest was very pleasant and the owners were super nice. I found Pagosa Springs to be a friendly town and extremely beautiful. Check out my pictures below.

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Hello Colorado!

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In the forest headed to Treasure Falls.

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Made it.

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At the hot springs in Pagosa Springs, CO.

Inspiration

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I enjoy being inspired by beautiful pieces of art, precious stones, dance, music or photographs. I love being inspired. It keeps me on my toes. The wheels on my brain start to turn and my mind begins to plan my next big move.

Recently I complained to The Hubs that I have not been inspired by music in a long time. He didn’t have an answer for me. But when I got in my car and turned on the radio a song came on that completely took me away. I immediately feel in love and wanted it in my collection right away. I wrote down a couple of words I managed to hear, looked it up on Youtube, and played it continuously for about three or four days. I am making a CD this weekend and that song, with all of it versions, will be on it.

Some people – no most people – don’t like my taste in music. But that’s okay. Everybody is different. I like the eclectic sound, I guess. That’s the Aquarian in me. I dance to my own beat. I always have and I always will. So below I posted a few of my favorite songs that have inspired me throughout the years. I hope some type of inspiration swoops upon you that will cause you to soar like an eagle. But if it doesn’t, it’s okay, just take a listen.

My new inspiration.

I really like this version.

Other inspirations…