What Made Me Go Natural?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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This is an easy question. But the actual act should have taken place way before it did. What made me go natural? Well, I went natural because I wanted to live a healthier life style. I had been vegan and eating organic. I started to use natural and organic body butters, hair products, tooth pastes, deodorants, soaps and make up. So with all of that why not continue my growth of living healthy by letting go of hair perms.

Even though I was doing everything else natural it took me a long time to go natural with my hair and that is because I was afraid of corporate America. I soon realized corporate American didn’t like me and I didn’t like corporate American so after watching Chris Rock’s movie “Good Hair” my mind was made up.

What about you? What made you go natural? Please share your experience going natural with Permed to Natural. I know we all have a story to tell.

Enchanted Center for The Arts

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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My desire to help others started when I was in elementary school. Jonathan was a boy in my class who for whatever reason did not receive hot lunch and never brought lunch from home. He would sit with the other kids during lunch break, watch everyone eat, and cry because he was hungry. My heart was heavy watching him so one day I said, “Jonathan do you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?” He said, “Yes.” “What about raw carrots as a snack,” I continued. He nodded. “Okay, I will bring that for you tomorrow.”

As I made Jonathan’s lunch the next morning my mother thought I was making extra food because I was being bullied at school. I assured her I wasn’t. During lunch I gave Jonathan his sandwich and carrot. It was about three of us who feed him daily and he was grateful. One evening during parent teacher night my mother had planned to talk to the teacher about me being bullied and so did mothers of the other kids who feed Jonathan. He was there with his mother and we pointed him out. We told our teacher, mothers, and his mother what we were doing and Jonathan’s mother just cried because she had no extra food at home to give him for lunch. I remember her telling my mother I have already started performing community service work and that I was beautiful. I wondered what community service meant then shrugged it off. After all of that Jonathan started to receive free breakfast and hot lunch at school.

From then I continued my work in service via walk-a-thons, food banks, beauty pageants, and my sorority Delta Sigma Theta a private nonprofit organization. I also continued service work as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA and obtained a career in public relations which, overall, is a service job.

After experiencing negativity in corporate America I finally understood I was going through all of that because I was born to have my own serving others. I sat down and thought hard. What brings me complete joy inside? Helping others. What makes me happy all of the time? The arts. Once I figured that out (it took years) I decided to start my very own nonprofit and call it Enchanted Center for The Arts.

I am at the extreme beginning stages of its development and started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money.

Please click HERE or click the Go Fund Me advertisement at the top right corner on this page to learn more about Enchanted Center for The Arts.

While you are visiting the Go Fund Me page, please keep in mind that in order to assist artists and art lovers worldwide I will need your help, so please support this worthy cause by making a donation.

Thanks!

Is It Time To Take Them Out?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

I forgot when I got my box braids done. I like to change them at least every 8 weeks but can’t remember when my mom put them in. Because they look a little shabby I think 8 weeks already arrived. But when I really think about it I think have about 2 1/2 weeks to go.

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I am not going to leave my braids in until the end of July. They are stretched out and some are falling out – in public! If the Hubs and I go on another camping trip this weekend I will start removing the box braids on Monday.

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Six weeks is a good date as well. My hair doesn’t like it when I leave braids or weaves, when I used to wear a weave, in for 3 or 4 months. I used to do that years ago and my hair never grew. It just broke off.

Celebrating the 4th

Monday, July 6th, 2015

In June I told the Hubs I wanted to go camping for the 4th of July. At the time I knew it was kind of late to make such a request but it was something I wanted to do. So the Hubs got on the computer and two days later we had a reservation at Clear Creek Campground about an hour and a half from our house.

Campsite 2 in loop #4 was impressive. We could see our neighbors but they weren’t close so there was lots of privacy which is important. The campground in Cuba, New Mexico possesses a forest of lush greenery that is simply amazing. I don’t get to see a lot of trees and stuff in the Southwest, and coming from the East, that is one thing I truly miss.

We stayed two days then I spained my ankle hiking.  Because there is little to no medical treatment in the area we left so I could get an x-ray right away. Diabetics need to treat their feet and its area with sensitivity.

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En route to Clear Creek Campground.

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Tent camping is for the birds.

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This pop-up is a little better. It has heat!

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Most people don’t shave when camping.

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Most people don’t apply make up either.

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I was there to feed the fish.

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The Hubs wanted to catch something to eat but only caught seaweed instead.

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This forest comes alive at night. I just know it.

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Super mild. I keep it iced and elevated. No worries.

Summer Weather Winter Skin

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Even sporting my staple protective style, box braids, I am discovering that in Albuquerque this summer the atmosphere is extra dry and some sort of moisture is needed daily instead of every other day or so.

Even my skin is super dry and I have to lotion-up two or three times a day. This is normal skin behavior for the fall and winter months, but not now.

What on earth is going on with the weather?

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Easy Breezie Sunday Afternoon

Monday, June 15th, 2015

On a quite and warm Sunday morning I took a ride to Chimayo, New Mexico to visit the holy grounds of El Santuario de Chimayo and attend church service. I drove to the church a couple of times before but this was the first time I noticed the scenery. I’m corny like that for natural beauty so I pulled over, took a few pictures, and was happy with my discovery. The things you take in when you are by yourself. Check it out.

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These are from the church grounds.

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I also want to share a quick, easy and tasty pasta dish I made for Sunday dinner. I was tired from all of the driving I had done and wanted to make something simple to eat. For me pasta is always trouble-free. I added a sauce and called it a day. Check it out.

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Vegan Rosemary Sauce:

I gathered rosemary sprigs (10 to 15) from my herb garden. You can purchase a bunch or two at the grocery store

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

1/4 cup water

1 to 3 garlic cloves, crushed (I like garlic so I used 3)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 1/2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.

In a blender puree all the ingredients except the olive oil until completely smooth. With the blender running add the olive oil through the opening in the lid of the jar and blend until all ingredients are well incorporated.

makes 1 cup.

Separately I sauteed a half red onion using organic Red Palm Oil (made in west Africa) for about 5 to 7 minutes.

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Then I combined and mixed thoroughly my pasta, rosemary sauce and onions in a bowl.

Five Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

Monday, June 8th, 2015

I think it is safe to say everyone wants to age gracefully. I know I do. I love it when people think I am in my mid 30s, when in actuality, I am much older than that. Looking youthful has a lot to do with genetics but there are steps to take to enhance those baby looks and one way is eating a healthy diet. You probably heard that before but it’s worth repeating. So below I provided five top tips anyone can use to age gorgeously for many years to come. Check it out.

Eat Healthy Fats

People tend to think that fat is the enemy however that isn’t fully true. There are bad fats such as lard and butter which are dangerous for the waistline and heart health, but there are also healthy fats such as those found in olive oil and avocado. Not only do they taste great, they possess properties which can help to keep anyone looking young and feeling great.

Give Your Body Lots of Hydration

The body needs water in order to perform even the most basic function. It also needs water to help it stay looking young. Have some fun with water. Infuse fruits such as watermelon, oranges, apples or pineapples to make it taste sweet naturally.

Eat Guava

Guava is very high in Vitamin C which is an important component of any anti-aging diet.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have been called the perfect food because they are low in calories but high in fiber. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and can assist in cell repair. Bake, boil or steam them and then add some cinnamon. Sweet potatoes can also be eaten mashed like white potatoes.

Omega Fatty Acids

Omega Fatty Acids are a key part of any anti-aging diet not to mention any healthy lifestyle. You can get them from things like chia seeds, flax seeds or in whole grains. You can also take supplements to help boost your intake.

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Happy Anniversary

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

To My Husband -

I love you without knowing how or when or from where. This love comes without problems or pride. I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving you. And it is because of this love I have waited patiently in my past lives, to say to you in this life, come and grow old with me because the best is yet to be.

Happy Anniversary.