I Will Miss Him

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

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The New Year Is Here!

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Another year is here! We are now in 2017. I hope this year will be better than 2016. My sister passing away unexpectedly was a shock to my family that will last a life time I’m sure. Just today, over coffee at Starbucks, my mother and I were talking about it. Talking about the subject and the same inner-topics we already spoke about 100 times seems to be healing. So we do it until the pain temporarily goes away. Only time will heal us completely.

However, to magically brightening things up this Christmas season, my little sister (from my father) finally found her way from Charlotte to Albuquerque. Even though we talk on the phone often, and I see what she is up to on Facebook, I haven’t physically seen her or my nephew in 11 years. When I first moved to New Mexico I tried to get her to visit and even relocate but it didn’t happen. Now the timing couldn’t have been better and below are some photos from her 8-day stay. Enjoy!

15622295_10210375816426047_8871403012784007458_nFirst night in Albuquerque. What a joy!

DisplayImage (3)No time to rest from the long flight. Off to the North Pole to take pictures with Santa.

15672675_10210377926838806_8332581437806112309_nTime to explore the beauty of New Mexico.

15672494_10210396781910171_9187431697948014899_nFabulous experience at the Sanctuario De Chimayo in Chimayo, NM.

15590465_10210380278137587_3878094767850256685_nChillin’ with a glass of wine at the Casa Rondena Winery.

15621685_10210398997485559_7329934178066124021_nMy nephew getting his bowling on at The Main Event.

15672771_10210398995805517_1063697156235328400_nVideo games galore at The Main Event.

15589896_10210398996765541_1346321311193668752_nLaser tag was too much fun!

15727280_10210404991755412_358773588939547699_nWarming up in her first African dance class EVER. Wait. Her first dance class period!! She was clueless but had fun.

15622619_10210407819146095_8668415922413965910_nChristmas Eve tradition celebrating Luminaria in Old Town.

15697580_10210412842671680_7452800593134882190_nChristmas morning. Let’s tear up our Christmas presents in a matter of seconds!

15741300_10210407362774686_721209004328195071_nI did a lot of baking. Here are red and green velvet vegan Christmas cookies. My nephew loved them.

15823399_10210486227826263_2470661924036266521_nThe other part of Christmas. FOOD!

15622774_1184634488318244_2925162020562674658_nThis movie is a must see!

15781814_10210424326438767_8846365850084074299_nThe volcanoes were awesome.

15741309_10210424285277738_3892420272770842989_nJambo Cafe is one of the best African cuisine restaurants in Santa Fe.

15740905_10210428648466815_7434206677015501235_nI heard a lot about Meow Wolf and this interactive technology museum lives up to its reputation.

15780810_10210443041986644_3523178206238971199_nThis is the old western gangster Billy The Kid’s grave site. The museum was interesting. It didn’t hold much of Billy’s stuff (he died young. Was always on the run. So he probably didn’t have anything) but it was still very interesting.

15726705_10210453929498825_289608651615379023_nWe didn’t do all that I planned like visit the White Sands or take a ride in a hot air balloon but hopefully she’ll return soon so those things can be done.

15747657_10210471931668868_1856122529148165090_nThe Hubs and I rang in the New Year at home. He caught a cold I had a couple of weeks prior. I was tired anyway so a quiet night at home was just what I needed.

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Merry Christmas From My Family To Yours!

 

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Top 3 Hair Growth Vitamins

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The list below was compiled by experts. It reveals this top hair vitamins for potency ingredients that are clinically proven to work and for user satisfaction.

#1: Hair La Vie by La Muse Beauty

La Muse Beauty is number one and here’s why:

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  • It contains 20 of the clinically proven active ingredients that healthy hair needs to be repaired and grow. More than any other on the market today.
  • These ingredients include the vital 5000mcg of biotin, Saw Palmetto, organic kelp and folic acid.
  • They have absolutely NO synthetic fillers, binders or artificial ingredients, even their capsules are made of vegetable cellulose.
  • Hair La Vie has many positive user reviews and user experiences.
  • Their customer service team is knowledgeable and easy to contact.
  • They stand behind their product with a strong, 90 day no-hassle money back guarantee.

#2: Viviscal Hair

Viviscal missed out on being number one and here’s why:

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  • Viviscal is a well-known, popular brand but user reviews show a recent formula change
  • This only offers 120mcg of biotin, way under the daily recommended dosage for hair growth.
  • It does contain shark powder but does not have any Saw Palmetto or folic acid.
  • They have many synthetic fillers including, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and maltodextrin.
  • They use tablets that may not dissolve properly instead of all-natural, quick dissolving veggie capsules.

#3: Brock Beauty’s Hairfinity

Unfortunately, Hairfinity came in third place and here’s why:

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  • Hairfinity is a very popular brand but they only contain 12 of the active ingredients mentioned above.
  • Consumers have reported terrible breakouts and hair thinning after using the product.
  • This product does not contain Saw Palmetto or kelp.
  • It is not all-natural because it contains the cheap filler magnesium stearate.
  • Hairfinity does not have veggie capsules, their capsules are made with beef bovine gelatin (which is not included on their label). SHOCKER!
  • They only offer a short 30 day, conditional guarantee.

Christmas Fun

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

I participated in Christmas activities with my Sorors from the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We always have a good time when we get together for fellowship and this event was no different.

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I never know where to look when taking selfies.

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The Elephant Exchange gifts.

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My beautiful Elephant Exchange gift!

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My Afro puff piece.

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The Delta with the Afro puff can still be seen with or without lighting!

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Forever!

Own Your Story!

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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What to Look for in a Hair Vitamin

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ingredients matter the most when it comes to hair growth vitamins.

A great all-natural hair vitamin should have many, if not all, of the following ingredients to help the hair repair cycle. These ingredients have been tested in third party labs and proven to help hair repair and hair growth.

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Start at the scalp

It’s important for your scalp to be hydrated, clean and thriving in order to grow healthy hair. These ingredients are your best bet to achieving a healthy scalp.

Natural ingredients that help the scalp include:

  • Biotin – Hydrates the scalp, preventing dryness and buildup.*
  • Vitamin A – A natural antioxidant that helps boost the regulation of your scalp’s skin cells.
  • Vitamin K – Helps keep skin soft and hydrated.
  • Pantothenic Acid – Keeps the scalp and follicles clear of dandruff, oil and other debris.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM – Builds collagen and keratin which helps to hydrate the scalp.
  • Flax Seed Oil – Contains omega-3 fatty acids which regulates sebum oil in the scalp which in return increases the scalps hydration and relieves dryness.

*The minimum clinically tested daily amount needed to aid hair growth is 2500mcg. Look for products with at least this amount.

Repair and protect the follicle

If your hair is damaged, thinning or growing slowly, your follicles are most likely damaged or have shrunk. Follicles are where your hair grows so it is extremely important to keep them healthy and happy.

Natural ingredients that help the follicles include:

  • Vitamins B-Complex, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 – Help follicles flourish and regrow when shrunken.
  • Kelp – Regulates resting time in follicle helping the follicle to become active again.
  • Saw Palmetto – Blocks DHT, stops shrinkage allowing follicle to thrive. *
  • Pantothenic Acid – Keeps the scalp and follicles clear of dandruff, oil and other debris.
  • Zinc – Builds healthy cells and hydrates.
  • Borage Oil – Omega-6 fatty acid which reduced inflammation of follicles.

*This is the natural version of Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine). It’s one of the most important ingredients in an all-natural hair vitamin.

Grow stronger hair

If you’re having trouble with your hair breaking, it is important for you to grow hair with a strong cortex. When your scalp and follicles are repaired, you will begin to grow thicker, stronger hair.

Natural ingredients that help the hair include:

  • Vitamin E – (Helps protect and strengthen hair from breakage)
  • Horsetail Herb – (Helps speed up the hair growth process and strengthen the elasticity)
  • Bamboo Extract – (Contains silica, which helps ingestion of calcium, which helps build strong teeth and bones)

Additionally, folic acid has been proven as a treatment for hair loss diseases like alopecia.

Beware of cheap hidden synthetic fillers, binders and artificial ingredients. A lot of companies claim to be all-natural but are not. These cheap ingredients are often found in tiny print at the bottom of the label. These synthetic ingredients include, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, gelatin capsules, silicon dioxide, chromium and artificial food colors.

3 Biggest Myths About Hair Growth

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Listed below are three of the common hair growth myths that experts say should be dispelled.

 

Biotin Pills – Just taking a biotin supplement is not how to make your hair grow faster and it has been known to cause severe acne, headaches and breakouts. A person would also need the support of hydrating antioxidants from vitamins for hair loss in order to help keep their scalp and follicles healthy.

 

Prenatal Vitamins – Just like biotin, taking a prenatal vitamin for hair growth is not a person’s best choice. Prenatal vitamins should only be taken if a woman is pregnant because prenatal vitamins have a high amount of iron. The higher amount of iron in the blood can cause constipation, vomiting and nausea.

 

Hair Trimming – Trimming your hair does not make it grow faster. Hair grows from the root, not the ends. Trimming makes your hair look healthier since split ends happen over time due to bending the hair continuously. Just like biotin and prenatal vitamins, trimming for growth is a myth that needs to be stopped.