Harry Married Meghan

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

I followed their romance as much as I could through internet articles, news highlights and the movie that appeared on Lifetime “Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance.”

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Even though I never saw not one episode of “Suits” I became a huge Meghan Markle fan when I discovered the beautiful half black, half white, actress was dating Prince Harry.

The night before their wedding I went to bed around midnight MT. Somehow three hours later I woke up by myself and was able to watch the entire wedding, with excitement, starting with the guests entering the church.

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Everything about the wedding was beautiful. Meghan looked flawless. She is a natural beauty. With what appeared to be just a hint of make up she sparkled royally walking down the aisle, with the future King, and standing next to her groom.

Her African-American heritage was extremely visible at the wedding and for that I was proud. People had things to say about Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon, but believe me, everything about that wedding was approved by the Queen! Don’t think it wasn’t.

I also loved the fact that Meghan’s black side of the family didn’t act a fool the way her white side did. What an embarrassment! I know other black folks thought the same thing. Writing a tell-all book, writing a letter to the Prince telling him to cancel the wedding, the father faking heart condition and other family appearing in London, who were not invited to the wedding, to gossip about her on a British morning show. Just insane.

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One of my favorite moments was, after the couple married, they went outside to meet the public, and all could hear the African women doing their wedding call of cheer. It completely reminded me of my Peace Corps days in the Congo. No media spotted that.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

This Easter Sunday I stayed home and basically cooked. For breakfast I made grits and cheese, which took 2 hours, yams (something I picked up in Jamaica) and bacon and sausages for The Hubs.

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For dinner stew was the main dish. I made beef stew (It took hours for the meat to get tender) and vegan beef stew with carrots, unions, peppers, brown rice, corn on the comb and spinach.

Even though I was on my feet watching religious movies, chopping, stirring, measuring and whatever else, I enjoyed preparing these meals for my husband and when he said the food was perfect, I knew it was all worth it.

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So I forgot to take pictures. The food looked good and the table set for two was cute. But The Hubs kept rushing me to eat so I forgot.

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I did manage to take a picture during a brief break. The dogs always manage to find there way in front of the camera.

Natural Hair News

Monday, March 12th, 2018

I am very pleased natural hair is still making the news and is still inspiring to many. It seems as if natural hair is here to stay. It’s not the style for a decade and then that’s it. The posted story of a little girl watching a news caster on television made me proud of my people and proud of my hair. Check it out below.

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North Texas traffic anchor Demetria Obilor gets up in the early hours of the morning to deliver a traffic report for WFAA-TV, rocking her gorgeous natural hair all the while. But unknown to the anchor, there was a little girl on the other side of the screen getting up early too to see someone with hair that looked just like hers on television.

On Thursday, Obilor invited her “mini-me,” 4-year-old Karsyn, to join her on the set of her “News 8 Daybreak” morning broadcast so they could celebrate their natural hair together.

“Growing up, I didn’t see any news anchors with curly hair or natural hair or even braids,” Obilor said during a Facebook live segment for WFAA-TV. That’s why she understands that for Karsyn, seeing a woman rock natural hair on television is “a big deal.”

The 4-year-old’s story first came to light on Sunday when her mom, Tiffny Jones, posted on Twitter about how the child would watch Obilor on television and say, “Mommy … look, my hair is like Demtria Obilor from TV.”

Photos of Karsyn’s beauty and self-assurance touched Obilor. A few days later, the mother and daughter joined the traffic anchor on television for a special segment.

Karsyn, who was full of energy, helped deliver the traffic report for Thursday morning right next to her role model.

Later on, Karsyn and her mother joined Obilor for a Facebook live session to chat about how to care for natural hair and how important it is for little girls to see themselves represented on television.

“Representation … in society is just so important for us,” Jones said on the segment. “I want her to see other people in the media that look just like her and for her to just rock it and be proud and embrace it.”

Obilor herself has faced racism in the past for her natural hair. While she was working as a traffic reporter in Las Vegas last May, she reportedly received an email from a viewer who ridiculed her hair. The viewer claimed he had to “fast forward whenever [Obilor] comes on” television.

Obilor posted an image of the email to Twitter, describing it as a “racist, hateful” message.

On Thursday, Obilor emphasized that it is crucial to make sure young black girls are encouraged to feel positive about themselves. She was struck by Karsyn’s confidence.

“She’s such a confident girl, and that’s so important to instill at such a young age,” Obilor said.

Jones said that even though it’s a “struggle on a daily basis” to take care of her daughter’s natural hair, Karsyn doesn’t want to do anything different with her hair.

“She loves [her natural hair] because she likes to shake it,” the mom said, laughing as the little girl demonstrated by waving her head side to side.

“We tell her to be herself. Do not let anybody put you in a bubble, you do whatever your heart desires,” Jones said.

 

 

 

 

I See Some Improvement

Friday, February 9th, 2018

As I have always known, but now truly practice, protective styles are the best way for my hair to improve itself. Period.

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I have kept my hair in two-strand twists sporting an Afro puff ponytail since October and I have noticed a change that I am very happy with.

I am just going to keep on keeping on. There is no need to change anything. The less I do to my hair the more it appreciates being left alone and therefore grows and looks healthy.

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After washing I saturated my curls in Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Leave-In Conditioner and let it air dry.

Wow you can really see the Hubs in my sun glasses. LOL!

 

HELLO 2018!

Monday, January 1st, 2018

So a new year has arrived. I am looking forward to moving into it with a positive attitude because I left 2017 feeling like – whatever.

I was not in the holiday spirit. Maybe because I was missing my sister who passed away, maybe because my little sister didn’t come to visit this year or maybe because the new house needs to be renovated and we haven’t started yet.

Whatever the reason I took this holiday season one day at a time. Now that 2017 is over I want to start all over again.

With that, HELLO 2018! I am looking forward to the great experiences you will provide for me!

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See the image of the Hubs in the glass? I was trying to be creative. LOL! Taken right before midnight on December 31.

What Was I Thinking?!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

I wore my favorite protective style, box braids, for many months and my hair responded by growing nicely. However my edges didn’t feel and do the same and decided to break off.

So with that I gave box braids a break and wore my other favorite protective style which is an afro draw-string ponytail. The thing is I felt my hair had to be blown-out and flat-ironed to look presentable in the afro puff. I didn’t think my hair would be able to pull back into a pony tail without the heat. I was wrong and because of that my curls taught me a lesson.

On wash day every two weeks I blew my hair dry then ran a Chi through it. I didn’t moisturize the way I should have because I thought my curls would shrink. After a few months of that, my hair couldn’t take it anymore, but my edges grew in!

To work with my edges and the rest of my curls I styled my hair in two-strand twists, pulled them back in a ponytail, pinned whatever fell out, then adjusted the afro puff. This style worked great and I was able to moisturize properly.

I don’t know what I was thinking before. I really don’t. I knew better but at that time I didn’t.

To try to rectify what I did while begging for forgiveness, I am taking daily doses of supplements that include vitamin A, B, C, D, E, a multi, biotin, hair, skin and nails plus Co Q 10 (anti-aging).

With all of this I wonder if my hair will get thicker?

Below I am revealing a large and extra large afro puff.

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Autumn – Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

My second favorite season has arrived and I recently received the Autumn collection of Vegan Cuts Beauty Box.

My Summer collection got lost in the mail and I just got that too but didn’t bother to spotlight it because Fall was so near.

As always the seasonal choices are perfect. Vegan Cuts Beauty Box did it again. I am excited about every item in the box.

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The Autumn collection looks fantastic!

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TMF. PURE BROW PENCIL KIT

This is not only an eyebrow pencil it doubles as a soft and smoky eyeliner. $24

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100% PURE COCOA BUTTER SEMI-MATTE LIPSTICK

Vegan Cuts gave the option for subscribers to select appropriate lipstick colors for their skin tone. From the choices offered I selected the color Currant. This is a cocoa butter matte lipstick pigmented with intensely rich fruit colors. $29

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REJUVA MINERALS MEGA LASH LENGTHENING & THICKENING MASCARA $16

A midnight black mascara that’s water resistant and formulated to resist flaking, clumping and smudging. I can’t wait to use it.

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BELLAPIERRE COSMETICS CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT PRO PALETTE $50

I don’t know much about contouring but I will learn using this kit because simple step-by-step instructions were included!

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PACIFICA CHERRY KISSES HYDRATING LIPSTICK WIPES $6

Cherry Kisses is a hydrating lipstick wipe with vitamin E and coconut oil. Perfect for lipstick changes without leaving some of the other lip color behind.

Filled with fun and healthy make-up for only $39!

More From Our Wedding Vow Renewal

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Five, ten, fifteen, twenty, those numbers, and alike, are well rounded numbers to do something with. So for this “wood” year of marriage the Hubs and I decided to renew our wedding vows because five is a good number to do something with.

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Our second wedding consisted of just us. We didn’t have family or friends there and no fancy reception took place. We wanted to honor and respect our marriage without it being busy and one of the best places to do that in New Mexico is at Hacienda Vargas in Algodones.

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The wedding chapel at Hacienda Vargas offers the grace and elegance of historical New Mexico. In its rural setting the adobe chapel is more than 200 years old and care has been taken to preserve the spirit of the Old West, the influence of the original Spanish settlers, and the presence of the Pueblo Indian culture.

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Now who would have thunk five years after our first wedding we would renew our vows? I didn’t think of doing this. It was all the Hubs’ idea. However, once it was agreed, everything else was me.

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What I learned after being married for five years is marriage is not easy. Everyone says that and everyone who say that is telling the truth. If we were just dating I would have moved on. But marriage is different. We took vows before God and those are to be taken seriously. During our marriage the human in us has stepped in but God stepped in and snapped us back into place. Who else is better to do that than HIM?

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I also learned that the Hubs is the only man who has been able to slip under my skin, invade my blood, and seize my heart. He is my soulmate and I plan to stay married to him in this lifetime and continue well into the next.

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I just realized something. Around the time we first married we purchased a house and then got married. Now we did the same thing. We purchased a different house and then re-married. Wow. How about that? I wonder what positive venture will happen to us in the future?

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