Curly Afro

Monday, April 13th, 2015

My curls came out kind of cute thanks to straight up castor oil and Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil products.

Two strand twists bantu knot-out.

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Eight Weeks In

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I keep my box braids in for eight weeks and then I take them out. My hair can’t take it any longer then that.

The funny thing is my hair feels dry but my scalp still possesses the castor oil I applied a few days ago.

I have to put together a good moisturizing treatment this Easter weekend and figure out my next hair-style.

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Good Morning…

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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Castor Oil

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Since I transitioned and have tried several natural oils, I discovered that my 4 a/b hair type truly loves the feel of only one oil, and that oil is, castor oil. As a little girl my grandmother (father’s mother) used to chase me around the house with a spoon full of castor oil when I told her my stomach hurt. My mother said her Native American grandmother used to do the same thing. I did not like swallowing the oil and quickly learned to sit and suffer with a belly ache than tell my grandmother anything about a pain. So because of that experience I shied away from using castor oil for anything and never even thought about applying it to my hair. But recently (a few years back) I realized that my hair loves castor oil. I tried olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, you name it oil, on my hair but castor oil is the only oil that conditions, moisturizes and softens. It is thick, and gooey, and once applied, my scalp sighs with relief. I use a quarter size every day. 10649639_10205365035039644_277873580013984092_n Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the castor bean seed in its purest form. Cultivators of castor beans remove the hull of the seed, before pressing it to obtain the oil. This oil has been used internally and externally before Christ due to its wonderful health benefits. Since it can strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat the following major illnesses and ailments:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hair loss
  • Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism

It has also been found to help with many everyday problems such as:

  • Yeast Infections
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Ringworm
  • Skin Abrasions
  • Inflammation

And, the most interesting to me is that, castor oil has been known to induce labor. So pregnant women should always consult a doctor before using it. WOW!

Stormy Weather

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

There is nothing like spending time with family. It’s been a while since the Hubs and I spent an evening out with my mom. So when I purchased tickets to see Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne starring Mary Wilson from The Supremes I added a third for mom to come along, too.

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First, dinner at Scalo, a restaurant that features Northern Italian cuisine.

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At Pope Joy Hall.

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Since Lena Horne was a Delta The Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta decided to host a small reception for Mary Wilson after the show. We were grateful for the discount tickets. Hey! Who is the Delta in blue??? LOL!

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It was a fun evening.

Warm Weather and Mountains

Monday, March 9th, 2015

At a time when the east coast put on another blanket of snow, and even Albuquerque had some nip in the air, Phoenix was warm and inviting and I couldn’t resist the beautiful mountains as they called my name and got my attention.

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Okay. This is all fun but I am getting homesick. #endofbusinesstrip

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There is no place like home.

It’s Good To Get Away

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

I had to leave Albuquerque and The Hubs. I went to Phoenix on a business trip for a week. I was happy to go. I love Arizona and have always wanted to explore Phoenix. Years ago when I relocated from New York to Los Angeles (then ultimately moved back to New York) I drove across country by myself. I stopped in Phoenix for gas and had to turn on the air conditioning. I am no fan of air conditioning and use it only when I need it. Since it was December and I truly felt the need for cool air that memory stayed with me.

So years later here I am back in Phoenix. I didn’t do as much as I wanted because it was a business trip and I had to focus on work but somehow I managed to squeeze in a little bit of fun.

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The sky is always beautiful at this level.

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Clouds and turbulence.

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Rental car. #Fiat

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The Green New American Vegetarian is a delicious vegan restaurant located in downtown Phoenix.

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Buffalo chicken wings – vegan! :)

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The Big Wac. You guessed it. The vegan version of the Big Mac. So so so good!

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The water fountain. Very creative.

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Right next door is a vegan bakery called Nami.

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The Elvis Cake. Made with peanut butter and banana icing.

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I managed to save the Zebra Donuts to eat the next morning.

#MarriedLife

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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I don’t know where these ten pounds came from but I bet it has something to do with being married.