Friday, October 29, 2010

I have boys too..

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They are dressed as evil twin brothers (fyi – boys stop smiling at around 9)

I feel like I leave them out sometimes, I rarely show them luv here, but I do luv them immensely.  They are a challenge!

Kadir (taller than him Momma at 14, his name is Arabic for capable) and Khari (born with compassion many will never know is 11, his name is Swahili for Kingly).

Strong names with character, for the strong men they are destined to become (no choice in the matter)

That’s the fam.

We’ll get back to hair soon :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Here’s Kya on the way home from her Preschool party today – rocked out!

They celebrate Halloween here today, she’s out trick or treating now with the Diesel (that’s the Hubbs’ football name).  I hope they get enough Sour Patch Kids and Swedish fish to share, they are my favs!! 

What do you prefer, candy or chocolate?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Where have you been all my life…

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PA230694but this brand is so smooth and fragrant, you just wanna lick it like shaved ice.  I got it at the local market for $9 bucks.  can’t beat that.

I’ve been at the dentist for over an hour the last 2 days,  take it from me.  FLOSS!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Thanks for dropping in.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NYC for the day

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Yesterday I got up at the crack of dawn and headed to NYC for the Wendy Williams show.

#1 I don’t watch. I just wanted a day in NY no kidds, no worries, jus hanging out.

We were there pretty early - 7:40ish got good placement in line but they put us waaaaaaay up top. 

#2 I was irked.

It was definitely interesting to watch everything that goes into putting on a LIVE TV show.  The makeup, the host, the guests, I will say I enjoyed it. (Oh, the love affair with the thai stone, is so OVER!) 

#3 I think we failed “the look” test.  Boooo!!! 

I was wearing jeans, cute shoes and a navy military style jacket.  My natural hair (in twist) was just tied back with a plain headband.  One of my friends was natural and the other a professional but similar dress style – casual - cute.  But I will admit we were not NY fabulous and perhaps we could have “put it on” a bit more. Well Wendy you’re no Oprah, but point taken.

You live and learn.  Not sure I would go back for Wendy, but I did have a good great time visiting! We had lunch, cocktails, sightseeing, a girls day out!

Here was one of my favorite things at the show:

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LYBO (laughing your behind off) ;)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shea Moisture at Target

I was in Philly today for my nephews bday, so I especially stopped at Tarjay on my way home to look for some hair products, and I was pleasantly pleased, Shea Moisture, Jane Carter, Curlz and Miss Jessie’s were all there.

Luv.

shea moisture lotion Have you had a moment to read the story behind these products? (I have a lil thing for the underdog, so they are pretty much guaranteed to get some more of my money)

And you will not believe the prices

But, don’t be silly like me, so engrossed in reading the ingredients, that you never peep the description.  Duh!

I bought the lotion and thought I was getting a leave-in, silly.

It was $9.99 – which is a great price, no s&h – LUV! and even though it says Frankincense and Myrrh, it has a light sweetness to it, honeysuckle essential oil, new LUV! 

I have to go back through Philly next weekend and trust, I’m already thinking about my next S&H free purchase! 

In this respect, I miss living in a big city.

My sister insisted that I bring home some cake, damn her.  Lemme go handle that :)

Hope your having a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

32 followers and I need a disclaimer!

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I was toying around in blogger tonight and clicked on stats (first time EVER).  That’s where I noticed I’ve been getting traffic from bitchielife. Huh? Whut? Huh?

So I click on the link, and see Jill.  Damn.  Like she needs this crap.

This is the 2nd time I’ve seen that picture (I grabbed from a friend’s facebook) posted on another blog in not the most positive light.  (At least this one did link back)

I feel like $#%!  I was not talking junk on her, I was just saying I noticed it.  And in hindsight, how the hell do I know she didn’t get her hair pressed? I don’t!  UGH!

Drama.

No, Whoopi, IT IS NOT JUST YOU!!!

In kinder, gentler news. I also got lots of POSITIVE traffic from here.

I had to share, but yo, that is how rumors get started. 

Stress

A weird week, busy busy at work & nothing seems to be going as planned at home.

When this happens I just want my lil’ corner of the world to be neat, orderly, perfect.  And since I have 3 kids, we all know that ain’t happening. 

So, I organized my reader, the place where I’m in total control.

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Did you know you can add folders?  aaah, simple pleasures.

Hope your week is going better, and alas, tomorrow is Friday, what what!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Would you Bee Mine?

A few weeks ago, MopTop Maven did a video on Bee Mine Curly Butter.  But typical me, I was more interested in the whole layering process.

I was left wondering if it was too much product: water based leave-in, followed by oil, then the butter product.  Huh?!  too heavy too much for sure….

So, I tried it on clean, dry hair. 

garnier leave inI wasn’t sure about my relationship with Giovanni, so I scored some Garnier Fructis Leave-In.

I then layered with Argan Oil from Sallys.   I bought a small bottle just in case I hated it, I so didn’t.  It only lasted one week between me and my daughter but I prolly won’t buy it again, pricey.

Let’s stop here for a sec, my hair was so soft.  So soft, I went and got the coconut oil because I was trying to figure out the catalyst to this new softness, was it Garnier? or the argan oil?  What in this new regimen was givin my hair the luvn feeln?  It was the layering because the coconut oil gave the same effect!!! 

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I followed the oil with a lil Moe’s Magic for the twists.  Divine.

It was sometime in the next week I purchased Bee Mine’s Hair Milk.  I used this the next time I twisted my hair and it was not as soft in the layering process.  But I continued to use it, I just wasn’t sure if it topped out good ol’ $4 dollar Garnier.

Until tonight.  Last Sunday I twisted my hair, I’ve been wearing them pinned in two bigg twists (like my HS Reunion pic).  One day this week, I squirted some Aloe Vera Juice and Glycerin all over.  Yes, only ONE day, I’m a lazy natural.

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My regimen has been to wear the protective style for a week and then the twist out for the next.  So tonight I wanted to put a heavier moisturizer on to get through the next week.  I rubbed a lil’ on my hands and over the twists – and they were still soft before and even softer after.  So soft that some of them, in the back, the tighter coils, yes, the legendary kitchen, were unraveling!  The hair was so soft it could barely stay twisted I can’t believe it myself, smooth, soft, gentle, luvly.  I untwisted it just to take a look and run my fingers through it.  Disbelief, gasp, yes, softness!!  I have never felt the hair on the nape of my neck feel this smooth with no coarseness.  And in hindsight, I’ve been having a helluva time keeping them pinned up.

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my kinks, coils, curls in all their natural glory

So, if you do nothing else.  Try this layering process.  I’m not urging you or encouraging you to buy a thing, in fact I think you should try what you have on hand.  Alls I can say is it’s working for me.  I wish you the same success. Layer, Layer, Layer.

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P.S. For serious, how many times did I say soft? 89? or maybe smooth, 62? sheesh, I need to get up on my vocab.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Inspiration Nation

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Has your life changed by blogging or bloggers?

Are you inspired or envious?

I have a friend who would get kinda blue (or green with envy, whatever you prefer) when I’d send her new stuff I found on blogs.

I would have the opposite reaction {mostly}…. I found:

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Bloggers/blogging has awakened me to so many new things.  I enjoy it so much, I’ve learned so much!

And mostly I’ve just been inspired to change my bad habits, share my good ones and learn a lot.

But trust, I’ve had those moments of envy…super cute hair, great style, house neat as a pin, banging blog, yep, I’ve envied them all.

…and you what, I had to delete those subscriptions.  I don’t want to lurk, I want to comment and applaud your successes, and if I don’t get warm and fuzzy feelings, I shouldn’t be subbing, so I let them go.  It’s better for both of us.

I said all that to say: Read blogs that INSPIRE you to become a better you, not make you feel inadequate. 

Peace n Luv.

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

:: Boot talkin with ‘E’ ::

My maternal family has a ton of females.  And in some cases, yup, DRAMA.

But I want to show you an instance of pure luv and comedy.

Let me set the scene:  I’ve been looking for tall riding boots. Basic. Leather. Flats that I can rock home and work, dress ‘em or down. Keep in mind, I’m frugal and plain and sometimes a tad geriatric.

My cousin E has been trying to help me as my area is limited and she is in the “shopping” know. 

Check out today’s exchange:

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Is she a nut case or what?  Luv her

It’s nice to know when someone’s got your back.  Well I got yours!

Thanks for dropping in.

::Whoa::

Get this.

I think double is a bit much.

I hope this isn’t a trend in the market. Ouch.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Failure is not an option

So September went out with this EPIC FAIL.

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Gross looking right.  It’s shea, coconut & essential oils melted, no whipping. Ick Yuck Ew. 

Moving right along, welcome to the next segment of….

inthekitchenmixn

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An oil pomade (lots o’oils and lil beeswax)

PA020655  And yet another whipped shea/cocoa/coconut oil/aloe

Sundays are lazy days round here.  So I will try these out and report back.

Hope your enjoying the weather it was gorgeous out today.  Me I’m delaying the inevitable (chores, ugh).

And of course, thanks for stopping by, next time let’s have coffee or tea? (or wine? or martinis?) I’m flexible :)