Sunday, August 19, 2012

Battle of the Leave-Ins.

Battle of the Leave-Ins.

Whether its moisture milk, a leave-in, or hair lotion.... we all know about them and they have become my favorite way to reinvigorate and moisturize my curls throughout the week.  I have tried a few and they are the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and the Beautiful Curls- Curl Enhancing  Shea Butter Leave-in conditioner. OK both products are affordable, Shea moisture I got a Target for $9.99, and I think Beautiful Curls was 11.99 at Whole foods.   I have used Shea Moisture products for at least 2 years now with great results, and the Beautiful Curls which is an organic line made by Alaffia  I tried all summer long as a replacement  to the SM (shea moist.) style milk.


 SM style milk  -------   8!
 BC( Beautiful Curls) Leave -In conditioner a ------------ 5.

So SM wins this Battle of the Leave ins!


SM leaves hair feeling soft and manageable I can use it multiple times throughout a one week or even a two week period. Love that. I can also use it as a leave-in before I straighten my hair with great softness in my results or I can use it for a quick volume friendly twist-out! So many uses for only $10.00.

Beautiful Curls- I have used this as a leave- in to refresh a wash n go or a twist out. I'll use it as a base for a twist out. I have tried to use this in the same manner as the SM. The first time you use it, its all good, hair feels light and soft with good hold without too much oily feel.  But the CONS are awful... I feel like the product gives hair a "sticky" or "gummy" feeling and it doesn't have much slip at all.  IF you use it multiple times you have to keep applying it each day and hair starts to feel like it has build up. GROSSSSS!  Fail!  But I definitely used it up!

Try it for yourself, what are you fave leave- ins. I'd pass on the BC and get SM ASAP!

Love you all. God Bless.
Living Curly Free,

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

KISS- Keep it simple

Hello ladies and gents,
I'm wanting to know more about adding fruits and veggies in my diet. Here's the update...
I've had some carb binges that I'm not proud of it, but thing is, mostly I feel like the pizza and normal Chinese food aren't that tasty. Makes me feel like ugh!  Sometimes I'd rather have a good salad. yes Forreal.

So my thing is I try to keep it simple and get things that you can rotate on a reg basis
Tonite it was simple: dinosaur kale, curried couscous(near east brand) and BBQ tofu. I was afraid that BBQ and curry wouldn't mix, it actually worked out. My lunch was a nice simple garden salad.
I am also trying out a couple IMF different greens: the dinosaur kale, Swiss chard, and radish greens.

Review on dinosaur kale:

very hearty and lots to chew, I gotta do my research but Gotta be lots of vitamin and minerals in that. I got them cheap at my local farmers market.
What else is out there that I should try? I'm getting excited about all the diff types of veggies out there.

And I also have to thank God even for the things he provided through mother earth. This journey has made me more thankful for the foods he provided for us to be healthy and happy.

*More on  Dinosaur Kale

Monday, July 9, 2012

Miss jessie's free samples!

This is legitimate ladies and gents. I haven't tried miss Jessie's but can't wait to get my free samples.

Check it out!

via Mummy Deal$ by Brandy on 7/9/12

Miss Jessies is giving away three free samples from their haircare line.  You can choose from Curly Meringue, Baby Buttercreme, Curly Buttercreme, Crème de la Curl Shampoo, Crème de la Crème Conditioner, Super Sweetback Treatment and Curly Pudding.
Head to Miss Jessie’s and add 3 samples to your cart.  If your a new customer click “new customer tab” after adding your samples.  When it asks for your credit card number enter 16 o’s (zero’s) and any expiration date and security code.  Free shipping will be configured on it’s own.
Some are already sold out so don’t wait!

Here a juice, there a juice- Recipes

Juice Recipes toute le monde!

Green Juice Recipe: yields about 1000 ml
6 stems of kale greens (or collards, or chard)
4 stalk celery
2 apples
1/2 lemon
1thumb of ginger (or to taste)
1/2 - 1 cucumber

Drink up!

Beet Cleanse juice (my current fave)

1 beet
2 or more apples
3 carrots
4 beet greens stem (they are great for juicing) or other green
1/2 lemon
3 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
* add peaches for added sweetness, try lime instead of lemon

Apple Carrot Zinger (one of DH's favorites)

2 apples
4 carrots
thumb of ginger
1/2 lemon

Grapefruit Morning Juice

1 Grapefruit peeled
2 oranges peeled
1/2 lemon
1 apple

Pear-peach morning juice
1 pear
2 peaches
1 apple

Peach- Orange Juice
2 peaches
2 oranges
1 apple

for added luxury you can add strawberry to any of the fruit juice. Delicious!

Hope you enjoy these juices! Let me know if you tried them


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Breville Juicer

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This was the juicer that began all this wellness talk.  The Breville. It  is fast, efficient and beautiful too.  I'm telling you the single best investment I've made in my life recently. I sing praises to the Breville.  I think you can get this pretty much at any department store, I got mine from Bed Bath and Beyond, and of course we used that lovely coupon for %20 off.  And it has been worth every penny.  If anyone is interested in recipes let me know, I can post all my favorites here.

Happy Sunday,


Good evening ladies and gents,
So I want to update a bit. I have had several encounters in the past week that have been pushing me in the direction of holistic wellness.  The things I am most interested in on that deep level, quite naturally have to do with coming to a place of physical, mental or spiritual wellness.  Body, Mind, Spirit.  It started with natural hair, then natural skin care and use of herbal remedies, and now more body health. Always with a nature made twist.  I'm loving this for sure.

To give an update on my more RAW journey.  I have been doing more salads, which are great for the summer (no cooking allowed :-)) And I have kept the practice up of juicing.  Too expensive at conventional market, but perfect for the awesome farmers market nearby. 

Since doing the blog on the uncooked couscous, I learned that couscous is a type of pasta and has gone through some type of process already.  Great information and I love preparing couscous still with a bit of olive oil and a bit of sea salt. Light, fluffy, better than fries or heavy noodles.

The next part of all this-- the wellness path is getting that exercise in. ooooooh, just ooooh! That has always been an area of CHALLENGE! But once its gets a part of my life, then I'll be addicted.

Oh on addictions! My coffee cravings have definitely reduced, I have had coffee since I started back on work, but its less and no sugar recently.  I may move to decaf.

Also on addictions. I love juicing! I love the juices that I make, and they make me feel great!

Lessons learned:
The more you do something, the more it becomes a habit and craving.

 For now we'll keep that balance of healthful food going, without becoming a manic crazy person.  May you all move toward your best selves this summer.