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Fitness Friday: How To Spice Up Your Canned Chili


           While eating canned foods often is not the healthiest choice, because of the amount of salt they contain,  we have plenty of them at the house. My husband calls them emergency foods, like when there is a storm and you cannot make it to the store kind of emergency. I call them I-am-too-lazy-to-cook foods. I love to transform canned foods like chilli and chicken soups and make them my own, making them taste like home cooked meals. You would think I made them from scratch. Haha!
            I have a quick and easy pictorial for you below that shows you how the magic happens in my kitchen.  I used Brookdale Original Chilli with beans. It also has  meatball chunks in it. I made it for dinner because it was late, I was hungry, and I had no patience to wait for any meat to be fully cooked. This chilli is really good with white rice, which I have been staying away from lately. But I am glad I had a little bit. I missed it.

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Don't forget to add lime juice (1 tsp) and salt and pepper to taste (1 pinch or so). The chilli itself did not contain a lot of salt surprisingly. So I had to add some.

You can add your own stuff like cayenne pepper or paprika if you want to. Adding some thyme or parsley can totally change the flavor too. It's up to you!


From my kitchen to yours, Bon Appetit!

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Product Review + Giveaway: Vita Advanced Probiotic Supplements For Disgestive Health and Immune System



Product Description

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Probiotics are recognized for their benefits in promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system. Probiotics are live microorganisms, or "good bacteria" that are a fundamental part of human nutrition, and the human body. These microscopic organisms line the digestive track and help fight off "bad bacteria", viruses, infections and more.
Vita Advanced Probiotic may help you in the following ways
- Relieve digestive disorders
- Boost your immune system
- Improve your mood and feeling of well-being
Vita Advanced Probiotic contains 7 essential probiotic strains and 10 billion good bacteria per daily serving at time of manufacture that promotes digestive health and supports immune system. You can be certain of its quality because it is made in USA and sourced from a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Facility.
A Healthy stomach and a strong immune system helps you to feel well and have more energy. Vita Advanced Probiotic may help you to feel better than you have felt in a long time.
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So order Vita Advanced Probiotic now and support your digestive health and immune system. 

Price: $22.99
Where to buy: amazon.com

My Opinion

Pros
  • Nicely packaged
  • Fast shipping
  • No after taste
  • Easy to Swallow
  • Helps with upset stomach
  • Relieves bloating and constipation
  • Provides energy and helps with abdominal discomfort
 Cons
  • none

              I received my  Vita Advanced Probiotic Supplements very fast. The bottle was tightly sealed. I took two pills in the morning after breakfast with a full glass of water.  There was no after taste in my mouth. The most amazing thing is that there were no side effects.  The main purpose of these supplements is to provide your body with enough good bacteria so the bad bacteria (I call them parasites) don't win. And let me tell you, I did have a few of these bad guys! My major problem was bloating. I would get bloated every time I ate cereals, no matter what the amount was.  The first thing that I noticed while taking this product was how much energy I had. I fell asleep faster and slept longer. I also felt lighter after taking the product for almost a month. Now I feel fuller faster. I had trouble digesting my food before taking these supplements. I don't feel bloated after eating cereals anymore. yey! I love cereals. And not being able to enjoy them was a big deal for me. Now I need to get a few bottles for my husband. He complains of heartburn all the time.
                               Have you tried any probiotic supplements before?

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Wash Day Plus My New Crochet Wig with 100% Marley Hair


            When I told my sister that I wanted to make a crochet wig using 100% Marley hair, she got me everything that I told her that I needed to make one. And then she asked me, "how are you going to make that wig?" I had the idea in my head for a long time, but I was not sure how I was going to do it either. I need more people like her in my life. She believed in me enough to buy all the tools that I needed. She also bought this huge bottle of shampoo for me. It took me three days to make the wig because I had to leave my project to deal with day-to-day activities. I will have a tutorial on the wig sometimes next month and show you the final products. Now let's talk about how my wash day went!


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  1. Pre-poo: Haitian Black Castor oil mixed with Cayenne pepper, applied to the scalp. A light headache confirmed that there was some oxygen flowing. 
  2. The Wash Day Experience
  3. Shampoo: Biosilk Hydrating shampoo. I lathered twice because it is a sulfate free shampoo and I had oil on my hair. Washing once was not enough.
  4. Conditioning: Alberto V05 Clarifying conditioner.
  5. Coffee rinse: I did my coffee rinse and left it on my hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  6. Deep Conditioning: I was running out of my Pantene Truly Natural. So, I mixed it up with my TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner, plus a little bit of castor oil.
  7. Moisturizing: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner.
  8. Sealing: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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                I will try to curl the wig next week. Right now it looks very big. Adding some curls will tame it down a little. I really love the way it came out. Now instead of installing crochet braids, I can just throw my wig on as a protective style. I will also sew in a silk wig cap to protect my edges. My wash day was not too bad. I think I got some castor oil overload, haha! I will try to correct that later this week. How was your wash day?

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I Am A GiveAway Winner: Earrings, Earrings, And More Earrings!


           Hi guys! This is a short post to thank Kristal for putting together such a wonderful giveaway. How generous of her! Kristal runs beautifullycurled.com, a blog about not only her hair, but her lovely daughter's also. She frequently leaves comments on this blog. If you can check out her blog after updating your status:-) I would really appreciate that.
           I love all the earrings, but my favorite is the one on the far left. I have never seen such big earrings in my life. At first I thought they were necklaces. Lol! I love everything that makes my face look small. These earrings are handmade with some beautiful beads. The colors and the arrangements make them look very unique. Check them out below!




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Product Review| Vivant Skincare Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Exfoliating cleanser, 3-in-1 exfoliating and cleansing lotion



Product Description 

Vivant Skin Care is from the scientist who made skin look healthier...James E. Fulton M.D. Ph.D., the researcher, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who developed vitamin A acid, later known as Retin A.

The Benefits of Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser:
This powerful yet gentle antioxidant wash has Mandelic derived from almonds, green tea extract, grape seed, kiwi fruit and honey extracts.  Mandelic is ideal for adult acne because of it's anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. On blotchy skin it "lifts" skin discolorations and dark spots, while also having the benefical side effect of rejuvenating fine lines by helping to generate new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
A powerful yet gentler form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Mandelic is also ideal for treating sensitive Black, Hispanic and Asian skin that becomes irritated by benzoyl peroxide products. 

Combines exfoliating beads with Mandelic Acid to restore healthy skin. Great daily face and body cleanser for adult acne with oily skin. Helps prevent ingrown hairs.

Indications
After using any Vivant therapeutic product, follow with the appropriate Vivant SPF in the daytime and moisturizer in the nighttime.

Ingredients
Mandelic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Grape Seed Extract

Directions
Start usage every other day for two weeks by applying over the entire area (no spot treating). After two weeks, apply daily.

 Price:$33.00 / 8 oz. bottle

Where to buy: vivantskincare.com

Warning: It is very important that you use this product as directed on the bottle, as it can cause dryness and irritations.


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How I use it:
            I wet my face with clean water, I use a makeup remover if I have makeup on. I squeeze a dime size of the product and rub it in circular motion on my face, I leave it on for a few minutes, then I rinse my face well with cool water. I use a soft towel to dry my face and proceed with my moisturizing cream, which  also contains alpha hydroxy, plus sunscreen.


My Opinion

Pros
  • Clean fresh scent
  • Fast shipping
  • Nicely packaged (booklet included)
  • Softens the skin
  • Removes dead skin
  • Fights blemishes
  • Removes discoloration
  • Reduces acne
  • Reduces black heads
Cons
  • Can be irritating if not used properly (not really a con)   

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The bottom line

            If you have acne-prone skin, then you know how important it is to have a great exfoliating cleanser. When used properly, an exfoliating cleanser can remove excess oil, dirt, blemishes, and rejuvenate the skin. I have been complaining of having oily skin a lot on this blog. Now thanks to Vivant Skinxare Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Exfoliating cleanser, I'm singing a different tune. My face reacted very well to the product. It is a miracle in a bottle! Winter is always rough on my skin. The before picture was taken a month ago. The after picture was taken 2 days ago. The latter looks like me on a beautiful summer day, minus the tired eyes. The discoloration is real in the before picture! I am glad I had a chance to try this product. It is gentle enough on the skin when used properly. It contains ingredients that softens and clarifies the skin. The product is easy to use. The packaging is excellent and shipping was very fast. I also received a booklet that contains information about the the exfoliating cleanser and other products that can be purchased along with it. A little bit goes a long way when using this cleanser. An 8 .oz bottle will last you months. Give this product a try. If you have oily skin like me, I am 100%  sure your skin will love it!

*Disclosure* This product was sent to me exchange for my honest review. However, the opinion expressed here is my own.
 

Fitness Friday: Five Mistakes I Make When I Go To A Restaurant

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            Food plays a big role in our everyday life. We cannot celebrate anything without having some kind of food present. I took my husband out to dinner for his birthday on February 9th. When he told me that he wanted to have some kind of seafood, Red lobster came to mind first, but he was not interested. So, I took him to Marietta diner, one of the best restaurants I know in Marietta, Ga. I know because it was our second time eating there. The amount of food they give you there is ridiculous! And I am still trying to eat less when I go to restaurants. Sometimes I have it under control; and sometimes it controls me. I totally failed this month! I made five major mistakes the last time I went to that particular restaurant.

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Five Mistakes I Make When I Go To A  Restaurant 

  1. Eating the appetizers too fast. Appetizers are meant for you to munch on until the main course arrives. It is supposed to stimulate your appetite, not fill you up. We had some spinach patties and they were good. They also brought some sweet bread with butter. Now you understand my problem! 
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  2. Not finishing the salad. I did not finish my salad. Salads are important. Leave room for the salad, especially if the appetizers are fattening.
  3. Drinking too much water. While drinking water is good when trying to lose weight, drinking too much when eating out can completely cut your appetite. 
  4. Ordering the wrong foods. This is one thing that I am guilty of. I never ask my waitress/waiter about the food that their customers order the most. The best selling items on the menu.  This is something that you need to keep in mind when eating at a restaurant. The garlic mashed potatoes was good, but it was a little too loaded for me. It filled me up so fast. 
  5. Trying too hard to finish the main course. Sometimes the food is so good I don't want to leave the restaurant without finishing it. If you know you are already half-full, the best thing to do is to eat a quarter of the main course and take the rest of it home with you. Forcing yourself to eat three quarters of the main course can be detrimental to your health. And don't forget you will waste some good food too.
What are some of the mistakes you make when you go to a restaurant?


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Outfit Of The Week: The Faux Fur Vest


           It was so cold outside on Tuesday that I wouldn't take my hands out of my pockets even if somebody was handing out money. And I am not exaggerating! Aj and I ran inside after the shoot. I made black tea while wearing my black pants, shiny heels,  and my faux fur vest. I live in the south for God's sake! I don't even own a pair of gloves.  I never thought I would need them. Does my forehead look frozen to you? I even wore socks.

           I am always careful when it comes to pairing black with brown.  This faux fur vest is a combination of the two, which makes wearing it with a pair of black pants easy. Pairing a light brown with black is always fine, but it is also easy for my skin complexion to blend in if I am not careful. Throw a pop of color in the mix when in doubt! fashion is all about creating your own style and having fun while doing it.





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Conditioning My Hair Before Doing A Black Coffee Rinse

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            Hi Love!! Due to the weather being so cold, I almost did not wash my hair this week. I just could not imagine the water going on my head. Then I remembered  if I don't do it I will suffer the consequences later. Product buildup is the enemy when it comes to low porosity hair. Using products on dirty hair is never a good idea. It just so happen that school was closed on Monday due to a winter storm. It meant that I did not have to step outside and say hello to the nasty cold. No children to pick up from school. Yey! So, the wash day happened on Monday. The kids were home again on Tuesday due to, you guessed it, bad weather. I waited for the sun to come up, and I took some selfies. Snap!

#WashDayExperience

1. I applied Haitian black castor oil mixed with cayenne pepper to my scalp and let it penetrate the scalp for at least three hours. Leaving it on the hair for that long is not necessary. It doesn't take that long for my scalp to absorb oil.
The Wash Day Experience2. Used TREsemme moisture rich conditioner to detangle my hair.
3. Washed my scalp twice with my Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie.
4. Conditioned my hair with TREsemme again.
5. Coffee rinse  for about five minutes.
7. Rinsed the hair and applied my deep conditioner ( a mixture of honey, Pantene Truly Natural, olive oil, and Argan oil.
8. I rinsed out the deep conditioner and wrapped my head with a t-shirt for about five minutes.
9. I used Giovanni direct leave-in conditioner (very small amount) and extra virgin olive oil to moisturize and seal my ends.

Hair of the week


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               This is my version of the messy high bun:-) My hair looks really short because it was in loose braids. My wash day was very refreshing. Using Jamaican black castor oil on my scalp has helped tremendously with the shedding. I remembered to do my coffee rinse while I was conditioning my hair, but I was determined to do it this week. So, I did it after rinsing out the conditioner. I noticed that my hair comes out softer than when I do it right after shampooing it. I will continue to use that method. It works better for me. How was your wash day, Darling?
 

Book Review: Purse'averance: To be wanted, to be chosen, was just the beginning


Side note: This is my first book review on this blog.  Since this is also a fashion blog, I think that this book is more than appropriate for me to share with you.
    
         Purse'averance’ written by Gwen E. Campbell tells the story of a genuine suede  purse with a shiny buckle. It pretty much explains what the purse went through before finding the perfect owner, whom she will later call "My Girl". The genuine purse with the shiny buckle moved from the basement to the half price table at a huge department store a few times before "Her Girl" bought her and took her home with her. Upon arriving at her owner's house, she met her owners family. She also met the other accessories once she made it to the closet. What happened next is a series of conversations between the accessories. The Genuine Suede purse is a talker. She only listens when she wants to. If only our accessories could talk to us? Can you imagine your shoes telling you to get a pedicure before stepping into them?  

"There is no honor in being on the half-price table, it means simply, no one wanted me."

What I think
            It's  hard not to fall in love with the main character and the narrator of the story, Genuine Suede Purse. She is sassy and funny. She is loving and strong. The drama is real in the closet! Winter coat and Suede purse became good friends right away, but the same was not true for some other accessories in the closet. While the book is a fun and short read, something was missing in the beginning. The story was very weak, to say the least. A story about accessories that talk is pretty new to me, which makes the book so unique. But  The real excitement came when the purse went missing, and that happened in chapter four.  That's when the book became a page turner for me. The humor in the book is what kept me going. Purse'averance' will have you laughing all the way to the end. I really enjoyed reading it.  Give it a try. You will love it.

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Valentine's Day:: The Little REDs In Life

           
            From celebrating Aj's birthday to celebrating my husband's birthday, and celebrating Valentine's day in between, I saw a lot of REDs these passed few days. Yes, we celebrated Valentine's day already. We do that every year. We pick one day during the month to do it.  It may sound silly but my husband thinks that this day should be about him celebrating his love for me, not about some guy named Valentine.

             In a world where there is so much evil,  how do we celebrate love? We do it by celebrating the small reds in life. We do it when we take care of our babies. We do it when we walk away from an argument for the sake of the relationship. We do it when we take a minute to check on a friend. We do it when we put other people's needs before ours.  See, we celebrate love every day!










         
            Now I leave you with my favorite love quote, "Love is not the butterflies that we feel in our stomachs. It is what is left after all the butterflies are gone." _Unknown

 

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