Natural Hair Week In Review

 

I’ve been living out a few “firsts” as of late.  Last week, I ate Eggplant Casserole for the first time.  Earlier today, I finally ran into a group of runner buddies and my oldest son had his first major surgery this week.

JourneyTo WaistLength does a finger coil for the first time using water, a leave in conditioner, a moisturizer, and gel.

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Recipe

Eggplant Casserole | Healthy Recipes Blog #eggplant #casserole #healthy

http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2011/07/12/eggplant-casserole-recipe/

Produce
  • 1/4 cup Basil, fresh
  • 1 Eggplant, large
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
Condiments
  • 1/2 cup Tomato sauce, prepared
Baking & Spices
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
Oils & Vinegars
  • 1 Olive oil spray
Dairy
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella, part-skim
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Transfer the cubed eggplant to the baking sheet. Spray with olive oil spray. Sprinkle pepper and garlic powder. Roast, tossing once, 15 minutes, until golden.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the marinara sauce, cayenne and basil. Spray a 1-quart casserole dish with olive oil spray.
  4. When eggplant is roasted, remove it from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Add the roasted eggplant to the tomato/basil mixture. Add half of the Mozzarella and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Mozzarella and the Parmesan on top. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Yoga Inspiration

 

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“You cannot relax no matter what therapy you do.  I can bet on it.  There are twenty million things to do.  You do those twenty million things and you cannot relax.  It’s a law of physics that anything which is contained and jammed must be put in an expanded place to give it a space.  So you must expand in your ideology, in your thinking, in your social behaviors, in your smiles, in your life, in your everything.  You will be relaxed.” —Yogi Bhaian

 

 

 

Natural Hair Week In Review

My transformation story has been 3 years in the making.  I’m a runner. I won my first trophy at 8 years old. I ran Cross Country in high school and ran on my own in college. Right after college, I became a mom, three times over, back to back to back.  Hence, the pic on the left.  In 2013, my life flipped like a pancake.  My husband and I decided that we had given our marriage all that we had, but it was not working. So we separated. One morning, I was about to have my daily pity party but I made up in my mind that ‘If I have the time to lie around thinking about what could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, then I have the time to put my shoes on and start walking….the pic of the right.

So this is the new me! I dropped 70 pounds but I didn’t lose my love for food.   I run three to four times a week in training for my first marathon.  My family is my heartbeat and my ultimate dream is to be a Fly Granny. Yes, grandmother! I have a while until that time, so until my grandbabies get here I’ll be doing all that I can to make sure that their granny is healthy, fit and fabulous!

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NaturallyCurly teamed up with BlackGirlsRun to help us reach our fitness goals.

 

“Cooking is about building flavor” is sticky note worthy from Chef Danielle Saunders.

 

FusionofCultures applies a deep conditioner before giving her tresses a trim.

 

DiscoveringNatural demos big and small cornrows for kids.

 

 

 

Natural Hair Week In Review

Seasons shift.  People and their attitudes shift.  The residents of the White House shift.

Yahweh never shifts.  He’s always been and will always be the same.

Our Natural Hair Journey continues……..

Moisturize with FusionofCultures to achieve juicy, lustrous hair.

 

De La Fro masterfully styles her hair into a top notch bun using braiding hair and a hair tie.

 

Melissa Denise shares the benefits of treating hair to a 30 minute steaming session.

Natural Hair Week In Review

After I applied concealer above my eyebrows for the first time and watched my eyes magically look younger, I shared my take on #blackgirlmagic with my teenage daughter.

Make up does magic.  Black girls don’t.  African American women are courageous, intelligent, beautiful, vibrant and hard working.  I explained to my daughter that our unique qualities are God-given and not magically based.

Straighten with  Beauty By Lee using an argan oil based heat protectant and the HSI titanium flat iron.

 

Yolanda Renee shows us how to flex our curls by saturating hair with a styling product detangling and twisting hair around rods.

 

 Healthy diet. Healthy hair.  The Chic Natural shares four steps to grow long, healthy hair.

Natural Hair Week In Review

As the presidential campaign rolls into its final days, our Natural Hair journey presses on.

The platform of our journey is acceptance.  When we embrace our individual hair types and the struggles that come with being natural, we join thousands of other women on a fascinating path!

Detangle with MichelleB to restore order and lust.  Michelle makes a surprising discovery about what her hair can do!

 

Moisturize with NICKYBNATURAL.  She opts out of the familiar LOC method and uses the LCO way.  Her five point “Things to Remember” list will help us stay moisturized.

 

Style with Praise Onaturals.  She mixes and massages Argan oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Avocado Oil, and a leave in conditioner for shiny, killer curls.

 

Natural Hair Week In Review: Baked Salmon and DIY Recipes, Summer Styles and Cocktails

On the night that I heard about Alton Sterling’s death, I cooked for my family like I hadn’t done in months….Steak, gravy with mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cabbage and rice.  I aimed to fill their bellies with warmth and love.

Natural Hair Vlogger, Honestly Chic shares her quick, go-to healthy recipe that she cooks at least once a week.  “I eat Salmon weekly because it has omega fatty acids which are great for the body and hair.”

Baked Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Wild Rice Recipe

Servings 2-4pple

2lbs of Salmon or Wild Sockeye Salmon

1 Bunch of Asparagus

1 Box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice

¼ of Sliced Red Onion

1 Tablespoon of Capers

Old Bay Seasoning

EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Rosemary seasoning

Wild Rice

2 Cooking glass dishes

1 Pot

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Slice red onions into 2in slices.
  • Place salmon in glass dish. Place red onions in salmon and in the dish.
  • Follow the same steps with capers. Place capers in the salmon and in the dish.
  • Season salmon with old bay season.
  • Pour ¼ cup of water in dish and place salmon in the oven for 25 minutes without a cover.
  • Cut the ends of asparagus in a diagonal manner.
  • Place asparagus in a glass dish and lightly drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Lightly season asparagus with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • Place asparagus in the oven for 20min.
  • Follow the instructions on the Uncle Bens rice box. Place 2 ¼ cups of water in a pot, 1 tablespoon of butter and rice in the pot. Cook rice on medium heat until water is absorbed.
  • Immediately remove the salmon from the oven after twenty-five minutes, place the salmon on a plate and serve with the asparagus and rice.

 

Melissa Denise shares her DIY  hot oil treatment recipe and the benefits of adding  h.o.t. to our hair regimen.

 

“Big Sis likes Big Hair.” DiscoveringNatural gives her take on how to create quick summer styles for kids.

 

Summer cocktails aren’t just for a Friday night out with the girls.  Mo Knows Hair shows us how to treat our hair to a budget-friendly cocktail.

 

Summertime and weddings go hand in hand.  BlakIzBeautyful demonstrates how to transform a twist-out into a cascading style that can be worn at a summer wedding or any formal event.

Love Can Polish Our Mess

God’s love for us never changes.   Lauren Daigle’s song reminds me that He loves us even when we’re a hot mess.  He polishes our wounds, healing us from the inside out.

Naptural85 shows us how to polish up messy, old hair to create a refreshed style.  I hope her video keeps you inspired on your journey.  Happy Polishing!

 

Natural Hair Week In Review

The power of the mix is in our hands! Donedo shows us how to do it.

The L.O.C method with the Lovely Yolanda Renee.  Curls are Superfly!

 

Doing it the right way #protectivestyling via HairCrush

 

Angela Lauren aka Lovaeisbellaa gives us a double take on the Twist Out method.

 

Crystal Michelle gets curlitzy with The Pure Naturals Hair Line.

 

La profesora NappyFu shares another lesson.

Natural Hair Week In Review

 

Crystal Michelle takes clip-ins and creates a totally different look from her tapered cut.  How creative!

 

NappyFu gives us a Pre-poo lesson.

 

AlyssaForever has a creative time saver for us.

MissVaughnTV shares her fitness routine.

 

So many possibilities with Naptural85 protective style.