Simple Updo And Grilled Happiness

If only politics were this simple.

Honestly Erica turns her curly fro gone wrong into a simple, chic updo.

I returned home to celebrate my high school homecoming with classmates whom I had not seen in over 20 years. Besides catching up on old times, the best part of our tailgating party was sinking my teeth into a grilled veggie burger!

 

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Lunch With Wine and Wisdom

I laughed so much and so hard that I couldn’t finish the Watermelon and Grilled Shrimp salad that I ordered at Applebee’s.  My cheeks hurt.  Thank God that I ended up going to lunch with them.

When the announcement came over the walkie talkie “The new girl from the agency is going to lunch with the residents,” I creeped around the corner, waiting for my coworker to give me the word. I did not want to go. Who would want to go to lunch with a bus load full of senior citizens? I wanted to stay at the senior living facility. Complete my assignment. And go home.

I’m glad they chose me.

Sitting across the table watching men and women in their 90’s and 100’s pour and sip on red wine was like watching an Oscar worthy B movie. It was beyond my expectations!  I absorbed their stories of 70-plus year marriages, counts of drinking Scotch on a daily basis, world travels, loved ones who had passed on, and Cocktail Nights back at the facility. Their witty jokes and plans of escaping to Florida masked their stroke stricken arms, blindness, memory loss, pains and ailments.

I went home on a stomach full of Strawberry Lemonade and with an tugging urge to make some immediate modifications in my life….the first would be to live life to the fullest everyday.

MoKnowsHair shows us how to create and modify a trendy Halo Braid using MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins.  She says “That’s the beauty of styles like this…they can be easily modified.” I hope you enjoy her video and Happy Pinning!

 

Natural Hair Week In Review

Out and Up is my theme for this week. Three natural hair vloggers show us how to work our tresses under sweat, time constraints and bobby pins.

NaturallyQuinn visits the gym five to six days a week! She shares her hair routine using a pineapple style to protect her curls.

 

Time constraints don’t have to be a road block to beautiful hair . Michelle B gives us directions for a polished look when short on time.

 

Crystal Michelle shares a pinned-up, creative look just in time for summer.

BGLH Helps With Finding Coupons

5 Ways to Find Coupons and Free Samples for Natural Hair Products

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What is couponing? In short, it is the meticulous saving and searching of coupons for discounts on store-bought items, such as food, home products, etc. There was a time when I was intense about couponing and saved dollars upon dollars on my purchases. These days, I am not as intense but still do a little couponing, especially when it comes to hair care products. Today, I will share just a few basic tips I’ve learned along the way:

1. Look for free hair care samples

You can request these on certain sites or find them at hair care shows. For instance, Eden BODYWORKS currently offers six free sample packets if you pay a nominal shipping fee of $4. Meanwhile, Pantene offers free samples and promotions if you create an account (free of charge) on their site.

2. Check store sites, brand sites, or Coupon.com

Target has a coupon site. So do Kroger and many other stores. Additionally, non-store specific sites, like Coupon.com, also have printable discounts. Sometimes, you can catch coupons for hair care products, such as SheaMoisture and Pantene.  (The following are screenshots of the actual coupons.)  Additionally, certain brands, such as Ouidad, offer coupons or discounts on their sites.

3. Don’t sleep on magazines

As a customer for certain online subscriptions, you may get opportunities for free magazines. On one occasion, I was able to obtain a free one-year Essence subscription through which I received access to coupons for such hair care products as Dark & Lovely Au Naturale, Clairol, Herbal Essences, and others.  Definitely take advantage of these free subscriptions if you can.

4. Store-receipt generated coupons

A few stores, like Walgreens and Meijer, also have coupons that are generated if you shop regularly at their locations. For instance, I have gotten a $2 off Carol’s Daughter coupon from Walgreens because I frequent the store’s beauty section.  On another occasion, I received a coupon for a few dollars off Organix products. Don’t throw away these discounts!

5. Use coupons on sales (if you can)

Last, but not least, take advantage of sales! You can save even more if you use your coupon when those products are actually on sale. For instance, imagine how much you’ll save when using a $2 off coupon on a marked down Kinky Curly product!

Hair Freedom from Egypt to D.C.

IMG_20160403_181240.jpgI’m a little embarrassed yet excited to say…..there is so much history to exoerience in D.C.! Embarrassed because it was my first time visiting D.C. in my 40 plus years and excited because my heart pounds at the thought of sharing my travel discoveries with the students and patients whom I teach and serve.

It’s one thing to learn history through books and images but to actually stand at the burial site of former slaves and to stand near the same tree where students read the newly signed Emancipation Proclamation hundreds of years ago…….it’s amazing!

I was just as excited when I discovered the masterful”Hair” story created by  Chime (Hair Crush).  In her video, she chronicles the history of black hair from the elaborate hairstyles of ancient Egypt to today’s similar natural styles. I hope you take away much joy and knowledge from her video!

Afroinspired Translation

I posted up near the doorway, waiting to greet students as they entered the Biology classroom. I was thrilled to see the hallway pollinated with teachers and students wearing their Curly Fros, Big Fros and Pinned-Up styles.

I got so excited that I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a picture of Ms. Robbins’ frovalicious style.

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Look at her smile!

Ms. Robbins inspired me that day to be more creative in my teaching.

I’d hope to spruce up the mundane assignment of copying and answering questions about the Water Cycle, so I took the terms evaporation, condensation and precipitation, and translated them into matters of community service, compassion and the need to appreciate diversity.

I think the students enjoyed learning about photosynthesis just as much as I enjoyed teaching it. We had an awesome Afroinspired learning experience!