Family Fun When The Lights Are Out

Family Fun When The Lights Are Out

Family fun when the lights are out...

A couple of weeks ago we had some bad weather which cause our lights  (electricity) to go out.  We usually watch movies on that day.  Now this should have been an unpleasant moment since electronics are very popular in our household but it wasn’t.  It was a great and pleasant moment for our household.  So, instead of movie time.   Oh, yeah, electronics are not allowed during the movie time.  This was actually suggested by my kids but I wondered how they were going to be without electronics for the whole day without any warning or planning of it.  They did just fine.   We had an impromptu family game day.

We played a game with circle a world puzzle including who could finish the puzzles the fastest.   Also, we played Monopoly and Uno (my kids added so many extras to this game). Oh, there was another game they made up about memory with the Uno but I didn’t play.  I watched them play.  It was so much fun watching them trying to keep their body language from telling off on themselves when they got the bad card.   We had laughs on top of laughs throughout the whole day.

So, we lost lights (electricity) before the daylight hit that morning.  Instead of sitting and waiting for them to come back on, we got out the games.  We played games from that morning until the evening.  We finally got lights again around late that evening.  And we ended our day with Netflix. See, We still got our movie in too.

We do family activities together but the impromptu game day due to lack of electronics made me think about how comfortable we have become with technology in the home.   My kids have electronics and I stay on some sort of electronic especially since the start of this blog.  Who am I kidding? Even before this blog, I was on the internet for something.  I believe sometimes we get so comfortable with technology until we forget about all of the things that can be done without it.

Any activities that include good interactions with my family are always great to me.  As I explained in a previous post about movie time, this too was like a beautiful beat to my favorite song.

I won the biggest prize of all...

I didn’t win not one time but it was a fun day. I take that back, I did win.  I won the biggest prize.  I won a spot in my kids’ heart that will be there forever by participating in memory making moments that will last a life time and I still got to enjoy another beautiful beat to one of my favorite songs.

Like I mentioned in another post, my kids are growing up and I cherish every moment I can with them.  I know that I will not be able to get these times back. The most precious things in life cannot be bought.  I enjoy nice things but the most precious things to me are not things but are the times spent with my family.

Even though the weather wasn’t good and we were without lights (electricity) and our planned event was interrupted, we enjoyed ourselves, beautiful music played, and the sun came out and shine in the Barney’s household.

Impromptu times that make some wonderful memories.   Don’t you just love when that happens?  I would love feedback.

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Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie | When Juicing Meets Blending

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

 

What a great way to welcome in June with this delicious looking jar of healthiness.  I have been experimenting with juicing and blending  but blending (smoothies) almost always make the list of “I want one” in our household.  You know that phrase when the kids see something that look good to them and say, “I want one.”

My kids are not to fun of juicing  because the majority of my juices are made up of veggies with a fruit added to help with the taste. I guess they are not very tasty in their book but they still drink them though.  They are not on the “I want one” list.  I often alternate between juicing and blending but I love making mixtures with the combination of both ( juicing and blending) sometimes.  It seems like we are getting the benefits of both in one.  When I am doing a combination of both, I normally juiced a veggie to add but I wanted it to be delicious.  So, I decided to add a fruit(orange-because of the color that it is when it is juiced) and that is when this Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie was born.  The kids love it.

When the ingredient list is small, juicing and blending together is really simple and easy.

Honest moment: They will be able to get some benefits from all of the ingredients  but I didn’t add any green veggies because I didn’t want to change the summery (I don’t really know if that is a word lol) color. Isn’t the color beautiful?

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Ginger Smoothie

  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen pineapples
  • 3/4-1 cup of juiced orange
  • 1 inch of juiced ginger root
  • 1 tbsp of maca powder
  • sprinkles of coconut flakes (optional)

 

Directions

First, I juiced the orange and ginger root. Next, I added the juiced mixture to the blender with the frozen pineapples & maca powder and blend until it is the consistency that I want. Pour in a jar or glass of choice.  Add sprinkles of coconut flakes if like and enjoy.

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Cheers to the summer!!

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How I Deep Condition My Dry Hair

how i deep condition my dry hair

I have been on my hair care journey for about five years.  Throughout out a hair care journey, your hair may require different things. It is important to listen to your hair.

Due to having extremely dry hair, I have to deep condition my hair weekly.  I mentioned the process a while back in a post about hair regimen.  The products may change but the routine is mostly the same. I may prepoo sometimes or not depending on what my hair needs.

I am like 14-15 weeks post relaxer.  I will be doing the prepoo this month during my weekly conditioning.

1.  I do the prepoo of oil (I used extra virgin olive oil with a few drops of black jamaican castor oil) for about one hour.  I may use another oil depending on what my hair needs.

2.   I co wash with a cheap moisturizing conditioner (my fav is herbal essences hello hydration). I wash my hair standing in the shower (this helps reduce tangling)

3.   I start on the deep conditioner process (depending on how my hair is feeling I may skip the co wash and just deep condition on dry hair). I add the conditioner mixed with a little oil to my hair by individual parts and twist them to help reduce tangles. My hands get heavy with this step.  I apply the conditioner as I would apply a relaxer for the first time (from root to end).

I have been using Clairol herbal essences conditioner this month.  I chose it because it mentioned that it has an infused blend of rose hips, vitamin e, Jojoba extracts, and hydrolyzed wheat protein (helps retain moisture and provides a light protein).  It has been getting the job done.  My hair felt so soft and strong after I washed it out.  I usually use ORS replenishing conditioner but I switched up hair products because my hair seem to get use to ones that I use all the time.  I left it on my hair for 2 hours.

The 2 hours pass by fast because I find myself occupied in blogging stuff, cleaning, netflixing, social media, or more blogging stuff. 

4.  After the 2 hours, I wash it out standing in the shower (this reduce tangling).  Let my hair air dry for about 60% and spritz a mixture of aloe vera juice/water. (leave in conditioner).  Depending on if I need more protein, I will use Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner instead but the aloe vera mixture has been doing good.  

I finger comb my hair during this time.  Next, I let the air drying process complete.  

5.  The final step consists of moisturizing and sealing. I put some plaits in my hair and I am done.

deep conditioner 1x a week

Oh, but there is more

There are a couple more of steps I do after the wash day on the next day.

I finger comb my hair and oil my scalp with the oil of my choice.  After I finger comb it, I use a wide tooth comb. I give my hair room to breathe by just letting it hang out for that day.

The most important thing that I have learned while caring for my hair is to listen to it.  It will let you know what it needs.  Products may change and the specific type of need may change also.  Happy Hair Journey

How do you deep condition your hair?

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Blog Awards Alert!!! 3 Nominations

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Recently, I have been nominated for 3 awards.  I was nominated for the Liebster award by Ms. Tress over at http://misstress1.wordpress.com/ and Ashli  over at http://aeferguson1019.wordpress.com/.   I was nominated by Laura over at  http://20000milesandcounting.wordpress.com/ for the One lovely blog award.  Thank y’all so much for the nominations.  I am so honored and overjoyed.  I am just ah smiling while typing this post 🙂    Since I have already done the Liebster award (click here), I will do the One Lovely blog award.  I recommend that you check out their blogs if you haven’t already.  You will definitely enjoy your time on there.

The rules for this award are:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you for the award

2.  Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog

3.  Share 7 facts or things about yourself

4.  Nominate 15 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog

7 Seven Facts about myself

1.  I’m 5’2 ½. My husband always laughs at me regarding the ½ because I always stress it lol.  Yeah, I know I am a part of the short family.

2.  I am a pk (preacher’s kid). The pressure that society puts on us can be a bit much at time but we are face with some of the same issues as others.

3.  I am left handed. My husband is also but none of our kids are.

4.  I use to play the piano when I was younger. I wish that I had kept playing.

5.  I love music. Some music can be so soothing to me. I am able to lose myself in the beat.

6.  I have never been on an airplane. I’m fearful of airplanes but I want to travel out of country lol

7.  I love to watch my kids interact with each other. I love to see their personalities in action.

Ok, here are the 15 bloggers that I would like to nominate

http://misstress1.wordpress.com/

http://aeferguson1019.wordpress.com/

http://growingintogrowth.wordpress.com/

http://osarobohenry.wordpress.com/

http://loveandberries.wordpress.com/

http://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/

http://healthyandrelaxedhair.wordpress.com/

http://permacooking.com/

http://thesouvigniershoppe.wordpress.com/

http://scrappiemomma.org/

http://allthingsgina.wordpress.com/

http://mommyx4boys.wordpress.com/

http://lindaghill.com/

http://mstranquility.com/

http://irenedesign2011.com/

I hope y’all spread some love and check out all the wonderful sites.

Have a great day in the blog world!!!

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Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely and strong wife, mother, & survivor by the name of Heather Von St. James.  I was glad to speak with Heather because I was unaware of facts about mesothelioma.  I was deeply touched by her story and inspired by the strength she possess.  Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma (a disease that is usually diagnosed in older men) after she had just given birth to her beautiful daughter in 2005.  She was given 15 months to live.  Heather had to have a lifesaving surgery that included the removal of left lung.

Heather is an eight year mesothelioma cancer survivor and has made it her life’s mission to help mesothelioma victims around the world.  She not only brings awareness to this disease but she also provides inspiration through a mentor program and courage by sharing her story at conferences and on social media forums (St. James. 2014).

Heather and Family
Heather & Her Beautiful Family

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Here is some information about Mesothelioma

West (2014) discussed how mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.  It is often difficult for doctors to make a mesothelioma diagnosis due to the similarities of symptoms it shares with other diseases.  Due to these similarities, misdiagnosis may happen in mesothelioma patients.  Some symptoms of mesothelioma may be pain in the chest, long-lasting cough, blood in the fluid of the lung, etc.

West (2014) explained that when the diagnosis is confirmed,  mesothelioma is usually at the advanced stage.  Due to the advanced stage of the disease when diagnosed, mesothelioma patients are often given a year to live.  Even though there are treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, there is not a cure for this disease.  The main cause of mesothelioma involves asbestos.  Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos may not be aware since it may take a long time (up to 60 years) for the development of the aggressive disease, mesothelioma (West, 2014).

Each year in America, 2500 and 3000 cases are diagnosed.  Due to these numbers, mesothelioma may still be categorized as a rare disease but these numbers may increase in the future.  Mesothelioma patients are usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70 years.  Mesothelioma patients are usually men due to the connection of asbestos and employment settings (industrial).  Even though the rate is high in men, women may also be diagnosed.  The rate may increase in women due to some current research involving how secondary exposure can develop in a positive mesothelioma diagnosis (West, 2014).

Here is more info ASBESTOS FACTS AND STATS IN AMERICA

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Today is the 10 year anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day.    I wrote this blog post hoping to help bring awareness and provide a voice for victims.  Please share this information with others to help spread more awareness about this disease.

The importance of support for cancer patients by Heather http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/heather/the-importance-of-support-for-cancer-patients.htm

For more information, mesthelioma.com

References

St. James, H. (2014). I Was Given Just 15 Months to Live. Retrieved from http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/#.VCTH0PldXxI

West, H. (2014). Mesothelioma Cancer.  Retrieved from http://mesothelioma.com

Updated Hair Regimen with Ways to Add Protein & Moisture /Workout Schedule

 

 

Updated hair regimen with ways to add protein and moisture to hairlength check

I am constantly a work in progress.  When working on improving yourself, you will not have time to worry about what others are doing.

My updated hair regimen is different from when I initially started my hair journey.  It is similar from the one I created two months ago but it was not appropriate for my texlaxed hair at the time(was texlaxed maybe 1 1/2 yr. at the time).  It was a struggle to handle it properly.  I understand that everyone is different but relaxing every 3-4 months work for me.  Throughout a hair journey, there will be times that you will modify or adjust your hair regimen to fit your hair needs.  There is a list of products that I use here.

My husband relaxed my hair one week ago and I am refocus on my hair journey. I am no longer texlaxed.  My hair is so manageable now.

Shampoo once a month with clarifying shampoo to remove buildup of products.

  • Deep conditioning after shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner for at least 45 minutes. (Sometimes I add oil to my deep conditioning)
  • Use a leave in conditioner after deep conditioning. Cantu shea butter or aphogee Keratin Green Tea Restructurizer
  • During the detangling or combing process, use a wide tooth comb or finger comb the hair to reduce breakage.  Finger combing is my preference.

Note: The final rinse of any wash process is use with cold water to help retain moisture.  After the wash process,  I use an old t-shirt instead of a towel to get excess water out of my hair.  By using a t-shirt, I will be reducing fizziness, pulling of hair, and scrubbing.  I let my hair air-dry afterwards.

Co wash 2x a month

  • Follow with deep conditioning and leave in conditioner.
  • During the detangling or combing process, use a wide tooth comb or finger comb the hair to reduce breakage.  Finger combing is my preference.

Moisturized hair with a water-based moisturizer and sealed with an oil nightly or every other night (depending on what the hair need).  Scurl/oil of choice

1x a week I use leave in conditioning repair cream from root to end and oil of my choice to help strengthen my hair (it only takes a small amount).  Cantu Shea Butter

Oiled and do scalp massages 2x a week with an oil of choice (increase blood circulation and help with stimulating hair growth).  Currently using Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

Do a protein treatment 1x a month if needed

  • During the detangling or combing process, use a wide tooth comb or finger comb the hair to reduce breakage.  Finger combing is my preference.

If shedding occurs, do a black tea rinse (boiled a few bags of black tea and when it cool down pour it all over the head).  Let it sit for a couple minutes.  Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.

Trim when needed.  Make sure to baby the ends (moisturized them) to help reduce the number of times of trimming.

Sleep with satin/silk cap or bonnet.

Relaxed every 12 weeks.

If want to flat iron, I will use a heat protectant.  I may only flat iron 2x out of the 3 month span.

Probably the last month before relaxer time, I will be prepooing to help soften new growth.  My definition is adding oil all over the hair from the scalp to the end and putting on a plastic cap before bed before wash day if my new growth seems unmanageable.

Drink water.

Eating healthy and working out also is important for the healthiness of hair.

Protective style will be my wig.  I will have my hair plaited underneath.

I was struggling with my hair due to the way I was working out and it been texlaxed.  I could not wash it often as I should and the working out was drying out of my hair.  I will only workout out close to Wash day.    I decided to workout on Sun, Mon, & Tues. right before Wash day (hair) on Wednesday instead of working out at least 5-6 days of week and drying out my hair because I am unable to wash it often and condition it.  I will continue with my hair regimen and on Wash day, I will make sure that I do a deep conditioning to put moisture back in my hair that I may have lost due to working out.

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Again, some products that I use here.

Happy healthy journey!

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Movie Time! A Beautiful Beat to My Favorite Song

Do you remember when your favorite jam or song comes on the radio? For those brief moments, nothing else matter in the world.  You get lost in the music. Your spirit is uplifted and you enjoy it.  That is how I would describe moments with my husband and children on movie day.

Family time-Movie night is like a beautiful beat to my favorite song

Movie day isn’t really about the movie itself (my kids really pick good movies though) but the time with my husband and children.

As the movie play, I get joy out of watching everyone laugh or comment.  Their excitement about certain scenes is like when the tempo goes up in your favorite song.

I love the interaction between everyone.  It is like the changing of the beat in your favorite song.

Even though he does not pick the movies often, my husband is like the DJ that you want to be quiet when your favorite part of the song plays lol.  He will say something right when the movie is getting good lol.  We all love the DJ because he knows how to liven up the moment.

I also enjoy the moments of the movie when we speak the Barney’s language (language that only we would understand).  It is just like the favorite verse in your favorite song.  It is more special when someone else hears it with you and get the same thing out of it as you.

The most precious times in life are times spent with family

My kids are growing up and I cherish every moment I can with them.  I know that I will not be able to get these times back. The most precious things in life cannot be bought.  I enjoy nice things but the most precious things to me are not things but are the times spent with my family.

I will continue to enjoy the beautiful beat to my favorite song.

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Down 40 LBS in 5 months!

Yes, down 40 LBS in 5 monthsweight loss

I’m late with this post.  I shared it on social media yesterday.  I’m down 40lbs in 5 months as of yesterday (actually Saturday). I didn’t do a fad diet or deprived myself (no starving).  I held that extra weight on my body for 3 yrs.

I injured my ankles from when I used to workout all the time and I just couldn’t get into a workout routine consistently during those 3 yrs. Honestly, that was an excuse that I was feeding to myself when I look back on it. I worked hard during my workouts. It hasn’t been easy but I push through the struggle. The struggle is real.

Even though eating healthy is not new to me, I still struggle with sweets. Now, I’m able to treat myself with sweets here & there without falling off the wagon lol. Some days I dread working out but I do it anyway & feel better afterwards.

I got to give a big s/o to my husband because he made it possible for me to have time to connect back with God & to focus and conduct research on what to put in my body naturally (you will be surprise of how herbs, fruits, veggies, etc help the body) and how to properly exercise with ankle problems and how to reduce the chances of re injuring them. Even though I’m not a newbie to this lifestyle, I’m learning so much on this journey.

I’m ready to learn more. It’s not all about the pounds falling off but that I love my body enough to take care of it. I’m constantly in learning mode.

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