My Summer Reading List III + Bonus TV List

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I can’t believe summer is here. I’m looking forward to bare legs, summer dresses and cookouts but I’m not looking forward to the heat. Another thing I’m excited about it getting back into reading. I fell off the reading wagon and jumped on podcasts more than ever. Here’s to getting back to reading! I will update if I find a good book I want to share.

Even though I’m a hardcover-see-feel-and-smell-the-pages kind of girl I might actually try audio books this summer. Since I’ve been enjoying podcasts for the past few years giving an audio book a go might not be a bad idea. Who knows? Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what tips do you have for finding good books (narrators) to listen to? I think I would enjoy books being narrated by their authors.

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DIY Healthy Easy Snack: Trail Mix

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I like being creative when it comes to healthy eating. I get my inspirations from Pinterest, bloggers and cookbooks.  I believe that when you eat with the colors of the rainbow you are eating healthy! I always liked the idea of trail mix, but I hated the contents of the trail mix. So I thought, “I should make my own trail mix” and I did.

Plus this is a good way to recycle glass bottles/glass containers. My favorite jars for trail mix are the GT’s Kombucha bottles because they are the perfect size.

*Note: To remove the label/adhesive from your glass jars run the jar under hot water (do some mild scrubbing if needed) and the adhesive/label will come right off!)

This trail mix has been one of my favorite DIY Healthy Snacks and it is so easy so I had to share. If you are in the market for an easy DIY Healthy Snack this is the snack for you!

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Getting Healthy and Fit with M.E.

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A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how to live a healthier lifestyle and shared my favorite at-home exercises. After doing this routine for some time I knew it was time to change-up a few things.

Whether you get a new job, finish school, in a transitional phase of your life, getting married or just had a baby; it is normal to expect your routine to change. What you did before might not work now. When this happens it is time to step back and say Gee! – How can I get right back on track?

The first step is realizing that it’s okay if it’s taking more time than you expected to find a routine that works for this new lifestyle change you are having. We have all been there. This is one of the reasons I had to take a step back.

As things changed in my life I realized that one of the areas that have to change is my workout routine. I still prefer at-home workouts. Nike Training Club is my ultimate favorite workout. To switch it up a bit I added some exercises with the Bosu ball, stability exercise ball, resistance bands, flex ting toner and kettle ball. I still enjoy the Pop and Hip Hop Radio Station on Pandora while I’m working out. I notice the key for me is variety so I don’t get bored. So I’m looking into dance classes, kickboxing classes and spinning classes. We shall see. One step at a time. Baby steps.

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Another thing I changed is my nutrition. For the most part I eat healthy, but I wanted to get more creative with my food. Remember I said I like to eat with colors of the rainbow – fun, healthy and pretty!  So I’ve been eating plant-based meals a couple of times a week and checking out fun cookbooks from the library. Other than that the only meat I eat is lean chicken breast and once in a while I eat beef (Suya and lasagna are my red-meat exceptions once or twice a year).

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What do you like to do to stay healthy and fit? Share below.

My Spring Reading List III:

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This past winter I fell in and out of reading. I’m not sure why. I’m sure its most likely due to working on rearranging my schedule. I’m excited to say that I am back on the reading train for spring and ready to dive into a good book.🙂 I have lots of books that will get me inspired, motivated, make me think and make me smile. Here’s what I’m reading this spring!

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My Signature Series: How to Develop Your Signature Look:

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My Signature Series has come to an end. I had an awesome time writing these blog posts for my signature series. Now that I have nailed my signature style: style, hair and makeup I want to help you develop your signature look.

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My Favorite Podcasts:

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I remember when I was in graduate school I kept hearing about podcasts, but I really never thought to checked them out. I was busy and swamped with research that I never gave podcasts a listen. A few years later after watching YouTube for years I decided it was time for me to check out some podcasts. Plus Smart Twenties always has great podcast recommendations. When I went to the Podcast app on my phone I was like, “Woah Nelly!” (in my Mindy voice)! There are so many options, where do I start?

These Podcasts have been so good and I have enjoyed listening to them especially when I’m taking my evening walk or getting dressed in the morning. I really enjoyed listening to The Lively Show and Being Boss when I took my blogging hiatus.

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DIY: Hair Bows with Ankara Fabric

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When my sister when to Nigeria she brought me a lot of nice Ankara Fabric. Since I like doing DIYs I decided to use the fabric to make some cute hair accessories. When I got the fabric I knew that I wanted to make hair bows. Plus this is a good DIY if you don’t know how to sew. If you know me I’m a sucker for accessories especially bows. Let’s get started!

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My Signature Series: My Signature Makeup Look

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I haven’t shared a post from My Signature Style Series since last year so decided this is the perfect time to share My Signature Makeup Look. Most of the time I’m a no makeup wearer, but when I do wear makeup I have three signature makeup looks.

My Signature Series: My Signature Makeup Look Story:

I was so late in the makeup game and I was not that girl who wanted to wear makeup at an early age. When I was younger I only wore makeup for my senior prom and high school graduation. Towards the end of my senior year of college I started playing around with makeup for special occasions. Nothing fancy just neutral colors that complemented my skin tone.

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When I turned 24 I decided I wanted to learn how to apply makeup. I felt that it was time because I was old enough (lol), I had a babyface and I wanted to look more put together. Plus I was tired of being mistaken for a high schooler while I was in graduate school. I pretty much nailed my signature style so learning how to apply makeup was the next thing to complete my signature look.

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While I was learning how to apply makeup I also discovered the YouTube beauty world. The first YouTubers I followed were British-Nigerian YouTubers and I thought it was so cool seeing women of color with similar skin tones apply makeup.

My YouTube Beauty School Teachers:

BeautybyJJ aka Jennie Jenkins:

The first beauty YouTuber I watched was BeautyByJJ. Jennie is the queen of glamour and her makeup is beyond amazing! The first video I watched was her how to flexi-rod your hair video. She helped me slay my hair and makeup back then. It was nice seeing a woman with a similar skin tone apply makeup. Plus Jennie pulled me into the wonderful world of lipstick.

Patricia Bright aka BritPopPrincess:

Shortly after I came across BritPopPrincess. One of the reasons I subscribed to her was her personality and she wasn’t afraid to be herself. I really like how she has evolved over the years and her signature makeup look is similar to mine. Plus I like how she likes to play around with ombre lips.

Jackie Ania aka LilPumpkin05:

Around the same time I discovered LilPumpkinPie05. She is the go-to makeup artist if you want to learn makeup techniques. I feel like she is my personal makeup consultant. Plus she has amazing long eyelashes and she taught me how to fill in my eyebrows so they can look natural.

Shirley B. Eniang: 

In the midst of learning how to apply makeup and explore my style I came across Shirley’s blog (when it was know as Meek-n-Mild). I’m a fan of her natural makeup tutorials and she was one of YouTubers that taught me how to apply my winged eyeliner perfectly. Winged eyeliner has been one of my staples in my signature makeup look next to adding a shimmery golden eyeshadow in my inner tear ducts (especially for eyeglass wearers like myself).

All of these lovely ladies helped me create my signature makeup look. Who says girls with glasses can’t wear makeup? Ha!😉

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Makeup and M.E.:

Before purchasing my first ‘big girl’ palette – the Urban Decay Naked palette; my go-to makeup was the LA Colors Palette with the five neutral colors. My philosophy was I want to practice with cheaper makeup before I buy expensive makeup. As far as learning how to apply face makeup I played around with foundations and concealers for a bit. Then I quickly realized that I’m an in-between shade, never get matched correctly and have super sensitive skin. So I decided to take care of my skin first.

Once I got comfortable I upgraded from a neutral lip gloss to lipstick. I didn’t get into wearing bold lipsticks until my last year of graduate school and I never looked back.

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My Winter Reading List III + TV Movie/Live Musicals on TV List:

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Even though winter is officially over we have experienced some winter-like temperatures in the midst of spring. This past winter has been a quite interesting one: I took a digital detox turned blogging hiatus and the weather was crazy. From the first day of winter to Christmas Day and even New Years Eve this winter has been unseasonably warm until the first snow storm. This huge snowstorm Nor’easter named Jonas gave us over 2 feet of snow. I’m so over blizzards, snowstorms and the polar vortex! I’m so happy slowly but surely we are getting real spring weather!

Despite the blizzard it led to one good thing: making creative dinners with my family. My sister is vegan and we played around with some cool vegan recipes. I’m not vegan, but I like to eat vegan a couple of times a week just to switch it up a bit and try something new.  Also I got to read a bit and really let my mind rest. My favorite tea this past winter was hibiscus tea.

Although winter is officially over who knows when it will really feel like spring. Here’s to more warm and spring-like days! Happy Spring!

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Relax, Relate, Release

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Relax, Relate, Release

Before I get started let me say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Easter and Happy Women’s History Month! I’m so excited to get back into blogging. I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in months and this is my first blog post of 2016. For the past few months what started as a digital detox turned into a blogging hiatus. I’m so glad I decided to take this time off because I truly needed it and now I am ready to get back into blogging. Thank you for sticking with me and I hope you are excited to see what’s to come.

Whenever I need to take a step back I remember A Different World’s Relax, Relate, Release episode with Debbie Allen. This episode is so funny and these three R words are so true if you want to take a step back in your life. If you don’t know what I’m talking stop right now and go to Netflix and check out A Different World. You won’t be disappointed. Side note: I thought college would be like this television show…and it was not. lol But I have to say college was one of the best times of my life!

If you are anything like me I tend to have so many projects going on. If you see my Google Calendar, Moleskin Planner and To-Do List you will say, “Slow down!”. What can I say I have a lot of things going on in my life. I can’t help myself if I’m a mini workaholic and mini-perfectionist or shall I say recovering. I’m working on it and making progress!🙂 Getting things done is great, but if you are overworked it is not good. Plus it’s not good for your stress levels.

So Why Relax, Relate, Release?:

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