DIY Whipped Shea Butter Mix

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It has been a brutal polar vortex winter. Between the extreme freezing temperatures, black ice and snow it has been crazy. I’m so over winter! I want spring now! Since it has been really cold I have to take extra steps so my hair and skin are moisturized. As you may know I have thick naturally curly hair and it is dry by nature so in the winter I like to amp up my hair moisture and sealing routine. Shea butter is the perfect sealant to use for thick hair and good to use all year around. Plus this is a great DIY for the weekend. :-)

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

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All of us have compared ourselves to others at one point. We have to stop this! I remember when I was a teenager and in my early twenties sometimes I would find myself saying, “Why can I have what she has? or “When is it my turn?” This is not a good way to think. I had to change that. Over the years I have matured and learned from these ups and down. When I find myself comparing myself to others I tell myself to stop and pray :-)

Two weeks ago I was watching a video from Scandalous Beauty called Stop Comparing Yourself to Others Now. This was perfect timing because I was thinking about this topic for my Dear Twenty Something Series. Whenever you are feeling down or feel like someone has it better than you I urge you to STOP comparing yourself to others NOW!

We have to remember we are all special and created uniquely in God’s eyes. Realize your talents, find your passion and purpose in life. I think that sometimes when we find ourselves comparing ourselves with others we might actually be questioning what we want for ourselves. For example, if you are comparing yourself to someone who is fit and lives a healthy lifestyle don’t compare yourself. Instead use that as motivation (not to get to their fit level), but as motivation for you get fit on your own terms. You have to figure out what you want. Write it in your journal.

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Dove #LoveYourCurls: Confidence Starts at an Early Age – My Natural Curly Hair Story

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A few weeks ago I was watching a YouTube Video and I came across a video from Dove, #LoveYourCurls. Most of the time I don’t pay attention to the advertisement, but this one was quite different. The video shows different girls with all types of curly hair. They all had different reasons for not liking their hair: it was curly, frizzy, not straight, or different. It’s sad that something as simple as hair can make a big impact, especially with girls. We have to teach our sisters, cousins and daughters that their hair is beautiful – they are beautiful no matter what. At the end of the video their mothers, sisters and other girls started to show how much they love their curls. When the girls saw this they felt better about their curls.

Now is a good time for me to share My Natural Hair Curly Story.

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Using the Building the Best You: A Two-Year Discovery Journal

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Using the Building the Best You: A Two-Year Discovery Journal

I can’t believe we are now in February. It has been a polar vortex type of winter. On another note about a week ago I was watching Jouelzy’s video about How to Keep a Journal and I decided this was a good time for me to share how I’m enjoying my new multiple year journal. If you have followed me for some time you know I am a big fan of journals. Sometimes I buy journals or make them. Continue reading

Winter Style Inspiration: Colors and Texture

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Last year I shared my Fall and Spring Style Inspiration and I decided it was time for me to share my winter style inspiration. Since I don’t share outfit of the days (maybe I will in the future…hmm) I like doing these type of posts to share a glimpse of things I would wear. For the most part this winter has been polar vortex type of winter. I have played around with colors and texture to add a point of interest to my looks. As for outerwear I would pair my warm wool coat, lined gloves and a hat to keep me warm. What are you wearing this winter?

Winter Style Inspiration: Color and Texture:

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How to Look Better Tag by Shameless Maya:

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Today I want to share a bit of inspiration for you inspired by the one and only Shameless Maya on YouTube. I have watched Shameless Maya since she started her YouTube channel and it is amazing to see how much her channel has grown. She has an amazing spirit, represents all things positive and when I finish watching her videos I want to do more. If you watch her videos you will see that she is passionate about her craft and puts a lot of energy into her videos to make great content for her subscribers. I get excited when I see people like her. This is what I like to see — inspiration and women empowering each other. :-)

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My Winter Reading List + Bonus TV List (Polar Vortex Edition)

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So here we go again – Polar Vortex #2. I was hoping and praying that we would have a mild winter and then out of no where the temperatures began to drop. It’s so cold. Scratch that it’s freezing! No matter how warm I dress I’m still freezing. My face feels like a popsicle. Boo to you winter! Snow, snow go away! You won’t see me doing any outdoor winter activities. Nope! Instead you will find me at home curling up to a good book with some hot tea with my holiday onesie and fuzzy moccasin slippers. You get the picture.

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DIY Bentonite Clay Mask Plus Winter Pamper Routine

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Since the weather outside is frightful it made sense for me to share another DIY. In my last DIY I shared my DIY hair and skin oil mix. Skin care is important to me, especially since I had acne throughout my teenage years and suffer from adult acne.

Face masks are the perfect way to pamper yourself especially during the winter months. I was inspired to share my winter pamper routine after watching Trisha60’s YouTube video. I discovered her YouTube channel some time last year and I have been a subscriber ever since. She is super funny and down to earth. Once I watched her winter pamper routine video I knew I had to share mine.

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Style Inspiration: Winter Looks

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Today is officially the first day of winter. Yikes! Even though the calendar says winter just started today it feels like it started a month a go. It has been so cold here, scratch that freezing here! In the midst of the winter and holiday season I was inspired to create four looks. Whether you are looking for something casual or dressy I have a look for you!

Style Inspiration: Four Winter Looks:

 

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

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I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I cannot believe December is here. Where did the time go? I took a small break and now I’m back before the next round of holidays.

Let’s get started with a new Dear Twenty Something Series Post – Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin:

As a late twenty something I have had my share of ups and down. My twenties have been filled with many lessons learned and shaped a bit of who I am today. In my last DIY post I talked about how I’m going to share more of my creative side with you, in terms of my skin, hair and the different accessories I like to make. This is a part of being comfortable in your own skin – being creative. I believe it’s important to let yourself go, be free and dance if you have to shake the pain or discomfort you feel away. Do it now! Don’t you feel better? I know I do.

I know we were all taught that we have to look within ourselves to be truly comfortable without ourselves. As cheesy as it sounds it’s true. Being comfortable in your own skin can be a challenge, especially for women due to society’s quest for perfect hair, body, skin and everything else advertisements like to tell women they need to have. We have to accept that we are good the way we all no matter what.

I remember when I entered my twenties I had a picture of what my twenties would be like. All of the pressures to be a certain way and questioning myself were things that I thought would be left to my teenage years. Now as a late twenty something I can say these things changed. As I matured I became more comfortable with my skin inside and out. I tell myself everyday I am thankful and blessed for what God has done for me. What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for all the inspirational things I have heard lately. Every weekend I watch one of my favorite inspirational people, Miss Andrea Lewis. I relate to her so much because we are around the same age, both natural curly girls and most importantly believe in living a positive and inspirational life! Every Saturday morning I get excited to watch her videos because I know after the video I will be inspired :-)

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