The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award


A big thank you and shout out to Lisa at Lisa’s Notebook for the nomination, she tagged me to do the Liebster Award, you can read her response here. The Liebster Award is a way to get to know and promote other bloggers in the community.

Lisa explained the rules really well so I’m going to quote what she wrote.


The rules are quite straightforward, you need to:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post,

Answer the 11 questions they asked you,

Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of 11 questions,

Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

Lisa’s Questions For Me

When and where do you like to blog?

It’s a two-step process really. For the most part, I come up with blog ideas on the spot. I never really know when inspiration will hit me so I like to write down my ideas in a notepad. Sometimes I’ll even do a rough draft on my phone. But I like to do the final draft on my laptop because I use Grammarly to edit while I write. While I’m on my laptop I usually end up laid out on the sectional or on my bed. I like to be comfortable when I’m writing.

What is your favorite post you’ve written and why?

I don’t think I have a favorite. Each time I write, I get to do what I love. I don’t believe in doing anything if I don’t enjoy it or feel that it’s my 100%. There have been a few times that I’ve had ideas for blog posts, but it felt like pulling teeth to write. In the end, those posts got trashed because I didn’t like how they turned out.

See Also: Letting Go of Old

What’s your favorite type of blog post to read?

I like to learn. So lately, I’ve been reading blogs about subjects I don’t know much about. Mainly I’ve been reading beauty blogs and travel blogs. I know how to do my eyebrows and that’s just about it. And other than traveling up North I’ve not done much traveling.

If you could be any superhero/heroine, who would you be and why?

Oh, this is so easy, Storm. And I mean the actual comic book Storm, not the movie Halle Berry (not that there’s anything wrong with her). My parents were both into sci-fi and I had cousins that loved comic books. I remember the X-Men being really popular when I was a child and I just gravitated towards Storm.

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Growing up, there wasn’t a whole lot of representation for girls of color. But it seemed like out of the blue for me came this heroine who could control the weather and fly. As a child I was fascinated, now as an adult, I just appreciate the character even more. She was always seen as a person of authority who had great leadership skills.

T-Rex or dragon? Why?

I have such a love for dinosaurs, but if you think about it, T-Rex’s have tiny arms. I mean, they do have other great qualities, but dragons can fly. I’m not sure what we’re talking about here, but I’m going to guess it’s which to have for a pet. I would like to have a pet that could fly so I’m going with dragon lol.

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Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?

No, I do not. But I do believe in demonic forces. I was raised in a Christian household and I read the Bible. The scriptures say Satan and a third of the angels were cast down to the earth. I really doubt they’re down here playing cards.

What book are you currently reading?

I feel bad, but I’m currently not reading one.

What was the first single you ever bought (or downloaded!)

B5- All I Do. It’s a remake of Troop’s All I Do Is Think of You which is a remake of The Jackson 5’s All I Do Is Think of You. This song came out in 2005 and at that time I was in middle school and couldn’t help but fall for the boyband-ness of a 90’s style remake of a remake lol.

What was your favorite subject at school?

I didn’t just have one, English, History, & Math were my favorites.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through phases. Writing has stuck with me since I was young. I’ve always been fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils so I thought about becoming a paleontologist. The sight of blood has never bothered me, so my mom is surprised I didn’t go into something medical.

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Saturday night: Strictly or X-Factor? Why?

Neither. I don’t watch competition shows, I’m not good at tuning in every week. If I have evening free I’m usually watching something on Netflix.

I Nominate These 11 Bloggers:

Below are the following 11 bloggers that I nominate. I have not only listed their names, but their Twitter handles. The links will take you to their blogs.

11 Questions For You

  • What motivates you to keep blogging?

  • Do you have a blog schedule?

  • What platforms do you use to share your blog posts?

  • If you got the chance to collab with a brand, who would it be and why?

  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

  • Write an inspirational quote you think of when you’re having a bad day.

  • What do you do when you’re not blogging? (job, school, etc.)

  • If you could interview a famous person, who would it be and why?

  • What’s your favorite junk food to snack on?

  • When did your friends and family find out that you had a blog?

  • If there was a day in your life you could go back and re-do would you take the opportunity, and why?

Please tag me in your answers, I would love to read them!

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

Originally Posted October 18th, 2017
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The KRIVE Shop

The KRIVE Shop

I recently found out about a new clothing brand and I wanted to tell you all about it. The KRIVE Shop ‘s main goal is to create clothing that is empowering, uplifting, and raises awareness about social and cultural issues. I got to do a small Q&A with the owner, Karla. So I’ll be sharing that today and featuring a few of their shirts in the post below.

The krive shop

Does KRIVE have a special meaning?

KRIVE dates back to my elementary/high school days where I would draw in my sketchbook and sign them off with a KRIVE signature. The K is first initial to my first name, Karla. RIVE is a portion of my last name (maiden) which is Rivers. And since it’s my shop, what better way to name it than after myself?

Greatness Is Within Me

Greatness Is Within Me Shirt $23.99+

Greatness lies within me! Believe it. Nothing else needs to be said.

Can you give a short summary of how the KRIVE Shop got started?

When I was in college I studied game design. But I couldn’t see myself being a game designer for the rest of my life because of everything that went into it and it’s hard to find a job in that industry. But in the midst of taking courses at Columbia College Chicago, I took a graphic design class and fell in love.

The krive shop

When my father found out I switched to being a graphic design major, he gave me my first job, which was designing shirts for his organization’s’ convention. Seeing the look on people’s faces when they bought shirts that I designed and knowing that they would be wearing my designs really appealed to me. And that’s where my love of designing apparel began.

Proud Black Nerd $17.99+

Nothing wrong with being nerdy! Be proud of it! This tank top for women is perfect to flaunt in warm weather or cool enough to work out in.

What do you want your customers to take away from your brand?

  • The shirts are designed and made to order by me.
  • The designs are original meaning you can’t buy these shirts anywhere else.
  • I shoot my own photos for each apparel’s listing on my website.

Iconic (Unisex) Black Original

Iconic (Unisex) Black Original $20.99

Make a statement with this black long sleeve shirt.


You can find out more about The KRIVE Shop at:

Etsy: thekriveshop

Instagram: thekriveshop

Twitter: thekriveshop

Facebook: thekriveshop

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

Originally Posted November 15, 2017

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Wash Day for Box Braids

Wash Day for Box Braids

Originally Posted October 20th, 2017
Post contains affiliate links

Previously on Tackle That Fro:

Recently, in the Tackle That Fro series, I shared my thoughts on Protective Styling. Following the list of events, is the routine I used to cleanse and care for my hair while I wore my hair in braids. Keep in mind that my routine is a little different compared to how I normally take care of my natural hair.

Wash day for box braids

But still all the while, I like to keep my products to a minimum. I like to wash my hair once a week no matter the style and I’ll explain why. To read the previous Tackle That Fro posts, simply click any of the links provided at the top of the article.

Background on My Hair

My dad has this weird thing about him where he sweats from his scalp. Unfortunately, genetics played out and I inherited it from him. It may be a little TMI, but hey I’m just being honest.

As strange as it may sound, sweat aside, my scalp can also be quite dry. So I will usually look for a cleansing shampoo and I’ll pair that with a deep conditioner.

Hair Products & Tools

Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo


As I mentioned before, I usually go for a cleansing shampoo but this one was close by. With a cleansing shampoo, I know that all of the dirt and build up from the week is gone. This Pantene Repair & Protect boasts that it can restore smoothness, shine, and manageability when used daily. I’m not sure about all of that, but it did get my hair clean. I pride myself on being a person of integrity and honesty, I will say that this may be my last time using this shampoo and I will explain why.

I know some naturals are careful about the products they use because of the ingredients. Some only use natural ingredients and try to stay away from modified ingredients or chemicals. These things don’t bother me that much. I’ve learned through my major in Graphic Design and taking Advertising classes that the first ingredients listed on the back of a product are the main component of that product.

Wash day for box braids

So to my dismay when I looked up the ingredients of Pantene’s Repair & Protect Shampoo the first four ingredients were: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Citrate. Water is obvious. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine are used just to produce more foam and bubbles. Sodium Citrate is supposed to help with the pH level of the shampoo and help smooth the surface of the hair cuticles.

Now once again, my issue is that these ingredients are the main component or the foundation of this shampoo. Its main ingredient is a filler that makes foam, and that’s not really something I’m looking for to get my hair clean. I kind of went on a tangent there, I apologize, I promise that this is still a wash day routine, moving on.

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment


After the ingredient shock from the shampoo, I decided not to look up Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner. I admit that I’m turning a blind eye, but in my defense, I’ve gotten spoiled by this conditioner and I don’t feel like changing to a different one. I use this as my staple conditioner, no matter what hairstyle I’m prepping for. The directions say to leave it in for 3 minutes, but I honestly don’t think anyone leaves it for just three minutes.


Olive Oil Eco Styler

Eco Styler

When I’m wearing a protective style, I only use this gel to slick down my edges. I’ll apply it then put on a scarf until the gel dries.

Conair 1875 Hair Dryer

Hair Dryer

This one is probably self-explanatory. I used to do the t-shirt method, but I found that my hair would still be a bit damp even after the t-shirt had absorbed all it could. And I don’t particularly like walking around with wet hair so using a hairdryer was the next solution. I sat down while I dried my hair. We have a garden stool in our bathroom that we put in there for decoration, but I end up using it more for a chair.


Accessibility in the Shower

I won’t say how long I was in the bathroom doing all of this, but I made sure I had something to drink and music to keep me distracted. Now standing in the shower would have killed me, so I did all of this sitting down because I knew it would take me a long time.

Because of my injuries and chronic illnesses, sometimes I make use of a shower chair. I’ve linked one that looks like mine, below. It’s not glamorous or anything but it gives me the needed stability and comfort I need.

Shower Chair

Body Acne

Just as a tip, always make sure you wash your hair first, then wash your body. You can avoid developing body acne this way. I learned this tip from Jackie Aina. I linked that video below so you can watch it.

My Steps

  • I don’t immediately wash my hair when I get in the shower. I like to let the water run on my hair. This way I’m getting a chance to massage my scalp and loosen the build up from the base of the braids. I do this for a few minutes, then I’ll proceed to shampoo.
  • While I’m shampooing my hair, I try my best to avoid using my nails. And I do this so I don’t disturb the braids or frizz up my hair. While my hair is in the style I want to maintain its form as much as possible.
  • I shampoo twice, and then I move on to the conditioner. It’s kind of tricky maneuvering around braids, but I do my best to apply the conditioner to my scalp. Because the conditioner is thick I dilute it a bit with water. I only let it sit for what I think is five minutes before I rinse.
  • After finishing my shower, I sit down again and blow dry my hair.

Do you have a different routine for your hair depending on the style? How many products do you use? And, do you care about the ingredients in your hair products?

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La Vie en Rose Collection by LaRose Bath and Beauty Review

La Vie en Rose Collection

by LaRose Bath and Beauty


Originally posted February 8th, 2018

It has been quite some time since there has been a beauty review on my blog. My goal is to start the process of changing that today. Back in January of 2018, I won a giveaway. It was hosted by Simply Shaiz and the products were from LaRose Bath & Beauty.

I will be sharing my thoughts on the moisturizer, clay mask, and toner that I was sent. Heziah was kind enough to share her discount code with me, I will put that at the end of the post.


Information About LaRose Bath & Beauty

LaRose Bath & Beauty uses organic and natural ingredients to make its products. I took a moment to get familiar with the website and I really like the Ingredients Page. Not only does it list what they use, but it gives an explanation of how it helps. This will be useful to some who want to find more information about natural products. Or what is in inside their current products.

La Vie en Rose Collection


Organic French Rose Clay Mask with Crushed Rose Petals


Ingredients: clay (french rose), organic rose petals

In the directions, it gave the option to mix with either water or honey. I chose honey. Clay by itself is great for oily skin, and getting the toxins out of your skin. Honey naturally has plenty of antioxidants and it is good for redness. Putting both of them together seemed like a no-brainer for me. The smell was an added bonus, it was very relaxing.

Following the instructions, I applied it to my face and let it dry. My skin didn’t feel overly dry afterward. It felt clean and smooth. This is definitely a mask that I would recommend.

Organic Rose Water Face Toner


Ingredients: Organic Rosa Damascena Distillate (Rose Water)

I absolutely love how simplistic these products are. Since I started my blog I have become more consciously aware of what my products are made of. Reading just one ingredient is like a breath of fresh air. This toner is really good. I’m used to using my homemade ACV toner and the vinegar has to be distilled because it is so harsh. Comparing the two, the Rose Water Toner is so light and refreshing.

Organic Rose Hips Infused Moisturizer


Ingredients: Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Organic Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa (Rose Hips), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed oil

All of the oils listed in the ingredients are great for moisture and dry skin. You would think with all the oils listed it, using this would leave your skin dripping with oil. That is not the case at all. Some of these oils penetrate in the skin that your face won’t shine or glisten. When I applied it, I could tell that my skin was moisturized but not heavily done. This was actually my favorite product out of the trio.

More Info

I have supplied the links to each product in the subheadings. Please let me know what you thought about this review, and if you would ever buy from LaRose Bath & Beauty.


If you would like to purchase any items, please use my friends code for a discount. It is: Shaiz10

You can also find LaRose Bath & Beauty on:



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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Originally Posted February 6th, 2018

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Sonam of Kind Culture originally nominated me three months ago. It has taken me too long to make this post, and for that, I apologize. I have been nominated again recently and that helped kick me into high gear. I will warn you that this may be a long post.

Information about the Sunshine Blogger Award

The award was created to encourage a sense of community and support for bloggers. I have been nominated by Kind Culture, Oddball Content, and Helen’s Journey. Thank you all for nominating me! Please go and check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.

Rules For The Award

  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees

Let’s get started!

Kind Culture’s Questions

The Sunshine Blogger Award

What has been your all-time favorite post to work on?

I would say, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!” because it was a personal piece. It involved a story from my mother’s childhood. And I got to write about my family a little bit. It took me a long time to write this one, but I don’t think I would have done it differently. I love reading the comments. Everyone relates to it.

What is one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

Do it, don’t hesitate. I waited a long time to start blogging because I kept psyching myself out. Sometimes I wonder what I could’ve accomplished if I started sooner.

How different is your life from one year ago?

I was actually thinking about this the other day. My physical health has gotten a bit worse but I would have to say that my mental health has made such an improvement. To me, that’s what is really important. With life, there are things that we can’t change or have no control over, but we can choose to be happy.

Where is one place that you always wanted to go?

Tennessee. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I will probably always be a country girl. I don’t like visiting busy, fast-paced places. I’ve always wanted to rent a cabin for the week and relax.

How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

Insightful. I have learned more about myself since I have been blogging than ever before.

What is your all-time favorite film? And why?

I pick the Night at the Museum series. I’ve never been a fan of serious or scary movies. Family oriented films are more my speed. I think I like the films because it combines comedy with history.

Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Yes, there’s a story behind this, lol. I took an AP Lit class in high school. At the time, I thought “I love English and Creative Writing so why not try AP Lit.” Once I got the summer reading list my tune suddenly changed. That summer was so horrible, I felt that I couldn’t connect to any of the books.

When school started, I found out it was too late for me to drop the class. I was stuck. We began to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I fell in love. Actually, I was the only one who did. Everyone else in the class hated the book. They said they didn’t understand it. I just loved how sarcastic the characters were.

How you made any new years resolutions?

No, I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t believe in them. For some, they do help. But I would rather set goals.

What is the boldest choice you ever made?

To chop off all my hair and go natural. I  kind of dived head first on that one.

What is your spirit animal?

Definitely a turtle or a sloth.

Who inspires you in life?

My mother is my biggest source of inspiration. She has been through so much, but she is the strongest person I know.

Oddball Content’s Questions

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What is your dream job?

Blogging professionally. It’s never boring and there are so many topics to discuss.

What do you think your life will be like in a year? And in ten years?

Oh, my that’s kind of scary to think about. In a year, I would like to see myself happy and doing what makes me happy. In ten years? I have no clue.

What is your proudest achievement?

Going self-hosted was huge for me. I honestly didn’t think that it would be a possibility until it happened.

What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

Other than the one I listed above, I really enjoyed writing, #WhatTheHealth| The Illusion Of Social Media. It was the first time that I had shared something personal. It allowed me to draw back the curtain on a topic that I think we are all affected by.

Apart from blogging, what are your hobbies?

I love creating and writing. Some days you may find me with my sketch pad or a notebook writing poetry. I used to make jewelry but I stopped doing that last year before we moved.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Bohemian Funk

What’s the best place you’ve ever been to?

NYC. I’ve been twice and it is such a fun experience. There is just so much to do.

If you had £1000 (or equivalent in your currency), what would you spend it on? Or would you save it?

I would pay up some bills and save the rest.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What would you do if you were a little braver?

Stick up for someone who was being bullied. I made a great friend in high school that way. I think back on my high school days sometimes. There were a lot of people that needed friends. I kind of wish I was braver back then and I could have been that person.

What is/was your favorite class at school, college or university?

Always English and Math.

What is one thing you want to learn or change in 2018?

I want to learn as much as I possibly can about blogging.

Helen’s Journey’s Questions

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Where in the world are you based and have you ever met up in person with any fellow bloggers in your local area?

I live in Ohio, USA. And I know of other people in my area who blog.

If blogs had to have a theme tune that played every time people came onto your website – which song would you choose?

It would be the instrumental of, Falling by John Park.

Why did you choose the specific niche you write about for your blog?

I went with what I know I guess. One day I sat and wrote down my basic interests, from that I found my niche.

Tell us about the best photograph you have taken, that is featured in one of your blogs (include a copy of the photo in your answer).

This my accidental profile picture. I have such a hard time taking pictures of myself. I never really know where to look in the camera. But I needed to take pictures for a review. So I’m learning to get more comfortable in front of the camera. I sat down and took a bunch of pictures in a series. In the end, I came up with this.

I turn 35 in September and I’m planning on a getaway holiday with a group of friends to celebrate, somewhere with no more than a few hours flight from England, some September sun & cool places/buildings etc to see – where would you recommend and why?

I have no idea lol.

Which social media app do you get most blog traffic through and what makes it work so well for you?

Twitter is the best one. I find it easy to interact with my readers and fellow bloggers.

How long have you been blogging and have you ever taken time out away from blogging during that time?

I started blogging September 14, 2017. Since then, I think I have taken a week or two off. I think it is a good idea to do if you feel yourself getting stuck or losing inspiration. It brings things back in to focus.

If you had to choose a smoothie recipe to represent your blog what would it be?

Mixed berry.

Have you ever heard of Fibromyalgia other than from me/my blog/my social media?

Yes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I turned 20.

What piece of advice would you give bloggers for creating images and for taking photos / flatlays / blog feature images etc?

There is no wrong or right way to do it. Personally, I love using to create my blog and social media images. Do what comes naturally to you. When I first started, I felt so pressured because I thought my pictures had to look a certain way.

Do you make money off blogging? If so how?

Sometimes, it depends on the type of sponsored post that I am doing. The majority of brands that I have worked with so far have sent products for my review.

I Nominate

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I nominate you. Yes, I’m talking to you. If you haven’t been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, then you have today.

My Questions For You

  1. What is your favorite quote, why?
  2. If you could work with a brand/company who would you pick?
  3. How do you deal with writer’s block?
  4. Night or Day?
  5. Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
  6. What has been the hardest blog post for you to write?
  7. Which of your social media do you check the most?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  9. What color represents you the best? Why?
  10. If you could start your blogging journey over, what would you do differently?
  11. How often do you post on your blog? Why do you think it works for you?

And that’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading!

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3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

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Read the previous post here: Protective Styling

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post is all about skin care. It plays an important role in our health and also how we feel about ourselves. Depending on its importance to you, it may be a part of your self-care routine.

See also: Create a Self-Care Toolkit

Buying products for your skin, shouldn’t break the bank. We should all be able to find great products that produce wonderful results without a heavy price tag. There should always be a happy medium. I’ll be sharing my review of three affordable skincare products that work for me and where you can buy them.


St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub

St Ives fresh skin
Link to Amazon, Walmart

I have oily-combination skin on my face. And that seems like a simple term, but for me it’s quite complex. My forehead and the area around my nose try to compete with the sun to see who can shine the most. While my chin and cheeks dry out in the desert.

I’ve found that using the St. Ives facial scrub kind of sets me back at one. My skin is not too dry and not too oily. But I will only use it twice a week at most. If I try and use it more than that I find that it irritates my skin. And it causes me to get bumps that develop into pimples.

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try- It plays an important role in how we feel about ourselves. But buying skincare shouldn't break the bank.

I truly enjoy this scrub and I’ve been using it for years. But I think each individual has to figure how to use it to make it work best for them.


7thHeaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off mask

7th heaven black seaweed

Link to Walmart

This mask contains Sea Salt, Lava Seaweed, and Sea Buckthorn as some of its main components. As I was waiting for this mask to dry, I looked up why these ingredients were included. While regular salt is known to be drying, sea salt helps with the skin’s hydration. Seaweed itself is high in nutrients and a great component to add to your diet. It’s a great antioxidant so it can help keep your skin clear. Sea Buckthorn is great for anti-aging by giving nourishment to your skin.

On the back of the mask, the directions stated to:

  • Cleanse Face
  • Apply Mask 
  • Wait 20-25 minutes
  • Peel Off

I didn’t use any special technique to apply the mask, I honestly just used my fingers. But I did pay special attention to make sure I didn’t get it on my eyebrows or in my hair. After 25 minutes, the mask was still tacky in some spots so I gave it an extra five minutes to dry. Now the smell reminds me of the bubbles I used to play with as a child, but I think it may just be the seaweed. The mask does slightly tingle on the skin, but I found it relaxing.

Garnier SkinActive Soothing Cleansing Milk

Garnier skinactive cleansing milkLink to Amazon, Walmart

First of all, let me just say, that I didn’t know what a “cleansing milk” was before using this. So I learned something new. I had to go to handy-dandy Google to figure out what that meant. But if you are as clueless as me, it basically means it’s meant to moisturize and cleanse at the same time.

I really appreciate that it’s made out of 98% naturally derived ingredients and that it lists them on the back, what they are, and where they come from. I’ve had some products before that I had no idea what I was reading when I looked at the ingredient list. But then I realized that it reflected badly on me if I didn’t know what I was putting in or on my body. So now I try to pay more attention to the ingredient list, and what’s listed first is usually what it contains the most of. This cleansing milk lists: purified water, coconut, corn, soybean, and rose as its first five ingredients and I’m not mad at that.

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try- It plays an important role in how we feel about ourselves. But buying skincare shouldn't break the bank.

The directions are to apply to your skin dry, massage gently, then rinse off. I did use it twice, just to make sure I removed all my makeup. It was more of a reassurance for me than anything else. I used a quarter sized amount both times and that’s really all you need for your whole face.

The consistency reminds me of one of the Olay cream cleansers. It’s creamy, but it’s not thick, it’s almost like a lotion or a moisturizer. I do like the scent of this. When it comes to perfumes and candles I tend to stick to fruity and citrus scents, I love the smell of lemon, I think it smells quite clean. I don’t mind the scent of this product. The rose water isn’t overbearing, but it does add an air of freshness.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow me on Social Media. Check out The CoUnity to read more about it and learn how you can become a member.

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Protective Styling

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Protective Styling

Originally Posted October 11th, 2017
Previous post from the series

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post, Protective Styling is a continuation to the Tackle That Fro series. You will learn a little more about me and my preference for protective styles when it comes to my natural hair. I hope you enjoy.

Before going natural, getting my hair braided was a struggle for me. I used to be quite tender-headed and the whole hair braiding process was not enjoyable to me and I know it probably wasn’t fun for the person braiding my hair either. I was the type to tighten up my shoulders, tense up my neck, basically fight against having my head moved or positioned. I had this spot right smack dab in the middle of my head, and when the hair braider hit that I would wiggle and squirm like a worm.

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I am so thankful that I got over that because I used to get my box braids done like every few months. They were my go-to protective style. In natural hair terms, a protective style just means that your hair is styled in a way that doesn’t require regular, sometimes daily, manipulation or “styling”. I realized very early on in my natural hair journey that I would need get better at my hair regime. The hairstyles that I was doing weren’t lasting very long.

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I honestly felt that I had my hands in my hair too much. My hands were getting tired and my hair was tired. At the time of my TWA, I was styling my hair just about every day. Events just happen to coincide that I would be having knee surgery and be in a brace for months while doing physical therapy. We got in contact with a friend of my mother’s and set up an appointment for box braids.

I decided on box braids for two reasons:

  • One- The 70s and 90s are my two favorite eras and I love the Poetic Justice box braids. My style has always been a mix of the two times periods. If I was going to do a protective style, I wanted it to be something that would fit me and be something that I was comfortable with.

Janet Jackson poetic justice protective stylingJanet Jackson poetic justice protective styling

  • Two- I had tried other styles before and I didn’t like them as well. When I was a sophomore in high school, I got Micro braids and it was the worst decision I ever made. I didn’t know how to take care of them, didn’t know how to take them out, and they ended up doing more harm than good. I’d also gotten Kinky Twists before, and while I liked the style. I don’t think it looked good on my face it’d that makes sense. I would like to try a wig, but I haven’t found one I like yet.

Getting box braids was the best decision I made, not only because I didn’t have to worry about my hair while I recovered from surgery but my hair got a break. It was able to grow without the constant manipulation and during that time, I was able to learn what my hair needed. And I don’t want to make it seem that a protective style is just box braids. A protective style, in my own words is a hair vacation from the constant stress of heat and daily styling.

Protective styling

After the knee surgery talked about previously, I’ve gone on to have a couple more. And I was doing physical therapy to prevent another surgery. For each of these cases, I’ve gotten and currently have box braids. In all honesty, it helps me focus on healing and not having to worry about my hair. Because who’s got time to do a twist out right now?

So for this Tackle That Fro, I want to hear your story? Do you protective style? And if you do protective style, what is your favorite, or what is a style that you won’t ever do again? Let me know, I’m curious.

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Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

Originally Posted November 9th, 2017
Read the previous post here: Taste of HOME| Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post is going to be an announcement and a culmination of some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while now.

A Bit of a History Lesson

In, Let Me Reintroduce Myself, I discussed my old blog name, PAE Reviews and how Join The ME Project (known as just the mE project) at the time, was just a side project.

See also: About Join The ME Project

I thought it would be a great idea to go back and break down the original meaning of Join The ME Project. Doing so not only to educate to new subscribers but to add a level of understanding of why I’m restarting an old project.

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What does ME stand for?

In the very beginning, ME was an acronym for the words motivate, encourage, and energize. Over time, energize was dropped because of how the name was stylised (from mE to ME).

I started blogging September 14, 2017. My blog was Pae Reviews and initially all I did was post reviews. Overtime I evolved as a blogger and I met others who became a great support system.

It was during this time that I created Join The ME Project. Motivation & Encouragement mean a lot to me. And I wanted to create a platform around that. – Let Me Reintroduce MyselfJoin The ME Project

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What is Join The ME Project?

Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

My goal is to create content that’s motivational, and encouraging (ME)It’s very easy to get distracted by our responsibilities and daily schedules that we forget about ourselves. I hope that this series helps inspire everyone (me included) to slow down sometimes and remember why we do the things we do.

Now, Join The ME Project has built itself up and has flourished with its own community. My goals are to keep this growth going and to connect with like-minded individuals. I want to support as many people as possible and use my platform. – About Join The ME ProjectJoin The ME Project

What Do You Think

First of all, I would love to hear what you think about this. Please let me know in the comments below. Second, if you have an idea for a post just leave it in the comments below and I will definitely do it.

Are You Interested?

Third, I would love to interview some of you and write a post about your blogging story for this. If you would be interested in that, just fill out the contact form or you can also email me at

If we have done an interview in the past, I will be contacting you soon.



The Future

In the future, I would love to have guest posts for this. But my other ideas are: blog shoutouts, and more tips & tricks.

Least but Not Last

The CoUnity

I would be doing a disservice if I forgot to mention The CoUnity. You can follow and become a member on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. New to the group is our ✨Instagram Highlight✨ Once a week, I pick a member to feature on my Instagram account.

I’ve been able to do this three times so far, and I would love to pick this back up again.

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Taste of HOME| Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Taste of HOME

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Originally Posted September 16, 2017
Read the previous post here: The Big Chop & TWA

I don’t think there are enough words in the English dictionary for me to explain how much I love Cheddar’s. I always go hungry and leave feeling like I’m going to epically explode but there’s always a smile on my face.

The area I live in is what’s called a tri-state area. So I live in Ohio, who can reach out and poke West Virginia, and West Virginia talks to Kentucky on the weekends. And they all get together once a month for dinner (does that make sense? Okay, moving on). Because the states are so close, we often travel to Kentucky for dinner and shopping. This particular Cheddar’s is located in Ashland, Kentucky.

The Menu

The menu honestly isn’t complex, but that’s why I like it. Most of the people that enter restaurants are seriously hungry so they don’t want to spend a lot of time staring at pages and pages of a menu. I’ve worked food service, so it’s also awkward to have to stare at people staring at pages and pages of a menu while they try to figure out what they want to it. Their menu gets straight to the point and plays no games.

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The Food

During this particular visit, we started off with an appetizer. We got the Chips & Homemade Queso without the seasoned ground beef. I liked it a lot so I wonder how it would have been with the beef added. The salsa that came with it wasn’t exactly my favorite but my mother and our friend enjoyed it. The price for this appetizer is $4.99 and I think that is fair for the amount of food you get.

Chips and queso

Now, I have to tell on myself a bit. I am a creature of habit and it’s something that I’m trying to knock myself out of. When I go to a restaurant, I tend to order the same thing over and over again. I’m going to do better though, especially now that I have this blog. My mom and I ordered the Grilled Baja Chicken and our friend got a half rack of the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs.

Grilled baja chicken

I can’t speak personally for our friend, although she seemed to really enjoy her food. But the Grilled Baja Chicken is one of my favorite dishes. I’m always surprised by how big the portions are, the sheer amount of food simply amazing me. You can tell the food is seasoned well and made fresh. The half rack of the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs (sides included) will run you $11.79.


Half rack

Since updating this post, Cheddar’s no longer has the Grilled Baja Chicken on the Menu. But I was able to find a similar recipe in Better Homes & Gardens.

Link to: Better Homes & Gardens: Spicy Grilled Chicken with Baja Black Beans and Rice

Extras & Dessert

If you ever have a chance to go to Cheddar’s, don’t miss an opportunity to get a Honey Butter Croissant. It sounds so simple, and a matter of fact it is. It simply is a croissant with honey butter on it. But your taste buds will thank you, and then, you will thank me. You can get 3 for $2.99 and I suggest you do or you may lose a friend or a finger.

Related Post: How to Make| Kentucky Cream Pie

To wrap up this post we have to talk about their desserts. This last visit in August was the first time that I had tried their desserts. My mom and I got the Hot Fudge Cake Sundae (us getting the same thing once again was not intentional) and our friend got the Seasonal Crisp A La Mode. Now mind you, my expectations were not that high. In my mind, I was somewhat visualizing desserts the same size as Applebee’s shooters. So when the waitress sat down this mammoth of a plate, I thought I was going to lose my mind.


I literally starred at the plate for 30 seconds before I asked the waitress, “If a slice of the cake is this big. How big is the actual cake?” She never answered my questioned though, she just kept laughing at me. I actually couldn’t finish it and had to take the rest home. This cake is rich without being sickly sweet and I love it with all my heart.

Overall rating for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen 5/5

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow me on Social Media. And check out The CoUnity page to learn how you can become a member.

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The Big Chop & TWA

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The Big Chop & TWA

Originally posted October 3rd, 2017
Previous posts from the series:
At first, I started to stretch the time in between my relaxers. Then I just stopped with the relaxers completely so I could transition from relaxed to natural. I’d been told to clip my hair a little each month. I had friends that had gone that route and they did it so they wouldn’t lose the length of their hair. So as their new growth grew out, they would cut off the relaxed straight hair.

I was doing that for awhile and I just got impatient with the whole process. I’ve never been one to worry about that. I’ll get a pixie cut in a minute. So I gradually started cutting my hair during the period of a week. Then I finally went to a salon and got it completely cut off. So I transitioned for six months and I big chopped June 25, 2015.- No More Relaxers!Join The ME Project

The Big Chop

I stated in the previous article that I went the route of doing a big chop instead of transitioning my hair. At the time, it felt like the right decision for me and more so, because I’m an all or nothing type of girl. In my mind, I was thinking, “You’ve made the decision to go natural, so let’s go natural!” I didn’t want to invest in the time it would take to transition my hair from relaxed to natural when I could simply chop off all of the relaxed hair and BE natural.

The big chop

Hair Care & Products?

In hindsight, my thinking was sound. But I admit now that I was impatient and I should have taken more time to learn not only about my hair but the care it would need. I’ve heard that some have gone through a “hair-crisis” after the B.C. That wasn’t necessarily the case for me. When I graduated high school I cut my chin-length hair into a pixie cut, so the length (or not having a length) of my hair didn’t bother me. My problem was I didn’t have the right products or knowledge that I needed.

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I remember the leaving the salon the day of my BC (big chop) and going into a Walgreens. I stared at their ethnic hair product selection in utter confusion. I didn’t know what I was supposed to get. I didn’t know of the LOC method or pre-poos, I barely knew what a deep conditioner was. I remember grabbing a cheap Suave conditioner, some sort of detangling spray and heading to the counter.

Knowledge is Power

After some initial stumbling and falling, I started to figure things out. Styling at this point was really nonexistent for me, but I found that moisture was key. Before the BC, I could hide my face behind my relaxed hair and my glasses. Living life with a TWA really brought the focus back on my face. It helped me get comfortable with myself and find ways to express myself and try things that I hadn’t thought of before.

Want to learn my big chop experience? Interested in reading my thoughts on having a TWA? Check out this article at

Believe it or not, but this was my first time trying lipstick. I knew that with the focus off of my hair, I could get away with trying something different, so lipstick it was. After trying lipstick, I bought funkier jewelry. I was already a jewelry lover before my BC, but afterward, I felt that I could get away with wearing bigger earrings.


But just like with anything, hair takes time. You do get the benefit of growing your hair out as one even length and texture when you BC but don’t expect magical results. Your hair will still grow at the rate your hair normally grows. I made the mistake at the beginning of comparing my journey against the youtube videos I was seeing online. Until one day, I realized that we are all different. Sometimes hair does best when it is just left alone, and that’s where protective styling comes into play. I’ll talk more about that next time.

Want to learn my big chop experience? Interested in reading my thoughts on having a TWA? Check out this article at

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow me on Social Media. Head over to The CoUnity page to find out how you can become a member.

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