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Monthly Goals for June 2019

Monthly Goals for June 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Four days ago on Instagram, I created this post. I discussed not only how fast it seems the year is going by but how we change with it. I thought it would be a great idea to break this down in more detail. I will be sharing my thoughts on this along with my goals for the month.


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How Time Passes

It’s crazy how quickly this year is passing. I’m not the best at keeping track of dates and time, my family can tell you. I had to double check the calendar this morning to make sure it was really the first of June.

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But with each post like this, we get to look back on what we were able to accomplish within the month. Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them.

Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them. Click To Tweet

Monthly goals for June 2019

We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones.

We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones. Click To Tweet

Monthly Goals for June 2019

This month I’m honestly open to everything. I don’t want to stress too much about numbers. My focus this month will be on building relationships and connecting with others.

Three Goals For the Month

  • Start with a blank slate. I didn’t want to come into this month with any of the baggage from the previous month. Any and all negativity will be left behind.
  • Create good habits. This is honestly a goal of mine every month. If I can get the good habits I want to keep a part of my schedule they will become more concrete.
  • Get organized. I want to get everything organized so I can figure out what I need to work on. The majority of my schedule right now is doctor appointments. But I want to work on my time management skills.

See Also: The Illusion Of Social Media

One Thing You Learned About Yourself Last Month

I learned more about the people around me than about myself I think. I’m surrounded by such wonderful and loving friends and family. Last month was very bittersweet but I learned to appreciate the people around me.

Monthly goals for June 2019

I’ve known about my hip for years. The Orthopedic doctor, Hip Surgeon, and Physical Therapist that I’ve seen through the years have done all they can to help maintain it. But knowing that another surgery may be in my near future has me anxious.

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I think my family and friends can sense that. Ever since we’ve got the initial diagnosis they have been very supportive. And I am so grateful.

Something New You Want To Try

This may sound so odd, but I want to document my life more. You would think being a blogger and social media influencer I would get enough of it but it’s just the opposite. I actually don’t take that many pictures.

If you look at my Instagram, you don’t see many pictures of me. Even in my daily life outside of blogging, I don’t take many pictures. And I want to change that.

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I mustered up enough energy to go to the movies with my sister when she was in town a couple of weeks ago. And I didn’t take any pictures of the two of us. The last set of family pictures we took I think I was a sophomore in high school. Crazy, I know.

What goals do you have for June? Let me know in the comments below.

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Palmer’s Coconut Shampoo Review & Wash Day Routine

Palmer’s Coconut Shampoo Review & Wash Day Routine

In part 5 of Tackle That Fro, Wash Day for Box Braids, I mentioned that I wanted to find a shampoo with fewer chemicals. I don’t always read the ingredient lists for the products I buy. But I wanted to see if I could tell the difference between one made up of mostly natural ingredients compared to what I had been using. I’ll also be sharing my wash day routine now that my hair is out of its protective style.

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(Disclaimer: This post will include some affiliate links below to the hair products I used for this review and post.)

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo. I used it for the first time right after I took my box braids out, so you can say that I really put it to the test. I’ve gone on to use it four times since then. I wanted to form my honest opinion before I wrote up this review.

There wasn’t that much build up in my hair after I took out the box braids. I tried to make it a goal of mine to continually massage my scalp with oil and keep it cleansed. The point of protective styles is to minimize the wear and tear on your hair, but you should still expect some shedding from having the style in for the amount of time you kept the style.

 Info & Ingredients

It doesn’t contain:

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Mineral Oil
  • Gluten
  • Dyes

I discussed previously in part 5, Wash Day for Box Braids, that the first ingredients listed on a product are the products main components. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo’s first five ingredients are Water (Aqua), Stearyl Alcohol, Peg-40 Stearate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cyclopentasiloxane. I’m going to break down all of these ingredients and explain what they do.

I don’t think that I need to explain water, so I’m going to skip this one. Stearyl Alcohol is an organic compound that can be derived from coconut oil. It’s a great conditioning and softening agent. If I understood what I read right, Peg-40 Stearate is a chemical compound that bonds with dirt and oil so water can wash it away. Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine is derived from vegetable oil and used in a lot of shampoos and conditioners. Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone base.

My Thoughts

With a lot of hair products, I’m always curious to see how much of it I’ll have to use on my hair. The whole ‘only use a quarter amount’ has never worked for me. Just as a rule, I try to wash my hair twice but sometimes I will wash it three if it doesn’t feel clean. My hair felt clean after the first wash with this shampoo, but I still went ahead and washed it again because I had put a lot of oil on it, I’ll explain that in a bit.

Wash Day Routine

Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

This day my hair had been feeling a little dry so I started out with an oil treatment. The purpose of an oil treatment is to help nourish and condition your hair. It can promote growth and stimulation. Depending on the oil you use, you may find other benefits as well. It’s good to use tea tree oil if you’re suffering from a dry and flaky scalp. Most like doing this with hot oil, but you can use warm oil too.

I used Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, my mom found this oil and bought me three bottles. So it’s safe to say that I won’t run out for awhile. My hair is put into sections and then applied the oil hot. I don’t like to manipulate my hair too much so I didn’t detangle at this step. I put on a shower cap and let the oil sit for a half hour.

After 30 minutes, I got in the shower and I washed my hair by section. And by this, I mean that I would wash, condition, and detangle each section before moving on to another. I’ve been going through and tweaking my routine for a few months now and I’ve found that this works the best. It gives me more control and I’ve gotten pretty fast at it.

In the shower, I don’t immediately start washing my hair. I like to give the water time to completely soak my hair and then I will massage the dirt away from my scalp. Because I did an oil treatment this day, it also lets the oil completely rinse my hair before I start shampooing.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditoner

I have mentioned my love for this conditioner before. I still haven’t found one to replace it yet. But it’s at this step that I like to detangle my hair. The shampoo provides an okay slip, but I know that I won’t encounter any tangles with this conditioner.


I let the conditioner sit on my hair for a few minutes then I’ll detangle under the running water. I’ve found that the running water helps in the detangling process. And to do this I’ll use my Denman brush. I probably need to get a new one, mine has been through the ring more than once lol.

After the Shower

In the shower, I’ll section and plait my hair. And I’ll keep it in those plaits and let it air dry. I’m really low maintenance when it comes to the number of products I put in my hair. Over the years, I’ve learned that my hair does better with the least amount of products. If I use too many then I get build up very quickly.

My go-to styles are usually a braid-out or a twist-out. So to achieve either of these two hairstyles I use, African Pride Shea Miracle Moisture Intense Bouncy Curls Pudding.

There are sometimes I don’t immediately take down my twists or braids but this pudding keeps my hair moisturized. Recently, I have been adding a little bit of Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomadeto protect the ends of my hair. Since the ends of our hair are the first to receive damage or dry out I thought this would help. I put a little bit around the edges of my hair too.

I don’t have to do much to maintain my styles. At night, I sleep in a satin bonnet at night and that helps protect my hair from frizz and breakage. Every few days, I’ll spritz my hair with water and add a little bit more of the hair pudding for moisture but that’s about it. Well, until it’s time to wash again.

Palmer's Coconut Shampoo Review & Wash Day Routine

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Originally Posted December 9th, 2017

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6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

If you’re a single and have recently purchased one of the condos for sale in Winnipeg, you’re probably curious about dating options in Winnipeg.

While it might be easier for you to find who you’re looking for here, you may need some help coming up with date ideas – these options should give you a good start.

The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium

You’ll literally see stars in your eyes if you take your date to the planetarium at the Manitoba Museum. It features a variety of shows. You can take a guided tour of the night sky that includes planets, constellations and celestial events that can be seen in the dark skies over Manitoba. The show is updated by staff with current news and the latest discoveries.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf, Bumper Cars and Laser Tag at the U-Putttz Amusement Centre

Just like it sounds, this establishment is all about amusements with plenty of fun to be had. Including 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. Test your skills deep in the sea with sharks, dolphins and fish in the front 9.

6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

Before heading to prehistoric times in the back 9 playing among pterodactyl, a tyrannosaurus rex and brontosaurs. You can crash into each other in the bumper cars and play a friendly game of postapocalyptic-themed laser tag too.

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Catch a Show at Celebrations Dinner Theatre

The Celebrations Dinner Theatre offers three-act musical comedies. Enjoy your entertainment while being served a delectable four-course meal by servers in character. The talented cast crafts parodies some of the biggest names in film and television.

Enjoy Brunch at One of Winnipeg’s Top Spots

Brunch is not only delicious, it’s somehow romantic dining on croissants and a host of other delights while sipping mimosas. Some of the best places in Winnipeg for the in-between breakfast and lunch meal include Crème DeL’Essence. It’s menu blends French dishes with Filipino roots. You will find incredibly tasty chicken and waffles, and eggs benedict.

6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

Ben & Florentine serves up comfort foods like breakfast poutine smothered in hollandaise, while Frenchway Café features sweet and savoury crepes, brioches, breads, croissants and pastries.

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Take a Hike

Fort Whyte Alive is a great place for a hike with over four miles of trails and five picturesque lakes. There are bog boardwalks and even a bison herd and prairie dogs as well as an interpretive centre. It features nature exhibits, including an aquarium and burrowing owls. During the chillier months of the year, it’s a great place for tobogganing, ice skating and cross-country skiing.

Laugh Together at Rumors Comedy Club

Winnipeg hosts the Rumors Comedy Club providing a great way to enjoy some laughs together. You know what they say, “Couples that laugh together last together,” so if you’re hoping for something more long-term, this date idea may be a must.

6 Winnipeg Date Ideas

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Where Would We Be Without Support?

Where Would We Be Without Support?

I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. The main focus of my thoughts has been on family, but since starting this blogging journey I realize the importance of friendship more, too. I mainly started blogging because I needed an outlet to express myself.

I’ve discussed a little bit of my health situation in a previous post before, but the majority of my time is spent at doctor’s appointments or at physical therapy. I got stuck in a rut of not feeling anything and just going through the motions.

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Where would we be without support?

One day, I finally got sick of it and I decided that I wanted to change what I could. Now, my health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. I remember that when I was younger, writing helped me vent out all the raging emotions that I had inside. I’ve never been much of a talker but putting pen to paper seemed to be my way of communicating. There were some things that I wrote that I would share and others I wouldn’t.

My health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. Click To Tweet

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I decided that I wanted this time to be different. I thought, “why not make a blog? I have plenty of opinions. I’m always trying new products, this could work out.”

Where would we be without support?

Talking it over with my mother really helped me with my decision. She’s my soundboard for a lot of things, and I knew that if she thought it wasn’t a good decision, she would be frank about it and tell me. To my surprise, she was all for it.

See Also: Letting Go of Old

I made the decision to keep some things private and I still am. One of my biggest problems is that I’ve always been quite shy about my writing. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to tell my other family members and friends about my blog.

Britt K/@AltSpeaking on Twitter helped me see that I was making a bigger fuss about it then I needed to. For some reason, I thought that I need to make my blog a topic of conversation or at least bring it up in conversation. In the end, all I did was follow a few of them from my blog Instagram account and word got out. It made me realize if my friends and family, know who I am, then what’s the point in hiding my name. I admit that my thinking is weird sometimes.

Where would we be without support?

Twitter alone has been a big support to me. In not only finding like-minded individuals, ones who love to write and share their opinions, but people that truly want to support each other in every aspect that they can. When I started my blog, I knew what my topics were going to be, but I didn’t know how to reach readers or interact with others. I’ve learned so much just being on Twitter than anywhere else. And I think with that you have to put yourself out there.

I don’t want to be known as someone who stepped on people to get anything in life. So I want my blogging life/side to be the same way. If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, “If I don’t do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me?” Once again, these are just my personal thoughts. But my question for today is: How have you been shown support recently? or, When was the last time that you gave support to someone that needed it?

If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, If I don't do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me? Click To Tweet

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 5, 2017
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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.

The Liebster award

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

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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

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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?

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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.

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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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