Late Night Floor Scrubbing

Also known as some of the best thinking I’ve gotten done all week. How long with this floor stay looking like this? Hmmm…..

Make This! Best Black Beans Recipe

I already told you how much I love, now I have to tell you that I loooove these black beans! They are so good, and so so easy to make.

You literally just open a can, dump the beans in the pot, add some seasonings and lime and let it simmer. And it tastes authentic and amazing.

I made them with some Goya rice and some lime marinated steak (I’ll be giving you that recipe later) and it was better than Chipotle.

Cheap Makeup I Love

My flirtation with makeup continues. I’m now pretty much up to what you’d allow your 13-year-old to wear to middle school.

Like I said before, I am a pretty simple girl when it comes to my appearance. For everyday wear, I like to keep my lips simple and glossy and play around a little bit with my eyes. I really love the eyeshadow pictured. It’s Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Wild Orchids. That dark plum shade at the very end has these gold undertones that I think are so pretty. Honestly, I haven’t even tried the other colors, although i’m hesitant about the lighter shades cause I think they might come off as too ashy on my skin.

Also, since I don’t have too many skin issues that I have to worry about, I’ve been using a little bit of NYC’s Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Powder to help warm up my skin tone just a little bit.

I’ve been playing around with liquid liner, too. You may note that there are no pictures of that. That’s for a reason. Ahem.

I’ve been sticking to drugstore brands because they’re easiest for me to get without triggering my (probably legitimate) fear of taking my children into a classy joint like Sephora. At some point, though, I’m going to ditch them and plan on girling out. Make Up Forever – you will be mine!

Keeping it Fresh

One thing about me is that if I’m not into something, I disconnect. This disconnect happens despite my best intentions. I stop giving my all, I don’t feel any more passion. I find motherhood to be extremely interesting and something I’m usually passionate about, but, I can often get to thep oint where I’m over it. I’m over people crying, I’m over laundry, I’m over thinking up dinner ideas. I’m just over it. I want a nap, a pedicure and a drink.

So I have to figure out ways to reinvest myself.

First, I have to make sure that I’m taking care of myself – getting my rest, taking my vitamins, drinking water. Last week, it meant reaching out for help from my family (grandparents are great). What about you? What do you do to keep yourself in the moment?

The One About Natural Hair – Part 2

One thing I’ve noticed is that people who tend to not like their hair in its natural state don’t understand that black hair needs moisture. This goes against everything we’re typically taught about our hair. We are taught to run from the rain, to avoid swimming pools and to slather our hair and scalps in “grease.” But, I’ve found that  giving  your natural hair makes it flourish and brings out all of its natural beauty.

So in your quest for moisture, you might find yourself considering sources you never thought to consider before. The first thing I had to change was switching out hair grease for products I always thought were for white people. This opened up the door to all types of shampoos and conditioners I never thought of before. I was trying to stay affordable and easy to get, so my products or choice were (and still are)

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

Trader Joe Nourish Spa Balance Moisturizing Conditioner

Aussie Moist Conditioner

All of these were good, basic, extremely affordable conditioners that helped me keep my hair from getting dry and crunchy.

Now that I’m no longer dealing with the demands of raising a newborn, I’m starting to branch out a little bit. I love Shea Moisture products and have recommended them to anyone who asks. They are mostly in the $10 range, which I think is pretty cheap when you’re looking to experiment with products and find out what works for you. And, since they have good ingredients, I feel good using them on Cameron and Grace. For styling, I use the Curl and Style milk, Deep Treatment Masque and Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I’ve used both the Curl and Shine Shampoo and Raw Moisture Retention Shampoo with good results.

Oh – two other things I use to keep my hair moisturized aren’t even really “products.” Raw coconut oil and raw shea butter. I’ll usually mix the coconut oil with the shea butter (it makes the shea butter smoother and easier to work with) and use that to twist my hair. I’ll also use the coconut oil on my hair or the kids’ hair by itself.

Part 1