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Saturday, June 29, 2013

For Sunny P. Buckets

This week sadly hubs and I lost our dear Sunny P. Buckets. I wanted to do something special in the yard in her memory. Here is a before and after of the craft/gardening/yard project I did today.

We are going to miss our Sunny Buckets, but I hope she is in doggy heaven playing with a never-ending peanut butter filled Kong. 


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

10 Empties Challenge 6/10 - Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer


I'm almost there. I can hear those discount sales calling my name! lol. 

I have now emptied 6 out of 10 products for the 10 Empties Challenge. The latest empty is the Sephora Collection Anti-Shine Foundation Primer. I LOVE THIS STUFF. Prior to this I had used a spray on primer and a silicone based primer. Both were o.k. but not the best. This is the best primer I have used. I get VERY shiny fairly easily and this combined with the Make Up ForEver HD Microfinish powder help me stay less shiny longer, but I don't think I'll ever find something to keep my face matte all day. 

While I do have other primers I need to finish, I don't have to contemplate buying this again because I already have a second tube lol. 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What I did with 24 hours of no TV or Internet

I was challenged to take 24 hours with no TV and no non-work use of the Internet. This was definitely an interesting exercise and I came to a couple realizations throughout the day. 



Things I did instead of TV and casual internet use: 

Talk to my husband. I talk to my husband on a regular basis lol, but during our morning commute I'm usually only half-listening as I scroll Instagram. That morning I was able to fully focus on our conversation. 

Didn't talk to my husband. This may seem to contradict the above point, but usually during the day my husband and I communicate via Google Chat. We send each other silly pictures, talk about what we want for dinner, etc. On this day, I limited our communication during work hours to text messages that were absolutely necessary only. 

Sat quietly. I think most of us use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. as something to keep us occupied during time when we are waiting somewhere. While I waited that day, I just sat quietly to myself, which is interesting. 

Read things fully. We come across SO MUCH TEXT throughout our day, and usually I'm only half reading or skimming things. On this day I actually read through things fully. 

Created a LinkedIn account. I've known I needed to do this for a while. But I've been putting it off, and putting it off, saying I had no time. I considered creating my professional profile work related internet time, and went for it. 

Finished work with far away deadlines. Because I wasn't being distracted by social media or any non work related e-mails I completed some things that aren't due for weeks. Usually, I would have lollygagged and spent time reading my blog subscriptions instead of getting things completed early. 

Reveled in my own clever thoughts. I have to say, I had some great thoughts that would have fit into nice tweets. I can't remember any of them now lol. 

Got ready faster/left home earlier. Twitter and Instagram are usually my morning things. Without taking time to scroll my timelines I was ready to go faster and we actually left the house early for work. 

Got one thing done at a time. There weren't distractions pulling me in different ways since I was avoiding social media and causal e-mails. I usually end up with 50 tabs open in Chrome with all the things I'm trying to do at once. I was able to really hone in on getting one thing done at a time. 

Overall, I think I was very productive on my no TV no Internet day. Definitely more productive than I usually am. I realized the things I do to pass time are taking up time I could be using to get more done. I have a lot to do between my regular job, blog, acting, and side arts admin gigs, as well as taking care of home. Even if I just have an extra 20 minute window of time, it could be used productively and not looking through Facebook. I felt empowered by my use of time on that day. I'd like to have that level of productivity more often. 

So what now?

Two things I'm changing since my casual media detox day are less multitasking, and checking in to social media but not sticking around unless I'm having completely free time. I'm going to work on doing one thing at a time, and finishing that before I look at anything else that can distract me from the task. Also, if I have a tweet, or someone sends me a link on Facebook, I'll engage with that specific thing, but I won't take the opportunity to generally browse around my timeliness unless it's evening relax time. 

What would you do with 24 hours of no TV and Internet? 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

"SuperNatural Me" Screening/Going Away Party Recap

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Kasheera and 'King AH'/Mark's "Supernatural Me" video screening and going away party.

Kasheera and I

I also was very excited to meet the beautiful Alex of The Good Hair Blog.


Silliness with Alex and King AH

Nicole from Pure Essence Beauty was also in attendance. We communicate via Facebook and Instagram and I finally got to meet her in person.


She has a hair and body product line and sent me home with some awesome stuff to try that you'll definitely see reviews for in the coming days.

I met some new friends at the event also, Karla and Camille.


The highlight of the night was of course the music video screening, which they did outdoors projected on a building. 


It was a really great night. Well wishes to Kasheera and Mark on their journey. Take LA by storm! 


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Friday, June 21, 2013

100 Things That Make Me Happy


One of the assignments in the 31 Day Reset is to list 100 things that make you happy, in order to consciously or subconsciously seek those things out more. Here we go: 

1. Tim
2. Sunny snuggles
3. My grandparents
4. Shopping with my mom
5. Video games
6. Chocolate
7. Potatoes
8. Seeing a good show
9. Acting
10. Blogging
11. Reading blogs
12. Nicely painted nails
13. Massages
14. The first trip to Rita's in the summer
15. Reading on the beach 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

10 Empties Challenge: 5/10

I am officially half way through the 10 Empties Challenge. This is taking much longer than I thought. I keep using products, but they never end! lol. 

The two products I've recently finished are the Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer and the original Suave Naturals conditioner in the blue bottle. 

I don't have much information on the Suave Naturals conditioner because they don't even make the version I had anymore. That bottle has moved with me through 3 different houses. I stopped using it for my hair long ago and ended up finishing it up by using it as a shave gel (great way to use up conditioner that doesn't work well on your hair). 

I do however LOVE the Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer. It smells great (I had the Mango Island scent) and is a great moisturizing cream to use as the "C" in the L.O.C. Method. I won't be buying any more any time soon because I have an almost full jar of Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream and they serve the same purpose in my hair regimen. 

5 down, 5 to go! 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

YouTube Tuesday: Instagram Fitness

For this week's edition of YouTube Tuesday I bring you "Instagram Fitness." This video is hilarious. I actually shed a tear laughing at it. 

While I do check-in on Foursquare at the gym (and everywhere else I go lol) I never take pictures at the gym, I've also never seen anyone at any of my gyms take pictures of themselves. I don't think I look picture worthy in the least when I'm sweating or in gym clothes. Nevertheless, there are plenty of people on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds who habitually post photos of themselves at the gym. That's their prerogative, some of them actually inspire me to continue to keep working out and eating healthy. 

This video turns that habitual at the gym photo taking into pure comedy: 
What do you think of posting photos of yourself at the gym?
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sponsored: In my Little Black Bag


I would like to preface this post with a note on how I notice I've matured. Not too long ago (when I was a freshman in college) I was highly embarrassed to go to the store and purchase my own pads and tampons, especially if there was a man anywhere in the store, now here I am, writing a blog post about tampons. :-P


Ladies, we all have our little black bag. Well, perhaps yours is green, or polka-dot, but mine is black faux leather. The little  bag where we keep all our essentials for when old Aunt Flo comes into town. Tampons, pads, perhaps extra underwear or baby wipes. 



Just recently I have added U by Kotex Sleek Tampons to my little black bag. This was my first time trying them and I was really impressed by the product. The packaging was one of the things that stuck out to me. The box I received had black based wrapping which I thought was genius, and much more inconspicuous than white or bright colored packaging. There was also a perforated top which made for easy opening and easy placement for the applicator for disposal. 


They pretty much fulfilled all the things I want in a tampon. Comfortable, absorbent and a really easy and "just right" application due to their no slip rubber grip on the applicator. I felt confident that I was adequately protected.

Want to try them out? You can get your FREE sample HERE. Also, follow U by Kotex on Facebook and Twitter.  


I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Clever Girls Collective on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day, Single Moms, and Absent Dads

::takes deep breath::

I believe Father's Day is for men who are good, great, awesome, etc. Men who are fathers or father figures to another human being. I don't think deadbeat and absent fathers should even be brought up on Father's Day. I don't think single moms should be brought up on Father's Day, they deserve and should receive their admiration on  Mother's Day. I don't believe good men should be overshadowed on this day. 

There is huge discussion on this topic happening on all my social media feeds today. What do you think? Who is Father's Day for?

To me it is for this man: 


My grandfather. The number one man in my life. Raised me. Supported me. Currently works harder than anyone I know every day taking care of my grandmother. He deserves Father's Day. Men like him, who've been exemplary men in other people's lives deserve all the recognition on Father's Day.  

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Kicking My Future Self's Butt


Because I'm always on a quest to make myself a better person I have enrolled in Rosetta Thurman's 31 Days to Reset Your Life program. I met Rosetta at a conference I attended in North Carolina last year and she really inspired me. Prior to meeting her I was already subscribed to her Happy Black Woman Blog. 

One of the assignments in the program is to write a love letter to your future self and then e-mail it yourself through FutureMe.org, which allows you to send an e-mail to your future self. After I completed the assignment I thought about using the website a lot more often. 

When life isn't ideal it is very easy to forget all our blessings. On days like today, where I am very happy and satisfied with life, I'm going to send an e-mail to myself from a week, or a month, in the future, listing all the reasons why I am happy, in hopes that I can remind myself in a time where I might not be so happy all the wonderful blessings I have.

As I go through this 31 day program, I'm sure there will be other blog posts to come about things I discover.  

What would you like to tell your future self?
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