Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Halloween is so much fun. I can’t remember much about it from my childhood except for baking pumpkin seeds and trying to get as much candy as possible. The funny thing is I was never much of a candy person so it really was a competition among friends to see who had the most the end of the night. I’d choose a few pieces of my favorite candy and put the rest in the closet and wasn’t even tempted to eat it. As an adult, Halloween has been fun because I get to share the joy with my son. We both dress up and have a ball trick or treating with friends, eating good food and having an overall good time. This year, in addition to playing dress up (I’ll be sure to share pictures or our costumes, I’ve put together something special for myself this year) I decided to decorate our home because my son gets a big kick out of it. And quite frankly, I had a good time putting my crafty skills to work! Check out my video below for the complete look and I’ll explain how I made everything too.
I started by scouring Pinterest for ideas and with products supplied by Walmart I went to town! The first project I tackled was hanging decorations for my breakfast counter. It is a really simple craft that can add pop to any kitchen. You may have already have the supplies you need which makes it even better.
I used ribbon($1.97), tape, and black cardstock ($3.97), for my stencils I just used colored card stock for contrast but black works too. I used three iconic Halloween images - a skull, owl and bat for my shapes. You can use whatever suits your fancy and make it really simple by printing clip art or other images you find on the internet. I free handed my shapes, I found drawing and compiling everything therapeutic. I traced and cut out the shapes, taped them to the ribbon and hanged them from my ceiling, easy!
For additional decorations, I purchased cobwebs ($1.97), mini skulls($1.27 each), and spiders ($2.27). I draped the webs all over the kitchen and encapsulated the skulls in the webs and hang them from my light fixture and one of my cabinets. I love my final results and my son is over the moon excited. He has already requested that next year I make things “scary” with blood and gore. My son is clearly my child, I can’t wait until we can visit the Haunted Houses and Zombie Apocalypse experience together! Yes, I am a big kid at heart!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I decided to try a new recipe with apples and found the perfect one - roasted apple and winter squash soup. Nothing makes me happier than a nice warm bowl of soup on a cool day. It makes a great meal and the recipe I chose is non-dairy so I don’t have to worry about my lactose intolerance. The thing I really like about this soup is that it only has a few vegetables. The most labor intensive aspect is the peeling and chopping with took about an hour.
|A few simple ingredients make one incredible soup!|
For this recipe I decided to use two types of apples, lady and granny smith. They are great for baking and I thought they’d be great in a savory yet sweet soup. I paired the apples with butternut squash (you can make this recipe with choice of squash) it is my favorite and pretty easy to peel which is a consideration for me when cooking. I also like acorn squash but they generally are harder to peel and you need more than one. I personally didn’t want the headache!
Pause. I absolutely LOVE rosemary and thyme. These herbs remind of the holidays, I always use them to season turkey and this year I will be eating my Thanksgiving for the very first time! Although I cook turkey almost annually, I have never tasted my bird because I stopped eating poultry as a teenager before I started cooking. But this year, I am looking forward to tasting my turkey. Okay, back to the recipe.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
|My smiling face belied being a victim of domestic violence|
The recent release of the video of Ray Rice and Jenay Palmer in the elevator has increased discussion about domestic violence in popular culture. It was difficult to watch and many question how his girlfriend, now wife stayed and married Ray after the assault. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know firsthand how complex this type of relationship can be. I’ve written about my experience here but I think this line from my post can provide some insight.
- You can turn in your unused phone in store or by mail - they will even pay your postage!
- Purchase a Verizon purple Hope Line accessory in September and October and $3.00 will be donated to Hope Line.
October is Domestic violence awareness month and if you are in the market for new phone accessories, I suggest looking at the HopeLine merchandise. And remember, at any time during the year you can donate your old unused cell phones and make a difference with Hope Line!
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help:
Disclosure: I am a Verizon Life ambassador and occasionally receive Verizon products to share my experience with you. No other compensation is received.
Monday, September 29, 2014
If you know me, you know that my health and fitness are very important to me. One of the things that has not been a hinderance to staying healthy is my hair. I know it can be a concern for many women of color with relaxers or other styles that they fear "messing up" by sweating but I know that where there is a will there is a way and hair should not stand between you and getting (or staying) healthy! I fortunately have worn my hair natural for just about all of my life and it has never hindered my workouts (although I will admit to having a curly perm aka jerry curl at one point! Ha!). One of the things that is important with natural hair is finding the right products. I was introduced to Motions when I attended a Black Girls Run conference and samples were distributed. I was a little skeptical because I thought Motions was geared toward women wearing relaxed or straightened hair but I was more than pleasantly surprised when I learned that not only were the products great but my hair was moisturized like nobodies business! No matter if you have relaxed or natural hair, Motions has a product for you.
I highly recommend Motions and if you'd like to try the products you are in luck because Walgreen's is currently having a special offering 25% off of kits and select products are only $3.49. If you are a naturalista like me, check out this how to video by celebrity stylist Ursula. She is demonstrating a twist out upsweep, utilizing Motions products. I really like my hair in a twist out and once I tire of my current braids, I will be sure to try this style too!
This is a sponsored post for Motions through The bLink Marketing Network and Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.