• cold
    LifeStyle,  Self-Care

    Cold Showers are the New Black

    This summer has been unseasonably warm here in the Carolina’s and honestly the weather all over the US for just about all of 2020 has been questionable. Speaking as a person who “run’s hot”, (I heat up pretty quickly internally + have trouble cooling down, a not so awesome side effect of Grave’s Disease), finding ways to stay cool is literally my pastime. So this summer with virtually nowhere to go due to all the closings, I had to get a little bit creative when it came to staying cool. *cues music* This is where Cold Showers became an every day thing in my household. So I know what you…

  • self care myths
    LifeStyle,  Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    5 Myths about Self Care

    If you know me then you already know that self care is non-negotiable AND is essential in me being the very best version of myself. By now we all know the benefits of taking care of ourselves. Taking those moments to pause and to refill our own cups. Even with all that we know it can still be very difficult to make self care a priority. While the reasons that we neglect self care can vary from person to person there is one thing that remains true, self care is essential. Here are the top 5 myths about self care + how you can shift your mindset to move past…

  • mask
    LifeStyle,  Skin Care

    Mask got you Chapped? DIY Lip Scrub

    As we move into cooler months you might notice your lips getting a little bit more chapped than usual. If you are anything like me, then you probably have gone through tons of chapstick, gloss and lip ointment since covid started. Before mask became mandatory pretty much everywhere outside of the house, I prided myself on taking really good care of my skin + lips. Having a good routine pretty much sets the foundation of how our skin ages. This is no different with the skin around the eyes, our hands and especially our lips. Let’s face it, skin care routines are like lifelines 🤷🏾‍♀️. Ok, so genetics + lifestyle…

  • Relax
    Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Time to Relax: 3 Tips

    Ok, this is not a drill people, I need all hands on deck!! Today was the first day of back to school virtual learning + it is off to a very bumpy start. So much so that I found myself tightly wound by 11am. From the tech issues, to the extreme micromanagement down to the city deciding today was the day to work on the street behind my house. There was alot that didnt go as planned. Honestly I dont know that any amount of planning could have prepared us for how things would/could go today. 2020 has given us alot of lessons. One of the biggest lessons is to…

  • skincare
    Self-Care,  Skin Care

    4 Step Skincare Routine

    (This page contains Affiliate Link. For more information see my disclosures, here) Let’s talk skin! Since we have been home, I have been extremely heavy on my normal self care routine. Recently I started upping the anty a bit in the skincare department. Pre-quarantine, my skincare routine was pretty thorough yet basic in the same breath. I did weekly face masks, jade rolling, exfoliating, creams and serums. You name it, I probably have done it one way or another. The issue has never been taking the steps to take care of my skin. The real issue has always been staying consistent. Come on, I cant be the only one that…

  • smoothie
    Recipes,  Self-Care

    Nutrition Dense Smoothie

    Over the last few weeks we have talked meditation, getting movement in our body and even cleansing our spaces (externally + internally). As a person that wears many hats, mom, wife, business owner, I know all too well how easy nutrition can get lost in the mix of things especially as survival mode kicks in. At the start of the year I made a conscious decision that no matter what was going on that I would put my body first. Now did I think that I would need to keep that promise during Covid or Social Injustice, no not at all. However now more than ever I realize the importance of taking care…

  • mental health apps
    Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    HealthCare Apps for BIPOC

    Happy Thursday! I have been doing a ton of research since our conversation last week about mental health in BIPOC communities. Since July has been designated as a mental health awareness month for Black, Indigenous, People of Color more resources and information is being shared. Sharing these resources as I find them is extremely important to me because I understand how mental health care the same as physical health care is invaluable in leading a quality whole life.   With the shift in conversation over race, inequality and rights, for the first time ever the blind spots in mental health care when it comes to people of color are being…

  • hair care
    Self-Care

    Hair Care Mistakes

    You Could Be Making I’ve always had a love hate relationship with my hair starting from a very young age.  From sitting in my momma’s kitchen while she hot combed my “kitchen”, to cutting it all off in college after several months of frying, dying and laying it to the side. Hair to me and to many people of the black community is a form of expression, individualism and a right of passage. So why did it take me until last year and 4 rounds of “going natural” to even know how to properly care for my hair? There is no secret that society has not always been very kind…

  • Massages + Self care
    Mindfulness Living,  Self-Care

    Are Massages Worth it?

    Well apparently it is “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week”! First off, I had no idea that this was even a thing, secondly, say no more! Massages as simple as they are, is an amazing tool to have in the self care toolkit. In its most simplest definition a massage is the act of kneading and rubbing the body with the hands. During a massage pressure is placed on various parts of the joints, muscles and body to release pain + tension. We are talking a physical, emotional and mental type of self-care when it comes to massages. Massages are much more than just a way to relax or a very…

  • Skin
    Self-Care,  Skin Care

    Anti- Aging Skin Habits

    That Wont Break the Bank Unless you are new here, then you already know self care is one of my ESSENTIAL non-negotiable acts that I do for myself on a daily basis. For me self care and skin care go hand in hand. So taking care of my skin is a huge priority for me. Regardless if its self care or skin care, I am all about doing the things that help my cup stay full + treating my body right. Lately I have been on a major skin care overhaul and I realized that it is super easy to get caught up in the product hype and over purchase.…

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