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Good Tool For Detanging Natural Hair


I love using a metal pic or comb for detangling my hair while dry. It doesn’t break, pull or put stress on my hair like a plastic wide-tooth comb when detangling.  A metal pic was the comb of choice for natural hair or afros in the 70’s. I just wanted to share this  information with you. Try it, it could help ease your detangling sessions before shampooing your hair.

Examples:

Detangling Natural Hair

Detangling Natural Hair

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TASTY AND HEALTHY TABOULI SALAD


This is a tasty and exotic salad  to try if you haven’t tried Middle Eastern food. I love the flavor of  the mint and olive oil.  It’s absolutely wonderful. Try it and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cracked wheat bu1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 English or hothouse cucumber

Preparation:

  1. Put bulgar in a medium bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, cover, and let sit 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whirl olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a blender (or, pulse garlic in a food processor until minced, then add oil and juice). Add mint leaves, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper. Whirl until mint leaves are minced into the dressing and the dressing is more or less smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
  3. Chop parsley leaves. Core, seed, and chop tomatoes. Peel, seed, and chop cucumber.
  4. Drain bulgar, if necessary. Pour dressing over the bulgar and toss to combine well. Add parsley and toss to combine well. Add tomatoes and cucumber and stir to combine. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve, up to overnight.

Tabouli is an excellent tasty salad  if you want to try something differnt and exotic. 

YOGA-TREE POSE


Try this simple pose today while watching television or listening to music. PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

I’m teaching Imani , my 23 month old daughter,  how to do yoga.  Maybe I will  take some pictures of Imani doing  yoga and post them on my BLOG.

This should be quite interesting. BABY  AND MOMMY YOGA CLASSES. Just a thought. Anything is possible.

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

Yoga Tree Pose

What Is Yoga?


Once again, I am sitting at my desk reminiscing over the experiences and benefits I received from yoga while living in Charlotte, North Carolina  some years ago. Boy did  I love it. The benefits were amazing. My mind was calm and body was relaxed. Yes, it was a little uncomfortable  and challenging at the beginning, because I didn’t know what to expect. Once I got use to the different poses, I became relaxed and  comfortable with my  body and performing the different poses and movements. Now I am ready to get back into YOGA again. It’s been a long time  since I practice the ancient art.

This is basic information that I am sharing, hopefully this will  intrigue you to try yoga  for your health and well-being. I will add more posts about yoga very soon  as I get more into it .

So lets look at how Dictionary.com defines yoga below.

yo·ga

1.

a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
2.

any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc.

3. union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate

Basic Poses:

    

LAVENDER MINT TEA


Lavender Mint Tea

 

LAVENDER adds a pleasant but not too flowery contrast to the sweetness of  mint in this herbal tea that is refreshing hot or cold.

There are teas for all occasions: for morning, afternoon, and bedtime, teas  to soothe, and teas to stimulate. In recent years, our appreciation of tea has  expanded to include herbal tisanes (some of which are centuries old) and a wide  array of green teas, barks, and spices. Taking a break for tea or making a pot  to share with a companion is somehow very relaxing.

Lavender Mint Tea1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers or  1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves  or 2 teaspoons dried mint 1 cup boiling water

In a teapot, combine the lavender flowers and mint. Pour boiling water over  the mixture; steep 5 minutes. Yield: 1 cup.

Variation: For more interesting blends, add rosemary, lemon balm or lemon  verbena, and rose geranium.

Three ways to Make Iced Tea Brewed Tea.  Make tea approximately double strength and steep only 5 minutes. Pour into a  pitcher over an equal amount of ice.  (If you are using a glass pitcher, let the  tea cool before pouring it in.) If you sweeten the tea while it is hot, you’ll  need only half as much sugar.

Refrigerator Tea.Follow the procedure for sun tea, except  let the mixture brew in the refrigerator overnight. This method has two  advantages: When it’s done, it’s already cold, and no matter how long it sits,  it doesn’t get cloudy.

Sun Tea. In a glass jar or pitcher, place 1 teaspoon of  loose tea or 1 tea bag per pint or tap water (with sugar, if you wish).  Cover  and set in the sun for 1 hour or so. Timing is not critical – because the water  doesn’t boil, the tea will not get bitter.

There are teas for all occasions: for morning, afternoon, and bedtime, teas  to soothe, and teas to stimulate. In recent years, our appreciation of tea has  expanded to include herbal tisanes (some of which are centuries old) and a wide  array of green teas, barks, and spices. Taking a break for tea or making a pot  to share with a companion is somehow very relaxing.

Lavender Mint Tea1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers or  1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves  or 2 teaspoons dried mint 1 cup boiling water

In a teapot, combine the lavender flowers and mint. Pour boiling water over  the mixture; steep 5 minutes. Yield: 1 cup.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/lavender-mint-tea-recipe.html#ixzz2BCgIKQtN

 

GREEN TEA RECIPE


  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups sake, divided
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine mint leaves, tea bags, honey and boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Refrigerate until chilled. Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses. Add 1/2 cup sake to each glass. Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass.  Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the sake.

VEGGIE BURGER


  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes,  (not packed in oil)       
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, or water
  • 1/2 cup millet, rinsed  (see Ingredient note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach, stems trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive Ketchup, optional  (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 7 whole-wheat English muffins, or whole-wheat buns
  • Arugula & sliced tomatoes, for garnish
  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let soak until softened, about 30 minutes. Drain and finely chop; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring broth (or water) to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in millet and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the millet is tender and liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork; transfer to a plate to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the millet cooks, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Gradually stir in spinach; cover and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, 30 to 60 seconds. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate; let cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare Olive Ketchup, if using.
  5. Place the millet in a food processor and pulse to mix lightly. Add the spinach mixture and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the feta, basil, breadcrumbs, pepper and the reserved sun-dried tomatoes; mix well.
  6. With dampened hands, form the mixture into seven 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.
  7. Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 3 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Toast English muffins (or buns). Garnish the burgers with arugula, tomatoes and Olive Ketchup, if desired.

NATURAL HAIRSTYLES YOU CAN ROCK WHILE EXERCISING


These are low maintenance  hairstyles :

  1.  Two- strand twist styles are excellent for workouts.  This style will survive the most intensive exercise routines.  If you aren’t comfortable with sweaty hair, pre-poo hair with inexpensive conditioner and let hair air dry. SIMPLE.
  2. Afro- puffs are great with a nice headband.
  3. Flat twists can be worn for a week before shampooing.
  4. Braids with extensions added  will last for 6-8 weeks.  Depending how much you sweat during exercise, cleanse your scalp with sea breeze  and oil afterwards.
  5. Consider getting  LOCS. Very low maintenance.
  6. Fake ponytails added to your hair. The hair supply stores have different textures that will blend with your hair texture.
  7. Cornrows  will lasts for a week or more if  synthetic hair is is added to your hair.

NO EXCUSES FOR GETTING YOUR WORKOUT ON IF YOU ARE ROCKING  NATURAL HAIR LADIES!!!

MAINTAINING YOUR HAIR AFTER THE AGE OF 40


Have you notice changes in your hair after the age of forty? Well guess what, you are not imaging things. Your hormones fluctuating and changing is the culprit.Hair gets dryer and thinner as we get older. And your GENES have a role in the changes too.There are some simple things you can do to slow the process down.

  1. Add  foods that are omega 3   rich such as: fish , salmon flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, tuna, and tofu.  There are many more foods  that you can add to this list by doing a little research.
  2. 2.  Take a multi-vitamin
  3. 3.   Exercise and drink plenty of WATER
  4. 4.   STOP using direct heat on your hair ( blow dryers, hot irons, and straightening combs).
  5. 5.   Use a daily moisturizer and a sealant to lock moisture into hair.
  6. 6.   If you are relaxing your hair, think about going natural.

Try these SIMPLE tips  to slow down aging process. Sometimes no matter what we try, nature  and genetics will prevail.

STRESSED OUT MOMS


Mothers can become severely stressed with their newborn after being released from the hospital.The extra help that you received from the nurses end as well.  Develop a plan before going  to the hospital on how you are going to deal with stressful situations, such as dealing with a  relentless crying newborn with colic  or not producing enough milk to satisfy  your baby’s hunger. If a mother doesn’t get help or her frustrations under control, this can  lead to intense anxieties that will manifest physically and mentally . Asking for help is the first thing you need to do, because you don’t want to become overwhelmed and unable to take care of your baby. Husbands are great helpers especially during night feedings and changing diapers.  Mothers aren’t suppose to be “SUPERWOMAN.”  Taking care of yourself first is mandatory.