Jul 21, 2016

5 Reasons I Started Juicing

I've had my share of heath issues---but within recent years, I've been battling weight gain and sporadic digestive issues in particular. As for my weight gain, it's stress related. And nothing soothes my soul when I'm stressed like a good ole meal, Netflix and my sofa. But let me tell it, I had things under control and before I knew it---ten lbs has crept on. Then came the stomach/digestive flare ups. More than likely caused by my diet. So I had to make a change and I started (organic cold pressed) juicing. But here are all the reasons why. 
1. My BFF introduced me to it. So shout out to my BFF TB who like myself had her share of health issues---started juicing and reaped great benefits. So I thank you (I know you read my blog posts) so much for introducing the concept. I love you girl!
2. I don't Like Eating Breakfast. I don't know what it is---but for the life of me I've never been enthused or inclined to eat breakfast. I know. It's the most important meal of the day. I just can't do it. I'm just not interested. Not even in a yogurt or breakfast bar. So as a supplement---I now opt for a cold fruit juice instead. 
3. I don't typically adhere to the daily nutritional diet guidelines. So besides skipping breakfast, my daily intake of the recommended daily foods simply doesn't happen. Work-life balance is out of whack. And quite frankly---living out of a suitcase doesn't help much. So when I'm always on the go, juicing is a great way for me to get the necessary nutritional intake required to help maintain a healthy diet.  Plus, could you imagine having to eat beets daily. Ugh!!!
4. I need to lose weight. Listen---I have nothing against having a few extra meat on my bones but when I look in my closet and can't wear 70% of my clothes, we have a huge problem. Especially when replacing them isn't a viable option. And opting for everything spandex differently is an absolute hell to the no!
5. It's a lifestyle change. The goal? To sustain and foster a happier, healthier and balanced life that grants me the opportunity to have the physical and mental fortitude to live life to the fullest. 

Live . Love . Laugh

Jul 14, 2016

5 Things Your Skin Needs

When it comes to the world of beauty , it can certainly lead to a world of intimidation. From the latest trends, social pressures of keeping our eyebrows on fleek or keeping our contour game 100%. But great skincare really isn't that complicated or at least it shouldn't be. Whether you've got dry skin, combination skin or oily, I'm sure you've experienced a market place saturated with millions of products claiming to rid you of your most annoying beauty ailments.  Many to which simply will not work for many of us. Here are five simple beauty rules to live by that are sure to keep your skin looking its best.
1. Sleep - I've got to have at least six hours of a good nights' sleep or else. Less than six hours of rest alters my mood (talk about cranky), creates eye baggage and other stress factors impacting the appearance of my skin.
2. A Fresh Face - I don't know about you, but I can't wear makeup everyday. For one---it's too much of a hassle and two, my skin will hate me. I try to limit a full beat face to 3 days a weak unless it's absolutely necessary. Too much clogging of my pores will send my skin into a pimple-infested frenzy. So allowing the skin to breath make-up free does the face good.
3. Exfoliation - Ridding the skin of its surface dead skin is key to healthy and smoother skin. As I get older, I find the need to exfoliate more often. So I exfoliate both my face and body at least twice a week. It helps to combat my dry skin and helps to hold more moisture in.
4.Water - I can't live without drinking at least 32ozs of water daily. I have dry skin and it's really easy for my skin to flake and act an ashy fool. So the only way to combat this along with proper skin moisturizing is to drink plenty of water.  Not only is water good for combating dry skin, it's also good for ridding the body of impurities and controlling weight gain.
5. The Sun - Can we say vitamin D! Sunlight is known to trigger the production of vitamin D in the body. Researchers found that this causes immune cells to relocate to the outer layers of the skin where they aid in the protection and repair of damaged skin caused by excessive sun exposure. Studies also show that moderate skin exposure can help heal certain skin conditions like acne and eczema. I knew there was a greater reason I enjoy basking in the sun. Sunshine makes me oh so happy and does my melanin-rich skin good.

Jul 11, 2016

5 Things to Consider for Your Next Dinner Party

I can't tell you how many dinner parties I've attended in the past that turned into a night of misery for both guests and host(s). What started out as a night of fun and entertainment seemingly ends up as a night of hassle and irritation. Don't get me wrong---I love a good outing, meal and amazing company. But I am extremely particular as to whom I enjoy my time with now as a thirty-something. So the next time you plan on hosting a dinner party (especially at a public restaurant)--please consider these five things first. They will help alleviate any confusion and headaches.

1. Choose Your Guests Wisely - Ever show up to a dinner party and say to yourself, who are these people? Before you send out invites, make sure to choose friends with similar interest and commonalities. Nobody wants to be stuck in an intimate setting for hours with strangers who have zero in common. 
2. Set the ExpectationsAvoid surprises. Let your guests know what to expect for the evening. This includes any activities (games, guest participation, announcements) set to take place during the dinner. It would also be wise to give the guests a heads up on dinner prices should the dinner take place at a restaurant and should each guest be responsible for footing their own bill. 
3. Be Prepared to Pay - There may very well be discrepancies in the final bill. Yep, this happens and you've got to be prepared to foot the bill or a portion of it if need be. 
4. Food Options - Not everyone can eat a 14oz ribeye Oscar style so you've better have options for the vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free.
5. Allocate Enough Time - Whether private or public, dinner parties take time. So plan well and allocate enough time for arrivals, dinner and wrap-up----and being respectful of your guests' time by not scheduling your dinner too late in the evening. 

Jul 6, 2016

5 Ways to Make A Strong Online Presence

Unless you've been living under a rock (a huge one at that..lol)---- there is no secret that we're living in a global digital world. From blogging to e-commerce, everyone has a digital footprint to some degree. That's just the nature of society that we're living in. Employers are finding talent online thanks to sites like LinkedIn. Romantic hopefuls are finding their soulmates online via sites like match.com. Millions of freelancers are chronicling their passions through content publishing on blogging platforms like Tumblr, WordPress or Blogger---and businesses are connecting with new and potential customers. But what does it really take to establish a strong online presence?  
1. Own Your Domain. Owning your own website domain name and email sends the message that you mean business. It establishes credibility and reputation. It's professional. Let's face it, we have to start somewhere and if that somewhere means that you started out only with a facebook page, a Blogger site (domain.blogspot.com) or WordPress (domain.wordpress.com) site--upgrading and owning your own domain (businessname.com) with a corresponding domain email (info@businessname.com) sets the stage for the image and perception that people establish about your brand--whether personal or professional.  Domain names are fairly inexpressive. You can check out these options here.
2. Killer Website Design. When I speak of a great website design, I'm obviously speaking to the design aesthetics but most importantly---speaking to how your information or content is laid out. You can have a $5K website built that is killer in every sense (graphics, optimization, responsiveness, interactive), but if your content is poorly organized---then forget it. When folks visit your website and can't find what they are looking for or don't know what they should be looking for, they are going to leave. With no hesitation.