All Things Natural At The Textur’d Hair And Beauty Show

Oct 1, 2017

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I’ve worn my hair naturally mostly under protective hairstyles for a few years now. It just made things easier. But easier isn’t always better if you let a busy schedule and a non-existent hair care routine get in the way. If your natural hair isn’t getting TLC on a regular basis it will take a toll on the health of your hair.  Let’s just say, my hair is in need of TLC, a good hair care routine and a few good products to match. Coincidently, timing couldn’t be better. The  Textur’d Natural Hair & Beauty Show was happening right in my neck of the woods and I was able to catch day 2 of the event.

With over forty (mostly female) vendor’s, I looked forward to chatting it up with hair and beauty brands from Toronto and the United States. It was hard just to choose just one item from the variety of organic, vegan and naturally handmade products available. Almost all of the brands had a solution to maintain, repair and encourage healthy hair growth.

Not just a vendor showcase, several workshop facilitators shared their unique knowledge on everything to do with natural hair, body and skin care. Nutritional Consultant, Trisha Smith, discussed natural remedies and the connection between digestive disorders and the various effects on the hair.  Certified Shea Butter Technician, Kedar Waterman, discussed the many healing properties of premium grade Shea Butter and it’s benefits.

I ATE whole wheat roti, coconut curry chickpeas and quinoa salad courtesy of Chic Peas Veg, a plant based catering company.  I CHATTED with Ndija Anderson-Yantha,  a natural hair advocate and author of “What are you going to do with that hair?” A non-fiction book encouraging young girls to celebrate and love their natural hair. And I BOUGHT, (with so many wonderful products to choose from) En’tyce Your Beauty’s Herbal Temple Root Gro to help with thinning edges. And Muthaland Secrets’  Three Leaves Special Body Bar to help tone and purify your skin. It was a great afternoon fill with positivity and love for all things natural!

My haircare brands wish-list to definitely try,

What do you use in your natural hair?

 

 

 

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3 Ways To Take 10 Minutes And Make It Me Time

Jul 28, 2017

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Last weekend, I spent the entire weekend driving around running errands, dropping kids off, visiting with family and still had to find time to get some real work done. You know, like, developing content! It’s amazing how 12 – 18hrs can fly by without a moment’s notice.

By all means, I’m not complaining. I had an amazing weekend. I enjoyed an evening with friends as they celebrated their daughter’s recent graduation from law school. And stuffed my face at a 55th birthday BBQ. It was nice to lay back and not be bogged down with a long list of to do’s. But as much as I loved spending time in the sun, being outdoors, laughing and sharing good vibes, there’s that little voice in my head asking for just 10 minutes of me-time. Even if the time I’m spending with family and friends is enjoyable.

As a busy women, mother, blogger with very high entrepreneurial ambitions I can be taken so far down the work-business-family responsibilities rabbit-hole, I often forget to take time for myself. So, whenever I can squeeze in 10 minutes just for me,  I’ll take it!

10 MINUTES OF ME TIME !

Massage Yourself. I know it may not be as appealing as an actual massage. And the entire point of a massage is someone else doing the work. But if you’re undistracted and have time to sit with your head phones on and some warm body oil, a 10 minute self-massage allows your mind to slow down and your body to relax. If you can’t get to your entire body in 10 minutes (it’s difficult, I tried) attempt to get to your feet and hands. We tend to use them the most.

Colouring? I mentioned this briefly in my “How To Unplug” from social media post. Without trying, Adult colouring (yes, there’s a term) can be the most relaxing activity you can do in a matter of minutes. Have you ever picked up one of your children’s colouring books and found yourself meaninglessly doodling around to finishing an entire page some time later? I have. Colouring automatically calms the mind and forces your brain to focus. It’s been said to bring down stress levels, act as an alternative to meditation and helps you to enhance your creativity.

Take A Bath!  If you have a full house, wake up a bit earlier than your family, fill your tub with some scented oils (to help calm your nerves), Epsom salt (to relieve muscle pain, headaches etc) and soak. I’m a shower girl myself. I usually don’t have time to sit in a tub and do nothing. I constantly feel like there’s something I need to get to that absolutely can’t wait (hence the reason for this post). Like most, I do a lot of my thinking in the shower, or while I’m washing dishes.  When I do get time to take a bath and soak for a few minutes, I’m so calm I often find myself dosing off. I’m definitely more relaxed and have a clearer mind to start my day.

Do whatever it takes to get you to your stress free place. These are merely suggestions. All it takes is 10 minutes to get your mind and body back in balance.

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So You Want To Start A Blog?

Jul 21, 2017

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My very first blog post was published in November 2008. Shortly after, I started seriously blogging in 2009 for approximately two years or so. Blogging full-time, you would find me at some of the cities hottest events, interviewing well-known artists and connecting with various influencers along the way.  But with all the events, socializing and meeting people, I didn’t understand how to financially sustain a bloggers social lifestyle, produce unique mind-blowing content every single day and continue to grow an online audience for the long term. Not having the right tools, resources or knowledge to guide my next steps was a big factor in my (then) full-time blog very quickly becoming a part-time hobby.

Launching a blog today is fairly simple. There are far more tools, resources and templates to guide you. I’m a big fan of social marketing blog sites: Hubspot and Co-Schedule.  The hardest part in creating a successful blog is keeping your readers interested long enough so they find value in your content.  I read there’s approximately 6.7 million people that blog on blogging sites as of 2016.  That’s a whole lotta blogs! I remember back in ’09 companies weren’t sure what to do with a blog, let alone have a budget to market products and services online. Blogs were personal diaries, for the most part.

Even if creating an income from blogging isn’t your goal, how do readers notice you with so many blogs and bloggers online? Well, there’s no truer statement than “everyone has a story to tell,” advice to give, experiences and knowledge to share. And the simple truth is, no two stories are the exact same.  I recently told a friend, “Once I’m sharing my personal story online then my ‘news’ can never be outdated, it can never get old.”

If you’re passionate about starting a blog even in this oversaturated market, I say go for it!  I did.  But before you take the leap, here’s some simple advice,

  • Be consistent, really consistent. When I started, I posted daily and covered events weekly.  So decide what works for you and your capacity to write. If you’re posting once a week than make sure you blog every single week, religiously.  Some expert bloggers suggest that posting any less than twice a week isn’t enough to grow your audience.  I say start where you can and perfect your consistency.
  • Create good content when you begin but aim to create great content as you get more comfortable with posting consistently. As you define a clear direction and your blog audience, your content will be more targeted.
  • Blogging takes time, a lot of time. Time to research, write, edit, edit again and promote. But most importantly, it takes time to establish your blog and connect with your online audience. So put time aside, schedule it in your calendar, leave the house to create in a quiet area if you have to, but make the time to write.
  • Personalize your content. This may be difficult but your life  experiences mentioned in your posts resonates well with readers. It often gives readers an understanding of who you are.

Go ahead and take the leap. Happy blogging!

 

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Weekly Wisdom: Trust Your Gut

Jul 11, 2017

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Starting from scratch, while working towards a goal or bringing an idea to fruition can be overwhelming and difficult at times. Especially when you’re going at it alone. If you’re crazy enough to want to live the entrepreneur lifestyle know that is filled with uncertainty, can be rewarding and very emotional all at the same time. It takes a thick skin and a lot of determination to keep pushing along, even if you’re not sure where you’ll end up.  Quite often, you’ll be offered endless amounts of advice from people that understand the struggle and other’s that really don’t. At times, it can be hard to decipher what advice to take and what is key to your ongoing progress. But when all else fails – TRUST YOUR GUT – in the end it will never steer you wrong.

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My Little Black Dress For Any Day Or Evening Out

Jun 21, 2017

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It’s almost the beginning of summer and let me tell you, I can’t wait. I’ve had about enough of the gloomy weather. Our April showers seem to be extended until June. Isn’t something about the sun that just automatically makes you smile. Well, whether rain or shine, I have the perfect black dress that is perfect in any undecided weather.  The combined faux leather bottom and t-shirt tie-dye top gives me the option to dress it up (with a scrappy heel) or add something a bit more casual (personally, I’d throw on a pair of all black converse and be done with it). Instead I opted for something in-between. I paired it with my favourite black ankle-bootie with a heel.

Asymmetric Combination Dress // Zara

Black High Heeled Bootie // Zara

Hat // H&M

 

Like I said, if I could, I would pair all my outfits with converse

 

Love,

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