As we ring in the New Year, we resolve to be healthier. Eating a balanced, reduced-fat diet is a major part of achieving that goal. However, with colder days ahead, it will be even more challenging to stay away from those not-so-healthy comfort foods.
Last weekend, my family fell in love with this healthier version of our favorite comfort food– mac & cheese. This yummy recipe, which I discovered on EatingWell.com, uses creamy low-fat cottage cheese, hidden layers of spinach and whole wheat pasta for extra fiber:
Makes: 4 servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
With the New Year comes new resolutions. When the calendar resets to Jan 1st, millions of people make a vow for change; from getting out of debt to quitting smoking, getting healthier and being happier. The unfortunate truth is that nearly 30% of people who make resolutions at the start of the year will fall back into their old habits by the second week of January.
Losing weight is one of the most common goals for many people. Studies show that among the many people who do set New Year’s resolutions, about 38% set resolutions related to weight.
With that said, here are a few tips to help you achieve your fitness goals for 2015:
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FAVE ACCESSORY: My Michael Kors tote, holds everything from my Ipad to a Nintendo DSI game console and anything else my eight year old son needs to throw in there
FAVE FOOD: Jerk pork, which will be hard to get due to the fact that I have recently relocated from Jamaica to the Midwest
FAVE QUOTE: “The best revenge is massive success”~ Frank Sinatra
Opinions are like belly buttons and _______ (fill in the blank). Everyone’s got one. That’s why I rarely spend time arguing pointless matters, especially on Facebook. However, I was a little…no I was very disturbed by a comment from another mother regarding the breastfeeding graduate.
If you’ve been out of the social media loop, the above photo of a mother breastfeeding her baby during her college graduation recently went viral. Karlesha Thurman, who graduated from the State University of California, told Today.com that she didn’t think twice about nursing her baby and “did it to show it’s natural, it’s normal, there’s nothing wrong with it.”
The reaction from some women and men on social media has been negative. It was inappropriate. She’s weird. Why did she have to breastfeed her baby during a graduation? Well, as a mom who breastfed two children, the answer is simple. The kid was hungry and that’s what mothers do when their babies are hungry. They feed them.
I’ve had to breastfeed my kids on an airplane, at the car dealership, on the beach, in the bathroom at church…wherever and whenever they decided it was time for a meal. Now, I admit that I’ve always tried to drape myself and not expose too much. But, clearly the recent college grad was trying to make a statement and a positive one at that. So why are so many people (in particularly women) uncomfortable with seeing a mother breastfeed her baby. That one disturbing comment that motivated me to write this post explains it ALL.
My daughter Blake pretty much inherited my hair. Now, I truly empathize with my mother who had to rely on a jar of Dax and/or pressing comb to help tame my gigantic hair.
Every Saturday morning feels like a science experiment. I am constantly trying new products in hopes that it will make her hair more manageable and the process less stressful. She screams, she cries and even throws up sometimes. These panic attacks might also be hereditary because I was the same as a child.
Needless to say, I hopped, skipped and jumped at the opportunity to try Curlkit! Curlkit is an easy way to try out new products and find what’s best for your hair. Each month the box is delivered to your door with full size and sample size products. The subscription fee is $20 per month and not bad considering the cost of natural/organic hair products. The box came filled with goodies including a full size shampoo, curl hydration spray, styling custard and 8 trial size treatments, conditioners etc.
Because she has so much hair that comes with so much drama, I typically do double strand twists that last all week or an overnight twist out for more defined curls. Either way, it takes about 3 to 4 hours and not the best options if I’m pressed for time or simply exhausted.
So I decided to put Curlkit to the ultimate test and the results were amazing. I was able to achieve that cute curly fro (pic above) in under 2 hours with enough time to get everyone ready and out the door for an afternoon event. I absolutely love Curlkit and now that I’ve discovered all these great products, I’m thinking about going natural!
Here’s what I used to get the look:
STEP 1: Wash with Hante Textures Sulphate-Free Shampoo with Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil
I’ve been on a short hiatus but so excited to be back and blogging from Atlanta! Although I’ll always be a New Yorker (Jamaican) at heart, my husband and I decided it was time to move our family to greener pastures. And I mean that literally. I’m currently blogging from the window seat of my soon-to-be furnished office with a view of the woods.
It’s the perfect scenery to let a writer’s imagination run wild. The kids no longer have to leave home to enjoy a playground, park or pool, and we’re taking full advantage of an at home gym with no membership fees.
So far it’s been a great move for my family and the best place for a mommy/lifestyle blogger with two tots because 1) I have so many trendy shops, spas and restaurants right outside my gates 2) getting around with my 4 yr old and 1 yr old is so much easier with all these kid-friendly places AND 3) I have so much to explore in Atlanta and thrilled that I can share it with you all!
Stay tuned xox
I had to sit back and let this year’s Grammy Awards marinate a bit before giving my two cents. Over the years, I’ve tried not to elaborate on the actual performances because I’m usually all caught up with the red carpet looks. However, how could I ignore the delightfully raunchy PDA (public display of affection) between Mr. and Mrs. Carter.
Now, I never give my opinion as an attempt to change anyone’s mind. We’re all entitled to our beliefs, values and what we consider appropriate or inappropriate. But here’s what I think —
1) I find it very odd that people are in an uproar over the expression of sexuality. That’s not healthy.
2) For those who thought it was too explicit for children — it’s fairly easy to pause the TV, switch channels or put the kids to bed. Furthermore, I had no idea that the Grammys was a kid-friendly program.
3) Some folks should have watched Beyonce’s performance , practiced some of those moves and try to reenact what it’s like to be “Drunk in Love”
Anyway, moving right along to my favorite red carpet moments of the night. Here are my picks for best dressed and best hair:
That’s right I said free. If you like my recent review on Eden Day Spa in Tribeca, this is your chance to experience it all for free.
On Saturday, January 5th 2014 from 12pm-4pm Eden Day Spa will host a special day for mothers and daughters (ages 6 to 13) — their GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN event! You and your little diva will get a complimentary Sunflower pedicure, a Rose Hand Mask and manicure. The spa is located at 388 Broadway between Walker St and White St in Manhattan.
Isn’t this a fun and relaxing way to kick off the New Year? Happy Holidays.
I’ve never been big on dropping hints or putting in requests when it comes to gifts. I totally believe that it’s the thought that counts and the more thoughtful they are, the more I’ll love the gift.
Although if money was no object, my holiday shopping list would definitely include these luxurious treats just for moi: