Beauty is not only about your physical appearance! We need to have a beautiful environment as well in order to truly be at our best.
Take some time to make your home and surroundings better and you will ultimately look and feel better yourself.
The first thing I do when I enter my home is to take my shoes off. I keep slippers close to the front door so that I can take the outside shoes off and wear only the inside slippers. Taking your shoes off at the front door keeps the allergens and pollutants to the main area and you don't track dirt and dust inside.
At least twice a week I make it a point to crack the windows to let some fresh air in for a couple of minutes a day. Indoor air can trap and recirculate polluted air, especially if you don't have indoor plants, so letting some fresh air in can do you a world of good.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
So the Ombre lip thing is exploding all over but I have some mixed feelings about the trend. I think those look cool for an onstage presence but I do not think they can be practical for everyday use.
This one may look ok and might last all day because it is matte.
On the other hand something like this may not work at all because I can see it rubbing off at the first bite of food.
Monday, December 16, 2013
This Diva has some DRY hair. I have been returning my hair to its natural state...I cut off all the relaxed bits and have been chemical free for 12 months now.
I forgot how dry my hair is, especially since I don't use petroleum based grease to 'moisturize' my hair and scalp any more.
Anyway I decided to try out the hair mayonnaise because I know my hair needs some protein as well as moisture. I am going with the overnight deep condition because I am feeling a bit lazy and I have to go out tomorrow.
I applied the hair mayonnaise LIBERALLY to my dry hair (which has not been washed in 6 days) and covered it with a plastic cap. Then I tied a scarf over that to keep the plastic cap in place so I do not mess up my pillow while I sleep. I will wash out the hair in the morning and use a light conditioner on it.
Wish me luck!!! I will let you guys know how this method of deep conditioning works, compared to the 10 minutes after shampoo method.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I am attempting to clean out my closet AGAIN to make way for some fresh fashion. I am not a girly type girl and I feel very comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt or a polo shirt.
I have been wearing the same clothes for a LONG time now and I think I would like to get some new items. I did manage to get one or two pieces on sale or clearance but I really would like to do a total overhaul of my closet.
I tried the hanger method but never went through with it. The hanger method is where you
-turn all of your hangers backward
-wash items and place them on hangers facing the correct way
-after a predetermined time (usually 6 months) anything on a backwards facing hanger needs to go.
Of course if you have winter months you may need to extend the time but I have clothes that I have not worn when it was hot nor when it was cold. I got rid of a few of them but I just did not get rid of all.
My plan now is to go cold turkey and just strip things off the hangers. Once I have removed EVERYTHING from the closet I will go back through and do a Love it or Leave it method.
If it is an item I Love then it will go on a hanger. If I am not madly in love with it then it will go into a sorting pile and may end up not being a part of my wardrobe moving forward.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I have been working on my daily planking schedule and I am pleased to report that I am up to a 20 second plank today. I was scheduled for a 15 second plank so I am a little above schedule but this is great.
I just want to be able to at least do the minimum number of seconds on the schedule and if I can do more then that just means I am getting stronger!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I heard that planking is a great way to firm up your abs and I have seen a few plank challenges going around.
I decided to do my own modified challenge for the month of December as follows
Day 1: 10 seconds
Day 2: 10 seconds
Day 3: 10 seconds
Day 4: 10 seconds
Day 5: 15 seconds
Day 6:15 seconds
Day 7: 15 seconds
Day 8: 15 seconds
Day 9: 20 seconds
Day 10: 20 seconds
Day 11: 20 seconds
Day 12: 20 seconds
Day 13: 25 seconds
Day 14: 25 seconds
Day 15: 25 seconds
Day 16: 30 seconds
Day 17: 30 seconds
Day 18: 30 seconds
Day 19: 30 seconds
Day 20: 35 seconds
Day 21: 35 seconds
Day 22: 35 seconds
Day 23: 40 seconds
Day 24:40 seconds
Day 25: 45 seconds
Day 26: 45 seconds
Day 27: 50 seconds
Day 28: 50 seconds
Day 29: 55 seconds
Day 30: 55 seconds
Day 31: 60 seconds
If I can go a little bit more on certain days I will try to do that but my goal is to at least do the number of seconds that I have listed.
Planks are easy to do in the comfort of my own home and that is easy to do soon after I wake up.
Wish me luck!!!
Friday, November 29, 2013
I am so tired of counting calories and not getting anywhere. I am not motivated to exercise and I will do it every other day for about a week and then I give up.
I punch in my calories into the little app on my phone...but then I run into problems where I eat something that is hard for me to figure out the calories. Like home made macaroni and cheese.
Or a tuna and mayo sandwich that I made myself.
I am also terrified of becoming diabetic so I have decided to try to eat like a diabetic to help prevent going down that road.
This entails making a few easy changes like just using less sweet stuff. I have already started by NOT buying ice cream and cookies and eating more fruits and vegetables.
It also entails making a few hard changes like actually sticking to my exercise plan. It really should not be THIS hard to walk on a treadmill for 20 minutes every other day....ESPECIALLY when the treadmill is right across the street from my apartment.
This new plan means I just eat better....I know what I need to eat, I just don't do it. So no more counting calories because I find that too restricting and I just don't want to keep up with it.
Here's to a healthier me!!!!