Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites #1 { Beauty items and Instagram }

Where has January gone? It's the last Friday of the month and I'm just now getting around to doing my very 1st Friday Favorites. This series will showcase some of my favorite things, life, quotes, music and other randomness. Basically whatever I'm feeling. Let's get to it...

Tone Body Wash-Oil Infusion
I love me some body wash, but this one here gives me life. I purchased this from Walmart and have yet to find it again. I guess it was just my lucky day when I found this body wash. This body wash has Exotic Argan oils & Marula Oils and it smells oh so heavely. I didn't want to get out the shower when I first used it.

Organix-Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo
I've been natural going on 3 years now and I didn't use shampoo on my hair until this past December. I still hardly use it, but when I do it will be about once a month. I like this shampoo because it doesn't make my hair feel stripped and it has my hair feeling so soft.

Ulta- Dual Action Cleansing System
Ok, why am I just now investing in one of these things? I should have been up on this years ago, but its cool I'm up on it now, lol. Because I suffer from hormonal acne this skincare cleansing system was a much need in my life.

Instagram-Story of my life...well hell every woman life

There you have it my 1st Friday Favorites. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite things


Monday, January 26, 2015

Main Dish Monday: Shrimp Penne Pasta w/ Broccoli

Heyyyy Happy Monday! I think I'm really liking this Main Dish Monday series. It's helping me get back into this whole cooking thing. I'm a simple kind of girl, so that mean my dishes will be just as simple. So, lets get to this weeks meal.

This week I had a taste for some shrimp, so Shrimp Penne Pasta w/ Broccoli was on the menu.

The recipe called for:

Shrimp (or Chicken)
Penne Pasta
Alfredo Sauce

First I boiled the penne pasta for 11mins and my broccoli for 3-4mins...after I drained both and set to the side for a minute.

I returned the pasta to the cooking pot proceeded by the broccoli, shrimp then alfredo sauce. Stirred and then back to the stove on low to cook together for an additional 7mins.

Now, I cut my prep and cook down on this dish by 12 mins or so, because I went to my local grocer and had my shrimp peeled, deveined and steamed with Old Bay seasoning. So all I had to do was add it to the pasta. This step right here saved me so much time in the kitchen.

Add a small caesar salad, garlic bread and a glass of white wine would complete this meal.

Quick and simple!

What's on your menu for today? What ingredients do you add to your pasta meals?


Sunday, January 25, 2015

With This Ring Movie on Lifetime

Ladies, how many countless conversations have you and your girls had over a glass of wine about some of you all friends getting engaged or getting married?" Or when you question yourself "When will my time come?" I am definitely guilty of this! This is exactly what "With This Ring" was all about three friends Regina Hall (Trista), Eve (Amaya), Jill Scott (Vivian) try and defy the stereotype of being single and unwed. The three ladies set out to get married or engage in one years time by any (safe) means necessary...even in an once unconventional dating(I will tell my story about this on another post)!

And some aspects of it touched really closed to me....lawd!!!! Like.....

  1. Liking someone you can't have
  2. I filled my day-to-day with other things to not focus on being single
  3. I used to think (in my younger years) that I would be truly happy engaged or married
  4. I was once engaged, but called it off 2-weeks before the wedding

I must say that this movie was hilarious and if it would be a mini-series on Lifetime I would definitely tune in weekly to watch. If you hadn't watched it yet, it will show on Lifetime many more times so be sure to watch.

Did you watch With This Ring? If so, did any part of it hit close to you?  


**images via google**

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Vision/Goal Board 2015

Who doesn't have visions or goals for themselves? I know I do. So, here it is the middle of January and I am just now sharing my vision board. I think I have covered everything I want to focus on this upcoming year and I have also written down about 4 other things in my journal.

I'm never the one to over-crowd my board. I want to be able to see everything I post. I don't want to miss not one goal. With that being said....let's go over my board real quick.

Cork Board: I chose this board because it's small enough to sit on my work station at home and I can use it over and over again. I used a poster board last year and it took some of the paint off my wall with the tape, so...Buh bye posterboard. Hello Cork board!

Heart Push-pins: How cute are these? I didn't want the normal regular push-pins. I wanted something really cute to hold my goals for the year. These was purchased at Target $2.79

My vision board represents everything that is important in my life now and on-going. My theme is: The Happiness Quest!!!

2015 Vision Board

Have you done your vision board for  2015 yet? If not, what are you waiting on?  Its not too late. 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Recap: Red Hawt Sexy Specs and other randomness

Hey y'all! The weekend is slowly coming to an end. But my weekend was cool and the weather was awesome here in Atlanta....Friday, Saturday and Today the sun was beaming and there was not a need for a heavy coat, gloves or a scarf. Actually I wore on Saturday jeans and a blazer and Sunday I wore a jogging suit. Yes, the weather was that great that I couldn't stay boarded up in the house.

My weekend caused for some shopping and girlfriend time. Here's the recap:

Friday: After work I did some shopping. I went to Ulta, Sephora and DSW. These Sephora lip stains are new(the current lip stains will be replaced by these) and not even for sale yet to the public. The Manager was nice enough to sell them to me later on these. I did wear one of the lip stains on Saturday as you will see below.

Saturday: I had an eye exam for some new sexy specs, after my appointment, I then met up with my friend Andrea for lunch at T.G.I.Fridays, then we headed to MAC to get her some lippies and a few other stores. Let me tell you...these red frames gave me all the was love at first sight. I did buy them along with a black pair. Also, the doctor told me my vision in my right eye got better since my last exam...well look at God! lol

Sunday: Was real relaxed...A quick trip to the grocery store (which didn't have my main ingredient for Main Dish Monday **side eye**) and the rest of the day was filled with some much exciting football.

What an end to a wonderful weekend and its even better because I don't have to set my alarm for tomorrow.

What did your weekend consist of? I hope it was great.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wellness Wednesday: My Fitness Pal

I have a confession....I'm overweight!  No, I'm really overweight. But the good thing about it is that I can-and finally-going to get to the bottom of this thing called being "overweight."

To help me get on track I downloaded the fitness app....My Fitness Pal. There is where I will log in my diary my daily food intake (breakfast, lunch,dinner and snacks), my daily exercise for each day and track my progress along the way. It will even send me a reminder if I haven't logged my lunch or breakfast! How cool is that? All-in-all this app can keep you on track if you have a habit like me of losing focus from time-to-time. Also, with this app they have a community board where I can connect with others who are on the same lifestyle path for added motivation.The community is a great resource within the app. My Fitness Pal app is a one stop fitness tool right at my finger tips!

Are you currently on a lifestyle change yourself? last thing, if you are currently using this app or will be in the near future, please follow me on there and lets motivate each other. If you know of someone I should follow, please leave their name in the comments below. My username is: naturalshug


Monday, January 12, 2015

Main Dish Monday: Stuffed Peppers

Happy Monday!! It's the second week of me doing "Main Dish Monday" and I must say I'm kind of enjoying finding recipes to cook. Now since I'm trying to get back into the swing of cooking I still need to go simple. I'm not ready for those meals that calls for 10 ingredients right now, lol. This week I am cooking one of my favorite meals that I hadn't made in quite a while...Stuffed Peppers.

The recipe call for:

Bell Peppers(red and yellow will work as well)
Ground Beef or Turkey (I use Turkey)
Tomato Sauce

The ingredients

The first thing I did was cut off the top of the bell peppers and took out the membrane; then I boiled the peppers for 10 minutes on high. While the peppers was cooking I cooked the rice for 20 minutes and the ground turkey for 10 minutes, after this was all done I prepared the filling for the peppers. I mixed the rice, ground turkey and the tomato sauce together and placed in the oven for 35 minutes on 350 degrees. The total prep and cook time was 1 hour 15 minutes.

Bell Peppers washed

Cooked Rice

Ground Turkey

Ready for the filling

Getting ready to go into the oven

Hot right out the oven

Dinner is served!

This meal was delish and had my place smelling good. You can add a small salad in addition if you like. As for me, I like to eat my stuffed pepper by itself.

What's are you having for dinner today?