Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work it out Wednesday: I'm back at it-again!

Yeah, yeah I know, I know!!! You’ve heard it before from me that I’m back at this working out and trying to live a better and healthier lifestyle.
I started back this past weekend working out (I’ve been M.I.A. with doing this) and I must say I’m glad I’m back at it with my cardio. My schedule is a little hectic during the week, but I made a promise to myself that I will make time to get some cardio in regardless of what, so far so good. This is how my workout schedule will go…Everyday 45mins to an hour with Fridays and Sundays as off days…. (This may change depending on work schedule).

I’m staying at it this time….taking it one day-at-a-time.

Check out my pics from my 2 workouts this week.

1st day..getting ready

2nd day...after workout

Are you working out and gearing towards a healthier lifestyle?


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Babe Healthy Lifestyle Box

This weekend-June 14th- is my babe birthday and most do not know that I am in a LDR (long distant relationship). My babe is on this lifestyle journey of eating better and losing weight. To date, he has lost 100lbs and I am so proud of him. But because we are in two different states, I wanted to do something for him that will help him along on his journey.

I am one of them girls who really listens to my family and friends as to what they like, don’t like etc……and when events come around such as birthdays, anniversaries etc….I like to give gifts and try to make gift cards as a last resort. I love to see the expressions/smiles on their faces. So, I was listening to my babe tell someone on his FB page that he wanted to get a blender so that he can make smoothies, since he said that it has always stayed in my mind, so it was perfect for me to make him a “healthy lifestyle” care box with the blender in it.

Contents of the box:
Oatmeal- breakfast is his favorite meal of the day
Walnuts/Almonds-These are his favorite snacks when on the go
Blender-for his new favorite thing… smoothies
Bigger Loser Book-for continued inspiration
Orbit gum-this gum curves his appetite while he’s hard at work
Oh and what’s a birthday without cake? So, yes I sent my babe a Red Velvet CamiCake and of course I had to personalize it with their own label on the jar. J

He has already received the box and he was so surprised and happy.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My celebrity look-a-like: Angie Stone

Have you ever been told that you have a celebrity look-a-like? I sure have. I’m always hearing from friends and family that my celebrity twin is Angie Stone. I don’t actually see it myself, but everyone else see it…from some of her hairstyles to the lips and smile that I resemble her.

I have always thought she was a pretty woman and she has a BIG pretty smile.

I hope to meet her one day while we are both are in the ATL to let her know that she has a twin...ME!! lol.

Do you think I look like Angie Stone?


**photo credit: Google

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dusting myself off….and doing it again!

Start, stop, start, stop….yep this is my life and trying to live a healthy lifestyle..well when it comes to incorporating exercise.

See, I know the goal is to start and to keep going, but sometimes life just gets in the way and I will do everything BUT….exercise! And not to mention I have a love/hate relationship with this thing below, lol.

So, I will just dust myself off and do it again and try to rekindle my relationship with the elliptical, lol.

What I am learning is that ….we all may fall off at some point, but the key is to get back up and get back at it, and that is exactly what I plan on doing.

How do you keep going without falling off from exercising or living a healthier lifestyle? If you fall off what motivates you to get back up?


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weekend Recap: Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations

Hey guys! How was your weekend? This was a 3-day weekend for me (working for the State of GA has its perks). We were off on Monday.

My weekend was very relaxing….as always, but this weekend was a little special because it was my middle sister birthday and her anniversary, so we celebrated her.

Strawberry cake w/ Creme Cheese Icing I bought for her

This is my middle sister Mary (her nickname is Pookie). She is the catalyst that keeps us girls our small family together and I love her for that, because when life gets in the way we forget about what matters and she always know when to  reconnects us.

Mary heading out to celebrate her birthday & anniversary

On April 26, Mary celebrated her 55th birthday. I’m so not being biased because she is my sister, but she looks damn good for her age if I must say so myself.

My sister is so fancy

Then the very next day she and my brother-in-law, Alton celebrated 17yrs of marriage together.

My sister and her husband Alton before celebrating

I just love, love.
Are you married? If so, how many years have you celebrated thus far?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring 2014

Today is the first day of spring. I don’t know what region of the world you are in but I can tell you we here in Atlanta is ready for some spring like weather. With two snow/ice storms that shut the city down exactly two weeks apart, we are ready to retire the boots, winter scarves, coats and gloves.

Now, what is spring without some favorite things that I am looking forward to wearing?

Spring Scarves…
Scarves can make a casual outfit come together. You can usually pair a scarf with jeans, a jacket and a wife beater/tank top

I love sunglasses….we all can never have too many pairs of sunglasses to add to our look. We can look fly all while keeping the sun out of our eyes

And to complete any outfit got to have some cute sandals (with a pop of color).

I guess I should get started on my wish list….off to shopping I go.

What trends or your favorite things you are looking forward to wearing this spring?

**google images

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Natural hair: It’s Brooklyn’s 2yr Naturalversary

Singing…. (Tony, Toni, Tone) Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary. That’s right it’s been two years since I ditched the relaxers and decided to go natural.

3 weeks after my big chop

After 2 failed attempts in going natural, I finally decided in December of 2011, that I had gotten my last relaxer and I would be going natural and I was going to do it this time-and succeed. I started my transition phase and on March 13, 2012, I did the BC (Big Chop) and the rest was history I was on my way to learning my hair in its natural state.
By month 3 of being natural, I gave my hair its own identity and I named her Brooklyn.

wash n go style using...leave-in conditioner, oil and Cantu Curling Creme

braidout using Carol's Daughter products


another braidout using Eden bodyworks products

A few fun facts about me & my natural hair
I told not one soul when I went to the salon to get my hair cut off. I wanted to surprise everyone (and I did, lol)
Since being natural I have not tried any protective styling (weaves, wigs or any type of braids)
90% of the time I wear my hair in a high puff.

my favorite style..the puff using water, Miss Jessie's leave-in condish, oil and rubber band

  What being natural has taught me thus far
 PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE (I can’t say this enough)
 Think Healthy hair over length of hair

A few of my favorite products
 Cantu curling crème
 Miss Jessie’s leave-in condish
 Eco Styler Gel (pink)
Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO), Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil
Aloe Vera Juice/Water mixture

So, far being natural has been one of the best decisions I have made. I am more comfortable with my natural hair now than I have ever been.

Are you natural? How has your journey been so far?