Black Hairspray+Information

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine.

I’m super excited to share with something! I’m currently going through the process of getting my natural curls back. I’ve had relaxed hair for awhile but now I am ready to have my natural curls back. Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of protective hairstyles. My favorite so far are crochet braids.

That’s why I’m super excited to tell you all about Black Hairspray. Particularly their crochet braids hair. Black Hairspray is an online beauty store that sells thousands of hair products and even wigs! What I love most about this website is that you don’t have to be a professional to know what you’re getting.

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I’m in love with the crochet style because it protects my hair and honestly it just looks cute! I love the curly styles but you can get anything because so much is offered.

I would definitely check out Black Hairspray if you are looking for affordable hair products. With going natural it’s really important to be gentle to your new growth. Wearing protective hairstyles is a key to this if you don’t plan on doing the “big chop”. I definitely want to share this journey with you all. So if you are interested please let me know and I will start documenting it. I’m obviously no expert on natural hair so I have tons of questions. It would be great for us to be able to support each other.

I hope you all check out this amazing website. I’ll be posting again soon!

Amina Winter Box+Review

I’m so excited to share this Etsy shop with you all! Wild Plants Love You was sweet enough to send me out there winter box full of natural feel good items. I know spring is so soon but if you live in the Midwest you probably know that winter never really ends here in Cleveland. The snow keeps coming and the coldness never really goes away. From the start of this winter I have experienced the worst allergies. I’m not sure if it has to do with traveling or extreme weather but this winter has been awful for me. I try to use natural products to make me feel better. I’d prefer to know what’s going in my body. Before I get into the contents of the box I want to share with you all ways I make myself feel better.

  • I drink lots of water. Staying hydrated can really make a difference in how you feel. You’ll be surprised how well you will begin to feel once you hydrate your body. I use an app to remind me to drink liquids throughout the day. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated when there’s a blizzard outside.
  • Face mask. When I feel really gross from a cold or allergies I do a face mask. Sometimes I use a clay mask (my favorite) or a sheet mask (great for lazy days). The only reason I can tell you that this makes me feel better is because it’s nice to pamper yourself.
  • Drink a cup of tea. This goes with staying hydrated but I also feel as though it helps to relax. There’s something about sitting down and enjoying a nice hot cup of tea.

Before I get into the box I should mention that the winter box is no longer available but you can get the spring box which is just as cool. Okay so now I can get into the awesome contents of the box I was sent.

Ruby Delight Syrup– a tasty syrup you can put into your drinks throughout the day to make you feel better. It’s full of herbs that do great things for the body.

Release+Renewal Incense– I love incense. I love it when I meditate and when I just want to relax.

Cool Balm– have you ever felt achy and stiff during the winter? Well, this balm is for you. It’s great if you have a cold or flu.

Cardamom+Anise Infused Honey– I love this honey! It’s great in tea and even great in oatmeal. If winter had an official flavor this honey would be it.

Sage+Mint Throat Spray– I love this spray so much because my allergies give me the worst sore throats. This soothes this so well.

Deep Breaths Aroma Inhaler– this inhaler is the calmest thing I have ever used. I actually just used it. For me it’s calming but also wakes you up.

I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to try out everything in this box. I hope you all will check out the Etsy shop to see if anything interests you.

Greenfield Jewelers+Local Business Spotlight

It took me awhile to really appreciate jewelry. Now I love small meaningful pieces. You all probably know that I used to live in Pittsburgh for a few years. I love that city and I love learning about local businesses there. I recently learned about Greenfield Jewelers, a family owned jewelry shop located in Pittsburgh. Even though I don’t live in Pittsburgh anymore I really wanted to do a spotlight on this incredible family business.

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How gorgeous is this necklace. Valentine’s day is a week away and I’m sure your significant other would love this as a special gift.

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I’m kind of obsessed with these earrings. I have no idea where I would ever wear them but they so glamour and well made. These would also be great as a Valentine’s day gift.

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Okay, I kind of lied. I’m actually completely obsessed with this ring. It’s gorgeous, right? It’s so shiny and pretty. This would be the perfect engagement ring for anyone thinking about popping the big question.

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This ring is so wonderful! It would make a great gift.

I love how incredibly made these pieces are and on a future trip to Pittsburgh I’ll definitely be stopping by. If you would like to stop by you can visit Greenfield Jewelers at

Or visit them at

https://greenfieldjewelers.com

February Book Review+Valley of the Dolls

I’ll be honest I couldn’t finish The Dark Tower so I’ll just be jumping right into my next book in the book review series. If you’ve been following my blog and social media for awhile you know how much I love Sharon Tate. One of her most famous roles was her portrayal as Jennifer in Valley of the Dolls. I love that movie more than words can describe so I won’t waste so much time confessing my love for it.

However, I am very excited to start this book and give you all a review. I chose Valley of the Dolls for February because this book has so much love in it. Romantic love and love between friends. I’m on a 60’s kick right now so that’s the other reason for this book choice.  As always I hope you all join me in reading this. Sorry for the last review, I promise to stick with this.

Sunday Eats+Halo Top Ice Cream

As many of you know, I’m type 2 diabetic and also follow a gluten free diet. I’ve been diabetic for almost 8 years and even before being diagnosed I wasn’t a huge sweets eater. But I do occasionally crave a sweet treat and ice cream is my favorite. 

Between trying to find diabetic friendly treats that are also gluten free I’m left with not a huge selection. A couple of years ago I heard about Halo Top ice cream but wasn’t sure about the flavor. A few weeks ago I decided to finally give it a try and honestly, I’m impressed. 

The first flavor I tried was the peanut butter cup and it was so creamy and rich but didn’t even spike my glucose level plus it’s gluten free. I bought that twice before getting the birthday cake flavor which is probably my new favorite Halo Top flavor. That says a lot because I love anything with peanut butter. 

The whole pint is only 280 calories and this also didn’t do damage to my glucose levels. I’m happy that I can eat my favorite treat without worrying about how it will interfere with my health. Of course this is all my own personal experiences and you should definitely check in with your own doctor before making any changes to your diet. I’m also not sponsored by Halo Top. I genuinely love this ice cream and wanted to share it with you all.

Coffee And A Classic+Review

There’s nothing I love more than reading a good book and drinking a nice cup of tea. I feel like books and hot drinks just go together. I also have a deep love for classic novels. I’m convinced Coffee and a Classic was made for me and others who want nothing more than to read in peace and sip their tea. Each month Coffee and a Classic send you a themed box. You get a classic novel and a really cool mug. They also include little things to go with it. Sometimes we forget about how awesome classic novels are, so this is a great way to revisit those stories that made us fall in love with literature.

I love the theme of this box because it’s nature/woods themed. Another thing I would want to mention is that the box all of the items come in is a photo box. I can’t wait to reuse it as a memory box.

 

The book that gives this months box its theme is “Walden or Life in the Woods” by Henry Thoreau I’ve never read this book but I am very excited to dive into it. It looks interesting and makes for a great Sunday morning read.
I have a strange love for mugs. I love the design of this one, it’s super cozy and green is one of my favorite colors. This mug is really big, too so it will hold a lot of tea for me.
Not only is this a piece of a log, but it is also a magnet. How strange is it for me to be excited on my refrigerator?
This candle makes me happy every time I sniff it. It smells like pine, campfire, and burnt marshmallows (my favorite)
If I remember correctly this bookmark is made out of linen. I actually might start using a bookmark.
It’s chai and I love chai. I’m a happy camper.

 

I remember the first time I made smores at a campfire, this brought back nostalgic memories. I also love s’mores.

I love this subscription box and I’m so happy I’ve been able to work with them to bring this review to you all. I definitely recommend this box for book and tea (or coffee drinkers).

 

*This box was sent to me for a review but all opinions are my own

Merkaela+Review

“PAST AND FUTURE ARE IN THE MIND ONLY — I AM NOW.”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I love products that are natural and that make me feel good all around. I like finding ways to meditate while doing everyday things. I like to smell the fragrance on my wrist. I like to enjoy the routine of making a cuppa. I like to massage my lotion into my skin without rushing. It’s about enjoying the small things and not thinking so much about that upcoming deadline or past mistake. It’s about being present in the moment.

I’m very excited because Merkaela gave me the opportunity to not only try their products from the summer box but to also work on my meditation. The environment I live in is a highly stressful place and it’s hard a lot of the times to feel grounded and present. I’ve been doing meditation more lately to help my anxiety. A big thing for me is just enjoying the little things in my life-and just taking time out of the day to just breathe.

Merkaela is a subscription box that sends you out really amazing handmade and natural products. Instead of getting a box every month you instead get one every season.

JASMINE PALO SANTO MEDITATION ELIXIR

I love this spray. I use this when I feel anxious. It helps ground me and allows me to remember that I am present and I am okay. The smell is amazing, it’s light and not overpowering. I use it on my bed and as a fragrance.

TANGERINE & SAGE SHEA BODY BUTTER

Please order the box so you’re able to try this incredible body butter. Lately, I have had dry skin and I think it’s because of stress.This helps so much and smells so good. It has a very earthy which I love even more. A little goes a long way with this jar of goodness.

HIBISCUS TEA POTION

I feel bad about not having the opportunity to try this tea yet but unfortunately, I don’t have a tea infuser because I had to throw out the one I had been using. 😦  But here is what Merkaela say’s about it: “The ultimate wellness blend for the Summer. It is refreshing, hydrating and with high levels of Vitamin C. More importantly, it helps raise conscious awareness to higher levels in order to bring you closer to what it is needed in your life or let go of what no longer serves you.”- Merkaela

PEPPERMINT SOAP BAR

This product smells so good! I haven’t used it yet but I am saving it for a very special bath.

 

PINK LEMURIAN CRYSTAL

I love crystals and I’m very happy about adding this beauty to my collection.

 

SACRED SAGE SMUDGE STICK

I can’t wait to use this.

 

CALENDULA LEMON SALT BATH

I haven’t had the chance to use this yet either because I currently only have a roll-in shower. But as soon ass I get into my new place I ‘ll be using this and enjoying it. It smells so good.

Definitely get you a box so you can experience all of these incredible products. If you reserve the summer box you’ll get 10% off your first order.

 

 More discount codes for you all:

  • ALIVE15 – For 15% off our Quarterly Subscription (Month to Month)
  • ALIVE20 – For 20% off our Yearly Subscription

 
 

*I was sent these products to review, all opinions are my own.

Woman Up Box+Review

It’s so important to support women owned brands and businesses. I have another amazing subscription box to review for you. It’s the Woman Up Box and every product in the box is created by women. Awesome, right? The box I received was the June box because they still had some extras. I’m not sure if they still do but don’t let that discourage you from subscribing to them to get a box because once I go into detail about everything you’ll want one so bad.

This tea is so good (of course it was the first product I tried). It’s light and refreshing and great as an iced tea.

I’ve never used a sugar scrub but this is so cool. It really made my skin softer and the smell isn’t overly sweet.

I’m saving these color-yourself-cards for something special. But how cute are the mini pencils?

It has a great tit and an even better scent. I’m in love. I also get to add another lip balm to my lip balm collection.

There’s nothing like having a quirky little pocket mirror to give you a boost of confidence. It even comes with a protector so the crumbs at the bottom of my purse won’t ruin it.

If you’re a fan of sweets then these treats are definitely meant for you. They’re a nice sweet for those moments when you’re feeling nostalgic.

This perfect little stone is a worry stone. There’s a part in it meant for you to rub when you’re worried or anxious. I’ll be rubbing this a lot.

I’m in love this necklace. They’re actually Mala beads or prayer beads. I’ve done a little of research and they’re meant to keep you grounded, which we all need more of.

 

I hope you give Woman Up Box a chance. They’re a great company and their mission is incredible.

 

 

 

*I was sent this box to review. All opions are my own.

Silk Hair Designs+Review

 

You probably can tell from some of my photos but I have very thick hair. When it isn’t straightened my hair is full, curly, and sometimes frizzy. The frizz is what I dislike the most. I always knew that silk (pillow cases) were a great way to prevent frizz and keep your hair healthy, but I never took the plunge to buy one. I never thought about how my hair ties could be causing damage. I mean I definitely feel the hair being ripped out from my head. That’s why I switched to scrunchies. Now I’m in love with silk scrunchies..

I received these from Silk Hair Designs. They are seriously the best scrunchies I have ever used! I love how soft they are. I love how they slide out of my hair without ripping some of my hair out. They come out with ease.

I know some people feel like scrunchies are outdated but I actually think they’re super fashionable. Some of the top social media influencers have been wearing them. So don’t let that uncertainty discourage you from wearing scrunchies.

It’s hard to choose what color I love more. But I have a weakness for green and that emerald green is a favorite of mine. I also enjoy the different sizes. The white is a great statement piece and the gray is a great everyday hair tie.

I’m very excited about these and as simple as they are it’s the little things that make me smile.

I really hope you all try out these. They’re affordable and durable. If you have thick hair like me give these a try.

*I was sent these for review, all opinions are my own.

 

Lazy Sunday+Summer Reading List

I thought I would take a break from the sponsored posts and share some cool stuff with you all. You all know that I like love to read and I love talking about books even more. I’ll be honest it’s tough to read given the nature of my environment right now but once that’s over I’ll be reading as much as I want without constant distractions.

I have an Amazon Wishlist where I add books and tea that I would like to eventually get. If I’m listening to a podcast and hear a few book recommendations I add them to my list. I also get recommendations from Vogue magazine. I love being able to read the excerpts of the books. It’s a great way to learn about new authors or new books.

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Let’s start off with the most recent book I’ve heard about. Witches of New York by Ami McKay This is high on my list for books I want to be able to read, it doesn’t come out until July 11th but is available for preorder. I’m not sure if I ever shared this with you all but I’m a huge fan of historical fiction.

The story is about two witches in the 1800s who finally feel comfortable to be themselves without being prosecuted (this takes place two hundred years after Salem) for who they are. They open a shop in New York selling potions, teas, and other items. They soon hire another young woman who shows signs of being a witch or just sick.

It seems like a great read and I’m very excited about it. I also wouldn’t complain if Ami McKay sent this book for a review. Just saying.

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This one is going to be a hit, I can already tell. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a tale of love, loss, and a whole lot of glamour. Evelyn Hugo is an older Hollywood star who is known for her love life. She asks a down on her luck journalist to write her memoir. She agrees to do it without fully understanding why Evelyn wants her to do it but she needs the job and gets down to business. Evelyn is known to be private so her sharing her life with the world is a big deal. I need to read this, it sounds so good, right?

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War, love, loss, new relationships is basically The Alice Network by Kate Quinn in a nutshell. A young woman from the northeast of the USA in the 40’s is threatened to be disowned by her family for being pregnant. She’s sent to Europe to “take care of the problem” but instead goes to London to try to find her cousin who is more like a sister to her who was lost during the war. In the process, she finds a woman who could possibly help her on her quest. She also learns about a group of women who helped the war and went by the name “The Alice Network”. I love stories like these because even though they are fiction they have a lot of truth to them.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments.