Winter Beauty

Alright winter is back and it’s here with vengeance, lol. While the leaves changing color is beautiful and some enjoy the cold breeze that passes, the truth is winter is stripping us of moisture. Think about it, you exit the shower, lotion your body, and, if you are like me, about an hour later your skin doesn’t feel as moisturized as it did before. So below are a few well moisturizing products, I use, to keep  moisturized.

1.) Shea Butter

This is not a block of yam or yellow custard dried up. This thing of beauty is not only organic, but very healthy and moisturizing. It leaves your skin feeling soft, which is helpful if you suffer from dry skin. Another benefit is it can be mixed with other ingredients like oils, scents, and other lotions. You can find recipes online and you can use it for your hair. So not only does it have natural benefits it can also save you money.

2.) Eucerin

My buddy and pal after Shea Butter is Eucerin. Depending on the dryness of your skin you can use a light moisturizer or a heavy one. I’m all for going heavy during the winter,the heavier the better. So anything between Smoothing Repair and Original is for me. You can expect it to range from $7 on up, unless you have coupons or know a really great place. However, before using this product check out this website: Eucerin Side Effects to determine if this is for you.

3.) Dove Soap

Nothing is more important than the type of soap you use. While I am now a fan of dove, I wasn’t always singing its praises. Now, I find it to be a nice soap for me no matter the season. However, be prepared to feel like you still have soap on you even when you don’t.

So drop me a line of the products you use for the winter to help lock in moisture and keep your skin smooth. Happy winter folks, stay warm and moisturized.


Toward Clarity: Three Tips for Better Writing

Great blogging and writing tips

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Building on Cheri‘s previouswork, we’ve got three more ideas to help you identify needless phrases and excise cruft to create clear, original prose.

1. Excise “at the end of the day…”

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How many times have you seen this phrase, “at the end of the day,” used to introduce a summary, or preface an important point, often with resignation? “at the end of the day” is a classic example of “throat clearing,” where a writer uses a phrase to work up to their main point. The phrase has been so overused in speech and in print it’s become a cliché. In the spirit of “omitting needless words,” excise “at the end…

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Song of the Week: Video by India Arie

Life has been busy lately and song of the week had been momentarily forgotten, but no longer. I heard a song by India Arie, an artist whose music is all about self love, raising self-esteem, and finding beauty within ones self. This song  made me realize that you don’t have to look like girls or women on the cover of magazines, in movies, in music videos, in TV shows, or who are hailed as most beautiful. Your worth is not in your looks, whether or not you match some ideal, but its in your spirit, how you view yourself, and how comfortable you are in your skin. Just love what you see, when you look in the mirror.


[Verse 1]
Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t
Depend of how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally,
Because I am a queen

I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be

Learn the rest here 

Hair Winter Tips

So its winter, its getting colder and depending on how your hair works, the weather is stripping your hair of much needed nutrients and moisture. Need some help or tips, check out Naptural85 again with some methods to help you out; however it is all trial and error so be sure to customize your ingredients for you.