Single Life

There is something powerful about being single. Possibly that’s my own little conclusion that I came up with. Lets look at the obvious reasons.

  1. I can come home whenever I want.(Hands down the number one reason!)
  2. If I want to jet off to Bora Bora, I don’t have to worry about consulting with a significant other.
  3. Maybe I feel like having take out dinner because I can.
  4. I don’t have to pick up your stinky socks off the floor or tell you do it.
  5. So what if I didn’t make my bed up.

This list could keep going on, but the ones that are single or married or in a committed relationship can catch my drift. The thing is that it’s something that should not be in mourning. Your “status” does not define who you are or where you are headed in life. If anything it’s letting you know that you are capable of making decision entirely on your own. It’s not the end of the world either if your surrounded by working adults all day that want to talk your ear off about anything that is not relevant to your job. Coming home to peace and quite is like sweet nothings in my ear. Then your phone rings and one of friends have something so juicy to tell that you know you can’t blow them off cause hot juicy gossip is one of your guilty pleasures. The moral of this whole point is that if you are single you should embrace every aspect of it, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. If you want to learn a new hobby then you should go for it. I live in Hawaii(yea I know, how lucky) and I wish I could put the effort into learning how to paddle board, but first I need to be a stronger swimmer. If your still in search for your Prince Charming or you Cinderella chances are you may find him or her when you would at least expect it and while you are out just having a good time and enjoying your life. But in the mean time don’t have a pity party when someone tries to poop on your parade and ask you: “When are you going to settle down?” Oh I could give out a lot of responses for that one but there maybe a few not so nice four little words that could easily offend someone.

Are there other singles out there that feel the same way or maybe you could tell your own reason.

xoxo

Crystal

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Confessions of a Foodie…..

 

Sometimes when I’m having something really yummy I’m already thinking about my next meal or something that I could make later in the week. As I was sitting at my desk for lunch I came across this recipe and thought: “Yes, I’m going to have that for lunch over the weekend. I’ll make it Saturday and make sure I have enough for something quick to have on Sunday.” Photo and recipe courtesy of  The Perfect Pantry. If you were wondering what was lunch: Quinoa salad with edamame, and tuna. Really good!

 

NeoLoveSoulChild

What is is that we seek? Our souls wants peace, but our minds need to be nurtured. This world not only belongs to us but also to a higher power. So lets be more kinder to the gift that we have been given. Not only to the ground that we walk on, but lets be kinder to ones we share our dreams with. With that being said let’s reflect more on what our purpose is and how we make a difference. Not just for yourself but for the ones around you.

It’s cliché to say that life is short; theoretically speaking it sends so many volumes of truth to each of us. I would rather spend one hour on something that was magical than a lifetime of misery or go simply nothing. Anything on this earth can give you joy. I would like to think that the joy lives inside of us…

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Our time

What is is that we seek? Our souls wants peace, but our minds need to be nurtured. This world not only belongs to us but also to a higher power. So lets be more kinder to the gift that we have been given. Not only to the ground that we walk on, but lets be kinder to ones we share our dreams with. With that being said let’s reflect more on what our purpose is and how we make a difference. Not just for yourself but for the ones around you.

It’s cliché to say that life is short; theoretically speaking it sends so many volumes of truth to each of us. I would rather spend one hour on something that was magical than a lifetime of misery or go simply nothing. Anything on this earth can give you joy. I would like to think that the joy lives inside of us as well. I cant tell you how long it will take, but that journey is one that you need to venture and seek for yourself.

Why do you want to touch my hair?

A movement has taken place within the African-American hair community. That would be wearing all natural hair. For the ones that are reading this may not understand what natural hair means: “natural hair is not having chemically treated or altered hair.” Chemically treated would be having a relaxer perm to your hair. Now if you are still wondering what does chemically treated means, well basically it helps give your hair a more smother texture which for some is easier to tend too. With the option of going natural women have the option of wearing their hair in the most natural /virgin state. With that not having to worry about hair breakage from the chemical that make the relaxer. The texture of the hair is coarse, kinky, curly, coily. The list goes on. Now for my disclaimer I am not an expert on hair. Whether it be African-American hair or hair that is the product of interracial mixing. I am an expert on my hair and I know what works best for me.

I’ve been completely natural for almost 2 years, my texture falls into the state of being very coarse with extremely tight coils. The journey it self was not easy to follow, let’s face it after over 20 years of having permed hair and then BAM I got my hair cut off and now I have a very short afro. As far as I was concerned I had to learn how to deal with “new hair” that I was not accustomed too. Before I got my hair permed when I was 9, my mother did the best that she could do and she always made sure on Sunday morning it looked the fliest before church. But that’s another story some other day.

After learning how to accept my new look with short hair and getting adjusted to that new freedom of get up and go hair I really didn’t know what to do with it. I mean I couldn’t just wash it and be done for the day. No way! My hair needed lots of love as in detangling (OW), moisture(YEA) and patience (HUH). So maybe for the first year my hair was looking a little dry and it stayed  in an Afro state cause I did not know how to create styles. After talking with women that wear natural I learned about YouTube. At first I didn’t go on YT to watch videos cause I didn’t see the point in it. But once I learned that I could learn so much about caring for my hair on these channels I thought it was something worth checking out. To my surprise I did not know that it was literally a whole new world, I mean these videos could go on for years. I was hooked. After watching some these videos I found some of my favorites that gave good advice for hair care and great tutorials as well. Some of my favorites are AfricanExport, Alicia James, Taren Guy and Urban Bush Babes/ Not only did these ladies give good tips on hair care, but also tips on health and beauty products and fashion ideas. I credit UBB for helping me tap back into my vintage bohemian goddess.

So back to the coils. It was natural for people not to gravitate to my new style, which was fine by me cause I wasn’t pleasing no one but myself. However some of the comments that I got was a little hurtful and I thought it was almost unfair to criticize how someone choose to style their hair. But to each its own I guess. After a while I came to love my hair for what is, and I know my hair doesn’t make it “me”, it is apart of me but so many other things come to play.  Now more than ever I get a lot of complements on different styles that I try out and I think the most I get complemented on is from on of my favorite sales associates at my local health food store. Little things like that makes a difference. So if you are an African-American woman contemplating on starting out with natural hair just remember what I said earlier about your hair needing “LOVE”. “Ow,yea,huh!

Vintage Mood

Some favorite vintage looks to get you in the mood.

Coming up soon: Vintage looks from my own closet! 🙂

Veggie Tart

So yes it’s possible to have a delish veggie tart that’s easy to make. For meat eaters this can be an alternate on a day that your feeling quite…veggie perhaps? If your like me and you work a regular 9 to 5 this can be whipped up in no time. The quick way of doing this is to have a type of bread that is already pre-made that you can purchase at your local grocer. I used Naan Bread.  Naan bread is common in most Middle Eastern cuisine, it is an oven flat bread. Somewhat similar to pita bread. Now if you want to be daring you can make your crust for this. To let you know now and part of my disclaimer: I’m not a baker!!! However my beloved sister is quite a baker with the #bestdoggoneRedVelvetCake. EVER.  But feel free to use any type of bread for this. This is a form of free style cooking.

Step 1. First you want to start off with pre-heating your oven to 400°

Step 2. Assemble all your veggies. For this tart I used, zucchini, tomato’s, red onion, kalamata olives, and chopped garlic. (I used half of each veggie) If you have an eggplant, squash or bell pepper that would be great as well.

Step 3. Toss all of your veggies on a baking sheet. Season with Salt & Pepper and your combination of mixed herbs.

Step 4. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Tossed all ingredients together(with the exception of the olives and garlic), place in the oven for about 30-45 minutes (Depending on how tender you like your veggies.)

Now while your waiting on your veggies to roast you can chill out a bit, have a glass of wine, change into something comfy or whatever suits you. If you’re a girly girl like me you can figure out what to wear the next day with that glass of wine. Just don’t get to silly with it now. 🙂

All the kiddies are ready to go in. Remember you may want to wait until later to add in your olives and garlic.

After your veggies are done to your liking you want to start to assemble your Naan bread or the bread/crust of your choice. The type of hummus that you wish to use is up too you. I had an artichoke/garlic flavor.

Naan Bread- you could use this bread for any type of dish.

Artichoke and garlic hummus

Add as much hummus as you want!!!

Kalamata olive or black olives is fine

Final product before it goes back in the oven

The reason I wait till the end to put the olives and garlic in is because I don’t want to burn the olives and the same with the garlic. After everything is assembled like in the above picture it can be put back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure your baking sheet or foil has some type of baking spray on the bottom so the bread wont stick.

So there you have it something easy to make on a weeknight when you just want to relax before your next day. I’m not an expert on wine pairing..but when in doubt..Pinot Grigio!!!

Enjoy 🙂