This is by far one of the funniest and most honest books I have ever flipped through. Working in a book store, I do a lot of flipping. One page I flipped to said Christians like R-rated movies that are devoid of sexuality but chock full of violence. THIS SHOOK ME!!!! While it was immensely funny, I thought back on my many Netflix journeys into the land of entertainment and how I will look at the rating description and feel more comfortable if it says it is so rated because of violence but if it says nudity or sexuality I stay away from it.

I often think of the things that I allow my son to watch and how I would prefer to monitor them so I know what he has going into his eye, mind and heart. That process of internalizing visual information does not end when we have gone beyond 4-years-old. It’s still there in all of us and it causes desensitization to things that are against God.

MOVIE DIET!!!

Yea, I think it’s time to cut back on the movies that I watch.

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Just for future reference

If I decided to straighten my hair any time soon, I want to have this article on hand. I really hate when my hair is straight but I mean, some people want to see it so I’ll oblige, only for a little while anyway.

 

The week of living soaplessly: Days 3…and hair talk

Ummmm yesterday was day 3 soap free and I did not update so here I go. When my skin was wet it felt HORRIBLE!!!! Like greasy and weird and I was ready to quit this and grab some soap and scrub-a-dub but no, I continued to see how it would work out. A very funny thing happened, after I got dry, my skin felt amazingly soft. I’m not really sure what happened but I guess it worked out in my favor.

Now, hair. So my cousin took down her kinky twists and straightened her hair. The growth she has since she cut her hair like…last year(?) is beautiful. I wish I had a picture to show but noperz. Another time. Seeing her hair, just adds to my desire to take my twists out!!!!! I don’t want to straighten my hair, just see it, feel it and play with it. I miss my hair and I’m like blog-stalking people like College Curlies and Curly Nikki. I LOVE THEIR HAIR. I’m about a few months to a year away from their length but it’s still fun to look and imagine. LoL

Anywaiz, maybe I’ll take them out on Thursday….I don’t know yet.

I’m not exactly a naturalist but…

I happen to find a lot of things in the naturalist realm that I greatly identify with. I really like natural hair products and this soap free thing is just not that bad so when I see a natural concoction that will not only work but save me money, I am all for it. For instance on Curly Nikki, I found a recipe that resembles the E’Tae Carmel treatment in ingredients and benefits. I’m loving that! So When I take out my twists (I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!), I’ll try it and see how it works out.

Here’s the recipe:

Susonnah Gonzalez of Naturally Curly writes:
With all the right ingredients, you can make your very own hair mask at home! Enjoy the natural moisturizing effect of bananas with this banana smoothie hair mask.

Banana Smoothie Hair Mask: Quench dry or overworked hair with this fruity concoction that will leave your strands sparkling.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Using a wide-toothed comb, apply the mask to your hair from the roots to the ends. Let the mask soak into your hair for about fifteen to thirty minutes. The more damaged your hair is, the longer you want to wait. Rinse out the mask with cold water, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

 

By the way, even though I love a good alternative, you will not find me making my own toothpaste or deodorant….ummmmmmmm there are some things I just won’t do and I have to draw the line somewhere.

Adios!

 

The week of living soaplessly: Day 2

Well, the lack of soap still isn’t affecting me. It’s kind of funny, I would have expected that I would feel at least somewhat greasy today but what I feel is soft…like abnormally soft (for me that is). Still, this is only the second day and I will not draw any conclusions until my 14 day experiment-a-ma-bobber is over with.

Ya know, I haven’t used the Jane Carter solution leave-in spray in a while because the price went up. This time around with my kinky twists, I bought it again and diluted it 1 part leave-in to 1 part water and it is just as effective. I actually knew that from a long time ago but I really love the stuff for my twists plus it smells sooooooooooo good!!!! (I just smelled it on my finger).

Anywaiz, adieu!

The Skinny on Prayer

The week of living soaplessly: Day 1

I’ve decided that I will go the next seven days performing my hygiene practices without soap and the following seven days with soap so that I can accurately compare my results and see which is really better.

Today was day 1 of my no soap…ummmmmm experiment. Coming out of the shower, my skin, including my face, felt clean as usual and I didn’t have to use as much lotion because my skin felt supple as it was. Even though I did not use soap, the deaodorant that I was previously wearing washed off without leaving any residue or that weird frictiony feeling that it tends to if it is not washed off properly. Still, none of that. With water and a rag, I’ve accomplished cleanliness. Still, this is only day one. I’m not going to write off Dove yet.

Speaking of Dove, Unilever the manufacturer of Dove products also produces White Beauty a product that claims to bleach skin in the event that people want to be lighter…*cough cough* whiter. Now, I wonder, should I be concerned enough about that to boycott the product. While they promote self love in this country, abroad they are sending the message that people can look better if they are lighter. Should I take this as a justice type issue or should should I leave it as a marketing (demographic) issue?

Are they perpetuating a desire to be what one is not in order to have a better life due to skin colour over merit or is it that they see as desire for such products and are doing their duty (and well, they’re jobs) as a company and producing what the populace wants?

Maybe I’m blinded by my brand-loyalty and would like to pretend that even though people should be happy with themselves and merited because of achievement, that it is ok to disguise this marketing scheme as “giving the people what they want.” Gotta think of your demographic first… yea.

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