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in BEAUTY, Natural Hair

Three of My Favorite Loc Styles

Would you believe me if I told you that I style my hair more now that it is loc’d than I did when I was a free natural? I had no idea how to manage my natural hair before locs because I am convinced my texture does not fit into any of the categories. My hair texture looks coarse, feels super soft and comes with a lot of frizz. This was one of the reasons why I decided to loc my hair because I knew that I would be able…

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Social Media Detoxing

Social Media Detoxing

If I calculated how much time I spent scrolling on my various social media handles, I would be completely unashamed. I would start on one page, somehow end up on another and the next thing I know I am way too deep into lurking on someone’s page that I did not even know! Then I would hop from one social media site to the next until I have drained myself and an embarrassing amount of time has passed. This could go off and on for various hours. I would look…

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black girl magic
in Culture, LIFE

Best Black Girl Magic Moments of 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 was no walk in the park for anyone. It was a pretty rough year for everyone, but for one group it was a magical year—black women! That’s right. Through all the challenges and surprises of 2016, it was one of the best years for black girl magic! We decided to create this list of some of our favorite black girl magic moments of 2016. Check it out below and share! 1 Beyonce Shut Down the Super Bowl 2. Beyonce unveiled LEMONADE 3. The Great 8 – Eight…

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Four Ways to Practice Gratitude

Four Ways to Practice Gratitude

Thanksgiving is among us and as we prepare for the family fun and good food, we can’t forget the purpose of the holiday. Taking time to acknowledge what you’re thankful for is important and it can be done in various ways. Here are four ways to practice gratitude this Thanksgiving and for the rest of the year. Write it Down One of the simplest and most common ways to practice gratitude is to write it down. There’s something about writing things down that makes the gratitude more tangible and can…

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Fall Date Ideas
in LIFE, Love

Top 5 Favorite Fall Dates

I would have to say fall is my favorite time of the year! I love when the leaves begin to change colors, and when I can pull my sweaters and boots out of the closet. Oh and did I mention my birthday is in the fall! Fall brings a warm, cozy feeling that is impossible not to love. I would have to admit I don’t ever recall actually enjoying fall with a significant other however; I am a hopeless romantic. So of course I ponder over things my future significant…

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Treat Yourself: Three Simple Ways to Engage in Self-Care

One of my favorite things about being a woman is the innate ability we have to juggle multiple roles and appear to have it altogether. We make sure our family, friends, employer, church and any other affiliation we have are in good shape, but fail to take care of ourselves. We will use all of our strength to make sure we complete our daily to-do lists without putting ourselves on it. As a nurse, I know firsthand how stress can affect your body or quality of life and yet I…

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Natural Hair in the Workplace
in Advice, LIFE, Natural Hair

Being Natural in the (White) Workplace

No, you can’t touch my hair. Being Natural is hard enough. With the copious amounts of products in the market and the struggle to perfect a twist out, bantu knot and perm rod set like your favorite YouTuber, life is not easy for naturals! The task of maintaining the white standard of professionalism doesn’t make being natural any easier. Perhaps it’s time for others to learn to accept our hair. African American professional women have long hid under weaves and perms in order to get in formation with their white…

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Workout Mindset

Three Ways to Get Into the Mindset for Working Out

My whole life, I have been a very active person when it comes to physical activity. However when I was pregnant, I took a whole year off from exercising. I really did not have a reason as to why in the beginning of my pregnancy. When I got to my second trimester, I experienced a flare-up of my Ulcerative Colitis that lasted throughout the rest of my pregnancy. Since that happened, I did not have any energy to exercise. I just wanted to do what I needed to do to…

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