No Rush Makeup

When it comes to your make up, you want to make sure you are making the right impression. Often times we are in a rush to get from one place to the next however, make up should be an exception! Everything has a process including your makeup. Start by getting a good cleanser, toner and moisturizer (Neutrogena, Olay and Clinique are a few to try).

For an everyday natural look, once your face is prepped, make sure you use a primer to help set your makeup in place and help it last longer. Follow up with some concealer to hide some of those fine lines and blemishes. Next up apply your foundation using a facial sponge and make sure to BLEND! Natural light or incandescent light is the best to use to make sure your make up is not too light or uneven.

Tip: If your foundation color is not on the shelf, you take the closest of two shades (a light and dark) to create your color that is in between.

Next up, use a brow pencil, powder/cream or mascara (I use this technique) to help fill in your brows. Apply a primer to your eye lashes to get them conditioned and elongated ย and then add your mascara. Last, but not least, add a little blush to your cheeks and a tinted lip gloss and your ready to go!

Depending on how skilled you are, it may take you 10-20 min. to complete this look. Always remember help is out there. Utilize YouTube (I love Thechicnatural) and learn something from everyone and find out which methods work for you. Maybe one of these days I will create my own tutorial! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Colors of Spring 2017

Just incase you didn’t know, it’s officially Spring!!! Even though the weather has been flopping back and forth, my prediction is that we will have no more snow and those “Spring-like” temperatures will start to be more consistent over the next week ( at least I hope lol)! If you have been in the shopping lately you will have noticed that Spring is in full effect in all your major department stores. Knowing what styles to wear this season is just part of it. 

Knowing what colors to wear is the other! According to Pantone Forecaste, the following will be the top 10 colors for this Spring:

Niagara


Primrose


Lapis


Flame 


Island Paradise


Pale Dogwood


Greenery


Pink Yarrow


Kale


Hazelnut 


All of these beautiful colors are right on trend and are sure to turn heads! I just  looove Pink Yarrow, Primrose and Greenery (reminds me a of cute velour purse I got from Banana Republic years ago)! Did I also mention that Greenery  is also the chosen color of the year inspired by none other, nature ๐Ÿ˜‰. Looks like it’s time to going shopping!

What colors will you be rocking this Spring?

Mini Turkey and Pesto Sandwiches

Another quick and easy meal that can also be taken on the go are these tasty turkey and pesto sandwiches!


Ingredients:

-1 8-10  oz jar of Pesto

-1 package of 12 rolls of sweet bread

-1 large tomoato (more depending on your preference)

-1 package of turkey breast 

-1 12 slice package of Mozzerella  

– Salt 

-Pepper

-Oregano 

-Italian seasoning  

Start by cutting the rolls in half and putting Pesto on the top pieces as pictured below. 


Next up on the bottom pieces of rolls, apply 2 pieces of turkey breast to each one and apply a slice of tomato and add a dash of salt, pepper, oregano and Italian seasonings


Place mozerella (or your choice of cheese) folded over the tomatoes and the strategically place the top half on top making your sandwich ( or pull apart and do individually). You can melt about a tsp. of butter and garlic powder and mix and apply to each role. Place in the oven for about 6-8 min or until cheese has begun to melt. 


Tahdah! These are great during football season or for lunch.

In this case, even for a weekend party in your little guy’s room!๐Ÿ˜œ


Enjoy!

Broccoli Bites

I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for little ones and yourself when it comes to our favorite veggie, broccoli!  I found this recipe a few years ago and made it for the first time for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I am not a fan of broccoli, unless it’s covered in cheese and that only brings about a “like it” and not “love it!” Yet with that being said, I love this recipe and I’m sure you will too!


Ingredients:

-10 oz bag of frozen broccoli 

-2 oz bag of your favorite shredded cheese (I do a blend of mozerrella and cheddar). 

-1 box of Chicken Stuffing Mix (you can doing just the cornbread as well if your spouse accidentally picks it up ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)!

-1 egg (or 2)

– A dash of salt

-A dash of pepper

-Ranch Dressing (optional as a dipping sauce)

Yields about 32-36 pieces

 

Thaw your bag of brocolli a couple of hours prior or emerge in hot water and then drain. Once done, pour out broccoli out in my cutting board and begin chopping them up in small pieces. Once broccoli is chopped, put it in bowl and basically add all the other ingredients together making sure it’s well blended by spoon or hand. 

After mixing, take about 2 tsp. of the mixture and form into a cross of a ball and patty like shape. Once done place on a greased cooking pan about an inch apart and bake for about 12-15 minutes until golden (see picture below). I actually like a little crust at the bottom!

Hint: If your having trouble getting your mixture to form, put it in the microwave for 30-45 sec so the cheese can melt. 


Now of course I have to make the recipe my own, by adding a few extras not described in the original recipe, however you can add different herbs and spices too if you dare! Another alternative is to add chicken! You can take about 3 chicken tenderloins or 2 breasts and boil them for about 20 min. and once cooled chop up or shred with a fork and add to broccoli mixture. I usually make it twice the size than a regular broccoli bite and add some type of rice seasoned on the side with a salad for a complete meal. 

Let me know how you like these little healthy snack and don’t forget to upload your pictures!

Lady Like

The Mother & Daughter Gala was awesome and would you believe I found my dress literally hours before the event started??? Lol. Well this working mom of three literally had no time prior to find a dress, but one place that I knew wouldn’t fail me when it came down to it was Burlington Coat Factory! I tried on about 12 different dresses and narrowed it down to two. My daughter really loved this one and of course you know I love this shade of red (plus it was only $35)!!!

In case you didn’t know, I have been working out the last month doing Beach Body’s 21 Day Fix and drinking my protein shakes through my company ID Life. People always say I don’t look like a mom of three or that I am “small enough,” however when the clothes come off, I know what I’m working with. Trust and believe the nooks and crannies were smoothed out on this night and all in all, I looked and felt amazing! 

Dress-NightwayBurlington Coat Factory/Open Toe Patent Leather Shoes-Target/Jewelry-Gift from my aunt in London/Hair-Cherise Miller from Cutslikeagirl/MUA-Yours Truly

Mother & Daughter Gala


What a time we had at the 3rd Annual Mother & Daughter Gala hosted by Virtuous Women Empowering Ministries by way of Kingdom Love Ministries Church. The event was filled with entertainment that ranged from African dancing, spoken word and a powerful inspirational message from First Lady Staci Fuller. This year theme was “masquerade.” One would think it was about dressing up and wearing your best custom mask awaiting when it was time to reveal who you were. This was sort of the case. 

The wearing of the mask was optional, however the powerful message behind wearing the mask  was one that all could relate to. It was about how we all go through life at some point wearing a mask to shield something in which we don’t want others to see because of fear of what others may say.  Some may come in the form of  unforgiveness, giving into peer pressure or even dealing with depression as First Lady Fuller shared of her own experience. This time was about revealing what was under the mask and admitting what your faults or needs were and recognizing the need for help.  

Not just getting professional help, but spiritual help from our Lord and Savior. The message was not for just our older women, but our younger too who allow things like the media to shape them into the opposite of what God have called them to be. We learned self love and to honor one another as women and those up and coming. Overall it was a great time shared with family, friends and a new found sisterhood. 

A red carpet affair. ๐Ÿ˜

My cousins left to right, Kyesha  and Kim and my daughter and I. Kyesha helped to organize the event through with her church. 

My muffins. 

Striking a pose. 

Keepsakes from the night. 

Spoken word. 

Cherise and her daughter Zoe (also the one who styled mine and my daughter’s hair. Check her out at Ronncutts barber shop downtown on Broad street).

    Mothers and daughter’s cutting it up on the dance floor. 

    A party ain’t a party without the cupid shuffle!

    African performance by Culture4mykids

    They were awesome!

    The theater was filled with beautiful woman young and old. 


    My daughter and I performing “our dance” lol. 


    Charquita (one of my agents from work) and I. So happy she was able to attend with her mom!

    First Lady Fuller ministering. 

    This was a night that was well received. I hope you will join us next year for another great time of giving honor to our mothers and daughters! Stay tuned tomorrow for a post of who I was wearing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Meaty Zucchini & Spinach Lasagna Rolls

    When I decided to stay home for nearly a year and a half after leaving Nordstrom, to spend time with my family, I discovered my love for cooking. I had always cooked prior, however I wasn’t able to do so as often as I would have liked. Being at home allowed me to play with different recipes and create my own at the same time. Whenever I made something knew and I made it a point to take pictures of the process hoping to put it on the blog, however you know how life is when you let it get the best of you!

    My husband and I love to entertain our friends and family over the years and have received many compliments of how tasty our dishes have tasted. Furthermore, it’s always a plus if the kids like it because then you know you are doing something right!  I will be posting a a few recipes that my family and I love and want to share with you. I hope you will try them and let me know what you think! 

    Without further adew, here you go!

    What you will need:

    -1 box of Lasagna noodles

    -1 tsp 
    -2  8oz cans of tomato sauce

    -1 can of tomato paste

    -1 package of ground turkey

    -1 package of mixed cheese (2 cups)

    -1 cup of fat free ricotta cheese 

    -1 1/2-2 zucchini’s

    -1/2-1 whole onion

    -1/2-1 whole green pepper

    -1 egg

    -1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

    -1/4 cup of basil (or substitute for a few dashes out the bottle)

    -2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan (or sprinkle as much as you like can also be substituted for packaged shredded Parmesan)

    -A few dashes of Season All (to taste) for sauce or substitute with salt 

    -Additionally you can had a little garlic, oregano and other herbs and spices you like 

    Now, begin by boiling your lasagna noodles. I cooked 8 of them to cover a standard Pyrex baking pan (or whatever you have).

    Second I cooked my ground turkey along with my onions and green peppers until well cooked. Then I added my tomato sauce and paste mixing in a few dashes of Season All to taste ( I also threw in a few dashes of oregano, garlic powder, parsley and Italian seasoning).

    Next up while my sauce is on medium heat marinating for about 10 min. I prepare in a bowl my rocatta cheese, nutmeg, basil, egg  and spinach a mix together. 

    Once the noodles were done, I layed them out on my cutting board and spread my roccata cheese mix on top and added some slices of zucchini on top (The original recipe did not call for zucchini and only included 6 noodles so I had to spread mixture out sparingly. Lol!

    Once done, you roll them up. You then put just enough sauce to coat the bottom of the pan and place rolls on top side by side. Next up you pour the other half of your sauce on top and then cover with shredded cheese of your choice to bake about 25 min. (sorry forgot to include that picture). Afterwards, you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and bake for an additional 10 min. uncovered. 

    Tadah! Now you have a cheesy and tasty  meal for you and the family to enjoy with hidden healthy goodness! ๐Ÿค—

    Enjoy!