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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Amazon moms - FREE 2DAY shipping

So not many peeps know this but Amazon has a cool program for Moms - Given I'm the amazon queen I jumped at this about a year ago . Whilst visiting friends in Chicago I realise this is not public info - so if you're a Mom or Dad get on the Amazon Mom program - it's free membership and you get ALL (not just baby stuff) amazon retail goods with FREE  TWO-Day shipping - How cool is that eh .

Membership is free so you really have nada to lose  -

Check it out here http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/info

x

Jo

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Do you know how strong you are?



“You are Braver than you Believe, Smarter than you Seem, and Stronger than you Think - Winnie the Pooh!


Absolutely love this. Do you know that nobody can play you better than yourself? Do you know how incredibly talented and strong you are? Do you know the reason you're still alive today is because you still have it in you to fulfill your God given purpose. 


You know you can compare yourself with the next man but that will sometimes make you vain or bitter -plus how DARE YOU!! God made you unique - you have your own path - - you see everybody, yes everybody on this PLANET regardless of the continent you live in all have 24hrs in a day - regardless of how rich or poor you are you have the same amount of time as everyone - SO SPEND IT WISELY -  tomorrow isn't guaranteed so make the most of today.


 Never be afraid to fail of fall - you fall 7times you stand up 8 - that is strength, that is resiliency, that is courage, that is YOU!. 


Do know let 2011 pass you by -make it happen! No one can ride on your back unless it's bent - say no to excuses - if you make mistakes -shake it off and move on  






x


Jo


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Half or Full Marathon - that is the Q

After my last post I began taking steps towards my goal - The easy or maybe not so easy one was my Marathon Goal.

I've looked at the Georgia running schedule and they're a few Half and Full Marathons races in October. Question is do I want to do the full or half. Given I've done the half a few times now - one will expect me to push myself or as Shaun T (INSANITY instructor) will say - DIG DEEPER. However Jojo has already come up with a few reason why running two Halves as opposed to one full will be better -

1 - Weather - tis incredibly hot in the summer in GA - Will I be able to run more than 10miles in the heat?

2-  Busy schedule  - I have 4 weddings to attend this year - i.e 4 weeks of training - ok maybe not 4 - more like  weekend training lost - I could always work around this.

3 - I haven't a no 3 - just listing 2 reasons didn't seem sufficient tehehe .

Anyhoo, I've just asked myself why do I want to run 26.2 miles - Long distance running is takes stamina, commitment and endurance - I want to do this for my own growth - I want to endure and persevere..Also I'm currently exploring running for a cause - I'm torn between Mentoring and Cancer Research.

I have till May 28th to decide - should I opt for Half then it should be a breeze but the 'Full' can also be done by God's grace :)

I'm going to sleep on this a dilemma and hopefully by tomorrow or so would've gained some clarity



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Some of my goals for 2011

Procrastination is disease that I'm totally ridding in 2011. For everything that I think, dream, start in 2011 - I want to be able to complete or make great progress towards it. I'm publicising some of my goals in order to hold myself accountable. Moving from dreaming to creating, from starting to finishing. Stop making excuses and developing a 'JUST DO IT' attitude

Few of my goals - in no particular order

1- Certified in Personal Training
2- Run my 1st Marathon
3- Create my line of Hair and Body care products
4- Volunteer at least 1 day a month
5- Adopt a healthy eating life style

God and my beautiful family are always going to be no1 1 in my life and will be the only valid reasons for me not achieving any of the above thus I have no excuse :)

My aim is to be able to look back this time next year and smile.

I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.

WOW! That was harder than I thought- but right now I'm feeling incredibly motivated and inspired. YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE! YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SHOULD.

Action plan - break goals into small steps -


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Don't just dream , CREATE IT.

Read this on Jillian Michaels FB page and just had to share

'You have 1 true obligation, that's to contribute your best you to the world.Visualize what you want out of life & think big. Don't be afraid of what others think. That's their business not yours. Don't feel undeserving. We're ALL deserving of living our dreams - some of us realize it & some don't. You’re not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths & step up. The world is waiting.-



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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Everyday is a Gift - Be thankful!

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
Willie Nelson

Today was an odd day - On my way to dropping my happy 1yr at the Day care - I had flashbacks of my Dad. Then from nowhere I started crying. It's now close to 3 months Daddy passed away but I guess I'm still grieving.

Daddy has gone to final rest never to return - I'm still trying to come to terms with Death. One day we're alive and well and the next we're gone.
The intention of this post is not to dwell or focus on the loss but instead life. Life is special.
2011 has made me refocus on what is truly important - not hair, success, material things but on faith, hope and love.

Without love we're simply existing and not living. Love is what drives us everyday . It has taken me some years to realise this fact but I'm grateful I know so now.








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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wash, SHAKE and GO!!

So I'm still loving my newly found Wash and Go style- Below is my 3rd wash and go - Day 3

For daily touch ups - I spritz with Water mix with a bit of EO and grapeseed oil.







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Some Inspiration - running on empty?

“As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.”
Emmanuel Teney 
On the days where my faith is weakened I turn to the following sources1 - God - I cry to him2 - My husband - he always elevates me3 - Word of God via lightsource.com (Hillsong tv and TD Jakes are my favourite)4 - Worship via Klove.com5 - Values.com6 - TED.com
Usually by Source 3 - I'm right as rain again - I really should add call a friend but these day I rarely talk on the phone - everyone is busy with their our baggage and I'm not the one to add to it.Today was one of those blue days but I'm ending it on a high.Stay blessed




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Friday, March 18, 2011

AYURVEDA all the WAY!!

Ok since I began my this 'natural hair journey' - I would say I wouldn't have lasted this long without the youtube vids, blogs, facebook pages etc. I learnt SO MUCH about hair in the last 3months than I have my entire erm erm '25'years  :) - -

They say if you're not adding you're free loading - thus my one of my reasons for starting this blog - well apart from documenting my journey its also to share what works for me - hopefully you can tweak it and make it work for you too. Since I posted my youtube hair journey I've gotten ton's of request, messages, etc  - oh what products do you use? what's your hair regimen, what's your hair type, how long have you been natural,  etc - My goodness!! I'm not an expert thus cannot tell you what will work for you - shuu with my last Beautiful curls saga I'm still searching - I must say I do have my staples - my Ayurvedic treatments will forever stay -

So I've noticed that my hair is getting curler/kinkier by the min -I'm 100% attributing this change in texture to my Ayurvedic treatments -

What is Ayurvedic - per wiki - Ayurveda is the complete knowledge of life, Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India. Essentially the use of Indian herbs, oils and powders to treat hair.
Now Indian women are know for their beautiful long tresses - shuu think how much Black women pay for a lb of Indian hair - why not look at what they use and cop that :)

Thus my current and to stay weekly treatments will forever be Ayurvedic- unless someone tells me its bad for my hair - I'm sticking with it. I'm still on the look out for the perfect gel. However I'll make my own homemade flaxseed gel one of these days.

Oh so I no longer Henna weekly - I do so biweekly - I alternate between Indian powders treatment and henna- only because Henna is a wee messy -- way too much cleaning to do :)  I'm lazy !

Ok here's my routine

 Ingredients
Amla powder -
Brahmi powder
Neem powder
Vatika oil
Distilled water
Conditioner - any should suffice - I use Yes to Carrots/Cucumbers

Add 2 tablespoons of Amla and Brahmi to a clean bowl, 1 table spoon of Neem , add water (you want a muddy creamy paste) - then add conditioner , with maybe 1table spoon of Vatika oil - Now I really don't measure - so I'm terribly sorry if this is a hot mess :) - but it should be thick and muddypaster - if light and runny then you want to add more conditioner or powders .

Leave on hair for at least an hr - I leave mine for 2hrs

Oh get yours at a local Indian grocer - Its about $2.49 a pack.

I'm off to bed -- I seriously need to get a video camera - It will be much easier than writing :)





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Natural hair is HARDWORK!!!

Ok so about 2days - I almost did an Amber Rose - no not her lifestyle - her hair - I so was going to chop it all off . I had already booked an appointment, told the hubby and made me mind up. In my head I was set to do it Weds afternoon - to never return to hair - it's just too much work.

How did I get here - err not quite sure actually after I discovered wash and go and realised I didn't have to twist/braid my hair each nite I figured it was the way forward. Ecostyler gel kinda left my hair a wee crunchy and dry to touch - I thought why not try something else - so whilst shopping at Whole foods and perusing the natural hair aisle - I was torn between Beautiful Curls, Giovanni hair gel and Jane Carter  - - Thrifty me decided on Beautiful curls. I bought the Leave in conditioner($8.99) and activating cream($10.49). Jo Jo was so excited - I couldn't wait to try the products.

Got home - washed and conditioned my hair , applied the leave in, then twisted my hair with the activating cream, covered me head with a satin bonnet and went off to sleep .

Next morning - unravelled it and was DISAPPOINTED with the results - my hair looked and felt dry - It was somewhat defined - but I hated it - It was limp , lifeless and just DEAD - ok maybe I'm a wee extreme here - but I just didn't like the outcome.

Arrggghh!! What a waste of time and money - now I have to figure out a quick style for work - so I glanced at my Eco styler - and I could see it calling my name - - I jumped in the shower - cowashed with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, applied Beautiful curls leave in(oh the leave in is FAB - tis the activating cream that was drying) , then applied Eco styler - rake it thru - then stepped back into the shower and did the 'head shaking thingy' - I must say this made a MASSIVE difference - it truly defined my curls. This time round I decided to air-dry and not hood dry - just to see the end results. I must say I'm somewhat pleased with results but where did all my hair go - it shrunk -:(

here's pic's of the twist out and wash and go

Twist out using Beautiful curls







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Friday, March 11, 2011

INSANITY!!!

I'm like totally excited - yeah totally - hahaha OMG!! I just purchased INSANITY! I can't wait to start - before I start talking about Insanity or my fitness journey - so yesterday I posted on my FB wall - 'INSANITY!! can't wait to start!! Next morning I wake up to a message from my my dear mother in law - saying ' am I ok , why did I make such a post, the mouth is a powerful vessel FB or no FB - I laughed out loud - it was indeed hilarious - I can't believe she thought I was going INSANE - lol bless her! I do love her very much.

Anyhoo - Not sure where to start with my fitness story  - I guess I'll just start with the present. Or rather post my son T, To get the full picture of Jojo I'll summarise my fitness/body

Age 0- 11 - average slim girl
Age 11-13 - big balloon - not US standard but by African standard - I was somewhat big or had the tendencies to be FAT.
Age 13 - 16 - moved to England and ballooned some more - but nada too crazy my heaviest was US size 12 or 14.
Age 16- 21 - blossom - God shined his light on me - I somehow grew 6inches in 3years and blossomed quite nicely - I thank God that this happened in my late teens :)
Age 21-25 - kept it steady - was a steady US 8 and the stayed a size 6 for awhile
Age 25+ :   keep it at size 6 and then T happened - I ate like there was no tomorrow and gained a whopping 55lbs. Yup 55lbs on my 5'10 frame - went from 155lbs to 210lbs in 9mths - CRAZY STUFF!!!

Ok back to today - I've since lost 48.5 of those 55lbs - my plan was to lose it all before T turned 1 but ah well - T will be 1 in a few days and I'm 6lb shy of my goal :( - Nonetheless I'm super pumped and excited about my new workout DVD - INSANITY. I can't wait to try it. I plan on starting tomorrow - phew!! i hear it's so intense - I hope I don't break any bodyparts :(

I'll delve more into my fitness journey in another post - I gotta go sleep now - -



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Wash and GO !!!

I've been reading and watching a lot of you-tube videos on wash & go -After 3months of wearing my hair naturally - the nightly retwisting/rebraiding my hair each night was becoming a wee tiring. I was also getting bored with the same look - I stumbled on a You-tube wash & go video and thought to try it out.

My hair is 4b type hair - or maybe its even 4c - but somehow I still manage to get the curls out . When it's dry with no products in it - it's dead straight with no curl pattern - but with my Miss Jessies or my new Eco styler gel find I get a curl here and there.

Anyhoo - so my very straightforward and particular husband goes to me err you're hair is always the same, I don't like it like that anymore - why don't you try something else. Ok my husband is actually keen on my appearance from head to toe - I'm talking hair, nails, skin, heels everything gotta be on point - whereas as for me for I can't be arsed - I actually do not like putting the time and effort to my entire appearance (I know very unlady like) - I'm extremely free spirited -or rather can't be bothered - so perhaps the reason we're a match. Some of my friends say their boyfriends or husband don't notice when they change their hairstyles - mine knows when I trim it lol - left to him I'll get my nails, hair etc done weekly and never be allowed to wear flats- I'm just not the type - ah well - at least I'm saving us money.

Ok you see I'm getting distracted again - arrrghhh!!! focus Jojo - ok back to my Wash and Go - - so after the hubby's comment and watching the youtube vids for inspiration - I thought ok I'm going to try this .So I did -

Products I used
Eco styler gel
Jo Uthman's oil mix
Garnier Fructis - Triple Nutrition conditioner
Kinky Curly Come clean shampoo.

How I applied it
I didn't quite follow any particular You-tube tutorial - I sorta worked the above products into my hair.

Step 1 - Clarified hair with Kinky Curly Come clean shampoo
Step 2 - Conditioned with Garnier Fructis
Step 3 - Rinsed off conditioner and spritz hair with Jo Uthman's mix (oil, conditioner and glycerin)
Step 4 - Sectioned hair in 6 parts
Step 5 - Applied Eco styler gel with a bit of Jo Uthman's oil mix - and rake it thru

Now after step 5 my hair looked like a white mop :) - I thought the white stuff wouldn't go away thus I couldn't wait for it to airdry so I sat under a hood dryer for 10mins. - After which my hair was still a wee damp at the roots but 80% dry - I got out of the dryer looked in the mirror and fell in love with my hair - OMG! so you mean my kinky Nigerian hair can look like this .. HA!!  AWESOME !! I walked into the bedroom and the hubby was like what did you do to your hair - I'm like do you like it? he's like yah - this is how you want your hair to look all the time. Now all we have to do is dress the part - cos you can't dress down with cool hair like that - In my head I'm thinking one at a time mate....Anyhoo - enough of the rambling - see below my Wash and Go - my very 1st attempt at it.






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Thursday, March 10, 2011

WOWZER!! March already -

Just realised I've haven't blogged in over a month. Partly due to travels, work, family and Madam P (procrastination). I have so much to write about - not sure how or where to start :( -

Roughly a month ago I set off to my hometown in Southern Nigeria for my Dad's funeral. The trip was actually very smooth - smoother than I anticipated - especially with T (my almost 1yr son), The flight was 10.5hrs long from Atlanta to Nigeria and about 13hrs return. A week to my trip I began the Daniel's fast with my church. I'll blog about this in another post. It was a fantastic experience- spiritually, mentally and physically.

Ok my mind just wandered away and I just spent 2hrs perusing other websites and youtube - now I know why I never get round to blogging - I get distracted way too easily.
I've completely lost my train of thoughts - in order not to kill this entire post I'll continue with what's on my mind now. So my trip to Nigeria and the whole funeral really awakened me. Sounds a wee cliche but we are not the 'body' - we're spirit beings - the body is really a case. Seeing my Dad just lie in the coffin so peaceful brought a whole lot of emotions - at 1st I couldn't quite connect to this 'body' - it wasn't my Dad - he was long gone - we're only burying the case(body) - Now I know it's true when they say the cemetary is full of unfilled dreams, visions and destinies. I'm indeed glad that my Dad lived a very good life. He died a peaceful short death - no long suffering and he lived to see his children's children. 7 children, 18 grandchildren - Amazing eh. He lived well - he left a legacy - I carry him in my heart everyday. Daddy I love you.

Until you lose someone close to you , you never quite know how dear life is - one minute the person is alive and well then next they are asleep to never awaken. This has made me even want to live my life more purposefully and let go of the shackles holding me back. I've always had issues with money - I'm a big saver, extremely thrifty - I will go at all lengths to find the best deal - even if its 50c I still have to get it at the cheapest rate. I cut according to my cloth and never really spend beyond my means. Thus I'm always cash secured. This all will say is a fab trait but my husband on the other hand is the complete opposite. He's extremely free with money - not lousy but he's def ok giving it all away or buying expensive things.
You only live once he tells me. When you hold money tight it never comes back easily -- the funny thing is that the more he spends the more he makes and the more comes in - but for me - I just huddle it all up - and stare at it - lol - we are indeed a good match. I've learnt so much about life, money and faith from husband. My 2nd brother also has this trait - he told me to see money as a figure - never be too scared to spend it -- I guess I got this saving trait from my Dad - Daddy was a big saver. All in all my life has been blessed in so many ways - I'm a giver and saver.

2011 - I'm learning not to hold on tightly to money - I'm not planning on going a huge shopping spree - but I don't want to think twice about it. It will always come back.

Not sure how this post got here - but ah well - at least I completed it.




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