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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Remembering my Daddy

 Daddy today marks 1 year since you departed this world. Daddy I miss you. It was my 1st Christmas without you- I miss your prayers. I miss your wise words. Daddy if only you could see how much your grandson T has grown - He's such a big boy now. He's so handsome and intelligent just like you.

Daddy , today I played Abo Abo all day on repeat - somehow it makes me feel like you're still here. Today I reminisce a lot of the many conversations we had. I remember at age 5 when I asked you where babies come from and you said from the mouth (lol) - only you Daddy. I remember you telling me my kinky twist is not professional, I remember us playing chess, I remember dyeing your hair every other week, I remember changing tyres, fixing cars, electricals etc with you, I remember us taking early morning shots together :). Thank God I'm not a lover of alcohol today :).

 I remember you dropping me off at school on raining days.I remember you taking care of me when I was sick ...I remember how proud you were off me when I graduated University and bought my 1st house (although you did say it is not right for a woman to live alone) - but you were proud that despite sending me abroad at such a young age I did not go astray  - Daddy I wish things were different then - I wish you were nearby and not thousand of miles away - I wish I could run to you literally on a bad day. I wish but I don't regret - Daddy your prayers made me the woman I am today.I carry you in my heart, your spirit guides me - Thank you Daddy - I love you.

2003  



Rest in peace Daddy!

Your daughter

Josephine


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Make-up look of the day - LIP-PENCIL

Do you use Lip pencil? err I'm the last chic to know about lip pencils? well I do know about it but just never used it - in fact lip gloss has been my staple lip wear - back in London I was hooked on Bobbi Brown lip gloss, MAC lip glass - but since I moved to US- I've defaulted to Victoria Secret Lip gloss in Berry or Cherrybomb

Lately I've been experimenting with Lip sticks - I have always hated lipsticks like foundation they age me - but I guess I just didn't know 1)how to apply them  2) colours that worked with my skintone.

Below is a day wear/everyday make-up look

Lips - Lined with IMAN lip pencil - any plumish colour will do
Lipstick - Bodyshop no 62
Gloss    - any clear lipgloss - I used NYX











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Live life - Quote of the day

“Another fresh new year is here . . . another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, to love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me to live each day with zest . . . to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best! I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant a tree, and sing more joyful songs.”
William Arthur Ward



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Daily Mantra : I can do ALL things.....



2012 is a year where I want to start Daily Mantras/Confessions. Hubby and I are creating one together for our Marriage and Home (a tip I got from my lovely friend E). I believe reading the word/confession is one thing but speaking it boldly outloud brings it to life. Your words truly become your actions. 


“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.


Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”



Whatever you focus on expands, Whatever you think of yourself is probably true. There's nothing like boldness and courage and when you start believing by constant renewing your mind and speaking the word you'll certainly get there.  It doesn't take a day to get a six pack , it's a process - it takes commitment.




Phillipians 4:13 - I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. 


I John 4: 4  - Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Matthew 5: 13- 14“You are the salt of the earth.......You are the light of the world.......let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Romans 8: 31  ......If God is for us, who can be against us?




x
Jo


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How to make homemade protein treatment.

My hair has been feeling a wee dry lately - I've done a few deep conditioning and oil treatment but nada seems to work - My hair has lost it's elasticity - it's looking a wee limp. I believe Henna not only change the texture but damaged(dried) my hair - sucked every moisture from it. This evening I looked in the mirror and just felt like starting all over again - shuu it's only hair it will grow back. This time I'll do it right.
I'm still learning about Protein and Moisture - my hair was pretty low maintenance until I added weekly henna ,oil and deep conditioning treatment that it simply didn't need - I over treated my poor tresses.

Today I decide to do a protein treatment and figured - I thought if this doesn't work then I'll cut it and start 2012 afresh

Ingredients
Mayonnaise - 3-4 tablespoons (i really don't mention)
Eggs x 2
Olive oil (or substitute)
Coconut oil (or substitute)

Optional
Evening Primrose (few drops)
Argan oil  (few drops)
Wheat germ oil

Steps
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix till you achieve yogurt like consistency
Apply generously to hair from roots to end
Cover hair with a plastic cap or cling film
Let sit for at least 45mins ( I waited 3hrs)
Rinse out - and follow with a light  moisturizing conditioner

Results - Soft, Shiny, Silky hair - I love love! Looks like I won't be chopping me hair for 2012 after all.

Enjoy - sorry the after pics got corrupted :(

mixture

wrap tightly with cling film







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How to Apply False Eyelashes

So I've had a pack of false eye lashes for the past 3years (don't ask) - It's just been sitting with rest of my unused make-up products. I've never been keen on lashes partly because it just seemed impossible to put on - well that's before I stumbled upon a few how to you-tube vids. I must say it was rather easy to apply
I pretty much followed this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_c0LI-gr64&ob=av3e - so easy


Results below
Eyelash - Target (i think)
Make-up - Eyeshadow - Mac (2 in 1)
                 Lipstick       - NYX Soft cream Matte
                 Lipgloss       - Estee Lauder
                 Powder        - IMAN Blot powder (Deep)
                 Blusher         - IMAN Posh
Hair        - Jo Uthman creation






pretty natural looking eh










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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hope - Quote of the day

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”
Mary Anne Radmacher 











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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Straight Quick weave/wigs - Why they are the best?

My hair has been out a couple of days and in that time I've changed hair styles thrice  - all thanks to Quick weaves/wig. I made a few earlier this year and they're still holding up. I love it . It's pretty easy to make and it makes a good protective style or when you just can't be arsed to do you own hair. Right now I'm in that phase. My hair is neatly twisted underneath - - I'm still growing out the henna (oh yeah - I sorta od'ed on Henna dye and it change the texture of my hair a wee bit )- I don't like much so I'm growing it out

Reasons To Rock A Quick Weave
1) It's quick and easy to make
2) Affordable
3) No damage to hairlines (from sew-ins)
4) Great protective style (or lazy style)



















x
Jo

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kinky Twist to Afro to Curly Wig

Kinky twist to Afro to Curly Wig

YAY!! I finally got rid of the Kinky twist; I was beginning to miss my natural hair ....well that feeling only lasted maybe about 5mins :). I took the twist down - looked at my hair and thought I can't be arsed mate - so I grab me curly wig, bunged it on me head and went about my Christmas day - - lol talk about lazy - Natural hair is rather tedious and I seriously do not have the time right now.

Goodbye Kinky twist

Oh hair I miss you

Hello Curly Sue :)







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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!




x
Jo

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Take a chance ! Listen to your heart - Do Plan A

photo credit deviantart dot com


What is stopping you from doing Plan A ? Or rather what is stopping me from Plan A ?  lol this is really a question for me - I work in Finance for a really cool company -in fact I'm so liked and respected there that I've told God that after this I no longer want to work for anyone else but me - I don't think I can find a better employer and quite frankly I'm not looking - I'm simply doing the best I can at my Plan B role whilst working on Plan A - Jo Uthman Inc

During one of Oprah's Lifeclass a lady asked Iyanla Vanzant (co host) - about taking the next step - she was really afraid of doing so and wanted to know how- and I remember Iyanla's response clearly - which was Take a chance, you're already great at doing you now (Plan B) so if you take a risk and fail at Plan A you won't be any worse off - WOWZER! so true - so when you really apply that - there's nothing to fear , if it doesn't work then you'll be back where you started - and you're already a master at it -- so go on child - TAKE A CHANCE!!



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Goals for 2012......

Just 8 days to the New Year - yet another round  of New year resolutions, goal setting , etc - I always have a laundry list of them but this time goals are not so important - yes I'm have big dreams for Jo Uthman Inc...but for 2012 , in fact from today onwards I just want to be a better me.

I want to be a better wife, mother, sister, aunt,  friend, employee, entrepreneur, neighbor  - and the most important is to have God in every aspect of my life - I want to see God in every human being, I want to love more and I want people to see less of me and more of God's glory in me - I want to be less selfish and not just think of my immediate family and friends but my neighbours, my community and the world .I want to light a candle instead of complaining about the darkness around me.

2011 - was a year of strength for me , I prayed more, I cried more , I trusted more, I loved more..... towards the end of the year I began to learn what it really means to have Christ in you , because then you see things differently , you begin to move from the physical to the spiritual - you begin to love more and find love in every human being - you find strength because He is your strength, you find Hope because He is your hope, you find peace because he is the Prince of Peace.......It's a different ball game all together - it sometimes takes a difficult time in our life to realise that He's always there - guiding us.......ok i'm slowing drifting here - ....Anyhoo woke up this morning with the song in my heart - Everything by Tim Hughes. It's just confirms how I want to live  -







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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pink lips...Pink lipstick on dark skin

Moi and my pink lips on a date nite to see 'Young Adults' - Hilarious movie by the way - I recommend.
Never been really that bold to wear pink - I usually put it on at home and rub it off as I walk outta of the door - Weird! but I like this one - it's a matte finish (N.Y.X) - but I still wanted gloss - so I applied gloss (Ester lauder) on top.

Check out my brows - O.M.G - I'm still loving my concealer highlighting discovery :)





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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Innovation/ Vision - Quotes of the day!

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it-walk.”
Ayn Rand 












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Monday, December 19, 2011

Take CHARGE! Are you a Carrot, Egg or Coffee?

Just read this piece by A. Daniels and thought to share


''The story is shared of a young woman went to her mother telling her how things had been difficult in her life, with the thought of giving up because she was tired of the endless struggles with diverse problems. Her mother then took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed each on a burner until they got to boiling point. In the first she placed carrots, second eggs, and the last ground coffee beans. She let them boil without saying a word. Twenty minutes after, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots, the eggs and ladled the coffee out in a bowl. She asked, "Tell me what you see." Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel them all. The carrots were soft, the egg hardboiled and the coffee beans melted with sweet aroma in the water. The daughter smiled as she tasted the rich aroma. The daughter asked after "What does this mean?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, the boiling water but each reacted differently. The carrot went in hard, unrelenting but came out weak. The egg went in fragile with thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior but became hardened. The ground coffee bean was unique in that it had changed the water. So which one do you think you are?" she asked her daughter. The response is left for you to judge.

As we draw the curtain on 2011, we have individually been subjected to heat in our academics, career, business and life pursuits. We need to do an assessment as we look forward to 2012 with expectations.  "When adversity knocks on our doors? Do we assume the disposition of the carrot, an egg or coffee beans?" give these your thoughts this week! ''

 



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Why are you crying? are you at rock bottom?

Sometimes life whispers to you , when you don't hear it it will throw pebbles at you ...and when you still can't hear it will throw bricks.
Right now I feel the bricks on me - Why is God doing this to me? I don't deserve any of this - Why am I up at almost 4am - praying - ah ah ah I get it - he just wants me attention - had it not for the bricks I prolly won't be up right now praying - everything is in control - just the way I planned it - then this - ah I can't control this lord - this is absolutely you.

Whatever darkness or emptiness or bottom you're in right now - never give up, look up , it will pass- I spent 2hrs crying this early morning - but then I started getting a headache lol - so I remember the sermon this morning that we learn more from pain that we do pleasure - God I thank you for this very moment -I know you'll take control - somehow he spoke to me - err Why are you crying? Why are striving? Why are still searching - Oh my -



''Cause I'm brokenDown to nothingBut I'm still holding on to the one thingYou are Godand you are strongWhen I am weak''





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The secret of life is to have no fear.

What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?

What Makes You Come Alive?

How Can Your Life Be Of Service To Your Neighbour?

How Can You Impact Your Community?

What Is In Your Hands ? Use It

Everyday stop and listen - your life is speaking to you - we don't all have to be famous or rich to make a difference. Think about It - there's a specific reason why we are here - if you were not needed then you won't be here - so as long as you still have breath then you have every right to be here -

The last 3months of each year I spend it all reflecting on my life - I try to turn down the noise levels -you truly cannot see yourself in churning water - it is only in still water that we can see




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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Light is coming in - Light has come -

I love love this song - when it came out back in 2007 - I think I played it like a million times - I absolutely had no idea what they were saying - I'm not Yoruba - but there was something deep about it - Fastforward 4 years and I find a youtube vid subtitled in English - now I can't stop playing it again -

Enjoy...









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Friday, December 16, 2011

Inspiration - Quote of the day!

Inspiration is being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative.


Inspiration is what drives me everyday - I'm a dreamer - I'm constantly inspired by the people around me, nature, food, hair , music, sermons inshort there's no day I go without being filled with inspiration - I draw it from everywhere possible. This week we got some fantastic news - infact I've been waiting for this for a long time- so when it happened I felt free - now I have absolutely no excuse but just to do what I've always dreamed of - I see it coming to past in Jesus name. My husband said to me - honey why do you worry so much? why do you think it's all in your hands?. You see we can all get caught up in life sometimes that we forget that it can all be snatched away in seconds - - 2012 is just 16days away - don't wait to January 1st to change things - do it today - why put it off till tomorrow?....ok I'm slowing getting of point here - anyhoo here's the quote of the day






“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”
Ella Jane Fitzgerald







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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Eyebrows are the BIZNESS!!

In the last few days I've spent maybe $100 on make-up products. CRAZY! err what is it with this new obsession to 'PAINT ' my face as my Dad will call it?. err well since I discovered 'concealer brow highlighting'.   I've sort went buckwild with the whole make-up thing.

Today I woke up and thought this ish has got to stop - so I returned all the make-up. I've had make-up since 2003 that I'm yet to touch so not sure why buying new ones will change me :) -

Below are some of my everyday makeup wear




Products used
IMAN Oil blotting powder - Deep. I'm yet to find foundation that doesn't age me for now my Oil blot powder works great

IMAN blusher - POSH

Lipstick - Estee lauder lip gloss and Body Shop

Eyeshadows - Mac & Barry M - old 2003 Christmas palettes

Eyebrows - Threaded - very little filling (Fashion fair brush on brow)  - highlighted with IMAN concealer in Clay Medium

Enjoy - sorry it's pretty Vain but this season shall pass :)


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Character : Quote of the day

Do you sometime wonder why somethings happen in your life? For me I wonder often - in fact I wonder too much - you know you think you can play life well with good behaviour and doing the 'right' things and then BANG something bad/unexpected happens or something you didn't think you deserved happens to you or your loved ones. Well if you're in that place this minute - hang on - it will pass - it is meant to develop your Character- it is meant to strengthen you - so instead of spending time kicking and screaming with the WHY me qs - instead ask what the lesson is- shuu this ish is much easier said than done but it works...

There are some really hurtful things going on in my life right now that I feel I do not deserve -sometimes I cry , sometimes I pray, sometimes I just wonder what the frigging lesson is and really cannot wait for it to come to past - but I've learnt that it has indeed all shaped my life - in short it is during those times that I'm more prayerful....anyhow as the quote says - 'Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is  - sometimes trying times are just stones and bricks thrown at us to be still and listen..it is somethings God wanting our full attention. Remember God doesn't give us what we cannot bear/carry  - It will PASS


Character is strength and originality in a person's nature.


“Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. ”
Virginia Satir




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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Make-up experiment

Starting to put my Loew Cornel brushes to good use .

So I've only just discovered that you can use concealer for brow highlighting - FAB! below are few pics of my everyday makeup look
















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Fascinated with Fascinators

If you had asked me 4 weeks ago what Fascinators were I would have said PARDON?- I know - I am not a big follower of the Royal Ascot or a big hat lover infact the last time I wore a hat was maybe age 9 or so. Then my Mother used to dress me up like Cinderella to church. Now I'm not so keen on fashion or clothes better stil hats/fascinators...well I thought I wasn't until my friend Dee made me one - I like! hope you like too - for more details please click here www.precioussilk.com













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Monday, December 5, 2011

Quotes of the day!

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ”
Abraham Lincoln

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”
Gail Sheehy 



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Happy December month!!

Oh my where has the year gone?? the new year is only 26days away. So exciting!

Random updates :
Got a Macbook pro today - excited.com! I've always used Windows so this is a big change for moi.

Finally got me art brushes delivered -can't wait to try them.Yippee!!

Gained some weight - not sure how much - but ah well it's winter - err who am I kidding - I need to step up

Americans are actually really nice peeps - car 'broke down' today was stranded on the highway and quite a few peeps stopped to offer assistance - I thought that was rather nice.

I need a new header for my blog - infact a revamp :) - maybe my Mac will inspire me to do so ASAP









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