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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

[Inspiration corner]Wise words






Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

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Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Protective styles]Box braids - My new hair style


Ever since I saw the below pic I've been wanting to get box braids put in - I wanted them exactly like the chic in the pic, well a tad shorter but still quite long. After wearing my wigs for quite sometime I figured it was about time I gave my hair a real break. Prior to this install the last time I had braids in was 3years ago (see below)- this was my 2nd attempt at braiding my hair myself. I must say it took hours - this is one hairstyle I won't be redoing in a hurry - I think I'll make it my mid-summer hair style:) 

Time :14hrs :(
Hair - 4.5 packs of expression kanekalon hair

Pros
- cheap if you decide to do it yourself
- low maintenance

Con
- time consuming
- can be costly - you're looking at a min of $150 - 200 for this style
-impractical - maybe I need to get used to the length - but not great for running , also need to wrap hair to take a shower - extra 3mins of my time


inspiration

1st attempt at braiding (2009) 
2nd attempt

                                           
                                                     
                                                     




Feel free to leave me a comment or ask questions - would love to hear from you

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[HAIR update] My fro update ...

No much of an update from the last time - I do think my hair growth has slowed than a notch, could be due to the extreme hot weather - or maybe because I'm not entirely fussed about length anymore - In fact the longer your hair the more time and effort needed - right now I really don't have that much time for it. I rarely wear my hair in twist or braid outs - I just like it crazy bed hair natural - very little effort , very little products required :) - my husband also prefers it this way - so move over defined curls hello undefined :)

Oh check out my brows - aren't they da bomb diggity (lol) - all natural - I get them thread by this uber fab Indian lady - she does an excellent job each time - now I don't bother tweeze my brows I get it done every 2.5weeks or so for $6 - so worth it








Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Song of the week] - Chris Tomlin - Enough

We often think we have to acquire more and more to be happy - we buy more clothes, more gadgets, more degrees, more friends, more kids,more shoes, fancy cars etc - but we forget that we were in our Mother's womb for 9 whole months and we had all that we needed; in turn we leave the world with nothing - we came  with nothing and leave without a single thing.

Society has made us think that the more you have the more successful you are, the happier you are, you're clearly more accepted when you tick all those boxes. The last 2years I've spent it reflecting on life and the real reason why we are here -I've concluded that it is truly one of service - we are here to pay service to one another - to be light of the world and the salt of the earth - that means we are called to shine and to add flavor to the world - keyword is add - not substract or acquire -
And lastly each and every one of us was born with a song in our heart - don't leave this world without singing your song - your creator created you for a purpose -live it!

ok i'm slowly drifting here but this song was played at y'day's service and It just reminded me that God is simply enough -

'''All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
worth living for
And still more awesome than I know''




Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Bible verse of the week - John 14:27


Each morning I wake up with beautiful verses from the Bible, some are directly what I've been praying for or about, some confirmations of God's love and grace in my life. There's so much truth in the Bible - sometimes I read it and just well up


John 14:27

New Living Translation (NLT)
27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.


via biblegateway.com


Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hair inspiration

source : ruemag

source : google images








Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Inspirational corner 07.17 ] Wise words









x

Jo




Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Protective styling] Lace front wigs


So my last lacefront was a complete disaster and right after that I chopped me hair off and swore not to ever waste money ever on lacefronts- in my opnion they all look too fake - well unless on celebs like Beyonce etc - Anyhoo T's nanny gifted me a lace unit -  must say I actually kinda like it -I didn't have to apply any glue or tape - it was pretty secure and oh so pretty - in fact I now know why most black women are addicted to weaves - tis been only 2weeks and I can't seem to want to take it off -long hair is fabulous!!!






Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

New blog direction


Hey friends ,

I apologise for not updating in such awhile - for my new followers - thank you and welcome to Jo's Haven.
I initially started this blog to document my natural hair journey but it has since evolved into my other interests which are running, food, makeup, wig making,  and just random random stuff - This has been great and has it allowed me to fully express myself somewhat and the process has helped me really narrow things down and help me focus on what is next.


 WHATEVER YOU CAN DO OR DREAM YOU CAN, BEGIN IT. BOLDNESS HAS GENIUS, POWER AND MAGIC IN IT.” - GOETHE



So what is the new direction - well I've decided to create a separate blog just for my food experiments (http://foodfromjojoskitchen.blogspot.com/) ,here you'll find healthy food recipes, inspiration, healthy living tips etc . I'm really excited about this new blog and I hope to share with you all that I've learnt and continue to learn about food - Oh lest I forget photography is also one of my interests and I can now say that I've found the perfect genre - Food photography - it's only taken me err 3years to do so  :) - I went from street to portrait and now food -- I love it - to be able to combine 2 of my greatest passion cooking and photography is just fantastic.

Ok so what about Jo's Haven - well Jo's Haven will continue to be just that without the food - so you'll see more hair inspirations, wigs, running, fitness, inspiration and random random stuffs -

So stick with me and enjoy the ride :)

Please feel free to leave comments - I would love to hear from you

X

Jo

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

[Inspiration corner] Wise words








Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Protective style] Cornrows to die for...

well not really - but aren't they just gorgeous - I love!





Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Random]Fish out of water




Lately I've been feeling like a fish out of water - not sure why. I attended my church picnic on Independence day and felt displaced - mind you I've been away for quite sometime - but it all was very strange - I felt almost aloof - I left after a couple hours - perhaps it was just one of those days - hmmmm just weird 


Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Great info on the various diet types

Low-fat, low-carb, or low-glycemic? Study shows which is best to keep weight off

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/29/12478728-low-fat-low-carb-or-low-glycemic-study-shows-which-is-best-to-keep-weight-off?fb_ref=.T_Wm96-bLKE.like&fb_source=home_multiline

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

My current favourite tea is


PUKKA refresh - organic peppermint, fennel & rose tea
It truly does uplift and balance .

I got it from me local TJ Maxx for $4.99







Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Running] Peachtree roadrace, 2012

I ran the famous Peachtree 10k roadrace on Independence day. If you're an Atlantan you'll know that running it  is kinda a big deal - I ran with 60,000 people - yup that's right 60,000 - it was surreal.
Running the race was a last minute decision for me - I decided the Friday before and the race was on a Wednesday. I did a 2 day training and was good to go - thank God for stamina.
I must say it was one of my best races yet - It tops all the halfs - I really did enjoy it . My timing could have been better - I finished in 56:47 , personal best so far is 54:08 - ah well
The weather wasn't too bad - mid -high 70s , the first 3miles of the course was downhill and then uphill afterwards , the crowd was beyond excellent , live music thruout the course , plenty fuel stations - there was even one for holy water(via the local Catholic church) - how cool was that eh ?

Will certainly run it again next year -oh and I got the coveted t-shirt :) - YAY









X
Jo


Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

[Inspiration corner] Wise words








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[Jojo's kitchen] Grilled plantain, zucchini and sqash

edist to post to follow -










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