Saturday, July 12, 2014

Date Night(s): Dave Chapelle and Beyonce & JayZ

Ahh! I haven't written here in a while.  Please forgive me.  Between working and trying to get our house prepped to move into, I haven't had the energy to post much of anything on either of my blogs .:sigh:.  In between everything, the husband and I did sneak in some time to have two really good date nights.


Date Night #1
A few months ago, my husband told me he picked up some tickets for us to see Dave Chapelle on July 21st at Radio City Music Hall.  It's funny because I wanted to purchase the same tickets for him because I know how much he loves Dave Chapelle's comedy; however, I was unable to get them because they sold out so quickly.  I guess it was meant for us to go since he was able to get his hands on a pair.

Donnell Rawlings AKA Ashy Larry opened up for Dave Chapelle.  He was HILARIOUS!!! I could have just seen him and be satisfied. Dave Chapelle was amazing, of course.  It was good to see him back.  I can honestly say I laughed the ENTIRE show.  They were both that funny.



Knowing the show was going to end late, I decided to get us a room in the city at the new Hotel Hugo in SoHo.  The hotel and the room were really nice; however, the hotel manager needs some training in customer service, and learn who is a part of his staff.  The hotel manager did try to rectify the situation by leaving a note and chocolate for my husband to apologize.  Needless to say, that did not settle well with my husband.  We won't go back.


The next morning, my husband took us to breakfast at The Smile.  I had baked eggs with avocado, and he had steak and eggs with a blueberry muffin.  The coffee there is solid and is bottomless.  Both of our meals were good, except a little bit on the salty side.  We would go back here.


Date Night #2
When the Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour tickets went on sale my husband picked up a pair of floor seat tickets as a surprise because he'd thought I'd wanted to go.  I've seen JayZ in concert previously, and was underwhelmed.  I've never seen Beyonce perform live, but, I wouldn't call myself a Beyonce "fan".  Don't get me wrong, I like her music, but I'm not running and going crazy for it, so I told him I didn't want to go.  I was also keeping in mind all of the work we had to get done at our house, too.



Since I didn't have a true interest in going to the concert, my husband set out to sell the tickets for the On The Run Tour in Philly, and cancelled the hotel he'd reserved for the night, too.

After a long day of working on the house, running to Home Depot etc., and no buyers for the tickets, we left around 5:00 p.m. looking somewhat ready for the occasion, I guess, to head to Philly to see Beyonce and JayZ; an impromptu date night.

Seeing Beyonce perform live is much better than watching her on TV.  She has a ton of energy, and is just an amazing performer overall.  Also their set was well put together.  Both of us enjoyed ourselves, even the "show" before the show.  Girls came to the concert dressed like they were in a Beyonce video... I mean some of them were in lingerie.


We left a little early to avoid the mass exodus leaving the show, which would mean insane traffic. Plus, that allowed us to stop by Tony Luke's to pick up cheesesteaks.  We can't go to Philly without getting cheesesteaks, that would be wrong.



Overall, we both enjoyed ourselves each time.  The next time we have a date night will be next month when the husband takes me away for my birthday. :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine is a Miracle Worker




Mini me’s hair just sucks up moisture.  No matter what I used.  No matter how much I moisturized and sealed, nothing seemed to work.  That is, until after I came across Taliah Waajid’sKinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine.  I can sum up my satisfaction with this product in two words: Miracle worker!

What is Taliah Waajid’s Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine?
Taliah Waajid’s Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine promises to take out the stress, paint and torture that sometimes comes with the territory of doing a childs kinky, curly or coily natural hair.  This is a moisture based product with a creamy, gel-like consistency that helps moisturize, soften, detangle and add shine to the hair.  It can be used on both the hair and scalp.

Ingredients:  Peg-73 shea butter, glycerides, deionized water, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid and sodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, sage extract, green tea, dmdm hydrantion, vitamin E, silk protein, fragrance.

My Thoughts:
Prior to using the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine, I was using the EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé.  It added moisture but, it also caused shrinkage in mini me’s hair. Plus, her hair seemed to lack shine, and looked lifeless without it, and that’s even after sealing it with oil.

Fast forward to when my Drugstore.com order arrived that contained the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine.  I sat it on the table for my mom to use the next day on mini me’s hair, and when I came home from work later that day, my mom expressed her satisfaction with the product.  She said “That stuff gave her hair some life. I like it.” If Grandma loves it, you know it's a winner because she rarely likes anything I pick up for mini me's hair.

The Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine made mini me’s hair more manageable and soft.  It slicked her hair down, and kept it together.  Her curls actually showed well, and lasted throughout the day.  It worked well on wet, dry and damp hair. I’ve even tried it on myself, and on one of my older sister’s hair, too.  It worked well on our edges in keeping them slicked down and smooth.  Plus, the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine has a great scent to match; it smells like a piña colada.

As previously stated, the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine has a creamy, gel-like texture.  Think of Jam plus cream.  I like that it's nice and thick, but it isn't too heavy on mini me's hair. Although isn't as tacky or sticky as Jam, if you don’t tie up your child’s hair at night, it will collect lint. 

I wish the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine came in  maybe an 8 oz jar since we tend to use this daily on mini me’s hair, we can run through a jar in one month give or take a week.

Pros

  • Can be used on all hair textures
  • Softens hair
  • Reduces breakage
  • Helps detangle hair for easy combing and styling
  • Conditions and adds sheen to hair
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Smells great
Cons
  • Can attract lint

Overall, I am happy with the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine.  I would definitely recommend purchasing the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Stlye & Shine.  It is an affordable ($5.99/ 6 oz), natural hair product that works.  In fact, I’m so happy with it that I ventured out to purchase some of the other products from the line, along with re-stocking the Taliah Waajid Kinky, Curly, Natural Herbal Style & Shine.  I picked up the Natural Easy Herbal Comb Out 8 oz/ $6.29, and Clean Three-in-one Shampoo, Conditioner and Softener 8 oz/ $6.29.  

Taliah Waajid products can be purchased at your local Walgreen’s, Target or drugstore.com

Have you tried any Taliah Waajid hair products? If so, which are your favorites?


Disclosure: Affiliate Links. Products purchased by Beauty and the Bump. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

30 Before 30 Goal List Update: My birthday is 77 Days Away!

My 30th birthday is exactly 77 days away. I've been busy these days trying to knock off some more items from my 30 Before 30 Goal list. Below is what I've accomplished to date.



17. Get my Driver’s License
Yay! I’m now a licensed driver! Didn't I tell you I was going to get my license before 30? I've had it on my vision board, spoke it into the universe, and made it happen.  Now, I have to look for a car.  This is one of the areas my dad was good at.  He would have been helpful in helping me to make a decision. Since I’ll be commuting to work, I’ll need something that’s commuter-friendly, but is also roomy since we have mini me, and want another.



13. Read at least 12 books
So far, I've read the following books:  What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty; The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty; And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossani; We Are Water by Wally Lamb; 12 Years a Slave Narrative by Solomon Northup; Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner; Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Dandicat; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I heard they’re creating a movie for.  I’m currently in the middle of reading Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner.  After I’m done reading that I’m going to read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which will be a total of 12 books, which completes my goal.

9. Baby #2
We've decided to postpone working on Baby #2 until after our vacation, and we’re firmly settled into our new digs, which I think is smart.  Plus, it just might happen on its own without all of the meds and going back and forth to the doctor every week. I figured since everything else happened on time (#17 & #7), then this will too.

8. More Date Nights with the Husband
We've been going out a lot more than when mini me was younger.  We have tickets to see Dave Chapelle at Radio City Music Hall this month.  Since my husband picked up the tickets, and the show ends late, I decided to get us a room through Jetsetter at Hotel Hugo.



7. Become a Homeowner
Two huge, great goals were accomplished back-to-back; I got my license, and the following day we closed on a house we were in contract on for what seemed like forever.  It was well worth it, and we had an awesome team. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. It just goes to show that with faith, patience, and perseverance anything can be accomplished.

6. Lose 10 lbs and get back my abs
I haven’t lost 10 lbs yet, but I am well on my way to getting there. I've been eating healthier and working out (see below). So far, I've lost 4.5 lbs.; however, I still want to lose another 4-8 lbs.

5. Work out for 30-days Straight
I haven’t yet worked out for complete 30-days in a row, but I have increased my physical activity. I've been doing the Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD, and it works.

1. Work on my career as a professional makeup artist
I've gotten a few jobs; however, the one that was the most meaningful was my volunteer experience with the Empress Project 2014 (read a recap here) thanks to my connection with Tekoa Hash and the Teknique Agency. It was a great experience, and opportunity to help young girls look and feel beautiful just in time for prom.

I still have a long way to go with my 30 Before 30 Goal list, but I’m getting there! Thanks to everyone who has been supportive of my goals.