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Wear Your Rice!

I Tried some Rice Bran Oil on my body this morning instead of my favorite lotion…I really like the way it feels on my skin. It’s not heavy and absorbs pretty easily. A plus is that it will not clog pores and it’s high in antioxidants and tocotrienols (the good stuff in vitamin E).

From what I’ve read it has properties that help to protect your skin from harmful UVB rays. I’m trying it for a month to see how it treats my skin. I’m looking for it to keep me soft and smooth which attributes to younger looking skin.

This one has the potential to become a favorite of mine right along with grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and evoo.

What are some oils that you use and what do you like best about them?

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Natural and Healthy

 

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Still Thinking Like A Lady

The very thought of this movie makes me laugh. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean it in the best of the best ways.

April 20th was my 10 year anniversary and my husband and I went to the movies. Now let me just say that I love romantic comedies. He on the other hand does not. He will watch one with me if I ask, but I hardly ever ask because I don’t like to watch a movie with someone when they keep falling asleep. LOL. He is a science fiction, action/adventure, straight up hero type of movie man. I love that about him because I have come to love those too, thanks to him.

Ok, so anyway, at his recommendation, when we get to the theater he says “let’s see Act Like a Lady Think Like A Man” At first I was reluctant because I thought it was going to be a man bash/woman bash type of movie. I was sooooooooooo wrong.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Yes, it did give up some of the secrets that men have held dear for centuries, but it didn’t let the women off the hook that easily either. What I loved about this movie is that first, my hubby stayed awake through the whole thing, LOL. Second, it really did have us laughing uncontrolably out loud. I mean I laughed liked I haven’t laughed in a long time at a movie that wasn’t a cartoon…yes, we love those too, espesically Disney Pixar. Third, this movie made you take a look at yourself and how you may be contributing to the success or downfall of any relationship, not just between men and women, but in your freindships with other people too.

All in all this movie was well balanced in my opinion. It drew your attention to the fact that men and women must be willing to compromise in the relationship to make happiness a reality. I give it 6 thumbs up, but because I only have 2, I give it two high fives. 🙂

Did you see this movie? I would love to know what you thought of it…no bashing please.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in General

 

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Good Deeds For Sure

Ok, so last weekend a few friends (the hubby, and the worship team of my church) and I all got together to see the new movie by Tyler Perry. The main reason I wanted to see it is because I had been reading a few Face book stats from men saying that it was a typical “Tyler Perry, angry woman gets saved by a nice guy” movie…and I not only disliked the remark, but just felt that Tyler has so much more in him than that.
So, during the movie I had some moments of laughter, thought provoking moments, and truly gut wrench crying moments. This movie put it all out there. I mean just when you think that you know the woman that you might work with, how she’s always angry and snappy, how she seems to always be running late and having excuses; this movie makes you stop and say “wow, you just never know what the next person may be dealing with in their life outside of the job.”
I found myself shaking my head in pain for this woman as one bad thing after another, after another, after another just seemed to fall in her path. I know a few women that have dealt with the very thing that this woman dealt with in this movie, but the only thing is that they had to just struggle through. Nobody came to their aid, nobody was in their life who could really do a “Good Deed” to bring them out of their situation. When you see people in your life struggle, regardless of how they got there, and you CAN’T do a thing to help them directly it crushes you on the inside. I watched this movie with so much emotion because to me it was like watching a 20/20 story or documentary…well in actuality it was a documentary. How many of you have been or know of somebody who’s been in that situation or almost in that situation? Either way it is a scary thought.
Even the seemed to be angry and ungrateful brother had some underlying issues as to why he “seemed” angry, ungrateful, and even bitter. You just never know what is in the heart of a person; which is why its so important to walk in love toward people in this world. As humans we face 100 million things on a day to day basis, some of which connect us in so many ways that we really don’t have the room or time to be judgmental of each other because we all have something that we are dealing with. What you deal with may not be what I have to deal with, but it still remains that we all are connected by certain human struggles.
At first look this woman just seemed to have a really really bad day, but as you sit and watch and take in all that is going on you see that she is in this predicament do to a loss in her life and her having to make a quick decision to keep her and her daughter afloat.
Wesley, who is “The Man” in the movie, even had his own issues that he had to deal with, but as he learned more about this woman, he also learned more about himself and his real dreams and desires for life. His character showed me the sacrifices that we as people sometimes make, all with good intentions, but can be detrimental to our own dreams for our lives. His desire to make sure that the dreams of his father and mother stayed afloat was draining him, to say the least, as he worked endlessly to appear in control of it all. He had dreams of his own that were on the back burner because of what his mother “wanted” for the family business. The disrespectful and degrading relationship of the younger brother and the mother made me literally want to slap his face…LOL…I’m so serious, but later I understood, he too had a dream. It was amazing to watch one brother live the dream of the other while putting his dream on hold and the other brother become bitter and resentful to him for “living his dream” so to speak.
When Wesley really found out the truth of what was going on with this woman there was something in him that would not allow him to just sit by and watch, but he absolutely had to do something. This was so inspirational to me because of the dreams that I have to help people on a larger scale, but for now I do what I can.
What a different type of world we would be living in if as a people when we see others that truly need help step up and do something to help them. We may not be able to do it all but there is something that we all can do and if we just start there change would really be obtainable.
One thing I can say about this movie, without making this movie review into a book, LOL, is that it pricked my heart. It made me take a lot of things into consideration in my life and the lives of those that I come into contact with. This movie makes you go into yourself and for me that’s always a good thing to leave a movie with. Entertainment is a good thing, but a life changing thought provoking movie encounter is something totally different. I’m proud of Tyler Perry and Good Deeds. If you haven’t seen it, you should go see it.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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No Other Rose

A fragrance we created that is truly earthy, sweet, and strong all at the same time, it is truly No Other Rose.

For those that love the Patchouli perfume this is one to love. Those that indulge in earthy fragrances, this is one to love.

Earthy, Sweet, and strong is the best way for me to describe it to you. Earthy catches you immediately due to the lovely Patchouli fragrance, and then there is something that you at first can’t put your finger on…is it vanilla? is it caramel? what is that sweetness? LOL…the sweetness of this fragrance comes from the inclusion of both vanilla and caramel, but just a splash. Somali Rose is why it is called by its name, because I’ve never smelled another rose fragrance such as this one…It lingers for a very long time, but be careful too much will drive you batty…LOL…you only need a little. This is a favorite of mine for sure. We hand crafted this one, as is the case with all of our blends, with all pure perfume oils. It ages for about 90 days. The longer you have it, the better it gets.
You can get No Other Rose at Fragrance Cafe’ on Facebook.

 
 

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Pondering

Sitting here just really going over some things about business and this particular fragrance comes to mind.  It’s called Maya.

This fragrance was originally named for my sweet little second cousin Maya.  Maya has sickle cell and I wanted to do something special to represent her. 

We created this one with pure perfume oils; fruits like banana, kiwi, grape, and papaya with a hint of musk, sandalwood, and a hint of spice.  It’s a fruity fragrance but not child like.  I must say though, that it is one that when you experience it you either love it or hate it.  Most that have experienced it loved it and that keeps me going with it.

My intention is to set up a fund in Maya’s name to help with the expenses of families with children with sickle cell.  I have been up quite a few nights praying for Maya to come home from the hospital with good news, and she has every time, but  I can’t get out of my mind that there are children and families that suffer from this disease that aren’t as blessed every time.  I know that there are other funds set up for sickle cell, but I guess I just want to do my part.

I’ve been considering recreating this fragrance and doing a little more marketing with it, but just haven’t made up my mind.  I’ve even created body butter with it and it goes over quite well when I do.   It even goes over well as a spray.  I guess I’m just at a place where I’m really desiring to do something more with this fragrance so that I can begin to do with it what I set out to do which is to honor my sweet little cousin and help others that suffer her plight as well.

Our business is Fragrance Café and you can find us on Face Book.

 
 

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Strategic Prayer

The Bible says in Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
 
We see that iniquity is abounding and the love (common compassion) of many is waxing cold. Let us begin to truly seek the Face of The Father to shield and protect our loved ones and even those that we don’t know.
 
I am requesting that you not only pray the prayer with me, but send it to other prayer warriors that you KNOW will PRAY.
 
Father, we come humbly before your throne seeking grace to help in the time of need.  We remind You of Your Word that states if any two agree as touching anything, whatsoever we ask will be done.  So we come in the Mighty name of Jesus Father on behalf of the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation.  Father, we rebuke the spirit of violence, rage, murder, rape, molestation, lasciviousness, hatred, destruction and decay, lies and deceit in the name of Jesus.  We come against every evil assignment and bind the hands of the strongman assigned to the region of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this nation. We loose him from his assignment in the name of Jesus, we Plead the blood of Jesus over every citizen, over every home and business,  we rebuke every spirit of fear and drawback in the name of Jesus.  We rebuke the spirit that comes to dishonor Fathers, and Mothers, and the elderly in the name of Jesus.  Father, we continue to ask that You return the heart of the fathers, and mothers back to the children in the name of Jesus.  We stand in unity Father praying for restoration of everything that has been broken down, destroyed, and decayed and we thank You for doing it even now Father in the name of Jesus.  Cause intercessors from all over the world to pick up this prayer in the spirit realm and began to prayer to strengthen the stand of righteousness in the name of Jesus.  Cause the saints everywhere Father to be Sober and Vigilant, and to stand and fight against the enemy that is on the prowl and seeking to destroy. 
 
In the name of Jesus Father, we ask that you would send the same anointing that You sent to the burning bush that burned before Moses, but was not consumed, send that anointing of fire Father to burn in the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan and this Nation, and to sanctify the ground and make it Holy. Send revival Father and turn back that hearts of the people to You in the name of Jesus.  Help the saints of God to redeem the time Father, catch us up in the spirit realm to do the work that You have set us in this Earth to do in the name of Jesus.  We thank You Lord for answering our prayer in the name of Jesus.  This is the confidence that we have, that You hear us, and if we know that You hear us, we know that whatever we ask according to Your will You will do it.  We know that Your will is to bring redemption to every soul and we decree and declare it to be so in the name of Jesus. Amen.
 
BE ON YOUR POSTS WARRIORS! THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!
 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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EGG SHELLS??

I’ve arrived at a time in my life where I’m realizing and accepting a lot of things.
The first thing that I’ve really come to accept is that I’m not perfect. Yes, yes, yes, I know you’re thinking “well, none of us are perfect,” but saying that and living it with conviction is two totally different things.
Living the fact that we aren’t perfect means that when people put their expectations on us we no longer try to live up to those expectations without regard for our own life’s happiness. The past for me was a lot different. Having people in my life that put their expectations on me, and try to hold me up to some higher standard when it comes to my treatment of them had me for years walking on EGG SHELLS…I’m mean to the point that everything that I did I always stopped to consider whether or not it would hurt one particular person or a group of persons feelings. For a long time this made miserable because little did I know that the more I accepted their behavior the more I gave them permission to treat me that way.
I was always double checking to see how what my decisions would do to them or if something that I said or did offended them. I never took into account my own feelings and how their treatment of me was affecting my outlook about myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we are suppose to act in such a manner that we could care less about what the people that we have in our lives say or think, but what I am saying is that it is wrong for a person to hold anybody to a standard of expectation in a relationship that clearly under minds another. All relationships that we have or engage in should be MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. To allow a person to always take, take, take, from you in anyway, whether it be naturally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and they don’t pour back into you is to set yourself up to be depleted of all of your resources regardless to what they are.
I have learned that when people hold you up to their expectations that’s exactly what they are, THEIR EXPECTATIONS. I came to a decision that Egg Shells were never made to be walked on and therefore, I have decided to retire my EGG SHELL WALKING and move on to walking on a clear and stable path for myself, my life in general, and even in my life with my husband (which began to be affected by my Egg Shell Walking)…I’ve taken my life back.
I know that there are those that no longer desire to be a part of my life, but that just makes room for more MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS; after all, that’s what I asked God for.
I must tell you that it is far better and easier to just be me, and let others be who they are. We as people don’t have to always agree, but I feel that we can always find a way to respect each other, and honor each other without pushing our expectations off on each other.
I’ve learned to truly accept that I’m not perfect, striving to always grow to be better, and the fact of the matter is nobody else is either, so, I won’t push my own expectations off on them.
NO MORE EGG SHELLS!

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Proud About It!

This weekend I had the pleasure of going to visit my baby boy in college at KSU (Kentucky State University). Some may and some may not know that KSU is an HBCU (Historically Black College University), that in itself makes me proud that he is a part.
This weekend was his first home coming game, oh yeah, he is a part of the Marching Thorobreds at KSU, the marching band is and has been a huge part of his life since he was exposed to the hard work and excitement of it all when he was a small child.

This weekend also celebrated the schools 125th Anniversary and there were a lot of Alumni students that came back to participate in all of the festivities. These people made my heart truly smile.
I mean there were fraternities and sorrorities there and they were some really down to earth, nice people. I said that because I’ve always gotten the impression that the frats, and sorrors are people that have an attitude or air of “arrogancy” about them.

The current students and Alumni came together and really put on a show. I mean there was singing, dancing, chanting, crying, etc. the students showed such pride in the school and even in the fact that they were able to come together again in one place.
I am happy to say that I’m glad that my son is the individual that he has strived to be all of his life, like no other, and that he is persuing his college dreams. More importantly I’m glad that he is a part of an institution that prides itself on being a HBCU and my boy gets to be a part of it all….AND I’M PROUD ABOUT IT!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in General

 

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