Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Forget Paris!! Go Accra!

I already hinted y'all here about the freshest travel blog on the web! Hope u guys checked it out. Well now i have a post up there u should definitely check out Forget Paris, Go Accra! lool. 
I love the title so much! Feel free to look through other posts on the site, enjoy the pics and daydream. You can also select a place to start planning your trip to as the site has all the details covered especially for Green Passport travelling. You can share the posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more. 
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Hope u guys enjoy it. Thank me later or bring me a souvenir. :*

Monday, 23 September 2013

New Exercise Regimen

Crunches, Squats, Lunges, Kickbacks, etc all sound so exhausting in name talkless of me even motivating myself to learn what they are and do them. I used to be quite the Fitness addict in school, it happened after I lived with a roommate who played basketball and would tell me to join her during workouts. Na so I waka from 1 situp/legup to 5 to 20 to 50 and next thing I knew I could do a 100 of each daily on a good day and do loads of stretching/yoga poses, I could even do the Chinese backwards bend without aid! I walked a lot!!and practically everywhere was far from the hostel in my Uni, you’d hardly ever see me  wear heels to class,  I was a master of flats and sandals. We also usually had a jogging session every month or so (though I don’t think it really helped anyone as it was not frequent enough) and I loved it, we’d jog to the school gate and back and I would feel the fat burn in my thighs as they start to itch. I kept this habit up a bit after school for about 3years or so and I’d go on long walks, use the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. I have been super lazy of late though as work and other life activities have piled on. I hardly do situps/legups anymore. My major help was exercise done back den and luckily I watch what/how/when I eat, otherwise I honestly think I’d be outta shape by now. That said, I definitely don’t wanna wait around till I’m outta shape before working on myself. I wanna be that hot and vibrant grandma that people keep guessing her age (color me vain but I go achieve my aim). 
So I have come up with a way to motivate myself, I love dancing, always have, always will so this is my new medicine to keep fit. I’m usually in zombie mode when I get up early in the morning and get ready for work but I’m n batman mode and sharper when I get back from work. For the past week now, when I get home, I put on my fave playlist and dance my heart out while incorporating all dose plenty names at the beginning of this post into my routine (works wonders!!see sweat!) after that I skip for as long as I can (sometyms 200-1leg/2legs) and stretch my body when I’m done all the while my ‘Gingering’ music is on.
I have been far more active in the morning since I started this regime and I think soon enough I’ll be able to do some skipping, situps/legups in the morning before heading to work (AMEN). My night routine also forces me to shower at night, ‘cos of the sweat, which is good for my skin and my brain even wakes up a bit and I can do some work/thinking before hitting the sack.
Why bother, some people may ask, you have a nice shape and flat tummy. I bother because I wanna keep it that way, fit, firm and active, not panting after climbing just 2flights of stairs and its also good for the health and immune system. I wanna form all the possible good habits I can so when I need them the most they are already there. I hope this post inspires someone to find their own fun way to keep fit and live healthy. 

When you love you, you will take proper care of all things pertaining to you and people will learn to love you for you.

Hair Regimen

I was more active taking care of my hair when it was short, I daresay I even enjoyed it, but with every centimeter added I got lazy about it, luckily I found a stylist who could handle it relatively well. So this post will have my old regimen and new regimen and products used for both. I recently got my hair did by Natmane (deepbrownkinks.blogspot.com) and she made some candid observations which I have put into consideration. I use too much heat on my hair! I only blowdry/straighten my hair about once a month but it seems the heat used during this process is way too much and ruining my beautiful coils (my hair is more coily than curly). Luckily I have very thick strong strands so they will get their coilness back as I desist from heat.

My old hair regimen (when I had a small fro and shorter hair)
My shorter hair was more malleable and it was during this phase I really bonded and fell in love with my hair, you can read my hair journey here and here. I learnt a lot from blogs, websites and Youtube videos about transitioning, hair types, caring for my hair, hairstyles, products to use, etc. Feel free to visit these ones and search for more- www.bglhonline.com, FusionofCulture channel on youtube, www.naturalnigerian.com. There are soooooooo many more out there and you can find out what works best for you with research and practice.
I shampooed and conditioned my whole hair @ once (no parts)
I do an apple cider vinegar rinse
I would towel dry and rub some Sheabutter and Elasta QP mango butter on it
And run a comb through my curly fro and add a bow or scarf and be on my merry way
I mostly rocked my hair in fros when it was shorter and ponytails when it was long enough for that.
I also fixed closed weaves (I don’t leave my hair out) of different styles and did braids, twists and weaving, with(out) attachments, once in a while as well ‘cos I love changing my look.
I also tied scarves whenever I was having a bad hair day or feeling too lazy to style

V05 shampoo and conditioner
Elasta QP mango butter
Olive oil cholesterol/sheabutter/conditioner/eggs for steaming

My new hair regimen (during/after my Natmane Hairdo)
While my hair was weaved I would spritz it with water daily and use either sheabutter/moringa oil/olive oil or cocounut oil on it
After I loosened my hair, I detangled (with my fingers) and put it in 4 parts and I re-detangled/ shampooed/conditioned/combed and plaited each part when I was done with it.
I dried the hair a bit with a towel and then with a hairdryer (used cold air) and applied shea butte on it and dried it a bit again. I made sure there was enough moisture left in it and put it in plaits and wore a satin cap before going to bed.
The next morning I took out the plaits, fingercombed it and put it in a ponytail and plaited the ends. I spritz some water on it and some coconut oil brushed the edges and went to work.
I keep my hands out of my hair as much as possible
I style my hair with scarves, bow pins, butterfly pins, bands
That’s about it for now, the weather is too hot for me to try a twist/braid out which will end up poofy at the end of the day.
I also fix closed weaves (I don’t leave my hair out) of different styles and I braid, twist and weave, with(out) attachments, once in a while as well ‘cos I love changing my look.
I also tie scarves whenever I’m having a bad hair day or feeling too lazy to style

I use Tresemme Shampoo and conditioner, Moringa oil, shea butter, Olive oil, Coconut oil
Apple cider vinegar (for a rinse)
Olive oil cholesterol/Sheabutter/eggs/Manshanu (animal fat-popular in the northern part of Nigeria)/honey {for steaming}
I am not soo big on products as these ones work real well for me, I do wanna get some essential oils though and try out some clays and I’ll be good!

You can check out my Pinterestpage for my pins on my Nappy hair love board for more hair info, blogs and websites 
Product pics cmn soon.stay tuned.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Follow The Nigerian (Freshest Travel Blog on the Web!)

Check out the freshest informative blog on the web block.lool. They got you covered when it comes to travelling as a Nigerian with a Nigerian Passport and they are spreading their travelling wings swiftly (Hopefully the whole world will be covered soon). We all know how much 'fun' it can be travelling with the Green Passport. 
Click FollowtheNigerian for more info and thank me later. 

Quail Eggs

Excerpt From Punchng.com

According to quailfarm.com, experts in natural treatment methods claim that quail eggs have positive effects on people with stress problems, hypertension, digestive disturbance, gastric ulcer, liver problems, blood pressure and lipid control, migraine, asthma, anemia, various types of allergies, eczema, heart problems, bronchitis, depression, panic and anxiety. Quail eggs are also known to stimulate growth, increase sexual appetite, stimulate brain functions and generally rejuvenate the body. They have been proved to be a very valuable source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and Vitamin D, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus and other essential micro-nutrients, minerals and amino acids. 
Go to Punch for the complete article. 
I am definitely adding Quail eggs to my diet! Healthliving things!!lool

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Win an all expense paid wedding and more!!!

You all know how much i love weddings!!!sooo i definitely had to share this with you guys when i saw it. check out http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/09/16/the-wedding-of-your-dreams-all-expense-paid-win-a-n15million-wedding-an-exotic-honeymoon-in-the-my-big-nigerian-wedding-contest-season-1/ for more details. 
All the best!!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Deepbrown & Kinks: Rainy Season Protective Styles (Featuring Me!!!)

I got my hair (no extensions) hooked up be Miss NatMane some weeks back and i totally loved and rocked the do! Igot so many compliments on how refreshing it was to see a chic without a weave (even from weave addicts!..lol) and how nice the hair looked on me. I styled it in a no. of different ways and it was very easy to work with. Natmane also gave me some tips on how to take even better care of my hair and i'm already trying out some and loving the results!Merci mademoiselle, looking forward to another stlye hookup with ya. Check out Deepbrown & Kinks: Rainy Season Protective Styles:  for the post and here are some pics on how i rocked the style. Oh and before i forget, my boo kept making jokes about how small and cute my head is and saying he did not know i had no 'Ogo' (pronounced back head...lool). 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Hello Food!!!

Y'all know I am a foodie! So i'm delighted to write this post for all the foodies out there like me. As much as cooking meals and eating out may be fun, sometimes we just wanna chill indoors in our PJs or with the fam or close friends or are stuck at work or we just don't feel so upbeat and need food!!, that's why we love 'at your doorstep' deliveries!!! It helps you save fuel and time picking out an outfit or being stuck in traffic and it gets even better, with your smartphone you are just a few taps away from enjoying ur tasty meal. (My mouth is already watering just typing this sef! I need to order food o. lool). It is just so convenient, especially when you have the option to pay on delivery and without extra delivery cost, I mean!! What could be better! Oya enough of my usual antics, find below where and how you can hook up to this awesome deal. 

HelloFood is an International delivery service website currently operating in five other African countries namely Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Morocco. It was launched in Nigeria (click to open) in October, 2012 first with some restaurants from Lagos and today they have more than 200 partners in Lagos and Abuja, and are expanding fast to be able to provide a global food service for all Nigerians.
They have a great choice of restaurants in all areas of the cities and a huge variety of mouth-watering cuisine including Nigerian, Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Continental and Asian dishes; Pizza, Burger, Sharwama, Sandwiches and more.
Among the well-known restaurants partnering with them are Diznos, Kilimanjaro, Chicken Republic, Marcopolo Orienal Cuisine, Mama Cass, Ofada Hut, Debonairs Pizza, Steers, Chicken Republic, Sweet Sensation and Goodies Restaurant to name a few.
HelloFood offers you the best online food ordering experience as their services are easy fast and reliable, you also get to pay on delivery and get your food at the same price as if you went to the restaurant (This is my fave part, no extra cost).
The HelloFood App was launched in February, 2013 to make the provision of services even easier and more convenient! The application is free and available for both iOS and Android smartphones. Yippeeee!!!
You can follow them on their Twitter & Facebook pages and also visit their homepage for more info. Check out the app page to download the app on your smartphone.
If you have any questions, feel free to email info@hellofood.com.ng or call 08072586275 or 08072657196.
Thank me later y'all for bringing you this juicy info.