Green Pregnancy Smoothie | Pineapple Banana Yum Yum

Green smoothies provide a good source of folate, calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals needed for healthy fetal development, they also make a convenient and healthy snack or meal and if done right, be totally delicious.

Heres my Pineapple Banana Yum Yum

1 c. organic romaine lettuce
1 c. organic baby spinach
1.5 c. coconut water
2-3 frozen bananas
1 c. golden rip pineapples
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds

Blend 45-60 seconds and enjoy!

This fills up my 32 oz. size ninja blender cup.

Here’s a video:

 Enjoy!

My Week in Gratitude | 5/11 – 5/17

My week of Gratitude This is my week in gratitude for the week of May 11, 2015 to May 17, 2015.

A documentation of all the blessings, big or small, I acknowledge and thank throughout my week (that I can remember) in no particular order.

  • I am truly blessed to have my brother Aldon repair our apartment walls within two days. He did such a wonderful job because of his years of skills in construction and the speed and neatness he achieve it in it so great. He plastered, sanded and polished our wall and I tipped him what I could but I’m truly grateful for his time given.
  • I am so happy and grateful Courtney bought our new couch! Jennifer Convertibles was having a Memorial Day sale and we scored this beautiful chaise section (wanted), sleek and modern (wanted) in grey (WANTED) for $499!! I cannot wait to get my check so I can pay my half but oh my God, the happiness and peace of mind that’s achieved by purchasing that major item for your apartment makeover is so amazing! I’m elated and cannot wait to decorate and plop down in it with baby A, and finally enjoy our living room.
  • I am truly grateful for the random $10 I happened to look down and spot on my bike ride. Courtney and I JUST finished saying I didn’t’ have enough cash just in case card reader at the Subway’s we go to didn’t work and just like magic, $10. How blessed I am. It could’ve been $1 and I’d be just as elated but the universe provided me with the right amount for what I needed. I’m glad the reader did work because I was able to hold on to that $10 and helped Courtney out when purchasing our couch. He was short $10!! Not a coincidence people!
  • With all my heart, thank you for reaching over 700 subscribers! Like wow, just wow. I am so thankful to just be acknowledged because making YouTube videos is something I’ve wanted to do for over seven years…SEVEN YEARS! It finally happened though and I’m slowly building and my ultimate ultimate ultimate goal, is just to inspire. I know it sounds so corny but I love to help. Actually, I’ve always wanted to be a role model and having this platform with loyal fans just makes me excited to make inspirational, informative and entertaining videos.
  • I am so thankful for my sister Tracy coming over to get her hair done because as much fun as I have for doing hair and such, she, out of the goodness of her heart, pays me for my services. I love my family and wouldn’t charge. I’m just happy to see them but the fact that she gives me a bit of money helps so much. I can use it for groceries, meals, the apartment…Thank you, Tracy.
  • Thank you so much for my sonogram this week. We were finally able to get Baby A’s full stats, even though he still gave the technician a bit of work and was even able to get a 3D scan! I love his little face and he looks JUST like Courtney. It’s amazing at such a young premature state, how developed his features already are. He’s also almost 2 lbs! Yummy!
  • I am truly blessed for being asked to work on 5/23 on a shoot because I haven’t been working as much as I did prior to my pregnancy. The week before last, I worked a 5 day job in office/studio and I worked with Angela (my favorite production manager) and even found out I was getting $50 more than my assumed daily rate and I had such a great time catching up, working, being on set again. I’d be driving this coming Saturday and its just one day but I’m thankful for even being considered.
  • Thank you so much for my girls (Tracy, Thacia & Shamara) because they’re planning our baby shower and taking the reigns on food, decorations, favors, music…I’m not a planner and a bit indecisive so having a person to tell me what and where is such a relief. Financially and mentally. I love you girls so much. Thank you.
  • I am so grateful for my WIC checks. Last week I got a two month re-up and I’m just joyous to be able to get free groceries! I can never be ashamed of free food especially when I’m not on a high income. Even if I was a millionaire, who doesn’t like free food!? I’m looking forward to July’s farmer’s market checks where I get a nice amount of money to browse and shop local fresh produce and there’s nothing like fresh produce to nourish my lil boy and I.
  • With all my heart, thank you for the beautiful weather last week. Summer is almost here and wow, we missed you. Warm weather means more play time outside, activities, skin showing, sandals, bright colors, care freeness…So blessed to soak up some rays and vitamin D.

Shout outs to:

  • Home Depot for our supplies for renovations
  • My mom for calling Aldon
  • The Lady on the train that offered me a seat
  • Courtney for that box of  wonderful Haitian mangoes
  • Marshall’s for that cute acrylic makeup organizer and discounted dry shampoo
  • Pinterest and Apartment Therapy for the endless design and organization ideas

Thank you, thank you, thank you Universe. You’ve given my abundant blessings for which I cannot thank you enough but I will never stop trying. I’m so highly favored and blessed. I’m well. I’m happy. I’m inspired and will only, only go up from this day forward. This is my word. This is my stance. This is my truth. Through positivity, I will achieve.

The Magic Challenge | Day 7

Best

C Marie

 

The Magic Challenge | Update

Hello my beautiful people!

So you may or may not have noticed but I fell short of my 28 day The Magic Challenge daily practices, tapping (falling off) at day 23. I’m not mad at all though because those days were enough to re-instill the practice of gratitude into my everyday life. I’ll definitely do the challenge again, however, and make it to day 28 but I’m really proud of how far I made it.

Right now, as I type this, I’m outside basking (baking) in the sun after a lovely breakfast of multiple nectarines and mangoes while my little one kicks happily inside me and butterflies float past. Whimsical, ain’t it? I can appreciate all these slight nuances around me because I choose to. Blessings are so abundant around us and it’s just so awesome to experience life through rose-colored glasses.

Blessings Come In Many Packages

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I didn’ t have off days. I did. Hormones, issues, a light bit of stress is normal but how I choose to deal with it helps get me out of my funks fast. Wallowing in misery isn’t healthy or productive so seeing any positive in a situation no matter how negative can only make you stronger and your blessings more abundant.

I wake up and bless the day. Happy that my eyes even open. Happy I have a bed to sleep in. A kitchen to make breakfast. Food in the kitchen. Blessed to see the sun. For all my readers. For all my subscribers. Of course for my family and their love and support which we all must never take for granted.

The Magic Challenge Day One Prep

I heavily encourage the book The Magic by Rhonda Byrne in which all is explained in details and the power of implementing gratitude to magically change your life. Its based on faith, spirituality, religion, whatever you worship but kicked up a notch through explanation of how to reap better benefits from your religious views. You cannot go wrong with thankfulness. I reap the benefits everyday and then some.

I’ll be doing weekly gratitude updates to show my gratitude for things big and small happening in my life so stay posted.

Wishing you the absolute best,

C Marie

Video| My Straight Hair Routine & Process Breakdown

In my latest video, I demonstrate my no-fail flat ironing process that produces long-lasting, silky results on natural type 4b hair.

My basic regimen will be:

  1. Overnight pre-(sham)poo treatment of a hot oil of choice. Usually warm coconut oil to provide restorative properties to my color damaged hair that I’m currently growing out and a ridiculously brilliant shine to the end product.
  2. Shampooing twice to get rid of dirt, build-up and excess oil. This ensures light, flowing results and a super clear scalp since I won’t be washing my hair anytime soon.
  3. A protein treatment to give my hair a dose of strength before heating tools are applied. This will normally be my apHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor which is quick in delivering protein to strands.
  4. Deep Conditioner for 30-60 minutes with heat. Deep conditioning is the most important part of the entire process because this step infuses my hair with moisture. Moisture prevents breakage as well as protection against heat especially if said deep conditioner has silicones. Cones are a heat styling barrier. A quality deep conditioner also ensures my hair stays moisturized for the weeks to come since I do not add additional products to my hair throughout the weeks
  5. Minimal to no leave in. I spray a light touch of apHogee Green Tea & Keratin Restructerizer as my leave in for more strength but my main styler is water for–
  6. Roller setting. I DO NOT BLOWDRY BEFORE FLAT IRONING. Blowdrying zaps all the moisture from my hair. This causes my hair to frizz right back up after flat ironing because strands are desperately seeking moisture and will pull from the environment to replenish whats lost. Isn’t the body amazing? Roller setting, though time consuming, when mastered, is key to achieving amazing flat iron results. Silky, bouncy and moisturized shiny hair is always my out come because my hair is retaining all the goodness from the prior steps.
  7. Serum. I’ve been using Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shine and Gloss Polisher as my mild heat protectant, humidity dense and shine enhancer. I make sure I get the serum on my roots to deter reversion which always occurs there first. This serum always gives my hair the prettiest shine and boy does it last.
  8. Flat iron with a boar bristle brush. After the deep conditioning, this is the second most important step in my process. Using my trusty HAI Convertible Ceramic flat iron, and a Diane soft boar bristle brush, I put my flat iron to 400 degrees (perfect for me) and begin. I only pass the iron over each section ONCE because that’s all I need. Using the boar bristle brush to do the chase method yields the silkiest press any natural could ask for. It should be mandatory. I get every strand silkened and smoothed because the bristles do a way better job at catching everything over a comb’s teeth. Also, small sections are a must. It won’t work any other way.

In this video, I gave myself a well needed cut. No, not trim, a full cut. Chopped a good 2-3 inches off each section and goodness, my hair was tangle free and silky like nobody’s business. When you can’t run your hands through your freshly flat ironed hair without it being caught, it’s time for a trim. I loved cutting off that color damage, those nasty mid shaft splits and tons of fairy knots that plagued my hair’s greatness.

It’s been 13 days since my flat iron job and a maintenance and nighttime regimen video is coming soon. You wouldn’t believe how my hair looks without any product. That’s right, I haven’t added any product to my hair since day 1.

Be on the lookout and subscribe for more videos!

Daily Exfoliation | The Trick Beyonce and Other Celebs Swear By

Daily Exfoliation

I love seeing Beyonce in her natural element.

Lately, I’ve been on a body beauty kick. I’ve been investing in moisturizing soaps, skin nourishing butters and lotions and guzzling as much water as possible in my day. I suppose it’s the winter and the  pregnancy. Both have left my skin dry, itchy and a bit scaly so I scavenged the inter webs and came across a few articles about exfoliation. Celebs such as Beyonce, Adriana Lima, Nia Long and others exfoliating their way to amazingly glorious skin (obviously). But not your average once a week or when a special occasion exfoliation, but daily facial and body scrubs to slough off months worth of dead skin revealing glowing, radiant and super smooth skin that you can’t help but touch.

If you think about it, dust around your house is primarily made of dead skin cells. We shed old skin daily so a good scrub is necessary for an appropriate routine. When we kick up our scrubbing habit to daily, we unlock potential.

Daily facial scrubbing allows for better absorption of your favorite cleansers and moisturizers caused by product buildup. Not only can we see super smooth skin revealed but better performance from our tried and true products. The key to exfoliating skin daily is to use a very mild and/gentle exfoliator. I’ve given the beauty habit a go and its been a week so far. I’ve been using the St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Facial Scrub which has small beads providing moderate exfoliation.

Daily Exfoliation

The results after 8 days, I must admit, of course smooth skin but its texture and tone is changing. I had to stare hard because I don’t like to BS myself or readers. Bumps are reaching the surface and seem to be popping themselves (haha!) and I’m removing uneven skin tone. I suppose they were just layers of skin that just needed to be removed! But the most amazing part, is my nose. My nose is the OILIEST thing ever and because of that, my pores were enlarged and had whiteheads and you could squeeze the old oil build up, blackheads on the side….ugh, just a mess. My nose is so smooth now! It’s not even funny how laid my pores are! If you are having a horrible pore issues, daily exfoliation could darn well cure it.

I’ll be making a skin care regimen video and post soon and posting it here and on my YouTube channel.

Now for my body!

The scaly skin had to go! As much as I wanted to buy a huge luxurious tub of some exotically named and pricey body scrub, I decided to just use what I had a make a simple brown sugar scrub.

Simple Brown Sugar Scrub

  • Brown Sugar
  • Light Olive Oil

Ta da! Too easy right? I know.

Daily Exfoliation

Of course, use whatever you have. Sugar, whether white or brown, is more suited towards dry skin while salt scrubs have more healing properties and suited for oily skin. I really like the light olive oil because…it wasn’t heavy! It left the right amount of moisture and softness without being greasy.

I simply go to work scrubbing on dry skin before I sure. I concentrate on my lower legs, my bottom, elbows and back as those are my driest itchy areas. I scrub well. At least ten strokes per section. Do what your body can handle.

After 8 days of daily body scrubbing, I love slathering on my body butters because they seem to sink in better instead of sitting on top of my skin and the silkiness cannot be beat. It’ll take quite a few more weeks before I can say I have non scaly skin but I’m not hesitant at all to rock my dresses this season!

When I do decide to get a body scrub (which I will), I’m going to get the ever popular Tree Hut brand sugar body scrubs.

This is just one of their tons of flavors and formulas.

This is just one of their tons of flavors and formulas.

With it’s mainly natural and effective formula, plus the price point…this is one of the most consumer friendly, body friendly and deliciously scented body scrubs around.Can be found locally in random beauty marts, Ulta or online at Amazon or TreehutShea.com

I’m looking forward to unlocking my skin’s full potential with this addition to my daily routine. I’m coming for ya, Beyonce!

 

How has exfoliating benefited your skin? What do you think about daily exfoliating? Is it something you think you’ll try?