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The Daily post photo challenge :Delta

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For this weeks challenge I decided to throw it back to New years Eve . During this time we reflect on change and what we hope for in the year to come . Think about it so much can happen in a year . Love is lost and found , jobs change , new friendships . That night was one of the best of my life . I spent it with a friend very dear yo my heart . We laughed,  we drank and celebrated life . The  fireworks and their changing form the ebb the flow ;The loud bangs the short burst of noise and color changes all can reflect the various events of life . This saying is so cliche but the only constant of life is change . Every day our bodies undergo transformation ad over time so does our soul . My take away from this week’s theme is that no matter what we go through we adapt , we grow and most importantly we should celebrate life . Perspective is everything .

 

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Daily Prompt :Local

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The beach is literally in my back yard  .
I always say the best part of my neighborhood is the beach . I live In Barbados . Sun , sand and sea is life . At least that’s the tagline for our tourism industry . For as long as I can remember the beach has been a part of my life . I remember as a young girl being knocked over by waves , lots of fun and frolic and failed swimming lessons . I have this irrational fear of drowning so I never learned to swim . The irony in that statement is so ridiculous , even laughable . The beach is a reflection of the laid back attitude of the locals . I live about ten mins from the beach well two beaches (one stretch of beach broken in two ,Pebbles beach and Browne’s beach and which I am convinced is the best beach on the island . Three beach bars , watersports activities and

a mixture of locals and tourists alike . The beauty is captivating . It’s like a tropical paradise .Grab a beer , a beach chair and just enjoy the vibes . #islandlife .

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My six favorites sites for baby food recipes

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Baby weaning for me was a most exciting and sometimes frustrating process. I knew I would prefer the little one to have fresh, healthy and nutritious meals, so I decided to make them myself.

I honestly had no idea where to start so, of course, I took to google. I love to cook so for me this was a new adventure. For those who worry it may be too time-consuming, it really isn’t esp when you make big batches and pop them in the freezer. All you really need in the initial stages is a blender and an oven things you would typically have.

I did not purchase any of those fancy baby food makers but you can if you choose to. I like to keep it simple and budget friendly.

These are my top six favourite websites for baby food recipes. Let me be honest I ended up even adding some of these to my own diet. They taste great and also have encouraged me to eat healthier myself.
Babyfoode.comHer tagline is adventurous recipes for babies and toddlers. Her website is easy to navigate. There are a wide variety of purée recipes for babies and toddlers. I love the weird and yet awesome combos and so does my daughter. This site is awesome sauce.
Homemade-baby-food-recipes.com . This website offers a free mini Ebook to get you started. Recipes are broken down into categories by food types.
Madeformums.com.I love their meal planners. Some of the recipes were too complex for my tastes so I stuck to the simpler ones. Planners are broken down by age and organized by week for the month.
Kidspot.com.au. Breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas you name it. There are even baked treats on here. So far the pumpkin risotto is our favorite.
Onehandedcooks.com.au . If you are willing to give more complex dishes a try this is the site for you.
Annabelkarmel.com . I think everyone knows about this one. Probably everyone’s fave. Expert advice and a variety of recipes. What more could a mum ask for?

I am no expert but I recommend starting with the basics fruits, vegetables, and cereals that are readily available and also cost-effective. Just a few suggestions :

Bananas    and Apples                
Sweet potatoes
Sago
Rolled oats
Barley
Couscous
Quinoa
Peaches (I use canned )
Chickpeas


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Beauty on a budget : Activated charcoal

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Anyone that knows me knows I love a good bit of pampering. I really shine when I am looking my best and I never hesitate when it involves trying new beauty products . Natural is the way for me 😆 not only is it more cost effective to make your own products; it helps a lot when you have sensitive skin. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought something that caused me to break out and I ended up having to toss a barely used tube.

That clearly does not cut it when you are on a budget #beautyonabudget is where it’s at for me right now. I read up about activated charcoal so I decided to give it try . Bentonite clay is my bff . Like dust from the heavens. My oily skin loves it. The Shea butter is for my hair I usually whip that with lavender and coconut oil, castor and jojoba can work as well. Any oil you choose actually. It whips up so silky smooth. I use it to seal my ends which are bone dry esp in the summer.
The most popular charcoal mask seems to be a mixture of the coal, clay , water and apple cider vinegar. All my products were bought on eBay .

The clay sells out pretty fast. Amazon also sells it as well. The soap is from Walmart . yesterday I whipped up a bit of the mask recipe listed above . I am now a fan! It had my skin so smooth and less oily (so far so good ) no breakouts to report  I am a happy camper. The vitamin E cream listed below is my favorite all-purpose moisturizer. I use it for my face my hands you name it. Not only is it reasonably priced it is lightweight and hydrates for hours. It retails for about $4 at Walmart (two bottles for the price of one)20170620_19123220170620_193219

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Summer time :tropical smoothies

 

 

Summertime means tropical drinks! It is currently mango season so obviously, it was my go-to for this week’s smoothie. I usually go with whatever I have in the freezer. So that’s how I came up with mango cantaloupe and banana smoothie. I mixed that will some rice milk and a drop of blue agave nectar and chia seeds. Yummy . Depending on your tastes you may not need a sweetener. Also, I read that blue agave is no longer considered as healthy as was once stated. I also read that about coconut oil. I tend to take these studies with a grain of salt. I do the best I can with what I have. I think life is too short to not eat whatever the hell you want. All things in moderation of course. You just need to find a balance. 20170623_18454220170623_18463020170623_184838 (1)20170623_184838

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The Daily Post photo challenge : transient

For me nothing says beauty and impermanence like a rainbow . We have rain and we have sunlight two opposites . This a metaphor for life . The rain being the bad times the sun reflecting the happy times . The good in life . The beauty of life is that there ia good and bad and it is all interconnected without the bad stuff we would never appreciate how truly great the good times feel . It also reminds me that nothing lasts to take nothing for granted . It takes something as simple as seeing a rainbow to put everything in perspective for me . The simplicity of it all
The colors and the fact that it lasts only a few moments . It highlights the importance of living in the now .that ee can find beauty even in the sucky moments . Now if only i could find a pot of gold at the end of one of these things 😁20170604_060927a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/drifter/”>TransientTransient

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My five fave inspirational newsletters

It’s kind of hard not to get lost in the crazy of life sometimes. I think we all have had days where we feel a little down and just need a little jolt of inspiration. When I am having a bad day or moment I look to my inbox for a pick me up (also to my coffee cup). Here are my favorite inspirational newsletters.

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Grace noteshttp:gracespace.co these are short and precise.
They always leave me with something positive to reflect on throughout the day
Hay house -The forever wisdom of Wayne Dyer. I can not express how much his words of wisdom have helped me with my self-discovery journey (still a work in progress ) we can all do with little words of wisdom. Hay house also offers several other newsletters and resources. Something to fit any and everyone’s needs.


Love notes. Musingsofanearthangel.com -The name alone makes me smile. Like love letters from a stranger aimed and making me feel good 😁

Bernadette Logue – pinchmeliving.com this I recently subscribed to after having downloaded her free affirmations. Listening to them on my daily commute to and from home. She discusses a wide range of topics and also offers practical tips.
Plum Deluxe –plumdeluxe.com This newsletter combines inspirational messages and food. Tea, cake you name it. You may find a new favorite to add to your recipe collection. Who doesn’t  love cake ??
Every day we are all surrounded by such negativity it can all get a bit heavy. I try to inject some bit of positivity in my life whenever possible. On that note, I would like to encourage anyone looking for daily inspiration while on Instagram to give @doseofinspiration246 a look. Or you can visit her website https://www.doseofinspiration246.com/

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Natural hair product review Ogx shea soft and smooth

 

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Any natural haired girl at some point I believe has been a product junkie. About four years ago after I lost my job, I also decided to shed my hair. It was dry damaged and all around a straw-like mess. The scarecrows would have been jealous. So I chopped it all off and so the natural hair journey began. My hair is thick, stubborn and as dry as the Sahara. I decided to give this product really because of the shea butter. I find my hair does great with butters.

The product retails for $5.74 at Walmart. The product is silicone free and not tested on animals. It also has some of my fave ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. I mean coconut oil is the cure to all life problems, isn’t it? Lol . The smell reminds me of a vanilla ice cream. Yummy . It is very lightweight. It definitely left my hair moisturized and not weighed down. The great thing about this product is that it has multiple uses. I used it as a deep treatment and a leave in. It made my hair very easy to detangle and it can be used as a skin moisturizer for all you ladies with dry skin. I have oily skin but my hands are usually a bit dry. It left my hands well moisturized and smelling oh so good. I did a twist out a week after I used the product I must say I  like how it looked! My only issue with most products is that my hair drinks them all.I mean dime size is usually half the container.😂 If you

 

are looking for a multi-purpose product this is one to give a try. Even my frizz was reduced not totally but it’s usually much more pronounced. This one gets a thumbs up from me 😃 Continue reading “Natural hair product review Ogx shea soft and smooth”

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Baking and childhood memories

 

 

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I grew up with my mum – a baker. I positively think it is in my blood. Something about baking just takes me to a happy place or is that the thought of devouring the finished product ?? not quite sure. One of my favourite childhood treats was pound cake. My uncle who lived in the USA would bring us them every time he would visit. So sweet and so damn tasty. He also used to give me $1 which I thought was a million at the time. Today I just felt like taking a trip back there so I got out one of my recipe books and did the damn thing. They came out pretty awesome. Easy to make, satisfying and tasty. It goes great with stewed fruit, jam, cheese you name it 😃

Here is my go-to pound cake recipe :

1 1/2 cups of cake flour

3/4 cup (1 1/2) sticks of butter at room temp

1 cup of sugar 

3 eggs 

1/4 tsp salt 

3 tbsp milk 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

The recipe can easily be doubled. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour  9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Sift together flour and salt. 

Cream together butter and sugar for about 1 minute.

Add milk and eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, also add vanilla and mix well.

Slowly add flour about a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix at low-speed. 

Scrape batter into prepared pan.

Bake 50-60 minutes or until wooden pick or knife is inserted into the centre comes out clean.

I honestly can not remember where I found this recipe. It is my go-to for a simple sweet treat. It is pretty much a classic.