What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?



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It was fun to learn that a sweet potato is what you’d commonly find at your local grocery market. And chances are you will find it in the colors orange, purple and white.  However, yams usually have to be found at a specialty store and are white.  I discovered the answer to said question some years ago when I decided to bake my very first sweet potato pie.  It’s funny, until my first sweet potato pie experience, I never questioned the difference.  I stumbled across this cool video that breaks down the difference in fun and succinct way…check it out here.

Now I’m on the hunt to try my first, real yam.

Happy Holidays!


Hair Tutorial – Braid Out: How I Did It

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I got around to trying the rhassoul clay I mentioned in this post. It was easy to use, it smells subtly sweet and rinsed out quickly.

So far, I’m am really excited about the results.

After cleansing my hair with a rinse I made using the clay and I water, I styled it in one of my best braid-outs ever!  My hair was shiny, moist and well defined.

Also, I must mention, as I was styling my hair and applied “product” the texture felt “off”. It felt stiff and gluey. I’m chalking it up to a Ph imbalance and hopefully I can correct it with some aloe juice next time around. I’ll keep ya posted.

If you’d like to see the step-by-step, styling process take a peek at the video here.

Makeup Tutorial: Soft Pink

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Hello there!

The  other day I had a little time before dinner to really dial in some makeup and thought it would be fun record it and share.   It’s a soft, flirty look that transitions perfectly from day or night.

I thoroughly enjoy shopping for makeup, watching makeup tutorials,  playing in makeup and coming up with pretty, feminine, “new” looks.  To me, wearing makeup is a form of expression and creativity, just like painting, music or anything that requires skill and imagination.  I don’t believe I need it wear it to be beautiful, but I can say it does put a little more of a pep in my step when I enhance my look.

See the video/tutorial HERE.

I hope you like it!

On My Radar


1. Fiddle Fig Everything.

Earlier this past summer I scored a super cute, faux,  fiddle fig leaf plant from Home Goods and have been wanting to find a photo or painting to pair with it ever since. While searching for inspiration I came across these gorgeous pillows on Etsy.  The fiddle fig leaf plant was very popular this summer but I’m still loving it.  I was enamored before summer hit and tried finding a plant during winter, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I’m so happy I found it and love how the green adds a splash of color to my home and I’m sure it will be uplifting during fall/winter months to come.

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2. Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul Clay has been on my mind for a very long time and I think it’s time for me to take action and give it a try.  I usually do my clay washes with Aztec clay, but research is telling that rhassoul clay is supposed to be amazing as well, if not better. If you want to see how I make my Hair Wash/No Shampoo wash see my video here.

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3. Paper Trimmer

I’m so excited to have finally purchased this paper trimmer! It’s the small things, LOL! I finished decorating my office but left hanging my photos on my To Do list for longer than I care to admit.

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4. Lemons

For the last few days I have been using lemon as an all natural deodorant.  FYI, it doesn’t prevent sweating, but it does stop odor by killing the bacteria that causes it. I’m also curious to see if it will lighten my underarms.  I had an allergic reaction to a new deodorant I decided to try this past summer and want to try the natural route for lightening.  I will keep you guys posted on my results.

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5. Running Shoes

I have been motivating myself to get back on the-good-foot to eating well and exercising.  I have never been much of a runner, but I know how slimming it is and would like to do some slimming and trimming after my recent pregnancy.  I would like to take these Nikes for a spin, again, if I decide to get them I will keep you all posted.

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DIY Summer Treat

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Hey guys!

The other day I made some yummy popsicles using frozen strawberries, yogurt and frozen blueberries.  The turnout was delicious.  I was inspired by a recipe I found in InSyle Magazine and I’m happy I gave them a try. The recipe is really straight forward even though it calls for “layering”.  The first few layers I took my time and let each semi-freeze, but as I got toward the end I quickly poured in what was left of the strawberry and yogurt .  They didn’t come out as neat as the mag images, but I’m sure they were just as delicious! Ha.

If you want to try them the recipe is HERE.062215-july-fourth-lead-5_0                                                                 (Photo: Johnny Miller)

My First Shampoo

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Hey guys,


So, I had an opportunity to try Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention Shampoo for the first time and it was great!


As I mentioned in my latest haul video/post, I had not shampooed my hair in 5 years!


It was due to my discomfort with the ingredients listed on most shampoo products and greatly due to my scalp itching like I had fleas whenever I did shampoo.  I cannot say that shampooing will become a regular practice for me, but I will try again in the future since it was faster than having to make my clay wash. And after almost a week I have had zero itchiness. I shot a video detailing my conditioning process if you’d like to take a peek here.


Also, in the video I share my recipe for my homemade deep conditioner:


1/2 Ripe Banana
1/2 Avocado
2.5 Tbsp of Coconut Oil.


I slept with the conditioner over night and rinsed it out in the morning. I did not apply any additional product until I styled the following day, yet it felt super, sponge cake moist and soft!


For styling, I shot a video that I will share soon, but I used Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Eco Styler Gel to set my waves.  I had a chance to use that bonnet I mentioned a few posts back as well!  I LOOOOOOVE IT!


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Let me know if you decide to try the deep conditioning recipe!




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Had to make a quick run to Walgreens during my recent trip to Las Vegas and, of course, you can’t shop at a place like that and buy just one item. I ended up buying 5!  I thought it would be fun to share them with you in the attached video. Lately, I’ve been interested in experimenting with my hair and decided to buy and try out the Shea Moisture shampoo.  I have not shampooed my hair in 5 years, only clay washes, so I’m looking to share that update with y’all too!  I will be posting photos and info for what steps I took for my trial run with shampoo, wish me luck.

Talk soon!