Category Archives: Selfcare

‘Sup February: 5 Things To Do Now To Beat The Winter Blues

Start Planning Your Spring Activities: 

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Planning ahead, will allow us the opportunity to look ahead to the future; at a  time when the weather will be warmer, and the earth will come alive again. Just the thought makes me wanna smile; except I can’t right now, because IM COLD bruh! Need some ideas. No prob.  If you’re in NYC around March, take in the annual Cherry Blossom exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, or if in Chicago, go and play at the Navy Pier. Just do a quick search and see what’s popping in your city come Spring, and begin to pencil in the fun.

Get Creative:

Likely, this time of year, once we’re in the house, it’s usually where we stay, until obligations pull us into the cold outdoors. Well, with so much time being spent in the house, make use of it. Redecorate a room, or reorganize your closet. Perhaps, we’ve had it wrong all along; “Spring Cleaning”, should take place in the winter, freeing us up to enjoy the Spring weather, duhhhhh! Take a look at this youtube channel for some interior design ideas.

Pamper Yourself!

In the winter we tend to throw caution away when it comes to our body. We allow our pedis to grow out a little longer than normal; we may just let that darn layer of hair to inhabit our legs and other places, just a tee wee bit longer than we should. Well, I am here to advocate for treating our bodies like the temple of goddess that it truly is, even this time of year. This time of year, it’s great to keep our skin moisturized, our hair healthy, and our bodies prepped for warmer weather. Don’t let this cold fool you boo. Before you know it, warmer months will be here and it’ll be time to show all that’s been tucked away in big warm boot, and big winter coats. Stay ready, so you aint got to get ready!

Mental Escape. 

Read a good book.  Or ten. Reading is a great way to escape the winter blues and find yourself smack dabbed in the middle of a warm island, falling in love with tall dark glass of something sexy, only your imagination can cook up. Or you can indulge in a good biography about Abraham Lincoln if your anything like me. Either way, the idea is escape. And a good book always transport us just long enough to enjoy.

Find You Psalm-body:

This one is for the singles. This time of year, it’s tempting to get into a temporary romance, as it is after all ‘cuffing season’. Well, that can get tricky if you’re waiting for that special someone , and not just willing to settle for anyone. Don’t succumb to the pressure of getting boo’d up this cold season, just to have a warm body to be next to. Rather, take time to read, watch and indulge on content that leads you to  what God’s intentions are for your love life, for all seasons of your life. Pastor Michael Todd, from the Transformation Church, has a great series called #RelationshipGoals, that is sure to give you great tips on intentional purpose-filled relationships and more importantly the importance of this season called single.

5 Tips to Maintain Well Moistured Healthy Skin All Winter ’18

Winter weather blows for the skin.

Between the irrationally  cold weather and low humidity every ounce of moisture is sucked  away from our skin every second of every day; in these brutal winter months.  Playing with this harsh winter weather is literally like playing with fire for the skin, since dry skin can easily lead to cracking and bleeding skin. No ma’am.

A skin moisturizing routine is very necessary this rigid time of year; to replenish what the natural  elements removes; leaving our skin thirsty for moisture.  Think of your skincare winter routine as an act of #SelfLove.

Follow these 5 easy #SelfLove skincare winter tips to maintain well moistured healthy skin all winter ’18.

1. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER

I know; what’s better than a hot shower in the winter?! But when you can, wash (especially your face) with lukewarm water. This will add well needed hydration without stripping your skin’s natural oils away.

2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

Seal in moisture by applying a good moisturizure right after you wash while your skin is damp. Applying while the skin is still damp increases the products ability to absorb and last longer.
3. CHOOSE MOISTURIZER CAREFULLY

Speaking of moisturizing, pick a good moisturizer. Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. I love natural oils like jojoba, hemp, and a little coconut oil.

4. DRINK UP

This one is easy….think less coffee…more water. Really that simple.  Water is your friend. Drink it up. While you can drink your water; don’t be afraid to eat it too. Add more moisture friendly foods to your diet like watermelon; grapes; oranges.

5. OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than more meatier areas of the body. To combat this try doing overnight deep moisturizing on these areas with a deep conditioning lotion or balm.

Follow these simple steps and expect to be on your way to well moisturized skin all winter.

Hello August: 52 Healthy Things To Do Before Summer Is Over

Hello August.

As we usher in this last full month of summer 😢; it’s a great time to start thinking about what exactly it is we want to accomplish before the summer is over. With exactly 52 days before that first leaf falls, here is a list of 52 HEALTHY things to do before summer 17 is but a memory:

1. Drink water everyday ( pack a water filtered water bottle like this one)
2. Try spa water  (water infused with mint, cucumbers, berries etc)
3. Go for a evening run
4. Yoga at sunset on the beach
5. Yoga at dawn on the beach
6. Start the day with a ACV shot
7. No meat for a week( Try JesusAndFood.com for some meatless yummy recipes)
8. Sugar free for a week or more
9. Take a walk everyday
10. Do a natural lip scrub (use Brown sugar and  olive oil)
11. Eat nutrient dense foods like almonds, salmon, etc daily
12. Green tea eye mask
13. Eat melon
14. Co Wash your hair weekly
15. ACV rinse in your hair to remove build up
16. Do a Indian healing clay  mask ( try this one)
17. Dry brush your skin weekly
18. Learn a new word a week
19. Read at least 4 new  books
20. Listen to music of another language
21. Mediate
22. Pray
23. Fast
24. Laugh daily
25. Teach your little one a new skill
26. Declutter your space
27. Create a journal and write in it
28. See your OB-Gyn
29. Eat a salad everyday
30. Deep condition hair weekly or biweekly
31. Save $20 or more from paycheck
32. Do a wheatgrass shot daily for a week
33. Add Chlorella to your green juice
34. Ride a bike
35. Make healthy delicious popsicles
36. Make nicecream
37. Do a bonfire with close friends
38. Eat fresh fruits and veggies from the farmers market
39. Visit and support your local farmers market weekly
40. Start thinking about your plans for 2018
41. Try henna
42. Coconut oil pull everyday
43. Treat lashes and eyebrows with castor oil nightly
44.  Try a few new vegan recipes
45. Do a foot detox
46. Make 10, 000 steps a day
47. Take your Hair Skin and Nails vitamins daily
48. Go for a hike
49. Swap sugary drinks
50. Clean home daily
51. Drink lemon water in morning and at night
52. Help another woman

MY 5 HUG MUST-HAVES RIGHT NOW

GameFace Wipes:

 

Sometimes a shower right after the workout is not ideal. Perhaps, you have to make a quick stop at the store or the bank. I once had to run into Walmart after a workout and ended up a little too close to my boss in the check out line.  Let’s just say awkward. I looked and probably smelled musky. But the workout was worth it.  Kinda. Well with post workout wipes from GameFace, a quick freshening up is easy. Throw the lightly scented sturdy wipes in your gym bag and go. No more awkward post workout run ins.

 

RuckPack Energy Shots:

RuckPack HUG

 

Sometimes getting the workout in is impossible because tiredness wins. With #RuckPack Energy Shots (which have been featured on Shark Tank); the ingredients are natural and the outcome is full energy without shocking the nervous system. With yummy flavors like strawberry, citrus and berry it’s also delectable. Just pour into a cold glass of water or drink straight.

Try RuckPack here, and use the code BB105 for a 20% discount.

Mink Lashes:

 

I’m late on this one. Lashes are a must to enhance a beat face. However, if you’re going to do lashes; please opt for mink lashes. I didn’t know there was such a difference between mink lashes and artificial lashes; until I actually tried mink. Lashes should look and FEEL as natural as possible. Mink lashes are softer and FEEL almost weightless on the eyelids.

Try these Mink lashes for a reasonable price.

Filtered Water Bottle:

Water is a must. Lots of it. Daily. But who has time and money to keep running to the store for bottled water. Instead, I purchased a filtered water bottle that does all the work for me. I get endless bottles of fresh clean water and there is no plastic waste. Yayyyy! Try a filtered water bottle like this one.

 

Essential Oils And Diffuser:

For everything from aromatherapy to curing a headache; essential oils are the best. For each ailment we may suffer from, there’s an oil for that. I am having a great time researching and learning about essential oils and how to use them properly. Also, loving my oil diffuser to diffuse my favorite flavors of oils through out my home. It creates a great aroma that always lifts my energy.

Start with a simple but effective set of essential oils like this one. 

Some of these products were Sponsored.

10 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Is Critical To Your #GloUp

Ladies, everything we do should in one way or another, contribute in large part to our #GloUp. While, the concept of a ” #GloUp” will differ from person to person, there are some fundamental bullet-points that are a must for any #GloUp to be official. One of those crucial bullet-points in particular, is having our health game on point. What we’ll be discussing today is almost synonymous with good health:  Apple Cidar Vinegar in its (organic) raw and unfiltered form is possibly one of the most vital natural health remedies to contribute to an increase in good health. ACV is one of those natural goodies that the healthiest person you know, probably swears by for many different reasons. In fact, ACV has anti-inflammatory properties that aides in everything from skin problems to weight loss.

Here are 10 key ways in which organic raw and unfiltered Apple Cidar Vinegar (with the mother) is critical to your #GloUp:

1. Detox Your Body

In this case, unfiltered ACV can act as a tonic for the liver and lymphatic; which can help detox your body.  Also, ACV helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage. All of that leads to better health, and thereby instant #GloUp.

2. Natural Conditioner to Make Hair Shine

Hair can make or break ones #GloUp. Use ACV as a natural hair conditioner that after consistent use, makes the hair take on great shine.   Use  1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water, in a bottle.  Pour this on your hair after shampooing. Remember consistency is key here. ***Be careful not to burn eyes with the acidic solution.***

3. Natural Teeth Whitener

A beautiful smile is detrimental to the #GloUp. It says, “Im happy from the inside out”. Enhance your smile with organic apple cider vinegar, by taking your index finger, dab in the ACV, and simple rub your teeth. The pH levels in the ACV will work overtime in no time to remove unwanted stains from the teeth.

4. Regulates Your Body’s pH

A body in alkaline is already way ahead of itself in the #GloUp game. This is because balancing the pH levels in the body, reduces the the risk of serious illnesses like cancer. ACV contains acetic acid, which dramatically has a alkaline effect on the body. Also, a body in alkaline state, has more energy; which will give us life in those #GloUp exercise sessions.

5. Can Support Weight Loss and Metabolism

Nothing screams #GloUp; like shedding some un-welcomed  LB’s. A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss. There are several reasons ACV promotes fat loss, but one of those reasons includes that ACV reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification. #YesPlease

6. Improve Body Odor:

Again with the pH, ACV helps control excessive body odor by regulating the pH of the skin, something most commercial deodorants and perfumes can’t claim. To use ACV as a deodorant simply wipe each armpit with a soaked cotton ball daily.

7.  Literally GLOing Skin:

Due to the pH balance of Apple Cidar Vinegar; which is close to our natural skins own pH balance, it makes for a great skin toner in that it does not harm our skin acid mantle (a protective layer of skin). Ditch those expensive chemically enhanced toners, and opt for the natural, yet potently effective ACV option. If you want to try ACV as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water, you’ll want to add more water for very sensitive skin.Your skin will thank you. Add some coconut oil to your skin after you tone with ACV for best results.

8. Eliminates Varicose Veins:

Since ACV improves circulation in the vein walls and is a anti inflammatory, it is great for reducing bulging varicose veins. Make a mixture of apple cider vinegar and witch hazel, and rub on the area effected by varicose veins, in a circular motion; and you should see improvements in two weeks.

9. Fleeky from the inside out:

What good is it to look good and not feel good?!Remember, a proper #GloUp starts from inside the body. ACV can aide in balancing blood sugar and improving diabetes due to a special acid found in it, called acetic acid. This will ensure you well from within. 

10. Say BYE to  Yeast Infections :

Really Candida; which is a parasite bacteria that if overgrown can lead to yeast infections, low energy, canker sores, and other less than cute conditions. Apple cider vinegar is a great tool in ridding candida, because of it’s ability to aide in promoting better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut. Def a #GloUp moment.

 

#TackleItTuesday: Finding The Motivation To Get Summertime Fine

Weren’t we just toasting in the New Year! Well, here we are in the first week of May. Kinda feels like it snuck up on us, right?! Whether you ready or not, the summer is soon upon us. And one thing that doesn’t go with the summer, is a gut. If you haven’t started getting your summer time fine on yet, good news is that there is still time. Problem is, if you haven’t began yet, there a possibility that you’re a bit unmotivated. Well, here are six things that can help increase your level of motivation to jump on the ball in attaining your perfect summer body:

Fashion:

Unlike the colder months when you can pile on the layers to hide that battling bulge, the summer requires less clothes. And as if that weren’t enough, summer also means brighter clothes (no more slimming down that extra 5 with the all black everything look). The last thing you want this summer is to have to be limited in outfit options. Think of all the fly, cute clothes you want to wear this coming summer season, and maybe even put some cash to the side to treat yourself once you hit your fitness goal. Checking out sites like FashionNova, Boohoo, or Forever21 on the regs is enough to get any unmotivated HealthyUrbanGirl in full on BEAST mode.

 

All Things Girly:


Summer is the time to be the girly girl you know and love to be. In addition to all the hot fashion options, there is also so many fun makeup, hair styles, accessories to try. It’s also a great time to show off your mani and pedi. Like I said all things girly. And there is no better way to be girly, than to be in your best fitness shape.

Plan A Trip( to the BEACH):


Nothing says summer like the beach. But when your body isn’t right, us ladies avoid the beach like the plague. Well, none of that this year. Plan your beach trip from now. Everything detail down to the last drop, from what you’ll be sipping on to what you plan on slipping into. Be realistic. If you know you have more than 50 pounds or so to lose, don’t plan on being in a 2 piece (unless you got the confidence to do so). Remember this is about being proactive, not punishing ourselves.

Funners:


Don’t be that friend in the summertime that never wants to go anywhere, because you’re feeling self conscious about your body. With so much outdoor activities, like pool parties, BBQ’s, concerts, and festivals to attend during the summer, get that summertime fine body going now, so when the girls call, you’ll be ready to go!

Health:


Good health should always be a motivator for getting into shape, not only in the summer months, but every season. However, the benefits of having good health in the summer months are endless. With the sun being hotter than normal, every activity that we do is intensified. Which means our heart and other bodily functions are working harder than normal. Being healthy will help us feel better, while we’re looking better.

Glow With Confidence:


There is nothing sexier than a woman with confidence. And there is no better time to exude confidence than in the summertime. Between the sun, the heat, and the moisture in the air, our skin, hair, and overall bodies love the summer. Being in prime fitness health, will help that effortless summertime glow go very far.

Do You Dry Skin Brush?

Do you love your skin?

If you do, then you should be dry skin brushing, if you’re not already. What is dry skin brushing, you ask?

From what I have discovered since learning of dry skin brushing;  it’s the best thing one can do for their skin, right next to drinking heaps of water:

Dry skin brushing, literally means to take a bristle brush (preferably with a long handle to access all over the body) and brush the skin, in short strokes towards the heart. Keep in mind that the skin is the human bodies largest organ. Dry brushing the skin removes dead skin, and provides a deep exfoliation that cleanses the pores in an amazing way. Aside from revealing a new supple layer of skin, dry brushing also, helps the lymphatic system operate to it’s maximum capability.

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. – – Living Science

Keeping the lymphatic system draining properly is important because it aides in provided the cells necessary to fight diseases.  If you’re like me, you probably struggle with understanding how a bristle brush, applied to our outer layer of skin, affects our lymph system.  Well, the key is to brush towards the heart, which provides circulation of blood cells to the heart and the thymus.  To truly access our lymphatic system with the dry brush method, we must brush aggressively,  and again ,towards the heart.

Dry Skin Brush x Healthy Urban Girl

To truly see, and feel the results of dry skin brushing, like many other good habits, consistency is key.  Try dry skin brushing daily before showering. After showering be sure to follow up with a natural fruit oil, like organic unrefined coconut oil, applied to your new skin.  This will allow for maximum results of soft supple skin. Also, since the pores are unclogged and very open, it’s important to keep in mind the chemicals we are allowing to seep into our bloodstream, so try and keep it as natural as possible.

Grab a brush like this one (click the picture for easy purchase, cost under $20)

and give dry brushing a go. After a few weeks drop me a note, and let me know if you’re loving your new supple soft skin.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Signs You DON’T Like Yourself

Self love is key to having a high self esteem. However, to love yourself, you’ve got to first like yourself.

However many  self affirmations we state, and self love books we may read, you can still be doing things subconsciously that sends the message that you do not like yourself. Old habits are hard to break, and until we feel worthy enough to break them, those old habits continue to repeat continuously.

Here are some clear indications that you don’t actually like yourself!

  1. Always loving, what don’t love you back:

This is probably one of my favorites, because I am a pro at it. If you’re anything like me, you may suffer from ‘the fix it’ syndrome. That’s when you just want to fix everything and everyone. You believe with all your  heart that you can love a person enough for both of you. Only to find yourself, feeling drained and unloved in return. Those of us that are hindered by this ailment, often see ourselves as victims to big, cold hearted bullies. But, the truth of the matter is,  that person probably made it clear by either, words or action that they had little to none interest in loving you back.

Solution: Neglect the need to fix everyone, and fix yourself. There is something broken in you, that makes you feel inadequate to love. Remember, it is not enough to love. Love and BE LOVED.
2. You know better, but you do the opposite:

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We’ve all seen the Kermit memes on the internet. Good Kermit gives a logical solution to a problem, while in return a hooded, Kermit alter ego, provides the irrational, bad choice. While, these memes are hilarious, for some of us,  this is a harsh and sad reality. Self sabotage is a clear and present sign that you just don’t care too much about you. Often driven by fear of accomplishment, and happiness, self sabotagors , find it hard to accept that for once something is going right. Before, things have a  chance to turn for the worst, they often force the plunge.

Solution: You can not expect a different solution, by doing the same thing. Accepting the fact that you’re future can be good, and much different than your past, is the first step. Learn to embrace change. If things are going really good- let them.  Life is filled with peaks and valleys. If you’re high, allow it to happen, because you’ll soon be in a valley again, no need to create that hell for yourself.

3. You put your health on the back burner daily:

You know you should be exercising daily. You feel the guilt, each time you indulge or see someone living the fitness life your heart desires. For some reason, you just can’t allow yourself to start. Instead you wallow in your self disappointment daily, which only adds insult to injury, and keeps you a prisoner to bad health habits.

Solution: Take charge. You are your own worst enemy, and in this same thought, you can be your number one cheerleader. It’s all mental. Your health is directly tied to your happiness.

 

4. You spend too much time on social media comparing yourself to others:

A sure sign of self hate, or self loathing, is always comparing yourself to someone else. Social media, creates the perfect environment for that type of behavior to thrive. You scroll down your timeline, and see a college friend that just got married, and question why you haven’t found Mr. Right. You see a former co-worker, killing a two piece on the beach, and beat yourself up for still having a FUPA, 13 years after giving birth. Instantly, your mood sways, and you question your self worth.

Solution: Do not be so disillusioned by feeble things. You are an original. God created you as a single being, so you might bring into this world your own special thing. Constantly, thinking about how you don’t measure up to others, whether on your friends list, or in real life, is a self esteem dagger. Instead, embrace whatever it is you have to offer. And if you see something, or someone and feel a way, that’s a sign that you’re not happy in that area of your life- so fix it!

5. You never take time for yourself:

Call it mommy guilt. Call it woman guilt. Call it, whatever you’d like. Either way there comes a time in all our lives where we feel bad for wanting to care for ourselves a bit more. Neglecting our self, impacts us, and those we love. That’s because the self neglect will show up as anger, irritability, or impatience. What’s worst is your idea of taking time for yourself,  means sleeping. No! Take time to be alert, conscious and alone. Reflect on your self care, reflect on your role in the people you love lives. Are you meeting, or exceeding the expectation (or under performing).

Solution: Carve the self care time out in your schedule, and protect it with all you have.