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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Breakfast: Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

I saw this recipe on Pinterest & I knew it would be the perfect recipe to make for my dad on Father's Day.
Pancake Batter w/ fresh strawberries
Homemade Strawberry Syrup.
Pancakes cooking on the griddle.


These pancakes were so delicious! Everyone should have them at least once. You can find the full recipe & ingredients on this website below:
http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/01/strawberry-lemon-poppyseed-pancakes.html

-KG ♥

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Protective Styling. FYI: I haven't done a protective style since I big chopped my hair in October! That means it's been 7 months since my hair has been left completely alone without much manipulation. It also means that I've been 7 months completely natural. Between all the breakage, hair coloring processes, excessive trims, and countless YouTube videos, I've made it! I'm quite proud of myself and I'm also debating on whether or not I should start over. (We'll see...) For now, I'm still on a restoration journey. Check out how I took out my braids below! 
"I used the spray bottle daily filled with coconut oil & water to moisturize my braids daily. I spritzed each braid with this formula before I took that individual braid out."
"I didn't' experience any breakage from taking the braids out. I was very gentle with each braid and with the braid being damp, taking em out was very easy. I took me about 3 hours to do my whole head. Before starting I sectioned my hair into 3 parts."
 "To deep condition I used the Milk & Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Mask. It was only 99 cents at my local Wal-Mart. I left it on for about 40 minutes covered with a plastic shower cap. The smell and tingly feeling is very pleasant and refreshing. It left my hair feel really soft and strong. Before applying, I dampened my hair so the product could penetrate each strand."
"After deep conditioning my hair and using the Tresseme Naturals Conditioner, I proceeded to apply coconut oil all over my head. Next, I took small pieces of hair that I wanted to twist, applied some Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and then used my Denman brush to detangle that section before twisting it up!"

I'm so happy to have my hair back! :) This protective style definitely did my hair a lot of good. Now, I just have to continue to properly take care of it! 
♥           ♥          ♥
In other news July 7th, 2014 marks the 1 year anniversary of my blog! Wow! I've never stayed committed to something like this before for so long! YAAAAAY! This calls for a celebration. I'm not only going to remodel this whole website but upload a few videos on my best Hair Care tips (ya'll know I love the DO'S & DONT'S), and also you can expect a chat just about life & love. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[WARNING: prepare yourself for a pity party]
Nothing is right. Nothing is turning out how I envisioned it would. Well, perhaps "nothing" is too harsh of a term. Today, I feel conflicted. Maybe it's because I had to drop out of summer school today, or because I still haven't started my job yet, and even because all the other (back-up) jobs I applied to weeks ago haven't called me in for interviews. 

In order for you to understand why I'm feeling this way, perhaps you would need to know my summer goals:
  • Attend summer school, receive credit in Biology & English 1102
  • Get a job
Simple right? I thought so.. and until about a week ago everything was going according to plan. I was happy & excited about not only the summer but everything it would have to offer me. Now, I'm feeling quite bitter towards it. My optimism is fading away. My thoughts are becoming darker. I feel depressed.

Getting a job is not easy at all, might I add. I don't have much, well any, experience in retail or food. My resume sucks,...................................................................

I can't even continue that rant. None of the words even feel right coming out of my mouth. I have to leave this place of sadness & negativity. I need to have faith. Still, knowing all these things I can't help but to feel down. But in times like these, we must believe that God has a plan for us and wait patiently for it to unfold. We must put all our trust in Him and remove the load from our backs unto His. He not only said that He would carry our load, but guide us to the light when we feel surrounded by darkness. Constantly, I ask myself if I am making the right decision to go to Howard in the fall. (i think so) I'm often scared to even think about it. And when people question my decision it makes me that much more doubtful. 

It's time for me to grow some balls. I gotta man up. I've been a wimp for too long. & This isn't me being mean to myself, I'm just being real. 

Kayla, think about this.
AMEN.