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#MICHELLETAUGHTME | Lessons Learnt from Former First Lady Michelle Obama

As First Lady Michelle Obama leaves The White House but never our hearts, I had to take a few moments to show major love, respect, and honor. She has inspired and encouraged me in so many ways; I really appreciate her intelligence, passion and style. She is clear about her values and what she believes in. Thank you First Lady Michelle Obama for the many lessons you have taught me.

20110427-tows-obama-michelle-style-6-600x411STYLEClassy, regal, and just a touch edge is how I would describe Michelle Obama’s style. She knows how to rock a bright colored, cinched waist dress and lets not forget about her arms! We all know she is an advocate for exercise which keeps her looking stunning in just about everything.

What I have learned most when it comes to style is to not be afraid of prints. She really knows how to rock a vibrant-bold print shamelessly. As a curvy girl I am always looking for style inspiration and I love that Lady Obama doesn’t hide her shape, she shows her curves off with class and dignity.  

hairHAIR: I may prefer to rock my natural curls; however, Mrs. Obama has proven that straightened hair can be just as versatile. I love everything about her ever-changing style from a sleek bang, to her signature bob, a classic updo, or even soft curls.

c760159c365d4a52c9a97bb48e0e0907FAMILY: The grace she exudes, to me, is her legacy. The unfailing love she shows her husband and daughters: President Barack Obama, Malia, and Sasha and the respect she has for her mother, Marian, is such an amazing example of what it means to keep family first. (“My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls… that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.” –Michelle Obama)

 

 

slide_1563_21779_largeLEADERSHIP: I am amazed that despite all the hate, disrespect, and downright cruelty people show her; she remained confident, compassionate, and forgiving. “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”– Michelle Obama.  That is still one of my favorite to date. (1)

u112p5029t2d378692f24dt20110623100116As the First Lady she taught us about healthy eating habits and encouraged us all to get moving by exercising more. We saw her plant and grow vegetables that were used to make the first family’s meals and prepare for White House dinners. “And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.” –Michelle Obama (2)

These are just a fews ways Mrs. Michelle Obama has inspired me; I could go on for days. As as we say farewell to our First Lady, I hope that she continues to inspires us in new ways.

Books & Articles referenced:

  1. Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America’s First Lady
  2. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America)
  3. Photos Via Goole Search

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2016 Year In Review

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Wow! Can you believe how fast this year has flown by?

Two thousand sixteen has been a year of laughter, disappointments, and wonderful memories. This year has truly been a joy as I continue to pursue my passion for Natural Hair, Health, and Photography. I feel so blessed to be doing what I love to do!!

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new-year-in-review_hustlers-in-heelsIn January, I was a Guest Panelist for Hustlers In Heels GR. This event was designed for the female dreamers, doers, and entrepreneurs who were in need of a platform to network with local successful women who are making a positive impact in the Grand Rapids community of business.

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In March, I hosted an Interactive How To Workshop, where attendees had the opportunity learn about how to choose the correct hair products for their hair, get hands on experience trying out styling techniques including a twist-out, a quick up-do, how to use curlformers, and more.

new-year-in-review_textures-teaIn July, Textures & Tea was all about making connections and networking. The goal of this event was to bring together like-minded people for candid conversations about Hair & Beauty.

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In November, Co-founder Della Marie Levi and I hosted the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection, which was a half day event that included Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. We had a #NaturallyFabulous time!!

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Be your authentic self and seek to improve yourself at every stage in life.

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If you can’t change the outcome of a particular event or situation, it’s best to let go and move on. There is no use in worrying and stressing over things that are beyond your control. Seek wisdom, grace, and understanding. Choose to show love and compassion!

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#MelaninatedNaturals Art Exhibit by photographer Alfield Reeves.

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This was an amazing experience! Alfield used photography to express his admiration for natural hair, black women, fashion and personal perspective of the natural hair movement. Learn more: www.alfieldreevesphotography.com/myfirstartexhibit/

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I am so thankful for every company who partnered with me in 2016!

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I pride myself in providing excellent events for you that include swag bags full of products that you will enjoy and appreciate. It’s not easy to convince companies to support your vision; however, perseverance, diligence and my commitment to you has proven successful. Thank you for your attendance, support and dedication to me. I look forward to serving you in a bigger and better way in 2017!

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So excited to be one of 50 individuals/companies nominated for a Local FirstLocal Motion Award and I am humbled to be a finalist! The LocalMotion Awards began in 2010 as a way to recognize local businesses and individuals for their achievements in making the community “more vibrant and resilient.” You are welcome to join me at the 7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards on Wednesday, January 25th 5:00pm at Goei Center.

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Local First’s mission: We lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of people, builds local wealth and social capital, functions in harmony with our ecosystem, and encourages joyful community. Read about this year’s awards on GRBJ!

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It’s only because of you I get to make a living doing what I love most, and for that I am forever grateful. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each and every one of my clients for making this year truly special. May the love of Christ fill your lives with abundant joy!!

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Curlfriend Getaway

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I look forward to starting the year with some relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun! When possible, Mini Vacations are a great way to start off the year. As a West Coast girl living the cold Midwest, 70° weather is necessary especially when you add in good food, the beach, and a few Curlfriends!

Official CurlMix Ambassador!!

Back in November, I introduced you to CurlMix a DIY Box for Curly Hair. CurlMix sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home. As an official Ambassador my Code “naturallyact” now provides you with $5 OFF any order over $30. Be sure to stay connected as I will be hosting CurlMix party soon.

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If you ordered CurlMix back in November click here and let me know what you purchased. Then post a photo of you with your CurlMix box in the Naturally ACT Community group on Facebook and you will be entered to win a lunch with Me!!!

By the way

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If you want to discover new products for free check out influenster!


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My top 5 Reasons You Should Steam Your Hair


aleka-c-thrash-00395I believe steam is a necessary part of the healthy hair journey to keep your coils and curls moisturized. Using steam on your hair simply means to add warm moisture to the hair strands without direct water. When I first went natural, I noticed that when I wanted to refresh an old twist out, all I had to do was use the steam after a warm shower. Now I use my Q-Redew (
Hand‑Held Hair Steamer).

Here are my top five reason why you should consider adding steam to your hair regimen.

img_10171. Helps Reduce Breakage:  When your hair is dry and brittle usually means that your hair is thirsty. Steam adds moisture and hydration making your hair supple, and healthy. (Steam will help with detangle that can also lead to less breakage! When the hair hydrated, you should experience less tangles and knots)

2. Lifts The Cuticle: The best way to get the most out of your product is absorption. Using warm steam helps to raise the your hair cuticle, and allows the ingredients from your products penetrate more effectively – Those with low porosity hair will benefit the most. 

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3. Reduces Shrinkage:
If you are a natural who likes elongated curls. Use steam to stretch your hair and reduce shrinkage.

4. Refreshes Curls (Extending Hair Styles): This is my favorite reason to use steam. You can refresh your hairstyle without needing to start over; adding moisture without soaking the hair with water. (Especially beneficial in the winter you can add steam to an old twist-out or wash-n-go for a refreshed look or to detangle an old style and re-twist.)

img_07305. Promote hair growth: using steam can help with product buildup and dirt on the scalp; making wash day easier. When your scalp is clean your hair will be healthier and grow with less breakage. (I like to pre-poo ‘deep condition the hair prior to washing’  along with a shampoo brush the warmth from the steam, along with massaging the scalp which helps stimulate blood flow, aiding in hair growth.)

 

FAQ: 

When and how often should you steam? 

  • It’s a personal preference but a few factors to consider are:  > How dry your hair feels?  > How often you need to wash your hair? > How difficult and/or how easy it is for products to penetrate your hair strands.
    • I suggest starting with 1 or 2 times a week to see how your hair responds. You will be able to see and feel that your hair is hydrated when it doesn’t feel dry or look dull.
    • I also suggest using a handheld steamer when deep conditioning to help the products penetrate into the hair.   

What steamer do you suggest using ?

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November CurlMix Ambassador

Have you heard the Exciting News?


img_7594I have been given the amazing opportunity to be a #CurlMixAmbassador!!! CurlMix is the DIY Box for Curly Hair. CurlMix sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home. As a CurlMix Ambassador, during the month of November it is my pleasure to offer you a FREE sample of the Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter from CurlMix when you enter my code “naturallyact” with your purchase over $20.00. You must add the, “Sample”, to the cart and an additional item from the store.

 

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I suggest trying the Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner with your free Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter. “This deep conditioner revives curls and adds incredible moisture to your hair. The Rhassoul clay not only cleanses the hair by extracting impurities, but it conditions by adding moisture. The raw honey is a humectant that draws moisture from the air into your hair, while the organic coconut cream restores and replenishes”. It is a CurlMixer favorite! 

 

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Note: The Discount Code, “naturallyact“, is only applicable to shop orders, not for subscriptions, and you will only be able to redeem it once. You must add the product and sample to the cart and enter my code, “naturallyact“, redeem the discount.

 

 

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When you get your CurMix box & sample share it on my Facebook Page Naturally ACT and in the Group Naturally ACT Community. #CurlMix #DIYCurls #NaturallyACT and tell me what you think!

✨  XOXO ✨

 

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CurlBOX Natural September 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Uncle Funky’s Daughter

15137516_10209675419260527_7106585025085094161_oWhen I opened this edition of curlBOX Natural I was overjoyed to see products from Uncle Funky’s Daughter. I have wanted to try Uncle Funky’s Daughter for years now; however, the brand seemed to almost disappear from the market due to the owners thinking of dissolving the company completely. However, in 2014 Renee Morris acquired the brand and began the work to revamp and revitalize the company and, boy, did she. You can learn more about that by reading her article at www.naturallycurly.com

 

mag_coverThis instalment of CurlBox Natural “Find Your Vive box was loaded with a host of versatile stylers from Uncle Funky’s Daughter, these products just right for refreshing or maintaining a hairstyle and adds that wow factor to 3 or 4 day hair. I found myself using the Thirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer often. My hair was on point and just in time for fall trends.

 

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A lightweight spray that penetrates strands making hair soft and adds strength. The mixture of nourishing oils and extracts including aloe, olive, rosemary and honey. (4-Stars)

 

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First, this creamy styler smells amazing due to the goodies like caramel, and honey. My kinky textured, tight curls felt super moisturized and the twist-out was on the next level and my curls were elongated. (5-Stars)

sep_3_lgThirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer

Sometimes products can weigh your down; however, this lightweight spray includes an organic blend of extracts of nettle, comfrey, chamomile, calendula, sage, rosemary leaf and horsetail. Making the hair refreshed and hydrated. (5-Stars)

 

sep_4_lgGlossy Finishing Hair Polish

If you are looking for that extra shine without that oily feel or weighed down curl then this is your new go to. The spray is infused with eight yes eight different oils that add shine to twist outs, braid outs etc. (3-Stars)

 

sep_5_lgCurly Magic Curl Stimulator– I love how this product help cut the frizz, added moisture and help keep my curls elongates. This sample was just right can’t wait to get the full-size bottle for my arsenal! (4-Stars)

 

 

Visit www.UncleCunkysDaughter.com to check out all of their products.

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2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection

Della Marie Levi of Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Aleka C. Thrash of Naturally ACT Present the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection.

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Event Features:Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. Join us for a #NaturallyFabulous time!!! 

Our Purpose: To connect, support, and encourage naturals, as well as those considering and transitioning, by helping them embrace, who they were born to be. 

NOTE: All who register online will be entered into a contest to win a cash prize. Online ticket sales end Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $18.00 Adult Admission and $12.00Child Admission (ages 5 – 15). 

What Is A Natural Hair Meet Up: A natural hair meet up is a place where those, who have chosen styles that highlight their natural, unadulterated hair texture, gather to provide each other with support, resources and encouragement along the journey to embrace who they were born to be. It is also for people, who are considering returning to their natural hair texture and those, who want to know more about kinky, coily, loc’d or curly hair and how to care for it.

Click Link to Register:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.eventbrite.com

Check Out Highlights from Last Year: www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/eventhighlights/

To Learn More About The Event Hosts:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/cofounders/

For inquiries or questions email us at: KinkyHairConnectionGR@gmail.com

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EverButter Love Box | Review & Coupon Code

 

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I first learned of EverButter at, ‘Embrace The Natural YouNatural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo last year. The Co-found Kummbareh Owens taught a session on hair care for children. In December 2015, I had the opportunity to try the Buttermint Smoothie Moisturizing Creme and was very pleased. I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase the full line. The only item that was missing from this box was a scalp oil; however, EverButter has a Spring Sensation that can be purchased separately. Photo Credit: NaturallyACT

The Box Breakdown

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I really like using no-poo cleansers; however, not all cream cleansers are created equally. Nevertheless I was very pleased with how fresh my hair felt after using the Morning JoyPhoto Credit: Everbutter

coconut-cream-pieCoconut Cream Pie 

Don’t you just love the name, this deep conditioner is so good my hair was so soft all I wanted to do was play in my hair. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

 

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Chocolate Souffle

Leave-In Conditioner is of my one my favorite items. The smell is amazing. No, like really amazing! It reminded of being at the Bellagio Spa. My hair was super soft and made detangling extremely easy. Photo Credit: Everbutter

buttermint-smoothie-moisturizing-cremeButtermint Smoothie Moisturizing Creme

This product and truly become stable in my hair regimen. I use the smoothie on both freshly washed hair and to refresh an old twist-out. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

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Hair Butter is my absolute favorite item in this box. My hair looks and feels so amazing. The moisture retention in this product is next level. Genesis hair butter locs in all the goodness from the moisturizing cream making my hair shine. My hair tends to be very dry and look ashy (yes my hair looks ashy sometimes) yet this butter leaves my hair shiny but not greasy #LOVE. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 


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The moisturizing spray works so well to refresh my day three and four  twist-out. I used with a little genesis butter and my hair gets that extra boost of goodness. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

 

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The EverButter Love box

This line has everything needed to feed your hair, keep it feeling and looking amazing! My hair tends to be on the dry side naturally; however, the right products can make a world of difference. The Love Box comes in 3 sizes: small, large, and extra large and the price ranges from $25.00 – $105.00. As a blogger I am constantly investing and/or have products sent to me to try, so I chose to get the small Love Box. I should have gotten the large box. Photo Credit: NaturallyACT

The Coupon Code

img_5875I love these products so much that I had to reach out to the owners Bryant & Kummbareh Owens and get you 10% OFF All EverButter Products. The Coupon Code is: Naturally_ACT and will be active through my birthday month October 30, 2016. Let me know if you order and be sure to share you results on Naturally ACT Community Facebook Page. Check out all the EverButter Products at www.everbutter.com BTW: There customer service and order turnaround is impeccable!

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#HappyWednesday 

Lots has been happening in the Naturally ACT world!! I have been working on a few projects that I really hope you will love, more info coming soon! 

I’m really excited about creating a new way for us to connect. I’ve gotten several requests asking how you all can connect with each other beyond attending NaturallyACT events. As a result Naturally ACT Community was created, a Facebook group page that will allow you to share your experience. This group is designed as a place of encouragement and inspiration so feel free to share tips related to hair care and healthy lifestyle options.

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Textures & Tea Highlights

I am super excited to share the highlights from ‘Textures & Tea’. This event was all about bringing together like minded people for candid conversations about Hair & Beauty. The afternoon was filled with networking, great conversation, giveaways, and entertainment at Grand Woods Lounge.

Special Thank you to event sponsors and supports: Jessicurl, Ecoco, Osofo Maame Boutique, JAMAICAN MANGO & LIME, The Rise Salon, Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Tiffany AVON.

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INHMD – International Natural Hair Meetup Day {Benton Harbor, Michigan}

IMG_2693On Saturday, May 21, 2016 I attended International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD). Hosted by Serenity’s Hair (Dashuna Broyles) in Benton Harbor, Michigan. INHMD is an annual one-day event where women gather in over 50 cities, in 5 countries, spanning over 4 continents, all on the same day. This year’s event was presented by made beautiful-logo (the title sponsor).

INHMD purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing, and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meet-ups on the same day.

Sereniy HairjpgDashuna Broyles of Serenity’s Hair hosted the Michigan  location in Benton Harbor.  She did a wonderful job with this meet-up. The focus for this event included: length and moisture retention, heat-free and protective styling, and showcase hair products and styling tools to assist with your future styling needs.

INHMD CaresOne of the event highlight was INHMD Cares a philanthropic initiative that focused on Heart Health/Disease Awareness and Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Dashuna talked about the importance of heart health. Attendees also had the opportunity to either donate financial when purchasing ticket or bring travel size toiletries to be given to a local homeless shelter.

Doors opened at 5:00pm with an hour of mix and mingle, attendees also had the opportunity network with other naturals, shop with local vendors and have refreshments. The formal program began around 6:00pm with an icebreaker, more vendor shopping, the Panel Discussion included Josephine White, Betty Fudge-Fisher, Shanequa Kemp, and Mona Banks, a Live Music Performance featuring Yolanda Lavender. Every attendee received a Swag Bags and there were lots of fun raffles.

PS. Congrats Dashuna on your recent engagement!!

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