December 29, 2012

Chef M3RLz: 12/29/12

Tired of spaghetti and meatballs?  Try this on for size:





Spaghetti 
with codfish!








It might sound like a weird dish but trust me, it's yummy. Here is what I used:
  • cod fillet
  • ripe tomatoes, diced
  • large onion
  • olive oil
  • garlic clove, minced
  • tomato sauce
  • spaghetti
  • hot sauce (I use pepper sauce, Mom uses cayenne)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
It can be paired with garlic bread, a side salad, or you can eat it by itself.





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December 26, 2012

O_o

Is it just me or does it look like someone shaved my eyebrow while I was sleeping?!?!? 





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December 16, 2012

Chef M3RLz: 12/16/12

Hola!!!! 

My computer's hard drive died so all of my food-related pictures are MIA until I can pay someone to burn them onto my external hard drive. 

You'd think I would have learned my lesson the first two times that this happened to me.  

Moving along.... 

I'll continue to try and cook once a week but I can't make any promises. This year, my immune system has taken quite a beating! Since Thanksgiving, I've had a cold and the flu and it hasn't even been a month!!!!

Without further interruption....

Today's meal:

Long grain and wild rice, baked BBQ chicken, potatoes au gratin, and salad.


I told everyone on twitter and facebook that I made it from scratch but I didn't. Well, it can be considered "from scratch" since I made it straight out of the box!!!

  • Long grain and wild rice - Uncle Ben's (very yummy)
  • Baked BBQ chicken
  • Potatoes Au Gratin - Betty Crocker
  • Salad - Stop & Shop





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My First Ponytail

I've been natural for almost 4 years now but because of my ongoing battle with shrinkage, I've never been able to achieve a decent ponytail. There's always been something wrong: not enough hair to grab, not enough hair hanging from the ponytail, etc, etc.

For the past 2 weeks, I've been sporting a protective style. I was suppose to wash my hair on Saturday but instead I procrastinated for the whole day. Finally got myself motivated but instead of washing my hair, I decided to cook dinner (click here for post).

Anywho, I woke up an hour late this morning, because of my dreaded on again-off again relationship with insomnia, and needed a style for church.  Didn't want to wear a hat or throw on a wig, so I had no choice but to finally do a ponytail. To add a little pizzazz, made 2 twists on each side of my head so I wouldn't need a headband or any other accessory.  Pictures posted below.

P.s.: I've tried a bunch of products but the hairline on the left side of my head refuses to grow back. Stupid relaxers! Stupid Traction Alopecia! Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!!









 


Doesn't my ponytail look sad??? :0(




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December 1, 2012

Movie List - 11/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 11/2012

_________

Sparkle (2012)
MIB3
Spartacus: Vengeance
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Boondocks: Season 2
Lawless
Dark Shadows
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
The Expendables 2
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Revenant
The West Wing: Season 2
2 Days in New York
Vamps
Moonrise Kingdom
The Pact
Arthur Christmas
Fire with Fire
The Raven
Love Object

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November 11, 2012

Happy Veterans Day

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
- Cynthia Ozick  

 

Happy Veterans Day & thank you to the brave men & women who protect our freedom!!!

 

"Freedom is never free"




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November 1, 2012

Movie List - 10/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 10/2012

_________

Looper 
Wanderlust
Brotherhood of the Wolf
The Incredible Hulk
The Invisible War
Madea's Witness Protection
Flypaper
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
That's My Boy
Madagascar 3
The Loved Ones
Get the Gringo
Lola Versus
Dead Alive
The Woman in Black
The Five-Year Engagement
Red Lights

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October 1, 2012

Movie List - 9/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 9/2012

_________

The Deer Hunter
Detention
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Klown
Sacrifice
Battleship
The Artist
Bernie
Treme: Season 2
Mike & Molly: Season 2
Katy Perry: Part of Me
The Cabin in the Woods
The Babymakers
Casa de mi Padre
The Dictator
Lockout
John Carter
What to Expect When You're Expecting
21 Jump Street
Dog Day Afternoon
A Prophet
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Safe


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September 25, 2012

 Dear Dr Phil,

I was watching my next door neighbor's wife sunbathing topless from my bedroom window. As I was jerking off I turned to notice my wife was just standing there, arms folded...watching me.

Is she a pervert?

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The cost of living has now gotten so bad that my wife is having sex with me because she can't afford batteries!


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September 21, 2012

Chef M3RLz: 09/20/12 and 09/21/12

Chicken, chicken, chicken!!!!

Bawk, bawk, bawk!!!!

I'm consuming so much chicken, that I'm afraid I'm going to turn into one!

Is that a feather?! Oh no! Help!

Silliness aside....

Before this cooking challenge, I was only eating meat 2 or 3 times a month! Now I'm eating meat 5 or 6 times a week! My stomach is in complete turmoil! My routine diet has taken a backseat to these delicious meals that look too good to pass up! As a flexitarian, a person who eats a primarily vegetarian diet, but occasionally also eats meat, I'm teetering towards a carnivorous lifestyle!

Booooooooooooooooo! Meat is murder!!!!!

Well, except for shrimp, of course.

Don't judge me....

So this week, my two meals are vegetarian! Both meals contain Dole's Very Veggie Salad Blend: Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce, Carrots, Snow Peas, Red Cabbage, and Radishes.


9/20/2012:
Fusilli pasta with homemade pasta sauce
and a side of  Dole's Very Veggie Salad Blend
(Excuse the dirty stove....and some pieces of overcooked pasta)



9/21/2012:
Dole's Very Veggie Salad Blend 
(Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce, Carrots, Snow Peas, Red Cabbage, and Radishes)
Added tomatoes, cucumbers,  raisins, sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese and a light creamy Caesar salad dressing.




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Rosy, posing thoughtfully in the mirror, says to Nina, "I think I'm going to see a dietician."

Nina asked, "Why?"

Rosy answered, "'Cause I need to know once and for all, how many calories are in sperm."

Nina replied, "I really have no clue, but if you're swallowing that much of it, no guy is going to care if you're a little chunky."


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September 13, 2012

Chef M3RLz: 09/13/12

Last night I made homemade pizza for dinner. Yum!

Tonight's menu:  Baked Apricot Chicken with Fried Plantain and Veggies.

I was bored and had 2 hours to find a recipe to make before my movie started. (I'm an avid movie fan, some even use the word "obsessed", so I have a schedule to follow; click here for my Monthly Movie Lists.) My mom was cleaning out the fridge and offered me 2 pieces of chicken to experiment with. I have dabbled with the Smucker's Apricot Preserves before but this time I wanted to make a great dish instead of a good one.

Don't have the exact measurements but here is the original recipe:
  • 3    pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1    cup Smucker's Apricot Preserves
  • 1/2  cup ketchup
  • 1/4  cup soy sauce
  • 2    tsp hot pepper (Used Matouk's Hot Calypso Sauce which is very spicy!!!)
  • 2    tsp clove garlic, minced

Vegetables (sauteed) :
  • Onions
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic

Baked Apricot Chicken 
with Fried Plantain and Veggies


It was so yummy, I took a quick bite before snapping the first pic. 
It was gone by the 2nd pic! LOL




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September 11, 2012

Chef M3RLz: 09/11/12

My mom is bragging to her friends about my cooking again. That's the same person who is always reluctant to try my food. She loves to complain that her "blood pressure is too high" or her "sugar level is abnormal" and that since my food is too sweet, it would cause her levels to fluctuate. My American food that is, not the Italian dishes.  

Excuses, excuses. I think she's afraid that if she tries it, she'll actually like it! I know she would.

One of the people that she told was my uncle. He loves when my sister and I excel at different hobbies so he's always super supportive when we try something new. He's yet to try any of my food (see last post) but has decided to contribute a large bag of jumbo shrimp! Ka-ching! I love that man! :)

Keeping with my new schedule of cooking twice a week, I've managed to serve a few dishes recently. For the month of September, I've made cod fish, chicken, and shrimp and we're only 11 days in. I'm back with another chicken dish: my tweaked version of a Honey Baked Chicken recipe found online. Turned it into curried chicken instead since my food is always too sweet; notice I said "curried chicken" and not "curry chicken". Unfortunately, I did not follow the recipe. I never do; just use the same items but change the amounts and add other things. Here is the original recipe:
  • 3 pounds of Chicken drumsticks 
  • 1/4  cup of butter
  • 1/4  cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp of mustard
  • 1/2  tsp of salt
  • 1/2  tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of curry powder


Curried chicken, white rice, 
with string beans and carrots.




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September 8, 2012

Chef M3RLz

My mom is an excellent cook who's been making meals for over 45 years! Our household is known for having visitors who are "in the neighborhood" and happened to "stop by" to see how my mom is doing. Of course, the conversation always includes "I'm hungry; what did you make today".

My mom is a devout Christian woman who strongly believes that sharing is caring. No matter who comes through the door, they have to sit down and eat and 95% of the time that's exactly why they are "in the neighborhood" or have "stopped by" to do.

While our visitors are stuffing their faces eating, they always ask "can you cook as well as your mom?".  My reply has always been "Why are you all up in my business?! I can't cook".

Honestly, I can cook. I just refuse to cook for non-immediate family members. The responsibility of being half as good as my mom is stressful enough without the added anxiety that comes from impressing others. Once I manage to amaze my mom, I can cook for anyone without any hesitation! Trust me.

During my childhood and teenage years, I voluntarily accepted every single corporal punishment unleashed upon me for not wanting to cook. I wore each punishment as a badge of honor. Then I realized that one day I would have a family of my own. One day, but not today. I was in my early 20's when I started learning how to cook and it was only because my boyfriend kept impressing me with his West Indian meals. If a man can cook, why can't I?

Fast forward to my late 20's, when learning to cook moved to the top of my list instead of the bottom. So for the past few years, I've been cooking once a month to showoff my culinary skills. According to my mom, I don't have any. With that being said, it's very frustrating to satisfy someone who thinks all American-style cooking is sub-par and bland. The only dishes that I'm "actually decent" at making is lasagna, spaghetti, and stuffed shells, which are all Italian dishes. "Actually decent" is a good compliment when mumbled by my mom; it means that if we ran out of food and one of her many visitors appeared, she would feel confident enough to serve it to them. But if they get food poisoning, that's their fault for asking to sample my food. (Yes, that was a disclaimer....)

This year, I've been cooking once or twice a week but today I've decided to showcase my food. I don't have anywhere else to post these pictures. It's my blog, so my rooms. Now don't judge me too harshly.

Feta Cheese and Plum Tomato Pasta Salad
05/22/2012


Spicy Lemon Shrimp and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
09/08/2012



I like everything well done. "If it ain't burnt, it's not ready yet."
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September 5, 2012

Curlkit: Month #4 - September

Whoop whoop! My Curlkit is here!!!

Last month, I made a remark that Curlkit was now playing in the big leagues and boy was I right! Definitely stepping their game up: they're shipping outside of the US and their leaflet, which turned into a pamphlet, has now turned into an 8-paged booklet called Curl Life! This booklet includes hair tips, product information, product reviews, and much more!

Let's get this show on the road!!!!





 Curls Gone Wild:

  • Queen Helena - Royal Curls Moisture Rich Conditioner 
  • Not My Mothers: Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler 
  • III Sisters: Natural Lengthening Creme 
  • Lustrasilk - Curlmax Curl Pudding 
  • Twist N Locs: Natural Oil Shampoo 
  • Twist N Locs: Leave-in Conditioner


Two full-sized products and 9 sample products




I'm so excited and can't wait!!!!!! 
Stay tuned for reviews!
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September 1, 2012

Movie List - 8/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 8/2012

_________

Game of Thrones: Season 1 
Intruders 
 Haywire 
4.3.2.1 
 Think Like a Man 
Julie & Julia 
Thin Ice 
Marley 
Wrath of the Titans 
Silent House 
Bad Ass 
Project X 
The Raid: Redemption 
Margaret 
 Die Hard: With a Vengeance 
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 
 Being Flynn 
The Women on the 6th Floor 
The Client

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August 25, 2012

Curlkit August Review

Two great months in a row! Wow! Curlkit is no longer in the minor leagues; they're playing with the big boys!!!!

Click "here" to view last month's goodies and "here" to read last month's review.

Ready? Let's go!

This month's theme gives us nine different products with scents reminiscent of a Caribbean getaway. Click "here" to view this month's Curlkit.


Caribbean Curls 
Island Splash Edition:

  • Alikay Naturals/ Black Onyx Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask - Used 2x; Lives up to its name: moisturizes and repairs! Product leaves hair silky soft and tangle-free! After 45 minutes, the comb just slid effortlessly through my hair. Leaves a great smell and results lasted for almost a week. Con: A tad pricey but might purchase anyway #ProductJunkie
  • L.A.C.E. Naturals Mas Humedad (More Moisture) Cream - Used 2x; Works well as a leave-in. Have to apply another leave-in after 3 days.
  • Amazing Botanicals Hibiscus Gel  - Used 3x; Great twists which equaled great twist outs! Pics below.
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime Coiling Creme Pudding - Did Not Receive
  • Nice & Curly Same Day Repair Creme Conditioner - Did Not Receive
  • Wondercurl Mango Colada Polishing Pomade - Not quite sure how to use this so Unopened & unused
  • African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moisturizer - Used 1x; hair felt rough and dry, even with a moisturizing leave-in underneath. After applying Amazing Botanicals Hibiscus Gel on top, hair became manageable. Did not live up to name!
  • 4 Naturals Afro Stretch Curl Cream - Unopened & unused
  • Nourishea Mango Conditioner - Unopened & unused
Update -- 9/25/2012
 Love how my hair looks shiny and wet! Completely dried

 

Twist out:
(Click for full picture! Beautiful!)




Hair Routine:

Deep Conditioner: Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask (potential staple)
Wash/Shampoo (Every 2 weeks) - Ur Curly Soya Shampoo (staple)
Leave in - L.A.C.E. Naturals Mas Humedad Cream
Butter - Coco Curls Coco Curl Moisturizing Cream (staple)
Sealer - Ampro Vitamin E Oil (from June's Curlkit)
Spritz while twisting hair - DPL Curl Revitalizer

Would you purchase:

  • Alikay Naturals/ Black Onyx: Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask - Yes, Definitely!
  • L.A.C.E. Naturals: Mas Humedad (More Moisture) Cream - Maybe
  • Amazing Botanicals: Hibiscus Gel  - Yes, Definitely!
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime: Coiling Creme Pudding - (Did Not Receive)
  • Nice & Curly: Same Day Repair Creme Conditioner - (Did Not Receive)
  • Wondercurl: Mango Colada Polishing Pomade - Undecided 
  • African Pride: Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moisturizer - No
  • 4 Naturals: Afro Stretch Curl Cream - Undecided
  • Nourishea: Mango Conditioner - Undecided

 Verdict:

Two great products out of four items, that were tried in this month's box. Not bad. Will have to give the other 3 a chance. This month was good; much better than the first box received (click here).
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August 6, 2012

Curlkit: Month #3 - August

It's that time of the month: Curlkit!!!!!

My Curlkit is here! My Curlkit is here! Yay!

Last month's box was was filled with so many great products so I can't wait to open this month's box!




(Sorry for the blurry images)




Caribbean Curls 
Island Splash Edition:

  • Alikay Naturals/ Black Onyx: Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime: Coiling Creme Pudding (Did Not Receive)
  • Nice & Curly: Same Day Repair Creme Conditioner (Did Not Receive)
  • Amazing Botanicals: Hibiscus Gel
  • L.A.C.E. Naturals: Mas Humedad (More Moisture) Cream
  • Wondercurl: Mango Colada Polishing Pomade
  • African Pride: Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moisturizer
  • 4 Naturals: Afro Stretch Curl Cream
  • Nourishea: Mango Conditioner
* Guess my Jamaican Mango & Lime Coiling Creme Pudding and Nice & Curly Same Day Repair Creme Conditioner walked away while they were making my box *

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August 1, 2012

Movie List - 7/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 7/2012

_________

 Rock of Ages
 The Whistleblower
Red Cliff: International Version (Part I and II)

Take Shelter
Wild 'N Out: Season 1
96 Minutes
The Darkest Hour
Machine Gun Preacher
Meeting Evil
Crime After Crime
Mirror Mirror
Seeking Justice
The West Wing: Season 1
Underworld: Awakening
A Thousand Words
The Divide
Troy
Gone
Aliens vs. Predator 2
Mother's Day
A Little Bit of Heaven
Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place
The League: Season 1
Act of Valor
God Bless America (if you hate reality tv, it's a must-watch)

Safe House



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July 20, 2012

Politics....

Everything is accurate except for the NASCAR part. Quiz was kind of harsh against Prez O but what would you expect from conservative nut jobs?


My Conservative Identity


Quiz: What Kind of Conservative Are You?

My Conservative Identity:

You are a Flag-Waving Everyman, also known as a patriot. You believe in championing liberty over tyranny, apple pie over sushi, and that God gave us a two-day weekend so we could enjoy football and NASCAR.
Take the quiz at
About.com Political Humor


My Liberal Identity


Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity:

You are an Eco-Avenger, also known as an environmentalist or tree hugger. You believe in saving the planet from the clutches of air-fouling, oil-drilling, earth-raping conservative fossil fools.
Take the quiz at


Take the quiz and tell me what your "identity" is in the comment section below.

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July 14, 2012

Curlkit July Review

Before I even begin this review, let me just say that this Curlkit made up for the lackluster box from last month! (Click here to see last month's post.)

I. Am. On. Cloud. Nine!!!

This box made me proud to be a PJ. I've been natural for 3 years and I've been losing the battle against dryness for um... hmmm 3 years!!!! This week I decided to try as many items as possible so I can actually get my money's worth. Best decision ever!

Hmm.... Where should I start? (Click here to see July's goodies.)
  

Curls In The City 
Sizzle Edition:


  • Ur Curly Soya Shampoo - Literally the best shampoo that I have ever used!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love. This is my new shampoo; I can't even begin to describe its awesomeness! #Staple
  • Coco Curls Coco Curl Moisturizing Cream - Love, love, LOVE!!! Leaves my hair feeling "like buttah": so soft and silky smooth! #Staple
  •  DPL Curl Revitalizer - Another great product! It really does live up to its name: my curls are popping
  • Ampro Olive Oil Gel - Unopened & unused
  • November Naturals Coconut Lime Verbena Shea Whip - Unopened & unused
  • Healthy Hair Journey Hydratherma Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning - Unopened & unused
  • Feng Shui Organics Liquid Diamond Moisturizing Surface Shine - Unopened & unused
  • Nice & Curly Smooth It Straight - Unopened & unused

Three out of eight isn't bad, when considering the results. My hair was feeling so moisturized and soft that I refused to jinx it by using any other items. Like they say: if it isn't broken, don't fix it!

Just to give you an idea of my new hair routine:

Wash/Shampoo (Every 2 weeks) - Ur Curly Soya Shampoo (staple)
Leave in - Oyin's Juices and Berries (staple)
Butter - Coco Curls Coco Curl Moisturizing Cream (staple)
Sealer - Ampro Vitamin E Oil (from last month's Curlkit)
Spritz while twisting hair - DPL Curl Revitalizer
Two days later, my hair was still unbelievably soft and moisturized. On the third day, just to be safe, I spritzed with DPL Curl Revitalizer and sealed with Coco Curls Moisturizing Cream, which I didn't even need. Didn't have to use anything else until 2 days later.


Would you purchase:
  • Ur Curly Soya Shampoo - Yes, Definitely! #Staple 
  •  Coco Curls Coco Curl Moisturizing Cream - Yes, Definitely! #Staple
  •   DPL Curl Revitalizer - Yes 
  •  Ampro Olive Oil Gel - Undecided 
  •  November Naturals Coconut Lime Verbena Shea Whip - Undecided 
  •  Healthy Hair Journey Hydratherma Amino Plus Protein DC - Undecided 
  •  Feng Shui Organics Liquid Diamond Moisturizing Surface Shine - Undecided 
  •  Nice & Curly Smooth It Straight - Undecided 

Verdict:

I'm sold. Who would have thought that Curlkit would introduce me to 2 of my staple products. 

I'm still in shock!



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July 5, 2012

Curlkit: Month #2 - July

My CurlKit is finally here!!!!! I don't know how they got this box to close. SMH Only problem was that it was so full that my shampoo spilled. Only a little bit so no worries. Smells very good tho :) 


July's Goodies:



Curls In The City 
Sizzle Edition:


  • Ampro Olive Oil Gel (2)
  • Coco Curls Moisturizing Cream
  • November Naturals Coconut Lime Verbena Shea Whip
  • Ur Curly Soya Shampoo
  • Healthy Hair Journey Hydratherma Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning
  • DPL Curl Revitalizer
  • Feng Shui Organics Liquid Diamond Moisturizing Surface Shine
  • Nice & Curly Smooth It Straight








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July 1, 2012

Instant Activity Movie List: 1/2012 - 6/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Instant Activity Movie List:
1/2012 - 6/2012


_________



Better Off Ted: Season 2
Army Wives: Season 5
Jericho: Season 2
Basketball Wives: Season 2
Assassination Games
Basketball Wives: Season 1
24: Season 1
Army Wives: Season 4
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Night of the Living Dead
United States of Tara: Season 3
Interview with the Vampire




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Movie List - 6/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 6/2012

_________


Prometheus
Man on a Ledge
Return
The Grey
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (porno alert)
Joyful Noise
New Year's Eve (decent movie but love Zac Efron's dance party scene)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
This Means War
Killer Elite
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Red Tails
Cell 211
The Devil's Double 
A Haunting: Season 4
Best of Cheaters: Vol. 2
Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Chronicle
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Flight of the Living Dead
Blood and Bone (great fight scenes)
Yesterday
The Warlords




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Curlkit June Review

It's two weeks later and I've yet to use any of the products from my June Curlkit. (In case you missed the post, click here.)

None of those items have piqued my interest.

I've used Miss Jessie's several times before but my hair was not receptive. Once I saw that this month's box contained several of her items, I automatically rolled my eyes.


*Long, exaggerated sigh*


This is not starting off on the right foot....


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Three weeks later....

  • Twisted Sista De Frizz Conditioner - It left my hair dry and rough. I'm already facing a dryness problem, so I had to shelf it.
  • Ampro Vitamin E Oil - Spilled 90% of the bottle all over my living room floor. Don't ask...
  • Miss Jessie's Baby ButterCreme - Unopened & unused
  • Miss Jessie's Curly ButterCreme - Unopened & unused
  • Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue - Unopened & unused
  • Nice & Curly Wind Down Gel - Unopened & unused
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel - Unopened & unused

Would you purchase:  

  • Twisted Sista De Frizz Conditioner - No
  • Ampro Vitamin E Oil - Maybe
  • Miss Jessie's Baby ButterCreme - No
  • Miss Jessie's Curly ButterCreme - No
  • Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue - No
  • Nice & Curly Wind Down Gel - Undecided
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel - Undecided

Verdict 

Waste of my gosh darn money! Why did I sign up for this monthly subscription again?!?!?

I'll give it one more month, and if it disappoints me once again, I'm done.



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June 25, 2012

There's a new sheriff in town....

There's a new sheriff in town....

I, [name redacted], vow to brush and floss my teeth more than twice a day. 
I also vow to use mouth wash more than twice a day.

Isn't that common knowledge? Why would anyone need to be reminded of that?

There's this person-- let's call her Jazz-- who can get so lazy sometimes. It's all about the present, so she rarely thinks of the future when it comes to certain situations. For example, she likes to brush her teeth before she eats, but not after. Good oral hygiene always takes a backseat with regards to food; hence the teeth being cleaned before the meal. Jazz wears braces, which causes food to get stuck between the brackets, but that's still not a good enough reason to brush after every meal. I can hear her saying: that's what God created toothpicks for, right? Let's fast forward to yesterday when she went on a shopping spree and bought way too much items to improve her dental hygiene. 

First question, who has an epiphany regarding her teeth inside of a RiteAid, while shopping for dental floss? Bizarre story short: the dental floss was never purchased and I-- she, Jazz, has to go back out tomorrow and buy some for $2. Anyway, Jazz bought way too many things and now she has a oath to uphold. 

The list includes
  1. A small dental kit that includes a dental scaler, dental mirror, and dental pick.
  2. Slim Brush Cleaners (which is similar to floss)
  3. Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection mouth wash (that 1 liter bottle cost half an arm...)
What's the big deal since it's only 3 items, right?  Let's include the Oral-B 3D White Vivid 8-pack of toothbrushes and the matching Oral-B 3D White Vivid 8-pack of toothpaste that was purchased in North Carolina two months ago. Both packs are still unopened!

Jazz is motivated but similar to everything else that she's been determined to do, she'll forget about it in a week. But what if she took an oath? She'd have to remember her words the very minute she decides to quit, right? Right?!?!?

*sigh

Tune in tomorrow, not next week, when she forgets to brush, floss, and use mouth wash at least twice a day.



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June 12, 2012

Dear Food Diary,

3/6/2012 - After years of wanting and wishing that I had a bikini-ready body, I've decided to work with what I've got. My diet is already on point:

  • No fried foods,
  • No soda, only 100% real fruit juice,
  • Plenty of water, and
  • No overeating!

That's the shirt, not my stomach! :0)



...Let's try this again!

5/9/2012 After years of wanting and wishing that I had a bikini-ready body, I've decided to work my butt off and exercise as much as possible, until I can finally get into a bikini and not feel self-conscious about all of the stares. Since most of the staring will be from the hearts of lusting men...

Did that last part make you smile? I know that I'm grinning from ear to ear! I can't wait for the day when that statement will be validated!!!!!

I've started a new exercise regimen, which is sure to get me ready for the summer!
Exercise Schedule: 
45 mins of cardio (3x a week)
20 mins of abs (3x a week)
5 mins of buns (4x a week)
5 mins of chest (4x a week)
8 mins of feet (getting stiletto ready) (2x a week)
Beach-ready body, see you soon!!!!

 6/12/2012 - What was I thinking?!?!?!? All of that working out made me lose my hips and my butt but I still don't have a six-pack!!!!! Plus, I can't stand being sore all of the time.


Revised Exercise Schedule:

30 minutes of abs (4x a week)
10 mins of buns (2x a week)
5 mins of chest (4x a week)

Stay tuned for pics....

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June 10, 2012

Curlkit: Month #1 - June

So I allowed my PJ (product junkie) shopaholic side to get the best of me. Decided to fork over $20 a month to Curlkit to participate in their monthly subscription program.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Curlkit, here's a brief description from their website:
"CurlKit sends out a selection of 5-7 samples that their team of online experts, researches and even tries themselves. In each CurlKit you'll receive everything from pomades and conditioners to natural hair tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems. CurlKit’s mission is to help newly naturals and lifelong naturals sort through the clutter, to find new brands and rediscover old favorites."

Basically, I get a box of goodies mailed to my house every month. I have absolutely no idea what is inside until the box is in front of me. If my hair agrees with the samples, I can buy a bigger size. If I don't, all I have to do it cross it off of my "Must Try Products" list. Sometimes the boxes contain full sized goodies so that's a definite plus!

Many of you don't know about my PJ shopaholic side; I basically have a bookshelf filled with hair products for my natural hair. I also have 2 shelves in the bathroom with shampoos, deep conditioners, etc. I have so many products that it makes no sense to buy anything for the next year.

So why would I subscribe to this monthly, I HAVE NO IDEA! This is a perfect time for an intervention! 

Here are the contents of this month's box:

This is the box:



These are the goodies:



Full-size Products:
  1. Twisted Sista De Frizz Conditioner
  2. Ampro Vitamin E Oil
Sample Products:
  1. Miss Jessie's Baby ButterCreme
  2. Miss Jessie's Curly ButterCreme
  3. Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue
  4. Nice & Curly Wind Down Gel
  5. Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel
* Guess the Ms Jessie's Curly Pudding sample walked away while they were making my box *


I forgot to add this to the above pic. 
It's a spray bottle! I really needed one too. How awesome is that?




So all of that for $20, plus free shipping! This is a great deal.  BTW They gave me a discount so I only paid $16 for everything. Like the youngins say: WIN! 

I was hesitant at first since I already have a lot of unopened products and not enough time to try them all. I was also hesitant because several youtubers were complaining about the lack of products in last month's box. I'm fortunate that I didn't get ripped off or waste any money. I'm glad that my PJism got the best of me.  

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June 6, 2012

A 10-year-old Irish boy stands crying at the side of the road. A man passing by asks, "What's wrong, lad?"

The boy says, "Me ma died this morning."

"Oh, be Jaysus," the man says. "Do you want me to call Father O'Reiley for you?"

The boy replies, "No tanks, mister. Sex is the last ting on me mind at the moment."

 

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June 1, 2012

Movie List - 5/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 5/2012

_________


The Avengers
One for the Money *
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Coriolanus
Girlfriends: Season 8
Bereavement
Mike & Molly: Season 1
Benda Bilili!
The Skin I Live In
The 4400: Season 4
Contraband
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Sitter
Mission: Impossible
Rampart
The Job: The Complete Series
The Devil Inside
Albert Nobbs
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Boston Legal: Season 5
Into the Wild
Imaginary Heroes
Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Playback
The Descendants
N-Secure
Payback
Weeds: Season 7
J. Edgar




*Haven't read the book but I think the movie could have been so much better. Would have given it 1 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed the scenes with Daniel Sunjata, Jason O'Mara, and Leonardo Nam. Worst part of the movie: the voice over; horrible narration.

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May 1, 2012

Movie List - 4/2012

Any movie that is highlighted should definitely be checked out! Movies that are in bold are considered to be good, but not great.



Movie List - 4/2012

_________

The Hunger Games

The Young Victoria
Swimming with Sharks
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road
Larry Crowne
The Skeptic
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Nurse Jackie: Season 3
The Iron Lady
I Love You, Beth Cooper
The Tree of Life
                                The Warrior's Way  (Great fighting scenes)
The Thing
                                   Immortals  (Great fighting scenes)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas



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Laws of Life:

* Murphy's First Law for Wives: If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five.

* Kauffman's Paradox of the Corporation: The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed.

* The Salary Axiom: The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay.

* Miller's Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.

* First Law of Living: As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you'll want to be doing something else.

* Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.

* The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.

* Lampner's Law of Employment: When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot.


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