The smile

English: Stick figure with eyes and smile

English: Stick figure with eyes and smile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was written yesterday. I found a prompt that said “The most beautiful smile,” and I went from there.  Let me know what you think.

The most beautiful smile I ever saw belonged to a cancer. A tall drink of water. He stood 6′ 3″ with the big olive green eyes, dark brown hair cut short, and a slim build. I saw the smile first it just lit up his face. I wasn’t too concerned with him before that smile, that smile was for me. It was the smile of man happy to see his wife after a long day at work, the smile of someone so happy to see you it lights up their face.

I know I returned the smile because I could feel the heat from cheeks as they came to rest under my eyes. I knew my smile was big more like a grin. I couldn’t help but return the smile. As I got closer to him I recognition hit.

“Hey!” I said a little out of breath from my brisk pace.

“Hi,” He said back in a cooler tone.

Where did I know him from? Did he recognize me too? Why was he so calm? He must’ve forgotten who I was maybe he was just saying “hi” to be nice. I continue my walk and my phone conversation half listening as I rack my brain trying to figure out who he is and when we met.

Then it hit me. I listened to my friend ramble on about all the fun we were going to have that night. She had no idea that I had already ditched our night in my head. I had made plans in case she flaked on my again and my mind had finally got things straight. I knew where that smile was from and it was for me. We had unfinished business. We were destined to meet again.

Dairy Free Chai Latte

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1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
1 frozen banana chopped up
Vanilla extract
Almond extract
Ground ginger
Ground cloves
Ground cinnamon
Nutmeg
(all spices to taste)

Two Weeks as a Vegetarian, Day 2

Yesterday I started my own personal vegetarian challenge. I’ve been challenging myself to eat better, be more active, and live a healthier life. This is a personal challenge for because I’ve let a lot of bad eating habits slip back into my life. I’ve been eating our more, less fresh foods and my body has been suffering. I’ve been tired and sluggish.

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I’m hoping this challenge will help me with my self control and portion control. It also forces me to be super creative in the kitchen. It’s only day 2 but I’ve been busy. I’ve decided to start my day with Green Smoothies and from there it gets a bit creative. I’ve made a rice and veggie stir fry mix that should last me the next couple of days. I also munch on fresh fruit in between meals. I do need to pick up some beans and raw nuts to ensure I am getting my protein.

Recipes:

Green Smoothie Day 1

1 frozen banana (cut up)

handful of spinach

a couple strawberries

1 spoonful of coconut oil

1/2 cup of water

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Green Smoothie Day 2

honeydew melon

red grapes

half of a frozen banana

strawberries

red spinach

broccoli

almond milk

4 tbs of Tropical Traditions Hemp Protein Powder (50% protein)

a spoonful of coconut oil

(I did not measure this one. It’s up to your taste buds)

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Brown rice veggie stir fry

1/2 orange, yellow, and red bell pepper

2 handfuls of red spinach

red onions (to taste)

1 celery stalk

olive oil

Veggie, beef, or chicken stock.

Sautee all veggies over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Add as much of your stock as you would water for the rice to your veggie mix, let it boil.

Add rice and let that simmer for 40 mins (maybe longer keep an eye on it).

It’ll fill up the whole house and it’s soooooooo good.

Are any of you vegetarian or vegan? How was it in the beginning?

Are any of you thinking of giving up meat? Why? Why not?

Please let me know your thoughts.

Wash Me Curly

WASH ME CURLY
By: Demetra De’Vine Davis
I’m not sure why I decided to get my hair straightened but I did. Now after over a year of being heat free I broke my streak. I was happy with the results but not the process. I realize that I am not longer a fan of heat. It doesn’t last long and it causes more harm then good.
After about a week of my hair limitations I had to wash my hair it was driving me crazy. I couldn’t wet my hair or add my products. My hair would not stay in my goddess twists (my favorite style). I turned to a wash and go for my curly hair fix. I’m really getting the hang of those.
As a new natural I am still experimenting to find the perfect regimen. Before cutting my relaxed ends and fully embracing the journey I was starting, I would use heat at least once a week. Now I’d rather have my curls. Wash me curly was something I repeated to myself as I suffered through my week with straight hair. I was going through curly hair withdrawal. I have grown an appreciation for my hair. It hasn’t been a year since I chopped off my relaxed ends and I’m only a couple inches away from my goal of  bra strap length. I promise to document my styles since I’ve gotten more comfortable with my hair.

Coming soon…mini twists.

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Straight hair

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Curly hair (wash and go)