Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Shea Moisture Goodness!

This product is simply d-e-v-i-n-e.

Sniff, Sniff:
The texture is dreamy creamy and the smell is that of fresh cupcakes.*drool* Who doesn't love cupcakes? Although a little thick (imagine a heavy hand cream), the product melted right into my hair. Another plus that I did not expect was that it provided light detangling! ALL of the ingredients are natural and it contains organic coconut oil, silk protein, and neem oil. These ingredients all work together to strengthen and soften hair.

What I Did:
After conditioner washing and a deep treatment, dried my hair overnight in 6 braids. This morning, I took down the braids and applied a pea-sized amount of Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk to each section and put ten braids in my hair for a braid out.

The Results:
The angels were singing! My hair was buttery, bouncy, and shiny. Take that!
Mind you, this product offers very little hold, so it is best used for soft styles, as a heavy moisturizer, or as a styler for ponytails and buns. A little bit of this product goes a long way. I have fine hair, and I will probably use a little less next time. Oh yeah, and my hair is smelling so fragrant, my hubs can't stop touching and smelling it.

The Deets:
Ladies with thick, coarse, curly, wavy, or dense hair will benefit the most from using this as it provides moisture, frizz-reduction, and mild control. You can purchase this style milk at Target or your local Walgreens. Try it today!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Music: Unsung

Pictured above: The late great Minnie Ripperton early in her career.

I think that this is the greatest music documentary series ever!

Sorry, Ken Burns.

Airing every Sunday on the Tv One network, Unsung highlights music greats that may not have gotten the acknowledgement that they deserved when their career was at their height. Some of the artists highlighted are Bootsy Collins, Minnie Ripperton, The Barcays, Stacy Lattisaw, and Donny Hathaway. I am truly addicted to this show because it goes DEEP on how these artists influenced music today.

You have heard these songs before. You may bust a move or two to these songs on your local oldies radio station every day, but you might not have known the name of the person singing.

Do these songs sound familiar? Well take a listen and be inspired. Don't hate me if one of them get stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

Here is the cut-and-paste link to the show's website if you and cable tv aren't on good terms: http://www.tvoneonline.com/shows/show.asp?sid=902

Happy Tuesday!

Oh shyt. Gotta finish my taxes...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Recipes: Crockpot Whole Italian Chicken

I am so proud of myself! I made a freakin' delicious crock pot chicken last night and I just had to share the recipe with you all. My camera is broken, so no pics. Sorry! Besides, between my husband and myself there wasn't much to photograph cuz we were little piggies last night. Soo..dust off your biggest crock pot and pay attention!

Things that you will need:

*1 3-5 lb WHOLE chicken
*1/4 cup of italian dressing
*one medium sliced onion
*8-10 cloves of garlic (chopped in half)
1/2 cup of mushrooms
1/2 cup of carrots
1 can of italian diced tomatoes
1 bunch of basil
*no-salt seasoning or poultry seasoning
*2 tbsp of butter
*1-2 tbsp of olive oil

1. Start by washing the chicken inside and out. Remove the giblets and throw them away(or fry them up for a southern treat).

2. After patting the skin with a paper towel, liberally salt the chicken inside and out. Season the bird with the no-salt seasoning, olive oil, and pepper.

3. Place the bird in the crock pot. Stuff the cavity of the bird with the garlic, washed basil, and half of the onions.

4. Surround the bird with the mushrooms, diced tomatoes, carrots, and remaining onions. Pour the italian dressing on top of the bird and veggies.

5. Finish the bird with an additional small dash of salt and pepper if desired.

6. Cook chicken on high for 2 hours and low for 6-7 hours. Or you can cook it on low for 8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours depending on the size of the bird.

7. Enjoy with some white rice, potatoes, pasta, or alone!

Tips: Crock pot chicken leftovers make great great meals for the rest of the week. Try chicken burritos, chicken sandwiches, or just about any other meal you can think of!

Happy Wednesday!