The Natural Search Experience

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Successful Launch!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The "2013" Experience

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The "Thrifting" Experience

The Urban dictionary documents thrifting as when one visits multiple thrift stores or second hand stores in hopes of buying several items cheap, unusual, and vintage, in style. 

I'm am not a thrifter.
I Never Thrift. 
The smells drives me crazy. 

However... 
I have a thrift-a-mony (thrift testimony) to report!!! 

I am entering into a new era with my hair (pray for me).  As a result, I took an interest in vintage, old fashioned, headbands, to help me transition into this new hair. 

The local goodwill was having a 50% off store wide sale and I thought I would take a stroll through to find vintage headbands. 

My headband hunt was unsuccessful, but I found this shoulder bag that I fell in love at first site. 
This a "The Saks" crochet shoulder bag. Its original thrift store price was $10.75 and my sale purchase $5.45. 

According to the website: www.thesaks.com, "The Saks" bags can varies in size and prices. The cross body bags starts at $21.75 with leather bags ranging to $119.00. New, Crochet shoulder bags are valued between 59.00 to 149.00 from various websites and search engines. 

This particular bag has this natural swag to it that was whispering... "Buy me mommy, buy me!" So I did what any awesome mother would do... I brought the bag, lol! 

I'm not much of a bag lady. I travel light at all times, but this was an awesome buy. I am slowly trying to enter into this thrifting game, continue to pray my strength and i'll keep sharing my 
thrift-a- monies!

Here's another picture of "TheSaks" bag found from ebay. 


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Friday, December 13, 2013

The "Graduate" Experience


If you have been following my personal journey... Then you are probably just as thrilled as I am to learn that I have FINALLY finished my Master's degree. 

I started this journey in June, 2009. At that time my goal was women's services. I wanted to open and operate a non-profit, transitional shelter home for women. This transitional home was to counsel and pamper women during their stay. So I sought God really hard about going back to school and getting training in this area because I was not doing anything with my current degree, Bachelor of Arts in mass communications. 

After prayer and discussing my dream with a few church buddies and getting their letters of recommendation, I moved forward with the vision. Despite being a single parent and becoming a first time home buyer that same year... The road to getting this degree seemed easy breezy! 

The degree was estimated to take two years to complete. When it came time for my practicum experience, I was stuck. Working full time, it did not seem possible to obtain a practicum and work at the same time. After stressing about it, I took a nice long 18 month break. 

During my 18 month break, the idea for Nattalicious was born. I have told you all about Nattalicious right? Well here it goes again, (lol) 

I went natural in 2009/2010 and started attending natural hair meet ups to learn more about my new hair. At every meet up, there was a common group of women who returned to natural hair due to sickness and diseases. So I thought, what better way to serve this population of women by "Giving" them products to help with the up keep of their natural hair. That way they can focus on getting healthier or learning more about their hair without having to stress about buying hair products. In the beginning I brought several product myself. No complaints, I loved it, but it was getting expensive. But  I was giving life to these women by allowing them to pamper themselves with quality natural hair products. 

As the word got out about Nattalicious, More and more women began donating new or gently used products to help! I am emotionally filled every time to see someone investing into God's vision. To learn more about Nattilicious and how to help, Follow these social media pages: 

Facebook: GirlsGoneNatty
Twitter: GirlsGoneNatty
Instagram: Nattalicious_info 
~ Instagram is a combination of my personal and professional experiences so enter at your own risk (LOL) 

After an 18 month break and touring with Nattalicious and networking with amazing women in the Natural Hair biz,  I experienced extreme favor to obtain and complete my practicum experience. I was entering my fourth year grad school and was finally able to start my capstone project. 

My best description of the practicum experience was to defend yourself against the Dr's and Proffessors of the course by completing eight papers. Each paper must be no less than eight pages. This process started in April 2013 and it took me seven months to complete. I knew the content, my delay was held up in the format, grammar, and flow of the paper. 

Yea, I hear your thoughts, A former journalist who do not know how to write a paper?! I wrote for my college newspaper during undergrad, and interned at TWO newspaper companies back in my day. Just so you know how terrible I must have felt trying to relearn apa and how to stop the conflict between my subject and verbs, lol! 

There were nights I would become extremly frustrated. I would emailed nasty letters to my professors, and basically told them to give me my degree because I was paying for it, apa should not matter when you are aquiring debt on top of debt with the education department, Lol! 

This all seem so comical to me now that I'm typing it, but the struggle was real! Ask my dog and my child, They were my sidekicks throughout this entire process. During those frustrated moments, I knew I had hit my lowest point during my educational career. I was missing church, stopped going to the gym, was isolating myself from my social activities, just to complete these assignments. I had NO LIFE! Like for real.. I had no life! It was work, research papers, and fast foods. When I was told that I had symptoms of depression, I was like NO WAY! I'm a Christian, I believe God, we don't get depressed?! I immediatly realized that I was under attack. But I did not stay "depressed" for long because I knew it was the set up for the come up. 

How else was I going to be able to connect with the depressed if I never experienced depression? How was I going to connect with those who felt like a failure if I had never failed at something? How am I going to write that book if I didnt get my writing issues under control? This was confromation at the end of the tunnel that I was on God's path for my life and the enemy was trying to break my focus. 

It breaks my heart to hear of people, especially women, to give up on their dreams because the load got too heavy. Stop making excuses, be honest with yourself, take a break, regroup, refocus, and finish your assignment. You should be your only competition. Seek God's plan for your life and begin to work your plan, not her plan, or my plan. 

Because I attended school online, I will not physically walk across the stage, but today I am graduating!! The joy is real. I'm getting my life back, Im able to watch tv again, I can leave my house on the weekends, and Yes! I'm having myself a graduation party! Lol! 

Super shout outs to every saint I solicited for prayers and agreeance. I lost count of the number of times I was at the alter, sowing seed, or sleeping with the phone to my ear during a prayer conference call, LOL! 

So what's next?! I can not tell you!! I'm going to follow Beyonce's advice and just drop my next project and hit you with that suprise button, lol! 

But I'm pretty sure wherever God leads me.. I will be lined up at the alter soliciting more prayers and sleeping during the prayer conference calls, lol! New Level New Devil. 

What I can tell you... Is that I want to be finish so bad in the degree department. Although I feel like God is trying to pull me to go further, I'm not trying to hear him on that subject right now, lololol! Maybe he and I can agree that i'll go back for a few certifcates to stay relevant, but no more degrees and no more Debt!!!!!!!

If your graduating today or my experience has touched you in anyway... Share your thoughts below! Whatever new chapter you are beginning in your life today, I congratulate and agree with you that you have a strong finish and to compete with no one but you. 
:) 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The "Giving" Experience

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fashion Revisited



The Wedge Sneaker. 

For some of you, maybe this is not a "new" fashion trend. Supposedly the wedge sneaker made its debut in 2012. However, I've had my eye on these funny looking sneakers since groupon started adverstising them this past spring. 



Obviously I missed the deal. I figured no big deal, this is just an ugly under 25 girly girl fad that will quickly fade away, lol! 

Needless to say, after seeing these sneakers up close and in action,  this thrity-something year old woman is spending her Saturday night with Amazon, groupon, and livingsocial trying to find a size 11 in a pair wedge sneakers! 

My choice colors are black, tan, hunter green, cherry wine, or purple. I have no ideal outfit to wear with these desired colors at this time... But we gonna speak these shoes and outfits into exsistence, lol! Hopefully there is a proud sponsor out there looking for a size 11 wedge sneaker shoe model. 


What is your most hated fashion fad trend that you are contemplating revisiting for the fall/winter? 

Share or post outfits! 
:) 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Product Alert


I must admit, Miss Jessie's have an AWESOME PR team. I've been following the countdown to the release of their new product #Condish as if it was the newest member of the Apple family! (LOL) 

At 11$ for an 8oz bottle, it maybe worth the trial and error. One thing for sure... Me and my curls can't wait to try it out :) 


Here is a product description per website: 

Miss Jessie’s highly anticipated leave in conditioner LEAVE-IN CONDISH™ is here. 

Leave-In Condish™ is Miss Jessie's lightweight leave-in conditioner and detangler that acts as the ultimate frizz fighter and moisturizer for every type of curl. But Leave-In Condish™ does more! Leave-In Condish™ is also an essential styling “prep” that coats your curls and locks in an extra layer of moisture protection before you apply your favorite Miss Jessie’s styler(s). Leave-In Condish™ will leave your curls super shiny and uber soft without any ugly oil build up. Styling is so simple. 

Instructions for use: Squeeze a quarter-size dollop of Leave-In Condish™ into palm, and apply it section by section to damp (not wet) hair. Then, comb or finger rake through for extra detangling and add your favorite Miss Jessie’s curl styler. Let curls air dry or for bigger and more dramatic curls, use a hand held hairdryer with the Miss Jessie's Defrizz Difusser attachment. To refresh curls, dampen hair and repeat previous steps.



Exciting isn't it?! If you test this product before I get the chance to try it out, leave your comments below.

Request Free Miss Jessie's samples: 
www.missjessies.com