Monday, July 29, 2013

{TIDU} Things I Don't Understand

I don't know about everyone else in the world, but there are some things that I just can't seem to understand. To me there are just some things that are common practice. You know, things like brushing my teeth, taking a shower, stopping at red lights and stop signs. Things that I hope that most people do as well without having to think twice about it.
Well, I work in an office setting. I guess I need to be fair and say that my building is open to the public, and therefore, we experience quite a bit of traffic on a day to day basis. I can not figure out for the life of me, why it is that at least a few times a week I find myself walking into and right back out of bathroom stalls because whomever was there before me failed to flush the toilet. I don't get it. Ladies, help me out. I don't know what goes on in men's restrooms, but for us ladies, is it not common practice to use the bathroom, get up, flush the toilet, and lastly turn around to check to see that everything flushed down the toilet? Eh, maybe what I find to be common isn't so common at all...I don't know. That's my rant. Y'all let me know if there's some kind of logic to this madness.
Until next time...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Cruisin'

Today, Big R, my future mother-in-law, Little R, and I cruised down Highway 68 on our way back home from picking up the little one for the week. I enjoyed the back seat ride since it's something I get to do so infrequently nowadays.
We were listening to some oldies, and "For the Love of You" by the Isley Brothers came on, and the song instantly reminded my of my childhood.
I remember riding in the back seat of my mom's 1985, two-door, candy apple red, Toyota Celica. My parents, by brother, and I spent many summer days riding with the windows down jamming to my dad's favorite Isley Brother's Greatest Hits cassette tape.
Losing my dad at 12 years old is by far the hardest thing I've had to deal with in my 25 years of life, but I am so thankful to be able to hold on to my memories of him. It warms my soul each time I hear those Isley's sing, "Girl I'm living just for the love of you..." May my favorite man in the world continue to Rest in Paradise.
Earl "Pete" Sr. 12.10.1957 - 02.15.2000

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stressful Workdays...

Today, like many other days, I'd prefer to be at home Saturday chillin'...
With no makeup on, hair in a top knot, Michigan State t-shirt, and leggings...a girl can dream right...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Few of My Current Favorites

So I wouldn't call myself a beauty expert or anything, but I do have a few beauty products that really work well for me so I figured I would share! Let me know if you use any of these products or if you decide to try them!

{1} pHisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Face Wash
Oh my face! We have a love hate relationship with each other. \I have combination skin. It is oily in my T-zone and dry around my nose area. One thing is for certain though, it is very blemish prone. My whole body is blemish prone, but I will save that for another blog post. pHisoderm has been a God send for me. My honey's step dad recommended it to me a little over a year ago. Apparently, his peers used it back in the day. I looked everywhere for it for several weeks. I tried Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, you name it. Then one day I spotted it in FOOD LION of all places. Go figure. It retails for $4.79 at my local Food Lion. You can also purchase it online at I have really noticed a difference in my blemishes. They have not disappeared, but they have certainly lightened. If you have blemish prone skin like me, give this a shot!

{2} Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish
My face is prone to blemishes and my nails are dry and brittle. Eh! I'm slowly learning to accept my flaws. Because my nails are brittle and tend to peel I really try to make an effort to keep them painted. I'm not able to paint them as often as I would like to. I  also have a hard time waiting for my nails to dry to achieve a perfect at home manicure, but one of my secret weapons to making the process a little easier for me is Wet N Wild's Megalast Nail Polishes. You can find these things anywhere. I think all drugstores carry them. So does Walmart and stores like Dollar General. They are extremely affordable at $2 a pop, and every now and then you can catch them on sale for 99 cent! You can't beat the price! Another thing I really love about them is the amazing brush! The brush makes the application a breeze!  There is also an array of colors to choose from. Two of my personal favs are I Need a Refreshmint and Through the Grapevine.

Left - I Need a Refreshment; Right - Through the Grapevine
{3}TRESemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Having natural hair one of the most important things I look for in a conditioner is it's ability to detangle my hair. Well, TRESemme's Naturals Nourishing Conditioner can not be beat. It is one of my go to conditioners. I can use it to detangle my hair after washing my hair. I've used it as a deep conditioner, and I also use it as a leave in conditioner from time to time, especially when I wear a wash and go. If you haven't tried this conditioner, go get you a bottle now! You can find it at Walmart for around $4.97 I believe.

{4} Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil
I actually came across this product on "accident." I was drawn into the bright, orange clearance sticker at Walgreens one day. {Those clearance stickers get me all the time!} This product turned out to be a real winner. I mainly use it for my face as a moisturizer and all around miracle worker in my opinion. The product is formulated to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, and aging skin. Again, as I already mentioned, I have my fair share of blemishes and scars on my face. This Skin Therapy Oil in combination with using the pHisoderm face wash has really made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. I also use this oil on other scars on my body, and I have noticed improvement in those areas as well. The 5.1 fl. oz bottle retails for $8.47 on, which I think is a pretty good deal if you prefer to order online. If I remember correctly, the last bottle I purchase from Walmart was closer to $10. If you are looking for a new moisturizer to add to your routine or if you have a scar you would like to work on getting rid of, I really suggest this stuff! I think it works!
I hope this post will be helpful to someone! If you have any products you think I should try, I would love to hear about them!
Until next time <3


Sunday, July 14, 2013

4th of July Recap - Detroit, Michigan

Big R is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Majority of his family still live in the city or in surrounding areas. So every year we make an effort to visit. The 4th of July, in particular, is Big R's favorite time to visit. Since 2006, well before he and I met, he has hosted family picnics to bring together both his mother and father's families. Beginning in 2009, the picnic has been held at Metro Park in Harrison Township, MI. Metro Park is the perfect setting for family events. The park is the home of Metro Beach on Lake St. Clair. There are also basketball courts, volleyball courts, a small water park, etc. 

Big R's father, and namesake, resides in Seattle, Washington. He was also able to make it back home to Detroit for the 4th, which made this year's picnic extra special for us. Big R had not seen his dad since the summer of 2010, and this was my first time meeting him in person. It was really a pleasure to finally meet him.
Three Generations Strong!

It is undeniable how strong the genes are in Big R's paternal side of the family. Little R had a blast playing with his cousins and his uncle, Big R's youngest brother. Even though we aren't able to see Big R's family that often, we always enjoy ourselves when we do get together and we always enjoy their company. I always feel right at home.
I can go on and on about how special the trip was, but then this blog post would be entirely too long. So in an effort to condense my thoughts a little I will share some of most memorable moments of the trip, (besides enjoying family at the picnic that is):

{Most Memorable Moments}
{1.} My first Faygo "pop." And yes, the flavor is "Red" pop! Not cherry, strawberry, or fruit punch..."Red." You have to love Detroit!
{2} Watching Little R interact with his grandpa. Little R kicked with his grandpa like a grown man. Sometimes I have to remember that he is only five. His grandpa bought him an ice cream from the ice cream truck during our first day in town. 

{3} Late night fun and laughter with family! We had too much fun cutting up with Rodney's dad's side of the family.

{4} Enjoying my man in his element. You know the saying goes there is no place like home. Well I've never seen Big R more in his element than when he is visiting home. I love see6ing and feeling his happiness when he is driving through his old stomping grounds and spending time with his family. 

{6} Watching Little R explore Metro Beach. This child spent a good 15-20 minutes playing around with a dead fish that floated a shore while he was kicking around in the water. 

{7} Chapstick Scam. If you know me, you know that I am LOYAL to my ChapStick. I have to have the "ChapStick" brand, cherry flavored. Well before we hit the road to head home to NC we stopped at a local convenient store. I lost my ChapStick somewhere along the way so I picked up a new one. Well let me tell you, I was scammed!!! The packaging was sealed, but I knew something was off the second I opened the tube. The product was not rounded off at the top like normal, and there did not seem to be much product in the tube either. I let that slide, and I proceeded to apply the product to my lips, and the experience was all wrong! The fragrance was off, the consistency was off...just all bad! Then as I took a closer look it's obvious that the packaging was copied somehow. I was highly upset. I went on a rant to Big R explaining that I was going to contact and everything! LoL. It's funny now...but it was not funny at the time! Ah well...I'll let it go I guess. I'll be more careful the next time I'm in good ole' Detroit!
Until next time...