It's my nappyversary! I've been natural for 9 whole years. The beast (my hair) and I've been through thick and thick. Finding out what works and doesn't, changes every few months and with various lengths and regimes.
I'd never go back to creamy crack. It's not even an option. I will
probably go back to wearing my hair straightened more consistently one
day. Natural hair is work kinky, curly, or straight.
It's awesome to see so many naturals everywhere I go. For the first
few years, I only saw natural ladies online through YouTube or curly
hair forums. Maybe one day I will get used to people playing in my
hair without permission. O_o
Currently I am on a no heat challenge! I've only blow dried my hair
once this year and it was minimal on the cool heat setting. I always
straighten the beast near my birthday so trying for heated styles once
or twice a year. Trying to see how long I can grow the beast.
Summer salads are so refreshing. It seems as if every restaurant is promoting their own summer salad-chicken, random fruit, and greens. The minors and Huni loved this salad. it was quick and easy. Let me be honest, this salad was created by my desire for not feeling like cooking and the white peaches were on sale at Kroger.
Grilled peach & chicken berry salad
Keywords: grill salad paleo chicken breast blueberry white peach orange summer
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 3 white peaches
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- Mixed greens
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoons of evoo
- 4 Oranges
- 2 teaspoons liquified raw honey
- 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper
Grill the chicken until fully cooked
Slice the peaches and grill for about 3-5 minutes (I like mine to still have a crunch)
Mix the blueberries and your mixed greens
Add the chicken to your salad mix
Add peaches on top of your salad
Drizzle salad dressing
Enjoy!Salad Dressing Directions
Juice the four orange
small bowl mix the fresh orange juice and evoo well.
Add raw honey
Add zest of 1/2 an orange
Add black pepper
Add 1/8 tsp salt
Add 1/8 tsp garlic
Drizzle over salad!
One thing this salad was missing was bacon. It must be the paleo in me. I will definitely try this next time.
My recent thrift recreations and refashions. I'll do a tutorial for the dress into a romper soon. I just have to find another dress.
Eating healthy and soul food doesn't usually go hand in hand, right?!? Wrong!!!
I'm going to show y'all a few times a month how a southern gal keeps on the paleo "diet" and eats a delicious meal just as if eating at my mama's house!
Many non paleo meals can be modified which makes it so easy to remain paleo. Trial and error is the key!
I made collard greens, scalloped sweet potatoes, and the BEST chicken thighs on earth!!!! Lord knows this recipe was the best thing that happened to me.
I tried to make a paleo upside down pineapple cake. It was a complete fail. One of those fails where you become annoyed that you wasted so many ingredients. :( When I find the perfect cake, y'all will be the second to know. My tummy, then y'all!
Collard greens, fried sweet potatoes, and the best chicken thighs ever!!!!
Clean and cook your collards as you normally would, with the exception of the meat you would use to season it . What?!? You don't use meat to season your collards?!? You are missing out on some thangs! I used Nitrate free bacon and it's lovely fatty greasy oil.
Fried sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite. Even before paleo.
2 lbs sweet potatoes
4 tbs of coconut oil
1 tbs of cinnamon
1. Add oil to a frying pan and set the temperature to medium heat.
2. Peel your sweet potatoes
3. Cut sweet potatoes 1/8" thick
4. Add sweet potatoes and cinnamon
5. Cover for 5 minutes, but stir often so the sweet potatoes don't burn.
6. Lower the heat and cook until soft (approximately 10 minutes). Keep covered.
7. Serve hot
The best chicken thighs ever!!
This recipe was a Pinterest find. I mistakenly bought chicken thighs and didn't know what to do with them. Pinterest is always a lifesaver. I followed the recipe, but substituted 2 tbs of franks hot sauce for the 2 tsp of cayenne pepper, and used smoked paprika from trader joes instead of regular paprika. Spicy Lemon Paprika Chicken Thighs are a win!
The minors loved this and requested thirds. Huni is still talking about how good the chicken was. I've made it twice since pinning.
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When the verdict was released, my heart broke-for Trayvon's parents and for my children. I will not share my thoughts, but I will share this: never forget what happened to this young child, and always be aware. I made my children promise me that they would never forget and that they would stay aware. http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/
There were some real life lessons that I taught my children tonight and I pray that they never forget. Please, I ask any of you reading if you have children (niece, nephew, Godchild)...talk to them about this case. A real talk-no filter-but don't instill fear in them. Instill love and self-worth because the world is cold and justice is far.
Back story- I was a vegetarian for three years. I ate minimally processed food, but truth be told, it could have been less processed. But isn't that always the case? I always said that I straddled the vegetarian fence. I didn't start eating meat (chicken and maybe shrimp) until 2010, and it was rare social occasions where I would have probably died and gone to heaven if I didn't. I wasn't a healthy vegetarian. Part of my pregnancy, I was on the cupcake and French Fries diet. If you google this "diet," nothing will surface, it was me just eating cupcakes, Chick fila fries and either a sweet tea or lemonade. I just didn't eat meat, so I was "healthy."
2012 I researched that meat wasn't the cause of bad and unhealthy fats and horrible diseases. So after the whole30 I stuck with paleo and all it's awesomeness. Birthdays and holidays were hard and I realized that I will never be 100% Paleo. I honestly don't think I will ever attempt to be. Lifestyle versus diets allow for modifications. I'm real big on the number 85. In research, it's impossible to have 100% probability. So there's always that 5% room for error. If its 95%, then it's true. So with 95% being the closest to 100 and people being the furthest away from perfect I stumbled across 85. If you're 85% *insert something you're pretty good to me.
I love Paleo because my body loves Paleo. But I also love red wine and Chipotle. Some days I love the paleo approved chipotle, but most trips it's the my stomach will bloat for a few. *sigh* I felt bad for a while because I'm a paleo promoter and I cheat so bad. I have realized that I do have an intolerance to gluten. So I keep that in mind, when I cheat. My stomach sometimes will look like I'm three months pregnant, and my skin won't be as clear. Monday through Thursday, I'm good to go. The issue comes when I have to eat out of the house for meals. I'm working on staying paleo in public. Ill share tips throughout my journey.
Funny after I completed this blog, I ran across this article, and discovered the 7 shades of paleo. Here is where I fit in:
Fifth Shade of Paleo – The 80/20 Paleo (Also known as the Weekday Paleo)
This is my personal favorite shade and I would guess it’s where the bulk of us probably fall. Basically stated, we eat clean paleo about 80-90 percent of the time and the other 10-20 percent we eat what would be considered non-paleo foods. This could mean some cheese, wine, ice cream, etc. This is a SANE and healthy approach as long as the 20 percent is kept under control (this does not mean a 4 hour food fest that starts with Dunkin Donuts, moves on to Dominos and ends with Dairy Queen).
Now to sharing more recipes without those guys harassing me. ;)
I have so many projects going on, if you were wondering where I've been. I finally launched a site for my life coaching business Kimber Lee Online. For a while I contemplated wether to add a blog or not, but I did, check it out. I think that when people are transparent and share a part of their story, it will in turn help others. Plus I'm really working on transparency. I am probably one of the most private persons in America. It's a weird type of private because I love people, talking, and sharing, but it's generally surface level. Unless I feel it can help a specific individual. With blogging, you never know who is reading, so I figure the sky is the limit, I've owned my story fully for a few months now. I've owned parts of my story forever, but some thing's are always a little tough to say "yeah, that happened," and truly have no regrets or sad feelings or discomfort. If you are a fan of Burr's Blur's when I write openly about random thoughts and situations, you will love KO!
Adding the online components, I hope to help even more women. I want to teach women to love and forgive themselves, and process through any victimization so they can lead full passionate lives. Who wouldn't want to wake up euphorically happy every morning?!? Like orgasmic pleasure daily..lol...seriously though my clients are loving the process and I knew I needed to share the wealth. Join that blog also and I think in a month, I'll do a giveaway for a free package.
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Happy Summer! I love this season despite the bugs and extreme heat! I'm not big on "bucket lists" but I'm all for lists and planning, so lets see what we can do fun this summer. Systematically, I will cross the list off.
Take the minors to Busch Gardens
Take the minors to Ocean Breeze
Cookout at a park
Picnic on the beach
Playing in the rain with the minors
Enjoy my sissy's concert
See a psychic
Run the neon 5k http://www.theneonvibe.com/
Make fresh lemonade
Go on a scavenger hunt
Make a home movie
Have the minors journal their summer
Teach at a conference
Random acts of kindness
Maybe ill add more later, but I guess it's time I get busy living! What's on your bucket list?
For the past two months I've been thrifting (what's new right?!?) but reselling my finds on eBay. Let me tell me you, this has been an amazing hustle. It does take time and energy, but it's a hustle. I'm even thinking of expanding on this hustle, but I go back and forth daily on all my ideas.
I learned today that Salvation Army and Goodwill actually have eBay accounts and sell too. Salvation Army prices were blah! Especially when you factor in shipping. However, the quality of the items were decent. Goodwill was a freaking score! Can you tell my excitement?!? I didn't bid on anything, but definitely added them to my favorite seller list. The items were priced very reasonably and I can still see myself reselling some things.
Lastly there's a program that allows people to send in their used items to eBay to be sold. eBay sends a bag with postage paid. If the item sells, you receive half of the selling price, and the organization receives the other half. Recycling at its best! If your item doesn't sell, you receive a receipt for your donation. Tax write off!
Friday: hmmmm what did we do?!? The minors got of school. Crazy, I can't remember much else. I went shopping, I did my mama's hair. I can't recall anything else, but I know I'm forgetting something.
Saturday: early morning Mr. had football practice. I worked out and ran errands in between time. That evening we went to the beach for icecream. The beach was flooded with tourists. I brought my camera, so I could fit right in. I wanted to take pictures for a new project. However, in the midst of all the tourists, random photo shoots weren't permitted. The city had various acts along the "strip" to entertain its guests. It was a fun mix between a carnival and hippie concert. We even saw one guy smoking his hookah on the boardwalk. We came home and watched the movie "Parker," if you like action, you'll love it.
Sunday: church...what else do we do?!? I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but my parents are pastors and we're always in church. Or so it seems. It was also Father's Day. We celebrated Huni and my daddy. I got my computer back. So you know that means more videos and better content.
Oh and I went couponing. For $25 I got all of this stuff which is worth about $150. I think I'm getting the hang of these coupons.
I hope your weekend was just as amazing!
Comfort healthy foods usually get the side eye from me. Mainly because the taste is so far from what my soul and tastebuds expect. I want to feel like I'm eating my mama's food minus the guilt, bloating, and fat!
I'm thinking about featuring Soul Food Sundays...Paleo style. We eat good at my house...real good! So why wouldn't I share the wealth of health with my friends?!?
And don't tell my mama, but this is the best meatloaf I've ever had. We've had it twice this week.
Grass fed organic ground beef
2 garlic cloves diced
2 shallots diced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp of smoked paprika
1 tsp if garlic pepper
1/4 cup of your favorite * paleo barbecue sauce
1/4 cup of barbecue sauce (set aside for "icing")
*I made my own, but will make it once more to make sure it turns out right before I share*
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Spray cupcake pan with olive oil or coconut oil
3. Mix ground beef with wet and dry ingredients well in a medium sized bowl.
a.) I wore gloves and mixed with my hands.
4. Fill the pan 3/4 just like with a cupcake mixture.
5. Bake on 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Start checking at 30 minutes to make sure it's cooked through.
6. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
7. Pat off grease at the bottoms of "cupcake".
8. Spread barbecue sauce over the "cupcake."
9. Get cute and put it in muffin liners.
10. Serve and enjoy.
Yields 9-12 personal meatloaf "cupcakes"
I served these with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli. The first time we had sweet potato mash and steamed broccoli.
The minors LOVED this recipe. Huni LOVED it. I guess it's a hit. Let me know if you try this recipe.
Initially when I first discovered clean eating, I tried to prep my meals for the week. Kudos to all those that do. It was too overwhelming for me. The time it took to figure out what we were going to eat, then cook it all, then store it, and clean up. I told myself last week, that I wanted to do better with my eating. I'm usually 95% clean and 85% paleo.
Sunday after church I started on the barbecue sauce first as it needed a minimum of two hour simmer time.
Sautéed a head of cabbage
Steamed 3 lbs of broccoli
Roasted 4 sweet potatoes
Grilled 6 chicken breasts
Prepared meatloaf "cupcakes" (recipe coming soon)
Prepared barbecue sauce
Prepared kale chips
Prepared shredded chicken in crock pot
It didn't take as long as I expected, but I figure this will be a great starter to the week. By Wednesday ill need to re-up.
This is my projected menu for the week:
Warm lemon water
Two eggs either boiled or fried in coconut oil
Fruit or 1/2 avocado or 1/2 sweet potato
Banana with 2tsp of almond butter
Grilled chicken & veggies
Chicken and 1/2 sweet potato
Chicken & 1/2 avocado
Meat balls & zucchini
Grilled Chicken or salmon atop salad
Bacon chicken tacos
I usually eat every two hours or when hungry.
*hums* do y'all remember that song? Was it from a commercial?
I love to cut up denim. Wether it's a jacket into a vest, jeans into shorts, jeans into a skirt...you get the point. I can never understand why people pay for denim cutoffs. Especially the high waisted shorts craze. High waisted jeans are plentiful at the thrift store. Look for the long zippers and BOOM! there's your high waisted pants. $5 at the most.
Studs are cheap and plentiful (look on ebay) and bleach is $2 at the most.
Shopping on Nasty Gal and Urban Outfitters I saw these beauties. Don't forget to look at the prices.
Pick your jaw up. Grab a pair of old jeans and get to cutting, bleaching, dying, and studding.
Here are my latest summer creations:
$2.50 for any jeans I had to thrift. I won't do a tutorial as distressing is super easy. Just make sure to hand wash and air/line dry any of your distressed creations.
Maybe I'll do some quick design tutorials. I usually do those on Diva's clothes. Those shorts with the lion print on the back. Now that's easy...wanna see a tutorial, just let me know. Tumblr has great short shorts inspirations. Stay cool and beautiful!
I'm sulking as I just typed the title. I don't cook Thursday through Sunday. Cooking on the weekends is so 1993. I hate it, I'll cook breakfast because that's my favorite meal, but that's about it.
I told my Bestie a month ago that I was going to stop eating out in may. MAYjor fail, I didn't even try. We spend a lot of money eating out, considering we don't eat fast food.
No chipotle. No Sunday morning breakfast before church. No Saturday night date night dinner. I guess I'll be s cooking mama this June. Maybe I can finally get some abs. I'm over wanting abs for now, but how sexy would that be. I'll let y'all know how this eat in challenge goes. Join me? I'm sure new recipes will develop because I hate eating the same thing all the time.
This past weekend was incredible. Memorial Day usually brings in the summer for me. Cook outs and warm weather outings, short shorts and sandals, maxi dress and pedicures, and watermelon. I love summer!
After cookout after cookout, I wanted a restaurant quality meal at home. I only had chicken in the freezer. Isn't that all the protein I need? We eat so much chicken, but I didn't feel like grilled chicken or baked, or salad. But I wanted a summery meal.
I went to the grocery store and told myself whatever fruit was on sale would complete my dinner. I was scared. Mangos and oranges. In my mind I'm a chef and I knew I could do this.
Let me warn you these ingredients may scare you too, but I promise the randomness of this meal is what makes it sooooooo good! I ate my serving and wanted the kids...I kept asking "did y'all eat all your food?" Of course the one night I don't want them to, they do.
Gingered Orange Mango Chicken Breast
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 mango - peeled, seeded and sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 480 degrees.
Bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes.
While the sweet potatoes are baking, start on the chicken. Heat the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Season both sides with basil, salt, and pepper.
Place chicken breast in the skillet, and cook 10 to 15 minutes (my chicken breast were thick) on each side, until no longer pink and juices run clear.
Remove from heat, and set aside.
Pour in the orange juice, lemon juice, mango, ginger, and cinnamon in the skillet over medium heat, and scrape up browned bits. Over high heat, cook and continuously stir 4 to 5 minutes, until thickened.
Once the sweet potatoes are finished, take them out and allow to cool for 5 minutes. The skin should be crispy.
Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes.Serve
I used half a sweet potato per chicken. Place half the sweet potato on a plate. Add your chicken breast over the sweet potato. Then scoop the mango sauce over the cooked chicken breasts to serve.
Huni ate his cold and still enjoyed every bite! I'm sure this would be amazing over rice for my non paleo friends.
I love parties. I love planning parties. I really love paid parties. Ok that's a lie...paid parties require so much more than a friend in need, but with spring here I want to share a fun pretty fruit tray.
Ever since watching the video, I've made this a total of four times. Each time prettier than the next.
I've included a list of edible flowers. I'm working on a summer salad with edible flowers now. Stay tuned for that.
Recently I’ve started getting into couponing. I wanted to share what I know. I hope it’s helpful. I am NOT an extreme couponer but a novice. This requires some reading, but its quick and worth it. Saving $100-$200 while grocery shopping and getting free items, makes the initial time worth it.
Tips I've learned that are EXTREMELY helpful:
1. Buy four papers EVERY Sunday.
I go to the $1 Tree and am guaranteed to save more than $4 so great investment.
1a.) Here are a few sites that have coupons for you to print.
1b.) Signing up for mobile coupons is a double score. I only do it for my favorite stores. Target has been the one to save me the most, since I am able to use manufacturer coupons and the mobile coupons to my smartphone. Target Mobile
2. Don't waste your time clipping coupons. I promise clipping coupons is a waste of time, and honey let me tell you, I despise wasting my time! Check this blog post on NOT clipping coupons.
3. Go here and get the insert lists. Time saver and Godsend.
4. Follow the following sites via email. There will be a box that says subscribe to our mailing list or similar wording. Go on and add your email addy, let them do the WORK for you. Emails usually come out daily about 3pm-5:15pm.
4a.) On Instagram you can even search the hashtag #couponing or #extremecouponing and find some great deals.
4b.) Couponing lingo. So many acronyms.
4c.)The nitty gritty. Read these to understand some “rules,” I hate rules, but when they are in my favor, I can dig it.
Farm Fresh doubles coupons up to $.99 every day but on Wednesday they double coupons up to $1. So a $1 coupon is worth $2!
Foodlion doesn't double coupons.
Kroger just stopped doubling coupons.5. Set up an email strictly for couponing. Or use an old email that you rarely use. The emails will pile up so no need to fill up your active email...I'm just saying. :)
5. Set up an email strictly for couponing. Or use an old email that you rarely use. The emails will pile up so no need to fill up your active email...I'm just saying. :)
what to spend all your saved money on. Defeats the purpose right?!? Lol...or you
can save it
7. Don't buy
things that you will never use just BC it's free. UNLESS you know someone you
can give it to. It's better to give than to receive right?!?
8. Sometimes brand loyalty isn't worth the hassle. For example: I've always been a Crest toothpaste girl...UNTIL I got 4 tubes of Colgate for free. Remember my pamper haul? We're still using those pampers and no blow outs or leaks. I wouldn't have ever "tried" BRU pampers on my own. On the same note...it's some "major" brand things I won't deter from...mainly food.
9. Lastly, recycle those newspapers. :)
Next Frugal Friday, I’ll share how I save at my favorite retail stores.