Solar Powered Wellness

The Sunshine Vitamin Many will attest that there is nothing quite like being outside, head thrown back, with eyes closed as the sun pours over our bodies. Over the past 20 years or so, we have been constantly warned about the ill-effects of too much sun. I now wonder if our heeding those warnings have…

My home is not a turnstile.

My home is a sacred place. The place where I recharge from draining conversations, loud noises, and traffic-related stress (my introversion is showing, I know). Home is where my child lives, where my plants grow, and where everything on the walls and on the shelves has meaning, a story. Home is where I know the…

A Song for When Your Dreams Are Under Fire

You must prevail. “Ready Aim” Mali Music I’m on an airplaneAnd the destination of this flight is to the other sideGuess I have to go thereGuess I have to come here yeahI know where I’m from but nowI’m headed where I’m going rightBut there are powers, in the air, you can’t see themAnd they have…

July is Fibroid Awareness Month

Cherise’s Story It was either late 2002 or early 2003 when I learned I had a uterine fibroid. I went to the doctor about the heavy bleeding and bad cramps I suffered monthly. I remember it clearly, the doctor said, “Oh, the tumor is probably bigger.” “What tumor?” I asked with some concern. Instead of…

Self-sabotage is a hell of a drug.

Blame my introversion, or maybe it’s just Candace Candace-ing, but analyzing the kinks in code, copy, and content doesn’t end for me when the clock strikes five. I like to think about what I think about. I like to excavate my belief system to extract the stories that influence my day-to-day. The stories I can’t…

Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

Milk Makeup, an offspring of Milk Studios of NYC, believes that when it comes to your beauty routine, compromise is a “no, no.”  To assure they provide a cosmetic that is nourishing with a blockbuster payoff, Milk Makeup offers products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan. Taking its cues from those in the community…

Advice for my daughter.

Use your words wisely, dear one. You are the author and the main character of the greatest story ever told.  No one but you and your Creator can write it. I’m so grateful you chose me to bring you Earthside, but I’m only here to observe. I’ll keep your paper and pens stocked, and your…

BLK + GRN

What do you get when you combine 46 artisans in one marketplace who not only represent the African diaspora but also have a desire to live green?  You get Black and Green, or as they call it: BLK + GRN.   BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace with all-black artisans. It features creations for the…

Vichy Minéral 89 First Impressions

We received a few minutes of rain today in Las Vegas. Those few raindrops were appreciated.  Speaking of moisture, let’s chat briefly about the Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer by Vichy Laboratories. I unboxed and tried this moisturizer today for the first time. Unlike many serums and moisturizers I’ve used in the past that…

L’Occitane en Provence Purifying Mask

Meet me in France, mon chéri! Now that little Miss Aev is on a somewhat predictable schedule, I’m excited about getting back into skincare and herbal remedies. Let’s play in this deliciously green purifying mask by L’Occitane en Provence! If you enjoy the smell of thyme, you’ll love this mask. Organic thyme is high in…