This message is in response to the requests for the African rugs...At present, I have sent responses to all inquiries via Facebook, my business website, Youtube, and email (with the exception of one person whose email address was improper).  I'm placing this notice on my blog as well in the event that my new followers have joined this site in the hopes of purchasing one of the beautiful creations.

Hello Readers,

I have been receiving numerous requests concerning these beautiful African rugs.  Thanks to one of the viewers, I was able to see how my site was linked to these images.  Apparently, the man who posted the images of the African rugs also linked back to my site.  However, I am not the artist behind these rugs and I do not have any connection to the man who posted my information or the rug photos.  I have tried contacting him but have received no response.

Thankfully, a viewer has found the business that makes these rugs.  I’m inserting the link in case you are still interested in purchasing these items.  I’m sure the owner would love your business.

Thank you for understanding,

Our Weather Status

So today there was no school.

We heard that there might be some wintery mix going on this week and that resulted in a 2-hr delay. I packed my belongings and moved on in with my mom.  Around 6 this morning, we got the call that school was indeed closed for the day.

For those of you who live in those super wintery states that are prepared for the least bit of precipitation, I know you're probably laughing at us, but we don't have that kind of equipment because let's face it, the equipment is mega expensive and we don't have inclement weather to justify the cost. That's what I've been told ever since childhood.  I guess it's true.  Did I fret that I had to stay in today?  Not at all.  I know how to stay indoors and be just fine.  I barely even have the urge to get up and look out the front door.  Haha

Truth-be-told, this is what snow days are like for many teachers.  I love this parody, and I'm sure this teacher can have a backup career should she choose it.  If you're an Adele fan, you can dig this.  :-)

So, at my mom's I've been resting, reading, working on work stuff, and eating some yummy food mom has been cooking.  You know those of you who are moms cook up everything when a storm is coming....pinto beans, baked chicken, baked pork chops, and mini sweet potato pies.  I declare.

I for one have been enjoying some delicious cups of tea.  Because of the mad rush, I gathered a waning bag of Ti Kuan Yin oolong tea, but didn't grab my tea strainer.  No worries.  I rigged up a makeshift tea strainer using a coffee filter and a pot lid.  And that was one delicious cup of tea, I must admit.  I even did it again a couple of hours later.

I'm snuggling up underneath this 1972 granny square throw, reading a book for class while the power is still on....

For those of you who are experiencing winter storms, please be safe.

Until next time,

2016 Protective Style Challenge

It's been quite a few years since I participated in a hair challenge of any sort.  It's not that I don't have hair goals....I just think my focus has shifted from, "ooh, I want long, thick locs" to "oooh, I just don't want my hair to fall out or look like a hot mess".  I'm just keeping it real.

I did enjoy my past hair challenges (here and here) and I'd like to thank my dear blogger buddy all the way in the UK for letting me know about this current challenge hosted by Fiona of Love Your Tresses.  Let's face it, these type challenges help me get a little more disciplined.  Plus I sort of feel accountable to others.  :-)

These are the following rules that she posted on her blog:

  • Rule 1 – Take a before photo (See below.  You know I just trimmed my ends.)
  • Rule 2 – Be nutrition focused (up your fruit & veg intake) (trying really hard to use my Nutribullet.  I have fruits and veggies in the freezer for this)
  • Rule 3 – Take Vitamins/Supplements (optional) (Not optional for me.  The Dr. ordered me to take 5000 iu of Vitamin D3.  I'm currently taking this one, but have just received this one in the mail.  You know I can't swallow pills.  Ugh!)
  • Rule 4 – Increase your H2O drinking game (Adding the water sticker to my Erin Condren planner)
  • Rule 5 – Choose a long or short-term protective style (two strand twists until I opt for crochet braids [first time for those])
  • Rule 6 – Wash and deep condition your hair at best 2x a month and at the very least once a month (not a problem)
  • Rule 7 – Moisturise your strands (This is what I need to remember; I'm currently walking around with a spray bottle of rose water in my work bag.  #notashamed)
  • Rule 8 – No heat tools + reduced use of tools in general + finger detangling (ummm.  I don't even own a working blow dryer w/comb anymore.  Not sure if finger detangling is for my 4c strands.  Whooo Lawd!)
  • Rule 9 – Baggy & add Peppermint essential oil to your scalp lotion/oil (optional) (I'll figure out what this is...but I love my essential oils.  If this is the same as the LOC method, this is what I'd love to try...the way the method is intended.)
  • Rule 10 – Be patient & take photos!  (Patience is a virtue.)

Soooo, where do I fit in?

After having those last twists in for quite some time, I was so glad just to feel me own hair for a while.  But now that it's out, I realize that it needs even more moisture than I even remembered (hello winter routine) and although I don't want to see it go so soon, it's time for a protective style.  I see my days getting rather full.


Today was a mini wash day.  (That's when I go to WalMart salon and have them wash it for $6.)  So they washed it, I helped plait it into 7 or 8 sections.  I sat under a dryer for a little while, not to get my hair completely dry, but to close my pores - I mean, it was sleeting outside.  When I got home, after a power nap, I attempted the LOC method, but my hair doesn't like cream at the end.  Either I need to try a different cream OR my hair likes the CLO method. heehee

This is what I have.  Write this down.  It might be on a test....  :-)

...and these are my current products

Wish me well,