The holidays are my favorite time of year to shop for the people in my life I love the most. Although, there are s many department stores that I have been custom to shopping at I now like to support black owned businesses. As a fellow entrepreneur I find it important to support small businesses. I’ve put together a small gift guide of suggestions for gifts for your loved ones.
Today is 1st day of Blogmas.
This month, I will be gracing you with 25 (including this one) amazing blogmas posts in celebration of my favorite time of year. Let’s Recap last year…
Last year, I successfully completed blogmas and was proud of the content and blogging routine I developed. Here are a few tips to guide any blogger through this month:
#1 Create a content calendar.
I used Canva to create my content calendar. It has been the best resource for helping me prepare content for blogmas.
#2 Jot down all your ideas for each post.
I tend to come up with ideas and quickly forget them. So, I use the notes and voice record apps on my phone to keep my ideas safe from my forgetful mind.
#3 Set time to create and write.
I have to schedule time on my google calendar to sit down and actually write content. Then, I have to write a list of photos and video content I need for each blog post and prioritize the list.
#4 Schedule your posts at least a week in advance.
My goal for blogmas is NOT to stress myself out with daily post. So, I have social media post and blog post pre-scheduled. In a perfect world, I would start blogmas with all post scheduled but in reality I am starting with Days 1 through 7 scheduled. Honestly this is a great head start for me. So each week I will be prepping for the next week.
#5 Engage with your audience.
I struggle with engagment sometimes. I feel like I put out content that no one looks at most of the time. But, I have started to challenge myself to ask questions in a blog post or social media post to start a conversation with my followers. This will help improve my writing and help me engage with my audience.
For all my bloggers and bloggers reading this good luck! If you haven’t started it’s not to late but you should start right now. I want to see your content to. If you have a post you’d like me to check out tag me or post the link below.
Tell me, what are you looking forward to seeing from Passion Locked this blogmas?
Shea Moisture has out done themselves with the latest box sent to me. I was so excited to receive a box of all skincare products. I’ve switched out the products I use for everyday skincare routine to incorporate some of these products and my skin feels and looks better than ever.
Here a glance at what was in this months box, just incase you missed my unboxing video on IGTV.
The african black soap skin care collection includes the following key ingredients:
African Black Soap that clarifies oily, blemish prone skin.
Bamboo Charcoal that absorbs oil and impurities to help detoxify skin.
Aloe that soothes and nourishes skin.
African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar
I’m not a big fan of african black soap by share moisture because its not authentic african black soap. So I have not used this product on my face or body. But I do use it help wash my make up brushes and skincare tools. The bamboo charcoal ingredient is meant to detoxify the skin. So, I figured if it detoxifies skin then it can detoxify my brushes.
African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub
I have incorporated this product into my Sunday self care routine and part of my weekly routine. It is gentle and soft enough on the skin that I don’t think it would cause any micro tears. The only thing I don’t like about the product is it burning my eyes. lol! I was having too much fun scrubbing my face and got too close to my eyes. When I went to wash try face my eyes were on fire.
African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foaming Facial Wash
I love that this product is sulfate free. It makes it so that my skin is not dry feeling after finishing. I have alternated my micellar gel cleanser for this product as a daily cleanser in the shower. It has a wonderful minty smell and tingling feeling that lets me know it working.
The 100% Virgin Coconut Oil skin care collection includes the following key ingredients:
Organic Raw Shea Butter that deeply moisturizes with vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Coconut Oil/ Coconut Milk Blend with conditioning properties to help smooth and soften skin.
Acacia Senegal that seals in moisture.
100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion
I have never used a face lotion before and don’t think this is a product I would purchase on own. But I have being enjoying it. Now that the cold weather is starting to kick in this face lotion is great for a morning refresh. I have a daily mositurizer that I use daily. But for the past 2 weeks I have used this face lotion as a morning refresher. I like that it doesn’t make my skin hot and sweaty as I get ready for my day.
100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil
Now, I am in love with this product. I have exchanged my old product for this one for daily nightly use. It really helps restore my skin overnight so I don’t wake up looking and feeling crusty. I love that oil is light weight with no smell. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and hydrates my skin well.
100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer
This moisturizer is bomb. Before receiving this product I was using the Glow Getter Moisturizer. But since receiving this priming moisturizer I have enjoyed the healthy looking glow it gives my skin.
Special shouts outs to my bestie for having a self care night with me and trying these products with me.
Meet Passionoista Seymone ….
Hello Passionista’s! My name is Seymone Jackson, born in Oahu, Hawaii but raised in Miami, FL. I am a Wife and a Mommy to a 4-month old baby boy, the 2 loves of my life. Who would’ve thought, someone who had no interest in having kids in high school, now has a son… funny right?! i grew up always changing my mind as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. My first interest was becoming a pediatrician, but then that quickly changed when I learned how long you would have to go to school for. By the time I got to college, I was in-between Nursing and Criminal Justice, which neither did not pan out as planned, because I only went to college for a little over a year and then I basically dropped out.
Getting into my Natural Hair Journey, I decided to do the “Big Chop” June 25, 2018, which came after unintentionally transitioning for a little over a year. I say unintentionally because when I was relaxed, it got to the point where even the most potent relaxer wouldn’t take to my thick, coarse hair. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, it was a bit difficult because working in management, for a large home improvement company, I was always face to face with customers, but most did not take to my “Natural Hair” in a positive manner. I got all kinds of weird looks, I was even dismissed by a few customers because it did not come off “professional” enough for my title. Fortunately, January 11, 2019 I was able to move forward from that job and never look back to a standard 9-5 again.
This time last year, if you would have said “Seymone, don’t worry about that Assistant Store Manager position, focus on working for yourself”, I would have probably looked at you crazy. i say that because how I was raised, getting a solid job, that pays well, with a 401k was ideal. Now, I am a full-time entrepreneur, working for myself and i’m glad I took the risk and followed God’s path He has paved for me. I decided to take all the negativity I experienced in the beginning of my natural hair journey and turn it into inspiring/motivating different kinds of women who are looking for guidance on their own journey. My testimony is more than just experiences, it’s someone else’s push to go for and do what it is they may be holding themselves back from.
You can follow my journey through my Youtube channel at youtube.com/SeymoneJ . You can also follow me on Instagram & Twitter @ iconiicbeauty .
Hello! Meet Passionista, Quiauna…
Coming to terms with the fact that it’s time to get more serious about sharing my journey and helping others with their weight loss goals was definitely a rough road. I
swear sometimes I would sit in disbelief like I’m really passionate about helping others as my life was changed because someone to help me but I am scared to give myself to the world. I remember praying over and over for God to give me strength to not eat the house down. I think back to the many jobs I’ve had and with each job I can associate a time where I shared my desire to lose weight with a new co worker or management. I remember rushing from work to make it to Zumba. At over 300lbs I remember always being the heaviest one in P90x class or Insanity and I also remember never feeling less than. Ive always pushed myself to get the work done physically but I could never get my nutrition aligned long enough to keep the weight off.
Winning a scholarship for Lisa Smiths black health academy coupled with me getting weight loss surgery was definitely a life changer for me. The academy’s plant based curriculum taught me soooo much about food, manly the nutrients in food that we need to fuel our bodies. I learned things about different diets that doctors would never want us to know. Things like how meat and dairy are not a necessary part of anyone’s diet in order to live a happy healthy life. I explored different diets and with cutting red meat and decreasing my dairy intake and of course keeping up my exercise regimen, I have lost right at 100lbs in a little over a year! Now I’m at a point where I must share my journey with the world and I’m terrified.
Every time I’ve tried to just lose my weight in peace God moves and shows me that I’m a messenger and my story is meant to be heard! I’m currently in the process of launching my transformation program HappyHealthyQueens, where I plan to give the assistance that was given to me by a black queen to black queens.
I’m excited as I move through my journey and I can’t wait to help change many lives as my life continue to evolve and I grow closer and closer to exuding all the characteristics of a Happy Healthy Queen.
Hello Passionista! Meet Paris Holmes …
Paris Holmes also known as “Paris Jaa” is a freelance writer from South Carolina who enjoys sharing her unique visions with the world. She’s currently located in the Atlanta area building her brand as a screenwriter, blogger, and poet across the city. Growing up as an only child gave Paris plenty of time alone to run wild with her imagination. At the age of eight, she began to write poetry, short stories, stage plays, etc. Once her pieces begin to grasp the attention of others, she decided to transform her passion into a full blown career.
The passion I have for word play runs deep! “Theseee words are my own, from my heart flow, I love you… I love you… I love you… I love youuuu!”, just like Natasha Bedingfield expressed in her hit song is exactly how I feel about writing! I picked up the pen at the age of eight in my spare time which I had a lot of because I was an only child. Being the youngest of the family, I was surrounded by many adults feeling as if I had no voice. Because the paper listened, writing became ya girl’s best friend! Through words I am able to duplicate my imagination in a creative form! I see the world differently than the normal eye therefore, as a storyteller I hold a gift to create twists that jolt the mind of others. It’s such a beautiful thang yall! Writing poetry, screenplays, and blogs is the honey that sets my cup of tea just right!
Growing up, I wrote short stories for fun and shared them with my closest friends. The stories kept them all intrigued and they were anxious for what would happen next. This went on for a while until I allowed an outsider to read and was asked why’d I not turn my short stories into short films? I had no clue why, although the ideas originally came from my dreams anyway so this made perfect sense. People would now be able to capture my visions with the human eye!? whatttt! How explosively exciting!! Without thinking I dived head first into screenwriting. I shadowed other film makers, conducted auditions for actors, and even attended a 5 week screenwriting course where I won 4th place in a pitch contest. I wrote, produced, and directed two short films which are now on YouTube, “Transitions” and “True Colors”. Whenever the production process became a bit lengthy, I needed a way to release my everyday emotions. The ones that I wasn’t ready to show and tell at the moment. This lead me to write poetry. Poetry became a coping mechanism and still to this day is therapy for me. I’ve never felt a relief so gratifying once I lay the pen down from expressing my true feelings on paper! It was absolutely shocking to see how others related so well, after finally gaining the courage to share some of my most vulnerable pieces on social media.
Blogging hit my writing world quicker than a slap to the face! I honestly didn’t see this amazing blessing coming! I knew a friend who knew a friend that blogged for a fashion website. Word got out about my dedication and the passion I have for writing and WHOOP DERE IT IS! I was blogging for a fashion site which was amusing, animated, and glittery! I had the ability to exercise my word play by uniquely describing the colors, shapes, and designs I saw in fashion and how they made me feel. My blog samples later landed me my very own opinion column in a upcoming magazine expressing my thoughts towards serious topics. I finally got the green light to let my hair down and tell it like it is! Extremely intense but breath taking!
I must admit, there have been times where I thought writing may not work in my best interest as far as a career goes. But at the doorstep of my heart the words always knock as a reminder. I can’t allow life issues to distract me from what’s destined because this love runs too deep! Instead, create a banging story, movie, or poem from all experiences and continue to manifest my dreams by moving forward. God gave me visions for a reason, so they must be told!
It’s been ages since I’ve carved a pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds. This year I was determined to do both. So I called over my girls for a “Girl’s Night”. We sipped wine and carved our cute little pumpkins.
Honestly, it was easier than I remember it being. I can’t explain why but as a kid it felt like carving a pumpkin was the hardest thing to do. I’m overjoyed with the way my pumpkin, “Jack-o-lena” came out.
Jack-o-lena sat gracefully on my countertop with a cinnamon candle for about 5 days before I saw mold and threw her out.
Now I did try to roast the seeds from inside the pumpkin. It was an epic fail. I burnt them. I don’t even know how they burnt. They didn’t look burnt but for sure tasted burnt. Better luck next year.
Tell me (in the comments), What traditions do you like to do with your family and friends on Halloween?
Before I go, #selfcarenovember starts tomorrow. Head over to my IG (@thepassionista__) for the flyer and take the challenge with me.
I’ve been treating my hair to a new product line and I love the results. So far I have used Taliah Maajid’s Green Apple and Aloe line to style my hair in two different ways. Taliah Waajid products has my twist outs looking so juicy and hydrated. Surprisingly, flat twists styles never turn out right on me, but I tried it using this brand and loved the 1st time results.
I purchased their product during the Curls, Kinks & Culture Fest in Atlanta, GA. This a brand has been around for a minute but I’ve never tried their products. I was chatting with one of their brand ambassador about never trying the product before and she did a demo on a section of my hair using one of the curls cremes from the latest product line. I liked the feel and smell of the product so I decided to purchase 3 of the products from the line to take home and try them out on different styles. Best of all, they were having a Festival promotion – 3 for $25. You can’t beat a deal like that for natural hair products. Here is what I purchased:
Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Leave- In Conditioner
Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Apple Seed Oil
Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Curl Definer
To shampoo and condition my hair I used some Shea Moisture products, as well as a Lotta Body Hair Mask. Then, I used the Taliah Waajid Green Apple and Aloe products to style my hair.
I can’t express enough how much I enjoy the scent of this line. It smells so blissful like fresh green apples. I appreciate the packaging of the leave-in conditioner. The bottle sprayer has a lock feature that prevents leakage, which is great for travel. The sprayer also give you a wide range of product to help spray the product directly and even throughout your hair. Most sprayer give you a stingy mist of product that hits one spot of your hair at a time. I end up having to spray the product into my hands and rub into my hair in sections. But with this sprayer I am able to spray the product directly onto my hair and the products is distributed to a good range of hair per spray. To some people this is not a big issue, but for me this factor is major. The leave- in conditioner has a nice consistency that moisturizes, revitalizes and soften your curls. Using this product made it eacy to detangle my curl and prepare for twisting.
I used just a small amount of the curl definer to twist my hair into small sections. The creme feels really thick and heavy, but is actually lightweight on your curls if you use just the right amount. I can be a little heavy with product, especially curl creams. But you honestly only need one finger rub per section to style your hair.
Since I don’t apply heat to my hair, I allowed by twist out to completely dry over night. Before untwisting my hair I used the apple seed oil to moisturize my scalp. My hair feels stronger, my curls are more defined and my twist out has lots of volume.
Style 1- Individual Twist
Style 2- Flat Twist