Moisturizing Body Rub|D.I.Y.

Hello Passionista…

I enjoy making body scrubs and facial… stuff for my skin in general. One thing I like to do at least every other week is a moisturizing body rub using Lipton Green Tea. I do a lot to take care of my face but the rest of my body needs the same tender love and care. Honestly, I love having soft smooth skin. Today, I’m going to show you what I do and how to make this moisturizing body scrub.

What you’ll Need: 

5 Pure Green Tea bags

Aloe Vera Gel

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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Pure Green Tea helps promote healthy skin and reduces inflammation.

Aloe Vera Gel is hands down the best thing for curing scars and blemishes on your skin. Not just you face, it can be used all over your body.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is great for just about everything. Its a natural moisturizer. It helps lock moisture in your skin.

To start… use 5 tea bags to make a pitcher of green tea to enjoy later.

Once your tea is finish brewing, cut open the tea bags scooping the tea leaves into a bowl.

Add a 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel and a 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Stir.

I like  to place the mix in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then apply the cool moisturizing rub all over my body. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes (to as long as you would like). To remove, I get in the shower  and rinse everything off  and air dry my newly moisturized skin.

Try it… Share your thoughts…

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Dinner with PassionLocked

HAPPY FRIDAY HONEY!!!

You just don’t know how glad I am that it is Friday… THE WEEKEND BABY. The weekend is when I truly come alive. LOL!  But I have so much going on this weekend I have to spent my entire night preparing, but it shall be fun!

Anywho-

Today I want to share my Lasagna recipe. I am a self taught cook and I love pasta. To make my Lasagna I needed to take a trip to Kroger to get everything I needed to cook this meal. At the store I picked up some ready to cook Lasagna noodles, ground turkey, tomato-basil pasta sauce, ricotta cheese, eggs, three blend shredded cheese, and baby spinach.

So to start, I season and cook my ground turkey. As the turkey was cooking, I also cook the baby spinach leaves. Then, I use Olive oil base the pan. After that, I fill another pan with hot water to soak, not boil my ready to cook lasagna noodles. I like to build my lasagna with wet noodles, so that they become soft while baking. Next, I mix my ricotta cheese and eggs together. At this point everything is prepared, so now I am ready to build my lasagna to bake. I start with one layer of noodles, I laid about four lasagna noodles (wet) side by side at the bottom of my pan. Then, I take a few full spoons my pasta sauce and spread it across the noodles. Next, I add a thin layer of ground turkey (cooked) and shredded cheese on top. Next, I take more noodle to build my second layer. On one side of the noodles, I spread across the ricotta cheese and egg mix. On the other side, I spread across more pasta sauce on the noodles and add another layer of ground turkey and cheese. On this layer I lay out my baby spinach leaves and work on the third layer. Again, one side of the noodle has a spread of ricotta cheese and egg mix, and the other side has pasta sauce. To top of the Lasagna I add a thin layer of shredded cheese.

It is important to make sure that the ends of the noodles are wet and have some sauce on it. This will help keep the ends from being crunchy. I like my lasagna really soft, cheesy and saucy. I use the rest of pasta sauce for the edges of the pan to make sure my noodles are wet. I then put the pan in the oven on 350 (degrees) for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes I use a folk to see how soft my noodles have gotten. Then I add more cheese to the top of the lasagna, so that it is cheese and golden when finished. After another 15 minutes, I bring the pan out of the oven to cool.

To complete my dinner, I add a side dish of cream of corn with diced red peppers and onions. And I have to have wine with this meal. So I pour my last glass of my favorite wine from Trader Joe’s.

I have to make a stop Trader Joe’s for more wine this week. But enjoy your weekend and I cant wait until your next visit on Monday !!!

Hair Wash Routine

Well Hello There!

Today I want to share with you my hair care routine. I have a head full of natural, thick, but tamable hair. I usually keep it braided up, because I don’t like to have to do my hair. Sew-ins are good too but that call for maintenance, which takes time and time is something that I don’t have. So this past month I have been braid free and dealing with the maintenance process. I’ve watched so many YouTube videos on natural hair, but of course my hair never turns out the way I want it.

So my new routine is to wash my hair every two weeks. This is a challenge for me, due to the fact I liked to wash my hair daily.  But I have come to realize daily shampooing is not healthy for your hair. So I have challenged myself to a twice a month wash and cleanse. When washing my hair, I am not picky about the shampoo and conditioners I use. But a recent Essence magazine ad inspired me to purchase Carol’s Daughter products. I have always heard about the product but never bought until now. I have been using the Sacred Tiare Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in conditioners.

THE PRE WASH PROCESS- My hair gets dry easily, so to make sure I keep it moisturized. Before washing my hair I like to oil it down really good, I used Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (from Trader Joe’s). If time allows me I like to do this the night before so that my hair has time to soak up all the oil, or at least let it sit for an hour.

THE WASH PROECESS- During the wash process, I like to condition my hair first. Then clean my scalp after washing out the conditioner. When shampooing my hair, I target my scalp only, as the shampoo rinses off my hair is will clean through it. At this point I like to ring out all extra water and dry my hair with a 100% cotton t-shirt. That’s right I use a t-shirt, I feel that it makes my hair feel a lot better than using a towel- no matter how soft the towel maybe. At this point my hair is PRODUCT FREE. This is when I like to put in it four sections and finger comb from the roots to the ends of my hair, also applying a hair mask. I allow the hair mask to sit in hair for 30 minutes to an hour with a hair cap on top. When washing out the mask I like to use cold hair, and pat drying my hair again with a cotton t-shirt after. Once again my hair is PRODUCT FREE allowing the detangling process to began.

POST WASH PROCESS- I like to section my hair in four parts again, using the leave in condition and a paddle brush to detangle each section. If I am styling my hair with hear, I definitely use a heat protector. If I am style my hair while its wet, I like to moisturize it first.

I encourage you to try this hair care routine, I love and I think you would too. Be sure to share you shampoo experience in the comments below or by e-mail at kznuriddin@gmail.com

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 Enjoy your Monday and be sure to stop back by on Wednesday for a new post !!!

 

Meal preps and Work out plans

Hello Gorgeous! Happy Sunday, today has been a very vibrant day. I got a chance to sleep in and get some much needed rest. I woke up, checked some e-mails and paid some bills. Then got dressed and ready for church. Sunday’s are great for relaxing and preparing for week to come. Which alway leads me to some type of store for something. So I went grocery shopping. Now this is my first real official grocery trip this year. And I just want y’all to know I am ABSOULELY hilarious we it come to food shopping. I honestly don’t know why. First, I was talking to myself and these kids on the aisle with me bust out laughing. Then, I almost fell chasing after my cart on the frozen aisle. And I almost pee’d myself. But on to my point!

I want to be healthier in 2016. I’m not looking to lose weight or anything like that. But I do think its important to have healthy eating habits and a work out plan to stay in shape. Once upon a time, I used to meal prep but not in a healthy way. I just used to cook all my meals on Sunday evening for the week so I don’t have to worry about cooking during the week. Lazy, right! I know. But I would go to the grocery store every Sunday and buy food to cook my meals for the week. So, now I want to get back into that but try to be a little bit healthier with it. Today, I got enough food for 2 weeks of planned lunch and dinners during the week days. The weekends will be my off days to eat whatever I like with considerations of my health plan.

I shop at Kroger and Trader Joe’s. But today I was being lazy and only went to Kroger. My cart was filled with ingredients for grilled chicken meals. My goal is to prepare grilled chicken, steamed potatoes, and mixed vegetables for dinner. And grilled chicken salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, boiled egg and lite dressing for lunch. I hope I don’t get tired of chicken by the end of the week. LOL.

As for my workout plan, I hate working out. I hate being hot and sweaty. But I think I can handle 2 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Luckily I don’t even need a gym membership. My complex has two gyms that I can use. So that’s a plus. I don’t have to add a gym membership bill to my budget and I don’t have to travel far to work out. I wish I had a work out partner, but for right now I have to be my own motivation. And yes I need a lot of motivation. I mean, like, I paid for a gym membership for a whole year and only went maybe five times. I remember one time I schedule to meet with a trainer to help me figure out a workout plan. And I came to the gym with a icy from the gas station because it was hot outside. The trainer was so mad that he re-schedule with me and told me to come back when I was actually ready to work out. I didn’t think it was that serious but he did. So I never got that work plan from him. Then another time I went to the gym and spent like 10 minutes on the treadmill. Then, I got bored and walked over to the bagel shop across the street for a cinnamon sugared bagel. I am the worst. OMG !!! Maybe it would be smart for me to find a back up work out plan I can do inside- just for those days I don’t feel like walking to the gym. Just pray for me.

I will give you all updates on my process and failures. I might even to a grocery haul video and share some recipes. I even got some stuff to make smoothies. So I will share recipes for that as well. But, feel free to share with me your workout and meal prep routines, I’d love to hear. But until next time, have a fabulous week!

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