Marley/Havana Twists – Fancy Filter Edition

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Marley/Havana Twists! What they are called, depends on who you ask. I installed these less than a year ago. I’ve been meaning to post pics, but I had a hard time locating them. I hid them from myself or they are amongst my many devices. I did find a few photos with all kinds of fancy filters. Who doesn’t love fancy filters, right?! I love the filters because they show them in more detail.

I absolutely loved these Havana/Marley twists. It was my 4th time installing twists, but my first time for Havana (super chunky) twists. My first set were Senegalese twists (waist length), seen here. I completed those in 11 hours. I decided I wanted them again in Winter (last year), so I installed them again here. I even installed Marley twists for the first time, but I used a different type of hair trying to recreate my Senegalese twists. FAIL! Lol I realized you can’t do that. Different twists, require different textures/types of hair. They were more like kinky twists. I’ll post about those later.

Here are a few pics:

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New specs alert!

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This was a super, random bun style! Not even neat, messy in all its gloriousness!

Can’t you tell I was excited about my new eyeglasses!? I mean, they showed up in like…every pic!

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I actually went back and decided to make my twists smaller. I redid mainly the front and top. I still can’t remember why I did that. I am a runner, so they may have been a little too heavy for what I needed at the time. Either way, I liked the way they turned out.

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Smaller twists accompanied by my Mom’s 80’s vintage jacket!

About my twists process:

  1. Brand of hair used: Femi Marley hair — about 6 packs. I used the invisible twist method.
  2. I used about 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size and spread them apart with my fingers to make them full. This brand of Marley hair was not as full. I’ve also used Bonne Marley hair (when I ran out). I like that brand because they usually have fuller pieces.
  3. Took me about 9 hours to complete.
  4. Products I used: African Pride Braid Spray, a spritzer of water with peppermint oil, and a few drops of castor oil for my post-workout spritz (mainly for scalp); a water bottle to spray twists if they needed moisture or looked dry.
  5. I watched numerous YouTube videos and then decided to try them on myself. I’m not a professional, they just turned out pretty sweet!

I’ll definitely be installing these again. If you have any questions/comments, leave them below!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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At first glance, you would think that these are some delicious, chocolate chip cookies getting ready to go in the oven, right? Well, you are right…but there’s a twist. I decided to try out a recipe inspired by a post that I saw a few weeks ago. Would you believe me if I told you that these cookies are made out of chickpeas? Yes, you read right! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have great health benefits too! I’m known to take crazy chances with recipes. I can’t help it, I’m a foodie! Besides, who doesn’t like good food or a yummy recipe?

Well let me tell you that these cookies are some of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted! I’m talking melt-in-your-mouth GOOD! I still can’t believe I actually made these. Kudos to whoever thought of this grand idea! Well, I don’t want to keep you waiting.

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Recipe! Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of canned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsps of PB2 or “natural” peanut butter
  • 2 tsps of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp organic honey (see my revisions)
  • 2 tbsps of Truvia baking blend
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • parchment paper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees/175 C
  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas then pat them dry. I let them sit out for about 10 minutes after patting them.
  3. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor (I used a Nutribullet) and blend until smooth. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. Scrape the sides and make sure the mixture is out of the blades. Scrape mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Moisten hands with water and make 1 1/2″ balls and place them on a parchment paper, lined cookie sheet. Press down firmly to help them take on the shape of normal size cookies. They won’t do much rising.
  6. Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  7. Serve and ENJOY!

 

Art’s Revisions:

  • I used my Nutribullet because I don’t own a food processor and it worked fine. However,  it can be a bit challenging when honey is involved. I will be purchasing a processor very soon!
  • Please do not use regular peanut butter, the cookies will be too oily.
  • You can use 1/4 cup of organic honey or agave nectar and scratch the Truvia baking blend. I opted to use less honey.
  • I opted for PB2 because it’s delicious and it cuts the fat. You can find it in your local grocery store.
  • You can scale back your chocolate chips if it’s too many. To make smaller cookies, make smaller cookie “dough” balls.

 

I hope you keep an open mind and give these a try! I promise you won’t regret it!!!

 

 

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NutriBullet – A Great Healthy Investment!

nutriwhI’m super excited about my new purchase, the NutriBullet! Okay…I’ve had my eye on the NutriBullet for some time now. I’ve been contemplating whether or not I should get it, being that I have a Juicer and a Blender (my blender is knockin’ on 7 years old btw). Well, I read tons of reviews and even watched quite a few YT videos on the differences between NutriBullet vs. Vitamix, Ninja, various juicers and blenders etc. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I decided to purchase it, because this is an investment into my health!

I gave it a spin (pun intended) yesterday afternoon and let me just say, it is SUPER awesome! I didn’t think it could get any easier than this. I also made a tasty green smoothie this morning for breakfast! Here are the things I really love about it:

  • Blends so smooth! Smoothies are just that — Smooth. When making smoothies, although my Cuisinart blender has great blending capabilities, it didn’t blend quite as smooth as I would have liked. I’ll still be using my old one for other things.
  • Juicing — even when using it to juice, it was super smooth. Hardly any pulp at all. Yes, it gets down to the nitty-gritty, while still keeping all of the key nutrients.
  • The Milling Blade — this helps you grind grains, herbs, fresh nuts, and make powders. This should be fun!
  • The NutriBullet allows you to keep all the good stuff. With juicing, you are removing the good fiber by removing the skin. Plus, a juicer doesn’t allow me to add nuts, grains, and herbs that aid in other great superfood health benefits.
  • Clean up is so easy. You literally just take the screw cap off, clean/rinse, and you’re done.
  • The different size cups are awesome. You can take them on the go and they have handles — or you can save your nutritious smoothie/juice for later with stay-fresh, resealable lids.
  • It doesn’t take up a lot of counter space like bulky blenders.

These are just a few things I like about it so far. I look forward to trying some of the NutriBlast recipes too! I will definitely come back on a later date and tell you how my experience is going. I’m just going to say this is a “Happy Early Birthday To Meeee” present, an investment into a happier, healthier me! You can find the NutriBullet in many retail stores like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, and Macy’s just to name a few or online. To learn more about the NutriBullet, visit here.

Happy Monday!!!

‘Tis the Season To Protective Style: Senegalese Twists Edition

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Oh how I LOVE to change up my hair!!! I’ve always been a natural who is a fan of braids, twists, locs, short hair, and yes wigs and weave (aka accessories)! It’s fun to change up my look whenever I want and not give a care about what other people have to say! I installed Senegalese twists for the very first time back in July right after I returned from the Essence Festival. You can find that post here. It was extremely hot wearing them during those warmer months, but now is the perfect time to do a protective style such as braids/twists. Below are some frequently asked questions.

FAQ’S:

  1. What kind of hair did you use? 100% Kanekalon braiding hair. They also have a brand called Expressions where you don’t have to use as many packs and you can use the “pulling method” to make the hair stretch.
  2. How much did the hair cost? $1.99 a pack
  3. How many packs did you use? Approximately 11 (my twists were waist length)
  4. Did you wash them? I did not wash them, mainly because I didn’t keep them up long enough. However, I did use a spray bottle (water, coconut oil, JBCO oil, and a little conditioner) to spritz my scalp and my hair in twists daily. I also spritzed my scalp with peppermint oil and olive oil after my workouts.
  5. How long did it take? Approximately 11 hours (it was my first time, my second time was close to 8 1/2 hours)
  6. What’s your nighttime routine? I pulled my twists back in a ponytail and slept with a stain cap. sometimes I’ll put a scarf around my hair and wear the cap.
  7. Were they tight? Not at all. I never install twists, braids etc tight around my edges. It’s almost that looseness after the tightness has worn off after most braiders install them ( if that makes sense).
  8. What do you use on your scalp? I use Organic Root Stimulator body and hair spray or DAX (Vegetable oils w/ Lanolin) Pomade, and JBCO (around perimeter) when needed.

Chunky Senegalese Twists

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In between this time…I decided I wanted to take them down and I wanted to try long kinky twists with Marley hair. I’ll post about those soon. I reinstalled them again in September. I really love these twists, they have so much versatility!

 

Semi-chunky Senegalese Twists

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I took this set down, because I was preparing for my first 10K with Black Girls Run! in Atlanta. They were too heavy to be running in and it was HOT. I guess I should’ve thought about that before I did them — which is why I decided to wait to do them in the cooler months. I am planning on doing my very first installment of box braids this Winter! I’m excited about that. Be on the lookout for those!

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below!