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Just trying to find balance like any good Libra would do.

Looking For a Juice Cleanse? 

Hey hey hey! 

Let me start by saying, this blog post will be about my experience with a juice cleanse I bought. This doesn’t guarantee that your experience will be the same. The company has not hired me to share any information with you. Last but not least please consult your doctor to confirm that doing a cleanse is right for you.
Okay now that we got that out the way. Let me tell you about my cleanse. 

I’ve been wanting to do a 3 day juice cleanse for quite some time.But the opportunity to stop eating yummy food never really presented itself. 

For example I could eat this yummy taco right here or go on a juice cleanse. Tacos always won.

So when I found out that I had to get my wisdom teeth removed. I thought to myself this would be the perfect time! I can’t eat anyway. 

Another internal battle I was having was should I buy the produce and juice it myself or buy should I buy pre-made juices. There are benefits to both. I decided if I was going to do a juice cleanse, I wanted to maximize all the nutritional benefits. 

I knew the fresher the juice the more beneficial it would be. However I knew I was too lazy to buy all the fresh produce and juice it myself because I was having surgery.

So I started roaming the internet.

My requirements were: 

  • No added sugar
  • 100% plant based
  • 100% raw 
  • No GMO
  • Under $200

Eventually I stumbled upon RawGeneration.

Not only did they check off my list,they also had a high protein plant based cleanse.

When I brought my the protein cleanse RawGeneration was(and still is)having a sale for 70% off any cleanse.

I brought two 3-day cleanses $60 each + $38.30 for shipping.I ordered on a Thursday the juices came on a Saturday. They came frozen and I immediately put them into my freezer.

RawGeneration provides great instruction on how to preserve your juices and perform the cleanse so no need for me to dive into that. But I had a throughly enjoyable experience using their product. All the juices were yummy ( I should preface that by saying that I’m used to eating fruits and veggies). 

My favorite was:And my boyfriend, bless his heart decided to do the cleanse with me, his favorite was: This was a close second for both of us: And the juices that we thought were going to be gross but were surprisingly tasty: The boyfriend and I survived the cleanse. We both had craving here and there but never really felt hungry.

As for wisdom teeth extraction. I survived that too. I had no problems taking my med, no nausea, and no pain. Now that I’m done with the cleanse I’m exploring all my mushy food options.

Now go be great 😉

DC Dinêr en Blanc 2016

On August 27th 2016, DC looked a little different. Thousands of people dressed in white walked to a secret location. The occasion? Dinêr en Blanc.

What is Dinêr en Blanc (DEB)?

It started 30 years ago in Paris. The concept is an elegant picnic located in a secret location in the city.

DEB Feels?

To be honest I was a little overwhelmed with the process of preparing and a little underwhelmed when I finally made it to the event. I thought it was bougie AF but it was picture perfect. Overall I’m glad I did it. At the end of the day it’s about creating memories. I can now say, me and 3000 of my “closest friends” had an all white picnic by the Lincoln Memorial. Rise and Revel, Right?

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How can I make attending DEB an easy process?

I’m going to provide you with 10 tip to make sure you’re not overwhelmed like I was.

10. Age group: 21 and over and no pets

9. BYOE: This event BRING YOUR OWN EVERYTHING (BYOE). I would be prepared to spend some cash.

8. Entrance fee: It is $37 per person + $8 membership + $8 transaction fee. You CANNOT purchase a single ticket, meaning, you have to bring a date. Total amount $90

7. Alcohol: Okay so remember when I said you have to bring everything, well everything except alcohol.

  • You are prohibited to bring alcohol on site, instead you have to purchase it through a DEB vendor. Sorry it’s not free at least $16 per bottle.
  • They do check bags at the entrance and confiscate bottles that obviously look like alcohol. However you can bring your own water and juice 😉😉.

6. Supplies: Gotta be all white.

  • Table has to be between “28 and 32”. It okay if it’s an inch or two bigger.
    • This can be rented from DEB or purchase on Amazon
  • 2 chairs
    • This can be rented from DEB or purchase on Amazon
  • Picnic Basket or White Bag
  • Table cloth
    • This can be purchased at Ross, Amazon or rented from DEB
  • 2 Napkins
    • This can be purchased at Ross, Amazon or rented from DEB
  • Food 😋
    • DEB provides the option to purchase a catered meal ( I opted out )
  • White table decorations
    • This can be purchased at Michaels, Ross or rented from DEB
  • 2 white non disposable plates
    • This can be purchased at Ross, Amazon or rented from DEB
  • 2 sets of non disposable cutlery
    • This can be purchased at Ross or rented from DEB
  • 2 wine glasses or champagne flutes
    • This can be purchased at Ross or rented from DEB
  • Bottle opener for wine
    • This can be purchased at Ross
  • Bottle of water
  • Trash bag
  • Ice or chiller aka ziplock bag and some ice
  • Cart to carry supplies
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My table decorations

5. What doesn’t have to be white: 

  • The table  ( it will be covered with a white tablecloth)
  • The picnic basket or bag ( hide this under the table)
  • Cart

4. Dress Code: Elegant all white outfit and no accents (they’re pretty strict about this). You can get costume-y if you like

3. Groups: You will be assigned to a group and each group has 2 leaders. On the day of DEB you will meet the leader at a designated location. They will guide you to the event’s secret location

2. Travel: Be prepared to walk with all of your stuff. I ubered to the group leader’s location. The walk from that location to the final destination was about a mile.You have to carry everything to the site even if you rented. So I recommend wearing comfortable shoes

1. Volunteer: If you love planning events and organizing, you should definitely volunteer. As a volunteer you and your date get in free and a fee bottle of wine. Two of my friends volunteered and their task included: providing information to guest via email, answering questions regarding the event, sending  reminders and guiding a group to a secret location. Once they made it to the site they  were free to party.

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Here a link to the official video for DEB DC 2016

Well that’s all folks Au Revoir

Revelation 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

 

Women and the Plight of Pain

Does society ignore women’s pain? Do women ignore their own pain? This is a conversation that  I think warrants a discussion. There is an underlying theme that women should and will experience a great amount of pain at some point. There is one organ in particular that is definitely associated with pain. And that is the vagina.

Yes, this post is going to be about the vagina. The love below, natures scared purse, lotus flower bomb,  the va-yi-nya ( broad city pun). One of the things I noticed is that vagina is kinda thought of a burden to most women. I mean it bleeds once a month, it secretes randomly, and it’s super sensitive.  There are some days when it seems like it’s 4 5  seconds from a yeast infection and always the fear of a smell. But Can I tell you, I love my vagina. It’s pretty effing amazing. Lets just start off with the obvious, it partners up with the uterus to produce a whole human being. It’s strong as AF, and that secretion is it’s ability to self clean (can we say independent woman).

But the reason I think this precious little organ gets a bad rep is because of the pain association.  I have tons of friends who experience cramping during their period. Which has been an accepted fact…periods pretty much equal cramping. Period cramps can be very very very very painful. Now the pain does range from person to person. For example some of my friends and family experience little to no cramping at all, some are bed ridden, some get dizzy and light-headed, and have even passed out (okay that last one has happened to me). However we all seem to get the same cocktail if we complain about pain ; ibuprofen and birth control, which may or may not help.

Something just doesn’t seem right. Isn’t there another answer?

I do want to bring light to this issue. Pain is your body’s way of saying something is not right and we as women should start addressing our pain. Also it needs to be address with a little more than BC and ibuprofen. We are NOT sensitive, hormonal, crazy and erratic. We’re in pain. So Ladies fight for yourself. If you don’t think it’s right, it probably isn’t;r talk to you doctors.

With that be said, I stumbled upon this podcast called Another Round (new fav) and they did an interview with Padma Lakshmi host of Top Chef and Author of a couples of books. She talks a little bit about her journey to understand why she was in pain during her period. I thoroughly enjoyed her story and her take on women’s pain.

Check it out

 

Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.”
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I’ve been dating since I was 15!

One of my favorite scenes from Sex and the City is when Charlotte has a melt down and says …

You know what the GIF doesn’t do it justice here’s the whole scene

I know how Charlotte feels. My hair hurts too! Being my own “White Knight” sounds super depressing when I grew up with subliminal messages telling me he’s out there. Aka, I hate you Disney…sike I’m just kidding…but forreal though you kinda screwed me over.

I, Katiya, literally hate dating.  Plenty of fish gave me anxiety; so I deleted it, I only used tinder for thumb exercises; so I deleted it, and I still haven’t mastered the technique of looking available but not thotish on instagram; I still have a instagram (@Katiyaj). Any way, I say all this to say, I’m not quite sure how I’m supposed to find “the one”, if I don’t date. I’m not quite sure if “the one” really exist.

Growing up in a Christian household I was told to bring all of my concerns to God . So I ‘ve been talking to God about my frustrations with dating, men, love, and my ovaries. I’ve asked him several times how will I become a successful woman with a great career, a wonderful husband and beautiful kids, if I can’t find somebody who I’m compatible with.

Today I came across this video ( Thanks God).  It made me feel a lot better about myself and my current singleness and I hope it does the same for you.

Here are the main points of the video:

1. You’re a person of great worth and potential.

2. You’re a work in progress.

3. The key to becoming is beginning at the right place.

4. Having a life story IS BETTER than a love story.

5. Having a purpose fuels everything, and it will end up fueling who you marry and why.

The video is a little long but it’s worth it.

DIY Pineapple Plant

Just in case you wanted your very own pineapple plant…..

Step 1: Buy a pineapple yay!

 

Step 2: Cut the top of the pineapple, cut about an inch below the leafy area of the plant.

Step 3: Remove the fruit from the core of the pineapple, and peel away the bottom 3 layers of  leaves.

Step 4: Once you have the core exposed, gently scrape the core of the pineapple.

Step 5: Get a cup of water and place the pineapple core in the water. Make sure to place the pineapple directly in the sun.

Step 6: Check the plant weekly to make sure it has enough water and remove any excess fruit that might still be on the core. The  pineapple core will take about 2 months to take root.

Step 7:  Yay! If you made it to this step your pineapple has taken root! Now its time to find a super cute pot, grab some soil and plant your pineapple head. I chose a small pot, but if you don’t feel like transferring your plant late buy a rather larger pot.

I only water the pineapple plant when the soil feels dry. It ends up being about every week and a half. I also pour the water directly in the center of the plant.

 

Well happy planting and remember don’t forget to eat your pineapple!

 

 

 

Alley Fun

Tucked away in a Philadelphia alley is a swanky little restaurant/bar called Sampan/Graffiti bar.

entrance of the bar
entrance of the bar

Me and my classmates went to Graffiti bar after we finished the first year of our masters program. You literally have to walk down a dark alley to get to graffiti bar but you are pleasantly surprised with great appetizers, the best music play list ever, and oh how could I forget, the fish bowls!

During happy hour all appetizers are $4 and the fish bowls are $20.

I took a peak inside the restaurant and it also looked pretty cool.

Sampan

If your in Philly you should check it out! It’s located on 124 S 13th Street.

Here is their lovely website

And if you are new to the city, every Wednesday all summer long, there is a event called Sips. Center City District bars and restaurants offer $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Click the link below for all the restaurants that participate.

SIPS

 

 

 

 

Garden Pasta Salad

Nobody wants to slave away in a hot kitchen during the summer.   Especially if you have a small city kitchen like mine. So here is a quick delicious recipe that hits almost every section of the food pyramid making it a well balanced meal.

Lets gets started….

For this recipe you will need,

ingredients

1/2 avocado.

1/2 of a small onion.

1 small tomato.

1/2 a cup of spinach.

About a 1 and 1/2 of Farfalle ( bowtie pasta).

1 teaspoon of Sriracha.  *optional

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.

1/4 cup of Blue Cheese Dressing.

1 can of tuna.

1 tablespoon of ginger.

1/2 cup of sweet peas.

1/8 teaspoon of basil and parsley.

salt and pepper to your liking.

Olive oil for drizzling.

To cook the pasta, I followed the cooking directions on the box.

Then I proceeded to cup my veggies. I cubed my onions but thinly  sliced the tomatoes, spinach, and avocado.

When the pasta was almost finished boiling, I threw the  sweet peas into the boiling water for about 2 minutes.  Then I drained the pasta along with my sweet peas .

While the pasta and the peas were still in the strainer, I ran cold water over it. This allowed me to eat chilled pasta right away verses putting it in the fridge. However I would still recommend this step even if you don’t plan to eat it right away.

Next I threw my pasta and peas into a bowl and started adding the rest of the ingredients, then I stirred it all up. Last but not least, I drizzled a little Olive oil and Voila!

garden pasta salad

Enjoy

 

 

lets talk hair

For those of you who didn’t know, me and my fellow bloggers are a part of the “natural hair” world and have been for quite some time. Although we tend to wear our hair straight, we are all for embracing our natural curls and are constantly in search of natural hair styles that fit our personalities and lifestyles. Now that summer is approaching it’s getting harder and harder to keep our curly strand straight.

So when Kattsmeeow came across the Anthony Dickey method I was so excited to try it out.

Anthony is all about curly girls embracing their natural texture. No need for a twist out or braid out to achieve curls. He has a product line called Hair Rules that works for all hair textures and has tons of natural oils.

These two videos show his very simple method.

Step 1: Wash hair with a sudsy free and sulfate free creamy shampoo making sure to finger detangle as you go along.

Step 2: Apply a creamy conditioner and A LOT of it!!!!!! Don’t forget to finger detangle in this step too.

Step 3: The curls you see with the conditioner are the curls you are trying to preserve. While the hair is soaking wet apply the styling product, make sure that you also use A LOT of product. Really saturate your hair with your styling product then add some water on top of the product.

Step 4: Let your hair dry and do not manipulate your curls until it’s totally dry. Using a hooded drier or a diffuser is optional but from my personal experience I think this step is important if you want to retain length.

Here are some pictures from my experience and the products I used. This method is about revealing your true texture, keeping your hair soft, manageable and moisturized. I let my hair air dry instead of sitting under a drier so I did experience shrinkage, but my hair felts so soft and I saw all my beautiful curls!

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This will be my go to method if I want to wear my hair curly this summer.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have tried this method. We would love for you to share your results with us, especially if you were able to retain length.

 

Night Market

This one is for all the foodies out there.

The Food Trust, a non profit organization in Philadelphia, kicked off their annual Night Market festival May 15th 2014 in Old City Philadelphia.  Night Market is a food festival that has over 300 food vendors and it is located throughout different areas of Philly.  There is tons of food, alcohol and music. It’s pretty much a huge block party.  If you missed the kick off, don’t worry, they keep this going all summer long.  The upcoming dates are:IMG_6422

JUNE

When: June 19th

Where: West Oak Lane 72nd and Ogontz Ave.

Time: 6pm -10pm

AUGUST

When: August 14th

Where: Lancaster Ave and 35st

Time: 6pm -10pm

OCTOBER

When: October 2nd

Where: Chinatown

Time: 6pm -10pm

To get the best experience out of Night Market, I recommend these 5 tips.

1. Come on time, maybe even early. Everyone in Philly seems to attend night market. I got to the festival at 6:30pm and there was a pretty decent crowd, but by 8:00pm the crowd was almost unbearable. Crowds also mean long lines, but the lines move pretty quickly.

2. Come with cash. The website does say credit card is accepted, but none of the trucks I went to took credit.

Korean BBQ Taco edamame taco Vietnamese tofu sandwich
Korean BBQ Taco
Edamame Taco
Vietnamese tofu sandwich

3. Bring Friends and lots of them. Its a party, you can’t have a party without friends. Also having your friends stand in separate lines and order for the group is a great divide and conquer strategy.

Put the rum in the coconut and mix it all up
Put the rum in the coconut and mix it all up

4. Expect to spend at least $30 or more. Most of the food was priced at $10 or above. Which I personally found pretty expensive because all of the food trucks in my area are waaaay cheaper. I was able to find some really delicious food for $5, but those lines were the longest. I’m not sure if the prices are different depending on the location. But if your really interested in sampling everything be prepared to spend a decent amount of money.

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Bacon Mac and Cheese from We Figs

5. Avoid driving.  As I said earlier it gets really crowded. Your best bet is to take transportation or walk.

Be sure to check out the Night Market website for more information and to see the list of vendors.

Have Fun!

Keeping it Spicy

I’ve never really cared for cauliflower. To me it was just albino broccoli. Recently I saw a recipe that made me want to reevaluate my feelings toward cauliflower. This recipe was so good I had to pass it along.

But before I give you the recipe here are some of the benefits of Cauliflower.   white-cauliflower-head-lo

It’s full of Vitamin C and Potassium just like Spinach and Kale.

Has a high dosage of fiber which keeps you regular.

Has a high dosage of Folic Acid which is necessary for cell development.

Okay, so the recipe is called Buffalo Cauliflower. But I also noticed that if you don’t add the buffalo sauce you still end up with a tasty treat. So here is a two for one recipe.

Buffalo Cauliflower Or Breaded Cauliflower

1 cup of water 1 cup of flour

2 tsp. of garlic powder

2 tsp. of onion power 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces 1 cup buffalo or hot sauce 1 Tbsp. olive oil or melted vegan margarine

1 ½ cups of Italian bread crumbs

*Optional 2 tbsp. of Sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the water or soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and them coat with bread crumbs
  4. Place in a shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes. (The cauliflower can also be fried instead of baked for a crispier texture.)IMG_5797

    If you don’t like buffalo sauce no need to go any further….If you like to walk on the wild side proceed to step 5.

     

  5. While the cauliflower is baking, combine your buffalo sauce and olive oil or margarine in a small bowl. *You can add some sugar to this mixture
  6. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes.

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If your need a visual demonstration check this video out. The only major difference between my recipe and this one is the Italian bread crumbs.