Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cure for Lazy, Summer Days

Summer is upon us! The temps are rising, and with this humid heat soaking us up, it's so easy to stay in our cocoon with the AC blowing cold. However, whether you need a date night activity or something to do with the kids, there are some fun things you can do in Atlanta this summer. It's what you make it. Just go out when the sun is going down, and use your imagination (preaching to the choir here). Here's a list of some cool places and activities to check out around Hotlanta.

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta Motor Sports

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Braves and Turner Field

Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome

The Georgia Aquarium

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

High Museum of Art

Georgia State Capitol

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta

Piedmont Park

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & Sweet Auburn District

Little Five Points

Millennium Gate

Underground Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park

Woodruff Arts Center

World of Coca-Cola

Zoo Atlanta

Yellow River Game Ranch and Kangaroo Conservation Center

Margaret Mitchell House

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Six Flags Over Georgia & Six Flags White Water

Medieval Times

Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena

The Fox Theatre

Golf in Atlanta

Walking Tours (The Atlanta Preservation Center)

Georgia State Capitol

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Centennial Olympic Park

City Segway Tours

Air Atlanta Helicopters (See Atlanta from Above)

Chattahoochee River Fun

Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlantic Station

Atlanta University Center and Historic West End

Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet

Just a few things to get you started. Don't fall into the trap of thinking there is nothing to do around town. Grab your family, friends, and pets and start some summer memories. Hey if you find any other cool events around town, inbox me on Facebook. See ya around town!


Saturday, June 23, 2012


Here is a quick, easy, and healthy meal I served up today. My daughter agreed that it was quite tasty! I am trying to stay away from complex carbs, processed and fast foods. This dish was so easy to cook because I didn't have to stand over the stove to watch it.

Below are the items you will need:

Perdue fresh boneless chicken breast Italian style

Goya seasoning (ham flavor)

A bag of matchstick carrots

A bag of frozen bell peppers, onions, and celery mix (10 oz, From Publix)

A bag of frozen broccoli (10 oz, From Publix)

Basil, canola oil, Zatarain's Creole seasoning

Non-stick skillet

Cooking instructions:

Place chicken in the skillet. Pile on all the veggies.Top it all off with two packs of Goya seasoning, a pinch of Zatarain's Creole seasoning, dried basil, and black pepper. Allow to cook on medium heat. If the chicken starts to cook too fast, turn the heat down just a bit. Cook for one hour. Once the chicken is tender, begin to pull the the pieces apart. Stir the veggies and chicken together. Then allow to cook or simmer for another 30 minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hi guys,

I love natural hair videos!  No, this blog is not only about natural hair! LOL! It's all about inspiration and information. So for the chicas who are transitioning from relaxed to natural, I wanted to show you this video to let you know that you do not have to do the big chop. Laila's video (above) can be seen on YouTube under her vlog name fusionofcultures. She transitioned for 24 months! She also has some really good tips on transitioning so check out her channel. As a side note, I didn't even know about this song by India Arie! It was perfect for this video. At any rate, I've been doing a little research on transition styles, and so far I've found the following to be the best no-heat styles:

  • Roller sets
  • Twist and curl roller sets
  • Bantu knot outs
  • Updos
Remember, keep your hair well moisturized and conditioned. Get your ends trimmed regularly, and be sure to style gently. The hair is the most vulnerable during the transition process, and you can easily snap off your ends if you're not careful. Also, keep a good attitude about your hair texture. Have fun with your transition. A good attitude is critical to your success. You are learning your hair, and it may seem difficult at first, but once your hair grows healthy and strong, you will love it! So hang in there!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Here's a little something I am discovering about my natural hair during the summer months. It gets super dry (I have 4a hair). By the end of the day, it needs so much moisture. Last week, my bantu knot out was moisturized and full. This week my hair is dry, and my curls are tighter and less cooperative. I washed and deep conditioned on Saturday. For some reason, I haven't been able to achieve this moisturized affect this week. But you know what? Last week, I didn't wash my hair with shampoo. I used a conditioner (Pantene for Relaxed and Natural hair). I work out a lot so I have to either wash or co-wash (conditioner wash) during the week. I'm doing some experimenting to combat this summer dryness. I am going to try an organic wash. If anyone has tried the organic washes let me know. I'm also going to try a homemade deep conditioner (mayo, egg, olive oil, and honey). I think organic shampoos and conditioners will work best for my hair type. I'll post the results.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day In Macon, GA

Fun times with my folks! Even if these people weren't related to me, I would think they were pretty awesome. I hung out with my granddad yesterday for Father's Day! (far right) He is standing strong and looking great at 88!SMH! He preached for 55 minutes on love Sunday morning. I want to be like him when I grow up ya'll. Speaking of growing up, being at your childhood home, makes you feel like a kid again. I guess I never appreciated the fact that I have the best aunties and uncles a girl could have for sure. I know I got the best granddad. He's got soooo much spunk for his age! Absolutely the best! I miss them all already. Gotta love 'em (Tears).