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How to Stay Focused & Finish the Race

We're just over halfway into September which means the end of the year is right around the corner. If you're anything like us, chances are you're thinking back on those resolutions, goals, and things you promised yourself you'd accomplish this year. Whether your plans included a literal race like completing a 5k, or more modest things like losing a few extra pounds or finally making the transition to natural hair, if you haven't exactly made the progress you liked, there's still time to stay focused and finish the year strong. Take Some Time to Review  So often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we don't realize exactly how far we've come. Before you start to beat yourself up about not reaching...

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3 Natural Hair Products You Need in Your Fall Stash

With September here and cooler weather on the way, fall will be here quicker than you know it. While we love the beauty trends and fall fashion season as much as the next girl, the colder seasons of the year can be particularly rough on our hair. Between the cold weather and fashion choices, if you’re not careful, your hair will suffer. So before we get too deep in the fall season, get your hair ready with these natural hair products. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Treatment Masque - One of the best ways to rejuvenate your hair is with a good deep condition. Whether it’s just day to day styling, dealing with the weather changes, or just lack of moisture,...

Fitness apps

5 Fitness Apps You Should Download Now

We talk about fitness and exercise a lot here because the two go hand in hand with good health and what it means to really take care of your body. We know that it’s easy to get laid back about your fitness goals in the hustle of daily life. Especially when you have a million and one things going on in your life as many of tend to do. There’s work, family, passions, and social lives to keep up with, and we get it, but making the time to focus on your fitness is essential. Thankfully, we live in the age where there’s literally an app for everything we could imagine so just like we download all the latest to keep our work and personal...

Celebrate Blackbreastfeeding Week

Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week

Every August, women around the country join together to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. A month dedicated to highlighting the importance of breastfeeding, offering support for breastfeeding mothers, and resources for women interested in breastfeeding. At the end of August, a week is dedicated specifically to black women with the Black Breastfeeding Week initiative. While supporting the main mission of National Breastfeeding Month, Black Breastfeeding Week seeks step in where the lack of awareness and resources available for black women who are interested in breastfeeding exists. Empowering, encouraging, and informing women of color on breastfeeding and offering support in this space that has a complicated history in our community. Why Black Breastfeeding Week is Important Like so many disparities that exist within our community, breastfeeding has long been...

apps Tips for People Who Don't Like to Workout

3 Tips to Get You Excited to Workout

Unless you’re a fitness instructor, let’s face it, working out isn’t our favorite activity. Even though we all understand by now that it is 100% necessary for your body and your health. It’s easy for us to say “just do it” but, if we’re being honest, exercising regularly can really be a struggle for so many people. If you’re finding it difficult to get in your daily/weekly workout as much as you should, we have three simple things you can do to commit to a workout routine in no time. Make a playlist. Sometimes all it takes to get in the exercise spirit is some music. We love making playlists to kick our workouts into high gear. Queue up a few of your favorite...

4 Ways to Stay Empowered

4 Ways to Stay Empowered

As women, it’s hard to keep balanced on a daily basis. Between taking care of ourselves, others, and dealing with the everyday stress of the world, it can be a lot to manage. And while we like to think of ourselves as superwoman who can handle anything that comes our way, sometimes we need to uplifted, motivated, and inspired like anyone else. Whether it’s during tough times or simply an everyday need as you go through your daily life, there are a few things you can do to empower yourself when you need it the most. Believe in Yourself It sounds cliche but it’s true! One of the best ways to show up and empower yourself is to believe that you can achieve whatever you put your...

Monica Endometriosis

What Monica Wants You to Know About Endometriosis

A couple months ago singer-songwriter Monica opened up about a disorder she had been battling in silence. Endometriosis. This health disorder--which uniquely affects Black women--occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can settle on places like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and even the intestines. Common symptoms are cramp-like pelvic pain, irregular periods, and infertility. Treatment for endometriosis can vary, but for Monica, it was recommended for her to undergo an “almost 8 hour” long surgery to remove the uterine tissue, cysts, and fibroids that developed as a result of battling endometriosis. Since then, she has been committed to sharing her story in hopes to encourage other women who may be living with the condition, educate those who are unaware, and empower all...

Beauty Supplements

Want a Beauty Boost? Try these Three Beauty Supplements!

When it comes to giving your skin the ultimate boost, beauty supplements are the newest thing that everyone’s turning to when their daily skin care routines just aren’t cutting it. But when it comes to adding beauty supplements to your life, it can be tricky to know where to start. From beauty powders, to vitamins, to “superfoods” finding the right method of nutritional beauty takes time. But, if you’ve done research and are ready to give beauty supplements here’s three that you should start with first. The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder. This beauty powder can kind of be considered the start of the beauty supplement movement. When it hit the market, it was the beauty offering of its kind. This beauty powder is...

Eat Better

What the Health? No-Stress Ways to Eat Better

There's a lot of chatter around food and eating habits lately thanks, in particular, to an eye-opening--and slightly scary--documentary on Netflix titled What the Health. People everywhere are starting to rethink their food choices, dietary habits, and the way they think about food and for good reason. Although this documentary is one you’ll just have to watch for yourself (and take what you see with a grain of salt) there is much to be said about the effects that food have on your health and life. And while, we won’t tell you to stop eating meat and go vegan, there are ways to simply eat better in general. STRESS-FREE WAYS TO EAT BETTER Stock up on healthy snacks. One of the main reasons people fail at...

Get Tested for HIV

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested for HIV

When it comes to HIV, the only way to be certain of your status is to get tested. And while getting tested can feel like an intimidating or downright scary experience, not getting tested isn’t an option. If you’ve never been tested for HIV or are still deciding here are 5 reason you should: It’s always better to know. Finding out that you have been infected with HIV is a scary prospect to think about. Especially when you’re uninformed and aren’t sure what a diagnosis like that means. Fear stops many people from taking the steps to get tested but the truth is, it’s always better to know whether you have been infected so that you can take the necessary course of action to...