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KALE AND QUINOA SALAD

Kale and quinoa are two power foods and when mixed together makes a light, healthy, and very satisfying dish. ENJOY! INGREDIENTS: 1/2 to 1 bunch lacinato kale.  1 cup cooked white quinoa(according to package directions ) 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved) 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese 4 tablespoon grapeseed oil 1/3 cup pine nuts (toasted)  DIRECTIONS: Washed, stems removed and leaves cut into 1-inch strip and steep kale in hot water in a large bowl for 1-2 minutes, remove and pat dry.  Sea salt and pepper (to taste).  In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle oil, set aside. In a large bowl add Kale, quinoa,tomatoes add dressing and toss together with 2 spoons. Mix in goat cheese and pine nuts. Transfer...

SIMPLE WAYS TO WEAR TRENDY MAKEUP COLORS FOR ANY COMPLEXION

This article is geared to put to rest the misconceptions over certain makeup trends being more appealing on a lighter skin tone. Whether it’s bright red lipstick or a light matte pink what works for you is not based on whether your complexion is light or dark, but what works best for you and the look that you’re trying to achieve at the moment. Click on the link below to view how women with darker complexions are rocking all different makeup colors. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beautifully-brown-dark-girl-lookbook-photos_us_5665f404e4b072e9d1c71e7c #Transformationtuesdays...

TO GEL OR NOT TO GEL

When it comes to doing our nails, we have many choices and I'm not talking color. We can get gel nails with UV or LED at our salon, or do our nails at home with a semi-gel or traditional nail lacquer. Which is best? Which will last longest? Which one is the best cost? Which is safest? Confused yet? Let's get some answers! Which lasts longer? LED Gel nails (like Gelish by Nail Harmony) claim their polish will last 21 days. Clearly for time, this is the winner. UV Gel nails (like Shellac by CND) claim their polish will last 2 weeks. Part-Gel nails (like MIRACLE GEL™by Sally Henson) also last 2 weeks. Regular nail lacquer will last 4-7 days (longer if you use top coat) Which is the safest? Nail...

SEX: THE GOOD VS. THE BAD

There are benefits to “healthy sex,” which includes stress relief, increase in levels of the good hormones, and calorie burning, to name a few. UN-healthy sex, however, cannot only cause extensive emotional trauma and scars, but can lead to devastating emotional tornados and changes to your body.  UN-healthy sex can cause a depression like state, poor self esteem, decreased sex drive, extreme fatigue, insomnia (sleeplessness), strange dreams, abuse, energy blockages, and more. THE GOOD STUFF Marriage Mutual and consenting Self-LESS-ness Everything is agreed upon (FWB, exclusivity, “no go” things, privacy, safe words, etc.) Full honesty and disclosure with any concerns or emotions THE BAD STUFF Partner (s) are too young or immature in mindset NOT on mutual terms (emotional, spiritual, etc.)  With a partner you constantly argue or disagree with Spiteful or cheating Using sex to “keep” someone in your...

REPEAT AFTER ME “NO LIMITS FOR 2016!”

People may look at you crazy, people may think your goals and dreams are not attainable, unrealistic, or perhaps not fitting for YOU.  We all have been there before, it’s when someone tells you “You Can’t” and/or when society puts “Limits” what you can achieve. I have news for you, YOU have control of your destiny, NOT them.   So it’s time to remove your limits! #NoLimits2016 a simple change in perspective can go a long way. Things that seem unimaginable become possible from simply changing how you look at them. You can transform your life simply by removing limits from it!  You can contact Karlise Cureton via email for booking at damselnodistress@gmail.com #Transformationtuesdays ...

WINTERIZE YOUR HANDS!

It's finally starting to feel like winter. In this time of year, dry, and cracked hands are common even painful. This year be prepared and avoid this condition. Too late? No worries, there are some simple natural remedies that can help. Knowledge is power Dry hand causes: excessive exposure to water (especially hot), using harsh soaps or detergents, extreme weather (hot or cold) Prevention: wear gloves when cleaning and when using chemicals or detergents, wear gloves outside in cold weather, avoid prolonged exposure to hot water (like long hot showers!), and moisturize daily. Reclaim your hands with these remedies: Slightly dry hands: Pour 1 cup of milk into a bowl and place it into the microwave for 45 seconds on medium high (NOTE: milk should be warm not hot), and add...

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“TIPS FOR APPLYING RELAXERS TO REDUCE HAIR LOSS”

Relaxers, both no-lye and lye chemicals, can result in hair loss if not applied properly or abused. The chemicals permanently straighten hair strands by breaking the disulfide bonds resulting in a more loose curl pattern. Once that portion of the hair strand is straightened, it is should not have more chemical applied again to avoid potential hair loss. The most common side effect of relaxers is over-processing in which previously relaxed hair gets more chemical on the hair strands causing them to become extremely fragile and break. With more frequent applications of overlapping the hair strands will eventually completely ‘snap-off’ in various spots causing short and long strands of hair. Hair thinning may result if the chemicals absorb into scalp damaging follicles from the constant...

STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY FOR 2016

So for the year of 2016, I would like to organize the training so that not only will you be educated on form and technique, but also understand how your body works and the reasons why you may not be seeing results.  The focus will be weight training, proper body alignment, and workout routines. These next few weeks will address and debunk the myths about weight training and help reshape your body so that it’s lean and strong.    #Teamfitthursdays...

WHATS COOKIN KJ: AVOCADO TOAST

Start the New Year off on the right track. Avocado is one on the healthiest fats you can eat. ENJOY!!  INGREDIENTS: 1 cup whole milk ricotta, (drained) 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 1 lemon (zest) 1/2 lemon (juiced) 1 avocado(sliced) 4 slices of a Healthy bread (toasted) 2 tomatoes(sliced) 3 tablespoon of sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon capers(rinsed and chopped) Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)  DIRECTIONS: In a bowl mix ricotta, capers, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper. Set aside for about 5 minutes, so all the flavors can come together.  Top each slice bread with ricotta mixture, slices of avocado and tomato and sunflower seeds and a pinch of salt and pepper(optional)/ Cut diagonally. .  COOK’S NOTE: You can use extra virgin olive oil and add slices of red onions! #WhatscookinKJ   ...