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January 18, 2018

African American Heritage Trail Boston

While in Boston, the kids and I walked the African American Heritage Trail. The Black Heritage Trail is a path in Boston, Massachusetts, winding through the Beacon Hill neighborhood and sites important in American black history.

The Black Heritage Trail is a path in Boston, Massachusetts, winding through the Beacon Hill neighborhood and sites important in American black history. The Black Heritage Trail links more than 15 pre-Civil War structures and historic sites, including the 1806 African Meeting House, the oldest surviving black church in the United States.

In 1783, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to declare slavery illegal — mostly out of gratitude for black participation in the American Revolutionary War. Subsequently, a sizable community of free blacks and escaped slaves developed in Boston, settling on the north face of Beacon Hill, and in the North End. With a strong abolitionist community, Boston was long considered a desirable destination for southern black slaves escaping slavery via the Underground Railroad.

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In Beauty on
January 15, 2018

4 Hair Care Tips for Busy Moms

Hair Care Tips For Busy Moms

Life as a single mother is incredibly busy. As a mother, we tend to make a lot of sacrifices-especially when it comes to self-care. Time is of the essence and with only 24 hours in the day, it feels as if even taking, one minute alone to yourself is a complete waste of time. (At least that’s how I feel).

Most of the time when I was my hair, it’s very quick. Even worse, I don’t follow the normal steps like I should–so my hair is constantly suffering.

Totally my fault.

One of my resolutions for the New Year is taking better care of my hair. I’ve been so focused on my body, that I can admit I forget to take care of other parts of myself. For years, my hair has suffered due to my lack of consistent care.

There are a number of products on the market currently that work wonders for African American hair. While I have no preference,  I’ve learned now, that the most important thing to remember is to moisturize!

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January 13, 2018

Ribeye Soup 

 

It’s been cold and raining here for the last few days. I didn’t necessarily want to eat chili again, although I have a pretty awesome recipe here in case you want try it! My next thought was beef stew, but then I didn’t want to fight my children with the potato thing. They’ve gotten weird with potatoes lately and I would rather not go through it with them if I can help it.

I had a few steaks in the freezer and  I knew it needed to be something filling, so I decided to make a ribeye soup. The soup itself was very easy to make, you can add pretty much anything you want.

For leftovers the next day, I added brown rice and quinoa to the soup for lunch.

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January 12, 2018

Strength Training Workouts For Kids

strength training workouts for kidsStrength training workouts for kids, when done correctly, offers many benefits to young children and adolescents. Like yoga, strength training has become another one of my favorite non-competitive activities for my children to complete.

Strength training can add:

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance.
  • Sports performance improvement.
  • Better cardiorespiratory function.
  • Helps to protect the child’s muscles and joints from injury associated with other activities.
  • Stronger bones.

Like adults, the importance of developing early healthy habits can not be overemphasized. The most important aspect of any youth fitness and sports program is improved attitude regarding physical fitness. When starting early, strength training workouts for kids can help improve their outlook on youth sports activities and can help improve their own self-confidence when completing physical activities.

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January 10, 2018

Revamping Your Morning Routine for a More Efficient Work Day

Lately, I have found myself struggling more and more with getting myself going in the morning. I’ve been completely drained of energy, and the only time I’ve felt like doing any work has been in small spurts throughout the day.

After two weeks of no motivation, I realized I was going through burnout. I just couldn’t bring myself to open my computer, check one more email or type one more post.

I was done. 

This is when I realized I needed to change my morning routine. Lately I’ve been going to bed and waking up to chaos with my youngest being on her toddler rampage lately. These tantrums have begun throwing my entire day off and leaving me drained and unmotivated.

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January 9, 2018

Fuel Your Hustle with Protein

protein, zero added sweetners, greek yogurt

 

 

As a busy mom, I have to make sure I have the energy I need to keep up with my children’s active lifestyle in addition to my own. Between sports practice, tutoring, running my own photography business and blogging, making sure I get the correct amount of protein during the week is virtually impossible. I often find myself snacking on a wide variety of things (healthy and not so healthy) throughout the day, because I can never get the chance to just sit and eat a complete meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 8, 2018

Eating healthy on a budget 

eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be a pain. Once you begin great habits and know your limit with sugars you will see better results, more importantly, you will feel much better about yourself.

Saving money by not eating out as much or buying artificial junk you can apply that money to buying healthier food items.
No, it’s not always possible to each healthy when on a budget and not everyone has access to a garden; so instead of buying canned vegetables, how about frozen.

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January 3, 2018

How to stay fit during family time

There are countless articles explaining why you should work out or why you don’t have time to workout. Everyone has a valid reason–it’s called LIFE. LIFE HAPPENS.

Trying to entertain small children while working during the day is a challenge. Trying to drag a toddler with you to the gym so you can workout–pure hell!! One of my daughters favorite movies is Frozen.

When you’re trying to fit in family time after working all week and the only thing you really want to do is just lie on the couch and be left alone, lay back, throw those legs up and do a few bicycle kicks. The best part of this is getting the family involved, especially if you have kids who love mimicking everything you do anyway. Try these exercises below. These moves will get the blood pumping and excite the kids as they wait for the next song. If you’re lucky by the end of the movie they’ll be too tired to do anything else except go to sleep!!

frozen-movie-workout

 

Not in to Disney movies? I’ve been know to do a squat challenge while watching “The Godfather”. (More on the daily squat challenges later.)

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January 3, 2018

Southern Pecan Pie Waffles

‘Tis the season for baking. My mother is in love with pecans and pecan pies. I decided that I would surprise her with pecan pie waffles for her birthday back in November. It was such a hit, we did it again for my brother’s waffle bar birthday breakfast here.

My grandparents have a pecan tree in their yard, so during the holidays many of our desserts include pecans. Wait until you check out my red velvet cake recipe!

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January 1, 2018

Thickened Butternut Squash Soup

I love butternut squash soup. I hate thin runny soup and every recipe I’ve found online, the soup always ends up super thin. So I’ve decided from now on to just add a ton of flour or cornstarch to my recipes to make them to the consistency that I like.

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Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian. This is merely an opinion blog. Read full disclaimer here - https://fitfotog.com/start-here/