A Weekend in Wakanda!

A Weekend in Wakanda!

From the moment I heard the news that this movie was being made, I was hyped!  My anticipation grew when Ryan Coogler was announced as director. I was a huge fan of his work on Fruitville Station and Creed.  Once the casting announcements started coming out and I saw one superstar after another, I just knew this was going to be an epic movie! I couldn’t wait!  To be honest, I’m not a huge comic movie fan but I do have kids who are so I see Marvel films all of the time.  However this film was more than a superhero movie for me. It was a moment to experience a black superhero on the big screen.   The sheer magnitude of a movie with a black director, writer and primarily all black cast set in Africa was something I’ve never seen before.  I knew this was going to be a special moment and I was right. I had no idea how special it would be until right now.

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Winter Hair and Skincare with Mielle Organics

Winter Hair and Skincare with Mielle Organics

Living in Chicago, winter can really do a job to your hair and skin.  Negative wind chills, heavy winds, and below zero temperatures can leave your hair and skin dry, flaky, itchy and dull.  There are a few things I use to keep my hair healthy, shiny, and moisturized and my skin glowing even if I’m hiding it behind scarves, hats, and coats. 

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Holiday Traditions: "Twas Night Before Christmas"...

Holiday Traditions:  "Twas Night Before Christmas"...

As we get closer and closer to Christmas and the holiday season, my household is buzzing with activity. The kids are eagerly awaiting Christmas Break, I’m running around to holiday parties around the city, shopping and buying last minute gift items for friends and family.  In the midst of all of this activity, there are few things I do with my family for fun and enjoyment as we get closer to Christmas Morning!

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#FridayFunday: 8 Steakhouses Dad Will Enjoy!!!

#FridayFunday: 8 Steakhouses Dad Will Enjoy!!!

My dad is a meat and potatoes kinda guy!  As I was putting together this list, I had him in mind.  He likes a great steak with full and hearty side dishes.  Here are 8 Chicago Steakhouses that your dad is sure to enjoy!

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#SelfCare Sunday: Get Some R&R (Rest & Rejuvination)

#SelfCare Sunday: Get Some R&R (Rest & Rejuvination)

We are a society that is built on staying busy and productive.  We are often told to get as much done during a day as possible and we are masters at multi-tasking. We are a society obsessed with busyness...  Sometimes the best thing you can do for your well-being is to slow down and be still.  When was the last time you were just still?  When do you allow yourself to rest your mind, body and spirit?    Resting recharges the body, giving you the energy you need to complete your daily tasks. How productive can you be when you are exhausted or when your mind is cluttered?   Our bodies and minds need rest to be able to think clearly.   Rest doesn’t always mean sleep either.  It is anything that allows you to replenish and rejuvenate.

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#SaturdaySwag: "Patio Pimpin": Summer Entertaining Essentials!

#SaturdaySwag: "Patio Pimpin": Summer Entertaining Essentials!

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off Summer Entertaining and BBQ season.   My friends and I like to call it “Patio Pimpin”.  It’s the time of year where you gather with friends on beautiful summer days and nights to eat, drink and chill, usually at home in the backyard or patio.  I’ve compiled a list of my Patio Pimpin essentials to help you and your friends plan the perfect holiday cookout!

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#WellnessWednesday: Stay Hydrated with Detox Waters

#WellnessWednesday: Stay Hydrated with Detox Waters

But what if you aren’t a fan of water?  I discovered detox waters as a way to ensure I’m getting my daily dose of H2O.  Detox water is an infused water recipe that rids your body of toxins and improves overall health.  Some detox waters have beneficial ingredients.  Healthy ingredients that is full of much needed vitamins and nutrients that make you healthier.

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#TransformationTuesday: 8 Ways To Develop a Healthy Relationship With Food

#TransformationTuesday: 8 Ways To Develop a Healthy Relationship With Food

This week for #TransformationTuesday, we are talking about food. I’m pleased to introduce, Nieta from CleanCheating.com. Nieta is a Food/Fitness Blogger and former caterer.  Her fitness journey began in 2006 when she joined Weight Watchers and lost 60 lbs.  After a series of life events, she eventually gained all but 13lbs back, it was then that she made some lifestyle changes and began to live healthier. Her approach to fitness and food is extremely practical and easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle.   Follow her and learn more about her wellness journey on simplycleancheating.com. She has a wealth of wonderful information, fitness tips and great tasting recipes!  Thank you Nieta for your contribution to “The Sum of Many Things”! 

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