Christmas and New Year Blessings to you of good health and prosperity!
I receive many questions about what I do to keep my hair moisturized and conditioned. For the last several years, I have given my hair a steam treatment before I get into the shower to cleanse it. You may think this is an extra step that does not seem necessary; but for my hair success this process has helped me so much in detangling and the overall strength of my hair has changed.
Steaming: An essential part of my hair regime.
In the early days of my hair journey, I watched many Youtube videos that talked about the steaming process. Many of the Youtubers recommended this step, so I decided to try it. One of the first Youtube videos I watched on steaming was from Hey Fran Hey. She has not published a video in a while; but you can still watch her videos.
It took some time for me to master finger detangling, but eventually I figured it out it. I also use the Denman brush in the shower. After watching Fran’s video I took some of the tips she gave and started the prep before the steaming process. After trial and error I found a process that works best for me.
To prep my hair for the steamer, I use my favorite Wen oils, like Pomegranate and Lavender oils. You do not have to use the Wen oils. You can also use 3 or 4 drops of your own Lavender oil or peppermint oil mixed with a good carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or ovocado oil.
If you are pregnant or nursing please check with your doctor before attempting to deep condition with oils. Also, if you are allergic to essential oils or cannot use them, you can use your favorite deep conditioner. I have used the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Sauve Conditioner. I have found that if I deep condition before I cleanse, it has helped my hair to be more moisturized and I have less shedding.
I divide my hair in four sections. I go through it and apply the oils or deep conditioner until my hair is fully saturated. Before I had my steamer, I would soak a towel or turban in hot water, put it on my hair and sit under the dryer. I would leave my hair in the four sections when using the dryer. If I use my Huetiful steamer, I will put my hair in a bun because I do not use a towel or plastic cap. It gets warm under the steamer hood. Unfortunately, Huetiful does not sell the steamer anymore.
I usually sit under the dryer for five to ten minutes, but you can go as long as twenty minutes if you want. With the Huetiful steamer, I go for about twenty minutes.because it has an automatic shut-off.
After I finish steaming, I work through my hair with the Wen cleanser. If I need to add a hair clarifier I will add it only to my scalp. After that I gently detangle with my Quidad hair detangler and clip my hair in four sections and get into the shower. I can rinse my hair and add my favorite conditioner and leave it on for 7-10 minutes while I shower. I gently go through my hair with the Quidad detangler and then slowly go through my hair with the Denman. I have found my hair so soft and detangled and cuts down my length of time in the shower.
This is a good video from CurlyPRoverbz if you do not want to buy a steamer.
I really like my Huetiful steamer, but I had to send my first one back. The second time it worked better, but it still drips so I always wear a towel under the hood. I did not pay full price for it originally. Another Youtuber offered a discount on her page so this was great. I have had the steamer for about 4 years. Even though the Huetiful company doesn’t make the steamer anymore my husband called the company and they gave me a replacement part.
I have heard great things about the Q-Redew which is a handheld steamer that retails for around $69.95 on Amazon. The reviews seem mixed on the website for the Q-Redew, I have not used it so if you have used it, let me know. Natural Chica did a review, check it out.
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I hope are having an awesome week. The holidays are in full swing and it is time to think about spending time with your family. One great way to have quality time with your loved ones is watching a great movie. I suggest that you check out ALTAR EGOS. This funny, but heart-warming movie is one that the entire family will enjoy. While it is very funny, it has a timely message dealing with loving the unloveable and forgiveness. ALTAR EGOS is available at
We recently offered a giveaway in collaboration with Christian Cinema to offer one free digital rental. And the winner is Lisa J.
Congratulations! We will be in touch with you soon to give you all of the details.
Stay Tuned! We will be having another giveaway very soon.
You could be our next winner!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
For hosting this giveaway, We will receive a free digital rental from Christian Cinema and a Starbucks gift card.
Lace can be absolutely gorgeous for prom…if it’s done right! Lace boasts sweetness, glamour and just the right amount of sexy when done tastefully. However, if it’s done wrong then things can really take a turn for the worst.
It’s your big day. Prom is a day you always want to remember for all the right reasons and the prom dress you choose will play a huge part in that. When you look back at the photos you want to be proud of the dress you chose. This is why it’s crucial to follow our do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing a lace prom dress.
Remember, if you’re searching online for lace dresses, there are some great options out there. Check Prom Dress Shop’s cheap green prom dresses 2018 collection to see some stunning items that you may like.
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF LACE AT PROM
Do buy a beautiful lace dress that doesn’t reveal too much.
If you are going with lace, you may be tempted to flaunt it all. But sometimes less is more and when we are talking prom dresses, this saying is most definitely appropriate. Lace can make a stunning evening look which is perfect for prom but remember to keep it tasteful!
Keep it colorful!
Lace doesn’t always have to be in dark shades. You should definitely experiment with different colors like blush pinks, yellows, blues, purples and other shades of pink. Lace goes really well with a variety of colors so feel free to experiment on this one. Also, don’t be put off by the white wedding dress look if you have fallen head over heels with a white lace dress! Go for it.
Keep up with the times.
Some lace dresses, let’s face it, can look like they were from a different time period altogether. Unless you want to go for the antique/vintage look its best to avoid older styles with high-necks when buying a lace prom dress. Follow blogs and get on Pinterest to make sure you are keeping up with current trends in lace so you won’t be disappointed with your choice. The layering technique is current and on-trend so if you spot a lace dress/skirt underneath an opaque dress, feel free to experiment and try it on!
Don’t go too fancy
When it comes to lace, simple works best so be careful you don’t overcomplicate and overcrowd yourself with accessories. Lace is an intricate one and the less you do the more the beauty of the lace will shine through.
So, if you want to embrace the lace, remember these tips and you’ll be just fine. It’s best not to overthink things with prom dresses but with lace there can be more margin for errors. However, when you pull it off (which you will) you’ll get the most stunning, elegant and sexy look possible!
Do you finished all of your Christmas shopping and wrapping of the gifts? Or are you still looking online and fighting the crowds to find that perfect gift for your Tech guru friend or family member. Well, it’s not too late. You still can get the latest tech gadgets in time to put under the tree. Verizon Wireless has stores all across the country that can help you find those last-minute gifts, from phones to tablets to headphones. There are many choices will make any Tech guru smile from ear to ear when the package is open. Bubbling With Elegance And Grace, in collaboration with Verizon Wireless, is offering four ultimate gift ideas if you need help making the right decision. We sampled these four items and below is our honest review of each.
My Top Four Tech gifts
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch is everything you need all on your wrist and at your fingertips. You can make and answer calls, track your fitness goals the Health app.You can read incoming text messages and emails, and receive the same notifications that you see on your iPhone, which is a must if you plan on gifting the Watch. There are many styles and sizes to choose from when selecting the Apple Watch. Any lady or gentlemen would never tire of the different benefits this watch can offer.
Fitbit flex 2
Fitbit Flex 2
If your looking for a gift for the health enthusiast, the Fitbit Flex 2 may be the right choice for them. The band is sleek and water proof for the swimmer on your list. There are necklace and bracelet accessories that you can interchange out with the band if they happen to be going out on the town and down want to look like you are wearing their fitness band.
Google Pixel 2XL
This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a big screen, who wants great quality photographs, needs its superior sound quality and looking for unlimited storage of photos in the Google Gallery. The phone charges very quickly and is water resistant with its encased glass. You cannot go wrong with this phone.
Dr. Dre beats wireless headphones
Dr. Dre Solo Wireless Beats Headphones
For the Music lover who is looking for a stylish set of headphones. These headphones offer premium playback with fine-tuned acoustics, and a battery that can last up to 40 hours. These headphones for the person who is on the go who does not want to be confined by an attached device.
You cannot go wrong with any of these device as a holiday gift for that someone special in your life. Techy gifts always impress and show that you care. Consider one of these four items today.
Bubbling With Elegance And Grace receive these four items from Verizon Wireless to sample and write this review. At the end of the review time, the items were sent back to Verizon Wireless. We did not receive any monetary compensation for the review and all thoughts are our own.
Blessings to you and an overabundance of prosperity.
Altar Ego Movie on DVD
I am so excited that the movie, ALTAR EGOS, is now out on DVD. I reviewed in a recent post here.
You will see that the characters in the movie may make you think about yourself or someone you know. We never know what another person is feeling because all we see is the image they portray. That’s all I am giving you, no spoiler information here. I want you to get the full immersion of the scope of the film.
ALTAR EGOS is now available on DVD and digital, for purchase or streaming. I have listed the places and links below.
To celebrate we are having a quick giveaway before Christmas! One Winner will win a FREE digital film rental courtesy of ChristianCinema.
The winner will be announced Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9pm.
To enter the giveaway, All you have to do is leave a comment below about the movie.
Dogs are wonderful creatures and whether you have adopted a puppy who bounds around full of energy or you have an old dog who prefers to spend more time under his blanket, they are good communicators. They can give you a single glance and you know that they want you to ruffle their ears. Or sometimes they are even more direct than that. How many times has your dog brought you his lead as a clear instruction: you will take me for a walk now?
But sometimes, your dog isn’t just trying to get a tasty snack or persuade you to put some boots on and head out in the rain for a long walk up a muddy track. Sometimes, they are trying to tell you something much more important and you might not have recognised the signs.
There are three common symptoms that dogs display when something is wrong and while all of these symptoms can have multiple causes, if you act fast, you will be able to help treat your dog and return him to his normal self as soon as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
Scratching = I Have Fleas! When dogs get fleas, they feel itchy because the fleas live in their fur, lay eggs and bite. Just as we might scratch a mosquito bite, dogs are compelled to scratch flea bites. Cats and dogs share the same breed of flea, so if you see your cat scratching too, you definitely need to find a treatment soon for each pet and probably your house as well. Fleas are quite happy to bite you too.
One treatment brand, Advecta, is ideal because they don’t just make spot on treatments and shampoos for dogs, they also make sprays for indoors and in the yard to get rid of any fleas waiting to pounce. If your dog has a pale coat, you will usually be able to see flea dirt in his fur or even the brown fleas themselves. It takes a while to completely get rid of fleas, but you will be able to monitor the situation by gently combing his coat as you would comb a child’s hair for head lice.
Though every dog gets fleas once in awhile, you can also use topical preventative treatments to reduce the amount they occur. One of the best things you can do – and your dog or cat will love – is regular brushing with a flea comb. This will help to remove the odd flea and make sure it doesn’t have an opportunity to start breeding. You should also keep your home clean and vacuum regularly to suck up any fleas or eggs that may be left in the carpet. This is especially important when you know that you pets have fleas or have had them recently.
Sickness and Diarrhea = I’m Not Very Well Cats throw up all the time to help get rid of any furballs collecting in their stomachs, but this behaviour is not so normal for dogs. When your dog is sick, you might not need to go to the vet, but you must keep any eye on him to make sure that his symptoms don’t get worse. If you know that your dog has eaten chocolate, go to the vet immediately to seek help. They will be able to make sure that all the chocolate is safely removed from his stomach (they make him more sick!) and they can also provide pills to help slow his pounding heart to a safer level.
Most of the time, though, your dog will just be a bit under the weather so let him sleep it off in his bed, letting him cover himself with a blanket if he likes. Your dog is probably best placed to know what he needs to do when he is sick, so if he doesn’t want to go for a walk, don’t make him. Just give him some time to recover quietly on his own in bed – just what you would want! Keep an eye on him and if you notice any signs that he is getting worse, or the symptoms last for longer than a day, take him to the vet for a check-up to be on the safe side.
When they are sick, dogs have a tendency to drink too much at once and this can make them sick all over again. The best thing to do is provide water little and often so that they don’t drink too much. If you are concerned about your tap water, the best idea is to boil it and then allow it to cool completely before presenting it to your dog to ensure that there is absolutely no bacteria in there.
Tiredness and Coughing = I Might Have Heartworm There are lots of reasons for both of these symptoms, but you should always have them checked by a vet to make sure that they are not being caused by heartworm. This is a parasitic worm that lives in your dog’s heart and lungs and should be treated as soon as possible.
The good news is that you can help to prevent any instances of heartworm using a simple spot-on treatment, pill or injection. These treatments must be administered regularly, though, as they are ineffective on adult heartworms. Your vet should also carry out annual tests, just to be sure.
Your dog is really very good at telling you things and now you have a better idea of what he means, you can both be much happier together! The main thing to remember is that if you have any doubts about your dog’s health or behaviours, you should take him to see the vet, if only to settle your own worries.
Most dogs will get a bit poorly from time to time, just as we do, and it is usually nothing to worry about. Make sure you take all the usual precautions with preventative treatments for fleas and heartworm as well as the usual vaccinations. All being well, your dog will live a long and healthy life with you.
Have you ever noticed that there is a holiday for everything. And today is no exception.
It is National Cookie Day!!
Cookies are one of my favorite treats, especially when they are homemade and for the holidays. Nothing completes a Christmas meal like a good homemade cookie.
Some of my favorites are chocolate chip and peanut butter.
The Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
We featured the recipe for these peanut butter cookies last year and you can find it here!
They are super easy to make and super tasty.
We often look for new recipes that are healthy, but still very tasty. We found these oatmeal raisin cookies that are made without sugar.
Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
Each year, we take part in a fast with our church family. During the fast, we do not eat any meat; but we also do have any sugar. These cookies are perfect for those times. The recipes can be found here!
This year, we found a great recipe for a Cranberry Oatmeal Cooke that we hope to try over Christmas holiday. Cranberries are one of our favorites and had been looking for a healthy and easy recipe. Here it is!
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 banana, cut
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup white chia seeds
1/4 cup plus 1Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
— Heat oven to 350 degrees (F), and lightly coat a baking sheet with a thin layer of coconut oil.
— In a bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice.
— Add oats, cranberries, walnuts and chia seeds.
— In a blender, mix coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the banana and blend again until smooth.
— Stir in dry ingredients, into banana mixture. Drop batter on baking sheet, about an inch apart, to make 24 cookies.
— Bake for 15-20 minutes until cookies are brown and mostly firm. Let cool for 5 minutes. then enjoy!
Let us know which cookie is your favorite? May you will try one of these and add it into your holiday spread. If you try these Cranberry Oatmeal, let us know what you think.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and had fun with your family and friends. And for those who didn’t get a chance to be with family or friends, remember you are never alone.
When I have free time I enjoy listening to music or an audio book with my headphones. I have Bose wireless headphones that I fall asleep while listening to music or spoken word because they are so comfortable. However, I recently had the opportunity to try the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.
Features (Verizon website)
Connect via Class 1 Bluetooth with your device for wireless listening
The sounds is clear and good quality. Enjoying music will be a pleasure with the Beats and it offers good bass.
Up to 40 hours of battery life for multi-day use. It’s such a comfort to know that I didn’t have to constantly charge the headphones if I had them on for a long time.
With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low
Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use
Beats Solo3 Wireless stays true to its predecessor with bold styling and a streamlined design. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day listening comfort. The headphone’s fast-flowing curves and pivoting ear cups complete this natural fit, designed for optimal comfort and sound delivery. My ears felt a little snug when I listened for a long time, but maybe after extended use it will become more flexible.
Sleek, streamlined design that’s durable and foldable to go everywhere you do
Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls
Easy Connectivity All I had to do was push in the on button under one of the ear cushions and held it for a couple of seconds and the headphones popped up on my phone or iPad and it would connect and I would click done and I was all set for listening to my favorite tunes.
*Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, carrier network and, signal strength.Wireless performance may be affected by nearby objects including walls, metal items, and other wireless devices. I would walk down the hall at work to see how for the wifi would go and it would disconnect but the reach was not suppose to be that long so that’s expected. When I was in my office it was hand free and I could go from my office to another office and it flowed with know interference.
Running with Beats
I run using the Spotify app music playing on my iPhone. The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones are lightweight and do not feel like they weigh me done while I am exercising. I workout hard so listening to music that has clear sound is awesome.
Overall the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones from Verizon would make a great gift to you, or from you for someone special. The Beats headphones retail for $299.99 with free shipping on VerizonWireless.com.
Right now Verizon has an offer for you to get a prepaid $50 prepaid MasterCard with purchase (more information below).The offer ends December 13, 2017 so if you are looking to buy the headphones for a gift or for yourself this is really a nice bonus.
The Get a $50 prepaid Mastercard when you spend at least $200 on accessories. Visit the Promotion Center with code FIFTYBACK for submission form and FAQs. Limited time offer. Must purchase $200 in eligible accessories in same transaction from 11.27.17 through 12.13.17 at Verizon Wireless retail store, online and telesales. Verizon gift cards, Bose products and cellular enabled watches/ devices are excluded. Must submit proof of purchase online within 60 days of purchase.Verizon Wireless Prepaid Mastercard® mailed w/in 8 wks after receipt of valid claim. May not be combined with other promotional offers and VZW employees are excluded. Limit one Prepaid Mastercard per address. Prepaid Mastercard is issued by SUNRISE BANKS N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, one carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cables, one universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), one quick start guide, and a warranty guide.
BubblingWithEleganceAndGrace received the Beats Solo3 wireless headphones in exchange for our honest review of the product. We received no monetary compensation for writing the review. All opinions are our own. At the end of the test period, we returned the product back to Verizon.
When I think of the holidays, I think back to when I was a little girl spending time with my family. My grandmother was a wonderful cook and she would prepare a full spread with all the goodies. My mother was also a good cook, however, she spoke fondly of my grandmother staying up at night putting the dressing in the oven, taking it out after it was done and then putting the capon and goose in the oven. Although not necessarily at the same time.
What is capon, you say?
Most of the time when I tell people that my Grandmother prepared capon for Thanksgiving they would not know what I was talking about. My mother prepared the traditional turkey, but a capon was just as familiar and not strange at all.
A capon is a castrated rooster that is fattened to make the meat more tender.
Growing up, I did not know what a capon was. It was not until I became in adult that I learned more about it. I knew the bird was a chicken; but that was all. After I was married, I went to my local Farmer’s Market and saw a fresh capon available. I felt nostalgia inside, thinking back to my childhood. I purchased it and prepared it for my husband who never had capon before. My husband really enjoyed it and when he asked me what type a bird it was. We were wondering, so we some research. When I found out what a capon was, it equipped me with knowledge. It kinda felt like I came to the table thinking I was eating something completely different than what I thought I was eating. It’s my choice if i want to continue to cook capon for Thanksgiving. Really, people don’t realize how their meat comes to the table so it’s smart to be a wise consumer whether chicken, beef, fish, whatever. It’s really something to see that capon is now considered to be a delicacy and has been around since the middle ages.
Will I stop eating meat? No. Will I have capon every Thanksgiving as an adult? No. I have had it twice since my childhood.
I had great childhood memories of my Mother, my Dad, and I lived right around the corner from my Grandmother. I spent practically all my Thanksgivings with her. She was a strong woman of faith and I can’t tell you how much wisdom and knowledge that she instilled in her children and in me. She was better than a cook. She was a diva chef who taught me many different recipes and cooking capon was a small facet of that. Thanksgiving also meant picking and cleaning collard greens, picking string beans and peeling potatoes. She would bake at least ten sweet potato pies and give out to her family to take home with them.
I will never forget my Grandmother taking the time to show me how to make biscuits in her kitchen. She worked as a cook in a high school cafeteria and it’s amazing how I will hear students talk about how they remembered Ms. Blue.
1967 Sumner year book
I would remember my mother, grandmother and I would go to the grocery store and the cashier would say look at the three generations.These memories are so precious to me because my Grandmother, my mother, and my Daddy are in heaven. So take hold of those special memories and don’t take your family for granted. If you haven’t told them you love them call them up and tell them.
If you are by yourself on this Thanksgiving Day, remember that you are not alone. God is always with you and He loves you.
It’s that time of the season and the holiday glitter is in the air. Thanksgiving is next week, the trees in Missouri are so beautiful with all the variations of the different colors of fall. When I think of the holiday season, I see bright colors and that make me smile.
I am enjoying the embroidered look in fashion. For my wedding anniversary my husband and I saw these boots called Veraly Chelsea in navy/multicolor at DSW and I had to have them. The boot was $59.95 which is such a good bargain because I have seen embroidered boots going for $67 and up.
indigo rd embroidered boots
Styling boots with embroidery is not complicated. Make sure the boots are the focal point. If there’s too many different prints and patterns, the beautiful embroidery pattern in the boots get lost.
Styling with indigo rd embroidered boots
In the collage photo above you can see how comfortable the boots are with that extra goring on the sides for easy on and off. The heel is about 2 inches and very stable and grounded.
Pink Cardigan – Macy’s
Black/White polka dot long sleeve blouse – Macy’s
Pant – Isaac Mizrahi 24/7
Earrings – Gift
Agate Necklace – Birthday gift
Ankle Boots – Indigo Rd. Veraly Chelsea from DSW.com
Fragrance: Pacifica Coconut Nectar