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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sprouts is in Maryland


I wouldn't play with your emotions like this!  It's true, Sprouts has made it's way to Maryland, opens on March 14th and none of us know how to act.  Okay, it's probably just me but at least this is a good reason for me to act a fool.  I've heard so many good things about Sprouts but it always seemed like some far away fairytale place that I would never visit.  Well, as they say, dreams come true!  Sprouts has made it's way to Ellicott City, MD and this Momma couldn't be happier.  Wondering what's the big deal?  Currently googling what Sprouts is?  Keep on reading, I got you.

In the DMV area, Sprouts is not a common name at all.  Even though the store is in 15 other states, this will actually be the first Sprouts to open in Maryland.  It's a health conscious grocery store that offers fresh produce (obvi), bulk foods, vitamins + supplements, packaged groceries, baked goods, meat + seafood, natural body products and even household items all at BOMB prices.  And although, this grocery store will obviously sell produce (like almost any grocery store does), prices are said to be 20-25% below your average supermarket.  Besides the produce, the store offers about 90% natural + organic products.  If you are all about Health + Wellness then this will be your new playground for sure.  But don't shy away if this sounds TOO granola for you.  The other 10% does cater to mainstream shoppers and those of us who may have started this journey as a New Year's resolution.

Oh, before I forget, inside of Sprouts will be a Market Corner Deli that has prepared entrees, a salad bar, fresh sushi, fresh juice, made to order sandwiches + more!  I seriously think I will find myself here to grab lunch or quick dinners OFTEN.  Can't remember the last time I was excited about a grocery store opening like this but then again, this will be the FIRST Sprouts store I've ever visited.  If you've shopped at a Sprouts before, let me know what are some of your favorite things to grab there.  Sharing is caring.  I'll be visiting the store next week for a private event so I'll come back + let you know what I thought and if it lives up to the hype.

Until next time.  XOXOMCS.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Black Panther
Who Should See It?

You're probably reading the title of this post thinking... DUH, everyone!  I know, I know... we're rooting for everyone black.  But there are a good amount of people that may buy tickets to support but not actually go see the movie because they think it's not a movie for them.   Look at me, look at me (in my Captain Phillips voice), you need to go see this movie.  At this point, our excitement can barely be contained and for good reason.  Black Panther premieres this week across the US and is already set to do better than ANY marvel movie to date.  Now if that doesn't get you all excited and giddy on the inside, I don't know what will.  Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of being invited by Disney to go to an Advance Screening here in the DC Metro Area.  Comic, Super Hero movies have never been my thing but I knew that "for the culture", declining was not an option.  There was a lot of hesitation on my part though because I knew NOTHING about this storyline, the backstory, the history and I went by myself so asking questions during the movie wouldn't be possible.  But let me tell you... IT DOESN'T MATTER.  This movie taught me that an AMAZING movie can be a GREAT movie for anyone regardless of what you know about the characters.

Can I Bring The Kids?

Black Panther is rated PG-13.  After watching, I can only imagine that it has that rating due to fighting scenes.  Even those scenes aren't gory!!  A little shooting, a little arm/leg breaking, and maybe some sword fighting.  Nothing crazy!  There's a little kissing and when I say "kissing", I mean the type a Mom + Dad do in front of their kids... again nothing crazy.  I would feel totally comfortable bringing my 7 year old or my 13 year old without hesitation.  This is honestly a movie the entire family will absolutely LOVE.  I went for free and I'm paying to go see it again.  That alone should say something!

I'm Not a Marvel Enthusiast.  Will I Like The Movie?

GIRL.  I know the hesitation all too well.  I have never gone with the kids to see any of these hero movies and my husband is always willing to take them.  Surprise surprise.  But after seeing Black Panther, I'm wondering what I've been missing out on all these years.  I knew absolutely NOTHING about these characters at all.  I also attended the screening by myself.  Yet, I left that theatre with my heart still pumping from all the action.  From the moment the movie starts to the moment the movie ends, you are captivated by the action, incredible acting, story line and the insane amount of BLACK MAGIC all up + throughout the scenes.  You need to know absolutely NOTHING about the history of Black Panther or the characters in order to thoroughly enjoy this movie.  Ryan Coogler + the writers did an amazing job of making sure the movie itself provided you with enough details + understanding of the characters whether you're familiar or not.  If you are already a Black Panther fanatic, you will NO DOUBT enjoy the movie.  If you are not familiar with Marvel Comics, Heros or Stories, you will NO DOUBT enjoy the movie.  It's THAT good!!

With The Cast Being Predominately Black, How is The Acting?

Honestly, I know exactly what you're thinking!  So many movies have been made with a predominately black cast and the acting misses the mark occasionally.  We've all seen it happen before.  In case you missed it, this is an ALL STAR STUDDED cast of black actors + actresses.  Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Letitia Wright, and John Kani round out the main cast of Black Excellence.  Among those names are maybe a few that are not as well known but let me tell you... they showed up + showed OUT.  They came with their A-game making you wonder why you haven't seen them in other movies!  Don't you worry, the acting here will not let you down.  PROMISE.

The theatre where I viewed the movie was a good mix of races, I would say 50/50.  That is 50% black and 50% other races.  I showed up in my movie theatre finest but the majority had on jeans, sweats and sneakers.  That's fine because I don't usually base my standards on what others are doing.  Throughout the movie there was clapping, loud laughing, cheering + excitement.  For those feeling like they need to find the theatre in the blackest neighborhood in order to have that feeling of togetherness, you're wrong!  JUST GO SEE THE MOVIE.  The way you become engulfed in the movie, you won't care who is sitting right or left of you.  When you want to applaud, you will!  When you bust out laughing, you will!  And guess what?  Who gonna check you boo?!  

This is my first advance screening movie review + I was super nervous to not divulge deets so please be easy on me for not sharing more information.  The experience itself is what most of you had questions about but you can click here for more information about the movie itself.
Friday, February 9, 2018

January (2018) Faves

I've always wanted to start doing these monthly faves posts but have either been inconsistent or never followed through.  Either way, the start of a new year has me all excited to start another chapter with you!  January was a great month because I received quite a few PR packages in December and did a little Christmas shopping for myself as well.  I feel like I've shared most of the products below over on my Instagram Stories (if you don't follow me on Instagram, umm why?) but I've included links below if you want to grab any of them yourself.

Revlon Brush Dryer

I have no clue where the hell this dryer has been all my Momming life.  When I say that this thing makes Wash Day 10X easier, I'm not lying... I'm not playing... I know no one has time for any of that when it comes to Wash Day.  If you haven't grabbed one yet, DO IT NOW.  Why is it so good?  I would best describe it as an AMAZING detangling brush with a powerful blow dryer attached to it.  You can grab one here in my Amazon store and have it time for Wash Day.

NARS Natural Radiant Longer Foundation

When NARS said they were sending over this foundation for me to try, I can't lie, I was shook!  I've always wanted to love their All Day Luminous Foundation because of the coverage it offered but it honestly had me looking WAY too luminous at the end of day.  Think GloWorm.  So after reading the description of this foundation, I was all the way hype!  Now I will admit that it took some time for us to get to know one another.  When she says 'matte', she means 'matte'!  I had to change up what I normally put under foundations because usually I have an army of mattifying products but with this particular foundation, those products made my face too dry.  Can you believe I'm saying that?  TOO DRY!  But girl yes, with this foundation I had to step away from my usual army of products so that my face would be properly moisturized and wouldn't feel super dry + tight.  It doesn't help that I've also had a few breakouts on my chin here + there so I had to make sure those spots didn't look all crusty with this foundation.  Ya'll know what I'm talking about.  So yeah, the foundation is bomb... coverage on 100, super lightweight, silky finish and definitely lasts all day.  If you've been waiting for NARS to come out with a full coverage option for us oily girls, THIS IS IT.

Three words.  They.  Were.  Right.  Every single person who has ever raved about this product was right.  It took me a minute to grab this baby because of the price and I actually waited until Sephora had that $25 off coupon for VIB Rouge Members.  But, GIRL.  They weren't lying when they said you wake up looking like you have NEW skin the next morning.  I've been very careful with the directions and suggest you do the same.  This doesn't seem (or feel like after you applied it) like one of those products that say leave it on for 20 minutes but you can leave it on as long as you'd like.  No ma'am.  Follow the directions + use your sunscreen!

I mentioned earlier that I've had some breakouts on my chin, so cue the hyperpigmentation that follows.  This product has been working double time (along with another product, can't share yet) to get rid of these dark spots.  It's lightweight for my oily skin but super effective.  I began noticing changes after about a week, nothing crazy but visible FOR SURE.  Currently, I have the 1 fl oz jar which was the perfect size for me to try it out but I will be back for that larger size as soon as this one is done!

Yet another acne savior... I know, I know, I'm all about a good acne product!  LOL.  The Glycolic Acid in this baby does an amazing job at gently exfoliating over time.  It's not an overnight miracle worker but with continued + consistent use, this stuff WORKS!  For the price you really can't beat the results.

Creme of Nature Blow Out Creme

You know a product is good when you create a whole video for it!  And, that's exactly what I did for this here Blow Out Creme.  I could tell you but showing you would be better.  Click here to watch the video + see my review.  Bottomline, this was the best thing to happen to my Straight Natural life.

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen

If you've been following me on Instagram (again, you should be!) then you know that I've been obsessed with Collagen.  20g of it goes into my coffee almost daily so I when I saw Algenist had formulated a way to apply it on my skin as well, I signed right up!  Once you get past the poor syringe (and you should, it gets better after here), you'll notice visible results immediately and over time.  How exactly does that work, you ask?  When you apply it, your skin instantly looks better, brighter, more even toned.  But also, as you use it consistently your skin will start to actually feel smoother!  I will admit the price point is up there BUT I've found that most (not all!) expensive beauty products don't take long to see results and that's certainly the case with this one.

Express Chunky Fringe Oblong Scarf

If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen this scarf often in my Instagram Stories + Images.  Since I purchased it, I haven't taken it off except to shower.  LOL, okay that's an exaggeration but the scarf just gives me life!!  It's probably more the color than the scarf itself but who cares?!  It just jazzes up any outerwear situation... Sweats?  Throw on the scarf!  Jeans + Tee?  Throw on the scarf!  Boring ass Business Casual?  Dress it up with the scarf.  Anyways, it's on sale NOW and still available in this hot pink shade over at Express.

That's my round up of January faves!  Does this seem like something you would check back for each month? I will try to keep the list well rounded... a little beauty, a little home, a little food, etc.  Anyways, hope you'll be back for next month's edition.


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