Coconut Water! Moisture for your “Crown & Glory” that’s weightless!

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After a good wash and set, its important to keep your scalp moist. Whether your rocking a cute pixie cut or even 24 inches of Brazilian body hair, your tresses are only as strong as its foundation. With that being said, its critical that your scalp is well moisturized to prevent dry scalp. Some hair lotions, oils, gels, and even grease have the tendency to weigh hair down. Why not treat your hair to pure hydration without the headache. Recently my sister introduced me to a product that is a must have for her and its well worth the hype. A weightless hydration oil infused with coconut water adds not only shine but the thirst quenching effect on dry hair. Ogx, a beauty company that specializes in hair and body products, offers a natural way to perk up brittle hair.

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Coconut water is packed with potassium, vitamins, proteins, and other vital ingredients to keep your hair strong. Ogx has this product on the market and it creates an oasis for your hair. The instructions are very simple to follow for a moist maine. After shampooing your hair, towel dry hair. Spray Weightless Hydration Oil evenly onto damp hair then blow dry to infuse into the hair shafts. Finish the job by misting all over for optimal shine and hydration. I really like this hair oil because it really works and it smells great too!

Coconut Water is also a great tool to utilize for smooth skin. One of my favorite soaps from Dial is has the same quenching effect on my body. It really penetrates deep into the skin fulfilling every taste bud. Try this weightless oil and see if your moisturizer is keeping your hair satisfied.

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Written By: Jarius Tommillson

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Super Bowl Snack Time! Easy Cheesy Potato Skins!

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner and if you haven’t started planning your menu for the party you’re throwing or attending; I’ve got you covered!

No one wants to eat anything gourmet or elaborate while watching the game. Thinking back to any football party I’ve attended there has always been pizza, wings, chips and dip, and lots of other assorted finger foods.

My Easy Cheesy Potato Skins are a huge hit and crowd pleaser at  any event and our perfect for a Superbowl party because they are the perfect example of what a finger food should be; portable and delicious! Plus they are super easy to make and you can make a large batch without having to do too much work.

These skins are nice and crisp and loaded with cheddar cheese and  bacon for an additional salty flavor and crunch; I mean who doesn’t love bacon?! Serve with a side of sour cream and garnish with green onions and you’re on your way to having one of  the best dishes at your party!

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Super Bowl Time! Creamy Cilantro Chicken Quesadillas coming up!

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In keeping with are Super Bowl themed  party finger food ideas, these Creamy Cilantro Chicken Quesadillas came to mind. I am always trying to find ways to amp up the flavor in foods that I have had in the past; and quesadillas are no exception.

Adding cilantro and cream cheese made these the best quesadillas I have ever had! Seriously! This has been my signature dish for a while, and whenever my family and friends want me to cook for them; they always request these! The cilantro just brightens up the dish and pairs perfectly with the cheeses in the quesadilla. And if you are a cheese lover like me, adding cream cheese to a quesadilla already packed with  cheddar cheese is heaven sent! These Creamy Chicken Cilantro Quesadillas are going to be a hit at your Super Bowl party!

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Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad…HOLD THE SALT, PLEASE!

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In our society, image is everything. With the help of social media, the internet, TV and radio, people are willing to do anything to fit into that sexy category. If you believe it or not, dieting is big portion of losing weight. You can spend hours in the gym working on that itty bitty waist, but if you don’t change your diet all the work will be in vain. I am living an active lifestyle yet crave those yumtastic dishes that is not the best for me. So as a cook, I enjoy recreating my favorite snacks into food that is not only healthier but tasty too. Do you enjoy zesty Lemon Pepper Wings? If so, you will be elated with my Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad. All the flavors of a crispy wing without the salt.

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Hot Off My Plate! Stir Fry Spaghetti with Shrimp!

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At least once or twice by the middle of the week I find myself staring into my refrigerator contemplating on what I’m going to eat for dinner.  Oh sure there’s leftovers in my fridge; it’s just that I spent the first two days of the week eating those leftovers, and I don’t feel like making it a third day.

This is when a beloved stir fry comes in handy.  I always keep my fridge stocked with fresh vegetables and my pantry stocked with two of my essential food items, rice and pasta.  Having these items means that I’m good to go when leftovers are off the table and making something elaborate for dinner is out of the question. Keeping your fridge stocked with a few fresh veggies, a protein (meat, seafood, or chicken), and your pantry stocked with rice or pasta means that there will always be a base to create something delicious.

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Do It Yourself! Garlic Basil Alfredo Sauce!

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My goal for the last couple of months has been to avoid buying ready made sauces and products from the grocery store.  While they are quick and easy to whip up on any given night; think about how beneficial it would be to know exactly what you are putting into your mouth. It’s healthier, and flat out tastes better.

First item on my list to tackle… Alfredo sauce.  Alfredo sauce has been one of my favorite dishes to order any time I’m at a restaurant that has it on the menu. That being said every time I wanted to eat it I either had to go to a restaurant and order it, or I found myself buying the ready made sauce from the store which let’s face it; just never tasted as good.  One day I decided to be adventurous and look up a recipe on how to make it from scratch. I made it, and ever since then I stopped buying the sauce from the store.  It just tasted more rich and creamier, and I could add whatever I wanted to the sauce to make it “mine”, inspiring my recipe, Garlic Basil Alfredo Sauce.

Adding fresh basil to my Alfredo sauce really enhances the flavor profile, and almost gives it a pesto like taste minus the pine nuts. It also brightens up the dish and gives it a really cool green color; something I’m sure kids would totally be into. Basil pairs great with Parmesan cheese which is found in most traditional Alfredo sauces.  Enjoy my recipe below!

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Carb Heaven! EXTRA Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes!

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Potatoes happen to be one of my favorite side dishes to eat with any meal. I love them mashed, fried, baked, scalloped….pretty much anyway, lol. I noticed however that 9 times out of 10 when it comes to using potatoes; I am making mashed potatoes as the side dish. Clearly I am not utilizing the potato to its full potential.

I was inspired to start using potatoes in ways other than mashing by an accidental trip to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I had taken my boyfriend there for his birthday unaware of how costly the restaurant was. (Do your research on restaurants before just booking the reservation..lol) However after having the steak and the potatoes as our meal; I would definitely go back for some more. The potatoes I had were twice baked potatoes and they were so creamy yet crunchy with the addition of bacon. I had to re-create these potatoes at home! These potatoes have definitely become a hit with my friends and loved ones.

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