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Lessons From Game Of Thrones Season 1 [part 1]

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If you've not heard of Game of Thrones, here's a gist.
There are seven kingdoms with each serving for power. Each one has its own tricks and tactics for dealing with the other. At the end of it all, it's about who gets to sit on the ultimate throne. I guess that's what life is all about, right? Not really.


In season one, we are introduced to the key players. From Robert Baratheon, King of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, his wife Cersei Lannister who is the secret lover of her twin Jamie Lannister, and the killer of the previous king, and also has 3 kids with Cersei. 

The previous ruling house's king Targaryen had Daenerys and Viserys as his kids who had  to  go into  exile to avoid being killed. 

The king, Robert Baratheon apparently came to power by getting rid of the then king, with the help of Jaime Lannister who was the king's hand. Jamie's role in the killing of King    was supposedly to prevent the '' Mad King ''  from destroying Kings …

3 Ways To Disinfect Undies

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As I promised in my birthday post,  I'm getting  more personal and today,  I'm sharing three ways to disinfect your pants; kill bacteria and yeast.



** First,  I have a large collection of pants so I can go a month without a wash. Yes,  I'm obsessed with pants and I'm not yet done with buying them. Even 100 won't suffice Lol. It's easy to disinfect pants in bulk than individual pants. I also prefer bulk washing to individual washing so I don't need to hang them in the bathroom.
**Use very hot water to soak your undies and add your detergent. That removes stains and odours too. I've actually boiled my pants for 30 minutes! You can get an old saucepan for that. This works best if you are prone to yeast infections.
**An easy method is to use antibacterial like Carmel or dettol. These are very potent in killing bacteria. Sometimes,  I use both hot water and the Carmel.
**Sun dry and Iron aka use heat. When I can,  I iron my pants after sun drying. Double killer …

4 Natural Ways To Looking Good

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ALOE VERA
ALoe vera is a plant grown in the tropics which can be used in various ways ; health and skin care. The gel in its leaves can be used to
1. Clear the skin off acne
2. Reduce sunburns
3. Lessen stretch marks visibility
4. Fight ageing skin
5. Moisturize your skin



DIY: ALOE VERA GEL
1. TAKE AS MUCH ALOE VERA THAT YOU MIGHT NEED AND CLEAN IT UP.
2. CUT IT INTO SMALLER BITS OR SQUEEZE IT IN ORDER TO GET THE GEL OUT OF THE LEAF.
3. APPLY IT TO YOUR FACE FOR ABOUT 10-15 MINUTES IN THE MORNINGS BEFORE YOUR BATH.
4. RINSE OFF GEL WITH WARM OR COLD WATER.
5. DRY THE WATER OFF YOUR FACE WITH A CLEAN FACE TOWEL GENTLY.
6. MOISTURIZE AFTER CLEANING WITH A Toner. 

HONEY

HONEY IS A NATURAL SWEET FOOD MADE BY BEES FORAGING NECTORS OF FLOWERS. LIKE ALOE VERA, HONEY CAN ALSO BE USED IN A LOT OF WAYS.

DIY : HONEY MASK

HONEY CAN BE USED WITH OTHER INGREDIENTS SUCH AS WATER,LEMON JUICE,BAKING SODA (I'LL BE GIVING YOU TIPS ON HOW TO COMBINE THEM IN MY NEXT POST)

APPLY A DAB OF RAW HONEY TO AFFECTED SKIN OR AR…

Style Inspiration :ShirleyBAniang

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ShirleyBAniang has always had her style on point. She's one of the most down to earth youtubers too. Add that to her flawless skin, gorgeous make-up and stylish accessories.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="486"] ShirleyBAniang looks stunning[/caption]

Shirley's youtube channel has a variety of style ideas as well as make-up tutorials. I learnt about make-up brushes from her. When I got to know she was a Nigerian too, I was just on top of the moon. I mean I do support black make up gurus on youtube but when one of them is actually an African, precisely, from West Africa, it just takes the game to another level.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] ShirleyBAniang's weave is on point![/caption]

She has a very cheerful disposition in her videos and in her pictures!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="454"] ShirleyBAniang's wardrobe is Gorgeous attires[/caption]

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Relaxed Hair Inspiration :DessyGT

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DessyGT has been growing her relaxed  hair for years and is also very good at maintaining coloured relaxed hair.

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She's very good with styling her hair in so many ways.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] DessGT's coloured relaxed hair[/caption]

What I love about the red colour is it makes you stand out!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] DessGT's long relaxed hair[/caption]

This red colour looks like a weave, right? It's all her hair! She has mastered the art of applying different shades of colours to her hair and her tutorials are easy to follow too.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"] DessGT's red coloured relaxed hair[/caption]

She applies the colour herself and has several tutorials on how to do it yourself. These are usuall…

Salon Co Wash

I guess not having to do my own hair is not bad at all and when it comes to salon co wash, I'm sure that's another indication of how lazy I've become with my hair. Since I haven't bought the foam wrap lotion, I went back to the "top"   salon for a wash this time. Even if I get the wrap,  I'm not sure I will stop going there. I want the hair to be long enough before I deal with it myself again. I'll just make sure they  do all the steps I want.

Anyway,  I took the Sheamoisture Superfruit conditioner and kinky curly knot today leave in conditioner. The stylist who did the hair last week was the same one who took care of the hair this wash. This time though, I made them eliminate the setting lotion and used only the wrap lotion to see how the hair would turn out. This was a risky decision considering that I had an event to attend and time wasn't also on my side to correct mistakes.
I say under the hooded dryer for about 30 minutes.
The salon is Agartha …

Irish Spring Gear Body Wash Review

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Irish Spring Gear body wash came into my bathing routine a couple of weeks ago. When I decided to ditch bar soaps, the next thing was to find a shower gel that won't leave my skin feeling soapy. Also, I needed one that would leave me smelling fresh. A friend came around with the Irish Spring Gear body wash and convinced me to give it a try.

Here's what I think of it.

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Price :35gh ( I later saw that it sells for less in some shops and also  got to see more body washes from this brand)
What it claims :
Irish Spring Gear is a line if shower products engineered for advanced performance. The body wash retains more of the skin's natural hydration than ordinary bar of soap and provides 24 hour freshness.
3-in-1 Body+Face+Hair Wash which has Pro Vitamin B5 and Eucalyptus extract for "all-over" body, hair and face clean.
How I use it:
I flip the top and pour a small …

Vitamins Challenge

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Have you been taking your vitamins? I'm not talking about just hair vitamins but multivitamins in general. Well,  this vitamins Challenge is all about taking the vitamins you've purchased but haven't even opened to see the content.

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The vitamins challenge actually began in January for ladies in my group so we are already on it. All you need is your bottle of vitamins and you are done! Just be sure to set a reminder or something to get you to take it consistently. If it's a hair vitamins,  do take a starting  picture and after picture to see the progress.

Aside growing long hair, a healthy body will ensure long life and that's something worth fighting for. If you aren't a fun of swallowing vitamins, there are gummies available for you. The nature's bounty gummies contain biotin as well as vitamin C which will definitely go a long way to improve on your skin…

Natural Hair Inspiration : Diana

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Diana cut off her waist length relaxed hair after transitioning for 6 months to natural hair. She's our natural hair inspiration living in Ghana.

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Diana has been on a healthy hair journey for a while now. When we first met, she had waist length relaxed hair. When she decided to go natural, we all hoped she would do a long term transition. We got the bombshell that she had big chopped at 6 months post relaxer! That was about 3 years ago.

She has developed a very simple routine to cater for the needs of the hair. In addition, she's an avid protective styler. Wigs are key in her protective styling routine.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Midback natural hair[/caption]

I also know Diana has a basic wash routine which saves her time, makes detangling easy for her as well as minimizing knots and tangles which can lead to loss of leng…

Relaxed Hair Inspiration :MsKibibi

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Mskibibi to me,  is the ultimate relaxed hair guru. Apart from growing her hair long, she's been able to overcome every setback successfully. That's my motivation.









Images : courtesy of Instagram

Best Salon Wash So Far This Year

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I'd set out to purchased a foam wrap lotion to use instead of struggling with air-dried crazy relaxed hair.

When I got to the salon,  they had run out of the foam wrap but somehow, I was already determined to try that salon so I requested for a wash.









She used Keracare foam wrap lotion and here are the results of the  roller set.
She used a local product (forgot to check the name but will go back again so will have it for you).
I love the results! The downside is... the price. I paid 3x what I pay at my nearby salon but that's understandable considering the use of foam wrap, leave in and quality shampoo and conditioner.
I'll go back on Saturday for another wash for our end of year programme.

Natural Hair Inspiration : Craving Yellow

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Craving Yellow is a Kenyan with 4C waist length hair. She also has a blog by the same name.








No Wash In A Week But...

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I haven't touched my leave out in a week nor washed it but it's still soft and moisturized.



Why? I'm attributing it to the Jamaican Black Castor Oil I apply to the hair line daily. In addition to this,  the weather has been  cold thus the  hair isn't losing moisture.

The damp atmosphere automatically moisturizes my hair and makes styling  easy.
I may wash it during the week and deep condition it.
The crotchet braid will come off in three weeks time for a full wash. I'm hoping the three weeks will give me the break I need to attend to some serious business.

How is your hair doing?

Night Baths?

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Let me laugh at this one because night baths were off topics until I met hubby Lol. When you are single,  you do what you want with your bed, after marriage,  the bed story changes.

This post is targeted at the non night bathers.  I know there are occasions the weather is too cold to bath or when you are sick and cold. However,  under normal circumstances,  taking night showers have a lot of benefits. I was surprised when one married friend said she doesn't night baths. 😈😈😈😈

After watching hygiene videos,  I gained more insight into this habit.  Aside feeling  fresh, here are five more reasons to shower before bedtime.



** You are ever ready for action with your husband. You don't wait till the bell rings or announcement goes out before you rush  to bath. You can kill the mood. Hehehehehe.
**You get a good night sleep with refreshed body. When I don't bath before bed,  I struggle with heat and sticky  body.
**Your facial routine is also better. You are forced to remove you…

Relaxed Hair Inspiration : Mrs Doing Me

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Mrs doing me is a hair blogger with  gorgeous relaxed hair.

Natural Hair Inspiration : Yaa Asiedua

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Here's another gorgeous naturalista from Ghana and in Ghana, Yaa Asiedua.

June Edges Update

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It's June already and that  means I need to see if my edges are any different.

Relaxer Update(June 2016)

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I self relaxed at 5 weeks post because I had a decent amount of growth going on. The thickness made it impossible styling even with a roller set.

Natural Hair Inspiration : Bonafidestyle

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This lady is a blackgirllonghair blogger and has shared a lot about her natural hair journey. She's an inspiration.

Bar Soap Or Shower Gel?

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One of the skin care goals for May was to switch to  shower gels which I've since done.

Why Your Hair Doesn't Like Coconut Oil

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In as much as coconut oil has a reputation for being one of the best oils that actually penetrate your strands,  there are some whose hair just doesn't like it and here's why.

Does Zincovit Grow Hair?

Whilst taking zincovit might seem a bit of the norm,  a friend has used it and noticed increase in growth.

Relaxed Hair Inspiration : Matilda

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If you haven't seen Ghanaian ladies with long relaxed hair,  then,  let Matilda inspire you.

Do You Heat Your Conditioner?

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The heating of conditioner is something I learnt from a hair blogger where you heat only the deep conditioner you'll be using to make it  warm for application.


This heating isn't new to me; I used to  do it with queen helene cholesterol using warm water as directed. This time,  you rather put the conditioner in the warm water. After trying this with  the Cantu sheabutter for natural hair Deep Treatment Masque,  I just had to find a way to incorporate it in my regimen daily.

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In addition  to speeding up the absorption of the deep conditioner,   I found that the deep conditioner had extra slip because of the added oils which were also heated in the process.

These two benefits of heating deep conditioners  before application can save you time and money as well as make your wash days easier.

6 Months Hair Goals

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As the year moved towards the 7th month, I want to strive to create and achieve more goals by December.

Natural Hair Inspiration : Donedo

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If anyone desires to have healthy colour treated natural hair,  then,  Donedo should inspire you.









Images: courtesy of Instagram.

3 Subtle Causes Of Hair Breakage

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When we talk about hair breakage,  one of the things we do is to stay away from combs and heating tools. However,  there are subtle causes of hair breakage that need to be addressed.



The first is your nails. When your nails are broken, it can snag your hair casting breakage. Little snags here and there will in due time become visible damage. Trim or file the ends of your nails before washing your hair.

The second subtle cause of hair breakage is your moisturizing and seeing technique. Most often,  moisturizing and sealing in sections is key to preventing breakage. However,  care needs to be taken when sectioning the hair,  either with combs or fingers as the process itself can cause breakage. If you run your ends vigorously in the name of getting the hair to absorb products, you are creating room for broken ends.

The last one is how you sleep. If you toss and turn like me,  then,  take measures to ensure your hair is in a satin cap,  loosely twisted or bunned. When you cover with the cap…

Wash Day With Sheamoisture Superfruit

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When you are 5 weeks post relaxer and your hair turns out great after wash, you can definitely appreciate the products that made it possible and in my case,  it's the Sheamoisture Products.

First,  I'd wanted to pick up the Sheamoisture Superfruit 10-in-1 renewal system but my girl picked up the conditioner instead of shampoo. I can't blame her because both have the same look. What turned out to  be a mistake, it's a blessing!

When I took the Superfruit, I thought it was a shampoo till I read the package. However,  I couldn't do anything about it so
I shampooed once with diluted Sheamoisture African black soap shampoo.
This was the moment of truth; I've not tried any Sheamoisture conditioner before so I was quite worried about a wrong outcome. I took the plunge and applied the conditioner. Aside smiling,  I was just like '' oh'' and '' wow''. The conditioner worked wonders. It's very thick,  has slip and not strong scented. I was…

How To Choose Tampons

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Since I've talked about the different types of tampons,  let's look at the absorption capacity.


I use the lil-let tampons and they  come in regular,  super, super plus and ultra plus.
See more here.
Choosing one or more depends on the flow. For light or normal flow,  lite to regular can be used. It's indicated on the package so don't worry.

For medium to heavy flow,  super or super plus can be used.

It's advised to change the tampons as indicated on the package. Don't leave it beyond the recommended time if you want to prevent leaks. You can  change  every 3 hours like I do just to be safe.

The first two days are usually heavy so a heavy absorbing tampon is ok. As the flow tappers off,  you have to switch to regular ones.

Also,  you can use a panty liner to catch leaks. However,  be sure not sleep with the liner or leave it for long periods. You can also switch to sanitary pads when at home. I do that for days 4-5.

Let me know if you need further explanation…

Afraid Of Tampons?

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If there is a hygiene product that a lot of Ghanaian ladies are afraid of or aren't aware of,  it is the tampon.

What is a tampon? For me,  I describe it as a piece of absorbing material wrapped and shaped like an inhaler,  that you insert to absorb the flow.
There are two types of tampons; applicator and digital.



The applicator tampon is inserted using an applicator like a yeast infection vaginal cream. I think when Ghanaian women think of tampons,  they see an applicator type.

When I began reading on the tampons,  I realized I couldn't do with an applicator because it seems the digital was straight forward to use and I was right.

The digital tampon (first picture) simply requires removing the wrapper and inserting it as if you are pushing it back towards the anal region. The thing about tampon is that if you don't insert it well,  it's uncomfortable.

Another thing to note is that tampons come in different sizes -  the one I use is about 6 different sizes, from regular to u…

Scentless Hair Products

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Ever since I fell ill,  my sense of smell has been  heightened, something I can't seem to understand. Usually, I'd apply a mild scented product just for the hair to smell good but lately,  fee absence of any scent is most welcomed.



An example is the ors hairepair moisture cream that I still can't stand. I mean I used to think being pregnant back then was the reason for the dislike for the smell but now,  I'm definitely not pregnant. My nose just doesn't like the  scent though it's not unpleasant.

When I pass my hands through the hair,  I'm glad I don't smell anything afterwards. I'm not sure if the sickness has anything to do with this change; I most certainly wouldn't want this to be permanent as I love my hair to smell good.

Even my favourite cantu sheabutter lotion seems to put me off.
I'll just ensure this and hope it's a temporal change.

Tampons Or Pads?

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Growing up as a girl in Ghana,  the only thing I knew was Sanitary  pads.



Pads have been part of us for ages and if one were to pop in the backyard shop,  you can easily pick up a pad. However,  tampons are a different story.

After suffering from leaks for all these years,  I decided to take the plunge and try tampons! My verdict? Where have these been all these years? I mean pads are cool but tampons, for me are awesome! Let's look at the pros and Cons of both.

Pads:
Depending on your flow,  a minimum of two packs are enough. Yazz and Forever Easy come with 12 pieces of 6 large and 6 small for heavy and light flows. For me, I could use 3 packs!

Pads are easily accessible. You can get one anywhere,  anytime which makes it more convenient.

Leaking is a huge headache with pads and worse for me is having to sit down. The number of checks we do when we get stand up is hilarious sometimes. You may need to change pants more often as a result of leaks which means more washing. I never en…

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