My 2017 New Year's Resolutions

in , , by FroBunni, Saturday, December 24, 2016
FroBunni | 2017 New Year's Resolutions

With the end of the year only a week away, people are getting ready to start their New Year's Resolutions. I can't remember my resolutions for 2016, and a quick search of my blog shows that I didn't write any down. But, one of the things I did work on this year was reducing my food waste. This meant that I no longer eat meat in my apartment. Why? Because I often let meat go bad while I figured out how I wanted to cook it. I made it easy for myself and just got rid of it all together. Here are some ways I will continue the trend of reducing my food waste, while also getting healthier.

Buy Ugly Produce: While I am throwing away less food, I can still do more to cut down on food waste. So in 2017, I am going to start purchasing ugly produce. What's ugly produce you ask? It's produce that, while it taste the same, doesn't look pretty enough to sell. Often times, it's thrown away, but there are companies that work with farmers to sell them, such as Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce. So, this year, half of my produce will be ugly.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies: Along with buying ugly produce, I also plan to eat more fruits and vegetables, in general. This is one of the weakest parts of my diet. It's not because I don't enjoy produce, but mainly because I can't find places to eat them outside of a smoothie. So, I've been pinning lots of recipes that include fruit or vegetables as part of the main course.

Take an iron supplement: I'm pretty good with taking a multi-vitamin, but forever (at least since I can remember), I'm supposed to take an iron supplement. I often forget, but this year, I want to make it a priority. I've been diagnosed with anemia since 16, so taking iron will help with that. Getting iron to optimum levels also helps manage the immune system, improves energy levels, and benefits hair, skin, and nails.

My resolutions this year are pretty attainable, but what's even better is they will not only better my health, but also better the world.

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7 Tips for a Perfect Natural Hairstyle

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For all of the natural hair how-to infographics I've created, I realized I never did one for doing a hairstyle. For me, taking care of my hair was easy, but hairstyles took a little more practice. I didn't even really start styling my hair until after my first year natural. YouTube videos were helpful, but I really had to adapt what I saw for my hair.

What's my most helpful tip? Section your hair! If your hair is shorter, you will need more sections for a defined hairstyle. If your hair is shoulder length or shorter, you will need at least 12 sections for flat twists, 30-40 for regular twists, 20 for braids, and for styles that involve curlers, you're looking at 40-60. It seems like a lot, and it is, but trust me, for those with short hair, this tip is golden.

And my second most helpful tip is to lightly mist hair. Trust me on this, even damp hair may not dry after 8 hours, or even 12 hours.

These tips will work for every style; braid outs, twist outs, bantu knots, roller sets, you name it! So go forth and always have a great hair day!

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Small Business Gift Guide

in , , , , by FroBunni, Thursday, November 24, 2016
One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to support small and local businesses. While I still go to big, national stores, I also do my best to see if I can get what I need from a small business first. This may seem hard, but it's actually not. Between following businesses on Instagram to going to expos, fairs, and conventions, I've been keeping a list of small and local business that have almost everything I need. Here are a few of my favorites.

Made Beautiful

Back in September, I went to the Naturalista Hair Show, a natural hair expo featuring natural hair vendors, hair care workshops, and even a fashion show. While there, I discovered Made Beautiful, a natural hair company that sells shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, and more. Since I was looking to revamp my staple products, I decided to pick up PUREifying Cleanser, INSPIRE Pre-Poo Detangler, and INSPIRE Creamy Coconut Conditioner.

I will write a full review later, but I absolutely love these products, and totally recommend them if your hair is dry and damaged. All of their products are $5 for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


I can't tell you how long I've been eyeing this makeup brand; I hear nothing but good news from makeup enthusiasts, artists, and novices alike. Personally, I want the 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette, which I would use for blushes and highlighters (good hack for those who like makeup but don't want to purchase a bunch of blushes, highlighters, and more). But while the eye palette is what I want, they also have makeup brushes, concealers, lipsticks and more!

Égal Dance

I am beyond inspired by the beautiful Misty Copeland, so I was very excited to hear that she was putting out an athleisure line. I've been following them on Instagram for a few months, and while a lot of their collection is towards dance, it does seem like they have a lot of leggings and tops, which are perfect for yoga. While they haven't launched just yet, you can sign-up for their VIP list to get access to the private, pre-launch sale on Cyber Monday.

Foodie Dice

An Instagram find, Foodie Dice will combine your desire to make a game out of dinner and foodie creativity. You get five dice, each with their own category (protein, cooking method, grain or carb, herb, and vegetable), to come up with unique meals or just to get some inspiration. The protein dice even comes with both a meat and vegetarian option (which is great because I've become an "at home vegetarian," I'll be writing a blog post on that too). There are over 186,000 combinations to keep your meals creative and fun for years to come.

I'll be getting a bag for myself, and for my White Elephant gift for the company holiday party.

Naturally Fly

I've reviewed Naturally Fly before, so it should be no surprise that they make an appearance on my list. Their butters and scrubs are perfect for yourself or as gifts for family and friends. I personally love the Honey Punch. It smells so good and the butter is perfect for dry skin like the feet, knees, and elbows. The Fly Daddy is great for men (I recently purchased the butter for my dad), and Super Natural is great for those who are sensitive to smell and fragrance.

Mika Yogawear

I follow a lot of yoga clothing companies on Instagram, and what has always stood out to me about Mika Yogawear is that they feel so accessible. From being financially accessible (it's nice to know I won't have to spend a whole paycheck on some yoga pants) to supporting local artists, I just always love when they pop up in my feed. I'm not sure if they will have any sales, but since I could use some black yoga pants, I probably won't hesitate to try them out.

SUMO Bonnets

Need a sumo-sized bonnet? Or maybe a jumbo sized shower cap? I know I do! And you can get some of the biggest bonnets and shower caps you ever saw from SUMO Bonnets. I saw them at the Naturalista Hair Show, and unfortunately, they didn't have any more shower caps left when I got around to their booth. So I followed them on Instagram so I would never forget their name. I plan to finally get a shower cap this weekend, but I may also pick up a bonnet, which will be perfect for nights when I need to set my hair on some curlers.

Saucier Willy

Earlier this year, I went to the Baltimore Seafood Festival for a girls day with some of my besties. We had a great time eating lots of food and just catching up. During one of our walks around the pier, I spotted a booth that sold seasonings, and everyone knows I can never say to no to a good spice blend.

Saucier Willy sells seasonings, marmalades, hot sauces (which I got for a friend and he loves them), preserves, and more. Personally, I recommend the Virgin Island Rub; I use it on my roasted potatoes, as well as in my polenta. It's so good, and it will really upgrade your dish.

Dragonfly Lake Scents

Another company I reviewed before, if you need yummy, delicious, exquisite smelling natural soaps, you will want to get some from Dragonfly Lake Scents. From pumpkin spice latte, chocolate, apple cider, and more, you will always find a scent that you'll love. And unlike so many other scented soaps, they're very gentle and non-irritating for skin. They also sell deodorant, bath soaks for sore muscles (which if I had a tub instead of a shower in my apartment, I would've totally got), and scrubs.

Wild Movements

Another yoga clothing company, I discovered Wild Movements while following co-owner Holly Fiske on Instagram. I'm not usually a fan of print leggings, but these leggings are gorgeous. Holly and Leah (the other co-owner) take pictures of their adventures, and they are some of the most breathtaking photos I've ever seen. They then put the images on yoga pants, and they just look so amazing! I hope to grab the Storm Cloud Leggings and the Cherry Blossom Leggings.

Addictive Apothecary

Another buy from the Naturalista Hair Show, I can thank Addictive Apothecary for helping to relieve  a sore back after yoga. Their eye pillows (they're actually pretty large) can be put in the microwave or the freezer, and placed on any achy part of the body. And when I'm doing a lot of chaturangas, that just so happens to be my back.

Addictive Apothecary has much more than eye pillows. You can get scented candles, soaps, and even beard balms for men.

Even if you don't buy anything from these companies, try to buy at least one thing from a small or local business this season. You may be surprised at all the amazing things you can find.

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FroBunni | Learn About the Ingredients in Your Natural Hair Care Products

The other day, I made a Questions and Answers post in a natural hair group. I do this every so often when I have the time so that women can get the hair care help they need. A lot of women were asking about hair products, and since most of the women in the group live outside of the US, I didn’t feel comfortable answering because what’s readily available to me, may not be readily available to them. This lead me to thinking how can I help without recommending specific products, and I realized that I never had an ingredient list post. Hence, this post was born!

Just like the name implies, these ingredients cleanse hair. They can be found in shampoos, cleansing conditioners, and cowashes. You really don’t want to see them anywhere else – especially the sulfates – because they’re designed to remove dirt and build up off of the hair and scalp, meaning that if they’re left on the hair, they can cause dryness. In terms of the sulfates, I have no opinion on them, I’ve used them without problem. But some women are senstivie to them, so avoid if you’re starting out on your journey or need a more gentle shampoo.
  • African Black soap
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
  • Sodium Alpha-Olefin Sulfonates
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate)
As the saying goes, only water can provide moisture to hair. Aloe vera juice too. While all the other ingredients have their benefits, water and aloe vera juice are the kings of imparting moisture back into hair. So if your hair is really dry, spray with water or aloe vera juice, then seal that moisture in with a butter or oil to prevent moisture loss later on.
  • Aloe vera
  • Water
Emollients and Conditioners
Emollients and conditioners help to soften hair, as well as help replace the natural oils lost during manipulation (washing, styling, detangling, etc.). Many emollients and conditioners have dual purposes that include benefits for hair – such as adding slip for easy detangling - and improving the quality of the product.
  • Amodimethicone
  • Behentrimonium Chloride
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Biotin
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Dimethicone
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Glycol Stearate
  • Lanolin
  • Oils and Butter
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Tocopherol
Fixatives are designed to help hair hold its style by limited the ability of hair to absorb moisture. This is both a good thing and a bad thing (and one of the reasons why I avoid them). It’s a good thing because it can hold a style for a long time without the need to restyle, but it’s also a bad thing in that it prevents moisture from getting to the hair. So if your hair needs to be moisturized daily or every other day, stay away from these ingredients!
  • PVM/MA Copolymer
  • PVP
  • PVP/VA Copolymer
  • Vp/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer
While many of these ingredients are also conditioners, they help condition hair by strengthening it, thus getting their own category. These ingredients contain protein to help strengthen and prevent/reduce damage to hair. Everyone should have a protein deep conditioner and use it once or twice a month, but too much protein can be counterproductive making hair hard, dry, and brittle. Avoid or limit proteins in other products, especially if you’re protein sensitive. If those products do contain protein, make sure they’re further down the ingredient list.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Keratin
  • Protein
  • Silk Protein
  • Soybean protein
Humectants attract water to the surface of the hair helping keep hair moisturized longer. Some women avoid humectants in dry weather because they say it makes their hair drier. A good work around is to spray hair with water or aloe vera juice, before applying a product with a humectant.
  • Agave
  • Glycerin
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Polyethylene glycol (usually abbreviated to PEG)
  • Propylene glycol
  • Vegetable Glycerin
Other Ingredients
These are just some other ingredients I’ve seen in a lot of hair care products, which have various purposes.
  • Acetic Acid (vinegar): Helps balance PH of product
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Preservative and helps balance PH of product
  • Carbomer: Keep ingredients from separating
  • Cetrimonium Chloride: Attracts to hair proteins and provides slip
  • Citric Acid: Preservative and helps balance PH of product
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: Keeps ingredients from separating and a conditioning agent
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose: Keep ingredients from separating
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose: Keeps ingredients from separating and adds slip
  • Panthenol: Adds slip and improves appearance of hair that has been physically or chemically damaged
  • Sodium Chloride: Increases viscosity of a product
  • Urea: Helps balance PH of product
About Preservatives
While a touchy subject, the reality is if you get products on the shelf, they will contain preservatives. There’s no way around this because preservatives will help keep a product safe for you to use. You can’t mix a bunch of oils, water, and other ingredients together and hope that dangerous pathogens don’t form…they will. If you’re concerned, you have one of two options. Either make your own products or learn a little bit of science.

Many women who make their own products use food-based ingredients like baking soda for a cleanser and yogurt as a conditioner. At the beginning of my natural hair journey, I would make my own sealants using shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and more. And only a couple of years ago, I was trying to my luck with using baking soda as a shampoo. This method has pros and cons, and to be honest, I have way too many thoughts about it to detail in this post, so stay tuned for another post on food-based, DIY hair products in the near future. But before I move on, I will say that you need to be careful with build-up on hair and skin using this method. You cannot use butters and heavy oils on your hair and scalp, and then try to rinse it away with some apple cider vinegar. It just won’t work because apple cider vinegar doesn’t have the strength to remove something as thick as shea butter. I will explain this at a later time, but keep this in mind.

The other option, and it’s one I’ve taken to, is learning a bit of science. Preservatives don’t concern me because I decided to do some research on them. And by research, I mean I’ve started to learn how science and scientific research work. I can thank Natural Haven for starting my interest in this, as well as learning research skills from getting a Master’s in Library Science. Many women are scared of preservatives, particularly parabens and formaldehyde releasing products, but I found some interesting things out.

The fear of parabens comes from a paper conducting by Professor Philippa Darbre where parabens where found in breast cancer tumors. Many people believed that this meant that parabens caused cancer, when even Dr. Darbre said they you couldn’t conclude such from the paper, but that more research needed to be done. As detailed in Natural Haven, the paper did not report if parabens can be found in normal, non-cancerous, breast tissue; where the parabens came from; and if they caused cancer in the first place. Since parabens are naturally found in fruit and vegetables (and there’s the same amount of parabens in an apple as there is a bottle of shampoo), you can imagine why assuming that parabens cause cancer can be a bit of a problem.

In terms of formaldehyde, you’ll be surprised to learn that your body naturally produces formaldehyde to make amino acids…yup, science is pretty cool. The amount that’s released into hair products is significantly less that what your body is producing daily.

And in Conclusion…
Of course, these aren’t going to be the only ingredients you see; there will be many more that have benefits for hair and help ensure the safety and quality of a product. If you want to learn more about hair ingredients, check out Cosmetic Info. They keep a very detailed and informative database of almost every ingredient found in hair products, and other cosmetics, such as makeup, lotion, and sunscreens. Natural Haven is also a great resource, especially for natural hair products.

Hopefully, this post has helped many be able to go out and confidently purchase hair products that will work for them. I know that finding natural hair products can be quite frustrating, costly, and time consuming, but learning more about the ingredients used in these products can make for an easier search and a happier hair journey.

FroBunni | Know the ingredients in your natural hair care products

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4 Non-Oil Remedies for Common Scalp Ailments

in , by FroBunni, Friday, September 30, 2016
FroBunni | 4 Remedies for Common Scalp Ailments

How many of us have had a severely itchy scalp and it seemed like nothing could soothe it? I'll raise both of my hands for this, and from personal experience, this isn't fun. When I was relaxed, my scalp was always itchy. From dandruff to follicultis, the caustic nature of a relaxer really tore my scalp apart. I remember scratching so much that I would break skin. Ugh! Thank goodness those days are over.

But even when I was natural, I would have scalp issues. About a year and a half ago, I switched from oiling my scalp to using aloe vera juice, and it has made a world of difference. Through a bit of research, I found out that oils can actually excerbate scalp issues, like itching and dandruff. Similar to our hair, if we continually apply oils to our scalp without any moisture, we can dry it out making it itchy and flaky. And oils can actually feed the fungus that causes dandruff. Yuck! Lucky for us, we don't have to use oil to have a healthy scalp

Itchy Scalp - If you have an itchy scalp with no other symptoms, try aloe vera juice or gel. Just like applying it to the skin to soothe irritation, aloe can also work on the scalp. It's healing properties moisturizes the scalp and prevents itching, and it can also help reduce excessive shedding.

Dandruff - Dandruff has a few causes, including not washing enough, allergic reaction to a product, and fungus. If you have dandruff, wash the scalp with a mild shampoo once a week, and instead of oiling the scalp, apply an apple cider vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties; it will help clear up dandruff, as well as balance the ph of the scalp. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1/4 cup of water and apply to scalp after washing. Don't worry about the smell, it will dissipate when it dries.

Reducing Shedding - If you have excessive shedding, have some tea! Studies show that the caffeine from tea helps to regrow hair and prevent shedding. Seep black tea, which has the most caffeine, in hot water and let cool. Apply to the scalp and hair. You can also use coffee, which has the added bonus of boosting darker hair colors.

Dry Scalp - Dry scalp is never fun, but if it's something you suffer from, consider using glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant, which attracts water to the scalp helping to keep it moisturized. Mix glycerin with water (1 part glycerin to 4 parts water) and apply it to the scalp. If you don't have glycerin readily available, you can substitute honey.

One thing to remember, while these at home remedies can help alleviate scalp issues (aloe vera juice has been great for me), don't be afraid to go to the doctor. If your scalp is really itchy, severely flaking, or you are suffering from any other scalp ailment, you may have a more serious condition that needs medical intervention.

FroBunni | 4 Remedies for Common Scalp Ailments Infographic

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Dear FroBunni: Is Cowashing Bad for Natural Hair?

in , by FroBunni, Friday, September 23, 2016
FroBunni | Is Cowashing Bad for Natural Hair?

Dear FroBunni, I've been cowashing my hair for a few months now, but recently read that cowashing is bad for natural hair. I looked at your regimen and noticed that you occasionally cowash, but most of the time use shampoo. Should I stop cowashing and start shampooing, or is it ok to continue cowashing?

The first thing I am going to say is if cowashing has been working for you - your scalp isn't itchy, your hair is still properly moisturized, and you're seeing no ill effects since cowashing - keep cowashing. For some naturals, cowashing is an effect way to cleanse the hair and scalp, so if it isn't broke, don't fix it. Of course, if you're seeing bad signs, then stop and switch to a different method of cleansing, such as shampooing or clay washes.

The issue with cowashing is that it doesn't always effectively remove build up from the hair and scalp, even if it's a cleansing conditioner with mild surfactants. This is a problem because build up on the scalp can cause scalp conditions like dandruff and folliculitis, as well as stunt hair growth. While build up on the hair can prevent it from being effectively moisturized, which can cause breakage.

In terms of my own regimen, I shampoo for this very reason. Cowashing caused my scalp to be very itchy and tacky, and my hair, while it felt moisturized in the shower, would dry slightly crunchy and with an odor. I realized that it wasn't effectively cleaning my hair and scalp, and switched to Kinky Curly Come Clean* for my weekly wash, and occasionally cowash when my hair is particular dry or dirty, and I don't have time for a full wash day.

This works for me, but it may not work for you. So pay attention to the health of your hair, and only make one or two product changes at a time so that if your hair begins to suffer, you know specifically what it was that caused it.

*I will probably be removing Kinky Curly Come Clean from my regimen in the near future.

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Yoga Teacher Training in T Minus 10 Days

in , , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
FroBunni | Yoga Teacher Training

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have seen that I took the plunge and signed up for yoga teacher training. I have so many different emotions going through my mind - happiness, fear, nervousness, excitement, and more. Part of me is like "what have I done?!" and the other part of me is like "it's about time!"

I've been doing yoga for 13 years off and on, and it's always something that I have returned to. It strengthens my body and refreshes my spirit, so a progression from student to teacher was only natural. Even though I'm genuinely nervous, I am also excited and am really happy to know that the future will include me sharing my love of yoga with others.

I really want to track my progress during this journey so I have decided to do a weekly vlog on all the ups, downs, trials, and tribulations. And of course, I will be sharing it here (and on Facebook and YouTube...I don't even remember the last time I had a video on my YouTube channel)! So if you want to know how my week was, thinking about doing yoga training, want to take the journey with me, or just want to watch me talk for 5-10 minutes about something not hair related (let's be honest, hair will somehow be included), check it out!

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Healthy Dessert Smoothies

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
FroBunni | Healthy Dessert Smoothies

I love desserts, but I don't like to keep them in my apartment (I may binge on them). But it's no fun to want a sweet treat and not have any options, which is why I make dessert smoothies!

A healthy, sweet treat, dessert smoothies are also great meal replacements with whole grains, protein, and fruits or vegetables. I often make them for breakfast, or have them for dinner if I'm not in the mood to cook. 

They're easy to make; just chop up the fruit or vegetable, add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Apple Pie: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of milk, 1 apple, 1 tsp of cinnamon
Cherry Tart: 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of cherries, 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Chocolate Fudge: 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed, 3/4 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of dates, 1/8 cup of cacao powder
Peanut Butter Lovers: 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 1 banana, 1/2 tsp of almond oil
Pumpkin Spice: 2 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 cup of silken tofu, 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, 2 tsp of pumpkin spice

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Four Ways to Eat More Vegetables

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 29, 2016
FroBunni | Four Tips for Eating More Vegetables

As hard as I work to eat well, I always have a difficult time getting vegetables in my diet. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try and "fix" this by making a vegetable you can imagine just from the phrase "vegetable smoothie," it was disgusting. Celery, kale, carrots, and cucumbers should not be liquefied and consumed at one time.

Since the vegetable smoothie didn't work out, I've been thinking of little tricks I can incorporate into my diet to make eating vegetables easier. Here are four ideas that have been working with various amounts of success.

Blend It: One that I'm already doing, I make green smoothies quite regularly. But with only one vegetable - kale or spinach - it's not enough to get the recommended three servings of vegetables a day. So instead of adding one leafy vegetable, I add two. Might be kale and romaine, or spinach and swiss chard. Or maybe even a beet or cucumber. Just something extra that doesn't compromise the taste of the smoothie, while at the same time getting an extra vegetable.

Drink It: I don't have a juicer (and I honestly won't be getting one soon), but I have been considering getting vegetable juices like V05. What makes this a bit different than the vegetable smoothie is that it is smooth, while my smoothie was gritty and grainy because my blender couldn't liquefy all of the vegetables. While I find V05 palatable, I do miss getting the fiber that smoothies and eating whole vegetables provide. But it still has valuable nutrients.

Roast It: Roasting vegetables is always hit or miss. Roasted Brussels sprouts are good, but I don't really enjoy roasted carrots. Roasted potatoes are delicious, but no to roasted cauliflower. The reason this can get complicated is because I tend to buy whatever is cheaper at the grocery store, which means that it's normally whatever is in season. So this may be great for fall and winter when there's an abundance of pumpkins and butternut squash, which I like, but bad for spring and summer when there's an abundance of nasty zucchini.

Keep it Out: This has actually been pretty successful. I just leave vegetables like carrots, sweet peppers, and cucumbers out on my desk at work and snack on them throughout the day. I can't really resist food when it's in front of me, especially when I enjoy it. I also have a habit of sitting down at my desk and working until 3pm without having had lunch (I openly acknowledge that this is a bad habit), so this allows me to work without going too long without having something to eat.

In combination with each other, I actually have been getting and even exceeding my recommended intake of vegetables, which is great. Now, if only I can kick my sugar habit (this probably won't happen, but I've made peace with it).

How do you get vegetables in your diet?

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The DC Yoga Expo | Review

in , , , by FroBunni, Friday, August 26, 2016
Frobunni | Yoga Expo

It’s been a solid week since the DC Yoga Expo, and I am still sore. But I guess that’s what two vinyasa flows, yin yoga, and arm and handstand balance classes will to do a girl. But that’s ok, because it was all worth it!

I knew my day would be jam packed, so I got to the Yoga Expo 30 minutes before the first class even started. I checked the schedule and waited for my friend (hey Kylie!), then we headed off to our first class.

My very first class was “Arm Balances and Handstands” with Malena Bell from Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA. If you follow me on Instagram, or read some of my previous yoga blog posts, you know that handstands have eluded me for so long. But she was able to really break down the mechanics to help me feel more stable, stronger, and balanced. I was really sore right after her class, but with a day of yoga, that couldn’t be the first and only one I took.

Next, "Vinyasa Flow" with Mario Austin who teaches at VIDA. If I was sore before starting his class, I was exhausted after I finished. There were so many chaturangas and downward dogs, my arms turned into jelly. His vinyasa flow felt more like an ashtanga class. Even though I was sore, I enjoyed his class so much, I took it again as my last class of the day.

The next two classes were “Meditation: Tools to Calm the Mind” and yin yoga taught by Gopi Kinnicutt and Braja Kishori, respectively, from Bhakti Yoga DC. I use meditation as a way to help manage my anxiety so I really didn’t want to miss Gopi’s class, and I’m glad I didn’t. She did an excellent job at breaking down a lot meditation techniques such as mantras and recitations, and I really felt calm and centered after her class. I’m actually thinking about doing to her meditations once a week since the studio isn’t too far from my job.

Braja’s yin yoga class was also excellent. I’ve been doing a lot of yin yoga because I want to be able to teach it when I complete yoga teacher training. I use YouTube for my yin yoga classes, so I never knew that yin yoga has slightly difference poses than vinyasa or ashtanga. She explained the differences, as well as the reason for the difference, which has made, even in this short week, a huge difference in my yin yoga practice.

Throughout the day, I would go upstairs to check out the vendors. I got this gorgeous yoga mat from Shide a Words. Within the sun and moon, there are words such as peace and calm. I’ve tried this mat out a few times, and it’s great. Makes my yoga mat a lot softer, and if I’m doing an intense yoga session, it keeps my mat dry by absorbing any sweat.

FroBunni | Shide A Words Yoga Mat

I really enjoyed the Yoga Expo, if there was a perfect day, this would be a top contender. Some of DC’s best yoga instructors came out really made this a day to remember. And even though I’m still sore (my poor biceps), I would do it again every weekend.

Check out Yoga Expo to see what city they will be at next.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Warby Parker | The Limited-Edition Field Series Collection

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 22, 2016

I know summer is almost over, but don't put the sunglasses away just yet! Better yet, pick up a pair of Warby Parker’s newest limited-edition collection, the Field Series.

These stand out sunglasses feature a brand-new multilayered construction; there are three distinct builds in two colors each meaning there’s a pair that everyone will love. And the best part, they’re gorgeous!

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Bonnie in Walnut Tortoise

I seriously love these glasses. They’re both unique and classic, and can be worn with virtually anything. Wearing a LBD for an elegant happy hour, the Bonnie is your go-to. Just like a LBD, the sleek edges are timeless and polished. I would rock the Grapefruit Soda with Riesling, but if you’re a little more adventurous, the Walnut Tortoise with Polished Gold will be perfect.

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Grady in Crystal Aqua

Or maybe you’re enjoying a day on the town. A little sightseeing, trying a new restaurant, and who knows, maybe even a love connection. You’ll want to be seen in the Grady, or better yet, you will be seen in the Grady. The cut out details on these bold frames demand attention, so keep your look simple. A plain white tee and some jeans are always in and will highlight the Grady effortlessly.

Warby Parker Field Series Sunglasses Reed in Jet Black

And finally, the Reed. As someone who has to dress to impress when I work out, these are the perfect sunglasses for a jog or hike, and even a rooftop yoga class (trust me, you need sunglasses for rooftop yoga). The Reed is sporty but streamlined. Go monochromatic with a black lens and frame, or try something a little funky with a green lens and frame. Personally, I think the Reed is the best of both worlds when it comes to the Field Series; a little bit of Bonnie and Grady rolled in one. So if you’re not sure which one to get, go with Reed.

If you want the new Field Series sunglasses, or any Warby Parker glasses, you can go to a store, or if there’s not one near you, buy online.

I actually didn’t realize there were two Warby Parkers in DC (even though I’ve walked by them countless times), but I got to try some of their glasses through the Home Try-On Program. OMG! I’ve tried online glasses before, and they’ve been less than stellar. I generally compromise on quality and often the lenses are very good, but Warby Parker has some amazingly gorgeous and great quality frames. I’ll have a blog post later this week on my experience with the Home Try-On Program, but seriously, you will not go wrong with these glasses. They are amazing!

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Step By Step Guide for Washing Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Step by step guide for natural hair wash day | FroBunni

I get this question a lot: How do I wash my natural hair? It goes without saying, but wash day for naturals can be labor intensive and frustrating. But it doesn't have to be. There are ways to make it easier and less painful. This step by step tutorial will guide you through your wash day with simple, easy to follow tips and tricks.

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7th Natural Hair Anniversary Musings

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, July 15, 2016
Today is my 7th hair anniversary, and I am reminded of not my big chop, but the first time I thought about going natural.

I was 16 years old; I started getting relaxers when I was 10, but I always loved big, curly hair. As you know, relaxers really didn't allow for this. I had gotten my hair relaxed the week prior, and I went into my mom's room and just said it, "I think I want to go natural." My mom wasn't amused at such an suggestion. "What are you going to do with it? You can't even take care of your hair now. It will look too messy. No!" I didn't push the issue further.

I finally big chopped a few weeks before my 21st birthday. The day prior, I had gotten back from visiting my dad is DC, and I spent most of the week just googling natural hair care. I thought it was easy, and said "Screw it, I'm just going to cut it all off." I didn't cut it all off though. I gave myself a neck length hair cut. This was radical. My hair was a little longer than shoulder length, which, unfortunately, was considered long by many of my black peers. We were convinced that we couldn't grow long hair. So a little longer than shoulder length was miraculous.

Anywho, a week went by. I enjoyed the cut, but I really wanted to go natural. So finally, I took the scissors, and I cut all of my hair off. The date was July 15, 2009. I was finally liberated...and holy shxt I just cut my hair off! I hated that first year natural, and that's just honesty. But even though I had some criticism, my friends and family were a decent support system, I was in a good place, and I was caring for my own hair. So I stuck with it, and 7 years later, here I am.

I write this because I wonder what would've happened if I big chopped when I was 16. There weren't nearly as many resources on natural hair at the time. My mother was in full control of my hair and hair care, and she was very much unfamiliar with natural hair. And I went to a mostly white, suburban school where I was viciously bullied...and going natural would've made it ten times worse. On top of all of this, I suffered from depression. I can't imagine what going natural at 16 would've done to my mental stability. And to think it would've been positive is unrealistic, at the least, and just plain stupid, at the worst.

Going natural is a very personal decision. For some, it's very easy. They don't even give it a second thought. But for others, it's deeply emotional. It can even be traumatic. I'm a huge advocate of natural hair, but I also know that there is a right and wrong time to go natural. We can't just throw caution to the wind and hope for the best. Sometimes it is better to wait. Go natural when it's right for you. It may be today, or it may be a year from now. It's ok either way.

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5 Reasons to Henna Your Hair

in , by FroBunni, Monday, June 20, 2016
FroBunni | Reasons to Henna Hair

The henna bug has bit again! I haven't used henna in over 3 years, but for the past few months, I really want to try it again. While I'm pretty indifferent to the reddish tint, it did make my hair stronger, and with high porosity ends, I really need the extra support. Henna works by bonding to the keratin in the hair and adding, what I call, a "protective layer" around the hair shaft. This helps to strengthen hair, reducing breakage and split ends.

Of course, henna isn't just great for strengthening hair, it can be used to achieve a variety of results.

Natural Color: Henna's most noted feature is that it's a natural dye, specifically dying hair red. While the color is not always apparent on every head of hair, for many women, it can add a subtle reddish tint that can cover grays.*

Retain Length: By strengthening hair, henna is able to help reduce breakage, which in turn can help retain length. If you have a good regimen, but still see a lot of breakage and not a lot of hair growth, henna may be able to help you reach your length goals.

"Fix" High Porosity Hair: Because of the raised cuticles, it makes it difficult for those with high porosity hair to keep it moisturized. Henna works by attaching to the keratin in the cuticles, "closing off" these raised spaces, which helps hair stay moisturized longer.

Thicken Hair: If you have thinner hair, henna may be perfect for you. Because of henna's ability to attach to hair, acting as an "extra layer of cuticles," it can make hair appear thicker and fuller.

* It's important to note that while henna is natural, that doesn't automatically equate to safer. Always do a patch test to make sure you don't have any kind of allergic or negative reaction.

FroBunni | 5 Reasons to Henna Hair

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5 Ways to Love Your Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
FroBunni | 5 Ways to Love Your Natural Hair

While I loved my hair when I first big chopped, not everyone falls in love with their hair texture when they go natural. The natural hair journey can be difficult, especially for those who have relied on weaves, relaxing, and straightening for years. There's a huge learning curve when many of us grew up without a solid foundation of caring for black hair, plus we are bombarded with images of mainstream beauty, which tends to equal straight and wavy hair. This unfortunate combination can make it hard for black women and girls to love the hair that grows out of their scalp.

While it can be difficult to reverse this thought process, it isn't possible. These tips can help start the process of loving your hair, and although it may be difficult, hopefully, it will eventually get you to say, and really mean, #TeamNatural.

Why I Haven't Chimed in on the #NoMakeUpMovement

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 09, 2016
Alicia Keys, photo taken by Paola Kudacki
Rights Reserved: Paola Kudacki

Making the rounds this past month, Alicia Keys ushered in a #NoMakeUpMovement...well, not really, she just stated that she plans to not wear makeup and feels more empowered without it. This isn't problematic at all, but of course, the media has spun it into her saying that she's going to empower women every where with a #NoMakeUpMovement.

While I've read think pieces and discussions on the topic, I honestly haven't really weighed in. My personal opinion on the matter is that women should do what they want to do without scrutiny. Whether they wear makeup or not has no effect on me. And more importantly, my voice is really irrelevant in this conversation.

I know what you're thinking, "Kami, as a black beauty blogger, your voice is quite important." Yeah, I do blog about beauty topics including hair, makeup, and skin care, but honestly, what value would I add. This isn't meant to sound shallow or vapid, but I benefit from being "traditionally" beautiful. While yes, in the grand scheme of society, being a dark skin black woman is not a privilege, I do have "pretty privilege," or fitting the mainstream definition of beauty. Now, I'm sure you have questions, the first being, "well, don't you have to be white?" Yes and no. While mainstream society's definition of beautiful is white or light skin, those aren't the only qualifiers, nor is it necessary. Body type is another component, such as an hourglass figure and thin, as well as facial symmetry, facial features, and even hairstyle.

And at this point, I'm sure I have even more questions. "Ok, well if this is true, can you give me an example?" and "How do you know you benefit?" Ok, first, let me answer the second question. Remember my first Black in America post, The Dark Skin, Long Hair Paradox, where I detail how having long hair results in odd questions about my ethnicity? Now add in that long hair on a woman is seen as beautiful and hairstyle is an indicator of pretty privilege, and you have your first example.
I've always had my blackness questioned. To many people, regardless of race, black people are a monolith defined by their interests, education level, and vernacular, instead of geographical ancestral origin. So, I’ve never fit the standard definition of “black.” As a petite, highly educated, Inland Northern American English speaker, who was born and raised in suburbs, I don’t fit the archetypal standard of a black woman…add the length of my hair into the mix, and I’m an anomaly (though I know black woman like me are not rare or even uncommon). Add on my darker skin complexion, and I’m the only known species of my kind in the universe. 
I’ve gotten many assumptions about my background, of which the most common is Ethiopian. I’ve also gotten Hispanic, Filipino, and Indian (both American and Southeast Asian). When I follow up with “no, black American,” the puzzled faces are endless. Because if I am black, I am obligated to embody the negative stereotypes constantly bombarded by the media, news, and most importantly, the perceptions within their mind. I have to be separate from their stereotypes, which is, to say the least, disappointing and depressing. My sheer existence, an indication that their perception needs to be, at the very least, challenged, is not strong enough to shatter their prejudice. So they keep asking, “are you mixed?”
Also think about curl pattern. How many naturals with 3c or looser curls are featured on natural hair appreciation Instagram pages, Tumblrs, and Facebook compare that to women with 4c hair. Not so many. That's because society views 4c hair as less attractive than looser curls, and even in the natural hair community, where everyone is supposed to embrace their texture and love their hair, you still see that bias.

Another example is weight, and lucky for me, I follow Feminista Jones, who can explain this perfectly.

Thank you, Feminista Jones! The fact of the matter is being thin awards you a privilege in society, one that is almost automatically tied to beauty, and at a size 2, one I need to acknowledge.

All of this perfectly segues into the first question, examples of how black women, while still being black, can embody pretty privilege. Think of the most beautiful and successful black women in society. Not the ones you think qualify, but the ones on the cover of Vogue or Cosmo magazine. Women like Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Misty Copeland, Zoe Saldana, Alicia Keys...I can keep going, but you get the idea. Now, think of famous black women who are always dragged in the media for their looks...I'm not going to name them, but I bet you they look nothing like the above mentioned. And what's the difference between them? Hair, weight, facial features? Exactly.

Whether I wear makeup or not isn't really the issue. It's that, unlike some women, I am not chastised for not wearing makeup. I don't have severe acne or discoloration, my nose is thinner than as stereotyped, and I have eyebrows that don't really need to be filled in. I don't have to worry about being the victim in a "before and after makeup" meme where people trash the before picture and claim I am being deceitful. And neither does Alicia Keys, but there are women who do. The decision to wear makeup or not wear makeup is personal, but promoting a #NoMakeUpMovement, while refusing to acknowledge the vitrol that some women face when they don't wear makeup, is not beneficial, nor does it promote self-love.
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Easy, Homemade Granola

in , , by FroBunni, Saturday, June 04, 2016
FroBunni | Easy, Homemade Granola

If you buy granola, you need to stop and start making it right now! It is so easy! And unlike making almond milk or hummus, where you will need to buy a blender or food processor, all you need to make granola is an oven and a baking sheet. 

  • 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup or honey
  1. Heat oven to 300°F and spread oats evenly on a 15x10x1-inch pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Toss to coat and spread evenly on the pan. 
  2. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and stir to mix granola. Spread evenly on the pan, and bake for another 15 minutes or until mixture is dry and lightly toasted. Cool completely.
Make it Your Own!
  • Add dried fruit - cranberries, raisins, apples, mangos, pineapples - to the granola after baking and when it's cooled for added fiber, vitamins, and minerals 
  • Toss nuts - almonds, pecans, walnuts - with oatmeal prior to baking for protein
  • Toss sunflower or pumpkin seeds with oatmeal prior to baking, or add chia seeds after baking and when cooled for healthy omega-3's 
  • Sprinkle with cacao powder after baking and when cooled for antioxidants
FroBunni | Easy, Homemade Granola Recipe

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Clay as a Setting Powder?

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
FroBunni | Clay as setting powder

Memorial Day weekend is over and the start of summer has unofficially begun! It was pretty hot and humid in DC this weekend, and while I'm still figuring out how to keep a hairstyle in this weather, keeping my makeup fresh is actually easy. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to using natural ingredients in my makeup (hello cacao powder foundation and aloe vera gel mascara), so it's no surprise that I turned to clay to deal with handling a sweaty face in the summer.

If you have a problem with makeup melting away due to sweat in humid and hot weather, just apply clay as a setting powder. For lighter complexions, use white clay. Darker complexions, then red clay is your friend (don't worry, it's more brown than red). And for everyone in between, you can make various shades by mixing both white and red clay together. Clay is the best at absorbing oil and moisture, so even though you may feel like you sweat too much for this to work, trust me, it will!

Clay as a Setting Powder? (Infographic)

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Review: Naturally Fly

in , , , by FroBunni, Monday, May 16, 2016

A month ago, I was sent the Honey Punch and Midnight Mango Body Butter from Naturally Fly.  Since I've never used a body butter (I'm a lotion kind-of-girl), I wanted to try these products right away; I opened it and the smell hits you immediately...they smell absolutely delicious! But not in an overpowering, artificial way. They smell very natural. Like you're making a honey cinnamon bun or cutting open a mango. And they are whipped! That part actually surprised me because I thought they would be hard. You don't have to rub it between you hands to make it pliable, it's perfect right out of the jar.

Fun fact about me: I almost never read directions to products, which is why I started using this on my hair as a sealant. Despite the words "body butter," I figured it was a hair product. But lucky for me and my high porosity hair, especially my ends, it actually real helped to seal moisture in my hair leaving it soft and moisturized for - wait for it - three days! Yup, soft and moisturized hair with no breakage for three days. And for me that never happens. So, Naturally Fly Body Butter can most definitely but used on hair.

So after two weeks of using these butters for my hair, I decided to finally read the container, and that's when I saw it
A little love butter goes a long way, scoop a small amount, rub together in your hands until your body heat melts the love butter, gently apply to desired area. Smooth over freshly washed skin at least once daily, concentrating on your heels and extra dry areas. Keep your skin looking healthy, hydrated with a natural glow.
Well, damn! I've been using it wrong for that last two weeks. I thought, "no worries, this is perfect" since my eczema has recently started to flair again. If you've never had eczema, it's very bothersome, itchy, and annoying. When it flares, I start having little dry patches all over my skin that makes me really self-conscious. And nothing, and I mean nothing, really helps to keep it soothed, but...the Naturally Fly Body Butters did. Twice a day, I apply to the affected areas and they don't itch, and not only that, they look less noticeable because they're not dry. It's amazing!

I totally recommend Naturally Fly products, I have recommended them to family, friends, and coworkers, already. You will not be upset if you purchase this product, trust me!

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A moisturizer or leave-in can either make or break the health of your hair. If your hair is low-porosity, a heavy product could weigh it down and make hair dry. If your hair is thick, a light moisturizer may not be enough moisture. Every curly should know their hair's porosity and density, and when you do, I have a list of products that can help you have beautiful, moisturized hair.

Lightweight/ Low Porosity: Light weight moisturizers, as they say, are able to lightly moisturize without weighing hair down. They generally don't have heavy butters or oils - like shea butter or castor oil - as a top ingredient. They are generally sprays, but can also be light creams. They're great for those with low porosity, fine, and low-density hair.

Everyday: Everyday moisturizers and leave-ins are good for almost everyone. They provide a bit more moisture than lightweight moisturizers, but less than creamier ones. With light application, they can also be used for heat-styled hair, as well. They're good for every hair type and texture.

Heat-Styled: While some women avoid using products on their hair when it's heat-styled or stretched, for others, going too long with moisturizing could damage hair or cause breakage. If you're the latter, for these moisturizers, a little goes a long way ensuring that hair stays moisturized with little reversion.

Creamy/ High Porosity: Creamy moisturizers and leave-ins are great for those with high porosity, thick, dry, and high density hair. They contain emollients like shea butter to soften hair, or aloe vera juice to help smooth the cuticle. Be careful, as this products can cause build-up if you use too much.

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