Grilled Pineapple Salsa – Love on a Plate

Delicious pineapple salsa

I’ve been trying to be a good pregnant woman and eat healthily. Not gonna lie. It’s not easy. The cravings are out of control  and many times, I don’t even try to control them. I just give in. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and it’ll likely never go away but what I’m trying to do is get my sweets in via fruits and veggies. These are far better picks than the crème brûlée I could eat daily, right? Also, we’re trying to provide more diverse food options in Elle’s diet. For once in her picky toddler life, she is actually open to at least TASTING some new things. So we’re running with this one. Which is why this pineapple salsa is such a fabulous idea.

Pineapple salsa dish

Full of color, nutrients and texture, enjoying this is easy because you can put it on anything. A chip? A cracker? As a side dish? In a salad? It works for so many scenarios and it’s addition makes the entire plate or bowl just that much more appetizing.

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Girl Scouts Continue With Healthy Habits

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts. Yours truly used to be a Girl Scout. From the time I was about 7 years old until I was 13, I experienced so much of my life through that organization. The memories are plentiful! The camping, the trips, the cookie selling… I REALLY loved being a Girl Scout. I’m excited to know that Girl Scouts in steadily doing fantastic things. In a recent partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has put together healthy habits booklets to help readers get a better idea of how they incorporate energy balance in all that they do.

Healthy Weight Commitment

These booklets are absolutely FREE and are intended to inspire and encourage Girl Scouts (and really anyone…) to lead healthy lifestyles. I find this to be perfect timing because while younger girls and teens may get in the habit of not doing much physical activity thanks to technology, these booklets will not only help them get moving in achievable ways but help them understand the importance of steady movement. When I was a Girl Scout we went on a loooot of camping trips and nothing exerts more energy in the Florida sun that camping. From the hiking to the putting up of tents and trekking back and forth to outhouses, camping was extremely physical. I’m so glad to see that Girl Scouts are still camping. I can’t wait to get Elle into her first Girl Scouts troop.

Girl Scouts

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to appreciate the information that these booklets offer. In addition to these booklets, the Together Counts Program by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation has developed a principle called Energy Balance. It helps girls understand how to balance the calories they consume and the calories they expend. It’s best to understand this type of stuff at a young age, right?

For more information, you can visit the Together Counts website and follow Girl Scouts all over Facebook and Twitter.


FTC Disclosure: This sponsored post is through Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts All thoughts and opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for reading sponsored content!

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

Do you know anything about the devastating disorder that is preeclampsia? Affecting pregnant women, preeclampsia is defined as “a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine”. (source)

Simply put, it is a terrifying disorder that requires proper prenatal care. I have such a passion for supporting and bringing awareness to issues that affect pregnant women and their families. I was thrilled to hear about The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia happening in Miami. While I won’t be able to attend, I’ll be donating to the cause in hopes that the funds that are raised support the families that are affected by preeclampsia . 

2015 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

If you are in or around the Miami area, consider registering for this walk! For more information visit The Promise Walk.

The Healing Powers of a Green Juice

I love everything about green juices. And this is crazy because a few years ago, I was SO in love with green smoothies. So much so that I thought about doing a series all about green smoothies. That didn’t happen. Ha! But The love for the smoothies is still there but honestly…I love green juices more. Don’t get me wrong, I still curling up with a book and glass of freshly blended greens and fruits but there’s something very special and nourishing about a green juice. 

Green juices

For one thing, they aren’t always sweet. I have a greater appreciation for vegetables because unlike my smoothies, my juices usually only have 1 fruit in them as opposed to nut milks, bananas, berries, etc. The juices keep it simple but still oh so delicious. 

Yummy Green Juice

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Go Purple for Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month! Weeee! Don’t get it twisted. I’m not excited about lupus. I actually really hate lupus but I am happy that this disease is getting covered more and that education about it is being spread worldwide.

Some of my girls in the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group and I decided to post a purple nail polish mani in honor of Lupus Awareness month.


Nails for Lupus Awareness

All Lacquered Up inspired this look but honestly…I’m not THAT in love with it. I mean, it’ll do but my nails look a bit clown-y and silly, don’t you think? Ah well. And it doesn’t help that the butter LONDON Matte Finish that I used on top smeared the whole look. Yours truly was too lazy to re-do it. Ha! I used Zoya Blu as my base and Dutch’ya Just Love OPI? as the purple in this look.

Nail polish for Lupus Awareness

But posting purple nails won’t do a darn thing for lupus so I thought I’d share some facts and resources that may be able to help you or someone you know who may be dealing with this disease. Every bit of information that I am grabbing is coming from Lupus.org.

  • Lupus Foundation of America research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
  • It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too.
  • Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.

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I know at least 4 gal pals (all are Black women under 40) that deal with lupus and they are such strong women in my eyes. One friend told me that some days are great and others are debilitating. It’s the roller coaster of pain that seems to frustrate her the most. But she’s still smiling and doing what she can to get the word out about this disease.

Please, oh please, oh pleaseeeee, scientists. Let’s find a cure for lupus sooner rather than later. Check out the looks that my fellow BBCFL girls did…

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Color Me Rad 5K – Orlando 2014

Yo. So I am all over running races. It is just a wee bit of an addiction. I’ve gone as far as to run 2 races in a weekend and sign myself up for races that aren’t for months and months. I figure this “get fit” thing has to be some kind of fun and so doing races is my way of enjoying it. Kinda.

Color Me Rad 5K

When I was offered the opportunity to score a pass for the Color Me Rad run here in Orlando on March 30th, I jumped at it. Because…obviously. A fun 5K that involves a ton of rainbow dust, loud music and doesn’t involve a huge clock that will track my time? DONE!

Color Me Rad friends

By the way…I took all of these pictures with my iPhone. If they look a bit gritty, don’t judge a sista, ok?

There are many color runs that are held in cities nationwide and since this is my first one, I can’t compare Color Me Rad to any other run. What I can do is give you fellow runners and non-runners an idea if this is the kind of race for you.

Color Me Rad

The short answer is YES! For $50, those that register for this race get a race bib, t-shit (and a VERY cool t-shirt, at that), RAD tattoo, sunglasses and a sticker. More than anything, though, you’re paying for the experience and had this race been around when I was in elementary, middle or high school, I would have sooooo tried to convince my parents to let me run. I would have also done it with my college girlfriends and boyfriends. That’s just it. This race is so much fun at all ages and I think many non-athletes will appreciate how carefree and FUN it is. In fact, many people didn’t run at all. They casually walked with friends and chatted.

Color Me Rad race

So, let’s get down to the details. What to expect at Color Me Rad…

Color Me Rad operates on a wave system. When you register, you sign up for a time and that’s when you head to the Start line. And that’s when the madness begins. Things like this happen at the Start line…

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You get to chattin’ with strangers and watchin’ them toss color bombs all over each other. It’s good time to be had and this is all before the race even starts. Unlike many races, Color Me Rad is NOT timed. I love this idea. I tend to be pretty competitive but I love not having to worry about meeting my personal record. I ran with a gal pal who keeps me motivated and so we did run but it was great not having to worry about beating a certain time.

Color Me Rad Finish line

Every half of a mile or so Color Me Rad has a color station set up that blast with you different colors of colored cornstarch or colored water. I am clearly a 7-year old trapped in a 29-year old’s body because I loved this part.

Color Me Rad finish

Color Me Rad color bomb

And at the end of each wave (and several times during), at a stage an MC will pass out color bombs to every one, a countdown begins and folx toss the bombs all over the air. Best.time.ever. It has been forever since I’ve bounced up and down with my hands in the air begging for free t-shirt. But it was a fantastic time. And I would so do it again.

Color Me Rad dust

Pros:
-When registering, you save money by signing up as a team.
-Color Me Rad is ALL kinds of high energy. Lots of music and lots of excitement.
-Registration at the event was super easy.
-Parking was well laid out (this may vary at different locations).
-The post-run party is a lot of fun with the chance to score a ton of freebies.
-Staff was helpful and plentiful.
-Bottles of water and snacks greet you at the Finish line.
-The colored cornstarch removes easily from skin, clothes and hair.

Cons:
-The race wasn’t mapped out so well. We got lost around certain parts.
-We didn’t receive our post-run color bomb.
-There aren’t any medals.
-The course was far less than 5K. In fact, I tracked it on my GPS and it was only 2.60 miles.

Color Me Rad face

But hey, you know what? The cons are practically forgettable as I think anyone that participates in this race will have an amazing time. They will be at a ton of locations in the U.S. Sign up today!

 

Disclaimer: I received a press pass for this event but all opinions are my own.

Let’s Talk About Everyone’s Favorite Subject…Birth Control!

This post is sponsored by Bedsider.Org  but all the opinions are all my own.

As I started to write this post, I was somewhat perplexed on how I wanted to approach the topic of birth control. I mean talking about birth control can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But it is something that needs to be discussed. As I reached the point of frustration, Beyoncé’s Grown Woman played on my iPhone and then I got all the inspiration I needed. Sex is a part of everyday life and sex is how you create life. If you are grown enough to be having sex, you should be grown enough to protect yourself.  The stats for unplanned pregnancies are way too high and if you aren’t ready for  littles ones, take the steps you need to in order to protect yourself. I can barely afford gas in my car so there is NOOOOO way I can afford kids right now.

What people do not know is there are so many methods of birth control and the information is literally at your fingertips. Bedsider.Org is your online headquarters for learning about birth control. Bedsider realizes that talking about birth control is a serious topic, but they make it lighthearted and informative.

The most information I got on birth control came from the movie Mean Girls.

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Of course I knew about the pill and condoms, but I had no idea what fertility awareness was or what and how a sponge worked. Bedsider.Org explains it all. Not only does the site go through each form of birth control, but they let you know how it works and the potential cost. You get to hear real testimonies from people who are using that particular method. I loved hearing the male point of view in the videos because sometimes we forget that birth control is something that both partners need to be aware of.  Another one of my favorite things about Bedsider.Org is that you can sign up for birth control reminders. If you are on the pill, shot, patch, or the ring, you can sign up to have daily, weekly, or monthly reminders to take your birth control. How awesome and convenient is that?

With Valentine’s Day in a few days, you may be planning to get hot and heavy with your loved one, boo, or the hot guy who bought you a drink at the bar, but before you do, make sure you take some time to go through Bedsider.Org  to find out which birth control method is right for YOU and YOUR body.

Make sure to you stop by the website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Stay Pretty, Positive, and Safe!

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Shark Week Can Be Fun Again…Kinda. Thanks U By Kotex!

Because I’m all about keepin’ it real up in here, you should know that this is a sponsored post for U by Kotex, who provided me products to review. You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too here and Do the Demo.

Now. Who’s ready for some TMI? You know I am. I stay in the TMI Lane. As lady people, we shouldn’t be so secretive about the things that so many of us deal with. And let’s face it, we’ve all dealt with our cycle at some point in our lives. It’s been about 16 years since Aunt Flow has made herself a regular visitor. And I hate her. I really do. But she’s a necessary evil and so while I cringe at her every appearance, I have come across ways that make dealing her, well…easier.

U by Kotex box

Through Socialstars I had the opportunity to test some of these U By Kotex products and at first I was like “Oh snap…my menstrual cup lovin’ friends are so going to disown me.” Yes, I do proudly roll with the cup crew but honey, I’m a girl who likes options. And no one likes to be unprepared when their cycle decides to make their first appearance after 21 months of being ghost (thanks pregnancy and breastfeeding!). And said cycle comes when you are out of town. Oh yes, girl. This happened to me. And I wish I would have these U by Kotex CleanWear pads on hand.

U by Kotex

First of all, can we talk about the pretty packaging? “B, who cares if they’re pretty. They’re sanitary napkins!” Look. There ain’t anything pretty about Shark Week. But U By Kotex is trying to lighten the horror a bit with colorful wrapping and decorated pads.

Kotex packaging

And, I for one, can appreciate this. In fact, how I’ll go back to regular plain pads is beyond me. It was as if U By Kotex sat down and said “Hmm…how can we make this awful time of the month just a little better?” And while they aren’t able to make the cramps and bloat feeling disappear, they can at least bring a smile on my face when I open up these pretty pads.

Kotex napkin

Just, wow…

And they aren’t just pretty to look at. Without getting too graphic (calm down…I won’t put it ALL out there), I love how the U by Kotex Barely There Thin Liners don’t leak. They just don’t. Also, the adhesive has a nice and firm stick and you can ensure that it’ll last for as long as you need it to.

Kotex tampons

Colorful pads with pretty packing and housed in a slick and sexy black box? Well done. U By Kotex gave us something that we didn’t even know we needed. And I love it. Now if only they can think of a way to get rid of that “Give me all of the sweets and leave me alone for the next 3 days” feeling…

 

I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Crowdtap on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate. But y’all know me. I don’t mind writing about this kind of stuff for free because, well, uh…I have before!