Friday Five

Can I just say before I post my Friday (Saturday) Five.. I’m really amazed at the people who read this! I mean, I know people read it by looking at the site stats, but I was amazed at who was reading my posts. In a good way, of course. I’m so grateful to my friends who’ve mentioned some of these posts to me and how they relate. It’s nice to know you aren’t alone, even if you feel that way sometimes. I’m also thankful for those who offered encouraging words to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

1. Poopourri
Ok so.. I first heard about this product via this post. There aren’t any details I really feel like going into, because I just don’t really want to talk about bowel movements. I will say this, it works. Just spray this a couple times in the toilet, drop the kids off at the pool, and flush. Stick it in your guest bathroom, or that one bathroom that’s considered the “public” bathroom in the house. Trust me, man. I can’t even keep a straight face typing about this. I can’t. Although in our house, we have the DejaPoo scent. Ok that’s all I’m saying about it now. There’s not smooth way to transition from this so.. moving along now..

2. A Confederacy of Dunces
This is one of my favorite books. I can only describe it as witty, yet hilariously sad. I knew I would love this book because within the first few pages I found myself laughing, and I can’t say that about too many books. But here’s a more in depth description–

So enters one of the most memorable characters in American fiction, Ignatius J. Reilly. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures”
(Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).

There is even talk about it turning into a movie with Zach Galifinakis as the main character. I hope so. It’s great, and it’s a book I recommend to everybody– or at least to people with whom I discuss books.

3. Happy Squeeze Fruit & Veggie Twists
So I stumbled upon these while I was at the grocery store one day.. and let me tell you I’ve been hooked since! I love fruits, but honestly– I’m really bad about getting enough vegetables. When I do buy vegetables, I usually don’t use it all in time before it starts to rot. I also get bored very easily when it comes to vegetables. Bottom line, I prefer fruits and just force myself to eat most vegetables because I know it’s good for me. This awesome product combines the two in a nicely packaged pouch that you can eat on the go. No utensils required, uhm.. heck yes! I bring these to work a lot, and I’m pretty sure people think I’m eating baby food.. BUT I swear it’s for adults. The company does make some for children as well, in case you’re wondering. And sure, I can make a green smoothie and mix my greens with fruits, but I also hate doing dishes and I love products that make things easier for me. I’m all about convenience. Sure, a green smoothie would probably be better, but do I really want to wash the blender just to take a smoothie to work that’ll probably liquefy by the time I want to start munching? Nope. I sure don’t. Oh, did I mention it’s really delicious? I personally love the apple, mango, and kale. Try it. In my grocery store it’s in the juice aisle.

4. Mixed Chicks
So I’m mixed, as some of you know. My mother is Asian, and my father is African-American. When I was a kid my mother would do my hair, and she did the best she could.. but you know, our hair isn’t alike. I was solely raised by my father from when I was 11 until I graduated high school. So you can only imagine the adventures I’ve had with my hair. My dad would’ve been satisfied if I just chopped my hair off and rocked a fade like he did, and when he wasn’t convincing me to do that, he’d try to convince me to dump a tub of grease in my hair. Yuck. Then finally he let me get my hair relaxed (chemically straightened) when I was 13. The straight hair was normally how I’d wear my hair for most, if not all, of my teenage years. It wasn’t until my early 20s that I found a solution to for my hair that would enable me to wear it curly most of time and only sometimes straighten it, because straightening it all the time is both a hassle and bad for my hair (dry to the max). Mixed Chicks worked wonders. My hair is incredibly soft after and so much more manageable. My hair washing routine starts with their shampoo, followed by smothering my hair with their deep conditioner and then brushing it with a wide tooth comb in the shower. After, I let it sit for a few minutes before I rinse it out. NO brushing after it’s dry. I follow it up by adding Curls Cream Brulee (another amazing product) to my wet hair and letting it dry. Afterwards my hair looks big and curly and I feel FIERCE for a couple of days, but only a couple. I now actually learned to love my naturally curly hair, which I rejected for most of my life to be quite honest. I’m really happy I’m seeing more products for the racially-ambiguous, such as myself. Times are changing, y’all! Mixed Chicks, FTW.

5. Tone It Up 3rd Annual Bikini Series
Tone it Up is a lifestyle blog centered around fitness and good health. They have a ton of useful information, from recipes to workout routines– with helpful printouts. They halso ave a great line of products, including their own protein (which I use), their own nutrition plan, and a workout video. This week they just kicked off their annual bikini series! It is an 8-week program designed to get you bikini ready for the summer. They post daily workouts to make sure you’re keeping up, occasional recipes, and tips to help you along your journey. They encourage people participating to check in with them, via-instagram and Twitter, which helps with accountability and helps you keep track of your progress, which is essential to any fitness routine. The bonus is it’s free to join. I incorporate it in with my daily routines, which is quite the challenge, but so worth it! Another bonus? They’re giving away prizes throughout the whole program, so hurry up and join! I’ll be doing it with you.

And so we meet again.. Saturday. Oh man. I swear I’ll get this done before midnight one of these Fridays.

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