23andMe and Ancestry – Home DNA Test Kit!





So, yes I ended up sucumbing to the urge to get some DNA tests done. With all  the Dna reviews on youtube and tons of little weird information you could find out about yourself. I had to give in and buy two not just one home Dna Kit.

Yes, when it comes to the whole Dna thing, I’m not that big on,  oh, I’m part this or I’m part that. Since I truly believe that we all come from one man and one woman and that it’s all trivial. However, due to the fact that my mom’s grandmother walked away one day and no one knew what happened to her is something that has always intrigued me, along with the fact that my grandfather is Bi-racial and his father has a whole different family out there that he has never met.

Interesting to say the least.

Along with the fact that that being african-american you never really know what part of Africa you come from unless you do some sort of Dna Research.

So I was very curious to do some sort of Home Dna Kit to see what the results would be and if I had some sort of Distant Cousin out there I knew nothing about.


So the the first thing I did was research on the Internet for the top two Cheapest Home Dna Kits that I could find. Which Were 23andme and AncestryDna kits. These two kits were the most affordable and would give me a decent synopsis of some place to start.

I ordered the 23andme Dna Kit here if you would like to check it out, and Ancestry.com has there own DNA kit which you could take a look at here!

The price for both were only $99.00 a piece and I ordered standard shipping so the price was about 110.00 for each one separately. I was so excited when I got them in the mail to start, however it took me a week or two before I even did the test.

The tests both came with a vile sort of shaped like the vials that take blood from you with if you ever had your blood taken. So with these vials I had to spit in them, I was so grossed out by spitting in the vile that it took me two weeks to complete.

Really, its a really simple five minute process except my own spit phobias got the best of me. ;-)

Once  you place your mouth fluids in the vile than you seal it and send it back in the return box they gave you.

Simple as 1, 2 ,3.

Once I sent off the boxes it took about a week and half to get the results in which they send you an email, you are able to set up a account with 23andme and Ancestry.com to view your results.

Which you can see the backend here of my 23andme below where you will see the haplogroups I belong too.







My ancestry.com backend here:




The cool thing about it is once you get your results you will be able to see your dna and if you have any distant cousins!! Totally cool right!!


I have been able to locate 2nd cousins I never knew existed along with the fact that you are able to share family trees if you want to. Your not required to find family if that if something you don’t want to do. I just want to know Dna information and possible some clues as to where my some of my great, great parents birth and so forth.


Ancestry.com has their own Home Dna Test Kit so if you if you are interested visit their site to get all the information you need.  23andme is one another one that is pretty cool and easy to use and at and affordable price.


23andme.com or Ancestry.com Dna kit – Get Ya One!


I know I did!

















Our Cheap Daytona Beach Resort Stay !

This past weekend the family and I got a chance to get away this weekend and spend some time with each other. Which was very much needed after coming off a very long week, and also being that it was the end of spring break for the kiddo’s. To top it off we were not able to go anywhere during the week except  the backyard pool.  Which is given during the spring and summer time here at our house.

My family and I love to travel but since my husbands car accident this time last year money has been tight and really has us counting our pennies down to the last dollar, just to save a few.  However, that is a whole different topic all in it self.

I stay in Central Florida so its no surprise that the beach is not that far away for me to just pack up and head to the beach for a day and drive back home. However, it is much more fun we you can plan it out and drive up there and stay on the beach. Eat some dinner, take the kiddo’s to breakfast and just lounge by the pool! Better yet when you can walk along the shore of the beach and do some natural Earthing(picking up all on those electromagnetic energy ;-) )

You can learn more about that by reading the book. ;-)

 perrys daytona beach resort

We had a convention this weekend that we went to right in Daytona, Beach Fl so it was the perfect time to pack up and just stay the night. I had to find a hotel room at the last moment however. Which is hard to since it is still spring break for the next couple of weeks. This past weekend trying to find a room for a Saturday night stay was sooo hard.

To say the least……  ;-(

At the last moment when I was about to give up, while I was looking on Tripadvisor I was able to find a room. That would accommodate a family of 6. When you have a large family you need a suite with a kitchen, A pull out bed at least double beds. We usually get two room suites when staying more than three days somewhere.

But for times like this when you only want to stay a night or two, and in a pinch anything will do.

We lucked out on Perrys Ocean Side Beach Resort in Daytona, Beach Florida.  Perrys Ocean Side Beach Resort was great! Very family friendly with a breakfast diner right next door with affordable prices. All though in the suite itself you will have a kitchen with a dinette set.

There is even a beach store and grocery store right across the street directly in front the resort. Perrys has two large clean pools, a Tiki Bar and even a kiddie pool! Plenty of patio furniture with grills located outside facing the beach for you to grill with your family.





We were a little nervous staying here at fist since it was last minute planning. However, I will say since it is so family friendly and spacious and I know that it will be a spot we will return to time and time again.

If you want to pack up and get a cheap family get away for the weekend or week, than perrys is a spot you might want to look at in Daytona, Beach Fl.

Our total Stay was less than 230.00 for the night, which is not bad since everything was booked and it is Spring Break!


Wanna know more about great beaches and Hotels you can stay at during Spring Break or Your upcoming Summer Vacation – Than visit TripAdvisor for great deals and finds, I know I did!





So you know, some of the links in my posts are aff links and if you do purchase anything through them I get a small commision which goes to support the blog. Thank you ;-)



Greek Feta Pizza and Infused Pineapple Green Tea!

I had the chance to visit Infused Tea in College Park, a hip cool little subdivision in Orlando, Fl, which is where I grew up. In fact I went to school during my highschool years pretty close to here. Well this spot has totally been doing a lot of revamping lately and a ton of cute little eco-friendly, vegan, organic foodie spots have been opening up around here. This side of town is so cool for its 1950’s sort of vibe while it continues to make it modern but still hold on to the traditional essence of College Park.


Well,  I decided to try out their Greek Feta Pizza and Infused Pineapple Green Tea it was so delicious. I’m pretty bia’s when it comes to little spots that serve tea and vegan food. I’m a foodie! I’ll eat just about anything that is made with the right ingredients and will not hurt my figure.  ;-)


My husband was the one that put me op on the place, I mentioned it to him a while back but never had the chance to stop by their, even though its right next to the car lot that we own.  Go figure, right.


Look at how good this pizza looks with it roma tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and green salad with balsamic dressing, perfect right on top with the greek feta pizza.


Hmmm…..Good Stuff!




You Got This!

Okay, so I was sitting here and thinking about life, thinking about  friends,and just thinking about life in general. I just wanted to take some time and just reflect on how us as moms always seem to pull through. Its as if we are a built of stone or something and never breakdown.

Sometimes I wonder why I was made so strong, to go through as many things as I have gone through in my life. Why am I like a jewel in the Ruff still in need of a little bit of molding, that seems to change and and change and never can seem to get to the point where I want to be. Why am I so patient, why am I so loving, why am I secure yet still insecure. Why am tall than yet still feel small, why am all theses things and yet cannot still master that one thing.

Yet, I’m here and at this very moment that’s all I can be. A mother, a friend,  a lover, a nurturer, caretaker, teacher and all that need be.


Than when I saw this video I thought it was so cute, to showcase that we as women deal with things, all different things yet we got this! On a emotional level, spiritual level, physical level. You know what we got this.


So when ever you feel like you need someone to talk to and that the world is lying on your shoulder. Remember just one thing. YouGotthis!



DIY: Quick and Healthy Homemade mayonnaise recipe


healthy homemade mayo




I have to admit it! I finally have been able to master the technique of healthy homemade Mayonnaise.  Making and attempting to make mayo has always been quite a tricky thing for me.  The one reason I think I always seemed to never get it quite right was because I was using a food processor and trying to make it really slow.  When it comes to cooking, I really don’t have a lot of patience to make things that require tedious handling. Such as dripping the oil into processor really, really slow.

I mean really, who wants to do that?


The technique that I use requires that you use a large  glass jar, wide mouth so that you are able to stick the emulsifier stick  blender in.   The one that I use is the Hamilton  Stick Blender. I only use a small amount of ingredients and not much is required at all.


  • 1 egg ( I use one egg, because I like to make fresh batches frequently) You can also add some whey to it, so it can lost longer and give it  a gut friendly fermented on effect on  your health.)
  • I use about a 3 teaspoons of lemon juice no seeds.
  • 2-3 teaspoons of salt ( fine ground)
  • You can add some digon mustard, but that would be up to you.
  • 1 cup of Oil I like to use a extra light tasting olive oil.


The thing I like to do is make sure I use a room temperature egg, that I get straight from the farm. I don’t trust big companies when it comes to quality eggs, not only because of germs but mainly because of  how they handle the chickens and what they feed them.

Buying eggs from a farm will give tens times more nutrients.  Check out this Video if you want more info.

Anyhow, the  next thing I do is  I pour the egg into the jar, with the cup oil, lemon juice and salt.   I wait a couple of minutes until all the oil has had a chance to float to the top, and the egg is on the bottom.  I place the stick blender in the jar all the way to the bottom. I turn on the blender and keep it in place and blend until it starts getting thicker. Really fast you will see the mayonnaise rise to the top. Slowly raise the blender out an blend more if needed.


There you go,  simple quick homemade  Mayonnaise!


Wanna learn more about Real Food – Read my post here about the way I love to eat!



I have a 4B Hair Texture And I Hate It!………



” I have a 4b hair texture and I hate It!”….


fro week pic one


This is one of the comments  I got this week, which was pretty much telling me that she hates having a 4b hair texture. Mainly because she has not been able to master her texture and get it under control with no frizz.  She works a lot and needs to have her hair groomed on  a daily basis.  We all know that yes, having a type 4 hair texture can be a bit much to deal with if you have not learned your hair type  and more so if your like me and I am not good with styles and can hardly braid.   I highly recommend that everyone read If You Love It , It Will Grow!  to get to know your hair type and what you can do to remedy the problems.


I would love to know what you think and if you have any ideas that would help her out in the comments below?



I have 4b hair texture and I have to honestly say I hate it.  I have tried many different products and recipes that just don’t work for my hair. Twist outs turn out frizzy no matter what I use. My ends are the driest and most difficult part of my hair. Conditioners do not penetrate my hair. Instead they just sit on top of my hair. After conditioning I have add some kind of moisturizer my hair throughout the week (glycerin and water helps a bit especially in humid weather). I have lost more hair in the past year and a half of transitioning compared to being relaxed. After cutting off the relaxed hair in May 2014 I thought outer would get easier but not at all. I don’t know how to braid was I can barely do twist outs. In addition I cannot wear a wild agro to work every day. Although I am low maintenance when it comes to hair, I do want to change my hair styles. I have tried the current look by using perm rods. Disaster washed a frizzy mess. Everyone suggests says you just have to find the products that work.

Arghhhh!!! Nothing Works!!!

I just end up frustrated and disappointed every time. I don’t like wearing braided extensions because I don’t like the tugging and pulling or soreness afterwards. They are too bulky washed they get in the way. I don’t want to wear weave either. Also i have to deal with family asking me why I have my hair like this and when am I going to make it look decent. I keep trying and trying to no avail. I can’t do this anymore. Nothing works for me. I have to go back to a relaxed….unfortunately. I just can’t make this work. I just want my hair to be the way it was before. Hmmmm…Cream of Nature or Mizani…either of those sounds good to me.



This Is What I responded with…. . I hope this helps. 


I’m sorry you feel that way Alexia, I struggled for a long time too, more so because I’m a really laid back person and I cannot braid or really ever get a great twist out. Because let’s face it, 4c hair is really tightly coiled and will always have some sort of frizz to it.

The one thing I have found to combat it  is to watch the Ph levels of the products I use, not to go over 7. Since that would be way to high and damaging on the hair.

I use leaves in with a mixture of aloe Vera juice and pre-poo with oils overnight for more shine and protection against shedding. I only finger detangle now and use the steamer at least once a week. Sometimes even in protective styles.

Have you ever considered locking your hair for a while?

I don’t use perm rods either since I am not one for doing extravagant styles. Try to make sure you are not using products with sulfates, these can build up on the hair and not let the conditioners do their job. I have found that Mud based shampoos like Tercentennials do very well on type 4 hair and even on mine followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse, leave in with aloe juice and oil and then a sealant of castor oil or jojoba oil.

I try to let my hair dry naturally by putting it in protective styles for a week. While re-twisting some about every two days and spritzing with Alikay natural lemongrass leave in.

Than after about two days I seal again withShea moisture or Jane Carters Nourish and Shine. The main thing is to leave the hair alone. Our hair does not like a lot of manipulation. Wash, Clarify, Condition, Seal…..Let it be. I hope this helps.




Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit Review!

aromatherapy diffuser

Remember how on my last post I talked about the benefits of Essential Oils,  and how how I love the role they play in the everyday health of beauty and natural living. Well I was given the chance to review the Essio Shower Aromatherapy Shower Kit Diffuser!


I was totally stoked since just the thought of  taking a shower with essential oils dripping down infusing the air with scents of relaxation, was all you had to to to get me hooked.  I was sent the starter kit which comes with the shower Essio Shower Attachment and three pods full of essential oils that would last 3-5 showers each with heavenly scents. You might be thinking just three to five showers a piece, well I don’t plan on using it for every shower.  I just use them on those days when I really need to wind down and rest pretty quickly. ;-)

The three pods inside the starter includes:

 Breathe- A refreshing aromatic blend of peppermint and eucalyptus which will help to clear sinuses and decrease congestion. While at the same creating a relaxing element for yours senses and body

Passion- Gives a Mysterious, exciting complex synergistic mix of orange, lavender and patchouli. Which creates a sensual aroma.

Unwind – This delightful, restorative blend combo gives an air of citrus and spice floral tones for a atmosphere of lightness and will promote instant relief.


Essio Shower kit Diffuser


The only thing I pretty much had to do was open the box, attach it to the shower rod above the shower head, activate the pod by turning it counterclockwise and turn on the shower. It was super simple and took less than five minutes to attach and use.


Just so you know, the Essio Shower Aromatherapy kit is free from synthetic additives, fragrance, color or preservatives. The essential oils all come from natural plant based extracts.


It did not leave my shower to oily at all, if your concerned about that I would recommend a shower mat.


I really left my shower all though it was quick during the  day, feeling refreshed and uplifted. More so relaxed!


Will I buy this product again,  Yes, I will ;-) I want to explore their other oils and how well they work.


I really think the Essio Shower is something really cool and it really did bring the spa to my home!


A tip though with the UN – used pods, you can place them on your dresser and it will fill up the whole room with great scents.







I really have enjoyed the Essio Shower Aromatherapy Starter kit! If you  would like to have a chance to get one of your own you can click here to visit the site and you can also Enter for a Chance to Win One of your Own by clicking here!

They are giving away two free starter kits!

P.S.  Have you ever used the Essio Shower Kit?





A Bed And Breakfast: We had a Beautiful Stay!

So this month is Family Reunion month so, this past weekend my husband and I took the kids to Folkston, Georgia to a family gathering my grandmother’s family organized.  It was a one night overnight stay where I got to see many of my cousins and let my children meet some of their family members.  My Dad’s moms family is from Georgia and I was not born there so ever since I was little my mom would take us up there each year so that we would get to know our family members.  I am so grateful that she did that, because I know too many people who parents either got divorced when they were younger and never got to continue to see both parts of their family.

Which is why to this day, I love to teach my kids about where both sides of their parents came from.  The only thing now is that now that I’m older I am taking my kids along with me this time and a husband.

So with that comes #hastaglittlekidproblems.

Where little kids fight , cry and  having four boys  that need their own space does not help either.  So I just chose not to stay at some one homes and but rather book a room at the Inn at Folkston. 




The Bed and Breakfast at the Inn of Folkston is a beautiful old world 19th century home, that has – I think about 7 bedrooms. Each room is decorated with its own train theme. The owner of the home is an retired couple who’s husband is a second generation retired railroad conductor.  Soon as we got there we felt like we were right at home, I was little nervous at first because I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast Before. I’m pretty use to the huge luxury resorts suites that we tend to go too.

The Inn at Folston helped to ease all those fears, my children loved the place.  The room was so huge and spacious at that. We had two full queen beds in our family room  which were so comfortable and clean! Along with a pull out bed and a large private bathroom. I thought that was pretty cool.

Maybe, that’s just me because I thought we were going to have to share a bathroom or something.  Lol! ;-)

Since we were only staying for one night, and leaving the next day.  The couple and their granddaughter served us breakfast the next morning and I felt like I was taken back in time to 19th century way of living.

Just a beautiful place and we had a great stay.

I know for sure now that when we do go back up there to visit family we will return back to the bed and Breakfast inn in  Folkson, heck I might even stay at more across the country.

Since we do tend to travel when we can.  ;-)


How about you, have you ever stayed at a Bed and Breakfast Before?



The gift of a getaway




Sweet Blackberry – Bringing African American Stories to Light!

I recently had the chance to come across an awesome kick-starter that is being raised to help the Sweet-blackberry organization to raise money to bring to light some truly remarkable stories about African American people. This whole concept is so cool to me, I remember being a little girl and hearing my grandmother tell me stories about how she grew up and things she learned along the way. I use to love just sitting there and having her pat my body really softly and tell me plenty of stories her history.

Story telling is one thing, I know was huge in the African american households a couple of generations back, since we did not have anyway to document our history, many African Americans would pass down their family legacy through stories, that their parents told them and so forth.

Which is why I totally support what the Sweet Blackberry organization is doing, it is bringing back to light the stories of many African Americans who went on to to do many great things and contributed to the growth of this country as a whole.

Sweet Blackberry is doing what many schools have not done and probably will never do, that is to tell us the many great stories of African American history in America. It sort of reminds me of  Life Upon These Shores by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Which are stories of  African American history in America. Which is a  Phenomenal book and I recommend you read it if you get a chance too. However sweet-blackberry breaks it down in puts it into a way that children would receive it very easily.

I’m not too sure if it will be in book format just yet but I do know right now in its beginning stages it is in DVD form.

Karyn Parsons who used to play Hillary on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air is the founder of Sweet Blackberry and I am so glad she is doing something like this. It will help parents and schools to give children a more rounded education into all cultures.

I think it is something totally worth looking into too, if your a parent, homeschooling mom and would love to teach your children about all types of history. ;-)

Good Stuff!! ;-)

To learn more you can can Visit Sweet Blackberry for more information.


Sweet Blackberry Intro from karyn parsons on Vimeo.





Amys Organic Soup: Pretty Good!

OK,  I decided last night that I need to lose a little weight, not a lot. Just a little to get back into some clothes that I am not able to fit anymore. The clothes that I have are nice and I really want to continue wearing them again. So this morning I woke up early and was able to fit in a small dance workout online. Dancing to me is fun, and that is the one thing I continue to stick to when it comes to losing weight and working out.

I ended eating fruit for breakfast this morning with some chicken for my protein. Than after around the mid afternoon I wanted something light and decided to try out Amy’s Organic Vegetable soup for a light lunch before dinner later on tonight. Nothing to heavy was what I was going for. Which would not give me a ton of carbs either.

To my surprise this Amy’s Organic Chunky Vegetable canned soup was really, quick and easy to make on the stove top! Very tasty I might add. I don’t really count calories since I don’t believe in them. ;-) But if you do, it has only 60 calories. Not even 4 grams of sugar, 13 carbs. It was a little high on the sodium side, yet it was a quick meal and something I will not eat every single day.

However, it a good option to a quick soup that come out the pantry when you want good ingredients that are all organic and you don’t have to slave over the stove. In just about 5 min It was ready to eat. Boom, done!

There are no trans fat, MSG, OR Preservatives, No GMO’S and its Gluten Free! Which is plus around here. I ended up buying more of these for my son, who likes to eat soup in a pinch.





Some of the ingredients are:


  • Filtered Water
  • Organic Tomatoes
  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Corn
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Peas
  • Organic Onions
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic sea salt
  • Organic Black pepper


Good Stuff! If you want to try out Amy’s Organic soup  online HERE. 


Have you ever tried out any of Amy’s Organic Food? I would love to know! ;-)


P.S.  My Son love their Ravioli!!