Thursday, July 2, 2015

9 Month Old Dreads Update

Here is the monthly dread update!

   Now that my dreads are becoming stronger and tighter, I am less fearful about wrapping them and beading them temporarily, which explains why I have a plastic butterfly toy wrapped on a dread near the front of my face. I had a wrap that was crisscrossed over two congo-ing dreads and it helped bind them together better. 
   What I also noticed from this update, is that the curly tips of my locks are beginning to bend upwards and bind themselves together with the loose hairs near the tips (as you can see with the dread that I am holding up). I get the feeling that some of my dreads will have blunted tips rather then brush tips. 

Made a headscarf bow from the left over portion that I cut off from my DIY kimono.

  Yep! My dreads are looking real good, but one thing that has been bothering me a lot about my hair, is the bangs! I've gone from long bangs, side swept and now blunt bangs (All cut by me), and still I don't like it. I left my bangs undreaded because I thought it would look better, but that's not the case at all! So I was thinking that once my bangs start to grow longer, I'll separate it and then dread the hair.  

So that's all for this update, can't wait to see what happens next month! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Last few days of June

Uh boy....I left you guys hanging again didn't I? 
Wondering perhaps where I was and what I was doing?
Well I'll smash the "exciting" stuff in this one post. 

(I hate bathroom selfies) 

  Ok so after about two weeks in stalling to finish my Winter Soldier arm, I am pleased to announce that it is complete and finished! All that was left to do was paint the red star on the upper arm, oh and add a shoulder strap. Now I something to bring to the premier of Captain America Civil War!. 

   My mom drove my sisters and I to the beach for a few hours, and that was fun... except for the part where I became BADLY sunburned on my upper back and the tops of my feet. 

 Finally found the ORIGINAL Paddington stories at my bookstore, the first half part to the book that I already own (which is the second half). Of course it's newer and in a lot better condition then the one I found at a used book sale, but it's absolutely perfect and the stories are bursting with joy and laughter! Read it yesterday morning before the sun came out and it brightened my day!

(Excuse my mis-matched decor)

  Here I am "Modeling" or attempting to model my brand new all black kimono made from an old scarf I found. It took me about 45 minutes to create and it fits like a supposed-to-be-loose glove! Now I only hope I wear it often! I don't usually like wearing clothing that is long, loose and draped, because I'm those kind of clumsy people who get caught on everything! 


  Oh and I had my first hemp class session  last Thursday. It went well, probably would have went a lot better if I explained things clearer and wasn't so nervous. Maybe next time I'll be more talkative. 

(I forgot your supposed to capitalize the "g" in God, and all my stamps are in lowercase. I'm going to have to paint over that and uppercase the "g") 

   This is the gift that I was going to give my mom on her birthday but didn't make it in time because the paint was really wet. So I finished it today and stamped on it one of her favorite verses. She did have a great birthday by the way, I accompanied my canvas gift with a Macy's gift card. 


  Last topic I want to cover (I swear I'm almost done) is that I signed an application for a church junior camp to become a camp counselor. I still haven't heard back from anyone, but I'm hoping I will.  On top of that I also signed up to help out in my churches VBS event, which is coming up soon, I'm hoping that I'll get to help out with the crafts. 

Well that was my busy week, I really need to stay on top of things here so everything doesn't pile up. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

7 Day on Starch Solution | What I eat in a day

Yaaaaaay! Day 7 on Starch Solution! 
Wow that was fun and tasty, can't believe how fast it went 
or how much I allowed myself to eat. 

Day 7

(I ate lunch for breakfast)

Brown rice 
Pepper and salted baked purple cauliflower 
Steamed broccoli 

(I celebrated my 1 week success with banana pancakes!) 
Recipe ------> Banana-Oat Pancakes

6 banana pancakes 
1 sliced banana 
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 

Corn tortilla 

Brown rice
White kidney beans
Tomato paste 

    For tomorrow I made this vegan chili using this recipe -----> Vegan Chili . But I made some changes along the way and the results were delicious! 

  • Instead of fresh tomatoes I used canned diced 
  • Instead of tomato sauce I used 1/2 tomato paste 
  • I added a bit of salt
  • reduced the amount of spices (because I thought they were too much)
  • I didn't have chili powder so I used cayenne pepper 
  • I mixed black beans and white kidney beans
  • Instead of fresh I used frozen white corn and bell peppers 
  • Lastly I added cilantro 
  So yeah, I guess I did more changes then I thought, but it worked out awesome. So with my first week on the Starch Solution over, I find that my stomach rather enjoyed it and would hate to see it go, so I have decided to live the High Carb Low Fat vegan way forever! Also felt like I learned more about food in this week alone then in the 2 years that I was a "regular" vegan. 
  As for how my body reacted to the change, it's still kind of hard to say since it's all new to me, but I believe I lost 2 pounds and have more energy in me, not to mention that I feel satisfied all the time and never have that "starving" feeling that I got right after I finished a meal. Really glad that I tried out this experiment and can't wait to see what happens in the future. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

5-6 Day Starch Solution | What I eat in a day

Oh man, I missed day 5 yesterday! And I only got the chance 
to take one photo, because I was in a rush all morning. 

Day 5

3 rice cakes 
1 sliced banana 
5 chopped dates

Leftover eggplant slices 
1 cup and a half of quinoa spaghetti 
Tomato paste 

Rice cake
coconut water

2 spiralized zucchinis
1 cup of brown rice 
Tomato paste 
1 plum 

So yeah I think that's what I had yesterday, can't really remember but it seems right. 

Day 6 

(This was my first time since going vegan that I had a bowl of cereal, 
and it was delicious!)

1 cup of Rice Krispy's
1 cup of Nature's Path Cinnamon Jungle Munch (It's vegan)
1 sliced banana 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 

(I got my sister to eat this same breakfast, and she said that is was super delicious.)

2 medium baked red potatoes 
1 whole package of steamed frozen stir fry veggies
Tomato paste

1 apple 
2 rice cakes
coconut water 

2 vegan corn tortillas 
1 whole can of organic red kidney beans 
Tomato paste 

Everything was really filling and tasty, and I didn't get a bloated belly like I usually did before I started the Starch Solution. So far I'm loving this way of eating, I don't care about how many calories are in the food, I don't have to stay away from pasta and cereals and I can eat more without worrying! 
Don't think I'm going to return to the way I was eating before, I finally found something that works for me! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

4 Day Starch Solution | What I eat in a day

Are you annoyed of me yet? :) 

Day 4

1 cup of brown rice 
2 sliced bananas 
1 cup of coconut water 
(I drank that instead of eating the apple, because I got too full.) 

(I didn't take a picture of what I ate for lunch) 
2 rice cakes 
2 leftover black bean burgers 
Tomato paste and Cilantro 

1 rice cake

3 sweet potatoes 
A few slices of baked eggplant 

And that's what I had for today!
Say if your wondering how my Winter Soldier arm is coming along,
I have been stalling to finish it due to bad wet weather.
 I had to spray the middle section of the arm because the paint was chipping off 
and I had to spray a bit of clear coat on it. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Day Starch Solution Update | What I eat in a day

Ok guys I have pictures for you of everything I ate today. 

2 vegan corn tortillas from Trader Joe's
2 bananas 
5 dates

Leftover cauliflower
Tomato paste 
1 cup of brown rice
Coconut water

Two rice cakes 
 (I made mine with tomato paste instead of ketchup and no mustard.) 
Tomato paste and cilantro (for toppings) 
Coconut water

I didn't take a photo of my snacks, but I had a banana and apple. 

See ya tomorrow!