4 Super Quick & Easy Smoothie Recipes

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As part of my goals for the new year to take back control of my diet, I’ve started incorporating a smoothie into my morning routine. In an effort to ensure that my body is receiving the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants needed to function properly throughout the day, I’ve been using fruit and vegetable smoothies as a way to pack several health benefits into one glass. As a result, I’m less tired, more energized, and my skin is doing amazing. Last week, I provided you with a few tips for clear and glowing skin, including the incorporation of smoothies. So, this week I thought it would only be right to follow up with a list of easy and delicious smoothie recipes for your convenience!

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6 Tips For Clear & Glowing Skin

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It’s no secret that we all want that perfect, clear, and dewy skin. What does seem to be a secret is how to get it. Over the course of my teenage years and maybe even into my early 20’s, I can’t begin to tell you how many skincare products I’d tried that just did not seem to combat the bad acne I was suffering from. I mean, I tried Proactiv, Neutrogena, and several other brands, but they just didn’t work. After finally being introduced to my now holy grail facial cleanser by Desert Essence, I was finally able to stop the breakouts and start the clearing process. As I got older and became more knowledgeable about skincare, I realized that simply relying on facial cleanser for clear skin is not enough. There are other key factors that play a role in getting and maintaining great skin. Below are a few tips!

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5 Things To Let Go Of In 2020

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Happy New Year!

Let me start off by saying I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season. Can you believe it’s officially 2020? With the busiest time of the year now behind us, it’s time to reshift our focus to developing a new set of goals for the next six to twelve months. As exciting as it is to think about the changes we want to make to better our lives or “level up”, we often forget that change also requires sacrifice. So, with every goal that we make, whether we realize it or not, it’s going to require us to make room for those things to blossom. We have a lot of glowing up to do and we cannot do that if we’re still hanging on to hindering habits. Here are a few things to let go of in 2020.

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Gift Guide: 12 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Him & Her

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I feel like I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s officially the holiday season. Christmas is less than two weeks away and as always, I am number one on the late Christmas shoppers list. However, according to family, friends, and peers, I’m certainly not the only one, which makes me feel just a little less embarrassed about my lack of better planning. Since next weekend is the last weekend before Christmas, I thought it would be helpful to round up a list of last-minute gift ideas for both him and her — whether it’s for your mother, father, brother, sister, significant other, or best friend. This may also be a great time to take advantage of expedited shipping if you’re ordering online or pay a visit to your local retailer!

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The Importance of Self-Kindness & How I Struggled With It

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Usually, I’m a perfectionist and always looking for the perfect segue into a topic, but today is one of those days where I’m just going to dive right into it. Yesterday, I discovered a new podcast. ‘I’m Here For The Food’ is hosted by Melyssa Ford of ‘Hollywood Unlocked’, along with her co-hosts Blue Telusma and Chantelle Anderson. The podcast is described as a place where the ladies expand on conversations and topics related to “today’s every woman.” They will share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences on womanhood and trending topics in a long-form discussion.

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Quick & Easy Pepper Steak Recipe

Have you ever been staaarving, but after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is come home and stand over a stove all night? Trust me, I know the feeling. During the week, I’m usually looking for something quick and easy, but super tasty. This pepper steak recipe is perfect for that weeknight that you would rather spend more time relaxing than cooking. In just 30 minutes and with a handful of ingredients, you can have this delicious meal ready with a glass of wine and your favorite movie or TV show!

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Three Original Christmas Movies Coming To OWN

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? If you ask me, absolutely not. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year and it just got better. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is bringing three original Christmas movies to your home this season and it’s rather exciting. Usually, I just stick to my classic holiday favorites, but I’m in the mood to add some new movies into the mix this year.

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Erotic Fiction Novelist Zane Explains How Black Women Can Reclaim Their Sexuality

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With over 20 years in the industry as an erotic fiction novelist, more than three dozen books published, and millions of copies sold, it’s hard to believe that Kristina Roberts, better knowns under her creative alias Zane, had never read erotic fiction prior to becoming an author. She is best known for her New York Times best-selling novel, Addicted, which was released in 1998.

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Regina King Is A Prime Example of Why You Should Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Regina King is a prime example of why you should never give up on your dreams. The 48-year-old actress is gracing the November 2019 cover of Marie Claire’s appropriately titled Ambition Issue. For any young black girl growing up, representation is critically important. I was fortunate enough to have Regina King as a familiar face of my childhood, starring in some of my favorite movies that we deem classics in the black community such as ‘Boyz N The Hood’, ‘Poetic Justice’, ‘Higher Learning’, ‘Friday’, and ‘A Thin Line Between Love & Hate’. Not to mention, she starred as teenager Brenda Jenkins at just 13 years-old in the late 1980s sitcom, ‘227’.

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