Where am I?…

Hey guys! Just incase you were wondering where I disappeared off to..I’m still around I’ve just upgraded my site. Unfortunately, when I did that I was unable to transfer my wonderful followers 😦

Here is my new address: www.msmuneri.com

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I really appreciate the support.

 

Sonia

XOXO

Beauty 101…

Skin… the largest organ on the body. it protects, insulates, and basically holds everything together.  Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing some of my tips on how to take care of your skin from your face to your feet!!!

WATER!!

Healthy Skin

Water provides so many health benefits to your body, both internally and externally. As you will already we need to consume at least 8 glasses per day in order to replenish the water we lose each day. Your body is 75% water depending on your body size. Water is used in your muscles, blood, bones and your brain.

Your body has ways of telling you that you need water. Someone who has a headache is always told to drink water, that is because your body is letting you know you are dehydrated.To be honest you should not drink water when you start feeling thirsty because it’s one of the first symptoms of  dehydration. So drink water regularly

If me or my sisters had something wrong with us, whether it was a rash, headache or anything else that caught out attention my parents would always say “drink water” allll the time 🙂 as funny or annoying as it was, it did hold some truth to it. Water is so vital for our overall health. Here are a few of its powerful benefits:

  1. Relieves fatigue: Your body will find it easier to flush out toxins and waste products from the body. if you are dehydrated your organs will have to work harder which in turn will make you feel tired.
  2. Healthier Skin: Water aids in keeping your skin looking younger and clearer. Drinking water helps replenish skin tissues, keeps it moisturized and increases its elasticity.
  3. Keeps you alert: Your brain is 90% water. So drinking water will increase your concentration and decrease/eliminate those headaches.
  4. Decreases your chances of illness: Water is great, if not the best at detoxifying your body. It flushes out toxins and helps fight against the flu. It also keeps your kidneys functioning well.
  5. Better exercise: helps with your body’s ability to regulate you temperature and fuels your muscles!
Regular Exercise

That is just the beginning of all the benefits water has for your body.

Here are some tips on how to consume enough water for your body:

  • When you wake up drink 1- 2 glasses of water

I love squeezing half a lemon into my hot cup of water with 1tsp of honey to start the day. Using lemon will kick start your body and remove any toxins in your body. 

Lemon Water

  • Drink at least 1 hr before you eat.
  • Carry a water bottle with you everyday and drink throughout the day.
  • Drink water instead of soda or coffee, which dehydrates your body.
  • To make sure you’re drinking sufficient water for your body, here’s a calculation I use:

 ½ of my body weight in ounces

for example “if” I weighed 121 pounds I will then drink 60.5 ounces of water which is approx. 1.7 liters

Drinking enough water is a key element for maintaining your health and general well-being. Increasing your daily intake of water helps keep your skin looking vibrant and younger, aids digestion, improves your concentration and helps to remove toxins from your body.

Be Hydrated

XOXO

“10 Things I Want To Say To A Black Woman”…

So, I have a weakness for poetry. There’s just something about spoken word that moves me and provokes deep thought.

Emotional, serious, funny, political etc I don´t really have a preferance, I listen to all types.

Poetry is one of the ways to express art with the arrangement of words and reflect beauty in our own language.  Poetry can be crafted, has no rules and it doesn’t have to rhyme and you can write freestyle.

Poetry invokes an emotional response from the reader.

So what are your thoughts on this poem?

Be Inspired

XOXO

Leave your thoughts and comments below…

Diaries of a Natural Sista… Thandiwe

1st Entry…

11 November 2011

Tell us something about yourself?

I go by the name of Thandiwe, 19 and of Southern African origin a mixture of Zambia and Zimbabwe. I’m currently a university student. And most important I am a Child of God.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural since 11th November 2011. 🙂

So, why did you decide to be natural, and how did you feel doing the big chop?

This is not my first time being natural, growing up in Zimbabwe,  I was raised by my Grandmother for a few years and the only hairstyle she knew was keeping the hair short and so I grew up with that same hairstyle, attended a primary school that didn’t allow long hair so had to keep my hair short all the time.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG! SHORT HAIR WAS ALL I KNEW

I grew up clueless on hair care  and when I arrived in England I decided to cut my hair for my first day in school, BIG MISTAKE, because I was mistaken for a boy for a good two years if people didn’t know who I really was. So I decided to grow it out and I started texturizing it but with little knowledge of hair care. My hair was covered with weaves and braids all the time and with that I rarely oiled it which was another mistake I made.

I decided to go to a professional for a professional retouch and haircut in 2010, since I was becoming a lady.  The trend that year was short hair at the back “the Halle Berry look”.

"The Halle Cut"

It became my tradition to get a haircut every 2 months. Then 1st September 2010 I decided to cut my hair, I was just fed up so I went short. By the end of June I decided to relax my hair and within a month my hair started to look raggedy, unhealthy and the split ends were horrible! I ended up giving up on my hair and just used hair bands and curlers all the time until I went to University, I started thinking about how important my hair was and was pretty self-conscious about it.

When it was thicker...

Soo… on the 11th November 2011 I went to the barbers and the person who cut my hair was so shocked at the state of my hair.. I really hadn’t thought of cutting it all off but the barber was showing me bold patches and the way my hair was damaged so it was a spontaneous decision and I said cut it all off.

What reactions did you get from friends and family?

Funny enough I had cut my hair before a big weekend, I was going back home to see the family. And before that coincidentally all my friends decided to come and see me and they were first SHOCKED AND ANGRY but then they started liking it so within an hour it was a good haircut. My mum was shocked and I’m sure she really wanted to kill me but she thought it suited my head shape and it wasn’t bad. My dad’s reaction was the funniest he commented on how He had always wanted a boy and seems like I fulfilled that wish haha. The whole weekend I got the shocked look from friends back home, some didn’t even recognize me until they looked twice. I loved the feedback though. 🙂

 What was your hair like before? i.e. texture, length, health

May 2011

The quality of my hair was pretty bad, it was thinning and I naturally have thick hair. It had this dirty brown look and the split ends.. I’m sure some reached down to the roots.., my hair was breaking every day and I tried treating it and all sorts but I think I was too late. It had become almost like straw just stuck on my head.

What have you learnt from the experiences you’ve had with your hair?

  • TAKING CARE OF MY HAIR IS VERY IMPORTANT
  • OIL TREAT, PROTECT THE HAIR AT ALL TIMES
  • Definitely NO MORE RELAXERS IN MY HAIR

What is your hair regimen and what are you staple hair products?

At the moment I have decided to use natural remedies like:

  • I put olive oil and carrot oil serum < I use these products to keep my hair oiled at all times
  • I do my best to remember to use a silk head scarf to cover my hair at night
  • Since it winter I use a lot of hats and head wraps to cover and protect my head from the wind and the COLD.
  • My friend Massera is Sudanese although she has different hair texture she taught me how I could use olive oil and garlic and one of the oil treatment and it actually works

What would you say to others who are thinking about doing the Big Chop?

I would tell them  TO GO FOR IT  ignore what other people tell you, and also it actually boosts your confidence and self-esteem and there is no time like the present to experiment!

It’s worth it!!

I am currently learning more about natural hair products to use for my hair and its fun!

Protective Style

Headscarf

It's so cold this winter!!

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading Thandiwe’s entry and if you have any questions for me or Thandiwe please post them in the comment section below.

Be Yourself!

XOXO

Remember…

If you would like share your story and experience please don´t hesitate to contact me on msmuneri@hotmail.com

Diaries of a Natural Sista…

Diaries of a Natural Sista is a series capturing the different stories and experiences of women who have just become natural to those who are ‘experienced’ naturalistas.

Hope they will encourage, inspire and inform anyone who is interested in natural hair and its care.

Enjoy, Learn and Share!

XOXO

P.S. If you would like share your story and experience please don´t hesitate to contact me on msmuneri@hotmail.com

Red Bottoms…

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This weeks favourite are Red Bottoms… If you are true shoe lover you will know exactly what I am talking about, if not then you will  now. Easily recognizable and beautiful to look at red bottom heels have become a must-have addition for those wanting to accessorize their own wardrobe. Christian Louboutin has taken the … Continue reading

Father’s Love Letter…

I’ve recently signed up to this website that sends you daily promises from the Bible, and they have given me a new perspective on life and the decisions I make each day. Here’s the link if you’re interested>> http://www.365promises.com/

As I was reading my promise of the day I came across this letter from God, it was compiled with different verses in the Bible. This letter has changed my life. As I am writing this post my eyes are filled with tears in awe of the Love our Heavenly Father has for you and me and He is just waiting for you to receive His love.

I had to share this with you and I pray you are blessed with this letter…

Listen to the Audio and read the text 😀

Be Blessed

Click to listen


My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you. 

Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. 
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. 
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. 
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. 
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. 
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. 
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. 
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book. 

Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live. 

Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb. 
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. 
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.

John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love. 

1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father. 

1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. 
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. 
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. 
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. 
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. 
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. 
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. 
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul. 

Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. 
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me. 

Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart. 

Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. 
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine. 

Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you. 

Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart. 

Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes. 

Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. 
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. 
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you. 

Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you. 

1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love. 

Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me. 

1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child? 

John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. 
Luke 15:11-32


Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications 

© 1999-2011 http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com

Why wait for New Year to make your resolution…

We all make new year resolutions… but how many of them last a month… better yet last for more than a week? It´s funny how we let the busyness of life consume us… and then when we stop and look up it´s already November… another year has passed.

Did you accomplished what you set out to do in January 2011??

So its been about 2 weeks since my last post… and over those couple of weeks I´ve been doing a challenge to basically turn my life around and get rid of old habits that are holding me back or preveting me from really achieving my full potential in all aspects of my life from spirituality to financially and everything else in-between.

I was able to gain clarity and define the direction I wanted my life to go. An example was my relationship with God: the foundation of my life and the reason why I am here today. So many times I have woken up early each morning to do my devotion… promised to stop doing a certain thing or break habit… and worked on improving my prayer life. And the thing I´ve found which I think many of you can relate to is that you start soo strong and on fire but somewhere along the line you press the snooze button on your alarm in the morning, or you are running so late for work or school you put off your devotion or you´re too tired at the end of the day to read your Bible. Somewhere along the line you start getting distracted, your work and other things take over you life leaving you exhausted and and feeling like there are not enough hours in the day. Before you know, your Bible is gathering dust on your bedside table and you haven´t been on your knees for a long time…

So that is basically one of the things I addressed, it is so easy to relax and put things off especially when things start getting a little challenging and we find it hard to keep up even with ourselves. Long term goals are great and I´m sure you have goals in your life on where you want to be at the end of the year or in 5 years time. Then you have short term goals which are just as important in keeping you focused on what you want to acheive.

Here´s the thing about procrastination aka the thief of time; you only need to put something off once and before you know it, a month has passed and you are nowhere near to finishing that project you started or running out of time with the report you had so long to write for school, or you still haven´t lost the pounds you set out to lose.

The problem in life is that there’s not much immediate gratification. It’s all about instant results… so what happens is that you don’t see enough change right away, you don’t see the amazing results you’d like to get and you know you’re capable of right away.  And that is definitely one thing I have personally discovered, I can start something with so much determination and then after about 2 weeks I start relaxing.

Soooo during my 2 week challenge to help me become and stay focused I have decided to:

1) Start each day as though it is day one of my goal. Take each day at a time.

2) Saying positive affirmations throughout your day. eg, “I AM Focused”. or  “I AM moving, breathing, creating from a space of Grace, Growth & Gratitude. I AM living & loving MY journey.”

3) De-clutter your life,… how will you receive something new if your life is so full of unnecessary baggage. That includes your home, your relationships (either ending or enhancing them)  and our thoughts.

4) Get healthy… this includes juicing (well in my case going to a juice bar since I dnt currently have juicer), increasing my raw food intake and doing regular exercise.

5) Quiet my life and make time to meditate and be still…sometimes we get so lost in our own life it´s good to stop and take a step back to gain some perspective on life and everything that we have been blessed with 🙂

These are just a few of the things that I have incorporated and started in my life. What is the point of waiting a couple months to start a new year resolution especially when tomorrow is not promised! I have some major goals I want to succeed and as I accomplish I will definitely be updating and sharing the experiences that I go through on this journey called life.

I don´t know about you but I am starting my resolution… no time like the present…while some are waiting for “January 2012” others are already making things happen now!! What are your resolutions going to be?

“Never put off till tomorrow when you can do it today.”

XOXO

To Dye or Not To Dye… part II

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Hey people!! So I’ve finally got the pics of my hair… its taken longer than I had planned but they are here and I can say I do love them courtesy of my sister Kim the photographer and she also did my make-up on the shoot :)… the location of the pictures were outside in … Continue reading

Confessions of a vegetarian “meat-eater”…

So I´ve now officially decided to become vegetarian (once again) and ultimately aim to become vegan. I have attempted so many times to implement this into my life… and I´m so determined (many of you who know me will know what I mean lol) for the first 3 months or so and then slowly that ´just fried´ smell of chicken slowly travels across the room specifically looking for my nose just to tease it, and i instantly start craving it.

It definitely is a constant battle for me but I recently read a post about self-discipline, and what I was that so many of us start new year resolutions, set goals and start challenges…we start so strong and focused but somehow,  somewhere along the way we get distracted or we relax for a just a moment and before you know it you´ve given up, made excuses and not finished what you set out to do and you´re back to square one.

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem well my problem is my weakness for chicken (as silly as that sounds it´s the truth)

I have been vegan before in May 2010, when I first learnt about all these diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholestorol, stress related illnesses etc it was very intersting to find that majority of these are preventable by simply following a plant-based diet. I learnt recipes and easy methods to implement this into my lifestyle and I was doing so great until I let myself get really hungry and all of a sudden all I could think of was chicken and then I “happened” to walk past KFC……..the scent just pulled me and before you know it I was staring at a plate of bones *guiltyface*…

Anyway let´s not dwell on chicken so much… the whole out of mind out of sight doesn´t quite work for me because as much as I try to avoid being around chicken at some point it will be placed infornt of me and I will need to have the self-control and discipline to look at it and feel nothing for it.

This is what I am aiming to achieve over the next couple of months. there´s a difference between a vegetarian/vegan physically but it has to be a mental thing, just like forming a habit.

I´ve reached a point in my life where I want to live my life on purpose, direction and  focus, mentally, physically and spiritually. The beginning of each of these journeys that I am taking are so exciting and so full of motivation, and dedication but that´s the easy part… the challenge will come when I reach those tough situations and the choices I make will determine whether I fail or Follow On Course Until Successful!!!

I´ll be doing regular posts about my journey to update you on my progress 😀 And if you have any ideas I could do let me know in the comments section.

P.S. If you want to join me on these journies just let me know and I´ll set something up where I can fill you in,  in much more detail on all the things I am doing so that you can take part too 😉

A few quotes that keep me motivated and focused…

  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.
  • “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret”. Nido Qubein
  • “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”

— Denis Waitley: American motivational speaker

  • “People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.”

— Harvey Mackay: Best-selling business author, columnist & speaker

Be Disciplined

XOXO