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Just as I am about to order my Honey Baked Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving, my friend sends me the following recepie for Jerk Turkey. I am a huge fan of Jerk, and love just about anything prepared with Jerk.  For those of you not familiar with Jerk style of cooking, “Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients may include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic,…

People say love is found when you least expect it. My cousin Stacey is determined to find love, but more importantly, have fun with internet dating. I applaud her for endless efforts and countless dates with internet dating. I will be quick to point out that I have never used an online dating site, it’s just not my thing. But I live vicariously through Stacey and her online dating experiences, both the good and the bad. I like to refer to her most recent online dating experience as “The Threesome”. A typical day for Stacey could include coffee in the…

First Dates, the only shot you get at making a great lasting impression. We’re all human, so we naturally check out a person’s clothing, their hair, their scent, their smile, I can go on and on. One slip up could possibly keep you from getting that second date. First dates can create alot of anxiety. I am here to lessen the anxiety, and help you look and feel your best.  I am not an expert on dating, but I am an expert on fashion. I have partnered with Debra Van Kallen, owner of Skin Couture, and Debra is an expert…

Summer is officially upon us! What better time than now to create a new summer cocktail- “The Lavender Martini”. This all came about last fall, when a client gave me various herbs and vegetables from her garden. In that mix were bundles of lavender. I had never cooked with lavender or made ANYTHING with lavender. I dried it, stored it, and tucked it away for a rainy day. Fast forward to Summer 2015 and I remembered the bundles of lavender that I had stored last fall. I had no idea what to do with them and my mind began to…

IMG_0860 Recently, Lenny Kravitz and his “Strut Tour” came to Los Angeles for 1 night only. I have been a fan of Lenny Kravitz since he first stepped on the music scene in the late 80’s. During my pregnancy, I would play his music for my daughter in my womb. And for the last 16 years we have enjoyed the music of Lenny Kravitz together. So as soon as Lenny Kravitz announced he would be performing for 1 night in Los Angeles, I knew we had to take immediate action. I was working when the tickets went on sale, on…

I started growing my locs in 1999. That is 16 years of trial and error with different products. I have learned over time to keep my loc maintenance routine consistent and simple. Since people approach me often about my locs, I figured posting my routine to my blog would be beneficial to others. When it’s time to wash my locs, my shampoo of choice, is Alaffia Shampoo. It comes in different scents, but my favorite is the coconut lime. It is gluten free, paraben free, and vegan. It is made with virgin coconut oil and shea butter to help keep my locs…

 Billy Bungo resides in the quiet town of Montclair, New Jersey. He is an accomplished musician, a Priest of Ifa, and an amazing wood carver. When he is not playing music (he plays over 20 instruments) or doing spiritual work, you will find him quietly working on his wood carvings. Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Billy Bungo lived in Nigeria for many years. This is reflected in both his music and his carvings. I met Billy Bungo about 15 years ago. I am very familiar with his music (which I will post and share at a later date).…

If you live in Los Angeles or plan to visit soon, I highly recommend you treat yourself to a scrumptious bowl of ice cream at Neveux Artisan Creamery. They have flavors such as basil olive oil, peppered peach, and my personal favorite honey lavender. On my first visit, I had a scoop of peppered peach. The sweetness of the peach mixed with the spice of the pepper, was unlike anything I had ever had. I was instantly hooked! Now I find myself checking their Facebook page daily to see what flavors they have for the day, what flavors are coming…

To see Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet as Best Friends and Co-Parents today is inspiring! I loved them as a married couple, simply organically beautiful. “They have so much love for each other,” Zoë Kravitz said of Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa (Lisa Bonet’s husband), “It makes things so easy that my parents are still very close. My dad and my step-dad get along really well, and my dad loves and is close with my brother [Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa] and sister [Lola Iolani Momoa].” I have a 16 year old daughter and maintain a close relationship with…

If you live in Los Angeles or plan to visit Los Angeles you MUST visit this spot! I stumbled upon this cute, eclectic bakery called Southern Girl Desserts. My sweet tooth could not resist going inside and trying a few delectables. Pictured are the pineapple coconut cupcakes, which were absolutely delish! I also tried the banana pudding and it simply melted in my mouth. I honestly wanted to lick the container clean.  And they don’t stop there, they also have cakes, pies, peach cobbler, and latte’s. Southern Girl Desserts is located in Los Angeles, inside the Baldwin Hills shopping center.…