Summa, summa, summa!! ???
When most people only look forward to sunny barbecues, swimming pools, and ice cream, we naturals are a little different. For us, summertime means protective styling! There’s nothing worse than going to Florida, only to spend hours wrestling with your natural hair (trust me, I’ve done it!) With summertime vacations and swimming, it’s so important to have a hairstyle that protects your hair and is very low maintenance. For the last few months, I’ve been looking forward to June, just to try out a new style, Marley twists! I had seen so many girls on Pinterest totally killing this look, and so I had to give it a try.
What are Marley Twists
Marley twists are twists made with kinky braiding hair, also known as Marley hair. They get their name because they look similar to the locs of legendary Bob Marley. For those of you who’ve heard of Havana twists, the two styles are very similar. The only difference is that Marley twists are usually 2 to 3 times larger than Havanas. Here’s a picture from Instagramer @braidsandbeards, totally killing this Havana look.
Both Marley and Havana twists have a slightly fuzzy look, similar to locs. They definitely rank top in my book because the Marley hair texture blends so well with my kinky hair type. I don’t have to worry too much about the frizz and stray hairs that drive me crazy when I use straight hair for Senegalese twists. They also take less time compared to other extension styles because they’re so chunky. This is a huge plus! Even though it was my first time doing this style, it only took me between 6-7 hours, compared to the 10+ hours it took my mom and me to do Senegalese twists 2 years ago. Of course, an experienced stylist can do this even faster! They are also ridiculously easy to take down and only took me about 30 minutes.
This style seemed perfect for me! I decided to try it earlier this month when my family took a 2-week road trip. I was really satisfied by the length of time it took me and the roots looked pretty natural. When doing some research, I heard that cleansing the Marley hair before using it with apple cider vinegar would keep it from making your scalp itch. However, when I cleaned the hair, I think the liquid made it frizzy(ier). So the twists were not as smooth as I wanted them to be. I also struggled to make the ends look neat while still tapering them and not burning them (trust me, fire ain’t getting anywhere close to MY hair.) Anyway, although I was really pleased with my first results, I still had some room for improvement. I really liked the “big hair,” Afrocentric feel these chunky, kinky twists gave me. I honestly felt like a warrior princess!
Needless to say, I loved doing the Marley twists! Other than the different hair textures, Marley or Havana twists are done just like Senegalese twists. They are typically done with the invisible root method, which is a technique of twisting your hair so the extensions look natural. Then you simply twist it into a rope twist. Check out the video below to see how this is done so easily! I also included a video of different ways to style Marley twists.
One thing I struggled with when twisting my hair was realizing the importance of hair proportions. It’s very important for the amount of Marley hair you use to fit how much of your hair you’re mixing in. If you don’t, it can prevent you from getting the twist tight at the root, which will look very unnatural and can even put a strain on your natural hair. Once I realized this, twisting my hair became much faster!
Hope this helps anyone and inspires you to try out this great style! Don't be afraid to comment if you have any questions or thoughts!
Of all the millions of times I’ve answered questions about being homeschooled, there are somethings I just haven’t said. Some things are only for other insiders, people who understand and won’t judge. Some things you try to ignore or forget. And some feelings you just want to bury deep and never let loose. But eventually, you have to let go and let your experiences help others.
First of all, I want to confirm that homeschooling really has been a blessing to me in so many ways. I can see its benefits in my relationship with God, my relationship with my family, my education, my social life, and my independent thinking, just to name a few. Homeschooling’s truly allowed me in particular to blossom in ways I don’t believe I would have without it. Of course, one thing about this form of education is that every homeschooler is different and uses different methods, so it’s impossible to say that one experience matches all.
That being said, my particular homeschool experience wasn’t all lilies and roses. The one thing I rarely discuss is all the insecurities I had to deal with. When people ask me what’s the worst thing about homeschooling, what I really want to say is that it’s often the people who aren’t homeschooled who make it difficult. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me thoughtless questions, like “Oh you poor thing, how do you make friends?” or “You must hate it, don’t you?” or “Have you ever wanted to be a normal child?” or just, “What’s wrong with you?” People suggest all the time that I’ll never do well in life, I’ll never make any friends, I’ll never fit in, or that my parents are crazy and are cheating me out of basically everything good in the world.
Even when I was only 8 years old, I would get remarks like these from my friends, relatives, and adults I looked up to. Although I’m sure no one meant any harm by asking understandable questions or expressing their opinion about how they raise their own kids (sometimes very passionately), I began to feel unsecure from an early age. Maybe they were right. Maybe there was something wrong with my friendships since they weren’t made in a public school building. Maybe I really wouldn’t succeed in life because of my innocence or uncompromising views. Maybe mom and dad were wrong.
Over the years, these tender childhood fears only escalated. I began to think of myself less and less because I was different. By the time I was in middle school, I secretly felt that everyone I met was judging me. I was especially insecure around kids who went to public school. Because of numerous bad experiences, I expected them all to share the same feelings about me. Even though I really liked being homeschooled, I wanted to go to public school just because I thought it would make me normal. But of course, I didn’t let anyone see it because it might add to people’s bad opinion of homeschooling.
It wasn’t until high school when I realized how low I really was. I realized how stupid it was to measure myself by what other people thought made me right or “normal.” As I looked at my life, I began to really appreciate the difference in my lifestyle. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I decided that I wouldn’t let other’s opinions shape what I thought of myself.
This was much easier said than done. Undoing a mindset of 7 years hasn’t happened in an instant. Every day, I struggle to find my own identity outside of the one often unknowingly thrust on me. People still ask weird or thoughtless questions or use a tone that brushes me the wrong way. Are they right? Am I the unsocial, naive, booky gal they think I am or should be? It takes a lot of prayer not to give in to their pressure.
I wanted to share this because I know that there are other homeschoolers who have been in the same situation. And there are people all over the world who are secretly struggling with insecurity in general. No one is alone. And no one can overcome it alone. Christ has come that we can have life, and have it more abundantly. How can we be content and joyful and trusting in God if we allow other people’s opinions to control us? How can we walk in our purpose if we haven’t come to terms with who we are? I am so, so, so thankful for how far Christ has brought me and the acceptance I’ve found in him.
What are some experiences or testimonies you have about being insecure? What have you experienced as a homeschooler? Please share by pressing the comment button to encourage others.
The lady at the desk told us of that when many people come to the nursing home as patients they feel as if they had no purpose for living and just waited for death. This man was one of these patients. He had confessed to the lady at the front desk how he was feeling useless in his life. She had asked him,
“Well perhaps you can do something to help teach the next generation.” He had replied that he knew how to draw. After being encouraged by the lady to teach youths how to draw, he started his art classes. So me signing up for his classes helped him with his purpose. That’s just one of the ways God can work. He can make the small things we do bring light to someone. Who knows, maybe Mr. Arnold inspired somebody in the nursing home to also have purpose. We can’t limit how God works and think we know everything he’s going to do.
“He is not a tame lion”
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Hey y’all. I came to share a family favorite of ours with you. We actually probably have it almost once a week, which, considering all of our family favorites, says a lot. We LOVE salmon croquettes. We eat salmon in like every form, but this is probably one of our favorites. We like to experiment with several salmon recipes, and this is just one of the many ways to cook it. Usually, we do salmon and biscuits, but this time, we did bagels, yogurt, and peaches. It was an delicious combo.
We enjoy salmon croquettes for breakfast, but I know that several families do it for lunch and dinner. So keep in mind that this is a meal that you can enjoy at any time. Also, feel free to stick it in a bun! It’s a healthy substitute for hamburgers, and in my opinion, it’s just as delicious. Also keep in mind that seasoning wise, everyone has their own preferences. My dad likes croquettes loaded with flavor, whereas my grandmother likes the simple taste of the salmon with fewer seasonings. So, to each his own. Experiment with this recipe and find your perfect balance of seasoning.
I started with two cans off salmon. I drained the liquid off, took out the bones, and flaked it. Then, I dropped in two eggs, half a cup of cornmeal, half a cup of flour, half a cup of diced onion, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a three eighth cup of mayonnaise, sprinkled in salt and pepper and mixed it well. Then, I took my salmon mixture, and molded it into 13 balls. (How many you have all depends on the size you want them to be.)
Then, I sprayed my skillet, and put in about a tablespoon of olive oil. You don’t want too much oil so pay attention to the size of your skillet compared to mine, and you can judge how much oil you’ll need. Mine was very large. I let my oil warm up at medium-low heat, and when that got hot, I carefully placed some of my croquettes into the pan, and flattened them to about half an inch in height. I wasn’t able to place all of my croquettes into the pan, which is totally fine. But do add a little more oil for the next batch. Make sure that when you place them in, you still have room to flip them when the time comes. What I like to do is take a teensy bit of salmon mixture, and pop it in the pan to taste and see if I need any more seasonings. If you do, feel free to just sprinkle the needed seasoning on top of the croquettes.
I waited for my salmon to get a nice, golden bottom, and then I flipped them. When the other side is done, so are you! Really easy, really pretty, really delicious croquettes that take barely any time at all.
Handy Dandy Summary
Serves: 8 Time: 30 minutes Makes: 13
Usually, Kamau breakfasts aren't normal. We always have to do something super unique and creative, totally out of the box. But on one Thursday morning, I was blank. Totally, completely blank. On those days, you usually do something a little more average, say eggs, bacon, and toast. As I searched the web for simplistic breakfasts to do super fast, I wasn't really finding a lot of recipes and meal plans to my liking, so I decided to do a family favorite; fried breakfast potatoes.
After looking up recipe after recipe of every conceivable type of breakfast potato, I found the most simple and quick recipe of them all. It only took 30 minutes, and it was amazing and took very few ingredients. So I'm looking forward to y'all getting to try my Slaaay’n Breakfast Potatoes.
So I started with five small white potatoes. I cut them in half longways twice and then cut them into triangles. Then I rinsed them off in a colander really well. I got a big skillet and melted 3 tablespoons of buttaaaa (my favorite beverage), on medium heat. (My parents like died when I told them how much butter was in the potatoes, but honestly, it's not that much…..I think.)
Then you just toss the potatoes into the skillet (make sure that you shake the colander over the sink to get most of the water off). Then just season to taste. I used pepper, salt, and lemon pepper, just to be safe, but feel free to add anything else. I also added half of a small onion. This is an excellent addition that I would definitely recommend, but to each his own. Dice them and toss them in with the potatoes. After you season, put a top on the pan for ‘bout 10 minutes.
Make sure you get a spatula and start flipping kinda frequently so that you get a nice, crunchy, brown on most of the triangles. Then you can take the top off for another 10 minutes. Remember not to throw on a bucketload of seasoning. That is the best way to ruin a breakfast. Trust me. I know. Like I said, just keep tasting. You can always add more, but you can't take away.
They turned out amaaaazingly awesome. It's definitely something I would do again, 'cause it's so stinkn’ easy. The only thing is that they were so good that we didn’t have enough. Have you ever had the problem when you make a little bit and it turns out awesome and then when you make a million and they taste like cardboard? I made it for eight people and I think that I would have added another big potato. It probably could have fed six. So there it is. The recipe for the most stinkin' awesome potatoes ever.
Handy Dandy Summary
Serves 6 Preparation: 10 min. Cook: 20 min
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