MMmmmm…Cheesecake with Cherries on Top

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My best friend loves my cheesecake. Actually, it’s my mama’s recipe.  It is really really good.  So good, in fact, this was it before:

and this was it 10 minutes later (really):

But it’s so easy to make

 

1 Cream cheese

1 can of Eagle brand condensed milk

1 tbl spoon of lemon juice

 

mix with a mixer and pour it into a gram cracker crust bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let chill in fridge for an hour then pour cherries on top! You will be a superstar with this cheese cake!  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!

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Now How ‘Bout this Blowout!!!

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I had already planned on washing my hair today so afterwards I decided that it would also be a great idea to blow dry (or as us curly girls call it “blowout) my hair to see how big my afro has gotten over the past couple of months.  The first picture is from my BC (big chop) which was on Feb. 4, 2011; the second picture is from April 2011 and the last photo is from today!  Come a long way!!!

Feb. 2011
April 2011
January 2012
I absolutely ❤ my afro! However, I am trying to keep my hair in a protective style until mid-February, that is when I am going to get it straightened again.  I am trying to do as much as I can to protect my ends especially and retain growth over the next month and a half.  So, here is the style that I am currently wearing: 
I really like the twist because I can do so much with them without damaging my hair.  I plan on keeping this style for two weeks then taking it out for a week and twisting again for two weeks before going to get my ends trimmed and my hair flat ironed.
I will explain in detail in a later post…just thought I’d share my style and what I did today 🙂
🙂 N.Joy

New Year Nails

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When my nails are done my hands feel fabulous.  I just want to touch things so to show them off.  I am especially proud of my nails when I do them myself and for New Year’s Eve, I got my inspiration from this fabulous photo:

 

I thought these were so awesome.  I like the white base and silver polka dots.  I decided to remix it just a bit and here is my turn out:

 

I was proud of myself.  It was my first attempt at a polka dot nail design.  Don’t worry, I did get rid of the polish on the skin before going out on the town!

 

Hope you all had a fabulous New Year!

🙂 N.Joy

It’s a New Year! Change is Here!!!!

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It’s a new year and I am exited about what is to come. Although I really don’t know what is ahead, I do know that I am making some new commitments and I am really exited to see them play out.

One thing I want to do new this year is projects.  I have found myself surfing the web a lot lately and reading a lot of magazines with creative ideas that I want to try.  I consider myself someone who is crafty, but not because I come up with ideas myself, but because I am inspired by others to create things.  So, this year I’m going to take the ideas that I have been saving on bookmarks and pintrest and bring them to life.  Living it up in the real world. Books on my “read list” will be cracked open.  I just want to do a little more.

As far as my natural hair adventure, I am rolling strong.  I have found what works for me and I continue to see so much progress.  I absolutely love my hair.  I can remember being a teenager wanting my hair to be as healthy as it was when I was younger, but no matter what I did I could not obtain  the health or the length that I wanted.  I will continue to grow in this area as well and record my progress and share what I stumble upon with all who may be interested.

Basically what I am getting at is this:

I am evolving and as a result the purpose of this blog is going to evolve as well.  I love to write, but I want to make sure its fun, interesting and relevant to those that stop by.  I want you to have as much fun looking through my site as I do writing,  As I discover and try new things that I find, I will share with all of you and hopefully you will NJoy as much as I do.

What you will find here are lots of fun crafts, inspiration and ideas on everything from hair, fashion, beauty and style.

Welcome to Naturally NJoyable

🙂 NJoy

Year in Comparison

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So, just a brief overview of my “hair story”:

  • In July of 2010 I decided I would stop perming my hair
  • In February of 2011 I decided to BC
  • I have been fully natural for 10 months now

I don’t have a regimene… really I have learned to just connect with the needs of my hair at the time.  I shampoo whenever I feel it necessary; sometimes 2 times a month sometimes once a month.  I deep condition and pre-poo only when I shampoo.  I co-wash every week and seal with coconut oil (I love coconut oil).

I love eco-styler gel, hello hydration conditioner, Carol’s Daughter shampoo, coconut oil, olive oil (pre-poo), cream of nature leave-in conditioner.

That’s pretty much it!  I know I probably owe a lot of how-to post (that I need to stop promising) but I just don’t even have the time.  I do good putting post up when I do.  I am really glad that I have kept track of this adventure it’s really cool to see comparison pics.

Check them out!

This is from my BC to Nov. 2011

 

It is crazy to me that my hair is where it was this time last year when I was transitioning. My hair was shorter than this when I started transitioning and it had been at that length for about a year and a half!!!

My Puff is big. It was my go-to style for a while!

N.Joy 🙂

 

 

3 Months Later

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My last post was in July and here we are…almost through October. In July, my hair was cut about 2-3 inches and I was so upset. Well I’m pleased that my hair is back to the length it was before the unexpected trim/chop. And I’m happy because it has a cute shape because of the chop. My hair routine its so simple and my products are so inexpensive.
With natural hair becoming more of a trend it is hard to determine at times what is right for YOU and I’ve found it and I’m so excited about that! I will share details in an upcoming post (I plan to write more frequently :/)

Til them njoy these pics  ❤

N.Joy

Today Hair

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I did a wash and go today and I think it turned out petty nice. A good day for a wash and go too 😉

I Know I’ve Been Changed

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I love this spiritual.  Reminds me of being at my grandmother’s church.  Anyhow…thought I would share! Hope you all N.Joy 🙂

 

Venting

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I just want to take this opportunity to vent.  Hopefully if I get this off of my chest I will stop waking up upset about it.

So, I went to get my hair straightened and TRIMMED (please note TRIMMED is the key word here) and came out of the salon with a CUT!!

See picture of me smiling on the outside:

Before I went my hair looked like this:

This above picture was taken 2 days before I went to the salon. Now, I did ask for my hair to be trimmed if needed, but for some reason that sounded like cut to her! I am so upset. I have been going to the same person for almost 8 years and she knew that I was growing my hair out, but why would she cut it? I just don’t know. I am sooo upset soo upset.  About 2 inches is gone from the back.

On the bright side, it is in a cute little style, but 2 inches is almost 4 months of growth gone down the drain. The top part has about an inch that has been cut, so it’s not horrible.

I know this sounds vain, but to me this is what we call a SETBACK because curly girls we know that we work hard for our locks to retain length and the effort it takes to wash, co-wash, condition, detangle is all such a tedious that when something like this happens it hurts the heart because all our hard work is literally being thrown in the trash.

So, now I have a new growth challenge and that is have my hair (the front at least) back to the length it was pre-CUT by September at least and the rest back to normal length by November. I will admit, after she cut the ruff ends off my hair (which is what I was going to get done to begin with MAYBE  a half an inch) my curls fall so lightly and they are more defined.

I know that I will ONLY be letting her flat-iron my hair from now on and I am going to be searching all over youtube for instructions on how to cut my ends!!! I tell you, you only get one chance to mess up on my head!! ONE CHANCE!! But she has been good a long time, so I will go back–but no more scissors for her! 😦

Have you ever experienced a setback? How did you handle it?