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Don’t throw those roses away! DIY Rose Body Scrub & Rose Potpourri Pouch

Rinse. Reuse. recycle. As my mom always says, “Once you buy it, you can do what you want with it!” Well, Bay bought these roses for me but I am going to repurpose them to get the most out of the beauties. It’s been a week and they have held up magnificently but let’s face it, they will begin to wilt sooner than later. In this post, I will highlight 2 quick ways you can repurpose your roses!

FIRST: Unless your roses are organic, make sure to remove all pesticides by soaking the roses in baking soda for 15-20 minutes. You do not want to use roses/flowers with pesticides on your skin.

#1 Rose Body Scrub

Body scrubs are amazing to¬†gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer layer of skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers.

Ingredients

1 cups Epsom Salt
3/4 cup baking soda
1 Rose
For Fragrance: Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil (Do NOT use NOT home fragrance on your skin!)

 

#2: Rose Potpourri Pouch  

Place them in your dresser drawers, closets or shoes to add a fresh fragrance to  them! Great to place in storage containers, cupboard to create fragrant aromas!

1 Organza Pouch

1 Rose

For Fragrance:  Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil

 

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Get Ready with Me Date Night Look Video Collaboration!

Ms. Rika of @RikaGlam and I loved filming a cute and easy get ready video featuring some pieces from the BrandedRoyalty.com collection. While I helped Erika accessorize her outfit,  she gave me a quick makeup beat to the GAWDSSSSS before my hot date.

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Ruby’s Recipes: Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Boat

Now, ya’ll know I love taking a simple dish and putting some stank on it! ūüíĀūüŹĹ

Chicken teriyaki is a quick and delicious dish that’s filling and add the pineapple boat, very appeasing to the eye. My mom taught me, you first eat with your eyes! If a dish doesn’t look good, people are going to think it doesn’t taste good. One of my favorite parts about serving meals and hosting parties is the aesthetics! Of course, it can’t just look good, it needs to last good too. Don’t worry, boo. I got you on that! Full recipe on how to whip this meal up in under an hour!

1 cup of brown Rice

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 pineapple

1 bottle of Lawry’s chicken teriyaki marinade

1 head of cabbage

3 medium zucchinis

2 bunches of broccoli

1 bag of baby carrots

Chicken Thighs:

Dice chicken thighs, season with lawless seasoning salt and pepper and let marinade inelastic ziplock bag for 30 minutes in the sauce. Prepare rice and then come back to cook chicken as it only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook.

Once completely marinated, add oil to skillet, chicken and cook throughly for 15 minutes until done.

Brown Rice:

Brown rice will take the longest to cook, so start this first! Let 2.5 cups of water boil then add 1 cup of brown rice. Reduce heat to medium and let rice cook for about 30 minutes.

Veggies:

Next, chop cabbage in fourths and then eights.The thinner the cut, the quicker it cooks. When you trying to feed these men folk who come home starving, you need to optimize time chile!

Slice zucchini vertically, chop broccoli florets into small bite sized portions while keeping carrots whole. Add about 1/4 cup of water to a skillet and cook veggies on medium until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer while preparing chicken. The cabbage and carrots takes the longest of the veggies. Thus, chop cabbage first and add carrots to the skillet first to allow it to start cooking.

Chicken

Pineapple Boat

Slice pineapple through the center. Be careful when cutting through the head of the pineapple as you don’t want to damage the leaves for presentation sake. The center of the pineapple is the toughest portion. Normally when I cut the pineapple, I would core the center but since I wanted to preserve the pineapple for presentation, you have to manually remove the core. Cut the pineapple vertically then horizontally to make lines to easily remove the pieces. Once the pieces are removed, take about a half of cup of the pineapple chunks and dice them into small bite sized pieces. Add those pieces to the chicken marinade. Now, go back to chicken section and prepare the thighs. Go shanty, it’s ya birthday!

 

Rice? Done. Chicken thighs? Done. Veggies? DONE! Time to plate it and get piggy with it! (Nah, nah,nah nah nap!)

Presentation is key!

Done! “I just hit a stain,¬†faneto!” How do you like it? Comment below!

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Biggest Lesson Learned from Superbowl Sunday.. Chile, it wasn’t about football!

When it comes to football, as the world renowned lyricist Trick Daddy stated, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know nan! Nope, nope.‚Ä̬†

All I know is that Super Bowl Sunday means pizza, wings, and great dips intertwined with the best commercials of the year. Honestly, I look forward to the commercials and piggin’¬†out chile. Give me my little dranky drank and conversation with my other girls partaking in the fake celebration of football. I don‚Äôt know much about the lead up to this Superbowl Sunday besides Deflate Gate and the possible wrongful use of drones to film other team‚Äôs practices. Shady McGrady business if you ask me. So, from there on, I was fake rooting for the Falcons.

Did I learn how many yards are needed for a 1st Down? No.

Did I learn the difference between the different flag colors? No.

Did I learn anything football related? Absolutely not!

Yet, I did learn a very important lesson: It‚Äôs not over, until you decide it’s over!

The faces of the Patriot fans accompanied by their social media posts drastically changed from the overzealous cheers of confidence to praying with the faith of a mustard seed. Child, rosaries came out and hearts began to beat rapidly hoping for mercy. It was over. I mean, it had to be right? It was the 2nd quarter with the Patriots not scoring, like Trina this time, not nan points.

 

But, wait how in the matter of a fill of guacamole and lime chips, a circle around the party being a Chatty Patty and a loud yell from the living room did the game become tied? As Braxton P. Hartnabrig would say, “What the heezy?”

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How did it happen you say? Because the Patriots were resilient, they were determined and committed to achieving their goals. They didn’t decide it was over.

It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win. Let me say that again.

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win.

Look at you neighbor and say neighborrrrrrr, “Don’t¬†let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential ¬†win.”

Are you doing that in your life?

Do you push through despite all of the things that can go wrong? Or do you quit to prevent from failing?

Do you set goals for yourself with the mindset of accomplishing them by any means? Or do you allow yourself to be sidetracked by all the obstacles life throws your way?

Rather it’s starting your own business, getting that promotion at work, losing those extra pounds from last years resolution or embarking on your journey to financial freedom (plus that extra 5 you gained this year. Child, we all been there), are you going to do it? Are you going to commit to yourself? Because at the end of the day, you have to do it (Whatever it is) for YOU!

Or let me guess, you don’t have time, you work full-time and when you get home you don’t have time to work on your dreams? Oh, your kids are in involved in after school activities and sports so you don’t have time to go to the gym? Ohhhhhh you don’t know what you want to do in your career so you’ll just stay at this job because it’s comfortable? Excuses on top of excuses. Anything worth having, is worth fighting for. Are you going to fight for it?

You have permission to mess up the first quarter of your life, quarter and some change, of your life.

You have permission to make mistakes.

You have permissions to recognize¬†that you aren’t performing at the best of your abilities.

You don’t have to settle for less.

You don’t have to be comfortable with medicoritcy.

This uncofmortable phase of unhappiness you’re feeling, you can end it.

This does NOT have to be your destiny. It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

Most importantly, you have permission to rectify what’s wrong. Growth is the necessity of evolution. You can’t evolve in your spirit, your being and passions if you don’t grow!

No one can change your life but you. Are you going to do it?

If you don’t, who will?

I‚Äôll wait …..

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