Friday Five: Gua Sua

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Hi friends!  How has your week been?  It has been rainy & cool(ish) here; I am loving it!  I love rainy weather so much.  It makes me grab a coffee or glass of wine, a blanket, a book, the TSF radio station on Alexa, & the fireplace app on my TV.  The wing 9, of my enneagram 1 self, loves all things cozy.

Anyway, shall we move along to my favorite things from the week?

One: New Foundation

Based on the recommendation of Kathleen Jennings, I bought a new foundation.  The Kevyn Aucoin foundation balm is so awesome!  A very little bit goes a long way, and you can layer more on for fuller coverage.  I wear Light FB 02 – but I might try 03 next time.  It covers my blemishes & malasma so well! 8BD0051F-5B57-4C39-9D48-DE1B04E9B04B

Two: Get A Life Chloe Brown

Y’all, I started reading Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.  I love this book so much! Chloe has fibromyalgia & the book chronicles how it has affected her life and love life.  We follow Chloe as she takes back control of her life & falls in love along the way. IMG_2336

The second book dropped this week following Chloe’s sister Dani – Take A Hint Dani Brown.  I can’t wait to start that this weekend!

Three: Gua Sua

Back in February, I bought these Gua Sua (pronounced Gwah-Sah) tools…and promptly put them in a drawer & forgot about them.  Earlier this week Kathleen Jennings did an IG Live with Jennifer Adell; Jennifer did a demonstration on how to use the Gua Sua tools.  I’m now such a fan.  It helps with lymphatic drainage, puffiness, acne, & wrinkles!  Yes please!

Four: Flowerbed Updates

In Quarantine, I was not one of those people that made bread or worked out a ton.  I focused on my garden/flowerbed.  My flowerbed is huge & is the only part of my yard that gets full sun.  My front yard & back yard have about 12 trees each.  So, I dug up old rose bushes (that had trees/weeds growing amongst them too), a sago palm tree, & a bunch of weeds.  Y’all already know about my tower garden, which is doing so well (!!!), but have now also planted oleanders (very drought tolerant), & Bradford pear tree (looks good each season), a bougainvillea (that has ombre pink flowers) & training it to go up a trellis, a slew of flowers, and all the mulch.

The first photo is right after I planted some of the oleanders.  The middle picture is what it currently looks like, & the last photo is a close up of the flowers.

Five: New Podcast

I’m listening to another new podcast – you know I love them so much. 2C552094-0CC1-44C6-8264-18C406B8E65F_1_201_a

So, y’all know I’ve listened to podcasts to educate myself on the atrocities that Black people have endured from 1619, etc.  Well, Higher Learning discusses current events & Black culture, and so much more.  I come away from each episode having learned something new.  Also, Rachel Lindsay was one of my Top 3 favorite Bachelorettes.

Okay, that’s it for the day.  With COVID cases ticking back up, I hope y’all stay home if you can, wear a mask, & wash your hands.  Have a good weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Celebrate Juneteenth

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Let’s get to my favs from the week,  shall we?

One: Podcast 

Okay, as part of my continued education I’ve been listening to the podcast 1619.  It is six episodes, & each episode delves into different parts of systemic racism – everything from Capitalism to music.  It is truly fascinating. IMG_2279

Two: Books 

This week we were encouraged to purchase two books by Black writers. 3F070136-3961-4660-9BAF-339E2C0A62C4

This week I bought Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.  All three books were recommended by Ashley Spivey, whom you should absolutely follow on IG. FDDFD252-52AE-4E02-BD11-27E2A7CEE413_1_201_a

Three: Ring 

I discovered a new jewelry shop from @WhatKateFinds.  Soko is sustainable, woman owned, & Black owned.  This new ring is on its way to me & I am so excited! C817F686-C69F-4E09-A103-41248886C94C

Four: Another Podcast

I’ve written before about my affinity for the Bad on Paper podcast.  Well, one of the hosts, Becca & her friend Rachael, wrote, directed, & produced a new podcast – RomCom Pods!  It’s basically a Hallmark movie in podcast form & I love it!  Go support them now! IMG_2252

Five: New (to me) Music

As usual, I’m late to the party, but I have recently discovered new music – MisterWives.  I’m currently listening to the Our Own House album on repeat, yes it is from 2015.  Like I said – new to me. IMG_2278

A reminder – today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery.  I follow Anna Groves on IG (@annamaegroves) & she posted great info on Juneteenth. IMG_2281IMG_2282IMG_2283IMG_2284

I hope y’all have a great weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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