Idris Elba is People’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive

When you wake to this news, it’s going to be a good day! And it’s Election Day! Well, the odds May be forever in my favor today so I’m claiming it.

We claim Victory today! #electionday2018 #change

#sexiestmanalive #thenewJamesBond

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Put God First

10695039_10204683380864339_793525817_n-e1518187998456.jpgWednesday, February 8, 2018, I attended my first Paparazzi Regional event called EmpowerMe Pink in Phildelphia, PA.  There was a lot going on in Philly that day: there was a MASSIVE parade for the Eagles who won Super Bowl LII.  People were everywhere.  The city shut down 5 miles of streets and people were required to take public transportation just to get into the city.  There were no cars, trucks or SUVs on the street of Phildelphia that day!  Just hundreds of thousands of people celebrating a long awaited victory for a team that they never gave up on.

The Eagles were not the only champions in town that day.  Thousands of Paparazzi Independent Consultants traveled to Philly by car, bus, train and plane to hear from the champions, like Trent Kirby, Chani and Ryan Reeves,who started our company and share with each other stories of success and hope!  For me, it was AMAZING.  I was reminded of the power of hope, the importance of consistency and the hard work of discipline.  Most of all, the meeting confirmed my goals, my heart’s desire, is waiting for me to attain it.  Nothing and no one is holding me back but me.  That stops now!

Everything I am, all that I have, all that I’ve accomplished, all that my children accomplish is by the Grace of God.  I was reminded of a commencement address that Denzel Washington gave at an HBCU recently.  I went back and listened to it this morning (following one of the tips that Trent taught us to start each day listening to motivational videos).  Now I’m sharing it with you.

Denzel Washington – Put God First

Be blessed and make today GREAT!!

Clean Beauty – Routine Changes

This post is reprinted from “Because I’m Addicted” on bloglovin at bloglovin – Because I’m Addicted  I thought that it was a great article, so I’m sharing it with you!

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If you’re not into clean beauty, I get it! I really do. The truth about non-natural beauty products is that they work – really well! There’s a reason beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry, and when it comes to benefits like clearing skin, fighting aging, nourishing your hair, etc. a lot of the toxic products get the job done BUT that can come with a price: your health.

Women who wear makeup and use beauty products on a daily basis can absorb an average of 5 pounds (five pounds!!) of chemicals into their bodies each year. Everything that we slather onto our bodies goes directly into our blood stream. So just like being mindful of what we eat and drink, we need to be mindful about what we’re putting on our bodies in the same way.

What they’ve discovered is that the chemicals being used are proven to cause cancer and are endocrine disruptors which can increase production of certain hormones; decrease production of others; imitate hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones. Scary stuff!

So, if you want to start making switches to clean beauty but aren’t ready to give up your Tom Ford foundation (I feel you, girl!) my suggestion is to make three simple changes to daily used items. The first two are the products that are used all over your body: soap and lotion (if you don’t use this daily, you still need to change this one). And the third, deodorant. Switch those three to organic/natural/clean and you’ve made a big change in the amount of toxins you’re absorbing annually. Yay, go you!

Product recommendations:

Organic soaps: Makes 3 Organic Eucalyptus Cedarwood Soap (highest rated by the EWG), Dr. Bronner’s (what I personally use) & Pure ProvenceOil/body butter/organic lotion: Organic Matcha Body Moisturizer,  Aura Cacia Organics Skin Care Oil Sweet Almond, Fig & Yarrow Body OilTrue Botanicals Body Balm (I love their Frankincense + Sandalwood) plus more below

Non-toxic deodorants: Erbaviva, Agent Nateur, ORGANIC 101, EO Organics & Schmidt’s  plus more below