Book Review: My Hair is Poofy & That’s Okay

If you have followed my blog for any time now, you may have noticed that I make it a priority to encourage my daughter to love and accept who she is and what she looks like. Many young females, especially girls of color, grow up with such a negative view of themselves that it leaks over into adulthood, creating completely avoidable self-esteem and self-worth issues. So, anytime I am offered a chance to review a children’s book such as My Hair Is Poofy & That’s Okay by Nikkolas Smith, I jump at the opportunity to continue exposing my child to positive literature. With its beautiful and unique illustrations, relatable storyline, and overarching message of embracing your self-image, this book will be a mainstay in my daughter’s library for a long time.

 

Kids are very smart; they notice how you dress, speak, or what books you’re reading. Ever since I was blessed enough to become a mother, the phrase “Representation matters” has become so much more meaningful to me. Young minds need to be exposed to literature and characters they can relate to, and Poofy is definitely one of those characters. She has a big personality, self-confidence, and a massive crown of thick curly hair which my daughter loved. The illustrations are amazing with vivid colors and brush strokes, great detail in every character’s features, and a lightness that makes you want to keep turning the page to see how great the next one will be.

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The importance of being unique is displayed throughout the book, but I love the fact that the story also highlights the idea of not letting others negatively label you because of your uniqueness. Although the story does jump around a little bit pertaining to the scenarios, there is always a positive and uplifting message being echoed by each of the characters. I am a mom to a brown skin girl with a head of thick curly hair and because of authors like Smith she is able to read stories and see images that look like her. It fills me with joy any time I am able to expose my little princess to a character like Poofy and hear her say “She looks like me!”

 

Over this past year I have purchased and had opportunities to review many children’s books for my daughter, but My Hair Is Poofy & That’s Okay definitely stands out as one of our favorites. If you are interested in purchasing a copy take a visit to author Nikkolas Smith’s website (https://www.nikkolas.art/shop/poofy) where he also has artwork, stickers, and other literature. If there are any other positive self-image children’s books you would like to suggest or share, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see you all next time!      

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The Glow Up: Fall Skin Care Routine

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Skincare 101 is in session loves!! Today I’m sharing my tips for radiant skin. Let me start by saying I am not a PROFESSIONAL, my degree is in education but I have always been a fan of proper skin care. Here’s a little run down about my skin: I have combination skin depending on the season my skin may be oily in some areas and dry in others. I am human so I do get the occasional breakouts due to stress, monthly cycle or sometimes my skin has a mind of its own and likes to get disrespectful. In the video below I share my current skincare routine. Leave me your favorite skin care tips in the comments  and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram: @beesosimple  for more updates.

 

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LifeSTYLE: Favorite Cookbooks

Since I’m on summer break I have had more time plan out yummy meals for my family. Pinterest is usually my go to for recipes but lately, I have been using my extra time to prepare recipes from my favorite cookbooks.

Chrissy Teigen: Cravings
I’m a big fan of Chrissy she’s super goofy and loves to eat. So pretty much in my head, she is my foodie twin. I was eyeing this cookbook for a while, so when my husband got the book for me last Mother’s Day I was more than excited. One of my go-to recipes is John’s Chicken, try it you will thank me later.

Ayesha Curry: The Seasoned Life
I stumbled across Ayesha’s Youtube channel a few years back and fell in love with her cooking. Now I’m an avid watcher of her Food Network show and her cooking clips on Instagram. One of my favorite things about her cookbook is the kid friendly recipes. My little one loves the chicken tenders.

Tia Mowry: Whole New You
This is the newest book in my collection but I have been following Tia’s cook for the past 3 years on her cooking show. My goal since the beginning of summer has been to make healthier meals for me and my family. This book is a great way to jumpstart your healthy eating lifestyle.

Please tell me some of your favorite cookbooks in the comment section and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more amazing recipes.

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SelfLove: Walking in Your Purpose

Fear of failure has always been a roadblock in my life. I have always linked failure to disappointment and I never want to disappoint my loved ones around me. However, lately I’ve had time to reflect on the last 3 months specifically and I realized this fear of failure was creating roadblocks in my life. So instead of focusing on whether or not my actions or decisions will disappoint others, my focus became walking in my own purpose.

Everyone has a calling in life; whether it’s to entertain, create, inspire or educate, we are all destined to strive for greatness at whatever we are passionate about. My come-to-Jesus moment happened while I was scrolling through Instagram one day. I came across numerous influential women doing amazing things with their businesses, brand, blogs, vlogs, and websites. I wanted that. I follow many of these women for inspiration/motivation but yet here I was too scared to step outside of my bubble.

As I continued scrolling multiple emotions came over me: doubt, envy, fear. Eventually all of those negative feelings gave way to realization and determination. Nothing was different between them and me except that they weren’t afraid to walk in their purpose. My fear of failure is what stopped me from attempting anything that was out of the ordinary, but once I understood my roadblock I created a plan to help me get pass it.

1.Be Fearless: it is okay to fail as long as you get back up and grind harder than before to reach your goals

2. Make your goals realistic: Try not to be one of those people who sets themselves up for failure by setting far-fetched goals accompanied by unreasonable timelines. I believe in setting small, realistic short-term goals that eventually lead into completing larger long-term goals. Short goals help keep you on track and motivated.

3. You are your Tribe: From a young age I learned to be aware of the company I kept because I could easily be judged by who I had around me. I had to be very mindful of my tribe. Surrounding yourself with people who are positive, inspiring and genuine will help keep you motivated while allowing you the chance to be supportive of someone else trying to reach their goals.

These are my go to tips that have been helping me stay focused and to continue reaching for my goals. What keeps you motivated and walking in your purpose? Leave your responses in the comment below!

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#ProjectPDA

As you all know I’m all about positivity and uplifting one another. So while watching YouTube today I came across a Covergirl ad that I truly felt needed to be shared. Covergirl has created #ProjectPDA (Public Display of Application) campaign to show that makeup is a form of art and should be celebrated. The campaign encourages makeup lovers to express themselves freely and not be ashamed of putting their makeup on in public. Thank you Covergirl for reminding us to be bold and unapologetic.
Check out the video below for more information and don’t forget to use #projectpda
***This is not a sponsored post***

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