**This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**
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I try not to get too upset about getting old. This year I turned 38 and I always say that any day spent above ground is a day to be thankful for. I've always believed that growing older is a privilege that many do not have the opportunity to experience. So, I'm grateful for my age and all that I have acquired going through life. I've even begin to look forward to some aspects of growing older like:  the amazing life experiences, expert-level shenanigans, and having a powerful chunk of grey hair growing from my frizzy/curly mane. I've seen countless pictures of older African-American women have a head full of gray hair or have chunky sections of gray hair growing in front of their hair and I always thought it looked so regal, like this cocoa goddess below…

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Unfortunately my gray hair is coming in tiny little strands all over my head and quite frankly I'm a little disappointed. LOL I just knew I would have had this lightning streak of wisdom as a badge of honor but, no I don't. So, sometimes I'll always think that it is such a waste that the majority of my hair is still black but I'm coloring my entire head just for a few strands.

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So, when I heard about Gray Away, I was delighted to be able to give it a try and see if it would work for me.  Gray Away comes in a convenient Temporary Root Concealer Spray or Root Touch-Up Quick Stick format.  I tried both and they were very simple to use.  I think my favorite might be the stick for single gray coverage.  I like the spray for bigger sections and for covering up gunk between washes that I want to hide.  Yes, it worked for that too.  I tend to stretch my wash days out so this is a BIG plus!  It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s private.  No more salon visits just for grays!  I can save my money for when I decided to dye my hair electric pink!  LOL
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Before:  see those strands around my eyes and how my hair has a gray sheen from product buildup?
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After: all gone!
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Gray Away is now a part of my makeup routine.  It’s a lifesaver because I don’t have to wash my hair to apply the color.  I just swipe and go.  Just like putting on my daily face!  I like the gray coverage that it provides but it also covered up if I’m in between wash days.  Which as a non-relaxed, natural-haired girl, this is vital because product can build up and cast a dull look over our hair.  It’s also a plus that it doesn’t streak or drip.  It dried pretty quickly and I’m able to put my clothes on afterwards with no issues. Every bottle/stick has around 40 applications so I'm good to go for a whileeeee.  It’s an easy, quick an affordable way to cover up those grays until you’re ready for them to be seen.

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You can pick up Gray Away at your local Walmart and check out the ibotta app to even earn cash back on your purchase.  It’s also available at CVS Pharmacy and ULTA Beauty.
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Happy Father's day everyone!  Today is always a little rough for me because I lost my dad about 13 years ago but I've decided to honor my father by sharing the recipe for his favorite drink!  My dad's favorite drink was none other than classic Tom Collins. It was the first drink he ordered for me when I became of legal drinking age and sadly it was the last drink that we ordered the last day that I saw him, a week before he died.
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My dad always enjoyed a good steak so our family would often go to a steakhouse like Applebee’s or Longhorn’s and order a juicy steak with a Tom Collins to wash it down with. The citrusy Tom Collins pairs really well because it cuts through the savory and buttery flavor of a great steak. I'm actually not a big fan of gin I do enjoy it in this drink.  Sometimes I'll order it when I'm out and I get the strangest looks because it’s such an Old-Fashioned cocktail. But I can't help it, it reminds me of my dad - I mean it literally tastes like good memories.
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Today I made dad’s favorite drink and poured it into his signature highball glasses.  He retired from Norfolk Southern after several decades of working on the railroad and was gifted these glasses that he was very, very proud of.  He never got the chance to use them and they sat in our china cabinet for years.  I decided to pull them out and use them for a fitting tribute to my favorite guy!  
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Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1.5 Ounces of Simple Syrup
1.5 Ounces of Gin (or 1 jigger) I used New Amsterdam but any is just fine
1 Ounce of Lemon Juice
1 Ounce of Lime Juice
Club Soda (enough to fill to the top of the glass after the other ingredients)
Maraschino Cherries & Orange Slices for garnish.

Instructions:

This drink is one that you typically “build”- meaning it’s usually made one at a time in a glass, starting with ice and then adding the ingredients in the order that they are listed in the recipe and then shake, drain, stir or whatever.  This one just calls for a quick stir with your bar spoon after adding all of the ingredients and that’s it! This recipe makes one glass, so multiply as needed. You can also adjust the mixers as much as you’d like.  I like drinks that are a bit tart but if sweet is more your thing, you can up the simple syrup and down the Lemon/Lime juice.  Play around and find what works for you!
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Enjoy and Drink Responsibly!  Happy Father’s Day!

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Sometimes, it can feel like being positive is a difficult mindset to achieve. There are so many stressful situations around, that it all becomes too much. And as stress and anxiety are two of the major issues that we can ALL suffer from in life, a sense of perspective can be invaluable! It's about identifying the big things in life that force us to stress out and start accepting them. Here are a few of them...

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Getting Older
Whether it's hair loss or getting that first gray hair we can work hard at fighting against the tide. But this is where received wisdom like age is but a number can be useful. Getting older means that we can certainly find ways to disguise the signs, but it's a fact of life that we're not going to live forever. Why should we stress out about getting one year older, or hitting those milestones when life can get better. The older we get, the wiser we become, and if we are focused on the superficial things, like wrinkles, are we going to miss out on a lot of the great things associated with getting older?

“Grass Is Greener” Syndrome
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans. As this statement becomes truer as we age, we can realize we spend a lot of time worrying about the next step rather than being present where we are. That whole idea of the grass being greener on the other side can take a lot of effort in our mental reserves. If we are constantly looking for the next thing, we'll never be truly present and appreciate what we have right now.  Of course, we should always be looking for opportunities to grow but obsessing about what you haven’t achieved can be so very counterproductive.

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Things Beyond Your Control
Control is one of those interesting words, because we feel that we can stress out about the things that are beyond our reach. It's that fear of the unknown, but if there are things in life that will cause us to continually chew over in our minds, this is wasted energy. What's more, if it wasn't worth worrying about in the first place, this can seem like an absolute waste of time. There are things in life that we cannot control, but it comes to a point where we can have our input, whether this is the fact that we're waiting for something to happen or some sort of results, it's definitely easier said than done to not worry about it. But we need to have better coping mechanisms. This is the key. So many people have to wait for end results, but when the outcome happens, it always makes the stress endured during the waiting process a waste of time. Finding coping mechanisms it's something we can all benefit from.

As we get older, we can realize that stress is one of those things that will impact our ability to live life properly. But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and it's living our lives that makes us gain a sense of perspective as to what is stressful and what isn't. A lot of this is to do with our comfort zone, which is something we can learn to expand. But in the meantime, if you look at these three aspects and tell yourself that you've got to stop stressing, it may make an impact on so much.



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People aren’t just born that way with an innate sense of how to keep their bodies looking and feeling great. They have to learn, just like everyone else. The difference between the fittest people and those who just can’t get motivated to work out at all is the habits that are formed in their lives. Some habits are good, and some are bad, but all will have some kind of impact on your health. Here are the habits to quit if you want to be healthy and live your best life!

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Being Sedentary

For many of us, a sedentary lifestyle is how we spent most of our days. We lie down all night, then get up and get in the car, or onto a train or bus where we sit down again, and in the case of those working a desk job, you will be sat down for the whole day. By the time we get home, we are usually exhausted by working all day, so may take it easy and be even more sedentary. All this sitting around is not good for health. This sedentary way of living is a habit that needs to be broken if you want to be healthy. That means maybe going for a walk, a run, heading out to the gym, swimming, and doing anything and everything you can to get moving. This is especially important if you do sit at a desk all day. The more you exercise, the more comfortable, and more enjoyable, it will become.

Poisoning Ourselves

Many of the worst habits that people pick up including smoking, drinking, and taking drugs, either prescription or illegal. Putting these products into our bodies on a regular basis is definitely not the way to stay healthy. Our bodies will eventually rebel, shutting down and not working as they are meant to. Quitting these habits can be difficult, but once it is done, you will be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more you can do when it comes to exercise and life in general. If you are finding it hard to quit drinking or drugs, speak to a professional who can help you. When it comes to smoking, many people decide to switch to a vape to help them with the transition. If this is a choice that you feel you need to make, you can find a range of vape juice flavors available to make the transition a little easier.

Low Self Esteem

Having low self-confidence and esteem can really get in the way of being our best selves. When we are not feeling our best mentally, we often feel like we want to curl up inside, make poor choices and shut ourselves off from the world. While this is perfectly fine once in a while, in the long term, it is not going to help either your physical or mental health. Being confident in yourself means you are more likely to go out, face the world and get your life together!

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Making Poor Diet Decisions


While we all love takeout or slice of cake, but it isn’t always the healthiest thing we can do for our body. Junk food is okay if eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy, balanced diet. We all know the most significant effect of eating too much junk food - we put on weight. But did you know that is not the only side effect?  Too much saturated fat can clog arteries and lead to high blood pressure and increased risks of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes. For a balanced diet, to keep you healthy on both the inside and the outside, try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, oily fish to help boost our mental energy and plenty of protein to keep us feeling full and give us energy. Work on limiting the amount of fat, sugar and salt in your diet, and do not forget to check the labels of processed foods. For example, a jar of basic tomato pasta sauce can contain as many as eight teaspoons of sugar. Try making your own foods from scratch as often as possible and steer clear of processed food.

Being Part Of The Group

Just because your friends and family are (or are not) doing something that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. This habit of falling in with the crowd and agreeing to comply with what everyone else is doing is something that can cause a lot of problems.  Breaking this habit and being your own person when you want and need to be is essential. Once you can forge your own path, you will be able to choose to do the things that are best for you. It does not matter what everyone else is doing – what matters is what you do.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body. Try to aim for between eight and ten hours of quality sleep every night. If you are struggling to fall asleep, reduce the amount of caffeine that you drink, switch off screens at least an hour before bedtime and take a warm bath to relax your body and your mind.

By implementing some of these changes, you will soon begin to feel happier and healthier in no time!


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