Natural Hair Conversation | Coily, Curly, Straight or Springy

Your hair is beautiful, sister – no matter the texture, volume, length, bounce or curl count. It was purposefully placed on you – get to know it while it’s there (knots and all.) As you get acquainted and care for your hair, understanding what it likes and doesn’t like – what it can do and […]

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Tasty Turmeric Rice & Lentil Stew In A Few Simple Steps | Recipe

The next time you want a light yet filling vegetarian-friendly meal, how about making turmeric rice and brown lentil stew? With the current warnings about global food access, learning how to make resourceful yet tasty meals is something to consider. Today’s recipe features 2 dry ingredients that can be stored well to last long and […]

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Naturally Nurturing Morning Routine | Clay Treatment, Ashwagandha In The Garden | VLOG

Time…it’s one of the first things that comes up when many of us either think about nurturing ourselves, whether it’s stepping up our skin-or-hair care routine, eating better, getting more movement in, reading that book, or starting some other healthy habit. Yet, when we purposely carve out time or recognize moments that align with those […]

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A Cabin In The Countryside of Barbados | Talking Trees | AirBnb Review | VLOG

Sweet sunrises Birdsong melodies Lush greenery Beautiful scenery Daily rain showers Refreshing breeze At Talking Trees – a comfy, cosy cabin in the country.  I used to live in a village near here for years, but this particular part of “the farmers’ parish” in the countryside of Barbados where my sistren’s house is, offers a […]

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Let’s Make Breadfruit Cou-Cou With Bodi (Beans) and Greens | Video

Hi, let’s make some breadfruit cou-cou with curry bodi (long beans) and greens, plus a bonus snack from the leftovers. Have you heard of or tried breadfruit before? If so, you might know already that it can be prepared and eaten so many different ways – roasted whole or sliced and fried like chips, boiled […]

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Vegetable Broth recipe, Shak Shak Seeds & Raised Bed Garden Prep | Vlog

Gardening is a moving meditation and workout but it’s also healthy for the mind. I find thoughts slow down to a more peaceful pace and the nature of them – amidst nature is often lighter than when we’re consciously working out. Another beautiful thing about the process of planting is the amazing fact that fruit, […]

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A New Song & A Musical Note

“O I know my calling, yes I know my duty He doh have to pay me to sign up an’ join His army He has got the power to save and set you free, bring us joy an’ comfort for eternity, yeah… I am a souljah fightin’ for Jah Jah | yes, He will protect […]

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Starting A New Garden, Mixing Hair Oils & Sewing Something | Video

Hey, how’s your day going so far sis? Hopefully not overwhelming and if it is, sending compassion your way. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is that life doesn’t need to seem glamorous to others (or us) to be precious. Sometimes, having everything handed to us without any effort stirs up a […]

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How To Make A Tasty Bowl Of Okra Soup

Hiii, let’s make some healthy and delicious okra soup that’s full of flavour and vegetarian-friendly. Of course you can add something else you think will go well or better with these ingredients.This is my standard recipe that I tweak every now and then. Sometimes bean or rice noodles are in the mix or a few […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Composting | Guest Post by Elizabeth Shields

Composting offers an eco-friendly way to recycle food scraps and yard waste, ensuring you get a final use out of such household by-products.   It’s also a great way to teach ourselves about sustainability and nature.  In this blog, we’ll dig into the joys of compost:  how to get started on composting turn your food […]

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A SHORT TRIP To Wales | VIEWS FROM THE CLIFF

Recently, I saw someone’s comment on social media about ‘when fresh air was free.’ Fresh air is still free, and in these times when freedom of choice is suddenly up for debate while rights are selectively being granted to others, every opportunity to breathe clean air, stretch your legs and enjoy scenery or go for […]

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Cosy Up Your Home In These 3 Areas | Ambience, Sound & Fragrance

cosy: (adjective) giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation. Ideally, a home is a safe and cosy place to live in or consistently return to. It may not always look or feel that way depending on your circumstances or season, but whatever the case, there are some steps we can take to create a […]

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11 Reasons To Visit A Farm & Handpick Your Produce | Outdoor Shopping

Have you ever thought about the time it takes or the distance your food has travelled before it makes it to your plate? You’ve either heard or know about the benefits and rewarding feeling that comes with picking fruit, veggies and ground provisions grown in your garden or land. If you haven’t yet started growing […]

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Spice Up Your Home Cooking Journey | Encouragement for New Homecooks

Have you found yourself in the kitchen a whole lot more than you used to be before? Are you openly or secretly starting to enjoy it, or do you feel a bit intimidated by the consistency of it? Cooking doesn’t have to be or feel overwhelming, though I can understand (and remember) how it could […]

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A Good Read, A Hot Drink and Quiet Time

Quiet moments are becoming more rare and valuable in an ever-growing noisier-by-the-minute world where news is blaring, playlists are pumping, IG stories are baton-passing, gadgets are always going, and phones pinging in stereo.  Being comfortable in purposeful moments of quiet can overflow graciously into areas of life where others may lean more towards restlessness. Proactivity […]

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7 Steps To Being Refreshed After Enduring A Tough Season | Encouragement

Hi sis, how are you today? The answer isn’t really my business but i still care. By the way, guys who are subscribed to this blog and reading now, y’all are always welcome here. No offense intended when you see ‘sis’ ok? All of us have been through something – a challenge, encounter or storm […]

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Choosing Tenderness Over Roughness and Trends of Today

sis, what if in our personal quiet time we admitted our weaknesses and learned to lean on Him as our ever-able source of strength, which would then bring us joy unspeakable that can never be stolen or drained but replenished daily by mercy… what if we let the tenderness that once stood out so clearly […]

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VLOG: Quiet Mornings Reading & Journaling | Let’s Make Corn Soup

What first comes to your mind when you think of “quiet mornings?” It’s no secret I enjoy them. Anyone who knows me well knows this. Do you? If so, what’s your favourite thing about them – and yes, you can totally mention the amazing blessing of being gifted with a new day, a fresh breath […]

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5 Healthy Habits For A Refreshed Attitude

Have you ever been in a slump or just felt kinda ‘off’ for more than a day? It could spring from up from a few things: irregular sleeping pattern, disoriented sense of purpose, burnout, the current times, a disappointing something, eating junk, stress somewhere, feeling ‘ugh‘ about the job/workspace/career choice or an attack by the […]

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Thank You! Blogging To 75 Destinations | Encouragement For Aspiring Bloggers

Every new blogger hopes their online writing will connect with people interested or invested in what they have to share. If we didn’t, we’d all still be journaling only and not posting anywhere publicly. Did I know this blog would grow? Yes. But if you ask if I had a sweet clue that while I […]

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What Calm and Quiet Mornings Can Do For your Mind

What time do you usually wake up? What makes someone a ‘morning person’ and what are some benefits to enjoying early, calm and quiet mornings.  How can doing this can influence our default attitude during the rest of the day?  Our lives have different variables, components, responsibilities and rhythms, so the time that works best […]

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5 Reasons To Enjoy Cooking At Home (More)

You don’t have to be the most exceptional cook in your friend group or a pro chef to enjoy cooking. It can seem a bit intimidating at first ; maneuvering around the stove, timing things in the oven, learning how to use those kitchen gadgets and making a meal from what may look like random […]

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Greeting The Day Grateful: A LESSON FROM AN EARLY WAKE-UP CALL

How do you wake up in the morning? Are you an early riser or more of a mid-morning or almost-midday person in this season? Our work schedule and daily duties often influence our sleep pattern and wake-up routine. Our lives may have different variables. A night guard, fire service operator, auditor or gas station attendant […]

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Redecorating your Writing Room or Home Office | Inspiration

Do you have a writing room? If not, where do you write or blog most or best? Designating (and decorating) a clean quiet space with good lighting, decent ventilation, comfy seating and related supplies can enhance your overall writing experience.  On days when it’s challenging to focus on your writing or typing assignment, setting up […]

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What’s Your Beautiful Design? | Remembering your Essence | Encouragement

Have you ever had a moment or walked through a season when you knew what you were called to do – a time when you understood how you serve best, shine brightest and live lightest? What’s your beautiful design? What are some activities that harmonize with whom you’re made to be? Not necessarily who you […]

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Weaning off plastic | Kitchen Organization & Dry Goods Storage with Glass Bottles

Plastic is a problem…and glass is an option, in some cases. How do you store your cupboard goods? Things like flour, oats, peas, spices, oils, seeds. In Barbados, where pretty-much anything in a container or jar has a starting price of about BBD. $10. (USD. $5.) and plastic Tupperware roughly BBD. $3. or a little […]

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Growing Food At Home | Starting Steps & 8 Essentials

It’s come a long way since then but this blog started in March 2013 with gardening pics, homemade recipes and photos from hiking adventures on the east coast of Barbados. I was living on a farm in the ‘farming parish’ of the island, which ironically constantly had water problems (the island has a shortage.) It […]

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7 Peaceful Things To Do On A Tropical Rainy Day | Barbados

Rainy days can be so relaxing. Find so too? Not those power-washing, tree-grabbing showers that come with stormy weather, but the light yet present rain that cools an otherwise baking day. You know – the one with a breeze that makes you get up and go close the windows on one side of the house. […]

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Re-setting the pace and volume of your life for the better | Personal growth

How busy is your life, and how loud is your space? Before this stay-home season, were you always on-the-go, and was the tv, radio, a podcast episode or playlist always on rotation? Not a quiz but a gentle question. Your answers aren’t my business but your health is my concern. Sometimes it seems like we […]

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Working From Home After Traveling Constantly (Encouragement)

Passport in purse. Bills and coins from different countries tucked in one drawer, just in case. Adapters and converters to suit any socket – pre-packed. A fluid calendar and easy-to-reach bright pink mini suitcase, with a larger matching option depending on the trip. This was how life looked for me, not so long ago. Just […]

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Cosy TeaHouse & Bistro On The South Coast of Barbados | NovelTeas

For a healthy and tasty authentic tea, delicious salad, sweet treat, sushi selection and customer service experience to brighten your day, there’s a TeaHouse and Bistro just for you on the south coast of Barbados, in Coconut Walk. NovelTeas is a family-owned business with 100 different healthy special teas, and also a popular spot for aficionados […]

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Including Movement Into Your Freelancer Lifestyle

Are you moving enough? Do you ever check the Health app on your phone for an idea of how many daily steps you take when you have it on you? Hopefully, your digital ‘device’ isn’t always in your hand throughout the day to count every step and monitor every move you make, but that app […]

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Be the Boss of your Phone – not the other way around {encouragement}

Remember when BBs came to town? Blackberries – the phone, not the fruit. i remember the first time that shrill triple alert resonated through the room, “pweep-pweep-pweep!” and even then, had the thought that this whole phone thing could become an annoyance if not managed. Is your phone bossing you around? Is it your phone, […]

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Lessons from Laundry | gratitude prompt

How do you feel about laundry? It’s not a generally a crowd-favourite among the list of household duties we each have to take care of. Depending on the amount of people in your home, it can involve a small mountain or clothes or at the very least, a small mound of items. Either way, as […]

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Restaurant review: vegetarian spot in Bridgetown

On the way through town from Upper then Lower Broad Street, across Jubilee Gardens and heading towards the Post Office, there’s a lovely vegetarian spot with great, friendly service and delicious ital food. It’s Roots Reggae Vegetarian Café – a cosy family-owned business upstairs in Cheapside Market. Did you read the first restaurant review of an eco-cafe […]

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Home-decor art hand-painted on material from trees

  Time with the pencil, pen or brush can be joyful, quiet, contemplative, euphoric, healing, and refreshing. The patient process of painting brings a sense of calm contentment and wellbeing. It’s a movement that exists in the stillness. For almost ten years, I’ve been collecting and painting what I call ‘kalinago canoes.’ My paternal grandmother […]

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Restaurant review: eco-café in Bridgetown, Barbados

Every year, two cherished friends (a lovely couple) from Denmark and I go to lunch at some spot or another during their visit to Barbados. Each year we meet, both the conversation and the meal are equally nourishing, energizing, memorable. The last two times we went to Just Grillin’ (grill spot) on the south coast, […]

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Sea Grape Season in Barbados | Healthy Seaside Fruit

As I find myself looking forward to the ripening of the sea grapes while scanning the nearby trees for signs of the fruits transforming from lime green to deep red, I remember the anticipation and excitement of mango season that then makes way for the same sea grapes and right after (though sometimes before), breadfruits. […]

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Sargassum Seaweed Around Barbados: Sightings & Possible Solutions

It arrived like a silent visitor…drifting in one area – then another – and another. Sargassum seaweed. Along the south east and north coasts of the island, heaps of the seaweed (locally called ‘moss’ but not the same as seamoss) are more prominent and seen along the shoreline. When it started rolling up on the […]

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Sea the beauty on the south-east of Barbados

Hiking Chronicles: A bright, sunny day and beautiful journey on the south-east of ‘Bim.’ Sea breeze is therapeutic and walking barefoot on the sand the Most High made is energizing beyond the physical. The south east coast of the island is mostly rough but there are some areas (like Bath beach) and small bays here […]

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Growing wonder of the world plants

Kalanchoe pinnata | Wonder of the world | Leaf of life | Air plant | Bryophyllum pinnatum. Did you know that ‘wonder of the world’ leaf is edible, and that it can be helpful to treat headaches, coughs and congestion? (Notice I say ‘can,’ right?.) I’ve grown, used and munched on this beautiful plant for […]

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