Southern Fried Family Reunion

There’s no rest for the weary y'all and we’re still going harder than a mug over here. A last minute decision to road trip to Reidsville, NC completely derailed the ‘Imma park it for a month and get my ish together’ plan. In this instance, ‘Ish’ being, my health, and more specifically, my diet. Between the MSG from my ramen binges, the excess sugar from my desire to consume buckets of Orange Soda like my name was Kel, the sodium from all of the preserved and pre-packaged junk and complete and utter lack (and avoidance) of vegetables and water, it's no surprise that I've been sick, sluggish and foggy as hell. I was working out sporadically at best, and religiously forgot to take my vitamins. So terribly ratchet.

Right before we left, I was getting back on my game. I had resumed my 3-4 mile daily walks and was eating pretty healthy meals, even drinking some per Cindy Blackman.

I've also added chlorophyll to my list 'o supplements... re-read Cindy's interview when you get a chance. Thank me later!  She's like, 50... looks 30. Her write-up is full of gems.
 I was doing my best to resist sugar, dairy and extra additives in order to reboot my system but all bets were off as soon as Hubby declared that we were packing it up and heading to his annual family reunion. In Reidsville, NC. The South. Where everything is fried, smothered, covered and swimming in gravy and delicious bacon fat. And I can’t lie, I stayed in the kitchen. In the got damn refrigerator, eating up all the food… all the chicken…all the pig feet…all the collard greens…all the hog maws. But seriously...

I. Ate. Everything.

Even got with the banana pudding and went in on the sweet potato pie. But tomorrow's a new day.

*hits the reset button*



hubby setting up shop

The homie Kerricka!

Ron (pictured below on the left) is not only a cousin, friend and Gia's godfather, he's the custodian of the Flack family history.  He's rebuilt it from the ground up and in the process, happened upon a piece of living history, his long lost cousin Toady. Check out the full story HERE


In the brown shirt (missing for 10 years), Toady is pictured here talking with a reporter from the local paper. 


Ken reppin' Team Natural!

Vivian Inez on the mic!  She's the eldest member of the family and the sole surviving sister to hubby's grandmother Mary Magdalene Flack McDonald. There were 10 children in that first generation and we were taking a moment to honor and celebrate her.

partner in crime, cousin, friend and Boogie-Sitter, Kim!
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What I wore:

 

Shirt- gifted from ROMWE
Lace Pants- gifted from ROMWE
Flops- (old) Aldo
Hair- ...dirty as sin so I oiled it down and bunned it up. I plan to wash and re-style tomorrow.


The Boog Cam-
'got a new Stroller450, ain't no toddlers messing with me.'
#CoupeTheColorOfKetchup

73 Weigh in!:
Gina said...

I love those pants!

anonymous said...

That story about Toady is crazy...luckily they found him.

Jenni Lovette said...

Gotta love the fam. reunions. You looked so cute! I love how you said "than a mug." SO St. Louis :)

Samantha Chiamaka James said...

Gia's adorable!
And your hair looks so pretty (Gia's does too) :)

Yvette said...

Those tangerine pants!! Great story too

Jillian said...

I love your bun and the outfit. Gia is getting so big!

Megan Montgomery said...

I love your hair and your outfit I wore my hair in a top knot bun thIs whole week because it is hot, humid, and raining in Las Vegas, Nevada. The only good is that my hair has stayed moisturized lol! I miss family reunions, ever since my uncle and aunt died the family went their separate ways and stopped the tradition. my family just my three brothers and my mother and I have our own family reunions with our close friends and some family members on Memorial Day. It good to be around family.
Megan Montgomery

Jacinta W. said...

I am so with you on falling off with my diet and exercise routine. In fact, I am just getting in from my family reunion in NC as well. We definitely do eat some of the most unhealthy food here in the South but it is just SO D**N GOOD!! I plan to hit my reset button as well and get back on track.

Rhonda C said...

Toady's story was a heartwarming one and we are all rooting for his continued success! Loved the family pics and especially seeing Gia. She really has transformed unto a happy (loved) little girl. Nik, only you can rock a "dirty as sin" bun with such confidence. *loveit*

Yolanda said...

I promise you can rock just about anything and make it fly! Hope you had safe travels back home!

Ron Brown said...

Cute pics of the fam. Off topic, but that concoction looks like something I've seen in a baby's diaper. I just hope it doesn't taste/smell like it. lol

Kimba Azore said...

For tomorrow, one word...Wheatgrass!

D Pick said...

Love to see family celebrating. Nik~ your hair is so cute; love the orange pants! Gia is entirely too cute as usual...stylin' and profilin'.

Frances said...

Beautiful as always!

I Am Your People said...

I teared up reading about Toady. And, of course, there's never enough Boogie pics :-)

IKa said...

lol at gong harder than a mug!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks!

CurlyNikki said...

soooo St. Louis!!!

CurlyNikki said...

you should've seen him yesterday, he was beaming!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Samantha!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Yvette!

CurlyNikki said...

Thank you! She talks too... alllll day. I need to shoot a vid for y'all.

CurlyNikki said...

my dad's side of the fam stopped having reunions too... petty family drama :( Life's too short. Glad to hear you had a fab Memorial day though! And rock that bun proudly! I think I'll wash and put it right back up!

CurlyNikki said...

let's hit that reset and start tomorrow! Well... maybe Tuesday, I'll have a long day in the car getting back home filled with fast food I'm sure :0/

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Rhonda girl!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, thanks Yolanda! The orange pants were much better in person than they appeared on the website, should've got them in the other colors too!

CurlyNikki said...

it didn't taste bad... but the consistency. LAWD. I need a bigger straw.

CurlyNikki said...

ewwww! Do it!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks!!!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks!

CurlyNikki said...

I've got some Boogie posts coming up, she's growing up fast! Her bday is next month!

Natural Sunshine said...

Can't wait to see the upcoming post. I like the new layout changes you made. Keep up the GREAT work! I share your blog with everyone I come across. I am not on Twitter but I thought I would share a natural hair moment. I was in Target yesterday (SM on sale for $7.99) and I was with my BFF's and I was stopped by 2 ladies who needed hair advice and then someone else saw us talking and she started listening and asking questions too. I swear it was like 10 of us in the natural hair section at Target - I loved every bit of it.

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks! Hoping to make it easier to comment and such, plus the site was in need of a facelift! I love the natural moment you described! I find myself in similar situations alllll the time! A 5 minute trip to Walgreens turns into 30 minutes with the exchange of email addresses and phone numbers, lol. Thanks for the comment!

AWilson said...

Thanks for sharing your family with us, and thanks for all the health and wellness information you provide. It's really been convicting my spirit lately and I can't ignore it any longer. So thank you for all you do because you've helped so many of us more than you may ever realize.

CurlyNikki said...

wow! Thanks for making my night! You all inspire me everyday. We've gotta support each other in this thing!

Kalicia Fields said...

I just have to say, your blog is everything, its so real and personable. I've been reading since the beginning... I wish I could have met you in New Orleans. Maybe one day "friend in my head". May God keep blessing you and your family.

hairscapades said...

I have my family reunion this upcoming weekend and I'm in the same boat as you Nikki ... except, I picked up 15 lbs, unlike you!! So, need to get it together ASAP!! Boogie is an absolute doll and, dirty or not, your bun looks BEAUTIOUS;)!! LOVE IT!! You are always too pretty and feminine!


Shelli

CurlyNikki said...

thank you chica! Wish I could've met you in NOLA... it was a sight to behold! Thanks again for all of your support and keep in touch! xx

CurlyNikki said...

15 lbs?! It doesn't show. thanks for the sweet compliments and lets all reboot together! Check back in with me soon to see how I'm doing ;)

Anonymous said...

Nikki I'm loving the new comment section! Please keep doing what you're doing!

kenishaf said...

we all love us some baby GIa lol i never known a almost 2 year old that pose and smile for almost all pic love it

tiffany goff said...

blending, juicing, eat raw has literally changed my life!! from pms not as bad to energy THRU the roof to my nails growing faster in the shortest amount of time and harder than ever to loosing the stubborn belly bulge/bloting to my hair growing in better etc etc etc etc!! continue to encourage everyone, nikk!

Mel said...

Hey Nik, the pics are lovely. I met you at the meetup in NOLA (young looking 37). I sent you an email with an offer of better restaurants to try whenever you make your way back to the city, and it's on me! Also, did you make it to Cafe du Monde?

Pecancurls said...

Nik, thanks for sharing your family reunion with us. I love that you and your families get together often and the smiles and laughter are plentiful. I teared up at the story of finding Toady. It is wonderful that he can now finally be with family and receive proper treatment. Truly a miracle. I wonder how many other "Toadys" are outh there. Girl, who among us has not succumbed to the dee-lish (but unhealthy) Southern fried cuisine!! :) Life is short....indulge every now and then. You still look great in spite of "falling off the wagon." :) Boog is getting so big! Love her new wheels.

Tasha said...

Would you please share what products you are using on boogs hair?

Traveria Turner said...

LMAO at the line from Friday! I caught that NIkki! Hysterical!
Natural83

Landry said...

I just can't believe you ate pig feet, and what are hog maws? lol! ;) I feel you about eating it ALL--I always go overboard like this on the holidays. All that food is just staring at you, begging to be eaten. It's just too hard to resist. hehe! I LOVE your hair bun---to cute! And your daughter is too cute, I love her little belly!

ksegundo said...

Toady's story has me in tears!

Brenda said...

Hi Nikki! Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips and stories. I visit your site several times a day for new postings. Keep'em coming.

AMRobby said...

I MUST HAVE THOSE PANTS!!

Gaye Glasspie said...

That story tugged at my heart Nikki! What an awesome thing. Everytime I see a homeless person I wonder about the family

Brianna said...

Love the family reunion. Amazing story! A little off subject, but ulta is having a liter sale on Redken products. I remembered reading here about it.

CurlyNikki said...

really?! Thanks for the heads up! What is this I keep hearing about them discontinuing Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat? Tell me it isn't so!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks lady! We miss you!!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

You'd love them... they're more like jeggings with a lace overlay... super cute!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Brenda and will do! :)

CurlyNikki said...

such a blessing that he was found and what's cooler is that the entire community chipped in to help pay the fees for him to be admitted to a group home for treatment. He looks like a completely diff man than the one in that pic in the paper.

CurlyNikki said...

I didn't eat no pigs feet! lol, but I"m not against trying them. It was a quote from Friday, lol!

CurlyNikki said...

hey boo! You always get my inside jokes, lol! Hope all is well!

CurlyNikki said...

whatever I'm using on mine. In these pics, however, I used Qhemet Biologics' Cocoa Tree Ghee on dry hair.

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks!

CurlyNikki said...

when we say, 'say cheese', she puts her hand on her hip, leans to one side and flashes a huge grin. HAM. But when she's done taking pics, she yells, 'no' and turns away from the camera. Off the chain.

CurlyNikki said...

I'm back on my game as of tonight. Had sauteed broccoli, peppers and rice for dinner!

CurlyNikki said...

but it's important to note that I'm still hungry, lol!

CurlyNikki said...

SO SO sorry for my tardy response. I emailed you back a minute ago! I will most certainly take you up on that offer! And no, our trip was so quick we didn't make it to Cafe du Monde. I could go for some right now though! :)
xx

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks lady! I fall off the wagon often but I'm still mindful of portions and the truly ridic food choices. I generally do better, even when I'm being bad :)

Brianna said...

Yes! I got a 33.8 ounce bottle for $16. I hope that is not true! Its the only thing my hair loves in the summer. Sigh.

trinity said...

Thanks for sharing. "Toady's" story is so heartwarming.

Erika A. said...

Wow, Toady's story is heartwarming! I'm so glad he was found. Amazing. Gia is too cute! She's sure growing up. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself in NC. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading about your fam. (P.S. I've been going on ramen binges lately myself! lol Thought I was the only one. Now, it's time to get back on track!)

Brooke B. said...

I try so hard to eat healthy, but everyt time I get a good run something (food) is thrown in front of me & trips me up. I'm a foodie by heart & it's hard to give up altogether on those southern comfort foods especially when you come from a big southern fam as I do. I still make sure I exercise every day its helped a lot for those days I slack off.

CurvyCurly said...

Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to a family reunion in years. It was nice to see the fam celebrating and Gia looking adorable as usual. Nik your hair was so cute. I decided to detangle my twistout with oil, put my hair in three chunkie twists overnight to keep it stretched and did a high bun with a headband similar to yours. I loved the look and didn't mind the frizz. Thanks for the inspiration!

keisha billups said...

I love your stories. They are hilarious. I too am trying to get back to healthy eating, but aint no way I could drink whats in that cup. Looks NASTY!! lol. Hair looks fab, and Gia is so dang on cute it's ridiculous.

hunnybun said...

that drink looks...interesting but the outfit is amazing. Its casual but dressy and very chic. Never would have thought purple and orange would work. Boogie woogie is gorgeous as per usual. And ure lucky you get to go to reunions. We dont really do that in the carib plus my family is all over the damn globe so count ure blessings.

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