Creating Your Clean Safe Haven


It was July 2020. We were 4 months into our diligent, safer-at-home practices when it happened.  Our air conditioner broke. In Florida. In summer! It was almost comical. We’d been very careful—not eating out, not going out, soaking produce, letting delivered packages sit for days on end downstairs (it became more superstition than anything) and disinfecting all the delivered groceries, twice-- but now, we’d have to break the barrier. We’d have to let someone, from out there, in here!  It would be a first, as we hadn’t ventured out since March 8th! But I was ready. 

I wasn’t fearful, I was just being careful, I told myself, as I placed the call to request a repair man. But when he showed up later that day, peering at me through the glass window on the door, without a mask, I almost freaked out.  But I did ask him if he had one.  He pulled a crumpled paper mask from out of his shirt pocket and reluctantly put it on before entering our home. Thankfully, he had paper booties for his shoes, but pretty much touched everything with his bare hands on his way to and from the faulty unit which was located on the third floor, and at one point, even asked to use our bathroom!  

When everything was back in working order and I walked him out. I closed the door behind me and immediately jumped on the internet and began researching smarter, safer, pet, and kid friendly solutions for keeping my house clean during a pandemic. With the help of Home Depot, a trusted source to alleviate home safety concerns, here’s what I came up with:

A Passion for Food: Chef Tiffani Janelle Makes Clean Eating Fun

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By Onicia Muller of ASE Beauty

Recently, celebrity chef and nutritionist, Chef Tiffani Janelle sat down with ASE Beauty to discuss how the average person can incorporate clean eating into their daily lifestyle.

Chef Tiffani was born into a family of passionate foodies. Originating from Louisiana, Tiffani knew since age five that she wanted to be a chef. As the oldest of three girls, she'd often forgo playing outside to experiment in the kitchen.

"I was just always in trouble because I was always in recipe books and cookbooks when I was very little. I was very blessed to be able to go to culinary school and all of that later. … I was always in the kitchen just experimenting and seeing if things came out like the picture I was trying to mimic in the cookbook."

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How a Clean Lifestyle can Benefit Your Health During the Pandemic and Beyond


 By Onicia Muller of ASE Beauty

At Ase Beauty, we believe that living a clean lifestyle goes well beyond beauty. What you put on your skin, in your body, even what you feed your mind is all a part of your total health and wellness. And living as clean as possible is one way to help live a healthier, happier life. 

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7 Foods for Healthier Hair

You are what you eat.
And because your hair is part of you, what you eat reflects in the health and state of your hair. If you want hair that is healthy, longer, and stronger you should be paying attention to what you put INSIDE your body, not just what you use on the hair itself. These superfoods will help keep you and your hair looking their best.
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6 Foods for Growing Long, Healthy, Natural Hair

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by Vineetha Reddy

Caring for your hair involves more than just protecting it from dust and pollution, and using external applicants to nourish it. The biggest factor that determines the quality of your hair is what you consume. For your hair to be nourished from the inside, you need to eat foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair health. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that provide your curls with the nutrients they need to be healthy and gorgeous.

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4 Green Smoothies for Optimal Hair Growth

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

I'm all about green smoothies and how great they are for our bodies, but did you know they have amazing benefits for our hair too? With many of us over 30 and looking for ways to keep our hair healthy, vibrant and moisturized, what we put into our bodies is the best way to get and keep healthy tresses.

Whether your hair goal is length, regrowing edges or staving off grays, there is a green smoothie that can help you with achieve it!  Optimal diet leads to optimal health and optimal health gives you optimal hair growth! Check out the four green smoothies below as they are great for your hair's health.

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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 31: Marlo Hampton attends 2018 BMI Know Them Now Experience at Buckhead Theatre on May 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)


Marlo Hampton, like so many of us, is on a journey to be her most fit and fabulous self. While she’s always looked healthy (and expensive in her designer clothes), she’s kicking things up a notch.

The 42-year-old RHOA star has teamed up with Kory Phillips, the celebrity trainer who has been whipping famous faces like Reginae Carter, Kashdoll, Toya Wright and Riley Burruss into shape. He shared that she has been working with him as of late, and with the help of a unique diet, she sees a “noticeable difference” in her body.

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Reginae Carter Lost 10 Pounds in 5 Days! Here's How She Did It!


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Reginae Carter is serious about her fitness these days, so much so that the 19-year-old has been able to drop a large amount of weight in an extremely short span of time.

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6 All-Day-Energy Smoothie Recipes to Help You Kick the Caffeine



Aren’t you tired of crashing before noon and needing a coffee refill multiple times throughout the day?

Believe it or not, the more coffee you consume on a daily basis, the more dependent your body becomes on that caffeine-fix.

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How Dr. Sebi Reminded Us That Food Is The Only Medicine We've Ever Needed


How many times have you tried a new diet that didn't work for you?

How did you come across this diet?

And if you thought it'd work, WHY?

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5 Natural Tricks To Boost Your Metabolism and Improve Digestion


It’s no secret that our metabolisms begin to slow down as we get older.
But the truth is that this has more to do with our activity levels than it does our actual age.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to maintain muscle mass and lower body fat in order to keep your metabolism at its highest.
However, aside from getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise daily, there are other ways we can boost our metabolism and potentially improve digestion.

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Best Exercise Hairstyles for Type 4 Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Working out is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you work out religiously or sporadically, you want to find the best hairstyle for your routine and hair type. If you have type 4 hair, keep your hair looking great during any sweat session with these picks for best exercise hairstyles for type 4 hair. When it comes to the best exercise hairstyles for type 4 hair, let’s take a look at your typical workout style.

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5 Fruits And Veggies That Help Hair Growth

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by Mary Wolff

Hair growth is a complicated subject. It isn’t a result of just one factor. However, an agreed upon fact is that what you eat directly impacts your hair health which in turns plays a role in generating hair growth. Here are a few of the best fruits and veggies that help hair growth.

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Written by Nikki Igbo of NikIgbo.com

On Tuesday, the CDC reported that Blacks as a group are living longer with their death rate declining by 25 percent from 1999 to 2015. Life expectancy for Blacks, however, is still four years less than it is for Whites.

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5 Deliciously Healthy Foods To Satisfy Your Sugar Addiction


It’s not easy.

Trying to make a change.

You’re realizing that your health is more important than anything. Yet, you find it hard to reach your goals..

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3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Worry Less


It’s okay. We all worry a little too much sometimes. You’re not alone. You may worry about not having enough time to do everything in one day. Or you may worry that tomorrow won’t bring any less stress than today.

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Here's 4 Tips For Protecting Your Curls On A Cruise


by Mary Wolff

Traveling can be a lot of fun. From sightseeing and meeting new people to getting some much need rest and relaxation, getting out there in the world has a lot of benefits. One great way to travel is a cruise. It lets you enjoy the fun of travel without the worry of transit. But what about protecting your curls on a cruise? There are a few things to keep in mind while out on the high seas! Here are my top tips for protecting your curls on a cruise.

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5 Changes You Should Make to Your Diet for Healthy Hair and Body


by sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

Healthy, beautiful hair doesn’t just happen. It takes concerted effort on your part to inform yourself about healthy choices, and it also requires firm determination to be able to follow through with making the necessary changes that will result in benefits. And interestingly enough, many of the nutrients that benefit hair also contribute to beautiful skin and a healthy body. So what are some healthy choices that can make your hair, mind and body healthier and happier?

10 Ingredients for the Health-Conscious Curly

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by Devri

Being natural while living with a chronic illness can be summed up by this: staying mindful of my hair, my health, and my hair's health--after all, my life depends on it. In addition to a boundless amount of meds, biweekly infusions, and injections, for me it's crucial to keep these 10 ingredients incorporated in my hair and skin regimen in order stay as healthy as possible.

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How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming


by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

Swimming is fun and relaxing whether you're doing it for exercise or just to cool off. You don't have to limit your pool time for your hair, but you do have to take some extra precautions. Chlorinated water and constant friction from swimming will take a toll on African American hair. Spend a few minutes before and after swimming to help your hair survive the summer.

Key Tips
  • Rinse your hair with tap water before you get in the pool.
  • Don't wear a swim cap if it pulls too tightly or rips out your hair at the hairline.
  • Always shampoo after you swim, chlorine does not rinse out.

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