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My First ACV Rinse Results

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used for health purposes since about 400 B.C. It’s one of those natural home remedies that entire books are dedicated to. However, today I am focusing only on hair health. I’ve been seeing the curly girl community posting about ACV rinses and their results. We always have apple cider vinegar around the house. I’ve just been waiting for a morning with a little extra time to try it out. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural conditioning rinse. The acidity found in ACV balances the pH levels on your scalp and hair. This helps with dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and more. How to make acv rinse Supplies: Organic apple cider vinegar Filtered water Spray bottle or cup Shower Cap To make my curly girl ACV rinse, I combined 2/3 cup filtered cold water with 1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar. At…

Best Gifts Under $25 For The Curly Girl

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to finish your Christmas shopping. Do you have a curly girl friend, wife or family member? I have put together the perfect gift guide for all the curl friends in your life. For all my budget friendly readers, all the curly hair accessories and products are under $25! If you have a friend struggling to love their natural hair or just starting the curly girl method, any of these gifts will be a welcome addition under the Christmas tree. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them. Thanks for supporting the free content on this site! 1. yoga headband 2. microfiber hair towel 3. wide tooth detangling hair comb 4. fine mist airless spray bottle 5. puffcuff 6. root clips for curly hair 7. invisibobble kink proof…

2018 Fall Foliage Map: Blue Ridge Mountains of NC

Leaf peeping isn’t just for out-of-state tourists! Last weekend, we enjoyed a two night getaway in the mountains of Asheville. It is one of the best places to travel in October. Our whole goal was to watch and photograph the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. We had heard, via the fall color forecast, that peak foliage could be found at 3,000-4,000 feet elevation in the southern Pisgah National Forest. These fall colors would be most brilliant from October 18th to October 28th in the Brevard area. The town of Brevard is about 45 minutes southwest of Asheville. To help you out, I have made a simple fall foliage route that will provide amazing views of the mountains and cozy, tucked away waterfalls. It’s an easy loop that will take you about 4 hours with the stops and activities I suggest below. Half the foliage portion of the road trip…

5 Must-Visit Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC

We just returned from a romantic weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. This was our second stay in downtown and we were surprised at how easy it was to find new gluten free places to eat. We sampled a variety of foods from Western Mediterranean to Mexican to American Burgers. Here are 5 Must-Visit Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC. I’ve included photos that will make you want to hop in your car and take an impromptu drive to the mountains. 1. Posana Asheville We walked into  Posana Restaurant having spent 8 hours in the car. This included our travel from Charlotte to watch the sunrise over the Pisgah National Forest and a leaf peeping adventure through the Blue Mountain Parkway. Thankfully, Posana serves their brunch menu until 3:00 PM. If you are Celiac or gluten sensitive, this contemporary American restaurant has a 100% dedicated gluten free kitchen. My husband couldn’t…

My Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall 2018

We are officially two weeks into the 2018 fall season. Everyone in our neighborhood is decorating their homes with pumpkins, mums, lanterns and string lights. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are just starting to change color and we are hoping to experience cooler weather in a few days. Everything about fall makes me want to bake! Here are my top 5 pumpkin recipes I am enjoying this season: 1. Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones These gluten free pumpkin scones are the perfect addition to breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. They are moist, yet flaky. The combination of maple, cinnamon and pumpkin are a sweet, yet not overpowering blend. 2. Paleo Pumpkin Nut Bars If you are looking for a crowd pleasing dessert or even an afternoon snack, these paleo pumpkin nut bars are the perfect choice. Combine a crunchy cinnamon almond topping and a fudge-like pumpkin…

My Latest Curly Hair Wash Day Routine

Are you struggling to make it through seven days before washing your curly hair? For a healthy scalp, it’s important to have at least one wash day a week. This latest routine is the first combination of curly girl method products that has given me beautiful, soft curls all week long with minimal refreshing. If you want to skip all the details to see my results, just scroll to the bottom! (Full Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps keep my blog running!) 1. Co-Wash I have found co-washing to work best for my 2c/3a curly hair. If you’ve never heard of the term before, it means to wash with a conditioner. When getting my hair ready to co-wash, I do the following: Turn the…

Hurricane Florence Travel: Evansville, IN

It’s been one week since Hurricane Florence touched ground on the coast of North Carolina. Thankfully, we live inland near Charlotte. Normally, this would have comforted me. However, the weather channels were all saying that the storm could be quite devastating for the western part of the state. We decided to prepare the house for the worst and hop in the car for a road trip to Evansville, Indiana. My husband’s family lives in Indiana and the hurricane gave us a chance to visit and see more of the area where they live. Below are a few of our trip highlights including where to eat gluten free, find the best coffee, shop and exercise . Gluten free options Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Unfortunately, Evansville does not have many restaurant options for the gluten free, dairy free customer. We enjoyed a double date night at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. I had the gluten…