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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…

Best Travel Hair Dryer For Curly Hair

Are you a curly haired girl traveling for the holidays? Are you ripping out your curls trying to figure out how to pack your hair products and tools? I totally get it. I have two trips coming up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A flight to Indiana and New Hampshire. Each one is an extended stay and will require a wash day. That means I’m going to need a travel hair dryer and diffuser. In the past I’ve traded in space and weight to bring my trusted BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino full size dryer. However, it weighs almost 2 pounds and makes packing awkward. I also worry about it breaking during transportation. With a $100+ price tag, I’m done with taking that risk! We like to travel. Whether it’s a road trip around the states or internationally. My goal was to find a mini hair dryer and diffuser that would give…

How To Deep Condition Curly Hair With A Heat Cap

Are you struggling with dry, frizzy curls or lifeless, weighed down waves? I have experienced both in my curly girl journey. This past week, I discovered that I have low porosity hair. In short, this means that moisture does not easily penetrate the hair strand. Heat is your friend in this situation. It aids in the moisturizing affects of your curly hair products. Specifically, deep conditioners. This week, I decided to try using a microwavable heat cap to deep condition my hair. FYI: This post may include affiliate links, but all thoughts are my own! The Tifara Beauty Heat Cap The Tifara Beauty heat cap has over 1,000 customer reviews with a 4 out of 5 star rating! The instructions are simple and easy. Wash and rinse hair. Ring water out of hair. Comb through deep conditioner. Heat deep conditioning cap for 90 seconds in microwave. Wear for 10 minutes. Rinse…

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…

A New Start: My Curly Girl Journey

“I am accepting and loving my natural hair.” This has become my daily mantra for the past 8 weeks. As the famous adage goes “We always want what we can’t have.” For me, it was luscious, silky straight hair. I was born with dark, straight locks. It wasn’t until my thirteenth birthday that I asked my mother for a spiral perm. She brought me to the local Empire Beauty School where they worked 6+ hours on my hair. The results were stunning and I was one happy teenager. Twenty-three years later, I still have those curls. Somewhere between that milestone birthday and puberty, I became a natural curly girl. The last two decades, my relationship with my hair has been an ongoing struggle. During high school, little was known about the care of curls and I brushed, curled and blow dried it with frizzy, voluminous results. During college, I chopped…

2 Nights in Savannah: Where to Play and Eat Gluten Free

March is an eventful month for us. It’s our dating and wedding anniversary and we always plan a trip to celebrate. This year we chose a two night road trip to Savannah, Georgia. We have friends from Sandals Grande Antigua who retired in Savannah. They suggested we stay with them while touring the Savannah Historic District. Our friends live in Midtown, only four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. The road trip from the Queen City was uneventful. We stopped halfway in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Famous Toastery for gluten free breakfast. Our arrival time was 11:00 AM, which gave us 1.5 days of sightseeing left. Read on to learn more about what we saw and where we ate in this beautiful, southern city. Day 1 1. Forsyth Park Parking and Transportation: According to TripAdvisor, Forsyth Park is one of the top 10 destinations to visit in Savannah. This was…

Alkaline Diet, Vitamin C and Documentaries

Anyone else have an obsession with documentaries? During the winter months we tend to watch way more television due to the short, cold days. However, rather than making ourselves feel bad about being couch potatoes on nights and weekends, we cue up a few documentaries on Netflix or Amazon Prime Movies. One of our favorite topics is healthy living. This week we watched two videos: Cancer Can Be Killed and Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up. My goal with health documentaries is to walk away having learned something. I usually spend time researching the items and then find applications to my life. The two points I heard several times on each movie were related to an alkaline diet, Vitamin C and the importance of a strong immune system. I don’t believe these are the only answers to the cure for cancer. However, adjusting my diet to strengthen my immune system to…

Sandals Resort LaSource Grenada: Gluten Free Review

Traveling with food allergies is a burden I would not wish on my worst enemy. Every trip involves hours of research and communication with airlines, restaurants, resorts and event coordinators. When the trip arrives, you leave armed with detailed information. However, there is still a nagging feeling of fear that you can’t get rid of. Most people get excited about eating at a new place. For me, having Celiac Disease, each time I start to eat at an unknown location I wait for the tell-tale signs that I have been glutened. My biggest fear is getting sick on vacation in a world far away from the comforts of home. The last time I was exposed to gluten, I was down for three days in severe pain and couldn’t eat anything. This is the last experience I want on vacation. If your travel planning story sounds anything like mine, I’d like…