A few of my favourite things- August

Hi guys,

First things first, happy birthday to the Queen B!!!💛👑🐝   

  

    
   
Here are a few of my faves from August:

1. Rabbit/cat case:  

This case is too cute! I usually hate cases like this but I somehow fell in love when I saw this one! If you have an iPhone 6 and want one too, buy it on Jumia here

2. People finding my blog:

 

Lately I’ve been having people, especially colleagues at work, walk up to me or message me saying “Oh my gosh, so you have a blog! I was just searching for something online and I found it”. A colleague actually said “So you blog! My sister said I should tell you she loves your blog”. As expected, this always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If you know me and you recently found this blog, hi! 

3. Cat in a hat

slightly dusty, sorry!

 
No, not the book! How cute is this hat? I got it for 2000 NGN at a random shop at Ikeja Underbridge. If you can’t find your way there, not to worry, you can buy it here

4. Bloglovin’: 

  
I’ve been searching for a way to read all my favourite blogs in one place. I like the WordPress app but then I couldn’t keep up with blogs from Blogger. I decided to try Bloglovin’ and the rest they say is history. I don’t know how to comment on posts from the Bloglovin’ app though so if you know, biko teach me in the comment section below! And if you know any app that I can read blogs, both Blogger and WordPress on and also comment on, pleaaassseee share! Oh and follow me on Bloglovin’ (check the side/bottom of the page for the follow button)

5. I Love Nigeria:

Yes I do! But I’m actually referring to the game show. 

  
I stumbled on it on DSTV one fateful day and I’ve been hooked! It’s so fun and funny. The show tests celebrities’ knowledge of Nigeria with fun games and questions. It is hosted by Stephanie Coker. Tee A and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu each lead a competing team of different celebrities each week. Toke Makinwa, Makida Moka, Deyemi Okanlawon, Osas Ighodaro, Nse Ikpe Etim, Linda Ejiofor, Reekado Banks, Kehinde Bankole, Adesua Etomi, Sasha P, Yvonne ‘Vixen’ Ekwere, Mocheddah, Gideon Okeke, Falz The Bahd Guy, Oreka Godis, Rachael Oniga and more have been on it so far(Hopefully I spelt all names correctly). You can watch it on YouTube here

The end! 

How are you guys doing? Any plans for the weekend? Anything you’re loving lately? You know the drill, share!

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Instapicks of the week #01

Guys, I don’t know what’s happening to me these days! Sometimes I’m genuinely busy or tired and can’t post/read posts/go on social media. But many times, I’m not any busier than I normally am but I just can’t post. It’s so bad that I don’t go on Instagram or read blogs I follow for a long time. And when I do, I go on Instagram and scroll through but don’t like/comment or post or I read blogs I follow but don’t have the zeal to like/comment even if I genuinely liked the post. This also extends to other social platforms like BBM. Am I having an Internet withdrawal kinda situation? Well if you haven’t been seeing my comments/likes and I follow your blog and you’re wondering why you don’t see my comments lately/often and if you follow my blog and you’re wondering why I’ve been so inconsistent lately, this is my explanation. Forgive me pretty please, I’m working on it before it ruins my blogging.

Anyways, starting with this post, I’m introducing a new ‘series’ on the blog called Instapicks Of The Week. This will basically be a weekly roundup of Instagram pictures and videos I found interesting over each past week. 

The post will go up every Sunday. I think it’s a good way for me to at least have one post up a week and hopefully I stick to it. 
So here are my Instapicks for the week. 

Source: @sheabuttercottage

Source: @dooneyskitchen

Source: @beginningkisses


She makes the most beautiful art and is actually featured on The Kink And I this week.

 

Source: @tzarstudios

 
 

Source: @thekinkandi

 
 

Source: @coilyandcute

  

Her caption: “Big Black and beautiful” . Love it!
 

Source: @kinkyparadiseng

   

Source: @yagazieemezi

 Absolutely beautiful!
  

Source: Yours truly, @nigerianandnatural

  #BORNandMADE is a campaign by natural hair product brand Carol’s Daughter aimed at “empowering women all over the world to be who they are truly BORNandMADE to be – not who others think they’re “supposed” to be!”. You can make yours here.
  
Source: @wofaifada

  

Source: @squishysmommasita

Her daughters are too freaking cute!

That’s all for this week.

Which picture/video is your favourite? What do you think of the Instapicks Of The Week idea? 
Is there anything you would like me to post about? Please let me know.

NITC 11

Hi beautiful people!
The eleventh NITC was on Saturday. 
In case you don’t know what NITC is, *gasps* where have you been?! 
It’s a hair meetup that holds a few times a year organized by Natural NigerianThe Kink and I and Carib Health.
As always, it was an opportunity to mingle, learn, shop and feed your eyes with beautiful hair.
It seems Mother Nature didn’t get the memo though because it was raining for the better part of the day. As a result, the turnout wasn’t as good as it usually is but there was still a good number of people.
The theme of the event was Keeping It Real. 
There were four talks and I have the scoop.

Talk 1: By Kelechi Koko- @yellowsisi
 

 


 Main points:

Some things that dry your hair out-

  1. Products- Not all products work for everyone. Some things might be moisturizing for some and drying for others e.g. aloe vera, shea butter, ACV. 
  2. Not moisturizing properly.
  3. Build up.
  • Natural hair is for everyone; it grows out of your scalp; but not everyone is patient enough to handle it. 
  • Don’t confuse breakage with shedding. It’s normal for your hair to shed daily; don’t think it’s breaking when it isn’t.
Talk 2: By Esther Morenikeji (a weight loss professional)- @estamorenikeji
 

She was so so so funny, relatable and fun to listen to!


Main points:
  • Fitfam and naturalistas have things in common. They like sharp sharp things. (LOL! So true!)
  • The purpose of exercise is beyond body beautiful.
  • Being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fit.
  • Not every time fry fry. Sometimes, toast, roast and grill.
  • For a healthier stew, boil the tomatoes and pepper till almost dry and add a little oil followed by your spices. (As opposed to the original method of frying the tomatoes in oil)
  • Do a maintainable diet so it doesn’t seem like a punishment. Don’t go for expensive food stuff that you can’t maintain. 
  • Exercise doesn’t have to be anything major. Walk, jump rope.
  • Bulk your meals with veggies and proteins as opposed to carbohydrates.
  • Nigerian foods are not unhealthy. They can be healthy when you choose healthier methods of preparing them and eat the correct portions.
Talk 3: By Cherise (Not sure)- Carib Health.
  

Main points:

  • Don’t overdo weight loss. 4kg per month is acceptable weight loss.
  • Drink water before you eat; like 30 mins before. This helps you eat less and digest better.
  • Eat slower and savour your meal; it helps you eat less.
  • Mixing fruit and meat can cause bloating. Eat fruits first and then food like 30 mins later. 
  • Don’t eat high in sugar fruits at night e.g mangoes and pineapples.
Carib Health also has a wellness show every Sunday at 1pm on 92.3 
Talk 4: By Geraldine- Intimate Pleasures
  
To be extremely honest, I did not write anything in this segment. I was too busy listening and oohing and giggling. 
But to summarize, it was an interactive sex talk with topics ranging from tampons versus menstrual cups to perceptions about sexually liberated women in our society to vibrators.
It was quite interesting.
Side note: During the talk, someone mentioned ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for infections ‘down there’. Diluted with water and used to rinse (alternatively you can sit in a bowl of it for a short while), it helps to alleviate itching and cure the infection.
So here’s what we really came for, pictures!
 

Ife

  

She has clip ins in her hair which she made herself

  

Kanyinsola

      Ekene of The Kink And I    Ify of Ify’s Musings  

Ekene and Isioma

       

Can you believe this is a weave?

  

The hall with vendors

  

Shopping and chatting

      Berry of Berry Dakara and Nicole  Atilola of African Naturalistas   

Here’s what I bought (even though I said I wouldn’t buy anything at all) 
Island Shea Butter Cup from Savvy & Chic

A floral headband from Fashion Strings (I was apprehensive about buying it because the last time I bought stuff from them, everything spoilt in no time but let’s see)

   I also got a Henna Tattoo from The Henna Place

Outfit of the day

I scored this Eve and Tribe skirt on sale for less than 2000 Naira some time ago.

And that’s a wrap on NITC 11!

Shoutout to Anita, a lovely blog reader who said hi! 

How was NITC 11 for you if you attended? If you didn’t attend, tell me whyyyyyy? How’s your week going?

A few of my favourite things -May

 

Hey guys,

How’s your Sunday going? Hope you have Sunday rice planned, ready, cooking or in your tummy because eating anything else on Sunday is a sin according to some unwritten but binding rule.

Here’s what happened when I tried to boil yam one fateful Sunday:

  

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a hard time figuring out what I loved in May but here’s what I came up with.


1. Things in threes:

I like to take pictures! And I tend to take pictures of the oddest things according to those who know me. 

Anyways, I recently found that taking pictures with a theme in mind helps keep things a bit ‘organized’. It’s not as fun as being spontaneous but it’s fun nonetheless.

The theme I had in my head for the three pictures below is ‘things in threes’. 

   

  

 (‘Trees in threes’. Try saying that three times fast)



2. Semo:

  

When I was younger I hated a number of foods. The major culprits were beans, boiled eggs, fried rice and especially swallows in all varieties. I now eat these things but I’m still very picky about swallows. I only eat semo, wheat and pounded yam.

Allow me to say that semo is bae! I ate semo at least 1-2 times a week this entire month. 

Unfortunately I’m so bad at making it. Yesterday I made some and my brother said “Jennifer this part is not done”. I gave him the look of death and told him to shut up and eat.

Any tips on making perfect semo? Please tell me in the comments.

 3. My current protective style:

   

These are twists done with about 16 packs of wool/yarn and I’ve had them for a little over 5 weeks now. 

I have been super lazy with them that’s why I’m loving them. Since I’ve had them, I’ve moisturized 2 times, cleaned my scalp once with baby wipes and oiled my scalp about 6 times.



4. My butterfly print plimsolls:

  

I bought these about a month ago on Jumia for N4495 (although I had a voucher so I only paid N2695). It comes in a variety of prints and colours. Just search for ‘shoe republic la plimsoll” on Jumia



5. Fresh Yo:

 

I’m obsessed with this Fresh Yo stuff yo! I buy it everyday(which is so unhealthy). And it’s not even cheap sef (N200). But it’s so yummy. It also comes in a strawberry flavoured version.

And those are my favourite things from May!

Also guys, let me tell you about this giveaway you shouldn’t let pass you by!

Visarn Hair Line, a company that sells human hair is having a giveaway which is open to entries nationwide in Nigeria and ends on the 4th of June.

They will pick three winners and although the prizes are a surprise, a little birdie told me they will give away some of their luscious high quality human hair, a mini spa treatment and 3 packs of their recently launched Marley hair.

It is the Marley hair that me I want so you can be sure I will enter the giveaway!

To enter, head over to their Instagram page. They are @visarnhairline on Instagram.

All you have to do is follow them, repost any of their beautiful pictures with the hashtag #hairyoucantrust, tag them and tag 3 of your friends. C’est fini! 

So don’t dull guys! You could win some of their amazing hair! Check them out on Instagram and you can see some of the beautiful hair that could be yours.

  


What are you currently loving? Do you share any of my current faves? Got tips on making perfect semo? Please share in the comments!

Xoxo

Giveway winner!

Hi lovelies,

So the blog is 2! And the giveaway is finally over.

First of all, the answer to the JAMB question; what two things on my Christmas wishlist have I gotten? The iPhone 6 and the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner!! 

  

If you guessed it right, you smart (you loyal, go buy your mama a house). There were a total of 29 entries and I was actually quite surprised because 13 people got the answer right! How una take know biko (tell me in the comment section please).

Some people did not follow the rules of the giveaway at all! Some commented and didn’t follow the blog, some mentioned only one item they thought I’d gotten, some said it was iPhone and DSLR they wanted to win (ah!!!!) meanwhile those weren’t what I was giving away oh. I won’t mention names *zips lips*

As the sweet, merciful soul that I am, I forgave and overlooked all sins and accepted all comments as valid entries seeing as this is the first giveaway.

Without further blabbing, by random selection (with the aid of a random number generator), the winner of the giveaway is Ify!!! *fireworks*

  

   

Don’t run off just yet people. I decided to give away the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from my BoonBox (since I had one already) as a ‘consolation prize’. 

  

Another random selection (after removing Ify’s name) and Funke won!!

   

   

Congratulations to both ladies! I will email you shortly but if you do not get an email from me by the end of the day, please send me an email at contact@nigerianandnatural.com

And if you didn’t win, cheer up! There will always be a next time. And thank you for entering the giveaway!

Currently having a tough time coming up with stuff I loved this May but once I’m done, the post will be up.

Peace!

Giveaway! The very first.

Hi guys,

I’ve had a few people tell me that I should host a giveaway but I just never got around to hosting one; until now!

It’s a small giveaway seeing as it’s the very first one (before you think I’m giving away a private jet or a mansion in Banana Island)



WHAT AM I GIVING AWAY?

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner OR The Kinky Apothecary’s Whipped Batter. If you win, you get to pick which you prefer.

  




WHO CAN ENTER?

All residents of Nigeria (or anyone who has an address in Nigeria it can be delivered to). 



HOW TO ENTER:

1. Subscribe to the blog– If you have a WordPress account, click ‘follow’ at the top of the page or at the bottom. If you don’t, subscribe to the blog via email either on the side of the page or at the bottom(depending on your browser).

2. Leave a comment telling me which two things on my Christmas Wishlist you think I’ve gotten. Also tell me which of the 2 giveaway items you want if you win e.g “Camera and iPhone. I want Hello Hydration”

That’s it!

Giveaway closes at midnight on the 27th of May, 2015 (the 2nd anniversary of my first post on this blog) and the winner will be chosen at random (so don’t worry about your answers being right or wrong; just have fun guessing)

Don’t be greedy, invite your loved ones, friends and enemies to enter as well!

Good luck!

P.s. You can also follow the blog on Instagram- @nigerianandnatural (it’s not a requirement but I’d be glad if you did)

Xoxo

    **********GIVEAWAY CLOSED**********

You are the reason

It’s funny how something so seemingly sturdy suddenly breaks and then you begin to see that in retrospect, there were cracks. Cracks you thought you could ignore and they would fix themselves. Cracks you thought you could hide from the world. Cracks that widened and expanded to form irreparable gutters with the things ignored floating on the surface.

Sitting there in church with his bible in his lap, Pastor Tunde was there but he wasn’t. 
He looked over his notes. His sermon today was supposed to be part 3 of “Getting marriage right”.

In the background of his thoughts,Pastor Tunde could hear the choir singing.

“You are the reason why I lift my hands
Why I lift my voice
Why I sing to you”

When he told Tolu five years into their marriage that God had called him to be a pastor and to start his ministry, she had been silent. Then she had told him she couldn’t handle the pressure of being the “mummy” of the congregation. That she didn’t want to be second in his life to a God she wasn’t so sure she believed in. That she couldn’t lose herself for a calling that wasn’t hers. 

He knew she would come around. And she did. She understood that God had to come first.

She always looked beautiful in her skirt suits and hats on Sunday mornings. She handled the congregation with effortless grace. They were living the life God wanted them to live.

For Pastor Tunde his perfect structure had shattered to smithereens when he walked in last Friday from his 3-day prayer summit trip to Abuja to find Tolu and their maid, Jane, groping each other on the couch.

He looked up at his tear-stained face on the projector screen. The camera men had a habit of keeping the camera on those who were moved by the worship and were in the spirit.

“You are the reason I’m alive today
I am here to say

It’s all because of you”

______________________________________________________

Hi guys! Hope life is treating you well.

I haven’t been writing a lot these days which is really sad.

As always, I can be found more often on my hair blog here if you’re ever missing me and if that’s your sort of thing. (I talk about other stuff too, not just hair but mostly hair) 

Xoxo

Product Review: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque

  

Hi guys,

This review is long overdue as I’ve finished this product and thrown away the empty container sef.

Disclaimer: All efforts shall be made to curb excessive typing in this post.

I bought this for the fact that I had never really had a dedicated/store-bought  deep conditioner; that is, I always did DIY deep conditioners or used my regular rinse out conditioner.  Another factor that sealed the deal was that it claimed to alleviate itchy scalp(my number 1 concern in life)

INGREDIENTS:

   

 


 

As you can see, this product is chock-full of good stuff! No red flags in sight. Very impressive.

LOOK, SMELL AND CONSISTENCY:

I like the packaging of this product. I think it looks nice. As for the product itself, it has a grayish colour and is thick(not excessively thick so it washes out easily). This product smells like a mix bananas and sand/earth to me(that’s the only way I can describe it. I don’t mind the smell)

CLAIMS + DIRECTIONS:

  



HOW I USED IT:

I would typically put it on my hair and scalp after shampooing, put on a shower cap and leave it in for an hour or more(depending on how lazy I am to rinse it out and carry on with the rest of wash day). No heat used.

PROS:

  1. It’s moisturizing. I can use this after shampooing/clarifying and rest assured that my hair will be soft and moisturized.
  2. It has great ingredients. I don’t have to worry about the big bad scary ingredients I try so hard to avoid.
  3. A little goes a long way. I don’t need too much product for it to work.
  4. It has slip. I can detangle with this.

CONS:

  1. It’s not so cheap. At N3200(when I bought it), it’s not the cheapest kid on the blox.
  2. It doesn’t do much for my itchy scalp. I did not notice much/any difference. Then again, perhaps I wasn’t consistent.
  3. It’s small for its price. For N3200, I would have expected more product. I got about  6-8 uses out of it(from my guesstimation) and I was trying to use it ‘gently’.

WOULD I REPURCHASE:

Probably not(except they dash me). I can get the same moisture from a cheaper product. If it actually worked for my itchy scalp, I would have said a definite yes.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I give this product 3/5. 

WHERE TO BUY:

Have you tried this product before? What did you think? What deep conditioner should I try? Let me know in the comments.

P.s: My Abuja people, there is a hair and makeup shop in Gwarimpa, Abuja. They sell natural hair care products, 100% Virgin human hair and makeup. 

Brands and products include:

-Cantu

-ApHogee

-Tropical Isle Living

-Shea Moisture

-Creme of Nature

-KTC Organic Oils

-100% Organic Argan oil

-Organic Coconut Oil

-Tea Tree Oil

-Satin Bonnets

-Silk caps

-Spray bottles
Etc

Makeup brands include:

-MAC

-Dose of colors

-Coloured Raine

-Bdellium Tools

-Morphe Brushes

-Urban Decay

-LA Girl

-PNK Digger

Etc

DETAILS:

Address- House 47, 3rd Avenue opposite Shirley’s confectionery and Yogurberry Gwarinpa Estate Abuja.

Number- 07064186931

BB Pin- 7AFC56

Have an awesome weekend!

Xoxo

A few of my favourite things- April

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes; snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes; something something something bla bla bla bla; these are a few of my favourite things

  

I enjoy reading what people are loving every week/month on their blogs and I always wanted to write about things I was loving too here.

I’m not sure I can keep up with doing it weekly but I can do monthly. 
So here are a few of my favourite things from April: 
1. Cocoa butter
   

 

I was recently kind of bored with plain old shea butter and decided to try something different. 
I stumbled upon cocoa butter and other exotic butters such as murumuru, avocado, mango etc on the Beautifully Nappy blog shop
I initially wanted mango butter because I love the smell of mangoes but a quick Google search informed me that it actually doesn’t smell like mangoes so I went for cocoa butter instead.
I loooove the smell of cocoa butter! It’s like chocolate but not Dairy Milk kind of chocolate; think Richoco or King’s Bite(That Ghanaian chocolate with a red wrapper). 
My baby brother actually tries to lick it sometimes when I’m not looking and my sister and mum keep trying to steal it.
2. iOS 8
  
If you’re not into Apple devices, this one won’t be interesting to you but I recently upgraded from iOS 7 to iOS 8 and I’m really liking iOS 8.
The camera features are better, there’s now a ‘recently deleted’ album so you don’t lose mistakenly deleted pictures (Love this!), you can send voice notes on iMessage etc
The difference between both isn’t so major but it’s the subtle changes that just make it so much better and cooler.
3. One-a-week styles: 
   

   

If you’re like me and you like to dress up at the last minute and rush out the door, you will appreciate styles you can put your hair in for a whole week. 
They save me time and stress and save my hair from excessive manipulation.
Here’s what I do these days:
  • Wash my hair on Saturday and twist.
  • Wear it in a twist out on Sunday.
  • On Sunday evening, put it in a style for the week.
  • Forget about it till Saturday.
  • On Saturday, moisturize it and twist.
  • Wear a twist out on Sunday.
  • On Sunday evening, put it in a style for the week.
  • Forget about it till Saturday.
  • On Saturday, start from step 1 again.
This means I now wash my hair every 2 weeks which is good for a lazy girl like me; although I must admit that it itches during the second week.
4. The view from my balcony:
   

     


You might be wondering “but it’s not a fantastic view”. 
I’m moving to a new house soon and that house has no balcony or view. 
I’m seriously going to miss sitting in this balcony enjoying fresh air, watching people and cars go by and listening to the sounds of Lagos (i.e shouting, car horns and generators).
I’m also going to miss my annoying dog, Kiara, who will not be moving with us. (Hopefully she annoys her way into the hearts of her new owners)
  
5. Cardboard: 
  
Did I hear you go “huh?!”. Don’t worry I’m not crazy. 
Sometime ago, I read on Cassie Dave’s blog about how cardboard makes a great background for pictures and I thought ‘Wow! How come I never thought of this?!’. Anyways, I have gotten myself a few and I will be using them when necessary as they do make great backgrounds for pictures. 
I used pink for my what’s in my bag picture; did you notice? 
  
I also used blue and white for the cocoa butter pictures above.
I personally think yellow is the most beautiful but my neighbourhood mallam didn’t have yellow. 
I think I will go to a book shop and get sheets of coloured paper as well.
There you have it; my very first “current faves” post. 
What are you currently loving? Share, share, share! I wanna hear!

P.S. you guys know you’re my favourites all day errday right? 
Xoxo

Jumia Haul

Hi guys!
 
I’m only using the word ‘haul’ because, you know, that’s what people do on other blogs. #BloggerLingo
 
So I was on my own jejely browsing through Jumia when I saw Aunt Jackie’s products.
I had read reviews of some of the products previously and planned that one day when I was feeling rich I would try them out.
I had seen them at Casa Bella and knew they generally retailed at around N2,500 upwards.
So imagine my surprise when I saw them on Jumia all below N2,000! I had to have them, whether or not I already had enough products! (Does someone need to sign up for Product Junkies Anonymous?)
I also bought some Aloe Vera gel because… ummm… product junkism.
 
 
 
DEETS:

Where to buy- Jumia

Prices-
1) Aunt Jackie’s Knot on my watch- N1,895 (Currently out of stock)
2) Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean– N1,795
3) Aunt Jackie’s In Control– N1,795
4) Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel– N1,475

Also available on Jumia is Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La for N1,895.

Jumia also sells some Cantu, Namaste Organics, Tropical Isle, Eco styler, Elasta Qp, Shea Moisture, Beautiful Textures and African Naturalistas products, essential and carrier oils, shea butter and even Hairfinity.
Note that not all of them are as cheap in comparison.

Delivery info-
-Nationwide delivery (note that you might have to prepay either through your master/visa/verve card or a bank deposit/transfer for some states as not all states qualify for cash on delivery).
-You can opt to have it delivered to you or pick it up at the closest pickup station to you(which attracts little or no shipping charge)
-Free shipping within Lagos for orders above N10,000
 
Aunt Jackie’s Product Reviews-
1) Knot On My Watch by Igbo Curls
2) Curl La La by The Kink and I
3) In Control by The Kink and I
4) Curl La La by Sizzelle
5) Oh So Clean and Knot On My Watch by 1 Blessed Natural
6) In Control and Oh So Clean by Nappy Headed Black Girl


Have you ever shopped on Jumia? How was your experience? Have you ever tried any of these products? How did you feel about them? What do you have planned for the weekend? You know I wanna hear!