A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Mumbai Masala Indian Grill in NYC!

Hey guys! I went to dinner last night with my husband and our friend at this really nice Indian restaurant!

We shared all the food which consisted of Dal Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Murg Saag Chicken Tikka, Garlic Naan, and Coconut Rice! Everything was delicious!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just wanted to say Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! Hope you enjoy this day! Even if you’re single, make sure to show yourself some love!

Treat yourself to a nice at home spa treatment, eat your favorite meal, watch your favorite movie,etc!

Enjoy everyone! 😊❤️

Fun And Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas For Couples!

Valentine’s Day is approaching very soon! Do you know what romantic gift you’re going to buy for your special someone?! Have you planned an exciting getaway?!

If you’re still wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day, check out how these entrepreneurs have experienced Valentine’s Day throughout the years in their relationships and what they actually plan on doing this year! Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to enjoy this romantic holiday! Also they’ve shared some background about their blog, websites, and current projects they’re working on! Check it out! 😊

WritefullySoBrittany

Since becoming an adult, Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays that I forget about until it’s near. I remember when I was younger, Valentine’s Day was a big deal. I remember getting teddy bears and candy in high school and thinking those were the sweeeeetest gestures! Even in college, my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I would go all out for each other. Extravagant gifts, chocolate, cards, the whole nine. I miss those carefree days sometimes!

Now that I am an adult, with bills lol, Valentine’s Day is not as important as it used to be. I don’t even think my husband and I celebrated last year because we closed on our house 3 days later. We were so busy with preparing for that, it kinda got forgotten about. This Valentine’s Day, I think we’re just going to go out to dinner and enjoy each other’s company. We will probably get each other small gifts or maybe chocolate. I hope he gets me an edible arrangement *hint hint*.

My husband and I spend a lot of time together. However, our jobs get in the way of that. So over the years, I have started to appreciate time spent more than gifts. I can honestly say that I am excited about going to dinner with my husband in the middle of the week. I will probably go the extra mile and get dolled up. It’s the little things that matter! Maybe I will make more of an effort for us to have outings during the week. Time is so precious and I want to make sure that I am making the most out of it! To all those reading, enjoy your Valentine’s Day! Remember the gifts aren’t important, embrace the moment!

WritefullySoBrittany is my blog where I share stories about life, love, and natural hair! I also have a YouTube channel all about natural hair & styling, advice videos, and a few challenges! WritefullySoBrittany

Talk City To Me

Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, when both me and my husband get out of work late. So we will celebrate on Saturday by going to Le Boudoir – quiet sensual speakeasy bar in Brooklyn at 135 Atlantic Ave. I can’t think of a better place for a cocktail date. Check their social media for live music events.

Talk City To Me instagram page is to inspire New Yorkers to see more and do more in the city to get the most out of living here and not let our city tax go to waste 😅.

Photographed: me enjoying champagne at Le Boudoir.”

Donnie G – HusbandsandFathers

My wife and I have been together for almost 11 years, and we have been married 9 of those years! Early on in our relationship Valentine’s Day was a huge deal but now not so much. As we got older and wiser we started to realize we were wasting money on Valentine’s Day because everything “love themed” seemed to be priced a little higher than usual times. Now we have a new way to Valentine’s Day.

We prefer to spend Valentine’s Day at home watching movies or relaxing away from all the busyness the day brings. We don’t even exchange gifts unless they are inexpensive or homemade. Our ultimate goal is to treat each other like everyday is a Valentine’s day of sorts. I don’t want a day to tell me I should show my spouse love and pamper her because sadly this is the only day all year some guys attempt to be “romantic.” I hope to show my gratitude for my spouse every single day, and give her my whole heart not just candy ones!

On my website, I talk about the importance of being strong and courageous husbands and fathers. I do this in hopes of helping men have a better understanding of how to pray, protect, and provide for our families. Aiming to become better servants for the sake of the ones we love dearly! BetterHusbandAndFather Website

Husband And Father’s Instagram

Candidly Kami

Because my wife and I live in NY City I prefer to book a hotel room a few hours outside of the city to escape the chaos for a weekend. While away from the city I plan things for my wife and I to do, like going to the movies, out to small diners within the town or just lounge in a local park on what we call a “car date”. Most times we end up just lying in the hotel room for days just enjoying the silence and each other’s company. Of course I do the normal things like buy her flowers, chocolates and bears but we’ve been together for so long every year gets a little more intricate to plan. For our first married Valentine’s Day, I have a few tricks up my sleeve! Some things my wife specifically asked for and other things that I feel she deserves for working so hard. I also have backup plans in case the weather decides to intrude on those plans! This Valentine’s Day will definitely be one to remember.

Candidly Kami is a photography business I started about a year ago. I initially started taking photographs as a hobby and in that I discovered I have a passion for it, so with the encouragement of family and friends I decided to make a business out of it.

My focus at the moment is street photography and building my brand through attending events and bringing my camera, literally, whenever and wherever I can. Since starting this business I have received an Associate’s degree in technical photography and I am enrolling in classes to better learn and perfect my craft.

Over the past year, I have shot birthday parties for friends, photoshoots, and other family functions. In the upcoming months, I plan to do a wedding, develop more creative ways to use my camera and, overall better my craft while building my brand. You can follow my Instagram page Candidly Kami, and my business page on Facebook.

Something LIghT

I will always prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my wife. That’s all I need. When she graduated from the same university I attended a year before me, we had to celebrate Valentine’s Day from a distance and that was incredibly hard. Something about celebrating our love and being so far apart was heartbreaking. Valentine’s Day is about appreciation and I think on this particular day, I’m just a little more grateful than I am any other day. I enjoy being in her presence; she is a radiant person and if I can absorb just a little bit of that radiance for myself I am satisfied.

While I’m also a wife, I just launched a podcast called “Something LIghT”, which anyone can follow Something Light Podcast. It was never something I planned to do or even had an interest in, but I have a wonderful co-host/friend who supported a direction I didn’t even know I was moving in. What I want people to take from my episodes is the energy. You don’t have to agree with my viewpoints, who I am or what I stand for but if you take some of that positive, loud energy and find the strength to keep growing as a person and trusting your process, I’m okay with that. Ani C. the host is a personality and while everything I am saying is facts, I’m still trusting my process too. I also have a blog called Hidden Sugah , which people can follow as well!

Here Are A Few Other Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

-Order a bouquet of lovely flowers! 1800 Flowers

-Gift baskets full of goodies! Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets

-Great ideas for gifts for men! Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Men

-Chocolate covered fruits and other treats! Click the link for all your options. Edible Arrangements Treats

-Don’t forget to check Groupon as well for great deals on restaurants and other special treats! Groupon Deals

6 Yummy Alternatives For Sugar! Plus A Bonus Tip!

1. Agave Nectar

The Aztecs used agave thousands of years ago and praised this syrup as a gift from the gods. A derivative of the same plant as tequila, this golden sweetener tastes similar to honey and is perfect in hot or iced tea. But be sure to use in moderation—agave’s high fructose content can sometimes cross it in to the dangerous food zone!

2. Applesauce

Instead of a half-cup white sugar in a batch of oatmeal cookies, swap in an equal amount of applesauce! The natural sweetness from a Golden Delicious or Fuji apple is perfect in an after-dinner treat. Purchase the “no sugar-added” applesauce, or make a fresh batch at home!

3. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

For a warm winter treat, mix some unsweetened cocoa powder in a glass of hot water or skim milk. It’ll satisfy that sweet tooth without all the extra sugar the sweetened version includes. Add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor!

4. Coconut Sugar

Get a little tropical and use coconut sugar in a fruit smoothie. Made from the sap of coconut flowers, this natural sugar comes in block, paste, or granulated form. Plus, it’s loaded with potassium which helps keep our bones strong!

5. Brown Rice Syrup

Brown rice syrup comes from (you guessed it!) brown rice. More nutritious than its high-fructose alternative, this buttery and nutty flavored syrup is perfect in granola bars and baked breads.

6. Puréed Banana

In the next loaf of banana bread, try using extra-ripe bananas and eliminating the sugar. The fruit naturally becomes sweeter as it ripens, so there’s no need for extra sugar.

Bonus Alternative: Lemon

If you’re a tea drinker like myself, squeezing the juice of half a lemon into your cup of tea can be helpful when cutting back on sugar! Lemon not only improves hydration, has vitamin C, and helps with weight loss, it also helps with digestion and freshens your breath!

But be careful to use lemon in moderation because of its acidity. So instead of using honey or sugar to flavor your tea, add some lemon juice to get all the great benefits!

Have you used any of these sugar alternatives?! Comment below if you have! I’d love to hear from you!

Coconut Curry Chicken With Roasted Garlic Naan For Dinner!

I decided to make something new today!Coconut Curry Chicken!

Here are the ingredients:

-boneless chicken cut into chunks

-olive oil

-garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, curry powder

-white onions, green and red peppers, mushrooms, bokchoy, garlic, spinach all chopped

-grated ginger

-coconut milk

-store bought coconut flavored curry sauce

-1 lime

Directions:

1. Marinate chicken in store bought coconut flavored curry sauce with a little bit of coconut milk for at least 30 minutes.

2. Heat up olive oil in medium skillet. Add white onions and garlic and cook for about 1 minute while stirring occasionally.

3. Add rest of chopped vegetables and season with salt and pepper and mix together.

4. Add marinated chicken to skillet with veggies and stir together.

5. Let mixture cook on low for about for about 5-7 minutes or until chicken is done cooking. Cover skillet with lid to keep in moisture.

6. Once chicken is done cooking, squeeze fresh lime juice on chicken mixture and stir together

7. Serve with white rice and naan bread. Enjoy!

This dish turned out really good, I’m proud of myself! Haha!

Hello February!

I cant believe it’s February already! Time keeps flying by! I hope everyone is still keeping up with their New Year Resolutions!

I’ve been doing my best to trying to continue doing my at home workouts at least twice a week. Sometimes I get lazy but what I’ve been doing recently is doing workouts and/or stretches during the time that I’m watching a tv show or movie. It’s actually been working out well for me too!

Another resolution I had was to learn how to relax and have “me” time. I like being productive when I have “down” time but I tend to go overboard and overload myself with too many things to do. So I took a chill pill and now have a better balance of productivity and relaxation time under control LOL!

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy this month and keep up the good work with sticking to your New Year Resolutions! 😊

Secrets Of A MultiMedia Artist: Interview With SizzyArt!

I first discovered SizzyArt one day when I was spending the day in Manhattan, NY. He had a table set up with all his artwork on display! I was instantly drawn to the table because it looked super interesting! I was very impressed by his artwork because it was very unique, with original designs, and pretty colorful! And I’ve been following his artwork ever since!

I conducted this interview so that you can gain a better perspective of the art life of an artist like SizzyArt! Keep reading to learn more!

1. Hi SizzyArt! Thank you for joining me!Tell me, how did you discover that you wanted to become an artist?

Hi Brittany! Thank you for having me. Well I discovered I wanted to become an artist when I was very young, drawing and painting as all young artists do. I chose the title before hand and made sure what ever challenge came with it I saw through. That was when it was as easy as telling your teacher what you wanted to be when you grew up. I discovered I wanted to be an artist again around middle school when I would get requests to draw pictures on my friends with markers as temporary tattoos. Again and again through life but most of the idea came from having the only job in which I chose the project and the tools.

2. Where are you from? How does where you’re from inspire your artwork? What else inspires your artwork?

I’m from Newark New Jersey, born and raised!!! It’s a rough city and I have friends and family that didn’t make it this far so the losses and community issues fuel my work a lot.

Other inspirations are ideas, religion, music, and cartoons. I’m also inspired by anything organic and beautiful like clouds or stars; the mysteries of things untouched like the the ocean floor. I like to create worlds revolving around the world we live in, shedding light on overlooked subjects.

3. Do you have any formal art training?

I’ve studied at the Art Institute of New York for some time in graphic arts and some tattoo education at Higher Level Ink in the Bronx, NY.

4. What art genre would you classify your artwork to be in?

It’s considered mixed media collage. I do a lot so I’m going for multimedia, but it’s all SizzyArt 😉

5. What is your most important artist tool? Is there something that you can’t live without in your studio?

My mind. I can’t do shit without the thoughts that start it all. I used to tell people I can create with just dirt and a leaf but the tools all there. On a more material level, I need headphones! I can’t get it going without sounds lol.

6. Are you following any current art world trends?

Things like “Inktober”; a self stared insta-trend where artists post 31 days of drawing all through the month of October. I never really participate but I always wanted to.

7. What message(s) would you like people to get from your work?

Everything is beautiful.

8. Are you working on any big projects?

Right now I’m working on a platform for my city called BlackBoyJoyNJ. It’s a multicultural space where urban individuals are highlighted. Urban issues are addressed, linking the community in arts and cultural fashion.

9. What role do you believe artists have in society?

I believe as an artist, we have the loudest voice in the room. The big brother that comes back to the school yard to settle the score, we can defend and stir up controversial conversations through image, video, and sound. Going back to the first question, when I discovered my power to do that is when again I decided I wanted to remain an artist.

10. Did you always want to be an artist? If you hadn’t made a living this way, what do you think you’d be doing instead?

This is a good question because I’m so wrapped up in the art world now. I don’t know, I really admire musicians, instruments and all. Or a surfer! But that shit seems dangerous! Maybe scuba diver.

11. What are some hobbies that you enjoy partaking in?

Playing Pokémon. Lol I love Pokémon I want to catch them all!!!!

12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Maybe in another part of the world trying to be something else like that surfer so I don’t suffocate myself with art lol.

13. What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m very OCD. I clean and clean and clean everything! I’m like that shrimp from finding Nemo.

14. What’s one thing that you wish you would’ve known when you first became an artist that you know now?

I wish I understood that money matters. The small jobs I had that got in the way of my dreams and ideas were small support systems also. I had this idea that I could pay myself more than I was making by selling art and never met my mark. Strategy is everything. Managing both sides of my life would have been a benefit as I grew into what I am now.

15. What advice would you give to an inspiring artist?

Follow your dreams, be smart, listen to your parents, don’t listen to your friends. Go outside, put your phone down, take care of the elderly, start working on your passport now! And see what you can create with what you have before you buy supplies.

I want to thank SizzyArt for taking the time to do this interview! I truly appreciate it!

I always appreciate artists such as SizzyArt that have the courage, determination, and creativity to produce amazing artwork to share with the rest of us!

You can check out more of SizzyArt’s work and stayed updated with all his exciting upcoming projects by following his Instagram page and by visiting his website as well! Thank you all for reading!

SizzyArt Instagram

Black Boy Joy Website

All images © 2018 SizzyArt

Why Do I Keep Seeing This?!

Good morning! I’ve noticed that I continue to see 11:11 or 1:11 when I look at the time.

It doesn’t happen every single day but happens often enough for me to notice lol. I wonder if there is a significance for this? I know some people say it’s good luck or you’re supposed to make a wish. But I don’t do anything when I see 11:11. I’m just like ” dang it happened AGAIN!”

Do you see 11:11 or any double number when you happen to glance over at a clock? Do you think it has any special significance? Comment below!

5 Common Winter Health Problems And Their Solutions! Part 5 – *Heart Attacks*

Caution—if you plan on spending cold mornings shoveling snow and you have heart disease, then you may need to take extra precautions. Strenuous activities could put too much pressure on the heart, especially if it’s already working harder than usual to pump blood throughout the body to keep you warm.

Signs Of A Heart Attack

Solutions:

1. Give Your Heart A Break

Cholesterol levels fluctuate significantly with a change in seasons, and during the winters, your cholesterol levels are likely to be higher than normal. If you suffer from borderline high cholesterol, you are at a greater risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases during the winter months.

2. Slow Down

Do not overdo things and avoid exhausting yourself. Give yourself some rest and take frequent breaks so that you do not overstress your heart; even if that means altering your workout regime.

3. Walk In The Sun

Avoid going for a walk in the morning on extreme chilly days. Instead you can go for a walk in the evening when it is still sunny.

4. Eat Little, Frequently

During the winters people end up eating more than they are normally used to. Eating a large meal in one sitting can put an extra load on your heart. Rather, eat small meals at regular intervals.

5. Avoid Alcohol

Most people tend to drink alcohol in the winters thinking that it will help them stay warm. But, too much alcohol can cause atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats. So please drink in moderation.

6. Keep Warm

Hypothermia is one of the leading causes of death during the winters and heart failure is most often why a person dies while suffering from the condition. Therefore, keep hypothermia at bay by staying warm. Wear layers of warm clothes, bathe in hot water only and stay indoors as often as possible.

7. Don’t Ignore The Signs

Never ignore any discomfort in the chest, severe sweating, shortness of breath and pain in the neck, arms, jaws and shoulders. All these symptoms are indicators of a heart attack, and you must visit a doctor immediately.

8. Get Regular Check-Ups

If you have any chronic health condition, especially heart disease, regular check-ups are always advisable. It can help pre-empt any serious health conditions at a latent stage making treatment much easier.

I hope these posts were helpful! Before you doing or eating anything different from the norm, make sure to consult with your doctor!

Hope you all enjoyed all the information about the common health problems that are experienced during the winter! Thank you for reading! 😊

Source: healthsite.com