so you haven’t tried elderberries yet?

With all this running around the stress is taking its toll on me and I am not trying to get sick but I have a secret. Well not a secret but a great benefit that should be a staple in your immune boosting routines.

Elderberry Syrup.

Last November I was in and out of urgent care for colds and viruses with my two boys. My pediatrician recommended Elderberry Syrup when I had my first son two years ago but now that the kids are in school, sickness is inevitable.

I took the advice of my pediatrician and began giving them Elderberry Syrup. Y’all not one sniffle since Christmas. I admit I began to slack up with the daily doses but I kept up with the routine. It even helped with my son’s allergies. Some allergies cause mucous and mucous is caused by inflammation in the respiratory lining. Elderberry syrup reduces inflammation as well.

So I swear by this. I’ve made three batches for Moms at our school and they are amazed at the benefits too. Read about Elderberry benefits here.

So to my recipe.

*****Please consult a physician before taking this syrup or giving to your kids. If you have an autoimmune disease you should not take elderberry as it can cause an active immune system.

The recipe is super simple just five ingredients:

The fifth ingredient is, Spring Water.

– Add all the ingredients to a pot with 8 cups of spring water.

– Bring ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes then let simmer for an hour until it is a thick consistency. I usually make it in a crock pot so I let it cook for about 8 hours but if you’re boiling you will have to add water as it reduces with cooking.

– Once finished mash the mixture with a potato masher and strain.

– Add 1 cup of raw honey if you are using to the syrup mixture. I substitute with pure maple syrup for my toddlers.

*****Do not give babies/infants/toddlers raw honey. Consult with your physician/pediatrician.

– Store in a mason jar and refrigerate for up to two months. You can take 1-2 tbsp daily and for kids 5ml (1tsp) daily. If you have the flu or cold already up to three times daily.

You can buy this syrup at your local health food stores.  I’ve seen it at Whole Foods as well but it runs anywhere between $15-$19 for a bottle that will last a about two weeks depending on how often and how many people will be taking it. I preferred to buy the Elderberry flowers in bulk and make it.  Sevananda Natural Foods Market here in Atlanta is where I purchased mine. I can make a bigger batch and it last for months.

Even if you have the cold or flu Elderberry can shorten the lifespan of the virus within 48-72 hours which can last up to six days.

What are some of your remedies to boost you or your kids immune system?

*****the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents!*****

xo,

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The last three years have been great, I have connected with other moms, made new friends, live and socially.

BUT.

There is always a but, how effective is my platform. I am always at a cross roads as to what content to post that will create a discussion. When you look at all the social media influencer pages everything is prim, proper, beautiful, even mystifying with bold pictures.

BUT.

At first, I truly blogged in hopes of gaining followers and being labeled as an “influencer.” Securing the bag and gaining popularity was high on the list.

But now that my kids are growing, I cannot help but notice the world and the times we live in. To be a great parent is to make your mark, set paths and examples and legacy for your kids. The ultimate goal: for them to have and be better than what you are.

We are living in horrible times with that demon and his inept wife as president, yes I said it, I have no sympathy for her either. Women have often been just as treacherous as their racist and bigoted counterparts.

Being a racist is becoming popular. Hatred is becoming popular. Violence is popular. And it could happen to anyone at anytime.

No racism has always been there. We’ve just never seen it’s ugly face displayed as often as we see on TV.

I loathe him and all that his administration and followers stand for.

There is no safety, no peace, no kindness, no compassion, no tolerance and lastly there is no GOD in this administration.

Haven’t you noticed?

I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career I have a responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular.’ – Beyonce

At this point in my life, at 40, popularity isn’t even a goal for me. Change is. Doing what is mandatory for my kids to thrive in America. I want to use this platform to shed light on the good in the world but also the worst of it.

But first, VOTE them out of office. I’m with Maxine Waters, if you see them in public, let them know how you feel. After all they work for us, our voices.

The youth of today began this millennial movement for change with the March for Our Lives movement to change gun laws.

I am delighted young people are aware and involved. Watch out!

I hope you’re registered because voting, not just in the presidential election, but primary elections will change this presidency. Vote out the senators, state representatives and lawmakers that do not have our best interests at heart. You can register and check to see if your registration is still valid here it only takes 30 seconds.

Do you know her?

Her name is Nia Wilson.

Say it with me.

Say her name.

Nia Wilson.

If you haven’t heard of her please click here to be informed. She was the victim of a horrible white supremaciat stabbing attack that took her life and left her sister critically injured.

I mean what in the fuck is going on.

Being racist is becoming popular. Hatred is popular. Violence is popular. And it could happen to anyone at anytime.

Yes, even you.

We have loads of work to do. It’s cool to post your beauty hacks, dopest outfits and places and people you have seen. Enjoy life, really enjoy it. But can you really be at peace when another’s life doesn’t matter, isn’t fully capable or allowed to enjoy the liberties and freedoms of the world.

But don’t forget life outside those squares is real. I hope you are using your voice for change as well. We can’t be distracted by what only makes us feel good. We have to always be affected by that lump I our throats, the drops of our stomach and tearing eyes to stay connected to each other I this world .

It’s really simple, the solution that is.

LOVE.

I know it cliche but it’s the truth. Because within love you find, peace, hope, faith and ACTION. Love is all of those things but most of all, it’s a verb.

Love is action.

So I will be at rallies this year, protest, signing petitions, making donations and whatever it takes to make change happen.

But until then I will enjoy babies and my family in my lifetime and pray this world will be different for #dembabies

Blessings!!

xo,

a black girl plantation wedding

If you’ve ever scrolled through my posts you will know that I am getting married in 200 days now.  Wow. 200.

The time went by quickly.  We have been engaged since Easter of 2016.  Not exactly planning to have such a longer engagement but I was pregnant and wanted a little more twerk bounce back time.  Fast forward two years later and I am here posting about my wedding.  I will post weekly on our progress if you would like to join me on my journey.  I would love ideas from other creatives as well.

I went to many venues and eventually decided on a venue in Thomasville, Ga, where my fiance is from.  Pebble. Hill. Plantation.

A plantation.

Click the link below for a sneak peek and while you’re at subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.  I will be uploading vlogs periodically on our DIY wedding journey and I am sure there are other brides so I’d love to hear your process.

 

 

Never in a million years would I, a proud, woke, black Southern woman, have thought to step foot on a plantation let alone get married on one.  But, in order to know or understand something or someone you have to have contact and be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

I know that feeling, uncomfortable.

God was about to change me.

My fiance has a huge family and some of them work on a plantation.  This is where my ignorance kicked in and I immediately thought of old slave movies that I have watched and learned through.  I wasn’t being facetious or judgmental, this city girl just did not know.  We do not have plantations is Atlanta.  You see it’s kind of you can go outside of Georgia, but not outside of Atlanta, remember, it is still Georgia.  I was thinking who and why would anyone want or still work on a plantation in 2017 and what exactly do they do.  I was educated quickly and enlightened as well.  Why not? As my father put it, it is no different than 5 star hotels or businesses that have deep rooted history and have profited from slavery.  Plantations now have been turned into museums and still require upkeep just like a hotel or country club would.

I had to do my research myself on what plantations were and how they came to be.  I came to learn that plantations have been around long before Europeans settled in America before becoming a staple in American history as property that kept and owned slaves. Many were concentrated in the South and the house is considered a plantation if it has so many acres, certain types of crops and least 6 slaves.  Slaves were more expensive than land and not everyone could afford many.  I always assumed that every home and most, if not all, white people in the South owned a plantation and owned slaves.  But this was not true, majority of white farmers in the South were poor as well and only a handful (the 1%) were lucrative plantation owners with hundreds of slaves.

In order to consider Pebble Hill, I would have to research the history and visit the place.  I needed to feel the energy from it.  I work like that.  After much googling and research I was somewhat at ease with the history that I read.  I will let you do the googling but Pebble Hill had at most 68 slaves and these particular slave owners that owned Pebble Hill were fair to their slaves, if there is a word that can juxtapose the two, and in fact befriended some to the extent that at the death of the slave owners, land was left to some of them.

HIStory.

There was so much suffering, bondage and pain I would believe it has tainted the land of plantations.  But if I may, what about the love that was created between the slaves although they were not allowed, legally, to marry at all.  With all of the laws that forbid them to be free, read and love, our ancestors still managed to acquire them knowing the consequences of such.  Of these three is a commonality that once you have it, it can never be taken back.  The love was the strongest because it was basically the backbone of the family.  It strengthened them to fight and continue, no matter what, they could always love.

To me, this is the purest love because they had nothing, absolutely nothing but.  We even created secret ceremonies to officiate such as the infamous “jumping of the broom” in the black community to celebrate with African traditions.  I read up on this tradition as well, I never had a reason to before, I just went with the knowledge of hearsay.  This venue has inspired me even more to have an African inspired wedding along with the traditional Western wedding to celebrate our culture.  I tell people all the time.

I am African and American.

If the soil is tainted with any suffrage then think of the love that has stained the soil as well.  We choose to take back that power and turn the pain into a celebration of unity and love at its purest, the beginning.  Plus this will be the ultimate Black Girl Magic ever at Pebble Hill Plantation.

LIT.

So the plantation it is.  When you know, you just know.  And the grounds are immaculate, exactly us.  So, I write this to say its okay to think outside of the box if you’re planning your wedding.  Tradition goes out of the door because most of us live unconventionally.

do you.

fuck the rest.

xo,

Jada

*the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents

*the opinions expressed on LCC are just that, MY two cents!!

diy || baby oil 

I am completely obsessed with skin care and all natural products at that.  I love to make my own scrubs and butters.  My babies included too.

I am so hesitant to buy products off the shelf.  They claim to be natural but the ingredients list is still full of preservatives.  I try to stick to if I can’t eat it I don’t use it on my skin.  I used coconut oil and olive oil for their skincare exclusively until they were six months old then I began to make my own mild scents.

I am loving grapeseed oil.  I use it as a nightly moisturizer on my face.  Now that my youngest son is older I can use a grapeseed oil mix that I poe’d up.

POE UP shawty!

The smell is subtle and baby like.  Everyone always says they smell like babies…go figure.. 

It smells heavenly.  Very fresh and earthy too.   A clean smell as Daddy says.

My Dos got a head to toe rub down with some extra love tonight using the baby oil I made.  We literally have a massage routine starting with his limbs moving onward and down.  Massages and stretches are very soothing for babies.  Dad bathed Sage tonight so his rub down I’m sure was rather quick, if at all lol.  I rub them down for about ten minutes at night if I’m not too tired.

It always puts them right to sleep.

Try it Mamas!

The ingredients are really simple….

(Not the best pic but you get the picture)

See.

All equal parts of oils then add drops of oil to your scent liking I used:

1/3 Coconut oil (melted)

1/3 Grapeseed oil

1/3 Olive oil

10-15 drops of lemongrass oil 

*****lemongrass oil is very strong and can overpower your other scents so I do one drop at a time until satisfied)

5-10 drops of sweet orange oil

5-10 drops of sandalwood oil

Shake well together.

Adjust the amounts of essential oils to your scent liking.

Apply on wet or damp skin.  Wet is the key.  I rub them down while wet and let them air dry.


***** PLEASE do a patch test on your baby before trying this recipe.   Some babies skin may still be sensitive after 6 months however none of these oils are harmful if used.*****

be happy. 

diy || mess-free finger painting

Another DIY craft brought to you this rainy day again…

but first, can these chubby little fingers and dimpled knuckles stay forever!!

I am working on a VLOG for a cool backyard toy for fun.  So until I get that edited and posted here’s our favorite go to—-Painting!

This one is so much cleaner than letting them go loose with the paint.  I usually give Apple a painting bag while he waits for me to prepare his food.

Place a piece of paper or construction paper inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag then place several dots of different colors of paint on the paper.  

Zip it up and….

See.

Really simple….

Keeps him busy for like three minutes lol!

have fun.

be happy.