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I stopped Eating Rice for one week and this is what happened

Monday, January 22, 2018

With every new year comes promises, changes and of course resolutions that are active until the end of January. This year, I've made a few resolutions to maintain a healthy diet so that I can gain and maintain weight the healthy way of course. I decided to try something a bit different and not eat rice for 1 whole week and the results were shocking! Want to know what happened? Keep reading!


My Belly Got Flatter


Imagine coming from 98lbs to now 130lbs and now having a "belly" that is clearly only visible to myself. I love rice so much that I can eat it alone and I cook rice on Sundays to last for the week so I can have rice everyday (did you count how many times I said rice ?) Literally after a week of not eating rice I was back on that flat plasma screen belly!


I Had More Energy


If you are of a certain "persuasion" there is this thing called the "itis" that allows you to fall asleep or feel sleepy after a good meal. This always happens to me after eating a good ole Jamaican lunch with RICE and Peas of course. During my "no-rice" week experiment, I was wide eyed and bushy tailed after lunch and ready to end my day on a high note.


I Felt Less Hungry


Wait ...what? I love rice because I'm not big on meat so I always opt for more rice than meat so I could be full! During my little experiment I realized that by eliminating rice I was actually less hungry! I didn't even know this was possible but it is real y'all! 


My Muscles got Stronger


This was definitely the most interesting thing I discovered. I don't lift weight nor do I exercise at all then I saw a little bicep coming through. By eliminating rice (carbs) it gave my body a chance to feed off the proteins and other nutrients which are deemed as building blocks for muscles. 

It is important to note that when starting any health and fitness journey do extensive research and consult a physician (Doctor) if you can.

What is your main resolution this year? How do you plan to accomplish it?


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New showcase The Apollo Series combines music, poetry

Friday, January 19, 2018
Music, poetry and other forms of art will be the highlight of a new event – The Apollo Series – set to take place at The Haven, 12 Hillcrest Avenue on Saturday, January 27. The showcase will feature three main performers as well as an open stage for musicians, poets, dancers and comedians. 


The first staging of The Apollo Series will be headlined by poet Simon the Writer, local Hip Hop collective The Council and Reggae artiste Koro Fyah. Simon the Writer, also the host and organizer, says, “Our show will have what I call ‘rotating sets’, where our featured acts will deliver a performance and then return to the stage later to deliver another.” In between the headliners’ sets, the stage will be open for a short period to willing performers in the audience. “There are not many places or events where upcoming talent can hone their skills and be heard,” says Simon. “We see The Apollo Series as being the perfect platform. We will also give you a variety of quality acts in a different format.” Simon the Writer is a published poet who has won several Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) awards. He will be followed by Five Steez, Inztinkz and The Sickest Drama of The Council, a four-member collective that recently released its album, Nothing Else Matters. The event’s trio of performers will be completed by Bebble Rock Records’ Koro Fyah, who is still promoting his 2016 debut EP, Rough Diamond. Admission is $500 and showtime is 8PM.

The Apollo Series is being presented by A.C.T.I.O.N. Jamaica and is sponsored by the Main Event Entertainment Group and Marketing Plus Communications.


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Why Do Beauty Influencers Opt for Vegan Makeup and Skincare

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Embracing veganism does not only mean cutting out animal-based food products; it also means being aware of the clothes you wear, the drinks you drink, and the beauty and makeup products you use daily. What does makeup have to do with going vegan, you may ask? Well, all the vegan and organic cosmetic products have been made from chemical-free ingredients, the method of processing is way cleaner and thus, more environmentally friendly, as it doesn’t affect the nature or the animal world around us. So, because they are green and eco-friendly, more and more celebrities, such as Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba and others, choose vegan and organic makeup. Let’s take a look at the advantages of using such skincare and beauty products.


Avoiding animal-tested products



It’s a well-known fact that many of the leading beauty companies test all their products on animals. Most of the
time people care but fail to do anything about it, thus helping those specific companies grow and become even
bigger. Vegan and organic beauty companies, like Kora Organics, are 100% cruelty-free, as these products are
tested on human volunteers. Going with natural feminine hygiene products that are not tested on animals,
makeup and skincare products, you stand against animal exploitation that’s very much present in the beauty
industry. The animals are usually locked up, poisoned, or even killed, yet they should not endure all of that
things to make someone’s face pretty.


Avoiding animal-based ingredients


Take a look at the ingredient list of the cream you have next to you. If you look closely and do a bit of research,
you will probably see that all of the cosmetic products contain animal-based ingredients. These products can
include beeswax, dead insect extracts and uric acid of cows, horses and other animals. Since all of these
ingredients can be easily replaced with other, plant-based ingredients, you should make an effort to turn to
cruelty-free beauty products. Vegan and organic beauty and skincare products do not contain ingredients that
are in any way harmful for the animals.


Making your skin healthier and younger



The fact that vegan and organic skincare is better for your skin is not such a well-known fact. These products
contain fewer artificial chemicals and fewer ingredients in general, which helps your skin look more natural and
fresh. Many of the chemical ingredients used in the regular beauty products are nothing but fillers, and since
they harm the environment, they can harm your skin as well. Choosing the latter ones will only make your skin
used to the artificial ingredients, and once you stop using them, you will see how much your skin deteriorated.
Choosing vegan powder, natural vegan or organic eyeshadow or facial cream, even going for a high-quality
vegan toothpaste will not only save you money (since they tend to be cheaper) but also help your body in the
long run.Also, there are many homemade recipes for great skincare products. Not only that you’ll have most of
the ingredients in your kitchen, but you’ll also know exactly what you put on your skin.


Thinking about the packaging



Beauty veganism

It is not only about excluding animal-based products and ingredients from your makeup and skincare arsenal.
It’s about going green all the way, and because of that, the packaging is also very important. Organic and vegan
products and accessories come with sustainable, eco-friendly packaging made from recycled materials. So,
if you decide to go with this kind of beauty products, be sure that you won’t be only helping animals, but also
the environment we’re trying so hard to save.


See? This is why many beauty vloggers, such as Kristen Leanne and Teri Miyahira, choose the vegan type of
makeup. So, if you think you can’t contour yourself without the regular beauty products, you’re wrong.
Take a look at their tutorials and you will see that not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also cheaper.





Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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The South Florida Blogger Awards 2017

Monday, January 15, 2018

As we usher in a new year I am pleased to bring you fresh new content including personal experiences. One of these experiences was my recent nomination and attendance at the South Florida Blogger Awards. I live in Jamaica so being considered for such an award and being in the top 5 and placing 2nd was quite an honor. Grab a snack and prepare for a smooth ride as I tell you all about my experience.


About the Awards


Our thriving community of South Florida Bloggers wishes to recognize this year’s outstanding bloggers. South Florida Bloggers enrich our community. Through their passion and hard work they highlight great ideas and unique voices.
The South Florida Bloggers Awards Ceremony is a night to be inspired by the top bloggers in the area and a way to celebrate the entire community’s accomplishments in 2017.
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I arrived at the historic and beautiful Coral Cables Museum in Coral Gables Florida on Sunday December 10,2017. Upon arrival, I was on boarded (registered) got my official Nominee badge, a goodie bag, then got to select 3 brands I would like to meet with after the Awards (great idea). I was then whisked away to an outdoor area where all the Bloggers gathered for a reception/cocktail hour where we basically drank, eat gluten free snacks and mingled. It was very cold on this day so black, leather jackets and boots were the choice fashion items for the day. We were then invited into the Museum where the Awards was about to start which was hosted by Nikki Valdez who is described as a Cuban-American overall "cool girl". The Awards itself was very short and to the point with no entertainment between category announcements like we do in Jamaica and I liked it! After each name was announced in the respective category, they gave a quick overview of the category and it's relevance then the winner and I liked the fact that the audience cheered for each name and winner. The award was a really cute heart that had the name of the Blog and category.
Whole Foods set up









Within an hour, the Awards were over and we went back to that same reception/cocktail area which was this time transformed into a lunch area. Of all the food options I went to Shake Shack as I'm more of a cheeseburger girl than a salad/organic food type of girl. The burgers came fresh off the grill and was juicy and had that authentic grill flavor and I'm proud to say I had 2 😄😄. After lunch, It was time to meet the brands and I was 2nd in line as I had a goal to meet new people and connect with brands. The brands I chose were: Shake Shack, Capital One and Miami University of Art and Design. This was done in a sort of "Speed Brand" meeting as we had 5 minutes to pitch to the brands and after 5 minutes we would move on to the next one and once you did all 3 it was the next Blogger's turn in line and so on. We were actually encouraged to bring at least 5 Media Kits and Business Cards for this portion so the brands could get to know us on a professional blogging level. The brands were really cool and interesting and it wasn't one of those awkward situations where the brand is higher and the blogger is lower; the brand really wanted to learn about you and your blog and how they could truly connect with you. After the event officially ended we were still able to mingle with each other as we waited for our rides or ubers which was definitely cool. Coral Gables is a really swanky "Old Hollywood" type of city with an European feel as everybody walked and there were lots of cool outdoor cafes and some streets even had cobble. It was too cold of a day to be walking in heels so I walked around the area for about two blocks before I headed back up to University Drive.

The Take-Aways
  • Always be prepared and have marketing material ready to promote yoursellf and your brand.
  • Blogging is serious business in Florida and the U.S.A
  • Always try to meet new people at networking type events
  • Dress for the occasion and ensure you are confident in what you wear
This event was completely different from similar events I've attended in Jamaica as I find that people in Jamaica are more interested in showing off their clothing and social media statuses rather than trying to connect with other like-minded people. It actually started on time and was really well done which is kinda rare in Jamaica. I went to a Blog Awards in Jamaica a few years ago and it was atrocious! From the nominations to the event everything was just awful! I really felt like I made a difference at this event and more people actually know about my blog and me about theirs. This was definitely one of my greatest experiences in 2017 and I hope to be nominated again and hopefully win this time around.

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