Monthly Archives: October 2011


Review: Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Mop

Our house is over 100 years old, and the oak hardwood floors have a clear poly finish on them. For those of you who don’t know, real wood, should never be cleaned with tons of wet soapy water, you’ll only warp the wood and ruin the grain. The best thing to use is a floor cleaner that can be poured sparingly or sprayed on then damp mopped up. My father-in-law introduced me to this stuff and I liked the ingredients so I thought I’d give it a try.

Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray (32 ounce) $8.35

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Moist Vegan Banana Bread

I found this recipe over at Post Punk Kitchen (love her!) It comes out really moist and yummy and Sexy can’t get enough of the stuff. The only change I made is I used Earth Balance vegan shortening instead of margarine. This is a great way to get rid of those spotted bananas on your kitchen counter.

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amazing botanicals pumki pomade

Review: Amazing Botanicals Pumpkin Pomade

I actually met Shelley, one of the creators of the Amazing Botanicals product line in my neighborhood coffee shop. I immediately got excited when she told me about how they only use natural ingredients in all of their products, judging by her pretty locs, I could tell whatever they were doing was working. So here is my first of a few review from the Amazing Botanicals line of products. Continue reading


Green Clutter Busting

Every year I try to downsize and re-organize a bit so that we have less clutter to deal with. I have dreams of coming home to a perfectly calm, serene space where not only is everything neat and clean…but I actually remember where I put everything.

I’m still working on it.

The following is a list of a few things that have really helped make the task easier, that also happen to be earth-friendly and pretty cheap!


Wrangle Receipts and Business Cards – I have only one solution to this problem. They send you a few large envelopes in the mail, you stuff the envelopes with all of your receipts and then drop them back in the mail (postage is free). They scan, organize and post the receipts online for you in a password protected account, then destroy/recycle the originals. I can easily see what receipts I can use for deductions as well as what we’re actually spending our money on. They also have a nifty and free iPhone app that lets you take pictures of business cards and automatically imports them into your address book! The service we use is $9.95 a month, and since we’re independent contractors is a tax write off. (Money well spent, trust me). Continue reading

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Savvy Mailbag: “Help With Hair Growth”

Here’s a message that landed in my inbox a few weeks ago. I’m sure more of you have had this problem.

Monique wrote:

”…I have one quick question: I’ve been natural for about 5 years but the hair in the front of my head is still straight and will not grow or get thick no matter what I do. Do you know of anything that might help me? I usually do twists but when it comes to the front my hair usually looks like I haven’t done a thing to it the next day. Can’t wait to hear from you.”
Your up and coming all natural sister,

Hi Monique!

Everyone seems to have different textures of hair on their head. (Myself included, it drives me nuts!) It’s possible that past relaxers/hot pressing has changed the texture of your hair in that area.  I am not a certified hair dresser, but here’s what’s worked for me in the past: Continue reading