Category Archives: Health and wellness

Trouble sleeping? Try this


If you know me well, you know that sleeping is one of my fav pastimes 😉 there are few things that I love more than getting my sleep on. But every now and then, it’s hard to catch those zzzzzzz’s! I found that melatonin combined with valerian root can not only help you fall asleep but stay asleep. But, I’m not a doctor, so you’ll want to consult with yours before trying this to ensure safety. Some supplements can interfere with your prescribed medication. 

I did ask my doctor if this was safe, and it is. He also recommended taking 1-2 hours before bed. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, and looking for something natural, and non-habit forming, you should definitely try this. Thank me later 😊


Best legs in the biz


I work out. I do lots of squats, and other leg exercises in an attempt to get the legs of my dreams! Especially because I love, love, love to wear short shorts in the summer! I have several celeb leg crushes that I think of when I imagine what the perfect set of gams would look like for my body. Ultimately Tina Turner is the golden standard of leg goals! Those legs are insured for millions, so that says a lot! And even in her 70’s, she’s definitely still got it! But, there are some other women with amazeballs legs that just be may be able to give Ms. Tina a run for her money. Here are my top 6 picks for the best legs in the biz! 

In order: Tina Turner, Tamia, Ciara, BeyoncĂ©, J Lo, and Jessica Simpson. Yesterday I caught a little heat when I said that Jess may just edge out Ms. Tina for best legs. No one will ever top Tina, but c’mon, she does have some hefty competition these days! And nobody rocks daisy dukes quite like Jess. 

I don’t know about y’all, but if I woke up and my legs looked like any of these ladies, I wouldn’t be mad at all. Until then, I’ll keep up the leg days at the gym and one day I’ll achieve my leg goals! On another note, to get more squats in during the day, I started doing a set of 20 each time I go to the restroom. I also do calf raises when I’m standing in my cube at work. Hey, a little extra can’t hurt! 

Who would make your top list for best legs??

Tina Turner leg goals inspired workout


If we’re friends in real life or on social media, you know that Tina Turner is my ultimate leg goals inspiration. Her legs are “simply the best” as one of her songs would say. Every time leg day rolls around and I’m just not feeling the gym that day, I find the gumption to get it done because Tina Turner legs won’t happen for me by just wishing! 

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I mean seriously, would you look at this woman’s legs, they’re just amazeballs and for a 70-ish year old, she’s definitely still got it! 

So, for the last couple weeks I’ve been doing this or some variation of this leg workout every week and the next day I definitely feel it, so I know my work isn’t in vain, and hopefully I’m well on my way to Tina Turner legs of my own! 

  • 3 sets of step ups, 10 each leg while holding weights or kettle bells. 
  • 3 sets of shoulder press squats. 
  • 3 sets of lunges, 10 each leg. 
  • 3 sets of 12 calf raises. 

I’m not a trainer, but I’ve had some pretty awesome trainers over the years, and have done these exercises under their direction, so I know that they work. I also begin and end the workout with cardio. 

What are some of your fav lower body exercises? 

Empty container report: collagen 


Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for trying new beauty products, especially ones claiming to improve hair and skin! A couple of months ago, I saw a post on JJ Smith’s Facebook page claiming that collagen could improve hair and skin, and lord knows my hair always needs help, so I figured why not try it?! I started on March 8 and just finished the container last week. 

I can’t say it caused my hair to grow down my back or anything but I’ve definitely noticed faster hair growth. If I didn’t have so many other issues going on with my hair causing breakage, I really believe I’d notice a huge difference, but all in all, my hair did grow faster. 

I’ve also noticed stronger, longer nails. So, if you’re looking for something to help with nail growth, then you should give this product a try. 

I already drink a heaping of water a day, and I don’t really have many problems with my skin, so I can’t really say that I’ve seen a difference in my skin while using this, but I have noticed softer skin, so maybe that’s a benefit from using this product. 

For the $11 I spent, I’d definitely say it was worth it and I plan on continuing using daily. I add a scoop to my smoothies every morning. 

Have you tried this before? 

Results of drinking apple cider vinegar for a month


For the last few years, I’ve been on a serious working out and eating healthier health kick. My endurance has improved, I’ve toned a little…but I wasn’t losing much weight, which frustrated me to no end!!!! For years I’ve heard about people taking the Bragg brand of apple cider vinegar and losing weight. So, about a month ago, a friend posted about it on Facebook and I decided to jump on the bandwagon! 

After a month, here’s what happened to my body: 

  • Weight loss

I’m down 8 lbs so far, yipppeeeee!!!!! Now, I was already exercising 3-4 days a week, so don’t expect to lose without also working out and eating right. 

  • More energy

I’m way less tired during the day, which is a great added bonus! 

  • Regular bowel movements 

I really think the reason this helps you lose weight is because it really helps to clean you out if you know what I mean! I was already pretty regular, but now I’m even more regular! 

  • Clearer skin

My skin has cleared tremendously! For the last few months I’ve been battling acne and acne scarring, ugh! I’m also using Bio-oil for the scars, but I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in the last month. The scars are almost gone, yay! 

Here’s how I take mine, you can google all kinds of recipes but I add 2 tbsps of ACV to about 4 oz of hot water with a smidgen of raw honey. Right now I’m doing this in the morning and evening. The taste…well you get used to it is all I can say!  

 There are tons of articles you can read if you don’t believe me. Here’s one that I found useful. 

Have you tried this before? I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer!