The Cycle

My grandmother has dementia. I love her, and I know she loves me too. Read on..

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It starts again.  The cycle.  The never ending punch in the gut, jolt to the heart, baffling cycle.

The first stage:

Denial

“Have you talked to mom?”  The question I hate to hear when one of my four brothers calls.

“Yes.”  I close my eyes before I ask, “Why?”

“She just seems,” Sigh, “Out of it.”

“No. I haven’t noticed.”  I lie.

Then I end the call and pretend it never happened.  I go about my day.  I play with my children.  We do homework.  I cook dinner for my family, a mediocre, limp mess that we call a meal.  I sit in my chair at the kitchen table, fork some food into my mouth, chew, and swallow, all the while trying to push her illness away from my reality.  I smile at my son as he tells me something really important about one of his Lego Star Wars characters…

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Poem – I have been here with you ♡

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Each in our own time
but I’ve been here with you.
We saw things
We did things
We felt things
We lived things.
So sad for the ones
Who never dared
Who never tried..
Who never took in
All this beauty,
Even living, they had died.
I really loved my time with you
The sights have been magnificent
We will leave one day
And then we’ll say, 
What amazing glory! 
What beauty we have seen! 

♡~ by Yasmeen ~♡

Make sure you enjoy your day to the FULLEST because life is short.

MY Natural Hair Care method

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It’s been over four years since I switched to 100% natural hair care. I went through a transitional period and then finally arrived in the land of healthy, additive free, toxic chemical – free,  happy curls!

I am writing this blog post for all you natural and natural wannabe “curlies”. Enjoying your natural locks is much easier than you think, and without all the products!
I have always had very thick and DRY hair believe it or not. Growing up, my hair had always been a struggle to keep and I have been through more hair products in my life than I would like to remember. I have written in earlier posts about my switch to natural hair care so please do a search if you are interested in learning how to transition.

Once you have made the switch you will need to know how to maintain your natural locks without having to struggle with dryness, combing, styling, or having the look you are going for. I have developed a method that works very well for different types of curls in their natural state.

I am assuming you wash with an all natural method – Rhassoul clay, natural chemical free shampoo, or bicarbonate (like I do). Make sure you have also incorporated Apple cider vinegar by using it in a rinse after every hair wash.
I recommend a hair mask once a week to nourish and to give extra moisture and shine. Here is an example of a do-it-yourself home hair mask:

Half cup mayonnaise
1 blended avocado
1 tpsp honey
4 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste. Work into your hair and sprinkle some water in addition if your hair is too dry. This is just to allow the damp hair to absorb the mask. Leave the mask in for at least 30 minutes and then wash with your preferred natural method.

Always take your conditioner and moisturizer into the bath or shower with you because this is where you will apply products and not after your bath. Applying natural oils, butters, and conditioner  while the hair is damp is a great way to lock in moisture. I also realized that combing my hair was becoming too stressful for my hair so I started resorting to more ‘finger styling’ I.e using my fingers to help de-tangle and style my hair. After a hair wash and vinegar rinse with warm water, I would use M.Y Hair oil or Hair butter as moisturizer. Be generous with your trusted products. The more non-greasy moisture you have, the better.

Resist over combing your hair and try to style with your fingers as much as possible. DO NOT COMB YOUR HAIR WHEN IT IS DRY. It’s really bad especially for hair that tangles up like mine. If necessary use a brush for your finished look. Natural Hair butters and hair puddings are great to keep your edges sorted and to give extra shine.

So here are the steps:
1. Natural wash, apple cider vinegar and condition
2. Apply natural leave in products while in shower.
3. Comb or style your hair while its still wet and then leave it to air dry naturally.

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The Open Air Stock Exchange – June 2014

I’ve been a busy bee as usual. On the first Saturday of every month I organise a community flea market to support locally made products and the eco friendly lifestyle. It’s called “The Open Air Stock Exchange”. The market has now become an important pillar of support in the lives of many small scale traders and innovators. We all love meeting here once a month. Apart from buying and selling we engage in positive networking and socialising and it is usually a very happy day for all.

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The market supports a healthy lifestyle as one can find organic herbs, veggies, seeds, honey, nuts, handmade pasta and tortellini,  free range eggs, pickled olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, wholemeal and cholesterol free breads, muffins, and more.

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The Open Air Stock Exchange flea market happens at the Goethe Institut (German cultural centre) in East Cantonments,  Accra. Visit us on Facebook >> The Open Air Stock Exchange