Fun fact: I LOVE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD, and one that mainly is healthy for you - is even better. As a Boss Babe on the go, often times a good charcuterie board is a perfect lunch and/or snack option for me. I look for quality ingredients that are both savory and will let me power through the rest of my day. Let’s be honest as well, a little indulgence too. If you aren’t familiar with Crunchmaster Crackers they are a healthy snack alternative for when I need that “crunch” Who knew a cracker could not only taste good but BE GOOD for you. Crunchmaster crackers are made from simple, wholesome ingredients, and that’s about it. What’s not? GMOs, gluten, and artificial flavors.
What I love about Crunchmaster Crackers is even the brownie thins I used with my board are packed with Vegetable Protein and made with Cocoa - it doesn’t get better than that! The other crackers are packed with whole grains to I can keep my “Summertime Fine” Goals on track! Are you ready to make your own Summertime Board with Crunchmaster Crackers? Here is all I used:
How to Assemble:
Lay each ingredient straight down the board, there’s no wrong way! I alternated the whole grain crackers with cheese and the brownie thins at the end next to my seedless red grapes. It’s as easy as that. Enjoy :)
You can find Crunchmaster Crackers at Kroger or visit their website here.
It’s a hot girl summer but we are going to be fine for fall as well. I’ve been switching out my breakfast options lately with protein shakes. I want you all to check out Amazing Grass Organic Plant Protein Blend. Now, I know what you’re thinking, does it taste like a plant? NO. I have the Vanilla flavor and it taste good all while getting your nutrition in.
Amazing Grass Organic Plant Protein Blend is your all in one nutrition shake and a super easy way to add daily nutrition into your diet. One scoop has 20g of protein, 7 nutritious greens, 2 cups of fruits and veggies and Vitamins C, D and iron. BOOM
Let me know how you like it!
No, really. I’m loving this avocado eye cream from Kiehl's. I love to use this product during my morning and night time routine. Why do you need eye cream, especially at any age? I’m glad you asked. This avocado eye cream is great for:
🥑All day hydration, which may help prevent early signs of aging
🥑Immediately improves under eye texture
🥑Defends eye area from digital fatigue caused by blue light
I get so many readers ask me what they can use for their eyes, and this product would be a perfect fit! Our eyes are most used muscles, in my opinion at least. Especially as a boss babe - I'm constantly looking at phone and computer screens - so sometimes my eyes can't take it anymore!
According the to the Kiehl's website, "A hydrating eye cream that is clinically demonstrated to de-puff and brighten after just one use*. Formulated with Avocado oil, Beta-Carotene, and Shea butter, this eye cream immediately improves the look and feel of under eye texture and dry fine lines through all day hydration."
Try it out and let me know what you think!
What are some of your hot girl summer essentials?
On my recent Target run I picked up some products I’m familiar with and some I saw for the first time. Summer means slick back hairstyles and fun in the sun, so here are some products in my cart:
🧡Black Girl Sunscreen
-Finally, a sunscreen for us that won't make us look ashy.
🧡Hollywood Beauty Products Vitamin E oil
-Vitamin E is packed with great ingredients for hair, skin and scalp.
🧡The Mane Choice Edge control
-Because, we need our edges to be slicked back. Especially when rocking a Summer Ponytail.
🧡Shea Moisture After Sun Body Gelee
-This is great to use after being out in the sun. Our skin needs refreshment from the sun - this is a must have in your beach/pool bags.
🧡Cantu Beauty Satin Scarf
-Keep those summer curls and styles tamed overnight with this satin scarf. Satin is much better in protecting your hair than cotton scarves.
Do you have any of these products?
Now that the outside is back open, I’m celebrating all summer with Hornitos Tequilla. As soon as babe walks in the door I’m ready with my own summer cocktail. I got inspired by the Paloma and remixed it. Hornitos is the perfect tequila to try new recipes with because it has a smooth, agave-forward taste that is enjoyable from start to finish! Confession: I’m manifesting the “babe” part but this drink is a reality😊
Want to make your own, follow this recipe:
1. Hornitos Tequilla - 1 or 2 parts (I like mine chilled)
2. Your favorite juice, I used guava - pour it over ice
3. Add your favorite tropical popsicle, I used a coconut flavored one.
It’s gonna be a cool summer! How are you enjoying your Hornitos Tequila?
Luxe Beauty, everywhere I go. One of my top cities/audiences is in Atlanta so I decided to check out some of the best minority women who specialize in luxe skin aesthetics and procedures. Check out my in-depth Q&A with Jesika Olguin of Advanced Aesthetics Artistry is Atlanta. You can also follow her on IG @Advancedaestheticsartistry
How long have you been injecting?
I have been injecting for almost 5 years now. Although most of the procedures I perform are elective, I also provide aspiration of seromas and a network or professionals that work together in ensuring post op recovery and safety.
What made you want to start doing injectables?
Well, after nursing school I started off not really knowing which specialty I would pursue. I tried urgent care for a few years and learned so much, along with learning how to work under pressure. Then I had the opportunity to work in an OR for a plastic surgeon and see transformations for myself. I actually went to art school first and finding out that I could possibly have room to apply my creativity was life changing. After that, I dove into everything aesthetics and tried to learn as much as I could. Injecting can definitely be very scary at first but trusting myself through the process has been what helped me excel.
Is it a myth that you should start doing Botox or other wrinkle relaxers when you get to a certain age?
There is no exact age or range where you should start. Botox and other products help with the wrinkles, but prevention is key. You can start earlier than others due to your own facial structure, lifestyle habits, extreme fluctuations in weight as well as maintaining a youthful look. Regardless of the age where you begin to use these products, you must develop a personal skincare routine and supporting lifestyle habits. You can also spend lots of money on all these products and it all go to waste with lifestyle choices.
How common do you see minority women getting fillers/injectables?
I actually service many minorities and women of color. The key is facial balancing; every woman has a different structure, and we need to stay true to that.
Why do you think it's frowned upon to some minorities?
It’s quite possible that the cost of starting injectables along with maintenance can be a key topic in that debate. However, I find that no matter what the background, women are seeking to feel and look as youthful as possible. The vanity that comes with aesthetics has become a sort of double-edged sword where everyone wants to shun it but be part of it at the same time.
We injected Botox in my chin and below lip line - what are the benefits of that?
That session was set-up to treat or rather the prevention of marionette lines. These are the lines that form around the mouth and can be compared to the marionette string puppets and the lines formed around how their mouths were built to move.
How often do you have to maintain your filler/injections?
For Botox, depending on your lifestyle it would be every 3-6 months for proper maintenance. For fillers though, it will be as needed, and I am not afraid to cut someone off from doing too much. Again, my goal is always facial balancing and making sure we keep your health at the forefront of any session.
As a Boss Babe on the Go, I am always looking to stay at amazing hotels that have the right amenities and proximity to my favorite things in beauty, lifestyle and fashion. If your travels bring you to Atlanta, you have to stay at the AC Hotel in Buckhead.
The hotel is the perfect location and it is right across the street from Phipps Plaza - one of the best mall's around. This was a no brainer for me! Okay, besides shopping, I look for a hotel that is clean, friendly, chic and accommodating to my lifestyle which is often - I need somewhere great to work in. So many of you all ask me where is the best places to stay if you're trying to experience a staycation, vacation or just somewhere you can indulge in some luxe amenities and beautiful atmosphere. AC Hotel in Buckhead is definitely on my list for Atlanta hotels.
Traveling during a Pandemic has been challenging but I was happy to see that AC Buckhead was following safe and effective procedures. I look forward coming back to show all the full amenities available when it's safer to reopen. The do have in dining and an indoor heated pool which I am dying to try! Hopefully they will have me back so I can report how amazing that is as well.
I enjoyed working in the beautiful business center where I could catch up on emails. Sometimes you don't want to work in your room but enjoy a nice aesthetic, They have a computer if you need it, and great information about Atlanta if you are trying to check out some local spots. I was diligently doing my research on the mall :)
The bar was so chic and fun. After a long day of bossin' up, I had to get my favorite cocktail, a prosecco to toast to my productive day. They have a full bar that is great for a happy hour meetup. I am also eager to check the bar back out when I go back, now that things are slowly opening back up and back to normal.
So, is this somewhere you would stay? Have you stayed? Give me the details on your experience!
You can find great beauty spas everywhere you go. My latest travels brought me to Indianapolis. I was so excited to find Dr. Carla of Bella Body & Skin Studio. Rarely did we see Black Women Injectors in our region, so I was so happy to see there was a Medspa in Indy that offered more luxe skin and body treatments. Bella Body and Skin Studio was founded in order to help not just women, but everyone feel beautiful in their own healthy skin and bodies and to increase sense of wellness and well-being.
Carla Jenkins is the founder of Bella Body and Skin Studio. She has 20 years of nursing experience in various areas of critical care. Currently a doctoral candidate, she has been a nurse practitioner for the past ten years working in general adult medicine as well as specialties of nephrology, neurology, gastroenterology, vascular surgery and psychiatry. She has always taken a personal interest in skin care and general health and well-being.
She suggested I try Dysport vs. Botox. So, what’s the difference? Botox and Dysport are both popular products for addressing common skin issues. These injectable medicines relax your facial muscles to eliminate wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. It really just depends on your issues/needs and what the best one your injector suggests. Dr. Carla told me she likes Dysport for Women of Color.
Did you know besides beauty, Botox/Dysport can help with other issues? Such as excessive sweating and migraines I’m on a mission to spotlight and educate more about fillers/injections- it’s the self-care for me💕
Bella Body & Skin Studio offers a range of boutique beauty and body services, make sure you go check her out on IG @bellabodyandskinstudio and visit her website, https://www.bellabodyandskinstudio.com/.
Father's Day looks completely different than last year. My Dad and I are vaccinated and ready to spend some time in person and around the city. These are all things my Dad and I like to do together, I'm hoping you and your father/dad figure can do the same!
Treat Dad to His Favorite Meal
My Dad loves him some Frisch's - so I decided to take him to try some of their new menu items. My Dad is a big fan of buffalo, anything and luckily they have new buffalo popcorn shrimp. He even shared a fry with me :)
Cool Off At The Pool
The weather is warming up and the cicadas are disappearing. My Dad has always loved swimming and he made sure all his children were strong swimmers. Schedule some time at a local community pool and spend some quality splash time with Dad. You can book times at your local CRC or Downtown at Zigler pool. Pack some snacks or purchase there!
My Dad loves to dance. So the perfect thing for us to do is take our talents down to Fountain Square for Salsa on the Square on Thursday nights. My Dad competed in Cincinnati Dancing with the Stars, so he was teaching me some of his Tango moves before we hit the square. This is the perfect thing to do if your Dad loves to dance. They always have great music, food and if nothing else, great people watching.
Keep Dad Healthy
We've been through enough this last year with a pandemic. We all were in the house and not moving as much. Let's get those Dad active! Take Dad on a Hike, Walk, Go to the Gym and even take him to get vaccinated if you have not already. There are so many beautiful Parks around Cincinnati you can take him too, explore new hiking trails you may not have known about before. We want our Dad's to be around for many many more Father's Day.
This post is sponsored by WHIMZEES®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Does your Dog Child Brush his teeth? Well if they don’t, then they need to start. Did you know, Dental disease is the #1 health issue for dogs. In fact, 80% of adult dogs have dental disease, which could mean other health issues down the road. But a lot of dog owners aren’t aware of this. If you’re like me, my dog Ralph is like my child. I want to make sure I’m keeping him happy and healthy to live his best life. I’m so glad I discovered WHIMZEES® Brushzees.
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In addition to tasting great, WHIMZEES® helps with reducing plaque, tartar and bad breath. If you watch my IG stories you already know Ralph is in my face 24/7 so I love that it helps with his breath. You can keep your doggie happy and healthy as well, make sure you follow this link to try WHIMZEES®, which is now available at your local Walmart.
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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