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  • InHealth + Wellness, Lifestyle, Tips and Advice, Uncategorized

    Cooking W/ NeshaKiwi: Balsamic Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts

    We try to save money and maintain a healthy lifestyle by limiting ourselves from eating out every week, by stocking up on groceries and making home cooked meals. Home-cooked meals are great but can become a little exhausted when you can’t come up with new food selections –don’t nobody wants to eat the same thing every night!!! We always try to come out with new variations of cooking as well as incorporating new vegetables or ingredients we wouldn’t normally use so we don’t get bored with our meals. SO we want to give you all some dish options by sharing a delicious recipe to everyone’s least favorite vegetable, BRUSSELS SPROUTS! Come on people, brussels sprouts aren’t as disgusting as everyone makes it out to be, especially if they are cooked right. Anyways, lets get into it!

    Lets start with the ingredients:

    • Brussel Sprouts (Duh..)

    • Salt

    • Pepper

    • Olive Oil

    • Honey

    • Dijon Mustard

    • Balsamic

    • Baking Sheet

    • Aluminum Foil

    • Skillet

    Disclaimer: Sorry but you’re not going to find exact measurements for any of our cooking post…we’ve never measured anything we ever cooked..not even when we follow a recipe that has measurements listed. You gon’ have to eye it and taste as you go to make sure its flavorful okurrr.

    First thing first, pre-heat the oven on 350 degrees.

    Wash and Peel 

    Wash the brussels sprouts and peel the dry layer off. After you’re finished cut the brussels sprouts in half.

    Prep and Bake

    Take a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Toss the brussels sprouts in olive oil (don’t drench it in olive oil). Spread them out on the pan and sprinkle salt and pepper all over it. Place pan in the over for 20 minutes.

    Prepping the Sauce 

    While the brussels sprouts are in the oven you can start prepping the sauce. It’s literally so easy to make. Just pour honey, dijon mustard and balsamic in a bowl and mix it together. TA DA! I would keep tasting the sauce as you’re mixing and adding more ingredients in to make sure it is to your liking. I like sweetness so I may add a little more honey if the dijon is too overpowering or vice versa.

    Toss in the skillet 

    After the brussels sprouts are done in the over I toss them in a non-stick skillet and I glaze them in the balsamic honey dijon sauce. I like to toss them in the skillet to make the brussels sprouts more crispy and to help the flavor seep in.

    Serve

    After the sprouts have been tossed in the sauce they are ready to serve!

    The night this was cooked we paired it with salmon and quinoa. It was delicious! We hope you all try out this recipe, if so let us know how it went –especially if it’s your first time trying brussels sprouts. If you all can think of any other brussels sprouts recipes let us know, we are curious to try them out!

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

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  • InInterviews & Documentaries, Uncategorized

    Listen Up: Our Favorite Black Hosted Podcasts!

    Hey everyone! Long time right? Well we are back and we wanted to share with you all a couple of our favorite podcasts! BLACK hosted podcasts to be specific! Take a look at our list and enjoy these motivational, inspiring and hilarious podcast!

    Black Girl Podcast is a cast of five carefree black women working in the entertainment industry, who are super relatable! These women openly discuss black culture, relationship/ dating advice, self love, politics and just overall everyday struggles with no filter. What makes this podcast special is that they speak on being undeniably black while shutting down stereotypes and not conforming to society’s box that black women are constantly put in. Black Girl Podcast exudes natural, raw, and hilarious  content of personal stories and viewpoints.

    These women will have you feeling as if you’ve gained five new best friends! There isn’t anything formal about this podcast so anything goes!

    You can check them out on SoundCloud and the podcast feature on Apple devices

    Instagram: @blackgirlpod

    Twitter: @blackgirlpod

    Side Hustle Pro targets listeners whom envision themselves turning their hobbies and passions into careers. The podcasts also gives insight on how sustain a lucrative “side hustle” while balancing a full time job. Nicaila Matthews Okome, creator of “Side Hustle Pro” uses this platform to coach listeners through how to go about deciding on a suitable business venture, funding your business, expanding your business, and more.

    The show introduces black successful female  entrepreneurs who discuss and share their tips on important initial steps taken towards building an enterprise as well as marketing strategies to building and expanding your brand. The entrepreneurs featured range from various business ventures in all areas of expertise. Each episode aims to provides resources useful to the target audience. This podcast is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs needing direction that aids in fueling future endeavors.

    You can check them out at http://www.sidehustlepro.co/ and on the Podcast App on Apple Devices

    Millennial Lov3 is curated by 3 millennials, Justin, Miche and Cara D and is based out of Dallas, Texas. Emerging in 2016, they wanted to put together a podcast that covered the struggles of sex, love and selfishness –which prompted them to title their series, “Sex, Love, & I’m Selfish AF!”.  This group of millennials have alluring personalities that blend well together, despite their different views on certain topics. Together they bring you a hilarious show filled with fun and laughter. On the other side, they  touch on real life concerns and express the importance of innovation and empowerment. These three millennials are super relatable and have careers that they balance on top of bringing us entertainment every week. Justin is a professional pharmaceutical representative, Cara is a licensed/practicing attorney and adjunct professor, and Miche is a social worker. This podcast is a guide to anyone trying to navigate through all aspects of life, they show you that it’s okay to not have it all together –we’re going to get through it!

    Check them out:

    There podcast are available in the Podcast App on Apple devices

    Instagram: millenniallov3

    http://millenniallov3.com/

    Small Doses is a podcast brought to you by Amanda Seales. You may remember her from radio and hosting/ appearances on MTV and most recently her role as Tiffany on the hit show Insecure on HBO. Seales is an advocate social issues and has been outspoken on topics she cares dearly about via Instagram. So many fans loved her transparency and wanted more than just IG videos! Her podcast features guests to help assist in covering an array of topics, mostly dealing with self-issues such as coping with insecurity, struggles of being an innovator, going through the “Ho phase” (LOL). Seales drops major gems on her podcast series; she funny, confident and honest, her light and energy is very inspiring to listeners seeking motivation and advice in dealing with inner issues.

    Check out her podcast on the Podcast App on Apple Devices

    If you were feeling this list of podcast don’t worry we will share more of our favorites! Listen to these first and well update you on the newest ones we find. If you all know any great podcast we should check out leave us a comment below!

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

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  • InHair, Beauty & Fashion, Uncategorized

    How to get your hands on the NEWEST products for free!

    With social media serving as a platform for brand ambassadors, it can be difficult for newbies with a limited amount of followers to branch off in the influencer world. Most brand ambassador programs want the person representing their brand to have specific amount of followers to qualify, which is usually 10k and up. With that being said, where does that leave room for the people that have an impact but don’t meet the following requirements?

    Personally we love Influenster! Influenster is a platform that allows you to discover new products and review them for consumers. The great thing about this program is that you’ll have the opportunity to receive high quality products in various categories such a beauty, hair, food etc. Signing up for the site is free, all you have to do is make an account and link all of your social media accounts to your profile. When you link your accounts, they will give you an “Impact Score” of Low, Medium or High. Influenster does take social media impact into consideration, but you don’t have to have a large following to qualify for products. This site is very helpful in learning how to be more interactive on social media and in return you’ll be able to receive better products each time you increase your social media impact.

    Products will be received in what is known as a “VoxBox”, in order to receive a box you have to be interactive on the site by reviewing your favorite products, being apart of discussions and making list of your favorite products. Number one rule to qualifying for a VoxBox is to ALWAYS fill out a survey whenever one is available. Number one rule for continuing to receive boxes after receiving your first VoxBox is to make sure you complete their campaign, which is to review your box via your social media outlets. You’ll have various task to complete in order to rack up points and unlock special features on the site.

    ***REMEMBER FILL OUT ANY AND EVERY SINGLE SURVEY THEY GIVE YOU!

    We have had major success with consistently receiving brand name products throughout the years. Here are some of the boxes we’ve received:

    We highly suggest anyone interested in possible branding opportunities or those who are looking to build their social impact sign up today to begin sharing your insight on these great products.

    Check our code below to sign up NOW:

    www.influenster.com/r/1516808

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    Here are a few more popular sites we found that are similar to influenster:

    Comment below your experience with any of these sites or any other product review programs you like!

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

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  • InEvents, Hair, Beauty & Fashion, Uncategorized

    Cocktails + Curls DC Review

    Hey naturalistas, we’re back with another review! Over the weekend we attended Cocktails and Curls, a social event celebrating women of color and their natural hair. We love checking out any event that is meant to uplift and build the confidence of black women, especially when it comes to our hair. Here’s the scoop on what you missed!

    The event took place at Redrocks on H Street in Washington, D.C. Upon entering the event we were immediately greeted by two friendly volunteers who were checking guest in and handing out free drink tickets. The event was sponsored by Jack Daniels so we were able to choose between that or Captain Morgan for our complimentary drink! They offered featured cocktails such as “The Naturalista” and “Curls For the Girls” which were a super cute addition to the theme! The event was split into two parts: the showcasing of popular natural hair care lines and local businesses as well as a panel discussion led by a variation of black female entrepreneurs. Women were also free to mingle amongst one another while enjoying cocktails.

    Curls and TGIN were familiar brands showcased at the event. Other hair vendors included a local natural hair care line called Khlova which is distributed in Virginia. It was nice to see that they displayed up and coming organic hair lines that catered to healthy natural hair. Other vendors included were a waist bead jewelry company called, Get Waisted, a local waxing company called, Velvet Wax, and a natural hair towel company by the name of, Soigne. There was also a vendor booth promoting their partner, Hair on Purpose, which is a non profit organization that, “uses hair, beauty and health to support teenage girls in social issues that impact them during their formative years” (Hair on Purpose, 2018). Proceeds from the event supported Hair on Purpose. We were loving all of the featured vendors!

    The opening discussion of the panel portion was about natural hair in the workplace. The topic at hand was relatable, yet we felt a little disengaged. The panel group was filled with beautiful intelligent black women who have impressive resumes filled with an extensive amount of experience in their career fields. However, since the topic at hand revolved around natural hair we expected to see panelist rocking their beautiful natural kinky curly mane to further reinforce the message that our natural hair is beautiful the way that it is. These women of course had great insights on career development and were a good representation of women empowerment since all were successful entrepreneurs. We would like to have seen a separate panel of natural hair advocates who we could relay the struggles of natural hair and connect our own issues associated with confidently wearing our hair in it’s natural state. For instance, the women who started the local hair care line, Khlova, would have been an excellent panelist because her line is a direct reflection of the celebration of black women and their natural hair. We don’t want to discredit the panelist, all had positive words of affirmation and encouragement.

    For future Cocktails and Curls gatherings, we would like to see the event held at a bigger venue to accomodate all guest comfortably. We thought more seating should have been provided for guests during the panel discussion so that everyone could devote their full attention to the speakers without being interrupted by people walking or standing in front of them.

    After the panel ended the music turned back on and people were connecting, dancing and having fun with each other! On our way out at the end of the night we were given complimentary gift bags filled with various natural hair goodies. Check out the the video below if you would like to see what we got inside of our goodie bag. We loved that the bags were filled with quality products!

    Overall, we had an enjoyable time and really liked the concept of the event. We understand that this was an introductory event for Cocktails and Curls and there is always room for improvements and alterations for the next one to come. We think that it’s important for the target audience to give feedback in order to maximize the guest experience for the next event. If you attended cocktails and curls leave a comment below and tell us about your experience!

     *Disclaimer* This review was in no way meant to criticize the hosts of the event, we’re just offering honest opinions and suggestions for future events. 

    Check Out What We Got In Our Goodie Bags!

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

     

     

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