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International Women's Day Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker
This Saturday the world will celebrate International Women's Day. To join in on the celebration we are highlighting women who spent their lives sharing their talents and gifts with the world. Our third spotlight is on the awesome inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer, Madam C.J. Walker. Learn more about Madam Walker below!
There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard. ~ Madam C.J. Walker
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International Women's Day Spotlight: Katharine Hepburn
On Saturday, March 8th, the world will celebrate International Women's Day. We've decided to start celebrating a little early! This week we are highlighting women who spent their lives sharing their talents and gifts with the world. Our second spotlight is on one of the original "modern women," Katharine Hepburn. She is one of my favorite actors. I love how frank she was, and the fact that she was committed to women's empowerment. Learn more about her below.
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around. ~ Katharine Hepburn
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International Women's Day Spotlight: Celia Cruz
On Saturday, March 8th, the world will celebrate International Women's Day. We've decided to start celebrating a little early! This week we are highlighting women who spent their lives sharing their talents and gifts with the world. Our first spotlight is on the awesome cantante Celia Cruz.
Watch the video below to learn about the musical contributions of this awesome woman.
Here is one of our favorite songs by Celia Cruz. Enjoy!
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Living Single: Why I Am Unfazed By Valentine's Day Hoopla
Queendom, we're family now, right? I feel like we are so I'm comfortable having this discussion. Last Friday was a pretty chill day for me. I worked most of the day and went to my weekly yoga class which is always an amazing and challenging experience. It was packed as usual. Afterwards I ran to the grocery store, showered, and cooked something awesome.
It wasn't until the next day that I was reminded that Friday was Valentine's Day. If the sales on overstocked candy at my local CVS were not enough of a reminder, a conversation with my local gas station homie was another.
This was the convo:
Homie: How are you? How was your Valentine's Day?
Me: Oh, Friday was great! Or are you asking if I had a valentine?
Homie: Yes, that's what I'm asking. Did you have a valentine?
Me: No I didn't.
Homie: Why? You seem really nice.
Me: I am really nice. - LOL! - Did you have a valentine? You seem really nice too.
Homie: No, I hung out with family.
Me: Well since we're both really nice I'm sure we will one day find awesome people.
Homie: I agree. See you next time!
Now, before you start with the "hey, why don't you guys date" comments, the title of this article is "Living Single" so let's stay focused. - LOL! The reality is that on Friday I couldn't care less that it was Valentine's Day. I am sure that a lot of women and even men who found themselves without a valentine on Valentine's Day may have been bummed. I wasn't bummed at all and here's why:
I Don't Have Time For Bandits
Do you know what a bandit is? Most of us have come across them. I know I have. A bandit is a person you are seeing who you really have no business with. It's not going to really go anywhere because you really aren't compatible. The bandit may be inconsistent in his or her actions or even disrespectful, but you continue spending time with him or her because you are lonely or "hungry". ;) If a person you are seeing is inconsistent and displays shady character traits, he or she is a bandit. And, if I rather run financial regressions than spend time with you it's a waste of time. And who has time to waste?
I Am Thankful For The Opportunity To Be Selfish
I am a Libra so we're all for partnership. So if the right person comes along who convinces me that I'm better paired, he will be a very lucky man! LOL! In the meantime, I choose to use this time to focus on using my skills and talents so I can leave my mark on the world, travel when I can, and do other things that make me a better me. - Being selfish can be good, right? LOL!
I Keep Good Company
If you don't have great people in your life, find some. Having great friends makes this life journey so much richer. If things are going well, celebrations ensue. If things are not going so well, great friends are there for those times too! And we won't even mention the game nights, parties, brunches, and all around silliness and joy that great friends bring.
I Know Myself
I have accomplished and experienced a lot while single including traveling long distances and living in foreign lands, or staying local and spending quality time alone. Times of solitude are great times to check in with yourself to see how you're feeling, assess where you are, and where you want to go. If you are someone who does want to be in a partnership at some point, knowing yourself can also help you identify people with whom you are most compatible, and help you communicate your needs when you are in a relationship worthy of your time, love, and compromise.
Are you single? Were you affected by the Valentine's Day hoopla?
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Whether in a relationship or single, everyone should try these five things this Valentine's Day!
Whether you are happily single or happily paired this Valentine's Day, these five things will make February 14th and the days beyond special!
1. Send Someone Your Love
When is the last time you dropped a friend or loved one a note? We send so many texts and e-mails we sometimes forget how wonderful it is to receive a card in the mail. Make someone's day and send them a note. Maybe they'll send you one back!
2. Be Creative
Have you ever tried painting? There are so many paint party locations popping up around the United States. In some locations you can bring your favorite wine and even a dish while an artist leads you in creating your own masterpiece! Try it! Who knows? You may be the next Jacob Lawrence!
3. Go Dancing
Nothing can be more energizing and exciting than moving in rhythm (hopefully) to your favorite jam. Dancing is freedom. Dancing is sexy. Dancing is love. - OK, we may be exaggerating a little but dancing is SO much fun! Don't you agree?
4. Be Extra Thoughtful
People often say that it is best to "treat others the way you want to be treated." What a horrible idea! We are all unique. We show love differently, we receive love differently, and we want and need different things to be our best selves. This Valentine's Day treat your loved ones the way they want to be treated!
5. Eat Some Soul Food
We've all had the experience of eating the first thing we see when we're hungry, regardless of how unfulfilling it may be. It can happen when you're driving and fast food is the only option, or when you're too tired to cook so you grab your peanut butter and jelly or a bowl of cereal to settle your empty stomach. - Don't do that this Valentine's Day! Make something that makes your soul smile or go to a restaurant that is tried and true.
If you do decide to cook, try foodgawker for inspiration! And you must try this Butternut Squash and Basil Bechamel Lasagna. It's mind-blowing!
What would you add to this list?
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My Crowning Jewel Is Headed to Atlanta!
It has been over ten years since our CEO, Veronica N. Chapman, won her first business plan competition in her Management class at Spelman College. She is very excited to return to Atlanta this spring to spread the word about My Crowning Jewel, and to welcome the fabulous women of "ATL" into our Queendom!
Come visit us at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show! We can't wait to meet you!
Check out some of our Jewels below!
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Silk vs. Satin - Both Protect Hair From Breakage So What's The Difference?
Our “Night Jewel” head wraps are made of the finest quality silk and satin-woven polyester. But what is silk? What is polyester? What is satin?
Polyester is a man-made (synthetic) fiber or thread. Picture threads of polyester like your fingers. When woven, these threads produce bolts of fabric. Imagine weaving like a lattice top pie crust or your fingers interlaced.
There are three ways in which fiber is woven into fabric: plain weave, twill weave and satin weave. These ways of weaving are distinguished by the direction in which the weaving takes place: horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Of the three types of weaving, satin is the most expensive to manufacture because it is the most involved.
Satin-woven polyester produces a fabric with beautiful drapability, enabling our head wraps to be shaped to the contours of the head. It is also wrinkle-resistant, allowing our Queendom Members to go from the bedroom to the boulevard! No one would ever guess it was slept in since the shiny side of the fabric is against the hair, enabling the hair to glide smoothly all night long, keeping hair moisturized, and both protecting the hair from breakage, and the hairstyle. The dull or matte side that is on the opposite side looks like a regular scarf. Except it isn’t “regular” at all, it’s a Crowning Jewel!
Satin woven polyester is long-wearing and easy to care for. And, because satin is a weave, and not a fabric, other fibers can also have a satin weave. For example, when cotton fibers are woven with a satin weave the result is what is called sateen.
Whereas polyester is man-made, silk is a natural protein fiber that is produced by the larvae of the silk worm. The filament is reeled off and boiled to remove the stiff natural glue, and woven into fabrics noted for their soft luster, luxurious feel and strength. Because it is in short supply and labor intensive to produce, silk is expensive. Silk can have a plain weave, such as china silk or it can have a satin weave. Some of our Night Jewels are made with a silk satin. Unlike polyester, silk will wrinkle and should be hand laundered to be safe, while polyester can be machine washed and does not wrinkle as much. Many prefer silk because of its exquisitely soft feel. Think of silk as the “Rolls Royce” of head wrap fabrics and polyester as the “Mercedes Benz.” Which “car” do you prefer?
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Our Gratitude Jar
My how time flies! It was just last November that we shipped our first Jewel!
Over the last year we have welcomed many women into our Queendom, listened to their positive feedback and to their recommendations and suggestions. We won business pitch competitions; hosted special events for our Queendom Members; challenged women to take the time to love and pamper themselves (We deserve it.); and we even got a chance to get a jump start on our social mission! - What a year!
Launching a business is no joke! There are ups and downs, and plenty of challenges to go around. - I am even thankful for those!
We have so much more to do, but today we're focusing on our GRATITUDE for all that we have accomplished up until this point, and for YOU! Check out our Gratitude Jar below. Do you have one?
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My Crowning Jewel Holiday BOGO Sale!
Three words about our BOGO Sale...
Don't miss it!
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The Wait Is Over! - Quick Glamour Band Tutorial!
Women all over are in love with our Glamour Bands! They always ask us how to tie them. The truth is there is no one way to tie them; there are ONE MILLION ways to tie them! That's why we need you to send us your pictures!
If you have a Glamour Band all you need to do is the following:
The first thing you must do is wrap it around your head.
Next, tie the ends of the Glamour Band wherever you want the knot to land. (You can also move the knot after you tie it.)
Then, twist the ends of the band in a circular motion.
Finally, tuck the twisted ends into the band so it stays.
Wrap It > Tie It > Twist It > Tuck It = Glamorous YOU!
Here is a quick video demonstration.
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Queendom Reflections: Five Must-Haves When Going Natural
Five Must-Haves When Going Natural
I decided to go natural for a number of reasons. The first reason is because I am more than half way through my twenties and I realize I have permed, fried, glued, and weaved up my hair, and never have I once considered embracing it as it is. Yes, there is nothing easy about having natural hair, however, for the first time I am learning new things about myself, and about the awesome people around me who are also embracing this natural hair journey. Yes, you heard me correctly. It’s a journey!
Through this experience I have really learned the significance of self-love. I have spent the last 28 years obsessing over my hair in every way imaginable. Those who are closest to me know that under any and every circumstance, rain, storm, work, or tornado, I will make my way to a hair salon. I have always believed that that if someone’s hair looks a mess, then they must be a mess, so you can understand my concern!
Hair was one of the ways I masked the things I did not want people to know or ever pick up about me. Learning to embrace all of me is my goal and I know I need to remember that my hair is beautiful. Every strand, curl, or nap, it’s all me, and it’s beautiful! For those willing to take the leap, take it from me, you CAN learn to do your hair as an adult. I learn something new everyday!
Here are my five must-haves for those considering going natural:
A great support system: My sistah friends are the best. I am blessed to be surrounded by cross-generational wisdom and love. They listen to me vent when I get discouraged, and remind me of my true beauty.
The natural hair blogs: They are helpful and overwhelming at the same time. Find a salon that you trust and keep it simple. No blog post can prepare you for the emotions you may feel. For me some days are good and other days I want to cry. I almost feel as though I am going through a break-up, yet an extraordinary break-up that leads to self-discovery.
Self-esteem: You hair is your hair!!! Love your hair the same way you love other people’s hair.
My Jewels: My Crowning Jewels help reinforce my self-esteem. On those days when my inner beauty has a hard time being reflected on the outside, my Glamour Band reminds me that I am a queen. I also have a Night Jewel. I am too fly, fabulous, and sassy to not be feeling like a queen 24-7!
Emotional Health: During this process I am becoming even more in tune with my emotional health, and I am even more comfortable receiving compliments on my new style!
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Queendom Jewel: Five Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself
Five Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself
1. Try New Forms of Exercise
We all know that exercise is essential to living royally and healthily, but if we keep doing the same forms of exercise it can become cumbersome. My daily routine once only included an hour on the elliptical; but after a few months that became very boring, so I tried some new activities - belly dancing and yoga. Trying new exercises really helps because while some forms of exercise may be more effective in fulfilling the goals of your exercise plan, what’s important is that you do something versus nothing at all. Right?
2. Spend Some Time Alone
Do you ever take the time to just be alone and check in with yourself? If not, you certainly may want to try it! Take yourself to lunch; go see a movie; or go for a walk. These are just a few things you can do to spend some quality time alone and just be.
3. Make a Date with People Who Make Your Soul Smile
My hope for everyone is that they find beautiful friends/partners who brighten their days, and add to their life experiences. You don’t get to choose your family, but you can surely choose your friends! If your friends are toxic, let them go and find some great ones!
4. Create a New Music Playlist
Music soothes the soul. I can’t do anything without it. LOL!
5. Take a Bath with Candles
This is something I started doing at a very young age. Even as a pre-teen I knew the power of a candlelit bath. I would connect my CD player to a speaker, play some jazz, run a bubble bath, light some candles, and relax for hours! If you haven’t done it, do try it!
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Crown Her Queen
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, help us crown women Queens in our head wrap Jewels. All Jewels donated via our Crown Her Queen program will be donated to ZuriWorks for Women's Health, an organization that uses arts and health to develop creative, culturally relevant approaches that enhance the quality of life of women color affected by cancer.
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Happy Birthday Erica!
Happy Birthday Erica!
Help us wish our favorite teen Social Media Intern a Happy Birthday! If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you may have noticed an increase in awesome posts. We have Erica to thank for that!
Thanks to the Merrimack Valley Sandbox we were able to get a jump start on our social mission and hire our first teen this summer! Erica is a wonderful young woman and a great asset to the My Crowning Jewel team!
Learn more about our fabulous intern below:
Name: Erica McIntosh
Grade: 10th Grade
College of Interest: Harvard University
Do you have a favorite quote or book you can share? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
Who is your favorite “shero” and why? My favorite shero is Michelle Obama because of her passion for youth and how she is independent in pursuing her outreach.
What’s something you’re passionate about? I am passionate about helping people
Success in your book is...? Being proud of yourself and doing what makes you happy.
If a reality show were being made about you, what would its title be? If there were a reality show being made about me I think it would be called “My Crazy Life”.
For what are you most grateful? I am very grateful for my family and all the sacrifices they make for me.
Favorite childhood game or toy? My favorite childhood toy is Bop it.
What song always gets you on the dance floor? The electric slide always gets me on the dance floor.
What mark do you want to leave on the world? I want to be able to make the world a better place by making someone smile. I believe that one smile can make someone’s day and that they will pass that on to the next person they see.
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Healthy Hair Recipe #1: Sweet Potato & Green Bean Salad
The other day I posted the Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair. Three of the ten foods on the list are sweet potatoes, walnuts, and spinach (including other leafy vegetables). I recently found a great recipe that includes these ingredients via one of my favorite websites, foodgawker: Sweet Potato & Green Bean Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing
It looks yummy!
Here are the ingredients according to author, blogger, and foodie, Emily Stoffel:
- 4 sweet potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- 8 oz haricot verts
- large handful dried cranberries
- large handful toasted walnuts
- 5 oz (about one bag) baby lettuces or spring mix
- Maple Mustard Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Now you can not only keep your hair healthy in our Night Jewels, but you can also start promoting healthy hair from the inside out! Perhaps you can add kale to your spring mix to really get the healthy hair benefits you want?
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Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair
WebMD has a lot of great information. While looking up recipes for a potluck gathering, I began to think about what we can eat to ensure that our hair is as healthy as possible. Et voila! Elizabeth B. Krieger from WebMD had the answers!
She writes, "Better-looking hair can start at your next meal. If you eat a balanced, varied, protein-rich diet that focuses on the following 10 foods, you'll be giving your hair the TLC it needs and deserves."
Other options: If salmon doesn't thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts (see below for more wonderful things about walnuts.)
Other options: Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower, Fishman says.
Other options: Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Other options: Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.
Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.
Other options: Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.
Other options: Toss other beans such as soybeans (the young ones are called edamame) and kidney beans into your soup or salad.
8. Greek yogurt
Other options: Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also fit the bill.
Other options: Kiwis, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries.
Other options: Lean cuts of beef are another good source of lean protein.
You can read the complete and very informative article here...
Pictured: Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
In Celebration of Our Independence...
We're offering 25% off our head wrap Jewels until July 7th! Use discount code "Liberty" at checkout!
Please share the Discount Jewel below with anyone who wants to declare their independence from the satin bonnet and other unglamorous nighttime (or daytime) headwear!
Have an awesome 4th of July!
~ Team MCJ
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