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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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Queendom Member Reflections: Lessons Learned From "The Budgetnista"
Earlier this month I attended the My Crowning Jewel “Living Richer” event where Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche was the featured speaker. I logged on thinking I would receive some tips and tricks regarding personal finance, but left feeling empowered to truly “LIVE RICHER.”
As The Budgetnista so eloquently put it, creating financial freedom for yourself enables you to pursue the things that truly make you happy. For me that is moving steadfast toward my dream of becoming a successful mommy-blogger, and the completion of my cookbook for baby foods and family meals.
Three jewels The Budgetnista shared that resonate with me are:
1. Find ways to earn passive income. – Identify sources of income that do not require any direct input from you once up and running. An example of this would be a book or some sort of product that can stand alone and sell itself after a proper marketing campaign. This will guarantee some level of financial freedom.
2. Allocate revenues into categories for expenses based on percentages. – This one is for my entrepreneur (sole proprietor) friends. It sounds tricky, but the concept is quite simple. Since revenues for entrepreneurs is oftentimes not a fixed amount, the best way to ensure that all bases are covered in terms of business and personal expenses (including taxes) is to assign a percentage to each expense category and then allocate your chosen percentage of revenue, regardless of the amount (whether it is $5 or $5,000), into each category. This will ensure that you equitably cover all of your bases.
3. Create a separate bank account for each financial goal. – Let’s say in 2013 you would like to buy a house, create a nest egg, and take a family trip to Paris; In order to save for each of these goals The Budgetnista recommends that you have a separate bank account for each, and that you deposit a percentage of income into each of these accounts on a regular basis.
~ Queendom Member, Corrinne Talley-Hobbs
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My Crowning Jewel CEO, Veronica N. Chapman, Wins Pitch Competition!
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Veronica N. Chapman, Co-founder and CEO of My Crowning Jewel, participated in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox's "Winners Showdown Pitch Contest." After winning $1,000 as the 1st place winner in The Sandbox's Creative Economy Pitch on March 28th, Veronica was invited back on June 11th to square off against three other winners from pitch contests held by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. - Veronica won 1st place again, claiming the $5,000 grand prize!
As a result of our winning this awesome reward, keep an eye out for new products, and updates about how we are working to fulfill our social mission. We are truly grateful to the Merrimack Valley Sandbox for all the opportunities they provide entrepreneurs.
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20% Off Friends & Family Sale in Honor of Mothers
In celebration of Mother's Day we're offering 20% off our Jewels! Enter the discount code "MCJF&F" at checkout by Sunday, May, 12th, and you'll get 20% off all the Jewels in our Queendom! All USA orders placed by Wednesday, May 15th, should arrive right in time to crown your mom Queen in our Jewels!Read More »
My Crowning Jewel Wins Pitch Contest!
Our president, Veronica N. Chapman, won first place in the Merrimack Valley Business Pitch Competition! The pitch focused on how and why we bring fashion to function with our head wrap Jewels, and on our social mission!
If you have an idea for a business that would benefit a community in Massachusetts, or if you are starting a tech company, then please apply for their upcoming pitch competitions: http://goo.gl/TOJ2o
Also, check out Veronica's interview with Kevin Willet of Friends of Kevin where she talks about her experience at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Pitch Contest!Read More »
Healthy Hair Divas Unite! - (Boston Event Alert)
Join us as the extraordinary stylist Erinn D. Pearson and the Simply Erinn's Unisex Salon team dish on all the secrets and best practices that lead to healthy hair!
Also hear from Veronica N. Chapman, President of My Crowning Jewel, about how queens can now protect their hair in style in our Night Jewels! - And be sure to take advantage of our Satin Bonnet/Do-Rag Buyback Program!
Happy International Women's Day
Today is International Women's Day. I am so thankful for all the wonderful women in my life, and for all the women who paved the way so I can walk (and run) fearlessly in the direction of my dreams.
It would be very difficult to list each and every woman whom I admire and to whom I owe so much gratitude without forgetting someone. - I would not want to do that.
So to all the women out there, THANK YOU for all you do. We all know the Earth rotates; I believe we women are the axis. The seasons may change and storms may come, but we continue in support of each other, our families, our friends, society, and hopefully ourselves.
Happy International Women's Day Queendom!
Check out some events happening around the world today: International Women's Day Events
Here are some of my favorite platforms/organizations for women:
What organizations are on your list?
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