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!

 

What would you add to the list?  What do you do to pamper yourself?

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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:

  1. Name: Erica McIntosh

  2. Grade: 10th Grade

  3. College of Interest: Harvard University

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. What’s something you’re passionate about? I am passionate about helping people

  7. Success in your book is...? Being proud of yourself and doing what makes you happy.

  8. 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”.

  9. For what are you most grateful? I am very grateful for my family and all the sacrifices they make for me.

  10. Favorite childhood game or toy? My favorite childhood toy is Bop it.

  11. What song always gets you on the dance floor? The electric slide always gets me on the dance floor.

  12. 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:

 

Ingredients:

  • 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?  

 

Get the full recipe here...

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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."

1. Salmon

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.)

2. Walnuts

   Other options: Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower, Fishman says.

3. Oysters

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.

5. Eggs

Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.

6. Spinach

Other options: Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.

7. Lentils

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.

9. Blueberries

Other options: Kiwis, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries.

10. Poultry

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

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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 missionWe 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!

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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!

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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!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP




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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:

Spelman College 

LaunchHer

RosieMade

Wonder Women of Boston

Prosperity Candle

Women 2.0

Web Start Women

Sisters United Enterprises


What organizations are on your list?



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Help us spread the word about our head wrap Jewels!



Are you on social media?  Do you want to help us crown women Queens in our Crowning Jewels and employ teens this summer? 
 
Are you having trouble figuring out what to say? Let us help you!

If you're on Twitter or Facebook follow this link for some messages you can share with your friends and followers! 

Just cut and paste! 

Thank you so much for your support!

Sincerely,

Team My Crowning Jewel

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Back up Sleeping Beauty! You’ve got competition!

Back up Sleeping Beauty! You’ve got competition!

For women who wrap their hair at night, who still want to feel beautiful and sexy, our Night Jewels are for you! Have you already joined our Queendom?  What do you wear with your Night Jewel?


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Step Out in Our Day Jewels: Zebra Libra Edition

As you know, My Crowning Jewel women don't just go out, we step out!  Here is one way you can step out in your Zebra Libra:


How to rock our Zebra Libra Day Jewel....

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Michelle, Ma Belle - Anatomy of The Michelle Jewel

 
Anatomy of the Michelle Jewel


 

Named in honor of our first lady, the Michelle is a sophisticated scarf that can be worn in numerous ways. Fully lined, it has a very simple, but classic look.  And like the Libra, it can be worn in numerous ways from the bun at the nape of the neck to the saucy bow at the side of the face.


Here's what we've heard from Queendom members who have purchased a Michelle Jewel, "I love the way the Michelle is contoured to the shape of my head. It makes it easy to wrap so I don't have to fidget with it."

Check out some of the ways you can tie it here.

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Love makes your soul crawl...


When describing the power of love author Zora Neal Hurston wrote: 


"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."


Today and always we wish you all the love your heart can endure...and more.


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!






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Introducing the Satin Bonnet/Do-Rag Buyback Program! (10% Night Jewel Discount)


We truly believe women deserve better options for protecting their hair at night. So, in the spirit of gun buyback programs that reward citizens for turning in guns, mostly illegal, to get them off the street, we are endeavoring to get do-rags and satin bonnets out of the bedrooms of Queens, and most certainly off the streets!


For every woman who wants to upgrade her satin bonnet or do-rag to a Night Jewel, we will give you 10% off the price of a Night Jewel at any event where we are a vendor, when you turn in your do-rag or satin bonnet to a My Crowning Jewel representative.

Queens wishing to benefit from this program can check out our events calendar to see where you can turn in the contraband: MCJ EVENTS CALENDAR





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The Anatomy of Our Libra Head Wrap Jewels


 

Ever wonder what makes our Libra Jewels so exquisite and versatile? Our Chief Designer, Luisa Chapman, explains what inspired the design:

 


FUNCTION
In creating My Crowning Jewel, we had a very simple goal: Make a head wrap that stays on at night. Our extensive research revealed this to be women’s number one concern. Our Libra’s innovative cap and strap construction solved the problem. As the part of the head wrap which covers the head, the cap, is seamed to the parts that tie around the head, the straps or sashes, this allows for the cap to be made of one fabric and the sashes to be made of another. Previously, women had been using a one piece scarf or “do rag” to wrap their hair, usually made of a satiny slippery fabric which came off at night, now the cap could be made of the satin fabric necessary to protect the hair, and the ties could be made of a stretchy fabric whose tension would keep the cap in place.


Some women prefer a real tight wrap while others do not. The Libra’s wrap and tuck feature meets both needs.  Since the sashes are 5” wide, doubled and made of stretch fabric, the cap can be tucked neatly—and securely—inside of the sashes.  Or, the cap can be left untucked.


All of our wraps are adjustable.  The Libra’s perfect fit is accomplished by the 2” space between where the sashes are attached. This allows the head wraps to fit a 20” head or a 24” head.
 
FASHION
We also had a goal of bringing fashion to function.  Why not make head wraps that not only stay on, but are beautiful?  Why not create sleeping beauties? This was the fun part.  And this is where the seamed cap and sash construction proved even more beneficial.  In addition to our basic black Libra, we wanted something sexy, fun, fashionable, beautiful.  We finally settled on a metallic polyester/spandex that had the drapeability of lame, but held up to numerous washings.  Available in light gold, dark gold, gunmetal, copper and midnight blue, these wraps could easily accessorize any fashion statement.
 
VERSATILITY
As the Libra’s sashes are 90” long, they can be tied in a multitude of ways, giving this one head wrap many different looks from the classic turban to the Unicorn to the Rosie the Riveter. The Libras that are made of high quality polyester or silk spandex resist wrinkling. As a result they can be slept in then worn during the day and night. Think about how liberating that is for all the women who don’t have time for hair! We joke around here that our Libras should carry a warning:  You may never do your hair again!
 
QUALITY
At My Crowning Jewel we believe head wraps should have couture quality. Accordingly the Libra has an elegant shirring design at the center of the sash. To be certain of the quality we chose a U.S. factory which allowed us to oversee production hands on.  

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Night Jewel Tutorial for Sleeping Beauties


Sorry Satin Bonnet, We're Just Not That Into You...

We started My Crowning Jewel because we were tired of the unattractive and ineffective options we had for wrapping our hair at night.  We felt we deserved options that actually stay on while we sleep and allow us to maintain our style and our beauty! - So we created head wrap Jewels! 

We soon realized many women feel the same way we do! - Whether we wrap our head to protect our hair from breakage, to adorn our crowns following hair loss, or just to mask a bad hair day, we still can look fabulous!

Here's a quick tutorial covering a few ways that you can tie your Night Jewel:







Don't have your Jewel yet? Join our Queendom!

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