Friday, May 4, 2018

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#CluelessLiving Chat Recap (Mental Health and Wellness)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I was so happy to do this chat with some amazing beings sharing their knowledge without the stigma attached to it. Mental health is something I struggle with and I am not ashamed to admit it. Below are my guests who joined in to share their experience with mental health and wellness. 

@LontierBanks- Lontier is a health and wellness advocate.

@DontDieAfraid- Ashley is a mental health advocate, speaker, and content creator. 

@SelfCareandFood- Laterria is a self-care activist and food blogger promoting reproductive health to black women.

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!

Friday, April 6, 2018

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#CluelessLiving Chat Recap (Nature Lovers)

Are you a nature lover? I enjoy being outside and let nature do it's thing. I had a chat with those who are nature lovers as well. I know I couldn't do this by myself. Below are the nature lovers from all walks of life that share their experience with nature.

Naturally Gina- Gina is a health conscious vegan transitioning to a raw diet.

Creative Tiana- Tiana is a poet of body and mind.

Nailah Blades- Nailah is a lover of colorful and vibrant living and is also the founder of Color Outside.

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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The Fear Of Growing Old(er)

I'm getting old(er) y'all. Well, at least I'm still young at heart. We live in a society that is obsessed with staying young forever. There was a time in my life that I feared growing old. I associated the word OLD with DEATH. When I was a lower case g and saw an old person it scared me. The gray hair, wrinkled skin, and certain equipment used to help them move around had me thinking... I don't EVER want that to be me. I'm sure we all went through something like that at some point in our lives. Now that I'm an upper case G, I'm a little more wiser about growing older.

Me: When someone thinks I'm in my 20's. Thank you! But I'm a proud member of Generation X. 

There is a stigma, myth, stereotype, and whatever else society comes up with regarding getting older. At first, I fell for the bullshit but not any more. I've read tons of articles on how to fight the aging process. I'm not going to lie, I thought these articles were doing me a favor in the beginning. However, as I read more of these types of articles I started to question...What's so wrong about something that EVERY single person is going to go through? We were all young once and now it's time to grow old. It's a part of this thing called LIFE.

Ok so maybe my boobs are not as perky as it once was and everytime I think I got rid of the grays hairs, here comes 50-11 more. Am I not suppose to embrace this? Am I suppose to always think negatively towards getting older? I rather embrace this stage of my life than exhaust myself. I'm finally looking forward to aging gracefully.

I've been told numerous times that I don't look my age. There is a saying in the black community... Black Don't Crack! that is used as a compliment for black women (and men) who don't look their age. For a long time I used to say and believe that too. But I'm going to keep it 100 so don't come for me. I have seen with my own eyes how black IS cracking. We may look younger on the outside but we are quickly aging and dying on the inside. A lot of us use Black Don't Crack! as an excuse. 

There needs to be a serious discussion about that comment. I no longer care to use Black Don't Crack! in my vocabulary anymore. The fountain of youth doesn't exist. Old age is going to happen so it's best to embrace it. It just might be better than you expected. Don't believe the hype that it's the end of the road as you get older.

Related Reading: 40 Plus Fitness 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

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#CluelessFitness Chat Recap (Runners)

Another fitness related chat took place March 7 via Twitter. This time it was all about runners/running. I know I couldn't do this chat by myself. Below are the runners that took time to share their experience with running. 

@FromFatToFinny- Kynita uses running as a form of therapy and in the process it has helped her lose weight. 

@Soul2Soles- Damond is a solution creator who says running is my me time. 

@JRavJr- James is the founder of Black Runners Connection. A community connecting men and women in the black running community.

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!

Check out the previous chats #CluelessGardens and #CluelessFitness (Personal Trainers).

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


40 Plus Fitness

What is 40 Plus Fitness? Ummm... fitness over 40. Duh!!! Staying active in your 40's and beyond can be a challenge for most of us. Some of the workouts we once loved and able to master when we were younger is now a pain in the ass. I know some of you want to give up and I'm here to say...

First thing you have to accept is... yes you're getting older but don't let that put you in a place of giving up. I know the body starts being more disrespectful as we get older with expanding waistlines, aching joints, back pain and more. Sorry, I don't have the magic formula but that don't mean there are no other options. I've never had a gym membership but you can get one to stay on track. If you really want some accountability you can hire a personal trainer.  

Another thing is we all know the saying, you are what you eat. You cannot out train poor nutrition. Again the body gets more disrespectful as we get older. I don't care how hard you train, how much your gym membership cost, or if you have one of the best personal trainers in the world. If you don't have healthy eating habits, you WILL NOT get the results you're looking for. How do I know? Because I tried and always lose.

I know I talk about healthy eating a lot here on the blog. But I think it's a crime not to indulge and what works for me is doing it in moderation. I know not to indulge every single day. If I do, I can kiss those results bye-bye. So it's best to up your fruits, veggies, and also drink more water. If you're tired of drinking water, here's how you can eat it instead. You can also go meatless (don't look at me like that) once a week. I went plant based for a month last year and some of the recipes were delicious. I think I'll do it again. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Check out some of my meatless dishes

Last year I posted some of my tips to stay fit and active and I'll be honest, I have what I call a "lazy" workout routine. But I'm doing better than most because I'm moving my body. My routine is whatever I want it to be that day. Below are some of my "lazy" workouts that I do to help me stay fit. 

Jumping Jacks- Great warm up exercise that I need to get back doing. Easy to do with no equipment needed. 

Yoga- My absolute favorite. Check out some of my favorite poses.

Squats- Before I hated doing them. Now I love doing them. There are many variations of squats. Find what works for you. 

Run- I'll be the first to admit. I hated running with a passion. I know it's weird because I've ran several races and ran my first half marathon this year. But I love the natural high running gives me afterwards.

Weights- A routine I need to do more of. Lifting will help give you strong bones. No argument here. That's why I'll be lifting bag of chips, biscuits, and cookies.

A lot of these routine can be done for 10-15 minutes. Once you get better at them you can increase the amount of time. Start small and go from there.

There's a myth that as you get older, it goes downhill from there. That's false and with all the marketing ploys about aging, most people believe that it does. You can't stop the aging process were all going to get older. It's best to embrace it the process. I plan on embracing aging gracefully. Getting older is not the end of the road. And for those of you wondering, yes... yes I am. #40PlusFit.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival

I have always wanted to go to this event and I finally made it. I started out the day going to The Grand Tasting Village. A huge white tent area that takes you through all the new trends and products in the beverage industry. As soon as I walked in I was greeted with wine, cocktails, wine, food samples, and more wine everywhere. This event had more wine than food. Not that I'm complaining, just saying. This was the most that I have ever drank. The buzz was real. There was also panel discussions, demos, and giveaways.

A whole lotta "cluelessness" in these pics. Even though there was more wine than food, I was still able to try some foods. From handmade ice cream to scotch egg. Some got a yay from me. Others was a nah. Either way I tried 'em. 

After all the "cluelessness", I stumbled my way over to Loews Miami Beach for a conversation with one of my favs, Bizarre Foods star Andrew Zimmern. He talked about SNAP, women in the industry, immigrants, and more.

Last but not least was an intimate dinner at EDGE Steak & Bar located inside Four Seasons Miami. This dinner was prepared by some of the Houston area top chefs. It started out with a reception followed by a 3 course meal then dessert. My favorite of them all was the Makkum (fish stew).

Fish Stew

Overall, I enjoyed this festival. There were so many other (mini) events going on throughout the festival and I was mad I couldn't go to them all. But the organizers know what they're doing. They want you to come back and I most certainly will be back again. If you want to go to this event, I'm going to keep it all the way real.

The tickets aren't cheap but the experience is worth it. Some events were FREE (like the tasting village) but you have to register for it. This festival is a must for foodies and wine/drink lovers. Can't wait till next year. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Sarasota Music Half Marathon

I thought this day would never come. If you've been following my blog for a while then you know that also enjoy running (but not really). I've ran 5k's and 10k's in the past and the goal was to move up a notch. I finally did so this month. I'm movin' on up like George and Weezy. I'm gonna be honest and say I didn't really train for this race but it was on the calendar. What had happen was.... I did start a little training but y'all know how ish goes. Life got in the way and I started slacking. 

But slack no more. I finally registered for the race when one of my followers on IG decided to put me on blast. I was like.... Dang!!! In a way I'm thankful for that because I was having second thoughts. Anyways, I was so glad when I saw mile marker 10 and had 3 more miles to go. I was like Rose from the Titanic, It's been 84 years. I crossed that finish line and didn't care if I came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. My goal was to cross that finish line and I did. Whoop! Whoop! Hooray to my first half marathon. I will be doing more. *off to go train for the next one*

Friday, February 9, 2018

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#CluelessGardens Chat Recap

The #CluelessGardens chat took place February 7 via Twitter. The topic was all about gardening and plant life. I know I couldn't do this chat by myself. Below are the black girls with gardens that took the time to share their plant life experience. 

@TheEclectress- Rah is an advocate for holistic wellness and self-love

@TheGlossier- Tasha is a beauty and style blogger 

@EarthlyBodies- Johanna is a holistic health educator and speaker
Shout out to Black Girls With Gardens for sponsoring the chat. One lucky participant won an all in one organic garden starter kit. 

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!

Check out last month chat on personal trainers and fitness fanatics #CluelessFitness

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Restaurant Reveiew- Bar Taco (Tampa)

I finally went to Bar Taco. It is located in the Hyde Park area of a city that I find myself visiting quite often. Tampa! Thanks to one of my fav food blogger, Quin of Butter Be Ready. I first met Quin at Blog Her 17 in Orlando and we've been hanging out ever since. She's also a guest food blogger here on my blog. 

We've been to a few spots and have a lot more planned to review. Before I get into the Bar Taco review, I want to share a foodie adventure we had a while back. We went to a restaurant that is considered to be the "best of the best" for the Tampa Bay area. Being the greedy foodies that we are, we went to check it out. It was our first time there. The ambiance and customer service got an A+ with us. But when it came to the food we were like...

We were extremely disappointed. I was big mad y'all. I started backtracking wondering what did I do to deserve this non tasting food. My taste buds were not happy at all. The dish I had was a bit pricey so I had every right to be in my feels. After we left, me and Quin were talking mad ish. We came to the conclusion that they must be paying to keep the recognition going. It was the only thing that made sense to us for the disappointing meal we had. 

Here's a foodie tip: Don't always believe the hype of the "best of the best". Now on to my review of Bar Taco. 

 Pork Belly, Fried Oyster, Shrimp, Tuna Tacos

This place happens to be Quin's favorite spot. She recommended it for our next foodie adventure. Once I started to place my order, Quin suggested that I try the pork belly taco. I wasn't so sure at first because I tried pork belly before somewhere else and didn't really like it. But I ordered one anyways. I was sure I wasn't going to like it. Boy was I wrong! Can you guess which one was my absolute favorite? Yeah, the pork belly. I was like dang!!! I should've ordered more. It was ridiculously delicious with tons of flavor. I kept saying ummm with each bite. The fried oyster came in second for me. 

Quin's Commentary:

As a food blogger, I usually tend to take what I eat very seriously. I annoyingly go the extra mile to review restaurants and obsessively narrow down only the top spots. Well, when I moved to Tampa I just had to check out a spot called Bartaco. With reviews such as "best tacos you will ever eat in your life" and "mouthwateringly delicious", I had high expectations of this place. Bartaco is tucked in between Hyde Park Village and surrounded by lots of cute little shops. 

Their spot is cozy and inviting with the staff hustling and bustling in their navy and white attire. Unless you go on a non-busy day, like during the week maybe you'll have to wait a bit for a table. And for this place, the wait is worth it. Once you're seated, you'll be greeted by a friendly, young, and attractive waiter who helps you place your order. On my first visit I had no idea what I was in for so the waiter kindly recommended their usual faves and must try's. 

I've since been to Bartaco more times than I can count and of course I have to relish in my top favorite eats here. Let's start with the obvious... the tacos. Since I don't eat seafood the pork belly, sesame ribeye, spicy chorizo, and the pork pastor tacos all highly appealed to me. All of their tacos are small with about 2-3 bites per taco so be prepared to order about 5-6 if you're coming with an appetite. But I must take a moment to tell you about my all star favorite... the pork belly taco. This baby is loaded with flavor! 

Juicy, tender, and insanely delicious pork belly paired with a sweet glaze that will have you licking your fingers. This one is hands down my favorite and I usually order at least three. I also typically order their house made guacamole which is another hit at this place. I'm a huge fan of their grilled corn, on or off the cobb with cayenne pepper, lime juice, and cotija cheese. And lastly, the sweet plantains are bomb as well. Each time I go, I try to order something new to try and so far I have not been disappointed. This place is amazing from start to end with great service, delicious food, and nice atmosphere. I'd highly recommend you get to Bartaco as soon as you can!

Yeah... what she said. Now if you excuse me, I'd like to go back to eating. I will def be going back again and again.