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Hi! My name is Shani, I'm 20 and some change, I'm from Brooklyn NY but I now reside in Westchester County (the suburbs of NY), I am a photographer, (HBCU) college graduate, lover of lots of things and this is my side blog. I made it to collect and keep track of the things that I want to try and figured I'd share with whoever wants to see and utilize it! Enjoy!💛

Disclaimer: All of the photos on here aren't originally mine. Credit is however given to the original blogs/websites that I get these DIY projects from unless they are originally mine. :-)
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People who aren’t Black don’t understand why us telling ourselves “Black is beautiful ” is so important. For years and years we’ve been told we’re not beautiful, that we don’t fit “society’s standards” of beauty. And people still try to tell us this whether it’s silently or out loud. That’s why it’s important. We have to remind each other that we’re beautiful despite ignorant things people may say about us.


Hot Cocoa


  • 2 T protein powder of your choice
  • 2/3 mug hot water
  • 1/3 mug milk almond or coconut
  • 1 T raw cacao powder
  • Sprinkle of coconut sugar or honey optional



Spinach and mushroom quinoa / Recipe


Pumpkin Spice Turnovers / Recipe

This looks tasty


It is only in this sick world we live in where black African life is rendered utterly meaningless by white supremacy and imperialism that people can make jokes out of Ebola when it affects black African bodies and then suddenly become serious when the first documented case occurs on American soil.


It’s up to you.

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Deepak Chopra (via purplebuddhaproject)

(via purplebuddhaproject)

Anyone ever tried this? I just bought it today.


momma nature showed out today! our hike was perfection.

(via terrasmiles)



I hope it’s Magical and Enchanting for you and brings lots of success and prosperity, whoever sees this!

If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes, so can you.
Noor Shirazie (via purplebuddhaproject)

(via purplebuddhaproject)


Instant coffee with milk

I’m not a coffee drinker but this is clever.

How to Be Happy

1) smile when you first wake up.
shine your pearly whites the second your eyes open, and laugh for absolutely no reason.
it will start your day on a good note, even if it takes you a little longer to get out of bed.

2) skip the coffee.
your mom was right when she said caffeine can do crazy things to you.
try something soothing like an herbal tea, it will taste just as good without making your hands shake any more than they already do.

3) try to eat three meals.
it doesn’t matter if its as big as a turkey dinner or as small as a piece of fruit,
it’s just important to make sure something substantial is in your stomach so you don’t pass out.
remember that your body is a temple and it deserves to be taken care of.

4) think positively.
focus on the good things in your life, rather than dwelling on all the negatives.
don’t think about the looks that girl gave you when you walked into school,
instead think of how you ignored her and sashayed your way into first period.
look on the bright side of everything.

5) thank yourself.
remember that you woke up this morning, so that in and of itself is an amazing accomplishment.
you are here today, and although you are weeping and sad,
you deserve a gold medal to have survived this long.
be proud that you will make it to feel the suns warmth radiate throughout the cold winter.

6) talk to everyone around you.
you have a right to say whatever is on your mind in this world,
so use your voice to compliment that girl’s outfit you love,
and hear her to talk about her favorite pair of shoes that no longer fit.
everyone has a story to tell, so stick around a few more minutes to hear it.

7) keep the sass to a minimum.
just because you are having a horrible day, doesn’t mean you have the right to be rude to everyone around you.
if you were happening to have a good day, you wouldn’t want someone to upset you for no good reason.
karma is alive and well, so respect all and you will be respected as well.

8) shower every day.
it does not matter whether you have done nothing but watch netflix all day, or rolled around in the mud like a pig, you must clean yourself properly.
it isn’t just hygienic, it will also give you a chance to clear your mind and reflect on your day.

9) stick to a sleeping schedule.
the amount of hours you sleep will make a huge impact on your emotional and physical stability, so plan to end your day early.
skip the late night study session, because your health is more important than that one grade will ever be.

10) repeat tips 1-9.
it may take a while, but you will eventually be able to throw up that smile, and it will no longer be fake.
there will always days where you will feel far from your goal of happiness, but stay strong and think positively, and you will come out gleaming and victorious.

the dark cloud over your head will eventually fade away and leave a rainbow in its wake (via keepingskinnylove)


Coffee Bean Votive {Tutorial}

Found at: itsallaboutthepretty

You’re allowed to be anything.

You’re not allowed to let it destroy you.