Thursday, November 19, 2015

3 Natural & Effective Yeast Infection Remedies // Women's Yoni & Gut Health

Panties pictured: Fruit of the Loom All Over Lace Bikini Panties- 6 pack

Most, if not all, women have experienced this itchy, uncomfortable and unwelcome situation. I am sharing 3 natural and effective ways to cure yeast infections; an adventure us woman run into occasionally or more frequently than we would like. Don't wait until your flower is raw from itching ravenously to try these natural cures out. They are safe (unless you are allergic to any of the things I am sharing), natural, inexpensive and most importantly, effective.  I use any of these three when I find myself in this predicament and each of them work for me every time and I think they can help you all too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Natural Birth Control /// 3 Reasons Why I Love the Fertility Awareness Method

It essentially made me more proud to be a woman; there is so much power in knowledge and understanding that knowledge.

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I've intended to write about the fertility awareness method, aka FAM, for probably a year now. I love to call it natural birth control because, when used properly, it can help women to avoid pregnancy or plan a family without the use of pills, patches, shots, rings or IUDs. After enduring adverse experiences with birth control when I took it last year, upon entering a monogamous relationship, I searched for alternatives and found some including this method. I have used FAM for almost a year now and it has changed my life in so many amazing ways. Today I'm sharing three things that I love about the fertility awareness method

1) No pills, patches, shots, rings or IUD's are involved

No synthetic anything needs to go into my blood stream, uterine lining, etc. This method is 100% non invasive and no monthly prescription needed.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Move Over Ben Wa Balls /// Where to Buy Yoni Eggs

Image from Ashley's Naturals. This is the next yoni egg that I want to purchase for myself.

Move over ben wa balls, I love yoni eggs more. I've talked about yoni eggs, also known as jade eggs, HERE before and wanted to share where I like to purchase mine from. My selections are sista owned businesses them with women's, especially those of color, health; vitality and wellness in mind. I have purchased eggs from the first two and want to purchase from the other to support them.

To quickly summarize, yoni is the Sanskirt (an ancient language from India) word for sacred space in reference to the feminine genitalia and our wombs. Many, myself included, believe that this sacred space is a portal of sorts that let's energy in and out of us. These energies include: positive energy, negative energy and the energy of another life in the form of a baby or a man in the form of intercourse. To learn more about this you can read some posts I did on this topic in more detail HERE and HERE.

Yoni eggs are great tools for our physical, emotional and our spiritual well being. From a physical vantage point, yoni eggs help strengthen and condition the pelvic floor muscles and keep you tight and right. Kegels in conjunction with yoni eggs will keep you snatched and having to swat your man away from you. *wink* They are also said, with consistent use with them to aid in stronger orgasms and a more slippery cookie (optimal production of the natural lubricant you produce when you are aroused).

Yoni eggs are made of various crystals to aid in your spiritual health and healing. The shops listed below carry a wide array of crystal selections. I have never purchased eggs from the last selection but plan to in support of them in the near future.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tapered Cut /// The Deets on My New Hair Cut!

After 7 years of growing my hair out, I decided to chop it all off into a tapered cut and I love it! I've come to a place where hair is just hair. It's sole purpose and job in life is to simply grow. With that said, cut it if you feel like it, it will grow back. Hair length doesn't make a woman beautiful (many South African women have low cut hair and they are stunning!), her confidence, love of herself and energy makes her beautiful and attractive.

This hair cut represented my desire to feel freedom. Freedom from detangling sessions and monitoring the weather to see when I could wear my hair out and freedom from thoughts, beliefs and energies that no longer served me or never did. I believe hair holds energies and though cutting it to release those energies isn't necessary, I personally felt the desire to release some energy that way. I also felt that because my hair is fine and of medium density that shorter hair actually suits me better. It's less maintenance and manipulation needed and my hair appears fuller when it's shorter.

Now let's get to the details on my hair: where I went, what I'm using and how I'm styling and caring for it. Keep reading to find out.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

31 for 31 /// 31 Things I Learned During the Age of 31

On Tuesday, October 27th, I; Milan Staples, will be turning 32 and I couldn't be more excited. 31 has been nothing short of an amazing age for me filled with lots of adventures, revelations, epiphanies, blessings, fun and growth. I feel like I grew spiritually at an exponential rate and made some very large vibrational shifts. (We'll talk about vibration and vibrational shifts another time; if you know about Abraham Hicks, then you understand what I'm talking about.) Some of the shifts were quite large and resulted in me crying a lot this year. The crying wasn't from a place of sadness or any negativity. Crying almost often isn't a bad thing, it's the intention behind it that can be bad but that's another post for another time.... My crying came from a place of releasing different thoughts and energies that no longer served me or never served me. I've come a long way. I'm happy with how far I've come, where I'm at right now and I am leaning into where I'm headed.

I haven't felt this free and empowered since I was a young child, before adults were able to permeate my brain. The little girl, the child, inside of me is being reawakened. She is frolicking around, blowing bubbles and doing cartwheels on a field of green grass. She daydreams and places colorful stickers on her journal pages and challenges anyone brave to blinking contests. I feel like I am viewing the world with a lens I haven't looked through in a long time. These are not rose colored lenses, no, they are TECHNICOLOR multi-dimensional lenses. There are some things I learned and some things I re-learned that got me to this juicy place and I am sharing 31 of them with you. Join in the fun and share some things you've learned lately or learned when you were 31.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 2015 Editor's Note: Scorpio

It is October! I say it every time around this time of year: this year flew! October is my birth month so it's my mug on the cover and the theme is Scorpio. If you know anything about Scorpios, one of our characteristics include being very passionate individuals. We love life and living well in all aspects of life. This month includes featured topics about things that I am passionate about. Some long awaited posts, including the fertility awareness method and yoni smudging, will be going live this month because my zodiac sign, Scorpio's, planet is Pluto which is the ruler of the genitals and fertility.

My birthday is October 27th and I boldly share that I will be 32! I know, I know, I don't look 32 but alas, I am and I am leaning into 32 with pride and enthusiasm. 31 was such a beautiful age for me and very transformative; I learned so much personally, professionally and spiritually. I'm on an amazing journey. One of the featured posts for this month include 31 messages or concepts that I learned while being 31 titled 31 for 31. Some were new things and others were things I either re-learned or was reminded of again. I am very excited for 32 and what revelations, blessings and adventures will find me. I remember, as a teenager, thinking that a 32 year old was ancient and now approaching 32, I see that I've barely scraped the surface and am excited to know that I am nowhere near finished. 

If you aren't following on our Instagram account then this will be your first time seeing that I chopped all my hair off! This was not only my birthday treat to myself but a liberating and reawakening experience. I believe that hair can hold energy and I wanted a reset so I cut all that energy loose and I feel feather light and free physically and metaphysically. I may not be quick to grow it back out! One of this month's featured posts also includes all the details on my cut including, where I got it done; my new regimen and what products and methods I'm using.

Scorpios often get a bad rep but we are not all calculating, jealous and possessive. There are many of us that use our "dark" powers for good and emit a love that gives freedom. If you don't know any of those, you can say you know one named Milan.

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Kat Stephens of Sankofa Consulting Takes Us Back-to-School

We are now settled into a new school year and, for some, a new school of thought. Today we are getting to know this month's cover girl, Kat Stephens of Sankofa Consulting which is a higher education consulting service that helps people of color and under served POC for college prep and finding scholarships and funding. You will learn more about her services later on in the post and how you can get in contact with her. Kat's a fly Caribbean girl hailing from Brooklyn and Queens of New York City by way of Guyana (she immigrated here with her family as a tiny tot). She is an advanced masters degree program student at Columbia University Teachers' College, a bride-to-be and a bonus mom! Homegirl's got a lot of positive things going on and a story to share that I hope inspires and provides encouragement. Keep reading to learn more about her educational journey, which includes a 10 year hiatus, and how she wants to help others find opportunities to get the education they want at schools that they want.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Music & Mood /// Maybe by Sidibe

Kat's, this month's cover girl, feature will go live this Thursday or Friday. We are experiencing many kinks lately, apologize and appreciate your patience. Things will get more consistent. With her feature going up later, we are sharing today's post early.

We are back in business! Got the carpel tunnel alleviated and expect it to keep improving. After more research and observation, I think my ergonomic mouse was the culprit. It's supposed to help prevent carpel tunnel and was creating a problem. The way it's shaped had me consistently holding my hand and wrist in a compromising position. I'm just glad I got to the, seemingly, bottom of it because I love writing! So let's get back on topic.

I'm playing with a new feature idea on here called Music & Mood. I've always been a person that for different times in my life or different experiences, I have a song that reminds me of them. Jay Z's The Blueprint album (2001) reminds me of the first quarter of my freshmen year of college. The song Girls, Girls, Girls on that album reminds me of the guy I was dating then because I found out he was gaming me and other girls, girls, girls. Haha! I can laugh about it now but it so wasn't funny then. In these features, I take a song or album and share what emotions, memories or themes that I took away from its message, sound, musical elements, feeling or a combo of everything.

Today's song, Maybe, is a new single from the wildly talented and LA based artist, Sidibe. She's no stranger to the AGrlCanMAC community and was featured with us HERE last year and continues creating amazing and meaningful music. Maybe, gives me the feeling/theme of:


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