Aug 7, 2018

The Introduction To The Yoni

So I was a bit hesitant in talking about this on my blog because it can be a bit uncomfortable and I guess taboo to talk about because growing up no one ever taught me this and I guess because they didn't know about it either or it wasn't important. I don't know. I don't shun nobody for not telling me this growing up. Some things back then weren't discussed especially with my background being a Christian. You have to really tread lightly on certain things. But I really want to discuss this because it's important for us to be informed about our bodies that God gave to us and how to take care of what God gave to us. So I'm not ashamed to talk about this.

What really inspired me to get into this subject is because for a few years I battled with discharges, reoccurring UTI and yeast infections abnormal ph balances and strange scents I wanted to be free from this. I wanted to heal! It was really affecting my life to the point that I didn't even want to go out. I didn't know why these things were happening to me. After visiting doctors they would subscribe you with pills and antibiotics and send you out the door not educating me on why these things were happening. And only to find out what they subscribed me with didn't work. Antibiotics kill the infection but it kills off all of the bacteria including the good bacteria so when these things reoccur you have nothing to fight it. It became embarrassing because no matter how many store-bought feminine washes, feminine sprays and other things I used and baths I took and the under-wears I have worn the scent would temporarily be gone and then I would eventually start to smell myself and I wanted to gain control! 

This is not embarrassing to talk about because first I am a woman and if I have experienced it others have to. And this is not abnormal to hear but it is abnormal to not make a change because to have discharges that look like cottage cheese, itching, inflammation, strange scents are not normal at all and need to be addressed. 

Last year I made an instant shift and went organic with the pads and tampons I used, soaps I used. I stopped using Summers Eve Cleansing Wash because it wasn't working for me. Although it was supposed to correct the PH Balance the perfume only made me more sensitive. So I switched to a stainless steel douching system. Which I'll explain later. But all of this inspired me to want to know more and that's when I ran into this topic of the "YONI" and the power of it and how sacred it is. 

What is YONI and why is it so important? 

The Yoni represents the womb, the whole reproductive system the sacred space, the vagina, and vulva the uterus, cervix, ovaries and more. There is a lot of history and background to this term and its origin.

In India in the Hindu culture, "the Yoni which is an old Sanskrit word is referred to as your "Goddess: and is worshipped as the sacred symbol of the divine feminine the Devi, the goddess Shakti, the source of life, the Universal Womb and the consort of Shiva. In Shaivism, the Hindu worshipped the god Shiva, the yoni is often associated Our yoni is a sacred temple. with the ligam, which is Shiva's symbol. In sculptures and paintings, the lingam is depicted as resting in the yoni as a cylinder in a spouted dish. The two symbols together represent the eternal process of creation and regeneration, the union of the male and female principles, and the totality of all existence. 

Now there are things that I can take from this. Being a Christian I believe in only one God and believe that God is THE SOURCE of life because He is THE CREATOR and He has made men and women for the purpose of reproducing offsprings. And as women, we grow a whole new body in our wombs. We have this whole ecosystem in our wombs that capable of feeding the baby the nutrients that it needs to grow. And that is so amazing and a blessing!!! God made us as women so special and capable of carrying.

And figuratively I do believe that our yoni is sacred and because our bodies are the Temple of the Lord I believe that we as women should be careful of what we allow around us and into us because we weren't designed to have multiple visitors or parties. That's why I believe God tells us to wait because having multiple parties can not only mentally effect us but it can affect us spiritually and physically. This is very deep! 

And aside from that, the health of our yoni can also be altered by stress and diet. So after saying all of this... 

What Should A Healthy Yoni Feel Like? 

  • Spiritually & Mentally the health of our yoni should make us feel inspired almost like we can conquer the world 
  • It should make us feel sexy and totally connected to divine love. 
  • In the physical what we should expect from a healthy yoni is lubrication. Lots and lots of juicy oh so good lubrication. 
  • Our yoni should feel energized and smelling almost fruity which has a lot to do with our diets. 
  • A healthy yoni should take our bodies through a monthly moon cycle of balanced hormones, clean discharge, and un-clotted, un-painful bleeding.

So what can we do to ensure the health of our yoni? 

Vaginal Probiotics - Remember my story I told you concerning my visits to the doctors? The first thing they would prescribe me with was antibiotics which did me no good because without the good bacteria I have nothing to fight the bad bacteria with. What they failed to tell me and many other women were when taking any form of antibiotics you should ALWAYS take probiotics along with it. Probiotics help:
  • Build and restore good bacteria.
  • In the prevention of UTI (Urinary Tract Infections)
  • To boost the immune system
  • Improve fertility
  • Treat vaginal infections 
  • To clear up skin problems
  • Boost Digestion
  • To prevent diarrhea 
You always want to look for the probiotic that has a good amount of strains in it that are beneficial for our yoni flora. Each strain support different functions in our bodies and no two strains are exactly alike.  There is so much about this. Be sure to do your research on the right probiotic for you. Good probiotics can be costly but it's worth it trust me. 

What I'm currently using that's also recommended from doctors and has great reviews also. Get Your Probiotics Here

Eat Clean/Whole Foods - A healthy diet for us means a healthy overall yoni! And I do believe that when you show your body love it in return shows it back to you. Changing your diet to plant-based, organic, whole fruits and veggies really do wonders for the health of our hormones and our yoni. It helps to keep everything balanced and happy! And it's nothing wrong with eating meats. Things like 
  • Water which keeps the yoni quenched and lubricated, 
  • Cranberry Juice everyone knows a sip a day can keep the urinary tract infections away! If you don't drink cranberry juice you can opt for cranberry capsules which is a lot more potent or you could just opt for the whole fruits. 
  • Pineapples like strawberries, apples, watermelon will have you smelling very tasty like what you eat. So indulge in a lot of fruits. 
  • Flaxseeds healthy fats in your diet are important for a healthy yoni! Flaxseeds are one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. According to noted natural health guru Dr. Susun Weed,

Douching - Growing up many of our mothers and mother mothers douched because that's all they knew to do. I never really agreed with that concept because I was always told that it was used to clean out mainly after the moon cycle and it was used for other reasons and I always felt that you were shooting whatever you were cleaning out back into you. Logically it never made sense. That was just my theory so I just never douched but over the years of doing research I'm against the traditional way of douching because it upsets the PH Balance and because I was already having issues I knew that douching would only make it worse and it wouldn't get rid of the scent but mask it UNTIL I was in Target a few years ago and ran into this FDA-cleared douching alternative by Waterworks. And it made logical sense because what it does is harness the cleansing power of ordinary tap water and medical grade stainless steel into one amazing odor-eliminating product. This was developed by a woman for women. This is the natural douching alternative BUT it is not a douche in the sense that it does not push liquid into your vagina/cervix. It doesn't affect the PH, in fact, it neutralizes the scent and instead of shooting into you it pulls everything down. I've definitely seen a huge difference in the scent that comes with BV and I like using it after my moon cycle to give me that extra security. It's a very safe alternative!

When you look online it is HEAVILY overcharged on the waterworks website, amazon and ebay. The only place that sells *(UPDATE "sold it) this product for less than half the price is Target. When I purchased it a few years back it was $30. **MAJOR UPDATE I just received word that Target no longer carries this product in stores or online. (BOOOOOO) you can only purchase this product on the Waterworks website or Amazon Amazon. When you purchase from Amazon it's cheaper. You can also purchase their replacement kits there when it's time to replace it if you decide to go with it. Their FDA Cleared also. 

Yoni Steam - There are mix feelings about steaming but most that are against are doctors "inserts eye rolls". My trust with doctors is about the size of a nat.  Yoni Steams I believe does have healing benefits and has the ability to heal from the inside out. This is a natural herbal, gentle alternative that I've tried and I've definitely seen results because as I said I suffered from chronic reoccurring BV and UTI, inflammation strange discharge and strange odors. I've personally seen the benefits I believe it's important to not abuse because overdoing it can cause problems. Everything in moderation including moderation. The benefits are:

  • Regulates irregular or absent menstrual cycles. 
  • Increases fertility
  • Speeds healing and tones the reproductive system after birth
  • Treats uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis
  • Assists with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or c-section scarring
  • Assists with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  • Treats chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor. (I'm a living witness to this)
  • Relieves symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
  • Detoxifies the womb and removes toxins from the body
  • Releases stored emotions tapping into the energy that is our creative potential 
  • Minimizes the pain from cramps
Among many other things. There is a lot of history with this and aside from all the benefits it just makes you feel good and this process is not only about the health of our uterine but...  

I'm currently using a  3 Yoni Steam Pack from Essentially True Yoni Steam that retails for $45 but she has a single pack option available for $15. Get 15% off of your first order by using my discount code "FAITH1"

Switch To Organic - LISTEEEEENNN when we put chemically treated objects into our sacred areas it affects the ph balance and it also I believe is one of the causes of cancers. Over a year ago I switched to organic with my body washes, tampons and pads because I wanted the best for my yoni. There are so many organic options it's really no excuse now. 

  • Menstrual Cups - Menstrual Cups are probably the most efficient option now. It's sanitary and although the price may be higher than what you pay for pads and tampons it weighs itself out because you can clean and reuse it because it's made from a medical silicone grade that's completely safe to use. And you're saving the environment! There are different sizes and different colors available for us. 

  • Organic Tampons/Pads - I mean why are you using anything other than organic on your sacred area with all the many options available. It's time to make a change. I use to be an overnight size pads girl and every once in a while I may wear a pad but most times I'm wearing tampons because I love the seamless option. Normally I wear a tampon and pad together so I'll have a backup if I'm out for a certain amount of time but most times tampon is enough for me. I use L. Organic Tampons I alternate between the regular size & supersize. I prefer super because I get a lot more coverage. Get Your Tampons Here they also have a mix pack Get Your Mix Pack Here which gives you the option to choose whichever is more comfortable for you. They are 30ct and retail for $6.99. Not bad for organic! you're not into. Ok so you're into tampons well they also have pads Get Your Organic Pads Here The pads are the same price but you get 42 pads to a package. There are other organic brands available at Target! They also have Organic Cotton Wipes! I mean c'mon ladies! And the good thing about going organic is that they're Phthalate Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty-Free and Plant-Based

Body Wash/Cleansing Bar - When it comes to my yoni I only use organic washes around that area. I alternate between Nubian Heritage, Dr. Bronnors & 100% PURE

Sex/Intimacy - When it comes to this I recommend waiting until marriage because when you wait it makes it easier on you and at least you'll know the person that you have waited for is worthy of all of the goodness that you have held for them. But I know many don't do that but I will say Sex is meant to be sacred That's what God intended for it to be and when we're in and out of bed with multiple men (no judgment) it can affect us mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally in many ways.  Our yoni is a sacred area and we shouldn't allow just anything and anybody in it. Intimacy between two parties should be intentional, there should be love in the midst and it should be enjoyable. Just like negative energy which we don't want in our space we should treat men the same when it comes to our sacred flora. You have the right to be picky because we are special. God made us that way. 

This is a brief introduction about the yoni. It's so much more information available and I encourage you to do research. The more you know the better off you will be.

Jul 27, 2018

6 Brands That Are Giving Away Free Lipstick For National Lipstick Day

I'm not a person that keep track of all of these national days. I mean seriously it's LITERALLY a day for everything! I guess it's nothing wrong with that. I mean a few years ago I just found out about Christmas in July. At first I didn't understand it until I googled it. GOOGLE IS MY BEST FRIEND and it can be yours too. But anywho as someone who loves all things beauty I normally keep up with National Lipstick Day (Sometimes)! Today I will be sharing 6 brands that will be giving away free lipsticks.  

As always I'm going to share everything even the stipulations. So if you're interested in stocking up or even trying something new this may be the time to do it. Now if you remember last year on #NationalLipstickDay Mac gave away a tons of lipsticks and it was pretty epic! I mean lines wrapped around for miles. People waited all day just for a full size lipstick. I just couldn't wrap my mind around that but ok. Obviously I wasn't there. LOL Your girl does not stand in long lines unless  I'm going to see Jesus or it's life or death. But no judgement though. DO YOU!

I have some more great news! Not all brands are requiring you to stand in long lines to get a free item. Some of these are in-store, while others are online only sales just so you'll know. 

1. Winky Lux

Lip Velour Matte Lipstick - Plush

These lipsticks retails for $14 but Winky Lux is giving away a free lipstick in the shade PLUSH with every single purchase on July 29. And the best part is that there is no minimum purchase! These lipsticks are not only made in USA but they are

  • Cruelty Free
  • Paraben Free
  • & Gluten Free 

**Note** When these sell out they will be gone for good! So act on this fast!. 
Buy Here

2. IT Cosmetics

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment

This lip treatment retails for $24 and you'll get not one but TWO free lipsticks with any $60 purchase from IT Cosmetics on July 29th. Remember this code LIPDAY2018 at checkout so you'll get this awesome deal. BUY HERE

3. MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics is doing it again! I mean when we think of Lipstick we do think of MAC! They will be giving away free lipsticks on July 29. So be sure to set your alarms and get there early and wear comfortable shoes because you will be in a long line for sure. There is no need to purchase anything.
4. Stila Cosmetics

Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

On July 29, one day only - Stila Cosmetics will be offering buy one get one free on their iconic Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. You do not need a code for this! These Lipsticks retail for $22. Buy Here

5. Bobbi Brown 

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

This lipstick retails for $29 and you can get a free  Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color with any full-sized item purchase on July 29. This deal works at the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics website, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and Macy's.

6. Sephora
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick
Retails for $18 at Sephora and you  can get a free Anastasia Beverly Hills lipstick for the remainder of this week at Sephora with a purchase of a full-sized item from ABH! We all got more than one reason to purchase something from ABH.

Do you know of any other brands thats giving away lipsticks? Share them below in comments!

Jul 21, 2018

Create Your Dream Space For $100

*This post is Sponsored by Gordmans
Gordmans is an off-priced store that you can shop for amazing treasures without breaking the bank. So you can expect bigger brands at lower prices and Gordmans stand behind their Lowest Price Guarantee so you never have to hunt to find your treasures, they're already at the lowest possible prices. Gordmans along with Palais Royal, Bealls, Peebles & Goodys were purchased and owned by STAGE specialty stores. For more information READ HERE.

Having your dream space does not have to be expensive. I'm sure you've heard me say this countless of times. All it takes is a creative vision and understanding of the basics of design to create the space that you want that's well within your budget and the right place to shop for the products you need. And thanks to Gordmans I have curated a space that is under $100.

When creating the space of your dreams you need inspiration, right? So adding an art statement piece is a great way to add color, personality, and inspiration to your space. I picked up this New Day Fresh Start photo for only $14.99 at Gordmans. (And side note I got the "Faith" art piece, gold cactus accessory and gold journal from Gordans. earlier this year at the grand opening of their location in Rosenburg TX.)

Collect your loose coins in style with this antique typewriter coin bank that can also serve as a book holder. For only $4.99.

I wanted to bring some southwestern Native American elements to my space because I'm so intrigued with the decor style. So I picked up 4 items for this section. 
  • A great way to add character to your space is with your lighting and this  wood inspired spot light is the perfect way to bring a little personality to the space. This light was only $14.98 at Gordmans.
  • Frame your space with a original statement art piece. This reclaimed wood art piece is the southwestern inspiration that pulls the space together and was only $34.99
  • Its obvious that I love unique things. I ran into this handcrafted pot in the gardening section. This pot was handcrafted by Artisans in Portugal. I added some faux succulents to it. 
  • Adding greenery to the space is a great way to bring the outdoors in and to add life and depth to the space even if it's a faux plant. This leafy plant was only $19.98

 *Also don't forget to head to your local Gordmans for their Anniversary event on July 21st which is TODAY in all stores!

Jul 1, 2018

Amazing Lash Studio Lashonista 2018 Recap

INSTAGRAM: @resplendentlyliving | @faithhaller | @embellished_dame | @jennimetz | @twentyishthirty | @authentically.b

Hey friends! So I got to tell you about the experience that I had at Amazing Lash Studio last weekend in Pearland Shadow Creek location!

 So first you must know each one of us was gifted with a pretty dope swag bag with amazing gifts! 

Let me say, you can never have too many of these cups. I must have about 5 of these. NO LIE and I use them all the time. I was gifted a Massage Lotion from La Palm Spa AND you must know that it is organic and packed with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E which nourishes and moisturizes the skin and it soothes the skin. This would be perfect to carry to the beach. So I'm excited about this product. And last I received a FREE Full Set Of Lashes which I'm excited about because I want to give my lashes a break from strip lashes. 

So let's get to the reason why I was at this event. Aside from the fact I was there to see some awesome ladies which it felt great to know most of these ladies already knew. There were only two that I didn't know. Which made it easier to get to know them. Sometimes networking can be overwhelming and draining when it's a lot of people that you don't know. But the Lord heard my cry lol. Also you must know that this is Amazing Lash Studio 1st Annual Celebration


You want the tea right???

Ok so I met some amazing Lash Techs and I'm sure all of them are amazing but there are a few people I follow that always recommends Deja who is a Senior Lash Stylist which means she has a pretty strong portfolio and more years under her belt and experience. But there are other amazing lash stylists there that you should check out!

Kendra Scott was in the house and this was the first time I've seen Kendra Scott's accessories up close and I see why people make a huge fuss over their accessories. They are so dainty, feminine, classy and just beautiful!

Here is one of the chains that I tried on. Isn't she a beauty! 

They even have scented candles! And y'all know I LOVE CANDLES!

I had an amazing time and had a chance to take photos with the ladies. I rarely get selfies but I said I was going to do better. 

This gorgeous lady @ResplendentlyLiving

The Oh So Beautiful & Colorful @authentically.b

My first time meeting this beautiful lady! @jennimetz
It was great to see @embellished_dame I haven't seen her in a few years!

 I'd like to thank Amazing Lash Studio for inviting me out! I always have a wonderful time and for Kendra Scott for coming by. And last but not least REMEMBER that your first full set is $79.99 (A Value of $250.00). Be sure to check out Amazing Lash Studio IG page @amazinglashstudioshadowcreek and book your appointment today and let them know Faith sent you!

Jun 27, 2018

#Maxx50Challenge: How To Get That Killer Office Space At TJMAXX For $50

*This post is Sponsored by TJMaxx but all opinions are my own*

I recently had the opportunity to team up with TJMaxx for their #Maxx50Challenge and it was probably one of the best experiences of my blogging career. If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love TJMaxx. So when they reached out to me in an email my heart fluttered! They mentioned that they admired my style and savvy ways of shopping their stores and would love to see what I can discover! That made me feel so good. 

If you follow TJMaxx on instagram they collaborate with influencers quite often in this thing called the #Maxx50Challenge where you shop their store or online store with a $50 card. The challenge is are you capable of shopping their store with only $50 in your name???

I focused on Office Decor in my challenge and let me tell can be a bit intimidating trying to decorate your office with only $50 to your name but I do this ALL THE TIME! Knowing the basics of decorating will keep you focused on your goals. 

How To Get That Killer Office Space At TJMAXX For $50 

Decorating your space does not have to be overwhelming, not expensive. TJMAXX has a great variety of accent pieces that are well within the budget of $50. 

  • Bring the outdoors in! The best way to instantly add life, texture, color and personality to the space is with plants. What I love about TJMAXX is that they have a great selection of plants that you can add to your space as an accent. And also they carry real succulents that are very low maintenance and affordable. 


  • Your sense of smell can trigger emotions, unlike any other sense. What we smell has the ability to bring on stress or it can instantly relax us. There are several ways you can add some freshness to your space. You can burn a delicious candle, you can spritz the room with a freshener, you can add those wall plugins into your space, or you can invest in an essential oil diffuser. I have a diffuser already but because I was on a budget I chose a candle. Which is a wonderful way to clear your space from a bad day or a negative interaction.
  • This Lavender scented candle was $7.99
  • This Essential Oil Kit was $19.99 ( I did not buy this with the $50 Giftcard) 
This is how I included the candle into my space. Lavender is very calming. 

Add Some Comfort

When personalizing your office space on a budget and a little goes a long way. A Rug, light, throw or even accent pillow can really transform a space and create the ambiance you're looking for. The office is an extension of your home and although it needs to function as an office you want it to be comfortable and a space that you enjoy being in because this is a place that you need to get things done. Adding personal touches to your space really makes a difference even if it may seem small.  

  • The manager gave me an awesome discount on this pink throw for $16.00 I love throws because I get cold easily. 
  • Accent Pillow was $12.99

Organize with Style

Keeping the clutter in check keeps the office functional and organized. Choose organizational supplies that exhibit the style of your space. You can find inexpensive storage options inside TJMAXX.

These wood storage boxes are $5.99


 My total before tax was $46.97 and with Tax, it was $50.85. I paid .85 out of picket and the $50 on the gift card. I think I still did a pretty good job! 

I did buy my father some new under shirts for $9.99. That's all the man wanted for Father's Day.  Overall it is definitely possible to buy what you need for only $50 and TJMAXX is the place to do it at!

Check out my takeover HERE

I'd like to thank TJMaxx for this opportunity! I really had a wonderful time and hope to get the opportunity to do this again!


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