What’s in My All-Day Bag

This post is sponsored by Always Liners.

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been working on some cool projects that have made my days long. So, when I pack my bag in the morning, I try to make sure it has everything I need to survive the day, which has been ending at 9 PM on average lately. From my iPad to my notebook to my favorite Always Liners, peek inside my all-day bag.

What’s in my all-day bag:

Productivity. I don’t go anywhere without my favorite tech devices and writing materials.

Stay fresh. My bag is always stocked with essentials to stay feeling fresh and clean all day long. Deodorant. Hand sanitizer. Lotion. And, my must-have liners, the Always Xtra Protection Liners. These liners are comfortable and stay in place. I especially like the individually wrapped liners because I can just toss a few of them in my bag.

I often pack my all-day essentials in this handy travel pouch to keep things organized inside my bag.

Beauty. For occasional touch-ups, I always carry a comb, lip balm, and my lipstick of the day.

Eats. On the busiest of days, it’s easy to forget to eat; I carry fruit bars as emergency food.

What are some of your all-day essentials?

Bringing Happy Hour Home

This post is sponsored by Anheuser Busch.

My husband and I host a few big parties at our house every year. I almost always exceed our budget because of my elaborate food and drink menus. This summer, though, we’re keeping it simple and having just as much fun. Delectable bites. Refreshing signature drinks. Good company. That’s all any good party ever needs, right?

I heard that Bud Light Lime Ritas, now available in various flavors, can transform any gathering into a fiesta. So, when I was invited to try a few flavors, I decided to test them out at a small get together at my house. I rounded up cases of Straw-Ber-Rita, Lime-A-Rita, and Mang-O-Rita, chilled them on ice in my favorite beverage tub, and just like that, my party had a signature drink.

Bug Light Lime-A-Rita is my personal favorite. It’s like a tasty margarita. No mixing and blending required. By the way, Bud Light Lime Ritas are affordable too. I purchased 12 packs, and they were about $11.99 each. Good deal, right?

If you’re a fan of sweet and fruity flavors, the mango and strawberry flavors have your name all of over them. During the summertime, I crave flavors like these. The Straw-Ber-Rita and Mang-O-Ritas are sweet with a little kick. 

My favorite vegan light bites paired well with the Bud Light Lime Ritas, especially the smashed avocado tomato basil bruschetta. In love with avocado too? Do yourself a favor and grab the recipe here

The Bud Light Lime Ritas are so delicious that wherever they go a party spontaneously happens.

Head & Shoulders for Textured Hair?

This post is sponsored by P&G. I was invited to try Head & Shoulders’ brand new Moisture Care line, a system specially formulated for textured hair. The line comprises a 2 in 1, co-wash, and scalp soother. Each of these pH-balanced products includes vitamin E-rich almond oil and coconut essence to provide moisture for the scalp and hair and to eliminate dandruff. 

During the winter months, my natural hair is especially dry. Before trying the 2 in 1, co-wash, and scalp soother, my hair had been in a braided updo for about a week and a half. As a result, my hair was dry and a tad flaky, providing the perfect challenge for the products in the Moisture Care line. I started with the 2 in 1, a shampoo and conditioner in one product. It smells amazing! It produced a rich lather that felt both cleansing and hydrating. I rinsed and applied the 2 in 1 again because I usually shampoo twice. I then applied the co-wash, a really thick conditioner that instantly bonded with my curls. I knew immediately I would like it. After working it through my hair, detangling was such a breeze.

Detangling with the Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Co-Wash

After rinsing the co-wash out of my hair, I towel-dried my hair and sectioned it in preparation for a blowout. At this point, I applied the Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Scalp Soother directly to the parts I had made in my hair and worked it through the scalp. It felt cool and refreshing. I envision reaching for this product when I’m wearing braided or twisted styles to give my scalp a quick refresh. I then blew out my hair and flat-twisted it in preparation for a twist-out. See the results below.

The blow-out followed by a flat twist-out is one of my staple styles. Conditioning my hair prior to starting that process is so crucial to the overall look and feel of my hair in the end. Let me tell you. I’m impressed by how well the Head & Shoulders products performed. My hair feels soft. It has body. And, my curls look healthy and shiny. My hair smells so amazing too.

Head and Shoulders scientists explored the unique needs and characteristics of African American hair and found a drastic need for moisture and protection. Head & Shoulders NEW Moisture Care collection, with Vitamin E rich almond oil and coconut essence, provides moisture for scalp and hair immediately and also over time, eliminating dandruff and leaving you 100% flake-free. For more information, visit Head & Shoulders on Facebook (www.facebook.com/headandshoulders) and follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter.

Living Well in 2015

And, so it begins. A new year. A time for fresh starts. A perfect time to focus and to strategize with the goal of living our lives well in 2015. I was invited by Nissan via Mode Media to explore the concept of having it all. As part of this campaign, I watched Latham Thomas, a wellness expert at mamaglow.com, share how she gets glowing at home. From bringing the outdoors indoors with fresh flowers to setting up spaces for pampering and rejuvenation, Latham’s home is her sanctuary in fast-paced New York City.

I was so inspired by Latham’s home tour that I thought about my own home and how crucial the setup of my home is to my journey to living well. Born and raised in the Caribbean country, St. Kitts, island culture shaped who I am. My taste in food. My love of vibrant colors. My obsession with roots music. Culture defines who I am and feeds my imagination. Now that I live in St. Louis, over 2200 miles away from St. Kitts (not that I’m counting or anything), I sometimes worry about my distance from important cultural traditions. It’s really important for me, then, that my decor breathes Kittitian culture into my home. The artwork. The artifacts. When I step into my home, I want to be transported to the place that most inspires me.

Making my home feel like a daily getaway to St. Kitts helps me to live well. What does living well and having it all mean to you?

With its stylish looks and premium interior, the Nissan Altima is just as much an individual as you are. Not fitting into one mold is what makes the Nissan Altima not only unique, but very exciting!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nissan via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nissan.