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GirlGoneNatural: My Natural Hair Journey

The purpose of this blog is to not only showcase the beauty of natural hair, but also to show how rewarding it is to live a natural lifestyle!
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Thai Eggplant Red Curry|Eggplant, Carrots, Red and Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Basil and Cilantro plus lots of fragrant spices. Didn’t turn out 100% the way I wanted, but I will perfect this #recipe! #vegetarian #vegan #glutenfree #nutrition #thai #cooking #natural #health #healthyliving #latergram #igdaily #instagood #nom #igfood #food #foodporn

:) #naturalhair #teamnatural #latergram #igdaily #instagood #lips #nhdaily @naturalhairdaily @hair2mesmerize #healthyliving #Hair #natural

Best thing about home #workouts? I don’t have to be concerned about looking at hot mess after my #workout! :) Enjoyed my Friday Night Happy Hour!! #tgif #fitness #fitfam #igdaily #instagood #instafit #selfie #naturalhair #nomakeup #teamnatural #healthyliving #motivation #latergram #exercise

I made sure to use #nofilter so you guys can see clearly those bags under my eyes. Due to delayed flights, I didn’t get home this morning until 1AM and still had to go to work. I love #tiertime but felt bad I kept yawning!! #exercise #selfie #naturalhair #fitness #igdaily #instafit #latergram #instagood #gym #teamnatural #afro #hair #natural #motivation #healthyliving #nutrition

My heart rate monitor is fixed! I have been working out but had nothing to show for it. My watch motivates me so much to push harder. PLUS 60% off + no sales tax for these new #sneakers at the Mall of America! #selfie #afro #naturalhair #hair #travel #shoes #exercise #fitness #fitfam #instafit #latergram #igdaily #instagood #teamnatural #natural #healthyliving #gym #motivation #workout #Minneapolis

Mall of America roller coaster! #travel #Minneapolis #igdaily #instagood #latergram

Downtown #Minneapolis, Minnesota! #travel #architecture #igdaily #instagood #latergram #city #masonic

Look what I found in Minnesota! I spot a Robyn! #travel #igdaily #instagood #face #latergram #naturalhair #teamnatural #afro #hair #happy #friends #selfie @robyn_gertje

Cost Benefit Analysis On my second week of couponing, I have definitely learned the value of weighing the cost of traveling to different stores to save a quarter versus sticking to the stores I know and love. I attempted trips to the Dollar Store and WalMart (Nolensville Pike locations for you Nashvillians for added perspective) only to leave disgruntled and nauseous! However, I did discover a more organized Dollar Tree in LaVergne that I will frequent due to its close proximity to my office.

Organizational Skills Necessary 

I thought I was an organized person until I embarked on this couponing venture. Matching the sale on the app with the correct store and coupon while abiding by the rules of the fine print is not as easy as it seems! Now I know why it is so time consuming, but ever so necessary. Also, I have learned I might have to segregate my shopping trips into different days, because different sales are active at different times. I feel like I need to work couponing into my weekly schedule!

Savings Week 2

I was bummed about my week 2 savings, but will see how week 3 goes. 

Coupons: ($5.90)

App Cash Back Savings: ($0.50)

Total Week 2 Savings: $6.40!

I take this #fitness tip to heart because I meet 90% of my #friends at the #gym! They give me #accountability, #motivation, and laugh at me when I act silly (most important)! Had a blast in #Tiertime tonight with @jaworkit, @kdgrogan21, and @mgares7! Sidenote: Apparently I killed the battery in my #workout watch! Success! ;) #fitfam #exercise #selfie #natural #naturalhair #healthyliving #health #nutrition #weightloss #teamnatural #afro

#TBT to that time at #boombap…. #naturalhair #nhdaily #teamnatural #dance #dancing #happy #hiphop #nashville #igdaily #instagood #friends #afro #throwbackthursday

Fun times last night at #tiertime. I won’t discuss the heartbreak I experienced after learning this class won’t be every Wednesday. But I’ll take what I can get!!! @mscgray #fun #fitness #fitfam #exercise #gym #nashville #igdaily #instagood #teamnatural #naturalhair @tierelera

@mscgray and I got our #tiertime on!!! #Exercise + #Friends = #Fun! Last night’s #workout was at home body weight exercises and stretching. Day 3 of exercise complete! #fitness #fitfam #naturalhair #teamnatural #selfie #healthyliving #health #gym #nutrition #afro #happy

Made it to the #gym today after a lazy weekend! I swear one of these days I’ll be having DAILY burns like this!!! Until then…Happy Monday! :) #workouts #exercise #fitness #fitfam #motivation #healthyliving #selfie #naturalhair #teamnatural #afro #weightloss #weightlifting #nomakeup

He said he was trying NOT to smile. #photobomb #lol #selfie #igdaily #instagood #funny