Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivational Monday

Let's just say I'm feeling great today, inside and out and wanted to share. The quote itself really says it all. Have you ever met a physically beautiful person with a horrible attitude? Just turns you right off, right?! It immediately takes away from your effectiveness to communicate with others. I could care less how pretty your pout is, if you're a mean girl, it's a wrap! 

 Remember that little song a lot of learned as kids, "this little light of mine, I'm gonna' going to let it shine!" I can see it now. Little tykes all lined up, proud & peacocking (just a little). All because they know they've practiced and they are ready to sing it to the best of their ability. 

Let's get back to that place we were as kids. Yes, you look good and yes we know you've perfected whatever it is that you need to display. No need to be rude to get your point across though. Always remember to be kind with your words and loving in your actions. So today and for the rest of the week, work your fabulous beautiful self and SHINE inside and out!

Have a blessed week!

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Textured Beauty Spotlight: Jacinta Shanae


Introduce yourself!
Hello Naturally Random! I am Jacinta Shanae The Playwright DIVA. I am a performing artist, playwright, screenwriter, entertainer, comedian, and a woman on an unorthodox evangelistic mission.  If you see me wearing Blue and Gold, it's because I love my Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


Why did you make the decision to go natural?
Throughout my life I have had various hair challenges, but chemicals made it worse. My hair would fall out and break repetitively. I had sores, and many bald spots. I always thought natural hair was beautiful, so I decided that's what I needed. I thank God I made the right choice.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
About ten years ago I cut my hair down to the new growth roots. My hair was about an inch long again. I never looked back.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
With natural hair, I am proud of who God created me to be. I do sometimes wear wigs, but I'm an actress and I love new looks without damaging my own hair.

What mistakes (if any) have you made with your hair that you've learned from?
I am still learning my hair. Our bodies change, and I have learned what works for others is not what I necessarily need.

What is your go-to hairstyle?
When I can't come up with a style, gelling my hair in to a bun is always a hit.
Name a random fact about you.
Earth Wind and Fire is my favorite band, and I want to meet them.

To find Jacinta on line go to Fb, or just Google: Jacinta Shanae, or her full business name. Please check out her at work on Youtube below:


Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Motivational Monday

Good morning lovelies! I found this quote inside my awesome sauce planner my hubby gifted with a few months ago! This phrase has been stuck in my head ever since. There are so many times in life when we jump of the cliff floating on the wings of pure love. Not just in relationships either but for the love of an idea. The idea of being your own boss. The idea of being a parent. The idea of "if I had [fill in the blank], it would make my life easier, so I need it now. 

My lovelies, my lovelies! Use that noggin as well as your heart. The two may seem to battle but when they are in sync, you can accomplish great things. I'd like to encourage you to not judge yourself for over-thinking every once in awhile. I'm not saying become indecisive. Not one bit, that's actually one of my pet peeves (I can feel my husband rolling his eyes about that statement because I take FOREVER to decide what I want eat, lol) Anyway! Don't beat yourself up about it. Some things need extra time before making a decision. Like, I don't know, getting married. Don't let the "he got dimples and a job" get your into something you're really not prepared for! *sips tea* Don't let the allure of having day shifts and weekends off  have you hastily switching jobs. Do your research.

"Slow down baby, you're going to fast" - India.Arie 
(Slow Down, from album: Voyage to India) 

It's okay to be apprehensive at times. 
Don't apologize for giving something a second look.
Think about it this way, were you not taught to look both ways before crossing the street. Be encouraged! You'll find the answers you need in due time. 

This post is participating in a link-up! Please feel free to use the link below to find other "motivational" messages to start your week! 
The Reflections of a Good Woman - Monday Motivation

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Textured Beauty Spotlight: Chanelle Flowers-Hardison

Textured Beauty Spotlight!

Here at Ms. Naturally Random! I'm always out and about seeing fabulous ladies with textured tresses. I choose to wear my hair naturally as well, I love the diversity in which we style our hair. I understand that for a lot of us, our "going natural" stories are often quite unique as well.  I'd like to celebrate our differences and hopefully share some insight into other's "natural hair journeys" as I continue my own. 

Introduce yourself! 
Greetings my name is Chanelle Flowers-Hardison. I am an educator as well as the owner of Monique's Natural Hair Care Boutique in Greenville, NC.  It was started in May 2012 due to the lack of natural hair products available in the Greenville/Eastern, NC area.  You either had to order offline or drive over an hour to purchase products.  I was tired of ordering offline not really knowing what I had purchased-couldn't physically see, smell, or feel texture. Through various events I noticed there was an abundance of naturalistas in Greenville and surrounding areas.  After consulting with my husband, I began putting the plans of Monique's Natural Hair Care Boutique into action.
We offer consultations, product sampling, shop by appointments, delivery (with minimum purchase or surcharge), shipping with US and US territories, workshops, events, stylist discounts, student discounts, loyalty rewards, and more.  We also vend at events in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. I plan to eventually expand to a natural hair salon as I have began working on my natural hair licensure.  Our physical store location is 1530 S Evans St Suite 104-C Greenville, NC 27834. Online shopping 24/7 is available at  

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I went natural because my hair which has always been long, thick but started thinning.  The thinning was due to relaxers and medication. I typically wore my hair in wraps or duby wraps so I can't really say it was from styling. 

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
In winter 2009 I decided to my natural journey.  No, I didn't big chop because I've always had long hair and didn't know how I would look with short hair.  Plus I wanted to take my time and be sure it was something I wanted to do.  The transition was difficult as you are dealing with two different textures.  I mostly wore ponytails (real and fake), roller sets, and straw sets to get me through.  Curl activating gel was definitely my friend as I didn't know much about natural products at that time.  I went to my stylist regularly for a trim-cutting off relaxed ends a little at a time.  January 2010 I got married and had a sew-in for my wedding as I was still transitioning.  After my wedding I had the remaining of my relaxed ends cut off.  A couple months after that I had my hair died.  At that time I was using  Miss Jessie's and Carols Daughter.  I also researched and sought out other products as Miss Jessie's was and still is very expensive. 

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected your life, marriage, etc.? Also, what mistakes (if any) have you made with your hair that you've learned from?
My husband was definitely not feeling my natural hair.  I explained to him why I did I decided to go natural and he understood.  He just needs it straight every now and again.  When I straighten it 1-2 times a year I blow dry on low heat with a professional blow dryer.  Sometimes I will flat iron but typically not.  If you have a good blow dryer it should get it straight enough. I personally don't want my hair bone straight.  Speaking of straightening I think that was one of the mistake I made letting someone else who was actually a stylist straightening.  My other was getting color so soon after my full transition.  After cutting the final relaxed ends off I should have taken more time to learn about caring for my natural hair and learning what works for my hair.  When you add color its a whole different ballgame-curls pattern may change and it requires extra care/more moisture.

What is your go-to hairstyle?
My go to hairstyles are typically updos with marley hair.  Just take marley hair and freak a style, be creative.  Plus it provides protection for your hair-not manipulating your hair on a daily basis.  Lately have been wearing crochet braids which has provided protective styling for my hair.  In addition you don't have the pull on your scalp/edges like you would with regular/popular braiding styles.  When my hair was shorter I rocked wash and gos all the time.  However as my hair got longer it  tangled easier.  Therefore I realized I needed to wear more updo/protective styles. Even though I do my hair myself I do go to a stylist for regular trims.  One that knows how to trim curly, coily hair without straightening it first. Yes even though you are naturally you have to keep those ends trimmed.

Name a random fact about you.
Random fact hmmm I love planning trips and traveling.  However I am also spontaneous I like to just get in my car and go. 

Thanks for reading and check out Chanelle on Facebook:, Instagram: @mnhcb, and Twitter: @mnhcb.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivational Monday

With all the hooping and hollering I did last month about turning thirty years old, you'd think I'd arrived at some epitome of knowledge about life, love, faith, marriage and parenthood. While I do feel by age thirty life has given you extensive experiences to assist you throughout the remainder of adulthood. I also think getting to this age has taught me that I'll never stop learning. Knowledge is such a powerful tool. Not just for an increase in economic status (although it surely helps there) but in relationships as well. In my teens, I had questions at times about my insecurities & social status. I also had questions about independence from my parents. I found the answers in my twenties during my undergraduate years.  Funny how God and a little time work, right?! 

There were times in my twenties when I prayed for understanding and you know what? At some point, right when I was ready to hear clearly, God sent me clarity.  Whether it was about my career, my romantic life, bills, etc. 

I know its tough being patient and not feeling complacent. I know I'll have more questions as I roll into my thirties as well. Yet, in all scenarios, you just have to lean on the Lord for understanding. Remain faithful, give it a little time and let God do what God does best! Work it out! 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What's For Dinner?

Tummy rumbles....

Tonight Menu: Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

Want to make this with me?

Serves: 6

What You'll Need:
1 - 12 oz Cream of Mushroom
3 tbsp of minced garlic 
16 oz fresh mushroom
6 oz of spinach, fresh
1 lb pasta
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Meanwhile, over a medium heat and in a non stick skillet, olive oil and a few splashes of soy sauce.
Once well heated, pan sear the exterior of chicken breasts. 
Once exterior of chicken is browned, add a 1/4 cup of chicken broth in a deep casserole dish.
Place seared chicken breasts inside and cover with foil.
Place in oven for 45 min, then reduce temperature to 220 degrees and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Remove from oven.

Mushroom Pasta
In a deep skillet, stir in cream of mushroom soup and a splash of chicken broth. 
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. 
Stir in the spinach, mushrooms, minced garlic, cheese and pepper. 
Cook for 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
Remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, stir in pasta.

Plate and serve.
It should look something like this...

If you make this, comment and tell me how it turned out.

Suggestions and recipe adjustments are welcome!!

Talk to you later Lovelies!!!

~ Shan, Naturally Random

Monday, August 4, 2014

Motivational Monday - Time

Today's motivation comes from Mother Badu! Lol Everyone always wants to get so deep when they mention Erykah Badu! I'm absolutely a fan and I have been since about 1997! Yeah, we go way back! I can't give you an example of a Badu song that I didn't love. That's a hard feat with me! Well, I wanted to share one of her songs that I think all of us procrastinators at heart could maybe find useful. Life on Earth is finite. We spend so much time not being productive. One of my goals this year was to be more "present". Meaning, not allowing moments to just pass by or saying things like "oh I'll get to it later". We know not the day nor hour that God will call us home. So get to work! Channel your passions and apply them to adding something positive to this world. Lord knows we need some positivity in this world. Don't run away from problems (i.e. ignoring those debt collector phone calls or looking at difficult things as too big to tackle). By doing this, you are wasting time. If you think the problem is big now, just ignore it for a month and watch how much bigger it will get. 

On the flip side of that, volunteer now. Take that class you've always been interested in now. Share a conversation with someone now. Connect and converse with the world around you. Don't live your life solely as an observer. 
"Time's a Wastin....don't you take your time young man..." 

What are you motivated to do today?

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random