New Walk, Old Shoes

The African American Trades & Goods received its first goods this month. We have been busy spreading the word locally and building a customer base. I invested some money in the oils that I wanted to blend with great success. I wasn’t able to make a whole lot of oil but I was able to make enough for me and my family and have some leftover. I love making the oil blends. My first client was Tom Wilson, my husband and the Founder of African American Trades & Goods. I made him a special blend of oils to help relieve an itchy and dry scalp from eczema. I also made a massage oil for us which relieves stress and a blend of oils for my hair and scalp. I bought some essential oils and carrier oils. Some of the cheaper brands of essential oils did not smell like they should and I lost about $14 at the most. All the other oils that I bought worked out well and I have blended different types which I intend on selling as soon as we get a logo and some labels unless it’s by request.

This website is still undergoing changes. I haven’t been posting as often because I have been busy trying to figure out what direction I want this website to go in. I was raising Dystonia Awareness when I started but now I am not even sure if I have it. Seeing a Movement Disorder Specialist was my goal but learning to live with whatever I have and being able to function on an everyday basis became more important than appointments. Once I got the papers for my medical marijuana license, I started eliminating medication that I either was tired of taking, wasn’t working, or caused some form of dependence. I have went from 15 or more pills a day to 3 or 4 a day over the course of the last six months. I am starting to stray away from Pepsi altogether but I have started drinking iced coffee from Tim Hortons, water when it is purified, and more tea.

I have purchased two vape pens. One for nicotine because I have grown tired of Lex 12 Nappa Night Cigars and Lex 12 Cigars period. In fact, I am tired of all the cigars I normally smoke including those Black & Mild’s I have been smoking since high school and can no longer smoke. They make me develop a chronic cough. I have not smoked one in quite some time. I have a Tru Blu vape pen for now and I like it but, they don’t make the type of flavors I like. I also was able to find a different type of Al Capone Cigar which I have fell in love with. Al Capone filtered Jamaican Blaze Cigars. I will be transitioning to them next month. They have a great flavor that pairs well with my vape pens and medical marijuana. I had to learn how to roll up all over again. I no longer use Swishers. I use tobacco less, vegan, CBD, GMO free wraps by High Hemp. They come in quite a few flavors or you can get the plain kind. I get them according to what I am smoking on that day.

My compression stockings are in the drawer and I haven’t worn them in over a week. All that swelling and pain for all that time was from a very simple problem that the doctors never considered but I did. What if the swelling is coming from wearing the wrong shoes? I mean literally. Nothing more. Nothing less. No need to have any testing done which makes less trips to the doctor. Not one doctor that I am seeing considered that. Not one doctor asked me what type of shoes do I wear when I am at home. Instead, they switched my blood pressure medication to one that acts as a water pill and a blood pressure all at once. Lets just say that there is no way in the world I was going to keep taking a medication that makes me have to go to the bathroom that many times in a few hours unless it is absolutely necessary. So I stopped taking the water pills and put me some shoes on. What swelling?

My ankles stopped swelling up after I put on the most comfortable shoes that I have and limited the amount of time I spent in house shoes. I was walking around the house in shower or boat shoes. The kind of shoes that you can get wet, take off, and drain the water out by rolling the shoes up into their selves. They have drainage holes and are worn like socks with a rubber bottom. I walked all over in those shoes for at least eight months. One day after the swelling had finally went down, I put on some LeBron James Basketball shoes and was in bliss and still am. How comfortable basketball shoes are is amazing. I don’t know how other people feel about them but they have always got me threw a day in comfort. I have on some brand new old LeBron James shoes in the daytime and I put on the house shoes in the evening. Oh what a relief this was. I am going to wear these shoes until I tear them up. By that time, I should be able to afford some more. I also found that Sperry shoes and baseball shoes also work. I still need to wear the in lays with them but not the compression stockings.

 

Three Products to try on your Natural Hair Part 2

The second product I recommend you should try will make some women stop perming their hair and try going all natural. Or not. It is for all hair types including extensions, wigs, and permed. I used this product on a Barbie head because the hair was tangled. Somebody told me to use fabric softener and water in a squirt bottle to untangle/detangle the hair but I hadn’t purchased any yet and was looking around the house for something to try on synthetic hair or as we like to call it, doll hair. This product works similar to a wig spray we used to detangle our extensions with. It is such an old product, you would think it would be harder to find or discontinued like some of the others products we like.

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The Original Mane & Tail Detangler by Straight Arrow is the second product you should give a try if you have difficulty combing your hair. This product works excellent on adults and kids and is very inexpensive. I know some people would say why still use it? There are newer products on the market now. Why not? I still have the same bottle of it and it still works excellent. The Mane & Tail Leave in Conditioner by Straight Arrow is what we used in high school to make our hair lay down when we all had perms and wore our hair in wraps. The detangler that usually comes in a 12 oz. size could last you at least a year or maybe even more.

The first ingredient in this product is water which is something I look for in all hair products I use. For me, this is a plus and the fact that it comes in a spray bottle makes it easier for me to use. If you prefer not to let the smell of your hair take over like a perfume, this product is for you as it barely has a scent. You can use an oil with some scent and use this to keep it detangled. It has the consistency of a water and does not cause build up in your hair like other products might which is why I still use it on my  hair every now and then to make it comb through with no problems.

You can find this product easily online. I found some in a local store but a lot of Beauty Supply stores stopped selling it. This could be a local problem, or it just isn’t available like it used to be. By request I tried this on her hair and she had no problems. I really only used it on her ends because as we all know, they are the hardest part to comb especially if you don’t trim yours like me. I don’t trim hers ends either. I like to stretch my hair with braids in different styles or curls. This is where the first product comes in at. Styling. This product is for maintenance.

 

Tired from doing what?

The biggest part of having Dystonia is the progression but just as important is the fatigue. You can get all the sleep that is possible and still wake up feeling what we call “tired”. People ask what I did today that would cause me to be so tired but it’s not what I did today that makes me tired. It could be me being tired from what I did the day before. Yes. They day before or even the day before that.

Most of us use different methods to stay woke but the medications we take make us drowsy and come with that do not drive or operate heavy machinery warning. I have been trying to stay woke all day and go to bed at the same time every night. It is working to a certain extent. I need something to do still even though I am disabled and retired. Recently, I have been having problems opening my eyes in the morning again. This makes getting up everyday even harder. Sometimes I can’t go to sleep at night and end up sleeping all day. No matter what I do or don’t do, I am still going to suffer from fatigue during the day and especially in the morning when I am about to start the day.

I have been working on this website and connecting with more people who are interested in African American Trades & Goods. I myself am trying to start a business selling the oil combinations that I make and use for me and my daughters’ hair which she believes is making our hair grow. Right now, we both have the same hair style. High Pony Tails. Hers is bigger than mine of course. This is because the person who was supposed to do our hair is busy. Our hair is long enough to get away with neat ponytails now so why not wear one.

I have went through the withdrawal symptoms of taking Valium for all those years and came out on the other side just fine. I am glad I have medical marijuana access in my state because that helped a lot with the nausea and insomnia. The down side is that I have a higher tolerance now. I need a certain dosage a day to stop the tremors. I smoke more if the quality is bad like what I just recently bought and yes, even with a license or card, you still can end up with old or weaker strains of what you need. Even though you are going to a dispensary. Look close before you buy is what you should do.

I am feeling much better now that I am no longer dependent on any medication finally. I feel so much better that I am going to celebrate soon. I was getting my hair done by a family member just to get it done. I really don’t have any plans to go any where. I just want somebody I know does good work to braid my hair for a change. Of course it is not for free but it is a family discount that I can use and part of African American Trades & Goods.  We are just getting the goods in now and the site is going to be updated soon. Please do subscribe or I will keep you posted here as the changes are made and the site gets new content.

Three Products to try on your Natural Hair Part 1

I don’t use these products every single day nor all the time. They are products that were effective on my hair and that I keep in the house in case if I need them. None of them are overly expensive but they do cost more than some of the products you find in the local beauty supply store. All three of these products make a noticeable improvement to my hair and scalp and they all make your hair soft and easy to comb. I fortunately do not have to detangle anymore after switching from some of the products I was using when I first started growing my hair which was a year and 6 months ago almost to this date. I had tons of products that simply didn’t do anything good or were bad for my hair. Some made my hair look terrible. I began with Cantu products at first and I still use a product made by that company, but not the whole line of products anymore. I looked for things that gave your hair and scalp moisture and that were water based first and then moved on from there. I also wanted products that were as close to natural as I could get.

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This first product is Eco Natural Cocktail Super Fruit Curl Complex Smoothing and Moisture Recovery Curl & Style Crème. It is exactly what the description says and is a pleasure to use. It gives you some hold but not to the point of causing damage or breakage and actually adds moisture to your hair. You can actually comb your hair and change the style without even washing your hair which means you can use this for hold and not worry about combing your hair out to re braid because it holds firmly the more that you apply. For a lighter hold, you simply just use less of this product. This worked great for my edges, braids, braid outs, twist, and bantu knots. It is some what like a gel but much more creamy. I use it on a regular basis for my hair particularly on my edges and the ends of my hair. If it can hold my ends together without me having to use rubber bands, than it should work on most hair types. Best of all is the smell. It smells like fruit.

The other two products will be featured on this website during the week. The construction of this site is going well. I have added and removed some things to make it look and feel more neat. My hair is growing healthy for a change and this product allows me to play with various looks and styles. I am finally able to get my hair into a ponytail that sits in the top. A high pony except there are no extensions or anything of that nature in it. The reason why I am doing this in 3 parts is so the site has fresh content daily especially during the week. The repetitive featured image problem that I was having and the bad photo problem should be resolved. Even though I am not a photographer, I still want the pictures to make people more interested in giving the products a try on their hair. Meanwhile, I am gathering the materials to make my own hair and scalp oils. I like aromatherapy and I also like essential oils.

 

 

This site is under contruction

This site is under heavy construction. When I created it, I didn’t think anyone would read it. It was basically to see if I could do it. I was testing myself. I like to write and although I am not a writer, I do my best.

Some things on here have been removed and the about section and a few other things need to be changed. I been really busy and hadn’t really took time to look at the website and see how it would look to other people. My first time really seeing it was today and I am a horrible photographer. Some of these pictures on here needed to be cropped and some just need to be removed. I am working on it. I write the best when I am using the computer but I am having problems with my Wifi connection. And I need to have them come out again and see if they can fix the problem.

Health wise I have had some rough days this week but I was blessed to have some medicine for it. I looked at the pictures on the websites that I liked and thought about how unprofessional my pictures look. But I have no skills in photography. I just started playing with the camera one day to see what quality of a picture it could take. It takes good pictures but it’s an old camera so it’s even harder to do for me.

I just posted this to see the response. Apparently scheduled posting doesn’t work that well for me and stuff be posting here before it is complete. I am working on that. I am working on a lot of things at once but I like to stay busy. Keep my mind busy. Maintaining a website or two from home isn’t that bad but it is hard. This is a test post to see if it will post on time. I will try to post again tomorrow. Depending on how I feel.