5 Cheap Meals For The Broke College Student

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  1. The Classic PB&J
      • Everyone knows how to make this classic sandwich – and if you don’t, I highly doubt you can relate to the rest of this blog post. Simply take two slices of bread and put peanut butter on one side, and jelly on the other. If you’re making this sandwich to eat later, what I like to do is put thin layers of peanut butter on each slice of bread, then put the jelly in the middle. That way, the bread won’t be soggy by the time you’re ready to eat your sandwich.
          • Cost: Around $3 per sandwich

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  2. Ramen
      • There’s Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, Oriental, Cheddar Cheese, and more. If you have to eat this, make sure you drink lots of water because it is packed with sodium.
          • Cost: No more than 25 cents a pack (does not include price of water)

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  3. The Iron Quesadilla
    • This is one of my favorite go-tos. It’s simple, quick, and delicious. Plus when I add a side of salsa, I feel like I’m not a struggling college student anymore. Find your favorite tortilla brand, and fill it with your favorite cheese (or cheese courtesy of your cafeteria). Next, wrap it in aluminum foil, and place your iron on each side for two minutes, making sure to pick up your iron every minute. Make sure your iron is set to no steam, and on the highest heat.
          • Cost: About 75 cents a quesadilla (if you get your cheese from the cafeteria)

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  4. Oatmeal and Cereal
      • Both of these breakfast staples can be enjoyed throughout the day, not just in the morning. Make yourself a hot bowl of oatmeal or a cold bowl of cereal to hold you over until your next meal.
          • Cost: About $1 per bowl (Yes, including the water and milk)

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  5. Mug Mac and Cheese
    • This recipe took me a while to master, and everyone likes their mac and cheese a certain way. Basically, all you have to do is cook the noodles in boiling water in a mug. You can either put the cup in the microwave for five minutes (probably less if your school has better microwaves than mine), or boil some water and let the noodles sit, covered, until they are as tender as you like. Next, drain the water out and add a little milk. Stir in the cheese you used for the quesadillas, add salt, pepper, and chili seasoning, and you’re all set!
      • Cost: Around $2 per mug

I hope you enjoyed this list of quick and cheap meals. If you have any to add feel free to comment them below!

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7 Black Power Couples You Should Know About

Barack and Michelle Obama

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We couldn’t have asked for a better POTUS and FLOTUS.

Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith

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Not only are they great actors, they’re also great parents.

Russell Wilson and Ciara

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A true example of how love prevails through the rumors.

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker

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They had their own talk show together. Goals.

Ice Cube and Kimberly

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25 years of marriage is nothing to sneeze at.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats

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They make beautiful music together.

Beyonce and Jay Z

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How can there be a Black couples list without including this pair? Answer: There can’t be.

Advice Every Natural Girl Needs To Take

  1. Put your bobby pins in a container.
    • I know we’ve all struggled trying to find a bobby pin in the morning, with only two minutes left before we have to leave out the door. Stop the struggle, and put your bobby pins in an altoids or tic-tac container.img_0361
  2. Use mayonnaise as a protein treatment.
    • Based on my experience, it makes my hair feel super soft after leaving it on for 30 min. Sometimes I mix it with olive oil and honey for a little more oomph.
  3. Buy ribbon from the store and make your own headbands and hair bows.
    • We’ve all seen those twist ties at the checkout counter that costs $5 for 2 ties. Save the money and make them yourself. Not only are they better for your hair than regular hair ties, once you run out (aka lose them all) you can just make more! the-ribbon-dress-a-classic-fashion-trend
  4. Get a spray bottle. Fill it with water.
    • You can thank me later. sbs-186596
  5. Use Jamaican Black Castor Oil on your edges.
    • I like to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my edges before I apply the edge control. It strengthens my edges, and makes the edge control glide on smoother. It’s a win-win.
  6. Buy a satin pillow case AND a satin bonnet.
    • When one fails, you can always count on the other.
  7. Wash your hair with warm water, and rinse your hair with cool water.
    • The warm water cleans your hair, and the cool water seals in moisture. The colder the water, the less frizz you’ll have.
  8. Deep condition once a week.
  9. Conditioner is not the same as leave-in moisturizer.
    • Be careful when you use conditioner as a leave-in moisturizer. Some conditioners will break your hair off if you leave it in for too long.

If you have any other tips for Naturalistas, feel free to share them in the comments! 🙂

How To Love Your Natural Hair [Even When No One Else Does]

I posted this a year ago, but wanted to remind my readers hows special they are.

Natural hair as a standard of beauty is not a thing… yet. I am patiently waiting for the day that the majority of people say they prefer that women wear their natural hair rather than weave or have it relaxed.

I could go on and on about the health risks of relaxers not just to your hair but also to your entire body, and I am not against weaves – I’ve even tried it once. I just wish that all females felt comfortable in what they were born with.

Statistics reported by the Grio does show that more and more women are no longer relaxing their hair. “Sales for the proverbial ‘creamy crack’ have plummeted 26 percent over the past five years.” And the future doesn’t look promising either.

My friend and previous roommate Zora just started transitioning less than a year ago. She recently took out some Senegalese twists – one of her primary protective styles – and kept the mini twist-out in her hair for a few days. I commented that her hair was cute, and that I wished all Black women would embrace their natural hair. I said that I have never seen a Black woman with natural hair that looked bad (unless it wasn’t her true texture).

Zora agreed, and made the statement, “Some women just don’t feel pretty.”

As I was agreeing with her (because trust me, I’ve been there), my other friend and current roommate said, excuse the language, “That’s bullsh*t.”

Appalled, Zora and I tried to explain to her that it wasn’t bull, and here is the justification I had:

Ever since we were little we were raised with the American standards of beauty, which meant dainty figures, light skin, and straight, long hair. It’s not our fault that we are not comfortable in the skin we are in because we were forced to see the words “beautiful” and “pretty” describing models that we can never look like no matter how much we try. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t try.

As a race, we’ve endured scalp burns from perms, heat damage from straightening, chemical burns from lightening and bleaching creams, and much more to be “beautiful.” We learned that beauty wasn’t subjective, and beauty wasn’t in the eye of the beholder, and our family only called us beautiful because we were related. We had no reason to accept ourselves for who we are because no one else did anyway.

It wasn’t until recently that natural hair has been embraced. It’s almost like the natural hair products came up over night. I feel like every time I turn around there’s a new one coming up because women – and men – are finally starting to learn about their hair.

How were our mothers supposed to raise us to love their natural hair when they couldn’t get jobs without their hair being straightened? Why would our mother’s grandmothers encourage their granddaughters to wear their hair out if they were once called monkeys and other derogatory terms just for being themselves?

To say it’s bull for someone to not like his or her natural hair is very close-minded, and also ignorant. Some people need time to get used to it by themselves before showing it off to the world. 

Even though it’s more common now, I still receive looks, and I know people wonder why it looks a certain way or why it’s so frizzy, why a certain piece of hair doesn’t curl the same, or maybe they just want to know what possessed me to walk out of the house that way – but it’s okay.

Every day I rock my natural hair I could be inspiring a budding naturalista to embrace her roots, literally. That’s why my hair goal has never been to have long 3a hair (that’s just not attainable for me) but it’s to have healthy hair, because healthy is the best type of beauty.

So it’s okay if I get a few negative stares or if I get called “unprofessional” or “lazy.” While it may hurt, I must remember who I am, and who they are.

They are afraid. And a confident black woman is something to be afraid of – she can do anything she put her mind to. I won’t let the negativity shrink me down; my hair shrinks enough on its own.

So, for all of you reading this, you are beautiful. Your hair is beautiful.

I promise.

If you think it’s not, then wash your hair one Sunday morning and walk around the house with your hair out. Then, since I’m pretty sure you won’t be ready, straighten or style it that night for the next day. Do that the next wash day and the time after that and every time you do you will grow more and more in love with your hair.

It’s such a great feeling when you accept yourself for who you are. I thought I did when I was younger and begging to get my hair straightened. I’d say, “I like my natural hair, I just like it straightened better,” and I was lying to myself. I didn’t like my natural hair for the aforementioned reasons – we simply weren’t raised to like ourselves.

But after you know these things, and accept these things, it should be an easier hurdle to jump.

Now, in no means am I saying to never wear wigs, weaves, box braids, crochet braids or to never straighten your hair. I’m only encouraging you to learn to be confident with who you are.

I hope you become confident with who you are.

xoxo

Alexis

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Black-Owned Businesses To Shop At This Holiday Season

I want to encourage people, especially Black people, to BUY BLACK this holiday season. To help my readers out, I came up with a small list of Black-owned businesses to start with. Explore these shops and support your own. 🙂

Please, please, PLEASE comment any Black-owned businesses you would like for me to showcase.

Apparel

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Steelo Apparel

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Cali Chulo Clothing

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Dashiki Pride

 

Cosmetics

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The Lip Bar

Fashion Fair

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Black Radiance

IMAN Cosmetics

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Silky Skin

 

Literature

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Pierre Alex Jeanty

Maya Angelou

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Toni Morrison

Charlotte Avery

 

Jewelry

Ancient Aura Jewelry

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Wild Moon

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LilyEmme Jewelry

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Hair Products

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Curl Genetics

Oyin Handmade

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Bevel

 

What To Expect In An LDR

4 common things to know and expect in a long-distance relationship.

They’re more common than you think. 

There are millions of LDR couples in the US alone. Over a million married couples are long-distance, and not because they are having troubles in the household. About 30% of college students are in LDRs. Why is this important? It’s just a reminder that you (and your SO) are not alone. If you have any questions, things get a little hard, or you’re looking for ways to spice up your relationship, there is support forums, websites, and blogs to help you and your SO along the journey. Utilize them and learn through other people’s successes and failures. Check out LDRMagazine.com.

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Your communication skills will improve. 

Not being able to physically be with someone will make you compensate in other ways – talking. Talking for hours and hours cannot all be smalltalk. (If you and your SO are able to do that, y’all deserve an award.) You and your SO will often delve deeper than that, and get to know each other on a deeper level. When those conversations seem to get ordinary (and sometimes they will) you will create new ways to spice up your communication in ways you would probable think is ridiculous if you weren’t in an LDR. One way to spice up communication is by using apps specifically made for LDRs. Avocado and Between are a couple of examples.

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The more you spend time in person with your SO, the harder it’ll be to cope when you two are apart. 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I am a firm believer in that. It’s awesome to finally spend time with your SO, but every time you get exposed to their quirky habits and charming personality in person, it’s harder to appreciate them over the phone/Skype/text. You still love them, and love who they are, but you just can’t forget the look on their face when you made them laugh, or how good they smell. After exposed to that, you can’t help but to want more quality time and since you can’t have it, it’s frustrating and makes you miss your SO more. Something that can make tike apart from your SO a little easier to manage is by setting a date for the next time you will meet before you leave them. Unfortunately, absence can lead to doubt and mistrust. Which leads me to my final point,

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An LDR without trust is a doomed LDR.

This seems so logical to some, and it’s something that slips the minds of others. Trust, loyalty, and communication are the backbones of an LDR. Usually with good communication and loyalty, trust comes naturally to the relationship. After all, how can you not trust someone who is always so open and honest with you? If you and your SO are having trust issues, it’s important to get them straightened out. If they aren’t, it will cause unnecessary hardship in the relationship and will usually result in an unhappy LDR.

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If you have any more questions about LDRs or you want me to make a part two, leave a comment down below!

xoxo

Alexis