This and That This Week – PILOT

As I mentioned before, This and That This Week (TTTW) is my new feature, highlighting articles, sites and videos of interest I’ve run across during the week. Please feel free to check them out.

Recipe of the weekBourbon Banana Pudding with Glazed Pecans (from nolagirlsocial) – need I say more?? Who doesn’t like banana pudding, bourbon or glazed pecans? And to have them all in the same recipe – Yumm-o! I’m not sure when I’ll get to try this recipe, but when I do, you all will be the first to get a review. If you try it before me, let us know how it comes out!

From the “keeping it real” filesBras for Bigger Boobs (from the warpaint chronicles). We wear them every day, but those of us who are a bit more endowed can often be challenged to find pretty and well-fitting “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders.” Eriko gives great advice on proper fitting and places to shop.

Hair Care ArticleHow to Make Your Love of Natural Hair LOUD and CLEAR (from Beads, Braids and Beyond). This is my new favorite blog! I gave them a shout-out last week and am happy to present their articles any day! But all I will say about “LOUD and CLEAR” is that after reading it, you will take the phrases, “good hair” and “bad hair” out of your vocabulary. You will want to share this one!

Social Media tip of the week– For those of you who are ready for Google+, read Google Plus Circles and How to Use Them. My buddy Bill Cammack has broken it down for the Social Media gurus out there. I’m still trying to figure it out. Thankfully I have friends who can explain it all!

These are my picks of the week. Stay tuned for future TTTW entries!

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New Feature – This and That This Week (TTTW)

I’m coming off the heels of my 30-Day Video Challenge. I ended the month having posted 23 new videos to my YouTube channel, 7 videos short of the 30 suggested, but 3 ahead of my personal goal of 20. I’m pleased not  just because of the 23 videos, but because I’ve been inspired to expand my YouTube Channel,  change the look of my blog, and I have now even started a Facebook fan page. Oh yeah, I also joined the ranks of Beautylish – feel free to check me out!

So on to the next challenge – another great thing that came out of the challenge is the new group of  YouTube channels I’ve been watching and blogs I’ve been reading (see my post HERE). And now with my natural hair journey, I’ve got loads of new sites to check out. Having said that, welcome to my new feature, “This and That This Week,” affectionately known as TTTW. Every week I’ll review/highlight videos and articles of interest related to hair, beauty, parenting, etc. – basically a little bit of this and a little bit of that!  I know, it’s not a new concept, but it’s new for This and That With Calandra! LOL

Stay tuned and keep checking for my first installment coming this week…

Thanks Erin for the Video Challenge!

I’ve completed (sort of) Scandalous Beauty’s 30 video/30 day challenge. Today is the last day of July and when I started at the beginning of the month, I vowed to TRY and get in 30 videos, but I promised myself I would make at least 20. I ended up at 23 videos, so I’m satisfied. The goal was to spice up our YouTube channels and offer our subscribers new and interesting topics, and help them to learn a little bit more about us. It also challenged us to just do more. Personally, I feel like I just jumped into the swimming pool without over-thinking, over-planning and just OVER-DID! LOL. When I started my YouTube channel back in January 2010, I just took the leap into the pool and posted my pilot vlog, talking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Previously, I had been watching YT for makeup and hair tutorial for a while, but never thought I would ever get past just talking on camera and actually doing my own reviews and tutorials. And who knows, soon I may be adding natural hair care videos to my channel as well. Hmmm…interesting how I’ve made it this far.  I can remember being just as excited about my 25 subscribers as I now am about my close to 300 subs!

So Erin has encouraged me to step up my game a notch – the video challenge encouraged me to be a little more savvy – upgrading the look and content of my blog, adding a Facebook fan page, and re-invigorating my Twitter posts. I’m still just doing all of this for fun, but I am amazed by all those wonderful gurus who are über-serious about videos/blogs, and especially those beauty bloggers who do this as part of their career.

Challenge DONE…on to the next one!

New Site I’m LOVING…Beads, Braids & Beyond

In my new natural hair journey, I am finding and loving more YouTube channels and blogs dedicated to natural hair. One of the sites that is just standing out right now is a blog called ,”Beads, Braids, & Beyond,” which actually deals a lot with childrens’ natural haircare as well. I have a vested interest in this subject, as my three-year-old daughter has thick hair, much like the texture, length and strength of my hair at her age. I am vowing to keep her away from the “creamy crack” (chemical relaxer, that is) for as long as humanly possible, hoping that by the time she is of age, she will embrace her natural hair and not feel the need to relax her hair.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is NOTHING wrong with relaxers, weaves, braids – I’ve had them ALL. But as for now, I am seeing the damaging effects of chemical treatments and would like to stay far away from them and get back to my natural hair state (and keep my daughter’s hair in its natural state!). But back to the blog…this site is amazing and I hope you all stop by and read it. I recently found several great posts that excited me. “It’s Never Too Early to Get Your Daughter Involved in Caring for Her Hair” was of great interest to me, as I am now beginning to take care of my daughter’s hair. Her sitter used to do her hair during the week, giving her wonderful styles that lasted through the weekend. With my daughter starting camp recently, and then off to Pre-K next month, the task has become solely mine. We took our first trip to my stylist a few weeks ago, and she was such a little lady! Not only was it a bonding moment for us, but it was an opportunity to start exposing her to the haircare process. This is a great place for haircare tips, products, advice and MORE!!

30-Day YouTube Video Challenge – Video #21: New YT Subs

Here’s another Top 5 in 5 video – since Erin (ScandalousBeauty) challenged us to make the 30 videos during July, I have subscribed to a few more YouTube channels and here are five that you need to check out. Click their names to get to their YouTube Channels:

BeautyThesis – Tamara is going to get tired of me mentioning her in my videos! Click HERE to check out her blog.

Yummy411 – Click HERE for her blog.

Intellectual Elegance

Naptural85

MissJenee – Check out her blog Rich Little Poor Girl

30-Day YouTube Video Challenge – Videos #19-20

So I met my personal goal of 20 videos during the month of July. Since there are only a few more days left in the month, I don’t know if I can squeeze in the extra 10 videos, but we’ll see. When I started Erin’s challenge of 30 videos in 30 days, I had vowed to at least do 20, so…here they are. OK, so I cheated a little bit…I’m answering 30 beauty questions, but I had to split it into 2 videos. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to visit these beauty bloggers and YouTubers:

Erin – Scandalous Beauty 

The Warpaint Chronicles – www.warpaintchronicles.onsugar.com OR YouTube.com/erikosan84

Tamara – Beauty Thesis

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