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04 Jan 2019

How Pure Barre Made Me Love Working Out Again

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2019, and that this year brings us all blessings and miracles. Just like a lot of people, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to work out more — specifically, be more kind to my body in what I eat, how active I…

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18 Jan 2018

I did a 3-day juice cleanse with Pressed Juicery

I’ve always wanted to do a 3-day juice cleanse to see if I could actually do one all the way through, and to see what type of affects I’d have afterwards. At the end of last year, I really wanted to do one because 1. Since I was in the process of moving in November…

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06 Nov 2016

#indiatakesnyc: the first month

I’ve made the journey from South Carolina to New York City about a month ago– the last time I’ve updated this blog! Ever since I’ve changed the name from IndiaHillWrites to BooksandBigHair, I’ve been meaning to give this blog a revamp and jumpstart things with series about living in New York. Of course, it was…

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02 Oct 2016

hey there | it’s booksandbighair!

If you have been following me since I started blogging in 2010, you’ll know I’ve changed my blog name and/or layout at least 10 times. It started out as The Reddlipstick Blog, and it was entertainment focused with a black and red theme. From there, it briefly changed into xoxo India, then TheReddBlogger (that layout…

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06 Sep 2016

I’m Moving to New York!

As you’ve probably guessed by the title, next month (!!!) I will be moving to New York City, as I’ve accepted a spot in a Fellowship Program! Although this is a program I’ve applied for earlier this year, the interviewing process and actually getting a spot happened so FAST. The actual turnaround was so quick that I barely…

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19 Aug 2016

The Happies!

Happy Friday! I had an idea to do occasional weekly rounds-up of things I’ve done this week and things I’ve seen on the internet that made me smile. Just something that you can look at on the internet that’s guaranteed to be 100% positive. Until I can think of a better name, I want to…

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13 Apr 2016

April Goals + Saying No To Things

I know we’re already halfway through the month of April, but I still wanted to check in with my goals. I also wanted to talk about something that’s been on my mind, which is knowing when to say no to things.   I’m I have a hard time saying no sometimes, and I know my…

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10 Mar 2016

Currently #2: March Goals, Books and Thoughts

Hey y’all! I wanted to do another “Currently” post so this blog just won’t be filled with Goals recaps. I just to fill you guys in on what’s going on with me! Check out my last one here. Feeling: The end of February and the beginning of March have been so busy for me. My…

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10 Feb 2016

February Goals + Time Management

I’m a little late, but here are my February goals. January was a great month and I think I did really well with my goals! Although I did struggle with one thing: time management. I think it’s because I wrote down so many goals in my Powersheets that I wanted to accomplish, when January 1st hit I…

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20 Jan 2016

A week in healthy eating

As I’ve stated in 2016 goals, I want to lose a few pounds, become healthier and just get in better shape overall. This week, I cut out all fast foods, SUGAR (more on this. omg.), junk food, all beverages except coffee and water, and most carbs. I’m trying out this new meal plan and I…

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  • 100% would wear this hairstyle today. 😄💕🎀 #thanksmommy #tbt
  • Posting hubby’s #beforeiletgochallenge because I love it so much. 😍 he decided to do his thing and drum to it and I suggested he record it!! We joke a lot that we have an Artist House. He drums for kids while I write for kids. Also, since Beyoncé’s #homecoming documentary was HBCU marching band focused, it’s perfect for us! Rob is a percussionist/former band member and y’all know I’m a proud member of the Beyhive. And we both met at our HBCU. 🐝🥁Show him some love!! ❤️ @rhythmofrob
  • Next up: 🗣THIS ONE IS FOR MY MAMA!!! The funniest, goofiest, most beautiful and lively person I know. ✨ I’ve watched her sacrifice so much for my brother and I over the years, and I can’t wait to pay her back. She’s a teen mom who I’ve watched graduate from high school and become the first person in our FAMILY to graduate college. I’m so blessed and grateful for our bond. I love her so much!!! #Tonya ❤️ 💕#HappyMothersDay
  • A year ago today, I married the love my life. We’ve been together for almost 10 years, started dating at 19, and I still learn something new about you everyday. I love to watch you drum, your passion for teaching, your selfless heart. I love to laugh with you, and I’m excited to grow old with you. A year ago today, two kids vowed to God to love, honor, and respect each other for the rest of our lives. Happy anniversary babe!! I love you so much. One year down, forever to go! 🥰❤️ @rhythmofrob #jumpingthebrowns (SWIPE to the very end for a surprise LOL)
  • I wouldn’t call myself an #influencer per se, but sometimes I get cool things in the mail to share with y’all. I received this @influencehercollective spring essentials kit filled with fun goodies, including face masks, sunglasses, moisturizers, and KIND bars. 😋I loved everything I tried, so if you’re interested, check out the influenceher highlight on my profile! *I can’t speak on the self-tanner bc I have no use for it. I gifted it to someone who’d love it! #ad
  • Tomorrow is #independentbookstoreday, and I’ll be spending it doing one of my favorite things and one of my favorite indie’s: talking about books! If you’re in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, come to @mainstreetbooksdavidson tomorrow between 1-3pm and let me recommend a book to you! 📚💖
  • Watching Beyoncé’s new documentary as an HBCU grad and someone who is a huge admirer of her work: In high school, there were many microaggressions thrown my way (my teacher got fired for saying the N word in class 🙄) and I felt overlooked. Afterwards, I attended Claflin University, a small HBCU in South Carolina. There, I felt I got the attention I needed as a student, and I didn’t feel discriminated against for the color of my skin or the texture of my hair. It was there where I fell back in love with writing, embraced my natural hair texture, met my husband and my best friend. I built community, confidence in the workplace, and made friends from all over the world (different races as well). Beyoncé’s documentary showcased the beauty of attending a Historically Black College in a world where people constantly judge you for skin color or culture. I’m so glad Bey shed light on HBCU’s — I’m excited for the kids who are thinking of attending an HBCU after watching her performance. I’m motivated by her 15 hr work days, while breastfeeding and eating literally NOTHING but vegetables to gear up for her Coachella performance, months after her emergency c-section w/ her twins. One of the reasons I love Beyoncé so much is how she embodies the Black Southern Woman to a Tee for me. She’s done it again, and I’m continually inspired. 🐝✨#beyoncehomecoming
  • Some of you may know that I used to work at HBO, and one of the coolest things about my job was having a small part in working on Game of Thrones. GoT will always remind me of living and working in NYC, and I’m excited to watch the final season premiere tonight! Who do you think will take the throne? I hope it’s a Stark ❄️🐺😩 #gameofthrones #forthethrone