The Mighty Bamboo w/ Beautifully Bamboo

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Beautifully Bamboo has curated a collection of products showcasing their hero ingredient, bamboo. Seeing a need in the market place for this powerhouse ingredient, CEO Nadege Lewis, launched Beautifully Bamboo so consumers can have access to the beauty mineral, silica. Beautifully Bamboo has harnessed the power of silica and made it
available in various forms. Products Available in the Beautifully Bamboo Line Include:

Organically Grown Bamboo Tea (in tea bags and looseleaf)
Bamboo Extract Infused Facial Oil
Bamboo Silica Hair Supplements
Vegan Silica Protein Powder
Bamboo Extract Conditioner Boost
Pure Organic Bamboo Extract Powder

Bamboo Silica is branded as a beauty mineral because it can promote numerous benefits including thicker, shinier hair. Study findings have suggested that hair with high silica levels appear healthier while experiencing less shedding. Silica is absolutely essential for the formation of collagen. This helps to promote thicker, younger-looking skin. Silica plays a major role in bone formation and density. Bamboo tea is high in antioxidants, caffeine-free, and may help to provide cardiovascular support. Supplementing with bamboo will also improve brittle nails.

The mission of Beautifully Bamboo is to support health and beauty from the inside out. We do so by providing unique products that harness the power of the mighty bamboo.

Visit http://www.beautifullybamboo.com for more.

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Megan Kapri The Survivors Strategist: How I Found My Voice

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I was not a liar-but who believed me? Many didn’t believe me, I didn’t believe me. I questioned why I was born and I attempted to commit suicide many times because the pain was too great inside. At 5 years old I had to do strange things and was molested. I didn’t understand how I could be treated this way. Then at 8 nothing changed just a different human I was sexually abused by a religious family member. This experience made me question whether God truly loved me and if so how could he allow me to be abused? At 10, the pain still didn’t end, I was raped by a family friend; when would this betrayal of trust end. “I was a liar”, he said. I learned to be silent because although I could speak- I had no voice. That same day I was seen by a physician who used ultra-violet light to shed light on my story. The light revealed the semen & other body fluids was still left on me. It was on that day I was given my voice. 
Megan Kapri Manigault is an Amazon Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate. Raised in Charleston, SC. She had always been a forerunner, paving the way for others and showing her love for her community by sharing her talents and gifts.  
In 2004, Megan became a founding member of the Students Can Really Use Bedside Skills (S.C.R.U.B.S.) – a mentoring program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Megan continued to shine as a poet, being one of the first students to participate in “Gear Up” – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Megan was the founding member of the “In the Spirit of Giving Fund” – a program started at Garrett Academy for students and family members experiencing traumatic life events. As an actress with the “Charleston Street Vendors”, she performed in plays and skits about the history of Charleston and its enslaved people. These performances included the Mojo Arts Festival and the North Charleston Arts Festival.  
Megan graduated from Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina, focusing on project management, healthcare, and psychology. Megan has worked in the medical field in various positions for over 10 years. She has spent countless hours volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, and various faith-based organizations. In 2017, Megan was recognized by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc (North Charleston Bethune-Leonard Section) as a 2017 Innovator and received an award for her awesome works in the community. Megan co-authored a book that same year entitled “Unveiled, Unmasking The Pain”, in this book she shares with the world her rape experience. She wanted to help the world understand the experience of sexual assault and encourage others to take off the mask, speak up, and use their voices. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, she decided to found I AM VOICES, Inc. – a non-profit organization, which now has a Chapter in Nigeria, both with a mission to transform the lives of survivors of sexual abuse while educating the community through awareness and prevention tactics. Megan has also created a mentorship summer program “Infinite Voices”, in this program she mentors young girls ages 4-17 on Body Safety, Self-Love, Boundaries, Financial Responsibility, and Entrepreneurship.  Late 2018, Megan self-published “Wilted Flowers, Still Bloom, this book goes over many of her steps and strategies to help others understand Trauma Survivors or even to help survivors learn coping mechanisms. She created in this book, activities for readers to use in self-discovery; the book has been used in book clubs and female support groups. As “The Survivors Strategist”, Megan has used what she learned, to help other survivors develop their strategy to overcome mental obstacles to reach their peace. Early 2019, Megan co-authored another book “Body Talk: Finding the Beauty In You”, Megan expresses in this book the freedom in loving herself. She discusses how she once struggled with even thinking her body or physical appearance was worthy of love. She explains that Finding the Beauty means shes still learning, still discovering, and still working on ways to love herself over and over again. She ends her chapter by telling her readers, “With every lesson I learn, I’m willing to share with you, because by helping you, I’m still helping me, sis.” Megan is known in her community and internationally by her heart and willingness to spread love and speak on Finding Purpose and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles. She lives by her Motto “To Find Who You Are, You Must Acknowledge Where You’ve Been.” 

Should Christians Use Birth Control???

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Listen, Queen, after four children my husband and I decided that we are officially done. I got my tubes tied and honestly, it was the worst thing I ever did! I thought we were being responsible, but it turned out bad for me.

What happened???

I’m having hot flashes!!!! That’s what happened. At first, I didn’t realize what was happening. My husband said I was extra spicy and I was hot when no one else was. I was so heated one night I stripped down to nothing opened a window with the AC on and I was crying because I was experiencing hell on earth.

My husband said…’you going through menopause, eh?’ I think that’s the worst thing you could tell a Caribbean woman. I was so mad at him! How could a 33-year-old woman be experiencing menopause-it couldn’t be right? But night after night I was hot and heated and I couldn’t understand what was going on.

One day my husband and I were watching an interview with Tamela and David Mann on the Breakfast Club. Mr. Mann started talking about how Tamela acts when the ‘hot flashes’ kick in and it sounded just like what I was going through.

I cried because I couldn’t understand how or why. I prayed and the Holy Spirit revealed to me that tying my tubes had effects that couldn’t be seen but I was now experiencing the reaction from my actions.

God opens and closes wombs, I should have enough faith to believe that God knows what’s best for me. He knows how many children I can bear. He knows what I can take better than I.

Before I got my tubes tied my husband and I would have sex and nothing would happen, in fact, I got pregnant with my third daughter on birth control. So I do believe that God is able to open and close our wombs especially if we are submitting our lives to him.

Now, I have never been on the pill, I have taken the depo shot but that would be in my system months after its expiration. After I found out that the depo takes away our calcium I stopped taking it because I can’t afford the calcium.

So, what’s a woman to do?

If you aren’t married-just stop having sex. If you are married you are under a godly covenant and I would make my petitions known to Christ but I would end the prayer with not my will but your will be done.

God didn’t give us the spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind. The fact that I was fearful to conceive again tells me that I wasn’t operating in his spirit.

I think we forget that he is concerned about everything that concerns us. We are so caught up on what we see, that we forget that what we see is temporal and has the ability to change.

After Rachel had her two destined sons she died.

After Leah, had her seven children her womb was shut up.

After Sarah, had Issac she conceived no more.

Our lives produce based on purpose. After you have conceived your purpose then no more children will surface.

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Should Christians use birth control? In my opinion- let Jesus be a birth control pill. 

 

3 Reasons You Should NOT Have An Abortion

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I remember an old friend of mine telling me that she was pregnant. Amazing news right – wrong, well at least not for her at the time. She was married and already had a few kids and a one-year-old. Her heart was set on having an abortion and she wanted to know my thoughts on the matter. I told her-HELL NO!

She then told me that I didn’t understand. She just had a baby and it was too soon. She asked me what if I got pregnant back to back would I still have the baby and I said yes. At the time I too had just given birth to my second daughter. Anyway, to cut a long story short she had the abortion and I did get pregnant again; literally 12 months after the birth of my second daughter. Here I was, in the same shoe, she found herself a year ago.

So what did I do…..

This would have been my third child and it happened soon after my second and I was excited!!!!!! I had my baby!

I’ve had abortions before- yes I did. I didn’t want to bring the babies into a world where their mother wasn’t ready for them. Every reason that was ever created to justify abortion is all selfish. I thought after they were gone, I would feel better but I didn’t. The guilt of the abortion nearly killed me and it took a very long time for me to forgive myself.

I never wanted children. When my first daughter was born I was happy but I vowed that I wouldn’t have any more kids because I grew up with many siblings and I didn’t really like the life my parents had – I didn’t want to be like them. But here I am four kids later and loving it.

So what changed?

After I gave my life to God for real for real, he showed me the other side of parenting. Through my relationship with God I realized that I could be a good parent and that just because my parents weren’t what I wanted, they were what I needed.

It took a lot of prayers and deliverance sessions for me to completely be free from the guilt and resentment I had for myself because of what I had done and I promised God that I would never do it again and I haven’t and I won’t.

Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t have an abortion:

1. Children Unlock Gifts Within You.

After the birth of my second daughter, there was a strong desire to sew that came upon me. I always wanted to be a clothing designer but I couldn’t sew. One day I remembered that my grandmother had a sewing machine that she didn’t use. I bought it from her and the rest is history. I never took one sewing lesson or used a sewing machine but it was like I was doing it all my life. I started a business creating baby headbands that developed into creating clothing for my daughters, myself and others.

2. Having an abortion locks you into a covenant with Molech.

It’s a human sacrifice. You are sacrificing your baby for your career, your reputation, your relationships; but you are clueless to the fact that the act itself brings you into covenant with a demon. Molech was the Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice. Child sacrifice is the ritualistic killing of children in order to please or appease a god or supernatural beings in order to achieve a desired result. Don’t do it sis

3. Children Come With Their Own Supply.

Many people use the lack of finances as a reason why abortion is a great choice-they don’t want the child to suffer. Ironic, because they do suffer death at the hand of their own mother! After my second daughter, God showed me all the reasons why abortion was a terrible idea. She lacked nothing! I can remember being on the delivery table and getting a $2,500.00 deposit just for her. I got a surprise baby shower from strangers. Our medical bills were all paid in FULL and none of this happened because of my husband and I alone it was ALL GOD!!!!!!

God showed me that he cared about my concerns and that if we would only trust him to do what he says, we would see that even in our mistakes, he’s able to make it all work together for good.

Now I’m not a fool and I understand that there may be times when an abortion may absolutely be necessary due to medical reasons. I understand. But I’m speaking to those of you concerned about the money, or being a single parent, or your career- please understand that God has considered all of that and he still has a plan for you. His plan for you is a prosperous one but you have to commit your situation to him.

We all face different things in life but I just want you to know that you are not alone.

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New York Says Yes To Abortion: Grace Says Abortion- NO!!!

On January 23rd the state of New York extended its Reproductive Health Act by making it legal to perform abortions after 24 weeks. Under the new law, abortions after that point are permitted if the pregnant person’s life or health are threatened, or if the fetus is not viable.

It’s law but does it make it right?

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You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord – Leviticus 18:21 

Molech was Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice. Now you may say that women aren’t making child sacrifices, but aren’t they? They’re having abortions to save their careers, their reputations, because they aren’t financially able, so on and so on. Sounds like child sacrifice to me!

Tiphani Montgomery did an amazing live video on this subject that summed up my feelings and beliefs on the matter of abortion.

How I Childproof My Home: Sol-U-Mel The Holy​ Grail!

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No need for any hype because the proof is in the photo. When I tell you that I almost cried because the results were so good- believe me. My heart was glad because now my husband and I didn’t have to purchase new furniture! I have 4 children (12, 4, 6, and 10 months) and sometimes my home can turn into a real zoo and so I’m always looking for eco-friendly cleaning products that work.

This Christmas my kids will be able to smile wider because instead of replacing furniture we will be creating memories that last!

 

“Thriving in Your Now” Postpartum Depression Advocate Sasha Nicole Starts Movement to Help Other Mothers in Need

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Sasha Nicole is a transplant Washingtonian with a purpose. With a deep passion for mentoring and changing lives, she helps women understand the power of resilience by teaching how to overcome various life obstacles and be inspired to succeed. After having her daughter, who is now six; Sasha experienced severe Post-Partum for almost two years. That experience along with the lack of resources and understanding in the minority community inspired her to create Partum Evolution a 501c3, with its primary goal to help evolve life with and after Post-Partum Depression (PPD) for mothers of color everywhere. Sasha is currently directing and producing a documentary centered on PPD that she hopes will spark a conversation and change for minority women throughout the world.  

Sasha holds an M.S. in Federal Program Management from Trinity Washington University, and a B.A. in Communications from Virginia State University She is a member of the illustrious organization Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves in a high-intensity role as a Contracts Specialist for the Government and as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.  

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I’m originally a military kid from Alaska. I’ve spent most of my life in the DC/MD/Virginia area. I currently work full-time doing Contracts for the Government and I teach Project Management part-time at a University. If that’s not enough I’m a mom of one daughter and one bonus son as well as a wife. I love all things travel and I’m a self-proclaimed Happiness Advocate and Postpartum Warrior.

How did you start the Thriving in Your Now movement? What is your purpose for this?

Thriving in Your Now started with me traveling around the world. People would always say to me how they wanted to travel, be more confident, and do some of the things I was doing and my response would always be well “why don’t you?” It was a testament that no matter me being a single mother at that time, no matter what size I was, and or what I did or didn’t have I was going to be committed to enjoying everything in my life at this moment. 

Postpartum depression is a very important topic in society, especially with new mothers.  How did you deal with having that with your daughter? 

You know the issue was that I didn’t deal with it after I had my daughter. I tried to ignore it. I didn’t talk to anyone about it really and some of the few people I did had a hard time understanding or told me to just get over it. During that time, I had immense thoughts of harming my daughter. I would imagine ways that would make her stop crying or to just drop her off somewhere because I felt I couldn’t do it. Nothing could have prepared me for everything I went through after having her. One thing I knew was that I didn’t want to have the thoughts I was having. I wanted the connection that I just didn’t have when she was born or after. I would hysterically cry asking God to remove my thoughts. Over time it got better. I talked it about it more and stopped caring about the judgment I would face being brutally honest about my experience. 

As a motivational speaker, what topics do you cover or feel is important when you speak at events?

When I speak at events I always like to cover my signature slogan of Thriving In Your Now because it’s something so many can relate to. We all have stories and try to use mine to really help people hone in on their journey and making the best out of exactly where they are. I, of course, can speak about a variety of topics and have crafted specific topics relating to the audience, but that is really my favorite. 

I see that you are working on a documentary.  What is that project about and when will it be released?

I am! I am working on a documentary that is based on everyday women of color who have or currently experiencing Postpartum Depression. The projected release date is late fall. 

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As an advocate for Postpartum Depression, how are you spreading the awareness in your community and on social media? Is there a support group you attend as well?

I just started this movement and really being comfortable about being more open and doing the work that is involved with advocacy. With that, my podcast is one way I’m spreading awareness along with the documentary and my book. I also plan on starting group sessions throughout Maryland (PG County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County) where women can come and have a safe space to talk and collaborate. 

You have a non-profit organization called Partum Evolution.  How did you come up with that idea to create it? What is the mission and purpose of this organization?

Partum Evolution is just that. It is about the evolution of Postpartum. It is a living testament to where I started and where I have evolved to and it is dedicated to helping other women do the same.

Do you have any special projects coming up for your blog and podcast?

I have some great interviews for my podcast coming up and I’m looking at teaming up with some bloggers to do a specially curated event hopefully before the end of 2018. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I will have two books out, doing speaking tours, having a center for women and children, and being on television.

How can readers reach out to you or connect with you? 

Readers can connect with me via my website at http://www.thrivinginyournow.com and submit their stories dealing with Postpartum and their journey through motherhood. They can subscribe to my podcast and follow me on Instagram @therealsashanicole

“I constantly self-evaluate and strive for excellence. By understanding and agreeing with myself the work that will have to be put in, I am doing more than representing myself; I am representing an opportunity for women everywhere. God has given me an ability to connect, relate, and impact people’s lives. Being able to represent my demographic gives me greater leverage to reach and inspire others to achieve greatness.” ~Sasha Nicole

Written By: Patrice Rivers