Mother’s Day Feels❤

It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother’s heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother’s blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother’s ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother.

This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother’s womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother’s blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother – we are truly children of one blood.

~ Layne Redmon

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival 2017

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival: The Spirit Awakens on Friday, August 11 through Sunday,August 13, 2017.

Carnival is unequivocally the universal event that brings together everything that is remotely connected to the Caribbean. From authentic food, music and dance you name it, it’s there in its entirety. Since its inception back in 2005 headed by Chairman Theo Jack, Jr., Jacksonville Carnival has seen thousands of carnival revelers year after year with a conquering army parading through down A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard, boldly representing who they are and where they are from. Roll call!


“We Jammin Still!”


This year’s staging of Jacksonville Carnival will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Park 2, over the course of 3 energy filled days. The park will be transformed into Carnival central and let me be the one to break this to you; yuh nuh want miss dis! Jacksonville is kind of the underdog of the many carnivals staged here in America and we are aiming to be bigger and better this year. Many may not know but Jacksonville has a Caribbean population of 13000, according to the Census and we need everyone to come out in their numbers and support.


Fete Life: “Worst Behavior!”


There will be a series of 5 invigorating events: Como Fete, MEGA GLO, J’ouvert, Last lap and Brunch Fete. Be on the look out for the infamous J’ouvert which involves paint, powder and oil drenched all over your body; come on who can say no to this event. It is a favorite of many and some sees it as a ritual that must be done in order to be carnival ready.

“It’s Carnival! Everybody take a jump…take jump…take a jump up now!”


Another favorite you don’t want to miss is Carnival Saturday which consists of the road march. It is jammed packed with high tempo music, a huge parade and beautiful costumes, some of them ranging 50ft tall. The parade comes to an end in front of the judges, at festival at the park. The festival includes, food, crafts, music, with live entertainers, both and international.


Carnival Tabanca!


First Coast locals, Soca Junkies, carnival revelers and visitors alike, we need yall to come out and lose yourselves in the rhythmic sections, high energy music, authentic Caribbean street food for an experience of a lifetime.
And remember, the science of the wine is all in the spine! So First Coast get ready because the Jacksonville Carnival take-over is in full effect.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.jacksonvillecarnival.com
Xo


Versatile and Mystery Blogger Award

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I started this blog to share with you all my life and culture. Last month I hit 2k plus views and I’m super appreciative of the love and support that I’m being given. Big up unuh self always!  Keep on sharing the love you showed me even to others and I’ll always do the same x.

So I was nominated by TashneeVMavee for the Versatile Blogger Award and I’m elated and couldn’t be more grateful. I want to thank you doll for acknowledging my work so much to even consider me as a nominee. Be sure to check out her amazing blog.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person(s) who gave you the nomination.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Tell the person(s) who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My Nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. AllAboutTheScrubLife

2. She’sMattie,Son

3. JustBrittanyMoments

4. Memoirs&Musings

5. IslandGirlOnAMission

6. MissAshleyAnecdotes

7 AsToldByAlii

8 SincerelyCara

7 facts about me:

  1. I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  2. I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  3. I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.
  4. I’m a freelance writer, I cover mostly cultural events and I do a bit of social media management as well. I work with SFL Style Magazine, Current-Situation and Lakol Magazine.
  5. I have a confession to make- I am a proud carnival junkie lol. I love carnival to di bone, everything about it and the ancestral history of it makes it even more worth my while.
  6.  I have a twin brother and that’s pretty sweet.
  7. I am really scared of heights.

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I was nominated by NypheWrites for this award. She is an amazing blogger, be sure to check out her blog here.

Rules:

  1. Put the logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  5. Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About me :

  • I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  • I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  • I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.

My answers:

1. What is the silliest thing you have ever done?

Hmmm I don’t think I’ve done any thing silly lol. Maybe this could be one…. for a school competition we did a skit and I was dress as a mad person acting all crazy haha

2. Where do you get your blogging inspiration from?

My blogging inspiration comes from my culture.

3. What is your dream country?

My dream country hmmmm…..I dont have one but i do have a dream continent and thats ofcourse the motherland Africa!

4. Luxuries or Love?

Definitely love don’t sell your soul.

5. What’s your best read ever?

Heal Thyself- Queen Afuna

My Nominees For The Mystery Blogger Award :

1 TashneeVMavee

2 StellasCreativity&Styles

3 AieshaInspires

4 KerdishaStLouis

5 AshleyGulley

6 JessicaHugoInspires

7 JustMeMsDraya

8 SuthernTwang

9 NelReactionaryTales

10 FoodieAndThebeauty

My Questions:

  1. What motivated you to start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite shopping website?
  3. Top 3 TV series?
  4. State one mantra you live by?
  5. Name one pet peeve?

Link to my Favorite Blog Post:

Protective Hairstyles https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/07/03/summer-protective-hairstyles/

Hon. Marcus Garvey  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/03/10-uplifting-quotes-from-the-great-hon-marcus-mosiah-garvey/

Stress Relieving Strategies  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/15/stress-relieving-habbits/

Carnival History  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/24/history-on-caribbean-celebrations/

Musing: Azede Jean-Pierre  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/04/20/muse-azede-jean-pierre/

Xo

 

 

 

Summer Protective Hairstyles

Ok let’s face it. It is impossible for me to style my hair every morning all while tackling the everyday challenges of life. Every Sunday I wash my hair and do some kind of protective styling to last the week max. I follow a bunch of protective hairstyle pages and influencers one specific one is @sashabasha, she is a beast when it comes to protective styling. I often go to her page for ideas.

The goal of protective styling is to basically style your hair in such a way that the ends of your hair is tucked away and protected. I love protective hairstyles because they are very convenient and stylish and they cause minimal to no damage to my hair. Protective hairstyles should never be limited. The mere twisting of the hair carries out the same preserving functions that we aim for.
Here are my top 5 protective hairstyles I am obsessing over for Summer 17.

Faux Locs
@fabulousbre

These are really popular on the social scenes and you can see why…..They are beautiful and can be done using various different techniques. The style is typically achieved using wool of some type of kinky hair wrapped around a braid.


Flat Twist

@christian_byshe

Created with a two strand technique, these stylish twists add chic to whatever look you are trying to achieve. This style is great for natural hair as well as transitioning hair. It is beginner friendly, very simple and easy to achieve.


Short braids


Long hair is so overrated. These braids are super cute and edgy. With all the beat that summer brings having long braids resting on your neck and back doesn’t seem like a good idea. They don’t cause heaviness and tension as opposed to long braids. Key to always remember is to ensure the edges are oiled and hydrated at all time.


Halo Braid


@kersti.pitre

I love these halo braids with a tribal twist to it. The braids and beads on the side add a sprinkle *more like a shower* of black girl magic to this style☺. It gives off a very elegant appearance.


Feed in Braids and Beads


I’m obsessed! This style is otherwise known as invisible braids because of the seamless technique used to achieve this style. The way the style is approached, it’s almost always impossible to tell where the additional hair is added. Of course this removes tension from your edges which is very important….gotta protect the edges.


Marley Twists (Rope Twists)

These gorgeous twists are simple to install and last for at least 2 months. Known to many in Jamaica as rope twists, they allow a different take on the braid trend and are very chic and versatile. Once again ensure that the edges and roots are hydrated to prevent itching and promote longevity of the style.

Protective styles are important because it allows low manipulation of your actual hair thus preventing breakage. The end game is to really preserve and protect the hair from any kind of damage and in turn, foster growth and overall, a healthy head of hair.

I’m going to challenge myself to do at least 3 of these styles for the summer.

What are a few protective styles you can’t wait to try this summer?

Xo

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My Summer 17 Must-Haves

It’s almost mid-week and I hope everyone has been blessed with a great week so far and for those who are facing challenges keep yah head up ❤

So, It’s officially summer and I know everybody is excited with every sunshine causing the most beautiful beach days of the year. With the new season upon us comes the urge to want new things. And there is nothing wrong with that but at the same time there is also a need to declutter. Maybe donate a few old pieces of clothing you don’t need anymore to salvation army or re-sell them to Plato’s closet etc. After that we can get started on our wishlist or must-haves haul. Here’s a list of summer essential I need in my life.

Mule Flats

So, think cosy flats. They are absolutely gorgeous and a definite staple for any closet. They also come in handy on days when you don’t have any pedi and want to somewhat cover your toes; these are perfect for that. Very high fashion and stylish and they are perfect for whatever look you are trying to achieve. Definitely certified streetstyle. 

Moroccan Pouf (Ottoman)

Hand woven with precision by the Berber woman in Morocco, these Moroccan Poufs otherwise known as floor pillows are nothing short of absolute beauty. They are so unique and add depth to your home decor…..they are a must have. I neeeeedddd 😩.

Straw Hats

These are a must have. Summer calls for never ending beach days, pool days and vacations; it just wouldn’t be right without the perfect beach hat. 

Straw Totes

These beautiful woven chic basket-like totes are the perfect thing to grab before you head out the door. They are super earthy and gives off an island vibe.

Little Yellow Dress (LYD)

You know how they say every girl should have a LBD…yah sure. However, for the summer eyes are set on a gorgeous yellow dress. Yes….sunshine yellow is a must for summer especially for my highly melanated sisters….yasss! There is nothing like a highly melanated sis in a yellow dress 😍.

Mule

Walking around in stilettos this summer….no bueno! Mules for the win! They are absolutely hands down the it-shoe of summer 17. They are easily a go to; day or night, very accessible and very chic. The chunky low heel makes it so comfortable to walk in. These should be a definite staple for the summer.


What’s on you summer must have list?


 Xo

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4 Ways to keep you hydrated all summer long

(In my Ding Dong voice) 

” Di summer is back back back….Di summer is hatt hatt hatt 

We turning up aye we turning up 

Aye its a holidayyy-ayyy ayee aye aye aye

Aye it’s a sunny dayyy-ayy aye aye aye

It’s a nice sunny evening, a cool afternoon

Nobady has to work no nobady goes to school”

Mi nuh know bout di work part still but you get the picture 😂😂😂. Its summer and I love you Ra and all the blessings and bountiful 🌞 you keep sending down.

Staying hydrated all summer long is so important. With the temperatures rises our bodies are constantly adjusting in order to stay cool and staying hydrated is is one major way to do so. Water is life, cliche but it is. Our bodies are made up of 75% water, almost all the functions within the body needs water in order to operate efficiently. Being hydrated keeps our cells clean, energized, and efficient. Here are five staples outside of water itself that are sure to help you stay hydrated all summer long. 


1. Cucumber

Cucumber has a water content of 96.7% the highest water content of them all. So yes this is the holy grail 🙌. This can be eaten in salads, yogurts, smoothies or however you prefer it. Cucumbers are absolutely delicious; prevents headaches and is bound to leave you refreshed.


2. Strawberry

Strawberry  has a water content of 92%. It is so freaking juicy lol like if you know me you know i’m obsessed with strawberry. It can be eaten just as it is, fruit salad, covered in chocolate, smoothie or however you choose. If that wasn’t enough to convince you then guess what?!…..It is rich in antioxidants…definitely a must have.

3. Watermelon

Water melon has a water content of 91.5%. Everyone in the world must has eaten water melon before and I know you would agree with me when I say it’s soooo juicy like you’d bite into it and the juice would start to run down your hand. It is beyond refreshing, contains antioxidants and can be eaten anyway you like.

4. Coconut Water

Coconut water has a water content of 95%. It has so many benefits such as natural electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and the list goes on and on. It has and amazing taste; indulge in as many coconut water as you can this summer and if you can get it straight off the tree in its exocarp don’t hesitate. Added bonus, in Jamaica we say the coconut water washes off the heart so go for it some a unuh heart dutty bad. 😂😂 Clean heart mi seh!

Xo


Ding Dong: Holiday

 



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Natural Soap Bars

With a shower like this you’ll definitely need the right soap 😊

A healthy lifestyle not only includes what you put in your body, it also involves what you put on your body! Taking care of my body inside and out is so important. One way I do so is by using natural organic soap bars. I’m so obsessed with them; the smell is amazing and they work wonders on my body.

1. They are made with organic ingredients. Unlike soaps from these big companies place in numerous stores filled with harmful ingredients that can be detrimental to your skin later on. Organic soaps on the other hand are free of herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. They typically include oats, essential oils *my favourite*, coconut oil, aloe, honey among many other natural, body healing ingredients.

2. Your body is going to thank you, seriously. Using organic soap has tremendous benefit. It locks moisture into my skin leaving it silky smooth and soft all while detoxifying my body and skin of any residual toxins.

3. These organic soap bars are antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal. These properties makes it healthier and a  perfect choice for people who experience acne, oily skin and poison ivy among other skin conditions. It way better than using a prescribed cream whose ingredients contain words I can’t pronounce.

4. The environment will thank you. Due to the soap being organic that mean there is not pesticide and animal cruetly activity going on. As a result there is less havock being done to the environment bad enough as it is. 

Natural organic soaps might cost a bit more as compared to other soaps but when it comes to taking care of my body that doesn’t really matter when the benefits outweighs the cost. Here are 4 of my favourite organic soap bars and where to get them at an affordable price.

🔸 Organic Hemp Soap Bar

The Ingredients include:

Organic saponified oils of olive

Coconut oil

Rice bran

Hemp seed

Hemp seed oil

Cocoa butter

Shea butter 

Castor oil

Essential oil

Distilled water.

Buy here

🔸 Organic Lavender Oatmeal Soap Bar
Ingredients include:

Soap base

Ground lavender buds

Oatmeal

Lavender essential oil

Distilled water

Shea butter

Buy here

🔸 Organic Tea Tree Soap Bar

Ingredients include:

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Sweet almond oil

Avocado oil

Distilled water

Tea tree essential oil

Buy here

🔸Organic Rosemary Lavender Soap Bar

Ingredients include:

Mint-Infused Rainwater

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Dried Lavender Blooms, pulverized in coffee grinder

Dried Rosemary Leaves, pulverized in coffee grinder

Rosemary Essential Oil

Buy here

Happy reading and shopping

Xo

Before you go enjoy my May favourites below 😊

Juju Headdresses 

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Morroccan Pillow

Buy here

Nude Embroidered Lace Up

Buy here

Nude Sliders

Buy here

Plant Hangers

Buy here

Unsure about what plant to put in your plant hanger visit here 

Happy New Month lovelies🍃
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History on Caribbean Celebrations

​Hey lovelies hope everyone is having a great week so far😊.

So I’m back with another carnival post….Yes I love carnival and its still carnival season😁. Carnival in some people’s eyes is all just about wearing the prettiest outfit and bomb ass makeup.

 Carnival in the West Indies in recent times is dying mainly because of its commercialization. I see rappers coming to carnival to shoot their video in the midst of it all like wtf 😒…..using carnival as a prop… They have no clue what carnival is about. All they see is women in feathers. 

Another major breakdown of Carnival culture is that everything is so sexualized. Thousands of years ago woman and men walked the Earth naked and it was who they were and it was understood. Today if people as much as see a cheek showing that woman is going to be belittled. 

Carnival in the Caribbean and our African ancestors/traditional practices.

1. For those who don’t know, carnival is indeed of african roots. Our ancestors created carnival through a major celebration that they would practice after harvesting. Some of these Africans that were kidnapped and brought to the Caribbean did the same celebration after sugar cane harvesting was over.

2. Dress

 Here’s why the feathers are so important. They have been used by our ancestors and African culture for thousands of years. They represent our ability to travel to another realm, overcome illnesses, bad situation, to be reborn, rise above trial and tribulations. It also represents spiritual growth. 

    

3. Characters

The various characters such as stilts figures and Jankunu are exactly that of our ancestors and is still to this day being practiced. I personally love the Jonkunu. I always look foward to it. However in recent times it is so commercialized to the point where its now a photo op instead of I’m enlightened and appreciative by the meaning of this.

4. Dance

 Our dance and style of parading is of our ancestors themselves. If you notice, we march and parade about in circles. That’s most of what we do. This is in fact a very ancient tradition where our ancestors would parade in circles with their costumes, masks and headdresses on throughout their villages to bring forth positive energy, good fortune and heal problems. The music is also a big part of carnival and African traditional musical instuments are key in producing amazing carnival music.

Im doing this because another major carnival celebration is just around the corner, Crop Over. For those who don’t know Crop Over is celebrated in Barbados and is held in the month of July. It is important that we understand what this celebration is all about. 

Of course you know I had to show my fav in her Crop Over costumes for the past couple years.

Crop Over 2015

Crop Over 2013

Crop Over 2011

Before you go feel free to share your thoughts below☺.

Xo

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Haitian Flag Day

Haiti or Ayiti is the first country to become an Independent Black Republic from the successful 1804 Haitian Revolution slave revolt. Haiti is located in the West Indies and is part of the island called Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic.
In honor of Haitian Flag Day, here are 6 facts about the Haitian Flag 

1. The haitian flag was sewn together on this day May 18, 1803 by a woman called Catherine Flon in Archaie pronounced Ar-kai-yeah. 

2. It is said that the symbols used on the flag are of the Vodun Religion. A very popular religion within the country. The red and blue are said to be the colors representing the God of war, Ogou. 

3. If you look at the coat of arms, the symbols used represents that of the Vodun temple.

4. In 1804 the generals and leaders of the Haitian revolution decided to adopt the flag with the colors blue and red going across horizontally. The blue and red represented mulattoes and blacks and was a way to unify the people as one.

5. Haiti, meaning land of the mountains was given its name by Emperor and military leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to date is one of Haiti’s founding fathers. After the successful slave revolt,  crowned Emperor Dessalines adopted a new flag on May 20, 1804. The flag had only two colors, black symbolizing death and the red symbolizing freedom.

6. During the period 1915-1934 when the U.S. occupied the island it was actually the U.S. flag that was being flown in Haiti(not surprised😒).  However, on the day marked May 18 of every year the strong-willed Haitian people would proudly put the Haitian flag in front of their houses. The determination and fight of the Haitian people is beyond what words can explain.

“L’Union Fait La Force”

Happy Haitian Flag Day 

If you would like to donate to Haiti here is a legit gofundme from Tariq Nasheed’s page click here 

Also be sure to look out for the 1804 Movie by Tariq Nasheed. Watch the trailer here

Xo

 Stress Relieving Strategies

​ This thing called stress is a serious thing and can do alot of harm to the body. In today’s society it’s seen as something that we should just accept and carry on. Controlling stress involves taking into consideration your thoughts, what you put into your body and your everyday interaction and routines. Dealing with stress is easier said than now….I know! However, with a constant effort of exercising certain habbits it can be achieved. Here are a list of stress controlling strategies I include in my everday life.

1. Reduce Commitment 

There is alot of pressure that comes with commitment especially when its coming from people that you love. Can you do this for me? Can you send me that? Can you take care of this for me? It all can be overwhelming and because I dont want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I’d cave in and say yes. You have to decide if this is worth your time and energy. If not that’s just clutter that you don’t need in your life.

Its ok to say No

I have learned that it is ok to say no. Somethings you just cant do and thats okay. You have to take care of yourself and this is the first step that leads to me time….Invest in yourself!
2. 

I usually take at least 10 minutes out of my daily routine to take a breath.

 Inhale deeply (on your tippy toes)….Exhale (hmmmm relax flat on you feet)

Meditate for at least 5 minutes to declutter your mind from negative thoughts and ultimately the body is rid of any negative energy. My fav ❤

3. Himalyan Salt Lamp 

Salt lamps are not your regular household lamps. These lamps have negative ions that are released in order to neutralize radiation from electronics such as microwaves. Salt Lamp also prevent any static buildup within the home. Himalayan Salt lamps cleans the air, increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain and this helps me to sleep like a baby.

4. Stop Procrastination

This is never good. Being indecisive causes alot of stress because the only thing that’s being done is just stuff piling up on each other. Nothing is being done because you cant decide and at the end of the day youre just stressed out. I started to take care of things as they arise and this has reduced my procrastination tendencies.

5. Plan

My planner has come in very handy. Before I would say I’m going to buy or do something and when the time comes I could not remember and I used to get so frustrated and stressed. But now I write it down and whenever I go out I dont have to try to remember what I needed to get. Great for scheduling events and keeps you one step ahead. Invest in a planner

 6. Eat healthy/ Exercise

So I’m so flawed when it comes to this ugh however, I have cut beef and pork out of my diet. It was really hard 😩. Pork and beef just sit up in your body causing alot of mood swings and depression. I try to eat at least 1 servings of fruit per day and add as much green as I possibly can. Recently I’ve been loving quinoa and been eating alot of fish. I work out atleast 2 times a week lol babysteps. 

7. Take a Bath

This helps you to calm and relax. Actually I learnt that being horizontal in the water helps with your mood. Our bodies relate the the calmness, positioning of our bodies along with the warmth of the bath to the womb and this eases our body and mind. I also add bath salts, essential oils, sometimes natural bathbombs and herbal mixtures to my bath. Similar article here

8. Drinking Tea

In Jamaica we drink tea for everything under the sun😂 lol. The ritual of making the tea and drinking it is a great way I use to relieve stress. Herbal teas contain amino acid that produces a calming nature in the body and awakens the mind. It’s aroma helps to foster positive energy leaving you with a soothing feeling.

Before you go I’d love to hear from you; what are some stress relieving strategies that you use in your life?

Xo