Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivational Monday

With all the hooping and hollering I did last month about turning thirty years old, you'd think I'd arrived at some epitome of knowledge about life, love, faith, marriage and parenthood. While I do feel by age thirty life has given you extensive experiences to assist you throughout the remainder of adulthood. I also think getting to this age has taught me that I'll never stop learning. Knowledge is such a powerful tool. Not just for an increase in economic status (although it surely helps there) but in relationships as well. In my teens, I had questions at times about my insecurities & social status. I also had questions about independence from my parents. I found the answers in my twenties during my undergraduate years.  Funny how God and a little time work, right?! 

There were times in my twenties when I prayed for understanding and you know what? At some point, right when I was ready to hear clearly, God sent me clarity.  Whether it was about my career, my romantic life, bills, etc. 

I know its tough being patient and not feeling complacent. I know I'll have more questions as I roll into my thirties as well. Yet, in all scenarios, you just have to lean on the Lord for understanding. Remain faithful, give it a little time and let God do what God does best! Work it out! 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What's For Dinner?

Tummy rumbles....

Tonight Menu: Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

Want to make this with me?

Serves: 6

What You'll Need:
1 - 12 oz Cream of Mushroom
3 tbsp of minced garlic 
16 oz fresh mushroom
6 oz of spinach, fresh
1 lb pasta
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

Preparation: 

Chicken
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Meanwhile, over a medium heat and in a non stick skillet, olive oil and a few splashes of soy sauce.
Once well heated, pan sear the exterior of chicken breasts. 
Once exterior of chicken is browned, add a 1/4 cup of chicken broth in a deep casserole dish.
Place seared chicken breasts inside and cover with foil.
Place in oven for 45 min, then reduce temperature to 220 degrees and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Remove from oven.

Mushroom Pasta
In a deep skillet, stir in cream of mushroom soup and a splash of chicken broth. 
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. 
Stir in the spinach, mushrooms, minced garlic, cheese and pepper. 
Cook for 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
Remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, stir in pasta.

Plate and serve.
It should look something like this...




If you make this, comment and tell me how it turned out.

Suggestions and recipe adjustments are welcome!!

Talk to you later Lovelies!!!

~ Shan, Naturally Random

Monday, August 4, 2014

Motivational Monday - Time


Today's motivation comes from Mother Badu! Lol Everyone always wants to get so deep when they mention Erykah Badu! I'm absolutely a fan and I have been since about 1997! Yeah, we go way back! I can't give you an example of a Badu song that I didn't love. That's a hard feat with me! Well, I wanted to share one of her songs that I think all of us procrastinators at heart could maybe find useful. Life on Earth is finite. We spend so much time not being productive. One of my goals this year was to be more "present". Meaning, not allowing moments to just pass by or saying things like "oh I'll get to it later". We know not the day nor hour that God will call us home. So get to work! Channel your passions and apply them to adding something positive to this world. Lord knows we need some positivity in this world. Don't run away from problems (i.e. ignoring those debt collector phone calls or looking at difficult things as too big to tackle). By doing this, you are wasting time. If you think the problem is big now, just ignore it for a month and watch how much bigger it will get. 

On the flip side of that, volunteer now. Take that class you've always been interested in now. Share a conversation with someone now. Connect and converse with the world around you. Don't live your life solely as an observer. 
"Time's a Wastin....don't you take your time young man..." 


What are you motivated to do today?


Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Friday, August 1, 2014

30X30 Update: Lip Stick Challenge

I've always looked at lipstick as the ultimate "grown woman" piece of cosmetics. When I starting dabbling in makeup I gravitated towards lip gloss. You remember the kind that was oil based with the roller ball applicator!

I figured..."oh, lipstick is grown ladies..." And don't mention RED lipstick...that was definitely for GROWN those kind of WOMEN ONLY! Y'all know what I'm trying to say...

Well I'm all grown up now and currently going through a cosmetics purge (on of the things on my 30X30 list).


Since I've worn lipsticks for years now, I've collected quite a few. So, I've decided to wear lipstick everyday until my birthday. If I like the color, its stays...if its a no-go...well its goes! I love makeup but have never purchased it just to hoard it. It is to be worn and that's what I plan to do.

I'll post a Lippie of the day everyday until August 21st (my 30th bday)!!
Follow along on my instagram: @msnaturallyrandom
Would you like to join in? Just use hashtag #30X30Lippie so I can find your fabulous lippie looks! This will be fun!

Did you ever feel you were too young to wear lipstick? At what age did it become ok?

Talk to you later lovelies,

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Thursday, July 31, 2014

30x30 Update: John Legend Concert/OOTD


Yes, this was me as of Wednesday morning. As a kissed hubby off to work, I feverishly completed any necessary domestic tasks. I scoured my closet and drawers for the perfect outfit. I mean, why not?! This is our first date.
Well sort of! It's our first date since Pumpkin's birth. We are totally advocates of #DateYourSpouse. A good marriage takes work and adding children can make that even more challenging yet rewarding. You just have to remember that your spouse was at once just your "sweetie, baby, bae, darling" etc...don't let the feelings that matches those terms of endearment ever fade. 

Our duties, Hubby plans entertainment and I find a babysitter. Well we both were successful so off to our date! We had a great time. Marsha Ambrosius (originally of Floetry fame, now a solo act) opened up for John Legend. 

Marsha Ambrosius was great for what we heard of her. Now, let me explain...she sounded great (we just arrived late and missed half her set)...whoops! Who knew parking would be so difficult?! We know now! This was our first experience at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. We didn't know what to expect.

Now on to the main event...

I was thoroughly pleased with John Legend's performance! You have to give the guy props. He sang his entire set with a four piece sing quartet, zero background singers, a drummer and a guy on bass! I will admit my section wasn't the most enthusiastic during certain sections of the show. Bummer! People just don't understand "call & response"! All and all it was a great night. He performed "So High" (my ABSOLUTE favorite Legend song!) and did so in quite a climatic fashion. So much so that people thought that was the end of the show! lol He came back and ended with the concert's title song and his current baby-making ballad "All of Me". 

Outfit of the Day (OOTD)
 We're being fiscally responsible and shopped our closets for this date night. We had a habit of trying to slip on something new for each other just for dates...and now a days Pumpkin says "uhhh no!"


Have you been to any concerts lately? Who did you see? 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random 




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#DirtyPout Giveaway Winners!!!

In celebration of National Lipstick Day, we are announcing the winners of the #DirtyPout Giveaway!!!

*#DirtyPout Giveaway *


The winners will receive Lipstick, Lip Gloss (Sponsored by Dirty Debutante Cosmetics) This contest was hosted by Gilmore Glitz + Glam, Tenisha Jonece and lil' ole me (Shan, Ms. Naturally Random).  
To Shakiyla and Jasmin, let your pouts forever be Dirty! LOL 
We would like to thank all of our participants and look forward to hosting more giveaways in the future. 

Talk to you later lovelies, 

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#DirtyPout Giveaway!!

We are at it again! 
We both share a reasonable obsession with one particular cosmetic. 


Lipsticks...my preeeeecious!
Now, Tenisha Jon`ece is a little more adventurous than myself when it comes to color. I'm more of a pinks, reds and neutrals type of girl. I'm just starting to warm up the concept that shades of orange and purple look great on my skin tone! But Ms. Tenisha on the other hand....was in the market for an awesome blue lipstick. I didn't have an idea on where to send her and another friend recommended that she check out Dirty Debutante CosmeticsThe owner kindly sent her a couple of her amazing full size products and Tenisha Jon`ece decided to share with me! We decided it would be a great time to team up again for another awesome giveaway! We'd love to gift one of our readers by sending ya'll an introduction to this company too! 


We have two prize packs filled with one lipstick, and one gloss!! 
So, yes, that means 2 winners!!!
Want a chance to enter? Be calm my pretties!

Coming Soon...July 19th 12:00a EST

Talk to you later lovelies, 

 ~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random