Weekly Obsessions 1.30.15 Edition

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a long week on my end. The days have been long, there was a “blizzard” here in NYC which threw me off a bit but overall very much looking forward to the weekend.  So today I just want to share with you some of my favorite weekly obsessions.

So my friend on Instagram shared this gem of clip that literally has become my favorite thing on Instagram ever. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something hilarious about the King of Pop saying this…check it out!

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A video posted by Jor-El (@manemanblog) on

And with the big game (the super bowl) ahead of us this weekend. I thought I would share this funny clip of bad NFL lip readings which I recently discovered on the Someecards site.  Enjoy the hilarity/stupidity below:

And for your weekly dose of all things silly (and cute), check out this vid of a bulldog trying to get a massive bone through a doggy door. Oh, the struggle… A for effort buddy!

Brrr! Cold Weather Drinks for Those Who Like It Hot

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by Jor-El at Foodie.com

There’s nothing more comfortable than a warm drink on a cold winter day, right?  Well today, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite winter drink favorites in the hopes they’ll hope you make it through this winter with your sanity firmly intact.

It seems like almost every winter I struggle with at least one horrible cold and/or sore throat which makes me reconsider my love affair with all things winter and layered clothing.  It’s incredibly frustrating and what I would consider in the depths of my cold-ridden days as a personal tragedy.  You know, I’m just a little dramatic at times.  I’m not alone in this, I’m sure, but it was those days with sore throats as a kid that I really hated because my parents’ remedy used to be patience and hot tea.  Ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially, not a 9-year-old, but I digress.  And I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I hated hot tea. Thankfully, my grown up taste buds have saved me from myself and I’ve enjoyed some pretty tasty hot tea since.

These days it’s not only a simple hot tea with honey that gets me through these brisk days, but also a super Hot Toddy or an extra hot Chai Latte from Starbucks.  If you’re looking to get a bit creative this winter and want to try your hand at making some new beverages, then you may want to explore my collection on Foodie.com, “Brrr! Cold Weather Beverages for Those Who Like it Hot.”  The recipes included are as follows:

  • Almond Tea Latte
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Homemade Chai Tea Latte
  • Classic Hot Toddy
  • Hot Buttered Rum
  • Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe
  • Hoppin’ Hot Scotch Cocktail Recipe
  • Warm Mulled Cider
  • Spiced Irish Coffee
  • Earl Grey Tea Latte
  • Kentucky Hot Toddy
  • Green Tea Latte
  • Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum Cocktail
  • Hot NoChado

So, the question remains, which one(s) are you making this winter?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com. The collection is of my own creation and represents some of my favorite hot drinks for the winter months.  Give them a try for yourself!

Product Review: Nip+Man

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Living a healthier lifestyle usually means that you also have to take a holistic approach to that type of change.  That can include things such as new workout gear, running shoes and even new grooming products that are equipped to deal with your specific needs.  That’s where Nip+Man (Nip and Man) comes in handy. Read on for my review!

Designed with the active man in mind, Nip+Man products are designed to be easy to use and high performers so that you don’t have to worry about your grooming products failing you at inopportune times.  But, does the brand deliver on their promise?  My experience was a bit of a mixed bag.

I’ve been using Nip+Man products for well over a month now and there are definitely some hits and some misses.

First off, let’s hit the high notes.  Every man should have a good daily face moisturizer in their regimen.  Fortunately Nip+Man served me pretty well in this area.  Both products I tried, the Daily Power Moisturizer and the After-Shave Power Lotion are great post-shave products.  They both have a creamy, yet not greasy  consistency that has served me very well in this dry winter air so far. The great thing is that the products are virtually interchangable, although the Daily Power Moisturizer is most ideal for mornings as the addition of caffeine helps “wake up” your skin  while jojoba helps provide non-greasy moisture throughout the day. The After-Shave Power Lotion, however, is great because it has a slight cooling effect which helps skin irritated by the shaving process.

On the other hand, the Ab-Fix and Power Workout Fix products were not my particular cup of tea.  Granted, I’m not the target audience for Ab Fix products.  I don’t work out 6 days a week and have always been known to be more bookish than active so their daily toning gel for abs really isn’t my jam.  Needless to say, I didn’t really see any benefit to the product although it seems like a perfectly interesting concept to start with.

The Power Workout Fix is a whole different beast altogether.  These days my workouts have only consisted of running so usually there is some heel or ankle issues that come with that periodically. To help soothe those areas, I applied the Post Workout Fix and within seconds, I was breathing like I had just eaten 6 habanero wings.  It was potent!  I got so hot that I tried to wash off the product to no avail, so there I sat tired and with what felt like burning feet.  I vowed to never use it again.  Flash forward a few weeks and thinking about my desire to write a fully fleshed out review for you guys, I tried it again ready to ice the burn away.  Alas, only a mild burn came.  I used it again after that and basically got no burn at all. What’s up with that?!  All in all, I got no consistent results from the Power Workout Fix but it was, at times, soothing to achy muscles and joints.  It definitely helps with dry skin spots.

So, how do I feel about Nip+Man products overall?  Well, for one the UK-based brand is reasonably priced, but I don’t thinks folks in the US would be jumping at the chance to order grooming products from across the pond.  Secondly, Nip+Man’s target audience (according to their website) is someone who plays sports on the weekends and regularly enjoys a beer after work, so if that sounds like you, you will probably find refuge in the brand’s line up.  But, if you’re more like me, then Nip+Man might not be best fit for you so you may want to look elsewhere.

 

Disclosure: Sample products for review were provided courtesy of Nip+Man.  All opinions listed herein are mine, and mine alone, and have not been created under the influence of Nip+Man or its representatives.

5 Grooming Tips To Embrace in the New Year

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Happy new year everyone!  Now, I’m not one whose big on resolutions, BUT I do think with every new beginning there is an opportunity to re-evaluate, renew and re-brand. In this case, it’s all about reviving your grooming routine.

In adding only a few more minutes to your grooming routine each day, you can drastically change your look and feel better in 2015. Here are 5 Grooming Tips to Embrace in the New Year:

1. Cut out sulfates.  I’m not one for all or nothing thinking, but the truth is sulfates just really aren’t particularly good for your skin or your hair.  Sulfates dry out your skin and can be irritating to some folks. While they’re not terrible for your health (supposedly) why opt to use something it’s been found to contribute to skin dryness?

2. Use a humidifier.  During these dark, winter months the air can get incredibly dry.  Well, here’s a newsflash, that also happens inside your home too.  Not to mention that most people are more likely to use hotter water to shower which leads to drier skin. To keep your skin and hair looking it’s best, use a humidifier right by your bedside nightly.  They’re also pretty good for helping you feel better when you’re sick, so why not invest?

3. Avoid petroleum.  No, it’s not just gas.  A lot of your hair and skin care products also contain some pretty crude ingredients, pun intended.  Petrolatum (see also mineral oil, paraffin, etc.) is a derivative of petroleum (yes, the natural non-renewable oil) and has been limited by the European Union in personal care products because it may be carcinogenic.  While petroleum is helpful in aiding in shine and producing a barrier that traps in moisture, it can also clog pores and prevent naturally occurring moisture from breathing life into your skin and hair.

4. Lotion up.  I’m continually shocked by the amount of my fellow men who don’t use body lotion regularly. I have a hard time believing that there’s a whole gang of folks out there who just haven’t been exposed to the world of supple skin.  I’m not saying you have to bathe in the stuff, but if you want to look young well into your later years do yourself and buy some lotion and apply right out of the shower daily.  Regularly using lotion will keep you from being ashy, help you fight off dry skin, cracking and even bleeding.  Your skin will thank you for it.

5.  Moisturize.  Along the same lines of using body lotion, there’s no excuse in this day and age that you shouldn’t be moisturizing your mug on a regular basis.  At the very least you should be applying a facial moisturizer (hopefully with some SPF) in the morning before you head out to work but if you want to take it to the next level lather it on right before bedtime as well.  If you really want to fight off aging this is by far the easiest way to do it and it only takes 30 seconds.

Hopefully these five quick tips can help you step up your grooming game in the new year.  Do you have any other hints or tricks? Share them in the comment section below!

Weekly Obsessions: New Year’s 2015 Edition

Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome to 2015.  I know things have been pretty quiet over here at MANE MAN, but you know I’m sure you’ve all be doing pretty much the same things I’ve been doing: eating, sleeping, celebrating and spending time with loved ones, right?!

I’m starting to get back into the swing of things so the first order of business was to share my latest weekly obsessions!

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First up, Kwanzaa!  The older I get the more I try to make my own holiday traditions and it’s only been in recent years that I’ve tried to educate myself on all that Kwanzaa means.  I created a set of Kwanzaa fact images that can be seen on my Instagram @manemanblog.  But, as they new year settles in, let’s make sure we practice and embrace these principles year round!

In something incredibly disturbing, you can now see Nicolas Cage as Your Favorite Disney Princesses.  Talk about a face off…

As the new year rolls I’m excited about a purchase I made back in December for the Passion Planner which is like an all-in-one calendar, scheduler, journal and life plan.  I’m super excited for mine to arrive in the mail in a few weeks and I think it’s going to be a great addition to my New Year so that I can plan and review my goals as the year passes.  If you end up buying one too, let them know that Jor-El from MANE MAN sent you.  Just make sure to provide my email address (maneman@manemanblog.com).

If you need a good laugh/cringeworthy moment to help you start off the new year, then just check out this very embarrassing clip from The Price is Right.  It starts off just fine but gets super awkward by the end.

And finally, here are 12 Things “Back to the Future” Promised We’d Have by 2015 courtesy of Buzzfeed.  I still want just about everything on this list, but if it comes with the trouble that Biff brings, then maybe not.

 

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah! :)

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. I hope all of you are spending time with loved ones, celebrating or not, and thoroughly enjoying yourself…I know I am! Take a little time to be thankful for all the good things that are present in your life. The blog will be pretty slow for the next week or so but more posts will be coming up in the new year!

Happy Holidays!

What’s New In Reading: Sunne’s Gift by Ama Yawson

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This week instead of offering you some of my latest weekly obsessions, I wanted to spotlight a new book that I have recently discovered, Sunne’s Gift by author Ama Karikari Yawson.

This past weekend when I spoke at the Locs Revolution organized #LocdandLoosed event, I was fortunate enough to run into the book’s authort.  She was kind enough to give me a peek into her book and the powerful messages inside.

Sunne’s Gift is not only about the power of natural hair, but it’s really an allegory for self-acceptance.  Inspired by her own son’s challenges with bullying, Yawson created the story of Sunne, a young girl who wears a big, beautiful fro.  Because of that, she’s isolated from the other kids (who,in this case, happen to be her spiritual siblings).

Aside from the main message of the story itself, I was inspired by Yawson’s use of natural elements in the novel.  To me, it shows the value in the earth and the universe’s elements while delivering this incredibly powerful message of living your truth and embracing who you are.  On top of that, Yawson also created an entire section at the end of Sunne’s Gift that focuses on children’s comprehension and personal development. The discussion questions and personal reflections prompt, in my opinion, some really great dialogues among family members which makes Sunne’s Gift a standout book for children.

Yawson even indulged in an impromptu reading at the Loc’d and Loosed event and her energy was palpable.  This is someone who is very passionate about her work and addressing the issues of bullying and culturally responsive education. She’s a force to be reckoned with.

If you would like to purchase Sunne’s Gift, please visit Mascot Books. The book retails for $19.95 and is also available via Amazon.

 

YUM! Delectable Cookies & Bars

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by Jor-El at Foodie.com

In my spare time one of the things that I enjoy most is cooking. Preparing food and making things for friends is a really fun way for me to experiment in the kitchen with a willing group of guinea pigs.

In all seriousness, food has always been a big part of my life and that’s why I love being able to share with you my collections of recipes on Foodie.com.  I routinely use the website to discover new recipes and get inspiration for ideas to bring to my own kitchen, so it’s definitely a treat to share with you all some of the things that have piqued my interest.

This month, I’m sharing with you a collection of cookies and bars, which are among my favorite things to share with my family and loved ones.  I have to highlight one of the recipes on this list because it inspired me to make a revamped version of it earlier in the summer for a cookout with my friends.

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These Brown Butter Sea Salt Caramel Bars were a BIG hit.  I’ve basically been told that I won’t be invited to any potlucks unless I bring these to every occasion!  These bars are based on the below recipe of Sea Salt Brown Butter Snickerdoodles.  I only have one big warning though, the smell of these things in progress is HEAVENLY.  If you love salty-sweet desserts these are basically perfection and I’m pretty sure I’d want them at my last meal.

Other recipes in this collection include:

  1. *Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies
  2. Piece of Cake-Mix Cookie Bars
  3. Snickers Blondies
  4. Salted Caramel Apple Bars
  5. Pecan-Pie Bars
  6. Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies
  7. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
  8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  9. Homemade Luna Bars
  10. Funfetti Gooey Cake Bars
  11. Date Pecan Bars
  12. Ginger Cheesecake Bars
  13. Muddy Buddies Bars
  14. Superhero Cheerio Bars
  15. Lemon Bars
  16. Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
  17. M&M Shortbread Cookies
  18. Apple Cider Snickerdoodles
  19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  20. Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Bon appétit!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com. The collection is of my own creation and represents some of my favorite desserts to eat and prepare.  Give them a try for yourself!

Weekly Obsessions 12.12.14

Hey folks,  HAPPY FRIDAY…it’s time again for my weekly obsessions!
First off, just a friend reminder that I’ll be joining a great panel Saturday, December 13 at 4 PM for the Loc’d and Loosed natural hair event in downtown NYC.  Ticket sales end at midnight tonight (Friday) so get your tickets now at locdandloosed.eventbrite.com. See you Saturday!
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 I’m all about the Christmas music so I thought that I would share with you this quiz on Playbuzz, “What’s Your Christmas Anthem?” I got this gem (actually one of my favorites!):
If you need a good laugh, I just came across this compilation of videos from Vine superstar Thomas Sanders. Watch him as he narrates people’s lives without their permission. It’s the best thing I’ve seen all week.  I’ve watched it several times over…enjoy! PS…yes, some of them looked staged but they’re still funny nonetheless.
And lastly, musician J Cole took the stage on David Letterman last night for what can only be described as a powerful performance.  Take a listen…

Real Talk at #LocdandLoosed

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Hi everyone!  Today, I wanted to share with you an upcoming event that I’ll be participating in this upcoming Saturday, December 13!

Locs Revolution’s Niyya Tenee has helped put together this wonderful natural hair event aimed at connecting the natural hair community and giving us the opportunity to have some fun AND talk about the real issues behind being a part of the community. We’re going to get into some deep issues and you’ll see some demos and other awesome things going on.  It’s definitely not to be missed!

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It’s all going down in NYC on Saturday, and I’ll be featured on a guest panel of creators and natural hair enthusiasts as we delve into “the issues” in the natural hair community.  We’re talking about identity, loc’d hair, fros and all!  I think it’s going to be great and I’m excited to share my perspective as a mental health professional to the conversation.

Tickets are limited so if you’re in the NYC area and looking for something cool to do Saturday then meet us on 27th street in Manhattan at 28 W 27th Street studios.  Only digital tickets are being sold online at locdandloosed.eventbrite.com and cost $20. Tickets are sold online only so don’t miss out.  I hope to see you there!

 

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