Charlotte Allen of E’Lure Salon And Spa – Well Diva Wednesday

Where do I even begin?  Our Well Diva this week is one of my sweetest, no, my absolute sweetest friend, Charlotte Allen.
I met Charlotte in the mid ’90s when we were both searching for what we wanted to do with our lives.  She had just received her degree in meteorology, and I was planning to go back to school for nutrition.  We were both working a long term temp assignment.  I recall one day she asked me how to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, career-wise, as she had quickly learned she had no interest in meteorology.  I said to her, just think of that thing that you love to do, and you think it’s a hobby.  That’s it.  That’s what you should be doing.  Charlotte heard me loud and clear, and immediately started taking classes to work towards getting her cosmetology license.
One day I came in to work really tired.  I told Charlotte how I had been up into the wee hours for several nights chatting in a Christian chat room on AOL.  She giggled as she listened to my many stories of the people I was becoming friends with online.  Then it hit me.  I said to her “Charlotte, you need to meet some of these guys I’m meeting on line. Some of them are sooo nice and so much fun!”  I don’t know many people who would have taken me up on that, but Charlotte gave me permission to pass on her email address.
I had one guy in mind, just for Charlotte.
Long story short, about 2 years later, Derrick had relocated from Dallas to Atlanta and the two were married.
Today they have almost 14 years under their belt, 2 beautiful daughters, and their new baby, E’Lure Salon and Spa.
I remember those days making little money for temp work, Charlotte was saving for her first condo.  I learned from her the value of focus.  I don’t care if you just wanted her to join you for a $1 ice cream treat, Charlotte said no.  She was focused on her goal.  And she didn’t give a rat’s azz what you thought.  The next thing I know, she was a homeowner.
I admire Charlotte for her ability to do what she needs to do to design a Well Diva Lifestyle for herself.  Many would have gone on to become a miserable meteorologist just because the education was paid for and the pay would be good.  Many would have stayed at the temp job until it became permanent, and rotted to death there doing something their heart wasn’t in.  Many would not have met the guy online recommended by a friend who hadn’t met him either.  And many would not have made the sacrifices to get that homeowner status, missing out on all the lunches, trips and fun their friends were having.  But Charlotte.
One of the many things I love about Charlotte is her ability to cheer you on and share in your celebration even if she has no idea what the hell you are celebrating.  I wonder if she sees herself in you while she is cheering so hard for you.  Wow, if she believes in me like she believes in herself, that is some powerful stuff.
Just this week Charlotte made one more dream come true – her trip to New York and surprise appearance on the Today Show!charlotte and tamrontoday show
  I have been blessed to know Charlotte, and continue to be blessed to call her my friend.  A Well Diva, indeed.

Breakfast on a Parasite Cleanse

strawberry almond smoothie

Hey Divas!

Since so many of you signed up to do the PC14 parasite cleanse I thought I’d share what I’ve been coming up with to eat/drink during the first week.

It all started with a trip to Whole Foods and The Container Store followed by a cleaning out and organizing of the fridge. That’s one big reason I’ve been able to keep moving forward.  I can get obsessive about stuff like that, and I find that I’m always making sure the fridge stays like I want it.  I wonder how long the fam is gonna tolerate this. LOL!fridge

A bit about the cleanse:

It’s 14 days, and I’m offering the coaching at no cost for the current program.  The herbs we take are sooo nasty, but we do get to eat food.  Foods excluded are sugar, meats, dairy, grains.  Foods that parasites hate (FPH) are to be included in each meal eaten.  The list includes but is not limited to papaya (especially seeds), pineapple, berries, citrus fruits (except oranges), pomegranate, coconut and any other sour fruit, raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, and lots of spices.  Smoothies, soups and salads are the best way to do this, but we get creative and figure out other things to eat too.

The night before we started, last Sunday, I made some wonderful juice by tossing a whole small red cabbage, a whole small pineapple, about a one inch chunk of garlic, a whole lemon with peel into the juicer.pineapple cabbage ingredients pineapple cabbage ginger drink

I kept a glass of the pineapple juice separate for later use.  This time I added a glass of pineapple juice and about a half a cucumber and 2 cups of ice to the blender.  This was quite refreshing.cucumber pineapple smoothie

I really enjoyed the pineapple carrot smoothie.  Sometimes I don’t write down the amounts, but this was about 2 cups of carrot and green apple juice, 1 cup fresh pineapple, a teaspoon or 2 each of chia seeds and ground turmeric.  THIS. WAS. GOOD.  Add Stevia if you need to because I cannot remember if I did or not.

smoothie carrot pineapple chia turm

Today was the first time I had something other than a beverage for breakfast. This frittata was pretty simple, using bell peppers, spinach, garlic and onions sautéed in olive oil.

frittata topPour well beaten eggs into the skillet and stir into the veggies. Top with fresh avocado and optional vegan cheese (I personally didn’t care for the cheese but my daughter liked it). Cook in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes.   Slice and serve.

frittataToday I wanted something sweet, and I needed to add at least one more FPH to my breakfast so I came up with this Strawberry Almond smoothie.  This might be my favorite smoothie yet.

So this pretty much what I’ve had this week for breakfast, some days repeating a smoothie.  I’ll have to share the lunch and dinner recipes in another post.  Are you doing the cleanse?  If so, what are you eating?  And if not, did any of these recipes get your attention?  I only post the good ones, so let me know if you give them a try.  Most of them are kid tested too.

Welcome to Well Diva Wednesdays – First Up, Nicole Melton of Melton Digital

Nicole-Marie-Melton-DivaHey Divas!

Yesterday morning I came across a post on Erin Baynham’s facebook page, Scandalous Beauty.  I left my house all smiles after reading the testimony of this extra fly Diva, Nicole Melton.  Nicole tells her story of stepping out of the comfort zone, because, in case you didn’t know, that’s where the blessing is.  We can all use some inspiration at any given time, and I’m thankful to have come across Nicole’s story for me, and for you.

I have to admit my current project (transitioning from Soul Food Therapy to Well Diva Lifestyle) is a work in progress.  I knew I wanted to write a blog post on Wednesdays that had something to do with wellness.  But when I read Nicole’s story, I knew then I wanted to feature a Well Diva each Wednesday.  Yay!  Don’t you just love it??  BTW, my definition of a Well Diva is also a work in progress.  LOL!  But when a woman has a story that tells how she leaned on God for her next step and came out fabulous on the other side, who can deny that she is both doing Well AND a Diva?

I think Nicole’s story excited me so much because it reminds me of my life about 12 years ago.  That’s when I quit my job, packed up and moved from Atlanta to Oakland, 3 weeks later eloped, a year later had my beautiful daughter, all because I trusted Him.  Have you done something so daring because you knew it was God leading you?  I’d love to know about it, and I’m sure the Divas would too.  Share your story below.  You can read Nicole’s story here.

Oh, and Happy Well Diva Wednesday!


Celebrating Women’s History Month with Minister Ginger London

I recently had the honor of speaking with Minister Ginger London of Ginger London Ministries.  What a great time I had chatting with her in celebration of Women’s History Month.  We mainly discussed being a woman entrepreneur, and the importance of taking care of the temple.  This was an awesome sister chat that I was truly blessed to have had the chance to be a part of.  I think maybe I value female connections so much because I grew up as the only girl, with two brothers who would lock their door when they heard me coming. LOL!  Anyway, the audio is here for your to enjoy, and share.