12 RANDOM ACT OF {CHRISTMAS} KINDNESS IDEAS—BLOGMAS DAY 5

Christmas isn’t about the gift you give or the ones you receive. Christmas is a great time to spread joy. Here are random act of kindness that require little or no money;

  1. Donate your old clothes.

2. Give up your seat on the bus to someone standing.

3. Pay for a stranger’s cab fee.

4. Write a positive review on your favorite vlog, blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.

5. Complement the first stranger you see today.

6. Send a positive message to your family and friends.

7. Give out Christmas gifts to an orphanage.

8. Smile to 5 strangers today.

9. Send a letter consisting of a list of things you love about your partner.

10. Practice self kindness

11. Do a favor without asking for anything in return.

12. Spend the whole day without complaining.

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MY TOP BEST MOVIES OF 2020—BLOGMAS DAY 4

Day 4

2020 has not been the best year for everyone But despite everything, these movies has made my year, helped my get through lockdown. I compiled a list of my top best movies of 2020.


Becky(Thriller or action)


Spunky and rebellious Becky tries to reconnect with her father during a weekend getaway at a lakefront house. But the trip soon takes a turn for the worse when convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick, suddenly invade the home.


Life in a year(Romance)

When 17-year-old Daryn learns his girlfriend is dying, he sets out to give her a lifetime’s worth of experiences in the year she has left to live.


Mulan(Action/Adventure)

To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.


To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You(Romance)

As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love letters.


ENOLA HOLMES(Crime/Adventure)

While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.


Fate of Alakada(comedy)

Yetunde (Toyin Abraham) is now a social media influencer still living the fake life and pretending to be a Lagos success. After sneaking into a movie premiere event with her trusted friend and fellow ‘fakester’, Kas (Broda Shaggi), she pretends to be an event planner after hearing how much money canbe made from the profession. Yetunde must now fake her way through bringing Celebrity guests she pretends to know and throwing the best party for Swanky Jerry & his babe Stephanie, that Lagos has ever seen.The movie aims to poke fun at social media fakeness and the current Nigerian pop culture.


Citation

A bright student in Nigeria takes on the academic establishment when she reports a popular professor who tried to rape her.


Onward (Family/Comedy)


Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when dear Mom finds out her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary manticore to bring her beloved boys back home.


The invisible Man(Horror/Thriller)

After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.


His house

A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.


The craft: Legacy (Fantasy/Horror)


An eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.


Run(Thriller/Mystery)

Kiera Allen as a homeschooled teenager who begins to suspect her mother (Sarah Paulson) is keeping a dark secret from her. 


What are your top best movies of 2020?

Please share in the comments. Have a blessed week!

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10 books you need to read this Christmas! – Blogmas Edition.

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. If you’re reading this I’m glad we made it!

Yeah, we made it to December. It’s that time of the year again where we traditionally give out gifts and receive presents from our loved ones and it’s time to get cozy with Christmas books. Where are my bibliophiles at? So I complied a list of books we should all read this Christmas!

1. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens.

Summary by slideplayer.com

This book is about an unhappy, greedy and quite unpleasant man named Scrooge who gets a second chance for happiness and redemption, of the cursed fate of his relatable friend Bob Marley. He will be hunted by three ghosts – The ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come. As he sees his happy life as a kid, the hurtful things that could have to people he has grown to love, and the tortured fate of death. He changes and then transforms into the most jolly and beloved man in England. This book takes place in Victorian, England.

2. LETTERS FROM FATHER CHRISTMAS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s has been reworked into a new and attractive edition. It contains brand new high-quality digital reproductions of his amazing letters and pictures, including a number them that have never been printed before.

‘My dear children, I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault. It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there has ever been. It turned the North Pole black!’

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J. R. R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

3. AN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS BY IFEOMA ONYEFULU

For children between the ages of 6-9.

It’s Christmastime, and Afam has decided to create and dance his own Mmo, or masquerade, just like the big celebratory mmos he sees performed at the festivals. But he each time he starts collecting things to make his costume, family preparation for Christmas — haircuts, visiting the tailor, a church service, a trip to their village — gets in the way. Will Afam ever get to perform his Mmo? This brilliant photo- essay vividly depicts African village life, while the simple, endearing story uses a favorite holiday to gently point out the difference — and similarities — between cultures.

4. JAGAJAGA BY EMMANUELLA OGBEIDEOKOH

A short story

What happens when youve planned this perfect Christmas and never knew a new piece would have to be added?
What happens when the Christmas comes with something or someone? A childhood enemy

Eighteen year old Eboseremen Irabor was given the opportunity to plan the perfect Christmas for her family but she knew it was bound to go one way with the arrival of someone whom she never planned for, Jagajaga.

5. THE SNOW QUEEN BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the classic tale of friendship, love, and bravery, is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations by master artist Bagram Ibatoulline.Best friends Kai and Gerda would do anything for each other. When Kai starts to behave cruelly and disappears, Gerda sets out on an epic quest to save Kai from the evil Snow Queen. But can Gerda break the Snow Queen’s enchantment and complete the final task?

6. A TIARA UNDER THE TREE BY CAROLYN HECTOR.

Former beauty queen Waverly Leverve can barely show her face in public after an embarrassing meme goes viral. But now fate and a misdelivered pizza have brought her dreams back to life. Gorgeous bad boy turned business mogul Dominic Crowne wants to sponsor Waverly in a pageant scheduled for Christmas Eve. Waverly vows to keep their arrangement purely professional—but soon their arrangement quickly takes a sensual turn…

Dominic knows that his golden touch can fix almost anything—including Waverly’s tilted tiara. Against his own will, Dominic is mesmerized with his stunning new client. He’s falling for the pageant princess and the vulnerable yet sexy woman within. But when Waverly’s ultimate goal finally comes within reach, can he help her achieve professional redemption and find his Princess Charming under the mistletoe?

7. SEVEN DAYS OF US BY FRANCESCA HORNAK.

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. 

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.  

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.    

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive… 

8. MERRY INKMAS BY TALIA HIBBERT.

The infamous tattoo artist’s been watching geeky Bailey Cooper for months, but that’s all he’ll ever do: watch. Bailey’s too sweet, too smart, too good for the likes of him, and he knows it. So Cash keeps his distance… until a Christmas miracle makes him Bailey’s boss.

Socially awkward Bailey learned long ago that men just aren’t worth the hassle. Take her new boss, Cash: he’s a brooding beast who avoids her like the plague, but he also fixes her plumbing, helps the homeless, and offers Bailey a place to stay for Christmas.

She’s never met anyone so confusing—or so impossible to resist. And the more Bailey learns about Cash and his demons, the more she thinks it’s time to stop fighting. 

9. WRAPPED BY REBEKAH WEATHERSPOON.

Following a painful divorce, all pastry chef Shae Kenney wants for Christmas is one good date that doesn’t end in disaster. When Aidan Meyer, a smoking hot hunk from her past, matches with her on a dating app, Shae asks Santa for the strength not to screw it up. But when one perfect date with Aidan rolls into a second date, then a third and a fourth, Shae’s fear of heartbreak might just sabotage one of the best gifts she’s ever received—real love.

This sweet Christmas novella features a slightly anxious plus-size beauty who is a master of all things cupcakes and tarts, and a bespectacled tech guy who just wants to sweep her off her feet.

10. THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS BY SARAH MORGAN.

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high… 

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke… 

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

Happy holidays!!! Merry Christmas in Advance!

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HARMATTAN HAIR CARE TIPS—BLOGMAS DAY 2

Harmattan is a season in West Africa, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by the dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.
en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki › Harmattan

During the Harmattan period the dry and dusty wind sucks out moisture of out of our hair which makes it more prone to breakage. I compiled a list of helpful Harmattan hair care tips that have worked for me over the years;

  1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
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It is recommended to drink at least a litre of water a day. You are more likely at risk of dehydration due to the weather. A dehydrated body is bad for the skin, hair and the general health of the body. Drinking lots of water helps your hair stay hydrated and healthy.


2. MOISTURIZE / USE MOISTURIZING DEEP CONDITIONER

I recently started using this leave in conditioner by mega growth and it has been the best thing ever—it leaves my hair feeling moisturized and it contains a blend of natural oils (olive, shea, argan, avocado, coconut) and conditioning proteins that help strengthen hair deep inside with daily defense against breakage, split ends and dryness.
Fun fact: It is not expensive.
I also use Shea butter to moisturize my hair before sealing it.


3. USE A PROTEIN MASK

Special thanks to a friend who recommended the Egg Yolk-Honey Hair Mask. I tried it out in November before I had my protective hairstyle on. It softens your hair and helps it regain moisture. It is super affordable too. You only need;
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon almond oil/coconut oil


4. COWASH

Co-washing means “conditioner-only washing.” When cowashing during the Harmattan period, it is advisable to use warm water—not scalding hot instead of cold water. This is also a good method of retaining moisture.


5. DO MORE OF PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE

After moisturizing, it is advisable to seal. This is the best time to get them braids, weave or wig done in order to protect your hair. Remember, tight hair are not a form of a protective style but a destructive style.


6. GET A TRIM

This is optional, if you haven’t gotten a trim in a while, get one to get rid of your split ends. Here is a picture of my first trim this year.

Before
After

Thank you so much for reading.

If you missed Blogmas day 1, you can read it here https://yosiblog.com.ng/2020/12/04/my-ultimate-holiday-bucket-list-blogmas-day-1/

Do you have any more tips that have worked for you? Please share in the comment section.

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MY ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST—#Blogmas Day 1

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. It is a great time for us to understand the lessons from Jesus & reflect on them. It is also a vision of doing everything with a positive mindset and from a place of love.

What is Blogmas?
Blogmas is an advent calendar for blogger.
With Christmas—which is just a few weeks away. I will be planning out holiday related content whilst I get prepared for the festive period.

MY ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST

  • Show a random act of kindness to a stranger.
    Since Christmas is all about positivity and showing love. Paying for a stranger’s transportation fee, donating food and clothes to the less privileged would be the sweetest thing to do.
  • Take myself on a date.
    This is a great opportunity for me to get dressed and look pretty once again since I sat in my pjs for the most of 2020 working online, watching movies and studying hard.

  • Volunteer
    Helping others is also a good way of spreading joy.
  • Spreading love to my friends and family. I recently joined this challenge where I send love letters to my friends and family that has made my 2020.

What is your holiday bucket list?

Comment below if you liked my bucket list and feel free to add yours in the comment section.

Please don’t forget to share this post to your family and friends.

Happy holidays!❤️


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