Friday, 28 March 2014

FOOD FRIDAY: HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE

Yaaaay Its another Food friday and I am very excited...How has your week being so far? My week has been blessed and I am looking forward to an exciting weekend.

So today I have for you some health benefits of pineapple *big smile*, Last week I gave you 23 reasons to eat banana and if you haven't read it what are you waiting for? Click HERE


Sooooo PINEAPPLE...This fruit is rich in vitamins A and C as antioxidants. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, sodium, potassium, dextrose, sucrose, and the enzyme bromelain. You see how rich pineapples are? Here are some health benefits of this amazing fruit.

1. Weight loss
Pineapple fruit has been proven to be very good in one's diet program. Content in it has shown to reduce weight naturally.

2. Maintaining healthy teeth
Efficacy of pineapple fruit can maintain the health of your teeth, it's because pineapple contains vitamin C which can help prevent dental plaque also gum disease.

3. Helps soften the food in the stomach
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which can be useful to help soften the food in the stomach. This enzyme also functions as an anti-inflammatory and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

4. Overcoming skin inflammation
Pineapple fruit can be used to overcome the problem of skin inflammation. How?...oya google it *tongue out*

5. Increase blood sugar
Pineapple has a fairly high sugar content. For patients with low blood sugar, pineapple can be taken to help improve blood sugar levels but diabetic patients should not consume excessive pineapple because of its high sugar content.

6. Overcoming constipation
Constipation can be caused by a lack of fiber. Fiber-containing foods can be fruits, one of which one is the pineapple. How? drink pineapple juice, choose a pineapple that is not too ripe and drink it.

7. Overcoming bloating
Another benefit of pineapple fruit is overcome bloating in the stomach. Drinking pure pineapple juice at least 30 minutes before eating can help avoid bloating.

8. Strengthens the immune system.
The essential amino acids present in pineapple fruit has long been known to strengthen the immune system and help the body overcome fatigue.

Okay I hope I have given you good reasons to eat more pineapple? I would like to know more health benefits of pineapple...please drop a comment below if you know any.
Thanks for reading and Have a wonderful weekend.


Hugs & Kisses


Commit your way to the trust, trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass 
- Psalm 37:5

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

HOW TO: USE COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR HAIR

I am back! If you haven't read the post I did earlier click HERE and tell me what you think.
So I as decided few weeks ago to do a Monday series that I call KEEP UP WITH BLOOM and a Friday series called FOOD FRIDAY, I have now decided on a wednesday series called HOW TO yaaay!!!
For the "How to" series I would be telling you how to use and do a lot of things...these series I have come up with are just for you my dearest readers because you have given me a reason to blog and I want you to always have something to look forward to on this blog.
Thanks for the encouragement so far and if you haven't read any of the Keep up with Bloom and Food Friday series here are the links.
KEEP UP WITH BLOOM:The First Episode

KEEP UP WITH BLOOM: Quality Decisions

KEEP UP WITH BLOOM: Insect Plague

KEEP UP WITH BLOOM: Wedding Plans

FOOD FRIDAY: 23 Reasons to eat Banana

So please get clicking and find out what has been going on...


Today I am kicking off with How to use Coconut oil for your hair...I use coconut oil to deep condition my hair and also to seal in moisture.
Using coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make your hair and skin soft, radiant and healthy. Toss out your deep conditioners and lotions - you don't need them anymore! A jar of unrefined coconut oil is an all-purpose moisturizer great for all hair variations. If you want to learn how to use coconut oil on your hair, keep reading.

When using coconut oil to deep condition your hair, be sure to first of all put on old clothes. Coconut oil can get a little drippy, so put on an old t-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent it from getting on your nice clothes. It's best to start the conditioning treatment in your bathroom, but you'll be able to move around while you let it soak into your hair for a few hours.



You can use a plastic shower cap, a large sheet of plastic wrap, or a second old t-shirt to wrap up your hair. Choose something you'll be able to keep in place for several hours, or even overnight...a plastic shower cap is advisable sha so the oil can be retained.



Measure a few tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl. The amount of coconut oil you'll need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. If you have long, thick hair, use at least 5 tablespoons; if your hair is shorter and thinner, you only need 3 or 4 tablespoons.
Use unrefined, rather than refined, coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has additives and is put through processes that remove some of the natural compounds that make it so healthy for your hair.
It's also okay if you accidentally use more coconut oil than your hair really needs. It's all going to be washed out anyway

Put the bowl in the microwave and cook it for about 30 seconds on high. Give it a stir and cook it for another 30 seconds, until it has completely melted. You want the oil just warm enough to melt so it becomes easier to apply to your hair.
You can also melt coconut oil with your hands if you don't have a microwave. Melt one tablespoon at a time by holding it between your palms and gently pushing them together. Coconut oil melts with very little heat.
You can also heat up coconut oil with a gas cooker. Scoop it into a small saucepan and heat it up over low heat.
You can also heat up coconut oil by running the jar under hot water in a sink until it melts which will only take a few seconds.

Rub the coconut oil into your hair. Let it cool down for a few moments so it's not piping hot, then pour the coconut oil around the top of your head, evenly distributing it around your scalp. Use your fingers to massage it in and smooth it down your hair shaft all the way to the tips. Continue massaging it into your hair until your hair is completely drenched in coconut oil.
You can use a comb to help you distribute the oil evenly. Pull it down from your roots to your tips.
If you just want to condition the ends of your hair, rather than the roots, apply the coconut oil to the ends of your hair instead of pouring it over your scalp. Massage it in with your hands

Place your shower cap, plastic wrap, or old t-shirt over your head and wrap it up so that your hair is completely covered.
You can secure your hair with a loose hair band to help it all stay wrapped up on top of your head and use a towel to wipe away drips that might have gotten on your face during the wrapping process.

The longer you keep it in your hair, the more conditioned your hair will be. Wait as long as you can manage for best effect, Use your favorite shampoo (preferably one with natural ingredients, to keep your hair healthy) to wash out the coconut oil. Wash it two or three times, until your hair no longer feels oily and then dry, you can air dry or blow dry either ways you would see the effects of the conditioning treatment, your hair should be soft, shiny and gleaming after this special coconut oil application.

Extra Info...
A small amount of this oil goes a long way. Be careful not to use too much.
Coconut oil is around 90 percent effective at getting rid of lice when rubbed into the scalp.
Coconut oil makes the hair healthier and can help it grow faster when you apply it more.
Do not leave the oil for more than a day without washing it. It will make your hair smell bad and become greasy.
If you color your hair at home, coconut oil can be used to help reduce the damage from the chemicals by adding moisture. Apply a couple drops in your dye bottle mix it well before using.

So guys I hope this post was helpful...Thanks for reading

Hugs & Kisses



But Jesus looked at them and said to them "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" -Matthew 19:26

KIM & KANYE'S VOGUE MAGAZINE COVER PHOTOS AND BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

Hey people, how you guys doing today? its a wonderful wednesday morning and I hope your week is going well? so I have come again to knack una another tory...so far so good I have tried to reduce my tafia that is why I don't just bring any gist here but this one caught my attention...THE POWER COUPLE
At the moment I think Kim and Kanye are hotter than Beyonce and JayZ and I also think Kanye is one of the best things to happen to Kim abi what do you think?
So here are some photos from the Vogue magazine April edition cover shoot and I love it, its even more beautiful that North was part of it. Kim's gown is beautiful and I love her makeup.
I also have for your viewing pleasure the behind the scene video...oya watch

Enjoy...















Look how beautiful they are...and their baby is breathtaking...chai my kids must soft sha e no go how dem wan strong sha*straightface*

Anyway on to the video
video
Or click to watch it HERE

Its just amazing looking through these photos and appreciating God's creation, please do not hate o...pray that God would bless you too.

Okay that's all for now would be back shortly...

Hugs & Kisses


Blessed is he who blesses you and cursed is he who curses you 
-Numbers 24:9b

Monday, 24 March 2014

KEEP UP WITH BLOOM:MIA,WEDDING PLANS,300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE,WED EXPO

Hey guys, long time no post abi? I am sorry o mabinu...I have been MIA for personal reasons but I am fine thank God.
So howfar na? what has been going on? for me last week was very eventful, I was up and about the whole place hehehehe wedding plans and ish.

So lemme gist you what I have been up to, first off I decided to braid my hair again yaaaay hehehe...am I not beariful? I thank God for the shape of my head o because I can get away with different styles and still look pretty *blushing* and then I have been planning my wedding so if you have any ideas please don't hesitate I would love to hear from you.








I also saw 300 Rise of an Empire, have you seen it? It is very tough o chai if you see blood eh, spears and swords and arrows flying all over the place but it is a very cool movie, dunno if I would want to watch it again tho.


Soooooooo who is planning to attend the WED EXPO in Abuja? I plan to and I am looking forward to it with all vigor and I know it is going to be an awesome event. If you are going to be there please drop a comment below and we will see there by God's grace. You can find all the details HERE


So that is all the gist I have for you today o...its short shey? yea but the regular edition of keep up with Bloom would be up on time nextweek monday by God's grace...

Till my next post, stay blessed and have a fruitful week.


What I wore on sunday :) I tied the knot/tulip wrapper style...


Hugs & Kisses


Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established
- Proverbs 16:3

Friday, 14 March 2014

FOOD FRIDAY: 23 POWERFUL REASONS TO EAT BANANA

Hey hey hey...wataguan peeps LOL How are guys doing jare? I am doing good and I am soooo excited its friday, this week was fast did you notice? Can't wait for nextweek its going to be excitng...I will tell you why later.

Okay unto today's matter, today is food friday!!! yaaay I love good food and fruits and I love bananas especially with groundnut...so I want to give you 25 reasons to eat banana.
You'll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas fights depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite, can you believe that?


If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again because...

  • Bananas help overcome depression due high levels of tryptophan (Ignore the big grammer or google it if you want to find out) which is converted into serotonin; the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  • Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to give you energy and sustain your blood sugar.
  • It protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps.
  • Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  • It Improves your mood and reduce PMS symptoms and also regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  • Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  • High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA (Food and Drug Association) as being able to lower blood pressure, and protect against heart attack and stroke.
Eating bananas aids digestion
  • Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  • Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  • Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  • Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
  • Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD
  • Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
Natural cures from a simple banana
  • Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  • Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  • Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease.
  • Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  • Rub a bug bite with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
  • Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
  • Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  • Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium that speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  • Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.
Oh, and remember bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies.

Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana today...hehehe I hope I have been able to convince you to eat bananas, If you know any other reason why we should eat bananas please leave a comment below, would love to hear from you.
Have a blessed day and Happy weekend.

Hugs & Kisses





And the Lord God commanded the man, saying "of every tree of the garden you may freely eat. -Genesis 2:16

Monday, 10 March 2014

KEEP UP WITH BLOOM: INSECT PLAGUE!

Hey guys!
Happy new week! How was your weekend? Mine was ok, not exactly eventful because I decided that I was going to rest...5th of march was my birthday and if you haven't seen the pictures click HERE and HERE .
Today I feel a bit slow I dunno why tho but I would try to get some work done.

On Friday after work I went to church and that was it, I had an awesome time in church and I couldn't wait to get to bed because it was a long day.
On Saturday, I rested o...slept, ate and slept again
On Sunday I went to church and when I got back there was no light and we no get fuel for gen...hmmm this fuel scarcity no funny o,we embarked on a hunt for black market, eventually we found.
But something strange happened in the evening, one minute there was light and then PHCN did what they know how to do best TAKE LIGHT! and then I put on my torch light to go switch on the gen and insects surrounded my phone, I rushed to turn on the gen...lo and behold my house was full of termites like over 200 (I am not kidding) it was so scary ooo, we (my sis,my bro and I) killed them with insecticide.
That has never happened before and I have never seen anything like it...Thank God it wasn't cockroaches o. Has this happened to you before? Please tell me...and I would like to know how you dealt with it.
Anyway, that was how my weekend ended o. How was your weekend?

What I wore on Sunday :)




Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things, sufficient for the day is its own trouble - Matthew 6:34

Saturday, 8 March 2014

THANKS TO YOU

Hey guys! I know this post is coming a bit late but it's better late than never...at all at all naim bad pass abi? Anyway I have had a lot on my plate lately and I have decided to take one day at a time.
This post is just to say thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes and prayers and also gifts, thank you so much and may you be celebrated also.

My birthday started out normal, it was a work day so I went to work and was surprised with a cake from a collegue and I was so excited...then halfway into my day I got another surprise cake from my bobo and gifts (gifts from My birthday wishlist ) my boo is just the best, can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him...If you didn't know I was engaged biko you are slacking o read the story HERE

After work I had a little birthday dinner with my family sponsored by my sister and I went to bed smiling and grateful 
Here are pictures from the day for ya viewing pleasure ...












Thanks for reading

Hugs & kisses




Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing;but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised -Proverbs31:30

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME: 10 FACTS ABOUT ME!!!

Go shawty its my birthday, am gonna parry like its my buffday, we gonna drink chivita like its my baffday oh oh oh bla bla bla na dere i know reach...lol
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I am so happy today and extremely grateful to God for another year and I am looking forward to a year of pleasant surprises and greatness...

So today I am going to do the 10 facts tag, I would be telling you 10 facts about moi....are you excited? I am yaaaaay
okay lemme start...
  • My name is Oghenerume Deborah Ogufere aka Bloom
  • I am a Nigerian of course and I am from Delta State
  • I attended Igbinedion Education Centre and Benson Idahosa University
  • I am a christian
  • I am the 2nd child in my family and I have 4 younger siblings and an elder sister (3 brothers and  2 sisters)
  • I am in love and engaged to Dr. Oyemuyiwa Olufolarin Opatola
  • I was a tomboy when I was younger...hehehe
  • I love cooking
  • I am a crazy romantic (so my bobo said) and I do not forget easily (elephant tinz)
  • I do nails (I am a professional nail designer/technician)

So guys, that's 10 facts about me and I hope I have satisfied your curiosity hehehe

Below are some pictures of me for ya viewing pleasure, plenty thanks to those who wished me a happy birthday and for all the gifts I have received so far I am really grateful.

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Thanks for reading

Hugs & Kisses





The Lord will open his good treasure, the heavens to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand.You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow
- Deut 28:12