Your Weekly Dose of Mental Hygiene W/ The Friend Zone Podcast!

The Friend Zone Podcast hosted by the three beautiful souls known as Hey Fran Hey, Assante, & Dustin Ross was created back in 2015 and their progress, to say the least, is inspiring! They are the most hilarious, talented, educated, and down to earth group of internet friends that you never knew you needed! When I listen to their podcast I often find myself talking back to them, as if they can really hear me LOL. They really have you engaged, from the various topics to random sidebars, I just really love tuning in to The Friend Zone Podcast. So much so that I have incorporated TFZ into my weekly list of “feel good” activities. Every week, on Wednesdays a new show is released, they start off with a recap from the last show then they touch on several topics during 5 specific segments, ” The Wellness Segment” presented by Fran, “Mr. Music Man Segment” by Assante’, “TV Land” by actor Dustin Ross, “Black Business of the Week Segment”, and lastly the “Asking For a Friend Segment”.

During Frans “Wellness Segment” she gives the listeners tips on how to relieve stress, how to and reasons to eat clean, growing and becoming comfortable with yourself, skin-care, and so much more but to sum it up overall lifestyle wellness tips. The “Mr. Music Man” segment hosted is by Assante’ as he puts us on to the some of the best upcoming artists, he seriously has put me on to so many singers & rappers that has changed my life (Ari Lennox, Sango, Tobe Nwigwe, & Doja Cat just to name a few)! His taste in music is definitely on point, and he’s even kind enough to make monthly playlists for the listeners on Spotify and Apple. The “TV Land” segment by actor and comedian, Mr. Dustin Ross will have you rolling! During his segment, he gives his honest reviews on the latest tv shows, movies, and series. He has also put me on to many shows and series that I more than likely wouldn’t have given a chance such as Married to Medicine, Handmade Tales, Star, and many more. And after the three main segments, they end the show by shouting out a black business and then answering a few questions from the listeners via email. Whether the business is local or across the world, I command them because they are doing an amazing thing by giving people a chance to promote their business for free on their platform. And last but not least the “Asking For a Friend Segment” where our questions are answered, with some great advice from all three hosts. So there you have it your weekly dose of everything mental health, mental wellness, and mental hygiene because who in the hell wants a musty brain? Be sure to tune in this week and every week going forward! You can listen on Soundcloud, Spotify, or Apple Music by searching The Friend Zone Podcast.

Contact:

Twitter: @FriendZonePod

Facebook: @TheFriendZonePodcast

Website: http://loudspeakersnetwork.com/shows/the-friend-zone/#.XDovPc8zaT8

Email: TheFriendZone@loudspeakersnetwork.com

Introducing: Atlanta’s Very Own Urban Sprout Farms

And on his farm he had a…..plentiful vegetation, a market, free yoga sessions, bonfires, movie nights, workshops, community events, & etc! Urban Sprout Farms and its’ founders (Nuri Icogren and his beautiful wife Safia) are nothing less than phenomenal. Urban Sprout Farms was founded in 2012 when Nuri really took nothing and made it something. Prior to this amazing farm that we witness today, the location was actually an abandoned motel and parking lot. He had a vision, put in the work and turned it into reality. I can honestly say that Urban Sprout Farms is a gem and it’s greatly appreciated by the community of Atlanta and its’ surrounding cities. Urban Sprout is a 5 acre certified organic farm, nursery, and market that also serves as an event space. It’s located in the neighbor of Polar Rock (Lakewood Heights) near downtown Atlanta, just a few miles south.  The farm/market sells flowers, seeds, soil, and plants (edible and non-edible), on top of growing about 8,600 pounds of produce a year! Wow, it’s just so amazing thinking about the progress the farm has made since I first came across it. I’ve known about Urban Sprout for about 3 years now and my first encounter blew my mind, no exaggeration. I took a tour of the farm, (it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the plants and the random artwork and posters), made a few purchases and had an educating conversation with Nuri before leaving. The farm was still in its’ beginning stages but still pretty impressive. And to top it off Nuri is super down to earth, kind, and knowledgable. Since then I’ve been back countless times and even have introduced several of my friends to this extraordinary place. Urban Sprout Farms is always hosting events (the yoga classes and bonfires are my personal favorites)  and looking for volunteers to help keep up the farm & nursery. So if you’re interested in shopping/visiting, volunteering, hosting an event or donating feel free to check them out using the information below.

 

Urban Sprout Farms

Address: 2200 Reynolds Dr. SW, Atlanta GA 30315

Hours: Saturday 9AM-1PM (shopping)

Website: https://www.urbansproutfarms.com

Facebook, IG & Twitter: @urbansproutfarms

 

 

Feature of The Week: N/A

Due to unfortunate circumstances the feature I planned on sharing with you all this week has been pushed back. The individual had something come up last minute and was unable to get the form back to me in time and I didn’t plan for a back up (I dropped the ball there, I apologize but lesson learned). But please tune in next week for an awesome feature that you WILL NOT wanna miss! Thank you for understanding. See ya next week 💜🙏🏾

Delicious Recipes At Your Fingertips: The Food Monster App

The Food Monster App is the perfect app for beginners looking to transition into the plant-based lifestyle. With over 15,000 delicious plant-based, gluten-free, allergy-friendly recipes and counting you will never run out of meals to cook! The recipes themselves are personally crafted, created, and approved by the team of http://www.OneGreenPlanet.org. If you haven’t heard of OneGreenPlanet they are a team of amazing individuals that are helping to save the planet in countless ways. Their website is filled with knowledgable and interesting information revolving around lifestyle wellness, the well being of animals, and worldwide news regarding what’s currently going on with planet Earth. The co-founders Nil Zacharias and Preeta Sinha of OneGreenPlanet came together and launched the Food Monster application in 2015 and it has been flourishing greatly since then. Food Monster is now considered the largest plant-based food app in the market and it’s absolutely free in both the iTunes and Google Play stores unlike most of its’ competition. The Food Monster App has saved the day for me so many times and although I love being creative with cooking, sometimes I run out of ideas or I just want to try something new. And that’s when I simply pick up my phone and browse through the thousands of recipes located on this wonderful application! The website and the app are both fantastic resources for beginners and even veterans in this plant-based lifestyle. So if you’re looking for a little help and guidance on your journey make sure you download the app today or visit OneGreenPlanter.org. To learn more about the founders of this organization and all of the incredible information they have to offer they can be found on twitter at @NilZach and @PreeTweet, on Facebook @OneGreenPlanet, and of course on their website!

#EatForThePlanet

Sevananda: Atlanta’s Best Natural Market

If you live in Atlanta and the surrounding areas I’m sure you’ve heard about this wonderful store, Sevananda! But if you haven’t then I am more than honored to introduce you. This amazing gift of a market is located right in the heart of Atlanta in a neighborhood locally known as Little Five Points. Sevananda is not only black owned but it is also community owned which makes the shopping experience even more personal and fulfilling! You just never know who you may meet or run into when entering this lovely establishment. From the moment you enter the doors you are welcomed by beautiful smiles, lovely scents, and gravitating vibes that you won’t find anywhere else. This natural foods market offers a variety of natural and organic groceries (dry, fresh, and frozen), alternative dairy products, pre-packaged to go meals, a delicious hot vegan bar (the best vegan food I’ve ever had in my life), a wide variety of alkaline, spring, and mineral water, and a self-serve nut, seed, granola, and candy area. They also have an entire natural product section where you can find natural options for skin care, hair, oral health, vitamins and supplements, laundry and home cleansers, and so much more! I can easily go in this store and get lost for a few hours and although the store isn’t that big, they have so much to offer. From exclusive locally made products to knowledgeable down to earth employees with a passion for educating, making it very easy to get caught up in the remarkable ambiance. This place alone brings me so much peace and since my first experience I haven’t been able to stop telling everyone I know about Sevananda. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the store’s administrator Ms. Carolyn Morris once and the marketing and outreach assistant Ms. Ifini Sheppard on several occasions and I can honestly say that they both are beautiful, inspiring, educated women. They are always looking for volunteers for different events around the city and are always hiring for full-time and part-time employees! If you are in or near Atlanta or if you ever decide to visit please make your way to this extraordinary market for an incredible and unforgettable experience! “Own Your Health” today , tomorrow, and forever, what are you waiting for?

Contact:

Ms. Ifini or any other lovely employee at the customer service desk

Phone: 1-404-681-2831

Address: 467 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA (8:00AM-10:00PM Daily)

Website: http://www.sevananda.coop/

Nae The Natural Hair Guru

Natural hair is being globally recognized and appreciated now more than ever. But what most people on the outside looking in don’t understand about natural hair is that it isn’t easy or cheap! We (black women) spend so much money going through product after product trying to find the right one for our hair textures, we face discrimination from employers and sometimes even men because of our hairstyle choices, we are constantly having to defend ourselves and having to explain our hairstyles to people. So let’s just say it can be a challenge to be a woman of color wearing her natural hair and remaining confident while doing so. But, thanks to beautiful proud natural women like Tanae Locke. A natural hair guru/ youtuber based in Atlanta, GA, we have access to videos and tips on styles and products at the tip of our fingers. In the words of Tanae “My goal for my YouTube channel is to inspire and help women to be more confident with their natural hair. I get so many compliments on my hair, outfits, and food so I decided to start a channel to share that with the world!” Tanae’s channel can be found on Youtube by searching “Nae So Curly” or by simply clicking this link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yM4v3Hz7ZH-rCMRsjjKmA . I personally enjoy watching her youtube channel and if you have natural hair and enjoy seeing new styles I’m sure you will as well. She provides excellent tips and her videos are very detailed but easy to follow! Please be sure to subscribe to her channel and also like & comment on videos that you enjoy!

Introducing “Sew-N-Style” By Shaquan Nelson

Firstly, I would like to say congratulations to a former classmate of mine Mrs. Shaquan Nelson on starting her hair accessory business “Sew-N-Style”! Shaquan Nelson, age 23, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin relocated to Saint Louis, Missouri and started her passionate journey as a creative and talented entrepreneur specializing in beautifully vibrant, custom, hand-made hair wraps, scarfs, hairbands, and bandanas. In the words of  Shaquan ” I decided to start my own line of head wraps because I’ve had quite a few days where I felt like my outfit was everything, but my hair just wouldn’t act right! Every time I’d go to the store, I could never find a cute scarf, or hair accessories, so I decided to learn how to make them. People started to notice my work, I started to gain more and more customers, so now here I am! I make head wraps, headbands, etc. for women, men and kids. I have matching “mommy and me wraps” (by request). I also make bandannas for kids and puppies. My goal is to make everyone to feel like Kings and Queens when wearing my products! Consider your head wrap, scarf, or bandana to be your very own crown.” With that being said help me in supporting this upcoming small business, Sew-N-Style. Purchase a beautiful hair accessory, or two 😉 if not for yourself then they may also serve as an awesome gift to family, friends and pets this holiday season! She currently does drop-off to local customers but also ships world-wide (fees apply). Sew-N-Styles products can be viewed and purchased using the contact information below!

Contact

Instagram: @Sewnstyle1

Phone: +1-414-732-9756

Email: ShaquanNelson19@gmail.com

 

 

 

Introducing “MeowM30w Smooth Butters”

The lovely and extraordinary Sherese Faulkner from Stafford,VA,US is a 32 year old entrepreneur who is currently living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. She just recently started her business “MeowM30w Smooth Butters” and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce her new cosmetic skin care line! In the words of Sherese herself  “I started my business due to the huge void of whipped butters (body/hair) i.e: shea, argan, jojoba, etc. not being available here in Thailand. I sometimes have eczema flare-ups and have always made my own whipped butters/oils. So, I thought hey why not make my butters available and affordable for everyone over here.” And boom there you have it! Natural, now easily accessible products made with integrity and background knowledge are now available in Thailand for pick-up or delivery (she also ships world-wide so don’t miss out on a chance to support a dope individual just because she isn’t down the street). She took her own personal skin issues, created a solution and started her business, a hair and body cosmetic line called “MeowM30w Sm00th Butters”! I personally have had the honors of purchasing and testing out her products for myself about 2 weeks ago and let’s just say I’m almost due for a refill. I absolutely love her whipped shea butter and I literally use it from head to toe every single day! Can’t wait to test out more products. Congrats and I can’t wait to see you and your business grow! Everyone please place your orders at meowm30wbutters@gmail.com . ~meow~ 🐱