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Wedding of the month Onward christian radio

wedding of the monthOnward Christian Radio, wedding of the month goes to Mr and Mrs Mpezani.

To Nomutsa and Joana, you are a beautiful couple and will be a blessing to each other. May God look upon you kindly.

May the glow of love and happiness from your marriage day be with you for the rest of your lives! May the Good Lord bless you and keep you. Congratulations as you start together this new journey in life.

I wish your love would be just as endless

As the rings you exchange and wear,

A circle of real happiness

For both of you to share!

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23 July 2016 the day of your marriage, it’s true

So shiny and fine, Westwood garden in Kambuzuma

With all best friends beside you

To have a great time.

We wish you showers of love

Starting your lives as one,

And happiness shared together

May reign over your lives forever!

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What mobile phones, video cameras captured on that day were the outward moments of joy, but all the precious moments, the real wedding was recorded in your hearts.

On that day the 23 July 2016 you vowed to each other to have and to hold in sickness and in health together two became one and now you have made a brand new start!  Mr and Mrs Mpezani.

Joana Murevanhema was your name but we thank God two became one Nomutsa and Joana Mpezani.

Wedding Promise

A promise of wedding,

That two hearts truly make,

A vow to be forever loving,

To guide, to give and take!

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Till the depth of seas gets dry,

And the rocks melt in the sun,

It is our prayer that you will love each other still,

While the sands of life shall run.

I wish you to share your lives together,

To build special plans forever,

Down the road walk side by side,

And smile to each other with pride!

From Onward Christian Radio congratulations on your wedding, yours was our wedding of the month.

You’ve waited for this moment

Since the days when you were small,

Throughout your life 23 July 2016 might just be

The greatest day of all!

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Don’t write your names in the sky – the wind will blow them away,

Don’t leave them in the sand – waves can wash them away.

But post the names in your hearts and in the hands of Jesus Christ,

And forever there they will safely stay.

 

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maternity store, Mums 2b Boutique Onward Christian Radio

maternity store, Mums 2b Boutique 2A Christian, family ran maternity store, Mums 2b Boutique, has launched the UK’s very first “Pre-Loved” initiative on the High Street.

The “Pre-Loved” initiative is basically a way to recycle, good quality stylish cloths. There are a number of on-line outlets that sale “pre-loved” cloths. Located in the Dundas Market in Middlesbrough, town centre, Mums 2b Boutique is so far the only high street maternity shop to run such an initiative.

The initiative is aimed at helping less privileged mums to be, who maybe on low income. Mums 2b Boutique will offer a “buy back” scheme which sees the high street store offer pre loved maternity clothing at a very low prices. The store will actually give you cash back for your old maternity clothes.

This noble initiative has come at a time when it’s most critically needed in the UK, particularly, in the northern part of England. Given, the prevailing austere economic times that we live in. This is a welcome venture, which will go a long way, to help mums-to-be, of all ages. There are many who struggle to afford comfortable and stylish maternity clothing.

Maternity clothing can be very expensive

Speaking to Onward Christian Radio. Store and Company Owner Allyson Wilkinson said:

“Being pregnant is a very special time in a woman’s life.  I found that maternity clothing was very expensive. Considering you only wear them for a few months. Pregnant woman should not have to sacrifice comfort and style, during their pregnancy just because of affordability.  Because of this, a lot of woman, think they can get away with buying a bigger size, or men’s clothing. However, what you have to remember, is maternity clothes are specifically designed to give extra room and comfort and to fit in all areas including bust, baby bump and legs. Larger size regular clothing will only result in unflattering looks and discomfort, as they may fit around bump but nowhere else.”

Commenting on the “pre loved” initiative Allyson, went onto say “We want to make woman aware that feeling comfortable and looking good during this special time in your life, does not have to come at a huge cost.  We want to give them the opportunity to not only buy nice comfortable and stylish maternity wear, at a very affordable price, but, to be able to come back to us after the baby is born and get cash back from their maternity clothes.”

Mums to be can hand pick, from ‘pre loved’ T-Shirts, dresses, vest tops to Jeans and work clothing from brand name originals in excellent condition for under £5 as well as new lines.  Mums 2b Boutique also stock new clothing lines at affordable prices to help even after baby has arrived, such as nursing bra’s and tops to changing bags and accessories.

Mums 2b Boutique, also has an on-line store. The store can be accessed from any part of the world. They also ship out any orders and purchases made from their on-line store.

To visit Mums 2b Boutique online shop click here

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Mothering Sunday, a day to honour our mothers

Mothering Sunday is a special day celebrated worldwide. Every year on the fourth Sunday in Lent, people show their appreciation to their mothers with gifts. This tradition has been going for about 400 years and is believed to have started in Britain when young people, who worked away from home, often working long hours, were given a day off by their employers, in order that they could return to their ‘mother church’ where they had been baptised, to spend time with their families. They would return home with small gifts such as flowers for the celebration.

Mothering Sunday is often confused with Mother’s Day, which is held in the USA and most parts of Africa on the second Sunday of May. Although both celebrations are somewhat similar, their origins are different. In the USA, Mother’s Day came about as a result of Anna Jarvis, who for many years, campaigned relentlessly for a national holiday in honour of mothers. She succeeded in 1909 and is now known as the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday. Displaying IMG-20151115-WA0006.jpgFor most, Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day is a time for reflection, of thanking mothers today and in the past for all the good they have done and continue to do.

Biblical Reference

Mother’s Day is a celebration that finds solid support in biblical principles and commands. Although, there is no direct reference to “Mother’s Day,” in the Bible, we do find plenty of teaching on honouring mothers, revering them, and giving them generous love and recognition for the role they play in our lives.

Proverbs 23:22-25 – Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. (Throughout Scripture, children are encouraged to care for their mother and to bring them joy.)

Proverbs 31:2 – Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. (This classic passage on the “virtuous woman,” provides a beautiful picture of a mother who experiences the joy of her children and husband).

Exodus 21:12 – Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Along with reverence, we are to honour mothers. Whatever our age, whatever our place in life, our mothers always deserve our honour).

Proverbs 31:10-12 – A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her 

Proverbs 1:8-9 – Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Psalm 113:9 – He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord! (Mother’s Day is difficult for some women who may desire to be a mother, but who face the inability to bear children. In this passage, God describes how he gives women great joy, even those who experience the pain of barrenness).

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, you deserve to be spoilt, pampered, loved and treated with respect.  Be it you are a biological mother, spiritual mother, surrogate mother, God mother, this is your day.  Enjoy it and hope you will be pampered and spoilt.

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Here, at OCRadio, we receive a lot of emails requesting us to discuss matters that affect people in their everyday walks of life.  We recently received an email from a young lady who is preparing to get married and is excited about it, however, she is quite anxious about home economics (looking after the home, cooking, baking, saving money, etc).   Her future in-laws do not eat bread with yeast so this young lady asked us to share some recipes and ideas for home-making and the significance of yeast.

Reference of yeast in the Bible – Yeast is a bacterial fungus or mold. It works through and permeates the dough. It is used in the bible both as symbols of positive and negative influence.

Yeast as a positive growth – Matthew 13:33 – The Kingdom of Heaven is like a yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.

Yeast as a symbol of uncleanliness or corruption – Leviticus 2:11 – Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in a food offering presented to the Lord.

Yeast as a symbol of hypocrisy of Heart and Old Self – Matthew 16:6 – Jesus said to them. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Also Mark 8:15)

1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 – Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Growth of a yeast in the dough, is subtle, internal and permeable. Even small amount of yeast can affect the whole dough.

Similarly, the spread of Kingdom of God is, to be like yeast, small, insignificant at first, but as it grows and multiplies, it affects the individuals, community, city, nation and the world.

 

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Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Try this easy soda bread recipe for when you want bread in a hurry – it’s ready in less than an hour.

Preparation time = less than 30 minutes

Cooking time = 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

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Living-Well-Weight-ControlIt’s almost a month into the New Year and I hope we are still on track with our resolutions. One of the most common New Year resolution is about losing weight. I thought I should share with you what the experts are saying about weight management.

 

I would like to highlight the guidance that was published by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE ) in UK. NICE guidance supports healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money.

NICE ON WEIGHT LOSS

It reinforces the message that l am trying to send out to all readers of this platform. There is something that you can do about your health and a little bit of your action will make a huge difference,

Losing even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE.

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People attending a lifestyle weight management programme should look to make gradual, long-term changes to dietary habits and physical activity levels and aim to lose around 3 per cent of their body weight

This is what some of the specialist from NICE are saying about weight management:

Professor Kate Jolly, professor of public health at the University of Birmingham and NICE guidance developer, said: “By losing even a small amount of weight and keeping it off, overweight and obese people can improve their health.

“We all know that eating less and being more active will help us lose weight, but it can be quite hard to put it into action especially in the long-term, which is why some people need additional support. Lifestyle weight management programmes can help people to identify strategies which suit them to help maintain these changes in the future.”

Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, added: “Lifestyle programmes are one part of the solution. An environment that makes it easier for people to be active and eat well is also crucial, as are services for people with other issues that affect their health and well-being. The guidance isn’t about quick fixes. There is no ‘magic bullet’. It is about ensuring effective services are there to support people in the long term.”

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I then say the take away home message for you all reading this article is that if you weigh 100kgs then you should aim to lose at least 3kgs. This is achievable by most overweight people. The problem is that the wrong message is being circulated that one has to have a” stick-thin figure” to be healthy. Some have unfortunately wasted their hard earned cash on quick fixes that are not long lasting. I urge you to follow a programme that is safe and sustainable. Be proud of your figure and work at your pace. Do not be discouraged if you do not initially achieve to lose at least 3% of your weight. Not trying is no option because you will continue to pile up more and more kilos which is detrimental to your health.

The statistics are not good, it seems we are becoming more and more overweight and that is not good for our health. The number of people who are overweight or obese in England continues to rise with more than a quarter of adults now classified as obese and a further 42% of men and a third of women classed are overweight. This trend seems to spread throughout the world so this message does apply to everyone regardless of where you are.

You may want to read the article on how healthy you are.

KNOWING YOUR HEALTH STATUS

This article was compiled by Dr. Brighton Chireka who is a GP and a Health Commissioner in South Kent Coast in the United Kingdom. You can contact him at: info@docbeecee.co.uk and can read more of his work on his blog at www.docbeecee.co.uk/blog

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Dr Chireka has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Views expressed here are personal.

nail care 4Fingernails are like your shoes or handbag. They dress you up or down and they make you look classy or tacky. I enjoy observing how people take care of their nails, I find myself looking at people’s nails and how they take care of or no care at all for their nails, whether I be on public transport, bus or train it is not a habit I always observe.

How you keep your nails shows how you rate your appearance as a woman and your life as an individual. It shows whether you care or you don’t. With the help of these few basic steps you can change that and maintain a very clean look all the time.

It is also known that unkempt hands cause ageing to show faster on them, giving away your age more than your face. Maybe because we really cannot cover it up with a good brand of make-up. So get used on using a good brand of hand and nail cream. You can get some from your local pharmaceutical shops such as Boots, Superdrug and some department stores.

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Maintenance

We live in very busy times and as such most of us neglect to take care of our nails, it is my hope that this article will outlines a 10 step basic maintenance routine that anyone can follow on a daily basis and achieve great results.

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  • Tools you will need to carry out this daily routine are;
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  • Nail File
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  • Nail Clipper
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  • Hoof Stick
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  • Nail Oil and a Plastic Bowl
  •  nail bowl

Soft Shine 4 Way Buffer. (Best one can be found at M&S. It’s simple and easy to use. Follow the 4 steps to remove any ridges and quickly buff your nails to a smooth high gloss shine.)

Nail Polish Remover

Cotton Wool/ Nail Pads.

Polish Kit (Base Coat & Top Coat) & A Coloured Polish. NB: Base coat could also be a nail strengthener i.e. Nailtiques #2.

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Hand cream (Best one should have at least SPF15 and anti-ageing properties).

Routine

Remove any trace of polish from your fingers with the polish remover and cotton/nail pads.

Cut nails with Nail clippers to desired size and file them to the shape you desire.( Preferably in nice long strokes going towards the tip of the nail.)

Put fingertip-deep oil into a bowl heat the oil in the microwave for 1 min and a half, then soak all 8 fingers & 2 thumbs in oil for 3-5 mins.

Remove nails from the oil and push your cuticles back with the Hoof Stick and rub the oil into the cuticles.

Rinse fingers with soap and dry thoroughly.

Buff the nails to a high shine i.e. Polishing your shoes or silver till shiny.

Wipe nails off with cotton/ nail pad and nail polish remover.

Apply the base coat and your favourite polish then a top coat to seal the nail polish in.

Leave finger nails to dry.

Then apply your anti-ageing moisturiser concentrating on your fingers and top of you hands which give away your age.

Well done for taking the first steps to making your twilight years the best and to following my 10 steps to maintaining your hands and fingernails polished look.

Look out for my next article on ‘Working with Broken Nails.’

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bearded pongoA lot has been said about growing a beard from hygienic to biblical point of view and it seemed the jury was out but not anymore. I have always wanted to grow a beard and was told that it’s not advisable because of infection control fears. No one showed me the evidence that growing a beard increases the risk of infection. It was an assumption and it seemed to make sense so we followed the advice blindly.

It was always a debate of mind that one had between hygienic and biblical implications of growing beard. Charles Spurgeon who is considered by many to be one of the greatest preachers of the ages said the following, “Growing a beard ‘is a habit most natural, scriptural, manly, and beneficial.’” In the bible we know that Joseph, Samson and even Jesus grew beard and also the bible encourages Christians to grow beard. Having said that let me hasten to say this, God is far more concerned with the inward instead of the outward. God looks at the heart, not external things. Nevertheless, the Bible does have a lot of advice on outward appearances too. So it is important to avoid asking “Can’t I do what I want due to grace?” Rather, we should ask, “What would God have me do?”

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Hospital acquired infection is a cause for concern and a lot of measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of getting infections in hospitals. We go to a hospital to be cured and not to acquire infections and get worse. Health professionals especially doctors no longer wear white coats, ties and are encouraged to wash their hands before and after touching a patient. Reports suggest that about 25 to 50 % of doctor’s white coats harbour bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus. There has been debate as whether facial hair can harbour more bacteria that can be passed on to patients.

A recent study by The Healthcare Infection Society published by Elsevier Ltd in 2014 which tested swabs from the faces of 408 hospital staff with and without facial hair showed that, clean-shaven men are more than three times as likely to be carrying methicillin-resistant staph auerus (MRSA) on their cheeks as their bearded counterparts. Clean-shaven men were also more than 10 per cent more likely to have colonies of Staphylococcus aureus on their faces, a bacterium that causes skin and respiratory infections, and food poisoning. Researchers suggest this may be due to micro-abrasians caused by shaving in the skin, “which may support bacterial colonisation and proliferation”. The report reads: “Overall, colonisation is similar in male healthcare workers with and without facial hair, however, certain bacterial species were more prevalent in workers without facial hair.”

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Another interesting “study ” by Dr Adam Roberts, a microbiologist based at University College London showed that actually “beards fight infection” . Following the interest from the above study men were randomly swabbed and the swabs were sent to Dr Roberts. He managed to grow over 100 different bacteria from the beards. Among the bacteria that he grew was the “silent assassinator” bacteria called Staphylococcus epidermis. The most interesting finding was that when he tested this bacteria against a particularly drug-resistant form of Escherichia Coli ( E. coli) the type that causes urinary tract infections, it killed this bacteria . This finding shows that beards may be carrying a bacteria that kills other bacteria that we are struggling to treat.

Dr Roberts Study reported on BBC

In view of the research above, shall we start a beard revolution? One musician has sung a song” Chengetai ndebvu varume mufananane naAbraham” ( Men grow beard to look like Abraham). I think I am convinced now to grow my beard like my brother Brilliant Pongo below.

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This article was compiled by Dr. Brighton Chireka who is a GP and a Health Commissioner in South Kent Coast in the United Kingdom. You can contact him at: info@docbeecee.co.uk and can read more of his work on his blog at www.docbeecee.co.uk/blog

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Dr Chireka has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Views expressed here are personal.

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Looking good is no longer an advantage. It has become a necessity. In order to succeed in any field, you need to have an appealing personality. This is irrespective of gender. Men and women both need to look good in order to get their way through easily. If you are fashionable and stylish, things are going to get easy for you to some extent.

It is a widely accepted fact that you are more confident when you know you are looking good. If you have a good sense for fashion and clothing, you will always be a step ahead of your peers. You will be comfortable in the midst of any crowd. You will be able to present yourself better and people will be willing to listen to you and accept you.

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Colours have a huge role to play in fashion sense. In fact, the colours you wear decide how fashionable you are! You need not be dressed bright and glittery all the time to be labelled fashionable. But you ought to avoid boring colours and the ‘Plain Jane’ look. Colourful clothes and accessories make you look fashionable and glamorous.

Fashion sense is subjective. Your sense for fashion says a lot of things about your personality. So does colour! The colours you wear describe your choices. This in turn describes you as a person. People associate certain traits with certain colours and when you wear any colour, its corresponding trait gets associated with you.

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Fashion experts lay a lot of emphasis on seasonal colours. Certain colours are best when worn during a certain season. Bold colours are best when worn during monsoons, dark colours are best when worn during winters, and pastel colours are best when worn during summers. Choosing colours in this order portrays your preference for comfort in fashion.

If you dress typically in a typical situation, you are a disciplined fashion lover! Dull colours like white, black, brown, navy blue, and others are suitable in an office. Bright colours like yellow, red, pink, green, and others are appropriate for a casual wear. Dressing in golden, silver, wine red, and other such glittering colours in parties show that you like to follow a protocol in fashion.

Many people may love to wear colours that are not easy to find in stores instead of the usual red, blue, green, yellow, white, or black. Wearing colours like olive, burgundy, peach, peacock blue, silver, beige, and others define their unique taste. They are leaders of fashion and not mere followers of fashion. They set trends. Are you a trendsetter?

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If you choose the right colours, you are sure to be considered fashion conscious. But that does not mean that you stick to only limited colours that are universally accepted to be good or that suit your skin tone. You should experiment with different colours. This will help you wear colours that do not otherwise suit your complexion in ways that it does!

Demand for certain coloured clothes change with time. Colours are just like fashion. Trends in colours keep changing with time and region as the trends in fashion.

There is no denial to the statement that the colours you wear are proportional to your fashion sense. They convey a message across about how fashionable you are and about your personality. Colours and fashion go hand in hand! If you pick the right colour to wear in a particular occasion, you are a fashionable human being.

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Fro Sister 2FroSister is a natural hair and skincare company which focuses on dry hair and dry skin. We love natural hair and cater for all curls, coils and waves.

 

So what do we mean when we say Natural Hair?

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In answering this question, I have decided to go back to basics in this article and answer the question on natural hair. What is natural hair?

  1. What is natural hair?

When we say natural hair, we are talking about hair which hasn’t been permanently and chemically altered. We are talking about a curl texture which hasn’t been permanently changed.  Natural hair refers to texture and not colour. So if you have a relaxer in your hair, it is not natural. Not to worry if you have relaxed hair because we do have natural oils and hair food for your hair at www.frosister.com . We want to promote a healthy hair journey for you.

    • Changing the colour of your hair does not mean you are no longer natural.
    • If you wear weaves, extensions, wigs and your hair is natural underneath, meaning the hair growing out of your head has no chemicals at all, you are natural.
    • Hair extensions are actually good for your natural hair as a protective or transitioning style. It allows your hair to grow. This would actually work well with our Hair growth stimulation formula and our oils, coconut oil as well as castor oils from frosister.com .
    • If you are growing out a relaxer you are considered a transitioner.

Natural hair curl patterns

Textured hair has special care and styling needs based on its unique curl patterns. Inspired by celebrity stylist Andre Walker’s hair types, here are natural hair curl types.

Andre Walker's hair types

 

As you can see natural curls come in all sizes. Natural curls when dry tend to be puffy and frizzy they also tend to look wild and out of control.

We are here to tame and manage those curls so that you look great from the board room to your day out and about, in the classroom or going for an interview we are here to make sure your curls are always Popping.

So whatever your curl type, we got you. The next article will be quick tips on how to manage each hair curl type.

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hananiMy name is Hanani, CEO, owner and Founder of Fro Sister natural Hair and BEAUTY. We specialise in dry curly hair as well as dry SKIN. From the loosest CURL, to the tightest CURL, WE have you all covered.  We believe that everyone deserves the BEST, the best that nature has to give and the best in haircare and SKINCARE. Fro Sister can now provide this for YOU. I formulate hair butters and creams only using the best ingredients and want to share these natural products with you. All ingredients are chosen carefully in order to make sure you get the best.

Here are my top tips on how to deal with Dry Hair

What is Dry HAIR?

Hair, which does not have enough moisture to maintain normal shine and texture, is termed as dry hair.  Hair is made up of three layers. The outer layer is meant to protect inner layers. When the outer layer is damaged, it causes dry and dull hair. Hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands, which discharge oil onto hair shaft. It is believed that person having dry skin may have a problem of dry hair, which is why we specialise with dry hair and dry skincare here at Fro Sister www.frosister.com  Hair becomes dry when natural oil from hair is removed during activities, like swimming in chlorinated water, overuse of hair dryers, and other styling products.

Causes

Dry hair is very difficult to manage. There are various causes which make hair dry and unhealthy.

They are include:

    • Cuticle damage
    • Excessive washing of hair with harsh alcohols and soaps
    • Excessive use of blow dryers
    • Excessive hairstyling
    • Swimming in chlorinated water
    • Lack of moisture in hair
    • Using excessive chemical treatments, like dye, relaxers, etc.
    • Using cotton pillow while sleeping
    • Dehydration
    • Skipping conditioners

How to manage Dry Hair

The maximum moisture and growth pack has been designed to tackle DRY HAIR

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Coconut oil is considered to be a remedy for curly hair

When using coconut oil, you just have to massage some coconut oil on your hair and scalp. With the help of finger tips, massage your scalp. Leave it for the whole night. Rinse it off in the morning.

You can also use warm coconut oil.

Moisture Retention: Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not easily broken down nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape, thus keeping hair moist and soft, which prevents breakage of hair.

Hair ConditioningCoconut oil is a better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available in the market. Use of warm coconut oil helps in keeping hair shimmering and soft. Apply some warm oil at night and wash your hair the next morning. This can be repeated every few days for healthy, strong and conditioned hair.

Anti-Dandruff: The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti-dandruff agents and are far better than any anti-dandruff shampoo. Regular application of coconut oil can help you get rid of dandruff forever. Coconut oil mixed with lukewarm water and castor oil can also be effective in treating dandruff. Massage the scalp and hair with this mixture for ideal results.

Castor oil: can be used on the scalp to help prevent and remedy hair loss and it is effective at this for several reasons.

Antibacterial: anti-fungal properties make it beneficial against follliculitus, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content helps increase circulation to the scalp and improve hair growth.

Helps in Balacing pH: is also said to help balance scalp pH which can also help replenish the scalp’s natural oils and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products. The antioxidants in castor oil also support the keratin in hair and help make hair stronger, smoother and less frizzy. For you maximum moisture pack  visit our website  www.frosister.com

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Opulance 2Opulence Beauty Spa is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, they are a unique, vibrant and strong business that launched in Zimbabwe after a couple of years of preparation and training. They work with individuals as well as supply hotels and lodges with well qualified, experienced and professional therapists.

Opulence Beauty Spa are award winners who have won customer service awards, and exhibitor awards, at the Lifestyle & Bridal Winter Expo. If 5-star treatment is what you want and you want to be pampered look no further, Opulence is your stop.

Here are 7 things that make Opulence Beauty Spa the stand out choice for spa treatment.  

1) We are a mobile sanctuary designed specifically for a busy life. You can now enjoy world class spa treatments in the comfort of your home, office or our recommended lodge. We will create an atmosphere for you to relax and let off body steam. Priceless!

2) Opulence massage therapies are more than relaxing me-time. Our ‘Matopos massage‘, a signature treatment, incorporates the use of hot basalt stones and cold marble stones. It is designed to provide a healing and effective experience for people with muscular pain, poor circulation, back pain and arthritic conditions. Priceless!

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3) Opulence paraffin wax treatments– soft hands manicure and soft feet pedicure- are designed to provide a luxurious encounter which moisturises and softens the skin as well as provide therapeutic and healing heat to sore and aching joints. Priceless!

4) Our nail treatments provide that glamorous cosmetic look. The shellac/gel nails are non-lifting and flexible. It is one of the fastest growing beauty trends. We do acrylic nails which are durable and easy to maintain. Priceless!

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5) Opulence pedicure treatments provide basic care for your feet and toe nails. The Great Zim. Pedicure, our signature treatment, is not just for women but men too. The alternate use of hot stones and paraffin wax after a scrub stimulate blood and lymph flow and leave your feet moisturised. It is a great way to relax, release tension and feel pampered. Priceless!

6) Facials provide deep ex-foliation. Opulence facials product range include Elemis and environ. Our facials allow you to relax hence helping relieve stress, aid detoxification, and give you beautiful glowing skin. Priceless!

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BelindaThe good warm days are coming to an end, winter is fast approaching.  Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures. Cold air outside and central heating inside, all this have an impact on our skin, hands and lips. 

With the right skincare regime and the right products on your skin, there’s no need to endure dry, flacked or itchy skin; cracked hands nor dry chapped lips.

mary kay11. Wash or Cleanse your skin twice a day to remove the impurities and make-up; and to prevent any dirt building up,  or other elements getting into our pores and clogging them up. Always use the appropriate wash or cleanser for your skin type.

2.  Ex-foliate to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Our skin is known to regenerate itself every 28 days throughout our entire life. Ex-foliating helps to reveal new skin cells resulting to a healthy skin surface.

  1. Tone or freshen helps to restore skin’s natural pH level which may be altered during cleansing. It also helps to refines pores and makes skin more resistant to bacteria and micro-organisms.
  1. Moisturising your skin with the right moisturiser for your skin type. Moisturiser hydrates your skin and keeps it supple for a soft and smooth skin.
  1. Protect skin from any harmful environmental damage, sun, heat, cold weather and others. It is important to wear products that shields your skin from external forces to prevent any damages to your skin.
  1. We all have different skin types. Skin type may change over time as we grow older, and some people may experience changes every now and then depending upon the time of the year or whether. Change may also be caused by other factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, medication and many more. It is important that appropriate skincare products are used at all times, wrong products will be ineffective and may worsen the situation.
  1. Always stick to a correct skincare regime all the times. A constant use of the right product will gradually result to healthy and glowing skin. A great skin improves the way we feel about ourselves. When you look good you naturally feel good and more confident. A healthy glowing skin also helps to promote well-being.

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Belinda Madzima is an independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her passion is to help you achieve any or all of your desired beauty needs. She offers a personalised service tailored to suit your needs. She also does one on one consultation, a party with friends, a virtual party, make-up tips, skincare advice or free samples. You can always try products before you buy. You can shop on-line, order by email or phone, the choice is yours.

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IMG_9031Hello there, welcome to Afro Touch Fashion Blog with Tshidz

Behind every stylish woman is a keen eye for fashion, a creative flair and, most importantly, some wardrobe-saving basics! Even the most stylish of women have those mornings where they spend what seems like hours rifling through the wardrobe trying to decide what to wear.

Here is my 7 must haves for every woman.

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Floral print skirts – a floral printed skirt is a must have in every woman’s wardrobe; it will take you from day to evening during any season.

White blouse – A white blouse is a classic piece that no fashion lover would be without. Perfect for layering, it will work whatever the season, and instantly smartens a look.  Perfect for winter or summer, a day in the office or a night out, a timeless white blouse is suitable for every occasion.

Jeans – One thing that we all know will never go out of fashion is good pair of jeans. From skinny to boyfriend to boot-cut, a good quality pair will last wash after wash. Make sure you get a figure flattering pair that suits your specific shape.

Wide leg trousers – Flatter your figure to the max with a pair of wide leg trousers. Lean towards patterned ones, that way you can style up with any plain colour blouse or top that matching the print.

 

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Comfortable black pair of heels – They are your go-to shoes for any night out that are wearable for every season. A pointed court are your best bet, as they suit every shape and not too high – but remember to pick a style that you’ll love for years to come.

Afro touch sandlesTrainers or Sandals – A comfy pair of trainers are a must for any woman.  Forget sky high heels – instead, choose a stylish pair of trainers and wear them with absolutely everything. Yes – even skirts and dresses.
Slimming shape wear – good pair of Spanx will work wonders for your self esteem and waistline.
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clean handsHow clean are you?

1 Timothy 3:5 For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

It really worries me a lot when I see people leaving their house of worship in a very untidy state and it makes me wonder? What kind of homes they live in? Would one say I am being judgemental and condemning? Perhaps Yes, but maybe Not. All I am trying to do is encourage people to take good care of Heavenly places (place of worship, place of work and their own homes). It is our duty and responsibility to encourage one another to be clean, to live in clean homes, to take care of our houses of worship and be good examples to the youth. after all they say charity begins at home. And thus, we must be clean home and away.

Why? – Because cleanliness is next to Godliness.

“Our homes and our buildings are showcases of what we believe. They should be attractive and give every indication of cleanliness, orderliness, and self-esteem.”

In all honesty, maintaining a home and garden well does not necessarily require money, but rather interest and ideas, time and effort, and tender loving care.

An orderly home can encourage creativity.

I would like you to ponder on the points below and Be honest with yourself!!! Do your own self-assessment and improve on your weakest points.

Bed Linen – Wash it once a week, fortnightly if you shower before bed” says Dr Ackerley. “You’re sweating and shedding skin, which dust mites feast on. The mites are harmless, but their faeces contain allergens that can trigger itching eyes, a blocked nose and asthma.” And not making your bed is a good thing. “Fold the bedding back and air the bed. Dust mites like to be warm and cosy.”

Your pillows – “”After two years, 10% of your pillow’s weight is dust mites and droppings,” says Dr Ackerley. “Most pillows can go in the washing machine (check the label). I would advise every three months.

Your tea towels – In recent study, 89% of the tea towels tested had traces of bacteria that cause food poisoning and diarrhoea.  ‘The problem is that people often use tea towel for hands too, so clean hands get contaminated,’ say Dr Lisa Ackerley at thehygienedoctor.co.uk “Have separate towels and wash both at least once a week”

The dish scourer – “Anything that collects food and stays moist will breed bacteria, which you transfer to the next thing you scrub”,” says Dr Ackerley. “Always rinse food off the sponge and once a week, stick it in the dishwasher or boil it in a pot of water.”

A kitchen cloth – “Simply put, germs are sticky, they will survive a rinse of the cloth,” warns Professor Bloomfield. “If you wipe up raw meat juice, that cloth will smear potentially harmful pathogens like E.coli all over your kitchen.  Wash it in boiling water and dry thoroughly.

The fridge – Apart from obvious spills, how often should you clean the interior? “Two to four times a year,” (Jolie Kerr – cleaning guru).” Use equal parts of white vinegar and water, the vinegar is non-toxic, so it’s safe around food, but has antibacterial and odour-eliminating properties.

Technology – one in five people never clean their computer mouse.  Kerr recommends isopropyl alcohol (IPA) wipes for tech that cannot get wet. “To clean a keyboard, use a can of compressed air to blow out whatever’s lurking between the keys first.” It is worth the effort.

Handles – are one of the main ways pathogens spread. When wiping kitchen surfaces with an antibacterial spray, include them too.

Wooden spoons – replace a wooden spoon if it’s cracked: food get jammed inside, the wood retains moisture, and bacteria thrives, Dr Ackerley.

Remember: our homes are the best place to teach the gospel of faith, repentance, honesty, integrity, and cleanliness.

 

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Social media was abuzz with what has been termed ‘#korrineskneechallenge ’ this was after some social media bullies tried to bring a young talented model down, simply because they did not like the colour of her knees, they deemed them too dark.

But, unperturbed by this attack on her person Korrine Sky, has picked up every negative brick thrown at her and built a platform to rally for all sisters to embrace and celebrate being different, celebrate self- love and sisterhood.

The 19 year old Korrine, left Zimbabwe aged 4 when she moved to the UK, nonetheless she is very proud to be of Zimbabwean heritage and hence entering the Miss Zim UK pageant.

What those who attacked Korrine need to understand is that, we are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive.

Indeed what those attacking Korrine on social media had not budgeted for, was her ability to turn this situation around. Korrine has managed to take the negative and turn it into a positive buy using the publicity given to her into a celebration of sisterhood, speaking to Onward Christian Radio her manager Memory Mutenda said:

“Many women are abused and belittled because they have something different, body features that stand out, perception about beauty is not skin deep, there is much more that makes one beautiful, celebrate womanhood it’s okay to have something different about you, it’s okay to be different, there is something about every woman that makes you unforgettable, it maybe your nose or your eyes or even your knees. Be happy with who you are.”

Using the World Wide Web  a strong sisterhood support base for Korrine has emerged, this is not just about her, a movement has been born.  The show of solidarity has demonstrated that women are connected. Social media is like a spider web. If you attack or abuse someone on the web it vibrates, if there’s trouble, everybody will know it, and they will not let it go without a challenge.

 

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Commenting on her Facebook page Korrine said: Everybody involved in #korrineskneechallenge you have made me so proud. I am a proud Zimbabwean girl, it’s reminded me why I want to be Miss Zimbabwe UK! Even if I do not win, it really does not matter because the message of sisterhood and self love I have seen displayed today has left my heart so warm. People may be looking at my page thinking what are all these knees, but you all understand, our knees tell a story. These are the knees you kneel to pray, these are the knees you bend in sorrow, THESE KNEES TELL A STORY. I’m so proud, you have no idea.#MZUKKorrine you guys are amazing.

Gone are the days when the sisters would be too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. Thank goodness this time around they are standing up realising that if they don’t help each other, who will? We thank God for the likes of Korrine, the devils on social media picked on a prayer warrior, how dare they pick on her for the colour of her knees.

Those knees have knelt in prayer they have knelt to thank God for many a blessing they have knelt in honour of the almighty God so when people notice these knees glory be to God.

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Muchada and I were privileged to speak at a Couples Seminar in Wolverhampton on Friday 24 July 2015. The couples dinner was hosted by Pastors Ivy and Emmanuel Kapofu of ILC Church. They are humble amazing servants of God who are doing a great job in Wolverhampton.

We were asked to speak on three phrases relating to marriage. Birth of marriage, Bed of Marriage and Brevity of Marriage. I have thought to summarise what I spoke about in this blog post. I will do a follow on post on what Muchada spoke about.
Birth of marriage 

Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”

When I thought about this phrase the thought that came to me was that of physical birth of a child. Having had three children I could safely say I am well experienced in pushing and giving birth. Labour is called labour for a reason, it’s not easy work, it’s painful and it takes hard work. Marriage is not a bed of roses but just like giving birth the hard work is worth it.
The other aspect of giving birth that came to me was the cutting of the umbilical cord. When you get married you need to leave and cleave .The leaving and cleaving can be likened to leaving the womb and the cutting of the umbilical cord.

The umbilical cord signifies our families where we are raised. Not literally cut off all ties but that severe has to be made. We need to severe a lot of things so that we can cling to each other and to Jesus. We had a difficult experience in the early years of our marriage in learning how to leave and cleave. Once we learnt about the three fold cord our marriage was finally birthed. Just as Children do not abandon their parents once the umbilical cord is broken similarly when we cut the cord with our parents we still maintain relationship. We maintain relationship but we do not rely on that relationship for our source of nourishment edification and growth. I spoke on generational tie and curses that need to also be severed. We adopt a lot of negative and positive characteristics from our bloodline. We need to be aware of the character traits that negtaively affect our marriages and leave them behind. I shared a testimony about my “hot temper” adopted from my paternal side. The maSibanda and Shumba traits that had to be dealt with through revelation and prayer. That is a whole blog post for another day.

Bed of Marriage 
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. ” Hebrews 13 vs 4 
The marriage bed is defiled through adultery and also through previous sexual relationships.
Basically when you have a sexual or intense non-sexual relationship with another human being, your souls become as though tied together. And so if you had more than one partner, for example, you cannot be committed fully to one person only, because you are on a spiritual level still involved with your exes.
Your soul is fragmented so you cannot give your whole heart to your spouse.
Unhealthy relationships with people of the same sex can be formed and defile the marriage bed. It’s unhealthy to have a deeper relationship with a member of the same sex than with your spouse.
The marriage bed can be defined through non sexual relationships via social media. Chatting online and rekindling relationships with childhood sweethearts defiles the marriage bed.

Further problems are created when the use of pornography invades Christian marriages. It will eventually disrupt the unity, both sexual and emotional, that is vitally crucial to stable marital life.

The benefits of a “one-flesh” union are confirmed elsewhere in Scripture. A cursory look at Old and New Testament figures confirms the wisdom of monogamy and the chaos introduced by infidelity, polygamy, or loss of sexual control, all of which play key roles in some of the Bible’s greatest tragedies. Witness the bitter rivalry between Abraham’s wife and her maid and the painful repercussions that result, the foolish loss of judgment that came with Herod’s sexual obsession with his stepdaughter, the death of a child and permanent family curse caused by David’s adultery, and the spiritual decline of Solomon’s faith because of his appetite for foreign women. A fundamental lesson emerges: The one-flesh union provides psychological safety to individuals, stabilizes the family, and enhances productivity and order within the community. Joe Dallas

Brevity of marriage 
Meaning of brevity shortness, briefness, transience,
We have been married for 17 years and been together for 20 but cannot believe where the time has gone .
James 4:14
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Job 8:9

For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are as a shadow.
– At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
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It is important to make time for each other and enjoying each other’s company. There is no need to focus on keeping grudges and staying angry with each other. We waste emotions and precious time on sulking and staying angry with each other over petty things. Barbara Bush aptly sums up the priorities we should have in life. It is so important to spend quality time with our family and not to worry about shifts shifts exams and hustling. We need to survive but we should always maintain balance.

Marriage is such a blessed union but it takes hard work, sacrifice compromise and for us the most important thing is our faith in Christ. Our guide is the bible and sticking to the teaching and Godly principles. We don’t know it all but we know the one who does.

Ecc 4 vs 12

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

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diamond-braceletThe young bride slowly unties the ribbon and opens the box. Her new husband holds his breath, hoping he picked out the right one. She squeals with joy as she pulls out the beautiful diamond bracelet.

She hugs her new husband and then giddily tapes the bracelet to the bottom of her shoe. She runs out to the yard and stomps around in the mud.

Her new husband watches hurt and incredulous.

Let’s try that again.

The new wife unties the ribbon and opens the box. This time she quietly thanks her husband for the gift, puts it in a drawer and never pulls it out again.

Once again the new husband’s heart is hurt.

Let’s try this one more time.

The young bride unties the ribbon and opens the box. This time she hugs her husband and puts the bracelet on her wrist. She uses it every chance she gets. Every time she wears it she looks at her husband with a knowing smile. His heart swells knowing how much his gift has meant to her.

Our gracious God has given a gift to marriage – the gift of sex. He made men and women to be sexual beings and blessed sexual relations inside of marriage. He said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

When the gift of sex is used outside of marriage, however, it is like taking God’s beautiful gift, taping it to the bottom of our shoes and stomping around with it in the mud. When young men and women have sex before marriage, when couples introduce pornography into their marriages, when our world twists sex into any one of its many perversions, they are taking God’s gift, taping it to the bottom of their shoes and stomping around with it in the mud.

How do you think that makes God feel?

Many Christians, however, swing the pendulum to the other extreme. They treat sex as something dirty, even within marriage. They say that sex should only be used for childbearing. They imply it is wrong to enjoy it. They take God’s gift and put it in a drawer.

How do you think that makes God feel?

God has given you a beautiful diamond bracelet. He wants you to use and enjoy his gift – but to use and enjoy it in the way he designed it to be used. The gift of sex is designed for the intimacy of marriage. It needs the commitment of marriage. It is reserved for husband and wife.

I know it’s hard to wait for marriage, but it is always worth it. You will save yourself a host of hurt and heartache if you just wait. In this world, we are bombarded with temptations to use our sexuality in ways for which God has not designed it, but that is like taking his beautiful gift and stomping around with it in the mud.

Watch out for the other extreme, though. When used in marriage, sex isn’t dirty. In fact, when you use it, when you enjoy it, when you share it with your spouse, you make God’s heart swell with joy.

So treat God’s gift of sex as the precious gift it is. Use it the way he designed it to be used.

 

by schroera