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Kurly Kichana: Natural Hair Advice for New Mothers

For how long have you had natural hair? Growing up, I never had the option of getting a relaxer! I had to learn how to deal with my hair. However I had an epiphany when I was 23. After reading up on good hair practices from blogs in the USA and the UK, I started taking better care of my hair. It was at this time that KurlyKichana got started which proved to be such an awesome avenue for sharing the ups and downs of caring for my natural hair. Since then I have tried lots of products as well  ...

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Where to Shop for Bulk Bargains in Nairobi

Hunting for bargains? Did you know that Nairobi is listed as one of the most expensive cities in Africa – it’s more expensive to live in Nairobi than Jo’burg and Cairo! *gasp* To help you stock up while stretching your shillings, this list has been doing the rounds on social media. Some are tried and tested by our TN team, and others were sent to us. Thanks Ma Maya and Amakove and everyone else who co-authored the most affordable shops in Nairobi! Food Bargains 1. Cereals  ...

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Easy One Pot Pilau Rice

Pilau Rice Whenever we have guests or when I want to make something quick for the weekend, pilau is the easy choice. I have never really used a recipe, since I learned from my Mum and Aunts (Coastal folks) so we mainly eyeball the spices to suit each family’s individual tastes. The only thing that is an absolute must is to choose the best quality rice you can afford. And measure your rice:liquid ratio accurately. PILAU INGREDIENTS 3 cups (mugs) well-washed rice (or grade 1 pishori  ...

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5 Proven Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

“A-A-a-a-at-Chooooo!”  Drat! You recognise the familiar homa symptoms: Headache, red eyes, a scratchy throat, fever or a runny nose. You feel like your skull is stuffed with cotton wool, and you just want to lie down. You have caught one of the over 200 viruses that cause the common cold. Take heart – here are five proven remedies to drastically shorten the duration of your next cold. Sleep The number one remedy for a cold is to give your body what it is crying for – rest. Most of us try to  ...

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Getting Over a Breakup

  Shock, Anger, Dismay, Denial, Devastation. If you’ve ever experienced a breakup, you understand what I am talking about. It is no joke. On the pain scale a breakup ranks up there with the death of a loved one, divorce, and loss of a job. Still, a breakup can produce many positive outcomes. I am here to tell you that this pain you are now experiencing, is just “momentary” and “light.” Why? Because your life is going to rock! I’ll start by telling you a little bit  ...

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This Drink will Supercharge your Health

By Tricia Wanjala Suppose I told you an ancient drink exists that can transform your life today? A tonic nicknamed ‘Jewish penicillin’, because of it’s natural antibiotic effects? The same beverage Hollywood women are calling ‘Botox in a cup’ because of it’s youth-regenerating effects?  The Chinese call it ‘longevity tea.’ 12th-century Jewish physician Moshe Ben Maimonides recommended it to his patients for respiratory tract infections. Now in the 21st century science has proved  ...

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Planking for Killer Abs!

By Naomi Nasinyari What is Planking? When I first heard about planking, I wondered how effective it was. It seemed too easy. It just looks like you’re lying on the ground supporting yourself on your arms. As a seasoned gym enthusiast, exercise meant sweat and exertion. So I was able to begin with 3 sets of planks, holding for at least 1 minute each and then resting for 20 seconds. If you are a beginner, start by holding a plank for 20 to 30 seconds. Rest for a minute. Repeat three  ...

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Delicious Chocolate Smoothie Recipe (with a secret hair growth ingredient)

  Confession time : My name is Tricia and I am a Chocaholic. From my teens I had to have chocolate every.single.day. Later, I went into chocolate rehab and kicked the habit but it is still.a.struggle. Nowadays my defence is simple – I don’t buy any chocolate. Of course, when folks gift me with chocolate, that is another story….*sigh* But my other defence is to create delicious and healthy chocolate substitutes! Two weeks ago someone bought me a Haagen Daas chocolate  ...

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Why you don’t need this skin care product for your face

Remember the mantra for healthy skin,“Cleanse, tone, moisturize?” Well, it has changed. Cleanse? Yes. Moisturize? Definitely. Toner? No. Aestheticians, dermatologists and skin care experts are now endorsing serums as the new vital product in your 3-step skincare regimen. Toners are now defunct, or redundant. Nairobi-based Aesthetician Lily Potgieter advises, “You don’t need a toner after washing your face. They used to say toners were meant to remove any leftover dirt that your  ...

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Lambasahani : DIY Pasta with Guinness Beef Sauce

I never knew how easy it is to make pasta from scratch. When I found out a couple of years ago I was ecstatic. Now I’m very much the D.I.Y kind of girl and the idea that I could make my own pasta? HELLO count me in! So first, do you need any special equipment? Apart from the complex machines attached to your shoulders-NO! (Unless you must absolutely be fancy you can use a pasta roller but it’s not a necessity.) Additionally, there is a rustic quality in hand rolled pasta that makes it  ...

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