Say No To Hoarding!

Being a self-confessed hoarder, I was recently struggling with the case of having so many clothes but on the contrary, no clothes to wear. It’s rather disappointing and annoying to a great extent. When you have 3 wardrobes, with all hangers full, and clothes almost bursting out of them but when time comes and you’re dressing up for an occasion or even on a normal day, an emptiness lingers. You feel like you own no clothes. Sometimes you can picture an outfit you want to wear but you can’t find bits of it because it’s hidden somewhere between the clutter.

That’s was a clear indication that there was a problem. A problem that needed to be deal with accordingly. The thing with hoarding, is that you feel the need to keep the things you don’t need. Your mind tells you, “You’ll need this someday, just keep it.” Even when the day never comes, you look at it and you’re like “the day is still coming.” Sounds stingy, no?

Say No To Hoarding

I thought my cousin was crazy when one day “something got into her” she emptied her closet and only remained with the clothes that she constantly wears – which were a handful. She gave out the rest to people who she needed them more than she did. I was one of the proud beneficiaries – I fancied her style. Remember when hand me downs were a common phenomenon. It mostly happens when you’re in your teens. You know that stage where your parents can no longer keep up with your growing self and changing fashion style. So they stop buying you clothes and you don’t have money to buy clothes – because well, your income is the pocket-money they give you. For some reason it’s never enough. It’s at that point you become a “hand-me down” charity case.

Well, whatever thing got into her, eventually got into me. I was done with the myriad of clothes & shoes that were not doing it for me. Whether new, old, fitting or not-fitting – considering that I got some of those clothes out of peer pressure, others I’ve out grown, others I just don’t feel the style anymore. Is that what we call maturity? I finally made a conscious decision to just go and bin (give away) those clothes, which is like ¾ of my wardrobe. Someone else needs them more than I do. There’s a teenager out there going through the “hand-me down” phase. On the upside, I have less clothes, which means less stress during dress-up, less organizing, less complaining and more space. It helps more that I know what I have, what I don’t have, what I need and what I don’t need. Considering I’m not a big shopping fan (I must be the only girl who isn’t, hence this post, and this post), this makes planning for it easier and more targeted.

But honestly, it felt like a load off my back and mind. I’m sure my wardrobes feel a little lighter too. Such a liberating experience. Maybe you should try it out and Say No To Hoarding! I could possibly be an activist, and that my cause. Isn’t it a social cause? It’ll save someone and also save you some more.

Long weekend around the corner for my Kenyan peoples. Happy Hump Day Lovelies!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

 

Ruling The Kitchen – Pork Masters

Cooking, Men

Mike (Left) and Dion (right) in their element. They’re kindred spirits.

There’s something about men who cook, maybe sexy, or just extremely appealing. Even if it’s just boiling rice, an egg or brewing his own coffee, the fact that he can make it to the kitchen is admirable. Cut that! Now what about those men who totally own the kitchen, God bless their souls! I am lucky to know such men, and one of them happens to be mine, the other my best friends … territory things.

Flo (left) and Me (right) ... we were just chilling taking selfies and playing Despicable Me.

Flo (left) … just chilling taking many selfies and soaking in the aroma that filled the air.

But really though, when they occupy the kitchen and chase us away, they cook up a storm! And not the ordinary storm, I’m talking about the finger licking, lip smacking kind that gets you so full that you just want to lie down and take a nap or just play Despicable Me (this is my current phone game addiction, those Minions) … because you can barely think any more.

Despicable Me

Let me share with you the recipe as written by Dion. Giving credit where it’s due, because when it comes to pork, we (Flo and I) take the back seat and let them (Dion & Mike) be.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2kg of pork ribs (trim the fat acquired from local butchery)
  • Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 dhania (coriander) stock, finely sliced
  • 2 ginger finely grated
  • 3 stem of fresh thyme
  • 1 stem fresh rosemary (it’s optional)
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 apples, cut into 8 slices (this is optional, I used my secret ingredient whisky for succulent flavor you, you could use white wine too)
  • 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 of paprika
  • 1 orange (cut into 4 pieces)

Pork, Cooking

 Preparation

  • Lightly salt the pork while on the tray.
  • In a small bowl mix 4 tablespoons olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, 1 dhania stock, finely sliced, 2 ginger finely grated, 1 stem of fresh thyme. 2 shots of whisky, 1 teaspoon of cayenne, 1/2 of paprika.
  • Squeeze the orange juice out of the 4 diced parts into the small bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly all ingredients
  • After mixing use a pastry brush to brush the mixture over the pork and ensuring it leaks into the grooves of the meat, you could make slices into the meat so that the mixture is well absorbed.
  • Place in a airtight clasp translucent bag and let it sit for 2hrs – 4hrs so the juices can blend into the meat place in fridge.

Pork, Cooking

How to Cook

  • Preheat the oven to 200
  • Cover the base of the pan with foil.
  • Drizzle sum olive oil and spread lightly on the base to prevent sticking.
  • Put the meat on the tray and set timer for 40 minutes.
  • After 40 minutes remove the tray drain the juice it will be used to make gravy for the pork.
  • Turn over the pork for even cooking let it go for 30 minutes on the reverse side.
  • Collect the juices from the cooked pork. When you pick the meat up from the pan, hold the meat over the pan for a few second. Doing this allows the extra juices to drip off the meat and into the pan.

Pork, Cooking

  • Pour the juices from the pan into a glass. The glass allows you to see when the fat separates from the juices. Let the drippings stand in the container until the fat floats to the top.
  • Remove the fat remain with the juice you can add some wine (red) or sherries to add a depth of flavor to the gravy.
  • Mix thoroughly and add 1 tablespoon of soy for taste then some people prefer to cook the mixture  but I finely brush it over the pork.
  • Add the 4 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 paprika and  a teaspoon of thyme (awesome for gravies)
  • After 30 minutes remove the pork and glaze with the mixed gravy on one side ensuring it is well spread over the meat let it cook for another 10 minutes
  • After 10 minutes remove the pork turn round and pour the remaining mixture over the meat and cook for another 10-15 minutes till its golden brown.

Pork, Cooking

And voila! The meat is ready! You can garnish it with coriander or as you please and then save us a piece, will you? Or better yet play around with the recipe and tell us how it pans out.

Serve it hot with a starch of your choice (rice, mashed potatoes, chips), then down it with a chilled drink. Happy Eating!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

 

God Gave Me You.

Sometimes you need a little country to get you going. Blake Sheldon is such a legend, in my books though, so don’t slaughter me just yet! But he killed it for me with “God Gave Me You.” Also, his wife is so adorbs! It’s amazing to have someone who’s with you through your ups and downs, because truth be told, we all have those moments and you never want to deal with them alone.

It’s one of those situations that are inevitable. In as much as you never want a “down” to be there, it’ll be. It happens so fast that you’re left asking yourself, “How? When? Where?” Next thing, you just have to deal with it. So when it happens, there’s comfort in knowing there’s someone who’s concerned, and will at one point or another hold your hand, pat your back or give you a big bear hug and tell you, “it’s alright, we’ll work through it … wait for it … together.”

Nurture your relationships, it’s worth it. The person closest to you is just as good to you as you are to them or vice versa. That’s the peculiar thing about human nature. If you treat me good, I’ll feel compelled to do the same. If you treat me badly, I’ll pull out my defense mechanism and it varies for different people – the same way it does for animals. A bee would sting, a lion will eat you up, and a python will swallow you alive.

The thing about relationships, is that, they’re not easy. No, it’s never a walk in the park, life doesn’t quite allow it, though I wish it did. It always has a way of bringing in scenarios, situations, differences, tests, trials and such like things that put you in a position that makes you wonder, *what the hell?* But you love this person next to you, so you brave it and deal with whatever it is.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, we all have emotions, different emotions, and at different times. Emotions are like a roller-coaster, one time you’re here, the next moment you’re there. It couldn’t get any more difficult than that. Because emotions can be the hardest things to deal with. They can’t be controlled from an external source, it can only come from within – you’re the only one who can tell yourself, “I want to be happy” and actually make yourself “happy”, if I told you to be happy, you’ll probably just look at me with a blank and extremely irritated face.

The difference of emotions though, that could be a hidden advantage that we all need to tap in to, to make things work. It’s not as easy as A-B-C, but I just figured that must be a quota of the trick. When one is on a high and the other is on a low, don’t go on a low too, just maintain your high – even if it’s as you do your own stuff, the other person might come around. And welcome them when they do, don’t punish them … it’s a good place to be, the high, even better when you’re at it together. So goes with other emotions, always strive to be the bigger person; to be the person who keeps things going, when the other person is on empty; the person who flashes a smile, when the other person is sad; the person who opens up a can of stories, when the other person is seeing blanks.

Relationships, Love,

“The reality is that, there’s no perfect, just imperfect (read I’m Perfect). So you have to sift through the imperfect to find your PERFECT without the IM” ~ I said that ;-)

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Why I Love Google Maps.

Technology never ceases to amaze! Nearly everything around us is automated, check yourself, you could be too. But really, how many times are we presented with a gadget only to use it to the bare minimum. We only use it for the functions it’s built for, yet it there’s so much more we can do with it. I’m a statistic here. I don’t know, call it laziness, lack of curiosity or maybe contentment with what you can do with it in the present – despite you not fully utilizing its other functions.

What’s made me talk about this? Google Maps. All these years, I’ve struggled with directions. I suck at them and I’m in no position to deny that fact. In my mind, when I’m giving the directions they sounds so right and obviously direct, only for the person on the other end to completely get confused by what I’m trying to say. I want to say “turn left” but instead, I finger point the direction and say, “go this way.” I don’t know if it’s a chic thing or not, but that’s how it is in my case. Is your daughter/girlfriend/wife like that? I won’t ask her because she probably thinks she’s a pro at giving directions.

With Google Maps, there’s no more drawing directions on papers, it’s about spotting your location on the map, dropping a pin there and sending it to your visitors via text in the form of a link. They in turn just click open on the link and it takes them directly to where you live via Google Maps. There’s no more arguments or disagreements in the car because the lovely lady on the other side of the phone (app), will tell you what to do –> in 200m turn left. I love it when she does that.

For a long time, we struggled. We would be invited to a place we don’t know of and we would spend a good amount of time trying to figure out where it is on phone or arguing which turns to make or not to make – it’s consuming – energy-wise and time-wise. Especially how directions arguments eventually become an accusation at some point –> “But I told you it’s not that way”, “I told you it was that way and you ignored”, “you just missed the turn”, “just concentrate and look for that bill board/post – co-driver looks down for a second and the board is a far distance from the rear mirror.” The struggle is real.

One day, our lovely friends (The Ngigi’s) introduced us to Google Maps. They dropped us a pin – via text. It was in the form of a link and we were absolutely clueless on how to go about it. We opened it but then what? So we of course didn’t manage to use it. We got lost, argued along the way but eventually got there. Not knowing the directions can make you change your mind about visiting a place. For that reason, on arriving, the first thing we did was get some Google Maps 101 from our friends. How the hell do we use it this frigging invention? It’s a driver’s little heaven on earth, and the co-drivers sigh of relief.

From then on, we’re Google Map evangelists. It’s quite simple actually. Let me show you how to use it in 5 simple steps:


 

Step 1: Go to Google Maps on your phone Menu.

Google Maps, Google, Kawi Snippets, Technology,

Step 2: Under search, click on the arrow that looks like a direction beside it. This is so that it maps your location (My location).

Google Maps, Google, Kawi Snippets, Technology,

Step 3: Enter your Destination point – where you want to go.

My Location - GM

Step 4: Activate your GPS (it’s right next to where you adjust your sound or activate Mobile Data and WiFi). This is for it to map the path from your location to your destination, like below.

Map Location - GM

Step 5: Start Navigation (see that arrow on the image above) – then let the lady on the other side of the app take you where you want to go. Apparently, most if not all our roads are well mapped, so even if you want to go to up country or off road, you’re good to go (these are very layman terms by the way).

Google Maps, Google, Kawi Snippets, Technology,


 

God forbid that we never have a phone without Google Maps, because the reliance is a bit too much now. On that note, we established that Google needs to do some user education on the use of some of their applications. They seem easy once you grasp the concept, but before you do, it’s an uphill task. One that we humans are at first too skeptical to take, until we realize how much it’ll save us. And that’s why I love Google Maps!

PS: This is not a sponsored post. It’s just out of the appreciation and love of it. Evangelist things!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

My LinkedIn Summary

Summaries. I hated those. Especially when in school you were asked to read a book and summarize it in one page (or a limited number of words, they liked 300) in a way that someone will understand what the book was about. I remember in my previous workplace I had a colleague who loved the word ‘one pager’ that on my first day of work, he told me to come up with a ‘one pager’ for a project I was completely clueless about. It made me research, and that’s what actually made me understand the scope & objectives of that project. Because with a one pager you can’t write nonsense, it needs to be straight to the point. Plus it’s a quick read, so you can’t bullshit, or someone will know you are. Especially if they have knowledge of that project/book.

Well, that’s the same feeling that creeps up when I’m asked to give a summary of myself. I’m 27, that means, I’ve had quite a bit of experience and a story to tell. It might not be moving like some I’ve heard, but it’s something to say the least. Plus it doesn’t help that I’m not the best story teller or pro in giving an account of events that happened to me. Most I forget, then remember when something happens that touches on that experience.

I am, About Me

The thought of my LinkedIn summary has disturbed me for a while now. It didn’t cause me sleepless nights, but it made me a little uneasy because I didn’t feel like I was properly representing who I am and what I do in terms of my career.  I’m a lover of social things, especially those on the digital front – Facebook, Twitter, IG, LinkedIn, G+, Blog – basically, I’ve embraced digital. I always feel like they have a multiplier effect and they expose you to people you don’t know – but most of what is exposed to those people is what you share with them, what you want them to know or how you want them to interpret who you are. So to some extent you have some control. And so I changed my LinkedIn summary and made it a little more personal. It kinda made me feel good about myself, you know when you realize what makes you tick when you’re working. Here goes;

Armed with an IT, Project and Strategic Management educational background but actually practicing as a Marketer, an Online or Digital Marketer to be exact. It amuses me. It’s after all, what I am passionate about.

Thinking about what the person on the other end of the screen (computer, mobile or print) wants to consume when it comes to content. The process involved in conceptualizing, designing, developing and eventually sharing it – through the various social media platforms and having conversations around that content because it affects us whether directly or indirectly.

Coming up with plans/strategies on how to make the consumption of this content as interesting and stimulating as possible for the consumer through partnerships and teamwork. It’s through these two that we have had successful campaigns and achieved our desired results.

I am also a sucker for content that builds people, useful content. Content that inspires, impacts or influences someone (even if just one person) in one way or another. And that’s the main reason I run my personal blog at – Kawi Snippets.

That’s just about it. Happy Thursday Lovelies.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Dealing With Problems: Some Mistresses Here and Some Scandal There

Have you watched Mistresses, the U.S version? I love it. Anyhow, I was feeling a little on the down low yesterday (let’s just blame it on female hormones) and I decided to watch something. And what better than a series with lots of females with female problems in it…lol. That’s atrocious but it’s such an entertaining distraction. I’m on Ssn 2 Ep 13. I can’t wait for it to continue, too much drama up in that space.

The thing with movies is that there’s some level of truth in them. There’s always something to learn from them. Especially those that try to demonstrate a reality of sorts. I believe that the writers and directors didn’t just imagine some of these things. The scripts are derived from another persons story, personal experience or an observation, even if to some extent exaggerated to make it juicier.

As I watched, I got to the part where Karen (one of the “Mistresses”) experiences a health scare as a result of her bar-hopping, bed-hopping phase. One of the men (Ben) that she had had “bad manners” with was diagnosed with AIDS and there was a possibility if she didn’t use protection while they did the deed that she had also gotten it. Thing is, she couldn’t even remember. Problems.

While she shares her problem with one of the girlfriends, Joss (another of the crazy mistresses. Oh! This one’s on a different level of crazy, she ditched her fiancé for the sister’s ex-hubby as he waits for her on the aisle at the engagement party cum wedding…if that’s not complicated, I don’t know what is), well, she tries to console her. I really like how she did it though. And that’s what informs my post today.

Mistresses, Life, Life Lessons, Series

When you have a problem, chances are that you don’t need to someone to tell you what to do to solve it. That could be why shrinks don’t tell you what to do, because you already have it in you. Chances are also that, they (the shrinks, your friends, your family) don’t even have the answer to your problems, or even if they do, it’s their solution, not yours. Naturally, somewhere within you, you know what you should do about it. You just need someone to speak the reality to you and give you a gentle push towards believing in what you think you should do.

So as they chat, Joss asks her what she does when she’s feeling overwhelmed. She says she prefers to go to the beach. Why? Karen answers, “because when you’re at the beach and you’re facing the ocean, you realize that your problem is so small compared to the big ocean” and it almost fades away, the problem that is.

Sometimes we magnify our problems and make them look so HUGE. To rub salt to the already existing wounds – that are the problems, we dwell on them for a minute, making us even more sore. They overwhelm us and eat us up. While in essence, as is the case of the ocean, our problem is equivalent to a grain of sand on the shore/beach. How small is that? As we think that the world is against us, the world is going on with its business. Sad reality, but goes to show us that problems, they come and go and those that stick around we can handle them. We all have some “Olivia Pope” in us. If you have a problem, you fix it, you handle it how you know best.

To cut story short, she eventually went ahead to get tested, which is what she wanted to do from the beginning but was scared of the result. She wanted to be ready for the results, whatever they were.

In other non-related news, I’m currently reading The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t know what to feel just yet. My baby sister told me the movie is really sad, so I’m not watching it till I finish the book. I’m on chapter 3 and I’m like, God, thank you so much for good health. Cancer is such a bitch! Will tell you how that goes.

Now that I mentioned the beach, I definitely need a vacay. Having a better week than mine I hope :-) Happy Hump Day!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Curves and All

I read this article on Bev’s blog. Like she had advised, I clicked on the original story, and I was touched by what I read. That’s what informed my post today.

Meaghan Kausman, Curves

Meaghan Kausman’s photoshopped image is above; the untouched photo is below. Credit: Instagram.

In our society, size is a weighty matter. See what I did there. But it is, for everyone really, regardless of your size. “You’ve become skinnier”, “you’ve gained some weight”, “there’s no clothes your size”, “try a size bigger”, “maybe you should try sit ups, press ups or planks”, “you should eat some more”, “no, just eat less – more fruits & vegetables, some protein and less starch”, “don’t eat past 7pm, digestion doesn’t take place”.

I’m pretty sure you’ve encountered some of these random statements in your conversations, if not all of them. And boy isn’t it exasperating. I use them too, so I’m as guilty as charged. How does it make you feel? Well, it makes me a little more conscious about how I look. It makes me think, maybe I can do something about it, like I can make myself shrink instead of expand superpowers. Even when really, it’s nature organizing your body for you. Curves and all.

There’s also this belief that petite people shouldn’t talk about weight, because well, they don’t have weight to talk about. But funny enough just as anyone who’s not petite is affected by weight, so are the people you see as petite (which is relative by the way). So it’s awkward when I tell my friends I’m feeling like I’ve grown a little bigger, but they cannot see what I’m talking about. Sometimes I see it, sometimes I don’t too – it could depend on what I’m wearing, what I’m eating, and other times, just hormones – those that make you feel like you don’t look as hot in the present or as you envision yourself.

The other day, I found myself thinking, “Damn, my clothes are definitely tighter”. My once flat tummy, is not so flat anymore, there’s that bottom bulge. My hips, oh well, they’re shaping up, like they weren’t already. Considering I’m not a big shopping fan. You’ll find that I still have clothes that I used to wear way back in campus which until now still fit. Until one day, I’m finding myself having to jump up and down for them to fit. I’m in disbelief. In all honesty, if I could stay the same size I would, but then I’d have to starve or gym myself to skinniness. Nah, I can’t deal. So I try to keep fit by doing some housework here and there, skipping,  planking sometimes, but mostly, just trying to eat healthy.

One thing I told myself is that, I ain’t 22 anymore. I’m aging and growing and it’s not only the age number that  increases. The height and weight too. Remember, Body Mass Index (BMI)? Remaining the same size will be a little too ambitious, although some people make it happen – genes, regulated meals, some serious work out.

I feel that there’s some alluring confidence and sexiness that comes with embracing your body, as is. Also, not everyone can be a size 8, or a size 14, the world would be a boring place. God knew what he was doing when he made us all different, but still in his image. Rock you, as you are! However, that doesn’t mean you let loose and care less about your appearance or size for that matter. It means don’t look shabby, actually, never look shabby. Always, take care of yourself, look and dress pretty, keep healthy. Don’t Photoshop your body either. When you love yourself, even the people around you accept & love you just as you are, because you are a beautiful petal.

Embrace your body, curves and all.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*