The Path 

Hey Everyone, 

It’s been an amazing week, I’m so excited! 


Seems like I’m always excited every time I come here.. Well, I can’t help but be a happy child…. 😁.. 


But what I feel right now goes beyond being happy.. I’m actually Joyful.. Nothing can shake this away.. So let me tell you why… 

A long time ago in a distant land… Lol.. Ok I’m kidding, let me be serious now.. 

I’ve always had a thing for all kinds of Art.. it just made me happy. Growing up I always went to my mum’s friend’s house to watch her paint.. she was a painter and I loved it! I loved painting and I could also draw so well.. She admired it and told my mum to let me come to her house every afternoon after school to paint with her.. as she lived right next door.. 

 Asides painting another thing I absolutely loved doing was writing.. but over the years and due to so many circumstances i stopped.. 

More like I took this gift/talent God had given me and locked it up in a box, wrapped in a pretty pink ribbon and put it in a bigger metal box, wrapped around with a chain and a padlock 


and tossed it in the deep ocean.. 


But Today I’m Thankful.. 


The opportunity to find and use the gift God has given me.. I am thankful I have started writing again.. and I’m so excited about it, like a child unwrapping an unexpected gift.. Yes! That’s exactly how I feel.. 

I don’t know about you, but for me this year.. I’m going to explore every God given talent that I have and use them.. Yup! I say them because it’s a lot! 😄

So don’t be surprised if you see me doing something spectacular and extraordinary pretty soon.. 😉.. I can’t help it.. 

No more sitting on the sidelines and not being my absolute, ultimate best for God.. Plus, we can only do all we can here.. there’s no repeat button to start our lives all over again.. (If Only!).. And you’re gonna give account for everything he gave you.. I wanna stand before God and have him smile.. the kinda smile a proud dad gives when he knows his baby has done an excellent job… and I would know that I used every single gift he gave me.. 


So let me share this beautiful testimony by a fellow writer (I like how saying that sounds.. lol), that would bless your life, and make you think about what you’re doing right now.. Are you in the right path? 

Diche’s Testimony 

I have always loved writing but never thought of it as anything more than just a hobby. I joined the drama department in church and headed their script writing team. Just having fun and working for God.

Soon after, I applied for my residency programme and I didn’t get in. A lot of my friends got in and though I was happy for them, I felt bad. Not necessarily because I loved the idea of doing my residency per se but because it was just the next step in my career and I felt left behind. A feeling I absolutely hate.

Anyway, two years later I applied again. The date for the test was fixed but after sometime it was postponed. My sister was scheduled to give birth in America and I was supposed to go and help her. I delayed going because of the test date and she gave birth and I hadn’t left. They shifted the date again and I went ahead and bought my ticket for a day after the test. They shifted it again. Extra money (that I didn’t even have) had to be paid to change my date to fit the new one and then guess what?…. Exactly! They changed the date again, this time Indefinitely

I was so angry I just carried my bags and travelled. A few days after I arrived they fixed a new date for the following week. Everyone started calling me to come back and take the test. I was so confused and depressed

A few days to the test, I went to God in prayer. I didn’t ask for anything. I just sat there worshipping and crying… It must have been up to an hour. I felt an urge to open my eyes and I saw a picture right before me with this scripture on it:

Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

It practically jumped out at me. Then God told me, don’t worry, it’s not “your” expected end (as in what YOU expect) but “an” expected end. It is an end that I may not know but He knows. I was assured that everything would be just fine. I was at peace. I didn’t think about it again until a month later (Dec 2014) when I got back and God ordered my steps into the movie industry as a writer. It’s been an awesome ride ever since.

In such a short time and with very little formal training, I have worked on projects that have aired on the most prominent TV stations and worked with the industry’s finest producers and directors. Not to mention the very good pay and flexible schedules. I am eternally grateful to God for making a dream I didn’t even know I had come to pass. 

It’s 2017 people, and you are a living miracle! That’s who God says you are! So this year, you’re gonna dig up all gifts and talents you’ve covered up and use them.. There’s someone out there that needs that gift and is gonna be blessed by it.. It’s not too late! It’s never too late.. 

So guys, what are you thankful for? 

Share with me by sending a mail to kemi@justusgirlsnaija.com.. 

See you same time next week! 

😘😘😘😘

…don’t do it without me! 

Hello people

I honestly thought I would make this a Thankful Tuesday post and yes kemi already  has a post scheduled for Tuesday  because there have been a lot of testimonies coming in -proof that it’s a year full of miracles. 

However after all the work Miss Shittu put into that I just felt it would be better not to mess up neatly arranged plans. But I know she will agree with me that this post is worth breaking protocol for so even though everyone is on my case about taking Mondays off to actually rest I can’t keep this in any longer so you get an extra post this week to Kick start your week. Yeah yeah that’s how much I love you. Anything for you ladies. 

So, yesterday was special for me. It did something for me that  I have to share. so today’s post,  it’s kind of a testimony but I want to share the lessons I learned from the encounter I had yesterday. 

As 2016 was ending, I started feeling a pull from God to start to do the things I’m actually passionate about but have always put on the back burner …like things to do some day. Well, that someday is here. As my Pk always says life has no dress rehearsals…This is it! 

So number one on my list was to take the love of Jesus to people who really need it. To go beyond having seminars and telling people about the love of God to actually showing them the love of God. After all the Bible says we should do good. So I made up my mind to focus on outreaches to orphans and widows in 2017. 

I mentioned to a few of my people and trust Blessing,  Kemi and Eky before you could say pastor M they had a plan, a list and now all we needed was the orphanage. In the same week I stumbled on this picture 

My friend’s younger sister had just been to an orphanage and showed the picture of this precious baby who had been abandoned. I knew there and then this was the place. I called to find out what their needs were….

and here the drama began. Once we got their needs. We calculated it and it came to quite a bit of money. So I knew I needed people to partner with me. I spoke to ladies at DCC after service one evening. A few people came on board and I went home just trusting God to meet our needs.

First testimony, Blessing shows up in my official early the next morning with news that totally blew my mind. Two of my partners had decided to pay half the money we needed. I was blown away. As if God was saying “you see? I can meet your needs. Just trust me!”  

Next our benevolence department sent us boxes of clothes and provisions. Before I knew it, I had much more than I ever thought possible. All this in less than a week. 

We were also able to buy a fridge, gas cooker and cylinder and food stuff to make their lives so much easier. However there were still some things that I needed to get that we hadn’t been able to yet. We needed rice so someone brought in a small bag of rice and I was celebrating this when God asks me to sow it to one elderly man I wasn’t very sure that it wasn’t my emotions so after I struggled a little while (more to be sure than anything else) I said okay lord you can have the rice as I turned to leave “add oil” was what I heard. I simply said “yes lord” and told someone to tell the man to see me.

In less than a minute someone comes into my office with a bag of rice her mum had asked to give to us. I felt like you could knock me over with a feather.   How can God be so accurate? By the end of the day we had money to buy oil alongside the bag of rice which we had freely received.

Another major issue they had was they needed school fees for 4 of the children as they could not afford to pay for them and they were being home schooled. We were able to raise the money. 

So Sunday after service, I got together six ladies and off to Akute we went.  To be honest that day was full of challenges but as always …giants for breakfast. #theyarebreadforus.

Flat tire. Bad roads. Almost getting lost. Bottom line at some point I looked out the window and the signs began to read OGUN STATE. I had no idea it was that far but we were there. 

We were welcomed by the man and his wife and all the little children. I asked about each child and one particular child struck a chord with me and I stand in absolute faith with them on healing for him. I walked in and he was the first child I carried.

 (Liberty with Vivian- he slept off not long after) 

Liberty is 3 Years old if I remember correctly but he was major cause for concern as he wasn’t hitting major developmental milestones. He was not talking or walking. As I carried him, he touched my face, my hair, my cheek he seemed fascinated by me. He settled in nicely in my arms. And as I asked his story and how he ended up there I was told that Because he was having developmental challenges his father decided to throw him away so he was brought to this couple. I was completely shocked and confused. Throw him away how? Like moin moin wrap or bread nylon.  As they say, “I’m sorry. I’m not understanding.” 

How can anyone let go of children? When I prayed Day and night for one for eight years? When even till today I know people who would give their right arm to have one. Beautiful children surrounded me. Then I met the boss Samuel such a cutie. His tee read “I’m the boss!” And obviously he was. 

Oh! Then harmony… So beautiful and very bright and obviously a book worm. She was more excited about the books we brought than anything else and probably couldn’t wait for us to leave so she could dig in  (harmony on the left)

As he told me about each child, it just occurred to me that these people were doing this by faith. No funding from anywhere. They didn’t even have personally. They were just willing to be used by God. He had no idea where their next meal would come from but he was willing to open his home which by the way is rented and presently over- crowded to children that no one else wanted. He was resolute in this that as long as he has breath this children will always have a home …and a father.

As I spoke to him and his wife and I saw how well taken care of And loved the kids were …That’s when I realized I was not there for them I was there for me. God brought me there to teach me very practical lessons:

  1. No matter how much you think you don’t have there’s alway someone who doesn’t have as much as you yet is giving much more than you are.
  2. The true test of faith is that you can follow God and say yes even when he doesn’t show you the full plan.
  3. Serving God will stretch you. It will not always be easy but it will definitely be worth it.
  4. Never take anything for granted. Some of the things you are taking for granted are another person’s necessities. Clothes people were trying to get rid of these people desperately needed.
  5. God will use you if you are willing. No matter how unqualified you are.
  6. Doing things for people who can never repay you is far more fulfilling than you will ever know.

I left there that day after he insisted I pray for them and take pictures with the kids  but to be honest a piece of my heart stayed back with them. I will definitely be a part of their lives as long as God will let me.

I’m totally overwhelmed by this beautiful couple. Especially this amazing woman. I know how hard it can be to take care of young children that you actually birthed how much more to care for so many of them at the same time with no help and some of them with special needs.

Truly my prayer is that God will repay them. He never owes anyway. 

I saw God at work. It was humbling and life transforming to be used by God like this to put smiles on their faces. 

And my prayer today is Lord whatever you are doing in this season, Lord please don’t do it without me 

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Thank you partners … you did this 💋💋💋💋💋

All The Single Ladies…

Be honest you actually responded  “All the single ladies” and if you are truly being honest, this is what you saw play in your head

But if you are anything like me this is actually what played in your head 

Okay let me be serious. So, you know how I loooooooooooooooooooooove my single ladies. Yep! I simply adore you girls and you are totally in the best season of your lives and you get a chance to choose who you spend your life with. You get to choose the outcome of your life. 

Anyhow because I love you so much I’m not going to abandon you and focus on just the  married women. I  Will be doing some random posts for you throughout the year under SINGLED OUT. But today I’m here because it’s the beginning of the year and  God has many pleasant surprises for you. However you determine how good this miracle year will be. Yes I know you’ve heard me mention it but I’m going to say it again


So I anticipate a lot of miracle weddings.

But sweetie my heart has been really heavy for a few days now because you’ve become so focused on getting married that you’ve almost lost focus of who you should marry. Marrying the right person is so major. I know you hear it all the time but honey I can’t stop emphasizing it. I believe the reason why you’ve been in a manner of speaking “kissing so many frogs ” who still remain frogs and not princes is because you’ve forgotten who you are.


So please allow me to remind you this morning. I need you to remember this and settle the issue of identity once and for all so that you don’t keep picking frogs. No time to waste time in 2017

First, don’t forget you are the prize. You are the reward. You are the one to be wooed and chased and pampered. You deserve it. You are worth it trust me. 

Don’t let any man treat you like he’s doing you a favour. You need to remember who you are. 

Oh! Honey you are royalty. Precious. Beautiful. Special. You are awesome. 

This is not the year to accept anything less. Don’t beg for his affection, work for his attention nor build your world around him.


Don’t let him make you forget who you are. You are NOT worth something because a man is in your life. You are worthy …period! 

I need you to believe this because your identity determines what you expect and ultimately what you accept 

So you need to set aside every “I must marry this year ” goal until you sort this out. Don’t take everything you are offered. Don’t settle for less than you know you are worth. You don’t have to manage. You can have it all…you deserve to have it all. 

Sweetie if this is the only thing I do for you this year then we are good. Trust me.


Secondly, if you’ve been in an unhealthy relationship in the past Now not tomorrow…right now is the time to get out.

Run as in terror 

My sister ESCAPE!!! Don’t be with a man that abuses you in any form. Don’t sacrifice your destiny on the altar of marriage.

  • If he belittles you …RUN!!!
  • If he insults you or verbally abuses you …RUN!!!
  • If he shoves you, hits you, bites you, slaps you or “affectionately” taps you …even if he apologizes after and buys you lots of stuff to make up for it …RUN!!!
  • If he bullies you, manipulates you, makes you feel bad for telling him No or refusing to do something you know isn’t good for you …RUN
  • If he ever makes you feel like if you leave him who will want you? …RUN
  • If he’s a mummy’s boy …RUN
  • If he’s hot tempered …RUN
  • If he’s the kind of person that always has excuses …RUN
  • If he’s always “busy” too busy to call, too busy to visit….RUN 
  • If you are an option… you know he has other girlfriends …RUN
  • If he’s cheated or is cheating on you …don’t stay and fight other girls to be his wife …RUN
  • If he’s stingy … leaving you to always pay the bills and leaving you financially drained …RUN
  • If he’s always begging, borrowing, buying things on credit, living a lifestyle he can’t sustain …RUN
  • If you are with him just because he took your virginity. It’s a trap…RUN
  • If you have been with him for over 2 years and marriage has not once been mentioned, you have never met any of his family or close friends …RUN
  • If anytime you pray your heart is restless…RUN
  • If God has told you to RUN. My sister what are you waiting for? RUN! RUN!! RUN!!!


I’m telling you this because it doesn’t make sense to waste the last 5 years, last year and you now want to waste this year again? Tufiakwa


Perish! The thought. It will NEVER happen. Not on my watch. 

The mere fact that you were planning to manage this nonsense again this year. I can’t believe it. I’m so pained for you  but let me try and put myself together.

Don’t waste another minute of your life


Let’s all just move on because you deserve so much more than you are getting so stop short changing yourself. 

Thirdly this year honey live for yourself too. Not every time… man!  Just listen to yourself …doesn’t like it when I dress like this. …doesn’t want me to do that job. …is not happy when I’m not at his place every weekend. …I don’t want him to be angry. At the end of the day Aunty we’ve lost you. No opinions of your own, no ideas, no personal dreams or goals that don’t involve him or being married to him. Meanwhile he is out there living his best life.

Honey, 2017 is when you take charge of your life.

  • You’re going to take charge of your HEAD. What you will do for me is you will have dreams and goals written down and laid out time bound plans on how to achieve them …and please don’t put I must marry this year in the list. Marriage happens on the path of purpose. That’s a whole other post for another day.  
  • You are going to take charge of your HEALTH. That’s where the devil fights women the most. So you will clean up your eating, exercise at least 3 times a week and find health and healing scriptures to confess daily. You cannot fulfill destiny in an unhealthy body. Trust me. I should know.
  • You are going to take charge of your HEART. Start by adding filters. Sieve those you allow in and out of your life. Not everyone has a right to be in your life. Not everyone has a right to make decisions that affect your life. You must be very firm about this because you can’t complain about what you allow.

It all still boils down to you understanding who you are honey. Once you settle your identity and understand that you are royalty, everything about you will realign. 

Don’t live your life as if you are sorry to be a woman. As if your life will only make sense when you get married. So you become desperate to accept anything as long as he gives you his last name. Honey being a woman is a calling.

You are a very important part of the equation.


You are the favour key. Once you are found, he obtains a different kind of favour from God. The favour that moves him from one level to the next. That makes him enter into his kingship. You carry virtue -power to create miracles.

If only you knew what you were worth you would relax and stop picking things undeserving of you. You have options. You will be found because like I said before…YOU ARE THE PRIZE. 


This year let Jesus be why you live. Why you love. Why you are. Jesus is the reason. Let Him be the Centre of it all. 

I believe this year will be a great year for you darling especially if you don’t forget how special you are….Because of who you are.


God loves you baby. I hope you never forget that and you never let any man confuse you about that.

Love,

pastor Mildred

New Year New Hopes

Hello Yummy Mummys

Yes I know you are still Trying To Conceive (TTC) but that means absolutely nothing in God’s  book. If anything he already calls you mummy because he sees the end of a matter before he begins it. He creates miracles.

It’s a new year and this year is a great year to have a baby. 

Miracle babies. I love the sound of that. So this is where we are going to start from…

Hebrews 11:1 

Trust me, I’m sure we are not thinking the same thing. You don’t get a faith sermon at least not today.

Let’s start from where most of us don’t …   

before faith comes hope because you cannot have faith without hope. 

We first need to get you to the point where you still believe things can change this year. Once we get into that mode then we can focus on getting them to change by faith. But first we need to believe they can.

Trust me I know it’s easy after countless procedures and negative Pregnancy Test (PT) results to just shove this TTC business to the back burner and plan to live your life. After all  you cannot come and go and die. 

I know trust me I know. I’ve thought it too. “I cannot let this thing take over my life” “I cannot handle another disappointment” “I can’t do this again” “Maybe I shouldn’t think about it” “I’m even tired sef” “Maybe my own case is different” “Maybe it’s my destiny and I’m not supposed to have children”.  I’ve been through my share of I cannot, maybe and even what ifs so I know exactly how you feel but hey! It’s a new day we’ve got to keep hope alive. 

I know how hard it can be to hear countless testimonies and your own isn’t coming but that’s not true. 

It’s only a matter of time.

I waited for 8 years and for every single day of those 8 years I woke up thinking It’s today !!! Maybe I got discouraged before the end of the day but I still got up the next day hopeful that it could still happen. Eventually my knowledge of the word made realize that not only could it happen but it would when I applied faith. Hope helped me not give up and that’s a very good place to start. 

Let’s look at one of the many lessons We can learn from Hannah. Oh! I don’t know why I just connect with Hannah on so many levels. I must have taken her story apart piece by piece in the Bible so many times. There had to be something I was missing I thought. Why am I not getting pregnant? I worried. Till I actually started letting the Holy Spirit read it with me. There were so many things I was taking at face value but Hannah was thrown into the most difficult place to have a baby and what did she do? She had not just Samuel but many other babies.

So lesson number ONE


Look very closely at this story and you will see that Hannah was a woman who understood hope. The Bible tells us that every year without fail every single year Hannah went alongside her husband and her mean co-wife Peninnah to worship God at Shiloh. She didn’t have to but she did. How do I know? 1 Samuel 1:21-23.

1. Elkannah loved her more and would bend over backwards to please her

2. He wasn’t a difficult man. Seems laid back to me. Doesn’t seem like the kind of man that  would force her to do whatever she didn’t want to do.

3. When she asked not to go… Elkannah said “do what you think is best”

So I believe Hannah didn’t have to go every year, she wanted to! 

Every year she got up irrespective of how bad it had been last year, no matter how many times like an annoying mensrrual period peninnah reminded her she was childless. She got up with silent hope …maybe this will be the year 

That singular piece of hope I believe is what took her from the place of maybe to for sure. From “Lord if you would…” to “for this child I prayed…” 


This is a new year. Don’t give up hope. It can and will happen this year. Once you have hope we can build faith from there. Faith gives our hope substance. If we don’t hope for anything then where is the need for faith?

I’m telling you categorically that God is not done with you yet. I don’t know how many negative doctors reports you have or how many procedures you have done but I do know this God is not done with you yet. 

So let’s agree today that this is the year. Don’t give up. Let’s try again this year. Let’s get up and go to Shiloh again this year. Let’s believe Gods word. Bottom line : DONT GIVE UP! 


Okay ladies I will be back next week to build on this incy wincy bit of hope you were able to muster. So just hold on ok?

Love you

P.s

If you need me to pray with you or you need to talk to someone. Send me an email on pastorm@justusgirlsnaija.com

And oh! By the way I’ll be at my darling Eziaha’s meeting POW WOW with E 2.0 you need details then quickly click Here

Love you guys.

TTC on Thursdays 

Hey people 

Its a really good year…. don’t you just feel it? I can just smell it in the air. 

It’s going to be loaded with miracles cos of my promise from God for the year. I’m just so excited. 

obviously you can tell that it’s going to be a bit more active here on JUGN this year. Yesterday a lot of suggestions came and I’m sure God already has us all sorted and will instruct me on what to do so ladies relax and enjoy the ride. I know I will. I will also download to you once I receive it. 

So this is what I have received so far …

All my expectant mamas.. those trusting God for the fruit of the womb… Trying To Conceive (TTC) well… on Thursdays God’s  got you! And I’ve got you too. You know I feel you ladies. Been there and God delivered me. So I know exactly what it’s like. So looking for encouragement? Something to stir up your faith then don’t miss Thursdays honey! I’ll be here waiting with a hug, a word and a prayer. 


So I will be holding your hand through this journey. I know we will testify. I know it like I know my name. 

Incidentally this actually births a new ministry for us at JUGN. Towards the end of last year God began to remind me of the plan and some of the vows that like Hannah I had made when I was TTC and it was time to pay. So this year I’m paying my vows….joyfully too. ‘Cause the more testimonies we get the more we get to kick Satan in the behind and that increases my Satan “ntoi” serves you right (for my English speaking friends) 

So we are taking the war to the enemy’s gate. 

Anyhow so this new ministry is called “Hannah’s Heart” and we are not just getting pregnant but we are going to raise special children -with great destinies. So just like Hannah we get our own special “Samuel”. God wants to turn you into a Yummy Mummy (YM) 

I know how hard this can be so I will be sharing what helped me personally and since it has taken me forever to get my book out I won’t let you suffer anymore … I repent. let’s do this. I will also share the testimonies of some of my friends and some other amazing women God has blessed. Just to encourage you to hold on cos you are next in line for a miracle. 

Okay guys let me run. really busy day and weekend but I will be back next week with a testimony on Tuesday  and oh by the way let me invite you for our monthly worship at DCC and guess who’s coming? 

Yep! It’s uncle Banthaniel 😂😂😂 as Dassah would call him when she was younger. Yes it’s Nathaniel Bassey ministering this month. Please come and be introduced to the wonder working God. 

See? I love you so much I’m giving you a heads up. There is no reason under heaven why you should miss this. Don’t start the year making excuses. Plan, Prepare and push through till you make it. Don’t miss it for anything. Your hunger and thirst for God is what determines how far you go in God. So don’t start with excuses. If you can’t make it to the island be there at the mainland Centre. 

Okay guys you know I love you. Please show up on Thursdays let’s move from TTCs to YMs. God bless you. I can’t wait to start putting up your pictures and your baby’s  pictures too. I’m so sure it will happen. God’s word cannot fail. Till next week hold on to this promise. 

Blessings. Love you 

Wednesdays Are For Wives 

One of the things I wish I had more of when I first got married was mentoring. I walked into marriage with high levels of trepidation. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I would mess it up. That I would be too impatient, too hot-headed. Not submissive enough. Not accommodating enough. I couldn’t shake the silent prayer running around in my head: “Lord help me to be everything this man hopes for.” 

Amazingly after eleven years of being my pk’s wife and partner in ministry I can only say this, far from what most people think, I may not be the perfect wife …yet, but I’m definitely not that scared young girl who walked down the aisle toward my best friend with nothing but a word from God and an assignment to help him fulfill destiny. I’ve learnt a lot on this journey and this is what God will have me share on this new series. 

So ladies, especially the married women this is for you. I’m trusting God to be able to help that new wife who was just as clueless as I was back then. Today I teach a lot on marriage and my heart goes out to wives in particular because I feel sometimes like (if you are doing marriage right) so much is required of you and tendencies are you may feel like you are losing yourself.

So let me give you a haven. Something I like to call CHAYIL HAVEN. Somewhere to get encouragement and support. Somewhere you can have your questions answered and possibly get more fuel for the journey ahead. I chose to call it Chayil 

Which is what the married women at DCC are called because most of the things I learned are from the Bible’s description of the model wife in proverbs 31 she is what we call The virtuous Woman. What the Jews call Eschet Chayil 

So we will look at all the many things God can do in our lives and through us because it will require doing somethings too. Bring virtuous is a result of developing virtues.
So your lif will be busier but it will be more fulfilling too and will bring God  glory which at the end of the day is all it’s about.

Trust me in my usual style I won’t be preaching at you. Not that there’s anything wrong with preaching though.  We will be learning together but I will definitely share the things that have helped me while pointing you to the one who has helped me. No subject will be off limits- prayer tips, fun things to do, ideas for time management. Some of my favourite recipes, tips for amazing sex, dealing with infertility, pregnancy, parenting, shopping tips. just name it.

I will also leverage on my access to some resources -both human and material. So we will often have guest writers. Oh! My God. I’m so excited. The things God has in store for us…2017 will rock o! At the end of the year God will confirm with miraculous signs all I’ve been saying since that I’m a living miracle. 

Now ladies if this isn’t another reason to be excited about Just Us Girls Naija then I don’t know what is. Get everyone you know to follow us both here on the blog and on Instagram @justusgirlsnaija or on Facebook simply like our page JUST US GIRLS NAIJA for more information.

Okay ladies see you soon. Today is just announcement day. We kick off properly next week or should I just throw in one small “something”? Nah! You get to wait and yes single ladies you can learn too. You are even more blessed because you get a chance to plan yourself and get it right so it will be easy when you do get married.

My prayer is that God will use this to heal marriages and help us do things his way. I’m praying that I will be able to raise warriors and at the end of the day you will rise and be greater at this than I am. I pray that you will grow and tower above me like E in this picture I stumbled on today … and finally that we will show the world what God can do with a life that is yielded to him. We will be women of valour, warfare, and victory. 


Thankful on Tuesdays

Hey people

Happy new year

It’s a good year… scratch that. It’s a GREAT YEAR!!!!

I’m super pumped and excited for 2017 and are you surprised with a word like 

And I started the year in the Word and in Worship at Gaining Momentum 2017. And God sent me the word through these amazing men. 

Okay so this morning God gave me a very clear instruction in line with something my papa Rev Femi Oduwole said during GM2017

The password this year is not complaining, grumbling or describing the challenge or problem it’s in thanksgiving. So if you are going to unlock anything this year then this is your password


So it’s official on tuesdays which is officially our first day of the work week at JUGN we start it thankful. So we give thanks for something every week. Yeah! I know we should give thanks every day 

and we will but what we are doing is unlocking our week by thanking God for what he’s done before.

Now here’s why I’m so excited. It’s thankful Tuesday so that means it’s Testimony time too. 

And it’s open to everyone. So if you’ve got a story about how God has been good to you come on people, don’t be shy let’s hear it. 

Besides just obey the word already 

I love testimonies and I couldn’t be happier to be a channel of hope faith and glorifying Jesus. So please send me your testimonies let’s help others believe. So if you’ve been saved,
healed,
blessed, you’re pregnant,

you had a baby, got a job,
changed jobs
or you are just happy to be alive let’s hear it. Share your story.

Honestly there’s no reason not to be a part of Thankful Tuesday or evening but you choose. Call it whatever really. Let’s just be grateful and share…

So if you would like to give Jesus glory send your testimonies to pastorm@justusgirlsnaija.com and copy kemi@justusgirlsnaija.com

Today I’m thankful that we have hope. I’m starting this year off on that note. With all that’s going on in the world today especially in Nigeria. I know it can be tempting to fear but I won’t fear what they fear.

I have hope. I have Christ. 

I’m thankful that he has never failed me. That he never leaves me nor forsakes me. I’m thankful that no matter how hard it gets, I have hope of rescue. God practicallydrppped this scripture in my lap this morning. Matthew 10:23 The Message translation.

Before I run out of options…. before I can’t take it anymore…. before it gets unbearable…. before… Jesus will have arrived. 

I have hope. We are not hopeless people. No matter how hard it gets. Jesus gat you! Finally I’m thankful that I have a God who speaks … I’m just so grateful. My thanksgiving has bubbled up into deep worship that I have a God who sees my heart and responds to its innermost cries.  Things my lips may never even utter…. He hears.

Don’t you just love my Jesus?

Okay guys. See you later. So much happening this year. Let’s do this.

Love you

 

It’s 2017 

Happy new year y’all. I’m so excited about this year…

I’ll be back to tell you why but I just wanted to say 

And in this year 

That will be my reality!

It can be yours too.

Love you.

Here’s to an amazing year. 

Thank you… 

Hey people

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who was a part of my 2016. Can’t believe it’s almost over.

Thank you to all my followers, the commenters, the silent readers, the secret stalkers (in a good way😉) and all who harassed me to blog  consistently. Thank you to everyone who introduced someone to the blog or mentioned it on their social media platforms. 
Thank you to all my feature writers – Eziaha, Rotanna and of course my amazing Miss Shittu as I like to call her. God bless you darlings.

Thank you all. 

See you on the other side of the year.

Getting ready to hear the word for my next season. Hope you are getting ready to go to church. Don’t know where to go? let me invite you to DCC crossover. 1 service 2 venues so mainland or island we got you covered

Ok guys

Love you.

Blowing you kisses all the way out of 2016 

The Gift…

Hey people

How has Christmas been? Hope you didnt indulge too much on food. Be careful guys  you don’t want to start the new year undoing all that damage. Too much repair work happens in January. It’s better to use exercise as a lifestyle than a remedy for undoing Christmas damage. 

So anyhow it’s Boxing Day 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 I still remember when I thought it was   And not  

Today is all about presents. Who doesn’t love gifts? So what’s not to love about Boxing Day? 

Even santa loves Boxing Day hehehehehe

So since santa is on holiday today. Have you taken over? Have you given someone a gift? Dad, mum, spouse, kids, siblings, friends? Today is about gifts so let’s make it happen. 

Speaking of gifts, Jesus said something that’s been ringing in my head all day yesterday 

This was part of a conversation he had with the woman at the well in John Chapter 4.  

Jesus is the gift of God to us. And yesterday as I thought about the sacrifices Mary had to make to ensure that the gift of God arrived to us safely I thought also about her “partner-in-crime” JOSEPH. 

So Not much is told of Jesus’ earthly father Joseph. The same way he silently slipped into this story is the same way he slid out. If you are not sensitive you would miss him totally and all the drama he had to go through. But he was definitely an amazing human being and if it hadn’t been for his beautiful heart I wonder how Mary would have survived it alone. 

I’m sure he planned a simple straightforward life for himself. He never even considered that his life could become so turpsy turvy in such a short time. Meet girl✅ Like girl (chosen for him)✅ Fall in love with girl ✅ Marry girl ✅ Have a thriving carpentry business✅ have loads of Hebrew babies ✅ live a long happy life ✅ that was the plan. Simple enough right? Wrong!!! 

How was he to know that the girl his parents had picked had also been picked by YAHWEH. How was he to know the one he had chosen to be the mother of his children had also been chosen to be the mother of God’s child. How do you even begin to compete with that? 

The story must have sounded ludicrous to him – that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and she would be pregnant. No sex?! Virgin birth? Believe it or not he was going to stay as far away from this drama as he could. He wasn’t going to be a part of this. He planned to slip away quietly. Most men would have turned her in to be stoned to death. First because of the betrayal they would feel, then secondly because of the audacity she had in trying to make them look like fools. “An angel did what again?” 

However Joseph is different and I’m guessing there must be something about a name because we see a repeat in scripture. Another Joseph The dreamer.   The Bible tells us clearly that the angelic visitation wasn’t only to Mary but to Joseph too in a dream 

I know he was a good man but I think this kind of changes everything. At least for me. Once he heard from God he must have been strengthened. And that is one of my biggest secrets in life. Once I get a word from God on anything I’m home free. I run with boldness. I think hearing from God gave fuel to his resolve to do right by Mary and stand as a protector and husband over her 

To be honest though I don’t think it would still have been easy. I just know that like Cece would say ...it wasn’t easy; but it was worth it. 

However accepting to marry her was just one part of the drama. And I’m not talking about the excited Shepherds with more tales of angelic visitations or the Magi who followed the star. Little did he know that he was not just to be foster parent but to be protector of this child as well because even though many rejoiced over his birth, some sought his death. 

So they had to sneak out of Bethlehem just as silently as they had entered it. 

It’s the way he was so readily accepting of all these godly interruptions in his life that still amazes me. No questions asked, no time for plenty explanations. Joseph learned how important hearing God and moving at his command. He lived 

And in doing so, helped preserve the gift of God. He was so in tune with hearing God that he knew when it was time to return to Israel.  

Joseph understood how important his role as guardian was 

And he was the first encounter Jesus had with mentoring here on earth. I doubt very much that God would have entrusted Jesus into his hands if he didn’t have what it took to be a positive role model for Jesus. Remember Jesus was fully man when he was here on earth even though he was the fullness of the God head bodily. He was a child who needed a father. So Joseph adopted him. Yeah, I’m sure you didn’t think about it that the son of God was adopted too. See why I can never seem to understand the stigma attached to adoption? Anyhow, he led the way and he stood beside Mary as Jesus was dedicated according to Jewish rites.  Then he modeled real work ethics for Jesus  

 

Jesus watched him and trained under him and was so good he was labeled “the carpenters son”. 

I believe they must have had a good rapport and been so in sync that perhaps Joseph began to forget the real assignment wasn’t just to be his father but to make sure he never forgot who his father was. Jesus reminded him of the assignment in Luke 2:41-52

Jesus asked,  

Did Joseph understand it? Was he upset by the statement? Did it remind him he wasn’t his natural father? I don’t know but the Bible says that Jesus went home with them that day and Joseph kept tending to the gift of God till he became the perfect gift ready to be received by the world. 

In this season, God’s desire in giving us the gift of Jesus is if we accept the gift to give us the kingdom.   

And as we celebrate. Let us also not forget the people who made the sacrifice to ensure we got the gift intact. 

Okay guys let’s be sure we fully live out the meaning of this season. My kids have turned the house upside down with joy as they ripped open their gifts this morning. Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive. 

Still in the spirit of giving. Congratulations to our #JUGNchristmaswithfriends giveaway challenge winners Uzor, Mena, Linda and Kelechi. Will tell you all about their gifts soon. But in the mean time they get to grace our header with a picture taken by our very own Miss Shittu of kemistry photography. Well done girls. Hope we made Christmas a little bit better for you. 

Love you. 


What Was She Thinking? 

Hey people

Christmas Day is almost here

and the Christmas feeling is getting stronger.


And anytime it’s Christmas I find myself asking some questions.

The account of Jesus’ birth is very compelling. I find that no matter how many times I read it or hear it I can’t get over how surreal it all was.

Growing up Christmas wasn’t Christmas till we had watched the story of Jesus’ birth on “Jesus of Nazareth”. 


Truth is no Christmas without Jesus. Forget all the Christmas trees and santa outfits and presents if we had no Jesus there would be no Christmas. 

And I often think of that brave teenage girl whose world completely turned around with these words:

I keep asking myself “what was she thinking?” It couldn’t have been easy.

First of all to comprehend what was being said to her, that God would become man and some how the creator would become created inside a creation he himself had created? How could she wrap her head around it long enough to believe it?

How could she believe it? If I were Mary i don’t think the hardest part for me would be believing that a virgin would be pregnant. Believing that God would become mere man and not just man but be carried in a womb and be born a baby. Now if I’m crazy enough to accept that then how it would be done wouldn’t sound that crazy to me.

Sometimes though I wonder if she knew the depth of what she was getting into. I doubt it seriously…


When she stared up at that angel with all the faith she could muster, in awe of what was being said to her  I doubt that she thought through the shame, the humiliation, the betrayal she would feel when no one believed her. Did she consider for one moment that she could be stoned to death? Did she even stop to think that she could end up doing this alone? That Joseph could back down? Walk away? Was it the love she knew he had for her or the fact she knew he was a good man? Why did she dare to speak those words…

I keep asking myself what was she thinking? So young and yet so yielded. 

When she eventually got past that phase, and she had somehow escaped being stoned and Joseph had come on board then there was the issue of the census. Traveling to Bethlehem heavy as she was on nothing but a donkey in a desert meaning she would experience extreme weather conditions. How did she travel knowing she was so close to delivery?

Hmmm…. see me see airlines and their wahala. Where is your fitness to fly? When is your due date? We can’t take you past 34 weeks… plenty long story. 

What was she thinking? This suffer go don plenty o! Even getting on a motorbike (Okada) at this stage would be unthinkable…. she did that long trip on a donkey. Then exhausted I believe, only to hear there was no room at the inn 

Being turned away inn after inn…. Definitely at this point she must have almost given up. In labor, water probably broke, tired, hot or cold, not sure exactly how to feel… I totally don’t know how she did it. She was definitely one brave young girl. 

Incidentally even today finding space in our hearts and lives is still just as hard but that’s a message for another day but let me ask you this one question today 

Think about it as we celebrate Christmas.

Funny enough we celebrate today but I’m sure she was far from celebrating as she pushed the “God-Child” from her womb. As she brought forth on that very night, divinity and humanity intertwined and finally a pathway back to God had been engaged.  What did she think as she lay beside him exhausted but finally understanding the kind of love that can only come from birthing…

I can only imagine the thoughts running through her head as she sat there animals all around. Then shepherds bursting in with great news. All speaking at the same time of angels of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Wasn’t it all too much to take in? In one night? 

As if that wasn’t enough wise men from the east appeared telling how they had followed a star 

And when they brought forth their gifts  gold, frankincense and myrrh all prophetic symbols of the life this child would lead. 

I often wonder in the midst of all these spectacular signs. Did she even for once consider that she brought forth this child only to have him die? Did she know he would die such a horrible gruesome death? At the hands of the very ones he had come to save? Did she even once know how bad it would be? If she knew would she have done this?

When David has a tiny cut I can barely handle it. How much more seeing one’s child stripped naked and flogged, dragged through the streets like a common criminal then crucified. How did she, knowing the prophecy that had gone forth ages ago in Luke 2:35?

She must have pieced it all together at some point because obviously she was a deep thinker.  Every single prophecy or divine encounter, I believe she kept little bits of information; she treasured it till she could piece it all together. 

So did she also think we were all worth it?  God loved us and gave… 

Jesus loved us so he gave…

Why did Mary give? Knowing she would have to endure this 

I know Christmas is a happy season and rightfully so because 

But you can’t help but wonder what price was paid to bring us this joy. What sacrifice was made..

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once you think about this you will realize that we are on a mission and this defines Christmas for us 

Today I think about the sacrifice of a young girl Mary and the man who loved her and stood by her Joseph. I consider all the obstacles they had to overcome and I’m challenged to be totally surrendered in my worship to God… even when I don’t fully understand it or suspect that I may not like it. Either way my prayer is Lord may I always say 

Especially in this coming year 

Okay guys see you tomorrow. Hope you’ve gotten someone a gift or tried out some of the recipes. Either way have yourself a merry Christmas.

Here’s something to make you smile 

Merry Christmas from David and I.

African Christmas

Every time someone called me these past 3 days and I said I was in the village (my husband’s hometown) what would follow would be a moment of silence then long bouts of laughter. In fact three people actually said “I wasn’t expecting that….” before they let out deep belly laughs. 

Incidentally I find that really amusing that no one can actually see me in the village since I grew up going to the village every Easter and Christmas consistently at least for the first 15 years of my life and I’m very fluent in my dialect. It was just a given. There was no argument. You just knew Christmas AND Easter you were village bound. No one asked your opinion, no negotiations were made… it just was. 

To be honest I probably enjoyed it the first couple of years but obviously at some point I outgrew it and prayed for every opportunity to stay back in Lagos…. and I loved it. What can I say?! I’m obviously a 

In fact when I was about to get married. I told my husband one of the reasons why I always considered Ibo men a no-go area. Once it’s December they are in village mode. If you are one of the lucky ones you get to hop on a plane or it’s chisco or The Young for you. 
Me sha I had decided I was having none of that until God sent me the man of my dreams all wrapped up in some good strong ibo hotness 

But that’s story for another day. So anyhow thankfully because God will not give us more than we can bear, my ibo goodness doesn’t do village every December. 

But this year we just felt it was time for the kids to go home. I remember the best part of going to the village was my grandparents. I especially loved seeing my maternal grandmother. She always told us stories, taught us songs, it was always an exciting experience. So I felt it would be a great time for them ….and boy was I right. 

They had a blast. Walking their grandma’s dogs, feeding her chickens and chasing her goats

They got to spend time with their grandparents (David was half asleep in this picture though)


(I particularly love this picture 3 generations of Okonkwo men 😍😍)


(Dassah- Mama’s partner in crime. Loves animals like her grandma)
Notice how I am in none of these pictures? I was avoiding the chickens and goats. Yes I’m an animal snob… what can I say I’m 

Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay for Christmas but it got me thinking. What if we did an African themed Christmas especially with our food.  Aren’t we tired of the usual – rice and chicken. I’m just thinking maybe something different for Christmas? So Chef Kemi Shittu and I teamed up to make sure you can pull it off.
Enjoy…

Kemi over to you …

Hey Everyone,

Christmas is literally here…

Whoop! Can’t keep calm! 💃🏾💃🏾🎄🎄


I’m sure we have our trees up and decorations in order.. (Finally decorated my tree and it’s so pretty 😍), gonna post a pic up on IG.. make show to look out for it on @justusgirlnaija… and still waiting for everyone to send a picture or tag us 😁..

Next thing on your mind is probably what to cook for Christmas.. some of you may be having guests/family over and really wanna show your skills in the kitchen, and have people licking their plates unashamed 😌.. I know that feeling


So today we’re here to help 😁, we bring something different to you. An African Christmas meal menu.

See we gat you!


Try these out and thank us later..
Fresh fish peppersoup 

Doesn’t this just look lovely 😍

INGREDIENTS

Iwo/Ehuru (10) (that’s what gives the pepper soup aroma)

Urheri /Uda (2) (you take out the seed and discard)

Umilo/Ulima (2 )

Ataiko/Atariko 1/2 tsb (this looks similar to irugeje)

Irugeje (21/2 tsb)

Lemon grass/scent leave (optional)

Ground crayfish

Seasoning cubes

Salt

Ground pepper

Catfish

(You can use already blended pepper soup spice, like the one below)


•Wash your catfish with lime, lemon, salt or hot water, place in a pot after all the slime is gone!

•Crack open the Umilo, Gbafilo and Iwo, blend the contents alongside ataiko and irugeje. I also add a bit of ground crayfish so that it blends easily (dry blending).

•Add your ground spices- pepper, ataiko, irugeje, iwo, umilo, gbafilo, crayfish and de-seeded Urheri into the pot as well…by now the whole house should be “tasonsoning”meaning, the aroma should envelop the house. I love the aroma!

•I add some chopped fresh pepper, I also add yellow pepper (the ata rodo version), it gives a special flavour to dishes. You can also add some chopped onions.

•Add seasoning cubes, I use Maggi, and don’t forget salt for taste, and the scent leave.

•Cover the pot and allow to cook-the pepper soup should be ready in 35-50 minutes.

I love my pepper soup to sit for about an hour or two before eating, because the fish would have taken in all the flavours! So yum!


Native Jollof Rice and Goat Meat 

At this point I just have to do an intro, now I don’t know or haven’t met anyone that does not love jollof rice.. (if you don’t, just know you’re weird… case closed. Lol) I mean Nigerian Jollof.. 😁 (no offense to my other jollof making brethrens)..
Like a day has even been set out to celebrate Jollof rice!! WORLD JOLLOF RICE DAY 


So today I’m bringing you Jollof with a twist, a very simple recipe.. a lot of us know it as Native Jollof rice, the one cooked with palm oil, it has other names too.. Palm oil rice, Iresi elepo, and the efik call it Iwuk Edesi..

Now I just want to put this out there, a lot of Nigerians believe palm oil is very unhealthy, but I would have you know that it is a very good healthy oil to cook with, it contains good unsaturated fats. It does not contain ANY cholesterol. Palm oil is a plant based product and cannot contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is only found in animal based product. Palm oil is not the enemy in Nigerian cooking, as with everything in life.. moderation is key.

Drum roll please!


Lol.. yes I’m this passionate about food.. find the recipe below.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Regular Rice

Chopped Ugu vegetable

1 tsp salt

1 Seasoning Cube

1 medium sized Onion

2 Fresh yellow peppers

1/4 cup Smoked Big Prawn

1 Cup Ponmo cut in pieces

1 tbs Ground Crayfish

Blend 10 plum tomatos,2 habanero pepper, 1 onion mixture

1 big Smoked catfish

2 Chopped Paprika Chilli

1 Chopped Habanero Pepper

1/4 cup Palm Oil

1 tbs Locust beans/Iru

Goat meat

PREPARATION

Par boil rice and boil pepper mixture (combination of tomato, pepper, and onion) till it is almost dry.

Heat up pot with palm oil, when it is hot add chopped onions, chopped peppers, locust beans, fry for 3 minutes.

Add roughly blended tomato mix, add crayfish, chopped ponmo, smoked catfish (in pieces) and smoked prawns, seasoning cube and salt. Allow this to fry till the oil floats to the top.

Now add water, enough to cook the rice, then add the par boiled rice. Stir so that the ingredients will go around, then cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes/till rice is cooked.

Boil your meat separately, season very well.. do not add the stock in your rice. When it is cooked, Deep fry your goat meat. Would nicely complement your meal.

And the dish won’t be complete unless served in a native clay pot (Evwere)

There you have it.. look at that blend on color on the plate.. yum! Note: using locust beans/Iru is optional.. you can decide to do without..


Plantain Moi Moi (Ukpo Ogede) 

We’re on a roll Ladies! But first you all have to promise me you’ll try this recipe out, even if you don’t wanna try any other one.. this particular one you MUST try out and send pictures oh! And tag us on Instagram..

First time I had this was in Mama’s (Pst M) house.. I think first time I was hearing about it too not sure.. it was so yummy! My taste buds exploded.. My Goodness!!! I absolutely loved it! I just wanted to keep eating it and not think about my waist line..  Find the recipe directly from Mama’s kitchen below 😁

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces of very ripe plantain (Even if the skin is now black, as long as the inside is not decomposed)

1 cup plantain flour

1 cooking spoon palm oil

1 tablespoon ground crayfish

1 onion

1 tatashe

2 scotch bonnet pepper (ata rodo)

Pepper and Salt (to taste)

1 Knorr cube

Cool water

Uma leaves or Aluminium foil bags or bowls.


Before you cook Plantain Moi Moi

Prepare the uma leaves for the Plantain Moi Moi..

Put the plantain flour in a bowl, add a small quantity of water and mix till you get a dropping consistency.

Wash, peel and cut the rope plantain into small pieces.

Grind the crayfish, cut the onions and pepper into small pieces.


PREPARATION
Blend the ripe plantain pieces, (add a bit of unripe plantain too, ESP if you’re not too much of a sweet tooth)  plantain flour batter, onions, crayfish, pepper and stock cube with just enough water to allow the blades of the blender move.

Pour the smooth blend into a sizeable bowl.

Add salt and palm oil. Mix thoroughly till well combined.

Set a small quantity of water in a pot to boil. When the water boils, place a base for the Plantain Moi Moi wraps into the pot. This can be scrap pieces of aluminium foil, a stainless steel stand or leaf stalks from the uma leaves. (Mama always uses the leaves she claims it gives it an extra flavor.)

Scoop the mix into folded uma leaves, just as you would with beans Moi Moi.

Gently place the wraps in the pot of boiling water and cook for 25-30minutes or till a knife comes out clean when thrust through it. Add water along the way if necessary.

Leave to cool down completely and set before serving.



POUNDED YAM AND EGUSI 

This Egusi soup is special! It’s Pst M’s mummy’s recipe.. 😱.. you know how they say mummy knows best. Get ready to lick your fingers and thank me later for this 😁

Ingredients

Yam cubes

2 cups of ground egusi

1 bunch of water leaf

10 pcs of cow skin (Kpomo)

10 pcs of goat meat

5 pcs of shaki (beef tripe)

2 cups of shredded stock fish

2 cups of shredded dry Fish

3 table spoons of ground crayfish

5 fresh yellow peppers

5 fresh red peppers

2 medium onion bulbs

1 tablespoon of ground pepper

6 season•ing cubes

1 cup• palm oil

1 handful of washed bitter leaf

Salt to taste

Preparation

Egusi Soup
Thoroughly wash goat meat, kpomo and shaki with water. Season with one onion bulb, three seasoning cubes, one tablespoon ground pepper and salt to taste. Add water and mix thoroughly. Set on medium heat and cook till tender.

Thoroughly wash stock fish and dry fish, first with hot water and afterwards with tap water. You may need to further boil the stock fish depending on its toughness. The stock fish should be very tender.

Blend remaining onion bulb, yellow peppers and red peppers with an electric blender.

Place palm oil in a pot with a pinch of salt and some chopped onions. Add blended pepper puree to the palm oil and fry till the oil starts to rise as to show the stew is fried.

Mix together with ¼ cup of water until a thick batter is formed. Add to the stew mix. Place on low heat and stir fry until the batter begins to dry up and begins to look like bread crumbs. This can take as long as ten minutes.

Stir in the water leaf and fry for 3 minutes. The water leaf should release some water into the mix. stir in cooked meat and meat stock. If meat stock is not enough to loosen the thickness of the fried egusi, add more water depending on how thick you want the soup to be.

Next, add seasoning cubes, ground crayfish, shredded dry fish, shredded stock fish and salt, stir thoroughly to combine and leave to cook for about 15 minutes.

Finally, add bitter leaf and stir in evenly. Add little amounts at a time. It should have a mildly bitter after taste. Please note MILDLY bitter. It must not over power the taste of the soup. Turn heat off after 1 minute.

Note: you can use any meat of your choice to prepare this soup. Just ensure the meat is tender.

Pounded Yam
Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil in a medium sized pot.
Add  yam cubes and leave to boil for seven minutes.
When yam is cooked, scoop into a food processor or a wooden mortar.
If you are using a food processor, use the chopping blade and blend for 5 minutes until the yam is soft and fluffy and there are no visible lumps. Scoop out with a wet spoon and mold to preferred shape. It is best to blend when yam is still very hot.
If you are using a mortar and pestle, pound for about six-seven minutes or until there are no visible lumps. If yam becomes too tough, add one cooking spoon of the water used in cooking the yam and pound for another one minute. It is best to pound when yam is still very hot.
Note: you do not want your pounded yam too soft or too hard. it has to be just right.

NKWOBI 

Ingredients 

2kg (4.4 lbs) cow foot (cut into sizeable pieces)

20cl (200ml) Palm Oil

1 tablespoon powdered edible potash (Akanwu/Kaun/Keun)

1 teaspoon ground Ehu seeds (Calabash Nutmeg)

2 tablespoons ground crayfish

2 habanero peppers (or to your taste)

1 medium onion

2 big stock cubes

Salt (to taste)


To garnish

1 medium onion

10 Utazi leaves


Notes on the ingredients

The 2kg of cow foot may sound like a lot but remember that cow foot is mostly bones so 2 people that love Nkwobi can finish that in no time.

Cow foot is quite tough so if you have a pressure cooker, do use it for cooking it to save time and gas/electricity. You may be able to buy calf foot which is softer and cooks in less time.

Ehu (Calabash Nutmeg) is a very traditional ingredient that is difficult to find outide Nigeria. If you can’t buy it where you live, just prepare the Nkwobi without it. Ordinary nutmeg is not an alternative to this because they are not similar in any way. If you have friends or family in Nigeria, they will be able to buy ehu seeds and send to you, a small quantity would go a long way..

Potash is what makes the palm oil curdle. An alternative I know is what we call Ngu in Igbo. Ngu is even more traditional than potash so if you can’t find potash, chances are that you won’t be able to get Ngu either.

Utazi adds a nice bitter flavour to the Nkwobi. if you can’t buy it where you live, use spinach (bold ones), it gives the same effect and actually tastes nice! In fact that’s what I used in the video below.



Before you make the Nkwobi

Cut the cow foot into medium chunks.

Put the powdered potash into a bowl. Add a small quantity of water (about 4 table spoons) and stir well.

Pass it through a fine sieve and set the liquid aside.

Cut 1 onion into 4 big chunks.

Pound the pepper with a mortar and pestle or blitz it.

Grind the crayfish.

Crack and remove the outer shell of the ehu then grind with a dry mill eg coffee grinder.




Directions for making Nkwobi


Wash and put the cow foot chunks in a pot.

Add the stock cubes (crushed) and the chunks of onion.

Add a small quantity of water and start cooking at medium heat till well cooked. Add just enough water to prevent burning as you cook. There should not be any stock (water) in the pot when the meat is done.

While the meat is cooking, pour the palm oil into a clean dry pot.

Pour in the potash mixture (sieved) into the oil.

Stir with a wooden spatula as you pour the potash. You’ll notice the palm oil begin to curdle and turn yellow.

Keep stirring till all the oil has turned yellow.

Add the ground crayfish, pepper and ehu seeds. Stir very well till they are all incorporated.

When the meat is done, add salt, stir and cook till all the water has dried.

Add the well done cow foot to the palm oil paste and stir very well with the wooden spatula.

Put it back on the stove/cooker and heat till the Nkwobi is piping hot, stirring all the time to make sure it does not burn.

To prepare the garnish, cut the onions into rings and cut the utazi into long thin slices.

Serve the Nkwobi in a wooden mortar as shown in the image above.

Add the thin slices of utazi and onion rings on top for the full effects.


ZOBO DRINK 


Ingredients:

2 cups of Zobo leaves

6 cups of water

1 orange- juice and rind

1/2 a lemon- juice and rind

I tablespoon of dried chili flakes (substitute with dried shombo or cayenne pepper)

1 cinnamon stick- substitute with one tablespoon of ground cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons of organic honey

2 stumps of fresh ginger

Sugar syrup to finish- optional


Directions:

•Measure two cups of Zobo leaves, pour in a sieve and rinse with cold water.

• Prep the other ingredients: slice the orange, extract the juice and cut the pulp into quarters, do the same for the lemon. Peel the skin of the ginger, pound in a mortar using a pestle or roughly blend.

• In a pot, add the zobo leaves with 6 cups of cold water set the heat to low and add all the ingredients in the step above including the cinnamon stick.


•When the mixture starts to boil taste to see if you need to add extra ginger.. at this point add your dried chili flakes, it would give it an amazing kick, and you’ll absolutely love it!


•Transfer the mixture into a plastic bowl, add honey and leave to cool down. Ordinarily you would sieve out the leaves and other ingredients.. but i let it steep further for two days.. first on the kitchen counter and the second day in the fridge


Each time I tasted it.. it tasted much better. Drain out the ingredients, transfer into a bowl and add hot water.. Use the resultant solution to dilute the drink that way you get as much as you can out of the leaves after which you can discard.

Leave to chill in the fridge.. garnish with slices of orange, lemon and lime..

Serve chilled in a glass with Ice cubes (Don not add sugar syrup until you are ready to serve, the sugar tends to alter the taste after sometime in the fridge)

There you have it ladies! A complete African inspired dish for Christmas.

Try something different this Christmas..don’t forget to send your pictures and tag us on IG..
See ladies told you… but I’m sure 

Yuletide Budget 

Hey people

Today we get to feature another amazing gal   Rotanna Onyedi. She’s finally decided to face her fears and start writing so she blogs Here I recently got a chance to get to know her a bit on our JUGN fun trip to st Louis and she’s definitely my kind of person and I’m not just saying that cos she loves books 

Oh! Don’t even get me started on my love for books 

how I wish I could sometimes just disappear for a week or two and do nothing but read …no work, no worries… just me and a good book 

Now I’m wondering how this post somehow became about

But I’m sure Rotanna will forgive me for digressing so. We need to do a read a book campaign… don’t you think?

Okay so now for real I’m getting out of the way. I’m going to read a book and let it envelope me in a big hug. 

While you delve into what Rotanna has to say …


The Christmas season is one of my favourite times of the year; infact it comes second only to my personal vacay; and rightfully so. Afterall, 🎵🎶 “it’s the most wonderful time of the year…”🎵🎶


Yup, time to deck the halls with lighted trees, boughs of holly, tinsel, shiny pine cones… whatever tickles your festive fancy.


Christmas can be an extremely joyful time of year for many families, but unfortunately, the season tends to cause us to break the bank by pushing people over their financial limits.  Yuletide can easily catch us up in the spirit of giving and spending – sometimes to the point where we can cause ourselves financial stress.  TV ads, newspaper inserts and online pop-ups encourage us to embark on the usual Christmas practice of “shop ‘til we drop” – or – days, shop-until-our-index-fingers-get-tired-of-tapping-in-details-online.  We indulge in sales, deals, ‘buy-3-get-2-free’ and start to brace ourselves for the subsequent financial shock, when the debit card bills bleed our accounts red in the New Year.  Over-indulging in food and drink is so often matched by overdoing our spending, with the result that the first part of the New Year turns into a damage repair exercise for our budgets.

Filling your home with the season’s joy, however, need not leave your bank account in the red.  There are a range of things you can do to help you shop smart, enjoy the holidays and turn your Christmas into a financial success rather than put you in the poorhouse. Here are a few tips to help keep your season merry and bright!

1. Set Up A Yuletide Budget… and stick to it

People tend to think that budgeting means being stingy and not enjoying life; that is not true.  A budget simply is a plan that shows you how much you earn/have, where you must spend it, and where you would like to spend it. Therefore, placing a budget does not constrain you from spending; it is just a plan that gives you the confidence and knowledge to spend on things you would like without going into debt.


Plan your budget ahead of the season and determine how much you can actually spend before you go near a store (even an online one) – not just for presents, but the additional spending on food, drink and socialising.  Include everything from party favors to home decorations, and don’t leave yourself out of the budget.  You may want to embed this Christmas element of your budget within the rest of the household budget, so that you can manage the overall Christmas spending.

Whatever you choose to do, keep this ”grand total’” figure in mind so you don’t overspend.  Be sure to stick with your budget and try not to allow yourself to be pressurised – even by your children or close family – into spending more than you can really afford.

2. Make a list, Check it… and Check it again!


For your gifts, List everyone you intend to buy a gift for and re-examine that list to see if you can exclude anyone (I say this not to sound mean but practical). Then budget a reasonable amount you can afford to spend on each person.  

Having a budget per gift and per person is not only great for your pocket but will also make shopping for the gift easier.

3. Shop with a Strategy

Many of us go a-buying without a shopping strategy – epic fail!!!  Having a clear-cut budget is a great start, but it can quickly go to waste if you don’t have a shopping plan in place.  From where to shop (whole-sealers, thrift stores, sales arenas, clearance stores) to when to shop and with whom to shop; these little things can make or mar your yuletide shopping experience.


Also, the thought process that goes into deciding your shopping strategy also opens your mind to possibilities you may not usually consider.


Your best course of action is to outline a budget and shopping wish list, check the list twice, compare prices, look for discounts, adjust your shopping list to fit within your budget and maybe lean on an experienced frugal shopper’s advantage. That way, you’ll have your finances set, and you’ll have a strategy to get exactly what you need at the right time and best places.

4. Leave the Cards at Home

If you know that you haven’t mastered the discipline of shopping within budget, have had trouble in the past with paying credit card bills or do not see paying for items using your debit card as a “real spend”, do a cash-purchase-only Christmas.


It’s simple; set a budget limit, cash out the money, stick with your purchase list, and when that money’s gone, shopping’s over.

5. Shop around, do you research and look for real deals

When it comes to shopping, further good rules apply. Shop around ahead of time and compare prices both online and in stores.  Look for deals and keep an eye out for discounts/promotional offers.  If you decide to shop online, be careful to the attending risks of doing so.  You might find a great deal but don’t forget to take delivery charges into account and make sure you leave plenty of time for delivery.


Many retailers are discounting their prices even as the festive season gets underway and there are good deals to be had.  Fashion retailers may discount prices to get customers through the door, online stores and supermarkets also provide opportunities to secure your Christmas shopping at bargain prices. If you’re familiar with major markets like Balogun market in Lagos Island & Lagos Trade Fair, and have got some time to spare, you may want to check them out for excellent buys.


6. Avoid shopping at the last minute.

Who hasn’t run out for a gift at the last minute and ended up paying top dollar for that gift? Don’t be that person who is shopping on the 24th (or some day around it) the last few days before Christmas.


Markets and shopping malls are dreadfully busy then which can cause shopping fever, which gets you to shop more than you should, or it would make you want to get out of the mall ASAP, causing you to buy the first thing you see whether it fits your budget or not. Moreso, when you are in a rush, you tend to be less careful and have less time to think about the meaning behind the gift because you are in a hurry.

Make sure that you have a list of gifts you are planning to purchase before heading to the mall so that you have a clear focus and don’t waste time browsing and getting urges to buy unwanted things.

7. “The Envelope Please…”

Have an envelope with you to keep all your receipts and gift receipts in, so they are together in one location. You can easily review what you have spent and you’ll know where to find a receipt if you need to return something.


You also need to monitor & track your expenses.  So keep an eye on your spending to see whether or not you are keeping to your budget.  This way, if you’re not then you can see where you are overspending and figure out what to do about it.

8. Avoid Money-wasters.

So you’ve taken steps to save money-smart during the holidays, but you might be still be habitually wasting money without knowing it.


A few things like shopping everything online, overlooking the value of intangibles, saying “yes” to the mall, and putting glitz over meaning can guarantee a Christmas overspend you don’t want.

9. Use Good Judgment.

When you get dressed in the morning, do you put on every accessory you own? No. Why? Because you’d look stupid. Now transfer that logic to your home and yuletide shopping.  No, you don’t need that animatronic, talking Santa Claus plus every Christmas item around you neither does an overfull stash guarantee the joy of the season.


So whether you’re shopping or decorating or feasting, apply sound judgment. Remember, moderation is key.

10. Remember The Reason For The Season.

Remember not to get too stressed out this Christmas season, after all it’s supposed to be a joyous time of year. It’s a time to celebrate the birth of our savior, a time to enjoy being with our families, and it’s a time to sit back and be thankful for all of the blessings that we’ve been given.

Don’t feel like you have to buy super expensive gifts. Remember, it’s not the gifts that are important at Christmas: Don’t think the spirit of Christmas is about “stuff.” You can have a giving spirit without having a negative checking account. So, take some time out of the busyness to just reflect, to be thankful and to think back to the reason we celebrate.

Don’t forget the reason for the season.


Okay guys hope this helps. I will be back to gust you all about the weekend I had.  Absolutely beautiful. 

Love 

Pastor M 

Fun! Fun!! Fun!!! 

Hey Everyone,

So the holiday is here, all the kids are having their Christmas parties in school, and all that’s going through your mind is “They are gonna be home, 24/7?!” “Why is the holiday so long?” “Isn’t there a camp, we can go drop them off at?” I know, I know, you’re probably saying.. How can I have such dreadful thoughts, I love my kids and want them around me every second of each day..


Don’t worry (whispering) your secret is safe with me..😉..

So I’ve come up with fun things/places to take the kids this holiday! Yayy!!


That’s how excited they’ll be every time you take them to any of these places..
1) Klub de Lag 

Don’t mind how the name sounds, this is a fun family entertainment Centre, located at Lekki phase 1, Lagos. They have a miniature golf course, a bowling arena, a climbing arena, indoor skating ring, a table tennis court and a swimming pool.. for kids 3years old and above..






2) Mindscape Museum

This is an indoor programmed play space designed to give children exciting new learning experiences. It’s really fun because the kids can get to role play as builders, engineers, painters, run their own restaurant, go shopping, be bankers and learn about the banking system, and many other creative activities. They also have a very lovely garden at the back of the property and they are located at Lekki phase 1, Lagos.



3) Fun factory

A recreational and entertainment park for children with lots of toys, bouncing castles, fun rides, train rides and interactive games, they are located in Lekki phase 1. And guess what? There’s a line up of fun events this Christmas.

4) GET Arena

An arcade and Go kart rack is a winner for kids who love the thrill of car racing.. I particularly had a nice time, the last time I visited, and I’m sure the kids would love it!

5) Movies

Take the kids out to watch a movie this season.. Genesis deluxe cinemas, Silverbird cinemas, Filmhouse cinema, and other cinemas around the city and in other city..

Some movies to look out for..


6) Apapa Amusement Park 

Just as the name implies, an amusement park with lots of rides, they’ll have so much fun! At the end of the day they’ll be begging you to take them home, cos of how exhausted they’ll get at the end of the day.. lol.

7) Omu Resort

The world of OMU RESORT is set in a rainforest environment, it allows guests experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Nestled is a peaceful neighbourhood.

There’s so much to do in this place, if I start talking about them in details, we’ll be here forever! But let me mention a few..

There a Zoo, an amusement park, Go kart, Archery, Horse back riding, Minigolf, Sea world, Wax museum, and other fun things you should experience.

They are located at Ibeju lekki.

So that’s it everyone, don’t let your kids just sit in front of a TV through the holiday, take them out.. and go have some fun!

See you guys soon..

Kemi Shittu

Fitfam Christmas Recipes 

Hello Everyone,

Let’s get right into it.. 😊. Bringing you yummy, finger licking recipes that are just right for this season, for all my sisters that don’t wanna be adding extra inches in the coming weeks 😉.


Recipe for Oil less Efo Riro

Ingredients
A bunch of shoko leaves ( substitute spinach)
3 pieces of Medium sized Tomatoes
1 red bell pepper (tatashe)
4 scotch bonnet peppers (ata rodo)
1/2 bulb of onion (chopped)
4 medium pieces of beef chunks (chopped into smaller pieces)
7 medium pieces of goat meat (chopped into smaller pieces)
5 medium pieces of tripe (chopped into small pieces)
1/2 cup of chopped shrimp
1 tablespoon of crayfish powder
2 – 3 Seasoning cubes
Salt to taste (optional)
Method
Blend your tomato, bell pepper, 2 scotch bonnet peppers and 1/4 bulb of onion and set aside.
In a bowl, season your beef, goat meat and tripe with seasoning cubes, 2 chopped scotch bonnet peppers and the rest of the chopped onions. (leave a handful of chopped onions for later) If you have sometime allow this marinate for an hour. (This step is optional as you can do same in the pot and bring to boil)
Boil the meats till their half way done and pour in the blended tomato-pepper mix and allow to continue to boil with the meats till the liquid from the tomato completely dries up. Before the liquid completely dries up, add the shrimp and the crayfish powder and some extra chopped onions for texture.
Wash your vegetable, finely shred them and add them to the pot of tomato-pepper mix and beef, stir and Reduce the heat to the lowest and allow the juices from the vegetables to begin to bubble up. Leave on the heat for 2- 3 minutes and serve as a standalone dish or with any accompaniment of your choice.


Nigerian Style Couscous

Nigerian Style Couscous is simply Nigerian Fried Rice style inspired Couscous. Couscous is an increasingly popular alternative to rice these days. It has a very fluffy texture which is quite bland in itself so to thoroughly enjoy it, you’ll need to incorporate intense flavour into it. I’m not very keen on couscous only because of the blandness but when I do decide to prepare it, I make sure it’s done Nigerian fried rice style, this way it ends up absolutely flavourful.
You’ll notice in the list of ingredients that I’ve got both minced chicken and chicken fillet listed, this is only cos I didn’t have enough of either, so I decided to combine both. You can also use minced beef as an alternative or even just raw beef or even skip using any and use just the vegetables. If you’ll be using just raw chicken or beef, do ensure it’s marinated for at least an hour, this will help to enhance the flavour of your Couscous.
To further enhance the flavour of your Couscous, do try to use raw chicken or meat, this is cos when it’s fried, as stated in the recipe, the juices from the chicken /beef increases the flavour of the Couscous when added. This is particularly important if you haven’t got chicken stock to use, you can just steam your couscous with water and add the juices from the fried chicken and vegetables.
If you’ll be using frozen vegetables, try as much as possible to use fresh carrots at least. Most frozen vegetables aren’t flavourful and may taste bland when added to the couscous, amp up the flavour a bit by using fresh sweet carrots ans sweetcorn.
A very important tip for cooking Couscous is using equal amounts of water/stock and Couscous. That is, they have to be the same ratio. What this means is, if you’re cooking 1 cup of Couscous, make sure you use the exact quantity of water or stock, that is, one cup of water/stock to one cup of Couscous.
Ingredients:
2 Cups Couscous
2 Cups Chicken Stock or Water
150grams Minced chicken/ boneless chicken
1 Cooking Spoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Thinly Chopped red, Green, Yellow mix Bell Peppers( Tatashe)
1 Scotch Bonnet Thinly Chopped (Rodo)
1 Medium Size Onion chopped
1/2 Cup Chopped Carrots
1/2 Cup Sweetcorn
1/2 Cup Green Peas
1 stalk Spring Onions
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
2 Knorr Chicken Cubes
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Curry Powder
Salt to taste

Season the raw chicken/mince with the Knorr cubes, garlic powder and curry powder, combine thoroughly and leave to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

Get a large frying pan or wok, place on a hob on medium heat, add the olive oil. When it’s hot, add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, then add half of the onions, sauté till fragrant…Nigerian style Couscous


Now add the raw chicken, if you’re using any, fry till it loses its pinkness and begins to brown.


Now add the minced chicken, stir thoroughly to break up clumps, fry till the mince is well cooked…


When it’s cooked, scoop out the contents of the pan, leaving just the oil. Set the chicken/ beef aside


You should have at least two tablespoons olive oil left in the pan, if you haven’t, add more…


Now add the chopped carrots into the pan, sauté for 2 minutes to soften the carrots a bit, then add the peppers, sauté for 2-3minutes….


Now add the remaining vegetables, in this case, the sweetcorn, green peas and spring onions, sauté for 2 minutes…


Add the chicken/ beef back into the pan, stir and combine for 2 minutes…Set aside when done….it’s time to prepare the couscous.


Get yourself a saucepan, place on a hob on medium heat, pour in the chicken stock or water if you haven’t got chicken stock, bring to a boil…


When it starts to boil, add the couscous. Cover with a lid or tightly cover the pan with foil, remove the pan from the hob and set aside. Set aside for about 5 mins, by this time, the couscous would have soaked up all the stock and softened considerably…


After 5 minutes, open the pan and fluff up the couscous with a fork…


Add the cooked vegetables and chicken…


Mix thoroughly…..and it’s done. You can return it back to the hob for a minute to heat it back up.


Your Nigerian Style Couscous is ready…Serve immediately..


So there you have it.. try this recipes and let me know how they taste and what you think, post pics on IG or Fb and tag us! Will be bringing you more yummy low calorie recipes soon, and a yummy desert too! 😁

Recipe and Pic credit: @sisijemimah

See y’all very soon! 😘

Kemi Shittu

Disciplined In December

Hey people

How are you? Okay so I was working on sending you another recipe then I had a re-think. If I’m going to be sending you all these recipes then I really need to make sure it doesn’t end up creating a bigger problem for you in the long run.

So you know how I love you guys? Well I decided to get one super chick. She’s fun and bubbly but she totally gets it when it comes to losing weight and living a much healthier life. I will let her introduce herself…… yep! Thank me later.

Enjoy

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Her private chat with me went something like

‘…I am traveling home to Nigeria next week to visit family… I will be sticking to the exercises daily as instructed but I know it is the meal plan I will default on. I am just being honest. Anyways, I wanted to inform you and also ask any advice you can offer. And yes, I know it is ordinary food but ahhh, I have not eaten my mommy’s black soup in a year. That one isn’t ordinary food ooooo hahahaha *covers eyes*…’

 

Oh gosh, I laughed so hard before I even thought of replying her. After I replied, I noticed she didn’t listen or respond for a while. When she did, her reply was…

 

hahahahhahahahaha! Thank you so much Eziaha. I thought you would scold me so I was reluctant to listen to the voice note…’

 

Now yawl are probably itching to know what I told her that got her laughing.

I will share.

But my mama taught me manners.

Hey yawl, I am super excited to be guest-blogging on JUGN. Thank you so much mama for having me here.

My name is Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo, wife, mom and 30!!! I am many other things, but for this post, let’s stick to ‘I am a Food and Fitness Apostle at CoachE’Squad’

I run, among others, online classes (Squads) where I help Chicks (Squaddies) lose weight and generally stay fit. You see, I used to be 106kg from food indiscipline (and TV too. Don’t lie, the most junk you consume, you do it in front of your screen) but the Lord helped me to toss 30kg in under 4months.


Incidentally, December, the universally acclaimed month of FOOD, was a part of those 4months, and because I was tired of being fat, I stayed disciplined through the holidays.


Ok I admit I didn’t have the financial buoyancy (read B-R-O-K-E) to even indulge, but yawl know I could have hopped from house to house too if I wanted free food. And trust me; I am never short of friends to visit.

It has been a year since I lost weight, and I have helped many more Chicks too.


It is another Christmas, I’m not broke (hallelujah) but I intend to stay disciplined through this holiday. And I intend to keep my Squaddies Disciplined too. Which is why that Chick above and I had that convo.

I’m always singing ‘IT IS JUST FOOD ooo’ to all my Squaddies!!!

She had to throw that line back at me. Sharp babe!!!

Anyways, I had to agree with her. Her mom’s black soup is NOT just food!!! It is a delicacy. While I am not (no longer more like) a foodie, I proudly admit that I am a Noodles-ie, especially Indomie!!!

I mean, noodles are made in heaven.

Argue with the person beside you right now. I’m not even debating.

Indomie Noodles is NOT just food. IT IS THE FOOD!!!

And I get pretty upset when people call or spell it as INDOMINE!!! Like really???? Show some respect please!!!

Ok before I make this about my love for Noodles, let me just give you tips on how to stay ‘Disciplined this December’, even as we show some respect to our Temples!!!


Now, I’m not going to push it and ask you to lose weight through the holidays like I did. Leave that for my Squaddies. I just want us to focus on maintaining what we even entered the season with, at the very least.

I love the number 5, so let’s share 5 tips? Thank You!!!

1. BUY A REALLY CUTE WATER BOTTLE.


Sports Direct and Blender Bottles work well, but any water bottle is fine.

Cool kid tip? All the IJGB’s are gon’ be rolling with a bottle of water everywhere they go cos Naija is too hot for them. *scowls*

So you can be a Cool Kid too if you carry a water bottle around, sipping it at calculated intervals, while complaining about the weather, like a confam IJGB. IJGB is I just got back… the ‘Abroad’ returnees. (If you didn’t already know, good luck in becoming a CK. That’s ‘Cool Kid’, try and keep up).

But don’t just carry one; throw some slices of lemon in it.

Lemon has the super power called FAT burning. Then it can also suppress appetite. Warm lemon water. Just enough lemon to change the taste of the water, without making it bitter.

Something else happens when we STAY HYDRATED (which is really what I should have called my number 1 tip) It will help keep stomach boredom at bay.

See ehn, sometimes your tummy is NOT hungry. It is just BORED!!! Keep it busy with fluids.


You may also infuse your water with any fruit of choice. So you may also consider an infusion bottle if you wanna look even cooler.


Whatever you do, stay hydrated (with a CK water bottle *wink*)

*Disclaimer, if you have any health challenge whatsoever, you may wanna check with your Doctor first before drinking lemons. Or just drink ordinary water. It works too.
2. LOOSE WEIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.

Yes it is probably too late for me to tell you to lose weight now, just about two weeks to Christmas, but keep this tip in mind before or for the next holiday, say Easter, summer, or another country for a while. Like my Squaddie above and a lot of people who are travelling in or out this season.

See ehn, when you are away from your regular location, I believe you should sample meals. I wouldn’t go to Greece, for example, and not taste Baklava and feta cheese and all that stuff Christine Caine stays harassing me with.


Or Brazil and not taste Brigadeiros, that is Brazilian Chocolate truffles


And the calorie laden Acarajé (which I suspect is AKARA).


Or even Nigeria and not eat Black soup and Pounded yam, or Suya AT NIGHT please.


Holidays are for food too.

But this is something I tell my Squaddies. If you are going on a planned holiday, take a month to lose some weight. 5kg would be awesome but even 2kg is fine. That way, when you sample meals (and I don’t mean stuff your face with every single meal you find), then you just may come back up to your previous weight, or even fall less.

Putting figures to it – Say you are 90kg, you take a month or 2 to drop 5kg at least, go and have a lovely vacay, and you return at 88kg or even 91kg.

This is way better than travelling at 90kg and returning at 95kg.

Now when you get back, you can call me and we can resume our healthy lifestyle again, because life should be lived balance!!!

Need some theology for that? 1 Peter 5v8 in AMPC says BE WELL-BALANCED…

 

So take the holiday season to indulge a little, especially if holiday involves travelling, even if to the village.

But first, pay the price. Lose some kgs first.

Now, even if Christmas is about two weeks away, how about you stay disciplined from today or tomorrow till the 24th? Who know, if you holler at me, I can epp you toss like 2kg, so you won’t feel that much guilty indulging on Christmas weekend. Or even beyond, especially if travelling.

 

3. PORTION CONTROL 


You see, this is my favourite weight loss lingua. The beautiful thing about food is that we get the most satisfaction from the first couple of bites. The first bite has a much stronger taste, and is sweetest.

Subsequent bites are less strong and less sweet. The more you eat, the less additional pleasure you get from each bite.

Ever wondered why ‘Good to the last bite’ is a compliment?

There you go.

Which is why you should decide intentionally to keep your portions healthy. Don’t overload your plate.

Eat slowly.

It takes your brain some time (I hear 20minutes) to transport the ‘I’m full signal’ to your tummy, hence don’t be mindlessly eating fast so you don’t miss it.

We only need so much food and no more. The extra eating comes from greed, long throat, mindless eating (especially when looking at a screen), or all of the above. Sorry guys, just shooting straight.

And don’t always go for Seconds abeg.

Drink water and relax.

So yes, eat Jollof and fried rice, fried chicken, Black soup, Noodles, etc.

But P.C it.

And be sure to add some generous servings of vegetables and salad. I mean, you can even add cream to your salad; so far you don’t overdo it.

Portion control baby!!!

Plus don’t forget Cool tip Number 1. Stay hydrated.

 

4. BALANCE!!!


Yes, we are back to balance. You can’t indulge every day!!! Forget holidays now and think of your health!!! Eat with wisdom!!!

Plan your visits to friends and family in such a way that you don’t have to stuff your face back to back.

Some days, sit at home and pay penance for the over-eating of yesterday and day-before yesterday.

Eat salads!!! Drink lots of water!!! Drink green smoothies!!!

Let the entire junk find its way out before you go on overload again.

You don’t wanna get into the New Year with an under-functioning body.

Sit down; curl up with a nice book with an Apple and Cucumbers.

Or watch a movie and eat grapes.

Or eat the Bread of life, aka read your Bible, and celebrate the One whose birthday we are celebrating.

It is Jesus birthday not yours!!!!

Go for balance!!! Not every day turn up!!!

 

5. GET SOME CARDIO IN


See ehn, this holiday period of food and more food, you need more cardio than anything. Don’t worry about resistance and strength trainings.

Run, skip, do Jumping Jacks, Dance, etc. The best part about cardio, especially running or walking, is that we can do it with a buddy.

Instead of sitting in with that friend who finally has your time this season, and eating, take long walks and catch up.

Throw in a simple workout wear when you wanna visit, or borrow your friend’s own (feel free to keep it if you like it, in the spirit of Christmas). You can even make it a group thing and yawl can colour-code or som’in.

Leave the gym, just go for a run and release those happy hormones, a.k.a endorphins.

The best part of walking, or jogging, is all the things you get to notice in your environment too.

Plus yawl can talk about the absolute goodness of God.

Now even if you don’t have any friend to go with, hike solo.

And talk to God. I love this quote I saw somewhere.


You certainly need creative ideas for 2017, so go for that walk.

Just don’t walk with a foolish person. That’s not me, but Solomon in Proverbs 13 v 20.

 

Ok, I can go on fo’eva, ask around haha, but I will stop here!!!

But these 5 tips should help us all.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas people!!!

Stay disciplined… not just in your food but also in your activities.

We need you, alive, well and with few or no regrets, in the New Year 2017, running after all your God-given assignments!!!

 

Muah

CoachE’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas dessert anyone?

Hi people. 

Ok so I just realized I missed yesterday. So sorry it’s been so hectic here. Actually forgot to blog. Okay so I owe and I will pay. 

Anyhow I was just thinking now of fun things to do with the kids this Christmas and I thought hey! Dassah is always asking to cook something with me and no way I’m letting her anywhere near a gas cooker or oven yet. I’m sorry I don’t trust her that much yet 😌😌

So this is what I came up with. How about making some no bake desserts? This will be great for those with really young kids or people without a working oven. 

I’m sure you will have just as much fun making it with them as they will eating them. Please let me know how it goes. Send in pictures of the ones you made. Tag us on instagram @justusgirlsnaija would love to see how it turned out. 

Dessert 1

No-Bake Peanut Butter Corn Flake Cookies 

Ingredients

6 cups corn flakes

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup creamy peanut butter


Instructions

  • Place corn flakes in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Combine sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Immediately remove from heat; add peanut butter, stirring to combine.
  • Pour peanut butter mixture over corn flakes, and toss gently to combine, being careful not to crush the corn flakes.
  • Quickly drop heaped tablespoonfuls   On a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Allow cookies to stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container.

Hey what’s not to love besides you probably can switch it up with other cereals -rice krispsies or cheerios. I’m guessing they may even be easier to manipulate. 

Ok guys back with another no bake dessert later. You will definitely have happy kids on your hands. 

Picture by: @avrgrey (mr grey) 

Love 

Pastor Mildred 

Christmas With Friends…

Okay people I’m back before Miss Shittu officially takes over my blog and I get relegated to one back office editing what she writes Nooooooo!!! Kemi you are not taking my blog. 😂😂😂😂😂😂 of course you know I’m kidding. In fact I’m hoping in the spirit of Christmas to feature more amazing female writers. Once I can get them to write for me. 😊

Okay so today as I sit at Lagos Business School (LBS) Pan Atlantic University  this morning,  I’m thinking about how meaningful female friendships can be. I probably would be in bed this morning after sending coach E her workout picture but I came out bright and early to LBS to celebrate my friend turned sister Mabel as she graduates today. I’m sooooooo proud of her. Mabel is one of those “still I rise people” Nothing can keep her down.

Okay so incase you don’t know who Mabel is then I take it you are new to my blog. Let me give you an assignment go and find blog posts about her here and nope I didn’t tag her. That’s too easy 😁😁

So anyhow I’ve been hearing a lot of ladies say things like ” I don’t have female friends. Women like drama!” Well let’s remedy that. I think there’s a place for godly female friendships in your life. I always ask, if all of us are so great individually? So where is all this so-called drama from? Truth is there are more amazing women than there are bad. We always just focus on the bad. To be honest, I don’t have too many friends but all the ones I do have are really great. We look out for each other, we have each other’s backs and even though we don’t see all the time when we do see it’s…

We connect on a different level.

You will never fully understand this till you have godly female friends. People that can tell you the truth and look out for you and pray for you and with you. People who challenge you to do more and be more. 

Who make you want to be more like Jesus everyday. Make you want to be better because they challenge your very best 

People who never give up on you no matter how crazy it gets or how annoying you become. 

Your pain becomes their pain. Your victories, their testimonies. When you are in Labour they push with you, when you are nursing they hold on to baby so you can have a few minutes of shut eye. They need no entertaining when they come to visit  they either bring food or cook it at your place. Trust me there are some things that only your female friends get.

Have a nasty breakup and all your guy friends be like “get over it already! Good riddance.” Your chick friends will let you cry  first, then cry with you, then tell you later how he didn’t deserve you….. but they understand and the process. And the process is key to healing.

And when it’s time to have fun they know how to throw down and let you be you


Ever had a terrible menstrual period? You really think your male friends get it? Want a bridal shower? A baby shower? A male friend? Think again. Somethings are just better with female friends trust me.


Need someone to babysit when your mum and mother-in-law are not available? Have an emergency event and have nothing  to wear? Whose wardrobe will you be raiding? Godly female friends just work.

New revelation from the word? Who will scream down the phone with you at the accuracy of God? Or lift holy hands with you in worship? Biko godly female friends rock.   (My beautiful covenant friend and sister Itunuade Iyun -love her in a million ways)

To tell you the truth you don’t know what you’re missing. And what you are keeping people from experiencing by keeping your friendship to yourself. So since we are in such a jolly mood this season, let me put on my Mrs Claus hat and throw in a Christmas giveaway

So are you ready?

Trust me you will have fun with this one. So here’s what you do.

  • Take a Christmas themed picture with 3 of your female friends (tip- make it as creative and as christmassy as possible) that makes 4 of you. 


  • Go to Instagram and search for our page @justusgirlsnaija follow us.

  • Post the picture and tag us @justusgirlsnaija then use the  hashtag #JUGNchristmaswithfriends. 



  • We will repost and the picture with the highest likes wins. 
  • Tag all your friends in the picture because we will need all their handles if your picture wins. 

I’m sure you are guessing what the prize is  

The winners will have their winning picture up as our Just Us Girls Naija header for one week  this season (imagine you get to replace these cuties) and every one in your squad gets a personalized Christmas gift from us at JUGN. Don’t worry it’s gonna be good. But I’m keeping it secret. 


Okay so the whole process has a deadline. You need to send in your entries on instagram latest 14th December and then voting for likes ends 21st December.

Please note: any likes after midnight  on the 21st of December will not be counted. 

Okay ladies get your squad together. You will be amazed at how much fun you will have. It will also make you think. Who your friends are. I know mine….

Now get to it. No time.

Love you guys.

Yes it’s me Pastor Mildred.

Did you know?

Hey everyone! Can you feel Christmas already..


Well I can.. 🙋🏽.. Christmas lights on buildings and on the street, people coming back home from “the abroad”, designers doing giveaways on Instagram.. I cannot believe we are about entering the 2nd week in December, where did the whole year go!

And it’s actaually 18 days to Christmas Day! Whoop! Still counting down.. 💃🏾💃🏾


Christmas is such an exciting and happy season, like we say Christ is the reason for the season.. however how much do you really know about Christmas..

Today, we are gonna look at interesting facts about Christmas.. Most of which I just found out myself.


1) The traditional three colours of Christmas are green, red and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.


2) Christmas trees were first decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and dates.. (A food tree! 😍.. lol, this is the foodie in me speaking, but imagine just walking by your tree and taking an apple off to snack on.. cool!) 


3) The largest floating Christmas tree in the world is 278 feet tall and is located in Rio de Janero, Brazil. (I just don’t understand why anyone would want to put a tree on water) 


4) Did you ever wonder where x-mas came from? X means Christ in Greek, so to shorten the word Christmas we sometimes use X-mas. (I can see someone’s eyes light up as they say “Oh really?”) 

5) In Italy, Christmas dinner can last for more than 4hours. Yes that’s right. Most of the Italian families have more than 7 courses for the dinner. (😳😳 All I’m thinking about is, who is gonna do all those dishes! And all the Italians I know) 


6) Christmas candy cane shaped as a shepherds’ crook, represents the humble shepherds who were first to worship the new born Christ.


7) Most of the popular Christmas songs including “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, “Winter wonderland”, “I’ll be home for Christmas”, “O holy night” were written and co-written by Jews. (Interesting to see how the words spoken over the life of the Jews, thousands of years ago is still being made manifest.. God’s word NEVER, stress on never falls to the ground) 

8) The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.


9) During Christmas of 1914 (World war 1), a truce was held between Germany and the U.K. They decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts across neutral grounds and played a game of football between themselves. (Isn’t that something.. because of Christmas two countries at the verge of war would drop their guns, and bombs and exchange gifts and celebrate over football together.. Don’t you think it’s time to pick up the phone and call that person you’ve been fighting and been in war with? Yup! Send a card or a gift, let the love of Christ reign this season!) 


10) Santa Claus, real name St Nicholas; was born in the year 270 and was a Bishop in a town in present day Turkey. He earned a reputation as an anonymous gift giver. (I’m sure some of us didn’t know his real name, and if you did.. no way you would have known when he was born 😁. Disclaimer: the picture below isn’t St Nicholas. Lol) 


11) Santa has a real postal zip code. H0H 0H0. Every year millions of letters are addressed to Santa from kids all over the world. (Now bringing out my pen and paper to write my wish list to Santa, I qualify being a kid I’m someone’s child.. plus you never know 😉) 

12) If you have all the gifts listed in the “twelve days of Christmas”, it would equal 364gifts..


Trust me I kinda doubted the maths at first, but it actually adds up.. you’ll have a partridge in a pear for 12days, two turtle doves for 11days and so on.. so that’s 364 gifts..  a Christmas gift for every day of the year.. yay! Well excluding my birthday, cos I got a birthday gift instead 😁 that’s my life. Everyday is Christmas except when it’s my birthday 😉


 plus I’m sure most of us don’t know the exact wordings of the song, don’t be shy.. sing along while you read it 😄. 

Speaking about gift giving, make sure to actually give out a gift this season.. Check out the previous posts to know the best kinda gifts to give out..

And oh I’m excited about something, so we might be doing our very own.. *whispers* just us girls secret Santa..


Don’t tell anyone, or tell every lady you know!!! Lol.. more info coming soon, make sure to check here everyday!

See you all later..

Kemi Shittu

What’s Cooking? 

Hey people

It’s another feature today by Miss kemi Shittu and It’s a recipe. I’m so excited. I loooooooooove cooking. So I can’t wait to try this out. I have my own recipe for this but never hurts to try something different. See, I told you we got you covered from gifts to food….

Anyway enjoy…
The sound of pots and pans clanging, waking up at 5am to chop carrots and pepper, the house filled with the smell of deep fried crispy chicken, not taking a shower till like 4pm..

That’s what a typical Christmas Day used to be like when I was younger..

Now I’m a self professed foodie, I love food..


baking..


the smell of food, having to savor every bit that enters my mouth and actually taste the food, chewing..


I should stop, before I eat my phone 😂..

I enjoy cooking, but absolutely do not like the preparation that comes with it, and that was all that was expected of me when in my mum’s kitchen.. cutting, slicing, chopping, stiring, more cutting, washing dishes, and pots, and all you wanna do is just run away..


But at the end of the day, after all the work, the sweat, hot oil splashing on your skin a couple of times.. it’s usually worth it when you see the spread of food on the table! And Christmas Day is the one day you’re allowed to eat all you want! 😁


See how good our food looks! Yum!

So let’s get right into it for today, all this talk about food has made me hungry already.. lol

Today I’m bringing you a home made recipe from dooney’s kitchen! Im sure most of us know who she is, if you don’t you must be living under a rock somewhere..

FRIED RICE AND CHICKEN 

I know what you’re thinking, who doesn’t know how to make fried rice and chicken, sweetie you’ll be surprised, plus this one has a twist and is not the usual.. so follow each step carefully.

You will need:

Carrots

Spring Onions

1 large Green Bell Pepper

1 large Atta Rodo (scotch bonnet)

Prawns

Liver

Curry

Thyme

White Pepper

Runner Beans

Knorr Chicken Cubes

Salt

Long Grain Rice

Chicken Stock

Boiled Chicken

Olive Oil (you can use any oil you usually cook with)

Process

  1. At first, you’re going to chop, chop, chop.. cooking fried rice is not for the faint hearted and do NOT use processed mixed veg. Please don’t.. This fried rice is fresh and alive. Packaged mixed veg is just dead ad depressing. Lol.. Chop the runner beans and put in a separate bowl. You’ll know why soon.
  2. Boil the liver with plain water at first, to let the blood boil out and congeal. Let this boil for a few minutes till you see the water get very dark brown. Throw away the water, add fresh water and season with salt, chopped onions and seasoning cubes. Once the liver has cooked, chop into cubes.
  3. Season and boil your chicken, remember with chicken you don’t drown it in water when you boil. You start with a little water first which will increase in volume after the heat leaches out more fluid from the chicken, the you add more water and re-season. When it is cooked, you can grill or fry. Retain the stock. Before you do that, take at least 3pieces of boiled chicken, shred or chop and add to the bowl of chopped veggies.


4. Once you have chopped all the ingredients add them into one bowl including the prawns (keep the runner beans separate). I have to stop here for a bit and say well done for all your hard work.. Lol.


5. Now season with curry, thyme, white pepper, knorr cubes and a little salt. Mix thoroughly, pick out a few of the veggies to taste. Just to be sure you have it well seasoned.


Dooney’s mum cooking tip: Place the bowl in the freezer. For the spices and seasoning to really permeate the veggies, you have to leave it in the freezer till it gets very cold. Use this time to tidy up the kitchen or catch up on a series while you let the veggies get extra delicious. Trust me, you’re going to start eating the veggies raw once you taste the difference cold air makes. 


6. Boil the rice with the volume of water that will cook it only halfway. DO NOT salt it because you’re going to finish off with chicken stock. When it has cooked halfway, pour in the chicken stock that will cook it further – three quarter way.


7. When it is almost three quarter cooked then add the runner beans. Make sure there is no water in the rice and it does not burn. If there is water, it would be soggy. Use kitchen knife to touch the base of the pot, to ensure it does not burn and there is no water at the bottom of the pot, otherwise it turns soggy.


8. When it is cooked, the runner beans will turn greenish brown, and the color of the rice will have a slight green hue.


9. Heat up oil in a pan, when it gets very hot flash fry the vegetables till you can see the vegetables have cooked. A good indicator is the prawns have started turning brown, the orange nature of the carrot will no longer be sharp, and the other vegetables would have shrunk a little.


10. Then use a spoon to transfer the fried vegetables and some oil into an empty pot, followed by some boiled rice, and keep adding the rice and vegetables in bits..

After combining the mixture for sometime with a wooden spoon (MUST- so it doesn’t burn), sprinkle extra curry, taste for salt and cover to simmer. Turn the heat to the lowest. The end result is rice that is not completely soft, though not hard for consumption, and the vegetables and the chopped ingredients crunchy, in a good way and not baby food soft.

And here is your result.


Alright everyone make sure to try this and let me know how yummy it is!

Naughty or Nice? 

hello people 

Still in the Christmas spirit. I had such a hectic weekend and I forgot today was the kid’s Christmas class party so I had to get our Aunty Eky to do me miracles today to drop off stuff for the goodie bags.

So, goodie bags…Whenever I hear those words I think Santa. I know… he’s not real but don’t spoil this for the kids. There’s already too much bad news in life. Let them believe…in santa and the fact that he’s making a naughty or nice list if they like 

However let them also know that Christmas is based on love and grace not works. It’s not just a reward for being nice. If you look closely some children are not necessarily naughty just misunderstood 

So anyhow whether or not they’ve been naughty or nice, just for being your kids they deserve Christmas gifts and because I’m so nice (be sure to tell santa/pk please) I’m giving you a list to make you mummy of the year.

I know… I’m that sweet but hey who wouldn’t want to give a cutie like this a gift ? 

  1. Toys: This is definitely number one on any kids list. Some things just never change. Girls will always love dolls and boys will always like toy cars. However be creative. 
  2. Books: oh! I will forever love the day i was introduced to books. I think everyone child should be introduced to and encouraged to have a love for books. I think a healthy principle would be one book;one toy. Try as many different kinds till you find what your child really likes but please keep the Bible stories in there as well. 
  3. Arts and crafts and Activity kits: Anythinv to keep the kids occupied this season since they will be on holiday and away from school. Puzzles, beading sets, coloring books, word search,
  4. CDs or dvds: let them watch characters they love or really nice family  Christmas movies or the Christmas versions of some of their favourite Tv shows 
  5. Gadgets: Even  1 year old David knows how to scroll on my iPhone or  other smart devices. Dassah on the other hand is of the opinion that she needs a phone so she can call me if her nanny wants to beat her. Ive told  her “you are not getting a phone at 5 and if you bother me too much you may not even have one at 15 or 50.” 😂😂😂😂 anyway my point is kids are way more advanced these days they would appreciate gadgets as gifts This is a really cool piggy bank. That has an ATM card and pin that opens it up. Really cool
  6. Bibles: Children should be reminded of the real reason for the season. We need to keep them grounded in the word or the world will take over. They need to start loving the word from a tender age. And with Disney and nickelodeon competing for their attention they need to be reminded of who we are and what we believe. Buy them their very own picture or study bibles that are age appropriate. If they can read let them if not read to them.  Who still remembers this one ? 
  7. Surprise Eggs : I know these are considered Easter gifts but I find that my kids love them all year round. I love the fact that they can’t tell what they’ll get as the name suggests it’s always a surprise 
  8. Games: incidentally I’m not thinking PSP or WII I’m thinking some of the less expensive ones we played with as kids. Monopoly, Whot, Ludo, chess or even good old “Ayo” or “Okwe” as my people call it. Funny all these games are educational as well. You teach counting, adding, strategy and even entrepreneurial skills     You may not be so tripped by this gift idea but remember your kids may have never seen them before.
  9. Costumes: Every Child I know likes to play dress up. Help their sense of imagination. 
  10. Outdoor Activity Items: it’s no surprise that most children today are vitamin D deficient and the reason is most kids are indoors either watching tv or playing on tablets or computers. Buy gifts that encourage them to go out in the sun.  Okay guys so I will see you later. Please keep the Christmas spirit alive in your hearts and make sure the children encounter the joy whether they’ve been naughty or nice 😉

Making It Special For Him 

I’m back and it’s day 4…

Making progress …

So today the plan is since we started out talking about gifts, I’m back again and I’m here to help y’all so you don’t fall my hand this Christmas  enough with the boxers and singlets 😄😄

The best way to ensure that you don’t get into panic mode when Christmas is here is to start early. So now is the time to go shopping. Avoid the Christmas rush start early.

The gift ideas cover a wide range. From very affordable to very expensive. So there’s something for everyone so if it’s a gift for your dad, husband, brother or just a friend, there’s something for everyone as long as he’s male

1. List Of Love: create a list of 30 things you love about the man in your life (one for each day of the month) print it and frame it. 
2. Fragrances: Designer fragrances are a win any day and there are such a huge range to choose from. These are some of my favorites


3. Wristwatches: can you ever really go wrong with a time-piece? 

4. Gadgets: 

5. Splurge: if you can afford it, throw in all you have and buy him something he’s always wanted or he’s been talking about since you met him. Be a part of making his dreams come true. 

6. A ticket to watch a live match of his favourite football club: 

7. Study Bible: This is one gift you are indirectly giving yourself 😉


The last three things I’m going to mention are accessories, shoes, clothes. Now because I don’t want to stress you and I don’t want you to rob a bank I will give you some inside info. There’s a miracle worker I know he definitely makes magic happen without breaking the bank. I’ll put up a few of the pictures I have of his clothes then give you his details. Call him today. Save yourself the stress and let that man drool over you this season.

8. Accessories:

9. Shoes: 

10. Clothes: you can do full outfits: suits or jackets with a shirt and/or tie.


Or just do some really nice casual bespoke shirts 

I particularly love the last one maybe because my husband loves casual clothes.

So need help? Contact Tobenna Ekweanya CEO Valiant on his IG handle @steveisvaliant to check out some more stuff he has or call him 

Trust me you will thank me later.

Oh Christmas tree… 

Hey people

I have a guest writer Today it’s our very own Just Us Girls Naija official photographer @kemistryphotography Miss Kemi Shittu 

If I didn’t know better I’d say she jumped into my head and wrote this through me. Kemi you sound just like me  😂😂😂. She did an amazing job though. I’m back tomorrow with more stuff to keep you in the Christmas mood and possibly a word from God. Not letting too much out of the bag. Need you guessing and coming back for more

Enjoy guys. Much love …
I’m so excited about this season!!!


I’m actually doing a countdown lol, and it kinda feels like I’m gonna sleep and wake up and it would be Christmas morning.. even though it’s still like 22days, 6hours and 27minutes away.. Told you I was counting down Lol..


One thing I absolutely love about Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree, not the actual work of putting the tree together.. I don’t think any one really looks forward to hard Labour like that especially when it’s a 7feet tall tree like we have in my house.. Lol.  But actually beautifying the tree and making it look pretty!

So I’m gonna take you through a few tips on how to decorate your tree this Christmas..

1) Try a white tree

Spice things up this Christmas by using a white tree instead of the traditional green tree..


Focus on decorating using bold colours like red, blue or tourquoise it just gives it a really classic look

However some of us love colours and would love to see it everywhere, plus what’s going to happen to all the ones we’ve been keeping over the years, bring that box out, clean those ornaments and get ready to hang them..

Look at those colours!! 😍 it looks like a candy store.. lol..

Now my absolute favorite way to decorate a white tree is to use white and silver ornaments and decorations…

With a tree like this on Christmas Day all that’s left is for snow to fall outside my window (or for the harmattan to just begin already, the weather is so hot!) and I sit down with a book and cup of cocoa and have a White Christmas..

Speaking of White Christmas that’s the theme for our carol night in DCC this year! Whoop! 💃🏾 Everyone dressed in white, the choir dressed in robes singing all the classic Christmas songs you know with guests like Eric Arubayi, PITA, our very own PC, Palmira and much more.. Let me just stop here because I could go on and on..


Mark your calendars, you can’t afford to miss it, it’s gonna be an absolutely amazing night..

2) Break the Rules

There’s no rule saying you can’t put whatever you think looks good or whatever you like on your tree..

Like I absolutely love pictures, creating the pictures than being in front of the camera.. but all things pictures.. imagine stringing up old throwback pictures and putting them up, would be an interesting sight, and for some people serious entertainment just having to look through the pictures..

Or a tree made out of pictures pasted on a wall.. Yup, you heard that right..

And if you’re a book lover like I am, you could actually have a tree made with books.. I think I’m gonna start a petition and have all my fellow book lovers sign this into law.. Who’s with me?! I’m going to have to try this one out myself, and have it in my room.. my very own book tree..

You can also use ribbons on your tree..

You can put vintage items on your tree, like your grandmum’s pearls, a piece of cloth from a loved on.. you can wrap that around the tree..

Or better still cut up shapes out of an Ankara  material string it up and hang it round the tree, add beads, and anything that you think looks African, and have your own African looking tree.. I hope someone actually gets to try this out.. Trends come and go, so put things you like on your tree, and make it your own style..

And Oh! Make sure to send in pictures of how you decorated your tree this Christmas, would love to see them.. and would post on all our social media pages 😁.

3) Lights

There is no Christmas without lights!!


Use all the lights you wants!! Lights, lights, lights.. However don’t over do it tho, but wait it’s Christmas I give you permission to go overboard, you can’t have too much light on your tree if you think about it.. lol..

You can use white lights

Yellow lights…

Or Coloured lights..

Could also try lights of different shapes and sizes…

Last tip: The size of a tree doesn’t really matter.. Get whatever size you feel comfortable with, or whatever size fits into your home, and go crazy decorating that tree!

So that’s it everyone..

Don’t forget to send in your pictures, post it in the comment section, tag us on Instagram and Facebook..

See you same time tomorrow!!

These are a few….

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that fall on my nose and eye lashes. Brown paper packages tied up with string… these are a few of my favorite things…

Who doesn’t remember The Sound Of Music or maybe I should say who doesn’t love Maria? 
Well, the truth is I have my list of Favourite things too and apart from girls in white dresses like my cute babies here


my list definitely differs from Maria’s.  I’m hoping that my list will inspire you to start thinking of getting ready your Christmas gifts for the ladies in your life. Yep! It’s the season of giving people… get ready ! 

So here goes guys….

a few of my favorite things… especially for Christmas (in no particular order).

1. Books: Yes, I looooooooooooove books. I love the way they feel, smell…. I love that I can write in the margin. I love that I can escape into another world or that I can learn or be inspired by reading a book; that I can get instruction and direction. I honestly love getting Christian fiction for Christmas. It’s light hearted reading that still somehow feeds my spirit and fills my soul. Why don’t you try it? Buy someone a book today before we all actually forget what it means to read

Some of my favourite authors

 

Oh! How could I forget?! You definitely gain extra points if it’s a joyce Meyer book or better still her study bible …the fashion edition. I loooove mine

2. Frangrances: I love perfumes. Every woman I know loves to smell nice. There are so many brands out there that have amazing scents. A really good designer fragrance will make a beautiful gift. Personally these first two I am trusting God will find their way to me this Christmas 😉

The last three are some of my favorite signature scents 


3. Shoes: I’m totally guilty of having waaaaay too many shoes than I need. I end up giving them all out and the joy it brings the people that receive it makes me know I am not alone. Most women love shoes …and the ones who don’t (in my opinion) don’t know yet that they do. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😂

Shoes are beautiful and beautiful shoes give you confidence. I’m not really crazy about bags but give me a lovely pair of shoes any day.



While we are at it why not get her something that will match with santas outfit 😉


4. Massage/spa treatment: you know it’s funny. Something as little as a pedicure can totally change my day from stressful to amazing.  Yes I’m easy like that. Just pay for a spa session and we are friends at least for a few weeks. I think it’s cos I finally get to totally shut down for a few minutes and every mum will appreciate a few minutes of “me” time. Perfect Christmas gift if you ask me.

5. Hampers: everybody loves hampers but I think women appreciate them the most. I know how I stock up and sometimes don’t shop till end of January because of hampers. I especially love it when it’s been packed personally. So as I unpack with the kids they each find something they know was put there for them. So don’t just grab a hamper mindlessly. Make one. Fill up with the goodies your mum or sister or wife will like.

6. A planned Night Out: This Christmas may be a great time to actually take that lady in your life out. You can make it a ladies night -karaoke, dinner and a movie or if they are like me take them to see a stage play. Oh! I went to see heartbeat (the musical)  it was A-MAY-ZING!!!

And not just cos my girls were in it. I was literally screaming- yes I’m now that embarrassing mum in the room. 😂😂😂 I kept saying “my babies are amazing!!! Girls can siiiiiing!!!” Amazingly they can act and dance too. Yep! DCC’s definitely got talent.

Just go and see it for yourself. You will thank me later.

7. Jewellery: okay so this one is definitely not rocket science. I’m sure you’ve heard diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I think this works overboard. Most women will appreciate a piece of jewellery. I know I do.  Wristwatches

(although for me the more masculine the better)

rings

neckpieces (personally not a huge fan) but it works

earrings


brooches. 

Bracelets 

Pretty much Every type of jewellery works when gifting it to a woman.

8. Gadgets: Im usually the one to find gadgets that do the weirdest things but I love them especially if they are functional. What I like about gadgets is they sometimes solve a problem you dont even know existed or you had gotten too comfortable with to do anything about it. 

9. Keep Sakes: what I like to call pretty little things. They may not have a world changing effect, may not be built to solve any grandiose problem or any  problem actually. It just makes me happy when I see it.


10. Cards: I know you were not expecting this but I’m actually one of those that miss real actual cards. Not the putting you on my DP thing. I love cards and I hope I’m not an endangered specie. That there are still some of us. I love funny cards. I love opening the card to get the punchline. I love the fact that it’s mine not out there on social media for all to see. It’s my own private, personal message.


Obviously there are so many things you can buy so these are just a few ideas. Please feel free to add yours. Who knows who you may be helping out.

Okay guys back tomorrow.

Love you.

Feeling the Christmas spirit yet?

EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS 

Hey people

Yay!!!! So it’s one of my favorite months   

I’m so happy. I actually start to feel like a child once it’s December. 

Yep! You guessed … it’s the month of Christmas 

I totally love Christmas. I can’t get over how much I love Christmas. No matter where I am in the world it’s still always the most amazing time of the year – snow or harmattan, santa or Father Christmas  I still love Christmas. 

So because I’m so in love with December you all get a treat. I’m blogging everyday for 30 days. Where are the pompoms?
Where are my ladies? Let s do this.

So this is how it will go. I’m going to be here everyday with something that will put you in the mood to celebrate Christmas. So I will be giving out recipes, gift ideas, fun places to visit, some tips or just disturbing you or sending a blessing your way. Either way, I will be present. Oh! I can already think of so much to do. 

Aren’t you excited? Not yet? Not even a little bit? Wow!

There are so many reasons to be in love with Christmas and ’tis one

I think the first contact we have with Gods love is Christmas 

I mean God actually became man because he loves us. I can’t get over how God put aside all his glory and contained himself in a woman’s womb. How did she not explode? That’s the God we serve he will do the impossible to reach us just to give us what we need. I guess that’s why I love Christmas… it’s about giving. 

But make no mistake guys gifts don’t make Christmas