After a night of self romance I am in a Gud mood and this woman is to blame. It begun with a steamy shower; goat milk and black soap bar and a 'Lick me All Over' sugar scrub rinse. Followed by a full body massage with the Lavender whipped body butter. The silky smooth finish it gave my skin was a very calming experience. Gud Mood Essentials has my vote and I hope they have yours too. This Florida Start up is founded by African American Queen Mrs. Tiffani Hudson. The Two time College Graduate and Tallahassee native has taught herself how to be what most are so afraid of...a boss. Tiffani has the support, encouragement and faith of her husband and children and they are the reason for her drive. Currently, based out of Jonesboro, GA, Gud Mood Essentials made its debut on March 31, 2018 featuring all HAND-MADE natural products.
The first product Tiffani ever made was whipped body butter which just so happens to be her signature product that I highly recommend. It is soft and easy to apply unlike most body butters I have used in the past. I like to save time and nobody have time to be digging for gold just trying to put on 'lotion'. This year Gud Mood Essentials has officially formed an LLC so Tiffani's goal is to make a profit in her first year of official business. I encourage you to check out her social media accounts below to support her business so she can achieve that goal.
When asked about her journey as a business owner she states "The past year has taught me so much more about myself than I would have ever imagined. I've learned that I'm stronger, and more creative than I knew. I'm also persistent, and passionate. Traits I don't feel I recognized until embarking on this journey. There are GREAT days, and there are days where I just want to cry. But I know I've found my passion because I go to bed working, and wake up thinking about getting in my lab. And having my babygirl say "Mommie you making soap?" Just makes me smile. I know she's watching and that makes anything this journey throws at me worth it."
Fueled by her passion and love of her family; Tiffani hopes to have a store front where she can sale her products and have classes where people can come learn how to make their own products. She does not wish to be on local retailer shelves because of the inconsistent market around preserving shelf life with natural products.
In a world where creating natural products is the new fad Tiffani plans to maintain being true to herself and her brand. She wants to continue to have fun, and do what flows. The majority of her products are already vegan friendly. She uses all natural butters and oils, and no use of any animal fats in any of the cold processed soaps. There is currently only one animal based product and that is the goat's milk soap.
Some advice for those trying to pursue a similar career in home based products Tiffani says, "Research, make sure you do your research. You want to make sure that you are using the right products for your skin. For example, a lot of people don't realize that Eczema sufferers can have allergies to nuts, so you want to be sure you are not putting any nut oils in your products."
Check out Gud Mood Essentials Today!
@gudmoodessentials (FB)Mrs. Tiffani S. Hudson
An elevated streetwear clothing brand by way of Nashville, TN has a message for the world to Live Above life's circumstances. The message represents that if you have the heart and mindset to Live Above then what you can achieve is endless. Offering dope quality apparel and a life changing message, owners Darin Wyly and Adrian Winston plan to change the world.
Founded in 2013 in an effort to motivate themselves through their own personal struggles the brand blossomed. Both Darin and Adrian lost a parent to cancer and in the past struggled with moving forward with life. Like most they assumed giving up was the only option but were inspired by the brand Live Above to keep pushing through. The message behind the brand ignites fire into them both creating a positive energy in the world.
In September of 2017, Live Above created an on going partnership with the Salvation Army. Together they created a t-shirt campaign in efforts to combat homelessness worldwide. When you purchase the 'i Will Live Above' Tee it comes packaged with an "I will Live Above" wristband & a Burlap bag. When you receive your package they ask that you take your bag, fill it with goods and non- perishable items and give it to someone in need of love! Proceeds from the 'i Will Live Above' T-shirt Campaign will be donated to the Salvation Army to provide resources to individuals and families affected by homelessness.
To support the Live Above movement and clothing line please visit www.liveabove.co
There is no better time of year to reveal this black kept secret. February, the shortest month of the year but also the boldest. Allow me to introduce you to a woman so fearless and unapologetically black; An infamous black female entrepreneur. Cyntay Mathews, the black Supermom, dedicated to creating a sense of awareness in her community as it pertains to our history and culture. Cyntay was born May 3rd in Atlanta, GA. She was an Army kid no brat though. She was raised to be independent and a very hard workingwoman. Her mother did prior service in the army and her father a marine corp veteran.
Motivated by her son, grandparents and the intent on building a nation, and providing an extended family for her son. Cyntay has created a clothing brand, ‘Royal Writes’, that is worth taking a second peek at. During 9/11 Cyntay worked on an Army base in New Jersey and was also highly recruited by the FBI during her stint. Her memory was constantly jogged with visions of Suddam Hussein and the threatening terrorist attacks during that time period. All of these experiences and more shaped her opinion on the history of African American culture and how it affects the economy today.
Royal Writes is Cyntay’s voice to her son and to the African American community. She wants the world to understand they have a right to know their history. Every design on each t-shirt tells a story of African American history in an attempt to open our eyes to what many shut out for years or just have never been exposed to.
Cyntay says, “I know that I am Royally written here in America. To understand your history, identify and stand firm in what you believe in is a powerful thing.”
In five years Royal Writes is expected to be a known brand company with advertisements on local billboards and more.
Please go check out Royal Writes Clothing at www.royalwrites.com
Peanuts! Peanuts! Get your peanuts! That’s a common phrase at many ball games. You’ll be surprised at the amount of creativity you can put into creating a tasty boiled peanut. It reminds you of that scene in the movie Forest Gump where Bubba was educating Forest on all the different types of shrimp. With flavors like Garlic, Teriyaki, Spicy BBQ, Original, and spicy, who knew you could make different flavored peanuts?
Ronisha ‘Ro’ Mitchell of a small Florida town called Wildwood decided she wanted to change the way people eat first starting with the peanut. Ro and I went to college together and played basketball. She came to me with the idea after college while we were roommates. She storms in the house one day after out looking for work and says, “I want to start my own business. I want to work in the food industry!” You know me I’m excited for her immediately with just a simple thought of being an entrepreneur. At the time Ro did not have the tools needed to start a business but she was determined. She purchased books, she did research, she invested and now she’s a business owner.
Two years after she told me that Ro started Mitchell's Company, which is the parent company name to Mitchell's Boiled Peanuts; the brand she is currently working on. Ro chose this name because it’s her last name. “This is something that I can leave on this earth once I am dead and gone to be remembered forever.” The goals of Mitchell’s company will be aligned to partner with distribution outlets like Aramark, Centerplate, & Delaware North. Ro would also like to position Mitchell’s Boiled Peanuts products in sporting arenas across the south!
I had a short interview session with Ro and I thought that I would share with you some key points to help you out if you were thinking about starting a business.
Christopher Clark is not only a partner in business but we have actually known each other for quite sometime. We attended middle school and high school together at Florida High School in Tallahassee, FL. He was always drawing pictures and over achieving in art class. Born November 21, 1987 in Newark, NJ. I thought he was from Jamaica when I met him as a child because his whole family had dread locs. I automatically assumed simply because I was ignorant. Chris has engaged in all types of work before becoming a full time artist. Most of the jobs he had made his life and I quote 'completely miserable' besides the one job he had working with underprivileged kids, teaching the art of music production and song writing.
Chris started his company " Cooli Ras Art" to promote his artistic abilities. He has written and illustrated a children's book inspired by his oldest daughter called Glonda's Hair in which I cannot wait to purchase after it has been officially published. The name Cooli Ras is a nickname he came up with for himself a few years ago. Chris grew up Rasta, and elder Rasta men would go by Ras and then their name, like Ras Chris; and all his life everyone has always told him how cool he was so he just put the two together and came up with “Cooli Ras”. A funny thing is he met a Jamaican born artist who asked him about his name one day and taught him something he never knew. The name “Cooli” is actually how they refer to Indian Jamaicans. So the whole time she was trying to figure out if he was part Indian. lol
Chris is so awesome that I had to ask him some questions to get some answers on how to be great. Below I have let you all in on my exclusive interview with Chris 'Cooli Ras' Clark. Please like, comment, share, and support a starving artist!!
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