I have to give it to those ladies who blog full time. Hats off to you all, I was so exhausted this weekend and couldn’t get it together (or find the time) to put up this post. After I forgave myself for my weekend failure here I am today to bring you all another give away 🙂

If you watched my November favorites video last week, you would have seen this lovely fragrance. Honestly, my favorite. It could be yours too… (cheesy I know).

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The giveaway will be open for one week.

 

It’s A Giveaway!!!

Now that I have introduced blogmas to you all, I told you there will be some surprises along the way… I didn’t tell you there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!!

Today’s giveaway will be this fragrance sampler from Ulta. If you are anything like me then you are constantly looking for your signature scent. Honestly, I am starting to believe they don’t exist, but there is always hope. With this giveaway you will be able to sample 14 fragrances. Included in this set are:
Calvin Klein Euphoria – Coach- Kate Spade New York Walk on Air – Michael Kors Wunderlist – Philosophy Amazing Grace – Prada Candy – Versace Bright Crystal – Clinique Happy – Juicy Couture I Love Juicy Couture – Lance La Vie Est Belle – Mugler Alien – Pink Sugar Pink Flower – Ralph Lauren Romance – Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

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  • Leave me a comment letting me know  your favorite perfume

The giveaway will be open for one week. ****CLOSED****

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It’s My 30th Birthday!

Guess what? It’s my birthday!!

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I hope you all liked my photo shoot. I took it specifically for my birthday 🙂 While searching for something fun to wear, I found this jumper at a super cute boutique here in Maryland called blush boutique. If you are looking for something sparkly this season and you don’t live in the Maryland area you can order the same jumper here.

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Keeping it Suave 

This weekend a few friends of mine from college, decided to put together a series of events to celebrate a friend of ours who passed away. November 1 five years ago Suave passed away. That was his nickname, he was smooth 🙂 Typically we would get together for dinner or something simple for his birthday. Over the past few years we haven’t gotten together, so we decided to do it big this year.

We started on Friday, for Veteran’s Day. Suave was really enthusiastic about giving back to the community. When we were given the opportunity to hand out flags to the Veterans at the World War Two Memorial, we jumped on the opportunity. We has such a good time, and it was nice to give back.

We had to dress like a park ranger 🙂 

On Saturday, we hosted a brunch it was really nice, because some of Suave’s family stopped by and joined us. Spending this time together brought us back to the old times. After college we would have potlucks over Suave’s house, he was big on us getting together on a regular basis. Frank even made shirts for us with a drawing of Suave’s face on them. 

Towards the end of the brunch, we all wrote a message on a balloon and let them float to the sky. 

We even did the mannequin challenge!!! How did we do?

Here is a iphone pic of most of us from collage. We call ourselves “the fam” I think Suave came up with that name 🙂 

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A Walk in the Park

Hi Friends,

I hope you all had a good weekend!!! This weekend I was slightly busy, but nothing to overwhelming. My mom came into town for the weekend and we spent all day Saturday hanging with my  grandmother, aunt, and younger cousins. When we all get together we have such a good time. We visited my Grandfather, who is an absolute hoot. It was just a good time.

With the weather cooling off a bit, it has been the perfect weather to add a jacket to any outfit. There is something about wearing jackets that makes me feel like my outfit is complete. Jackets are my favorite article of clothing (apart from jewelry). This outfit is something that can be worn for any casual day, running errands, or even just relaxing at home. I have had this romper for about a year and I have worn it so many times. It’s cute and comfy… the perfect weekend outfit.

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Romper: Old Navy, similar| Jacket: Forever 21| Bralette: Gap

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

I am going to give you all my very first recipe post. Are you ready it’s really complicated! Just kidding. Really, I am taking a simple lemonade mixture and adding strawberries. Honestly, with it being so hot, I would feel like a complete failure if I didn’t share with you all what I have been making to quench my thirst.
Here is what you will need:
1 bottle of berry flavored sparkling water
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries (chopped or whole)
4 scoops of lemonade mix
Water
2 quart pitcher
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Directions:
Add the entire bottle of sparkling water. Once the fizzing stops add the powdered lemonade mix. When the lemonade mixture is dissolved, add in the strawberries. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water.
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I actually use the frozen strawberries for two batches of lemonade. We go through one picture about every two days.
So, how did I do? Are you interested in more recipes on here. I have so many, I cook much more than I lead on 😃
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Bachlorette Finale Recap

I am sure most of you heard of the Bachelorette. This past season, I decided to watch it to see what it was all about. I loved it! Last night was the final episode of the season and JoJo picked my (and Frank’s) favorite, Jordan. They seem to be a great fit for each other.  I knew that was who she was going to pick from day one. Jojo always seemed to gravitate to him.

I never thought this would be the type of show I would ever be interested in watching. It really is a guilty pleasure, the show is so dramatic and it sucks you right in. I even got Frank hooked. His favorite contender was Chad. Lol. For those of you who don’t know about Chad, he was crazy. The things he did on the show would just have us cracking up, thinking who in their right mind would ever. Some of the phrases he said, and his responses to things people were asking him. He was clearly in his own world!

If you are like me and never watched the bachelorette, here are some things I liked and disliked about the show:

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  1. It is like watching a fairy tale unfold week to week.
  2. The show is very light, no deep topics.
  3. I enjoy completion or game shows.
  4. The entertainment factor is there 100%.

Dislikes:

  1. It seemed one sided, the Bachelorette was the one calling all the shots. That is not the way life really happens.
  2. The show makes it seem okay for people to date a lot of people at the same time.
  3. In the overnights it was suggested, that the Bachelorette had relations with numerous guys.
  4. How dramatic the entire show was (although I did like it, at times it was a little over the top).

Overall, I did really enjoy the show and I do plan to tune in to the Bachelor. I can’t wait until they announce who it will be… I think I want it to be Luke! Apparently, the network is doing something different and may pick a random person instead of a previous cast member.

If this is a show you all watch let me know what you all think about it. Am I taking it too seriously, or is it really meant to be a light hearted show for sheer entertainment.

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Couples Retreat

As you all know last week I was in Newport News, Va with my church on a couples retreat. The retreat was Thursday through Saturday, just in time for everyone to make it to church on Sunday. It just so happened to be comunion so we were able to sleep in (Communion service is at night). I am currently working on an in depth story on my faith and the journey it took to get to where I am now. It is very interesting/ entertaining.

Frank and I left at about 8am on Thursday morning. I suggested that we get down there as soon as possible, traffic is always unpredictable and it was a 3 hour drive. I actually grew up in that area, and I knew there were some outlets close by. We arrived at the outlets around 1pm and gave us some time to do a little shopping. After shopping we checked into the hotel and the festivities began.

Night One:

We were able to experience the amazing voice of Kelly Price concert, followed by music and dancing in what we called “the love lounge.” Growing up my favorite type of music was R&B, 90s R&B holds a special place in my heart. If you can’t tell getting to see Kelly Price perform was amazing.

Day One:

First thing in the morning, the coordinators included a time for everyone to walk around “love pond” or get in a quick workout. We started the morning in prayer, followed by breakfast. After breakfast which was about 2 hours, we had praise in worship before our first speaker. The first speaker, Bishop Kim Walter Brown was amazing. So much so, Frank and I purchased his book and got it signed. Bishop Brown, spoke about how our up bring plays a major role in the way we operate. It was very eye opening. Later that evening, we had dinner at a Brizillian restaurant that brought around endless meats, Frank loved it.


Day Two:

The morning was the same as day one, Frank and I had an amazing run this morning- I get excited for great workouts. The speaker this day was Mark Gungor, and he was so funny, we couldn’t stop laughing. I really enjoyed how he put the way men and women think into perspective. We purchased these materials as well. After this speaker it was time for lunch then we had to get back on the road to head back to Maryland.

Overall Frank and I loved this retreat. We have never done anything quite like this and we had an amazing time. We even bought our tickets for next year, the church gives a great discount when you register at the retreat. I am so excited for next year!

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