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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Here are the rules:

  • Subscribe to this blog
  • Follow me on Instagram
  • Leave me a comment letting me know  your favorite perfume

The giveaway will be open for one week.

 

Christmas Card Photoshoot

Happy Friday!

I am slightly stressed! I am getting my Christmas Card photos taken this weekend and I didn’t prepare the way I should have. I haven’t done anything to get ready for this shoot, which has given me inspiration on what to share with you all today.

  1. Theme- What do you want to share with your recipients? Do you want to send funny cards or more pretty cards.
  2. Coordinating outfits- I like our outfits to go together, without being too matchy.
  3. Location- Remember this will be the background of your photo.
  4. Timing- Be sure to give yourself time, you still have to create the card and mail them.

Frank and I have been married for a little over year and here is what our very first Christmas Card looked like. One reason or another I didn’t share it on the blog last year. I can’t wait to show you what our card will look like this year.

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Below are some other photos from the same photo shoot. I loved them and I think they turned out so great. remi-looking-awaystanding-w-remijazminfrank

How cute is Remi? She is a natural 🙂

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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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It’s Wedding Season

Within the last two years, I have attended the most weddings in my life. I went to four last year including my own, and three this year. I have to say, weddings may be my favorite type of party. I really enjoy prepping for events and occasions. To have so many this summers I was in heaven! Now I consider myself to be an expert, so let’s talk about Wedding Etiquette today!

Your Date

Let me put this out there first. You do not have to match each other, but you should go together. Just because you have on pink, does not mean your date must to wear pink. Here is a photo of me and my husband, wearing outfits that goes together but doesn’t necessarily match each other. Ladies, if you are the type who will never wear the same outfit more than once (thank you facebook) there is always the Rent the Runway option. I love Rent the Runway, they have so many designer outfits that work well for so many occasions! Guys don’t you worry, you can rent a suit or tux from The Black Tux and look equally as stylish as your date. I showed my husband the easy to use website and he definitely thought it is the way to go for our next special occasion. Oh and by the way, it is affordable too!

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Etiquette

One thing I am a stickler on, is etiquette, and not only with weddings but throughout life. There are just somethings we should not do. We all know we shouldn’t wear white or anything that can appear to be white at a wedding. Err on the side of caution, if you have to think about it, others will too. Also, make sure you look put together, no wrinkles, or stains. Please wear appropriate attire too, my rule of thumb is “would I wear this to church?” I like to wear more classy items to a wedding otherwise you can date yourself.  When attending any event, dress nice, it shows you have respect for the event and those throwing it. Lastly, be sure to dress correctly for the occasion. 

Typically if there is nothing indicating the formality of the wedding on the invitation, look at the venue and the time of the wedding. Typically, if the wedding is in the morning will be more casual, the evening tends to be more formal. For example if the wedding is being held in a castle, I recommend and evening gown or a really nice cocktail dress and a tux for the guys.

I hope this helps you all get through the rest of wedding season 

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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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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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