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Two sisters taking care of their mom while trying to live life and find love.


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11December

Realness and Blogalicious 8

Hi everyone! I hope your week has been amazing. It’s time to talk about the one thing that I struggle with, and I think a lot of people struggle with too. It’s time to talk about my journey, and how I took the leap to be transparent at all places, Blogalicious 8.

Be Blogalicious is a multicultural influencer organization that strives to create a place of inclusion, connection and collaboration. They have so many resources & the community is so inspiring. So, when I had a chance to attend their annual conference I knew I had to do it. With this being my “Year of Yes” too, I also took the chance and signed up to volunteer. I’m lo-key shy, so this was a big leap for me. But, the leap paid off, and I was selected for the “Social Squad”.

 

Social Squad boo, @pumpsandcircumstance
Social Squad boo, @pupmsandcircumstance and I having fun!

As a member of the “Social Squad” you work behind the scenes at the conference doing anything from putting gift bags together, to setting up stage settings for keynote talks. It was amazing! We worked hard, but the camaraderie of the “Social Squad” was amazing. Everyone was just down to help, and there were no egos. It was just a group of like-minded people getting it done. I definitely will submit to volunteer again.

 

But, that was only a part of the specialness of Blogalicious 8 for me. I learned so many great things from the speakers, and met my “She-Ro” Luvvie Ajayi. She is the amazing “Side-Eye Sorceress & “Wacky Wordsmith”, who is a NY Times Best-Selling Author of “ I’m Judging You”. You must check it out, everyone else is (e.g. Bono, Ava Duvernary, Uzo Adaba, Gabrielle Union, etc.), it’s a must read or listen!

 

Luvvie Ajayi & I
Luvvie Ajayi & I (This made my year!!)

I also got the opportunity to attend an amazing event with Jack Daniels. Jack Daniels is one of my favorite cocktails, and I’ve used it in recipes and as my drink of choice for years. I truly am a #FriendofJack. P.S. Their Winter Jack is impeccable. Definitely, try it out for a nice cider or hot toddy.

 

Winter Jack
Winter Jack Daniels Cocktail #FriendofJack

 

But, the highlight of my time at Blogalicious 8 was my time with AARP. I had an opportunity to share my caregiving story, and I didn’t realize how emotional that would be for me. I’m wrapping up year six of my journey with my mom & sister, and I can’t believe how far we’ve come. It’s amazing how time makes things more bearable when at first they seemed impossible.

 

I never thought I would be able to tell anyone about the times that I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Or, the times when I wanted to kill myself and leave my mom and sister to fend for themselves. I was so low, and I had to fight for them and my sanity. I feel so blessed to be where I am now. But, it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of honesty, faith and counseling to get where I am now. But, I thank God I made it. I thank God that he gave me the strength to remember that I made a vow to stand in my truth, if I made it through. So, I shared my journey and it went viral. I still can’t believe it. Over 200K people saw my story, and could identify with my journey. That’s such a blessing. That let me know that sharing my journey is the right path for my life. It also showed that I can be honest an real, and people will identify with me.

 As an influencer there’s always the pressure to make everything look so curated. But, life is not curated. People want realness, and that’s all I have time for anymore. I don’t have the energy or time to fake it. I’ll give you great content and beautiful images, but you can bet it’s going to be the real deal. So, be you and do you!

 

That’s the biggest lesson I learned at Blogalicious 8, and I’m so glad I took the time to invest in me. Invest in yourself, and you may be pleasantly surprised about what you learn. You deserve to live your most authentic life, and that only comes by being honest with yourself. So, take a chance on you! I can’t wait to hear about what you do!

 

 

Until we meet again!

 

Xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27November

New Eats at Ker's Winghouse

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had an amazing Thanksgiving. I know you’re probably thinking that you can’t eat another thing. But, I’ve got the inside scoop on some new menu items that have been added at Ker's Winghouse, that might just change your mind.

I had the opportunity to attend a “tasting” of some of these new items before Thanksgiving, and can I tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve always loved Ker's Winghouse “Naked Grilled Wings”. They are amazing, and that’s typically my staple when I go. But, now I think that might be taking a backseat to the “fried pickles” and “the hot chick”.

 

Winghouse Tasting Menu
Check out some of the new items on the menu!

 

The fried pickles are amazing, and you must try them with ranch dressing. They’re fried to a perfect golden brown, and have a delightful crunchy sour flavor that is heavenly. I could’ve eaten a basket by myself. But, I shared laughing. I also fell in love with “The Hot Chick”.

Fried Pickles
The best fried pickles I've ever eaten!!

 

“The Hot Chick” is a fried buffalo chicken breast that is topped with fried jalapenos for a nice bit of heat, and then she is balanced out with coleslaw mixed with a touch of their buffalo wing sauce for a bit of sweet heat. She’s saucy, and I’m totally here for it. It was so good. If you love buffalo chicken anything, then you need to try this one.

Hot Chick Sandwich
"The Hot Chick"! Such a good sandwich!

Ker's Winghouse has also added some amazing new burgers and cool appetizers to their menu. It’s always nice to go to restaurants that keep the old favorites, and offer some amazing new things for you to try. So, make sure you check them out soon. Remember, it’s a great spot to grab a bite and enjoy some sports.

 

Until we meet again!

 

Xo

Posted in Front Page

21November

Locks and Lashes Boutique is Now Open

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving week! I can't believe it's taken me this long to get back to you. It's been super hectic. But, I've got some cool things coming up on "Le Blog", so stayed tuned. But, let me kick it off by recapping my experience at the boutique launch party for Locks and Lashes.

Locks and Lashes Boutique is a great spot that just opened in Orlando, and they specialize in 100% Virgin Remy Hair Extensions, Mink Lashes, L&L Cosmetics and skincare (their personal brand). They have a great selection, and their launch event was at Artegon Marketplace. The event was great, it was a perfect time to check out the hair and their other products. The event was hosted by Priscilla Cruz, Owner & Lead Stylist at Destiny and Light in Tampa; and Rahmlee Birch, Creative Director of Marilyn Monroe Spas. 

It was a great evening filled with runway shows, hair models, giveaways, treats and swagsmile. Here are some of my photos from the event. Also, don't forget to check out their Black Friday specials!  Check them out at 2017 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806 or call 407-318-4417 for more details!

Until we meet again! Stay beautiful!

Xo 

runway showThe Locks and Lashes runway show is about to begin

 

Hair
Look at this gorgeous selection of hair. It felt so soft!
makeup & skincare
Some of the Locks and Lashes Makeup/Skincare line

 

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30October

Pumpkin Carving & Cocktails at 3NINE

Hi everyone! Happy "Pre-Halloween"! I hope your weekend has been amazing. I just wanted to share another "Orlando Gem" that I had the pleasure of visiting this week, 3NINE at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.  3NINE is named for Harris Rosen, owner and creator of the Rosen Hotel Group; and just like him it epitomizes class and service. I had the chance to check out 3NINE when I attended "Chef Ricky's Spooky Tricks and Treats" event. All I needed to hear was live pumpkin carving, cocktails and sweets laughing.

Pumpkins and Treats
                                                                           Pumpkins and Treats

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23October

Food Journeys: Earl’s of Orlando

Hi everyone! I hope your week has been awesome. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to share a gem that I found in Orlando, Earl’s Kitchen and Bar. Have you been? If not, you need to go. 

I’m obsessed with good food and great atmospheres. If you’ve ever checked out my Instagram, you’ll see a plethora of positivity, makeup and food. Of course, the other chick and old lady are there toowink. But, food is a shining gem that I love to talk about. So, I’ve decided to start sharing my love with you on a more regular basis.  Hey, it’s the least I can do. I want us all to have great “affordable gourmet experiences”, and Earl’s Kitchen and Bar doesn’t disappoint. 

 

Earl's Orlando
                                                                     Image: Mall of Millenia

Earl’s Kitchen and Bar is a Canadian based company that has made it’s way to Orlando. They’re located in the Mall at Millenia, and it’s the perfect spot to make it easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. Earl’s Kitchen and Bar has taken over the spot that was previously occupied by The Blue Martini. So, they’re centrally located to parking, with a close entrance to the mall.

 

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