Tips for Visiting Fort San Cristóbal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

I majored in Africana Studies when I was in college. Somewhere between my Journalism classes and Spanish minor classes, I fell in love with all things African and African American. I’m a American but I’m Black yet I had very little knowledge about Africa, the continent, the diaspora and how they impacted our world back then and today. I am still fascinated by history and so when it was suggested that we visit Fort San Cristóbal while vacationing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was ready to go!

Fort in Puerto Rico

Fort San Cristóbal

Truthfully, I’m proud that my pregnant butt managed to climb all of those stairs and slopes in that heat. The view was worth it and I was grateful to have experienced that with my family.

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Pamper Thyself and Do A Weekly Mask

Girl. My face has been a hot mess, lately. I’m not blaming it on the pregnancy, but actually…I am far more attractive THIS time around than I was with Elle. With Elle, I cringed every time I looked in the mirror. My issues this go ’round are mainly due to my laziness and lack of pampering. A few weeks back, Clinique sent me some goodies and I ignored them up until last week when I realized it was time for some skin love.

Clinique masks

Look. I don’t care who you are. PAMPER THYSELF! You deserve it. You need it. Your body, your sanity and your life will thank you for it. I don’t want to hear that “OMG, I’m a mom and don’t have time.” crap. Bull, girl. Because even if it means waking up 10 minutes earlier to do something for YOU, it most certainly can be done. You are worth it. You better recognize. And while I do pamper myself regularly, it had been a while since I treated myself to a facial. And it was starting to look like it, too. Shame. So I pulled out Clinique’s Pore Refining Charcoal Mask.

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Vacationing and Baby Baking

Mannnnn, you guys. 

I am soooo here for a stress-free life. I want to live it daily. I yearn for it. I crave it. But truthfully, I only get it when I’m on an exotic island, staying in a hotel and breathing beach air daily. So yeah. Our family vacation was in Puerto Rico this year and we had a blast.

Beach at Puerto Rico

Elle didn’t want to leave the water or the pool and Esposo and I loved having so many helping hands assist with toddler duties. We were so excited to get away on a date but uh, we took a nap instead. Which was probably better than a date. Just sayin’. Good sleep is a GOOD thing. I would have also loved to take a ton of pictures of the property to come back and do a thorough post on it but geez, guys…I was a true bum in Puerto Rico. And I’m soooo okay with that! But I did take soooooome pictures.

20 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #2

I know, right? From the woman that was all like Isn’t 1 kid enough? and from the mother who never once in her life had baby fever comes a baking fetus. Isn’t life hilarious? I have to find the humor and joy in it all. Here I am still shocked that I’m a parent of 1 and I’m about to be parent of 2. Someone hold me.

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Ready To Break Up with Your Makeup?

Break up with your makeupI have a love/hate relationship with my skin. Which I know sounds awful, but hear me out for a minute. Good skin isn’t just a physical thing, it can also be very emotional. When my skin looks good, I feel good. I’m more confident. I tend to smile more and I love using makeup to highlight areas on my skin. But when I’m going through a breakout, I can’t say I’m as confident. I’ve been known to avoid social events simply because I had one too many pimples. It sounds shallow but I know many ladies can relate. Healthy skincare matters. A lot! Lately, I’ve been keeping it simple. You know, nothing too advanced or extraordinary. For a beauty blogger, my routine is actually pretty boring…

  • Cleanse
  • Moisturize
  • Nightly massage
  • Daily lip treatments

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St. Ives, Puerto Rico and My Summer Beauty Life

St. Ives

This is a sponsored post brought to you by St. Ives and M Booth. By the time you read this, I’ll be prepping for a trip to Puerto Rico. Yes, girl. For an actual vacation. I don’t even plan to take my laptop with me which you know says A LOT. It’s time. It is loooong overdo and while us Floridians have been baking in warmer weather for months now, Esposo will literally have to drag me off of the beach when it’s time to check out.

Fresh Hydration Lotion

I’ve been packing for said trip since last week and included in my luggage are these St. Ives Fresh Hydration Spray Lotions. I’ve bragged about these before on Instagram and uh yeah…I’m still bragging. Nothing says “I need some moisturizaion but don’t have time to slather myself” like a spray lotion. And especially one from St. Ives. Formulated to replenish moisture into skin, St. Ives has given us a Spray lotion with lovely subtle notes and natural moisturizers. It’s lightweight enough to wear during the day but you’ll be surprised at how well it keeps the ash and dry skin at bay.

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CVS Beauty Summer Items + A Giveaway!

CVS Beauty

So I actually looked at the calendar and Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st. How this is even possible when I’ve been living with 95 degree temps is beyond me. So yah. Summer has been in Florida for quite some time but for the rest of you folx, I am dedicated this summer beauty essentials post for you. In addition to prepping for a trip, I was also so looking to score some summer beauty items that I thought would be fitting with the change of seasons.

You know the drill, right? CVS graces me with a $50 gift card and I have to try my hardest to NOT go over that $50. Well, I did it! With a grand total of $45, I managed to get a slew of items while adding dollars to my Beauty Club membership. Here’s what I scored…

CVS Beauty Club Membership

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Look! I drove a compact minivan!

Mazda5

Yep, it’s another car review and I’m excited about this one because I had never even heard of this car. Once again, Drive Shop has been so wonderful in providing me with this Mazda 5 to test drive for a week. 

I totally thought a sedan would be pulling up but no, the Mazda5 is really more of an extended sedan. And it’s more than family-friendly because this car can seat 6! You can’t really see this at first glance and honestly, I feel like the seats in the back are probably most comfortable for little ones, but still…no parent will ever scoff at additional seating! Especially when it comes in a vehicle that won’t have you making life decisions at the gas pump. The Mazda5’s gas mileage is similar to what my current sedan gets at 21 city MPG/28 highway MPG. I found that this car was perfect for so many different types of people and families.

Sunroof

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