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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That Thing About Goals…

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We are almost halfway through 2015. My mind is buggin’ because shoot, man…wasn’t it JUST January like, yesterday? That whole time is flying thing is such an understatement. 

Last year, I had this epiphany when I was scrolling on Facebook on New Year’s Eve. So many folx were putting up updates about how badly the year went for them. Awful things happened. Things they wanted to happen but didn’t, deaths, layoffs, breakups…just all around depressing stuff. Many claimed that the entire year was horrible and they were anxiously awaiting the start of a new year. I fail to have that philosophy and while I’m not knocking those that do, I’d much rather have the Glass is Half Full mentality.

And trust me, this ain’t easy because as a Capricorn, I am natural pessimist. 

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Spring Cleaning Tips – They’re Easier Than You Think!

Spring Cleaning Tips

The worst part about Spring is spring cleaning. I know it takes a while, but if you get your family to help out, it’s not all that bad. Plus, I have the tips you need to get started and done as quickly as possible.

Make A Chore List

Start by determining what you need to do and who’s going to do it. Every room needs to be cleaned along with outdoor tasks such as windows and patio. Kids can take on their own rooms and your spouse can take on the outdoors. Divide out chores however works best for your family.

Get Rid Of Clutter

Don’t clean a thing until you go through every room and get rid of excess clutter. Throw out those old magazines, donate toys your kids don’t want anymore and clear a path under beds. Getting rid of clutter now makes it easier to clean later.

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Driving Around in That Fierce Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape SUV

Mama needs a new car. Like badly. My little ole’ putt putt is almost 10 years old and while I love her, it’s about time to start thinking about getting something new. Besides, my car was perfect when I was a single gal driving up and down Florida’s highways and byways. It’s about time to upgrade to something for our growing family.

 Ford Escape review

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Becoming A Better Writer – By Reading

2015 Reading List

For awhile, I forgot that I could read books. And this sounds crazy and all but I would gripe and complain about how I never had the time to read when um…I never made the time. Back in the day I ADORED books. I lived for them. I remember spending Saturdays curling up with a book and not moving for hours. I loved books so much that I decided to write my own. And I did. I have notebooks of handwritten stories filled of teen angst and lust. I still have them, y’all. 

I stopped reading around the tail end of high school because I was more focused on studying for tests and college entrance exams. In college, I was too busy reading for class to read for pleasure and after college I discovered blogging and spent more time writing than reading. In December of 2014 I decided to read again. I was inspired by Powerhouse Myleik Teele

A wise person once said that in order to be a good writer, you should also be a good reader.

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That Day I Twirled Around In Wedding Dresses

Alfred Angelo wedding dresses

Girls. Can you believe this? Can you believe that I am married women who (up until last month) had never tried on a wedding dress? It’s pretty unheard of here in the United States. As many of y’all know, Esposo and I eloped and while we don’t have any regrets about it, it wasn’t until I went to a blogger event at Alfred Angelo when I realized, “Dang it, man…I LOOK good in wedding dresses!”

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Merry Christmas 2014!

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Love you guys. I mean it. I know I haven’t been the best blogger sister/friend/cousin/BFF in your head but I’ve got some great things down the pipeline and I promise if you hang in there with me, I’ll make you proud.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all!