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!

Inspire Yourself


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Those were the words Esposo told me when I called him for what I thought would be a quick chat. What it turned into was a mini meltdown on my behalf. Excuse me while I turn this beauty blog into a venting public diary. You don’t mind, do you? You see…I’ve been going through thangs. Is it because I’ll be turning 30 and I feel like I should kinda sorta have my life in order? Is it because I want to love what I do while making money (which apparently is very rare)? Is it because I am realizing that I’m not okay with living the life that many Americans live and…hate? Okay, I know I’m being vague but roll with me.

I want happiness. I want money because money provides opportunity and experiences and…chances. Lately I’ve been getting discouraged in thinking I’ll have to work bOOOOooooring jobs that may pay well but that don’t touch anything. Or anyone. Deep down inside I know I was put here on this Earth to help people. Beyond giving them mascara recommendations, ya know? I’m not made to work in cubicles for companies for 40 hours a week, every week. That’s not my calling. Neither is being a stay at home mom. Could I do it? Absolutely. Do I want to? No.

I’ve spent my 20’s feeling lost and not knowing what I wanted and where I’m going. I can’t exactly pinppoint exactly what I want now but I know what I don’t want and I feel like it’s time to refine some things. And I don’t know how. It will require many prayers and some soul searching. I know I’ll get there but this is just a rough patch that I’m going through.

I may blog about it which may turn some of you off. Which I totally understand because you came here to talk about makeup. Not about the woes of a 29-year old. Am I right? But something is telling me that it’s okay to share a little. So…I’ll share.

But, in the meantime I’m going to inspire myself. And you should, too. Surely there were moments and times in your life that you thought you’d never get through. But you did. Here I am looking for inspiration when I have my own past experiences to glance at. So yeah, girlfriend. Inspire yo’self!!

Talk soon.

 

XOXO,
B