Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mommy and Daughter Date Night

My baby girl and I have a few outings lined up. We checked out the local Peter Pan Musical the other day and she LOVED it. So I picked up the Lion King tickets for next month. That inspired me to put a look together of what I want us to look like that night. She already has the dress from Gymboree but I dont have a thing! Check this Mommy and Daughter look out and tell me what you think!

Mommy and Daughter Date Night

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Like to Move it, Move it!

 One thing I want to do is travel like I used to before the D word! Or even more! I want Nadia to see and experience more than I did as a child. Traveling with my daughter, friends, and family! I am excited to be in the planning stages and budgeting to go on our first Disney Cruise with my friends and their children who are more than family and will have a remarkable time! 

Further, I am planning to take my daughter and niece to a beach soon.  I'm thinking the toddler and 5 year old niece need to apply for passport. 

Family reunion is in the works for July 4 week to be back at home in Chicago. It will be fun and bittersweet but what I do know for sure (I'm reading What I Know for Sure by Oprah the past 24 hours) is that I have been through such  ridicule and judgment the past 2 years that the reunion full of questions and side eyes and tears that will start after the news of the everlasting love once  had, has been lost. I am more fearful of the actual confirmation. We will get through it and allow the younger tots and teens to meet their ancestors and bond. That's what it's all  about. 

I've committed to 3 shows so far and I am so looking forward to it! They include Ledisi, EnVogue, and the Lion King!  

I'm planning on a separate new blog too... I'll see. One for the tough, hardcore stuff of being a woman. Not about fashion or events... But decisions, downfalls, and stressors of women's health. 

Not going to share all that this mind has in rotation right now! Stick around! 

What trips or events do you have planned so far into 2015? 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

No Romance Without Finance!

Ok, it is not what you think! This post is about getting in tune with finances! You really cannot live the way you want if your finances are not in order. I am trying to get used to real budgeting. Before this year, I did not have to. It is extremely important to be honest with yourself and not put off paying bills that you can!  So I wanted to share these tips from the great Dave Ramsey.

Below is complete cut and paste from

Sit down and evaluate.

Take a few minutes to look at your bank accounts and really understand what you see. If you don't, you run the high risk of living these next few months like Gomer Pyle on Valium, with no clue about your money. You don't want that, do you?

Update your game plan or start one for the first time.

A budget is your game plan, where you tell your money what you want it to do. This isn't rocket science! Just give every dollar a name on paper before you get your paycheck so it won't all be gone in a week. Get free budgeting forms here.

Put cash in envelopes.

Since you spend 12-15% more when you use plastic than when you use cash, try the envelope system. Take some envelopes, write the budget categories on the envelopes, and use only the allotted money to purchase specific things. If an envelope is empty, don't buy anything else in that category for the month. It can wait.

Set boundaries for yourself and your family.

A lot of this centers around the ability to say the word NO and really mean it! Sometimes you're going to have to tell yourself, your spouse, and your kids "NO! It's not in the budget!" so be prepared. It's a phrase you'll be glad you know how to say.

Start saving NOW for Halloween and Christmas!

Now is the time to start planning and setting aside any money you want to spend around these huge retail seasons. Make a list and commit to sticking to it! If you start now, you can keep these holidays from following you into next year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Organization and Reflection- Closet first!

Hey loves. I am stopping by to help myself and possibly you too. This is the time of year when we try to get ready for the next year. All of the wishes, plans, and hopes that we did not achieve or attain in 2014, we add on to them for the next. For some we simply say to hell with the things we did not do and on to the next!

I know I have to get organized! My whole life needs some rearranging and organization. As I reflect on 2014, I let myself dwell on all of the things I lost and did not have the means to do and did not do anything! So I am starting today!

This week will be a series of projects. One of this week's tasks is to really clean,organize, and remodel my closet. I have so much that I cannot wear, or have not worn and it just sits there waiting on inches and rolls  to be lost or for the right shoe to be worn with it. So I may have a Shop MY Closet this week. The last one did very well. I do donate a lot to GOODWILL all of the time but my good good stuff needs a fashionista's happy home.

Pinterest has been my assistant on everything. Below are some inspirations and ideas that I snatched from there. I have an extra room that I am seriously considering turning into a dressing room. Still pondering that though. If I do, I will keep you updated on the process.

     Chandelier in dressing room is so on      

    I can make my extra room look like this instead of making it a workout or game room. 

These cases are called Billy bookcases from Ikea. I think it's worth getting a few solely for my shoes! 

    This is the way part of my closet looks  
    now! Too ashamed to show other part  
    but at least you can tell that there is no 
    joy or personality in there- along with 
    the untidiness!  We will see
    What I come up with! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nadia's Birthday Party Recap


I thought I would share pictures and details from my baby girl's 3rd birthday party. This was 3 weeks ago but better late than never. There was a lot of work and planning that went into it so why not share? To think, I said she would not have a birthday party every year!
This one was held at Kids Play in Germantown TN. Kids actually played their hearts out. I would definitely recommend this venue for kids parties. For one it was awesome for the children. It was awesome for adullts too because there is no keeping up with them. It is a safe play zone and parents can chill. As far as party details go, once you get there, they take charge. I mean from blowing up balloons, setting up tables, and putting thumbtacks in the walls. It was stress free once I walked in the room.

I have to start on thank you cards ASAP! There were many more pictures divided amongst family and friends but I didn't compile them. So this is a small overview. More importantly, she loved it! Already talking about number 4! I don't think there will a big shindig for that one. 

Mickey Mouse ear from Target
Minnie Dress from Target
Minnie Mouse embellished custom Converse found here

Cake and cupcake by Sprinkles and Cream, Millington,TN
She has done our baking for past 3 years.
Anything I want she can do.


Mickey and Minnie showed up!
You should have seen Minnie's long skinny legs! LOL!
Russo's Pizza was super ginormous! Seriously! 
A portion of friends and family!
She had a spectacular time!

Party hats, ears, and favors
Thanks to my besties for putting their stamp
and hard work into the favor Mickey Mouse cups!

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