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Rosie's Easter Bash 2019

Happy Belated Easter!!  After almost two weeks of being on house arrest thanks to the insane amount of the pollen that has been suffocating the Carolinas, we finally made a break for it and journeyed outside.  This past weekend, I loaded up the kids and we went into downtown Lancaster for the annual Rosie's Easter Bash community event.  

Friday Five Recently | Week 5

TGIF!!  Y'all have no idea how happy I am that it's finally Friday.  And it's no just any Friday either.  Nope, today is the Friday before Spring Break.  Which means starting this weekend, I get sleep-in for the next 11 days!!  Won't He do it?! 

So since it's Friday, that mean it's time for another catch up session.  Also, this post does contain affiliate links.  So if you click on the link and purchase something, I could potentially receive a commission.

Friday Five Recently | Week 4


Hello February! The month of my people aka Black History Month is officially here! I'm looking forward to continuing to celebrate my culture with my family.

Natural Hair Chronicles | Garnier Fructis Curl Treats Voxbox Review

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Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 got off to a great start for everyone. These past few weeks I’ve been planning and mapping out my goals and what I want to accomplish this year. One thing new thing I did this year was set self-care goals. Last year, I didn’t make self-care a priority like I should have and it showed.

This won’t be the case for 2019. I’ve already started tackling my main self-care goal which is to master the art of doing my curly hair. It’s been about 10 years since I made the decision to go and stay natural. But despite being 10 years deep in this natural hair journey, my biggest struggle remains styling my hair when it’s in its naturally curly state.

Giving The Gift of Love and Appreciation

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"Give me my flowers while I'm living.  Show me that you love and appreciate me while I'm still alive."  Growing up my mom preached (and still does) the importance of showing and consistently letting those closest to our hearts how we feel about them before their time runs out on Earth.   Once our loved one depart permanently, you can't rewind time and say all of the loving things you wished said or do the loving things you wished would have done.  Trust me, I learned this the hard way (again) when my surrogate grandmother passed a few weeks ago.

My Ultimate Birthday Wish List

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đŸŽ€ Yo shawty it's almost my birthday.  So, I'm gone party cuz it's almost my birthday!! 🎉 Okay, corny rap bars aside, y'all I'm so excited that birthday is pretty much right around the corner.  This year has been trying, heartbreakingly sad, and draining to say the least.  I know some you noticed my absence here on the blog as well as my lack of posting on social media.

And at the end of the day, I'm incredibly grateful to still have my life, my health, my strength, and my family.  And honestly those are the main things I'll be celebrating on birthday in addition to having made it 33 years on God's green Earth.  If this year has taught me nothing else, it's that life is precious and we need to cherish every second of it.

All that said, I'd be lying if I said, I wasn't looking forward to seeing what presents will be coming my way.  According to my horoscope in next month's issue of Essence Magazine friends want to spoil me and that "Lena Horne might show up looking fabulous and bearing gifts."  I don't know who this Lena Horne lookalike is, but if my friends want to spoil me, who am I to say no.

Gourmet Chicken Penne with Fontinella BĂ©chamel Sauce

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The most wonderful time of the year aka Christmas is upon us.  The holiday season is one of my most favorite times of the year.  And not just because of the presents and my birthday either.

My love for Christmas stems from fond memories of family bonding while cooking holiday dishes in the kitchen with my mom and siblings.  My mom always went into full-on entertainment mode, hosting two dinner parties - one for her girlfriends and sisters and then another for the rest of our extended family.  So it's only natural that I inherited her love of entertaining. 

Of course, my favorite part of playing hostess is putting a gourmet spin on old classics or coming up with completely unique recipes of my own like my Gourmet Chicken Penne with  Fontinella BĂ©chamel Sauce.  This dish is so delicious and is guaranteed to be a hit at your holiday gatherings.  Keep reading to get the recipe!