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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!

Family Night In The City

Happy Monday!  This weekend the kids and I joined my mom, baby sister, and niece for a family night in the city.  After an emotionally draining couple of days, this was just what we all needed.  Here's a recap of what we did.

Friday Five Recently | Week 3

Happy Friday and hello November!  Am I the only one kind of happy 2018 is coming to a close?  This year has been rocky at best for me and my family.  I'm looking forward and hoping 2019 will be a better year all around.


Anyways, since it's been a while since I've blogged, a catchup session is in order.  I've missed y'all dearly.  Hopefully, you've missed my face (and words) around these parts as well. 

How To Protect Your Family's Immune Systems During Cold & Flu Season

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It's officially my favorite season of the year- Autumn!  Unfortunately with the start of my favorite season also comes the start of my least favorite time of the year- cold and flu season.  In the past, cold and flu season has always been brutal for us.  Remember that one year we ended up in the hospital because JJ caught the flu twice and it turned into pneumonia?  This year we're protecting our immune systems and getting them in tiptop shape with the help of our new secret weapon- Sambucol Black Elderberry Gummies- and a few simple but effective steps.

Friday Five Recently | Week 2

Hello August!  How is it time for school to start back already?  We still have another week before we start back with our virtual homeschool.  However, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and saw that some of my friends' kids started back last week and earlier this week.

Since I'm still recovering from July (more on that below), I'm so thankful that I have another seven days to rest up.  Here's to hoping I finish getting everything organized next week.  Anyways, since I've been on a hiatus let's play catch up!