Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!






The Hubbs is still gone :(  I tell him he’s my favorite, its gone to his head.

My sister and Kadir did a wonderful job of making my birthday special.  They asked me not to come until 7p, they blew up balloons, baked me that cute cake and made me a pasta dinner.  So sweet. 

And Miss Kya invited the neighborhood kids over (to my birthday!) so I had the Remixed Birthday song (where they say Cha Cha Cha) by a group of kids under 8.  Funny.  Memorable. Done.

Twas a good day.



Monday, June 27, 2011








We have been booked all month with birthday parties, graduation parties & weddings.  I am spent in energy and funding.  Exhausted I tell ya.

Can I share a tip with you, teach the kids…YMCA and Cupid Shuffle when you get the invitations, that way they will be ready when it’s time to hit the dance floor.  HA! I’m kidding, either way they will have a great time just being with family and friends. 

We are all done for now, whew!  So this week it’s all about the grill and the sauce, can’t hardly wait.  Hope you’re enjoying Summer, cause I know I am.

Sunday, June 26, 2011




I think greige (grey/beige) is my favorite color.


Boring. Blah.


It’s neutral. It’s safe. I’m trying to do better.

I always love color, on someone else, in someone else’s home.  It’s high time I came out of the dark ages.


Over this past week, I’ve been adding yellow.  Mustard yellow.  Everywhere.  It’s an added pop of sunshine. 


Images 1&2 – Pillow from Target – $24.99. Worth it.

Image 3  - Framed wrapping paper, I want to hang. 

Image 4 – Pots (60% off) from Joann’s.  Trying the pots out on top of the counter, for drawer space.  They are ceramic though, 3 kids, who am I kidding.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer’s Here



You cannot even tell me I’m not bad @ss in my fancy schmancy $15 dollar Target brand aviators.  Luv these glasses (picture taken with the new iphone, I must say, I’m impressed, it doesn’t make the shutter sound, I took this at my work desk).


My other must have…the essential Summer Tote, laptop bag, beach bag, picnic bag, airplane bag, baby bag, toddler bag…just the perfect Summer tote-along.  A lady should have a cute bag, yes?


And lastly my limited (yet satisfying) nail polish collection.  The toes got to be right, sandals are in full force.  I am so ready for Summer.

Oh, I can’t forget that silly annual..





it’s backwards y’all..




11 years of wedded ish, bliss.  Marriage is theee biggest compromise, it can also be very rewarding and satisfying, but it is work.  Trust.

The hubbs is outta town so we’re sending these pics from our photo shoot.


What is your summer must have? 

I still need a proper bathing suit (in my British voice), but it’s been that way for a few years, bathing suit shopping after 3 kids and grown woman thighs.  Ugh, I do not look forward to it.  But I always always always look forward to Summer, hot, sweaty, sunny, flowery, crowded, local fairs, out door concerts, green grass, pretty skirts, jumping rope, open toed sandals, sprinklers, funnel cake, water ice, garage sales, lemonade, popsicles, freeze pops, bicycling, margaritas, beach sand, umbrellas, Maryland crabs, iced-tea, fireworks, waterparks, barbecues, seafood salad , sidewalk chalk, laughter, Coronas, aaaaaaah Summer.  I missed you.

(I’m gonna go now, the list just keeps growing….)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where do you subscribe?


A few years ago, when I learned that youtube.com was the #2 search engine, I went straight there for information on natural hair.  At this time, I just wanted help growing out Kya’s.

And there it was there I found my hair future.

Here are MY favorites hair tubers:

Rustic Beauty!

I luv her voice.  No silly, not the voice that she uses to speak, but her informative, no holds barred, tell you every detail to help you succeed voice.  I just had the feeling that she was there to help.  I also love that she keeps it basic and isn’t too product crazy. 


She hasn’t made a video in a hot minute.  But she has done a crapload on twists and styles.  Also keeps it very basic, missing her.

And for all the PJ’s out there:


Meet Mo.  She tries everything and report backs!  She would give every single detail in a product (I don’t luv that part) but I do like that she explains her layering processes, how she maintains her styles, etc. 

And of course…there is Kimmay.


While, I don’t always luv her voice.  She don’t gots a 60K following for nothing, she found a potion that works for her and lots of others.  I find her educational tutorials very informative and hopes she doesn’t stop making videos.

Yay for youtube.  Yay for all the ladies who make vids to support Natural Hair.  Yay for the internet.  Yay for you.

Please share with me your favorite tuber and why, I’m all ears or is it eyes? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Light of the Sun



My classmate Jilly from Philly drops her 4th album today.  If you’re into Neo-soul, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s one of my favorite tunes thus far by Miss Jill.

Jill Scott Ladies and Gentleman!

I have so many Jill Scott favorites though…

So happy for her success. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Busy Busy Busy


Time and money.  Tools.  If you don’t tell them where to do go, they will surely disappear.



That’s what the inside of my purse looks like, right now. Ugh.  Coupons, gum, lists, receipts and a myriad of useless unorganized sticky notes. 

I personally work better with organized spaces and a LIST, if my purse looks like that, my time and money are both  gone. wasted. done. kaput. fugetaboutit.  I burn through time and money if I don’t have a plan.

I try try try to make a list for myself so I can GET ‘ER DONE.  I like to set goals for myself, daily, weekly, monthly, annually.  Must.have.goals.

My Dad always says, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” Ain’t that the truth.

Anyhoo here are two links to printable freebies I happen to like and use often.  Ok, lata peeps, I’m off to cross something OFF my list!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father’s Day



Kya+Haikeem = Besties, two peas in a pod‘


My Dad was a stickler for education – wanted us to have as much as we could afford. 

There wasn’t any driving us around to sporting games or fishing or camping or bbq’s or golf, so it’s pretty hard to get him the generic card.  But he’s the best cheerleader a girl could ask for.  Hooray for good Dad’s.

I love monograms



I am slightly obsessed.


Initials Initials – all around.



I share the love on my kiddos. 


I think they add a personal touch – to pillows


10 year old footstools (well now it’s a door stop).


side tables.

Even gifts.  Today I used my obsession to add some love to a gift for Kya’s friend Kendra.


Tissue paper is inexpensive and perfect for wrapping gifts for lil ones.


Trace the cutout initial.


Trace in another color or 10.

Call it done. Inexpensive, personalized and kinda cute.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

She’s baaaaaack!



I have two sisters.  I’m the oldest (and sweetest and funniest and the cutest), ok maybe not the funniest.

Anyhoo, the youngest (now 22) lived with me for 9 years or so, until she turned 19 and in her own words was “grown”.  But recently, she and my middle sister have had enough of each other, then her car died and now Sheeeeee’s Baaaaack.  I kinda think it was meant to be, she was offered a job today (and God knows she needs it).

I’ve got mixed feelings about the whole situation, mostly cause we’re all so comfy in our own spaces.  But we are also fortunate to have a home we can share.  However, you know the rules, 2 women can rarely live together for long, pray for us :)

Luke 1248

Trust me, I considered telling her to beat it -- woMAN UP and to get her own!  But you do remember what happened to Prince Adam in Beauty and the Beast…

prince adam

I like my appearance as is – so that door was opened.

So there you have it.  We may have a new face in the photos round here.  And maybe she’ll even let me play in her hair, cause it’s screaming for some luv.  She flat irons it on high A LOT and it stinks, I sooooo don’t miss that smell.

That’s the scoops yall,  holla at you chicas lata.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My week in pictures




Last week, the bridal party got dressed here.  I cleaned up, even the dining room table.



The garage is undergoing construction.  It’s been painted and the floor epoxy’d. None of it by me. Thank heavens.


Laundry PILES. Clean and waiting.



Happy Mail (:  Oyin’s shipping has improved!





Kya Bya Boopa Lou celebrated finishing Pre-K. 


Helloooo Luvly. A treat for ME.  I deserve it.

Whats been going on for you?