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Pretty Pink Christmas Gift Tags

Posted in Home, Interior Design, Life, Uncategorized
on December 17, 2015

 

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Ok, so I’m in an ultra generous mood! I wanted to give you all some Pretty Pink Christmas Gift Tags! I have been wrapping presents with my husband and said, “I forgot the gift tags.” What I’ve done in the past is cut pieces of wrapping paper and use them as gift tags. As long as you have a printer, you don’t have to fall victim to my same Christmas fate..lol!

Two of my favorite colors are pink and red. The bubblegum pink truly compliments the rich red color! These tags are feminine and girly with a dose of Christmas cheer! No need to keep you any longer, click here to print out your Free Pretty Pink Christmas Gift Tags!

Happy Holidays  & Thank You So Much For Reading My Blog!

 

Strawberry & Blueberry Fruit Pizza

Posted in Life, Uncategorized
on November 16, 2015

 

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I have been telling my children that we were going to be making a fruit pizza soon and yesterday we made a few! What I really like about this recipe is that your children can help assemble the pizza from start to finish! They had lots of fun rolling out the pizza “dough,” and getting their hands all dirty. I also really like the fruit dip that we used as the sauce! I mean, it is heavenly! I can eat that all by itself. I’m definitely going to use the same mixture when I make my banana pudding recipe. 

Fruit pizza gives the impression that this recipe may be healthy in some kind of way, but I don’t really think it is. haha! However, if you’re looking for a way to get your children to warm up to different fruits, this recipe is the perfect way to do it. This fruit pizza is totally customizable, so add your peaches, kiwis, raspberries or any other fruit that you love and enjoy. I picture this being a really cool sleepover activity, with a fruit bar for the kids to add any fruits they like to their pizza!

Do you enjoy making food with your kids? I do…..sometimes! lol!!!

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Showing True Compassion Is Its Own Reward

Posted in Life, Life is Good
on February 22, 2015

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I graduated college in May of 2005 and I was married in October of that same year. In November, I was on a flight to the most northern part of Japan. A town called Misawa. While I was on the 22 hour flight, thoughts rushed through my mind. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me in another country. Everyone’s eyebrows rose as I told them my plans to live in another country for a few years. The truth is that nothing could have prepared me for the experiences (good and bad) I had while there.

Many things happened over that 3 year tour, but one of the most memorable was when I became pregnant one year before it was time to go back to America. I was very emotional when I was pregnant with my daughter Chloe. I was on the other side of the world and didn’t have much of a support system other than my husband Chris. We were both very young and didn’t know the first thing about raising a child. At my 7th month of pregnancy, I used to stay up all night worrying and chatting with my friends back in U.S. since it was daytime over there. I often found myself on the back porch of the apartment we lived in. Majestic mountains could be seen in the distance and I wondered “What am I doing here?” Chris worked all day and went to school on some nights, so I spent some of my time alone. I started to pray more and more because I had not ever been in a situation that pressed me so hard. My anxiety peaked one day as I was working part time at the American High School on base as an English tutor. I found myself in the E.R. hooked up to many machines. As a well person who had not ever been to the doctor for anything other than normal checkups or a cold, this whole ordeal scared me. I started panicking and I had my first full blown panic attack. Thoughts raced through my head as I thought about being alone on the other side of the world.
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One night while up again, I was in a pregnancy chat room and I posted that I was in Japan,  having my first baby and was highly emotional. I was able to be open and honest because it was anonymous. I began to receive a flood of responses from women to my inbox telling me that they were praying for me. One lady in particular, kept sending me messages. She said she was a U.S. contractor stationed in Korea. She told me that she was praying for me and asked for my address. I gave it to her and thought nothing of of it. A few months later, I received a box in the mail. It had all types of beautiful baby girl clothes and a check for $50. This lady was a complete stranger! There was also a note attached to it that said  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I was floored. I tried to contact with her again several times and received no response. I couldn’t believe that a STRANGER took the time to send gifts and an encouraging word. At this moment, I realized what compassion really is. She showed me that showing true compassion and love is its own reward. She didn’t want to do anything but help me. Now when I meet young mothers, I always like to pay it forward with gifts and encouragement. If I wouldn’t have ever been in such a vulnerable state, I would  have never seen how truly compassionate people can be. I was featured in the #1000Speak video along with other bloggers from around the world! Check it out below! This video was created by Tamara Woods.

1000 Speak gathered 1000 bloggers from around the world to talk about what compassion means to them. You can contact the founder, Yvonne Spence to find out how you can become apart of the #1000Speak initiative.
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Compliments Build Great Relationships

Posted in Inspiration, Life
on February 18, 2015

 

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Relationships are about loving each other every single day. It takes you being completely present and staying in tune with your partners wants and needs to make it work. It’s the constant assurance that you give your partner that is going to be the deciding factor of how happy your relationship will be. All too often, after we’ve been in a relationship for a while, we forget what it took for us to get into their heart. We used to never miss a chance to give them a compliment and now it’s time to revisit that again.

Compliments feed our need to be approved and loved by whom we’ve chosen to spend our time with. It’s amazing how a genuine compliment at the beginning of your day, stays with you all day long! It makes you smile more and be more tolerant towards others in general. Love just puts you in a good mood! My favorite compliment that Chris gives me is  “Baby, you smell so good.” For some reason, I just love that. We’re all different, so different things make us feel good. I surveyed some men and women and asked them “What’s your favorite compliment?” I have compiled all the answers below. You’re welcome.

Women:

“I love it when he tells me, he doesn’t know what he’d do without me.” -Michelle IG: da_simple_things 

“Do you know how amazing you are? That one always makes me smile.” -TiTi @PrettiGrl18

“I love your style, it’s all you.” -Shayla @rhemshot

“He says his favorite moment is every morning kissing my beautiful face as I sleep.”-Kawana IG: ms_kae31

“I like what you wrote or you’re so smart.” -Briana @brianaford

“I love your laugh.” -Makeba @MELISAsource

Men:

“You look handsome.”-Lamar @LkGibbs20

“Wow, you’re very insightful.” -Rudo @EXEdon

“I love it when she says, you’re so smart. I think she means it, either way, I soak it up. lol!” -Abijah IG: @ilivefortheweekend 

-“I just love watching you sleep.”-James IG: almonte41

Some may believe that women gravitate towards compliments that are more aesthetic in nature, but compliments aren’t a copy and paste deal. They are very much dependent on the type of personality you are dealing with. Some may believe that men would only want compliments on their achievements but these answers reveal the contrary.

To know what will really makes your partners heart sing, you have to know what they value. For everyone it’s something different.  There are some fail-safe compliments like “you look beautiful or handsome.” Most people will appreciate someone thinking they are attractive. If you really want to blow their mind you should find out something that’s important to them and give a sincere compliment on that. Also off the beaten path compliments like “you’ve got the cutest nose, I love your curly hair and you have pretty feet,”are winners. These compliments show that you’re paying attention and that’s when a compliment has its greatest impact.

Let me know what your favorite compliments are to get from your honey in the comments below!

 

7 Signs That He Really Likes You

Posted in Life
on January 26, 2015

Untitled design-6Everyone wants to be loved. Mostly everyone wants to find someone that they connect with on a deeper level. Relationships allow us to expose the vulnerabilities that we don’t want the world to see, they strengthen and encourage us to keep going when we are discouraged. Everyone wants someone to share inside jokes with, to be able to give them a look and they know exactly what you’re thinking. It can sometimes be difficult to decipher whether someone is really into you. Check out this list to see if your guy friend really likes you!

1. He introduces you to the people closest to him. It’s no secret that men love to show you off  to their friends, so if you’ve met the people that are closest to him, chances are that he’s digging you!

2. Sacrifice. When he cancels plans to spend time with you, or doesn’t take that job offer in another state in order to stay close to you, he sees you in his future.

3. He calls/contacts you frequently. If a man likes you, he wants to hear your voice or he sends texts throughout the day to let you know that you’re on his mind. I know that people can be busy, but even if he’s the CEO of the universe, he will still make time for you.

4. Compliments You. He compliments you sincerely. He never misses a chance to tell you how pretty and cool you are. If they are sincere, compliments mean that he admires you.

5. He’s Intrigued. He ask about where you like to go and wants to know all about your memorable life experiences. He’s studying you so that he can do things that will make you like him more.

6. He wants to impress you. If a man likes you, he will go out of his way for you. If that means picking up your favorite flowers from a quaint town outside the city, he’ll do it if he’s really into you!

7. Physical Contact. He will put his hand on your arm or leg, play in your hair… he’ll make up ways so he can be close to you.

The beginning of relationships are so magical, aren’t they? There’s nothing like those butterflies in your stomach and that smile every time you see their name flash across your phone screen. If you have some additional ways that guys let girls know they’re into them, let me know. Or if this list has been helpful to you, share it with your friends!