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I’M THANKFUL FOR FAMILY, FOOD & DAIQUIRIS

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This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving in New Orleans with my family so there was no need for a list of shows to binge watch, a stack of magazines to read or tips on how to properly socialize. Although the Thanksgiving meal (in which I contributed the Mac and Cheese) was awesome, I was most excited about seafood, beignets and daiquiris. They put whipped cream in the daiquiris out here, I can’t condone or participate in that. 

Highlights from My Trip: 

Spending time with family and realizing I’m shady because of genetics; specifically, my grandparents on both sides (you too Mom).

Walking through the French Market and French Quarters, taking in the sound of jazz from street musicians as well as the smell which is usually a combination of horse s***, piss from people who probably don’t drink enough water, pralines and seafood?

Giving Dad a birthday card full of glitter, hoping it would explode all over his house resulting in him spending an eternity cleaning it up. Unfortunately, he didn’t trust me and opened it outside. Don’t feel sorry for him, we have an ongoing feud.

Being asked if I wanted an eyebrow demonstration from a makeup artist located at a kiosk in the Riverwalk. Having my brows filled, matte makeup applied then removed because I didn’t want to pay 15 bucks for her to do the other side. But honestly, I do like their products and will likely shop them at a later date.

Seeing Tank and the Bangas, live! They’re my favorite New Orleans band right now. The crowd was colorful and their performance was awesome. For example:

I know, she’s a bit eccentric. Don’t you love that? Overall, it was a good, lazy Thanksgiving vacation. Next, is Christmas in Houston with the in-laws. How was your Thanksgiving? Did you eat too much? Did you drink too much? Who in your family should be banned from cooking?

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5 REASONS TO BE TOTALLY JEALOUS OF YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS

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Guest blog post by Ashleigh of SingleWomanChronicles.com

As a woman, you are brainwashed into thinking that without a man you are pretty much useless and your entire life should be spent searching for a husband. Most blogs and books give advice about finding a good man, getting the ring, or how to attract a man. No one really stops to tell the single woman that she should be happy. They are too busy telling her something is wrong with her and she better fix it or she’ll die a lonely cat lady. But why are we constantly bashing the single friend and looking down on her? Your single season is the season of greatness, where you can find yourself and sing “I’m Every Woman” with pure confidence.

I have been in a relationship for over a year and truth be told, I sometimes get jealous of my single friends. Yes, I love my boyfriend and I am happy but being in relationship takes work. The people constantly shining light on relationships only speak about how joyous they are, they don’t talk about the days where you are wondering how you can kill your partner and not go to jail. If you are single and reading this, I want you to enjoy your single season because girl the work begins when you say “yes, I will be your girlfriend” and even more work when you say “I do”. I pondered on the things I miss most about my single life and these are the things you single ladies should be lucky to have. Here are my 5 reasons that I am totally jealous of my single friends.

5. You’re More Fit…

Have you ever seen your friends get in a relationship and 6 months later you’re wondering if they’re pregnant or not because of weight gain? Nope, they’re not pregnant, they’e just fat. Relationship weight is just like, if not worse than the Freshman 15. When you’re in a relationship, you feel you no longer have anything to prove so you can be fat and happy. Your man loves you for who you are so you just eat whatever you want. You also tend to eat out more and cook comfort meals because men like fattening foods. When I was single, I worked out way more because I was trying to stay slim and tight for my future Mr.Right. You are just more motivated for fitness in single season. My now 5 pounds heavier body is wishing I had that single life mindset of fitness.

4. You Clean When You Want…

When I was single, I was super busy so cleaning my apartment was a priority but it wasn’t the highest. I would throw clothes everywhere and leave dishes in the sink on nights where I came home too late. When you’re in a relationship, you can’t do these things. If you share a place with your man, he will complain. If he pops up on you and your place is dirty, he will complain. Now I tell my boyfriend if he wants it clean, then he can clean it himself! But that was only after I got him to fall in love. Men want a clean woman but when you’re single, you don’t have to worry about that. You can leave your mess where you want it because no one is judging you but you. Well you and your mom who swears she raised you better than that but she’ll get over it.

3. Me Time…

So many people take me time for granted, especially women. It is this belief that women will always want to be under her man so “me time” isn’t a big deal for her. Wrong! There will come a time when you’re tired and all you want to do is lay in bed alone and just be silent. That will be the day when your boyfriend or husband will want to be all in your mix. Men are big babies so they like to be under you. You could tell them “not now” but then what happens when you need them? They can tell you the same thing. You have to sacrifice time in relationships and you will do just that. So even during those times where you are craving me time, you will tell your partner “Yes, you can come over” just to keep the peace. Oh how I miss unlimited me time.

2. You’re More Focused…

I am a very focused person, in a relationship and out of a relationship, but I find that I was more focused when I was single. I think it is because I only had to worry about myself. I am an overthinker so I am constantly thinking about how something will make the people I love feel. Having extra thoughts of your partner clouding your brain breaks your focus. It also goes back to me-time, the more me-time the more focus. But being in a relationship forces you to share me-time so now you focus less.

1. You don’t have to compromise…

The greatest freedom I miss is doing what I want, when I wanted, with who I wanted. Relationships are all about compromise. What if he wants to watch a show you don’t but you always pick? Now you have to watch a boring football game because of compromise. Or what if you want steak but he wants fish but you always pick? Now you have to eat Captain D’s because of compromise. Or what if he likes the light off when he sleeps but you prefer it on? Now you have to wait until he falls asleep then turn the lights on so you can sleep because of compromise. I think this is the biggest misconception of being in a relationship. People think as long as they find someone who they’re compatible with that they won’t have to compromise much. Humph… you realize what compromising really means when you realize the tedious things in your life that you get to choose without anyone having a say.

So to all my single women, stop being jealous of married women and women in relationships and start appreciating your single season. You have plenty to appreciate, not just the five things I just mentioned. Don’t let society convince you that being single is torture because it isn’t. Being single is not having to worry about putting down the toilet seat before peeing. Embrace your single life and feel free knowing that your friends in relationships are totally jealous of you!

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It was Friday night, Husband had already fallen asleep (because he’s not about that life), and I was up flipping through the channels. I landed on Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg’s new show and thought “perfect,” this will surely put me to sleep. Although the show is cute let’s fast forward to the end of the show where Snoop introduced some guy who won some contest. I was about to turn it off but heard the beat. Turns out, it was Anderson Paak performing “Come Down.” The performance was only for 3 seconds so I had to visit my home girl Google.

 

See what I mean? By Monday, I was listening to snippets of his album on iTunes. Frank Ocean burned me so I have to listen to albums before downloading it. I picked out my favorite songs but determined it made more sense to download the entire album. iTunes Review:

Rapper/singer Anderson .Paak’s third album—and first since his star turn on Dr. Dre’s Compton—is a warm, wide-angle look at the sweep of his life. A former church drummer trained in gospel music, Paak is as expressive a singer as he is a rapper, sliding effortlessly between the reportorial grit of hip-hop (“Come Down”) and the emotional catharsis of soul and R&B (“The Season/Carry Me”), live-instrument grooves and studio production—a blend that puts him in league with other roots-conscious artists like Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

I should start listening to the radio again. This album came out in January which means his first single was probably released this time last year. He looks like what would happen if Lenny Kravitz and Bilal could have a baby. I find it difficult to describe what kind of artist he is but can say his music is a perfect blend of soul, rhythm and blues, hip hop and jazz. I could definitely hear the influence of gospel.
So far, my favorite songs are “The Bird,” “Put Me Thru,” “Am I Wrong,” “Parking Lot,” and “Come Down.” Check out this live performance:

 

I’m definitely late but am glad to add him to my list of favorite artists. After all, I needed someone to fill Frank Ocean’s spot. Anyway, are you listening to Anderson Paak? If so, what do you think of him? What’s your favorite song?

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 40: SUGAR LIP POLISH (& AN ALTERNATIVE IF YOU’RE BROKE)

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Sugar Advance Therapy Lip Treatment is great and all but let’s be real, some of us need something a bit… stronger. Advanced, if you will. Particularly, those of us suffering from dry, cracked and peeling lips. Just last week, I had an eczema outbreak and guess where it happened? My lips! Moment of silence.

To speed up the healing process and get my lips back to being awesome, I applied Sugar Lip Polish:

This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes as it exfoliates and conditions for a smooth finish. The formula nourishes lips with quick-absorbing meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils, while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. Lips are left smooth, protected, and hydrated.

So, I usually apply while in the shower, leave on for a few minutes, remove with a warm towel, apply Sugar Advance Therapy Lip Treatment, then blow a kiss to myself in the mirror. Anyway… Sugar Lip Polish retails for 24 bucks and for only 0.6 oz *runs and hide* For more, visit Sephora.

But wait, there’s more! *whispers* mix brown sugar with coconut oil or shea butter and you’ll likely experience the same results. You’re welcome.

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PRANK YOUR SPOUSE, STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE 

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Note: After being married for a year or so, I am now a self-proclaimed marriage expert and want to help you strengthen your marriage (for FREE)! You’re welcome. 

Prank 1: Where is my cellphone? Prank length- 3 minutes or so. 

Whenever Husband leaves the room, I hide his phone. Bonus: his phone is always on silent. Upon his return, he starts looking around, retraces his steps then usually comes to the conclusion that I probably hid it. I pretend to be insulted, he eventually finds his phone and I apologize.

Prank 2: Sing for entry. Prank length- 5 to 10 minutes. 

Whenever Husband briefly leaves the bedroom or apartment, I lock him out and make him sing Motown hits before I unlock the door. Most times, I’ve already unlocked the door but he’s just out there singing his little heart out (which is OK because he has a pretty good voice).

Prank 3: Check yoself! Prank length- 2 minutes. 

When Husband gets a little sassy, I like to spray him with air refreshener or toss baby powder on him. Warning: This could result in similar retaliation. I’m not sure how I got that baby powder out of my hair last time…

Prank 4: Attack your enemy when they’re most vulnerable. Prank length- 3 minutes. 

Husband is a big guy compared to me so I usually attack late at night or early in the morning (when he’s sleepy). My method of attack is a headlock or to simply kangaroo-kick his ass out of bed. The distance from the top of our bed to the floor is about 2.5 feet so he makes a nice little thump when he hits the floor…

Prank 5: All the way up. Prank length- 1 minute. 

If leaving for the day at the same time, I wait until he starts his car and pull his windshield wipers up. As a result, he has to park and get out of his car to put them down. I speed off.

Prank 6: I’m actually helping. Prank time- 30 seconds. 

Sometimes, I like to slap candy out of Husband’s hand. I even tossed a half-eaten Snickers out of the window! I know it’s littering but watching the horror on his face is always worth it.

Prank 7: I just upgraded you, you’re welcome. Prank time- 2 minutes. 

Like most married couples, I share a bathroom with Husband. Once while he wasn’t looking, I put wax on his arm and told him there was only one way to remove it *yanks strip of wax from his arm* Among all that hair was a little smooth, hairless patch.

Prank 8: Here, wash this too! Prank time- 1 minute. 

Husband was being sassy again so I waited until he got in the shower then tossed his clothes in there with him. Might as well wash your clothes while you’re washing your body. That’s how you kill two birds with one stone ladies and gentlemen. 

Ok, I guess I should be honest. I am no expert but am kind of evil and like to keep myself entertained by terrorizing my husband. Has Husband ever retaliated? Yes. Have I ever regretted it? NEVER! *insert evil laugh here*

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