Monthly archives of “December 2016

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THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT: TOP POSTS OF 2016

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This is Pink Gumbeaux’s most successful year. In no particular order, these are some of our favorites (even though I know you love them equally).

  1. I posted Podcasts on Podcasts on Podcasts on International Podcast Day. Unlike last year, I listed the podcasts because there were too many. Most of the podcasts I listen to are entertaining and great for getting through the work week and traveling. You’re welcome.
  2. Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar was the most popular of all Faux Product Reviews. I started Faux Product Reviews in November 2015 as a way to provide you with reviews without being held responsible, lol. Any who, the apple cider vinegar post was a quick read. I listed its benefits, informed you that it smelled like Bourbon Street, and told you that you too would smell like Bourbon Street if you used it. Fin. This post lead to the composition of  His & Her ACV Rinse (which I no longer do because I thought it stripped my hair dye); however, it still works well for Husband.
  3. Becoming financially stable was a personal goal this year and thanks to a few innovators and technology, buying stock and saving became super easy. I talked about it in Buying Stock Like an Entry-Level Boss and Saving Like an Entry-Level Boss. I’m such a helpful noodle.
  4. Clearly, An African City was one of  my favorite shows because I blogged about it three times in An African City, An African City Pt. II and An African City (Season 2). I wanted you guys to be down so bad. An African City is a web series that has been coined “the Ghanaian version of Sex in the City” with its first season on YouTube. Season 2 brought longer episodes and a longer season so it was no surprise that we had to pay a little chump change ($20) to watch. I was ready and willing. Does anyone know when season 3 starts? I would like it now, please.
  5. Earlier this year, my family experienced 2 deaths in a 24-hour period which resulted in the composition of Guide to Funerals and How to…Funeral: Baptist Church Edition. These two posts were my way of coping while providing a few tips on how to navigate loss and funerals with a bit of humor. Side note: In Guide to…Funeral: Baptist Church Edition, I did mention how one shouldn’t cook Gumbo if they can’t cook Gumbo. Guys, I don’t play behind Gumbo. And no, I don’t cook it. The elders and ancestors have not given me permission to do it yet. 
  6. In the quest to find the perfect fitness strategy, I tried spin and blogged about it in My First Spin Class. While I stuck with it a little while, I am no longer about that life. Actually, I’m exhausted just writing about it *takes break*
  7. 2-Year Sisterlocks Anniversary was  a super quick post but I suppose it was enough for you guys who may be interested in it. I am now approaching 3 years, still love them and couldn’t imagine spending more than 3 minutes doing my hair.
  8. Similar to Faux Product Reviews, I started Bogus Book Reviews and my first post on this series proved to be the most popular. In Bogus Book Review 1: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** I talk about the book and how it’s a great tool for removing f***s; thereby, living a happier life.
  9. Faux Product Review 5: Heritage Store’s Rose Petals Rosewater and Faux Product Review 31: Mario Badescu Facial Spray are my favorites because it’s the only products that I blogged about that I use everyday, several times a day. It’s like Beyonce in a bottle. I no longer have a preference, I use them both.
  10. 1 Year of Marriage Ft. Husband was a favorite among family and friends. I think it’s because I showed my softer side or whatever…
  11. Last but not least is Gumbogate which ranked quickly. Likely, because you guys were anticipating drama and are kind of messy.

Goals for next year include more guest bloggers, product, book, TV and movie reviews, shade, microaggressions and Mom and Husband asking me “do you have to blog about everything?” Yes I do, yes I do. Read and share my previous post: Gumbogate

Happy New Year!

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GUMBOGATE 


Husband told me I couldn’t blog about the events of Christmas weekend. After much consideration, prayer and meditation, I’ve decided to blog about the events of Christmas weekend.

Because we spent Thanksgiving in New Orleans with my (our) family, we spent Christmas in Houston with his (our) family. We left Friday morning, passed through Louisiana to drop off my brother and pick up a can of Ice Box Cookies from my grandmother. These are my favorite cookies. I love them so much that I ate cookies out of all the other cans to preserve the amount of cookies in my can. Husband snitched on me. He said I was too quiet which meant that I was up to something. I don’t feel bad about it.

Saturday morning we ate at The Breakfast Klub, went to The Galleria and met up with Husband’s childhood friend (Read: Double No). Childhood Friend had been texting Husband about his Gumbo all day. You know, the Bible warns us of false prophets. Being from New Orleans, I don’t like eating Gumbo outside of Louisiana. I don’t care what you say, where you got the recipe from and how many people like it. People are rarely equipped to tackle such a dish. What’s worse, I am a picky eater so I rarely allow people to pressure me into eating something. But, I was vulnerable. After all, I had been sick for the past week and wasn’t in my right mind.

As soon as we walked into the kitchen, Childhood Friend and Childhood Friend’s Dad started bragging. Talking about they were about to show someone from New Orleans how it’s done. As we approached the cauldron (the pot witches use for their potions), Childhood Friend starts talking about how he didn’t need to add any filé in it and how the shrimp were stuck to the bottom of the pot. How Sway?! Nonetheless, I got a bowl and threw a crab on top. I took my first bite and had to drink water immediately after because I didn’t want to throw it up on these nice people’s table on Christmas Eve. I can best describe it as swamp water with rice. I told him it was OK for his first time; although, he burnt the roux, should’ve used filé and andouille sausage opposed to wiener. He had whole bell peppers and onions. My dude, couldn’t you have chopped this? What’s worse, it had been sitting out all day! You guys, Gumbo has to be refrigerated an hour or so after it’s cooked. So, naturally I thought I was going to spend all night in the bathroom or DIE. I started to call my mom to get my affairs in order because I just wasn’t sure I was going to make it. However, God let me live so I could tell my story.

I woke up late Sunday morning. I’m not a kid, what’s the rush? There was a brief moment of gift giving then it was time  for me to cook my mac and cheese. I was done 40 mins later then started getting ready for the day. We would be traveling to Angleton, TX for our Christmas meal. Once out of the shower, I asked Husband where his mom was and what time we were leaving. We we’re supposed to leave at 1 but then 1 hour passed, 2, 3…then 4! Finally, Diana Ross (mother-in-law) emerged and we left Houston shortly after 5PM and did not eat until about 6:30PM! Another near death experience. I did not even know my body could go that long without food. Whew, the great endurance I’ve displayed during this trip. Interestingly, I did not load my plate with food; although, I was super hungry. Husband’s family allows people who can’t cook to contribute to the meal. As I was adding food on my plate, I tried to mouth to Husband “who made this?” He could not read my lips so I didn’t take any risks. I got the basics: MY Mac and Cheese, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole, Dinner Roll and burnt ham (I was told it was left in the oven too long but it was aight). Later that night, we attempted and failed at seeing Fences.

Monday, we woke up late, said our good byes and ended our trip at Pappadeux’s (which is how everyone should end a trip to Houston). We briefly stopped at my grandparents house in Louisiana where I was gifted a Coverd Stockpot, gift cards, REAL gumbo, and a slice of sweet potato pie from my other grandmother #Blessed

So, how was your Christmas? Did you do anything I suggested in the Guide to Bore-Free Christmas Vacation list? Read and share my previous post: New Year’s Resolution: Slay in Fabletics

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: SLAY IN FABLECTICS

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It’s time. Time to set a list of New Year’s resolutions that we will likely quit 3 weeks after New Year’s Day. The most important resolutions: Weight loss, fitness and health. What better way to motivate you than new threads from Fabletics?

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Side note: Kate Hudson is so beautiful and fit, I can’t stand her.

Side note II: If you are one of those people whose resolution will end before February, wear your Fabletics while running errands, cleaning your house, getting your taxes done, and or visiting your local buffet?

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GUIDE TO BORE-FREE CHRISTMAS VACATION


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Christmas is a little more than a week a way and I’m hoping to have the same experience in Houston with the In-laws that I had with my family in New Orleans. What experience am I referring to? A little thing called FUN (Read: I’m Thankful for Family, Food & Daiquiris)!

People have saved money to travel, took a few days off from work all to eat and hang around the Christmas tree, Kinara and or Menorah all day? We could’ve stayed home for that! As a result, I am recommending to both you and Husband a guide to a bore-free Christmas vacation.

  1. Don’t nobody want to eat Christmas food for a week. Switch it up and take your family to brunch or dinner. I’m looking forward to going to Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen while in Houston. It’s the only seafood restaurant I like outside of Louisiana.
  2. I don’t know what you’re doing on your Christmas night but I’m trying to see Fences.
  3. So, I know finances may be nonexistent after Christmas shopping but every major city has a list of free things to do. If you’re rural, make sure you’re in a major city next year…
  4. Maybe it’s too cold to go out. There is a boatload of games that are on sale right now. My faves are UNO and the never-ending Monopoly. Unfortunately but fortunately, I don’t know how to play Dominoes or Spades. And, yes I am still black without those particular skill sets.
  5. Go all Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and fight. Put paws on the aunt that keeps talking about your weight. Toddlers can catch these hands too. 
  6. Binge-watch new and classic shows and movies. Allow each family member to choose one. I know kids matter and all to their parents but I say put those little turds in their own group. No one wants to suffer through Frozen (which I have yet to watch completely).
  7. Shopping? I don’t know about you but I prefer the post-Christmas sales. Plus, there are stores in Houston that we don’t have in Jackson (duh). I think I want to purchase a hot pink Mink…
  8. Houston is 2 hours from San Antonio. I’m hoping to take a day trip there and possibly push Husband in the Riverwalk. What? He knows how to swim…
  9. Gossip about missing family members. Where is so and so? You know she broke up with so and so and brought the new one. Who is that little boy? You know so and so just found out he had another son. 

May the odds be ever in your favor. Wish me luck as well. Thank you.

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BUY THEM NOTHING

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Let’s watch TV together heresubscribe to our weekly newsletter, “like” Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin. Now, to your regularly scheduled post:

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve had a bit of a tough year. Judging from the memes, you’ve had a pretty tough year too. Now, it’s Christmas time. Most of you have probably finished your Christmas shopping and I have yet to start. It’s because the person who is most deserving of Christmas gifts this year is… ME! And, maybe Husband. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars buying gifts for random people (aka family, friends and coworkers), let’s by ourselves:

  1. A spa package. Take advantage of the discounts and buy yourself a facial, hot stone massage, manicure and pedicure. Or,
  2. Create the spa experience at home. Buy a face mask, body scrub, candles, essential oils and Epsom salt from your local Ulta.
  3. A weekend gateway. This year, Husband and my Christmas gift too each other is a weekend trip to Nashville for New Year’s Eve. In contrast, we are already predicting that we may be too tired for the 6.5 hour drive. As a result, we will likely lie about traveling for New Year’s Eve to avoid parties, buy a bunch of junk food and watch movies the entire weekend.
  4. Cute but unecessary new purse and wallet.
  5. Jewelry, duh.
  6. Makeup, perfume and NAIL POLISH!!!
  7. TV, magazine or wine subscription.
  8. A new iPhone, laptop, car or body? I don’t know what’s on your wish list…

For those of you who have kids, it’s not too late to return half of their gifts for at least one of the above. Happy Holidays!

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